Newcastle United rumours: Toon plot raid for £10m defender, Arsenal also keen; Benitez in frame for PL return

Newcastle United will have to be savvy in the transfer market this summer.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 9:35 am
St James' Park. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Funds look set to be tight on Tyneside once again, and Steve Bruce may have to be frugal in his approach to bringing in fresh faces.

One player the Magpies have already been linked with is Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer and former Toon player Lee Clark believes it would be a smart move.

Speaking recently, he said: "He is an outstanding player. I have seen quotes of £6-8million out there – he is definitely a player you can improve and he will be worth a lot more than that.

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Brighton defender Jan Paul van Hecke is attracting the interest of several clubs in England and Germany this summer. (Fean Online) (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

"When I signed him off Brendan (Rodgers) – he was manager of Celtic at the time – we had an agreement at the time to play him in midfield, even though we all knew he was a centre-half. It was so he could get used to playing with the ball in tight areas, and then eventually move back into centre-half with that ball-playing ability.

"He is an unbelievable professional – he was captain of Norway when he was still a teenager. He is six foot six inches and is the type of player who always wants to stay back and do that bit extra. And for the price, there is a lot of ability there.

"There is some rawness and some rough edges that need smoothed out.

"There were a lot of clubs out there who didn’t want to take a risk on Virgil Van Dijk because he played in the Scottish league and didn’t get tested. There are similarities."

Burnley being linked with a potential move for Derby County winger Kamil Jozwiak this summer. (The Athletic) (Photo by Thomas Eisenhuth/Getty Images)

We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League transfer speculation below...

Mat Ryan's proposed move to Arsenal could be hijacked by new Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou. (talkSPORT) (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Tottenham and Everton are pursuing a transfer for Uruguay international forward Diego Rossi this summer. (Telegraph) (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
Rafa Benitez has emerged as a potential managerial target for Everton. (Mirror) (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
Leeds United are interested in Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed ahead of next season. (Daily Mail) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester City have no plans to sell Ilkay Gundogan this summer and are happy with his contract situation, despite reports he has delayed talks on a new deal. (Sky Sports) (Photo by Jose Coelho - Pool/Getty Images)
A host of Premier League clubs have been alerted to the availability Tosin Adarabioyo with a £10 million release clause inserted into his Fulham contract. Newcastle United, Arsenal, and Aston Villa are all keen. (Daily Mail) (Photo by Andy Rain - Pool/Getty Images)
Leeds United’s interest in Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico has been handed a major boost after his £10.3 million price tag emerged. (Various) (Photo by Agustin Marcarian - Pool/Getty Images)