Newcastle United gossip: Toon consider £8.6m deal, Pundit urges midfielder to snub Magpies move

Newcastle United are among the English clubs keeping tabs on former Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta.

By Jordan Cronin
Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:00 am
Lens midfielder Gael Kakuta is being linked with a move to Newcastle United. (Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Lens midfielder Gael Kakuta is being linked with a move to Newcastle United. (Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claims the Magpies, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Watford have been alerted to the 29-year-old’s form at Ligue 1 side Lens.

His run of 11 goals and five assists has already earned him a permanent £4.3million move to the French club from Amiens – but he could still be sold this summer.

Indeed, a fee of £8.6m may be enough to persuade Lens into selling, which would hand him a second chance in the Premier League after struggling to break through in West London.

Leicester City open Boubakary Soumare talks

Leicester City have reportedly opened talks with long-term Newcastle target Boubakary Soumare over a £21m deal.

Soumare turned down a £35m move to St James’s Park in January 2020 but could finally be on his way to the Premier League this summer.

Everton and Leeds United had scouts at Lille’s match against Lens on Friday but it appears Brendan Rodgers’ side are leading the race, as per the Daily Mail.

The Foxes are looking to take advantage of Soumare’s reduced price tag due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joe Willock urged to stay at Arsenal

Former England international Trevor Sinclair has urged Joe Willock to stay at Arsenal rather than return to Newcastle.

Steve Bruce wants to sign Willock permanently after an impressive loan spell of five goals in 11 appearances.

And Sinclair believes Willock should stay at the Emirates Stadium as he genuine chance of becoming a first-team regular.

He told talkSPORT: "If I was him, I would want to get back to Arsenal because from what I have seen from Arsenal’s midfield, they haven’t been anywhere near as good or as productive as what I have seen from Joe Willock.

“His athleticism, his desire to affect the game and he is a box-to-box player playing with freedom and playing like he is wanting to prove someone wrong.

"If you ask any player who has been released out on loan that is the first thing you go for. Prove people who have let you go wrong.

"He has done that over the last three months and he has been exceptional for Newcastle.”

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