Newcastle United could make a “real statement” by signing Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk.

That is according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie who believes the Magpies can demonstrate their ambition to rivals by concluding a deal for the 21-year-old.

Downie believes that Mudryk is a standout name of those who have been linked with a winter switch to St James’ Park.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Downie said: “That one really stands out. If they were to bring someone like him in, that would be a real statement.”

A true statement

Since taking over at Newcastle, PIF have demonstrated a healthy level of ambition that will now see the club fighting to keep their Champions League qualification place in the second half of the Premier League season, after the World Cup is finalised.

The Magpies have built the foundations of the squad throughout the last couple of transfer windows and now find themselves in a position to make a move for a statement signing.

Trust me, it’s hard to find faults with a team who are punching above their weight.

But, if we’re being cynical about things, they could benefit from another creative asset in the side, as they currently find themselves ranked in eighth place when it comes to big chances created in comparison to the rest of the league, with 25 big chances created.

£50million Mudryk is a spontaneous and energetic forward who could help to build on this total and add directly to the side’s attacking threat.

The Ukraine international is enjoying a prosperous season that has so far seen him rewarded with five goals and six assists from ten games in the Ukrainian Premier League.

The 21-year-old also loves the big occasion and is no stranger to the Champions League, having registered three goals and five assists in six UCL appearances this term – an uber-impressive total from the Shakhtar star.

The Newcastle project would suit him well, and he would no doubt shine under the tutelage of Eddie Howe, who deserves a mention for the wonders he’s worked on Tyneside since taking over at the helm.