Date: 3rd January 2023 at 12:56pm
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Newcastle United could move into second place in the Premier League table with victory over Arsenal at The Emirates on Tuesday evening. 

The Magpies have been in superb form so far this term, but they face a Gunners side that have only dropped five points since the start of the campaign.

The likes of Kieran Trippier, Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson have all impressed so far this term, but despite their form it appears that boss Eddie Howe could look for new recruits this month.

Newcastle had been linked with France striker Marcus Thuram, but it now appears that they have ended their interest in the Borussia Monchengladbach forward.

According to Football Insider, The Magpies are no longer interested in the 25-year-old, who was part of the France squad that lost against Argentina in the World Cup final.

He has scored 10 goals and registered three assists in 15 Bundesliga matches so far this term.

Thuram’s contract is set to expire next summer and his current employers were open to selling the player at a cut-price fee of £6 million in order to avoid losing him for free at the end of the season.

Despite this, the report says that the Premier League side have pulled the plug on the move and will now look elsewhere for new signings in different positions.

Pulisic remains a target for Newcastle

Instead, Newcastle will reportedly now prioritise moves for two Premier League stars.

The report suggests that the north-east outfit remain interested in Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, and it is even claimed that The Blues could allow the American winger to leave the club this month for around £40 million.

Pulisic, 24, has struggled ever since arriving at Stamford Bridge, and the US international could be allowed to leave in order to make way for new recruits in west London.

Another target for Howe is Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, who has been in sensational form for The Foxes this season.

The midfielder scored seven goals and provided four assists in the first 13 games of the league campaign and was rewarded with a place in the England squad for the World Cup, although he failed to make an appearance at the competition.

The 26-year-old’s contract expires in 2024, and his future at The King Power Stadium looks to be increasingly uncertain.

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