Newcastle United gossip: Frenchman 'tempted' by Magpies, Toon named as contenders to sign England midfielder

Lille and Newcastle United are ahead of Marseille in the race to sign Arsenal defender William Saliba, as per reports in France.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 11:00 am

The £27million-rated Frenchman is a potential loan target for the Magpies as they look to recruit a central defender this summer.

And as per La Provence via Le10Sport, Marseille, who are also keen on Saliba, 'are behind compared to its competitors', with Lille and United named.

It is claimed Nice could also re-sign Saliba after spending the second half of last season on loan there, while Rennes are watching his situation closely.

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Arsenal defender William Saliba is a loan target for Newcastle United. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

One paragraph reads that Saliba “would be tempted by LOSC and Newcastle”.

Southampton ‘hold talks’ over Nuno Tavares

Southampton have made contact with Benfica over signing Nuno Tavares but Newcastle and Brighton also remain in the mix.

That’s according to Portuguese publication A Bola, with Benfica happy to offload the left-back and help fund a move for Wolves’ Ruben Vinagre.

The Eagles want around £12.8m-£17.1m for the 21-year-old.

Newcastle named as potential destination for Harry Winks

Former Aston Villa and Scotland manager Alex McLeish has named Newcastle as a potential destination for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks.

Speaking to Football Insider, the 62-year-old, when asked which club Winks could join this summer, told Football Insider: “Newcastle United would they not fancy him?

“Aston Villa too. I don’t know if Aston Villa have got enough midfielders. He’s certainly bright enough to play for some of these teams.

“The price tag’s a little bit high in my opinion. However, I don’t think he’ll go amiss of getting a new club.”

Reports suggest Spurs want £30m for Winks but could accept a lower fee.

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