Newcastle set to move for 26-goal target, Benitez tried to sign him in 2017 as well

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Newcastle are interested in signing the Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer.

The player is on loan at Aston Villa right now and the Magpies will make a move for him if Aston Villa fail to secure promotion to the Premier League.

According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle tried to sign him in 2017 as well but the player chose to sign for Swansea City instead.

Abraham has scored 26 goals for Aston Villa this season and he would be a tremendous acquisition for Newcastle.

Benitez needs to bring in a quality goalscorer and Abraham has shown that he has the talent to thrive in the Premier League.

The Chelsea youngster has nothing left to prove in the Championship and he seems ready to make the step up.

With Salomon Rondon back at WBA, Newcastle are in desperate need of a number nine to fill the void. Abraham could get regular first-team football under Benitez next season.

He is unlikely to get the same opportunities at Chelsea and therefore he should look to join the Magpies.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up but there is no doubt that the transfer would be ideal for all parties.

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Report: Newcastle and Leicester in the hunt to sign 21-cap int’l at cut price deal

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According to reports from The Sun, a trio of Premier League clubs – Newcastle United, Leicester City and Southampton – are interested in signing Wilfried Kanon from ADO Den Haag in the summer transfer window.

The report claims that all the three aforementioned clubs have been tracking the 25-year-old central defender with a view to making a concrete move.

It surely comes as a positive boost for the Premier League clubs that ADO Den Haag, are reportedly willing to sell the 21-cap Ivory Coast international for a measly fee of £3 million.

According to The Sun, German clubs Schalke, Wolfsburg and Mainz and Spanish clubs Real Betis and Getafe are also in the hunt to sign the former Corona Brasov defender.

Kanon is a solid defender, and he is at an ideal stage of his career to make a move to play in Europe’s bigger leagues. Certainly, he will be a decent addition to the squad for both Newcastle and Leicester City.

The centre-back made 20 starts and one substitute appearance in the Eredivisie in 2018/19, scoring one goal and providing one assist for the Dutch club.

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Europe’s statistically best goalkeeper attracting Wolves and Newcastle craves EPL move

Europe’s statistically best goalkeeper attracting Wolves and Newcastle craves EPL move – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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The English Premier League has attracted Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez, and the Argentine could soon become a major target of some of its clubs following an impressive campaign with the French outfit.

The 26-year-old featured in 38 games across all competitions for Patrick Vieira’s side in 2018-19, conceding just 26 times.

Of the 136 shots on target he faced, Benitez saved 110, and his 81% save ratio – the best in Europe – was better than the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Liverpool’s Alisson who had 79% and 77% respectively.

According to The Sun, the Argentine has attracted interests from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United as a result, and more suitors will definitely be keen on him if he keeps impressing going forward.

Benitez missed out on his country’s recently-announced Copa America squad, and he reckons a move to the English top-flight will boost his national team chances going forward.

The Magpies and Wolves boast of two of the best goalkeepers in the division in Martin Dubravka and Rui Patricio respectively, and it remains unknown if they are keen to provide them with competition by signing Benitez.

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Newcastle keen on signing tough tackling midfielder who is available for £17.5m

Newcastle keen on signing tough tackling midfielder who is available for £17.5m – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Newcastle are interested in signing the Turkish midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz this summer.

According to a report from Sabah (translated by SportWitness), Watford are keen on the player as well.

The 23-year-old defensive midfielder has had a good season with Besiktas and he could prove to be a good addition to Benitez’s side.

Tokoz has 3 goals and 4 assists in 19 starts for Besiktas this season. He is very good at tackling, interceptions and reading the game. However, he will need to improve his passing.

However, it will be interesting to see how Benitez uses Tokoz if the transfer goes through. The Spaniard already has a quality midfielder like Sean Longstaff at his disposal.

The Newcastle midfielder plays in a similar role and using two defensive midfielders won’t help the Magpies going forward.

Newcastle will have to improve their attack significantly for this to work.

As per the report, Tokoz is valued at around €20m (£17.5m). A club of Newcastle’s stature should be able to afford the asking price.

With Hayden expected to leave the club, Newcastle could fund the arrival with a sale.

It will be interesting to see where the player ends up this summer. The likes of Genoa and Atletico Madrid are interested in the player as well.

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Newcastle ready to act quickly to secure the signing of £26m star this summer

Newcastle ready to act quickly to secure the signing of £26m star this summer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Newcastle are looking to sign the Russia defender Mario Fernandes this summer.

According to Daily Mirror, the Magpies want to improve their defence and the 28-year-old has been identified as an upgrade on the likes of Manquillo and Yedlin.

Fernandes is a key player for CSKA Moscow and he has done well at the international level as well.

Furthermore, he has the experience of Champions League football. He is capable of making an immediate impact for Benitez’s side.

The report adds that Atletico Madrid are keen on the player as well and therefore Newcastle are prepared to act swiftly to secure his services. The player is apparently rated at £26million.

It will be interesting to see if they can get the deal over the line now.

Mike Ashley will have to back his manager in the transfer market if Newcastle are to break into the top half next season.

Benitez has been left frustrated with the lack of ambition from Ashley in the past and his future could depend on the backing he receives in the window.

Fernandes will improve the right-hand side of Newcastle’s defence and add more end product going forward as well.

The Russian had a hand in creating 10 goals for CSKA this past season.

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Newcastle United timeline – 76 days since reached safety and now 76 days until transfer deadline

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A little piece of perfect symmetry going on for Newcastle United today.

In terms of looking both backwards and forwards.

It is now 76 days since Newcastle United effectively reached Premier League safety.




That day we had the Jordan Pickford clown show as he lost the plot and ended up helping NUFC secure a 3-2 win (and PL safety), That victory put Newcastle on 34 points, a total that Cardiff couldn’t even pass nine weeks later when the season ended.

Looking in the other direction,  it is 76 days until the summer transfer window ends.

I don’t want to worry anybody but that Everton match doesn’t seen very long ago at all.

It sums up to me just how desperate and stupid this current position is, as we are already 12 days passed the season ending and 8 days since the transfer window opened.

That only scratches the surface though, as it is at least 56 days since Rafa Benitez gave Mike Ashley his exact conditions on which signing a contract rest.

No time for panic but certainly it is very much time for concern at the fact this summer is looking to have all the hallmarks of yet another Mike Ashley disaster.

He cares little if letting things drag, or for the manager position to have a lack of certainty or indeed a clown (Pardew, JFK, Carver, McClaren) occupying it. Whilst the NUFC owner sees seemingly no advantage or urgency in signing players early, as opposed to the final stages of a window with no pre-season.

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Down below is the Newcastle United timeline of things that have gone by and landmarks set to be on us very soon…

76 days ago

9 March 2019 – Newcastle beat Everton 3-2 and reach 34 points, effectively reaching Premier League safety. Cardiff end the season nine weeks later on 34 points and a far worse goal difference.

56 days ago (at least)

Rafa Benitez reveals that Mike Ashley requested his exact conditions for signing a new contract and he forwarded them to the NUFC owner back in March.

33 days ago

21 April 2019 – Cardiff lose to Liverpool meaning they can’t catch Newcastle (who won 3-1 at home to Southampton the day before), which confirms the Magpies are mathematically safe.

12 days ago

The Premier League season officially ends, Newcastle win 4-0 at Fulham and finish 13th in the table.

8 days ago

16 May 2019 – Rafa Benitez meets Mike Ashley in London.

THIS IS NOW (24 May 2019)

20 days time

13 June 2019 – Premier League fixtures are released.

39 days time

2 July 2019 – Newcastle squad returns for pre-season.

54 days time

17 July 2019 – Newcastle play Wolves in China.

76 days time

8 August – Premier League transfer window closes.

78 days time

10 August – Premier League season kicks off




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Newcastle United official statement – Fan ban for racist behaviour

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Newcastle United have released an official statement on Friday, confirming that they have banned a fan indefinitely for racist behaviour.

The fan in question has been named as Michael Collins from Richmond, the club’s indefinite ban following a five year ban that he was handed by North Tyneside Magistrates court.

Collins was convicted of racially abusing Liverpool players at the last home game of the season.




The club reaffirming their commitment to tackling this kind of behaviour and asking for the support of Newcastle fans in helping to deliver that.

Newcastle United Official Statement:

‘A Newcastle United season ticket holder has received a five-year football banning order after being convicted of racially abusing Liverpool players during a Premier League match at St. James’ Park.

On 4th May 2019, Michael Collins was observed directing racist abuse at players during an undercover stewarding operation and was subsequently arrested by Northumbria Police.

After being found guilty of racially aggravated harassment at North Tyneside Magistrates Court, Collins has now been formally handed a five-year football banning order, meaning he will be banned from attending all home and away matches in that period.

In addition, Newcastle United has banned Collins from the stadium for an indefinite period.

Steve Storey, head of safety and security at Newcastle United, said: “Racism has absolutely no place at St. James’ Park or in our city and we will continue to do everything we can to drive it out of football and society.

“We want to send a clear message that any instances of discrimination will be dealt with as strongly as possible by the club with the support of Northumbria Police and other agencies.

“St. James’ Park is a wonderful place to experience football and, together with our supporters and partners, we will continue to ensure it is a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant place for everyone.”




Chief Inspector Chris Grice, who was Northumbria Police’s match commander for the game, said: “There is absolutely no place in society for racism, whether that is in the middle of the street, on social media or at a football match.

“We have a fantastic relationship with our region’s football clubs and have been working with them for some time to root out this type of behaviour and stamp out all forms of abuse.

“Newcastle United fans are some of the most passionate football fans in the world and the vast majority of them are well behaved and a credit to the region.

“We hope this particular conviction, and subsequent banning order, gives those fans the confidence to call out abusive behaviour in the terraces and report it to stewards and the police.

“Northumbria Police will continue to work with the club to make our St. James’ Park a safe environment for all but we need your help to hold people like Michael Collins to account.”

Collins, 57, of Olav Road, Richmond, appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 22nd May, where he was handed the banning order and also fined £550.

Reporting abuse

If you experience or witness discrimination or feel threatened at St. James’ Park, please speak to your nearest steward or police officer.

Alternatively, please text HELP followed by your seat location and details of the incident to 60070.’

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