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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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Aleksandar Mitrovic Starts At York City

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 · 198 Comments

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It’s been a hectic pre-season for Newcastle (too many games) and after playing at Sheffield United on Sunday, Newcastle will play York City tonight at Bootham Crescent on what will be a rain-sodden pitch.

Steve McClaren has just announced his team and there will be chances given to a number of fringe players – Bigirimana, Ferguson, Satka and Abeid all start – and new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic gets his first start and first appearance for the Magpies tonight.

The senior players are being held back for the final game of pre-season against Borussia Monchengladbach at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon – 3:00pm kick-off – and then there will be 8 days before we host Southampton in our Premier league kick-off.
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Newcastle Keep Bidding – But Another Offer Turned Down

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 · 131 Comments

There is a report in French publication RMC that says Newcastle have made another bid for long term target Florian Thauvin, but that the bid has been turned down by Marseilles, so if the news is true then Newcastle are continuing to try to add new players to the squad.

The report suggests Newcastle bid around €17M for the Frenchman, which is around £12M – and that’s a very decent bid for the 22 year-old French winger.

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Florian Thauvin – Newcastle bid rejected
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Newcastle Fans Want To Keep This Experienced Midfielder

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 · 23 Comments

We thought that Cheick Tiote was almost certain to be sold this summer, after having a season interrupted by injury and not playing for us for the second half of the season at all.

That was after he had picked up a knee injury at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in early February, while playing for Ivory Coast.

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Cheick Tiote – in training at Newcastle
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Review – Newcastle Have Done Well – But Still Need More Players

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 · 83 Comments

Newcastle have done well so far this season in getting two top players through the door – Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic – and they cost £27M for the two, and we should be able to get Chancel Mbemba signed by the end of the week once the FA gives approval for his visa.

That’s three good players through the door for around £35.5M – but we still need three more good players for it to be the summer transfer window we were all hoping for.

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Wijnaldum and Mitrovic already signed
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Newcastle In Shock Move for Top Class Argentine Center-Back

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 · 148 Comments

Newcastle United are reported to be after Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, the Argentine International center-back who has 25 caps for his country and who some very big clubs are after.

Nicholas is a very good player who joined Valencia last summer after spending four years at Porto and he’s a highly regarded defender on the continent.

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Nicolas Otamendi – Valencia’s Argentine center-back
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Why Georginio Wijnaldum Signed For Newcastle

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 · 16 Comments

Georginio Wijnaldum has spoken today in the Shields Gazette, and he credits head coach Steve McClaren and goalkeeper Tim Krul as the two people who persuaded him to join Newcastle.

Gini is comfortable with the way McClaren plays the game, after knowing him when he managed FC Twente a couple of times, and Tim Krul has been trying to get him to Newcastle for a number of years now.

Well – it’s all paid of and this classy young player is now a Newcastle player.

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Wijnaldum with McClaren when he signed on at Newcastle
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