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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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Beth Mead left out of England Women’s World Cup squad



Euro 2022 top goal scorer Beth Mead is not included in England Women’s World Cup squad.

The 27-year-old Arsenal forward has not played since November having been a major doubt for the competition.

This comes after an anterior cruciate ligament injury which she still has not fully recovered from.

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has named the 23-player squad for this summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Tottenham striker Beth England, who has not been involved since last summer’s Euro competition is included.

Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright, who has been out with a knee injury since March, has made the 23-player squad.

Sarina Wiegman confirmed Bright would captain the team in the absence of injured defender Leah Williamson.

Wiegman went on to say she never thought Beth Mead would be fit in time for the tournament, saying: “She’s so positive and going well, but the timescale she had we would have taken so many risks to get to the World Cup

“I’m not willing to take that risk to push her too much and she gets injured again. We need to take care of players.”

England play Haiti in their opening match on 22nd July in Australia where they look to build on their success following Euro 2022.

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Plans for STACK Whitley Bay unveiled for former Empress Ballroom



A landmark Tyneside venue is set for a new lease of life as a STACK drinking and dining destination if new planning proposals are given the green light.

Newcastle leisure company Danieli Group has submitted plans to create a new STACK development in the former Empress Ballroom in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, which was originally part of the town’s Spanish City. If successful, the business hopes to return the 113-year-old building to its former position at the forefront of the seaside town’s entertainment scene.

Built in 1910, the Empress Ballroom regularly hosted more than 750 dancers before going on to become the Carlton Club bingo hall. It has lain empty for some time and fallen into disrepair – yet the Stack submission would deliver a new future for the building while also injecting a boost to the local economy.

Plans by current owner Mark Holmes to transform it into a leisure and community venue were delayed by Covid and now, although planning permission for a leisure venue is in place, Danieli Group has applied for a variation of the plans to create Stack Whitley Bay. The plans, to be submitted this week, include the creation of an external roof terrace together with the premises licence application. If successful the hope is to continue along the same route as other successful STACK sites, with the inclusion of a stage for live entertainment and space for street food and drink outlets.

Neill Winch, CEO of the Danieli Group, believes STACK would be a great addition to the town. He said: “Not only will it bring a new dimension to the existing leisure offering but, subject to planning and licensing, it will bring an underutilised building – and much-loved heritage asset – back into use. We are delighted to hopefully be able to continue to build STACK’s strong presence in the North East with this new and exciting venture.”

Owner Mark Holmes added: “When we bought the Empress Ballroom, we had a vision for the magnificent venue, it’s really a hidden treasure in the Spanish City. Our plans were good, but now Neill Winch and STACK have turbo charged these plans and I am convinced they will deliver the quality venue that will benefit Whitley Bay, residents, and the whole community.”

If the application is successful, Whitley Bay will become the latest in a fast-growing portfolio of STACKS being created in the North East and beyond. A year after the closure of its original STACK Newcastle on the site of the former Odeon Cinema, Seaburn in Sunderland continues to go from strength to strength, while developments in Durham, Middlesbrough, Bishop Auckland, Carlisle and a new site in Newcastle city centre are also being created.

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Eamonn Holmes claims ITV were involved in ‘total cover-up’ over Phillip Schofield scandal



Eamonn Holmes claims ITV were involved in ‘total cover-up’ over Phillip Schofield scandal

Eamonn Holmes claims there was a ‘total cover-up’ on ITV’s This Morning show over Phillip Schofield’s affair with a younger male colleague.

The 63-year-old presenter has accused Schofield of ‘toxicity’ amid the furore over the culture of the programme.

Holmes spoke about Schofield’s affair on GB News and alleged that “those in authority” had to have known what was going on. He said: “It’s a total cover-up. Those in authority had to know what was going on and they thought they could dodge a bullet with this.

“Which they do, and they do constantly, because with Schofield talking about those who speak about against him, namely me, Amanda Holden, and you (Dan Wooton), you’ll be included in the toxicity that goes on. Dr Ranj, of course, as well. And you simply sit there and think ‘No mate, you’ve had it all your way for too long’.”

Phillip Schofield, 61, resigned from ITV on Friday (26th May) and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an “unwise, but not illegal” affair.

Following this revelation, some former This Morning employees have spoken out in criticism of the culture of the broadcaster.

Dr Ranj Singh who was the resident doctor on the show for some time slammed the show’s “toxic” culture, saying he raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” two years ago whilst working there and says he felt like he was “managed out” for whistleblowing.

In an Instagram post, Schofield hit back at the critics saying that there was “no toxicity” on This Morning, adding: “I hope you have noticed that it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.”

Referring to Schofield’s comments in an interview with Dan Wooton on GB News on Monday (29th May), Holmes accused Schofield of “toxicity”. He said: “I think that Phillip is absolutely right about the toxicity. But my friend, the toxicity is not with me, Dan Wooton, or anyone else, the toxicity is with you”.

He said that Schofield “created an atmosphere” on This Morning “where people hated him”, adding: “This nonsense that he wrote today about toxicity, about how (This Morning) is a happy place or whatever, holy god, what planet does this man live on?”

“He created an atmosphere where people hated him. People would avoid him in the corridor. He didn’t look at anybody, didn’t know anybody’s name. Holly doesn’t know people’s names either. This is legendary within the production team, how distant they are, and how they just don’t care.”

Asked after a trailer for Holmes’ GB News interview had aired but before it had been played in full at around 10:30pm, a spokesperson for Schofield said: “Phillip has no comment”.

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