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Reports Suggest Lyon Cut Price For Newcastle Target



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French news outlet Media Foot has reported that French side Lyon have cut their asking price for Newcastle target Lucas Paquetá. 

Media Foot believes that Lyon are willing to accept a fee of £34,000,000 for the Brazilian midfielder. The Northern Echo have stated that The Magpies are investigating to see if the reports of a discounted asking price are true.

Previously, it was understood that Lyon wanted a fee in the region of £68,000,000 for Paquetá’s services this summer, which was over the amount The Toon rated him.

Paquetá played in midfield with Bruno Guimarães during their time together at Lyon, before Guimarães made the January switch to the North-East.

Newcastle are not the only Premier League side that have registered an interest in the 24-year-old, as Arsenal are also big admirers of the Brazilian.

Paquetá has predominantly played as an advanced midfielder since he joined Lyon from Italian side AC Milan. He scored 9 times and claimed 6 assists in 35 games last season showing he has the ability to add goals and assists from midfield.

Another midfielder linked

Sky Sports have linked The Magpies with another midfielder, Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans.

The Belgium international has just one year left on his contract at The Foxes and reports suggest he is due to sit down with manager Brendon Rodgers to discuss his future this week.

According to reports from Belgium, Leicester have dropped down from their £60,000,000 asking price to a more reasonable £35,000,000.

Arsenal and Manchester United are also keen on Tielemans who has proved to be a top Premier League midfielder since his arrival in England back in 2019.

With links to Tielemans and Paquetá, it looks like Eddie Howe wants to add a more advanced midfielder to his midfield three this summer.

Current midfield options

Currently, Eddie Howe has midfield options of Joelinton, Bruno Guimarães, Joe Willock, Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff. With youngsters Elliot Anderson and Matty Longstaff likely to head out on loan this season.

Howe would probably be happy if The Magpies started the new Premier League campaign with the current midfield options at his disposal.

A player already at the club who could provide more attacking intent to Newcastle’s midfield three would be Joe Willock, who scored 8 goals in 14 games during his loan spell at the club in the 2020/2021 season.

However, since joining permanently from Arsenal, Willock hasn’t hit the form his loan spell promised as he has failed to nail down his spot in Howe’s midfield three.

North-East football correspondent Craig Hope has reported that Jonjo Shelvey will earn a 12-month contract extension taking his contract at the club to 2024, should he make just three appearances this season.

Should another midfielder arrive at St James’ Park, Howe may look to offload Shelvey this window to avoid triggering the contract extension.

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Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.



Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.

Newcastle United boss wants to extend the contracts of two players before losing them.

Eddie Howe has expressed in a recent fan Q&A his intentions to keep two out of contract players this summer, Loris Karius and Paul Dummett, according to the Athletic’s Chris Waugh, with both players current contracts set to end this summer.

6 players are currently set to become out of contract come June 1st, Loris Karius, Paul Dummet, Mark Gillespie, Matt Ritchie, Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clark. However, it is only Karius and Dummett that appear to be safe of getting the chop.

Loris Karius has spent this season as Newcastle United’s third choice keeper, with only one appearance coming in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup Final. Despite the loss, Karius did little wrong and contributed some wonderful saves late on in that game.

Paul Dummett has had the same treatment, with only one appearance coming his way, a Carabao Cup tie in the second round against Tranmere Rovers back in August. The 31-year-old Welshman is an experienced head and will no doubt have great respect within the dressing room having signed for the club back in 2012 making 205 appearances in that time.

Both players can expect new contracts from Eddie Howe as he has made it known that he wants them both to remain at the club next season.


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Top 10 Free Transfers NUFC Could Sign This Summer



Newcastle United Free Transfers - top 10 Summer 2023

10 players Eddie Howe could look towards with contracts expiring at the end of this season.

The free agent’s market is the absolute cheat code for clubs across the board, being able to avoid the rising transfer fees and getting players through the door through verbal agreements makes life much easier for clubs during the transfer window.

We have compiled a list of 10 free transfers NUFC could sign this summer from Europe’s top five leagues giving them a rating of the potential of them signing and the impact they would have.


  1. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

The 29-year-old full back has his contract expiring this summer and with NUFC already being hinted at as his potential new club, this one is worth keeping an eye on over the next few months. He would slot straight in at left-back to have healthy competition for fan favourite Dan Burn and add a burst of class and pace to that left hand side. The Portugal international already has an impressive CV and would be looking to show that off to the St. James faithful.

Potential – A

Impact – A


  1. Yerry Mina (Everton)

With Everton potentially facing the drop this season, a jump from Merseyside to Newcastle could suit the centre back to a T. The 28-year-old Columbian international would add to NUFC’s already in form back line and bring some South American heat as they look to progress further next season. Mina possesses dominance, aggression, and a great ariel threat and would be a top addition to the magpies this summer.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Jonathan Bamba (Lille)

An explosive winger who made his name known as Lille snatched the league title in 2021 in France, the 26-year-old is still yet to receive a contract extension from the club and could be looking elsewhere in the summer. Adding pace, flair, and drive to an already exciting front three for NUFC could be what fans need going into next season.

Potential – C

Impact – A


  1. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)

Reportedly being close to leaving in the summer window of 2022, Youri Tielemans would be a fine addition to NUFC’s midfield being able to operate in a slightly deeper role to allow Bruno to push further up the field and do what he does best. The 25-year-old has his contract expiring this summer and with him and James Maddison already being linked to the club, this transfer seems to make so much more sense and would add heaps of quality to the centre of the field.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Drive, power, and flair are the 3 best words to describe Crystal Palace star man Wilfried Zaha. The 30-year-old could be looking to depart his beloved club in the hope for European football next season and NUFC could be just the place for him. Being able to operate either on the left or down the middle, Zaha would thrive under Eddie Howe and be a fantastic addition to the front line.

Potential – B

Impact – A

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Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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