The clock is ticking for Newcastle United as they look to secure at least one new signing before Saturday’s crucial home game against relegation rivals Watford.
A striker is the priority as Eddie Howe looks to replace injured frontman Callum Wilson after the Magpies top scorer was ruled out for up to two months.
Possible fee for Euro 2020 star revealed
Speculation over new forward additions continues to dominate the headlines on Tyneside with Czech international striker Patrick Schick linked with a move to St James Park once again.
The 25-year-old frontman has carried his Euro 2020 form into the Bundesliga season and is thought to have a number of admirers around Europe.
Any club wanting to secure Schick will have to part with a significant fee with Sky Sports reporting Bayer Leverkusen are demanding £50m for their 17-goal striker.
A whole host of outlets at home and abroad have reported United’s interest in young French forward Hugo Ekitike.
The Magpies are believed to have held “positive talks” with Reims over their £30m-rated prospect - although West Ham United and Brighton have also been credited with an interest in the 19-year-old.
And there are also several outlets reporting an update on Newcastle’s interest in Burnley frontman Chris Wood with the New Zealand international’s contract said to have a release clause that could be triggered this week.
Two new names mentioned
TeamTalk have thrown an alternative name into the mix with United mentioned as one of six clubs monitoring QPR’s Scottish international striker Lyndon Dykes and Football Italia report Torino striker Andrea Belotti has turned down a move to Tyneside.
Belotti has been the subject of interest from Newcastle but wants to stay with the Serie A club until his contract expires at the end of the season.
Sven Botman alternatives
One common theme of the opening week of the window has been Newcastle’s attempts to strengthen their defensive ranks.
Their pursuit of Dutch Under-21 centre-back Sven Botman is set to be parked until the summer as Lille continue to resist any offers for the defender.
The focus has turned elsewhere with the Athletic stating Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos and French defender Benoit Badiashile are possible alternatives for Eddie Howe.
Spurs duo eyed
Elsewhere, the Daily Star have suggested the Magpies have shown an interest in Spurs midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and his team-mate Steven Bergwijn is a loan option according to 90mins.
And talkSPORT have revealed Manchester United and England goalkeeper Dean Henderson has asked to leave Old Trafford and believe Newcastle could be a possible destination.