Player News - Newcastle United

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Following an impressive stint at the European championships this summer, Moussa Sissoko is expected to leave Newcastle this summer.

Reports claimed that Newcastle were holding out for £35 million for the Frenchman, whose shining moment came in the final as France's man of the match. But manager Rafa Benitez said there are no plans to sell the versatile midfielder despite Newcastle's relegation: "People are talking about 'this price' or 'this price' but we don't want to sell, so we haven't put any price. We are pleased with him. We know he finished the season in really good form for us - I made him the captain - so I rate him really highly.... We know he has done really well and a lot of people will be talking about him. But we'd like to see him here and that's it."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 13 - 6:28 AM

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.
Jul 11 - 9:33 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
Jul 10 - 11:28 AM

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
Jul 1 - 11:32 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
Jul 1 - 11:18 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
Jun 30 - 10:58 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
Jun 29 - 4:33 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.
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

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
Jun 26 - 2:09 PM

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

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


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