Newcastle hope to complete their third winter signing with Bruno Guimaraes undergoing his medical today. The 24-year-old is close to sealing a £40m including add-ons from Lyon in the coming days.
The work won’t end there with multiple areas in line to be strengthened. The primary position of need is at center-back with numerous alternative targets being touted in Brighton’s Dan Burn, Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, Galatasaray’s Marcao, and Mainz’s Jerry St. Juste.
There is some news this morning on Newcastle potentially adding another striker before deadline day. The Independent’s Liverpool reporter Carl Markham is claiming that Atalanta are lining up a move for Divock Origi should Newcastle meet their demands for Duvan Zapata.
The Colombian was targeted earlier in the month. Newcastle offered an initial loan with an obligation to buy should they survive. That structure of a deal makes little sense for Atalanta. However, they are primed and ready should The Magpies swoop in with an appropriate offer.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has also been mentioned this morning. The Telegraph is reporting that Everton, who are undergoing a search for Rafa Benitez’s replacement, are concerned either Newcastle or Arsenal will make a late bid for the 24-year-old. Though this one seems extremely unlikely.
There has been tangential murmurs that Newcastle may make an ambitious move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez. The Uruguayan would cost £50m so it seems an unlikely proposition this late in the window.
The 22-year-old is also in South America so logistics become somewhat of a problem. The striker appeared in Uruguay’s 1-0 win at Miguel Almiron’s Paraguay last night. Miggy played the entire match.
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh also believe a late push for Reims’s youngster Hugo Ekitike is not off the table. Newcastle were reportedly close to reaching an agreement for the 19-year-old earlier in the window.
Eddie Howe has also confirmed that Newcastle are close to announcing a new signing. He is currently meeting with the press ahead of today’s friendly against Al-Ittihad. Here is his update per the club’s Twitter account:
“We are hopeful we’re getting closer to completing a transfer for a player.
“We’ll try and give you that update as soon as we have it but fingers crossed we’re close to getting one over the line.
“From my perspective, I don’t imagine that would be the end of our interest in bringing new players in.
“Whether that turns into reality, who knows. It can be quite unpredictable in the last couple of days. We’re open and we’re working hard to improve the squad.”