Newcastle United are ‘closing in’ on a deal for a Sunderland prodigy, while Wolves are’stepping up negotiations’ with…

Eddie Howe’s team will return to Premier League action on Sunday when Fulham visits St James’ Park.

The January transfer window is nearing the halfway point, and pressure is mounting on clubs throughout the country to complete any signings.

Newcastle United are preparing for their next Premier League match, which will take place at home against Fulham on Sunday. Meanwhile, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes at the North East club and across the division. Here are the Premier League transfer stories that made the news on Thursday morning:

Wolves want to sign Atletico Madrid’s experienced defender Felipe, and the La Liga club may want to recruit Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu as a replacement for the Brazilian if he does go. (Reuters/Matteo Moretto)

Wolves are also in talks with Nice over a £10 million transfer for former Fulham and Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina (The Sun)

Matteo Guendouzi might return to the Premier League just six months after leaving Arsenal, with Aston Villa considering a bid for the Marseille star. (The Daily Mail)

Manchester United wants David de Gea, who is out of contract at the end of the current season, to take a huge pay cut to sign a new multi-year deal at Old Trafford (TalkSPORT)

West Ham United is monitoring Amiens and Senegal defender Formose Mendy – the 22-year-old center-back is on the club’s radar and exploratory conversations have taken place (The Athletic)

Tottenham has chosen not to trigger the option on Lucas Moura’s contract for the Brazilian forward to stay at the club beyond this season (The Times)

Arsenal and Manchester United were unwilling to pay the €11m loan fee that Chelsea did to sign Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix for the remainder of the season (Caught Offside)

Newcastle United is now closing in on the potential addition of the young midfielder Chris Rigg from local rivals Sunderland, the midfielder having made his senior debut for the Black Cats at just 15 years old (Football Fan Cast)

Leeds United are making positive progress towards a deal for Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter after 48 hours of intense talks – Leeds have spent the past two days attempting to finalize a fee with Hoffenheim at more than £30million up front (The Athletic)


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