Newcastle United transfer latest: Magpies' rivals eye deals that could leave Steve Bruce further behind following Leeds United loss

Newcastle United were defeated by Leeds United at St James’s Park in the Premier League last night.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 8:11 am
Steve Bruce, manager of Newcastle United, checks his watch during the Premier League game against Leeds United at St. James Park.

Following Newcastle United’s 2-1 loss to Leeds United in the Premier League, under-pressure Magpies boss Steve Bruce revealed what Marcelo Bielsa told him in their post-match chat at St James’s Park.

Bruce’s side, energised by the introduction of substitute Allan Saint-Maximin, pushed hard for an equaliser after Jack Harrison scored what would turn out to be the visitors’ winning goal.

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Sean Dyche's Burnley remain interested Everton's 23-year-old right-back Jonjoe Kenny. (Various)

Asked about his conversation with Bielsa, Bruce said: “He was very complimentary about our team, and said we deserved more. I thanked him for that. He acknowledged that we played very well.”

But what about transfers?

SkyBet are offering odds on Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll on joining Burnley and West Brom. The Baggies are priced at 3/1 to conclude a deal for the target man, whilst the Clarets are outside shots at 20/1.

However, reports suggest the Magpies are not likely to entertain any loan offers for the 32-year-old striker during the January transfer window.

Serie A club Cagliari have made an offer to sign Leeds United-linked midfielder Erick Pulgar this month. Cagliari now look like the side in pole position for the Chile international. (Calciomercato)

In terms of fresh Newcastle United-related gossip this morning, the landscape remains quiet following the loss to Leeds United.

Several of the Magpies’ Premier League rivals, however, are eyeing deals that could leave Bruce further behind in their struggle in the top-flight this season.

Here, we’re taking a look at all of the Premier League transfer gossip, rumours and odds from around the web:

Belgian striker Christian Benteke is expected to stay at Crystal Palace despite interest from Sam Allardyce's West Bromwich Albion. (Sky Sports)
Tore Andre Flo has told his old club that they need to spend some money this month in order to finish in the top half of the Premier League table. "If they want to compete with the top half of the table then they need to spend some money this month," the ex-Leeds man said. "There aren’t that many rumours around players coming in but who knows what’s in the pipeline. Virtually every team will consider strengthening and I’m sure Leeds are no different." (Yorkshire Evening Post)
Leicester City are increasingly hopeful of signing long-term target James Tarkowski from Burnley this summer. The 28-year-old England defender has 17 months left of his contract and is yet to recommit to the Clarets, who have previously rejected bids from the Foxes and West Ham. (Mirror)
Reports have claimed that Derby County want to sign Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp. The Rams have reportedly asked about taking Sharp on a late January deal. It is claimed the Championship outfit are awaiting a response from the Blades and Chris Wilder. (Football Insider)
Tottenham have made contact with Paris St-Germain's 32-year-old Argentina midfielder Angel di Maria about a move to London. The former Manchester United star is available on a free transfer this summer. (L'Equipe via Talksport)
Leeds United remain favourites to Rodrigo de Paul of Udinese with the bookmakers at (9/2). Inter Milan (8/1), Aston Villa (14/1), Juventus (14/1) and Liverpool (14/1) are also contenders. (SkyBet)
Simon Jordan believes Leeds will need to spend £100m on new transfers is they are to finish in the top six of the Premier League. Jordan said: "I think the framework of the club means that it has a real opportunity. It’s a tall order to achieve and they’ll need big pockets. You won’t do it without the best players. You can have the best coach in the world but all he can do is make players better. He (Bielsa) is going to need £100m+ in player transfers for a season. You’ll see then if the 49ers are going to be advantageous to Leeds or just another investor." (TalkSport)