Champions League defender ‘rejects’ Newcastle United move plus potential Hugo Ekitike blow

All the latest Newcastle United transfer speculation as we head into an important weekend on the pitch.

Updates on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Sven Botman and Diego Carlos have been reported once again as the January transfer window approaches its midway point.

The Daily Mail have revealed the Magpies remain in contact with Lille over the potential signing of Dutch under-21 international Botman.

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The reigning French champions have resisted a number of bids for their highly-rated defender, who is set to be United’s primary defensive target.

Newcastle are also awaiting news over the outcome of their bid for Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos and also have a strong interest in Monaco youngster Benoit Badiashile.

Sky Sports also reported “progress” was being made in the move for Carlos.

Gleison Bremer and Hugo Ekitike links continue

Another centre-back said to be interesting United is Brazilian Gleison Bremer.

However, Serie A club Torino are said to be keen to hold on to their prized asset according to Correire Granata.

Bremer has also been the subject of interest from Milan, Inter and Spurs.

Newcastle’s move for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike has been “complicated” by Paris Saint Germain’s interest in the young forward - according to 90mins.

The Magpies have been locked in talks with the 19-year-old and the Ligue 1 club as they look to add another forward to Eddie Howe’s squad.

However, 90mins have revealed that PSG see Ekitike as the long-term replacement for star striker Kylian Mbappe, who is expected to join La Liga giants Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Niklas Sule ‘rejects’ Newcastle move, Donny van de Beek ‘offered’

German outlet Sport1 have suggested Bayern Munich defender Nicklas Sule has rejected a move to Tyneside.

The powerful centre-back reportedly had his demands met by the Magpies hierarchy - but remained unconvinced by a move to a North East.

The Manchester Evening News have reported Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has been offered to both Newcastle and German side Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season.

The former Ajax star has struggled for game-time since making a £35million move to Old Trafford in September 2020 and has lost his place in the Netherlands squad.

Moussa Dembele reports

French striker Moussa Dembele’s name has cropped up once again and Foot Mercato have said the Lyon frontman is “relatively unlikely” to move to St James Park, despite United’s continued interest in the frontman.

One player likely to extend his time away from United is goalkeeper Jake Turner.

The Daily Gazette have reported Colchester United are locked in talks with the Magpies over extending his current loan spell at JobServe Community Stadium.