Newcastle United rumours: Magpies favourites to land Liverpool ace, Everton linked with ex-Chelsea man
Newcastle United are busy at work pursuing transfer targets, as they look add further quality to their squad over the summer months, and they'll be looking to tie up some bargain deals before the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
The Magpies have been linked with a host of players already this summer, and expected to strengthen in some key areas as they look for an improved season following a fairly underwhelming showing in the previous campaign.
Meanwhile, ex-Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand has revealed he turned down a move to the Magpies back in 2008, and said: “Newcastle wanted me first, but I turned them down. At the time Newcastle were going through a transitional period upstairs in the boardroom, and they were unstable.
“West Ham were unstable at the time too with the Icelandic people (the owners). Then Sunderland came in and bid £8million. West Ham accepted it, and I remember the chief executive and sporting director, Gianlucia Nani, came to me and said 'Anton, we've accepted a bid for you, £8million to Sunderland’.
“I said 'I'm not going’. He went 'what? Anton, Roy Keane’s the manager – he'll be good for you. You should go’. I said 'if Roy Keane will be good for me, then bring him here?'. That conversation ended, and for a week he kept coming to me saying 'Anton, you've got to go, please’.
“The last straw for me was 'Anton please the club is in financial struggles, it could go under if you don't go’. It pulled on my heartstrings a bit."
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Newcastle United and the rest of the Premier League, as the reaction to last season and the build-up to summer transfer window continues: