Newcastle United transfer news: Striker swap deal mooted, defender staying put plus winger eyed by FOUR clubs

AFC Bournemouth's Josh King.
AFC Bournemouth's Josh King.

Newcastle United could be set to reignite their interest in Bournemouth striker Josh King.

According to the Sun, Rafa Benitez is a keen admirer of the Scandinavian frontman.

One sticking point could be the fact, as reported in the piece, that Eddie Howe is looking to see Matt Ritchie included as part of the deal.

United have been linked with King before and were keen to sign the striker after securing promotion, but found their transfer budget too tight to pursue the player.

What has changed in the last 12 months is that King has found himself playing out of position for much of the last season.

And he made his feelings on the issue clear earlier this summer, publicly criticising Howe for not playing him in a more central role.

One player heavily linked with an exit in recent weeks is defender Florian Lejeune, with Sevilla reportedly keen.

After a slow start last season, partly due to injury, the Frenchman was one of manager Benitez’s trusted lieutenants.

As a result, it is no shock to see the latest report from Spanish publication eldesmarque claiming Benitez will not allow his central defender to leave.

Chancel Mbemba, though, is set to be shown the door, should United find someone to pay their £9million pricetag.

Meanwhile, FOUR clubs have been linked with a move for released Newcastle midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

It is reported that Premier League outfits Wolves and Watford are eyeing the 22-year-old, while Leeds United and Sporting Lisbon are also keen.