Newcastle are closing in on three signings before Monday’s deadline day. Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes is all but a Magpie with the player undergoing a medical today in Brazil. He has also agreed to personal terms on a contract until 2026.
However, there are two more deals in the works on this Friday with a surprise name now in the mix. In an exclusive, The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards is reporting that Newcastle are in pole position to land Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, whose contract runs out in the summer.
The 22-year-old forward, who scored a hat-trick against Sunderland in the League Cup late last month, has emerged as a top attacking target. This development comes as Newcastle’s hope of landing Jesse Lingard on loan appears to have been extinguished.
However, The Telegraph believe Newcastle have been quietly working on this deal since the beginning of the window. Though with Lingard now off the table, negotiations have seemingly been put into overdrive.
Edwards claims talks are progressing well and the young striker could head up to Tyneside over the weekend to complete a move. Crystal Palace reportedly had a bid turned down for the forward earlier in this window.
Newcastle are also expected to make a second run at Brighton’s Dan Burn. An opening bid of £8m was turned down. Newcastle will go in with an improved offer and as long as Brighton do not make ‘unrealistic demands’, an agreement is believed to be within reach.
Edwards seems to suspect that if Newcastle are successful in landing Nketiah and Burn that would wrap up this window with five signings in Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, Eddie Nketiah, and Dan Burn.
That would represent a decent haul though the primary goal of significantly strengthening the position of center-back would not have been met. However, it is a notoriously difficult window and our new owners have been tireless in trying to get these signings over the line.