Newcastle United news: Aston Villa told to sign Magpies star, Serie A defender linked with summer move

Steve Bruce is preparing his Newcastle United side for a tough physical battle at Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 6:02 pm

Depending on Fulham’s result against Wolves on Friday, the Magpies could be presented with an ideal opportunity to give themselves clear daylight over the bottom three.

Victory at Turf Moor would also bring the Clarets back into danger ahead of the final seven games of the campaign.

But before all that, there are plenty of other headlines surrounding Newcastle. Here’s the latest from today:

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Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Aston Villa told to sign Allan Saint-Maximin

Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has urged his boyhood club to sign Allan Saint-Maximin – if Newcastle are relegated from the top-flight.

The Frenchman has established himself as a key member of Bruce’s squad, despite being restricted to 17 appearances this season due to illness and injury.

Saint-Maximin is bound to attract countless interest if United do fall into the Championship – and Hendrie wants Villa to be one of those clubs.

“He is one that I would certainly take,” he told Transfer Tavern. “He’s got that Premier League credibility. We’ve seen what he can do.

“He’s got that attack rate, he’s got flair, you know, all sorts. He could be a key addition to a Villa side that I feel… that’s where they’ve really lacked, in wide areas.”

Omar Colley linked with Newcastle… again

Newcastle have once again been mentioned as a potential destination for Sampdoria defender Omar Colley.

As per Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness, the 28-year-old “appeals” to the Magpies after targetting him in January.

The Gambian international is open to the idea of moving to England but United’s apparent interest will only stand if they remain a top-flight club.

A number of teams have been linked with Colley – including Leeds, West Ham and Fulham.

As things stand, Bruce is set to lose two central defenders in the form of Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar on a free transfer – though do hold a one-year option on the latter’s contract.

Eddie Howe to remain out of work until the summer

Eddie Howe is set to wait until at least the summer before returning to management amid links to Newcastle and Celtic.

The former Bournemouth had been touted as a possible replacement for Steve Bruce, however Mike Ashley has made it clear he is sticking by his head coach.

Speculation surrounding Howe to Celtic has increased in recent weeks, but the 43-year-old won’t be rushed into a return to the dugout.

Howe's representative told Sky Sports: “Talks of any deal being close are extremely premature.

"His plan remains to not return to management until the summer at the earliest."

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