Newcastle United Transfers: Rounding Up the Latest News and Rumours
The summer transfer window is always a busy time for Newcastle United, and this year it's been no different.
Though fans have only seen the arrival of two relatively unknown midfielders in Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana, it looks like there could be plenty more players on their way to Tyneside in the near future.
I'm going to take you through the latest news and rumours about who could be heading in and out of the door at St. James' Park over the coming weeks.
Demba Ba was Newcastle's top scorer last season, and keeping him could be crucial to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League in 2012-13.
Ba's buyout clause of £7 million (as reported by The Northern Echo back in January) will make it tough for Newcastle to do so, but it appears right now that Ba staying on is the most likely outcome.
The Senegalese striker has repeatedly denied the rumours of his possible departure, having the following to say to ChronicleLive:
Like I said on Twitter, it’s just rumours. People talk, but what I can say is that none of the teams that have been talked about have approached me. I’m still a Newcastle United player.
Just a year and a half after selling him for a record £35 million, Newcastle look to be on the verge of bringing homegrown striker Andy Carroll back to town.
According to the Daily Star, Newcastle legend Warren Barton wants Carroll to return home, and I'm sure he won't be the only Geordie happy to welcome the striker back.
Manager Alan Pardew is hopeful for a deal, too, and it might not be long before he has yet another quality striker at his disposal.
Mathieu Debuchy made headlines last week when he told L'Equipe that getting to Newcastle was his priority this summer, and it might not be long before he gets his wishes.
According to Goal.com, Debuchy's sale is contingent on whether or not his current club, Lille, can find a replacement for him at right back.
Debuchy has said (via The Independent) that "15 players have been suggested to them", but Lille have yet to find a player they want.
Debuchy's arrival on Tyneside is looking inevitable at the moment, and as soon as Lille find that replacement, Debuchy should be reunited with his former teammate Yohan Cabaye at St. James' Park.
As reported by Mail Online, the fee is looking to be somewhere in the £7 million range.
Luuk de Jong
At the start of the transfer window, Newcastle looked to make a huge run at bringing Luuk de Jong to St. James' Park, but as things have developed it started to look less and less likely that he'd end up in black and white.
Unsurprisingly, Newcastle's interest in Andy Carroll has suddenly increased since the news of de Jong's move to Germany.
Newcastle need some extra defensive depth before the season starts, and Brazilian centre-back Douglas Franco Teixeira could definitely provide that.
Twente themselves are unsure about whether or not Douglas wants to leave, with chairman Joop Munsterman telling Sky Sports that "he wants to leave one week and the next week he wants to stay."
Cheik Tiote was one of Newcastle's most important players last season, and much like with Demba Ba, keeping him will be crucial to their chances of repeating their success next season.
But now, according to GiveMeFootball, Tiote insists that he's happy to be at St. James' Park and that he won't be leaving this summer.
That must be great news for Newcastle fans to hear.