Newcastle United are still looking to sign another two players on deadline day with deals for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and Aston Villa full-back Matty Targett in the pipeline.
Newcastle’s spending already tops £90m (€108m) this month but they are not finished yet and will head into the final 24 hours of a manic month looking to strengthen in both attack and defence.
The club are still keeping an eye on Jesse Lingard’s situation at Manchester United although the chances of him moving to the North East remain “doubtful” according to those involved.
That leaves Nketiah and Targett as the most likely arrivals. Sources have indicated that neither deal is straightforward, but there is a growing confidence that at least one of them can be completed today.
That would cap off a successful window for the club’s new Saudi Arabian owners. The consortium that bought the club in October have had plenty of challenges to overcome and more than their fair share of setbacks in the market, but have already signed four players – Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes and Dan Burn – to improve chances of avoiding relegation.
Talks with Arsenal are continuing to gather pace although it is not yet known whether Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta will sanction the sale of the 22-year-old, even though he has less than six months left on his contract and he has shown no willingness to sign an extension.
The interest in Targett has come later in the window and significant progress has been made over the weekend, although nothing has been finalised and Villa are yet to decide whether they can allow the 26-year-old to leave following the arrival of Lucas Digne from Everton earlier in the window.
The Newcastle hierarchy will continue to talk to both Arsenal and Villa in the hope that they can reach a mutually acceptable agreement before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
The shift to new targets can be made after Newcastle finally found the left-footed centre-back they had been desperate for since December when they agreed a £13m (€15.6m) fee with Brighton to bring Burn back to his native North East.
Having wasted time and energy on failing to persuade Lille to sell Sven Botman before Seville did the same with Diego Carlos, the arrival of Burn brought huge relief on Tyneside.
Howe had initially wanted two new centre-backs this month but will be content with Burn, who has proven Premier League pedigree and has arguably been one of Brighton’s best players this season.
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