Newcastle United contemplating summer moves for Bournemouth duo Lloyd Kelly and Philip Billing

Newcastle United are considering making a double swoop for Bournemouth stars Lloyd Kelly and Philip Billing.

Philip Billing

Lloyd Kelly, 25, is out of contract at the Vitality Stadium at the end of the season, which has put many clubs across Europe on red alert. It remains to be seen whether the centre-back will extend his stay at Bournemouth by putting pen to paper on a new contract but for now, he is eligible to speak to foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement before the 2024/25 campaign begins.

AC Milan, VfB Stuttgart and AS Monaco are among the clubs to have made offers for Kelly. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were keen on his signature in the January transfer window and could reignite their interest in the summer.

Newcastle United are also reportedly planning to revive their interest in Philip Billing, having failed to land him during the past winter transfer window due to financial restrictions.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe pushing to sign Bournemouth duo

Lloyd Kelly has been a consistent performer for Bournemouth in recent years, racking up 119 appearances in which he has registered two goals and seven assists. However, the former England youth international, who can operate both at centre-back and left-back, has endured an injury-hit campaign, limiting him to 13 Premier League appearances under Andoni Iraola.

Meanwhile, Philip Billing has been a mainstay in Iraola’s XI this term, racking up two goals and as many assists in 20 Premier League appearances. The combative midfielder was sent off after a challenge on Callum Hudson-Odoi during Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest earlier this month, with the Dane now serving a three-match ban.

Eddie Howe knows both Kelly and Billing well having coached them at Bournemouth, and he could be the driving factor behind Newcastle’s interest in the duo. While the Magpies could potentially sign Kelly on a free transfer in the summer, Billing is priced at around £ 15 million by the Cherries.

However, Newcastle’s priority lies in persuading Joelinton to sign a new contract. The Brazilian midfielder has a contract at the club until 2025 but negotiations over fresh terms stalled in January, leading some to suggest he may have played his last game for the Toon Army after season-ending thigh injury.

If Joelinton doesn’t put pen to paper on a new deal, Newcastle would then try to sign Philip as a cheap potential replacement in the summer.

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