Newcastle United are closing in on their return to Premier League action.
The Magpies are currently on international break, but they will be keen to get back into action amid a frsutrating start to the season.
Eddie Howe’s men have been solid, but they have drawn far too many games, settling for five stalemates from seven games.
Newcastle have top-half ambitions this season, but they are going to have to start picking up wins of they want to live up to those ambitions.
In the meantime, we have rounded up all the latest news and transfer rumours surrounding St James’ Park.
Newcastle are being backed to make a bid to sign Leicester City star James Maddison.
The Magpies have been linked with the midfielder in the past, but according to Football Insider, Newcastle will make a bid for Maddison in January.
It’s claimed Newcastle actually bid around £50million for the England international in the summer, but they came up short.
Leicester are said to value their star midfielder at £60million, but their poor start to the season could see Maddison push for an exit with 18 months remaining on his contract.
It’s claimed Newcastle will make another push in the winter, and it will be interesting to see quite how much they are willing to bid, if indeed they do make furher offers.
De Vrij links
Newcastle are being linked with a move for Inter Milan star Stefan de Vrij.
According to Gazzetta della Sport, via Sport Witness, St James’ Park is a possible destination for de Vrij amid talk of a possible exit from San Siro.
It’s reported de Vrij is viewed as the perfect partner for Sven Botman, despite the centre-back struggling to win a starting place of late.
Joao Pedro decision
Reported Newcastle target Joao Pedro has made a surprise decision to end transfer speculation.
The Magpies were heavily linked with Joao Pedro in the summer, but they were not willing to meet Watford’s asking price.
The forward was also linked with other Premier League clubs, but he has now decided to sign a new long-term contract at Vicarage Road to stay in place until 2028.
That new deal likely ends all chance of a January transfer.