Newcastle united Blog Archives for January 2016

Looks Like Two Players In And One Out At Newcastle On Friday

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Sky Sports is reporting that 25 year-old Dwight Gayle has passed a medical and also agreed personal terms and the striker will be unveiled on Friday as Newcastle's second summer signing after goalkeeper Matz Sels signed on from Gent. Although Dwight has been Crystal Palace's top goal scorer in each of the three seasons he [.

Matt Ritchie Has Landed At Newcastle Airport

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First pictures coming through of Matt Ritchie having just landed at Newcatsle airport tonight. Matt Ritchie has just landed at Newcastle airport. He'll undergo a medical tomorrow. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/bIKjpTtIH9 NUFC HQ (@NUFC_HQ) June 30, 2016

Newcastle Agree To Let Coloccini Leave For San Lorenzo

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As we reported yesterday it looks like Fabricio Coloccini will be moving to San Lorenzo this summer and there's a report in TyCSports.com that he's in negotiations on a deal to join the Buenos Aries based club. Fabricio Coloccini now effectively a free agent Free to make a deal with San Lorenzo This si [.

Rafa – Players Must Realise What It Means To Be At Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site, the day before he takes his first training session in this very important pre-season. It will be the first full season with Rafa in charge at Newcastle and it's an exciting time for the Geordie fans. One of the things that Rafa will impress on his [.

Andros Townsend Decides To Leave Newcastle – So Be It

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The Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle have lost the battle to keep Andros Townsendon Tyneside and after the 24 year-old made positive noises about staying at Newcastle at the end of the season, the news is that he will sign on for Crystal Palace for £13M as Palace haveactivated the release clause.

Newcastle May Now Bid For Prolific Scottish Striker

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The Mail is reporting today the release clause in the contract of 29 year-old Fulham striker Ross McCormack for £12M is due to expire tomorrow. But the news several weeks ago was that release clause was for £15M and not £12M so there's a little confusion there. Ross McCormack Fulham striker available The [.

Matt Ritchie Is Traveling To Newcastle Today

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It could be three signings in three days or even three signings in two days with goalkeeper Matz Sels having been signed yesterday for around £5M from Gent and Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle already on Tyneside for his medical in a proposed £10M deal. Rafa called Sels yesterday, after the 24 year-old was unveiled [.

Sels Told Geordie Fans Are A Little Bit Crazy – But So Is He

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New signing Matz Sels is a little bit like his new manager Rafa Benitez he played in the Champions League last season and is now at Newcastle in the Championship England's second division. Rafa was managing Real Madrid for the first half of last season they went on to win the Champions [...]

Rafa Benitez Really Rates Striker Dwight Gayle

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Assuming he passes his medical, Newcastle should announce the signing of 25 year-old Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle for around£10M today and he will be the second signing in two days for Rafa Benitez. News today that Matt Richie is on his way to Newcastle this morning after Rafa made his first signing of the [.

Season Tickets Being Snapped Up – First Home Game A Sellout

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The signing of Matz Sels yesterday for around £5M with the expected signing ofCrystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle for £10M today and Bournemouth' midfielder Matt Richie for £12M maybe tomorrow has caused season ticket sales to soar again on Tyneside, according to a report in the Chronicle this morning.

Rafa To Try One Last Time To Keep Townsend At Newcastle

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There's been a campaign mountedon Twitter by Newcastle fans hashtag #stayandros to try to keep Andros Townsend at the club and although it looks unlikely, there's nothing to lose in tweeting to ask him to stay on Tyneside. It seems to us a short-sighted decision for Andros to even want to move to [.

Rafa’s Next Incoming Transfer To Strengthen This Position

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Steven Taylor's contract was not renewed this summer and it runs out today so today is the last day for Steven Taylor at Newcastle after a 21 year association with his home town club. There are also doubts about whether Fabricio Coloccini will be at the club at the end of the summer transfer [...]

Report – Townsend Still Keen To Stay At Newcastle

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The SportMail's Simon Jones has reported that Newcastle winger Andros Townsend may not be leaving Newcastle after all and still wants to stay at Newcastle. But that news is in a throwaway line when Simon is discussing the imminent transfer of Dwight Gayle to Newcastle. Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez This is the piece in [.

Medical Team Enhanced In Attempt To Reduce Injuries

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Newcastle United have today confirmed the appointments of Cristian Fernandez Martinez and Daniel Marti to the Club's medical team, under the overall management and leadership of Dr Paul Catterson. Dr Catterson is the head of sports medicine and science at Newcastle United. Dr Paul Catterson head of sports medicine and science Here is some [.

Matt Ritchie Keen To Join Newcastle And Benitez In £12M Deal

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Newcastle are preparing to bid a high £12M for Bournemouth midfielder Matt Ritchie, who Manchester United were rumoredto be interested inhalf way through lastseason as the Red Devils looked to increase their attacking options. Now it seems that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has zoned in on the impressive 26 year-old Scottish International and the Mirror [.

Take A Look At Rafa’s Upgrades Made At Benton Training Grounds

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RAFA'S RENOVATIONS: The Training Centre changes continue ????? ?? https://t.co/dNFDRaMvGG #NUFC pic.twitter.com/WduYLaUIc9 — Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 29, 2016

Dwight Gayle Arrives In Newcastle For Medical – Pictures

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Here are pictures of Dwight Gayle arriving for his medical and his£10M move from Crystal Palace to Newcastle United. The signing will probably be announced tomorrow all being well. Bournemouth midfielderMatt Ritchie is expected to be the next one in after Dwight for something in the range of £10M to£12M.

I Had A Call With Rafa – My Decision Was Really Fast

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New signing Matz Sels has given his first interview with nufcTV and it's a really good one. Geordie fans will be impressed with just how positive and excited Matz is to be a Newcastle United player. All he wants to do it train with Rafa Benitez and Simon Smith and get better at Newcastle as [...]

Matz Sels – Proud To Be A Magpie

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If you haven't watched Matz Sels interview on nufcTV try to watch it he comes across as a very positive, very mature young man whose English is very good and says all the right things. He said that when he talked to Rafa Benitez he quickly made his mind up to join Newcastle that [...]

Matz Sels Passes Medical – Will Sign Five Year Deal Today

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Matz Sels passed his medical yesterday at Newcastle and has agreed terms on a five year deal according to Belgium outlet Sports Wereld. The deal could not be announced yesterday since there were still some details to work out, but it's expected Rafa Benitez' first signing will be announced by Newcastle some time today.

Benitez Gets Tough With Top Players’ Agents

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The agents of both Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko have been in contact with the Newcastle manager about their players leaving the club this summer now we are relegated. There's nothing quite like top players leavinga club as soon as possible once we are in trouble and those two "stars"didn't exactly play their best for [.

Townsend Ready To Leave Newcastle

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Sky Sports correspondent Keith Downie is reporting today that Andros Townsend is ready to leave Newcastle after a very short six months on Tyneside and he will return to London with Crystal Palace ready to activate the £13M release clause in his contract. Andros Townsend will leave Newcastle Understand the Andros Townsend deal to Palace [.

Matz Sels Picture At St. James’ Park Leaked

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Belgium paper Het Nieuwsblad have just published a photograph of Newcastle-bound Matz Sels at St. James Park as we wait for the official unveiling of Rafa Benitez' first signing for Newcastle United. Matz passed his medical last night and will signa five year deal which will leave the way for Tim Krul to leave the [.

Confirmation Of Matz Sels Signing – Newcastle Is A Big Club

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Newcastle have just announced officially the signing of 24 year-old Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels Sels becomes Newcastle's first summer signing under manager Rafa Benitez. Matz Sels signs for Newcastle United Here's the official announcement that has just been put on the Newcastle web-site: ======== Newcastle United have completed the signing of goalkeeper Matz Sels from [.

Newcastle Confident Of Signing Matt Ritchie

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Good news for Newcastle fans today that it looks like the club are confident of signing Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth and he was touted over the weekend as being a potential replacement for Andros Townsend if the former Spurs winger decided to leave Newcastle. And it looks like Andros will leave Newcastle but [.

Breaking News – Dwight Gayle To Have Newcastle Medical

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News coming in from Sky Sports that Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle is traveling to Newcastle to have a medical prior to his signing on for around £10M from Crystal Palace. BREAKING: Sky sources: Dwight Gayle is set to have a medical at Newcastle: https://t.co/Au3HjRu4aX https://t.co/VYSwcx9ep1 — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 29, 2016 We [.

Is This Striker Newcastle’s Next Signing This Week?

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There are various reports that 25 year-old Dwight Gayle could be next through the door at Newcastle, following the signing of 24 year-old Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels, who had his medical at Newcastle on Tuesday. We are assuming there are no hitches and Sels will sign for Newcastle on Wednesday. If the reports on Gayle [.

Update On Andros Townsend – It’s Not Particularly Good

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There was news last night tha Crystal Palace had activated Andros Townsend release clause in his contract for about £13M and that terms had even been agreed with the player. That report was in Frecnh daily L'Equipe, but both the Chronicle and Sky Sports have today said Newcastle have yet to receive an official bid [.

Three Newcastle Signings Expected This Week

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Matz Sels seems a strange signing for Rafa Benitez to make his first signing ever for Newcastle but it would appear the clubexpectsTim Krul to move on this summer and most likely join Everton. The Chronicleis reporting that Rafa has been the driving force behind the Sels deal and fora goalkeeper who was starring in [.

Wantaway Winger – Legendary Newcastle Didn’t Deserve To Go Down

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We don't expect Florian Thauvin to be at Newcastle United too much longer, with the club trying to sell him this summer, and if Newcastlecannot do a permanent deal they will send him out on loan, as long as the loan club pays all of his wages. It's a good question whether Florian will be [...]

Alan Shearer Keen To Be New England Boss

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The latest demise for England in a major Championship was last night and we shouldn't be too surprised about it, because it happens every two years like clockwork. Iceland looked a good side in Nice last night when they beat England 2-1 and they deserve every credit they were great! They are a country [.

Rafa Benitez Upbeat About This In Pre-Season

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The Newcastle players will start reporting back today in stages, as they undertake their initialfitness and conditioning tests this week. Training will begin in earnest on Friday, July 1st which is a short five weeks before our first game at Fulham in the Championship. Rafa Benitez in training last season And with Holland not qualifying [.

Summer Transfer Breakthrough At Newcastle Is Imminent

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Last Thursday Rafa Benitez said that our first signing of the summer was very close, and once that was completed there would probably be as many as three other signings on the way. At the time local reports said the Newcastle manager was hoping to make the four signings within the week, but it's now [.

The Benitez Boost – Newcastle Have Already Grown As A Team

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Ayoze Perez has been linked over the last few days with four Premier League clubs, but that's all paper talk and the Spanish U-21 forward is going nowhere this summer. Ayoze has been delighted that one of Spain's most famous managers is now at Newcastle and the young forward has talked today of the impact [.

Newcastle Linked With Belgium U21 Goalkeeper

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Newcastle have been linked with Belgium U21 goalkeeper Matz Selsin the Belgium press today and he plays for Gent in the Belgian Pro League. Just why Newcastle would be interestedin another goalkeeper at the moment is a good question, but a report on today's HLN.BE web-site says he's on his way to the north-east to [.

Benitez Springs A Surprise For First Newcastle Signing

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We had reportedearlier today that Newcastle had been linked with 24 year-old Belgium U21 goalkeeper Matz Sels, who plays at Gent and he was reported in the Belgium press as on his way to the north-east to sign either for Newcastle United or Middlesbrough. Since then things have really been moving fast and in fact [.

Some Of The Best Matz Sels Saves – Video

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Here's a YouTube video of some of Matz Sels top saves from last season when he was voted Belgium's Goalkeeper of the Season. Matz Sels taking medical at Newcastle Here they are ... and about three minutes in he saves from Anderlecht's Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba can be seen in the box too.

Report That Townsend To Sign For Crystal Palace

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There's a report in French daily L'Equipe that Crystal Palace have triggered the release clause in Andros Townsend's Newcastle contract and they have also reached an agreement with the player on wages. If that's true it will be a devastating blow to Rafa Benitez and Newcastle, who will be in the Championship next season and [.

Shearer Slams Pathetic And Inept England After Shocking Loss

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It must be a Championshipgoing on again as the England playersjust don't seem to have the mental toughness to play anywhere near their best form when it really matters. And another big embarrassment in Nice tonight as Iceland won the game 2-1 after being behind early to a Wayne Rooney penalty after 4 minutes [.

Newcastle Player Wants To Stay – Will Concentrate On Positives

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There has been news for the last couple of days that Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing 22 year-old Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, but as we wrote this morning we'd be very surprised if Rafa Benitez allows him to leave Newcastle this summer. But Ayoze has never shown any interest in leaving Newcastle [.

Southampton Likely To Beat Newcastle To This Striker

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There's a report today in Spanish newspaper Marco that Southampton are in negotiations to sign 21 year-old Tenerife striker Nano for €3M, which is the release amount in his contract. Newcastle were expected to male a move for the youngster if only because Ayoze Perez was signed from Tenerife for €2M two years ago and [.

This Newcastle Forward Is Going Nowhere This Summer

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We were surprised to read reports over the least couple of days about 22 year-old Ayoze Perez potentially leaving Newcastle this summer and it would be a real surpriseif Rafa Benitez lets his Spanishcompatriot leave the club. Ayoze is a perfect young player who Rafa can and wants to make much better with his coaching [.

Another Benitez Initiative Quickly Implemented By Newcastle

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Rafa has said this would happen a couple of weeks ago, but really good news today that Newcastle have launched a new children's football tournament to help enhance and increase the ties between Newcastle United and the local community. New manager Rafa Benitez sees the Tyneside club as being paramount in creating good relationships with [.

These Are Eight Players Not In Rafa Benitez’ Future Plans

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The Newcastle players not involved with Internationals this summer will be returning for pre-seasontraining this week and we expect a number of them not to be Newcastle players come September. Rafa will want to take a look at some of the players who were out on loan last season, such as Sammy Ameobi, Gael Bigirimana [.

Rafa Benitez A Role Model And Example To His Players

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Rafa Benitez shocked Alan Shearer in May when the Spanish manager decided to stay on at Newcastle and manage in the second division of England, after he was manager of Real Madrid one of the iconic clubs in world football less than a year ago. Alan didn't think a manager of such esteem [...]

Local Lad Keen To Make A Difference Next Season

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20-year-old Geordie Jamie Sterry made his Premier League debut in the final game of the season against Tottenham when we took them apart 5-1 at St. James' Park and the local lad has impressed manager Rafa Benitez. One of the many areas Rafa is looking to overhaul and get working at the club [...]

Let’s Hope Another Newcastle Player Does Not Go On Strike

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Rafa Benitez is reported to be keen to bring up to four new players into the squad this week as the pre-season training will begin for what will be a crucial season for the Magpies in the Championship. And we should see all but those players involved in Internationals return this week for pre-season training.

Rafa’s Goal – Best, Biggest, Fittest And Balanced

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Rafa Benitez wants to add some experience to the squad this summer and the word coming out of the local papers is that he also wants to "balance" the squad. A number of reports suggest that means Rafa wants to bring in more Britishplayers to a squad that has been dominated by mediocreFrench players for [.

Still No Breakthrough In The Transfer market

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Newcastle are still to make their first signing of the summer and the players will be returning for pre-season training in the middle of the coming week. Rafa Benitez will be trying to get in as many players as possible and as soon as possible once pre-season starts, because he wants them to have a [.

This Is How Newcastle Can Keep Townsend On Tyneside

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Andros Townsend is one player in big demand in the Premier League, after he played some of his best football at Newcastle when he joined us from Tottenham last January. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay up in the Premier League but we did manage, rather miraculously, to capture the services of Rafa Benitez for at least [.

Newcastle Now Interested in Ivory Coast International

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Looking back at our archives for this site, Newcastle United were first interested in Senegal left-back Cheikh M'Bengue back in 2012, when Graham Carr was tracking another Toulouse player at that time Moussa Sissoko. We signed Moussa in January of 213 and have since been intermittently linked with the 27 year-old Senegal International left [.

Rafa Benitez Hints At Keeping Top Players At Newcastle

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Still no breakthrough in the transfer market for Newcastle, but Rafa Benitez isworking hard to close some deals that will bring in players who can improve the squad he inherited, when he first arrived on Tyneside last March. A center-back and a striker are probably the two players we need the most to strengthen [.

Benitez In Move For Scottish International Winger

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The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle United want to make a £10m bid to sign 26 year-old Bournemouth right winger Matt Ritchie. That could be tough, because the news is that West Ham are also interested in signing the 10 times capped Scottish International who played 41 times for Bournemouth last season in the [.

The Big Improvements Players Will See At Benton Training Ground

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Rafa Benitez does not let the grass grow under his feet and being a natural workaholic helps in fact it helps a lot.

AS Nancy Make Enquiry For Newcastle Player

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AS Nancy have just been promoted to Ligue 1 and they are looking around for reinforcements for their side including in the striker department and there's news in France today they may be interested in 26 year-old Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere. We signed Rivierefrom Monaco for £6M two years ago but he has simply [.

Newcastle Reported After Premier League Striker

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The Mail is reporting today that Newcastle are willing to make a move for £10M rated Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle. Since moving to Crystal Palace from Peterborough three years ago, Gayle has scored 25 goals in 74 total appearances for the Premier League club, but he has been unable to command a regular first [.

Benitez Weighing Up Move For Championship Defender

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We had reported yesterday that Newcastle were interested in signing 24 year-old Blackburn Rovers' center-back Grant Hanley and it could well be Grant is one of the four players manager Rafa Benitez hopes to sign in the next week, with the first signing supposedly taking place this weekend at some point.

Benitez To Increase Backroom Staff In Vital Area

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The Chronicle is reporting today that Rafa Benitez will appoint additional medical staff next week and thatis part of the manger's efforts to vastly improve the club's injury record, which over the last 10 years has been little short of disastrous. The club have continually topped the Premier League injury table every seasonand last season [.

Interesting Update On Florian Thauvin’s Situation

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We've been fairly certain the last thing Florian Thauvin wants to do next week is to report back to Newcastle for pre-season training, after he walked out on the club last January after six months, to returnto Marseille on loan. That was when Newcastle were struggling mightily against relegation, but Florian had simply had enough [.

Newcastle Announce Fourth Pre-Season Friendly

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It's been rumored for some weeks now but Newcastle United have finally announced they will travel to Belgium to face KSC Lokeren in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, 23rd July. The game will be played at the Daknamstadionin Lokeren Lokeren is located inthe Belgian province of East Flanders,for a 4.

Here’s One Reported Target Who’s Not Coming To Newcastle

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We were surprised that Newcastle were even interested in former Middlesbrough midfielder Lee Tomlin this summer, after Lee had a tough time of it at AFC Bournemouth last season. He was sent out on loan to Bristol City in January, after playing only 10 times for Bournemouth with one goal. The 27 year-olddid quite well [.

More Photos Of Newcastle’s New Home Strip

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There are some additional photos of Newcastle's new 2016-2017 home strip and this time it's compliments of Voetbalshirts released via their Twitter account @voetbalshirtjes The player wearing the strip must be one of our new signings?

This Could Be A Challenge For Rafa Benitez

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Tim Krul is further along in his fitness than we thought and the 28 year-old has tweeted today that he looks very near to being fully fit again. Tim Krul Newcastle goalkeeper Working hard while getting a tan ain't that bad ??. #AlmostBack pic.twitter.com/RWDp0askF5 — Tim Krul (@TimKrul) June 24, 2016 Tim will be [.

Newcastle To Sign Four Players In 7 Days – First One Imminent

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The Shields Gazette is reporting that Rafa Benitez expects his first Newcastle United signing in the next 48 hours, and there's likely to be three more signings in the next week. Things are starting to quicken up on the transfer front as Rafa wants the new players to have a full pre-season and indeed it [.

Newcastle Fans Win – Rafa Turned Down Big Bucks To Stay

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It turns out Rafa Benitez as expected received some big money offers as he was deciding whether to stay on at Newcastle over the summer and heaven knows how much he was offered to manage a club in China but he turned that offer down to stay on Tyneside. It's not that [...]

Darlow On How Tough It Is When You Are A Good Team

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25 year-old Karl Darlow did himself no harm at all when he came in for the injured Rob Elliot and played very well for us in those final eight games of last season. With Tim Krul and Rob Elliot still recovering from their serious ACL injuries they picked up playing for their countries last season, [.

Newcastle Willing To Take A Loss On Winger

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If at all possible Newcastle would like to sell French flop Florian Thauvin this summer and maybe the best deal for Newcastle is for him to move to Italy. Marseille want to take the player on loan again next season, but they are extremely short of cash. The advantage with Lazio, who are interestedin the [.

Newcastle Are Favorites To Sign Scottish International Defender

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The Sun is reporting that Newcastle are now the favorites to sign 24 year-old Scottish International defender Grant Hanley. Granthas been at Blackburn Rovers since 2008 when he signed on from Rangers and the center-back has now played 200 times for Rovers with 9 goals. Grant Hanley Blackburn center-back We are2/1 favorites to sign [.

Rafa Benitez Oozes Confidence And A Positive Mental Attitude

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Rafa Benitez is a confident man who is sure about his abilities as a world-class manager and we saw the effect it had on the Newcastle players last season. Moe than one of our players has said he gave them the confidence to go out and perform and a number of our players like [...]

Moussa Sissoko Gets Personal In Long Le Figaro Interview

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Moussa Sissoko can come across in interviews as annoying to Newcastle fans, since he always talks about wanting to play for a Champions League club and if he continues to play well for France in the Euro 2016 tournament, then maybe he will get his wish this summer. But that will take anywhere from £15M [.

Newcastle Still Short Of First Team Friendlies In Pre-Season

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Newcastle United announced their third pre-season first team friendly today and Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse will visit St. James' Park in their final pre-season friendly of the summer the weekend before we visit Fulham on Friday 5th August, to start the long Championship season. The game will be played on Saturday, 30th July, for a [.

Benitez – Hard Work Is Just Starting – We Must Have Passion

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Rafa Benitez is meticulous in his preparation for games and since he doesn'tknow too much about the Championship clubs, he has been trying to fix that by finding out as much as he can about the teams this summer. In addition to that throughout the season Rafa will have people at the Championship games reporting [.

This Newcastle Youngster Will Score Goals In Any Team

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Newcastle's two current England U19 Internationals are goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and local striker Adam Armstrong, who is currently nursing a thigh injury he picked up playing for England in Mexico. We are hoping that injury is not too serious and will not hamper his pre-season too much, as he will try to impress Rafa Benitez [.

Rafa – We Have Three Or Four Signings Ready To Close

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There was some good news today from Rafa Benitez and while he says it's been difficult with the Euros going on to get players through the door, Newcastle are close to signingthree or four players. With the pre-season training starting next Tuesday, then if we close say four deals for players coming in over the [.

Are Newcastle’s Four Signings Some Of These Eight Players?

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Some good news this morning from Rafa Benitez that Newcastle are close to making four signings and the deals are basically done but loose ends need to be tied up. So given that, we wonder who the four new players could be and whether Rafa will be making any loan deals for next season? [...]

Newcastle In Move To Sign US International

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The Mail is reporting that Reading's Danny Williams is a target of Newcastle United this summer. Williams has been one of Reading's best players over the last three years and had an excellent season last term. He was born in Karlsruhe, West Germany and brought up in Germany and is the son of an African-American [.

Benitez On What Makes The Difference At Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez has responded to Newcastle's Championship fixtures, which were announced at 9:00 am this morning and he has talked again about having a big enough squad so he can rotate players in what will be a long, tough season for us. And he is looking to the Newcastle fans to help the side [...]

Rafa – Level Is Higher – We Respect Teams – It Will Be Exciting

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Rafa Benitez has reacted to Newcastle's 46 game fixture list released at 9:00 am this morning and Newcastle will kick off their Championship season with a televised game on Friday night, 5th August at Fulham. Our first home game is 8 days later on 13th August at St. James' Park against Huddersfield Town.

Championship Fixtures Announced – Geordie Fans Upbeat

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It's really strangebutwhen the fixturesfor the Championship were announced earlier today most Newcastle fans were buzzing and were even looking forward to trips to quaintplaces like Burton Albion. It's the Rafa effect, with fans convinced the Spanish manager will turn things around at Newcastle and get us straight back up next May and not only [.

Experienced Midfielder Wants To Leave Newcastle In Summer

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We have wondered what Cheick Tiote's future would be at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez, because Cheick became a starter once Rafa arrived at the club last March and Cheick was finally fit. The Shields Gazette is reporting this morning that Tiote will leave Newcastle this summer, after his proposed move to the Chinese Premier League [.

Rolando Aarons Upbeat And Confident About Newcastle

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Over the last two summers 20 year-old Rolando Aarons has worked through the summer on getting fit for the upcoming season, but he's had a real bad time of it with injuries and over the last two seasons appeared only 17 times with 3 goals for Newcastle. Well it's a case if plan A doesn't [...]

Newcastle Begin Championship On 5th August At Fulham

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Newcastle will play Fulham in the first game of the Championship season at Craven Cottage on Friday night. 5th August, and it will be a good test of how Newcastle will perform away from home next season. In fact it will be a good first test for Newcastle in England's second division. So our season [.

Rafa Benitez Will Not Even Know Who I Am

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There's a really good, light-hearted and maybe even true statement from Bristol City manager Lee Johnson this morning, after the Championship League fixtures were announced at 9:00 am today. Newcastle kick off the season on Friday night, 5th August at Craven Cottager in a televised game the very first game of the Championship season.

This Could Be Good News On Thauvin For Newcastle

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Marseille are very short of money this summer and we wrote an article yesterday that any deal with Marseille would not be a particularly good one for Newcastle and that the French club may not even be able to get a loan deal for Florian Thauvin, because they may not be able to meet his [...]

Here’s Newcastle’s Main Competition In The Championship

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There's a good article in the Chronicle today with Bet365's Steve Freeth, who talks all about why Newcastle are red-hot favorites to not only get promoted at the first attemptin the coming season, butwhy we are 9/4 to win the Championship. We hope Steve is right about that and he believesNewcastle will walk away with [.

It’s The Rafa Factor In Full Force At Newcastle

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Newcastle United are at 9/4 to win the Championship title in the coming season and that's the shortest ever in the history of the Championship. There's a good article in the Chronicle today where they showcasean excellent interview with Bet365's Steve Freeth, who talks about why Newcastle are at such short odds.

Newcastle Want To Sign England U21 Midfielder

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The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are keen on Spurs' 23-year-old Alex Pritchard who can play on the win or as an attacking midfielder. Spurs are willing to sell their 9 times capped England U21 midfielder and the fee being reported is around £8M Alex Pritchard England U21 International midfielder Pritchard began his [.

Jonas Gutierrez Gives Opinion On Benitez, Ashley And Fans

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Former Newcastle winger has taken to his Twitter account and given his opinion on Rafa Benitez, Mike Ashley and the Newcastle fans and he thinks that Rafa can bring the Toon straight back up next season. As we already knew he doesn't care too much for owner Mike Ashley and he thinks the club is [...]

Rafa Benitez Considers Move For Arsenal Center-Back

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The Shields Gazette is reporting today that Rafa Benitez is thinking about signing Arsenal's 21 year-old center-back Isaac Hayden on loan for next season. Hayden was born in Chelmsford and has played twice in the Arsenal first team and was on loan last season at Hull City and played 24 times for The Tigers with [.

Benitez Could Struggle To Keep His Best Players At Newcastle

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With news last night that both Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in activating Andros Townsend's release clause of around £13M in his contract, it could be that Rafa Benitez will have some difficulty in keeping his best players at Newcastle in the Championship next season. Players likely to push for a move are Moussa [.

Bad News – Jurgen Klopp Wants Andros Townsend

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There's some potentially bad news being reported tonight that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is interested in activating the release clause in Andros Townsend's Newcastle contract said to be for around £13M. Manchester City are also reported to be interestedin Newcastle's speedy winger, who we signed for £12M from Tottenham in January.

Another Reported Benitez Conflict Debunked

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We've been surprised that Rafa Benitez has looked quite a warm personality since hejoined Newcastle United and the thing we remember when he was at Liverpool was that he was reported to be detached from his players. Steven Gerrard's comments that he never told him he had played well during Rafa's Liverpool stay also stands [.

Newcastle’s Assistant Manager Speaks Out

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Mikel Antia is the new assistant manager at Newcastle taking over from Italian Fabio Pecchia, who left St. James' Park to take over at Italian second division club Hellas Verona. The 43-year-old Spaniard has talked today in northern Spain about his excitement at working alongside Rafa Benitez at what he describes as an historic club [.

More Transfer Funds For Rafa Benitez

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One of the things Rafa Benitez agreed with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley before committing to Newcastle for the next three years was having decent transfer funds available for this summer and for next January to ensure the Spanish manager can build a good enough squad to get us promoted back to the Premier League [.

Moussa Sissoko Looked The Part Against Switzerland

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France drew with Switzerland to top Group A at the 2016 European Championships with a no score draw n Lille last night, but it was hardly a vintage performance from the host side. Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko played the whole game and he had a good game; in the second half he produced the quality move [.

Benitez Has Identified Summer Targets – Negotiations Ongoing

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Rafa Benitez has identified the summer targets he wants brought in to strengthen and increase the size of the Newcastle squad for the Championship next season. According to the Chronicle today, Newcastle are still hopeful of making their first signing before a week tomorrow, when the players return for pre-season training.

Top Youngster In Danger Of Failing At Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez wants to see a lot more of the youngsters who Newcastle bring to the club make it through to the Newcastle first team and it's something the club has not been too successful at over the last nine years or so. Rafa knows all about the terrible results of not only the [...]

Fans Entertain On Twitter After Good Sissoko Performance

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Newcastlefans know very well that MoussaSissoko is at times inconsistent, but when he wants to he can turn up at a game and look good sometimes very good. One such example was out final game of the season against Tottenham and in the final 20 minutes when we were down to 10 men he [...]

Why Thauvin’s Marseille Loan Deal Not Great For Magpies

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Marseille are in very poor shape with their finances at the moment and could still find it difficult to do a deal with Newcastle to have Florian Thauvin go on loan for next season in Ligue 1. Newcastle are playing hardball at least a little bit in demanding that Marseille cover Thauvin's wages [...]

Newcastle Again Linked With Impressive Center-Back

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Leicester City proved last season that all the nonsense we kept hearing fromAlanPardew about how Newcastle United couldn't compete with the top clubs was only that complete nonsense. Leicesterare a very well run club and after only just avoiding relegation in 2015, they went on famously to win the Premier League by a massive [.

Newcastle’s First Signing Could Be Loan Signing

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West Ham youngster Reece Oxford wants first team football next season, after he broke into the West Ham side last season but played only 12 games and wants to improve his game by possibly going out on loan next season and it seems that Rafa Benitez and Newcastle are reported to be leading the way. [.

Here’s A Hint That Moussa Sissoko May Not Be Good Enough

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Former Newcastle left-back Olivier Bernard thinks that Moussa Sissoko isn't quite ready to move to a Champions League club, which seems to have been Sissoko's obsession ever sincehe moved to Newcastle from Toulouse in January of 2013. Olivier doubts that a top club would come in for him and if they did Moussa would at [.

First Inquiry Made For One Of Newcastle’s Stars

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The Sunday People are today reporting that new Everton manager Ronald Koeman has made an inquiry for Gini Wijnaldum, the former PSV captain and Dutch Player of the year in 2015. Newcastle paid around£14.5M for Wijnaldum last summer, the 3rd most expensive player ever in Newcastle's history behind Michael Owen (£17M) and Alan Shearer(£15M) and [.

Rafa Turns Down Loan Deal For Promising Youngster

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Newcastle United have turned down an approach for 18 year-old Sean Longstaff from Scottish Premier League side Dundee United, who wanted to take the Newcastle-born box to box midfielder on a season long loan north of the border. Sean has been on Newcastle's books for ten years and is well thought of at the club.

Newcastle Have Aleady Picked Up Their First Injury

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There's some bad news already for Newcastle, with young 19 year-old striker Adam Armstrongpickingup an injury playing for the England U-19 side. The Chronicle is reporting the local lad picked up a thigh injury playing in Mexico and that could end any participationfor him in the European U19 tournament that will take place next month.

Newcastle Will Go For Broke Next Season

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Rafa Benitez wants to keep the majority of his squad for next season and he will only sell some of his good players Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat are three possibilities on two conditions. One is that Newcastle's high valuations of their starsare met and the secondis that we can get [.

Newcastle Move In For £15M West Ham Wonder Kid

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The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle United have joined the race to sign West Ham United teenage sensation Reece Oxford, who plays as a defender and usually at center-back. And the report is that the Magpies think they can convince the 17 year-old England U19 International to join them, because they will be able [.

Newcastle Miss Out On Striker Jose Naranjo

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Rafa Benitez was reportedly only yesterday to be interested in signing 21 year old Gimnastic de Tarragona striker Jose Naranjo, but if that's true we have missed out on the young striker. There's news in Spain today that Celta Vigo have signed the young forward, who scored 16 goals in 36 games last season for [.

Rafa Talks About The Great Opportunity At Newcastle

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It's not surprising that Rafa Benitez has been working around the clock this summer to get things ready for what will be a crucial season for Newcastle next season in theChampionship, when job one is to get one of those twoautomatic promotion places. We'll take promotion via the knockout stage between the next four teams [.

Leicester’s Vardy Move Hints At How Magpies Keep Townsend

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We are hoping that PL Champions Leicester City can keep their squad together for next season, but as usual in England the top clubs lookaround each summer and identify the good players they think should be playing for them rather than at the smaller clubs. One such player who has been identified this summer is [.

Newcastle In Negotiations For Several Players

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We're sure that Rafa Benitez wants to get at least one new signing through the door before a week on Tuesday, when the players report back for pre-season training for what is going to be such an important season for the Magpies. The Chronicleis reporting that while no transfer is yet close to being completed,Newcastle [.

Michael Gray’s Surprising Opinion On Benitez And Newcastle

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There will not be any Tyne Wear derby next season as the best Sunderland can now look forward to is playing Middlesbrough, but let's face it beating the Smoggies is not quite like beating Newcastle United. But at least under Rafa Benitez, we managed to break the win streak so we stopped it at [..

Newcastle Have Shortest Odds Ever To Win Championship

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We suppose it's the Rafa Benitez effect but once Rafa agreed to stay on Tyneside for next season Newcastle's odds of being promoted and the odds of winning the Championship bothshortened significantly. On SkyBet Newcastle are 4/6 odds on to get promoted with Aston Villa and Norwich next at 100/30.

These Five Fringe Players Will Definitely Leave This Summer

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When considering which players have futures at Newcastle it's informative to look at which players Rafa Benitez didn't use in the 10 games he was in charge, because it's very likely they will be moved out this summer. Joan Gouffran and Henri Saivet saw no playing time at all under Rafa Benitez, so that's very [.

The Impressive Darlow Praises Newcastle’s Biggest Advantage

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Last season the support the players got from the Geordie fans was simply unbelievable, given it was a relegationseasonand we were basically in the bottom four all season long. Karl Darlow had his debut season lastterm and he did very well indeed and looks a very good goalkeeper in the making.

McClaren – Business Side Of Newcastle Second To None

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The 55-year-old former Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is trying to come in from the cold again after his disastrous eight months in charge of the Magpies, when basically he was the primary person responsible for our relegation taking only 24 points from 28 games in charge and he was left in the job far too [.

Little Progress On Wijnaldum Move To Roma

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Roma have been linked with Newcastle's Gini Wijnaldum for some time now, although their preference to replace recently sold Miralem Pjanic to Juventus is Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic. They wanted to take Mateo on loan in a bid to reduce their exposure on a player who has not done well in Madrid, after being [.

Newcastle Goalkeeper – Players Were Desperate For Rafa To Stay

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Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow had a good first season at Newcastle after a shaky start at West Brom. That was after Rob Elliot had taken sick during the warm-up, butKarl came in and played the final eight games of the season when Rob was injured and he played very well in the Newcastle goal [...

Spanish International Praises The Great Rafa Benitez

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24 year-old Lucas Vazquez had a bit of a breakthrough season last termand he can thank Rafa Benitez for that. When Rafa arrived at the club last summer he put Lucas into the first team squad after he had spent a season on loan at Espanyol in Barcelona. Lucas played 33 games last season for [...]

This Is Newcastle’s Home Shirt For Next Season

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The Newcastle home shirt for next season was initially leaked on May 23rd just a week after the Premier League ended. Here's a clearer picture of the shirt, which has gold trim and the neck and the sleeves. Here's the previous photo that has Wonga on it.

Rafa Benitez Reported After Another Spanish Striker

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Newcastle are said to be considering a move for 21 year-old Spanish striker Jose Naranjo, according to a report coming out of Spain. Naranjo (full name Jose Manuel García Naranjo) is said to be available for €3M (£2.38M ) due to a release clause in his current contract which lasts for another two years.

Newcastle Reported Tracking 24 Year-Old Championship Striker

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Adam Armstrong scored 20 goals in League One for Coventry last season while on loan and the 19 year-old finished 5th in the scoring charts. Top of the League One scoring charts last season was William Grigg with 25 goals and there are reports Newcastle may be interested in signing the 8 times capped Northern [.

Is Jonjo Shelvey in Rafa Bentiez’s Future Plans At Newcastle?

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News today that Alan Pardew is interested in signing Jonjo Shelvey for Crystal Palace, just like he was interested in signing the former Charlton player when he was the Newcastle manager, but couldn't get Graham Carr and Lee Charnley to agree to buy him. Shelvey started his career well at Newcastle well at least [.

Newcastle Defender Thanks Rafa – He’s Absolutely Fantastic

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We suppose you could sayChancel Mbemba really likes Rafa Benitez and he has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site today and he says in the 10 games Rafa was at Newcastle, the manager made him into a better player. Rafa had Chancel and Jamaal Lascelles playing at the heart of Newcastle's defense in those final [.

Gini Wijnaldum Could Be Closer To Being Sold

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Newcastle United midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has been linked with a move to Roma for several weeks now, with other clubs like West Ham and Everton also being interested in the 25 year-old Dutch International. Roma have just sold Miralem Pjanic to Juventus for around £25M, so they are flush with money but if reports [.

21 Year Old French Striker Turns Down Newcastle

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French newspaper L'Equipe is reporting that Newcastle have approached French club Nice about a deal for striker their 21 year-old Alexandre Mendy maybe one for the future at Newcastle. This seems a rather strange report to us as the news is that Mendy would prefer to join small French club Guingamp instead of a [.

West Brom Make Move For Moussa Sissoko

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News today that West Brom seem to fancy their chances of signing wantaway Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who at the moment is with the French squad preparing for tonight's game Albania and Moussa may even get a start for France tonight. Moussa had made it clear he wants to leave second division NewcastleUnited and move [.

Rafa Unlikely To Sell One Of His Goalkeepers This Summer

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News today that new Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants to buy goalkeeper Tim Krul from Newcastle as a replacement for the departing 37 year-old Tim Howard, who announced in March he would be coming back over here to play for the Colorado Rapids in the MLS. That's the second time in two years the Saints [.

Rafa Steps Up Search To Fill This Vital Position

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DR Congo are top of Group B for the African Cup of Nations, having beaten Madagascar 6-1 on 5th June and they have to play second top Central Africa on 2nd September and a draw in that game would get them through to the finals to be played in Gabon this January. So it's very [...]

Former Young Newcastle Defender Shines In Euro 2016

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It was good to see former Newcastle center-back Tamas Kadar play so well for Hungary yesterday, in their great 2-0 win over Austria Tamas had a solid game at left back. And apart from giving the ball away a couple of times in the second half he looked both solid and impressive at left back [...]

Newcastle Brace For Some Big Bids For Top MIdfielder

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Roma's Miralem Pjanic joined Juventus on a five-year contract for a fee of €32M (£25M)on Monday, after passing his medical and the news today in La Gazzetta dello Sport is that Roma are preparing a bid for Newcastle's Gini Wijnaldum as a replacement for Pjanic. Earlier this week it had been reported that Rafa Benitez [.

Wantaway Players Leaving Newcastle Will Solve This Problem

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It's been pointed out many times that when we were relegated seven years ago we had players like Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Nicky Butt and others pledge their futures to Newcastle and helped us get out of the Championship at the first attempt. On the other hand some of [.

This Player Could Be On His Way Out Of Newcastle

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The Mail is reporting that Marseille are willing to pay £2.5M for Newcastle central midfielder Cheick Tiote. They arereporting that Cheick is keen to leave Newcastle now that we are in the second division, but the 53times capped Ivory Coast midfielderhad a mini-revival in form under Rafa Benitez last season and Rafa started him in [.

Here’s Why Newcastle Will Try To Do Transfer Deals Early

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The news today in L'Equipe is that Hamburg SV had bid around £9.6M for Moussa Sissoko and there have beenlater reports in some outlets that Newcastle have told the German club to up their bid by £2M to £3M and it's a deal. Where that laterreport has its origins from we have no idea, but [...]

First Bid Lodged For Moussa Sissoko – But It’s Too Low

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L'Equipe are reporting today that German club Hamburg have made a €12M offer for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, which is around £9.6M usingtoday's conversion rate and about half of what Newcastle value Moussa at. So we expect Newcastle will immediately turn down the offer if indeed it has been made and the club will [.

Italian Clubs Told How Much Wijnaldum Will Cost Them

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There are reports in Italy that Newcastle have put a price tag of £30M on midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, with both Roma, Naples and Lazio said to be interested in signing the Newcastle midfielder. Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio is reporting Newcastle will only part with the player for more than double the price we paid [.

Benitez Lays Down The Law With Wantaway Players

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It's well known that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to keep as much of the squad as he can for next season, so he can basically have a stronger squadnext summer than we had for last season, when we were relegated. So the building up of the quality of the squad begins now, even though [...]

Benitez Would Prefer To Sell This Player This Summer

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Florian Thauvin was a bit of a disaster signing for Newcastle last summer and he lasted just six months on Tyneside before he decidedin January he wanted to leave Newcastle on loan for the rest of the season at previous club Marseille. Florian didn't much fancy helping Newcastle fight relegation last season.

Benitez Biographer – This Is Why Rafa Stayed At A Great Club

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There's a very good piece in the Chronicletoday, where they have had a question and answer session with Rafa's biographer Paco Lloret, who is the sports journalist for Valencia and who got to know Rafa while he was at Valencia for three years, between 2001 and 2004, when he joined Liverpool. It was a surprise [.

Report In Italy That Wijnaldum On His Way To Roma

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Tuttosport in Italy are reporting that Walter Sabatini, Roma's Sporting Director, has already spoken with Gini Wijnaldum's agent. Roma's Miralem Pjanic seems to be on the verge of joining Juventus and is said to be in Turon today for his medical andRoma have for some weeks been linked with a move for Wijnaldum to replace [.

Rafa Benitez Wants To Be Like Sir Alex Ferguson

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A person who knows Rafa Benitez very well both professionally and personally is his biographer, Paco Lloret a sports journalist in Valencia. who came to know Rafa very well when he was at Valencia for three years from 2001. He wrote Rafa Benitezback in 2005 after Rafa had left Valencia for Liverpool and he [.

Newcastle Reported Back In For Sparta Prague Winger

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During the Spain vs Czech Republic game televised today, commentator Ian Wright mentioned that Newcastle were interested in 23 year-old Sparta Prague left winger Ladislav Krejci, who has 19 caps and four goals for his country. Not sure if this is true but we were certainly interested in the player a year ago, but we [.

Benitez Expects Some Transfer Difficulties In August

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Rafa Benitez has bemoaned that the summer transfer windowlaststhrough August and players can leave in that time, when it's after the season has started. Rafa would like the transfer window to close once the season starts, because then the teams will not be disrupted, mainlyby players leaving, but also byplayers arriving.

Is This Top Free Agent Center-Back Too Old For Newcastle?

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35 year-old Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, who played 332 times for Arsenal in the prime of his career, has been released by Liverpool and is now a free agent. He signed for Liverpool three years ago and played only 71 times for the Reds but he is still a good players and certainly extremely experienced [.

The Main Positions Newcastle Must Strengthen This Summer

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It's something that former head coach Steve McClaren talked about yesterday, that he wasn't forceful enough atNewcastle and should have demanded that an obvious weakness in the team, the lack of a top center-back and a proven goalscorer should have been fixedeither last summer or in January. We all know striker Charlie Austin was available, [.

Newcastle’s Could Be Getting Close To £20M From Marseille

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Remy Cabella is expected to sign for Marseille on July 1st the first day of the transfer window for an already agreed to €8M (£6.3M) and that deal will provide some funds for Rafa Benitez to use this summer in the transfer window. And Remy was out on loan last season and played [...]

World-Class Newcastle Player Seems More Subdued

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There's general agreement among pundits, Newcastle fans and Arsenal fans that Moussa Sissoko made a right fool of himself (what again?) last week, when he almost pleaded with Arsenal to sign him the club of his dreams. And at the same time he sent a message to Newcastle and RafaBenitez saying he thought [.

McClaren Gets It Wrong On Why Newcastle Relegated

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Rafa Benitez took four games to sort things out at Newcastle and then he went the final six games with three wins and three draws including the hammering of 3rd top Spurs 5-1 on the last day of the season. Steve McClaren has been interviewed and said the usual things that we didn't have [...]

Why Rafa Benitez Called Up The Local Paper

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When Steve McClaren was introduced as the new head coach last June, only thepreferred media were invited to his first press conference Sky Sports and The Mirror and that annoyed other local journalists and rightly so. And the comments on that were that McClaren did nothing to change that nonsense. But did [.

Benitez Working To Improve Abysmal Injury Record

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One of the many problems Newcastle have had over the last decade is the number of injuries we pick up every season and that only weakens the team we can put out every week in the games. Nothing that we have seen has been done to get to grips with what is a definite [...]

12 Points From Last 6 Games But Squad Better For Next Season

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Rafa Benitez has said last week it is his intention to improve our current squad for next season and when you think in those final six games of the season in the PremierLeague we picked up a very good 12 points, then we should have a very strong squad and side for next season. [...]

This Is One Of Benitez’ Major Goals At Newcastle

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One of the major areas Rafa Benitez talked about last week is to further make Newcastle United Football Club part and parcel of the City and have the clubparticipate in even more charities than they do at the moment and try to bring the whole area together though the famous football club. He did that [.

Final Newcastle Pre-Season Friendly Reported

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The Chronicle is reporting it's their understanding that Newcastle United will host Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem at St. James' Park on Saturday, July 30 (3:00pm kick-off) and that's exactly one week before the Championship season begins the following Saturday on August 6th. This will be Newcatsle's final pre-season friendly, although all the first team friendless [.

These Nine Players To Be Moved Out This Summer

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Rafa Benitez wants to bring in five or six new players this summer and according to his comments in the Chronicle last week things are very positive on that front. The Premier League confirmed theretained and released list of every Premier League club of last seasonyesterday and it listedNewcastle's 42-man squad.

The Benitez Effect Has Also Has Saved Jobs At Newcastle

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The good news so far this summer is that there have been no cuts in the non-playing staff those people who had no impact at all on what happened last seasonon the pitch when Newcastle made so many mistakes that wereally deserved to be relegated because of the complete incompetence of those who [.

Newcastle Could Even Get Their Money Back On This Player

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There's a report in France Football that Marseille will soon be bought by Iranian investors associated with Iran Air for around €100M (£79M), with their intention to invest some big money in the south of France club to make them real competitors to PSG in the French League and be a club to reckon with [.

Clubs Will Be Disappointed In Attempts To Sign Newcastle Star

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News today that Rafa Benitez' former club Napoli are interested in signing 25 year-old Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle in the summer transfer window, with the news being reported in Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport. Napoli did well last season and have already qualified for the group stages of the Champions League by finishing second [.

Former Star – Newcastle In Good Hands Now – Success Assured

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Kieron Dyer played for Newcastle from July 1999, when he was signed by then manager Ruud Gullit for £6M from Ipswich Town, until 2007, when he moved to West Ham for £6M, after an injury filled time of things late in his Newcastle career. He played 230 times with 28 goals for Newcastle in eight [...

Rafa – Player Comments In Press Will Not Change Anything

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Rafa Benitez' strategy for next season is based on the fact he had Newcastle playing extremely well in those final six games of the season as it took Rafafour games to work things out with the Newcastle squad. But Newcastle put some good performances in and got a good 12 points from the final six [.

I Want To Give Fans Joy, Excitement, Pride – A Reason To Celebrate And Smile

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Rafa has given his part two of the exclusive interview with the Chronicle today and he has talked about the reaction on Tyneside and around the world for that matter to him agreeing to stay at Newcastle even though we were relegated. The fans packed St. James' Park on that final day of the [...]

Even More Good News From Rafa Benitez

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Rafa Benitez in part two of the exclusive Q&A with the Chronicle has today talked about the transfer market again. Yesterday that was one of the areas he updated fans on and it was a positive update indeed from the Newcastle manager, although we have still to capture our first signing this summer.

Rafa Talks In Detail About This Summer’s Transfer Window

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Rafa Benitez has given part two of his exclusive interview with the Chronicle today and he has talked specially and at length about the type of players Newcastle want to recruit this summer. And it's a balance between getting players in who will be good in the Championship for us and those we will [.

He’s Simply The Perfect Man For Newcastle

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It seems like the excellent Q&A with Rafa Benitez yesterday in the Chronicle was instigated by Rafa himself, simply because he wanted to keep the communications line going between the fans and what's happening at the club. Rafa provided some real detail on various things he and the club have been doing since the end [.

Benitez – We’ll Achieve Great Things For Club And City of Newcastle

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You can rightly say that Rafa Benitez is bringing a revolution to Newcastle and it's not just with the team he is starting to build that he hopes (expects?) will bring the great times back to the fans and people of Newcastle. In his exclusive interview with the Chronicle yesterday he has also has talked [.

Newcastle Linked With Phenomenal Goalscorer

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The Sun is reporting that Newcastle's Spanish manager Rafa Benitez wants to bring 28 year-old Maccabi Haifa forward Eran Zahavi to St. James' Park this summer. The attacking midfielder will be 29 next month and was named the Israeli Footballer of the Year twice back in 2013 and 2014 and In December 2014, Zahavi broke [.

Rafa Benitez Praises Excellent Work At Newcastle

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In his interview with the Chronicle yesterday Rafa said he has been talking to both the Newcastle staff and the Foundation and he is impressed with the work they do with various charities in the area. And while Rafa is pleased with what's already being achieved he also believes that even more can be done [.

Benitez – This Is Our Only Priority At Newcastle

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The Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has again made it extremely clear yesterday in his exclusive interview in the Chronicle that the club'smain priority for next season is to build a strong squad and to have a strong team on the field. He has said that whatever is done in the transfer market with players [.

Benitez – I Am Very Confident Because Newcastle Fans Love Their Club

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It must have been very difficult for Rafa Benitez to agree to stay on at Newcastle when we are in the second division, because it means a world-class manager will be out of the spotlight when managing the Tyneside club well at least for next season. It's something that he is hardly used to [...]

Benitez On Transfers – We Are Very Busy – Things Are Very Positive

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Rafa Benitez has said there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes at Newcastle and certainly there's a lot of stuff going on to prepare the Benton Training grounds with improvements Rafa wants before pre-season starts at the end of June. And when asked about incoming players and the transfer market [.

Benitez Details Improvements To Training Ground

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The Chronicle has conducted a very informative and long interview with manager Rafa Benitez, as they ask various questions about the status of things in different areas. We are now in the second division but of course in the big overall plan of things it's for one season only and we simply must be promoted [.

It’s Not Going To Be Easy For This Newcastle Player

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Rob Elliot faces a hard slog back from his ACL knee injury, and he suffered it over five months after Tim Krul suffered his, so we'd be surprised if Rob is fit before say late November at best. Tim is probably hoping he can be fitfor the first game of the Championship season on August [...]

Striker Open To Newcastle Move If Offer Is Good

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21 year-old Tenerife striker Nano has been linked with Newcastle with about about four other strikers, and Rafa Benitez will sign at least one experienced striker and maybe one more this summer. That experienced striker will not be Nano, but if Rafa decides to bring him to Newcastle, he will be one for the future [.

Contrasting Views On What’s Best For Newcastle Whiz Kid

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Rafa Benitez is looking at bringing in at least one experienced striker this summer, with the number one target looking like it's Ross McCormack of Fulham, but the release price in his contract of £15M seems a bit steep for a 29 year-old. Newcastle have 21 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic, who should be a lot better [.

Top Newcastle Youngster Frustrated – Loan Deal Probable

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19 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is currently away on International duty with the England U19 side and he's expressed his frustration at not being able to make his Newcastle debut last season, after he had looked good in pre-season in America and was on the bench lots oftimes last season for the Magpies.

Benitez Reported Ready To Make Shock Midfielder Signing

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We always thought that Mehdi Abeid didn't really get a fair shake of things at Newcastle under Alan Pardew and after a good season on loan at Greek side Panthinakos in the 2013-2014 and then another season to forget at Newcastle, he was sold for a nominal fee to the Greek side last August. [...]

This Is Still Newcastle’s Biggest Advantage

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Jack Colback has been praising the Newcastle fans for supporting the team through last season, one of the worst seasonsNewcastle have hadfor a very long time and which led to relegation for the second time in a too short seven years. So now we have to fight our way back to the Premier League [...

This Has To Be Mike Ashley’s New Crucial Role At Newcastle

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The Newcastle fans for keep turning up and supporting the lads last season, even though some of the away performances were the worst in many years and some of our better players like Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum went missing far too many times. They now are the two who can't seem to get out [...

Two Positions That Benitez Must Strengthen This Summer

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One of Newcastle's big weaknesses last season is that we didn't have a recognized reliablegoalscorer in the ranks and we failed to sign Charlie Austin when we had ample opportunity to do that last summer and in January and in the end Southampton snapped his up for just £4M. If we had signed Charlie [.

Newcastle Confirm Second Friendly Game

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Newcastle United will play Doncaster Rovers next month at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday, 20th July for a 7.45pm kick-off. That comes just four days after our first friendly game against Bohemians on Saturday, 16th July, with a 2pm kick-off against the League of Ireland Premierclub in Dublin. That follows a week of training in [.

Still Uncertainty Over Andros Townsend Future

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Two days ago there was a report in the Mirror that Rafa Benitez had met with Andros Townsend on Monday and told the in-demand winger that Newcastle were willing to give himanew contract to get him to stay at the club. There are a number of clubs after Townsend, with Crystal Palace said to be [...

Mike Ashley Holds His Own In Front Of Commons Committee

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Mike Ashley met with the MPs yesterday in front of a Commons Committee for a full 90 minutes to answer questions relating to Sports Direct and the way his company treats their staff and whether there needs to be radical improvements made across the board. The reports coming out seem tovaryquite a bit, but generally [.

It’s All So Very Sad For This Great Newcastle Player

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Newcastle's price tag on Moussa Sissoko this summer will be £20M and we suppose Moussa would agree with that price tag, but the difficult thing for him wanting to leave Newcastle is noclub in their right mind would be willing to pay that for Moussa. Even Man City who pride themselves in completely overpaying for [.

Sissoko Speaks Of His Relationship With Benitez

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Moussa Sissoko has made his play today to become an Arsenal player in the summer, and that may not be the last time we hear from Sissoko this summer about wanting to join a Champions League club. Unfortunately we will hear more from Moussa especially when he's with the French squad for the Euro [...]

Newcastle Issue Big Hint To Wantaway Players

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Moussa Sissoko's pleas to Arsenal to sign him today was just a little pathetic and before leaving Newcastlethe 26 year-old French International should ask himself if he can get a first team place at a ChampionsLeague club. Especially in England and especially at Arsenal who have been a ChampionsLeague side every singleseason since Arsene Wenger [.

Season Ticket Demand The Highest For Several Years

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It looks like the Rafa effect on Newcastle is having its impact on season ticket sales with the sales of season tickets the quickest and highest they have been for several years, according to Stephen Tickle, box office manager at Newcastle United, And the club have just announced season tickets in the 8,200-capacity Family Area [.

Pundit Describes What Benitez Will Discover In Championship

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RafaBenitez is the type of man and the type of manager who looks forward to being challenged and that's one of the reasons he is still at Newcastle. While most world-class managers would have left Newcastlefollowing our relegation not Rafa who has this unshakable visionthat he can take Newcastle United to the [.

Youngster Has One Year To Prove Himself At Newcastle

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Rolando Aarons has had lots of injury problems over the last two years and that has prevented the lad from developing because in those two years he's played only 17 times for the side with three goals, including a terrific goal in the final game of the season the 5-1 hammering of Tottenham at St. [.

Benitez In Crucial Meeting With Townsend On Monday

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Rafa Benitez met with Newcastle winger Andros Townsend yesterday, after it seems that Crystal Palace met all the conditions of the release clause in his contract, according to the Mirror. It's obvious that Rafa wants to keep Andros at the club along with some of Newcastle's other good players, in an effort for Newcastle to [.

Newcastle May Consider Loan Deal To Get Striker

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Patrick Bamfordwon the Championship Player of the Year award two seasons ago, with the 17 goals he scored for Middlesbrough being one of the main reasons the north-east club reached the playoff finallast year, but lost 2-0 to Norwich City. But last season Patrick didn't fare so well and his loan spells at two Premier [.

Newcastle After In-Demand Spanish Striker

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We wouldn't be at all surprised if Rafa Benitez brings a few Spanish players to Newcastle this summer and we have already been linked with two Spanish players Alvaro Arbeloa of Real Madrid and Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough. And there are reports in the Spanish media today that Newcastle are now interested in signing [.

Shameful – Star Pleads For Move Away From Newcastle

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Knowing Moussa Sissoko's history I suppose we should have expected this to come at some point after Newcastle were relegated last month. The 26 year-old French star has been speaking to Foot Mercato while with the French squad and he has put in a personal plea to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to sign him [.

Here’s What Newcastle Will Do To Keep Townsend

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News in the Express that Newcastle are resisting the attempts of former manager Alan Pardew and others to sign Andros Townsend for the release amount in his contract. The Tyneside club are even ready to offer Andros a new deal to stay at the club. The release clause in his contract is said to be [...

Rafa Benitez After Another Spanish Defender

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The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is after one of his former players again this time it's the Middlesbrough Spanish U21 center-back Daniel Ayala. Rafa Benitez signed the youngster back in 2007 for Liverpool after Daniel had just turned down a contract offered by Sevilla.

This Could Only Happen At Newcastle

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Newcastle fans are longing to have a top side again like we had in the five years ofthe Kevin Keeganeraand thenwith Sir Bobby Robson for another five years. New manager Rafa Benitez has caught the imagination of the Newcastle fans and maybe that's because he wanted to come to Newcastle and not even that, but [.

Mike Ashley Changes His Mind

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has had a change of mind and now says he will appear before the Business Innovation and Skills committee on Tuesday, in an attempt to clear the "good name" of Sports Direct. Ashley was summoned by the committee in March over allegations that his company Sports Direct do not pay [.

There’s Some Uncertainty Over Adam Armstrong’s Future

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Adam Armstrong spent last season on loan at Coventry City when he scored 20 goals in League One in 40 total appearances for the Sky Blues and he will return to pre-season after he competes for England in the U-19 European Championships in Germany this summer. We thought the 19 year-old local lad would be [.

Local Lad Wants These Players At Newcastle For Promotion Bid

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Jack Colback has been interviewed today and he says he wants some strong characters at Newcastle for next season, to help with the promotion driveout of what Jack calls a tough league. We had far toomany players last seasonwho didn't want to know once the going got tough in games and we cannot have that [.

Newcastle To Change Their Transfer Priorities

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Graham Carr may currently still be on Newcastle's books as the Chief Scout,but the days when Newcastle did intensivescouting andrecruitment from France are over and with Rafa Benitez in charge of things it looks like Rafa is keen to bring in British players to augment the squad. Thatdoesn't say the Newcastle manager, who is in [.

There’s Big Interest In Newcastle Striker

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The Sun is reporting that Chinese club Guangzhou R&F are very interested in signing Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse in the summer transfer window. While Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez may want to keep some of his top stars at the club this summer like Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Andros Townsend he would be [.

Newcastle Switch Attention To Different Strikers

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Newcastle will bring in a new striker this summer and it seems their number one target was Fulham's Scottish striker Ross McCormack and according to the Chronicle today they have been quoted a price for the 29 year-old. If the press reportyesterday from West London wascorrect the release fee in McCormack'scontract is£15M and even at [.

Are Newcastle Really After This Reported Transfer Target?

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Newcastle United, Hull City, Norwich City and Bristol City are clubs said to be interested in signing Bournemouth's Lee Tomlin in the summer transfer window, and yet Lee couldn't get his game at Bournemouth last season. Tomlin signed for Bournemouth last August from Middlesbrough on a three-year deal for a fee of around £3.

Not Even Newcastle Are Daft Enough To Do This

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News today in the Mirror that former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, now at Crystal Palace, has made an £8M offer for Newcastle winger Andros Townsend. That's the amount said to be in the releaseclause of his contract that was signed when Newcastle brought him into the club from Tottenham in January for a reported £12M.

Rafa Benitez Ready To Play Hardball At Newcastle

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There's a report in the Chronicle today that Rafa Benitez could keep the three star players who were expected to want to leave Newcastle this summer Daryl Janmaat, Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko unless some massive offers come in. With Roberto di Matteo taking over at Aston Villa and Garry Monk taking over at [.

Even More Plaudits For Rafa Benitez

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Real Madrid sacked Rafa Benitez in early January after just six months in charge, after some bad results, but that was in spite of Real still being third in La Liga. They had also just qualified for the round of the last 16 of the Champions League which they eventually won for the second time [...]

Ros McCormack Release Clause Higher Than Expected

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There is a report in London today that the release clause in Ross McCormack's contract at Fulham is not for £12.5M as has previously been reported but it's for £15M at least according to the web-siteGetWestLondon. The report says thaTtGetWestLondon has been told by reliable sources the player signed an extension to his [.

Former Newcastle Head Coach Gets New Job

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John Carver has been out of work since he was fired from Newcastle United almost exactly a year ago. But news today that Carverhas been appointed as the new manager of Cypriot side AC Omonoia Nicosia. John Carver has a job in Cyprus The club announced the appointment on their web-sire this morning: "Our [.

Good News – Newcastle Goalkeeper Back In Training

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Good news today as Tim Krul has resumed training after recovering from the terrible ACL knee injury he picked up playing for the Netherlands last October. It would be great if Tim can take part in pre-season training and even be ready for the start of the Championship season, which startson Saturday 7th August.

Newcastle Goalkeeper Unlikely To Leave This Summer

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While Crystal Palace are reported to be interested in Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, it's unlikely that Tim will be fitenough before the start of the season and it would be difficult for Newcastle to sell an injured player, before September rolls around. It's true that Newcastle are well off for goalkeepersat the moment, with Tim [.

Benitez Now Certain To Move This Player Out This Summer

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Rafa Benitez is in the middle of a clear-out at Newcastle, something that is well overdue and it's good that we finally have somebody who is willing to make the tough choices to return the Newcastle squad to a competitive one with a lot of the deadwood moved out. Rafa did offer Steven Taylor [...]

Newcastle Star Puts Himself In The Shop Window

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The Netherlands will play Austria in their final friendly tonight and that will be the last time we will see Gini Wijnaldum in actionuntil he returns to pre-season probably after the June 28th return date, because he has been on International duty. At that time or even before then, we expect Rafa Benitez to [.

This Could Be A Really Smart Move By Rafa Benitez

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The Mail is reporting that Rafa Benitez could make a move for Real Madrid right back Alvaro Arbeloa, who will become a free agent at the end of the month. This is not the first time we have been linked with the 33 year-old, who Rafa signed for Liverpool back in 2007. When Rafa became [...]

Newcastle Very Keen On West Ham Defender

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The Mail is reporting that Newcastle are interested in bringing 19 year-old West Ham defender Reece Burke to Tyneside this summer. The defender is out of contract with West Ham in the summer and there appears to be a number of clubs interested in himother thanNewcastle and they include Southampton, Leicester and Manchester City.

Alan Shearer – Why He’s Still Shocked With Rafa Benitez

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Alan Shearer was interviewedat the launch of a charity match yesterday in aid of the Alan Shearer Foundation and he is still surprised that Rafa Benitez decided to stay with Newcastle, even though we are now in England's second division.. Alan sayshe was surprised some other club didn't move in quickly for him, but that [.

In Demand Newcastle Goalkeeper Hints He Will Stay

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England U-19 International goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is a terrific young goalkeeper and he started the season on loan at Crawley Town and was playing well and getting some valuable first team experience. But then Tim Krul was injured in October playing for the Netherlands and Freddie was recalled from his loan move.

Shearer Details What Benitez Hopes For Next Season

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Rafa Benitez showed yesterday how he can be both quick and decisive in making decisions, as he quickly replaced the departed Fabio Pecchia with new first team coach Mikel Antia, who used to play for Rafa for the Real Madrid B side back in the 1990s. If the Newcastle Board had shownthe same leveldecisiveness last [.

Newcastle Veteran Leaves Home Town Club – As Expected

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Newcastle United's longest-serving player and home town lad Steven Taylor was today released from the club, when his contract, which runs out at the end of the month, will not be renewed. In all truth it wasn't expected that Rafa would give Steven Taylor a new contract and after his woeful performance at Southampton and [.

Fans React On Twitter To Steven Taylor Being Released

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Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter and reacted to Steven Taylor being released, when his contract ends at the end of the month. Steven was black and white through and through and was ball-boy at St. James' Park during the Kevin Keegan years in the 1990s. But he has been struggling over the last few [.

Benitez To Be Very Active In Summer Transfer Window

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It looks like Rafa Benitez will be very active in the summer transfer window and according to the Chronicle will bring in five or six new players. But when you consider the number of players who will leave admittedly a lot of fringe players Newcastle need to build up the numbers again this summer.

Champions League Club Very Interested In This Newcastle Star

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Jorge Jesus signed on as manager of Sporting Lisbon last June and has let it be known that he is very interested in signing Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, but knows that will be almost impossible. It's reported in the Portuguese newspaper Record, that Jesus thinks the 21 year-old powerful striker would be the perfect [.

Rafa Benitez Wastes No Time – Appoints New Assistant Manager

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Rafa Benitez has appointed Mikel Antia to his coaching team at Newcastle and he will become assistant manager to Rafa, replacing the departed Fabio Pecchia. Mikel Antia new assistant manager at Newcastle Here is the official announcement the club had just put up on the web-site: ===== Newcastle United are pleased to confirm the [.

Benitez Wants Only These Players To Stay At Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez has been told he can keep any players he wants at Newcastle for next season, but maybe some of the players he wants will want to leave for pastures anew. But Rafa today has made it clear he only wants players withpassion, commitment and quality to stay at the club for next season, [...

Newcastle Will Definitely Let This Star Player Leave In Summer

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It looks like it's almost certain that Fabricio Coloccini has already played his last game for Newcastle that 5-1 disgrace at Chelseaon February 13th when the squad was then whisked away for a one week holiday in the south of Spain with promises from the head coach that everything would be OK when [.

Why Rafa Benitez Deserves Great Credit At Newcastle

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Alan Shearer never though it would happen. That a manager with Rafa Benitez' resume would want to manage a club in the second division in England especially since he was manager of Real Madrid at the beginning of the season the eventual Champions League winners for a record 11th time. Many top managers [.

Lee Charnley – An Enigma At Newcastle

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Lee Charnley has been the Managing Director at Newcastle since April of 2014 and since that time Newcastle have fared very badly, to say the least. At the end of the 2013-2014 season we lost seven of our last eight games and at the beginning of the next seasonwe got just 4 points from [...]

Wijnaldum Powers Netherlands To Win With Great Goal – Video

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Newcastle's Gini Wijnaldum scored a great winner tonight as the Netherlands beat Poland 2-1 and that was in front of a sell-out crowd of over 40,000 in Gdansk. The Netherlands took the lead in the first half through Janssen, but after 60 minutes Jedrzejczyk equalized for Poland. Then up stepped Georginio Wijnaldum to score the [.

Rafa Benitez Gives Thanks To Fabio Pecchia

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Rafa Benitez has worked with Fabio Pecchia since the summer of 2013 when he hired Fabio after getting the job with Naples a club that Fabio had previously played for. They were together for two years at the Italian club and then atReal Madrid and then at Newcastle since early March. Rafa Benitez and [.

Newcastle Make Official Annuncement

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It was reported in Italy yesterday and Newcastle have tonight confirmed that first team coach Fabio Pecchia will be leaving the club to become manager of Verona. Fabio Pecchia will leave Newcastle Here is the announcement from Newcastle: "Newcastle United have this evening confirmed that first team coach Fabio Pecchia will be leaving the [.

Newcastle’s Young Star In Big Demand

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West Ham, Everton and Inter Milan are reported to be interested in signing 22 year-old Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, who we brought in from Tenerife two years ago for €2M (£1.54M using today's exchange rate). We would be very surprised if Ayoze would want to leave Newcastle, now that his Spanish compatriot Rafa Benitez is [.

Two More Pre-Season Friendlies Arranged

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The Chronicle is reporting thatNewcastle will play Bohemian FC in Dublin as part of their pre-season plans, and it come at the end of a week-long training camp in Ireland on July 16th. The training camp will be heldbetween July 9th and July 16th in County Kildare and that comes about 10 days after the [.

Premier League Club In Surprise Move For Newcastle Goalkeeper

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The Croydon Advertiser today is reporting that former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is ready to make a move for Newcastle goalkeeper, Tim Krul who is still recovering from the ACL knee injury he picked up playing for Holland last October. There's a few apparent reasons for this report one is that Newcastle seem [.

Rafa Benitez Working Hard On These Multiple Topics

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Rafa Benitez is working hard on a number of topics at the moment and one of those is the retained list and which of the players whose contracts run out this summer will have them renewed. We expect Steven Taylor to be let go and Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, who were fringe players [...]

Benitez’ Riches Will Only Increase – Here’s Why He’s Worth It

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When Rafa Benitez was negotiating for the Newcastle job he wasn't doing it because of the money Rafa has such a record in football that he was already in great demand from clubs who were willing to pay him a lot more than he is now getting at Newcastle said to be £5M [...]

Newcastle Reported In Pre-Season Tournament

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The Corby Town official website is reporting that Corby along with three other clubs Leeds United, Newcastle United and PSV will compete for the Steel Park Cup on the weekend of Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th. Newcastle have agreed to send a side to compete in that tournament on that weekend, [.