Newcastle United could reportedly battle Tottenham and West Ham United for Brentford playmaker Christian Eriksen in the summer transfer window.
According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle United are ready to wage a transfer tussle with fellow Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United to land Brentford playmaker Christian Eriksen in the summer.
The Danish midfielder has endured a miraculous return to competitive football since signing for the Bees in January following the cardiac arrest incident at UEFA Euro 2020 last summer. Eriksen has an ICD fitted into his body, and because Serie A rules prohibit players from using such devices, he was forced to leave Inter Milan.
The 30-year-old then marked a return to England, signing a short-term deal with Brentford until the end of the season on winter transfer deadline day in order to regain full fitness. Eriksen has since hit the ground running with a goal and an assist in five Premier League outings for the Bees.
The former Tottenham midfielder has demonstrated his gifted technical ability on the ball as well as his impact on the pitch with some strong displays for Thomas Frank’s side, who have won four of their past five games to move 12 points clear of the relegation zone.
Eriksen is not only flying high at the west London club but also scored twice for Denmark on his emotional international return in the most recent international break. And it is no surprise that Frank has openly stated that he wants Eriksen to stay beyond this season.
However, the Bees will face stiff competition to keep hold of their star player, with a slew of Premier League clubs interested in securing his services. Now, cash-rich Newcastle United have also jumped on the bandwagon of suitors and are ready to blow the competition out of the water as they will match or beat any offer Eriksen receives from his other Premier League admirers, including Tottenham and West Ham united.
Eriksen would be an excellent acquisition at Newcastle and a genuine steal. His incredible passing ability and vision would bring real quality against tough-to-break-down opponents. His presence may also get better production out of the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Chris Wood, while he himself is a potent goal threat and an stellar set-piece taker.
Meanwhile, West Ham’s lack of quality midfield depth beyond Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek has been well-documented this season. With Mark Noble set to retire at the end of the season and Alex Kral’s future uncertain, signing someone of Eriksen’s ability on a Bosman move would be a coup for West Ham.
Meanwhile, a romantic homecoming to Tottenham also remains a possibility for the Danish maestro. Capable of dictating the tempo of the game at the very highest level, the Dane might not be as energetic as he once was, but he still boasts an intelligent footballing brain.
Eriksen also worked with Antonio Conte at Inter for a season and would fit into the Italian coach’s 3-4-3/3-5-2 system seamlessly at Tottenham. Other than Newcastle, Tottenham, and West Ham, Aston Villa, Everton, and Crystal Palace have also been credited with having an interest in the Danish ace.