Newcastle transfer news: Magpies “highest bidders” for England cult hero

Manchester City's Kalvin Phillips (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester City's Kalvin Phillips (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) /

In today’s Newcastle transfer news – Eddie Howe is the “highest bidder” for this England cult hero, an update on Ruben Neves & more.

For yesterday’s Newcastle transfer news, click here.

Newcastle transfer news – Newcastle “highest bidders” for Kalvin Phillips

The biggest piece of Newcastle transfer news circling in recent days involves Kalvin Phillips. Multiple outlets have reported the news, including many from Italy since Juventus are also involved in the race to sign the Manchester City midfielder.

Adding to the growing list of publications reporting this news is Caught Offside, who have quoted an Italian source saying that Newcastle are the highest bidders at the moment for Kalvin Phillips.

In recent seasons, Kalvin Phillips has become surplus to requirements at Manchester City. Since he would like to ideally make the England squad for the 2024 Euros (where in 2020 he excelled as a first-team staple), a move to Newcastle for more game time could benefit the 27-year-old.

I’d definitely take Kalvin Phillips at St James Park, particularly when you factor in the suspension for Sandro Tonali.

Newcastle transfer news – The race for Ruben Neves has come to an end?

In January, it has been reported widely that Newcastle would like to sign Ruben Neves. However, there is a new rule which is set to be introduced which could prevent this move from happening.

Indeed, as reported by The Telegraph, Premier League clubs could vote temporarily against allowing teams to loan players from clubs under the same ownership. This obviously hinders Newcastle since their ownership structure is under PIF, which operates on this inter-club loan structure.

Therefore, a loan move for Ruben Neves could be prevented by this new rule, since Neves plays for a PIF-run club. It all depends on if the rule is passed, of course.

What do you make of today’s Newcastle transfer news?