Newcastle United dealt transfer blow for £30m defensive target

Everton left-back Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Newcastle United this month.

The well-backed Magpies are set to sign England international Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and it was reported by talkSPORT on Wednesday that Eddie Howe was lining up a move for Digne.

The French left-back has fallen out of favour at Everton and could potentially leave the club this month.

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But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has poured cold water on any links with Digne to Newcastle.

The Italian journalist tweeted: “Lucas Digne will decide his next club soon. He’ll leave Everton with Premier League move likely – but he’s not going to Newcastle despite rumours. Not even an option. No way.

“Chelsea are interested since weeks but no official talks opened with Everton yet.”

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Newcastle are still in the market for a left-back but their main transfer priorities are to sign a central defender and a striker.

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Everton's French defender Lucas Digne takes a throw in during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 1, 2021. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

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