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Newcastle United failed with an attempt to bring Paris Saint-Germain’s Idrissa Gana Gueye back to the Premier League, according to The Athletic, with Sassuolo’s Rogerio another name on their radar. 

Now, Newcastle have been in the market for a ball-winning defensive midfielder for quite a while now.  

It is two years since a Magpies side coached by Steve Bruce and owned by Mike Ashley (a sentence enough to send shivers down Tyneside spines) failed with a club-record bid for the now-Leicester City benchwarmer Boubakary Soumare. 

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Despite being taken over by Saudi Arabian billionaires more than happy to put their money where their mouth is, there remains a Gueye-shaped void in the heart of Newcastle’s engine room; A tough-tackling, ground-covering, bone-crunching ‘number six’ capable of protecting the Premier League’s most vulnerable defence with a sheet of Valyrian steel. 

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Gueye, PSG’s £30 million enforcer, certainly ticks plenty of boxes as far as Newcastle are concerned.

He would also arrive with a proven track record in England’s top flight, a la Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood. That knowledge of Premier League football could be invaluable in a relegation battle.

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Gueye shone at Aston Villa and Everton before joining the Ligue 1 champions nearly three years ago.

How Everton could do with him back at Goodison Park these days.

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The Athletic claims that Newcastle have made little progress in a loan deal for the Senegal international however. 

Given that Gueye is major part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, that should come as no surprise.

It would be a bit of a stretch to say that Gueye is the glue that holds this PSG side together. But he does add a much-needed element of functionality amidst all the Fabergé flamboyance.  

“We fought hard to sign this player. He is a machine! He never stops running,’ former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said after Gueye’s colossal performance in a 3-0 Champions League thrashing of Real Madrid. 

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