Newcastle United are in “regular” contact with Timo Werner’s representatives over a move away from Chelsea, according to recent reports.
The 25-year-old has just under four years remaining on his contract with the Blues after signing from RB Leipzig for £45million last summer, but has only made three starts in the Premier League so far this season under Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking to Express.de, via BuliNews, recently, Werner said: “The last weeks at Chelsea have been difficult for me. I fell behind and had to fight my way back.
“In a career, things always go up and down, never steadily up. But you learn to deal with it.
“I have to force my way back in, and that’s what challenges me. Of course I want more playing time, so I’m giving everything in training.
“Of course I can’t be satisfied if I don’t play. Of course I want to be a regular starter for a big team. But I’m not saying I’m desperate to leave if I don’t start 10 or 15 games before Christmas.
“In football, things change relatively quickly. I have to look at the big picture to make my decision.”
Now, according to BILD reporter Christian Falk, Newcastle are interested in signing the Germany international and have been in regular contact about a move with the forward’s representatives.
The Magpies saw a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium complete their £300million takeover of the Tyneside-based outfit last week, with the club now the wealthiest in the Premier League.
This will see Newcastle become a force to be reckoned with in the transfer market and this would certainly be a statement if they managed to sign Werner from Chelsea.
However, Tuchel has backed Werner to still come good at the Blues and suggested he could play alongside Lukaku, rather than it being one or the other in the German’s line-up.
“Timo can play with Romelu, he did very well at Tottenham,” the Chelsea boss said towards the end of last month.
“That gave us a clear impression of how dangerous these two can also be together. There was some disappointment to brush off his shoulders from the Euros during the summer.
“And from the first games I think he was not happy with the performances in the beginning. We know that he can be much more dangerous and much more of an attacking threat than he was.
“But in the last training sessions he’s been more relaxed, more fluid in his movements, and showing more confidence.
“And that’s why we put him on early against Tottenham, because we saw this development and there are clear signs that he is on a good way. And I hope he can show and prove it tomorrow.”