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Summer Target Forges Bond With Magpie Trio As Scouts Watch Belgian

With December just a day away, transfer speculation will start to heat ahead of the winter window. Newcastle may look to solidify their Champions League push with a few solid signings.

The expectation is the Magpies will be patient in January and only pursue a marquee signing should one become available. The noise around a couple of targets in Leicester City’s James Maddison and Brighton’s Leandro Trossard continues to emanate.

It appears Maddison has forged a bond with the three Magpies in the England squad. Incidentally, both Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier came on in England’s 3-0 win over Wales. Next up is Senegal on Sunday.

Here is a clip of Maddison mentioning some gentle ribbing from Wilson, Trippier, and Nick Pope about the Boxing Day bout between the two clubs:

Maddison is currently nursing a knee injury and didn’t feature for Gareth Southgate in the group stage. The 26-year-old will have just 18 months left on his contract when the January window opens.

Time is also running down on Trossard’s deal at The Amex. The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle scouts have been tasked with watching the Belgian during the World Cup.

Trossard has been an impact sub for Roberto Martinez’s Belgium. They head into tomorrow’s match with their fate uncertain as they are currently third in Group F on three points. They take on already eliminated Canada needing a win to advance.

The attacker’s contract runs out in the summer though Brighton reportedly have the option to extend him which they almost certainly will trigger. Trossard turns 28 over the weekend and has also been linked with a reunion with Graham Potter at Chelsea.

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59 comments so far

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #41


    Because of the amount of times you are on here posting throughout the day and into the night (whilst supposedly working) on an offshore facility (Oil Rig)…Just a question as I’m curious… Do you only use your mobile phone or whatever you use to post on here in the living quarters of the Rig?

  • Davas

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #42

    Sounds like a loaded H&S question

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #43

    Wow, the WaG’s have gotten like a dog with a bone over my working routine 😳

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #44
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #45

    Not half 🙂

  • Davas

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #46


    I understand what you mean about Phillips and I haven’t seen how he’s played in those appearances, but I think it’s maybe a bit different to maguire’s case. I thought Phillips was coming back from injury whereas Maguire had lost form.
    I thought Phillips was a big improvement on Rice when he came on and was more forward looking.
    But as a qualifier, I know nowt and that’s probably total rubbish.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #47

    If you were working closer to the North Pole than you are South Shields would you be standing outside playing on your foo#in phone 😀

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #48
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #49

    The commentator even made a point of saying that he trusts him to carry out what’s being asked.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #50

    I think it’s hard to criticise Southgate, given his overall number of wins and progress in tournaments. Bob and Check etc, not having a go at you , but who the fckk do England fans think they are and what their team is? Brazil of the 70s? Yes he is boring but his teams are pretty effective.

    As people know, I’m no fan of England ( but you should have seen when I lived there 🙂 ) , but I wudnt be in a hurry to bet against them.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #51

    Jail I didn’t need that image of Tufty thrashing buttocks singing gstk , thank you very much, when I’m eating my lunch.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #52

    Actually, it is always a good ploy to bet against England (not that I bet). The odds are always biased towards England as no England fan would bet against them. You get better value for money backing the other team. Not last night mind.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #53

    I have got to stop reading statistical patterns and their use in common day encounters!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #54

    Why tar all England fans with the same brush with your comments. I’m thoroughly sick ylof you and your anti English sentiment.

  • Adamn_92

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #55

    I don’t doubt Southgate will have certain players he feels he can trust in the squad. Pickford, Maguire and Phillips for example. But, what message does that send to players trying to earn a place?

    ‘Sorry guys, I know you’ve been in great form this season, but this guy who hasn’t played this season I trust so tough luck’

    That shouldn’t be the way. Reward players who are in good form otherwise it becomes a pointless exercise of a manager just choosing previous favourites. Yes some will get picked for playing well, but it’s still a bit of a joke when some get picked as he ‘trusts them’ or they played well for England 2 years ago but been pants since.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #56

    Pretty stupid analysis jail but it might be more accurate of me to say a ” decent section of the fan base and media”.

  • Toon fans bad

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #57

    I think any England team I can recall watching in my life would have qualified from that group easily.
    On last night, thought we struggled a bit in 1st half to break Wales down effectively. Allan worked his nads off, Bale and Ramsay aren’t at the level anymore and Johnson was my only concern in their squad. They have quite a few young lower league players and I’m not sure they’re good enough to qualify for next Euros. Unless their coefficient goes up due to being at WC and they get easier qualifying group.
    I was happy Southgate brought Phillips on and get him up to speed as we might need him later. He did well and a nice ball putting Rashford in.
    We should get passed Senegal, they were decent offensively in games I watched, but all over the place everywhere shape wise. Think we’ll do them 2 nowt or 3-1.
    I won’t be happy, but I see Southgate playing Rice and Phillips against niafron’s team

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #58

    TBH #50 Munster was pretty England friendly

  • Pottsclock

    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #59

    Crikey, France playing the B-team already.
    They’ve won the group irrespective of the result today


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