Newcastle willing to pay ‘huge fee’ to bring in ex-Arsenal boss

Jason Soutar
Newcastle target Unai Emery before a match

Newcastle are prepared to pay a “huge” fee to bring in Villarreal head coach Unai Emery, according to reports.

Emery lasted less than 18 months during his tenure as Arsenal boss, being relieved of his duties in November 2019.

His time in charge of Villarreal has been hugely successful, however. The Spaniard guided the La Liga club to Europa League success last term.

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According to Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger, Newcastle are willing to pay a “huge” fee to buy out the 49-year-old’s contract.

Emery’s current deal expires in 2023, and the Magpies’ hierarchy are aiming to appoint him during the upcoming international break.

The Geordies have been on the search for a new boss since Steve Bruce left the club last month.

Bruce was deeply unpopular at St James’ Park despite achieving 12th and 13th-place finishes in the Premier League.

The former Sunderland manager’s assistant Graeme Jones has been in interim charge since his departure.

Numerous big names have been linked with the vacant managerial position, including Lucien Favre, Steven Gerrard, and Paulo Fonseca.

Fonseca seemed the most likely man to succeed Bruce, but he is now “out of the picture”, according to Bild journalist Christian Falk.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer requires a liver transplant, his current club Ipswich have announced.

Ipswich, where Dyer has been working as under-23s boss, confirmed that the 42-year-old was undertaking tests in hospital on Wednesday.

A subsequent statement from the League One club on Sunday said he had been diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis and now requires a transplant.

Dyer said: “Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with a condition of the liver a couple of years ago, that would lead to me one day needing a transplant.

“Over the next week, test results will confirm when I need to go through this procedure.

“I see myself as a very positive person that will overcome this minor setback. I’m very grateful to the club, the supporters and the general public for their messages of support over the past week.

“I would like to ask everyone now to respect my privacy, and my family’s privacy.”