Newcastle are looking at potential deals for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips and Chelsea man Conor Gallagher as they look to continue their recruitment drive following the arrival of Sandro Tonali.
The AC Milan midfielder has penned a five year contract to confirm his 70m euro move to Tyneside, but Eddie Howe remains keen on further midfield reinforcements as they enter the Champions League for the first time in two decades.
As it stands, while Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton along with Tonali form a formidable trio, the drop off in quality is significant (despite some excellent performances from both Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff last season).
It is an area that the club are looking to address, and they have already shown interest in James Maddison and Dominik Szoboszlai this summer, only for Tottenham and Liverpool to beat them to the respective players.
They have other options though. According to the Telegraph, while a permanent move may be difficult to pull off Howe’s side are ‘looking into possible loan signings this summer with Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher both of interest’.
Those deals could be complicated though. It is added that ‘Mauricio Pochettino wants to give the England international a fresh chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge’, while Kalvin Phillips himself has ruled out a move away from the Etihad this summer after being linked with West Ham.
“My intention is to stay there,” he said. “We have just won the treble, so there is no reason for me to leave, other than if I am not playing I will obviously have to think about it.
With a left back and another midfielder on their agenda before the new season kicks off next month, Newcastle still have plenty of work left to do in the transfer market.