Newcastle United transfer blow as Chelsea star agrees Bundesliga move

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The Magpies are working around the clock to add at least one new face to their squad over the next week.

Newcastle United are set to miss out on Callum Hudson-Odoi after the Chelsea winger moved closer to joining Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

The Magpies are heading into the final week of the transfer window still looking to add at least one new player to their attacking ranks.

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A new bid has been lodged for Watford forward Joao Pedro and United have been linked with moves for the likes of Leeds United winger Jack Harrison and Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak.

Close links between the Magpies hierarchy and their Chelsea counterparts have led to links with a number of Blues players as Thomas Tuchel looks to rejig his squad at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle have been credited with an interest in midfielder Conor Gallagher, winger Christian Pulisic and striker Armando Broja over the last month.

Hudson-Odoi has also been linked with a move to Tyneside as he looks to secure regular game-time after spending the majority of the last year sat on the sidelines.

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The three-times capped England winger has made over a century of appearances for Chelsea - but has not made a senior appearance since he started a 2-0 home win against Tottenham Hotspur in March.

Hudson-Odoi was delivered something of a mixed message earlier this month when Blues boss Tuchel discussed his future and the impact Raheem Sterling’s arrival will have on his career at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “In general, nobody is for sale and everybody is for sale. It depends on what the player wants, how bad the players wants it, what we think, who is ready to pay a certain amount of money.

“Then, maybe, everybody is for sale. But for Callum, it’s the same. He competes. He had a long-term injury and long-term problems to overcome from which he suffered.

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“He has still a way to go to live up to his potential, because the potential is huge. Having Raheem in can maybe give him the extra boost to step up and see life, what is needed in these kind of positions to reach the level that he can reach, that he wants to reach.

“But at the moment he is our player and he needs to fight, fight, fight.”

Newcastle, Leicester City and Southampton have all been linked with a move for Hudson-Odoi but The Guardian have now reported the winger is set to join Bayer Leverkusen on a season-long deal after ‘turning down’ two loan offers from Premier League clubs.

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