Newcastle United are hoping to make another transfer breakthrough before the end of the week.
The Journal understands that a United transfer delegation has jetted overseas in a bid to clinch another deal, with a move for Remy Cabella – the long-term target who they have already made several offers for – most likely.
United had an offer of around £7.5million rejected earlier in the summer, but with the player keen to join United and Montpellier having failed to raise any further interest in the player, they are now facing the prospect of keeping a midfielder who is not happy at the club or selling him to Newcastle. United have already signed Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong but a move for Cabella, who would slot into Newcastle’s engine room, would give them more attacking firepower – which is something that sources within the club believe is essential to try and blow away the cloud of negativity that hung over St James’ Park in the second half of last season.
Newcastle certainly believe that they can get Cabella, and retain an interest in Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette. They are still hunting for up to four new recruits – with the possibility of another if there are any other departures.
United were no closer to selling Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal last night, but the move is understood to be in its final stages and should be confirmed before the end of the week.
Newcastle are holding out for a fee of around £11million for a player who impressed during the World Cup, but now wants to play Champions League football. Paris Saint-Germain were also interested but the Gunners – who will lose Bacary Sagna – have finalised a deal.
While all of that plays out, it has emerged that Newcastle are considering allowing Paul Dummett to leave on loan this season as they ponder a defensive reshuffle next term.
United are set to give Massadio Haidara a starting role next season which could push Davide Santon and Dummett into the role of deputies. The Wales left-back – who has been offered to Championship clubs in the last couple of weeks – needs to play regular first-team football and United believe that a stint on loan may be in his best interests.
Dummett benefited greatly from his time at St Mirren two years ago and Newcastle do not want to see him stagnate like some others at the club. United have allowed James Tavernier to leave for £1million and will listen to offers for Sammy Ameobi – wanted by Sheffield Wednesday – and Gael Bigirimana.
United returned to pre-season training on Monday and Ayoze Perez was part of a youthful group that included Lubo Satka and Adam Armstrong who were training with the senior players. Centre-back Steven Taylor feels that the young players are ready to make a breakthrough this season and reckons that training alongside them will give them valuable experience.
“It is great for them to be training with us every day, just like they were towards the end of last season as well,” Taylor told the club’s official website.
“Being in high-quality training sessions like ours are only going to benefit them.
“It’s a very different environment for them, going from the Academy and Under-21 teams to the first team. It’s a different kettle of fish completely, so it is also good for us experienced professionals to pass on our knowledge to the young lads coming in.”