Newcastle United’s transfer options have taken a double hit with a defensive target now injured and a potential striker signing nearing an exit.
The Magpies were always going to find the January transfer tricky. And sure enough, they’ve encountered a variety of issues when pursuing transfers to help them get out of their current predicament in the Premier League.
Lille blocked their approach for centre-back Sven Botman, Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek didn’t want to join them, and Eden Hazard won’t leave Real Madrid.
Now two further issues have been discovered. The first relates to Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.
It was hoped that he could a loan signing, with all parties open to that option. But that deal is now out of the question.
As per Mundo Deportivo, Umtiti will be sidelined for three months following surgery on his foot.
That leaves Sevilla’s Diego Carlos as the sole centre-back Newcastle are currently in the hunt for. Ideally, if they can get him signed then another will be wanted.
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And at the other end of the pitch, there has also been a hitch in the club’s plans.
That’s because according to Fabrizio Romano, Borussia Monchengladbach are in talks with Zenit St. Petersburg over the sale of their striker Alassane Plea.
Plea is one of the Toon’s attacking targets to replace the goals of the injured Callum Wilson. Reports from his native France indicated Howe viewed him as an ideal Chris Wood partner.
And with him being good friends with Allan Saint-Maximin, there was belief a deal could be done.
But now it seems Russian side Zenit have swooped in. Romano also notes that Atalanta are still reluctant to sell fellow Magpies target, Duvan Zupata.
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Meanwhile, a pundit has told Newcastle to move for former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
The Spaniard bagged 58 goals in 120 games for Chelsea during a three-and-a-half-year spell at Stamford Bridge. He helped the Blues to win two Premier League titles and one EFL Cup.
He left England to re-join Diego Simeone’s team in January 2018, before going on to sign for Atletico Mineiro in August.
The 33-year-old is now a free agent after terminating his contract in Brazil. And those on Tyneside have been urged to “sign him tomorrow”…
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Liverpool defender makes AFC Bournemouth admission regarding Scott Parker
Liverpool defender Nat Phillips has admitted he has enjoyed every minute of his time working under AFC Bournemouth boss Scott Parker.
Phillips spent the second half of the campaign on loan at the Vitality Stadium having made a deadline day loan move from the Merseyside club.
The central defender went on to make 17 Championship appearances for the Cherries as they achieved automatic promotion to the Premier League.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Phillips said on his time working under Scott Parker, via afcb.co.uk.
“I’ve said from the start when people have asked me about it, he’s very detailed and meticulous in the way that he plans games. The way that he sets his teams and the way that he approaches games are very clear in terms of the instructions that he gives us.
“Also, in the messages that he wants to deliver us and in the sessions that he puts on as well; they very much align with what we wanted to achieve.
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“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and also the other side of the game, the more emotional aspect and that side of things, I feel like he’s good at tapping into that side of stuff.
“So, it’s been a pleasure to work under him.”
Nat Phillips’ loan move to AFC Bournemouth seems to have paid off, and it sounds as though he enjoyed his time on the south coast.
With the Cherries now a top-flight club, could a potential return to Bournemouth be on the cards this summer?
With the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez ahead of him in the Anfield pecking order, playing time is going to be hard to come by at the Merseyside club next season.
Therefore, a return to Bournemouth and the chance to play regular Premier League football could be a great opportunity for Phillips this summer.
It was recently revealed that his loan deal does not hold an option to make his loan move a permanent one, however, Bournemouth will surely be on the phone to Liverpool enquiring about the 25-year-old’s availability regarding a potential move this summer.
Blackburn Rovers managerial target issues honest update on his future at European club
Carlos Carvalhal has admitted that he will be looking to discuss his future at S.C. Braga this week after recently being linked with the Blackburn Rovers job.
A report from Football Insider last week suggested that Carvalhal was one of the front-runners to replace Tony Mowbray at Ewood Park.
Mowbray is set to leave Blackburn when his current contract expires.
Rovers missed out on a place in the Championship play-offs after only managing to win five of their last 20 games.
Carvalhal’s existing deal at Braga is set to reach a conclusion in June and he has yet to agree fresh terms with the Portuguese side.
The 56-year-old led the club to fourth-place in the Liga Portugal Bwin as they finished behind Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Porto who were crowned champions.
Braga also reached the quarter finals of the Europa League where they suffered a 3-2 defeat to Rangers on aggregate.
Making reference to his current situation at Braga, Carvalhal has admitted that he has yet to have talks with the club’s hierarchy.
Speaking to the Portuguese press (as cited by Lancs Live), Carvalhal said: “I have no proposal for renewal.
“My contract was for two years, I had the opportunity to leave and improve my financial conditions, and I stayed.
“The contract is ending and a conversation is scheduled after the Championship ends,
“I’ll wait until Monday [today] or Tuesday to talk.
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“What motivates me now is to win.
“Adult people have conversations, express their ideas and there may not be understanding.”
If Carvalhal cannot reach an agreement over a new deal at Braga, it will be intriguing to see whether Blackburn decide to offer him the chance to succeed Mowbray.
During his previous managerial spells in the Football League, the 56-year-old experienced a mixed amount of success.
Whereas Carvalhal did lead Sheffield Wednesday to the play-offs in the Championship in back-to-back seasons, he was unable to transform Swansea City’s fortunes in 2017 after opting to take over at the Welsh club.
The Jacks only won eight of the 25 games that Carvalhal oversaw and eventually decided to part ways with him in June 2018.