St James's Park, the home of Newcastle United. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Newcastle United transfer news: Magpies set sights on £39m duo but face competition from Premier League pair

Newcastle United remain in a perilous position near the bottom of the Premier League table with a six-pointer to come at West Brom this weekend.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 11:39 am

Steve Bruce’s men drew 1-1 with Wolves but their four-point advantage over the relegation places was swiftly reduced to three after Fulham picked up a point at Crystal Palace.

The Magpies are level on points with Brighton and Hove Albion and two behind Burnley as the Cottagers look to apply further pressure via their midweek encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

Should Scott Parker’s side win against Spurs, United will drop into the bottom three ahead of their crunch clash with Sam Allardyce’s Baggies on Sunday.

Newcastle fans will watch on with bated breath this week, not only at the Fulham outcome but updates Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron’s injuries.

The pair were both withdrawn at St James’s Park against Wolves and Bruce himself admitted he “fears the worse” for Almiron.

Any long-term absence for those two would provide a serious blow to the club’s survival hopes.

If Newcastle are to survive however, then Bruce could look to seal a big transfer this summer, according to reports.

As per Fichajes via Calciomercato, the Magpies are preparing a £26million move for Valencia star Lee Kang-in.

The South Korean, only 20-years-old, is a regular starter for the La Liga side having joined their academy at the age of 11.

When the end of the season comes around, Kang-in will have just 12 months left on his contract, which is attracting plenty of interest.

In recent months, Manchester City have been linked with the forward as well as Juventus,

Meanwhile, Newcastle have shown interest in Benfica defender Nuno Tavares, as reported by Portuguese outlet O Jogo.

United are joined by Burnley and Napoli in the race but it is believed the Tyneside club’s interest is the “most intense at the moment” and have “already left the promise to soon put an offer for Tavares on the table”.

It is not the first time Newcastle have targeted the 21-year-old. Apparently, the Magpies were willing to pay around £13million to bring him to St James’s Park, a season and a half ago.

Here are the latest transfer headlines from Newcastle and their Premier League rivals:

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