Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3

Dan Sheridan@@dansheridanContributor IFebruary 3, 2014

Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3

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    With transfer windows still open across a number of European countries and beyond, Newcastle United remain in danger of losing more players following Yohan Cabaye’s January departure.

    The sale of the popular Frenchman to Paris Saint-Germain—and subsequent failure to replace him—has left Toon fans fuming, but the exit door could swing open once more.

    It’s now been over a year since the Magpies managed to add a permanent signing to their squad, and the patience of the club’s supporters is beginning to wear extremely thin.

    Here, we round up the latest rumours circling St. James’ Park from the local and national press.


    Last updated: Feb. 5, 9:00 a.m. GMT

Cheick Tiote

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    Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has emerged as a summer transfer target for Manchester United, according to Ian Murtagh and Jeremy Cross in the Daily Star.

    The Ivory Coast international is reportedly being eyed by the reigning Premier League champions as David Moyes makes plans for a squad overhaul this summer.

    The report names Moyes as a long-term admirer of tough-tackling Tiote, and suggests contact was made during January regarding the 27-year-old’s availability.

    The former Everton boss also tried to sign the holding midfielder during his Goodison Park days, and sees him as the ideal replacement for Michael Carrick.

Papiss Cisse

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    Papiss Cisse could yet be on his way out of Newcastle United over the coming weeks, despite the UK transfer deadline passing last Friday. 

    With the window still open for another three weeks in Russia, Rubin Kazan have emerged as a possible destination for the 28-year-old according to Simon Bird from Mirror Football.

    The report also suggests Turkish Super Lig leaders Fenerbahce had a bid for the forward rejected on Monday, with Toon boss Alan Pardew keen to keep the Senegalese international until the summer.

    The striker has netted just once for the Magpies in the Premier League this season.

Florian Thauvin

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    One player who remains on Newcastle United’s radar is Marseille’s attacking midfielder Florian Thauvin—but the Magpies would need to fight off Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to get their man.

    According to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, Spurs declared an interest in the French Under-21 star last week, but fthey ailed to lure the former Bastia man to North London, despite a mooted swap deal involving Etienne Capoue.

    And the report suggests that the Magpies are keeping a close eye on the situation, as is Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Bafetimbi Gomis

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    After months of speculation surrounding the future of Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, it seems the French international could be set to stay with his current club after all.

    With his contract due to expire at the Stade de Gerland this summer, the 28-year-old striker came close to joining Newcastle United ahead of the current campaign, according to Luke Edwards of The Telegraph

    But following the move’s collapse, it now seems as though the former Saint Etienne star is ready to stay in Ligue 1. Per French newspaper Le Progres (via talkSPORT), Gomis said:  

    I cannot say anything. It’s true that there were discussions but I do not have any agreement with any club. I do not have my mind elsewhere yet. I am a player of Lyon, with whom I have a lot of ambition.

    We will discuss with the president to find the best solution for both parties. My representatives lead the discussions. In football nothing is fixed and everything can happen. I can very well leave, like I can very well stay.