Newcastle United transfer round up: £17.4m Praet bid denied as Turkish pair impress Toon scout & Bologna make personal enquiry

Achraf Lazaar in action during a US Citta' di Palermo training session at Tenente Carmelo Onorato training center on August 16, 2016 in Palermo, Italy.

A round-up of Tuesday's Newcastle United transfer stories.

Badou Ndiaye (R) of Osmanlispor celebrates scoring during the UEFA Europa League group L football match between FC Steaua Bucharest and Osmanlispor in Bucharest, Romania on November 24,...Badou Ndiaye (right) of Osmanlispor celebrates

Newcastle United scout Kevin Stonehouse was impressed by two players in particular during a recent visit to Turkey, Ajansspor reports.

Galatasaray's Papa Alioune 'Badou' N'Diaye and Trabzonspor's Yusuf Yazıcı, both midfielders, are the pair in question - although the former, a rumoured target for the Magpies earlier this summer, has only recently switched clubs.

Contrary to recent reports, Newcastle have not bid for Sampdoria's Dennis Praet - another midfielder - according to Calciomercato.

Dennis Praet (Sampdoria) in action  during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on August 20, 2017 in Genoa, Italy.Dennis Praet (right) of Sampdoria in action

The Magpies are said to have made offers ranging from £12.8 million to £17.4 million depending on the source, but the Italian website claims La Samp do not want to sell the Belgian, who has a £22.9 million release clause.

Staying in Italy, Gazzamercato reports that Bologna's sporting director Riccardo Bigon has phoned Rafa Benitez personally to sound him out about a move for Newcastle left-back Achraf Lazaar.

The Rossoblu are said to be hopeful of pulling off a deal for the former Palermo player, and the report would appear to tie in with Benitez's comments to The Shields Gazette on Tuesday.

Achraf Lazaar of Newcastle United in action during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Oxford United and Newcastle United at Kassam Stadium on January 28, 2017 in Oxford,...Achraf Lazaar of Newcastle United in action

"I think we are closer (to moving players out) than two days ago," said the Toon boss. "But I still do not know how close. We are still working on players behind the scenes."

Lazaar played only four times for Newcastle in the league last season.

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