I'm not entirely certain how I want to go about this. There are two seemingly solid rumors that have hit the papers with regard to late-stage negotiations between clubs and Newcastle United. I don't suppose on the preponderance of the evidence either one should be particularly surprising, so you probably have already read this in your head.. . but here we go anyway.
It is understood that the Magpies have finally reached an agreement with the Ligue 1 side which will see the right-back head for Tyneside for six million euros (approximately £4.9million), having failed to successfully conclude their pursuit of the player in the summer.
The 27-year-old, a former team-mate of United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, has made no secret of his desire to head for St James' Park, and a resolution to the long-running saga would come as a huge relief to manager Alan Pardew.
Sources in France have indicated that could now happen with the transfer window due to open on Tuesday, and that would come as a timely boost for Pardew after a difficult festive programme.
Now for the other major story being reported:
Demba Ba will meet with Chelsea chiefs this evening to discuss a potential January move to Stamford Bridge.
The Newcastle striker leads Chelsea's winter target list even though his transfer fee could be pushed beyond the £10million-mark by extra payments.
Ba’s £7.5m release clause has been well documented with both Arsenal and Liverpool known to be monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation, but now the Sunday People are reporting that the Senegalese’s advisers will demand between £3m and £5m on top of that as part of any deal.