Newcastle have added Kepa Arrizabalaga and Bernd Leno to their list of summer transfer targets, with a crunch meeting reportedly scheduled.
The Magpies began life under their Saudi-led ownership fearing a relegation battle. However, new manager Eddie Howe and his five January signings have helped steer the club up the table.
In fact, Newcastle are now one of the in-form Premier League teams following three wins and a draw from six games.
Right-back Kieran Trippier proved instantly influential after his arrival from Atletico Madrid. And despite his long-term injury, the likes of Dan Burn and Matt Targett have stepped up defensively.
Goalkeeper was the only area which Newcastle failed to add to in the January window. According to the Daily Mail, though, the Magpies have already started major work on a signing between the sticks.
Previous reports have revealed that Manchester United’s Dean Henderson is a Newcastle target. The latest is that the Englishman still wants out of Old Trafford following a failed deal in January.
Indeed, the Daily Mail claims that Newcastle tried to swap their No. 1 Martin Dubravka with Henderson. However, Dubravka was unwilling to play second fiddle to David de Gea, a role which has caused Henderson frustration.
Nevertheless, the newspaper adds that Chelsea‘s Spanish goalkeeper Kepa is another Newcastle target.
Chelsea star on Newcastle radar
The 27-year-old is the deputy to Edouard Mendy and has only played four Premier League games. Kepa’s last game was in the FA Cup against Luton and he faced criticism for his role in the Carabao Cup final penalty shootout against Liverpool.
Kepa is under contract until 2025 and Chelsea therefore want to recoup as much of the £71.6million they paid for him. As a result, Newcastle will only consider a loan deal for him.
They are subsequently considering potentially more achievable targets. Arsenal‘s Bernd Leno has been demoted by Aaron Ramsdale and his contract expires at the end of next season. The Gunners could sell up to avoid losing him on a free.
Finally, West Brom’s Sam Johnstone is a fourth Newcastle target. The 28-year-old’s deal expires this summer and he could seek a move back to the Premier League this summer.
Newcastle will hold a meeting next week as they look to confirm their summer targets.
Eddie Howe has built solid foundations
The Magpies are not completely out of a relegation battle, but they have recovered well from where they were.
They sit 14th, nine points above the relegation zone and Burnley and Everton below them have games in hand.
Still, manager Eddie Howe will have seen enough from his side in the past few weeks to think they will survive.
They have shown much more resilience when both leading matches to hold on for three points, as well as coming from behind to win.
Ahead of the summer transfer window, Newcastle will be looking to bolster their squad further as they look to take the next step under their owners.