Newcastle United news: Winger deal close, flop set for exit

Jamaal Lascelles
Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle United are closing in on Chelsea's Christian Atsu ahead of the transfer deadline.

The club is looking to take winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan.

Newcastle's move for Atsu follows the weekend arrivals of Daryl Murphy and Achraf Lazaar.

United manager Rafa Benitez was asked about his hopes for the final few days of the transfer window after Saturday's 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

There could be more departures before Wednesday night's transfer deadline.

Midfielder Cheick Tiote is in Turkey for talks with Galatasaray, while striker Emmanuel Riviere has today been linked with a Spanish club.

However, the odds are on forward Yoan Gouffran STAYING at St James's Park. Read why here.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, now in charge of Brighton, has reacted to his team's defeat at St James's Park.

Hughton has also given a fascinating verdict on his old club's promotion hopes.

Finally, read writer Miles Starforth's match report from the Brighton game, which was decided by goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.