After a summer of inactivity in the transfer market, supporters of Newcastle United are hoping for some last-minute additions to their squad before the window slams shut.
Though numerous players have been linked with a move to St. James’ Park over the past three months, striker Loic Remy remains the Magpies’ only arrival following his loan move from Queens Park Rangers.
After two games of the new Premier League season, Alan Pardew’s side are yet to score a goal, and the need for attacking reinforcements has become glaringly obvious.
Likely departures in other areas could also force their hand, so as the clock ticks down to next week’s deadline, we look at five players who could potentially find themselves on United’s radar over the next seven days should the club decide to open their cheque book.
Earlier this month, the Daily Express suggested Newcastle United’s efforts to sign Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis had amounted to nothing.
Two weeks on, however, and the deal, according to Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, could well be resurrected following the French side’s likely early exit from the Champions League.
Confusion has surrounded the Geordies’ attempts to land the 28-year-old this summer, with alleged disputes surrounding agent’s fees thought to be the cause of uncertainty as reported by Nick Lustig in the Daily Star.
But with the player refusing to sign a new contract at the Stade de Gerland, manager Remi Garde may be forced to grant him his wish of a move to England’s top flight.
Florian Thauvin (left)
As the transfer window nears its end, much will depend on the immediate future of Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye, including any potential deal for Lille midfielder Florian Thauvin.
With Cabaye refusing to play in United’s opening fixtures, the Toon look set to offload the Frenchman, with Arsenal widely understood to be his preferred destination, as reported by Pete O’Rourke of Sky Sports.
In turn, that potential deal could open the door to a bid for Thauvin, who would fill the void in central midfield at St. James’ Park in the wake of Cabaye’s exit.
However, The Journal’s Stuart Rayner insists the Toon are not his only admirers, with Ligue 1 giants Marseille also in the race to sign the 20-year-old.
Though the new Premier League season is only two games old, Newcastle have already suffered their share of defensive difficulties following Steven Taylor’s straight red card on the opening day at Manchester City.
And according to Sky Tyne and Wear, one potential target lined up to solve such setbacks in the future is open to a move to England’s top flight.
The 24-year-old Belgian international has over 20 caps for his country and is keen to underline his ability at the highest level ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Another potential deal in the wake of Yohan Cabaye’s expected departure from Newcastle could see the Magpies move for Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince.
Not for the first time, the 21-year-old son of current manager Paul Ince is being linked with a move away from the Championship club, and St. James’ Park is being mooted as a possible destination.
Alan Nixon from Mirror Football suggests Alan Pardew is ready to go head-to-head with Tottenham for the England Under-21 star’s signature for a reported fee of £8 million.
The piece also suggests Pardew could be willing to throw a current United player into the mix in order to tempt the Seasiders to do business.
Another Frenchman to have caught Newcastle’s eye is Marseille forward Andre Ayew, who has been watched by United’s director of football Joe Kinnear, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
The Ghanaian international, who can also operate out wide, has netted 33 times for L'OM over the past three seasons and could find himself subject to a bid from the Geordies over the coming days.
Despite Marseille insisting the player is not for sale, that has not deterred the likes of Liverpool, Inter Milan and Napoli this summer, who are all reported admirers, according to Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
And with time running out, it’s a story that could develop rapidly over the next seven days.