For many of our readers (and all of our writers) who are in the US, they have woken up to a whirlwind of transfer news. Here is a live look at what the heck is going on in the Premier League. Oh, and yeah we have a match today.
Of course we are going to compile all of the Newcastle news here first.
The big news that has broken out of the Northeast is that Islam Slimani is joining Newcastle on loan from Leicester until the rest of the season. Right now it is unsure whether or not it is a loan to buy deal, but many fans have added their own input and many believe that it is a loan deal with the hope that we can convince him to stay after the takeover. The Chronicle report that the deal is likely a £2m fee for the loan plus the players wages in full. It was also reported by The Chronicle that West Ham were interested in Slimani, but the player has chosen Newcastle. Per Lee Ryder, the player is already in Newcastle finalizing the deal. (8:45 EST)
Slimani has landed in Newcastle #nufc— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 31, 2018
Here is one tweet from Keith Downie that has fans thinking that we may have done a loan to buy deal.
West Ham & Newcastle both interested in signing Islam Slimani on loan. Leicester would prefer to sell him than loan him out.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018
It is important to note that Slimani would not be available for two weeks as he just picked a training injury. This could be the reason a deal was not struck last week for bringing in the striker and the focus was on the healthy Jorgensen.
We’re told Islam Slimani picked up a thigh injury in training this week that’s set to keep him sidelined for two weeks.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018
Medical seems to be complete. Official announcement should be coming soon. ( 12:50 PM EST)
And here's a better pic of Slimani. Medical done, announcement imminent. #nufc pic.twitter.com/GmfoL8NuDk— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) January 31, 2018
Slimani deal reportedly done (4:30 PM EST)
Slimani deal done #nufc— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 31, 2018
The Chronicle reported earlier, that a bid to bring in Martin Dúbravka on loan was submitted last night. It appears that has been accepted and Sparta Prague hav \e even tweeted about it literally saying he is going to the Premier League. (8:50 AM EST)
⚠️ ➡️ Martin Dúbravka has left the training camp and is on the way to England now. Sparta will negotiate about a possible move to @premierleague. pic.twitter.com/JK4m0q5vmD— AC Sparta Prague (@ACSparta_EN) January 31, 2018
The only detail we have regarding the specifics of the deal is a story from Chris Waugh and the Chronicle published from a few days ago that outlined what the proposed deals from Sparta Prague were.
If #nufc want Dubravaka, Sparta have made it clear they are willing to do a deal if their financial demands are met https://t.co/kUpSFqVUAJ— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) January 26, 2018
For those of you not keen on reading the price is below.
The Czech club either want Newcastle to pay a £1.25m loan fee and agree to a £4m obligatory-purchase clause for the summer, or for United to stump up a £2.2m loan fee with a £3.2m option to buy.
Chris Waugh has the details on what to expect from the new keeper and cites a source that knows him best. (1:12 PM EST)
What will Martin Dubravka bring to #nufc? An expert view from Czech journalist @VacekJan on the Sparta GK https://t.co/JSxoeY5Zre— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) January 31, 2018
The keeper who needs the most play time has finally gotten his move. With Dúbravka on his way to Newcastle, Freddie can finally go out on loan because Newcastle will have 3 other keepers on the roster. It has been reported that he will be going to Aberdeen on loan to finish out the season. Hopefully a good loan spell there will secure him a competitive spot this summer.
Aberdeen have a deal agreed in principle to sign Freddie Woodman on loan. Should Martin Dúbravka pass his medical and agree terms with #nufc Woodman will spend second half of season north of the border.— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 31, 2018
Saivet was the first confirmed news of the day as he has been loaned out to Sivasspor (9:15 AM EST).
Henri Saivet has completed his loan move from Newcastle to Turkish side Sivasspor.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018
A picture of him in Turkey has already surfaced, all but confirming the move.
✅ OFFICIEL : Henri Saivet rejoint Sivasspor ! pic.twitter.com/SlpYoqStxp— MercaFOOT (@VyMercato) January 31, 2018
Saivet looks to be one of the loan deals that could be sold at the end of the season. As he is one of the players Newcastle have been trying to offload for a while. (9:20 AM EST)
A player who is in Rafa’s plans for the future is Rolando Aarons. He is in need of play time in order to develop, and Italy seems to be the perfect fit for him as he will be joining Hellas Veronas on loan. Aarons will be working with one of Rafa’s most trusted aides Fabio Pecchia, according to The Chronicle. This simply means that there is potential in the lad, and Rafa believes that. A moved to Italy would be good for the young winger, and a chance to work under someone who has worked with Rafa and employs a similar system will only help Aarons break into the first team as a regular.
Lee seems to think this is a good idea. (9:35 AM EST)
Rolando Aarons spent time during his recovery from injury in Italy. Change of league could do him the world of good with Hellas Verona. #nufc— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 31, 2018
Aarons to Hellas Verona has been confirmed. Best of Luck to the Lad. ( 3:20 PM EST)
Really happy to join @HellasVeronaFC on loan ✍ . Wishing my team mates and Newcastle fans all the best for the rest of the season! pic.twitter.com/ABWXcJiizG— Rolando Aarons (@RolandoAarons) January 31, 2018
Mitro looks to be heading out on loan to his former club Anderlecht. The Serbian striker of course is frustrated with the lack of first team chances he will get at Newcastle this season. The move hinges on the Slimani loan deal, which is all but done. The story has been reported by both Sky and The Chronicle, and it seems like we are simply waiting to make things official.
Keith lets us know that Mitrovic chose Anderlecht over a host of other clubs. (9:40 AM EST)
Bordeaux, Hamburg & Brighton all wanted Aleksandar Mitrovic but the Serb prefers a loan move to his former club in Belgium.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018
Anderlecht no longer can pursue the Serbian, but it appears as if the board want Mitrovic’s wages off the books. It appears this hiccup does not affect the Slimani move. (3:30 PM EST)
Word from St James’ Park is the Mitrovic deal to Anderlecht is OFF because Anderlecht failed to sell another player to fund the move. But the striker is still expected to join another club ♂️— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018
Colback has been offered up on loan to a lot of clubs, the issue is that nobody wants him. (9:46 AM EST)
Colback looks to be heading out on loan to Nottingham according to Pete Graves. (12:53 PM EST)
Understand Jack Colback is on his way to #nffc from #nufc. Expected loan deal. Details on @SkySportsNews soon. #DeadlineDay— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) January 31, 2018
The fan theory mentioned earlier about all of the loan moves revolving around the sale of the club was backed by Pete Graves of Sky Sports. (9:48 AM EST)
So Slimani and Dubravka heading in. Mitrovic, Saivet, Aarons heading out... It's shaping into a busy #DeadlineDay for #nufc fans for once. Why so many loans??? I believe the takeover will be reignited in coming months. Follow the day on @SkySportsNews— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) January 31, 2018
Jamie Sterry becomes the next young Newcastle player to be sent down on loan to a lower league side. He joins Crewe Alexandra, who have made him their 5th loan signing of the window. (3:00 PM EST)
Crewe Alexandra have made their 5th loan signing of the January window after completing the signing of @NUFC Jamie Sterry this evening. #CreweAlex https://t.co/jGYOBe7a54 pic.twitter.com/3nU4r5GqIu— Crewe Alexandra F.C. (@crewealexfc) January 31, 2018
The Rest of the League
The story of the day is that the rich get richer.
Arsenal have had busy day as the crazy 3 team transfer deal involving Giroud, Aubameyang and Batshuayi looks done and dusted. The Giroud deal has been virtually agreed upon due to the fact that Aubameyang has joined Arsenal, you can read about that here. Aubameyang has joined Arsenal, the story on that is here. Lastly, it looks as if Batshuayi has joined Dortmund on a 6 month loan, the story on that is here. Thank you to “The Short Fuse” and “We Ain’t Got No History”, two other SB Nation Blogs, for the excellent coverage on that piece of business.
Arsenal fans are also rejoicing not only because of the Aubameyang transfer but also because Mesut Özil has signed a contract extension. The story on that from fellow SB Nation Blog “The Short Fuse” is here.
Man City are currenlty looking to buy Riyad Mahrez, which is interesting because it makes no sense for the player. On the outside it looks like Mahrez will get less plying time at Man City once Sane returns, but what do we know. The story on that is here from our friends over at “Bitter and Blue”. (9:55 AM EST)
Man City have reportedly ended their pursuit of Mahrez and will opt instead to continue to field the most expensive team in the Premier League
Tottenham have signed Lucas Moura from PSG for roughly £25 million.
Tottenham have completed the signing of Lucas Moura from PSG for a fee in the region of £25 million. https://t.co/dy6quEPiO7 pic.twitter.com/H6x4lyqkDp— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 31, 2018
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