Newcastle transfer round-up: Latest on Barcelona's interest in Perez, Real Madrid link, Tiote and Thauvin bids rejected

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A select round-up of the days' transfer news regarding the Magpies.

Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle United

The Telegraph claims that Real Madrid will firm up their surprise interest in Moussa Sissoko by making an official offer in the near future.

It had been reported that Real had identified Sissoko as a back-up target in their chase of his France teammate Paul Pogba, and with Pogba now looking set to return to Manchester United, the Spanish giants have switched their focus.

The report claims that Zinedine Zidane is confident of getting his man for around £30 million, and that Benitez will be granted the opportunity to reinvest those funds in new players.

Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye in action with Newcastle's Cheick Tiote

It is thought that the Spanish boss is still targeting another centre-forward, a central midfielder, and reinforcements on the left side of both midfield and defence before the end of August.

Newcastle are widely thought to be looking to cash in on Cheick Tiote and Florian Thauvin, but according to Sky Sports they have turned down offers for both players.

Al Jazira have allegedly failed to match the Magpies' valuation in their bid for Tiote, and the Ivorian has returned to training on Tyneside as a deal stalls.

The same appears to be the case for Thauvin, who looks set for a move to Lazio if the Italian club stump up a fee deemed acceptable by the St. James' Park club.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez looks dejected

Meanwhile, the Chronicle reports that Newcastle will not entertain the though of selling Ayoze Perez even if Barcelona launch a bid for the striker.

Barcelona's interest in the 23-year-old has been widely cited, and ex-Barca director of football Andoni Zubizarreta admitted that the Catalan club tried to sign the forward in the past.

However, there has been no official offer from the Nou Camp, and Rafael Benitez and Lee Charnley have no intention of allowing Perez to leave.

Finally, former Magpies stalwart Steven Taylor, who left the club this summer after 13 years and 268 appearances, is on the verge of completing a move to last year's MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers, according to multiple reports.

Newcastle United's Steven Taylor applauds fans after the game

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