According to the Newcastle Chronicle, Costa Rica starlet Joel Campbell could be offered a loan move to the Magpies before the end of the transfer window.
Campbell is back with Arsenal at the moment, and while he wants to stay at the Emirates Stadium – following loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos – a short-term move to another Premier League side could be on the cards.
And that could reportedly see him head to St James’ Park before the close of the window, especially if neither Loic Remy or Alexandre Lacazette find their way to the north east.
Thomas Vermaelen is on the verge of a move from Arsenal to Barcelona that could be worth up to £15m to leave the north London club and Manchester United, who had wanted to take him, chasing a new central defensive signing.
Arsenal have been left with only Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as established options in the position, plus the £16m summer signing, Calum Chambers, who can provide cover and Arsène Wenger, the manager, is on record as saying that Vermaelen’s sale would necessitate a push for a replacement.
United’s need is pressing, particularly as the new manager, Louis van Gaal, intends to play with three centre-halves. His move for Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels has been rebuffed and, at present, his established options are restricted to Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
United refused to consider the inclusion of either Jones or Smalling in their move for Vermaelen – Wenger had floated the idea of a part-exchange – and they knew that Arsenal would rather sell to an overseas club. Vermaelen, disgruntled last season at his place below Mertesacker and Koscielny in the pecking order, had been ready to join United, where he could have linked up with his friend and former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie.