Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

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    January is a shade over a week away, and with that comes the transfer window.

    Clubs are starting to make plans for when the window opens, and the speculation is hotting up as a result.

    Here is your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories surrounding Newcastle United. Be sure to check back each day for further developments.

    —LATEST UPDATE: Sunday, December  29— 

Napoli Set Sights on Krul

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    Tim Krul has been a key figure Newcastle, and it appears his form has caught the eye of other clubs.

    One such club, according to the People’s Alan Oliver, is Napoli.

    Oliver suggests Napoli boss Rafa Benitez fears losing keeper Pepe Reina, who is on loan at the club from Liverpool, to Barcelona in the summer and is making plans for life without the Spaniard.

    Krul is the man the former Liverpool boss has set his sights on, while Oliver suggests the Magpies are looking at Reading’s Alex McCarthy “in case of a Krul offer they cannot refuse.”

Pardew to Fight Hard to Keep Cabaye

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    Alan Pardew has warned interested parties that Newcastle will fight hard to retain Yohan Cabaye in the January transfer window.

    Arsenal failed with a bid to land the Frenchman in the summer, but are reported to be readying a fresh bid, while Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked.

    Pardew is aware of the links, but dismissed talk that Newcastle had set a £22 million price tag on their midfielder.

    The Mail’s Colin Young has the quotes from Pardew:

    I see the price quoted in the papers but it isn’t our price. We don’t want to sell him, of course we don’t. He is the main man here and he’s got the platform to be the main man at a big club and you don’t get always get that.

    He should savour that and take it all the way to France and beyond to the World Cup because if he stays where is now he’s going to be a major influence at the World Cup, I think.

Simpson Wants Taylor at QPR

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    Danny Simpson feels Steven Taylor would benefit from swapping Newcastle for Queens Park Rangers.

    Taylor has fallen down the pecking order at Newcastle and R's boss Harry Redknapp has been heavily linked with a January bid for the defender.

    Simpson is now a QPR player, but played alongside Taylor at St James' Park and would welcome the opportunity to renew their association.

    Paul Warburton of Get West London has the quotes from Simpson, who said: "I do know Steven, and he’s a top lad, and we had a good relationship when I was at Newcastle so if I’m asked what I think (by the management) I can’t speak too highly of him.”

PSG in the Hunt for Cabaye

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    Newcastle are flying high in the Premier League, but they may face a fight to keep hold of star midfielder Yohan Cabaye in January.

    TalkSPORT has picked up on a report from French Sports paper L’Equipe which claims PSG boss Laurent Blanc will make a move for Cabaye.

    Blanc’s mid-season wish is to bring in a central midfielder, according to the report, and Cabaye’s status as being eligible to play in the Champions League makes him an attractive prospect.

Pardew Eyes January Recruits

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    Newcastle endured a frustrating time in the summer window, as the Magpies failed to make any permanent signings.

    The only arrival was the loan capture of Loic Remy, but it has not stopped Newcastle from making a fist of things.

    A run of six wins from their last eight games has lifted the club into the top six.

    Such form has sparked talk of Newcastle mounting a push for the Champions League places, and manager Alan Pardew is viewing the transfer window as an opportunity to hand his side a fresh boost.

    The Guardian’s Paul Doyle picked up on quotes from Pardew following the win over Crystal Palace.

    Pardew said:

    The transfer window is open soon and that might be an opportunity for us to galvanise ourselves.

    We're making sure that we don't miss what might be a key signing. So [the chief scout] Graham Carr, Joe (Kinnear), myself and the owner (Mike Ashley) are very much on the ball for this January window. That is really the committee for transfers.

    We sit down and discuss and make sure we make the right decision for the club. The finance comes into that, of course, but so does selection of what I need.

    With Joe's knowledge of football he knows that the manager needs certain things and that has helped, in my opinion. I don't really want to say any more than that but I think that gives you a little bit of insight.

Frustrated Taylor in QPR's Sights

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    Steven Taylor is shaping up to be the forgotten man at Newcastle.

    He has found his path to the team blocked upon his return from injury, and he has spoken of his frustration with life on the sidelines.

    The Daily Star has the quotes from Taylor:

    I want to play football. If I’m not going to get in the team, then obviously we will have to look at something else.

    I’m ready and fit for selection, so I just have to knuckle down and see what happens.

    Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is primed to take advantage of Taylor's frustration, according to the Express' John Richardson, who states in an exclusive that Redknapp has tabled a £2 million bid. 

    Richardson suggests Newcastle are willing to deal, but want a fee in the region of £5 million. 

Magpies Ready to Cash in on Cisse

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    Papiss Cisse continues to frustrate at Newcastle, and the Mirror’s Clive Hetherington suggests the Magpies are ready to cut their losses in January.

    However, any side who are keen should be aware that the forward will not come cheap.

    Hetherington suggests that Newcastle will not accept anything less than £10 million for a player they signed from Freiburg for £9.5 million in 2011.