Newcastle have been linked with five players today in the transfer market.
Davide Santon – due for a medical at Newcastle
The news yesterday was that Newcastle’s advances for left-backs Erik Pieters and Aly Cissokho to come in for Jose Enrique, looked dead in the water, because Newcastle would not pay, or even get close to, the asking price of either player.
However, some good news today is that Newcastle are close to signing 20 year-old Italian International full-back Davide Santon, who is said to be flying to Newcastle to have his medical after a fee and personal terms were agreed.
And Newcastle are back in for 23 year-old Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga, according to Sochaux President Alexandre Lacombe, and that deal going through depends on Sochaux signing a suitable replacement.
Modibo Maiga – could get his dream move to Newcastle after all
But talks today with Leeds United over their Ivorian winger Max Gradel, are said to be at an advanced stage with Sochaux, so that could be good news for Newcastle’s attempts to finally sign the Mali striker.
Newcastle are also said to be showing an interest in the Israeli captain Yossi Benayoun, and the skillful winger is about to leave Chelsea for pastures anew, and he tweeted yesterday he was in negotiations with several clubs.
Newcastle appear to be one of those clubs, but at 31, we’d be surprised if he lands up at Newcastle, although he is very good player and could do well on Tyneside.
And Newcastle have also been linked with a possible loan deal for Manchester United Italian U21 International striker, Federico Macheda.
Macheda’s agent, Giovanni Bia thinks he will go out on loan to Newcastle, but QPR are also interested.
This is what Bia told ciomercato.com.r today:
“Macheda doesn’t return to Italy, Manchester United will send him on loan in the Premier League,”
“At this time Newcastle has the edge over Queens Park Rangers.”
But we assume that deal would only be struck, if the Maiga deal doesn’t go through, but maybe not.
And with Maiga and possibly Macheda coming in at Newcastle, Nile Ranger is back in talks with Blackpool over personal terms today.
The Seasiders have already agreed a fee of around £1M with Newcastle, but couldn’t agree terms with the Londoner last month.
In addition, the local Newcastle press are reporting that Newcastle will soon announce the arrival of Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot, and we can only assume Alan Pardew wants three experienced goalkeepers at Newcastle this season.
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