Liverpool learn Newcastle transfer stance on Yankuba Minteh amid £40m claim

Newcastle United head coach, Eddie Howe looking on during a game
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Newcastle United are delaying any decision on Yankuba Minteh after the teenage winger impressed Eddie Howe while on loan with Feyenoord last season.

Minteh, 19, scored 11 goals and assisted another six for the Dutch club after blossoming under the coaching of Arne Slot. That has inevitably led to links of a reunion with the new Liverpool head coach at Anfield this summer.

The North East club are also seemingly considering selling The Gambia international on the back of those performances to help comply with Premier League profit and sustainability rules (PSR). But despite that, Howe remains keen to take a closer look at the player, according to the Chronicle.

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“He’s done really well," Howe said recently, "and he’s attacked the challenge of going on loan to a new league with new teammates, played in the Champions League, prestigious competitions, and he’s done really, really well this year and I think he can be very proud of his efforts.” Slot is also a big believer in the winger, who predominantly plays on the right.

"If you are that fast, it is a huge weapon," his former Feyenoord coach said last season. "One action and he is gone; then you will not catch up with him again. I think that his choices are already improving in the final phase."

Slot has also previously highlighted how hard-working he is at his young age. But despite Liverpool looking at signing a wide player this summer, the ECHO understands the club are not interested in Minteh.

There are also no plans to make a move for Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Florian Wirtz right now, the ECHO understands. That is despite uncertainty over the futures of forwards Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah, as all three are the subject of rumoured moves away in this transfer window.