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A high-five for Amanda? Toon transfer targets to help open a new chapter in Newcastle United history



Jesse Lingard and Sterling
Author: Sam Smith


It’s over! As takeover fever hits Newcastle, the most important detail of the deal remains the removal of Mike Ashley.


After 14 years of detachment from the fans, football which gave a resurgence to the word “turgid” in too many match reports, and a blanket of indifference that stifled the hope and ambition of thousands of Geordies, a new door has opened. Come on in passion, excitement and possibility.


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Scenes outside of St James Park (courtesy North East Updates – Facebook page)


But before we dash off into some January transfer window fantasy land, let’s just take stock for a moment.


The Saudi takeover is clearly not simply a black and white matter – there are many shades of grey to be dealt with in the coming months and years. However, what remains impossible to ignore right now is that Newcastle United sit second bottom of the table, winless, and in desperate need of some new blood on the pitch. Without doubt, new foundations need putting down behind the scenes, but the burning question for today is which players should we invest in as part of the first wave of reinforcements?


Before listing a galaxy of international superstars, perhaps we should learn from Man City’s £32million Robinho regret. He lasted less than 50 games. Bad business by any measure. However, since their early audacious transfer policy, City have won several major trophies including the Premier League on five occasions. To emulate this success the Magpies will need to find their own versions of stalwarts like Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta as cornerstones of their future development if the club is to rise to the top of the Premier League “within the next ten years”.


It’s unlikely to be an instant fix, but if done correctly the sleeping giant of Newcastle United may rise to put the North East on the footballing map once again as the club becomes relevant across the globe. Let’s hope Newcastle adopt a pragmatic approach and combine proven premiership tenacity with a sprinkling of flair – a thoughtful mix of youthful exuberance and hard-nosed experience. One thing remains certain, Saint-Maximin needs support.


So, who are the realistic Premier League targets right now?


Credit: Jesse Lingard – Instagram


Having turned down the Toon last January to move to London based West Ham United, Jesse Lingard may think twice before rejecting Newcastle for a second time. The club he turned down previously lacked ambition, direction and investment, however under the stewardship of Amanda Stavely there is a new mood around the place and the discontent between the fans and the previous owner has been put to a much-needed end.


For years the team has lacked attacking creativity – someone to run deep from midfield, put the ball in the net or be given the freedom to provide opportunities for teammates. Alongside a fit Callum Wilson, an in-form Allan Saint-Maximin and hard-working Miguel Almiron, Lingard could make a huge difference to the club’s fortunes and help it climb up from the foot of the table. Yes, our marquee signing of last summer Joe Willock plays a similar role to the Manchester United man, however this transfer would give Newcastle that cutting edge and strength in depth that has been non-existent under Ashley. Lingard has already put in a few dazzling performances for the Red Devils this year, including a well-worked goal against the Mags back in September and a curling effort from the corner of the box against the Hammers. The boy has goals in him.


Aston Villa engine room warrior John McGinn is a prime example of the tenacity required for a team to be successful in the Premier League. Having starred for Villa last season alongside Jack Grealish, McGinn’s performances were hugely positive and helped to drive the team to a respectable 11th place finish – a position Newcastle fans would be ecstatic with come the end of this campaign. Now McGinn has developed a more attack minded side to his game and seems fitter than previous years, adding an extra yard of pace. Could he combine his defensive mastery with his increasingly attacking style to help form a solid base for Newcastle to work from? One thing is for sure, he’d certainly add balance to the side and would be adored by the fans as a result of his passion for tackling and breaking up play. Alongside Isaac Hayden he would give freedom to the likes of Willock and Almiron to break the lines and enable the team to have sustained attacks on the opposition defence. Get stuck in John!


Enough about putting the ball in the opposition net, how about stopping the ball going in ours? Stand up Connor Coady and become a Toon fan favourite. The no-nonsense, brave and canny operator helped Wolves to consecutive top eight finishes in their first two seasons back in the Premier League and has played in all four divisions of English football. Freshly capped for the National side, Coady leads from the back and could become the rock in the centre of Newcastle’s defence – with Nuno leaving Wanderers at the start of the season a fresh start may be exactly what the 28-year-old is after.


Credit: Ivan Toney – Instagram


Ivan Toney perfectly sums up the Ashley era: he was ours, but we let him go! Since his time at St James’ Toney has emerged as a force of nature up front. His powerful build and dynamic style have enabled Brentford to get off to a fantastic start – 31 goals in 45 Championship games last season suggests he has the qualities to be an exciting Premier League prospect. The signing of Callum Wilson at the beginning of the 2020/21 season gave Toon fans something to cheer about and he has shown glimpses of his talent in between his injuries – the fans recognise a skilful striker but unfortunately, he’s not on pitch enough to show it week in, week out. If he was to stay fit, Wilson would be at a top six club scoring goals for fun. The possibility of having two proven Premier League talents leading the line seemed like a dream under Ashley but now it could be reality. The combination of pace and power from Toney and the mix of Wilson’s experience and his poacher’s instincts would certainly get the fans off their seats.



Credit: James Tarkowski – Instagram


Perhaps a slightly more underwhelming addition could be Burnley defender James Tarkowski who has plenty of Premier League experience and is out of contract at the end of the season. It is important to remember the position Newcastle currently find themselves in. Although it’s exciting to discuss the possibility of signing European megastars, players like Tarkowski may enable the Toon to thrive under new ownership and help them to climb back up the table. The English centre-half has plenty of Premier League knowhow and has played over 150 games for the Clarets since 2016, with two international caps under his belt. If Newcastle act quickly in the January window the powerful defender may be available for around £3million which represents a great deal and would strengthen the Magpie defence which has been lacking stability for years. Tarkowski would be a threat in the opposition box at set pieces and would certainly be an upgrade on our current defensive options. Put him in row Z James!


Other European options include the likes of 30-year-old commanding centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, Portuguese midfield starlet Renato Sanches from Ligue 1 side Lille, ex-Premier League superstars Eden Hazard and Phillipe Coutinho, Englishmen Declan Rice and Buykayo Saka or Argentinian talent Lautaro Martinez from Italian champions Inter Milan amongst many others, but they might be a window too early for the new owners just now.


Of course, the Saudi takeover has attracted a myriad of transfer rumours given the extent of its riches, however Newcastle must be realistic in their pursuit of new players. What remains clear is that the signing of reliable, experienced and hard-working players is top priority.


So, while I started by saying it was ‘over’, now Ashley has departed we have a new beginning. Already there is a whole new feel around the club as an atmosphere of optimism, excitement and enthusiasm once again fills the City. It’s an intoxicating mixture, ready to ignite. Howay the Toon!


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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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