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.
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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Vicky Pattison left in tears before her praised Channel 4 documentary airs
Vicky Pattison opened up on Instagram on Tuesday to reveal that she had been ‘crying in the toilets for hours’ after a press tour for her Channel 4 documentary on alcoholism left her ‘completely emotionally exhausted.
The Geordie Shore star confirmed last month that she would be releasing a documentary focusing on her father John’s battle with drink and addressing her own fears that she could follow his path, admitting that alcohol has already impacted stages of her career.
My Dad, Alcohol and Me aired on Tuesday at 10pm on Channel 4 and has already received widespread praise from viewers.
The promotional trial ahead of the documentary’s release saw Vicky appearing on shows like The One Show and This Morning, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers.
Vicky is known for her honest social media presence, and on Tuesday posted a tearful selfie to Instagram with the following caption:
“Today got the better of me… 🥺
“I’ve spent the last month talking about things that I’ve kept bottled up for years- in the hopes that people will watch my documentary tonight and understand a little bit more about addiction and alcoholism. But I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t left me completely emotionally exhausted. Every interview I did I grew closer and closer to tears.
“I went and hid in the toilets at the BBC today and had a little cry after my chat- which I’d been threatening to do all day if I’m honest with myself ”
She also shared that she hopes that the documentary is able to help even just one person feel less alone or bring one family closer together while bringing clarity and peace, and helping people understand what those struggling with addiction and those that love them have to face on a daily basis.
How Tyneside sizzled during the four-month summer heatwave of 1976
Looking back, according to the weather records, the summers of 2003, 1995, 1959, 1949 and 1915 were some of the true scorchers of the last 100 years or so.
But it was the blistering, seemingly endless summer of 1976 that will remain forever burned into the memory of anyone who lived through it.
The sun began shining in April and kept shining 45 years ago as the summer heatwave saw British temperatures nudging the mid 30s for months on end.
The heatwave kicked off in April and for week after week, the sun blazed in cloudless skies over Britain. Millions of us began flocking to the seaside and the countryside, and sunbathing in parks and back.
We also saw massive swarms of seven-spotted ladybirds landing in the country, a vivid memory for many.
But it wasn’t all sunshine and easy going, the extreme heat led to severe drought. The impact of the drought on water supplies led to water rationing, with rivers in parts of the country running dry.
The 1976 heatwave is understood to have also been the cause of 20% ‘excess deaths’ and there were significantly more hospital emergency admissions from 24 June to 8 July 1976 than for the same period in 1975 or 1974.
The heatwave and drought eventually came to an abrupt end when severe thunderstorms swept across the country, with September and October of 1976 bringing lots of rain.
Do you remember the blazing summer of ’76?
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