Newcastle explore centre-back options after Botman bid rejected
Newcastle United are looking to bring in a number of defensive reinforcements during the January transfer window and the centre-back position is a priority for Eddie Howe.
The Magpies had a bid in the region of £30million for Botman rejected by French side Lille with the Dutch u21 thought to be the ‘number one’ target for the club.
Newcastle are expected to launch a second offer for the 6ft5in defender in the coming days but may have to look elsewhere for a centre-back to help bolster their chances of Premier League survival.
Brazilian ball-playing centre-back Diego Carlos is rumoured to be a target for Howe, but the Sevilla defender is also attracting interest amongst the top clubs in Europe. The 28-year-old is one of the leading centre-backs in La Liga and certainly has the quality required to help steer Newcastle to safety.
Nico Schlotterbeck is another name linked with a move to Tyneside and has played a crucial role in Freiburg’s impressive start to the season, sitting 3rd in Bundesliga and have the joint-best defensive record with leaders Bayern Munich.
James Tarkowski is expected to move away from Burnley during the window and is another player linked to become part of the Saudi project.
The signing of England international Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid is set to be confirmed on Thursday afternoon for a fee of £12million plus add-ons.
The signing of the 31-year-old on a 2-and-a-half-year deal shows Howe’s side mean business in the transfer window and could act as a catalyst to encourage other high-profile players to join the new Saudi-regime at St James Park.
The 28-year-old Sevilla defender would be a hugely impressive signing for Newcastle and would send a message across European football that the club means business in January and other transfer windows in the future.
Carlos is highly sought after and has been rumoured to want a move away from La Liga. With Newcastle’s bid for Botman rejected earlier in the week, the Brazilian centre-back could be a potential target for the Magpies and might be interested in a move due to the exciting nature of the project at SJP.
The demanding centre-back played a key role in Sevilla’s Europa League success over Wolves and Manchester United a couple of years ago and is on the radar for a number of Premier League clubs.
Despite Newcastle sitting in 19th and staring down the barrel of relegation, having won just once in the first half of the season, the club have plenty to offer after the takeover in October. The signing of Trippier might encourage other high-profile players to take the leap and join the exciting project, with Diego Carlos being a potential signing for the club in the coming weeks.
Sevilla are expected to make a huge profit on the £13.5 million they paid Nantes for Carlos in 2019, with his market value now beyond £30m, which is likely to increase as clubs enter a bidding war to secure his signature.
Freiburg star Schlotterbeck has been linked with a move to Tyneside by Sky Sports and could become Newcastle’s new top target if they continue to struggle to make ground in their deal for the Lille defender.
The 22-year-old received his first call-up to the German national side in 2021 and has been described as a commanding centre-back by many pundits. Schlotterbeck last played for SC Freiburg on the 18th December in their 2-1 victory over Champions league hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen.
The German defender stands 6ft 3′ tall and has received praise for his dominance in the air and ability to carry the ball out from the back – a style which matches that of Eddie Howe who is keen to improve his side at the back in their battle for survival.
According to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, the Freiburg defender is a possible target for the Magpies, who are searching for a new centre-back this month.
Tarkowski was the bookies favourite to join the Magpies in the weeks leading up to the January transfer window and is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning he is likely available for a much lower fee than his market value.
Reports suggest the English defender’s signature could be secured for a fee of around £3million, representing excellent value for money and he would certainly strengthen Howe’s side at the back.
Perhaps the 29-year-old is a slightly underwhelming option but, he has plenty of Premier League experience and has the ability to help sure up the leaky Newcastle defence.
The towering centre-back is said to want a new challenge and with less than a year left on his contract is likely to leave Turf Moor in January. Expect Newcastle to put an offer on Dyche’s table and challenge the hand of the Burnley boss.
According to the Mirror, Newcastle are interested in bringing Umtiti to Tyneside on loan until the end of the season and would be willing to pay half of his huge wage bill as part of the deal.
The Daily Mail have also reported that Barcelona are offering Samuel Umtiti to Newcastle United on a potential loan move in the January transfer window.
Umtiti has fallen out of favour at Barcelona and would be a risk for Eddie Howe. The World Cup winning defender is one of the highest earners at the Spanish giants, who are looking to offload the French centre-back in January.
Barcelona signed Umtiti from Lyon in July 2016 and he has gone on to make 133 appearances for the club and helped to win two La Liga titles. He has reportedly rejected five separate proposals to leave Barcelona, but is now playing ball due to his desire to earn a place in France’s squad for the 2022 World Cup.
The ex Bournemouth stalwart is used to Eddie Howe’s style of play and is low in the pecking order at City, with Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones ahead of him.
Howe may be looking towards familiar faces in his bid to take Newcastle to safety and kickstart the new era. With a budget of around £200million available to the Magpies in January, they may test Guardiola’s hand in the transfer window.
On Kick Off with Hugh Woozencroft & Danny Mills, Crook said of Manchester City’s stance on the player: “Nathan Ake is an interesting one, because I know that Eddie Howe and Newcastle have definitely sounded out Manchester City. At the moment, they’re being told that he isn’t available.
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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?
footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.
They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’
Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..
Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.
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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary
Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.
The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.
Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.
The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.
Something I mentioned last night on @tfNUFC: Camera crews have been filming behind-the-scenes at Newcastle United for a four-part documentary to be shown on Amazon.
The series will chart the club & its owners as they attempt to win a trophy & qualify for The Champ League #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 8, 2023
Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.
🗓️ 26.02.23@ManUtd 🆚 @NUFC #EFL | #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/V23zWPDoxP
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) February 1, 2023
The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.
The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed, Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.
The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.
Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.
It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.
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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.
Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.
This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.
Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.
EXCL: Everton have submitted a bid to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea. It’s £40m proposal plus £5m add ons. 🚨🔵 #EFC
Chelsea will make a decision soon as there are also other clubs interested in Gallagher — and player has to decide his future too. pic.twitter.com/xZeuGqaR01
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche.
But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.
🚨| Conor Gallagher is not interested in a move to Everton 🔵 pic.twitter.com/0CYzXjBoBd
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 30, 2023
This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.
This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.
Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.
Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.
Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.
In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.
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