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Dwight Gayle linked with Newcastle United exit – should they sell him?

Jake Jackman

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Newcastle United are ready to sell Dwight Gayle for around £18 million before the transfer deadline, according to the Guardian. However, they won’t release the striker until a replacement is lined up and guaranteed to arrive at St James’ Park. Leeds United’s interest in the 27-year-old has cooled, but there are lots of other interested teams in the Championship. After averaging a goal every 93.3 minutes in the division last season, he would be a coup for any club in the second tier.

It will surprise some that Newcastle are looking to sell him after his success at the club last season, but Rafa Benitez has grown concerned by his attitude. The striker is now physically fit, but he hasn’t recovered mentally from a long-term hamstring problem. This is causing him problems with his movement on the pitch and he is no longer as effective. If interested clubs bring this up in negotiations, it could drop the price to nearer £10 million.

Should they sell him?

After such an impressive first campaign at St James’ Park, it would be a huge statement to let him leave before the transfer deadline. Gayle was expected to be the club’s first-choice striker this season and his form last season indicated that he could do well in the Premier League. His first two matches of the new campaign were disappointing, but it does remain early and it would be harsh to judge him on those.

However, Newcastle need to find money from somewhere and Gayle is one of their most saleable assets. Championship clubs would be willing to pay top dollar for him as they know he can score goals consistently in the division. It is difficult to get a guarantee of goals, but the 27-year-old is as close as you get. If they can source and put a deal in place for a suitable replacement, a departure could be viewed as a positive. The former Crystal Palace striker clearly has psychological problems when it comes to his own fitness and if Benitez can’t rely on him, there is a problem in the relationship.

How likely is a departure?

At this stage, there are a lot of rumours in the media and clubs are open to discussing a number of different things. If a club did come in for Gayle and offered a significant fee, it would be possible for the striker to leave. However, it is difficult to see an acceptable offer coming in and a replacement being brought in. There would have to be a lot of manoeuvring done to see the striker leave St James’ Park and it isn’t huge likely as things stand.

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It is an option being considered, but it is unlikely to happen before the deadline.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Everton’s reported move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida would seriously improve defence

The Croatia international would bolster Marco Silva’s options significantly.

Jamie Watts

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The world’s eyes were on Croatia last night, as Zlatko Dalic’s side dismantled Argentina 3-0. And a number of high-profile targets for Premier League clubs were in action. However, it appears Everton have identified a potential target that isn’t one of the household names, in Domagoj Vida, according to reports from Turkish outlet SABAH.

The defender currently plies his trade for Turkish giants Besiktas, having joined from Dynamo Kiev on a free transfer in January. But the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular starting place at Vodafone Park. And Marco Silva could now swoop for his services, as he looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of his first season in-charge at Goodison Park.

The defender’s performance last night suggests he could be a serious coup for Silva if a deal can be completed. Vida partnered Liverpool regular Dejan Lovren at centre-back and managed to keep a star-studded Argentina attack; including the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala quiet for the duration of the game.

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His aggression and determination was evident for all to see, as a string of last-ditch blocks and slide tackles rounded off a brilliant display for Croatia, as they secured a clean-sheet. And the dogged attitude the player showed last night, is what was largely missing from Everton’s rear-guard last term.

Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are coming to the latter stages of their careers with the Blues, and with the departure of Ramiro Funes Mori yesterday (BBC Sport), a deal for Vida would make perfect sense on Merseyside this summer.

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Liverpool fans want Ivan Rakitic following brilliant performance against Argentina

Liverpool fans want yet another top midfielder at the club this summer.

Jamie Watts

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was nothing short of sensational last night in Croatia’s 3-0 dismantling of Argentina, and Liverpool fans have taken to social media to commend the midfielder, with many asserting that Jurgen Klopp should sign him this summer.

Luka Modric was in his usual scintillating form in the centre of the park, but Rakitic was equally as good, and the two essentially ran the game for the whole duration, as Argentina scratched their heads for a way to get into the game.

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The 30-year-old rounded off a truly dominant display by slotting home into an empty net from close range, after Mateo Kovacic unselfishly played him in, but it was nothing less than Rakatic’s performance deserved on the night.

Reds fans, having already secured the high-profile signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho, took to Twitter to suggest that the club should complete a hat-trick of midfield acquisitions this summer and bring the £60 million rated man to Anfield.

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It has to be said that the logistics of completing a deal for the Barcelona man, who was ever-present in the side last season, make any serious movement unlikely on Liverpool’s front. But many are starting to regret the club’s decision to turn their nose up at the prospect of signing him, in a make-weight deal for Philippe Coutinho last summer.

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Tottenham’s interest in Croatia trio justified after sensational team performance against Argentina

Tottenham fans will have heard a few familiar names last night.

Jamie Watts

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Croatia heaped further misery on Argentina’s already shaky World Cup opening last night, dismantling them 3-0, and taking the top spot of Group D in the process. And Tottenham fans will have been particularly interested in the clash.

Not only was former fan-favourite Luka Modric in his usual scintillating form, but a trio of closely linked players were deployed on the night, and all three put in exceptional performances.

Ivan Perisic put in a typically tireless display last night, alternating between all three-front roles at times, while showing maturity in his decision making and genuine quality in his end product after marauding runs down both flanks. And Pochettino will have taken notice, as his side were reportedly interested in bringing the 29-year-old to north London last month, according to Calcio Mercato.

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On top of that, the Spurs-linked midfield duo also performed brilliantly when called upon. Marcelo Brozovic (Calcio Mercato) – also of Inter Milan – showed his ability to steady the ship in defensive midfield, in what was a frantic game at times, sparking counter attacks with his vision and cultured weight of pass, whilst keeping the shackles on Lionel Messi.

And Mateo Kovacic (AS), rounded off a dogged team performance with a few moments brilliance. Upon arriving into the game in the closing stages, he used his exceptional dribbling and balance to trouble a weary Argentina back-line, before showing an extremely cool head to pick out Rakitic under-pressure in the box for his outfit’s third goal.

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All three put in performances worthy of top level clubs, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pochettino elevate his interest in all three after last night.

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