Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 17
Without Loic Remy in their side, the Magpies looked lightweight in attack, while the input of a creative, attacking midfielder was sorely lacking for Alan Pardew’s men.
With just nine games to play until the end of the campaign, it is hoped the powers that be at St. James’ Park will strengthen early this summer as they prepare for next season.
So as another round of fixtures passes by, Bleacher Report takes a look at the latest names being linked with a move to the North East, as well as those rumoured to be nearing the exit.
Last updated: Mar. 19, 3:00 p.m. GMT
A defensive reshuffle at Arsenal could see Gunners right-back Carl Jenkinson join Newcastle United on a season-long loan this summer.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen on signing Southampton starlet Calum Chambers to replace Bacary Sagna, who is set to turn down a new two-year deal and leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer.
Should £10 million-rated Chambers arrive in North London, Jenkinson would be allowed to leave the club—with the Magpies ready to take the former Charlton Athletic man to St. James’ Park.
The England international has made 19 appearances this season, but the London Evening Standard’s James Olley suggests he could be surplus to requirements at Arsenal next term.
The Montpellier playmaker was the subject of a bid from the Magpies back in January, but an asking price of £15 million is rumoured to have brought the deal to a halt.
A fresh move, however, could be in the offing this summer, with Toon boss Alan Pardew desperate to replace Yohan Cabaye sooner rather than later.
Much will depend on the 24-year-old’s involvement with France at the World Cup, but Newcastle will also be wary of interest from other clubs in the Premier League.
Defeat at Fulham has left Newcastle United eight points away from the top six. Should the Magpies miss out on European football next season, some of their biggest stars could move on.
One of them could be French international full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who is being tracked by German giants Bayern Munich and Serie A high-flyers AS Roma.
The defender has become a big favourite at St. James’ Park, but according to talkSPORT, his relationship with one of his former managers could open the door to a move to Italy.
Roma boss Rudi Garcia managed the 28-year-old during his time at Lille, and though Debuchy is under contract with the Magpies until 2018, a big bid could persuade the Toon to do business.
Barely a week goes by without a fresh rumour surrounding Newcastle United’s on-loan striker Loic Remy, and this time around it is Tottenham Hotspur being linked with the Frenchman.
Currently missing with a calf injury, the 27-year-old seems certain to snub the Toon’s advances to make his move from Queens Park Rangers permanent this summer.
According to Matthew Nash at Metro, Spurs are waiting in the wings, and want the former Marseille man to spearhead their attack next season.
However, should QPR win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, Harry Redknapp may try to convince Remy to remain at Loftus Road for the foreseeable future.
Luuk De Jong
Despite failing to score in any of his first six appearances for Newcastle United, Dutch forward Luuk De Jong is determined to make his move to the North East permanent.
Currently on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, the 23-year-old has so far failed to live up to his billing on Tyneside, but he remains confident a deal can be struck.
I want to show myself in the Premier League and Newcastle is a fantastic club, and it would be great for me to sign a long contract here. I really like it here, everyone is really helping me.