Premier League transfer rumours: Newcastle United's rivals target eye-catching deals as Steve Bruce injury crisis worsens

Newcastle United travel to face West Brom at the Hawthorns in the Premier League this Sunday.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 8:16 am
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce applauds his team on the sideline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on February 27, 2021.

Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United will be looking to return to winning ways against Sam Allardyce’s Baggies having drawn against Wolves in the top-flight last time out.

But the Magpies are in the midst of a serious injury crisis with several players currently sidelined.

Indeed, TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan has argued that the double injury blow to Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron could have major adverse effects on Newcastle United's survival hopes this season.

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Tottenham's on-loan forward Gareth Bale will insist Real Madrid honour the final year of his £600,000-a-week contract, even if the Wales international leaves the Spanish champions in the summer. (Mirror)

Bruce’s men are currently three points clear of the relegation zone, and are already without top scorer Callum Wilson.

peaking on talkSPORT, he said: “They got Saint-Maximin back at the end of January and you started to see a different style of play that the fans had been calling for – a more ambitious Newcastle team because certain players were available again. Ultimately Steve had taken certain perspectives and changed some of his thinking.

"I watched Saint-Maximin, I watched Newcastle on Saturday against Wolves, and Almiron as well, and I thought they were two standout players.

"This can't help Newcastle, he’ll have to shuffle his pack again, and god forbid we start seeing like Andy Carroll starting again for them. But they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do. This doesn’t help them.

Real Madrid are willing to sell Raphael Varane to Manchester United after conceding the 27-year-old France centre-back will not sign a new deal at the Bernabeu. (Manchester Evening News)

"They’ve lost Callum Wilson as well and I don’t know when he’ll be coming back, and all of these things make it very difficult for them."

Here, we take a look at the rest of the transfer talk from Newcastle United’s Premier League rivals:

West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice has all the attributes to become a world-class player, according to his former Hammers team-mate Sebastien Haller, amid reported transfer interest from the Premier League's big boys. (Talksport)
Aston Villa should sign Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge - who has been linked to the Birmingham club - says former England striker Emile Heskey. (Birmingham Mail)
Arsenal have made an enquiry with Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard. (Transfer Window Podcast, via Football London)
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta says Argentine forward Lionel Messi will leave the club if he does not win the 7 March election. Messi's current deal expires in the summer. (Marca)
MK Dons manager Russell Martin has confirmed Matthew Sorinola is yet to sign a new contract despite speculation linking him with a move to Leeds United. (Various)
Leeds United’s potential move for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez has been handed a major boost after the player decided to leave the Spanish giants this summer. The player has ‘adopted this firm stance’ after learning that Madrid do not intend to improve their offer of a new three-year deal without a pay increase. (Sports Witness)
Leeds United are determined to keep hold of 24-year-old winger Raphinha amid interest from Manchester United and Liverpool. Reports also state that the player is happy at Elland Road and has been befriended by fellow Portuguese speaker Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford, who converses with him in French. Rather than flog Raphinha to help the club’s finances, the Whites plan to add to him this summer. (Mirror)