Newcastle United in ‘pole position’ to complete shock £42m move for Premier League star

The Magpies are hoping to add at least two new faces to their squad before the transfer window closes.

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Newcastle United are reportedly leading the race to end Tanguy Ndombele’s frustrating spell at Tottenham Hotspur.

Much was expected of the midfielder when Spurs paid a then club record fee of £63million to secure the signing of the Lyon star during the summer of 2019.

Hamstring and groin injuries hampered Ndombele’s attempts to settle into life in North London after he scored a goal on his Premier League debut against Aston Villa.

After making over 90 appearances in all competitions over two and a half seasons, Ndombele returned to former club Lyon on loan during the January transfer window earlier this year.

Speaking after securing that temporary move, Ndombele hinted at his frustration over the situation he found himself in under Spurs manager Antonio Conte.

“I have to show certain things, like I said I didn’t play for Tottenham. I know that I am expected at the turn,” he told TF1.

“A successful loan would be that I do well, finish in the top three, and why not win the European Cup?”

However, despite Ndombele making 15 appearances in all competitions and helping Lyon reach the last eight of the Europa League, the Ligue 1 outfit decided against taking their former star back on a permanent basis and question marks remain over his future at Spurs.

A report in French outlet Media Foot has stated La Liga side Villarreal are ‘still pushing’ to secure deal for the seven-times capped France midfielder.

The report states Ndombele is keen to secure a move away from Spurs to help him make a late push for a place in France’s World Cup squad.

Several clubs have made enquiries for the midfielder during the summer but Newcastle are said to be ‘the most hot’ on a potential move.

Spurs are reportedly looking for a fee of ‘at least €50m (£42m)’ for Ndombele and the Magpies are described as ‘in pole position’ to complete a deal before the transfer window closes next month.