Newcasle target duo wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool ahead of January
Youri Tielemans shows off keepy uppy skills in training
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Newcastle are reportedly taking a close look at Arsenal and Liverpool targets Youri Tielemens and Moises Caicedo as they search for a new midfield playmaker in the January transfer window. The Magpies are keen to fill the gap left by Jonjo Shelvey who is out with another long-term injury.
But the Tyneside club will have to go up against stiff competition to secure either man’s signature. Brighton’s Caicedo has attracted a lot of potential suitors after his stellar start to the season with Liverpool and Chelsea both eyeing up the 21-year-old.
Meanwhile, Tielemans is still on Arsenal’s radar after failing to bring him to the club in the summer. The Gunners are reportedly preparing one ‘final attempt’ to sign Youri Tielemans from Leicester City next month with his contract running into its final six months.
The Telegraph claims that both men are top priorities for Newcastle while sources have denied the club have any interest in signing Chelsea’s Jorginho as he does not have the mobility to play in their midfield system and his wage demands are too high.
However, neither deal will be easy to secure. Besides the interest from other top clubs, Caicedo has a steep asking price of £60million while Brighton are reluctant to sell to Newcastle following the poaching of their former director of football Dan Ashworth.
Tielemans has also shown a lot of interest in a move to Arsenal and is expected to command wages of £150,000 a week – which would place him second at the club behind talisman Bruno Guimaraes on £160,000.
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But with only six months left on his contract with the Foxes, the Belgian international looks to be the more viable option. While out at the Qatar World Cup, the midfielder remained coy over his future but did admit that he was happy to get away from Leicester for a few weeks.
“I’m not going to speak too much about my contract situation at the moment,” he said. “My family is very happy there [in Leicester] and that’s important. I didn’t leave in the summer as I always said the project had to be the right one.
“Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I should regret [staying]. Whether you are in your last contract year or not, it’s also not the case that I talk to the club every day about my extension or not. That’s work for my agent.
“In the end I will decide. There was talk of different clubs, but I won’t go into that. I’m happy to get a bit of fresh air here [with Belgium] because it’s tough at Leicester right now.”
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