Newcastle Turn Attention To Other Targets Following Ekitike Deal Collapsing
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.
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.
Newcastle are interested in a potential loan deal for Chelsea striker Armando Broja this summer. 🗞️pic.twitter.com/iC3MY7Jm8h
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 3, 2022
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.
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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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN 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!’
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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….
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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.
Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?
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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