There’s another informative article from former Evening Chronicle reporter Chris Waugh in the Athletic today.
The very good news is that it seems that Newcastle have been successful in getting an agreement with Lyon for their 24-year-old talented Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
It looks like the initial fee is €40M (£33.3M) with €10M (£8.3M) in additional fees based on performance.
That’s an excellent deal by the Newcastle recruitment team for a player whose best days are ahead of him.
He will be a great signing for us, and Steve Nickson, the current Head of Recruitment at Newcastle, has been scouting for the last two years.
The signing should give us some momentum during the last 4 days of this transfer window.
But where are the center-backs?
It now looks like only one center-back will arrive in this window, although Eddie Howe wanted two.
It seems like Newcastle are now looking for a low price center-back who will improve our back four.
6ft 7in tall Blyth-born Dan Burn of Brighton is a possibility and while he is willing to join his boyhood club this month, he is also settled on the south-cost.
Brighton seem not opposed to the move but turned down Newcastle’s initial £8M bid and maybe a bid close to double that would get the north-east lad to Newcastle – but they will have to move quickly.
Burn can play at center-back and left-back, and he has played over 80 games in the Premier League.
If there is no joy with Burn then Newcastle could go back and bid for Liverpool’s Nat Phillips.
And Newcastle are also linked with former Dutch U21 defender – 25-year-old Jeremiah St. Juste, the Mainz 05 player.
But it does seem that they are currently going after Dan Burn, and we think that would be a good signing and the 6ft 7ins player will give us some height at the beck: a bit of an understatement.
If Newcastle can get a striker and center-back in this window, it will have been a good one.
We’d also welcome a left-back, but we do have Paul Dummett, Jamal Lewis, and Javier Manquillo who can play well at left-back.
Indeed, we could see Dummett there for the rest of the season, and he is a good defensive left-back, which is what we need.
What do you think?