There is a report in Italy from Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla (via the Chronicle) that Newcastle are willing to pay Sampdoria €20M for their midfielder Dennis Praet.
And the new news is that Praet would prefer a move to Newcastle over Everton because he wants to play for Rafa Benitez.
The problem is that Sampdoria are unwilling to let him go until they get a replacement in, and that seems doubtful with time running out in the window.
Dennis Praet – wants to come to Newcastle
But it is still good news because it could be possible to get Praet in during the January transfer window or even next summer.
The report is that Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo has put a block on the move, and it looks unlikely the Italian club can find a replacement with so little time left in this window.
But they will accept the €20M if they can get a replacement in.
Newcastle have been after Praet for some weeks now, and then Everton came in to try to scuttle the deal, but it seems that attempt has failed with Praet preferring a move to Newcastle.
Newcastle could well follow this up in January if no deal can be completed in the next couple of days, and it would give Sampdoria time to get a replacement through the door in January.
But there again January deals are often difficult to get completed.
Anyway, it’s good news the player is keen to join us.
What do you think?