PL club set ‘£60m’ asking price for Newcastle United target, Toon weigh up ‘£25m’ compromise raid

All the latest transfer news and speculation involving Newcastle United...

Newcastle United have already been busy this summer, but with a month to go before the transfer window closes, the Magpies are showing no signs of slowing down in their recruitment drive.

Attacking reinforcements remain the priority for Eddie Howe, and unsurprisingly, the constant speculation of the rumour mill is reflecting that fact.

With that in mind, here is Sunday morning’s Newcastle United transfer news...

Man United hold Sesko

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United have held talks to sign Newcastle-linked striker Benjamin Sesko.

The precocious talent as emerged as a potential option for the Magpies as they look to bolster their attacking options this summer.

Their interest is reportedly not unrequited, with the Slovenian international tempted by the prospect of a move to Tyneside.

But a fresh update from the MEN suggests that the Red Devils recently met with Sesko’s agent with view to brokering a move to Old Trafford.

As things stand, the RB Salzburg forward’s current deal in Austria is due to run until 2026.

Leicester set Maddison price

Newcastle have failed with an initial £40 million bid to sign Leicester City playmaker James Maddison - but the Foxes have set their asking price for the England international.

According to iNews, Brendan Rodgers’ side will hold out for up to £60 million for the midfielder.

Maddison still has two years left to run on his contract at the Midlands, but it is understood Leicester - who are yet to make any signings this summer - could be tempted into selling some their key assets in an attempt to raise funds for their own transfer business.

Toon explore Cornet options

Newcastle have enquired about Burnley attacker Maxwel Cornet, may have to reach a compromise on price if a deal is to be agreed, according to the Daily Mail.

The Ivorian has a £17.5 million release clause written into his contract at Turf Moor, but because of financial spending restrictions, the Toon Army would prefer to pay that fee in installments, rather than all in one go.

As per the Mail’s report, the Clarets could be tempted into sanctioning such an agreement, but may demand that the Magpies pay as much as £25 million to secure Cornet’s services.