Newcastle United transfer news: NUFC and Arsenal ‘leading discussions’ for UCL striker, Toon battle Tottenham for ‘£21m’ midfielder

Newcastle United face a huge relegation six-pointer against an out-of-form Brentford side at the weekend.

Heading into the match, the Magpies have had to contend with a number of injury doubts, but the club have sought to clarify several players’ statuses ahead of their trip south.

Javier Manquillo – who missed last weekend’s 1-1 draw against West Ham United with an ankle injury – is back in training at head of Saturday’s game at the Brentford Community Stadium.

However, Saint-Maximin is yet to return to training, having missed the fixture at the London Stadium with a calf injury, though the club say they are “hopeful” he will be fit. The winger, in Monaco for rehab on his injury, has this week posted video clips of himself, a full United kit, training in a gym.

There’s better news on Ryan Fraser for head coach Eddie Howe. Fraser was forced off against West Ham with what Howe described as a “sore hamstring”, but the winger, like Manquillo, trained yesterday.

Newcastle, unbeaten in six games, would climb above 14th-placed Brentford with a win.

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