Newcastle United are ready to battle Aston Villa to sign Eden Hazard after the Word Cup, with Real Madrid ready to offload the Belgian.

According to Voetbal24, Eden Hazard is a target for Newcastle United for the January transfer window. Real Madrid could sell the Belgian international in the next window as Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa, remain keen on signing him.

Eden Hazard’s career has not panned out the way many expected. After a tremendous stint with Chelsea, the Belgian attacker got his dream move to Real Madrid, but things have gone downhill for him. Injuries and loss of form have troubled the winger, and he has watched the likes of Vinicius Junior cement a place in his position.

The Brazilian international has become a player of superstar quantity, leaving Hazard to fill in for him at times when fit. Despite a desire of the Real Madrid misfit to get back to his best version, the former Chelsea man is unable to convince those at the Santiago Bernabeu of his abilities.

Real Madrid, on their part, have kept the faith despite his substantial salary. Florentino Perez seems to have run out of patience, and the club supremo is set to make a big call on Hazard’s future. The Spanish giants are ready to sell the misfit attacker and would entertain approaches in January.

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A host of Premier League clubs seem interested in bringing the Real Madrid misfit back to England. Chief among those are Newcastle United and Aston Villa, as per the report. The Magpies are keen to make a ‘box-office’ signing in January, and the Belgian could be that player.

Newcastle United are keen on signing a suitable left-winger in the next window, and Hazard could fill in to make the team stronger. Moreover, a player of the Belgian’s profile will boost their chances of finishing in the top four in the second half of the season.

Aston Villa are also reportedly in the chase for Hazard. New manager Unai Emery is keen to address a few shortcomings on the attacking department and bring a player suitable for the level they want to reach. Hazard will be costly in terms of wages, but Villa could pay what would be necessary.

Considering the level a player like Hazard would demand, Newcastle United are better placed than Aston Villa. The Magpies look like a team ready to challenge the elites of English and European football in the coming years. Those aspects would have more of an appeal to the Real Madrid misfit.

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