Paper Talk: Newcastle rocked after defender agreement smashed to pieces by Liverpool

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 8:31 - Jonny Whitfield

Ozan Kabak

Liverpool shocked Newcastle by swooping in to land a defender on deadline day, while Mauricio Pochettino is fuming at Daniel Levy – all in the latest Paper Talk.


Newcastle had a deal in place to sign Schalke defender Ozan Kabak before Liverpool hijacked the transfer, according to a report.

The Reds bolstered their battered back line on deadline day with the loan signing of the Turkey international.

What’s more, Liverpool have the option to buy the 20-year-old for £18million at the end of the season.

According to BBC Sport reporter Ian Dennis, however, Liverpool were initially set to lose out on Kabak.

Indeed, the Magpies had a deal in place and had prepared to sign the transfer off.

However, Dennis says that Liverpool ‘blew Newcastle out of the water’ when they registered their interest.

Schalke have pressing financial problems this season and were immediately buoyed by the Anfield club’s proposition. Although, Dennis does not make clear what sort of package Steve Bruce’s men had put forward for the defender.

In any case, Kabak will likely have a regular role in the weeks and months to come following long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

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Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino became angered at Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for his refusal to sanction Dele Alli‘s loan exit. Indeed, Jose Mourinho was willing to let the midfielder go. (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso will be out for at least another three weeks with a hamstring problem. (The Guardian)

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is closing in a return to action following a hernia operation. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool and Manchester United are monitoring teenage Aston Villa midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka. (The Times)

West Ham were offered the chance to sign Diego Costa in the final hours of the transfer window. (beIN Sports)


Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum says his teammates should be wary about their return to form. (Daily Mirror)

All three divisions of the National League are likely to terminate their seasons this week. (The Times)

Celtic loanee Jonjoe Kenny has said that he is ready to make a flying start after sealing a loan move from Everton. (Daily Record)

Aston Villa and Chelsea have yet to hold talks about a permanent deal at Villa Park for Ross Barkley. (Birmingham Mail)


Roman Abramovich

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has said that he feels ‘appalled’ at the racist abuse aimed at Reece James. (The Telegraph)

As such, he has asked the club’s board to come up with a plan to tackle the problem. (The Telegraph)

Manchester United had no interest in a late deadline-day deal for former Premier League striker Edin Dzeko. (Express)

Meanwhile, neighbours City‘s confidence in their options at the back allowed Taylor Harwood-Bellis to complete a loan move to Blackburn. (Manchester Evening News)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has told Matt Ritchie to focus on the Magipes after his move to Bournemouth caved in. (Newcastle Chronicle)

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