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Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 10

Dan SheridanContributor IMarch 10, 2014

Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 10

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    While the spotlight at Newcastle United remains on manager Alan Pardew and his recent punishment from the Football Association, the transfer rumour mill continues to turn. 

    According to Sky Sports, the Magpies boss is set to learn his fate on Tuesday after his infamous headbutt on Hull City midfielder David Meyler, but that hasn’t halted a fresh round of speculation.

    With a major squad reshuffle on the cards at St. James’ Park this summer, a number of current Toon players have been linked with a move away from Tyneside.

    And with new faces likely to emerge as well, we take a look at the latest set of names being mentioned as potential arrivals and departures.

     

    Last updated: Mar. 14, 8:30 a.m. GMT

Ryan Shawcross

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    Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is toying with the idea of bidding for Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross this summer, according to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail.  

    But the 26-year-old, who has one England cap to his name, is only 14 months into a five-and-a-half year contract, and Potters manager Mark Hughes is keen to hang on to his skipper.

    Manchester United are understood to have first option on the centre-back after selling him to Stoke in 2008, while Tottenham Hotspur declared an interest in the former Royal Antwerp loanee 18 months ago.

Alfred Finnbogason

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    Having watched Icelandic international Alfred Finnbogason in a recent friendly against Wales, Newcastle United have reportedly ended their interest in signing the striker.

    The prolific SC Heerenveen forward has netted 25 times in just 27 appearances this season, and was the subject of an £8 million bid from Fulham during the January transfer window.

    But according to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old, who is also being tracked by Celtic, Everton and Sunderland, has dropped off the Magpies’ radar.

Martin Hinteregger

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    Newcastle United are one of a number of Premier League clubs keeping tabs on highly rated Red Bull Salzburg defender Martin Hinteregger. 

    According to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail, the Magpies have been scouting the 21-year-old along with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

    The tall Austrian, who can play at left-back as well as centre-half, has been with Salzburg since joining as a junior in 2006 and made his senior debut for his country last year.

Danny Welbeck

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    A £200 million squad makeover at Manchester United could spell the end of Danny Welbeck’s career at Old Trafford, according to Rob Shepherd in the Daily Mail.

    And should the reigning Premier League champions choose to let the 23-year-old leave, Newcastle United are ready to offer the forward a fresh challenge.

    The report also suggests Everton could be interested in signing the England international, who is hoping to do enough between now and May to cement a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.

Loic Remy

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    Newcastle United are hoping the financial plight of Queens Park Rangers could open the door to a permanent deal for on-loan striker Loic Remy.

    A report by Alex Richards of the Mirror suggests the London club are set to cash in on the French striker, who has scored 13 Premier League goals for the Magpies this term.

    Despite interest from Arsenal, the Toon remain confident of landing the former Marseille forward, with QPR recently confirming losses of over £65 million for last season.

Gael Bigirimana

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    England Under-20 midfielder Gael Bigirimana has been told he can leave Newcastle United on loan, as suggested by Mark Douglas in The Journal

    The former Coventry City star is in desperate need of regular first-team football since returning from a long-term injury, and a move to the lower leagues looks a real possibility.

    Coventry were reportedly alerted to his situation earlier this term, while Birmingham City are also understood to be interested in the Burundi-born 20-year-old.

Gabriel Obertan

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    Another fringe player currently being linked with a move away from Newcastle United is winger Gabriel Obertan.

    The Frenchman has struggled to make an impact at St. James’ Park since his £3 million move from Manchester United in 2011 and is expected to secure a loan deal to the Championship.

    According to Mark Douglas in The Journal, Nottingham Forest have been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old—as have a host of other clubs from England’s second tier.

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