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Newcastle wrapped up a less-than-impressive preseason with a 0-1 loss to Borussia M'gladbach in front of the St. James' faithful.

That makes three losses and a draw in the Magpies' final four friendlies. While the results "don't matter", it cannot help the morale of a club looking to move ahead from their poor showing last season. On a positive note, the defense wasn't a disaster, as McClaren put forth an experienced line of Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara. Fabricio Coloccini is still missing from the squad, continuing the speculation that he is on the verge of an exit. Chancel Mbemba then should have a very good shot at starting Week 1 after getting a run out today. Odds are, he will partner Taylor next weekend. Taylor is looking the only 4.0 defender in FPL that will be in a Week 1 XI.

Newcastle United made a much needed move for a defender in the transfer market by acquiring center back Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht for a fee around £8m.

This deal was all but official for several days but McClaren recruits his second signing from the Belgian club that also parted ways with Aleksandar Mitrovic. It can only help the transition to their new surroundings to have an established relationship with each other. More importantly, Mbemba offers a bright future as a strong, quick center back and should take little time establishing himself as a regular starter for McClaren. As long as Fabricio Coloccini sticks around, the one to suffer most for playing time with this addition is Taylor, who was looking to re-establish himself after a long absence from an Achillies rupture. We may see a corresponding move that sees Taylor or Mike Williamson move on and have their wages off the books.

Newcastle United continued their lackluster preseason with a 2-0 loss to York City, but it appears Steve McClaren has big plans for Ayoze Perez in the coming campaign.

The Magpies have two losses and a draw in their past three preseason matches, giving up eight goals in the process. Say what you want about it only being preseason but that is not encouraging considering the state of affairs the club was in when last season ended. Aleksandar Mitrovic made his anticipated debut and got a couple of chances to show his talents, including a header that cleared the bar. Perez was the only player to start both of the past two matches, an indication that McClaren will have the youngster's name on his team sheet more often than not this season. Newcastle has one more chance to get ready for their Week 1 match against Southampton when they take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Source: The Mag
Jul 29 - 7:25 PM

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has not played a single minute of pre-season under new boss Steve McClaren, fueling speculation that his is about to leave for Crystal Palace…

Fabricio Coloccini’s captain’s armband has been shared by Jack Colback and Daryl Janmaat this summer – two (perhaps the only two) who performed anything like their potential last season. Although Coloccini is carrying an Achilles injury, his total absence throughout the pre-season tour and the imminent arrival Anderlecht center-back Chancel Mbemba looks to many as the end of the road for the Argentine. He has just a year on his current contract, so the club would looking to get a fee of around £2m for him and Crystal Palace have already enquired. A move to the capital, first team football and linking up with former boss Pardew and team-mate Yohan Cabaye might prove a tempting cocktail. Particular compared to the bench at Newcastle.
Jul 27 - 6:38 AM

Newcastle United saw another positive glimpse of things to come from Georginio Wijnaldum, as their record signing made it two goals in two appearances in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.

Wijnaldum looks great and he needs to in order for Steve McClaren to turn the page and inject a new identity into this club that is still mainly compromised of underachievers from last season. Siem De Jong, injured for virtually his entire first season at St. James', scored the Magpies other goal, making two positive appearances for him running and giving McClaren what must feel like an additional signing. There could be tons of fantasy appeal going undervalued in the attack, especially if/when Aleksandar Mitrovic works his way into the team. The problem is the defense. They are looking to add Chancel Mbemba which could really turn the club back into a solid mid-table one.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 26 - 7:39 PM

Rolando Aarons scored twice in just over a minute's time but Newcastle United were left asking questions in defense after losing to third division Portland Timbers 2, 4-3.

The night started off right for the Magpies, as Georginio Wijnaldum found the net inside the opening 10 minutes thanks to being set up with a cross by Aarons. The defense, consisting of youth players, were not very good however, as they would allow Portland to score three times before the clock hit half an hour. Timbers 2 added a fourth goal in the second before Aarons decided to show some class. He scored via a bicycle kick from close range then added a second goal just a minute later to cut the deficit to one. The spark woke the rest of the team up and they nearly equalized but eventually fell short. The defense was horrible last season and it appears there arent too many prospects threatening the current seniors.
Source: Oregon Live
Jul 22 - 12:54 AM

Newcastle United have signed Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht after the two sides agreed to a transfer fee of £13m.

The Serbian striker has already amassed an impressive resume at the age of 20, most notably by being the top scorer in the Belgian Pro League last season with 20 goals to his name. He already has had a taste of international play and club tournament play so the transition to the PL shouldn't be a complete shocker for him. It could be a banner signing for the Magpies if Mitrovic can mesh with the fickle fans of northern England and the Wijnaldum addition as well could help get the club on the right track again. Mitrovic will cut into the value of Papiss Cisse in draft leagues for sure and may block the development of Ayoze Perez some, though Perez has a bit more versatility.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 21 - 3:05 PM

Newcastle United were able to edge Sacramento Republic 0-1 though left back Massadio Haidara was given a straight red card for a harsh challenge.

Haidara was said to have given a high tackle but new boss Steve McClaren didn't see it that way and let his frustration be known in no uncertain terms. A similar call could have gone against Sacramento, but was left unpunished. The only goal came via a Sacramento own goal, but Rolando Aarons looked fit and Georginio Wijnaldum made his debut with a twenty minute substitute appearance. Newcastle will now head up the US West Coast to take on Portland Timbers Tuesday night.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 19 - 9:59 AM

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has confirmed that club captain Fabricio Coloccini has been missing from the [two] opening pre-season matches because of injury.

Coloccini is said to be struggling with a minor Achilles issue and with limited defensive options decided not to risk the 33 year-old for the opener against Gateshead and Tuesdays’ loss to Club Atlas. However things are improving and the treatment room is beginning to clear with Steven Taylor expected to feature on Saturday for the first time in 7-months following an Achilles tendon rupture while Curtis Good is approaching full fitness after hip surgery ended his World Cup dreams back in April 2014. McClaren also confirmed that Sylvain Marveaux will miss the start of the new campaign after undergoing surgery to address a hernia problem.
Jul 15 - 12:16 PM

Remy Cabella is expected to miss the clubs’ tour of the United States after picking up an apparent thigh strain in training this week. His absence along with the arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum have suggested the 25 year-old could be on his way with reports claiming he is unhappy on Tyneside.

Cabella was a noticeable absentee for Newcastle’s opening pre-season friendly against local side Gateshead and new coach Steve McClaren confirmed post-match that the Magpies are awaiting the results of a scan with the Frenchman rated as a big doubt. The Geordie's squeezed a narrow 1-nil win thanks to a Papiss Cisse penalty but despite playing 22 different squad members at the International Stadium a number of players were absent. Steven Taylor [Achilles], Paul Dummett [hamstring] and Rob Elliot [thigh] are training but not 100 per cent while Mehdi Abeid, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux and Fabricio Coloccini were nowhere to be seen. The game marked the return of Cheick Tiote and Massadio Haidara with the pair having recovered from knee surgery.
Jul 11 - 5:20 PM

Newcastle have made their first signing under Steve McClaren and it comes in the form of PSV midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

The central midfielder joins the Magpies from Dutch champions PSV and will look to sure up the middle of the park and create some of the attacking chances that went away with the departure of Yohan Cabaye who was never really adequately replaced. Wijnaldum won't likely add much to the defensive side of things but his dribbling ability and his ability to put in a through ball should help create chances for Ayoze Perez and Papiss Cisse.
Jul 11 - 1:48 PM

The Press Association have confirmed that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to England to discuss personal terms with Newcastle and undertake a medical.

Wijnaldum currently plies his trade in the Eredivisie for PSV and the attacking midfielder enjoyed an excellent 2014/15 campaign which yielded 14-goals plus 3-assists from his 32 starts. Wijnaldum arrives with a reputation of being quick, a player who likes to have the ball at his feet and is able to deliver a defence splitting pass. The signing – around $21 million - is expected to spark a flurry of transfer activity as Newcastle look to complete deals on a further three players including striker Aleksandar Mitrovic [Anderlecht], Charlie Austin [QPR] and Joel Matip [Schalke 04]. Meanwhile Sammy Ameobi has completed a season long loan deal to Championship side Cardiff City.
Jul 10 - 8:30 AM

Steven Taylor is expected to be fit for the start of the new season as he steps up his rehab after rupturing his Achilles against Burnley on New Year’s Day.

The news provides a welcome boost for Newcastle who desperately lack defensive options while the club also confirm Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote are back at the training ground although the pair will undertake their own tailored program as they continue to recover from knee surgery. With no new signings - despite being linked to players throughout Europe - concern amongst supporters is beginning to mount after their top flight status was only guaranteed with a win on the final day. A threadbare squad has lost the services of Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez [both released] while the future of Sammy Ameobi remains uncertain [out of contract].
Jul 3 - 5:59 PM

Sammy Ameobi looks set to extend his stay at Newcastle before heading out on a season long loan deal with Championship side Cardiff City believed to be interested in signing the winger.

Ameobi enjoyed his best return in a United shirt last season but his 15 starts were maybe more indicative of the club’s plight – and lack of squad depth - rather than players ability. Ameobi has spent a number of years on Tyneside and very much like his brother – Shola – promised so much but ultimately failed to deliver. A loan spell to local rivals Middlesbrough back in 2013 was intended to kick start his career gaining first team experience but the player was once again confined to the reserves on his return. With only 21 BPL starts spread across 5 season’s time is running out for Ameobi and dropping down a level to guarantee himself some game time may not be such a bad move for the former England under-21.
Source: Wales Online
Jun 30 - 7:46 AM

Reports from Belgium indicate that Newcastle are 1 of 3 clubs believed to be interested in signing Serbian star Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The 20 year-old currently plies his trade for Anderlecht and boasts an impressive goalscoring record having netted 36 times from 69 starts and would cost in the region of $20 million. However United face stiff competition from two of Portugal’s power three with FC Porto and Benfica rumoured to be preparing a bid. The Magpies have been linked to a number of players throughout Europe but are yet to make their first signing although Florian Thauvin is said to be close to agreeing a deal after Newcastle submitted an improved offer to Marseille. Defensively Craig Dawson, Joel Matip and Ron Vlaar have been flagged while Dnipro winger Yehven Konoplyanka is believed to be another target.
Jun 26 - 11:10 AM

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