Newcastle United will regret £22m transfer miss as summer targets get stadium glimpse

St James' Park played host to the England national side on Monday evening as Gareth Southgate's Euro 2024 hopefuls took to the stage with a clearcut 3-0 win over Bosnia. The likes of Eberechi Eze, Cole Palmer and Ezri Konsa all impressed in an experimental line-up but there was also high praise for second-half substitute Adam Wharton.

The Crystal Palace ace, 20, emerged from the bench to make his Three Lions debut after a stellar end to the season at Selhurst Park. Wharton cost the south London side £22m back in January, with eyebrows raised over such a substantial figure for an inexperienced, Championship player.

Newcastle were keen admirers of the central midfielder during his time at Blackburn Rovers, scouting him extensively during his breakout season of 2022/23. Sporting director Dan Ashworth was fully aware of his ability after watching him emerge through the England youth ranks due to his previous role with the FA.

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There was interest in a summer move this time last year, while Financial Fair Play obligations got in the way of any January business earlier this season. Palace then took their opportunity, parted with the cash and look to have landed an immense talent for the future, leaving Newcastle to wonder what may have been.

Now, Wharton could find himself as one of Southgate's 26 options for this summer's European Championships after impressing during his St James' Park cameo on Monday evening.

"Adam Wharton showed what he has been doing at the end of the season and in training," Southgate explained. "I like what he's done with us in the first few days. He sees pictures early and can play forward. It is very early for him but lovely that he looked as comfortable as he did."

Newcastle may have missed out on Wharton's signature but the Magpies still hold a keen interest in both Aaron Ramsdale and James Trafford this summer. The goalkeeping duo were both unused substitutes in Monday's win as they got to experience life on the home bench at St James' Park for a change.

Arsenal are prepared to offload Ramsdale this summer after the stopper lost his first-team place to David Raya. Burnley's relegation means there is plenty of Premier League interest in Trafford, who lost his place under Vincent Kompany during the ill-fated campaign.

Both would take a chunk of Newcastle's summer budget but would each offer something different for Eddie Howe. In Ramsdale, the north east outfit would be landing an experienced keeper who could easily battle to become No1 on Tyneside. Trafford, 21, would be a recruit for the future and would likely spend a season or two honing his craft behind Nick Pope in the pecking order.

Newcastle also have firm interest in Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, who is said to be available for around £35m this summer.