Newcastle are striving to bolster their firepower even further after ramping up their efforts to land Atalanta marksman, Duvan Zapata, per a report.
The Magpies have already landed former Burnley forward Chris Wood this month. The New Zealander set Newcastle back £25m, and Burnley have since identified where they’d like to spend that money.
But with near-bottomless funds at their disposal, Newcastle are hotly tipped to continue splashing the cash before the January window slams shut.
They remain strongly linked with Sevilla centre-half Diego Carlos. The Brazilian has been reported to be open to joining the revolution at St. James’ Park and personal terms have already been agreed. At present, it is Sevilla’s lofty demands that are holding up a switch.
Another player who is keen to move to Newcastle in the coming days is Duvan Zapata, according to the Mirror.
Newcastle had been linked with the 30-year-old Colombian earlier this month. The Daily Record claimed a £25m bid had been lodged, though that fell some way short of Atalanta’s valuation of around £10m more.
Newcastle reignite Zapata interest; player wants move
But per the Mirror, Newcastle are ready to reignite their interest and give their front line a clinical edge.
They report Newcastle are ‘stepping up attempts’ to land Zapata in a ‘loan-to-buy’ deal.
Atalanta value the hitman at £34m and would command an £8m loan fee. If sanctioned, the total cost of fees would be £42m if the buy option was later triggered.
From the player’s perspective, Zapata is stated to ‘want to join the Geordies’. Toon officials are now declared to be working hard to make the deal happen.
Zapata has been simply superb since moving to Atalanta initially on loan in 2018. The Colombian has notched 78 goals in 152 appearances for the club across all competitions.
A further 38 assists have been provided, and Zapata is very much what Newcastle need – a player for the right here and now.
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Newcastle tipped for Lingard breakthrough
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard will move to Newcastle United in the January transfer window, according to one pundit.
Lingard, 29, is currently stagnating at Manchester United. Promised more game time by former Red Devils chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he has warmed the bench all season. The arrival of Ralf Rangnick has done nothing to improve his situation, with just 88 minutes of league football in 2021-2022.
Talk of a loan exit despite being six months away from free agency has ramped up. United want any suitor to take the Warrington-born ace on a permanent deal. But the Tynesiders’ precarious position means Lingard favours just a loan move.
Now, former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has weighed in on the proposed move, insisting a Newcastle switch is far more likely than a return to West Ham.
Kenny told Football Insider: “I don’t think he will go to West Ham, why would Man United strengthen a rival?
“So maybe if this goes into the last days of the window we could see some movement. That wouldn’t surprise me, priorities change very quickly in football.
“Lingard would be a brilliant signing and in all honesty, I can see him at Newcastle.”
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Arsenal player’s tears encourage transfer talk – Desire for deal, crowdfunding joked about
Hector Bellerin has spent this season on loan at Real Betis from Arsenal, choosing a move to the Spanish club because his father supports them.
He’s had a reasonably good period with the Seville club, with the highlight being him playing a key role as Betis won the Copa del Rey. The 27-year-old has put together 31 appearances, contributing five assists along the way, and there’s been rumours of a possible stay.
Real Betis played their final home game of the season at the weekend, and after the match Bellerin was in tears on the pitch, comforted by his teammates.
Estadio Deportivo report several have gone public to say the Arsenal player must stay at Betis beyond the summer, and Borja Iglesias even joked about setting up a crowd-funder to help pay for a return.
Pepe & @HectorBellerin . Cuánto beticismo en una misma imagen . Ejemplo de un sentimiento 💚😢🙏🏽 https://t.co/3RMswqzS3X
— Daniel Ceballos (@DaniCeballos46) May 15, 2022
Much will depend on what Arsenal make of the situation, and what kind of fee they’d want for Bellerin, who has a Gunners contract lasting until June 2023.
It now seems clear that he’d be keen on a return to the Spanish club, and it’s just a case of finding a way to make it happen.
‘A sort of ultimatum’ – Club trying to pressure Leicester City over transfer deal
Leicester City loaned Dennis Praet to Torino at the beginning of the season, and he’s had a reasonable time back in Italian football.
The 28-year-old has made 23 appearances, missing a chunk of the season, from early February until late April, with a foot injury.
Torino have seen enough to know they want the Belgian to stick around. They have a buying option with Leicester City, but in typical Serie A style don’t want to use that, and would rather take Praet on a loan deal again.
According to Torino Granata, the Italian club have made ‘a sort of ultimatum’ to the Foxes, telling them they want a deal agreed quickly so Praet can begin preseason training with Torino.
They want to pressure Leicester so they don’t ‘hesitate’ on agreeing the deal.
Praet has a contract with the Premier League side until 2024, so whilst another loan is possible there’s a likelihood Brendan Rodgers’ side will this time seek a purchase obligation rather than option.
At this stage, it’s not really Torino’s role to making ultimatums to anyone.