Newcastle transfer round-up: Two strikers wanted, Knockaert comments on interest, Mbemba to Valencia?

A select look at the day's transfer news and speculation on Tyneside.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The Chronicle claim that Rafael Benitez wants to sign not one but two more strikers before the end of the transfer window.

The Magpies have already brought in Dwight Gayle in a big-money deal from Crystal Palace, but after scoring just once in their first two games of the season Benitez is looking for further reinforcements.

The paper claims that he wants a target man to play alongside Gayle, as well as bringing in an experienced forward to add more competition.

Meanwhile, Everton have opened talks with Moussa Sissoko as they enter the race to be the club to end the Frenchman's Magpies career, according to widespread reports including one from the Mirror.

The Toffees failed to sign Belgian star Axel Witsel earlier this summer and Sissoko now heads their list of targets, with the £25 million spent on Yannick Bolasie showing that they now have the funds.

They will need to send big again, with Newcastle still refusing to budge on their £35 million asking price.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie in action with Newcastle's Chancel Mbemba

According to the Daily Star, Valencia are considering Chancel Mbemba as a replacement for seemingly Arsenal-bound defender Shkodran Mustafi.

The report claims that Mbemba would cost around £7 million if he made the move to La Liga, but it seems highly unlikely that Rafael Benitez would be prepared to allow the 22-year-old to leave.

Brighton star Anthony Knockaert has insisted to the Mirror that the Newcastle bid has not become a distraction for him and suggested that he has no interest in leaving the south coast.

The winger had emerged as a potential target for the Magpies in recent days, but he told the Mirror: "I feel very happy here, so if I need to stay I will stay. I know how much I love the club and they’ve been brilliant with me since I’ve been here. “I am totally focused with the team and I have been all the time. There is no way the Newcastle bid distracted me."

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

Florian Thauvin has revealed, via the Chronicle, that the option for Marseille to make his loan deal permanent is "virtually automatic".

Both the Frenchman and the Magpies have agreed that the best deal for all parties is for both to cut their losses and allow Thauvin to return home, and it looks as though his exit will be finally completed soon.

Finally, Benitez has admitted, again via the Chronicle, that whether or not Siem de Jong has a future at St. James' Park is uncertain, but could depend on whether or not the former Ajax man can finally prove his fitness.

De Jong has been linked with a return to the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven on loan.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez with Siem De Jong

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