Newcastle have two clubs to beat to sign Aaron Ramsey but may have key transfer advantage

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Newcastle’s transfer window requires improvement with just a week left as they look to beat their relegation rivals to key targets – but they may have an advantage in the race to sign ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to reports.

Having bought Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood so far this window, the club are expected to sign at least three more players in their bid to stay in the Premier League.

The two recruitments have done well so far, but it is obvious to many that more players are needed despite the narrow 1-0 win over Leeds on Saturday.

Magpies fans are desperate to sign a central midfielder and a central defender in their quest for survival.

Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Denis Zakaria amongst others have been linked to the club, although nothing has come to fruition as of yet.

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But one deal that may gain traction in the next week is one for Juventus star Ramsey – with the club in pole position to sign him financially, according to ESPN.

The report states that Ramsey has been told he has no future at the Italian club by boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The Welshman is arguably the most talented player in the national team, something manager Rob Page will try to take advantage of in the World Cup playoff against Austria in March.

But that is unlikely to happen if he remains unfit at that time, meaning that a move back to the Premier League could be paramount to saving his career.

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On wages of £300,000-per-week, Crystal Palace were initially interested, although that has cooled, with Burnley and Wolves remaining keen.

But Juventus will only let him leave to a club who are prepared to pay a large chunk of his wages.

And that has given Newcastle a huge advantage ahead of the Clarets.

The 31-year-old is currently in the United Kingdom in order to work on his fitness, Allegri said last week.

He described the star, who has made just one start in the Serie A this season, as an ‘outgoing player’.

And with 18 months left on his contract, a loan-to-buy deal may be sanctioned for the Caerphilly-born star.

Newcastle currently sit 18th with just two wins from 21 league games.

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