Newcastle United hope to re-start their recruitment drive next week after a temporary hiatus during the first weeks of the World Cup.
The transfer window officially opens on Tuesday and the Journal understands the club are still aiming to make four or five new signings – with another to be added if, as the club anticipate, interest in Mathieu Debuchy is firmed up.
United’s supporters are understandably sceptical about the club’s intentions after two transfer windows when they have failed to deliver their targets, but the club have indicated to agents offering alternative targets they remain confident of doing deals.
United have adopted a watching brief over the past three weeks but, with key figures at most clubs across Europe now back from summer breaks, fresh bids and talks are expected with at least three targets next week.
The club have a striker shortlist which includes Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, a Spanish-based striker and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.
They will be made to wait on priority target Remy Cabella, though – despite the wide man having indicated his desire to move to England.
A move was virtually sealed last month before Montpellier moved the goalposts, and the Ligue 1 club are unlikely to make life easy for Newcastle after being stung by the speed of the Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa switch.
Cabella’s representatives have informed the club he will wait until France’s World Cup campaign has concluded before making a decision on his future – with the playmaker now considering whether to hand in a transfer request to push through the move he wants this summer.
A move for Lassoga continues to flicker despite claims earlier this week Hamburg were set to beat Newcastle to the Germany under-21 forward.
A £9.5m price tag has been slapped on Lassoga’s head, which has prompted outrage from his Bundesliga suitors. The striker has only a year left on his deal.
Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer said: “The demands of Hertha Berlin are completely unrealistic and unreasonably high. It’s almost off the roof. We should be able to agree a more realistic package given the contract situation of the player.”
The process of clearing the black-and-white decks has begun in earnest.
Wigan have agreed a fee in the region of £500,000 for James Tavernier, while Panathinaikos have had an initial offer of £300,000 for Mehdi Abeid rejected.
Dundee United have also registered an interest in Aussie stopper Curtis Good.