Newcastle United-linked man would 'love' Celtic move as free agent attracts interest

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Latest Newcastle United transfer news and rumours as they prepare for next season

Newcastle United finished 7th in the Premier League table in this past season. They missed out on Europe though after Manchester United’s win over Manchester City in the FA Cup. 

The one benefit of this though for Eddie Howe’s side is that they will play less games which should help their domestic campaign. Here is a look at some of the latest transfer news and rumours coming out of the club…

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Left-back’s preference outlined

Newcastle were linked with a move for Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney last summer and his name continues to emerge as a potential option now and again. The Telegraph reported last August that Eddie Howe was interested in luring the Scotland international to the North East to bolster his defensive ranks but nothing materialised in the end.

Fast forward to now and the defender has spent 12 months on loan in Spain with Real Sociedad. He now due to return to the Emirates Stadium for pre-season but his long-term future with the Gunners is up in the air at this moment in time.

According to a report by Football Insider, Tierney would ‘love’ to return to his former club Celtic if the opportunity to head back to Glasgow arose. Arsenal will apparently ‘listen’ to offers for him over the next couple of months.

He rose up through the academy ranks at Celtic Park and went on to play 170 games for the Hoops’ first-team, chipping in with eight goals from the back.

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Tierney then moved down to London and made 124 appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side before Real Sociedad came calling.

Championship side eye departed player

Watford are keen on Matt Ritchie following his exit from Newcastle, according to a report by Teamtalk. The 34-year-old, who made 16 caps for Scotland earlier in his career, sees his contract officially expire at the end of the month and will have to weigh up his options as a free agent.

The Toon Army have decided not to extend his stay and he will become available for nothing to other teams.

Ritchie joined Newcastle back in 2016 and has since played 215 matches for them altogether, finding the net on 25 occasions. He has also played for the likes of Portsmouth, Swindon Town and AFC Bournemouth in the past.

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Watford are managed by ex-Manchester United, Everton and Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley these days and they could see the veteran as someone to add more competition and depth to their squad for next term.

Cleverley has said the Hornets will have to be ‘creative’ with their recruitment over the next couple of months: “We’ll have to be creative in the market. I think my contacts and experience as a player could help that, and hopefully coaches will trust me with their players on loan.

“We have a very large scouting network across the world, and I’m sure the club have got some really good players on their radar. But the reality is we haven’t got masses of money to go and blow.”

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