Wednesday’s Newcastle transfer roundup entailed the pursuit of a Championship manager, Rafa Benitez warning off two potential new bosses and interest in a Serie A goalkeeper. Today’s edition features a new update on that second-tier manager, a former England man turning down the vacant position at St. James’ Park and news on a Ligue 1 target.
According to The Times, Newcastle may have to pay around £5m to Sheffield Wednesday in compensation for Steve Bruce. The 58-year-old reportedly met with Lee Charnley on Wednesday, with the discussions going well.
Sam Allardyce turned down the opportunity to take the Toon hot seat, he has told talkSPORT. The former Bolton manager, who has already had a spell with Newcastle in the past, said “I was very flattered that I was considered but it’s that thing… don’t go back.”
Stade Rennais president Olivier Letang has said that he has an agreement in place with reported Newcastle target Ismaila Sarr over a potential transfer this summer. Speaking at the unveiling of Flavien Tait, he said, “With Ismaila, there is a type of gentlemen’s agreement but we need all the conditions to be right, and they are not at the moment, if at a level (that we like) something is offered to us, we will have the capacity to accept it.”