Newcastle enter race for teenage talent, In-demand defender linked - Transfer recap

Another January transfer window, another barrage of speculation linking Newcastle United with just about any and every footballer you can shake a stick at.

The Magpies are darlings of the gossip column, and it’s almost become a running joke that they are thrown into articles willy-nilly as a means of padding out word counts and bolstering the reported interest in any player who shows even the slightest inclination of leaving his current employers.

Monday was no different, and the Toon Army have been linked with two fresh faces, both of who are supposedly more likely to go move elsewhere.

First up, we have Moises Caicedo. The Ecuadorian midfielder was linked with Manchester United until very recently, and it is understood that now the Reds have cooled their interest, Newcastle could be in the running for his signature.

If they are, they’ll have to move quickly, however, with Sky Sports reporting that Brighton have already launched an official bid for the teenager.


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Elsewhere, Italian publication La Repubblica have the Magpies down as potential suitors for Norwegian left-back Fredrik Andre Bjorkan.

Again, they’re far from frontrunners, however, with Sampdoria said to be very interested in the 22-year-old, Leeds United and Norwich City ready to provide competition to snap him up.

The defender currently plies his trade in his home country for the unusually-christened FK Bodo/Glimt and on the basis of the report coming out of Italy, it would appear that Newcastle have little more than a passing interest in him – for now at least.

We’ve also gathered some of the latest and most intriguing Premier League rumours from throughout the day below:


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Burnley are plotting to make a move for Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny in the January transfer window. It is unclear whether a deal would be permanent or a loan agreement. (Football Insider)

Spanish side Valencia are keen on taking Harry Winks on loan from Tottenham this month. There has, however, been no formal bid for the midfielder, and Spurs are reluctant to let him go. (Sky Sports)

Former Republic of Ireland striker Stephen Elliot has urged Shane Duffy to end his miserable loan spell at Celtic and return to Brighton. (Off the Ball Podcast)

West Brom have been offered the opportunity to sign two players from the French top flight. Cameroon international striker Stephane Bahoken currently plays for Angers and could be available on a loan-to-buy deal, while Rennes midfielder Clement Grenier is also an option and is out of contract at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)


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Sky Sports pundit Sue Smith has talked up the prospect of Sheffield United target Jesse Lingard leaving Manchester United this month. She said: "You just think a move away, a fresh start, will really do him the world of good." (Sky Sports)

£10.8 million could be enough for Leeds United to complete a deal for reported target Erick Pulgar this month. The Chilean midfielder currently plies his trade for Fiorentina. (Fiorentina News)

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is in talks over a potential move to German side Bayer Leverkusen. A deal would cost around £1.8 million. (Various)