Newcastle United transfer gossip: Timo Werner price tag, ‘ploy’ James Maddison and ‘next’ Sadio Mane

Your Newcastle United transfer roundup for Friday, August 5.

Werner price tag

German release Image claims Chelsea will accept £27m for flop Timo Werner. Reports have established Newcastle as a possible destination for the 26-year-old, who has failed to deliver in west London.

Werner arrived from RB Leipzig as one of Europe’s most sought after strikers, but his goalscoring exploits have not been replicated in England. In two seasons, the Germany international has netted 23 goals in 89 appearances.

His former team is another club linked to the Stamford Bridge rescue. Sky Germany insists Leipzig ‘are confident’ Werner will return as the Blues aim to release funds.

Maddison “ploy”

Graeme Bailey – 90min reporter – is skeptical of Newcastle’s bid to sign James Maddison. On the Talking Transfers podcast, he suggests links to the Magpies could be fabricated to force Tottenham Hotspur’s attention.

As well as Newcastle, north London rivals Spurs and Arsenal have been linked with the Leicester City midfielder.

“Madison is already on good salaries,” Bailey said. “To bring him to Newcastle, you’re going to have to make him the highest paid player at the club.

“This Maddison move, for me, is not what Newcastle have done this summer. I’m not even sure he’s an Eddie Howe type player either. I don’t see him going to Newcastle.

“I think it’s a ploy somewhere, maybe to get a big new contract or to try to get interest from Tottenham to see if they’ll come out of the bushes and make the move.”

Leeds enter Dieng race

Leeds United are challenging West Ham and Newcastle in the race to sign the ‘next’ Sadio Mane. Marseille striker Bamba Dieng enjoyed a fine season in Ligue 1 last year, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances.

Senegal rewarded the 22-year-old with his international debut in October before helping his country reach the AFCON final – losing on penalties. European reports claim Dieng rejected a move to Tyneside earlier this year, but that hasn’t stopped interest from Leeds.

Similar to Mane, he can play up front as well as on both wings. Newcastle have already wasted valuable time chasing a Ligue 1 prospect – Hugo Ekitike – so it will be safe to get eggs in their faces again.

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