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5 Realistic Free Transfer signing for Newcastle (& 5 Fantasy Transfers)



We are now well into 2022, and that means any footballers in the last 6 months of their contracts can be signed on a Bosman free transfer.

Every year, players of every calibre and level can potentially leave their current club on a free transfer. Some of the biggest names in world football are available in the summer of 2022, such as: Kylian Mbappe, Paulo Dybala, Paul Pogba, Franck Kessie, Marcelo Brozovic, Antonio Rudiger and Ousmane Dembele are among the top stars with expiring contracts.

In this article we are going to look at all players available and make a list of 5 realistic free transfer for Newcastle and 5 fantasy transfers.

Realistic Transfers:

#1 – Jesse Lingard:

An ongoing transfer saga for Newcastle following the January window, weeks of negotiations between Newcastle and Manchester United lead to nothing despite multiple offers being made for the England International.

The midfielder will leave Old Trafford in the summer, and he would be a welcome addition to the Newcastle squad, even if it is 6 months later than they anticipated.

#2 – Boubacar Kamara: 

The 22 year old is a versatile player for Marseille, Kamara can operate as a defensive midfielder but can also fit in a centre back if needed. There was January rumours of Newcastle making an approach for the young prospect.

Highly regarded by many in France and around Europe, the midfielder has already amassed 96 Ligue 1 appearances, playing close to 8,000 minutes across four seasons .

The midfielder will bring a work ethic that would be loved by the Newcastle faithful.

#3 – Ben Brereton Díaz:

The Chilean International has been a revelation for Blackburn Rovers, scoring 20 goals in 27 games this season.  Last season, he scored 40. The form of the striker is linking him to European clubs such as Barcelona.

With Newcastle’s failure to acquire an attacker in the January window, Brereton Díaz may fancy moving up to the Premier League (if Newcastle beat the drop) to prove himself on a bigger stage.

#4 – Christian Eriksen:

The Denmark international has only just made his return to the Premier League with Brentford, after completing a medical assessment and signing a 6 month deal yesterday with Brentford.

With his medical history remaining confidential, Eriksen is back to focus purely on football, but with the deal due to expire, Newcastle could look to sign him and deploy him as an attacking midfielder.

His quality is well known from his time at Tottenham in which he registered 51 goals and 62 assists, in 226 appearances for the North London club.

#5 – James Tarkowski 

The Burnley defender is another player who was linked with a move to Newcastle in January, the centre-half is yet to sign a contract extension with Sean Dyches men.

The defender could possible join Eddie Howes men at the end of the season, especially if they survive the drop and Burnley don’t.

Now let’s push the boat out and have some fun, which players would we love to see grace the pitch at St. James Park.

Fantasy Transfers:

#1 – Kylian Mbappé:

The French International, has already won Ligue 1 in France as well as the World Cup with France in 2018. The striker, is best known for his dribbling, pace and finishing.

Mbappé is one of the most sought after strikers in European football and would be a welcome addition to anytime, hopefully Saint-Maximin can put a good word in.

#2 – Paul Pogba:

Pogba has had less than a glamorous time during his second run with Manchester United, often the target of criticism from managers and players, Pogba’s days at Old Trafford look numbered.

Often praised for his impressive international performances, Pogba has got bags of talent and has showed it in glimpses at Manchester United.

Another player perhaps Saint-Maximin can help bring to Tyneside.

#3 –  Ousmane Dembélé:

The winger has been more or less banished from Barcelona after the clubs board told him to find a new club in January.

The talent in the Frenchman is there to be seen by all, he has scored some great goals for Barcelona, and recently played a great game against Real Madrid in the Supercopa de España.

Maybe we should ask Saint-Maximin for a hand with this one too.

#4 – Antonio Rüdiger:

The German international is in the last 6 months of his deal at Chelsea, and hasn’t dismissed the idea of potentially moving away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

An accomplished German international and a Champions League winner, Rüdiger would be a welcome addition to any defensive line in world football.

The idea of Rüdiger donning the black and white of Newcastle would be a welcome sight.

#5 – Paulo Dybala: 

The Juventus attackers current deal runs out in the summer. The Argentine joined Juventus in 2015, and has went on to win multiple Serie A titles with the Turin club.

In 2019, Dybala was linked with a move away from Juventus with Spurs leading the pursuit of him however that move collapsed on deadline day.

Dybala may not be against moving to England, and Newcastle would love to see the technical ability of the accomplished attacker.



What do you think? Who do you want Newcastle to sign in the Summer?

What dream signings do you have for your team?

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Trial confirmed for Sunderland man Aaron Ray charged with murdering Northumbria University student



A trial date has been set for the suspected murder of a 24-year-old Northumbria University scholar at student accommodation Mansion Tyne last week.

Aaron Ray of Mayfield Road, South Hylton has been charged with murder  and appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday, October 4.

The 21-year-old attended his hearing via video link from custody and spoke only to confirm his name, that he could hear the courtroom and that he understood the judge’s warning that, should he have committed any of the offences put to him, “the sooner you tell the court, the better for you”.

Ray will appear at court again for a pre-trial hearing on Friday, October 28 and a date for a trial has been set for Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – it is expected to last five days. The defendant will be kept in custody deemed to be at “risk of further offences”.

On Thursday, September 29 a Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly before 4.30 pm on Tuesday [Sep 27] police received a report of concern for the welfare of a man inside an address on Howard Street, Newcastle.

“Police and emergency services attended but sadly a 24-year-old man was confirmed as deceased.

“While enquiries are at an early stage, a murder investigation has been launched and a 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in custody at this time.

“It is believed the two men were known to each other and there is no risk to the wider public, but officers will remain in the area.

“The man’s next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specialist officers.”

Ray, was arrested back in 2020 after he left a pet cockatiel with catastrophic injuries after plunging a knife into the back of its neck during a fit of rage. Police officers found the deceased bird after being called to an address in South Hylton following reports of a disturbance.

He was convicted at South Tyneside Magistrate’s Court on June 11 after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme



Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.

The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.

Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.

Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.

Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.

This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.

The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.

Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.

There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.

This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.

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Cinemas to screen the Queen’s funeral for free on Monday



Around 150 cinemas across the UK will open on Monday to allow people to watch the Queen’s state funeral for free, while suspending the screening of films, to allow the public to mourn together.


Vue, Curzon and Arc will all screen the funeral proceedings free of charge at select venues from 10am. The funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.


Vue has cinemas in Gateshead, Cramlington and Hartlepool and will suspend normal scheduling on the national day of mourning. The chain issued a statement to inform the public that: “Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering on this day will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase.”


In addition, they will also screen the London Procession in the majority of their UK venues on Wednesday, 14 September, live from 1.30pm. On this day all other screens will be open showing film content as normal.


Other cinemas across the UK have decided to offer this too, including Arc Cinema, Reel Cinemas, Picturedome and Savoy.


The largest cinema chains, Odeon and Cineworld, will remain closed alongside Picturehouse, Showcase and The Light.


Will you be going to a showing – let us know on our Facebook page and join the conversation –

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