Newcastle United round-up: Jetro Willems watched Southampton draw, Shaqiri reportedly interesting Magpies

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Newcastle United round-up: Netherlands international at Premier League opener, Magpies reportedly enter chase for Inter star

Despite Stoke City seemingly moving close to signing Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri, the Shields Gazette has reported that both Newcastle United and Everton have an interest in hijacking the deal.

The Inter Milan star was at the Britannia yesterday to see the Potters narrowly lose to Liverpool, and though Mark Hughes' side seem to be frontrunners for his signature, it is possible their two Premier League rivals will attempt to pounce before a transfer is agreed.

The Gazette does say that Shaqiri isn't one of the Magpies' main targets this summer, but the 23-year-old undoubtedly possesses genuine class, and may well be seen as a top signing for most clubs in the division.

Netherlands international fullback Jetro Willems flew to Newcastle to watch the 2-2 draw with Southampton on Sunday, but it doesn't look like it was regarding a possible transfer.

He posted a picture of himself on Instagram and Twitter on a plane to the city, cryptically saying "Fly to the future."

Though rumours may well swell that the 21-year-old was discussing the possibility of a move to Tyneside, the Gazette for now is only saying that he was supporting his former PSV captain Georginio Wijnaldum as he scored on his Newcastle debut.

Forward Papiss Cisse has emphasised that he is committed to the Magpies after scoring the first goal of the Steve McClaren reign in that match.

The Senegal international is quoted by the Mirror as saying: “I have a contract at Newcastle United. I need to be professional every time I play. I don’t have a team to leave to.

“I am a Newcastle player. I try to work hard in every game I get.”

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