Loyalty shown from Newcastle number 9

Newcastle were given some good news today as star striker Papiss Cisse reaffirmed his intention to stay at St James’ Park. The Sun have reported that despite growing interest from Europe’s elite, the Senegalese striker wants to stay in the North-East for ‘many years’ after coming so close to Champions League qualification last year.

It is no wonder teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen to bring the 27-year-old to their respective clubs. After signing for £10-million in January, Cisse went on to score 13 goals in 14 games including a wonder volley at Stamford Bridge in May. The same hope cannot be kept for strike partner Demba Ba as a £7 million release clause attracts interest from around Europe.

 

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Napoli enter race to sign Leighton Baines

Everton manager David Moyes faces a battle to keep talented left-back Leighton Baines after reports in The Daily Mail claim Italian side Napoli are now interested.

The 27-year-old has again been linked with a summer move away from Goodison Park but the Everton officials value the England international at around £20million, a fee that Napoli may be unwilling to pay.

In recent days, there has been renewed interest from Manchester United who were reportedly preparing a bid for Baines this summer, though chief executive David Gill insists that no approach has been made.

Baines was subject to a £12million bid from German side Bayern Munich last year though Everton managed to keep hold of him.

 

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Nick Powell wanted by Premier League quartet

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Crewe Alexander’s Nick Powell. The Mirror are reporting that the Merseyside team are set to do battle with Arsenal and Manchester United in an attempt to sign the highly rated midfielder. The paper suggests that Sir Alex Ferguson looks most likely to talk with Powell first after a £2 million bid, rising to £5 million, appears to have been accepted. But Brendan Rodger and Arsene Wenger are also ready to make their move.

The 18-year-old has already feature 51 times for Crewe, despite his tender age, and has netted 14 times for the club. He has played 25 games for England’s youth squads, scoring on 6 occasions. Reports last week suggested that Chelsea were also monitoring the situation.

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Fergie's fury at £72 million trio

According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the prices he has been quoted for three of the players on his transfer list. The Mail claim that a total of £72 million for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (£20 million), Everton’s Leighton Baines (£20 million) and Tottenham’s Luka Modric (£32 million) has left Fergie fuming.

Given that this Premier League trio are all regular first team starters for their respective clubs it is hardly surprising that their price tags are so high, but the Manchester United boss feels that they are extortionate and refuses to overpay. Sir Alex is no stranger to setting a high price himself, charging Real Madrid £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and £25 million for David Beckham in 2003.

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Demba Ba alerts top clubs by refusing to renegotiate his contract

Demba Ba has been a revelation since he joined Newcastle on a free transfer last summer, but members of the Newcastle camp have always been concerned by the £7 million buy-out clause in his contract. The Guardian is today reporting that Ba has refused to renegotiate this contract, leaving the buy-out clause in, and making him a cheap target for top sides including Manchester United and Tottenham. Chelsea are another team linked with the Senegalese striker, as he could provide a back up option to Fernando Torres.

Ba netted an impressive 16 goals last season; however the majority of these were scored at the start of the season before the arrival of his fellow country-man Papiss Cisse. This dip in goals in the second half of the season may prove just enough to keep him at Newcastle for at least another season.

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Eden Hazard considering offers from three different Premier League clubs

It has already become one of the more interesting transfer deals of the summer, despite the fact that the 21 year old playmaker only finished his season last week. Today’s Telegraph reports that Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all agreed deals to sign the Lille man.

Chelsea may have emerged as late front runners due to their recent success in the Champions League and Hazard’s wage demands, reported to be around £200,000 a week. United and City are apparently less willing to make him one of their clubs highest earners when he is still far from a fully established talent. Hazard has declared that he will announce his future after Belgium’s friendly this weekend, however he also promised the same after Lille’s last game of the season, so it remains to be seen if that will materialise.

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United interest in Kagawa confirmed by Japan ace

Shinji Kagawa has confirmed he has held talks with Manchester United in the UK this week after speculation intensified last week.
Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at the German cup final between Bayern Munich and Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa was a goal scorer in a 5-2 victory for Dortmund to top off an impressive campaign for the German champions.
According to reports, notably the Daily Telegraph, Kagawa has confirmed he has met with the Red Devils supremo: ‘It was good that I was able to meet him in person and talk, I want to think hard before making my decision’.
Dortmund chief Jurgen Klopp has apparently come to terms that, with 12 months of his contract remaining, it may be difficult to convince the 23 year old Japanese international his career would be best served with the Bundesliga club.
Kagawa has been selected for international duty when Japan take on Azerbaijan later this month.

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