Newcastle United look to clinch three deals

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NEWCASTLE United were hopeful of pushing through the rest of their transfer business today.

Inter Milan’s £5m-rated defender Davide Santon was due on Tyneside for talks. And a second player, a striker, was also expected to arrive ahead of the closing of the transfer window tomorrow.

Newcastle haven’t given up on Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga, despite being reported to Fifa by the French club over their pursuit of the 23-year-old.

Manchester United’s Federico Macheda has also been heavily linked with a move to St James’s Park. The Magpies were cool on a move for the 20-year-old earlier in the summer, but a season-long loan for the striker is another possibility.

Newcastle are also looking for goalkeeping cover, 26-year-old Petr Bolek set for a trial, according to his Slovakian club FK Senica.

However, the club were today making no comment on the progress of its transfer business. The transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow, and Newcastle are keen to get their business done well ahead of that deadline.

United turned to Santon, a right-back who can also play on the other flank, after being frustrated in their attempts to sign PSV Eindhoven’s Erik Pieters.

Santon is also wanted by Roma, but the 20-year-old’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, said: “At this time, there is no possibility that Santon can join Roma because the aim is Newcastle.”

Santon, a full Italy international, was given his Inter debut by Jose Mourinho, and was later compared to Paolo Maldini by national coach Marcello Lippi.

Maiga, meanwhile, has ended the strike that saw him miss three Sochaux games.

The Mali international was desperate to force a move to St James’s Park. But Maiga actions understandably infuriated the club’s hierarchy, who alleged there had been unauthorised contact between United and the player. However, there have been further talks between Newcastle and Sochaux.