Newcastle United transfer news: Aston Villa join race for £12million striker, forward commits amid Spurs interest

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Aston Villa have entered the race to sign Newcastle United target Ross McCormack from Fulham.

McCormack, who joined Fulham in 2014 for a Championship record fee of £11m, has a £12m release clause in his contract.

Fellow Championship newcomers Aston Villa have also now been linked with a move for the in-demand striker who scored 21 goals in the second tier last season.

Rafa Benitez recently announced the club was close to agreeing deals for four new signings.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have a long-standing interest in Ayoze Perez but the Newcastle United forward insists he is going nowhere.

Perez has confirmed his commitment to Newcastle and says he is aiming to help the club bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Asked about his future by Spanish publication El Dia, Perez said: "I have a contract (with Newcastle) until 2021.

"I was part of the relegation and I am preparing to return to my best.

"It was not a good year collectively or individually, but I scored some goals.

"You have to take the positives and think about what’s coming.

"It’s going to be tough but in your career, a player must always jump over obstacles."

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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has thrown his hat in the ring to be the next England manager.

The Three Lions crashed out of Euro 2016 last night after a humiliating defeat against minnows Iceland.

Shearer said: "I would speak to the FA now, definitely. I'd offer my experience, tournament experience. Even if Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate gets it."

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And finally, former Newcastle boss Steve McClaren's reaction live to Iceland's winning goal against England last night has become one of the internet hits of the day.

McClaren was providing expert analysis on Sky Sports News when Iceland scored their decisive goal - and his reaction was priceless.

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