Ex-Derby County star 'emerges' as shock target for Newcastle United as Watford release former Toon flop

Newcastle United face Sheffield United in their penultimate game of the 2020/21 Premier League season on Wednesday as transfer speculation continues.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 4:30 pm
Former Derby County striker Johnny Russell is linked with a shock move to Newcastle United. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

With just two games remaining, one eye is already on the summer transfer window as Steve Bruce hopes to strengthen his squad.

Here are the latest rumours surrounding the Magpies:

Magpies linked with shock cut-price move

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Former Derby County forward Johnny Russell has emerged as a shock target for Newcastle United, according to The Sun.

The 31-year-old is viewed as a cut-price option for Steve Bruce with his contract at MLS side Kansas City ending in December.

Russell has spent the last three years in the US, scoring 25 goals in 84 appearances as United seek a back-up to Callum Wilson.

Fulham and Sheffield United are also considering a move but the Magpies would be firm favourites to secure his signature, if they follow up on their initial interest.

Scott Parker expects Tosin Adarabioyo to stay

Fulham boss Scott Parker expects Tosin Adarabioyo to remain at Craven Cottage next season, despite reported interest from Newcastle and Arsenal.

The Athletic claims Adarabioyo, 23, has a buyout clause in his contract, but the exact figure was not revealed.

"For sure he doesn’t need to go,” Parker said. “He is a young player who is still improving and has loads to do.

“He has been fantastic for us this year and of course it is always inevitable that every team that is relegated sees other teams coming for your better players.

“But he’s under contract – and I can’t see him going anywhere.”

Newcastle flop forced to find new club

Newcastle flop Achraf Lazaar has been released by Watford, while ex-long serving goalkeeper Rob Elliot remains in talks over a new deal.

Lazaar, signed from Palmero in 2016, moved to Vicarage Road in February when his United contract was terminated six months early.

He featured five times for the Hornets, who achieved automatic promotion from the Championship at the first attempt.

Meanwhile, Elliot could come up against Newcastle next season as discussions continue over a new deal.

The 35-year-old is yet to make his debut after struggling to make the bench last term.