Newcastle United transfer news: Veteran striker linked; Wijnaldum latest; Magpies join queue for teenage left-back, and more

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his fourth in the win over Norwich

A select round-up of all the day's transfer news and rumours regarding the Magpies.

Ivica Olic celebrates after scoring against FC Carl Zeiss Jena

Newcastle United could look to bolster their firepower with the free transfer signing of veteran Croatian striker Ivica Olic, according to German publication Bild.

The 36-year-old, who has spent the majority of his career in the German Bundesliga, was released by Hamburg at the end of last season.

The Magpies have been linked with a move for the man who won over a century of caps for Croatia, but it is claimed that fellow relegated side Aston Villa could rival them for his signature.

From one end of the age scale to the other, the Newcastle have been touted by the Express & Star as the latest club to join the queue for Walsall's teenage left-back Rico Henry.

The 19-year-old was a key figure for the Saddlers last term and was one of three nominees for the Football League Young Player of the Year award.

Reading's Oliver Norwood and Walsall's Rico Henry in action

His form has reportedly seen him attract interest from the likes of West Ham United and Leeds United, but Rafael Benitez is thought to be interested in the player, who could cost as little as £1.5 million.

Another talented 19-year-old, striker Adam Armstrong, has suggested that he would be willing to go back out on loan this season if Benitez believes it is the right thing for his development.

Armstrong scored 20 goals in 40 League One appearances for Coventry City last season, form which has seen many magpies fans call for his integration into the first-team squad at St. James' Park.

The striker told the Chronicle he is ready for the challenge of the Championship, but he also suggested that his trust in Benitez is so great that he will bow to the Spanish manager's judgement.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his fourth in the win over Norwich

Meanwhile, the Liverpool Echo claims that Newcastle have told Liverpool that they want a single lump-sum payment as close as possible to their total valuation of £27 million for Georginio Wijnaldum.

The midfielder, who scored 11 goals in his first Premier League season last term, looks likely to end up at Anfield with the Mirror reporting that Tottenham have bowed out of the chase, but the Reds will have to pay a premium for the Netherlands international.

It has been suggested that Benitez could look to bring in a Liverpool player on loan as part of any deal.

Staying with potential departures, French publication L’Equipe say that Newcastle have named a price of £12.5 million to Marseille for forgotten French winger Florian Thauvin.

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The French club are thought to be keen on a season-long loan deal, but it is suggested that the Magpies will only agree to that structure if a clause is inserted which obligates the Ligue 1 side to make the move permanent for that fee in a year's time, something which could price Marseille out of a deal.

Moussa Sissoko's protracted exit saga has also taken another turn with the French midfielder having revealed in a widely-cited interview with France Football magazine that he is keen to play Premier League football again this season.

Sissoko had been linked with German side Borussia Dortmund, but it appears as though he is angling for a move to one of his reported English suitors, a list which could include the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur.

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