Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 17
The January transfer window may have been closed for almost three weeks, but that hasn’t stopped a number of Premier League stars being linked with summer moves.
In the north-east at Newcastle United, doubts surround a number of players, with almost all of the Magpies’ strikeforce being targeted by clubs both at home and further afield.
Joe Kinnear’s disastrous reign as director of football came to an end as a result of puzzling inactivity last summer and this winter with not one permanent signing arriving at St. James’ Park.
So with just 12 games remaining in their current campaign, we take a look at some of the stories doing the rounds on Tyneside.
Last updated: Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m. GMT.
The future of Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy has been thrown into doubt after the player admitted he did not know where he would be playing his football next season.
A report from Sky Sports suggests both Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on the French international, who joined the Magpies from Lille in January 2013.
The 28-year-old saw close friend Yohan Cabaye join PSG last month, and despite having four years remaining on his current contract, he refused to commit to the Toon whilst speaking to journalists in his home country.
The defender said: “PSG? I am here until the end of the season and for next year, I do not know.”
And on the subject of Cabaye, Debuchy added:
“This is a great loss for us so obviously I was sad but I'm happy for him because PSG is a great club.
“I had the opportunity to talk a little with Yohan Cabaye and it is clear he is really happy there.”
Hatem Ben Arfa
Following a dramatic dip in form this season, French international Hatem Ben Arfa is being linked with a move away from Newcastle United, with Italy being mentioned as a possible destination.
The attacker has dropped down the pecking order at St. James’ Park this term following a bout of erratic form that has seen him net just three times in 25 appearances.
With a major squad overhaul on the horizon this summer, Ben Arfa is understood to have played his way out of manager Alan Pardew’s long-term plans, per Perrin's report.
Newcastle United’s attempts to bring top-scorer Loic Remy to St. James’ Park on a permanent basis have been hampered by apparent interest from high-flying Arsenal.
A report by Mark Douglas in The Journal suggests the Gunners are ready to move for the 27-year-old, who has bagged 11 Premier League goals for the Toon since his loan move from Queens Park Rangers last summer.
Contact was allegedly made over the last month between Arsenal and the players’ representatives, and the Magpies have reacted by trying to bring forward negotiations to sign the striker themselves.
Arsene Wenger could lure the French international with the offer of Champions League football, while the waters could be muddied further if parent club QPR return to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Papiss Cisse could yet leave Newcastle United this winter with Rubin Kazan reportedly ready to pay £9 million to land the Senegalese international striker.
The transfer window in Russia does not close until February 27, giving the top-flight outfit another week to complete the deal and end the 28-year-old’s time on Tyneside.
The former SC Freiburg forward has struggled in the Premier League this season for the Magpies, and he has found the net just three times in all competitions.
Another striker with a cloudy future at Newcastle United is Shola Ameobi who has been linked with a move to the Far East in recent days.
According to Simon Jones of the Mail Online, the 32-year-old, who will be out of contract in the summer, is a target for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s new club, Guangzhou R&F.
Ameobi has been with the Magpies since arriving as a teenager back in 1995, and he made his first-team debut under Sir Bobby Robson some five years later.
With China’s transfer window remaining open until February 28, Eriksson could make a bid this month, but a switch during the close season looks a more likely outcome.