Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 10
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.
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
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.
Having watched Icelandic international Alfred Finnbogason in a recent friendly against Wales, Newcastle United have reportedly ended their interest in signing the striker.
Newcastle United are one of a number of Premier League clubs keeping tabs on highly rated Red Bull Salzburg defender Martin Hinteregger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.