Darlow Attracting Interest
Newcastle United are looking to clear out some of their fringe players this summer. This includes long-standing members of their squad, such as Karl Darlow and Isaac Hayden, both of whom were pivotal during Newcastle’s 16/17 championship season, where they achieved promotion back to the premier league. Karl Darlow, who has fallen further down the pecking order after Loris Karius signed a new one-year contract with Newcastle last week, has attracted interest from the likes of Bournemouth and Leeds but no club has made an official bid for him as of yet.
High Wages Causing Problems at Newcastle United
Meanwhile, for the likes of Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser. Moving them on could prove to be difficult, lucrative contracts given under the previous ownership has made moving these players on a very difficult task. Loan moves may prove to be the best solution for now, but with Hayden having as much as 3 years left on his current deal, a permanent move would be more favourable.
Lewis Looking to Leave
In addition to them, the Magpies are also looking to move on Jamal Lewis who joined the club in 2020 for £15m. The then inexperienced left back joined with high hopes but never quite lived up to his potential. With Newcastle already having the likes of Dan Burn and Matt Target in their squad, future game time looks sparse for Jamal, and a move away would be thought to best suit all parties.
Newcastle in Active Negotiations
The reason why Newcastle are doing all of this? FFP. Newcastle United are currently operating at a 95% turnover to wages rate, they simply have to sell in order to buy. I can confirm that Newcastle have been in active negotiations with Leicester for Harvey Barnes over the last week and I’m told they have verbally agreed personal terms with Barnes. Yet agreeing a fee with Leicester remains the issue, much the same as the Valentino Livramento deal, where Newcastle are still yet to agree a fee with Southampton but remain in talks. Selling some of the players mentioned in the article would certainly go a long to helping Newcastle in these negotiations, and that is what they will look to do.
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