Four Anthony Elanga replacement options for Newcastle United amid Eddie Howe transfer plans

Raphinha of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on May 13, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Nottingham Forest are set to keep Anthony Elanga at the City Ground despite reported interest from Newcastle United. The Magpies are reportedly keen on making additions to the squad in the right-wing area, but saw Crystal Palace's Michael Olise opt for a move to Bayern Munich.

The expected departures of Yankuba Minteh and Elliot Anderson should mean United have met their PSR requirements, but the fact remains that the Magpies must budget carefully for the remainder of the summer transfer window.

Lloyd Kelly's arrival has taken the pressure off finding defensive cover, with Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles set to miss the rest of 2024 having undergone surgery, so funds can be focused on attacking roles. With Elanga and Olise ruled out, we look at some right-wing options Howe could consider.

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Pedro Neto

The Wolves star suffered two separate hamstring injuries last season that caused him to miss a significant amount of gametime, but he was still able to make his impact felt on Gary O'Neil's side. Despite only notching three goals in 24 matches across all competitions, his 11 assists still made him look a major threat - with eight of his 14 total goal involvements coming before his first issue in November.

It's well-known Newcastle have been potential suitors for the Portugal international but journalist Ben Jacobs recently appeared on The Wolfpack Podcast, and said that another European giant has now joined the race for Neto. He claimed: "Arsenal are maybe the ones that have historically held the most serious interest in terms of Wolves’ Premier League rivals.

"Anyone [including Newcastle] wanting the outlay for Neto is going to have to wait, in likelihood, until later in the window and assess their own outgoings situation and then decide if they can move. A new suitor, I’m told, considering Neto is Paris Saint-Germain. They have a bit more budget, because [Kylian] Mbappe left."

It's expected that Wolves will command around £60m for the star, a fee that would make him the club's record signing, overtaking Alexander Isak by around £2m.

Jarrod Bowen

West Ham had a hard enough time trying to tie down Declan Rice before the midfielder's move to Arsenal last summer and they may be in the same boat with Jarrod Bowen. The Hammers winger's 20 goals and 10 assists across all competitions last season meant he's been added onto the radar of the league's top clubs - Newcastle included.

He could've been a Magpie under Steve Bruce but former owner Mike Ashley reportedly put a stop to the move which would've cost the club just £18m. Now he will cost them a lot more than that.

Bowen has said in the past that he never wants to leave West Ham and currently has a deal that runs until 2030, meaning the Magpies would have to really bring out the wallet if they were to try and make a move for the 27-year-old this summer.

Bryan Mbeumo

With talisman Ivan Toney banned for eight months, Brentford forward Bryan Mbeumo was forced to be the one to try and lead Thomas Frank's side at the start of last season and he did just that. A brilliant start which saw him provide ten goal involvements in the Bees' opening 15 matches was sadly cut short by an ankle injury in December that kept him out until mid-March.

After three appearances off the bench, Mbeumo was back to full fitness and firing again - notching two goals and three assists in their last five matches to help keep them in the Premier League. Newcastle have been linked with the star whom Frank has consistently praised over the last nine months.

After the star's injury, he claimed: "[Mbeumo] must be number two after Ivan [Toney] in terms of goals and assists, which is key. His work rate for the team is incredible. You don’t see many wingers who work so hard and mean so much.

"He’s become the key man, saying 'give me the ball, I’ll take this'. Who will that man be now? We’ll find out in the next weeks."


As Leeds United's record sale, Raphinha was expected to do big things for Barcelona when he left England in the summer of 2022. But since then, it's been nothing but rumours of a quick return to the Premier League after the Brazilian international took a while to warm up in La Liga.

His first season saw him reach double digits in both goals and assists, a feat he repeated in his second season having notched 45 goal involvements in 87 appearances so far for the Spanish giants. As a star that can play on both wings, his versatility could be invaluable for Eddie Howe whose side suffered greatly from injury last year.