It has been a turbulent summer for Newcastle United but Rafael Benitez is eyeing late moves in the market to bolster his squad.
The Spaniard has had to work with restricted funds once again but has still managed to land some impressive additions and his business in the market is not complete ahead of the Premier League’s kick-off this weekend.
Plenty of reports have been floating around and we have identified five signings the club could make before the 5pm deadline.
Danny Ings: Liverpool
Newcastle have already bolstered their forward line this summer with the additions of Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto but remain in the hunt for another attacker, reportedly eyeing a move for Liverpool outcast Danny Ings.
TeamTalk report Newcastle are keen to land the former Burnley man on loan for the forthcoming season, with the club unable to match Liverpool’s £20m asking price, but an agreement could be reached that includes a permanent option.
26-year-old Ings has been told he can leave Anfield following a number of campaigns plagued by injury issues.
Ivan Cavaleiro: Wolves
The addition of Kenedy on loan from Chelsea has bolstered Rafael Benitez’s ranks in the wide areas but he seems keen on adding another option to the flanks in the form of Wolves’ winger Ivan Cavaleiro, who could be allowed to leave.
TeamTalk states Newcastle are considering a late swoop for the 24-year-old, who has already rejected Huddersfield Town, and a deal is possible following Wolves’ acquisition of Adama Traore from Middlesbrough.
The Magpies are ready to offer cash for the Portugal international, which Wolves may need to fund their own Deadline Day activity.
Federico Fernandez: Swansea City
With Florian Lejune injured, Newcastle need a new centre-back before the Premier League kicks off this weekend and Swansea City’s Federico Fernandez has been heavily linked with a move to Tyneside in recent weeks.
The Chronicle reporter Lee Ryder states Swansea are not budging on their £10m asking price for the experienced defender, while Fernandez himself is keen on a return to the Premier League and wants to work under Rafael Benitez.
For a deal to go ahead, Newcastle will have to match Swansea’s demands.
Sikou Niakate: Valenciennes
A deal for one defender appears to be lined-up, with Newcastle reported to be closing in on the services of Valenciennes defender Sikou Niakate – but there is concern regarding the amount of time remaining in the market.
That is according to RMC Sport (live blog, 11:04) who understand that representatives of the 19-year-old are fearful that a deal could fall through before the deadline due to a lack of time, despite the teenager agreeing terms with the Magpies.
It’s added the two clubs are yet to agree a fee, which could cost around £3m.
Marlon Santos: Barcelona
Newcastle are not short on defensive options and it appears a deal is lined-up for Barcelona outcast Marlon Santos, bringing the 22-year-old to the Premier League on-loan for the upcoming season – and he could slot straight into the side.
Spanish outlet Sport states an agreement is close, with Newcastle set to pay around €2m to bring the young Brazilian to St. James’ Park for the 2018-19 season.
Santos spent last season with OGC Nice in Ligue 1, making 23 appearances.