Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 21
As the weeks go by, the extent of Newcastle United’s summer rebuilding job continues to escalate. After another afternoon to forget on Saturday, the process can’t begin soon enough.
Swansea City were the latest team to heap misery on the Magpies, and a fifth Premier League loss in a row placed more pressure on manager Alan Pardew and his underperforming players.
With just three fixtures remaining, the vast majority of Toon fans can’t wait for the campaign to end as the team stumbles from one defeat to the next with little sign of improvement.
So, as the season winds down, Bleacher Report takes a close look at the names making the news this week as the list of potential comings and goings at St. James’ Park grows.
Last updated: Apr 25, 1:30 p.m. GMT
Hatem Ben Arfa
After a difficult season at Newcastle United, French forward Hatem Ben Arfa looks to be on his way out of St. James’ Park, with Serie A side Roma the latest club to show an interest.
It remains to be seen if the erratic 27-year-old will play for the Magpies again after two separate dressing room rows with manager Alan Pardew earlier this month.
The Evening Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has suggested Roma could be willing to offer the former Marseille man a route out of English football 12 months before his Toon contract expires.
Ipswich Town defender Aaron Cresswell has emerged as a Newcastle United target this summer, as boss Alan Pardew prepares for the possible departure of David Santon.
The 24-year-old, who began his career at Tranmere Rovers, has been a Portman Road regular over the past three seasons and was recently described as the “best left-back in the Championship” by manager Mick McCarthy.
Santon has been targeted by a number of top-flight Italian clubs according to Mark Douglas in The Journal, but is thought to be pushing for a new deal at St. James’ Park.
Serbian star Filip Djuricic is reportedly being eyed by Newcastle United as a potential replacement for Yohan Cabaye.
The Benfica No. 10 has found his chances limited in the Premeira Liga, and could be lured to England for as little as £7 million according to John Cross from Mirror Football.
The 22-year-old is under contract at the Stadium of Light until 2018, but a lack of first-team football could see the attacking midfielder push for a move this summer.
North-East rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon’s Diego Capel—if the Wearsiders stay in the top flight.
The winger, who has been capped twice by Spain, could be made available for around £4 million, and his situation has alerted both the Magpies and the Black Cats.
According to talkSPORT, however, Sunderland’s involvement depends heavily on which division they are in next season, with Gus Poyet’s side currently bottom of the Premier League with four games to play.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is contemplating a summer move away from St. James’ Park, according to the Daily Star’s Ian Murtagh.
The 26-year-old has lost his international place with Holland over the past few months and his dream of appearing at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil is hanging by a thread.
Krul has been with the Magpies for nine years, but is thought to be at something of a crossroads in his career. A bid of £10 million-plus could temp the Toon to sell.
One player that won’t be arriving on Tyneside during the close season is Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere, who has been offered to the Magpies for around £4.5 million.
The French forward has netted 13 times for the Ligue 1 club this term, and he is reportedly eager to switch to the Premier League to further his career.
However, according to Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle, the Magpies are set to pass on the opportunity to sign the 24-year-old to concentrate on other targets.
Riviere has spent his entire career in France and started out at Saint-Etienne before joining Monaco via a two-season stint with Toulouse.
Despite scoring just once in the Premier League this season, reports suggest striker Shola Ameobi could be handed a new deal at St. James’ Park when his current contract expires in June.
A report by The Northern Echo’s Scott Wilson says senior figures at the club are keen for the 32-year-old to remain on Tyneside with a view to a future coaching role.
Said to be hugely influential in the dressing room, the forward ended his 16-month search for a top-flight goal against Swansea City on Saturday.
The Nigerian international, who hopes to make his World Cup debut this summer, said:
We'll discuss everything about my future at the end of the season. I haven't really thought about what might or might not happen at all yet because this isn't the right moment.
Loic Remy is leaving Newcastle United hanging as he ponders his immediate future amid reported interest from clubs in England and Spain.
The French striker is currently on a season-long loan deal at St. James’ Park and is the Toon’s top scorer with 13 goals.
In an interview with the Evening Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, Remy said:
I know that I have to be playing well for my team if I want to be part of the France squad (for the World Cup), so it is important that I help Newcastle.
If we are winning games and I score a few more goals then it will be a good enough end to the season. If I make the squad it will mean I have had a good season with Newcastle and it will be the biggest moment of my career so far.
I will have to thank Newcastle for making that happen.