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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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Metro penalty fare rise from £20 to £100 supported by public, Nexus survey finds



The penalty for fare evasion on the Tyne and Wear Metro has now increased to £100, with commuters largely supporting the change.

But despite the steep increase in the penalty fee, a survey conducted by Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, found that 72% of people supported the increase. And 88% of people surveyed said that other passengers were the ones who were the real victims of ticketless Metro travel.

The survey, conducted through Nexus’ customer insight panel revealed that respondents regard fared evasion as seriously as handling stolen goods, tax evasion or weighing a cheaper item at a self-serve check-out.

It increased penalty fare comes after The Department for Transport (DfT) decided to raise the penalty for rail fare evasion in England and Wales as part of a new effort to crackdown on fare evasion across Britain’s railways. Metro is part of the Government’s national penalty fare regime, so it is included in the change.

Fare evasion on Metro costs Nexus £1m a year in lost revenue on what is a vital public service which does not make any profit.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The penalty for fare evasion on Metro has gone up to £100 from today and this is something that the overwhelming majority of our customers support.

“This is the first change since 2005 and reflects feedback from customers who want to see a strong deterrent against fraud. Anyone who is issued with a £100 penalty fare will pay £50 if it is paid with 21 days of it being issued.

“The Government consulted the whole rail industry and Nexus was among those keen to see an increase. Our customers tell us they want tougher penalties for those who decide not to pay their fare.

“The simple message for Metro customers is to buy a ticket every time you travel, that is a lot more affordable than risking the £100 fine.

“It’s never been easier to pay for Metro travel with a Pop Pay As You Go card and Android’s Google Pay. One in four customers are now accessing Metro this way and getting the lowest fares we have on offer.”

The penalty for Metro fare evasion, which is always set by the Government, has been £20 since May 2005.

If paid within 21 days, however, the £100 penalty is reduced to £50. But anyone who fails to pay the penalty fare will be taken to court, where a conviction results in much steeper fines.

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‘Sex party’ in Newcastle cathedral under investigation by Vatican



St Mary’s Cathedral Newcastle upon Tyne

Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral alleged to have invited worshippers to his living quarters during lockdown.

The Vatican is investigating rumours of a “sex party” at a British cathedral which is alleged to have happened during lockdown.

As part of an investigation into the circumstances of Robert Byrne’s resignation as the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, the Catholic church is looking into claims one of his priests invited worshippers to a private party at his lodgings.

Multiple people are said to have complained that Father Michael McCoy, dean of Newcastle Cathedral, approached them to attend a party at a time when gatherings were not permitted.

A diocese source told the Sunday Times said: “A number of complaints were made by individuals within the diocese after information came to light about a sex party taking place in the priests’ living quarters attached to Newcastle Cathedral.”

McCoy, 57, killed himself in April 2021 four days after finding out he was subject to an investigation by Northumbria police’s child and adult protection department for child sexual abuse.

He had been appointed by Byrne in 2019, replacing the popular Father Dermott Donnelly, the older brother of TV presenter Declan Donnelly. Father Donnelly has since died after an illness in July 2022.

While there is no suggestion Byrne attended the party, he resigned as bishop in December, telling worshippers his office “has become too great a burden”.

In a letter to clergy, which he read in St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, he said: “My own discernment has caused me to recognise that I now feel unable to continue serving the people of the diocese in the way that I would wish.”

He was appointed in 2019, after previously serving as an auxiliary in the archdiocese of Birmingham and as provost of the Oxford Oratory from 1993 to 2011.

In a letter seen by the Sunday Times, the archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon who is running the diocese until Byrne’s successor is appointed and is leading the investigation into his resignation, said he has been asked by the pope’s advisers to prepare “an in-depth report into the events leading up to Bishop Byrne’s resignation”.

The Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) last week began an “unscheduled safeguarding audit” at the diocese.

Steve Ashley, the CSSA chief executive officer said the body was independent and had “full autonomy”. He said: “The scope of the investigatory work will cover any reported abuses, alleged abuses, safeguarding concerns and the culture of safeguarding in the diocese as a whole.”

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ITV to Launch Love Island For Middle-Aged Single Parents



Casting is open for the dating show, in which contestants will be nominated by their adult children

ITV has begun casting for a dating show for single parents. The contestants on The Romance Retreat will be nominated by their adult children to search for love at a Love Island-style villa.

“This is the only dating show where single parents can search for love, by spending time in a luxury retreat, where all the parents have been nominated by their grownup children,” reads the casting call.

A take on Love Island, which is a hit among gen Z viewers, for older contestants has been rumoured for months. In January, Davina McCall told Stephen Bartlett’s podcast, The Diary of a CEO, that she had pitched the idea to ITV.

“I could fill a villa in Love Island with middle-aged people with the best back stories you have ever heard in your life,” she said.

“They’ve lived a life – they’re widows, they’re people who have been through horrific divorces. They are people who have split up with somebody and decided they want to try going out with somebody the same sex as them. They’re like interesting people. I’d watch that show.”

According to the presenter, ITV responded to her request to host a show of that style with: “We’re looking at something else that’s quite similar, we might consider you for that”.

The current series of Love Island began on Monday, with a stricter set of rules in place to protect contestants’ wellbeing. Participants’ social media accounts must now remain unused while they are in the villa, rather than be operated on their behalf. It follows contestants’ families – who often run their accounts during the show – appealing for kinder comments from viewers.

This is the first series to be hosted by Maya Jama, after Laura Whitmore stepped down in August.

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