Terms agreed but deadline worry
There is good news and bad news for Newcastle fans heading into Deadline Day. The good news is there appears to be a new signing in the pipeline, the bad news is that the agents involved fear it could not be agreed before tomorrow’s deadline.
That’s according to French outlet RMC Sport (live blog, 11:04), who state Valenciennes defender Sikou Niakate has agreed terms with the Magpies but the two clubs need to reach common ground in regards to a transfer fee, which is said to be around €3m.
With less than 24 hours to go in the market, the representatives of the 19-year-old fear a deal could collapse due to the lack of time.
Another defender linked with a move to Newcastle, who desperately need options in the central area following an injury to Florian Lejuene, the Magpies have found Swansea City playing hardball with Federico Fernandez.
The Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder states Swansea are not budging on their £10m demand for the defender, which may lead Newcastle to look elsewhere due to the restricted funds that Rafael Benitez has at his disposal.
29-year-old Fernandez is keen on a move to Tyneside and wants to return to the Premier League following Swansea’s relegation.
Bonus issue resolved
An off-field saga emerged this week as Newcastle players refused to conduct their media duties in protest at the lack of an agreement regarding the terms of the bonus structure for the upcoming campaign, just days before the opening game.
Fortunately, captain Jamaal Lascelles is quoted by ITV as confirming that those issues are resolved – which means we can all focus on the football, once this Deadline Day thing is over and done with.
“We know where we stand. No-one’s moaning, no-one’s upset and now it’s just about gelling together even more, working hard, getting a good energy around the club and the training ground – and doing what we do best which is working hard and playing as team.”
Ings & Cavaleiro chase
Christmas may have come very early for Newcastle fans, as Rafael Benitez remains keen on bolstering his attacking options further before the close of the window – despite already landing Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon.
TeamTalk report that the Magpies are eyeing a loan deal for Liverpool outcast Danny Ings, who is surplus to requirements at Anfield, and are also set to rival Fulham in the market for Wolves winger Ivan Cavaleiro, who has already snubbed Huddersfield Town.
Liverpool want £20m for Ings, a price Newcastle will never agree to but a compromise could be met with a loan, whereas Wolves could cash in on 24-year-old Cavaleiro after signing Adama Traore from Middlesbrough.