Newcastle United transfer round up: Magpies won't be scared by Hull's £12m asking price; Preston talent also on Toon radar

West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher in action with Hull City's Sam Clucas

A round-up of Friday's transfer news involving Newcastle United.

Sam Clucas is ready to join the Hull City exodus - and Newcastle United are one of five clubs hoping to prise him away according to The Mirror [21 July, page 56].

Hull are said to want £12 million for the winger but it is claimed that will not scare off Rafa Benitez's side, nor will it Stoke City, Swansea City, Leicester City and Burnley.

If the bookmakers' latest odds are anything to go by, Newcastle are currently leading the race with odds of 1/3 to sign Clucas before September [Sky Bet] - with Swansea [16/1] their closest competitors.

Hull City's Sam Clucas in action with Chelsea's Diego CostaHull City's Sam Clucas

HITC Sport understands that another left-sided player, Preston North End's Josh Earl, is also on Newcastle's radar, as they look to replace Everton bound defender Lewis Gibson.

Earl is yet to make a competitive appearance for Preston, but has impressed in pre-season, and it is claimed the Championship side would find it hard to resist a sizeable offer from the Magpies.

According to The Northern Echo, Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan is stalling over a move to Fulham as he wants to move to Newcastle instead.

Rolan is said to have twice visited Fulham's training ground, but is aware of Benitez's admiration of him and is gambling on an approach from the north east.

Reported Newcastle target Riza Durmisi delivered a relaxed response when asked about the speculation surrounding his future at Real Betis.

The left-back told ASafter being linked with a move to St James' Park by The Northern Echo: "I do not waste time with the rumours.

Riza DurmisiReal Betis' Riza Durmisi

"I know there will be more in the coming months, but it's the press' thing. I focus on football and decide if Betis accept an offer, then I will think if it is good for me."

Durmisi also expressed his surprise at the £18 million price tag allegedly place on his head.

And finally, Magpies striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has also been discussing his future, telling The Chronicle: "I am happy here.

"We will see what has happened by the end of the transfer window but at the moment I am here and I will do everything to work hard like I always do." 

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