Here is your Newcastle United transfer summary for Thursday, February 10.
Complaint of the agent of Elneny
Eddie Howe has branded Bruno Guimaraes as Newcastle United’s “main target” in the January transfer window, with the former Lyon star making his debut as a late substitute in Tuesday night’s win over Everton.
However, the Magpies also made a mid-season move for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, according to the Egypt international’s agent Alan Nazmy.
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Quotes relayed by Sport Witness say the 29-year-old has been approached by clubs across Europe, with his contract in north London set to expire this summer.
Nazmy said: “Mohamed Elneny does not follow social media directly, but sometimes someone in his circle would send him news or criticism about him.
“The player’s contract expires at the end of the current season, and Arteta rejected all the offers that came for Elneny and asked him to stay with the team.”
“Newcastle United, Valencia, Lyon and the biggest known Turkish clubs, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, wanted to sign Elneny, but in the end Arteta and the management of Arsenal refused.”
The Schlotterbeck Prize?
The Magpies failed in approaches for Sven Botman and Diego Carlos of Lille and Sevilla respectively, but managed to land boyhood fan Dan Burn from Brighton on deadline day.
Freiburg centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck was among a host of defenders linked with a switch in January, with the 22-year-old enjoying an impressive season so far.
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Now, Complaint from German outlet Sport1 the Bundesliga side are reportedly ready to accept an offer of around £16m for the defender, with his contract due to expire in the summer of 2023.
However, the report goes on to suggest that Schlotterbeck would prefer to stay in Germany with linked Borussia Dortmund.