The Newcastle United Blog | Newcastle could look to add another striker as Howe hopes for more than three signings
Newcastle are hoping to complete their third winter signing with Bruno Guimaraes undergoing his medical today. The 24-year-old is set to seal £40million including Lyon add-ons in the coming days.
The work will not stop there with multiple areas awaiting reinforcement. The main position needed is at centre-back with plenty of alternate targets touted by Brighton’s Dan Burn, Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, Galatasaray’s Marcao and Mainz’s Jerry St. Juste.
There is news this morning about Newcastle potentially adding another striker before the deadline. The Independent’s Liverpool reporter Carl Markham claims Atalanta are preparing a move for Divock Origi if Newcastle meet their demands for Duvan Zapata.
The Colombian was targeted earlier in the month. Newcastle offered an initial loan with an obligation to buy in the event of survival. This deal structure doesn’t make much sense for Atalanta. However, they are primed and ready if the Magpies rush in with a suitable offer.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin was also mentioned this morning. The Telegraph are reporting that Everton, who are looking for Rafa Benitez’s replacement, fear Newcastle or Arsenal could make a late bid for the 24-year-old. Although this one seems extremely unlikely.
There have been tangential whispers that Newcastle could make an ambitious move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez. The Uruguayan would cost £50m so it seems an unlikely proposition this late in the window.
The 22-year-old is also in South America so logistics become a bit of an issue. The striker appeared in Uruguay’s 1-0 win against Miguel Almiron’s Paraguay last night. Miggy played the whole game.
Athletic’s Chris Waugh also thinks a late push for Reims youngster Hugo Ekitike isn’t out of order. Newcastle were reportedly close to reaching a deal for the 19-year-old earlier in the window.
Eddie Howe has also confirmed that Newcastle are close to announcing a new signing. He is currently meeting the press ahead of today’s friendly match against Al-Ittihad. Here is his update from the club’s Twitter account:
“We hope we are getting closer to finalizing a transfer for a player.
“We’ll try to get you that update as soon as we get it, but fingers crossed we’re about to get one down the line.
“From my point of view, I don’t imagine that would be the end of our interest in bringing in new players.
“If this turns into reality, who knows. It can be quite unpredictable these days. We are open and working hard to improve the team.