Newcastle United news and transfer rumours: Magpies set to battle Celtic for striker plus defender tipped for Premier League move
Newcastle are reportedly working on a deal to sign teenage prospect Kyle Joseph from Wigan – despite interest from Celtic.
The 19-year-old frontman, who has made 14 League One appearances for the Latics this season, will be out of contract this summer and held talks with Celtic representatives in February.
But according to the Daily Mail, Newcastle have lodged a better offer and are now favourites to sign the Scotland Under-19 international.
The Mail’s report states Wigan were expecting a compensation fee of around £230,000 from Celtic but Newcastle are willing to pay around £850,000 to seal the deal.
Celtic defender tipped to join Magpies
The Mail have also claimed Newcastle are lining up a £10million bid for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.
Ajer, 22, is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League and has one year left on his contract at Celtic Park.
Former England and Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor believes it would be a good move for both parties.
“Any player playing in Scotland would dream of playing in the Premier League, it’s the best league in the world,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“It’s definitely possible. He’ll just have to wait and see where Newcastle are at the end of the season.
“It would be a transfer that suits both clubs, definitely."
Allardyce unsure about West Brom future
Finally, former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce says his position at West Brom is a complex one.
Despite a shock 5-2 win over Chelsea, the Baggies would need a remarkable run of results to avoid relegation from the Premier League and Allardyce says there are no guarantees he will remain in charge next term.
"It needs both to agree what we are going to do,” Allardyce told Football Focus ahead of the match.
"If one of us disagrees, we hold our hands up and say 'thank you very much'.
"If we both agree to go forward, we get on with it.
"It's a very complex situation to sit down and look at."
West Brom are now seven points behind 17th-place Newcastle but have played a game more than the Magpies with eight fixtures remaining.