Date: 10th January 2023 at 9:49am
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Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe cold move a step closer to winning his first major honour as the club’s manager on Tuesday evening. 

The Magpies welcome Leicester City to St. James’ Park in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

Newcastle have been in sensational form this season and currently sit third in the Premier League table, ahead of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Now, it looks like the north east outfit could be set to get the better of Chelsea once again.

According to The Evening Standard, Newcastle have made a huge offer to sign Blues target Youssoufa Moukoko.

The 18-year-old forward, who currently plays for German side Borussia Dortmund, has been linked with a number of clubs in recent months.

The Magpies, who have spent big since being taken over by Saudi Arabian owners PIF, have reportedly made a lucrative verbal offer to the Germany international.

Moukoko’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he is therefore free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club outside of Germany this month.

Moukoko made his World Cup debut in Qatar

With that in mind, Newcastle have made an attempt to land the striker on a free transfer in the summer, allegedly offering him upwards of £150,000-per-week.

Previously, Moukoko had been linked with a move to Chelsea, but it appears that The Blues are prioritising other signings, with Joao Felix expected to complete a six-month loan move to Stamford Bridge in the coming days.

Dortmund teenager Moukoko has scored 11 goals in 59 matches since making his debut for the club in 2020.

So far this term, he has netted six times in 14 Bundesliga games, as well as providing four assists.

Despite his impressive form, he looks set to leave Dortmund in the summer, and Newcastle appear to be leading the way to sign the striker.

The forward was named in Hansi Flick’s Germany squad for the World Cup in Qatar but played just a single minute at the tournament and was unable to prevent the 2006 champions from exiting at the group stage.

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