Serie A €40m star in ‘advanced talks’ over Premier League move with Newcastle United and Spurs suitors
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Newcastle United proved they have the squad to compete at the highest level as they kept out an impressive AC Milan side at the San Siro on Tuesday.
Tests against Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund remain in Europe this season but it's a promising start for Eddie Howe after a busy summer of preparation.
Here's your Thursday evening transfer round-up.
Genoa centre-back in ‘advanced talks’ over Premier League more
Newcastle United are among the Premier League clubs linked with a January deal for £35 million rated Radu Dragusin.
EuroSport quoted the star's representative Florin Manea saying that the 21-year-old is already in 'advanced talks' over a move to the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace also touted as potential destinations.
Manea says that Genoa want between €35 and €40 million for the player and, with Eddie Howe not landing a centre-back in the summer window, it's a deal that may tempt Newcastle United. However, Dragusin would not come for a bit-part role and wants to play every match after starting 45 Serie A matches last year.
West Ham transfer rumour refuses to go away
Newcastle United continue to be linked with a move for West Ham United star Lucas Paqueta as the star's future in London remains a point of contention.
The Hammers paid £51 million to Lyon for the star's services last summer at a time when the Brazilian had also been linked with the Magpies and had even visited the North East. His close friendship with compatriot and former Lyon teammate Bruno Guimaraes added fuel to the fire.
Manchester City bid £80 million for the star this summer but couldn't strike a deal with West Ham. Now, former Aston Villa star and talkSPORT pundit Gaby Agbonlahor has insisted a move to Newcastle United shouldn't be off the cards.
He told Football Insider: “Of course. They’ve got a project now, and they’ve got the richest owners in the world. The ambition is to play Champions League football every season, and that will attract Paqueta – playing in the big boy competition.
“I think Paqueta would go to Newcastle, Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool – these big clubs have a bigger chance of finishing in the top four.
"The Man City move might not have happened but I think he’d choose Newcastle. He knows there is a good Brazilian contingent at the club already in Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes. I think it’s a move he would seriously look at.”