Newcastle United takeover & transfer news: Winger set for Leicester or Hertha Berlin as Magpies weigh up options

Reported Newcastle United target Cengiz Ünder is likely to head to Premier League rivals Leicester City or Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin, rather than end up on Tyneside.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 4:45 pm
Turkey's midfielder Cengiz Under (R) controls the ball in front of Serbia's defender Starhinja Pavlovic during the UEFA Nations League, league B, day 2, group 3 football match between Serbia and Turkey at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade on September 6, 2020. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Reports this week claimed United were interested in the AS Roma and Turkey international winger – but Italian outlet Calciomercato believe it’s now just a two-way battle for the 23-year-old.

United are well-stocked in the wide areas following the arrival of Scotland international Ryan Fraser and the return of Jacob Murphy from a loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday.

And while Murphy could be allowed to leave, so too Christian Atsu, United are not thought to be prioritising the strengthening of that department in the final weeks of the summer window.

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A loan striker and central defender are two areas the club’s transfer team are looking to fill.

Atsu is interesting nine-in-a-row Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, who’ve cut their cloth to suit following their recent Champions League exit.