Paper Talk: Newcastle want Real Madrid icon as big statement signing

Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid

Newcastle are looking to make a statement signing with a move for a Real Madrid attacker next summer, while Sunday’s transfer gossip claims that Mike Ashley wants to take over a struggling Championship club.


Newcastle are reportedly keen on signing Real Madrid icon Gareth Bale on a Bosman move next summer, in what would be a massive statement signing

According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, the Toon are drawing up a list of big-name players to sign next summer, with Bale a major candidate as he looks to leave Real on a free in 2022.

Newcastle are expected to spend big following their £305million takeover by Saudi Public Investment Fund.

Bale would certainly be a headline addition, with the Wales star enduring a topsy turvy time at the Bernabeu.

The 32-year-old has scored 106 goals and added 68 assists in 254 appearances for Real, after leaving Tottenham in 2013.

However, he has often been held back by injury concerns and spent last season back in England on loan at Spurs.

That spell went relatively well, with Bale notching 16 goals in 34 games in all competitions, to show that he can still do a job in the Premier League.

A loan move for Harry Winks would make perfect sense

A loan move for Harry Winks would make perfect sense

Harry Winks has been linked with Aston Villa, Everton and Brighton.

So far this season, Bale has scored just once in three appearances under Carlo Ancelotti. But he is currently on the sidelines again after suffering a hamstring tear.

At this stage, it appears highly unlikely that the winger will be offered a new Real contract – so clubs outside of Spain can discuss a pre-contract agreement from January.

To that end, Newcastle are expected to be among a number of clubs who will try and sign Bale.

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Mike Ashley is eyeing up a move to buy Championship club Derby after his 14-year reign at Newcastle United was brought to an end this week. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United are preparing to open contract talks with England defender Harry Maguire to improve the terms of 28-year-old’s contract. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United have agreed internally to try and sign Erling Haaland in next summer’s transfer window. (Sunday Express)

James Tarkowski is likely to become one of the first signings of an exciting new era at Newcastle United with the Burnley defender understood to be keen on the move. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester City are hoping their ties to sportswear firm Puma can help them land Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Star Sunday)

Inter Milan are looking at Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, as well as Real Madrid’s Serbia forward Luka Jovic as possible options in January. (Football Italia)

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Sam Johnstone and Conor Coady in discussion after England match

Southampton have joined both Tottenham and West Ham in the race to sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. (Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle’s new owners are eyeing up Brighton boss Graham Potter as a potential replacement for Steve Bruce. (Sun on Sunday)

Antonio Conte is also considered a candidate if the Newcastle job becomes available. But he wants his next job to be at a club who are already in position to challenge for titles. (Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle have reportedly joined the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Mauro Icardi. However, Tottenham and Juve are also interested in the Argentina international. (Mail on Sunday)

Juventus are reportedly keen to re-sign Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer. (Mail on Sunday)

PSG sporting director Leonardo remains confident that Kylian Mbappe will stay at the club. He also insists Real Madrid should be punished for their pursuit of him. (Mail on Sunday)

Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi says he needs to focus on maintaining his place at Parkhead before he can even think of a move to the Premier League. (Scottish Sun on Sunday)