Newcastle United handed ‘fresh transfer blow’ as Eddie Howe concentrates on ‘new striker’

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All the latest Newcastle United transfer news and rumours as Eddie Howe looks to perfect his squad ahead of the new season.

Newcastle United are already up and running in pre-season, winning their first friendly over the weekend.

The Magpies won 5-1 against Gateshead, and they will now be looking to kick on with a clash against 1860 Munich scheduled for Friday as part of the Austria training camp.

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Newcastle have already strengthened this summer, bringing in a number of new faces, including Nick Pope and Sven Botman.

The Magpies could yet continue with their additions, with Eddie Howe continuing to put his own stamp on this squad.

We could also see departures, with Howe needing to manage the size of his squad.

And as the work continues behind the scenes, we have rounded up all the latest transfer news and rumours.

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Paqueta problem

Newcastle have been heavily linked with a move for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta this summer.

And reports have intensified after a Lyon chief revealed the French club had received two offers for the player.

Whether Newcastle are one of the clubs to have sent an offer remains to be seen, but it’s being claimed Arsenal are interested.

“It will be a situation to be monitored until the end of the transfer market because Paqueta would love to play in the Premier League,” Fabrizio Romano told CaughtOffside.

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“Lyon often end up selling their star players, but Paqueta won’t come cheap – his club would like at least €60-65m plus add-ons for the Brazilian.”

Striker chase

The Magpies are said to be turning their attention to a new striker.

Amid a number of signings, Newcastle are now nearing the end of their business, with Howe now needing to fine-tine.

And it seems the former Bournemouth boss wants a new frontman, with Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam saying: ”They’re working hard on new signings.

“New striker on the list for sure. Impressive recruitment since Janaury. Be patient.”

The Magpies have been linked with the likes of Armando Broja and Hugo Ekitike.

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