Newcastle transfer round-up: Winger approach knocked back, Tiote and Thauvin updates

Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote celebrates with Rolando Aarons

A select look at the day's transfer news and rumours surrounding the Magpies.

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Ross Wallace

Newcastle United have had an approach for Brighton & Hove Albion star Anthony Knockaert rebuffed by the south coast club, according to multiple sources including Sky Sports.

Rafael Benitez is on the hunt for more additions to his squad, and is thought to have earmarked the attacking midfielder as a potential target.

Knockaert only joined Brighton in January and went on to score five goals in 22 appearances for the Seagulls after his arrival, and is allegedly valued at around £10 million.

However, former Magpies boss Chris Hughton would be unwilling to part easily with the star, and the club could be particularly averse to selling to a potential Championship promotion rival.

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

The Magpies have rejected an offer of under £1 million from Al Jazira for midfielder Cheick Tiote, according to UAE outlet The National.

Tiote has been widely linked with an exit from St. James' Park this season, and it appears as though the Middle East is likely to be his destination.

Though some reports claim that Newcastle are holding out for around £4 million for the 30-year-old who has just a single year left on his current deal, the report claims that the club's are actually not that far apart in their valuations.

One exit which does look likely to be completed sooner rather than later, though, is that of Florian Thauvin, as the Chronicle report that the Frenchman could complete his move to Lazio by the end of the weekend.

Florian Thauvin celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Thauvin's agent has allegedly flown to England to try to negotiate the terms of the deal, which would likely see the Magpies receive a loan fee of more than £1 million with a permanent clause worth over £9 million to be activated depending on appearances. 

Meanwhile, summer signing Isaac Hayden has revealed to the Chronicle that he would be wiling to play anywhere under Benitez to help the Newcastle cause this term.

Signed from Arsenal, Hayden suggested that he sees himself as a defensive-minded central midfielder, but has played at centre-back in the past and says he would be happy to play at full-back or in other wide areas if called upon.

Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Hull City

Hayden may find himself called back into the defence for the opening Championship clash against Fulham next weekend, with the Chronicle reporting that fellow new signing Grant Hanley is struggling for fitness.

The paper quotes Benitez as saying: "Because of the speculation he was not training properly with the team. So I think he needs to start playing and training. He has to wait, it is a question of time."

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