Player News - Newcastle United

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Tim Krul’s time on Tyneside could be up after Newcastle confirmed the signing of Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent.

Krul has been side-lined since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament while on international duty in October 2015, although he is said to be closing in on a return to full fitness. However, the arrival of Sels might signal the end for Krul after the 24-year-old was given assurances by Rafa Benitez that he would get a fair crack at claiming the No.1 jersey. The news will alert the likes of Everton and newly promoted Middlesbrough plus former manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace – linked heavily previously - and with only one-year remaining on his current deal, Newcastle look set to cash in on the Dutch international.
Jun 29 - 5:30 AM

The latest reports suggest Crystal Palace have triggered a release clause for Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend with the 24-year-old reportedly considering a move to Selhurst Park.

Townsend arrived at St. James’ Park in January for a fee believed to be in the region of £12million from Tottenham and was one of the few bright spots for a United side which dropped down to the second tier of English football. Scoring four times from 12 starts, Townsend created 26 chances and provided two assists – performances which almost earned him a place at Euro 2016. Earlier this month Townsend was said to have met with Rafa Benitez to discuss a new and improved deal, in return for the removal of his trigger clause, but his time Tyneside could now be coming to an end. The Guardian claim Palace are targeting up-to three players including Belgium and Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi after Marouane Chamakh and Emmanuel Adebayor were released.
Source: The Mag
Jun 28 - 3:40 AM

Liverpool is reportedly considering a summer move for Newcastle winger Andros Townsend as the club weighs up attacking options.

Manchester City has also been linked with a move for Townsend if they fail to land Schalke winger Leroy Sane or Southampton midfielder Sadio Mane this summer, both of which would command transfer fees around £40 million. But reports claim Townsend has a release clause of just £10.5 million following Newcastle's relegation, although the Magpies are desperate to keep the former Spurs winger after scoring four goals in 13 Premier League matches since arriving last winter in a £12million move.
Source: Telegraph
Jun 21 - 5:56 AM

Alan Pardew has expressed interest in signing Tim Krul from Newcastle United should Wayne Hennessey depart from Crystal Palace.

Hennessey is rumored to be courted by Everton now that Tim Howard has left for MLS and Pardew is looking to reunite with the Dutch keeper, who had his best run in the Premier League when Pardew was at the Newcastle helm. Krul would surely then be open to the move, as it would give him the opportunity to stay in the top flight as a first-choice keeper. Krul is still working his way back from a major knee injury that saw him miss the majority of last season. The Magpies would still have Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow should Krul join the Eagles.
Source: Express
Jun 4 - 5:49 AM

Steven Taylor has confirmed he will be leaving the club when his current deal expires at the end of June.

The Newcastle defender has made over 200 first team appearances spanning 13 seasons, but following discussions with the club, they have mutually agreed not to renew his contract. "It will be a huge wrench to leave but I've been offered exciting opportunities both in the UK and abroad and I'm really looking forward to my next challenge," he told the club's website. Meanwhile, Newcastle have taken up an option to extend Kevin Mbabu's contract for two more years. The 21-year-old Swiss left-back -- who joined from Servette in January 2013 -- made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup in September. Newcastle were relegated from the top flight but will be hoping to bounce straight back having secured the services of Spanish manager Rafa Benitez.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 3 - 1:27 PM

Wales manager Chris Coleman named his final 23-man squad for the Euros, leaving Paul Dummett and Adam Matthews off the roster.

Dummett saw Newcastle's season of misery compounded by missing out on the tournament following relegation before the final week of the season. Meanwhile, Sunderland may have secured its safety in the Premier League, but Matthews may have cost himself a spot on the Wales team by not securing ample playing time with the Black Cats following a move from Celtic last summer, after making only one Premier League appearance before being loaned out to Bristol City for the final two months of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 1 - 1:23 AM

Georginio Wijnaldum looks to be in demand given his performances and the fact that Newcastle have been relegated. Roma and West Ham have been linked so far.

It's hard to know what assurances Rafa Benitez sought from Mike Ashley before agreeing to stay on as Newcastle manager in the Championship next season. One thing he might reasonably have demanded is that a couple key contributors be retained despite the high cost of doing so on Championship revenue. Georginio Wijnaldum was one of the Magpies' stronger attacking contributors last season and would certainly be high on Rafa's "Keep" list. He could also bring a pretty return from suitors looking to upgrade their midfield. Adding Wijnaldum to Payet, Lanzini, and Antonio would make for a potentially fearsome group at the Olympic Stadium.
May 27 - 8:53 AM

Newcastle is shopping around Cheick Tiote this summer in the hopes of offloading the midfielder during the upcoming transfer window.

The Magpies are reportedly looking to bring in £4 million for the 29-year-old, who has been fielding interest from China and Turkey for the past year now. But Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough are all reported to be interested in a move for Tiote, who just a year ago was linked with a move to Arsenal. Also expected to depart this summer is the core of Newcastle late-season surge. Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Andros Townsend are expected to be fielding offers while Papiss Demba Cisse is in talks with Qatar Stars League side Lekhwiya.
Source: Daily Mail
May 24 - 4:21 PM

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is the subject of interest from West Ham this summer following the Magpies' relegation.

Reports across England suggest Arsenal is also interested in making a bid this summer, although Newcastle want around £20 million for the 26-year-old, who recorded one goal and seven assists in 37 Premier League starts this season. Sissoko was rewarded with a call-up into the French national team for the upcoming European championships in France this summer. Meanwhile, the Magpies are also shopping right-back Daryl Janmaat in order to finance summer moves in their first season back in the Championship.
Source: Telegraph
May 23 - 1:44 PM

Massadio Haidara is determined to be fit for Newcastle United at the start of next season, after the defender experienced a setback during his attempt to return from knee surgery.

An injury crisis for the Magpies, particularly at the left back position, played a part in Haidara's attempt to return more quickly than he should have. Haidara began last season as the preferred option over Paul Dummett and will look to contend for the position again in the Championship. Looking at the timetable for Haidara's return, Rafa Benitez will likely begin the season with Dummett rather than risk another setback for the Frenchman.
May 20 - 1:16 PM

Rafa Benitez has agreed to stay on with Newcastle United for next season as the club looks to fight their way back to the top flight from the Championship.

Benitez had an opt-out clause in the contract he signed when he joined the Magpies that would have allowed him to walk if the club were relegated but he and owner Mark Ashley have agreed to terms and Benitez will stay in Tyneside. Part of that agreement is to allow the manager complete control in the transfer market and Benitez is reportedly already compiling a list of targets. It would be an absolute disaster if the Magpies are not promoted next season with all the money that has been and will be spent combined with the loss of revenue that kicked in this season for clubs in the top flight.
Source: Daily Mail
May 18 - 11:32 AM

Newcastle United did not let their relegated fate prevent them from giving maximum effort today as they completely smashed Tottenham in a 5-1 final.

Tottenham's season had taken a nose dive once the title was out of their reach and the Magpies took full advantage today. A poor clearance led to the opener for Newcastle, as Alexsandar Mitrovic teed up Georginio Wijnaldum in the 19th minute. Mitrovic would then score himself with a diving header from a Moussa Sissoko cross twenty minutes later. There was a chance for Spurs to claw back after a goal and a red card to Mitrovic in the second half, but Newcastle only put their foot on the gas. Wijnaldum scored from the spot in the 73rd minute, then two quick goals in the closing minutes from Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat turned the match into a massacre. Heading toward the Championship, the Toon will look to try and keep Rafa Benitez around.

The fate of Newcastle's season now lies in the hands of its biggest rival following a dreadful scoreless draw against Aston Villa.

Newcastle could be relegated by the time it lines up for its season finale at home against Tottenham next weekend. That's because Sunderland came from behind against Chelsea to earn three points and leapfrog the Magpies in the table. And with a game in hand and one point above Newcastle, Sunderland can stay up and relegate Newcastle with a win on Wednesday against Everton. But today's story was all about Newcastle's failure to take three points against the Premier League bottom feeders, who couldn't even manage a shot on goal— Newcastle managed just two on target throughout the match.
Source: NBC Sports
May 7 - 12:05 PM

Rafa Benitez announced that right back Daryl Janmaat is available for Newcastle United's trip to Aston Villa tomorrow, while Fabricio Coloccini remains out.

Vurnon Anita was also declared fit as he shook off a minor injury during the week. This will be an interesting call for Benitez when he names the XI against Villa. Janmmaat's spot in the team was arguably safer than anyone's during the majority of the season and in his career with the Magpies, but when he last played the team were hitting rock bottom with the loss to Southampton. Since Anita has filled the role, Newcastle has been getting results and Anita has been impressive. Janmaat owners in draft leagues should not expect their man to start and continue to look elsewhere for defensive coverage.
May 6 - 9:48 AM

Andros Townsend delivered a cracking free kick goal and Karl Darlow stopped a Crystal Palace penalty chance as Newcastle United move out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over the Eagles.

Palace looked the likelier side to score in the opening 45 minutes, as the Magpies had a couple of opportunities come up empty. Jack Colback sent a dangerous ball into the area but Moussa Sissoko could not get a clean foot on it. Colback then missed a curling effort inside the area. It was Townsend who finally broke through in the 58th minute, drawing a foul a few yards outside the box then sent a sizzling free kick that popped the far corner of the net. Newcastle tried to park the bus but Sissoko was adjudged to have committed handball and former Magpie Yohan Cabaye had a chance to equalize from the spot. His kick was not wide enough and Darlow made the huge save that could mean the difference in the club's season. Sunderland still have a game in hand and a better goal difference record but their crosstown rivals have the benefit of facing lowly Aston Villa next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:07 PM


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