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Newcastle United’s new owner ‘in talks’ to sign two Man United players in January

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Newcastle United’s new owners have discussed the prospect of signing Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly from Manchester United in January, according to reports.

Following the takeover at St James’ Park this week, Newcastle are now the richest club in world football as Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) have assets worth £320 billion.

Amanda Staveley, who led the consortium which funded the takeover and is now a director at Newcastle United, has already vowed that the playing squad will be strengthened.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Newcastle’s new hierarchy are considering a move for Lingard in the next transfer window, although they are unsure whether the United midfielder would be willing to make the move having already rejected them for West Ham last season.

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Earlier this week Lingard, who has made just three appearances as a substitute in the Premier League this season, suggested that he may need to leave United in order to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad next year.

‘Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away but you need regular football. I was so close to going to the Euros and I think it plays a huge part and it’s a big factor,’ said Lingard.

‘If you’re playing over 20 or 25 games, you know you’re knocking on the door. I’m not doing any harm at the moment – if I keep performing well you never know what might happen so I keep confident in myself and when I get time on the pitch I’ve got to carry on doing what I’m doing.

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‘You want to start games. When I’m a sub I’m always ready to play. It’s one of those things I’m going through at the moment but I think on recent performances hopefully we’ll see a change in the next few weeks.’

Meanwhile, the Northern Echo reports that Bailly is also on Newcastle United’s shortlist with the club’s hierarchy keen to improve their defensive options before the end of the season.

Bailly is yet to feature for Manchester United in the Premier League this term and has made just one appearance in the Carabao Cup so far.

The Ivory Coast international is now facing increased competition for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side following United’s decision to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid in the summer.

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Speaking in May, Bailly insisted that he would not be happy with a bit-part role at United and would push to leave if he was not given a regular role by Solskjaer.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports that Newcastle are also targeting Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski.

It’s claimed that the defender is ‘likely’ to join Newcastle in the January window and is ‘keen on the move’.

Tarkowski’s current contract expires at the end of the season and it’s understood that Burnley are willing to sell the 28-year-old in January.

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Man United ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

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Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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Charlie McNeill called up to Manchester United first team training

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Erik ten Hag has called up Charlie McNeill to first team training, with the young striker pictured in training on Wednesday.

The call up is a great way for McNeill to make an impression on the Manchester United manager, amid a tricky start to the season.

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McNeill was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly in at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.

This was the closest the young striker has come to the first team, and he was back with the under-21s to start the season

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McNeill was a substitute in United’s most recent under-21 fixture, with Spanish striker Mateo Mejia preferred.

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But it was McNeill who got the nod to join Erik ten Hag’s most recent training session, where he was pictured alongsie Christian Eriksen, James Garner, Scott McTominay and Tyrell Malacia

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Man United facing two-way transfer problems as Erik ten Hag looks to offload six stars

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Manchester United are focused on trying to bring in at least three new signings before deadline day to halt a season already mired in crisis.

But offloading existing players has become just as problematic for United as persuading new names to join Erik ten Hag’s abject side, which currently sits rock-bottom of the Premier League.

United want to get rid of at least six players – Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, James Garner and Brandon Williams – before deadline day in a fortnight’s time.

But so far there have been no takers for United’s cast-offs, with many on such exorbitant wages or simply not considered good enough for other clubs to decide to take them on.

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Although United managed to sell Andreas Pereira to Fulham for £8.5million and send Alex Telles out on loan to Sevilla for the season, shifting other players to raise funds is proving tricky.

Bailly, who failed to even make the nine-man bench for ten Hag’s first two United games, has been told he can leave, but no club has so far made a firm move for the 28-year-old defender.

West Ham, Marseille and Monaco have all expressed interest in the Ivory Coast international, but with two years left on a deal worth £100,000-a-week, Bailly’s wages are proving a stumbling block.

Those clubs interested in Bailly want to take him on loan, with United continuing to pay a significant chunk of his wages. It is a similar story with most of the players United want to jettison.

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United, in contrast, want a permanent sale, to raise revenue to reinvest in the players ten Hag needs to bolster his squad after beginning his tenure with defeats to Brighton and Brentford.

Bailly’s situation is indicative of the lack of effective leadership at United, which has seen the club hand lucrative, long-term contracts to players who have barely featured in recent seasons.

In the case of Bailly, he signed a contract extension in April 2021, keeping him at United until 2023, with the option for a further year. Yet since signing that new deal, Bailly has made just eight Premier League appearances and has not made a competitive appearance for United since December last year.

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It is a familiar story with Jones, who in February 2019 penned a new deal until 2023, with an option for an extra year, but in that time has made just 21 appearances. There has been little interest in Wan-Bissaka, bought from Crystal Palace for £50m in 2019 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but who has been told by ten Hag to find a new club.

Yet while United are struggling to persuade players to come to Old Trafford, getting them out of the door is proving just as taxing, symbolic of a club in decline and without any coherent strategy.

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