Sport Newcastle and Huddersfield fighting to sign Kosovo international

00:55  16 may  2018
00:55  16 may  2018 Source:

Newcastle already closing in on first summer signing

  Newcastle already closing in on first summer signing Martin Dubravka will hold talks with Newcastle United about his future at the club, after completing his loan spell from Sparta Prague. Magpies boss Rafa Benitez signed the Slovakian on loan in the January transfer window with the option to make his stay permanent. Dubravka’s loan spell has included wins over Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal with the player becoming a real fan favourite. The Slovakian international was in the spotlight yet again after he denied Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley to keep Chelsea at bay. Dubravka’s heroics contributed to a 3-0 win against the former Premier League champions and saw his side finish in the top ten, in their first season back in the top flight. After the win, he told the Chronicle; “Hopefully in the next couple of days we will know more information. Until these moments I will go away and speak with my agent and see, we will discuss what’s going to happen. Hopefully it will be good news soon.” According to the Chronicle, the total price for the 29-year old could end up being around £6million, including his loan fee. Newcastle have first option on Dubravka and he is almost certain to be the first addition to the squad in what should be a busy summer for the Magpies.

It is Huddersfield up next for Newcastle United on Saturday. A three week enforced break has meant no football for Rafa Benitez players but three points at the weekend would surely see Newcastle on the verge of safety. Sign Up for The Mag Daily Update.

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According to a report from the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are among a host of clubs to have expressed an interest in signing Kosovo international Donis Avdijaj.

FC Schalke 04 are claimed to be ready to cut their losses with the playmaker, who has failed to live up to his early potential during his days in the youth system.

Avdijaj is only 21-years-old at the moment but it appears as though Schalke have lost patience with the player and are willing to allow him to seek pastures new.

The attacking midfielder could be available for a fee as low as £2.5 million, which is certainly an affordable sum for Newcastle.

Avdijaj has only one year remaining on his current deal at Schalke, with Domenico Tedesco’s side now looking to cash in on the player following his lack of development in recent seasons.

Schalke finished the Bundesliga in 2nd place and evidently deem the midfielder surplus to their requirements going forward.

Newcastle are joined by Everton and Huddersfield Town in their apparent interest in Avdijaj.

Newcastle boss ensures his relationship with Mike Ashley isn't as bad as it seems .
Rafa Benitez has said that his relationship with Mike Ashley isn’t as bad as people think. Benitez has voiced his frustration with the lack of backing he receives in the transfer market but has ensured that does not mean that himself and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley have a bad relationship. Benitez looks set to put the rumours of him leaving the club to bed by signing a new contract in the coming weeks. Speaking to talkSPORT, Benitez explained his situation at the club: “My relationship with the owners normally isn’t as bad as people maybe think it is, because I am fighting for the best for my club. I’m not fighting for what’s best for Rafa Benitez.” “Normally I never have a problem with my contract because it’s more or less; it’s just I want to improve the facilities, I want to improve the academy, I want to bring [in] better players and be more competitive like that.” “The fans appreciate that; it’s been the same in Napoli, Liverpool, here, Valencia – they appreciate that.” Mike Ashley has attempted to sell the club three times since taking over as owner in 2007 but is yet to do so.

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