Newcastle United linked with £20m transfer, ‘red alert’ claim made and Arsenal deliver blow

A look at the latest Newcastle United transfer rumours as the Magpies continue to be linked with big-money transfers.

Newcastle United are still battling away to avoid the drop, currently two points above the bottom three and having played a game more.

The Magpies have their work cut out to stay up, and that’s even with the additions they managed in the January window.

Providing Eddie Howe’s men are successful in staying up, significant additions are expected this summer.

Newcastle are likely to have a hefty budget ahead of next season, with the new Saudi owners hoping to turn the Magpies into a superpower.

And that is reflected in the latest transfer rumours, with Newcastle continuing to be linked with big-money deals.

Here are the latest rumours.

De Vrij linked

Newcastle are being linked with a move for Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij.

De Vrij has been linked with a move to Barcelona ahead of this summer, but reports claim the Magpies are now expressing an interest.

The centre-back has been with Inter since 2018, racking up more than 100 appearances.

He is likely to cost around £20million, according to reports.

Denayer option

De Vrij is not the only defender being linked with a move to St James’ Park, with former Sunderland defender Jason Denayer also in the rumour mix.

Denayer is running out of contract at Lyon, and RMC Sport are saying the Ligue 1 club are struggling to agree a new deal.

The report claims Newcastle are on ‘red alert’ to sign Denayer, who is a 33-time Belgium international.

Denayer would be available on a free transfer, given his expiring contract, and Newcastle are already able to speak to him.

David setback

Lille striker Jonathan David has been linked with a move to Newcastle in recent weeks, but there has been a setback.

The £50million striker has been linked with a number of clubs, and say Arsenal are now in the driving seat to secure his signature.

David is still under contract for another three years at Lille, and Arsenal may be a more attractive option, especially if they can land a top four spot.