Sport Newcastle planning surprise move for Ligue 1 stopper

15:36  13 march  2018
15:36  13 march  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Newcastle eye summer move for German U21 star

  Newcastle eye summer move for German U21 star Rafa Benitez is set to re-launch his attempts to sign Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan after a failed bid for the German, according to reports. The 27-year-old attracted interest from many clubs in January, including Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen, however, Arslan ended up staying at Besiktas. Newcastle have lost one of their last six games, a run which includes a victory against Manchester United at St. James’ Park and although Premier League survival is the main priority for Benitez, he is already planning for life in the top flight next year. Newcastle have struggled with a lack of strength in depth this season, and have done well to be in the position they currently are due to these circumstances. Tolgay has made 36 appearances this season and has been instrumental in Besiktas being in a title fight and reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League. There are currently four recognised central midfielders at Benitez’ disposal, so adding an extra experienced man in the middle will create some healthy competition.

There has been plenty of talk about an alleged lack of ambition on Newcastle United’s part in the transfer market so links with arguably Europe’s most exciting goalkeeping prospect should raise plenty of eyebrows on Tyneside. Lafont became the youngest shot- stopper ever to appear in Ligue 1 when

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has earmarked the signing of Guingamp youngster Marcus Coco as a potential summer transfer target if they secure promotion to the Premier League, reports The Sun. Coco, 20, has impressed during his second full season for Ligue 1 side Guingamp this season

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Newcastle United are reportedly planning an audacious swoop for Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont.

According to a report from French news outlet L’Equipe, the Magpies are one of several clubs to have expressed an interest in signing the youngster, who has emerged as one of the brightest talents in Ligue 1.

Lafont burst into the first-team picture at the tender age of 16 and has since been a mainstay in the Toulouse side. He has been in impressive form this season and his stock is only continuing to rise.

Newcastle have long been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper who can retain a starting berth for years to come but have struggled to recruit a reliable shot stopper in recent times. Although, loanee goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is certainly showing signs of promise since his January move.

19-year-old Lafont is a highly coveted young player, who is being chased by top clubs around Europe, such as Napoli.

Sutton: Southampton took too long in sacking Pellegrino .
Southampton sacked first team boss Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday evening and pundit Chris Sutton has slammed the Southampton board for the timing of his dismissal. Saints appointed Mark Hughes yesterday, with the club placed 17th in the Premier League, just one point away from the drop zone and facing a tough schedule with just eight games left. Hughes played for the club many years ago and his knowledge of the league is what attracted the Saints board to bringing him to St Mary’s. Hughes was actually sacked by Stoke City in January but the Potters currently lie in 19th position in the table, one point behind the Saints. The new man will have a say on which of the two sides will go down this season as he aims to keep Saints afloat. Former Premier League player and pundit Chris Sutton, as quoted by HITC, has had his say on the Saints’ sacking of Pellegrino and the timing of the matter: “[The sacking] should have been done weeks ago, months ago. Things weren’t working out for Pellegrino. If they go down, Southampton, it will be the board’s fault because they have waited for too long to make the change.” “He was hardly the most inspirational bloke out there as a manager and I think it’s really poor planning that Southampton have waited this long.

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