Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is ready to sign a bumper new contract to take him into the veteran stage of his career.
Wilson, 31 in February, has become the focal point of Eddie Howe’s Saudi-backed St James’ Park revolution.
The England international, hoping to gatecrash Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, has already started talks about extending his deal, which expires in 2024.
Former Bournemouth star Wilson is so settled in the north east he recently relocated his family from their base on the south coast.
Newcastle chief Howe is still hoping to bring in another forward before the transfer window closes but this would be to compliment and provide back-up for Wilson.
WOLVES WIN FIGHT TO KEEP MIDFIELD ACE
Wolves look to have won their battle to keep Morgan Gibbs-White – but he is still stalling on signing a new contract.
Many Wolves fans were left stunned when the Molineux outfit rejected an offer from Nottingham Forest worth £35m.
Forest were considering making an even bigger bid but now appear to have accepted Wolves’ stance that the England Under-21 international is not for sale this window.
That could change in January if Gibbs-White has still not committed his long-term future as the 22-year-old will be into the final 18 months of his current deal.
Wolves hope snubbing the chance to cash in will convince Gibbs-White he is a big part of their plans after spending last season on loan at Sheffield United.
talkSPORT also understands Wanderers have cooled their interest in signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.
JAN IN NO HURRY TO LEAVE LEICESTER
Leicester’s struggles to shift on their deadwood is exemplified by defender Jannik Vestergaard’s desire to stay.
Vestergaard was left out of manager Brendan Rodgers’s squad for last weekend’s opening day 2-2 draw with Brentford after being told he can leave.
But talkSPORT can reveal the giant Danish centre-back has rejected offers from at least two clubs, including a newly-promoted side.
Trying to move on unwanted players like Vestergaard and Boubakary Soumare is another headache for Rodgers, with back-up goalkeeper and free agent Alex Smithies his only summer signing.
DIENG IN DEMAND WITH PREM CLUBS
Marseille’s Senegalese forward Bamba Dieng is at the centre of a transfer scramble involving a host of Premier League clubs.
Dieng’s agent has spent the last few weeks desperately drumming up interest in the £15m-rated Dieng.
While Newcastle sources have distanced themselves from a move for the versatile 22-year-old, Fulham and Everton are both believed to have engaged in talks.
West Ham are also monitoring Dieng’s situation as David Moyes prepares for a busy final three weeks of the window.