Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 7
Newcastle United reacted to their third defeat on the spin by naming a new managing director this week—and Toon fans are hoping Lee Charnley's appointment will finally see the club make strides in the transfer market.
After two windows without a single permanent signing, the Magpies are in desperate need of reinforcements, and their deficiencies have been exposed in recent weeks.
The rebuilding job cannot start soon enough for the Geordie supporters, so with just five games remaining of the 2013-14 campaign, we look at the latest names could be coming and going at St. James' Park.
Last updated: Apr. 10, 5 p.m. GMT
French international forward Alexandre Lacazette is one of Newcastle United’s main targets this summer, as reported by Mark Douglas in The Journal.
Described as a potential ‘blue-chip’ addition to the Toon’s squad, the 22-year-old is currently third behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani in the Ligue 1 scoring charts, with 14 goals.
He made his debut for France in an international friendly against Uruguay in June last year and earned a further cap versus Brazil during the same month.
Newcastle United have opened talks with Spanish club Tenerife in an effort to sign Ayoze Perez, according to Mark Douglas in The Journal.
The striker, who has been with the Segunda Division outfit his entire career and was born on the Canary island, has netted 10 times in 18 league starts this term, and could be available for as little as £1.5 million.
The piece also included a quote from Tenerife coach Alvaro Cervera, who said: “Ayoze Perez is the best player I’ve ever coached.”
Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has suggested Newcastle United could struggle to land striker Loic Remy on a permanent basis.
The Frenchman is on loan from the Loftus Road outfit and has been a huge hit with the Magpies, netting 13 times in the Premier League this term.
But the Toon’s hopes of signing the former Marseille man could be scuppered, with the 27-year-old apparently eyeing a move to a Champions League club.
In a report by the Evening Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, Redknapp said: “Remy wants to play Champions League football next season, so they tell me.
“He’s done well at Newcastle, and one or two other big clubs are trying to get him, so there’s every chance he will go. He’s a scorer, and with the right team pushing to get in the top four, he’s capable of getting 20 goals.”
Luuk De Jong
Luuk De Jong is still hopeful of earning a permanent move to Newcastle United, despite failing to score in 10 Premier League appearances for the club.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan at St. James’ Park from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, but has struggled to adapt to the pace of the English game.
The striker, however, has suggested a move to the Magpies is still his main aim, and he is eager to prove himself over the final five games of the season.
In an interview with Miles Starforth in the Shields Gazette, De Jong said: "I just want to improve my game every game.
"That’s why I love being here. I hope to be important for the team, and after this season, I hope to stay."
Younes Belhanda has indicated he would be interested in a move to Newcastle United this summer—but has named Arsenal as his first-choice destination.
The Moroccan midfielder signed for Dynamo Kiev last year but has already set his sights on a "dream" move to England.
Speaking to France Football, via Daniel Prince in the Shields Gazette, the 24-year-old said:
If I have opportunities to go higher, I will seize them. I am dreaming about England. Every player wants to play in England one day. I have to experience that.
My favourite club? Arsenal, of course. It is the club of Frenchmen. Newcastle as well, but they are a step below.
Belhanda was a teammate of Magpies' defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa during his time with Montpellier and has 23 caps for his country.
Benfica are hoping a recent change at boardroom level at Newcastle United could mean an extended stay for their striker Oscar Cardozo.
According to talkSPORT, the Magpies have been keeping tabs on the 30-year-old for a number of years without ever firming up their interest with a bid.
But the Portuguese giants have been buoyed by Lee Charnley's appointment as the Toon's new managing director.
Speaking to the club's official website, Charnley said:
Our transfer policy and strategy is very clear and will remain unchanged.
We will focus on identifying and recruiting young players whose best years are ahead of them, which in nearly all cases means players in their early to mid-20s and not beyond.
Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan
Ben Arfa has been in-and-out of the Magpies' starting XI after an erratic season, while Marveaux and Obertan have struggled to make any impact whatsoever under Alan Pardew.
Now all three could be offloaded as the Toon boss looks to reshape his squad completely after a dramatic collapse in 2014.
Not for the first time this year, Manchester City's Micah Richards is being heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United—but the Magpies have some competition in the race to sign the defender.
City's longest-serving player has turned down an improved contract offer from Manuel Pellegrini, as announced by the Guardian's Daniel Taylor, and will leave the Etihad Stadium in search of regular first-team football.
After making only his second Premier League start in four years against Manchester United on Saturday, Dan Gosling is being linked with a summer move to the south coast.
But the 24-year-old is no stranger to playing in the Championship after enjoying a successful loan spell with Blackpool last season.
Newcastle United's Tim Krul has been earmarked to fill the veteran goalkeeper's boots, and the 26-year-old could be the subject of a £10 million bid this summer.
Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is also a known admirer of the Dutchman, who is sweating on his place in Holland's World Cup squad after a recent knee injury.