Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants to bring experienced defensive trio Kieran Trippier, Ben Mee and James Tarkowski to St James’ Park, according to reports.
The new Magpies boss wants to add more knowhow to his squad in the club’s fight for Premier League survival. To that end, he wants Atletico Madrid man Trippier and Clarets duo Mee and Tarkowksi to add that to his defensive back line.
The report in The Sun claims that England right-back Trippier, who is also wanted by Manchester United, would cost around £25million and demand big wages.
Howe also wants Turf Moor pair Mee and Tarkowski, who are both out of contract in the summer.
Burnley’s struggles this season have come from not scoring enough goals, with their defence doing fairly well.
Tarkowski has been spoken of as a Newcastle target for some time, with Steve Bruce previously wanting the England man.
Meanwhile, the report adds that Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch and Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina are also on Howe’s radar.
The former is a centre-back who can also play in midfield and is a full Austria international. Vlahovic, meanwhile, continues to be linked with a switch to the Premier League.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal have all been mooted as potential destinations for the free-scoring Serbia striker.
Newcastle secured their first win of the Premier League season in their 15th game on Saturday.
Callum Wilson scored the all-important winner in the 1-0 victory over relegation rivals Burnley.
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Emenalo turns down Toon
Meanwhile, Newcastle have been dealt a significant blow after Michael Emenalo reportedly turned down an offer to become the club’s director of football.
The former Chelsea technical director has been the club’s’ top target for the position ever since the Saudi-led £305million-takeover.
But according to the Telegraph, the 56-year-old decided the role is not a good fit. The report adds that Newcastle do not fit Emenalo’s ambitious plans.
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Leeds United ready to move on to Brenden Aaronson Plan B as Nott’m Forest star is eyed
Leeds United are plotting a swoop for Championship star Brennan Johnson, though they will need to snatch him from under the noses of Brentford.
Johnson, 20, is one of the breakout stars in the Championship this season. The Nottingham Forest youngster has been directly involved in 12 goals in the league this season.
His top performances in a Forest shirt have led to interest from Premier League sides. Brentford are keen on bringing the attacking-midfielder to the club, though Forest have upped their valuation to £20million.
Forest are just one point outside the Championship play-off places. As such, their desire to keep their star boy makes a lot of sense.
It is unclear at present whether Brentford will succumb to the £20million valuation on Johnson’s head. The Bees were previously set on £18million.
Nottingham Post reports that Leeds United have joined the pursuit of the youngster. In fact, the Whites have reportedly “known everything down to his [Johnson’s] inside leg measurement” for some time.
With the extensive scouting Leeds seem to have done, it seems they are very keen on the youngster.
The West Yorkshire side have been crying out for an attacking midfielder after injuries left a big hole in their side. Indeed, Johnson seems like the type of player that could give them that.
The 20-year-old has been utilised across the midfield and forward line in his career.
As such, he would be a handy asset for Leeds, given they have struggled with injuries in almost every position this season.
Johnson joins Aaronson in Leeds’ transfer plans
Leeds could, therefore, reportedly turn to Johnson this month in an effort to strengthen their midfield.
Leeds have been tracking Brenden Aaronson for some time. The midfielder, similarly to Johnson, would bring attacking prowess to the Whites.
However, the Whites have seen two offers rejected for the RB Salzburg star.
Despite that, he remains Leeds’ prime target and they could yet launch a summer approach.
What’s more, the USA international is reportedly keen on the move himself.
But in the meantime, a move for Forest star Johnson could at least fill that midfield void.
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Tanguy Ndombele Loan Agreed Between Valencia And Tottenham Hotspur
Maynard reports that a six-month loan has been agreed upon between Valencia and Spurs. However, Tanguy Ndombele’s preference is to join Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG in France.
La Liga side Valencia have agreed to a Tanguy Ndombele loan deal with Tottenham Hotspur, Julien Maynard reports.
The former Lyon midfielder favours a move to Paris Saint-Germain but with the transfer deadline getting closer and closer, he may have to make a decision.
Valencia are tenth in La Liga and are looking for new life in their midfield to help bridge the seven-point gap between them and the top four places. The Spanish side have been underperforming for some time having finished 13th last season.
Ndombele has featured very little since Antonio Conte’s appointment as Tottenham manager and it’s pretty clear that an exit from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is on the cards for the 25-year-old Frenchman.
Capped seven times by France, Ndombele’s Spurs career has always been under the spotlight. A signing they hoped would signal the beginning of a new era of success following a Champions League final loss to Liverpool. That never came to fruition and the weight has always been on his shoulders.
His lack of success under demanding managers like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte speaks for itself and maybe it’s time Ndombele, who started his senior career with Amiens, had a fresh start.
He is undoubtedly a player with talent and will look to get his career back on the road in the coming months.
Ndombele played 91 games for Tottenham and a loan deal means he might not have made his last appearance, though it’s extremely likely he has. In that time he contributed to 19 goals, scoring ten and assisting nine.