Wed 10 Jul 2024, 11:00 · Ash Harrison

Eddie Howe will not be able to activate £65m release clause for Premier League striker he loves

Eddie Howe will not be able to activate £65m release clause for Premier League striker he loves
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Eddie Howe has been toying with the idea of bringing a new striker to Newcastle United this summer but one of his top targets will be scratched off his list now.

Newcastle look set to go with just two recognised strikers once again next season despite the struggles that brought on during the last injury-hit campaign.

While the Magpies look at the option of cashing in on Callum Wilson before his contract expires next year, the club must look at potential replacements.

The Magpies have now been linked with Lille striker Jonathan David, which for us, is a no-brainer, just go and get him now, please. However Eddie Howe has had his eye on someone else for a while.

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Newcastle can't activate Solanke's release clause

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We're not saying that Howe is short-sighted at times, but the fact that the striker in question is one that he's already signed before speaks volumes.

We're of course talking about Bournemouth forward Dominic Solanke who is coming off the back of his best ever season in the Premier League which has placed him in the crosshairs of many top clubs.

There are reports that Solanke has a £65million release clause which would likely put Newcastle out of the running anyway as there's no way they'd spend more on Solanke than they spent on Alexander Isak, but journalist Graeme Bailey has dropped another bomb on Newcastle's hopes.

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Newcastle aren't one of the clubs who can activate Solanke's release clause

Speaking to Geordie Boot Boys, Bailey has said he believes that the £65million release clause only applies to the "Big Six" clubs, so Newcastle wouldn't be able to activate it.

That means that Bournemouth could even ask for more than that if Newcastle were to make an approach.

It seems logical to us that this would absolutely price Newcastle out of a bid, so Eddie Howe will have to look elsewhere.

Have we mentioned that Jonathan David could be available for £25million and we should get him? Eddie? EDDIE? JONATHAN DAVID IS AVAILABLE FOR £25M, MATE!