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Newcastle Turn Attention To Other Targets Following Ekitike Deal Collapsing



Newcastle Striker Targets

Newcastle are looking at other forward options following the deal for Stade Remis striker Hugo Ekitike collapsing.

A fee had been agreed between Stade Remis and The Magpies for the 20-year-old striker but the Frenchman’s advisors had demanded figures that Newcastle refused to pay.

With the Ekitike deal seemingly out the window, The Toon are looking at other targets to add depth to Eddie Howe’s forward options for the coming season.

Eddie Howe has currently added goalkeeper Nick Pope and defenders Matt Target and Sven Botman to the ranks this summer and it seems the next priority for The Magpies is the forward positions.

Armando Broja

Chelsea striker Armando Broja has been linked with a move to St James’ Park. The Blues value Broja at £35,000,000 as they offered him plus cash in a last-ditch attempt to get Richarlison from Everton before he moved to Spurs.

Broja is an aggressive 6’3″ striker who is comfortable running in behind and at defenders while being a great pressing forward.

The Albanian international came through the ranks at Chelsea but has only made a single appearance for the London club. Last season he had a successful loan spell with Southampton scoring 6 goals in 33 Premier League games.

The Saints are interested in signing Broja on a permanent deal after impressing boss Ralph Hasenhüttl last campaign.

West Ham United are also thought to be keen on Broja as they are preparing a bid of £30,000,000 for the 20-year-old. Broja is said to be David Moyes’ top striker target this summer.

Sky Sports have reported that Newcastle would prefer a loan move for Borja which could suit Chelsea should they want him to have another full season in the Premier League before potentially being involved in Chelsea’s first team.

Andrea Belotti

In April, reports from Italy suggested that Newcastle and West Ham United would target Belotti in the summer transfer window. Bellotti is now a free agent after he decided to leave Torino at the end of his contract which expired at the end of June.

Belotti scored 113 goals in 251 games for Torino and has become a club legend to many. He has also been capped 44 times for Italy and scored 12 goals for his country.

In the summer of 2017, Belotti had a release clause of €100,000,000 and had big interest from AC Milan, Manchester United and Chelsea.

At just 28-years-old, Belotti on a free transfer would be superb business if the club can tempt him to the North East as he wont be short of offers this summer.

Alan Virginius

Another forward that has been recently linked with a move to Newcastle is, Alan Virginius. The 19-year-old currently plays for Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux.

Virginius can play on either flank and also down the middle. He helped France U19s to the semi-final of European U19s Championship before being knocked out by Isreal.

The forward has just 12 months left on his contract at FC Sochaux and the club are open to selling him for around €7,000,000. Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge are also interested in the young Frenchman.

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue



The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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