Newcastle set to smash club transfer record on Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak

Premier League club finalising £58m deal to sign Swedish attacker

Alexander Isak joined Real Sociedad in 2021, scoring 44 goals in 132 games for the La Liga club. AFP
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Newcastle United look set to smash the club transfer record as they close in on the signing of Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak.

The Premier League club are widely reported to have almost reached agreement with Sociedad over a deal thought to be worth in the region of £58 million ($68.4m) for the 22-year-old Swede.

This would comfortably overtake the Tyneside club's previous record of the £40m they paid Hoffenheim for Joelinton and Lyon to secure the services of Bruno Guimaraes in January.

Isak joined the La Liga club in 2019 from Borussia Dortmund and has scored 44 goals in 132 games, with his strike on Sunday their only goal in the 4-1 home thrashing by Barcelona.

He also has nine goals in 37 caps for Sweden, the first of which came when he was just 17 and made him his country's youngest goalscorer.

His arrival would be the clearest example yet of Newcastle's newfound spending power since they were taken over by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium last year.

In January, Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Dan Burn, Matty Targett and Guimaraes were all brought in as the club looked to drag themselves out of the relegation zone.

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Under the guidance of manager Eddie Howe, they survived in style, with only Liverpool (51) Manchester City (43), and Tottenham Hotspur (41) acquiring more than their 38 points after the new year – and would finish the season in 11th place.

During the summer, Targett joined on a permanent deal while England goalkeeper Nick Pope and Dutch defender Sven Botman all joined the Magpies – but the search for a new striker proved frustrating.

The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ivan Toney and Hugo Ekitike were all linked with a move – with the latter admitting he was close to joining but instead switched to another Ligue 1 club in Paris Saint-Germain from Reims.

And the club will be relieved that search now appears to have reached a successful conclusion, especially considering injury-prone first-choice striker Callum Wilson was sent for scans on a hamstring problem following Sunday's 3-3 draw with Manchester City.

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Updated: August 24, 2022, 6:02 PM