It’s going to be a busy few weeks in the north east of England.
Newcastle United have big plans for the summer ahead but it remains to be seen what they will entail.
Talk of a takeover has dominated the back pages on Tyneside, with many hoping that Mike Ashley would be a distant memory by this point.
Unfortunately for supporters, that’s not the case. Speculation is continuing over the ownership of the club, but in the short-term there’s more pressing things to think about.
The new Premier League season is less than four weeks away and there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Steve Bruce is determined to improve on last season’s 13th-place finish, but there’ll need to be some serious work if that’s to happen.
Strengthening the first team squad is of the utmost importance if they’re to improve, and it certainly seems that the Toon Army mean business.
Reports from the Northern Echo have linked the Magpies with a move for Conor Gallagher.
The Chelsea starlet impressed during loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Swansea City last season where he scored six and created 11 in the Championship.
With Leeds United also said to be interested, it could prove to be tricky for Newcastle to strike a deal.
However according to one reporter, a deal could be closer than we think.
TalkSPORT’s Ian Ibraham took to Twitter to discuss the move, and said: “Sounds like Conor Gallagher could be set for another year on loan from Chelsea.
“Newcastle United appear favourites to sign the 20-year-old.”
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
What a move this would be for Newcastle United.
Conor Gallagher is one of the most talented young players in the Premier League at the moment, and looks set for a career at the highest level.
His experience to date has been in the Championship with Charlton and Swansea City, but he's been more than impressive.
Lee Bowyer was distraught when the midfielder left the Addicks moved to Wales, describing him as 'impossible to replace'.
The next step for him is to try and cut his teeth in the Premier League.
Newcastle United would be the ideal place for Gallagher to continue his development.
A creative midfielder, the 20-year-old would certainly add an extra element to Steve Bruce's attack.
If a deal can be agreed, this could prove to be an excellent piece of business.News Now - Sport News