Newcastle fancy ex-Liverpool man but might struggle due to Prem move

Dan Burnham

Newcastle have reportedly taken a liking to a former Liverpool player but could struggle to get him thanks to Southampton’s recent signing.

The Magpies have made just one addition in the summer transfer window. It has been a big one, though. They secured their main target Joe Willock with a fee in the region of £26m. This took up a sizeable chunk of Steve Bruce’s limited transfer budget.

But there are still a small amount of funds there available to him to be spent in the last week of the window.

The veteran manager is no stranger to a bargain or two and has a player who could be one in his sights to bring to St James’ Park.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle are interested in former Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak.

Kabak, 21, impressed those on Merseyside with his performances for Schalke. This earned him a switch when they were in need of centre-backs.

His parent club are looking to offload him permanently. They are cash-strapped and in desperate need of funds following their Bundesliga relegation.

Italian journalist Romano adds no bid has been made by the Magpies yet. But he does say a competitor have done just that.

Torino submitted a loan offer with a €1.5m fee and an option to buy. However, Schalke are adamant they want a permanent deal. A price of around £10-12m has previously been mooted, but this may have reduced.

Ozan Kabak Liverpool March 2021 TEAMtalk

Serie A side Torino have since sold centre-back Lycano to Southampton, which was announced today.

Therefore, they might now have the funds to return with a more appropriate offer. This could put a spanner in the works for Newcastle.

A number of Premier League sides have been linked with Kabak in recent months, but more recently Sevilla were credited with an interest.

Newcastle plotting midfield move

Meanwhile, TEAMtalk understands Newcastle are showing an interest in Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara ahead of the transfer deadline.

Rangers are keen to tie down the Finland star to a new long-term deal and remain hopeful of doing so, however, interest is emerging in the Premier League.

The former Arsenal trainee has impressed hugely under Steven Gerrard. And the Gunners have been one of the teams looking at him.

West Ham, Leeds and Wolves have also been keeping close tabs on the 25-year-old, as have Newcastle.

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