Here is your 4am Newcastle United digest.

Kakuta 'approach'

The Magpies have made contact over a deal for RC Lens attacking midfielder Gael Kakuta, according to Foot Mercato via Get Football News France.

Gael Kakuta of Lens during the Ligue 1 match between RC Lens (RCL) and Lille OSC (LOSC) at Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Gael Kakuta of Lens during the Ligue 1 match between RC Lens (RCL) and Lille OSC (LOSC) at Stade Bollaert-Delelis

The former Chelsea prospect has enjoyed an impressive campaign in Ligue 1, registering 11 goals and five assists as Lens push to qualify for Europe.

Kakuta's loan deal from second-division outfit Amiens will become permanent this summer, but this seemingly hasn't deterred a number of Premier League clubs from showing an interest.

Crystal Palace and Watford have also been credited with an interest in the 29-year-old.

Soumare interest

United remain 'particularly' keen on long-term target Boubakary Soumare - despite the Lille midfielder previously rejecting a move to Tyneside.

That's according to L'Equipe via Sport Witness, who report Leicester City remain in pole position for a deal for the 22-year-old.

Boubakary Soumare in action for Lille against Natnes at the Beaujoire Stadium on February 7, 2021
Boubakary Soumare in action for Lille against Natnes at the Beaujoire Stadium on February 7, 2021

Soumare's contract expires in 2022 and the former French under-21 international is expected to be on the move this summer.

Newcastle were snubbed in January 2020 despite agreeing a £40m deal with Lille, but the latest report indicates the club are interested in reviving a deal.

Transfer odds

Joe Willock is the number one target in the minds of many Magpies supporters given his prolific form since joining on loan in January.

Ross Barkley of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on May 07, 2021
Ross Barkley of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on May 07, 2021

Bruce has been open in his desire to secure a permanent deal for the 21-year-old, but has stressed talks need to be held with Arsenal this summer.

Aside from Willock, here are the names the bookies have tipped Newcastle to sign this summer.