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Eddie Howe switches focus to new target as Newcastle join race for ex-Tottenham ace



Eddie Howe watching Newcastle United lose to Cambridge United in the FA Cup

Reports claim Newcastle United have joined the list of clubs keen to sign former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen this month.

The 29-year-old is now a free agent after his contract with Inter Milan was terminated on December 17 last year. He has not played competitively since collapsing during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland in June. The talented schemer suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the pitch.

It was touch-and-go for a while but the Denmark international pulled through. He was subsequently fitted with an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator).

Italian rules mean he cannot play in that country with the device. But there is nothing stopping him from featuring for an English club.

And Championship outfit Fulham have reportedly held taks with the Scandinavian ace. Brentford have also been mentioned in connection with the player, with an obvious link to Danish manager Thomas Frank.

But the Bees boss has downplayed their chances of landing the star.

“This is a player that only plays for the top clubs,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “Something unfortunate happened to Christian and now things changed a bit. He deserves to play at the highest level and I hope he will.

“Under normal circumstances there would be no rumours with a club like us. I guess we should be flattered that there are rumours with a player of his qualities.”

Eriksen keen to get back playing

It was thought his career was over after the shocking scenes at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium. But the ex-Ajax star has made it clear he wants to get back on the pitch.

There is no doubting his quality. He bagged 69 goals from 305 appearances in all competitions while at Spurs.

And he has notched 36 while wearing Denmark’s colours on 109 occasions. There would be a risk associated with signing Eriksen due to his health issues.

But it does not appear to be scaring off potential suitors at present. The Times, via The Chronicle, claim that the Magpies are now among a trio of club with eyes on the Dane.

He would be a free signing and provide Eddie Howe with some much-needed experience and class in midfield. The Tynesiders have already brought in Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood and been linked with numerous players in January.

He may not be a regular starter at first but, with so much Premier League knowhow, Eriksen would be a welcome addition.

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4 Huddersfield Town transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with very soon




Huddersfield Town are set for a huge clash tomorrow night against Luton Town.

The second leg of the Championship play-off final is potentially season-defining for the Terriers, with the score level at 1-1 on aggregate following the first leg.

Only a win on the night, whether it be after 90 minutes, extra time, or on penalties, will be enough to see Huddersfield reach the final at Wembley.

Whilst the focus is no doubt fully on football at the moment, there are some key transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks.

Here, we’ve picked out four matters we think will be on Corberan’s agenda once the season comes to a close.

Naby Sarr’s contract

One matter for Corberan to deal with is Naby Sarr’s expiring contract at the club, which runs out at the end of June.

Sarr has struggled for regular game time at the John Smith’s Stadium this campaign, making just 23 appearances in all competitions so far.

Interestingly, though, the 28-year-old started three of Huddersfield’s last four league matches, and also the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Luton.

These performances may or may not have been enough to get Sarr back onside with the club, but either way, Corberan must make a decision on his future soon, if he has not done so already.

Danel Sinani

Another transfer matter Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks is deciding the future of Danel Sinani.

Sinani joined on a season-long loan from Norwich City last summer, with Norwich confirming at the time that Huddersfield held an option to buy Sinani as part of the agreement.

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Sinani has certainly made a contribution this season – scoring seven goals and registering five assists in 45 appearances, but we are unaware of the sort of fee it will take to secure his signature permanently.

As such, Corberan must weigh up whether or not Sinani is worth that fee in the coming weeks.

Harry Toffolo’s extension

Harry Toffolo is another Huddersfield Town player with an expiring contract this summer.

Fortunately for the club, though, it has been reported that they hold an option to trigger a one-year extension on his current deal.

We have had no official confirmation of them triggering this option as of yet, though, leaving us to speculate over Toffolo’s future.

It must be said, however, that after a fine season for the club, it seems a formality that the club will trigger the clause.

In that eventuality, the club would then have to decide whether to cash in on the defender, or seek a fresh agreement that would see him stay beyond 2023.

Romoney Crichlow

Finally, a fourth transfer matter for Carlos Corberan to deal with this summer is the future of Romoney Crichlow.

The 22-year-old has spent the season out on loan, first at Swindon Town in League Two, and then at League One outfit Plymouth Argyle.

His Swindon spell was a success, making 24 appearances for the club, but his time at Plymouth has been quite the opposite, with the defender having made just three appearances since swapping the County Ground for Home Park.

With one year remaining on his Huddersfield deal, Corberan must decide whether or not Crichlow is worth keeping around, worth another loan out, or worth getting rid of.

Given how little he has featured at League One level, it is hard to see his immediate future with the Terriers.



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Ben Garner reveals the key to getting the best out of Swindon Town star this season




Swindon Town head coach Ben Garner has revealed how the key to getting the best out of Harry McKirdy this campaign following another two goals for the attacker.

McKirdy scored a brace this afternoon as Swindon Town beat Port Vale 2-1 at the County Ground in the first leg of the League Two play-off semi final’s.

Asked by a Sky Sports reporter how he had gotten the best out of the 25-year-old this season, Garner offered a simple explanation.

“I think one big thing when he come in – I just had an individual chat with him, just as a person, forget about football or anything else.” Garner told Sky Sports.

“We’ve just allowed him to be himself this season – built his confidence, let him play, get him in his best position, get him in positions where he can do what he does best and he’s done that this season.”

“Hopefully he will continue to do it on Thursday, and hopefully beyond.”

The two goals this afternoon took McKirdy’s tally for the campaign to an impressive 23 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions.

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The Verdict

Harry McKirdy has been absolutely brilliant at Swindon Town this campaign and a key factor in their bid for the play-offs and promotion.

His goal tally speaks for itself and adding two today only goes to demonstrate that he can also score goals when the pressure is really on.

Those goals today will have been even sweeter, too, considering they were against Port Vale.

McKirdy spent last season with the Valiants but found himself unable to get much game time with the club, making just 8 League Two appearances in 2020/21.

After the season he has had this campaign, you’d have to think Port Vale are regretting not giving him more of an opportunity.



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