Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

Dan Sheridan@@dansheridanContributor IMarch 31, 2014

Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

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    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
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    After Saturday’s alarming defeat at the hands of Southampton, Newcastle United's need for squad reinforcements could not be greater.

    For the club’s loyal supporters, the manner of the Toon’s crushing 4-0 loss at St. Mary’s Stadium was a shock to the system, and it seems the restructuring process can't start soon enough.

    The weekend brought fresh rumours involving players being targeted by manager Alan Pardew, as well as those whose time on Tyneside may be well and truly up.

    So as the Magpies lick their wounds ahead of the visit of Manchester United, Bleacher Report takes a look at the latest round of transfer gossip surrounding the Geordies.

    Last updated: Apr. 4, 3:00 p.m. GMT

Serge Aurier

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    With speculation continuing to surround the future of Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy, the Magpies could return to France in an effort to sign his replacement.

    Mark Douglas in The Journal suggests manager Alan Pardew has already scouted Toulouse defender Serge Aurier, and could move for the highly-rated 21-year-old this summer.

    The former Lens man is an international teammate of Toon midfielder Cheick Tiote and has won seven caps for the Ivory Coast.

Micah Richards

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    On Sunday morning, Newcastle United fans awoke to the news that Manchester City defender Micah Richards had moved to the top of Alan Pardew’s summer wish list. 

    A report by Steve Morgan of the Daily Star suggested the right-back has his heart set on leaving the Etihad Stadium in the summer after making just nine appearances this season.

    However, by Monday lunchtime, Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle had poured scorn on the story and insisted the Magpies are focusing on alternative targets.

    The 25-year-old, who is out of contract next summer, is said to be available for £8 million. However, his £72,000 per week wage demands rule him out of a move to Tyneside. 

Seydou Doumbia

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    Newcastle United are set to go head-to-head with Everton in the race to land CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia. 

    The Ivorian forward has caught the eye this term, finding the net 13 times in just 14 league appearances, and his form has alerted a number of European clubs.

    According to Izvestia (via talkSPORT), both the Magpies and Everton are in the hunt to sign the 26-year-old, who has 20 caps for his country.

    A fee of £17.5 million is mentioned in the report, but the Premier League pair will also have to fight off interest from Monaco and Galatasaray

Mathieu Debuchy

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    Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy could be tempted by a summer move back to his home country—and a reunion with old friend Yohan Cabaye. 

    Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are said to be monitoring the 28-year-old’s situation, and they could follow up their interest with a concrete offer at the end of the season.

    Debuchy, who grew up with Cabaye at Lille, has done little to quash the rumours. In fact, he suggested he would like to move to the French capital at some point.

    Speaking to TF1 (via ESPN), he said: “We'll see after the World Cup, but you never know what life is going to bring. PSG is a huge club. I would like to go there during my career, but we're not at that stage yet.”

Alexandre Lacazette

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    Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has reportedly turned down an offer to join Champions League-chasing Everton, while awaiting offers from both Newcastle United and Liverpool.

    The 22-year-old forward has netted a career-best 19 goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit this term, and he is keen to repay the club that signed him back in 2003 at the age of 12.

    Lacazette told Telefoot (via Ben Jefferson in the Daily Express):

    Everton? They wanted me but I did not want to leave.  

    I also know that to achieve my ambitions the club must almost play their part. And I would not want to put the club in danger because of me. If I leave for the money it would bring in, I will do so because I love this club.