Newcastle United transfer news: Rafa Benitez targeted by Tottenham, Jose Mourinho eyes up Wolves goalkeeper swoop

Newcastle United looked to have turned a corner in recent weeks, and have picked up just one defeat in their last six Premier League outings.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 11:00 am
St. James Park. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Magpies have taken points from the likes of West Ham, Liverpool, Spurs, and Leicester City in that run as they have pulled themselves clear of the relegation zone and into the relative safety of mid-table obscurity.

For Steve Bruce, it may have also firmed up his position at the club a little, and the Toon boss is clearly looking ahead to next season already.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of Friday’s clash with champions Manchester City, he said: “What we’ve got, how we’re gonna go forward, what we’ve got to spend, all of them things will be discussed, but that’s normal, like any club.

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Ex-Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has been interviewed for the Sheffield United job. (Football Insider) (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

"We’ve had small conversations about pre-season. Pre-season’s in place, hopefully we’ll announce a few dates for that one. What we’re doing here, there and everywhere.

"Players out of contract, Bosman situations, and then, of course, what we’ve got and where we want to take the club will be the big conversation. That’s it, basically. That’s normal.

He added: “There’s an insatiable appetite from the supporters to be in the top 10 – that’s where we all want to be.

"We’re not going to able to do it by being like what Aston Villa have done. We can’t do it overnight. I believe we got the makings of a decent team. Slowly but surely will have to get a squad together that the supporters can enjoy.”

Brighton defender Ben White could be up for sale this summer, with several clubs including Tottenham and Liverpool keen. (Transfer Window Podcast) (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League transfer speculation below...

Sander Berge's release clause at Sheffield United has dropped from £40million to £12million because of their relegation from the Premier League - which could tempt Arsenal to revive their interest in the midfielder. (Sky Sports) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio has emerged as a target for AS Roma this summer. (Calcio Mercato) (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Crystal Palace are battling Arsenal for the signature of Ryan Bertrand after Southampton confirmed his impending departure this week. (The Standard) (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Negotiations for Leeds United target Nahitan Nandez can begin once Cagliari secure their Serie A status. It is understood that there is a “verbal promise of a sale” on the table. (Centotrentuno) (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
Leicester City are closing in on an "amazing deal" to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare this summer. (Fabrizio Romano) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham are weighing up moves for Rafael Benitez and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa after a shift in their hunt for a new manager. (Football Insider) (Photo by Jason Cairnduff - Pool/Getty Images)
Manchester United and Juventus have Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez on their agenda for the summer. (TNT Sports) (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Leeds United are laying the groundwork to recruit a young striker this summer with the potential to be a Premier League star. (Football Insider) (Photo by Oli Scarff - Pool/Getty Images)