With a permanent manager yet to be appointed on Kings Road owner Roman Abramovich is overseeing matters on the transfer front and is determined to inject an ageing squad with a shot of youth in the wake of their FA Cup success.
Signing a right back is high on on the Russian billionaires list of priorities with Holland international Gregory van der Wiel already being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
However the Ajax star doesn’t appear to be at the top of Abramovich’s close season shopping list with Magpies defender Simpson rumoured to be his primary target.
The 25-year-old had been an ever present for Alan Pardew’s men until injury ruled him out of their game at Chelsea last week heightening suspicion that a switch may have already been agreed.
It was reported back in February that the former Manchester United full back had rejected a contract offer to extend his stay at St James’ Park with an improved wage of £25,000-per-week.
Pardew wants Simpson, who earns £10,000 on his current deal, to stay on Tyneside after playing a pivotal role in the Toon Army’s successful campaign that has seen them break into the top-six and qualify for the Europa League.
But with owner Mike Ashley unwilling to meet right back’s salary demands Abramovich is keen to nip in before negotiations commence and bring him to West London for a nominal fee in the summer and believes he can improve the Champions League finalists back for.
Despite having two-years left on his contract it’s rumoured that Simpson could be interested in a move to West London should the Blues come calling.