It’s silly season on Tyneside! Newcastle are set to splash the cash this month in their relegation scrap with Botman, Origi, Martial and Cantwell among those linked with moves after Trippier’s arrival… but who will be next to join?
- Newly-minted Newcastle have been linked with countless players this month
- They are expected to splash the cash in a bid to avoid Premier League relegation
- So far, they have brought Kieran Trippier and seen a Sven Botman offer rejected
- The likes of Anthony Martial, Diego Carlos and Todd Cantwell are touted to join
- Here, Sportsmail takes a close look at the rumours to work out who may join next
It’s that time again – silly season in the Premier League’s winter window. While clubs prefer to do their main business at the end of the campaign, there have been countless examples of big-money fees being splashed around over this month.
To little surprise, Newcastle – now the richest team in the world after their takeover from a Saudi-backed consortium – have been linked with seemingly every player under the sun. They are expected to spend heavily in their relegation fight.
Already they have brought in Kieran Trippier in a £12million deal from Atletico Madrid. Having played under Eddie Howe in the past, the full-back knows all about the manager’s desire for hard work, and will surely prove a superb signing for him.
Newcastle are expected to splash the cash as they look to avoid relegation under Eddie Howe
But they aren’t done there. It is believed that Howe will also look to bring in a new central defender, and a striker is also on his list of priorities. Blessed with exorbitant riches, their possibilities are endless, and supporters are beginning to dream again.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Todd Cantwell and Divock Origi are just a handful of names touted with a move to St James’ Park. All of them may be keen on the switch over their respective lack of minutes, and would be exciting additions on Tyneside.
So, as the rumour mill churns into overdrive, Sportsmail takes a look at the list of players linked with Newcastle and reveals the likelihood of them signing…
Kieran Trippier’s arrival from Atletico Madrid for £12million is set to herald in heavy spending
TODD CANTWELL (NORWICH)
Newcastle have been tipped to make a move for Norwich playmaker Todd Cantwell, who has struggled for game time this season. Sky Sports reported on their purported interest, and the midfielder has just six months left on his deal.
His current club hold the option to extend his terms for another year, though, but Cantwell may be tempted into a fresh start due to his lack of minutes.
As a result, Newcastle could be tempted to test his resolve with an offer of their own, particularly as Canaries boss Dean Smith admitted he has no idea if the midfielder will be at Carrow Road come February 1.
It is said that he would cost between £15m and £20m, although another unnamed Premier League side are also interested in him.
Were Norwich to sell up to Newcastle, they would be offloading a player to one of their relegation rivals, which may well come into their thinking.
Todd Cantwell has struggled for game time at Norwich, and has been linked with Newcastle
ANTHONY MARTIAL (MANCHESTER UNITED)
As revealed by Sportsmail earlier this week, Newcastle are actively monitoring Anthony Martial’s role on the sidelines at Manchester United, as they look for a new striker in the wake of Callum Wilson’s injury. The frontman is open to leaving.
Despite him not being the type of forward the club were targeting before this month, Martial has now come into the thinking at St James’ Park. Boss Howe wanted younger back-ups to Wilson, but his priorities are now believed to have changed.
United are reluctant to allow players to leave because of the uncertainty around the Covid-19 situation at the club, but the deal appears possible if Newcastle were to stump up an attractive enough proposition.
Whether Martial – who has also been linked with a move to LaLiga outfit Sevilla this month – will be reliable enough to score enough goals in the drop zone scrap remains to be seen, however.
The 26-year-old has scored just eight goals in 46 appearances across all competitions in 2020-21 and so far this campaign.
Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United, and Newcastle are monitoring his situation
DIVOCK ORIGI (LIVERPOOL)
Another striker understood to be on Howe’s watchlist is Liverpool’s Divock Origi. Similarly to Martial, Howe holds reservations – although the absence of Wilson may again force him and his club into compromises.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Origi is indeed a target, with Newcastle’s new ownership pushing on in their efforts to provide the manager with more options. His lack of game time at Anfield may convince to make the switch.
In-form Bournemouth frontman Dominic Solanke, who was also once on the books at Anfield, has also been linked with Newcastle. Promotion chasing Bournemouth are unlikely to be keen on letting him go, though, with Origi the more likely arrival.
Liverpool striker Divock Origi is another target, but boss Howe holds reservations over him
SVEN BOTMAN (LILLE)
A top target for Newcastle in this window is Lille defender Sven Botman, Sportsmail understands. As it stands, there is concrete interest in the centre back, and the club remain locked in negotiations with the Ligue 1 side.
Howe wants two new centre backs and Botman ranks high up on his list of priorities. His hopes of signing him were dented, though, after an initial £30m bid was rejected.
Lille, who are eighth in the top-flight in France, are understandably keen to keep hold of the impressive young stalwart, but may be tempted into selling up. It is also said that Botman himself would be keen on moving to the Premier League.
Sven Botman is a primary target for Newcastle, and the club remain locked in talks with Lille
DIEGO CARLOS (SEVILLA)
Newcastle are interested in Sevilla’s Diego Carlos, another highly-rated defender. Indeed, talks between the two clubs over the deal have now intensified.
Carlos is said to be open to the move, but Sevilla are asking for £35million. They are firmly in the LaLiga title race, and are unwilling to allow the centre back to leave.
So far, Howe and Co have offered around £25m, but talks are continuing. Carlos joined the club from Nantes in 2019 and has played over 100 times for them, forming a strong partnership with Jules Kounde at the heart of Julen Lopetegui’s side.
Howe is keen to bring in two new defenders, with Diego Carlos another name on the shortlist
LUCAS DIGNE (EVERTON)
Everton boss Rafael Benitez has revealed full back Lucas Digne wants to leave the club following their fall-out.
The Frenchman has attracted admiring glances from Newcastle, but it is understood that he does not want to put pen to paper at St James’ Park. As a result, no official offer has been lodged.
It is said that he is unsure about the project the club, and is waiting for Chelsea and others to firm up their interest in him.
As reported by Sportsmail, West Ham are continuing discussions over a move for Digne, but his £100,000-a-week wage package may prove a stumbling block. Chelsea look to be in pole position, as they are down to just one left back.
Lucas Digne is set to leave Everton after a fall-out, but he is not interested in joining Newcastle
AARON RAMSEY (JUVENTUS)
Having played just 112 minutes for Juventus in Serie A this season, it comes as little surprise that Aaron Ramsey may be on the move – with Premier League clubs keen.
His team are keen to offload his £400,000-per-week wages, and Newcastle were offered the midfielder’s services last month, as revealed by Sportsmail.
Boss Howe was even consulted over him, but there has been no real interest on his part to seal the deal. Ramsey’s wage package would also likely prove too steep.
Reports in Italy earlier this week suggested he has turned down a formal offer from Burnley because he wants a higher profile of team, so is therefore unlikely to consider relegation-threatened Newcastle in any case.
Juventus hope to offload Aaron Ramsey, but his wage package may prove a stumbling block
EDDIE NKETIAH (ARSENAL)
Despite appearing an attainable target for Newcastle this month, it is understood there are reservations among some at the club over signing Eddie Nketiah. With just six months left, the striker appears likely to leave Arsenal in the near future.
He has turned down a number of contract offers from his club this season, and is said to be keen to leave the Emirates in the hope of gaining more first-team experience. A Wilson-less Newcastle may well be the perfect home for this.
But there has been a split at St James’ Park over the frontman and, as a result, Newcastle may instead focus on other primary targets.
Moreover, there is no shortage of suitors for England U21’s record goalscorer, with Bayer Leverkusen having held pre-contract talks with him while Brighton and Crystal Palace are also interested in him.
Eddie Nketiah has struggled for regular game time at Arsenal, and is on Newcastle’s radar
SAMUEL UMTITI (BARCELONA)
Another player offered to Newcastle is Barcelona centre back Samuel Umtiti, who remains out of favour at the Nou Camp. His club have attempted to offload him to ease their financial woes, but to no avail.
The deal, should it be pushed forward, would be a loan with an option to buy, it is believed. It remains to be seen, however, if Newcastle actively move for him.
Umtiti has made just one appearance this season, but has so far refused no less than five different transfers away from Catalonia.
He is thought to be available for £17m, and earns a reported £220,000-per-week wage following an injury-ravaged stay at Camp Nou.
Out of favour Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has been offered to Newcastle on a loan deal
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (ARSENAL)
This one appears very unlikely on paper. Indeed, it is understood Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang features down low on Newcastle’s list of priorities as it stands.
His future at Arsenal is uncertain after his latest brush with ill-discipline saw him stripped of the armband – and Sportsmail has reported that clubs have been informed over the striker’s potential availability.
The caveat is that his £350,000-per-week wage will prove an obstacle to any potential switch, and this may also hold Newcastle back in a potential future swoop.
His participation at the Africa Cup of Nations – which he will hope to compete in after testing positive for Covid-19 this week – for Gabon could also put a spanner in the works.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal future is unclear after he was stripped of the armband
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