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Newcastle United transfer news: Magpies 'interested' in former Watford striker along with several Premier League clubs

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Newcastle United finished the summer transfer window with five new signings joining the club.

Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jetro Willems, Emil Krafth and Andy Carroll all joined the Magpies

They lost Ayoze Perez to Leicester City, Mo Diame has left on a free, and Kenedy and Salomon Rondon move on to new clubs.

With the January window just around the corner - the links to new arrivals continue to come.

Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhu) Nigeria's forward Odion Ighalo greets the fans during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at the Alexandria Stadium

Reports claim that NUFC are among the sides looking to bring Odion Ighalo back to the Premier League.

The former Watford man moved to China after scoring 36 Premier Leagues in 96 top-flight appearances.

TEAMtalk report that Ighalo is ready to return to England after spells with Changchun Yatai and Shanghai Shenhu.

 Stephane Diarra (Le Mans) Le Mans' French forward Stephane Diarra (L) (Image: AFP via Getty Images)  

According to L’Equipe, Newcastle, Leicester and Celtic have been scouting 20-year-old winger Stephane Diarra.

Diarra has scored three times in 16 games for Ligue 2 outfit Le Mans this season and has attempted the third most dribbles of any players in the division.

The report claims the three clubs have scouted Diarra ‘intensely’.

Mbwana Samatta (Genk) Mbwana Samatta of KRC Genk is tackled by Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool (Image: Getty Images)

14.11.19: Reports claim that Mbwana Samatta has told reporters that he is not aware of any interest form either NUFC or West Ham.

He's on international duty with Tanzania, and was questioned as he landed at the airport.


Newcastle United are tracking Genk striker Mbwana Samatta, according to the BBC’s Ian Dennis.

The 26-year-old is said to have a release clause of £10 million.

He’s scored six goals this season, adding to his total of 32 from last year.

West Ham also said to be interested.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) (Image: PA)

The Times reports that Newcastle are weighing up a winter move for Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.

The report claims Xhaka would be a loan move and Newcastle would offer to pay a percentage of the player's £130,000 wage - with United's wage ceiling for new signings pushed by Miguel Almiron's £80,000-a-week wage.

The Swiss midfielder was stripped of the captaincy this week after storming from the pitch after being substituted - he appeared to swear at his own fans. He was further annoyed at the club for putting his Instagram statement in the club programme this week, and adding an introductory sentence.

With Euro 2020 on the horizon, the selling point is said to be the offer of first-team football.

Habib Diallo (Metz FC) Metz' Senegalese forward Habib Diallo (C) celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Metz (FCM) and Nantes (FCN)

The Express report that Newcastle United have been monitoring Metz forward Habib Diallo.

The 24-year-old has scored seven goals in 11 games.

The Senegalese international is thought to be rated at around £7 million.

Degnand Wilfried Gnonto (Inter Milan) Degnand Wilfried Gnonto of FC Internazionale


Reports in Italy claim that Newcastle United are monitoring 15-year-old Degnand Wilfried Gnonto.

The Inter Milan youngster has impressed and Inter News claim that Arsenal and the Magpies are considering a move for the defender.

The claim goes onto state Inter are looking to offer him a contract to stave off interest.

Alex Kral - Spartak Moscow MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 27: Vladislav Ignatyev of FC Lokomotiv Moscow and Alex Kral of FC Spartak Moscow vie for the ball

It's claimed that NUFC scouted 21-year-old Alex Kral over the weekend as Spartak Moscow beat Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0.

The defensive midfielder shone for the Czech Republic last month against England - and has several Premier League admirers according to report.

He only moved to Spartak in the summer for €11m.

Reagan Thomson (Queen's Park) Newcastle have been linked with Queen's Park teenager Reagan Thomson (Image: Daily Record)


Claims from north of the border report that United are 'closing in' on a deal for 16-year-old Reagan Thomson.

The Daily Record claim that United have opened talks over the youngster and are close to agreeing a 'substantial fee' for the player, and could see a move completed for January.

Papiss Cisse (Alanyaspor)

A report in Teamtalk on Monday, October 28 claimed Cisse's agent was ringing round Premier League clubs offering the striker's services - with Newcastle one of the clubs invited to bid.

But the report was quickly knocked down by the club and sources close to the player, who suggested there has been no contact with United.

A good blast of nostalgia on a grim Monday maybe, but this isn't going to happen anytime soon.

Here's Lee Ryder's full story, which includes details of where Newcastle are looking in January - and why striker isn't necessarily even the priority.

Papiss Cisse (Image: PA Wire) Jean-Philippe Mateta (Mainz) Jean-Philippe Mateta of France celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Semi-Final 16th October 2019: Claims from Germany that NUFC made a summer bid for Jean-Philippe Mateta.

SportBild claim that United were one of eight clubs who made a move - the Magpies’ bid totalling €28m.

The forward hasn’t played this season after undergoing an operation.


June: According to reports in France, Newcastle have opened the bidding for Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta.

The 21-year-old scored 14 goals in his debut season in the Bundesliga, and that has prompted interest from the Premier League.

L'Equipe report that Newcastle have been somewhere in the region of £17m-£22m, well below the reported valuation of £35m.

Ugurcan Cakir (Trabzonspor)

Turkish outlet 61 Saat namechecked United as one of four clubs who had sent "observers" to watch 23-year-old goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.

The Trabzonspor stopper has also been watched by Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs according to the website - although the quality of Turkish transfer rumours is notoriously sketchy.

Although Newcastle are monitoring a wide range of players - including goalkeepers - at the moment, they are also considering a possible succession plan which would see Freddie Woodman take over from Martin Dubravka, who is close to signing a new contract.

Cakir has been impressing in the Super Lig recently and has a single cap for his country.

Ugurcan Cakir of Trabzonspor AS during the UEFA Europa League match between Getafe v Trabzonspor

Lewis Gibson (Everton)

Newcastle United are being tipped to re-sign Gibson, the promising centre-back, in the summer when he is out of contract.

The 19-year-old left the club to join Everton in a £6million deal and was part of the England under-17 side which won the World Cup. But, according to the Daily Mail, he has grown frustrated at a lack of first team football after two years starring for the under-23s.

He is close to the Longstaff brothers and has seen the pair progress. The Liverpool Echo confirmed his progress is "at a crossroads" and he may re-assess his options in the summer, when Newcastle would be ready to move again.

Lewis Gibson of Everton during the Premier League Cup Final between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United)    

We’re still a few months away from the January transfer but here we are again - it’s those Sean Longstaff and MUFC rumours (yey!)

The Daily Star claim that MUFC’s Ed Woodward believes they can get Sean Longstaff to Old Trafford in the winter for just £40m.


MUFC also want to add some steel to their midfield and are preparing to launch a fresh bid to land rising Magpies star Longstaff.

Longstaff, 21, has only made eight Premier League appearances due to a succession of injuries, but has been earmarked as a future England international.

MUFC enquired about Longstaff in the summer but were put off by the Magpies’ asking price of around £55m.

But Woodward believes the current crisis on Tyneside could persuade the troubled club to cash in on Longstaff in January and agree to sell him for around £40m.

Rony Lopes (Sevilla) Rony Lopes of Sevilla FC looks on during La Liga match between Sevilla FC and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

September 24th: Julen Lopetegui is reportedly ready to allow NUFC target Rony Lopes to leave Sevilla this January.

The Spanish club paid €25m for the creative player last month but GOL Digital report he’ll be allowed to move on in the winter.

Lopes is someone United have scouted ahead of the window.

September 15th: Chronicle Live exclusive that NUFC are 'monitoring' Lopes.

August 2019: Moves to Sevilla

August 7th: L'Equipe claim that Lopes is being 'courted' by Newcastle United as well as Everton and West Ham.

Monaco’s Rony Lopes is of interest to Newcastle United, according L’Equipe. He’ll cost between €25-30m, and the likes of Everton and West Ham have also been credited with an interest.

Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Peru and Denmark

According to The Express, Newcastle United are interesting RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen.

The 25-year-old is also reportedly gaining interest from Everton.

Thiago Maia (Lille) SANTOS, BRAZIL - JULY 9: Thiago Maia in action for Santos before his move to Lille battles for the ball with Jonathan Gomez #33 of Sao Paulo during the match between Santos and Sao Paulo as a part of Campeonato Brasileiro 2017 at Vila Belmiro Stadium on July 9, 2017 in Santos, Brazil. (Photo by Ricardo Nogueira/Getty Images)

05/08/19: According to French publication Par La Voix Du Nord, Thiago Maia turned down the chance to join Newcastle this summer.

His name was linked with the Magpies in the final week of the window and reports in France suggested an offer had been accepted, despite Newcastle’s congested midfield - with Jack Colback and Henri Saivet among central midfielders left out of the 25-man PL squad because of no space in the squad.

But the French report today claims Maia did turn down the move. They say, despite being fifth choice midfielder at Lille now, the 22-year-old stayed to fight for place and test himself in the Champions League.

According to L’Equipe, Newcastle have held discussions about signing Lille midfielder Thiago Maia.

The 22-year-old Brazilian has been linked with Newcastle before and helped his side finish second in Ligue 1 last season, to qualify for this season’s Champions League.

Le10Sport claim that Maia is to make a decision on whether to join Genoa on a full-time basis or NUFC on loan but for a higher salary.

Youssouf Koné (Lyon)   Bordeaux Zaydou Youssouf (R) fights for the ball with Lille's player Youssouf Kone  

Youssouf Kone claims that Newcastle United put a contract to him this summer but he turned it down.

"Lyon made an approach and I didn’t hesitate for one second," he told French media.

"I told myself: I’m going. The project attracted me. I followed Ligue 1 from Mali and Lyon was a team that always played well.

"If I was looking at the financial side, I would have gone to Newcastle, but I chose the sporting project."

Bas Dost (Sporting Lisbon)   Bas Dost of Sporting CP (Image: Getty Images Europe)  

Yes, it’s that man Bas Dost. 

The man who has been linked so many times to Newcastle, I think we’ve all lost count.

He’s set to move to Eintracht Frankfurt from Sporting in a deal worth around €10m. 

Portuguese media outlet, Record, claim that NUFC were interesting in his services this summer - offering a loan deal with an option to buy for the 30-year-old but that was ‘flatly’ rejected by club president Frederico Varandas.

François Kamano (Bordeaux) Bordeaux's Guinean forward Francois Kamano (L) vies with Copenhagen's Danish defender Peter Ankersen (R) during the UEFA Europa league Group C football match between Bordeaux and Copenhagen on October 4, 2018 at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)  

L'Equipe report that NUFC are in talks with Bordeaux over forward François Kamano who is rated at around €15m.

He hit 13 goals last season for the French side - the report claims 'the door is open' and talks are under-way.

Patrik Schick (AS Roma) Juan Brandariz #16 of Barcelona and Patrik Schick #14 of Roma battle for the ball

Claims from Italy claim that AS Roma striker Patrik Schick has turned down a move to Newcastle United. claim that the 23-year-old - who scored just five goals last season - said no to NUFC, and would like a move to Borussia Dortmund.

Steven Caulker (Alanyaspor) Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United (17) controls the ball whilst being challenged by Steven Caulker of Queens Park Rangers (Image: 2016 Newcastle United)

The Mirror report that Newcastle are considering a ‘shock move’ for Alanyaspor’s Steven Caulker - who has turned his career around since joining in January on a free.

The former Liverpool man could be available for just £2m - with Steve Bruce a big admirer.

Read More Newcastle United transfers - the latest Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux) French defender Youssouf Sabaly (left)  

According to Soccer Link, Bordeaux have accepted bids from Newcastle and Watford for right-back Youssouf Sabaly.

The versatile Senegal international can also play left-back and is said to have just returned from an extended break having represented his country at this summer’s AFCON.

Sabaly is said to now have a decision over whether to join the Magpies or Watford.

The 26-year-old made 31 appearances for the French top tier side last term.

Stanley N'Soki (PSG) Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Christopher Nkunku (R) celebrates with Paris Saint-Germain's defender Stanley Pierre N'So (Image: AFP)

7th August: Reports in France suggest an offer from Newcastle United could still come before the window shuts.

30th July: It's all a bit of mess. Reports in France claim the deal is close to collapsing because of a failure to reach personal terms.

Nsoki was back in the PSG squad but didn't feature - and will be back in France this week as he's been sent home from the first team due to the number in it.

Remember Stanley N’Soki? He sort of become NUFC’s new Bas Dost - the name linked constantly during transfer windows.

According to Get French Football News, Newcastle have made an offer of €8m for the left-back.

That follows a report in L’Equpe claiming similar - adding that €12m would be enough to secure the 20-year-old.

GFFN go onto say that talks have been ongoing for a fortnight.

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) (Image: Getty Images)  

The Sun claim that Jordon Ibe could be next through the door at Newcastle United - the 23-year-old reportedly might made available in the run up to the window.

Although Ibe has been just handed the no.10 shirt at The Cherries, and United do have quite a few wingers.

Jayden Bogle (Derby County)   Jack Grealish of Aston Villa collides with Jayden Bogle of Derby County  

Derby County defender Jayden Bogle is reportedly attracting interest from several Premier League teams, including Newcastle.

TEAMtalk claims that the Magpies along with Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, and Brighton have been tracking the 19-year-old.

One Premier League side is said to have made an approach.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa) Ahmed Elmohamady of Aston Villa (Image: Getty Images)  

Steve Bruce is ready to battle with the Newcastle United hierarchy over their transfer policy as he looks to land Aston Villa right-back Ahmed Elmohamady.

That is according to the Sun, who claim the Magpies manager is keen to be reunited with the Egypt international who he signed as manager of Sunderland, Hull and Aston Villa.

Newcastle are keen to sign players who represent significant sell-on value and they have refused to sanction big money deals for players over 26 years of age in the past.

Elmohamady wouldn't cost too much but at 31 years of age, Bruce faces a battle to convince the hierarchy of the value of signing the right-back. It is also claimed he has faced similar issues in his pursuit of 28-year-old Everton midfielder James McCarthy.

Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) Axel Tuanzebe (Image: Getty Images Europe)  

The Magpies have been linked with a move for defender Axel Tuanzebe. It's reported that MUFC are ready to let him go out on loan.

Aston Villa have also been credited as the other side battling for his signature.

Ibrahim Amadou (Sevilla) Arthur of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Ibrahim Amadou of Sevilla (Image: Getty Images)  

Linked back in January, Spanish publication Estadio Deportivo claim Newcastle could come back in for midfielder Ibrahim Amadou this summer.

The midfielder joined Sevilla from Lille last summer but struggled to hold down a regular place. He made 32 appearances but 14 of those were from the bench.

Reports suggest Sevilla are willing to cash in this summer and will be willing to accept £13m - the price they paid 12 months ago.

As well as Newcastle St Etienne, Getafe and an unnamed German club are said to be interested in the Cameroon-born player.

Edgar Le (Lille) Lille's Edgar Miguel Ie (Image: Getty Images)

According to reports in France, Newcastle are close to sealing a €5m deal to sign Portugal defender Edgar Le from Lille.

The 25-year-old is predominantly a centre-back, but can play right back and has been capped once by Portugal.

Coming through the academy at Sporting CP, he moved to Barcelona in 2012 and joined their B side, leaving before he made the step-up.

He joined Lille in 2017 and has made 47 appearances for the club but fell out of favour there last term and was loaned to fellow Ligue 1 club Nantes in January. He made 11 appearances, helping them to a 12th place finish.

Facundo Colidio (Inter Milan) Facundo Colidio (Image: Getty Images)

Newcastle have been credited with interest in Inter Milan striker Facundo Colidio.

Inter are said to value the 19-year-old Argentinian, a product of the Boca Juniors academy, between €8-10m and are said to be meeting with officials from Newcastle and Leeds United today to discuss a potential transfer.

Colidio is yet to make a first team debut in a competitive match but is well thought of by the Italian giants and was named on the bench in Serie A three times last term. He has also been involved in this summer’s pre-season International Champions Cup.

FC Inter News report the news and say a sell of the striker cannot be ruled out.

Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) Nice's French midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin (Image: AFP/Getty Images) August 2: Deal confirmed - signs a six-year-deal.

August 2: Spotted at the training ground - deal expected to be concluded soon.

August 1:  According to RMC, Newcastle have sent representatives over to Nice to complete the deal worth an initial €18m + bonuses.

30th July: Saint-Maximin scores as Nice are beaten 6-1 by Burnley - the Mirror reports that NUFC are closing on a deal wort €17m.

27th July: French media reports claim that NUFC have no upped their bid for the winger to €18m.

26th July: The Daily Star claim that Saint-Maximin has told his teammates that he is 'keen' on a move to Newcastle.

25th July: Steve Bruce plays it careful when asked about interest in the winger saying: "I don’t think it’s on the verge of happening but it’s somebody we have looked at, it’s somebody we have identified and we will see what happens."

NUFC remain in talks.

Reports in France - mainly from L'Equipe - claim that Newcastle are pushing head with a move for winger Allan Saint-Maximin.

Last month it was reported the deal was pretty much sorted - before the departure of Rafa Benitez, and that allowed Watford in.

However, it is now claim that not only do United lead the race but that Saint-Maximin is available for a knock-down price after his reported bad attitude forced the hand over Nice boss Patrick Vieria.

The report in L'Equipe does claim that Bruce has 'reservations' over the winger but Lee Charnley is keen.

Emil Krafth (Amiens) Emil Krafth of Amiens (Image: Getty Images) 7th August: Krafth expected to join NUFC with reports he's coming in for a medical

As we reported last weeks back, Newcastle United are seriously interested in Emil Krafth.

The full-back turns out for French club Amiens. The Sun claim that Newcastle have made a bid of £4.5m for the right-back but it’s been rejected

He only joined last month for £2m, and is said to be keen to join.

Harry Wilson (Liverpool) Harry Wilson of Derby County applauds the fans at full time during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final First Leg

06th August: Wilson joins Bournemouth 

30th July: Sky Sports claim United will not be signing Harry Wilson because he's not available on loan, and Jurgen Klopp doesn't want to sell.

27th July: NUFC have asked about the availability of the winger - weighing up whether a loan or permanent deal would be best.

The young winger has been on loan at Derby this season where he has hit 16 goals in 42 appearances, and that has caught the eye of Newcastle United, Southampton and Brighton according to Sky Sports - the price tag? £25 million.

Moussa Marega’s (FC Porto) MOUSSA MAREGA celebrates scoring Mali's second goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E match between Mali and Mauritania

Foot Mercato report that Premier League duo West Ham and Newcastle United are ready and willing to activate 28-year-old FC Porto forward Moussa Marega’s €30m release clause.

They are both looking for back-up for marquee signings Sébastien Haller and Joelinton and have both decided to undertake a seduction process for the Malian international.

The player has the choice and is yet to make it. Once he does, the Premier League side that wins the race to convince him will reportedly activate the option.

Ben Gibson (Burnley) Ben Gibson of Burnley looks on during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Burnley  

The centre-back joined Burnley last summer in a deal worth £15m but his season was hampered by injuries.

According to TEAMtalk, Steve Bruce is keen to bring Gibson back to the North East - the defender's former side being Middlesbrough.

The 26-year-old is reportedly said to be available on an initial loan deal.

Ben Davies (Preston) Preston North End's Ben Davies (Image: CameraSport - Rich Linley)  

Various reports claim that Bruce is 'keen' on Ben Davies of Preston.

The 24-year-old centre-back is gaining admirers after an impressive season.

Danny Rose (Tottenham)

28th July: Claims that United failed to match his wage demands.

Steve Bruce is ready to launched a £15 million for Spurs left-back Danny Rose later this month.

The Daily Star claim that Rose is on the radar of Bruce as he looks to offer competition to Paul Dummett.

PSG are also credited with an interest.

James Tavernier (Rangers)  

Rangers captain James Tavernier is interesting Steve Bruce - and will be offered a chance to return to Newcastle United.

The Daily Mail claim that Tavernier is a top target for Bruce as he looks to bring in competition at right-back.

The 27-year-old is contracted at Ibrox until 2022.

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Danny Welbeck of Arsenal FC runs with the ball (Image: Getty Images) July 21: NUFC have been offered Danny Welbeck by his representatives.

The striker is out of contract and reports from Football Insider suggest that Newcastle are battling hard to sign Welbeck on a free, with Arsenal unlikely to offer him a new deal.

The report claims that the Magpies will look to sign the free agent regardless of Benitez's future, with a source claiming to be close to the former Sunderland loannee saying that Newcastle are pushing hard to do a deal.

Everton and clubs in Europe are said to also be interested.

Charlie Austin (Southampton) Charlie Austin of Southampton collides with Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United (Image: Getty Images)

Steve Bruce is reportedly looking at bringing in Charlie Austin from Southampton.

The forward is surplus to requirements at Southampton - even more so after he launched a 'tirade' at boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

This came as it was announced the 30-year-old wouldn't be part of Southampton's pre-season tour.

It's believed he's available for a cut price deal.

Joelinton (Hoffenheim)

July: Joelinton signs six-year-deal

18.07: Joelinton is expected to sign for NUFC this week.

We reported several months back that a deal for Joelinton was likely as NUFC had watched, and liked what they saw of the Brazlilan.

Mark Douglas on last week's episode of The Everything is Black and White Podcast said people shouldn't be 'surprised' if the forward signed this summer.

Claims this week from national press were that a deal is in place and the green light is all that is needed to sign the deal off.

However German media claim talks aren’t all that progressed.

German media outlet Kicker writes that: “a rapid departure of the 22-year-old is not to be expected” and that €40m may not enough to land the forward.

Following the sales of Nico Schulz and Kerem Demirbay, Hoffenheim do not need to sell.

Maxime Gonalons (AS Roma)   Maxime Gonalons of Sevilla FC during the La Liga Santander match between Real Valladolid v Sevilla at the Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla on April 7, 2019 in Valladolid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)  

Italian press have linked Roma’s Maxime Gonalons to Newcastle United. The midfielder when at Lyon was said to be on the radar of Rafa Benitez back in the summer of 2017 but headed to Serie A.

Now 30, the move hasn’t worked out. He spent last season on loan at Seville and has had a similarly torrid time.

Il Tempo report that Newcastle, Everton and West Ham are looking at taking Gonalons a permanent deal.

Kyle Scott (Chelsea) Kyle Scott of Chelsea scores during the Premier League 2 between Arsenal and Chelsea U23's at London Colney

According to Football Insider Kyle Scott has had a medical and is set to join Newcastle United.

As of yet, those claims have not been firmed up.

It was back in May that The Sun reported were Newcastle set to sign Chelsea youngster.

The report states: Kyle Scott has been handed a Premier League lifeline by Newcastle.

The 21-year-old midfielder left Chelsea when his contract expired at the end of June.

He has made just one appearance for Chelsea, when he came off the bench in a win over Hull in the FA Cup last season.

And after a spell on loan in Holland with Telstar at the start of the year, Scott is keen to be part of the Magpies first-team set-up to revive his career.

It was reported that then NUFC boss Rafa Benitez was ready to take a punt on the schemer who helped Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League twice during his 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

James McCarthy & Yannick Bolasie (Everton) James McCarthy of Everton in action (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Another a familiar name, and one that Rafa Benitez is a big admirer of.

The 28-year-old has had torrid time of late with injuries restricting him to just one Premier League appearance this season.

Back in April TEAMtalk claim that Benitez, if he stays at NUFC, wanted to sign the midfielder.

The Republic of Ireland International's contract runs until 2020 - now given his injury record and age, will United sanction a deal likely to be in the region of £20 million.

Now 90mins claim that Steve Bruce, if he becomes Toon manager, wants to signed McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie.

Thomas Strakosha (Lazio)

Thomas Strakosha of SS Lazio makes a save during the TIM Cup match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 24, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

According to Italian press outlet tuttomercatoweb, Newcastle are 'close' to making a move for the Albanian international.

Last season saw the goalkeeper turn out for Lazio 46 times in all appearances, keeping 13 clean sheets.

Arsenal have also been linked.

Davide Biraschi (Genoa) Leonardo Pavoletti of Cagliari Calcio speak with Davide Biraschi of Genoa CFC

According to, Newcastle United alongside Everton are chasing the signature of Davide Biraschi.

The 25-year-old centre back will cost at least €10m, and is also attracting interest from Lazio and Atalanta according to the report.

Morgan Sanson (Marseille)   Morgan Sanson of Olympique de Marseille kicks the ball during the Ligue 1 match between Olympique de Marseille and Girondins  

Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson has been linked with several Premier League teams but for an astonishing €35-€40 million.

L’Equipe now report that NUFC have joined the list of suitors, as ‘several mandated agents’ look for a deal.

Nikola Vlasic (Everton) Everton's Nikola Vlasic and Sunderland's Lamine Kone (Image: PA)

19.06: CSKA Moscow confirm they have reached an agreement for the midfielder even despite Everton reportedly 'waiting' for NUFC to make a bid.

Everton midfielder Nikola Vlasic is eyeing a permanent move away from Goodison Park according to reports, and Newcastle are said to be interested.

Vlasic spent last season on loan at Russian side CSKA Moscow scoring eight goals and registering seven assists, including the winning goal in CSKA’s 1-0 victory over Real Madrid.

Ronald Koeman signed Vlasic for Everton in the summer of 2017 but Marco Silva decided he wasn’t in his first team plans and loaned him out last summer.

And now the Croatia under-21 international is said to be keen on a permanent departure and Everton are said to value him at £12million.

Alexis Claude-Maurice (Lorient) Rennes' French midfielder Nicolas Janvier (R) vies with Lorient's French midfielder Alexis Claude-Maurice

The name Alexis Claude-Maurice probably doesn’t mean much to you unless you’re an avid fan of French football. The 21-year-old starred in Ligue 2 last season for Lorient as the side finished 6th.

He is 14 goals and his good form has now caught the eye of NUFC, as well as Arsenal and West Ham according to Sky Sports News.

19.06: According The Metro, Claude-Maurice has picked his new team.

"I want to join Gladbach.

"They are a club that focus on young players, there is a good structure, they are playing in the Europa League. I like their project & it suits me."

Jefferson Savarino (Real Salt Lake) Miguel Trauco of Peru battles for the ball against Jefferson Savarino of Venezuela

Sky Sports claim that NUFC are in the hunt for striker Jefferson Savarino who plays for Real Salt Lake in the MLS. He scored seven leagues last season, and the 22-year-old is said to be available for just £6 million.

He’s currently at the Copa America with Venezuela with Sky claiming NUFC and West Ham have sent representatives to watch him.

Ismaïla Sarr (Rennes)  Rennes' Senegalese forward Ismaila Sarr (L) vies with Strasbourg's French defender Kenny Lala (R) during the French L1 football match between Rennes (Stade Rennais FC) and Strasbourg (RSA) (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Ismaïla Sarr hit eight goals and six assists for Rennes last season, and L’Equipe now claim that NUFC are ready to make a record bid for the 21-year-old winger.

Watford reportedly had a bid of €30 million turned down - the French media outlet claims NUFC are ready to better that.

David Okereke (Spezia) David Okereke (L) of AC Spezia is challenged by Valerio Mantovani

July 2019: Joined Club Brugge

According to the agent of David Okereke, NUFC are one of several Premier League teams with an interest in the 21-year-old winger.

The Nigerian U23 hit 10 goals and created a further 12 for Serie B side Spezia last season.

Speaking to All Nigeria - his agent Ben Itorho said: "Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are showing interest but there are other clubs who want him. Club Brugge, Genk and Sassuolo have strong interest in him.

"They want Okereke in the Premier League but the player has to take a decision with his footballing future in mind."

Nemanja Gudelj (Guangzhou Evergrande)

Newcastle are interested in signing Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Nemanja Gudelj - who has impressed on loan at Sporting Lisbon, according to reports in Portugal.

O Jogo claimed that the Magpies, Sporting, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Real Betis are all battling it out in the race to sign the 27-year-old.

Newcastle will be in the market for at least one new central midfielder this season following Mohamed Diame’s departure.

Matt Targett (Southampton) Danny Ings of Southampton celebrates with team-mate Matt Targett after scoring against Arsenal (Image: Getty Images)

July 2019: Joined Aston Villa

Newcastle United very nearly signed full-back Matt Targett back in January 2018 but he joined Fulham on loan.

He made 21 appearances back at Southampton last season but TEAMTalk claim that several clubs including Newcastle have have made contact over a 'possible deal.'

TEAMtalk understands Liverpool and Arsenal have enquired to Southampton about left-back Matt Targett.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking for competition for Andy Robertson after the departure of Alberto Moreno and the former England Under-21 man is being considered.

Adam Webster (Bristol City) BRISTOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Adam Webster of Bristol City

The centre-back was named Bristol City's player of the year for 2018/19, and his performance last year has now gained him plenty of fans - especially in the form of Premier League clubs.

The Mirror claim that 24-year-old, who only joined City last summer, in on the radar of Newcastle United as well as Watford, Southampton and Burnley.

Bristol Live report that it would take a 'huge fee' for Webster to leave.

TEAMtalk claim tht NUFC are prepared to meet an asking price of £12 million.

Donny van de Beek (Ajax)   Donny van de Beek (Image: Getty Images)  

According to Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan there is plenty of interest in the 22-year-old midfielder.

Speaking to Sky Sports, van der Kraan claims that Newcastle United alongside Tottenham, Man United, Everton, Liverpool have scouted the Dutchman.

Sean Longstaff (Manchester United)

Manchester United were tipped to make an offer at the end of the season but that never materilised.

However The Mirror report that the club remain 'confident' they can land Longstaff for £25 million before the summer is up - aided by uncertainty over Rafa Benitez.

NUFC maintained that Longstaff is not up for sale.

Longstaff has been working his back to full fitness following a knee injury versus West Ham, and when asked about his the link to Manchester United early this month, said:

"It just shows how far I’ve come.

"If someone told us at the start of the season that by the end of it you’d be linked with these teams I’d have laughed at them but it’s nice, it’s flattering.

"I’m massively flattered to have my name even mentioned in those conversations but like I said, I’m 100% focused on Newcastle and trying to get fit and get back in the team here."

Marcus Thuram (Guingamp) Guingamp's French forward Marcus Thuram celebrates after scoring a goal

22:07: Joined Borussia Mönchengladbach

It's is a name that has been doing the rounds for while now - at 21, he’s been catching the eye with some decent performances.

Son of the French World Cup winner Lillian, he hit 13 goals last season in all competitions even as Guingamp fell from the top flight. Sport Bild report that he is now available for just £7 million - and NUFC along with several other clubs including Crystal Palace and Liverpool have been linked.

Ansu Fati (Barcelona) The Barcelona club crest  

Manchester United and Newcastle United have approached Ansu Fati, the leading scorer of a Barcelonayouth side that reached the semi-final of last season’s UEFA Youth League.

The 16-year-old forward is out of contract at Camp Nou, and could be secured for a minimal transfer fee under FIFA training compensation regulations.

Borussia Dortmund - who have successfully evolved a strategy of recruiting elite academy products such as Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho - have already made offers to Ansu, as have Ligue 1 AS Monaco and Nice.

The teenager and his father are understood to be unimpressed with both the financial terms and development pathway offered by Barcelona on a new three-year deal.

Ansu, who will turn 17 in October, feels he is ready to step up to the senior ranks in the coming season and has asked to be promoted to a Barca B team that recently finished eighth in La Liga’s Segunda Division B.

Andre Almeida (Benfica) Andre Almeida of SL Benfica (Image: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)  

According to Record in Portugal, Newcastle are keen to sign Benfica right-back Andre Almeida.

The 28-year-old right-back helped Benfica win the Liga NOS title last season with 12 assists and is also attracting interest from Leicester and Brighton.

Almeida has been at Benfica for eight years since joining on a free transfer from Belenenses in 2011 and has won eight caps for Portugal.

Right-back is a position Newcastle are looking to strengthen this summer.

Lucien Agoumé (Sochaux) BELGRADE, SERBIA - APRIL 01: Lucien Agoume of France in action during the Elite Round Group B match between France U17 and Slovakia U17 at Stadium Zemun on April 1, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Lucien Agoumé impressed this season in Ligue 2 - even at the age of just 17. He turned out 15 times for the side last season, and his form has seemingly won him a move to the big time.

Inter Milan seem to have won the race but the deal has taken longer than expected according to TuttoMercatoWeb, and now FC Inter News report it is because NUFC made a ‘late blitz’ for the midfielder, with Benitez trying to ‘convince’ him to move to Tyneside for a fee of around £8m.

But appears he’s still settled for Inter.

Jamaal Lascelles (linked to Lazio) (Image: Newcastle United) claim that Jamaal Lascelles is on a list of potentially centre-back that Lazio could bring to Serie A.

A bizarre price of £16 million has been referenced, as has a deal in which Jordan Lukaku is part of the package. The left-back came very close to joining United back in January but failed his medical.

Wesley (Club Brugge) Wesley (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Newcastle United have lost out on Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes.

The 22-year-old has been looked at on multiple occasions by the Magpies during their European talent spotting missions this season and sources say United towards the end of last season were leading the race for his signature with Rafa Benitez making 'direct' contact with the young striker - click here to read more.

But it is Aston Villa who have won the race to sign the Club Brugge striker for a fee of £22 million - subject to international clearance - full story here.

Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) (Image: Getty Images)

The Sun claim that Rafa Benitez is lining up Scott Dann as short-term cover for Florian Lejeune.

The report claims 'Rafa Benitez is a big fan of the 32-year-old and could land him for £6million.'

Che Adams (Birmingham City) Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers at St Andrew's in the Sky Bet Championship match, with, Che Adams misses at the end (Image: BIRMINGHAM MAIL)

July 2019: Joined Southampton

19.06: Southampton are reportedly close to agreeing a £15 million price.

An exclusive from Football League World claim that NUFC are ‘keen admirers’ of Birmingham City’s Che Adams. The report states "Newcastle United remain interested in signing Birmingham City forward Che Adams this summer, a source close to the player has exclusively confirmed to Football League World.

A source close to the player has exclusively confirmed to Football League World that the latter are very strong admirers of the prolific forward, having watched him in action in the final few league games of the season."

Salomon Rondon (West Brom) Salomon Rondon of Newcastle United (09) celebrates after scoring the third goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United (Image: Newcastle United)

July: Signed for Dalian Yifang

NEW (14.06) -  Newcastle’s interest in acquiring Rondon permanently is entirely dependent upon Rafa Benitez penning a contract extension; if the Magpies manager leaves at the end of this month, then the club will not countenance signing a player who turns 30 in September.

Even if Benitez stays, however, Newcastle are reluctant to meet Rondon’s £16.5million release clause, as well as match his wage demands and the fee his agent is asking for, meaning protracted negotiations could ensue.

Interestingly, although Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United have both registered a keen interest in Rondon, it is understood that both of those Premier League clubs are also currently baulking at the cost of the overall package to acquire Rondon given his age.

Neither club has yet withdrawn their interest, but Wolves are exploring ways to reduce the overall cost of any deal, while West Ham are pursuing other transfer targets for now. Whether the collective concern shown by Newcastle, Wolves and West Ham leads to Rondon and his agent’s demands dropping later in the summer remains to be see.

NEW (05.06) -  Turkish According to Turkish media outlet, Fenerbahce have begun discussions over the signing of Salomon Rondon.

The report claims Sporting Director Damien Comolli has met with Rondon’s agent Juan Rodriguez, and an ‘offer will be put on the table’

According to Wolverhampton’s local paper the Express and Star, Wolves are favourites to sign West Brom forward Salomon Rondon this summer.

Rondon excelled on loan at Newcastle last season, scoring 12 goals and registering seven assists in all competitions.

Manager Rafa Benitez is desperate to make the move permanent but given his own contract at Newcastle runs out at the end of this month, no progress has been made on any deal as that uncertainty persists.

And now it is believed Wolves have stolen a march in a race to sign the 29-year-old.

Rondon, who is representing Venezuela in this summer’s Copa America, has a £16.5million release clause and has just one year remaining on his contract at the Hawthorns.

After failing to win promotion to the Premier League, the Baggies are desperate to offload Rondon and the Express and Star claim it is Wolves who have made the most ground in talks.

Nuno Esperito Santo is keen for forward Raul Jimenez to have some healthy competition next season, particularly given Wolves’ Europa League commitments.

However, the report claims they are also monitoring a number of younger forward targets as possible alternatives to Rondon.

At the end of the season it was believed Newcastle was Rondon’s number one choice this summer. However, the report also claims that the former Malaga and Zenit St Petersburg star WOULD be interested in a move to Molineux.

West Ham and Everton are also thought to hold an interest in Rondon.

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) Rangers' Alfredo Morelos at the end of the match after scoring four goals (Image: PA)

Don Balon claim that Newcastle will sign Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos this summer.

The 22-year-old Colombian scored 30 goals for Rangers this season and with Rafa Benitez keen to boost his goalscoring options this summer if he stays, the report describes Morelos as Benitez’s ‘key objective’.

Morelos is expected to leave Ibrox this summer and the reports claims a fee of just under £5m should secure his services.

However, reports in Scotland claim a bid of at least £20million will be required to prise him away from Glasgow.

Sebastien Haller (Eintracht Frankfurt)

July: Signed for West Ham

According to German publication the FR, Newcastle and West Ham are monitoring the 24-year-old.

Haller scored 20 goals for Frankfurt last season and he is a player Newcastle have watched before but were put off by his price tag.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Sebastien Haller of Eintracht Frankfurt celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Nuernberg and Eintracht Frankfurt at Max-Morlock-Stadion on October 28, 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images) (Image: Bongarts/Getty Images) Aaron Mooy  (Huddersfield) Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy celebrates scoring a goal. (Image: (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images))

Rafa Benitez has always been a far of Australian Aaron Mooy, and Newcastle have been linked to him countless times since winning promotion back to the Premier League in 2016-17.

They came up with Huddersfield that year but the Terriers' stay in the top flight has come to end, and Mooy is now attracting interest.

Respectable Australian media outlet The World Game, is reporting that Newcastle is one of six teams looking at the midfielder.

They put a £20 million price on his head - which would be steep for a Newcastle's transfer policy, especially given the fact he turns 29 in September.

Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica) Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich attempts to lob Odisseas Vlachodimos of Benfica (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Newcastle United are interested in signing Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos, according to reports in Portugal.

O Jogo claim the Magpies have made contact with the Portuguese giants - who reportedly value the Greek international at more than £13m.

The report adds that Newcastle have scouted Vlachodimos a number of times this season as they look for competition for the first-choice Martin Dubravka.

Wilfried Kanon (Den Haag)

Wilfried Kanon of ADO Den Haag during the Dutch Eredivisie match between ADO Den Haag v Willem II at the Cars Jeans Stadium


The Sun claim United are one of three Premier League clubs interested in the 25-year-old defender, who has impressed in the Eredivisie this season.

Kanon has a contract until 2022 but his valuation is just £3million which would allow Premier League clubs to swoop. The centre-back will play in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast and is also attracting interest from Leicester, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Newcastle United latest transfer gossip

We are just a few weeks away from the transfer window and Newcastle United speculation is beginning to build ahead of a summer where the manager - be that Rafa Benitez or someone else - has been promised £50million to spend. Here are our top transfer stories at the moment:

The report in the Sun claims Benitez is interested in the player as "back up" for Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles - although our understanding is that centre-back isn't a priority for Newcastle this summer if the Spaniard stays. He has Fede Fernandez who can also fill in at centre-back while Paul Dummett was being utilised as one of the three central defenders in Newcastle's starting XI last term.

Mario Fernandes - (CSKA Moscow)

Rafa Benitez is 'weighing up' a bid for full-back Mario Fernandes according to the Daily Star. The report claims that the bid would be in the region £27 million but he is the 'latest of several candidates being looked at.'

Our NUFC writer Chris Waugh understands that Fernandes is a player that United are aware of but the Russian's age and price tag 'sets alarm bells ringing immediately.'

Joe Bryan - (Fulham) Nathaniel Mendez-Laing of Cardiff City and Joe Bryan of Fulham battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage

Rafa Benitez is considering a move for Fulham's left-back Joe Bryan - who he looked at signing last summer.

The West-London side beat the Magpies to the deal but following their relegation may struggle to hold onto some of their players.

Football Insider claim that Benitez likes the look of Bryan due to his versatility, and the club may make a move.

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Juan Mata celebrates after scoring for Manchester United against Newcastle United at St James' Park

June 2019: Mata signed a new deal until 2021

Juan Mata is available on a free this summer as his time at MUFC comes to end - he’s unlikely to be offered a new deal, and that has alerted several clubs.

The Sun reports that Benitez wants to bring the 31-year-old to St James’ Park this summer but it will depend on the hierarchy at NUFC being flexible especially given the age and wage - a reported £140,000 per-week - of the Spaniard. Benitez and Mata worked together at Chelsea.

Mehdi Zerkane (AS Monaco) Mehdi Zerkane of Monaco controls the ball during the EMKA RUHR-Cup International match between AS Monaco U19 and FC Schalke

L’Equipe claim that NUFC have held discussions for 19-year-old Mehdi Zerkane. The report claims talks have been held, and NUFC are waiting to sort out the future of Rafa Benitez before progressing with the deal. Our understanding is that these claims are wide of the mark.

Joao Mario (Inter Milan) Joao Mario of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A

Media outlet InterLive claim that Newcastle will be offered Joao Mario. The report claims that Mario’s agents have approached NUFC to see whether they would be interested in the former West Ham loanee.

Jetro Willems (Frankfurt) Quissanga Bastos of SS Lazio compete for the ball with Jetro Willems of Eintracht Frankfurt (Image: Getty Images)

Left-back Jetro Willems is a name familiar to Newcastle fans, as he was constantly linked with a move to Tyneside during his PSV days. Instead he ended up at Frankfurt but is now set to be leave, and when asked (20.05) if Newcastle were interested in him alongside several other clubs, the 25-year-old said: "There is interest from those clubs."

Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke (Leeds United)

July 2019: Jack Clarke joined Spurs

TEAMtalk claim that United are interested in Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke.

The media outlet report that United may push to get Dwight Gayle as part of any deal after West Brom confirmed they would not be signing the striker on a permanent deal.

Kevin Trapp (PSG)

28-year-old German goalkeeper Trapp has been on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt this season but his agent Pini Zahavi is touting him around Europe as he looks set to return to the French capital.

Newcastle United latest transfer gossip

We are just a few weeks away from the transfer window and Newcastle United speculation is beginning to build ahead of a summer where the manager - be that Rafa Benitez or someone else - has been promised £50million to spend. Here are our top transfer stories at the moment:

United have been mentioned as a possible destination by Paris United, a website dedicated to PSG transfer news. And while United are on the look out for a goalkeeper, it's very doubtful they would commit financially to signing a player like Trapp while they have Martin Dubravka on the books.

Stanley N'Soki (PSG)

N'Soki is a talented left-back with real potential and Newcastle made a real effort to sign him in the last summer transfer window.

Now Paris United claims that N'Soki is back on Newcastle's radar - and Get French Football News lists them as one of four clubs interested in the 20-year-old, who may leave PSG this summer as they look to satisfy Financial Fair Play regulations.

Paris Saint-Germain's French defender Stanley N'Soki (Image: AFP) Remi Oudin (Reims) Reims' French forward Remi Oudin (C) celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Reims and Nice on January 19, 2019

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for forward Remi Oudin in L’Equipe.

The report claims that the 22-year-old forward has a contract until 2021 and Newcastle will have to pay €12 million for his services.

A club with Newcastle’s resources should be able to pay that kind of money for a talented player.

Oudin has been likened to the former Premier League striker Robin Van Persie because of his playing style and his clinical presence in the penalty box.

The attacker can play up front and in the wide positions as well. His versatility will be a bonus for Newcastle.

Walter Benitez (Nice) Goalkeeper of Nice Walter Benitez during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and OGC Nice

Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez.

Goal have reported that Wolves , along with Newcastle and Crystal Palace are keen to bring in the Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez.

Wolves are said to be leading the race.

Charles-Jesaja Herrmann (Wolfsburg) Charles-Jesaja Herrmann of Germany celebrates after scoring

At just 19, Charles-Jesaja Herrmann has made quite the impact for Wolfsburg U19s this season - 12 goals and seven assists in 25 appearances. 

Turkish Football report that Newcastle, Everton and Celtic are monitoring the striker.

Tammy Abraham Aston Villa v Bristol City in the Sky Bey championship match at Villa Park, with Tammy Abraham celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 (Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)

Newcastle have been linked with Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.

The Northern Echo claim Newcastle are interested in signing the striker, if Chelsea are willing to cash in on the young striker.

Abraham has been on loan at Aston Villa this season and has fired an impressive 25 goals in 37 games.

Abraham is just 21 and a former target of Rafa Benitez back in the summer of 2017 after promotion from the Championship. Back then the young striker chose Swansea over Newcastle and ended up having a poor season in the top flight as the Welsh club were relegated.

But perhaps Benitez’s interest in the youngster is still there, if the report is to be believed.

The issue is that the report suggests Newcastle want a permanent transfer, rather than a loan, and it’s highly unlikely Chelsea will be willing to allow such a young talent to depart for a reasonable price that Mike Ashley is likely to sanction. The price is likely to be mouth-watering to convince the Blues to sell.

Rafa Silva (Benfica) Rafa Silva of SL Benfica in action

Newcastle United are interested in signing Benfica winger Rafa Silva, according to the Portugal international's agent.

It is no secret that Magpies manager Rafa Benitez will be looking to recruit at least one winger this summer, should the Spaniard sign a new contract on Tyneside, given that on-loan wideman Kenedy is almost certain to return to Chelsea.

United are understood to have tracked a host of wingers across Europe, and their scouting team have regularly taken in matches in Portugal, including several in which Benfica have been involved.

 Loris Benito (Young Boys) Loris Benito of Young Boys

July 2019: Joined Bordeaux

The left-back's contract is up this summer and reports from The Sun claim United are at the front of the queue to sign him on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old has impressed in the Champions Leagueg and has played a crucial role in the club's title charge.

Several teams including Watford and Inter Milan have reportedly been tracking Benito but the report claims United are favourites to sign him.

Dorukhan Tokoz

Newcastle United have been scouting Besiktas midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz, although he failed to impress on their latest visit.

Turkish outlet Askam claim two Toon scouts were at the game against Galatasaray at the weekend and were left disappointed with how the midfielder performed in the game.

However, the report claims that Newcastle have been following Tokoz closely throughout the second half of the season and will continue to do so.

West Ham have also been linked with the 22-year-old midfielder with Besiktas reportedly willing to sell due to financial difficulties.

Dorukhan Tokoz of Besiktas (Image: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images) Tom Bayliss (Coventry)

Newcastle United have been monitoring Coventry City midfielder Tom Bayliss ahead of a possible summer move.

The young central midfielder has excelled for the Sky Blues since breaking into the first team last season and the 20-year-old is said to also be attracting interest from Brighton, Leeds and Middlesbrough.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica)

Newcastle almost signed the Greek international midfielder in January but a move fell through.

The 29-year-old is set to be out of contract during the summer and the Magpies reportedly sent scouts to watch him during their 5-1 win over Portimonense over the weekend.

With the futures of Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame and Isaac Hayden unclear, it could be a cheap option for the Magpies to explore in the central midfield department.

Jan Carlos Hurtado (Gimnasia)

According to reports in Venezuela, Newcastle are showing interest in striker Jan Carlos Hurtado.

The reports come from Venezuelan media and have been picked up Foot-Sur7 in France because Marseille and Atlanta United are also named as clubs tracking the 19-year-old.

Currently at Gimnasia in the Argentinian top flight, he’s scored two goals in 17 appearances this season (largely from the bench) and is seen as a huge prospect who could be available for a minimal price this summer.

He earned his first international cap in March and continues to impress in South America, with a move to Europe seeming inevitable.

Speaking about his future and possibility of an exit this summer, he said: "They have several proposals from Europe but still nothing concrete. There are many clubs interested but I hope the best offer is to be able to stay and have continuity."

Venezuela's Jan Carlos Hurtado celebrates after scoring (Image: AFP/Getty Images) Kenedy (Chelsea - on loan at Newcastle)

Kenedy has not enjoyed a good season on loan at Newcastle this time around and it seems unlikely the Brazilian will be made a permanent signing this summer.

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) Dwight McNeil of Burnley celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers (Image: Getty Images)

Reports in the Daily Star claim that United have scouted the 19-year-old midfielder who has impressed this season.

Arsenal, Man City and Everton have also said to have looked at Burnley player who has a contract until 2023.

With Isaac Hayden, Mo Diame and possibly Jonjo Shelvey leaving in the summer - United are in need of a new midfielders.

David Brooks (AFC Bouremouth) NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Mohamed Diame of Newcastle United tackles David Brooks of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) (Image: Getty Images)

The former Sheffield United man has had a cracking start to life in the Premier League - seven goals and five assists in 28 games.

Reports suggested United have run the rule over him, but given he's got a contract until 2022, it would not be the cheapest of deals.

Patrick Erra (Nurenberg) STUTTGART, GERMANY - APRIL 06: Patrick Erras of 1. FC Nuernberg gestures during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Nuernberg at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 06, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

According to German media outelt BILD, United have approached Nurenberg midfielder Patrick Erras. The 24-year-old’s contract runs out in 2020 - and may be available for as little as £5million.

He's been reported as saying: "My contract expires in 2020, of course leaving crosses your mind. 

"I can confirm that clubs from the Premier League and the Bundesliga have already approached my advisor. But my first point of contact will always be the club."

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth is challenged by Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United and Mohamed Diame of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United (Image: Getty Images)

National reports claim that Matt Ritchie will be offered as 'bait' for a cash-plus-player deal for Ryan Fraser.

The winger, who has six goals and ten assists this season, is entering the last 12 months of his contract.

United considered selling Ritchie last summer but Rafa Benitez opted against the sale, and the Scotsman has been nearly ever present this season.

Reports suggest that he wants top six football - Arsenal are said to be interested.

Lee Ryder's verdict: Newcastle have looked at a host of wingers this season, including Ryan Fraser. But whether a swap deal with Matt Ritchie would work financially is another question. Ritchie's value was around £20million last summer when Stoke were asking.

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The former Arsenal man has been in superb form this year but has revealed that he still intends to leave the end of the season.

Hayden wanted to leave United last summer to be closer to his family, but no deal was forthcoming.

In an interview with the club programme he revealed that he agreed terms with a club but things fell through, however his situation remains the same and he expected to leave in the summer.

The Telegraph report that West Ham, Brighton and Norwich are interested in the former England under-21 star, while Mail Online report that Watford and Crystal Palace are also keen.

Ayoze Perez Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez (Image: PA)

July 2019: Joined Leicester City

Il Corriere dello Sport claim that Inter are monitoring Ayoze Perez and have been doing so for ‘many months.’ A price of £15m-£20m has been touted.

The Northern Echo claim he's wanted by Napoli, while it is understood a host of La Liga clubs are also interested in the Spaniard. While Perez is not desperate to leave Newcastle this summer he has hinted that he could be open to a move away.

Reports in Italy claim that intermediaries from Perez's camp have revealed Napoli would be his preferred choice of club in Italy.

Mo Diame Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame (Image: Newcastle Utd via Getty Images)

July 2019: Joined Al Gharafa.

Mo Diame's Newcastle United contract ends at the end of the season, and the 31-year-old's future is up in the air.

He failed to start the necessary to trigger a contract extension clause of one-year and it's understood that the midfielder would like a two-year-deal.

Diame has openly stated his frustration at the situation telling Chronicle Live: "We know what they want for this club; it’s difficult to get an extension when you are over 30 here."

Leeds Live report that Leeds United are now looking at Mo Diame, while reports in Greece suggest Olympiakos are keen on a move.

There is also said to be interest from clubs in the Premier League and the Turkish Super Lig.

Joselu (Image: Newcastle United)

July 2019: He joined Deportivo Alaves

Football Insider report that Newcastle will listen to offers for the Spanish forward this summer.

Joselu has struggled for goals this season and has barely been seen during the second half of the season.

There was reported interest from the Chinese Super League during the January transfer window and it will be interesting to see whether that resurfaces.

He has also been linked with Spanish side Deportivo Alaves in recent days.

Jack Colback NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Jack Colback of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on February 25, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

NUFC man Jack Colback has been on loan at Nottingham Forest this season where he has appeared 39 times, scoring three goals and creating two. The Nottingham Post understood that Martin O’Neil was keen to keep Colback on a permanent basis, but he is no longer in charge.

Colback is back training with Newcastle, and is in China on the pre-season tour.

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