Valentino Lazaro posts message on Twitter after signing for Newcastle

Valentino Lazaro posts message on Twitter after signing for Newcastle – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Valentino Lazaro today.
The Austria international have joined the Magpies on loan from Inter Milan for the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old has become the second signing of the club following the arrival of Schalke’s ex-Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.
Lazaro has taken to social networking site Twitter to express his reaction after signing for the Magpies. He wrote:

Proud to join @NUFC and play in the @premierleague for such an iconic club.
Can’t wait to get on the pitch and help the team. pic.twitter.com/Jtaxn48x1g
— Valentino Lazaro (@valentinolazaro) January 24, 2020

Lazaro began his career with Red Bull Salzburg and moved to Inter Milan in 2019.
The 28-times capped Austria international struggled for regular games under Antonio Conte this season, making only three starts and three substitute appearances in Serie A.
Although Lazaro has stated that he wants to prove himself at Inter, his primary focus should be to perform well at Newcastle and make a positive impact.

Lazaro is a versatile player who can play as a right attacking midfielder or as a central midfielder. It seems that Newcastle want to use him in an advanced role.
Steve Bruce said: “Valentino is a quality player who’ll add to us in attacking areas of the field, where we need to improve.
“He can play in a few positions but he is a natural winger with an excellent delivery.”
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Report: Spurs submit bid for £62m int'l, Mourinho has phoned club president already

Report: Spurs submit bid for £62m int'l, Mourinho has phoned club president already – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to reports from Spanish media outlet El Desmarque, Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic.
Spurs are desperately looking to sign a striker this month following the injury to Harry Kane.
The north London club have been linked with a host of strikers, and it seems Jose Mourinho has returned to his former club to sign Jovic.
Earlier this week, Defensa Central reported that Mourinho has phoned Real Madrid president Florentino Perez about signing Jovic who has struggled to make an impact this season.

Spurs have now made a loan bid for Jovic but Madrid have quickly rejected the move,
The Serbia international joined Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt for a reported fee of £62 million, but has struggled to make an impact.
The 22-year-old striker, who scored 27 goals in 46 games for Frankfurt before moving to Madrid, has started only four league games this season.
However, it seems Madrid are not interested in sending Jovic out on loan, which means Spurs will have to look for options elsewhere.
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Report: West Ham 'exploring a deal' to sign £10.9m int'l in scintillating form

Report: West Ham 'exploring a deal' to sign £10.9m int'l in scintillating form – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to reports from Football London, West Ham are ‘exploring a deal’ to sign Tomas Soucek in the January transfer window.
The Hammers are struggling in the Premier League this season, and David Moyes is keen to bolster his squad this month.
West Ham are looking to add depth in their midfield and have earmarked Soucek from Slavia Prague.
The midfielder is valued at around €25 million. However, West Ham can get him at half the price, that is around £10.9 million, if a deal can be struck.

West Ham are looking at a loan deal with an option to buy the midfielder at the end of the season. However, they are yet to reach an agreement for the 24-year-old.
The 25-times capped Czech Republic international has been in outstanding form this season for his club. He has scored ten goals so far this season from midfield.
West Ham have been heavily reliant on Mark Noble and Declan Rice this season, and Moyes needs more depth and quality in the middle of the park.
The Hammers have been linked with a host of midfielders this month including Sander Berge, Joe Allen and Franck Kessie, but Soucek would be a very good signing for them if they can agree a deal for him.
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Report: West Ham submit bid for 22-year-old Southampton target

Report: West Ham submit bid for 22-year-old Southampton target – originally posted on Sportslens.com
West Ham are interested in signing the Nottingham Forest right back Matty Cash.
According to Sky Sports, the Premier League outfit have already submitted a £12m offer for the player.
It will be interesting to see if the Hammers can agree on a deal with the Championship outfit now. They are in need of full backs and the interest in Cash makes sense.
The youngster has proven his quality with Forest and he looks ready to make the step up now.
The 22-year-old is a target for AC Milan and Southampton as well.
West Ham have Fredericks and Zabaleta as their right backs but neither have been reliable this season. Cash could prove to be a superb long term investment for them.
Meanwhile, Forest are fighting for promotion and they might not be keen on weakening their squad. They will want to hold on to Cash until the summer.
West Ham have the resources to tempt them and it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few days.
Convincing the player shouldn’t be tough. He will be keen on making the step up to the Premier League just like any other talented young player.
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Report claims Aston Villa have made an approach for 37-cap international

Report claims Aston Villa have made an approach for 37-cap international – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Aston Villa are looking to sign Christian Benteke this month.
The Premier League side are in desperate need of a striker and they want to bring the 37-cap Belgian international back to the club.
Wesley has been ruled out for the season and Smith needs a replacement now.
As per Het Belang van Limburg (translated by Sportwitness), Aston Villa have now made an approach for the player. They have informed Crystal Palace of their interest in Benteke.
The former Villa star has failed to live up to the expectations at Selhurst Park and it will be interesting to see if the Eagles decide to cash in on him.
Apparently, Aston Villa want the player on loan for the remainder of the season. A temporary move would make no sense for Palace.
They would be weakening their squad for little or no compensation. A permanent move, however, could be tempting if Villa come up with a reasonable offer.
Benteke needs a fresh start and a move back to Villa might be ideal for him. The fans adore him and he will be able to start week in week out.
It would help him regain his confidence and sharpness. The 29-year-old has scored just four goals since the start of the 2017/18 season.
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Report: Newcastle eyeing up January move for 29-yr-old Premier League ace

Report: Newcastle eyeing up January move for 29-yr-old Premier League ace – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Newcastle United are keen on signing the Tottenham left-back Danny Rose this month.
According to Evening Standard, the player has fallen out of favour at Spurs and the Magpies are prepared to offer him an exit route.
It will be interesting to see if they can get the deal done in the remaining days of the window.
Newcastle are in desperate need of a left-back after injuries to Dummett and Willems. Rose would be a fantastic signing for them.
When on form, the Tottenham ace is one of the best full backs in the country.
A move away from Spurs will help Rose rediscover his form. He will be able to regain his sharpness with regular game time.
The transfer would be ideal for him at this stage of his career. With the Euros coming up, Rose needs to play more often in order to hold down a starting berth for England. Newcastle will be able to give him that platform.
As per the report, Spurs are open to selling the player. Previously, Rose stated that he will stay until the end of his deal but the Londoners are hoping that his stance will change.
It is evident that he is unwanted at Tottenham. Newcastle must do everything in their power to sign the 29-year-old now.
He would improve them immensely at the back and he will add a new dimension to their attack as well.
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'Done deal' – Fabrizio Romano delivers update as Spurs star seals £17million exit

'Done deal' – Fabrizio Romano delivers update as Spurs star seals £17million exit – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to Sky Sports journalist and Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen is set to join Inter Milan after both clubs reached an agreement.

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Eriksen to Inter, here we go! Total agreement reached for Christian Eriksen to Inter. Tottenham will receive €20M to sell him immediatly. Eriksen will arrive in Italy on next week to sign his contract with Inter. Done deal. @skysport #transfers #inter #eriksen #thfc ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Eriksen all’Inter, è fatta! Accordo totale tra Inter e Tottenham per Christian Eriksen: operazione da 20 milioni con bonus, tutto confermato! Via libera dagli Spurs nella riunione di oggi: Eriksen sarà in Italia da settimana prossima per visite mediche e firme. Tutto fatto. #calciomercato #tottenham #fcinter #seriea
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The Serie A giants will pay Spurs £17 million, and the Denmark international is expected to travel to Italy next week to put pen to paper ahead of a January exit.
Eriksen first expressed his intentions of leaving Tottenham during the summer, but suitors were priced out of a deal.
The arrival of boss Jose Mourinho wasn’t enough to convince the Dane to put pen to paper on a new deal, and Spurs were set to lose him for nothing at the end of the season.
However, the North London club have decided to cash in on the 27-year-old who cost them £11 million when he joined from Ajax in August 2013.
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'Quality player and a class act': Bruce delivers his verdict on Newcastle Jan target

'Quality player and a class act': Bruce delivers his verdict on Newcastle Jan target – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has showered heaps of praise on Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose.
Bruce has hailed the England defender as a ‘quality player’ and a ‘class act’. And when asked when the Magpies are interested in him, Bruce has refused to rule out a move.

Asked Steve Bruce about Spurs’ Danny Rose :
“He’s a quality player and a class act the kid. Whether it’s possible, who knows?” #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 24, 2020

According to reports from Sky Sports, Tottenham defender Danny Rose could leave the north London club before the transfer deadline.
The report claims that three Premier League clubs – Bournemouth, Newcastle and Watford – are all interested in signing the 29-year-old.

Newcastle have made an enquiry to sign Rose on loan. Spurs would prefer a permanent sale or at least a loan with an obligation to buy the defender in the summer.
Rose has made 10 Premier League starts this season, but he has been very inconsistent with his performances.
He has recently dropped down the pecking order at the club behind Ryan Sessegnon and Japhet Tanganga, and it will be better for him to move elsewhere.
Rose is keen to play at Euro 2020 and needs regular first-team football to make his way into Gareth Southgate’s first-team plans.
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Report: 38-cap int'l now 'really close' to joining Tottenham

Report: 38-cap int'l now 'really close' to joining Tottenham – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to reports from Spanish publication El Desmarque, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is ‘really close’ to joining Tottenham Hotspur this month.
Spurs are thought to be looking to sign a defender this month with Jan Vertonghen’s future up in the air, and Juan Foyth failing to impress under Jose Mourinho.
Although signing a striker and an attacking midfielder is top priority for the north London club, Mourinho is also looking to sign a centre-back.
The report claims that Spurs are long-term admirers of Koulibaly. They have stepped up their chase for the Senegal defender, and are prepared to break the bank for him.

The north London club are very close to finalising a deal for the 38-times capped Senegal international who is valued at around £70 million.
Koulibaly would be a massive signing for Tottenham. He is widely regarded as one of the very best centre-backs in the world, and would definitely add quality to the side.
Meanwhile, Tottenham secured their first Premier League win since Boxing Day after winning 2-1 against Norwich City on Wednesday.
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Phil Hay reveals that Leeds are tracking RB Leipzig striker Marcelo Bielsa admires

Phil Hay reveals that Leeds are tracking RB Leipzig striker Marcelo Bielsa admires – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to The Athletic’s journalist Phil Hay, Leeds United are tracking Red Bull Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin as they enter the last week of the January transfer window. The Elland Road outfit have seen Southampton knock back three bids for their top transfer target Che Adams, and are now focusing on the international market. Augustin is currently on a season-long loan at AS Monaco, but
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