Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 14
The most pressing task facing the former Southampton boss this summer will be to rebuild his squad after a disastrous run of 12 defeats in 17 games since Boxing Day last year.
As the Magpies prepare to face Swansea City this weekend, Bleacher Report looks at some of the names that could be targeted in the next window, as well as those being linked with the exit door.
Last updated: April 18, 2 p.m. GMT
Defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli is being tracked by Newcastle United as well as a host of other clubs both in the Premier League and Ligue 1.
The Montpellier man is a reported target for Everton, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille as well as the Magpies, and with his contract due to expire next summer, he could be available for a nominal fee.
The 23-year-old is valued at around £3 million by his club, but La Paillade do not want to risk losing the French Under-21 international for nothing in a little over 12 months.
The story surfaced in L’Equipe, via Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle.
Jack Colback’s representatives have reportedly been in touch with Newcastle United amid rumours of a controversial summer switch from fierce rivals Sunderland.
The midfielder has turned down several new contact offers from the Black Cats, who are struggling at the foot of the Premier League table with just five games to play.
And despite added interest from Everton, Fulham, Stoke City and Aston Villa, the chance to stay in his native North-East could prove tempting for the 24-year-old, who joined the Wearsiders at the age of 10.
According to Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle, Colback, who scored against the Magpies in February’s Tyne-Wear derby, is keen on the potential move.
Siem De Jong
The Dutch international, whose younger brother, Luuk, is currently on loan at St. James’ Park, is thought to be available for around £12 million. He has been on the Magpies’ radar since January.
The 25-year-old has been with the Amsterdam club for nine years, and he can play as an attacking midfielder as well as further forward. He’s earned six caps for the Netherlands since making his debut in 2010.
The future of striker Loic Remy remains a topic of debate on Tyneside, with the Frenchman linked with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid earlier this week.
Remy, who is currently on a season-long loan at Newcastle United, is thought to be eyeing a move to a Champions League club for next season. He has been contacted by the Spaniards.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Another Frenchman whose Newcastle United future is up in the air is Hatem Ben Arfa, with the 27-year-old said to be “drinking in the Last Chance Saloon” at St. James’ Park.
The report also insists that the former Marseille man could quit Tyneside if Pardew remains in charge next term, while the Magpies have a number of concerns surrounding Ben Arfa’s physical fitness and discipline.