Player News - Newcastle United

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The sad news broke on Monday that former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has collapsed and died.

The 30-year-old, who had been plying his trade for Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises since February, fell ill following training on Monday and later died in hospital. No further news has been released at this stage. Tiote spent seven years on Tyneside and will forever be remembered for his one [and only] goal for Newcastle – an 88th minute volley against Arsenal which capped a truly remarkable comeback. Four-nil down after just 26 minutes, Newcastle fought back in the second half, buoyed by Joey Barton’s penalty which began the fightback. As the game approached time added-on, a free-kick was headed clear, the ball fell to Tiote, who smashed it past Szczesny from the edge of the box to make it 4-4. St James' Park erupted. Former manager Steve McClaren led the tributes to the man with ‘the most beautiful smile in football’. "He was such a competitor. He wanted to win every game, kick every player and win every tackle. He was a winner. I just can't believe it."
Source: The Mirror
Jun 6 - 4:08 AM

Newcastle has started preparing for their return to the Premier League by making their loan move for Christian Atsu permanent with a 4 year contract after paying a reported £6.2 million transfer fee.

The move seems like a solid one economically for the Magpies as Atsu was productive during his season on Tyneside. Starting just under half of the Magpies' matches in the Championship (15) and coming on in 17 further, he scored five goals and contributed three assists. Certainly not a star contribution but a solid one given his part time role. At 25-years-old though, the question is how much upside Atsu has to improve on his performances taking a step up in competition.
Source: espnfc.com
May 24 - 12:34 PM

Newcastle United look set to secure the transfer of DeAndre Yedlin from Tottenham, with the defender having arrived recently to Tyneside ahead of the reported move.

The Magpies looked to have beaten Hull City and Derby County in the race to sign the US International, with the other two clubs having inquired about Yedlin last week. Newcastle are poised to move Daryl Janmaat away from the club and Yedlin would immediately be able to step in to occupy the role. Tottenham already have Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, with the latter unhappy with his playing time, so Yedlin will have an opportunity to develop further after having a successful loan spell at Sunderland last season.
Source: Daily Mail
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Seemingly blocked from a path to regular playing time with current club Tottenham, DeAndre Yedlin could be set for a permanent move, with Hull City and Derby County expressing interest in the right back.

Kyle Walker looks to have the right back spot nailed down for another season with Spurs and the club still have Kieran Trippier. One could argue that Yedlin is the better player to Trippier. While Trippier has got a good cross to his game, he is not too good of a defender. Yedlin can help an attack with his pace and is a better defender. It would seem one of the two need to go before the summer window closes. At this stage, it looks like Yedlin is the likelier. Obviously, a move to Derby would eliminate his fantasy season but a switch to the Tigers could put him on fantasy radars if he can play ahead of Ahmed Elmohamady.
Source: Daily Mail
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 06:01:00 AM

Reports across England confirm Newcastle have met the release clause of Hull City midfielder Mohamed Diame.

Now it's up to the 29-year-old midfielder on whether he wants to drop back to the Championship with Newcastle and whether he could reach an agreement on terms. The former West Ham midfielder has been a staple for Steve Bruce's side over the past two seasons and his match-winner in th Chanpionship playoff to boost the Togers back into the Premier League will go down in club lore. But with Bruce out as manager several players are reportedly considering their futures at the club and Diame only had one year left on his current contract.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Rafa Benitez continues to reshape Newcastle United this summer as they prepare for life in the Championship with the permanent acquisition of Issace Hayden from Arsenal.

Haden joins the Magpies on a 5-year-deal for an undisclosed fee. The previously Arsenal product had spent the past season loaned out to Hull City, helping the Tigers gain promotion for the coming season. Hayden made 24 appearances for the Tigers in the last campaign, so is no stranger to the Championship. He could stand to earn a good deal of playing time in Benitez's midfield as the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Georgino Wijnaldum are all but guaranteed to depart for greener pastures this summer. Hayden is a more defensive-minded midfielder though and can be deployed at center back. He could partner Jack Colback in central defense but is not guaranteed a starting gig one would imagine straight away. His versatility should come in handy for Benitez though, especially if the Magpies suffer any where near the amount of injuries they incurred in the 2015/2016 season.
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 09:33:00 AM

Newcastle United have agreed to send Papiss Cisse to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.

While the fee may be undisclosed, one has the feeling it is substantial, at least compared to the fee Cisse likely would fetch in other leagues. The CSL has been spending big money on bringing world talent to their league over the past few seasons, some who's prices have raised eyebrows. The departure of Cisse leaves Aleksandar Mitrovic as the clear-cut first choice striker while Ayoze Perez also will look to further develop under Rafa Benitez in the Championship. Papiss' previous season was rough, and his lack of production was one or many reasons the Magpies hit the relegation skids. However, he did produce some memorable moments for Newcastle in his time there, especially when he first arrived.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 11:28:00 AM

Reports across England claim that both DeAndre Yedlin and Ryan Mason could be on the move this summer with Spurs expecting bids.

Sunderland has reportedly lost hope in signing Yedlin to a permanent deal, due to a lack of funds, after his successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season. However, manager Sam Allardyce, who is on a shortlist for the next England manager, is reopening negotiations over another loan for the versatile fullback, who made 23 Premier League appearances last season. Meanwhile, Hull City is preparing a bid for midfielder Ryan Mason, who fell out of favor under Mauricio Pochettino last season amid the emergence of Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele.
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Newcastle has confirmed that their move for Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle has been finalized as the former Crystal Palace man has signed a five-year deal with the Magpies.

Newcastle are certainly not slowing down their spending after being relegated. As the transfer window officially opens they have announced the signings of Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle. The new arrivals have been somewhat offset by the departure of Andros Townsend. The dual arrivals could mean that there might be another player from last season's team (Georginio Wijnaldum?) leaving this summer but it could just be a concerted effort to ensure that promotion is earned after this season.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 11:32:00 AM

Newcastle have responded to losing Andros Townsend by signing both Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie.

The loss of Matt Ritchie opens up a gap on the right side of the Cherries' attack. Perhaps the vision is that with Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Benik Afobe available at forward that Junior Stanislas and Max Gradel would be the starters in the wide roles. Ritchie was excellent in the Championship two seasons ago but was somewhat disappointing in his first season in the top flight. Getting a significant fee for him and opening up a spot isn't the worst idea for Bournemouth.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 11:18:00 AM

Newcastle United are expected to announce the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace while winger Andros Townsend travels in the opposite direction.

Gayle was pictured on Tyneside following talks with United and will sign a five-year deal, reportedly to be worth in the region of £8.5million. The 25-year-old joins following a frustrating spell at Selhurst Park in which he failed to nail down a regular starting spot. Gayle becomes the second addition to the United squad this week joining former Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels. However, there could be yet further deals to be done over the next 24-48 hours as Rafa Benitez begins to shape his Championship squad. Crystal Palace have triggered Andros Townsend’s release clause stealing a march on the likes of Watford and West Ham while AFC Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie has already been lined up as a potential replacement.
Source: The Guardian
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 10:58:00 AM

Rumors have linked demoted Newcastle with Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie as they look to rebound back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

It looks like Crystal Palace is interested in triggering the release clause in Andros Townsend's contract creating some needs and surplus cash at St. James' Park. The links to both Gayle and Ritchie have been circulating for some time but reports in the Press Association today have indicated that moves might be coming close. The deal for Ritchie is said to be in the neighborhood of £10m with the player headed to Tyneside to negotiate personal terms. Ritchie was slightly disappointing moving up to the Premier League after an exceptional season in Bournemouth's promotion season. Perhaps the Cherries view Ritchie as unable to make the leap to above-average Premier League performer and want to cash in before that opinion is confirmed.
Source: espnfc.com
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 04:33:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 05:30:00 AM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is keen to submit a £10 million bid for Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle this summer.

The Crystal Palace striker could be tempted into a change of scenery this summer despite just signing a new four-year contract with the Eagles in April. The 25-year-old scored three goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season but didn't break into the first team much after turning down a move to Bristol City in the winter transfer window. Gayle has emerged as a top target for Benitez in the summer transfer window with players like Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend expected to move on.
Source: Daily Mail
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 02:09:00 PM

The United States did well to finish top of their group and make it to the Copa America knockout stage, but they were no match for the Argentinians, who beat them comfortably, 4-0.

It did not help that three of the American's regular starters in this tournament, Alejandro Bedoya, Booby Wood and Jermaine Jones, all missed out this evening to serve suspensions, but it would seem to have hardly mattered. Argentina scored quickly inside of three minutes and the US never threatened to keep up from then on, seeing only a couple of crosses missing their connections and failing to register a shot on goal. They would concede three more along the way, as Brad Guzan looked helpless between the sticks. PL fullbacks Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin were not successful in containing Argentina down the flanks, but, to be fair, not many in the world can.
Source: The Guardian
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 11:04:00 PM


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