One Midfielder Likely To Leave – One Returning To Fitness

At his press conference today Steve McClaren was again tight-lipped on the transfer business Newcastle are engaged in – even though has been lots of news int eh press that Newcastle are finding it difficult to arrange deals for Saido Berahino of West Brom and Andros Townsend of Tottenham.

The Chairman of both those clubs are trying to drive a hard deal and Newcastle may well decide to go after other targets before the transfer window slams shut a week on Monday.

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Steve McClaren – gave his press conference today

This is some of what Steve said today on the transfer front and the status of Cheick Tiote’s potential move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua:

“We’ve done our business quietly and it would be disrespectful to comment on any names we are linked with – we’re always busy though.”

“Negotiations are still on-going for Tiote. I can’t see any complications though’ – suggests it is going to happen.”

And – wait for it – there was some good news today on the Newcastle web-site with an update on Vurnon Anita, who is recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Here is a photo of Vurnon Anita doing his running this week
He looks happy enough

Here is the update Newcastle put out on their web-site earlier today:

Vurnon Anita is making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring problem.

The Holland international midfielder limped out of December’s 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion with what head coach Steve McClaren described as a “long-term” injury.

But, while the former Ajax man is yet to resume full training, he has stepped up his comeback in recent days.

He has been given the green light to start running outside, and has taken part in light ball work sessions with physio Michael Harding this week.

Anita had been a near ever-present for Newcastle before his injury, making 19 appearances in all competitions this term.

We really need a win at Watford tomorrow and a defeat would really be hard to take against a side who have lost their last four Premier league games and their last win was against Newcastle in the FA Cup.

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