Simpson has been locked in contract talks for much of the season at St James’ Park and has recently rejected an offer to stay at the club for one more year, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The 25-year-old rejected a £25,000-a-week deal earlier in the season, hoping to persuade the club to change their mind based on his form.
But Newcastle are sticking firm with the offer and now Chelsea are looking at the Mancunian to fill their problematic left-back spot.
Chelsea are also in the running to sign Dutchman
“Luuk is an ‘English style’ striker, made for English football,” Twente manager Steve McLaren said. “I am just desperate to keep him one more year in Holland. But I realise that will be difficult.
“Luuk is big, strong, brilliant in the air and scores goals so easily. He has every quality a top class striker needs to have for a big club.”
Twente have already received offers from
Chelsea face competition from
Tottenham boss Harry Rednkapp is reportedly keen to keep Adebayor - loaned to Spurs from Manchester City this season - on a permanent basis. But the Togo striker's £170,000-a-week pay packet was a sticking point for Tottenham.
Those wages are not a problem for Qatari-backed PSG, who will offer City a £12m fee - though they face competition from
And finally, the Sunday Express reports that
The paper claims that the bad blood dates back to when Redknapp took over from Billy Bonds as West Ham manager, but Brooking denies that his relationship with Redknapp had any bearing on the decision-making process: "It’s a non-starter. That didn’t come into the decision making at all," he said.