Newcastle United ‘working on’ three deadline day transfers as Eddie Howe weighs up late incoming

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Newcastle United transfer state of play - with three outgoings now likely on transfer deadline day.

Newcastle United are working on three deadline day exits - as Eddie Howe weighs up a possible late incoming.

The Magpies head coach said after the late defeat to Liverpool last night that he “anticipates” Martin Dubravka will leave before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

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Dubravka is set to join Premier League rivals Manchester United after the Slovakian, who lost his No.1 spot to Nick Pope, pushed for a move to happen.

The two clubs have agreed a season-long loan deal, which includes a £6million obligation to buy - if the 33-year-old plays a certain amount of games.

However, as per the Daily Telegraph, Dubravka is unlikely to be the only senior player to leave St James’ Park on deadline day.

Federico Fernandez set to follow Martin Dubravka out the exit door

Newcastle United central defender Federico Fernandez. Newcastle United central defender Federico Fernandez.
Newcastle United central defender Federico Fernandez. | Getty Images

Federico Fernandez, who joined Newcastle in 2018, is in talks to join La Liga side Elche.

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The Argentine is a popular figure in the dressing room and is well respected by Howe, however has fallen way down the pecking order on Tyneside.

Fernandez last played for Newcastle in December last year having been blighted by a number of minor injuries.

The 33-year-old has made 89 appearances in five years after arriving under Rafa Benitez’s management.

Matty Longstaff to Barnsley

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Howe admitted that the club were looking to loan out Matty Longstaff earlier this week, and it appears he is set to join League One side Barnsley.

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The 22-year-old, after spending the second half of last season on loan at Mansfield Town, toured Austria and Portugal with Howe’s side.

And while he’s continued to train with the first team, the Magpies’ academy graduate is yet to feature in a matchday squad this campaign.

It’s understood the Geordie midfielder will join the Tykes on an initial loan deal, which is expected to be made permanent next summer.

Will Newcastle push for a fifth summer signing?

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In terms of any late signings, Newcastle could push for a fifth summer signing if the right opportunity arises in the remaining hours.

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Howe played down talk of any “major business” earlier this week and admitted a loan move would be the most likely avenue.

“We’re very pleased with the business we’ve done,” the 44-year-old said. “The injuries we have are believed to be short-term.

“There might be a bit of short-term pain around the squad but longer-term when those bodies back fit, I think we’re very strong.

“That’s not to say we are totally closed off. We’re obviously still looking but I don’t expect any major business to be done.”

Newcastle have considered a move for a central midfielder, while they’ve again been linked with West Ham Unted right-back Harrison Ashby.

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