Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 24
With just 11 Premier League games to go this term, attentions are turning to the summer transfer market at Newcastle United, as manager Alan Pardew begins his rebuilding plans.
We all know as much as we haven’t spent any money in the last 18 months, we have got a nice little kitty there and we’ve got to make good use of it. If we make good use of it we can come back stronger next year.
Though many Magpies fans will be skeptical following two disastrous transfer windows that failed to produce a single permanent signing, Pardew’s words will be welcomed.
Here we take a look at the latest round of rumours concerning potential targets as well as possible departures.
Last updated: Feb. 27, 8:00 p.m. GMT
Big spending Manchester City are readying themselves for another summer of transfer activity, and one player allegedly on their radar is Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote.
Sky Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly been impressed with the holding midfielder since he moved to England to take over at the Etihad Stadium last June.
And according to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail, Tiote could be in line to join good friend and Ivory Coast teammate Yaya Toure in the North-West in time for next season.
The 27-year-old joined the Magpies from Dutch side FC Twente for a bargain fee of £3.5 million in 2010, and has enhanced his reputation with some blockbuster displays for the Toon this term.
After a season of struggle at Newcastle United, Steven Taylor is being linked with a move away from Tyneside.
The centre-half enjoyed a run in the first-team recently following a knee injury to Fabricio Coloccini, but found himself benched once the Argentine regained fitness.
Former Sunderland boss Bruce is a big admirer of the ex-England Under-21 man, and could make a move once City’s Premier League status has been confirmed for another season.
With Joleon Lescott’s spell at Manchester City coming to an end, a number of Premier League clubs are forming an orderly queue as interest in the central defender hots up.
One of those clubs, according to David Wright in the Daily Express, is Newcastle United.
The 31-year-old’s contract at the Etihad Stadium runs out at the end of the season, and the player himself has accepted his time is up in the North West:
My days at City are numbered but there is no bad feeling. I've known for a while but there is no resentment.
I know my contract won't be renewed, so every performance I've put in this season has been like being in the shop window. Hopefully someone is watching and wants to sign me.
Not for the first time, French international Mathieu Debuchy is being linked with a move away from Newcastle United this summer.
According to talkSPORT, citing reports in Germany, the former Lille defender—who joined the Magpies in January of last year—is being tracked by German giants Bayern Munich.
Pep Guardiola is in the market for a new right-back, having lost faith in Brazil star Rafinha, and has reportedly earmarked Debuchy as an ideal replacement.
The 28-year-old is under contract with the Toon until 2018, but Alan Pardew’s hand could be forced—much like it was in the case of Yohan Cabaye last month—if a big enough bid is received.
Fresh from scoring a last-gasp winner against Aston Villa on Sunday, the future of on-loan Newcastle United striker Loic Remy is once again the subject of debate.
In light of the forward’s late heroics at the weekend, Toon boss Alan Pardew has suggested the Frenchman’s goalscoring ability will make it difficult to land him on a permanent basis.
The 27-year-old has netted 12 times in the Premier League since his temporary switch from Queens Park Rangers last summer, and the Toon would love to hang on to him.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Pardew admitted they may not get their wish at the end of the current campaign:
He is going to be hot property and will get a lot of headlines. His goals could make it harder to buy him. Perhaps I will leave him out of the next 11 games!