Newcastle United given clear path to seal transfer as Arsenal stance changes

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Newcastle United and Arsenal have been linked with Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemens.

Newcastle United could have a free hit at landing Youri Tielemens this month after Arsenal cooled their interest in the Leicester City star.

Tielemens is a player that has been considered by the Magpies as they decide whether or not to strengthen Eddie Howe’s squad during the January transfer window.

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Unlike the previous two transfer windows, where £210million was spent on eight new signings, United have taken a sit-back approach and will only act if the right opportunity arises.

Right-back and central midfield are considered as the most obvious positions to strengthen, especially after injuries to Emil Krafth (ACL) and Jonjo Shelvey (calf).

In midfield, Tielemens has cropped up in discussions. Arsenal are admirers of the Belgian but according to London.Football, have cooled their interest, who could benefit Newcastle should they pursue a move.

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemens. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemens. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemens. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

The 25-year-old is out of contract at end of the campaign. Leicester want to keep him, but the former Anderlecht is likely to leave.

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“It has gone on for a while, but it’s all based around the player, ultimately,” said Rodgers. “His commitment is no less now to what it was when I first came in - if not even more. He’s loved his time here and is still loving his time here.

“I respect that he’s in his last year, of course I want to tie him down. He’s been a brilliant player for this club and is still at a great age. It’s something that has to be right for all parties.

“Until I’m told he’s not here, we work very well together. He’s a coach’s dream, with his professionalism and view of the game. Nothing changes for me in that aspect, we just continue to hopefully find a resolution to it and have him sign here. I think it’s one where we want to do everything we can to convince him to stay.”

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