Newcastle United transfer rumors linking a winger in the French league to Roma’s rejection of Smalling’s offer

Here is a summary of the latest Newcastle United transfer rumors on Saturday 15 January.

Newcastle are among the teams in the Ligue 1 ace talks

Ludovic Blass has been in great shape with Nantes this season and it is no surprise that he is now linked with a move to a bigger club.

More unsurprisingly, Newcastle are among the teams said to be interested in signing the Frenchman with more offensive reinforcements still expected to be on Eddie Howe’s wish list.

And according to the Daily Star, a number of clubs are wooing the wide striker with Magpies and Watford, the two teams they hope to seal a deal this month.


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Elsewhere, there are a few potential candidates in the Bundesliga while French champions Lille are also looking for a new winger.

While Blass largely works in wide positions, he has scored eight goals this season in what appears to be the most productive campaign of his career so far after managing 11 last season.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella has claimed the 24-year-old is more talented than Mohamed Salah, so he would definitely recommend it.

Smalling ‘on Newcastle shortlist’ for new centre-back

With just over two weeks left in the transfer window, Howe is still strengthening the center of the defense line, the area that needs more investment than any other.

Newcastle are clearly trying to strike deals for central defenders across Europe, but they are understood to be priced from a number of opportunities.

James’s Park’s recruiting team has reportedly come across an arm of Roma led by Jose Mourinho with a €12m offer for Chris Smalling, according to El Romanista.

An offer of this magnitude is unlikely to tempt the Serie A side to part with one of the best defenders, although at 32, it is likely the last big offer they receive for the former England defender.

If a deal is agreed, which is unlikely, he will have plenty of Premier League experience as well as leadership qualities, something he wants and desperately needs.

Ton has linked up with the former Arsenal player with his brother who is already at the club

First, no, it’s not the Willock brothers who Newcastle are hoping to reunite in Tyneside. Second, it involves a deal that would be just as, if not more, exciting than that.

Stevie Mavididi is the player in question and he is currently tearing him up with Montpellier in Ligue 1 as he has scored six goals and scored three assists in 18 games this season.

Like Blass, he is basically a winger who can work in the middle and knows exactly where the target is.

According to the Daily Mail, he is on Magpies’ radar and any offer of the Englishman will be boosted by the fact that his younger brother, Sean, is already on the books at the club.

He has made a few appearances for the U18 squad and could be crucial to any potential negotiations between Newcastle and his older brother.

Brighton and Crystal Palace are among the other teams also interested in signing the 23-year-old.

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