Newcastle se rapproche de Dembele mais Man Utd vise à signer un nouvel accord avec Barcelone

NEWCASTLE have been dealt a blow in their bid to sign Ousmane Dembelewith Barcelona tabling a new contract for the French winger.

Le Toon have been chasing a marquee signing in the January window to attract more top players in their desperate attempt to avoid relegation.

Ousmane Dembele is set to sign a new contract at Barcelona in a blow to Newcastle

Ousmane Dembele is set to sign a new contract at Barcelona in a blow to NewcastleCrédit: EPA

But Eddie Howe is set to miss out on Dembélé, 24, with Xavi doubling-down on his praise for the injury-prone forward.

Since taking over, les Nou Camp legend has revealed time and time again that he’s a big fan of the 27-cap France ace.

Et maintenant, Xavi has put his money where his mouth is by tabling a new contract off for Dembele, according to transfer guru Fabrice Romano.

Romano tweeted: “Newcastle approached Ousmane Dembele and his agents weeks ago to make a proposal.

But the feeling is still optimistic for his contract extension with Barcelona.

Barca are confident to reach the final agreement in the next days, and Xavi is pushing to keep Ousmane.

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Manchester United had also been linked with a move for Dembele under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But since Ralf Rangnick’s arrival, the club have set up in a 4-2-2-2 formation, with new wingers no longer the priority.

Newcastle, pendant ce temps, will be forced to look elsewhere for their big-name January signing.

The Magpies have been linked with Kieran Trippier, but the Atletico Madrid and England star now looks likely to head to Old Trafford.

Howe has also been tipped with making moves for Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho, Tottenham outcast Joe Rodon and Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.

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