Newcastle United transfer news: Midfield duo wanted as striker is linked with SJP move

Bundesliga outfit Schalke have reportedly slashed their asking price for Nabil Bentaleb – and it is claimed Newcastle United are weighing up a cut-price move.

Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 4:45 pm
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JULY 26: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) James Milner of Liverpool with Newcastles Nabil Bentaleb during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St. James Park on July 26, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Magpies could have taken the Algerian midfielder on a permanent contract following the end of his patchy loan spell at St James’s Park, but instead chose to allow the clause in the deal – which valued Bentaleb at £10 million – to elapse.

But now, according to reports in Germany, the former Tottenham Hotspur man will be allowed to leave for around £6 million. Serie A outfit Hellas Verona are also understood to be interested in the player, whose wage demands would have to be lowered to secure any move back to Tyneside.

Bentaleb was on more than £80,000 per week in Gelsenkirchen.

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Meanwhile, Scottish Premiership runners up Rangers are weighing up a move for out-of-favour United winger Jacob Murphy, according to the Daily Record.

Murphy is again likely to be allowed to leave, either permanently or on a temporary basis, this summer with the ex-Norwich man unlikely to improve what United already have in their ranks.

And, according to Goal, United are one of a number of Premier League clubs linked with a loan move for young Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.

Brewster scored 11 goals in the Championship last season as he spent the campaign on loan with United keeper Freddie Woodman, who recently penned a new three-year deal with the Magpies.