Transfer Gossip: Levy to boost Conte stay hopes with vital background Tottenham signing; Newcastle deal all-but done

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Tottenham are seeking a new signing at the top of the club to assist Fabio Paratici, while a Newcastle star is closing in on a new contract – both in all the latest Transfer Gossip.


Tottenham are on the hunt for a new signing to work under transfer chief Fabio Paratici at the top of the club, according to a report.

Paratici moved to Spurs from Juventus last summer and quickly got to work exploiting his connections with the Serie A club. Indeed, he brought in former Juve defender Cristian Romero on a loan deal last summer.

He followed that up in January with two more Juventus captures in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.

All three players have proved crucial in Tottenham’s revival under boss Antonio Conte in recent weeks.

According to The Sun, though, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants support for director of football Paratici.

Tottenham formerly had Steve Hitchen at the club. He was the technical performance director but left after feeling marginalised by Paratici’s arrival.

And Levy has therefore made a similar appointment a key priority ahead of the summer transfer window.

Doubt remains over whether Conte will stay in his role. The 52-year-old is reportedly eyeing up the Paris Saint-Germain job on a two-year contract amid the threat of the sack for Mauricio Pochettino.

However, Levy wants to hand Conte as many as six new signings this summer. And he knows that a new addition alongside Paratici is key to delivering on his word.

As for who Tottenham are looking to sign, The Sun adds that a new centre-back is a priority.

Spurs will hope to be able to offer Champions League football next season, amid a battle with Arsenal for a top-four Premier League finish this term.


Joelinton, Fabian Schar, Newcastle celeb during Premier League game v Watford

Newcastle centre-back Fabian Schar is reportedly closing in on a new contract following his turnaround in form under Eddie Howe.

The Switzerland international has been with the Magpies since July 2018 and so has played in the Rafael Benitez and Steve Bruce teams which struggled in recent times.

However, much like Newcastle as a whole, Schar has recovered to become a crucial part of the revival under current boss Howe.

As a result, the Daily Mail reports that the Magpies are ‘on the verge’ of handing the 30-year-old a new contract.

Schar is in the final few months of his current contract. Teams across Europe were therefore preparing themselves to snap him up as a free agent.

However, he will now commit his future to St James’ Park after what has proved a season of polar opposites for Newcastle.

Bruce got the sack in mid-October after a poor run of form which left the club deep in relegation trouble.

Schar remained on the bench in nine of 11 Premier League games before Howe came in. However, the defender has since featured in all but two of the subsequent 23.

Newcastle have picked up 11 wins since Howe took over, including their current run of four in a row.


Goncalo Guedes, Real Betis v Valencia April 2022

Wolves will go after a new striker this summer and Valencia’s Goncalo Guedes is reportedly a firm target.

Raul Jimenez has proved a stalwart for the Molineux club and they missed his absence with a head injury.

But while the 30-year-old has returned to play a key role under manager Bruno Lage, Wolves are looking for a more long-term option.

And The Telegraph has claimed that 25-year-old star Guedes is on their radar.

The 29-time Portugal international spent the first part of his career at Benfica before moving to Paris Saint-Germain.

From there, he moved to Spain and Valencia, where he has 36 goals in 173 appearances.


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