Monday August 21 2017
Newcastle: Jova no, Praet yes?

Newcastle United have reportedly been rejected by Stevan Jovetic but are preparing a €14m bid for Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet.

According to Corriere della Sera, Jovetic knocked back offers from Newcastle and Sevilla as he would prefer to stay at Inter.

However, the newspaper notes “he could end up at Valencia”, who are close to signing the forward’s teammate Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Gazzetta dello Sport, meanwhile, corroborates claims that Magpies scouts were at Marassi on Sunday to watch Praet help Samp beat Benevento 2-1.

The attacking midfielder, 23, has been a regular player for the Blucerchiati since arriving from Anderlecht last summer.

Rafa Benitez’s side are in desperate need of reinforcements after losing both of their opening Premier League matches.