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Newcastle turn attentions to midfield as talks opened over Ligue 1 standout

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Word stemming from the media on Friday evening suggests that Newcastle United are working towards a fresh addition to the club’s midfield ranks.

Wood follows Trippier

The subject of transfers has of course proven headline news at St. James’ Park over the course of the last fortnight.

This comes as the newly-minted Magpies are finally afforded the chance to flex their financial muscle, backed by the eye-watering riches of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

The long-anticipated first signing of the Saudi era was made official late last week, in the form of Kieran Trippier’s arrival from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

The stopper, already boasting a wealth of Premier League experience owing to stints with Burnley and Tottenham, is understood to have set Newcastle back a sum of around £12 million, plus bonuses.

Then, this past Thursday, the 2nd winter arrival at St. James’ Park was too confirmed.

The player to have followed Trippier to Newcastle? Burnley hitman Chris Wood, in a rumoured £25 million deal.

Blas eyed

The winter transfer business on Tyneside, however, looks far from complete.

This comes with Eddie Howe’s men of course still in the thick of the battle against relegation in the Premier League, sitting 2nd from bottom, owing to just a solitary victory across the campaign to date.

And, as alluded to above, on Friday, a fresh insight into the efforts of the transfer team at St. James’ to add further to Howe’s first-team ranks has been provided.

The info comes courtesy of journalist Jacque Talbot, who reports that Newcastle have turned their attentions towards Ligue 1, amid the pursuit of fresh blood in the middle of the park.

This search has led the Magpies to Nantes, and more specifically midfield standout Ludovic Blas.

24-year-old Blas has bagged a none-too-shabby eight goals across 20 appearances in all competitions thus far this season, with the Premier League’s richest club, in turn, having gone as far as to open discussions with Nantes over his signing.

The Geordies, though, have been joined by fellow relegation candidates Watford in the hunt for Blas, with the Hornets too pushing hard for a deal:

 

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
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Arsenal falling away from move for Juventus midfielder Arthur amid January frustrations

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Arsenal falling away from move for Juventus midfielder Arthur amid January frustrations

The January window continues to frustrate many in the Arsenal fanbase and, presumably, also the club hierarchy as a deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur could now be off.

As first reported by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, the situation between all parties had not changed.

Arsenal are only prepared to commit to a six-month loan according to Romano but La Vecchia Signora prefers an 18-month deal which will include 100% of the Brazilian’s salary guaranteed by the Gunners.

David Ornstein shed additional light on the situation soon after for The Athletic. According to his information, Arsenal technical director Edu eventually agreed to an 18-month loan deal which would include a buy option for a fee in the region of €40million; a structure that Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini was happy to agree to.

But that deal and its structure have since been vetoed by the Arsenal hierarchy, in other words, one of Richard Garlick, Josh Kroenke, and Stan Kroenke. If another more suitable agreement cannot be struck, the club could well fail in its attempt to provide Mikel Arteta with vital midfield reinforcements before the January window closes.

Arsenal turn to fresh names after transfer setbacks

With six days left in the January window, Arsenal is in need of reinforcement not just in the center of the park but also in the number 9 role as the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Eddie Nketiah seem set in stone.

Arsenal falling away from move for Juventus midfielder Arthur amid January frustrations

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILANO, ITALY – 2021/11/21: Luciano Spalletti, head coach of Ssc Napoli (L) , speaks with Victor Osimhen of Ssc Napoli (R) during the Serie A match between Fc Internazionale and Ssc Napoli. Fc Internazionale wins 3-2 over Ssc Napoli. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Now, the club could be set to turn to SSC Napoli striker Victor Osimhen after missing out on number-one target Dušan Vlahović who looks set to complete his expected move to Serie A giants Juventus.

Additionally, the club’s link with interest in Olympique Lyonnais midfield standout Bruno Guimarães also looks to be erased after reports suggest the Brazilian international is on course to make a shock move to cash-loaded Newcastle.

As such, Arsenal may well turn to Aston Villa holding midfielder Douglas Luiz in the wake of the Villains thus far not offering a contract extension at Villa Park.

While it may not be entirely evident what player is now the prime January target for the Gunners, players are certainly required if Arteta is to manufacture a proper run at the top four.


This article was edited by
Ben Browning.

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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
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Watford complete first signing under new manager Roy Hodgson

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Watford have completed their fourth signing of the January transfer window, and their first under new manager Roy Hodgson, who was announced as taking over from Claudio Ranieri on Tuesday.

This comes in the shape of Bourdeaux winger Samuel Kalu, who has joined the Hornets on a deal until 2025 for an undisclosed fee.

The Nigerian winger follows Hassane Kamara in making the move from Ligue 1 to Watford this January, while the club have also added Samir and Eyo Kayembe to their ranks in a busy January window that has been overseen by those in the club hierarchy.

A Watford statement read:

‘Watford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Nigerian international winger Samuel Kalu on a deal until June 2025 from French club FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

The fourth new signing of the January window, Kalu joins full-back Hassane Kamara, central defender Samir and midfielder Edo Kayembe at Vicarage Road.

The 24-year-old signs for the Hornets following three-and-a-half successful years in France’s top tier, where he scored nine goals.

Capable of playing on either flank, Kalu is a versatile option in a competitive squad, typically operating on the right wing.

The quick-footed attacker first played for Slovakian side AS Trenčín after moving to Europe from his native Nigeria, and earned a switch to Belgian giants KAA Gent in 2017 following impressive performances. He then joined Bordeaux in August 2018, where he has since made 86 appearances for Les Girondins.’

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Watford still face a race to stay in the top flight, currently sitting in the relegation zone and set to compete with newly minted Newcastle United to avoid the drop.

Onto their third manager of the season already, it needs to be a case of third time lucky to prevent them slipping into the Championship.

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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
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Newcastle offer second bid of 20 million euros for full-back as Armando Broja bid mooted

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Newcastle continue to throw money around as they look to add late additions to their squad in an attempt to stave off the drop from the Premier League.

Now, according to reports coming out of France, they are looking to double down on the agreement reached with Bruno Guimaraes by offering 20 million euros for Bayer Leverkusen left-back Mitchell Bakker.

This comes courtesy of French outlet L’Equipe, who claim that a bid was sent on Monday, and that representatives are already in Newcastle trying to make a deal happen.

Should that deal and the move for Guimaraes take shape, it could take Newcastle’s spending to over the 80 million mark, across 4 additions.

It may not end there, however.

Bid for Armando Broja mooted

In their bid to balance experienced additions with “value for money”, more youthful options. One of those, according to reports in Italy, is Chelsea loanee Armando Broja. The Albanian forward has impressed during his stint at Southampton so far this season, scoring 5 times in 18 Premier League outings thus far.

And, according to Fabrizio Romano, Southampton are ready to launch a 25 million pound bid for his services.

However, as per TuttoMercato, they will be outbid by the newly-wealthy Newcastle United, with the Magpies ready to table a bid worth 40 million euros (33.3 million pounds) this window, in the hope of stealing a march on other potential suitors.

As of right now, however, Chelsea remain unsure as to whether he will be allowed to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
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