Newcastle have Timo Werner ‘hope’ with Chelsea star ‘desperate to be a success’

Newcastle are hopeful that they can beat RB Leipzig to the signing of Timo Werner from Chelsea this summer.

The Germany international looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the current transfer window after a disappointing stint at the Blues. The striker has largely failed to make much of an impression despite arriving with a reputation as a goalscorer.

In two seasons at Chelsea, the 26-year-old has bagged just 10 Premier League goals – a poor return considering the £50million spent on prising him away from RB Leipzig back in 2020. Thomas Tuchel appears to have finally lost patience with the forward and is prepared to let him go.

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According to the Mirror, Newcastle are at the front of the queue despite reports that Werner wants a return to RB Leipzig. The Magpies have made strengthening their frontline a priority as they look to take themselves up to the next level.

While a move back to the Bundesliga appeals to Werner, the German is desperate to become a success in the Premier League and prove his critics wrong. That has given Newcastle hope that they can win the race for his services.

Any deal that would see Werner leave Stamford Bridge would only be temporary on a loan transfer for the season, giving Chelsea hope that if he can regain some form he can still prove to be a key player at the club in the future.

However, the arrival of Raheem Sterling will see the striker's game time decrease further with Kai Havertz and Mason Mount as the other preferred forwards under Tuchel.

But there is also talk that any loan deal could include a mandatory future fee that would see the switch become permanent at the end of the season. Chelsea are believed to still be in the market for another forward having missed out on Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele and Richarlison.

Newcastle, on the other hand, have been knocked back in their efforts to prise James Maddison away from Leicester. The Foxes rejected a £40m bid for the playmaker but the Toon could be back for a second offer.

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