Newcastle United’s preparations are in full swing as the new season draws close.
The Magpies suffered a defeat to Mainz on Monday, but fitness and shape is the name of the game at this point of the summer.
Eddie Howe will be looking for progression ahead of the new season, and he will get another look at his men on Tuesday night when Newcastle face Benfica.
In the meantime, the Magpies are continuing to work on new signings after an already busy summer.
Howe will still want to improve key areas, and with that in mind, we have rounded up all the latest transfer news and rumours surrounding St James’ Park.
Newcastle are said to be keen on a move for Leeds United star Jack Harrison.
The winger is attracting interest from the Magpies, but they are not willing to overpay, according to a report.
According to the Athletic, Newcastle value Harrison at £25million, and they are not willing to pay more.
Leeds are said to value Harrison at around £35million, and crucially, they don’t need to sell having offloaded star men Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha this summer.
That leaves this deal looking unlikely for Newcastle.
Newcastle look set to offload striker Dwight Gayle this summer.
The £10million signing from back in 2016 is no longer required at St James’ Park and looks set to leave on loan.
The Telegraph via the Sunderland Echo are saying Gayle is closing in on a move to Championship side Stoke City, undergoing a medical ahead of a loan deal.
The striker still has two years but Howe has been honest with the frontman over the likelihood he will struggle for regular football.
“I have had a couple of conversations with Dwight,” he said.
“At the end of last season we had a good conversation and made him aware of the situation, for his own benefit, so he could take his career into its next phase.
“I was very honest with him. I said from day one, I had a great relationship with him, I love working with him.
“He was brilliant for the team last year and because of all those things, he deserved the utmost respect and honesty from me about the how the future lay for him.
“I wanted to give him the best chance to find his next home.
“I really hope that he goes on and has a great season next year (2022/23 season), I wish him nothing but success.”