It seems as though Newcastle are in the market for a right-back, with Rangers captain James Tavernier and Monaco’s Djibril Sidibe linked with moves to Tyneside.

After Joelinton’s arrival was confirmed on Tuesday, Newcastle can now move on to other targets. We’re desperate for reinforcements, and the managerial saga has severely delayed our progress in the transfer market.

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There have been reports of another arrival before Saturday’s friendly against Preston North End, but based on his comments, it seems unlikely to be Tavernier.

“It’s a compliment and that is how I see it. But all my emphasis is on Rangers,” he told Football Scotland about the reported interest from Newcastle.

“Things can happen in football but I’m looking forward to this season. It’s all speculation. If it stays like that then I don’t get upset about it.


“I’m fully focused on the job here.”

Tavernier has a good thing going at Rangers. He’s Steven Gerrard’s captain, leading an exciting new era for the blue side of Glasgow. A lot of fans are tipping Rangers for the title, and Tavernier won’t want to pass up the chance to lift the Scottish Premiership trophy.

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And it’s not the biggest blow for Newcastle. As we wrote earlier in the week, the defender is not going to improve Steve Bruce’s squad. While he’s a decent player, it’s hard to see him having a bigger impact than either DeAndre Yedlin or Javi Manquillo.

If Newcastle are desperate for a right-back, it’s Sidibe they should be chasing.

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