Stoke City are reported to be favourites to land Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie as the Magpies close in on an ÂŁ18m deal for old boy Andros Townsend.
News emerged earlier this week that both Stoke and fellow Championship side Middlesbrough were keen on the ÂŁ15m-rated Scotland international.
However, the Sun are claiming today that Stoke are now leading the race as Newcastle close in on a significant deal of their own.
Sources on Tyneside had insisted Magpies boss Rafa Benitez would only sanction Ritchieâ€™s exit once he had a replacement, and the Sun says he is about to achieve that by recruiting Crystal Palace winger Townsend.
They report: â€śThe 26-year-old was a regular for Roy Hodgson last season, but they will consider a deal and use the funds to boost their squad.
â€śToon boss Rafa Benitez was impressed with Townsendâ€™s first spell on Tyneside when he arrived from Tottenham. He will be a replacement for Matt Ritchie, who is heading to Stoke in a ÂŁ15m deal.â€ť
Although refusing to name names, Stoke boss Gary Rowett has admitted he is in the market for players of Ritchieâ€™s standing and quality.
The 28-year-old scored 12 goals as the Magpies won the 2016/17 Championship title after arriving at St James Park from Bournemouth in a ÂŁ12m deal.
Rowett said: â€śWeâ€™ve got a very varied target list out there and Iâ€™ve always said the same, when youâ€™re linked with players they are not always trueâ€¦ but often some of them are.
â€śBut we want the level of player we are being linked with. Thatâ€™s the type and the level of player we are trying to bring into the club.
The Sun also claim Rowett is planning a reunion with Birmingham City goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak at the bet365 Stadium.
The 36-year-old Polish international played under Rowett when he was manager at St Andrews and is said to be seen as a potential replacement for Manchester United-bound Lee Grant.
Elsewhere, the Sunday Times say Southampton are ready to rival Liverpool for the signature of Stokeâ€™s World Cup winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
Stokeâ€™s relegation means the Swiss star is available at a knockdown fee of between ÂŁ12m and ÂŁ13.5m, and that has attracted Mark Hughes, the man who signed Shaqiri for Stoke in the summer of 2015.
Sunday Times reporter Duncan Castles says: â€śHe will have offers from other clubs, and there is interest from Southampton.
â€śHeâ€™d love to go to Liverpool to try to secure a first-team place, but he could consider Southampton because he might play more regularly.â€ť
Hughes is also reported to be favourite to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings, a Stoke target back in January when they were looking for firepower in their abortive attempt to avoid relegation from the top flight.
The website HITC says: â€śDespite being third in the betting earlier in the week, behind Burnley and Crystal Palace at 6/1, Southampton are now 7/4 front-runners with Skybet, while Newcastle United have also seen their odds cut significantly, from 8/1 to 4/1.â€ť
The 25-year-old former Burnley striker is ready to quit Anfield in search of regular first-team football.