Newcastle United ‘prepare bid’ after £84m transfer decision, midfielder U-turn, deal ‘agreed’

A look at the latest Newcastle United transfer news and rumours as Eddie Howe’s men look to bounce back from a controversial defeat to Chelsea.

Newcastle United were dealt a setback on Sunday in their bid to guarantee Premier League safety.

After VAR controversies that left everyone connected with the Magpies furious, Kai Havertz scored a winner for Chelsea with just a minute of normal time remaining.

It was a disappointing defeat for Newcastle, but there were plenty of positives to take from the display, especially on the back of a run of nine league games without a defeat.

And Newcastle remain very much on course to secure safety, likely only needing two more wins and a point here and there to seal the deal.

Should they manage that, a summer of spending is expected, and here we round up all the latest United rumours.

Osimhen interest

Newcastle are reportedly preparing to make a move for Napoli frontman Victor Osimhen.

The Magpies are said to have made a bid to sign the 23-year-old in January, with an offer as high as £84million.

Napoli rejected that supposed offer, but Corriere dello Sport are saying a fresh offer could be on the table come the summer, with Newcastle remaining interested.

Osimhen is still under contract until 2025, and he has scored 13 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions so far this season.

Nunes opportunity

Another player the Magpies have failed to sign in the past is Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes.

According to Record via Sport Witness, Newcastle made an offer of an initial loan deal followed by a £10million fee, but that offer was rejected.

The report hints Newcastle could remain interested now that Sporting are willing to offload Nunes for €40m (£33.5m).

The 23-year-old has a long-term contract with Sporting, but it seems the Portuguese side could be willing to move him on to invest in young talent.

Targett ‘agreed’

It emerged last week that Newcastle may have agreed a deal to sign Matt Targett on a permanent deal.

Targett has started six Premier League games since arriving from Villa on loan, impressing with his performances.

According to The Chronicle, the Magpies have now moved to snap up Targett on a long-term deal, agreeing a £15million deal.