The season starts today as the Magpies travel to West Ham for the late kick off with Newcastle set to hand debuts to two of their new boys.
Jamal Lewis joined Monday recruits Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser on Tuesday, as Steve Bruce’s squad for the coming season is closer to becoming finalised.
The United boss is still keen to bring more new faces to Tyneside, with some potential loan deals in mind, while some players could yet be moved on.
All that has been slightly overshadowed by a return to the takeover saga – Mike Ashley and NUFC delivering a strongly worded statement criticising the Premier League who responded equally as tough.
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He had a really difficult time but he trained and pursued his dream to play for this football club.
Now why would I have to let him go? He’s playing so what else do you want.
According to Turkish newspaper Türkiye, Fenerbahce will make a move for Newcastle United striker Joelinton in the coming days.
The Turkish side are in advanced talks with Lazio over the sale of Vedat Muriqi and it’s reported they are looking to replace him with the Newcastle United man.
Fener have been heavily linked with Israeli striker Eran Zahavi in recent weeks but Türkiye report a deal for the player is now unlikely, and they are now looking to sign Joelinton instead.
It’s reported Fenerbahce’s technical staff see similarities between the Newcastle United attacker and Muriqi, so they believe the Brazilian striker could be an ideal replacement.
Rangers target Jacob Murphy is interested in a move to Ibrox – but Newcastle have told him they want him to stay and fight for his place after impressing in pre-season.
The winger has been on the radar at Ibrox with a view to a potential loan and Herald and Times Sport understands a switch to Glasgow would interest the player. However after starring in a handful of games for the Magpies in pre-season, it is understood Steve Bruce wants to keep Murphy in and around his squad heading into the new campaign.
Murphy’s playing time at St James’ Park may be limited further by the arrival of Ryan Fraser but he is willing to push the Scotland cap and other stars Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin.
It is believed that if the 25-year-old has not featured much by the time January rolls around, a loan deal could then be more tempting to his club.
Yoshinori Muto has plenty of suitors in the Bundesliga as Newcastle look to move on the forward.
Cologne and Augsburg are both willing to take Muto on loan, but United would prefer a permanent move. Mainz, his former club, are also credited with an interest in a player who has been told to move on if he wants to get first team football.
« He said to me, ‘If the number 9 is offered to me do you think I should take it?' »@AlanShearer clears up the confusion – Callum Wilson won’t be following in Alan’s footsteps, he’ll wear the number 13 shirt for #NUFC: https://t.co/5Du5Yilmm1#bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/1VyZMsODA9
It was just out of the blue. I got a text off him last weekend when he was on his way up to Newcastle – he hadn’t signed yet – and he just asking about the football club, what it was like, he’d more or less made his mind up and was it the right decision?
I said you’re asking the wrong person if you’re asking was the right decision to sign for Newcastle!
So that was about it and of course I gave my opinion of what the football club is like.
What I said to him was what the football club is like. If you love their club as much as they do, they will love you. Run around, tackle and on top of that if you score goals it’s a fantastic place to play football.
Mike Ashley expected to be in stands for #nufc vs West Ham at London Stadium tonight.
This is interesting news. Saudi Arabia has set up its own media company – with some speculating this could be the first move towards bidding for sports rights in the future.
وافق مجلس الوزارء على تأسيس « شركة إعلامية » لتكون ملكيتها للدولة ، مع منح وزارة الرياضة الصلاحيات اللازمة لاتمام إجراءات تأسيس الشركة. pic.twitter.com/jum8V7EaNK
Our regular Saturday morning notebook is live on ChronicleLive now. And it contains a snippet on the takeover.
This week’s confusing turn of events in the Newcastle United takeover saga leaves us back where we started and with uncertainty around a process that has left fans utterly drained.
Steve Bruce said he felt the deal was « dead in the water » on Friday although key figures the consortium remain ready to try and find a solution to the impasse.
The feeling in some quarters is that this deal could now become a matter of whether political influence can be brought to bear and encourage some form of compromise.
This week revealed that the consortium believed they were having success on that front – although the end result illustrates that had not been the case, at least yet.
One figure who has emerged as potentially important is Government minister Gerald Grimstone, engaged by the consortium to try and work with the Premier League on the issue of who ultimately owns PIF.
You can read the full piece – along with other bits on transfers – by clicking this link.
NUFC are one of 9 Premier League clubs to table a loan enquiry about Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster. Jurgen Klopp gave the latest:
Nothing to say, wonderful kid, big talent. The decision about the squad are just not finished yet. We don’t have to yet. We are really with him and we think about his development. How we can use him. So there’s nothing to say. Loans etc, nothing decided (yet).
As for my old team Newcastle, well we are not going to be in the mix for the Champions League places but there have been some signs that things are possibly on the up at last.
The signings that Steve Bruce has made so far are definitely encouraging – we desperately needed a goalscorer but buying Callum Wilson has covered that off.
It all begins (again) today. Newcastle travel to West Ham today ahead of their 8pm kick off at the London Stadium.
New boys Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis go straight into the side, while Ryan Fraser looks set to start on the bench.
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