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

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Rafa Still Wants To Strengthen These Positions

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 · 79 Comments

Rafa Benitez told Southend manager Phil Brown on Tuesday night that he still hoped to sign four or five players this summer to go with the six good players he has already brought into Newcastle.

And that in a way has been backed up by the Telegraph, which is reporting there are  four positions Rafa still wants to strengthen this summer.

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23 year-old Wolves central midfielder Conor Coady
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Newcastle Knock Back Bids For Two Players – Not High Enough

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 · 48 Comments

Newcastle are keeping to their word and have knocked back bids for both Florian Thauvin and Cheick Tiote, because they do not meet the valuations Newcastle have of those players.

The bids were expected and were from Lazio for Florian and and Al Jazira for Cheick.

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Bids turned down for Florian Thauvin and Cheick Tiote
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Manager Bemoans Newcastle’s Persistence To Sign Grant Hanley

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 · 99 Comments

You never want to lose one of your best players and it was understandable that new Blackburn (and former Burnley, Bolton and Wigan) manager Owen Coyle, did not want to lose Grant Hanley, who was also the captain of Rovers.

But Grant wanted to join Newcastle and Rafa Benitez – in what the Magpies manager calls his exciting new project at the club – also called the Rafa Revolution or more simply the Rafalution.

Once Newcastle kept coming back, the Blackburn owners finally agreed to sell their star for around £5.5M, after bids of £3.5M and £4.5M were summarily turned down.

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Grant Hanley – hopefully he will be smiling soon?
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Newcastle In Danger Of Losing Top Young Player

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 · 15 Comments

It’s probably fair to say that by the time the summer transfer window ends at the end of August we will have lost more players than we thought we would this summer – the ones we didn’t want to lose to be more precise.

Newcastle have already lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum – two of our best players – and it’s almost certain that both Florian Thauvin and Moussa Sissoko will be out the door before the end of August.

Papiss Cisse has moved on and maybe Cheick Tiote will finally move to an Asian club somewhere, after being on the verge of leaving Newcastle a few times before.

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Rafa Benitez with Ayoze Perez
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Newcastle Defender’s Goal – Fight His Way Back To Full Fitness

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 · 12 Comments

Center-back Curtis Good was signed from Melbourne Heat four years ago for £400K on a six year deal when he was just 19.

He came to Newcastle with hopes of a bright future and he came well recommended, but after a couple of decent loan spells he’s basically been out of the game for over two years now, after picking up a hip injury in his debut for Australia back in March, 2014 against Ecuador.

That injury has kept him out of the game for over two years  and there were numerous problems in his recovery that has required three surgeries to finally fix the problem.

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Curtis Good in debut for Australia against Ecuador
In March, 2014

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