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Transfer Latest: Newcastle Set To Break Transfer Record



Newcastle transfer latest

Newcastle United are set to sign 22-year-old striker Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad for a club-record fee of £58,000,000.

Eddie Howe has been keen to add to his forward options this summer and is now on the verge of doing just that with the imminent arrival of Alexander Isak.

The Swedish international will, today, undergo a medical ahead of his record-breaking move to The Toon. Isak’s arrival comes at a good time, as current first-choice striker Callum Wilson is facing 3-4 weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The Magpies’ have been long-term admirers of Isak since the new owners came in back in October last year.

Isak is already off the mark for the season with a goal in Sociedad’s 4-1 defeat to Barcelona last weekend.

Isak’s arrival at St James’ Park will take the total spending to around £200,000,000 since the new owners took over last year.

Is João Pedro to Newcastle still on?

Watford’s João Pedro is another forward that’s reportedly close to joining Newcastle this summer.

Earlier this week, journalist Fabrizio Romano broke the news that The Magpies’ agreed a £25,000,000 fixed fee plus £5,000,000 in add-ons with The Hornets.

Due to the imminent arrival of Isak, Romano now understands that Newcastle need to decide if they still want to go ahead with the deal for the 20-year-old.

João Pedro will offer different qualities in the forward positions to Isak, as Pedro is comfortable playing on the left-wing and as a No.10 as well as being the central striker. Whereas, Isak is similar to Callum Wilson as he predominantly occupies the central role.

However, The Toon’s hierarchy may be hesitant to go ahead with the deal for Pedro as well as Isak due to FFP restrictions.

Lucas Paquetá interest

The Lyon playmaker is a player that Newcastle fans are keen on signing to complete that Brazilian midfield three that they dream of.

Paquetá has been linked to Newcastle ever since the arrival of former teammate Bruno Guimarães at St James’ Park.

However, Sky Sports North-East reporter Keith Downie understands that Newcastle don’t have any interest in signing the 24-year-old this summer.

Premier League rival West Ham United have recently seen a £33,800,000 bid rejected for Paquetá’s services.

If The Magpies’ aren’t willing to make a move for Paquetá this window, it seems likely they will miss out on his signature.

Keith Downie has suggested that Newcastle are looking at loan alternatives for central midfield reinforcements.

Conor Gallagher loan deal

The Mirror are reporting that Newcastle are working to complete a deal to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on a season-long loan.

Chelsea are set to make a decision on the amount of game time Conor Gallagher is likely to get this season, with the midfielder pushing to get into England’s World Cup squad later this year.

Gallagher started The Blue’s 3-0 defeat to Leeds last weekend due to an injury to N’Golo Kanté.

The 22-year-old had a successful season with Crystal Palace last year, with 8 goals and 3 assists from midfield and he collected the player of the season award, proving he is Premier League ready.

Eddie Howe will want to add further options to his midfield three with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey out for the next 12 weeks.

Martin Dúbravka to United

Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United are keen to sign Dúbravka on a season-long loan as United look to add further competition for David de Gea.

Since the arrival of Nick Pope from Burnley this summer, Dúbravka has the been second-choice goalkeeper at St James’ Park.

The 33-year-old was expected to start in last night’s 2-1 Carabao Cup second-round win against Tranmere Rovers but was absent due to feeling ‘ill’, amid links away from the club.

Should Dúbravka depart, it would leave Nick Pope, Karl Darlow and Mark Gillespie in the goalkeeping department, so a replacement may not be necessary.

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Beth Mead left out of England Women’s World Cup squad



Euro 2022 top goal scorer Beth Mead is not included in England Women’s World Cup squad.

The 27-year-old Arsenal forward has not played since November having been a major doubt for the competition.

This comes after an anterior cruciate ligament injury which she still has not fully recovered from.

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has named the 23-player squad for this summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Tottenham striker Beth England, who has not been involved since last summer’s Euro competition is included.

Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright, who has been out with a knee injury since March, has made the 23-player squad.

Sarina Wiegman confirmed Bright would captain the team in the absence of injured defender Leah Williamson.

Wiegman went on to say she never thought Beth Mead would be fit in time for the tournament, saying: “She’s so positive and going well, but the timescale she had we would have taken so many risks to get to the World Cup

“I’m not willing to take that risk to push her too much and she gets injured again. We need to take care of players.”

England play Haiti in their opening match on 22nd July in Australia where they look to build on their success following Euro 2022.

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Karl Darlow set for permanent move away from Newcastle United



After a successful loan spell to Hull City, Karl Darlow is poised for a permanent move away from St. James’.

Hull City manager Liam Rosenior has made it clear he wants to keep a hold of Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Signing for the club in 2014 from Nottingham Forest, he went onto make 100 appearances for the magpies with his debut coming in 2015 under Steve McLaren. His best stint for the club was during the 2020/21 season making 25 appearances. He then saw himself fall out of favour when Martin Dubravka signed for the club and now with Nick Pope cementing the position as his own, Darlow saw himself drop down the pecking order.

Signing for Hull City on loan in January, he has since made 11 appearances keeping 5 clean sheets in the process, with three coming in the last four matches against good opposition in Millwall, Blackburn, and Watford.

“He’s been magnificent since he’s come in,” Rosenior said after Darlow’s clean sheet against Watford on Saturday. “I think he’s massively enjoying working here, I think he’s enjoying the club, he’s settled in with the players really really well.

“What I really like about Karl was as soon as he signed he had his young family come and join him and settle down in the area, and I think that’s helped him. Hopefully we’ll have discussions in the summer about his long-term future.”

Rosenior revealed earlier in the week his intention to keep Darlow at the club, and Hull are believed to be in discussions with Newcastle over making the goalkeeper’s stay at the MKM Stadium permanent – as his loan agreement is believed to have as an option.

Contracted at St. James’ until 2025, it seems as though a permanent move to Hull City would be the best thing for Darlow with his position at Newcastle United seemingly gone.


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Our Premier League Team of the Season 2022/2023



With the season drawing to a close, we have put together our Premier League Team of the Season.

In what has been a season that is set to go right down to the very end, it has been yet another spectacular campaign of football with players breaking out on to the scene and some very memorable moments.

Lets have a look at who we have decided is in the starting 11 for the Team of the Season.

The starting 11 was chosen in terms of not only who we think has been the best in those positions, but also who has either exceeded expectations but also who has done exactly what was expected of them in their position.

Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman mean Newcastle United make up 60% of the defence in this team, but for good reason. This season, the magpies are currently bosting the best defence in the league conceding the least amount of goals, 24 to be precise.

William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko make up the remaining two spots in the defence, the Arsenal duo have had a great campaign with the gunners still sat top of the league and looking to get their first league title in nearly 20 years.

A midfield three of Casemiro, Keving De Bruyne, and Martin Odegaard, three players so vital to their clubs and all having a wonderful season, it’s hard to put anyone else in there over them.

Up top, we have a front three of Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Erling Haaland as all three players have had goals, influence, and star power in their clubs to push them to the very top this season.

The substitutes include top of the league goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, which seems harsh to leave him out of the starting squad but up against Nick Pope, either could go in and it would be a good decision, but Ramsdale just makes it onto our bench.

Ben Mee has had a cracking season with Brentford seeing them looking set to enjoy a top half finish with him at the heart of defence. Luke Shaw gets on the bench after a solid season under Ten Hag at United.

Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Harry Kane are the remaining players on the bench, all have had a fantastic season but unfortunately only make the bench for this squad.

Roberto De Zerbi is the manager of the season for us, having joined Brighton in September following Graham Potter’s departure, many thought this spelt the end of Brighton’s good fortunes in the Premier League, but not only did De Zerbi do better than expected of him, he has taken a very good Brighton and Hove Albion team and improved them navigating them to a top half finish.

Manchester City only see two players in this team, although they have had a great season, the rotation of the team sees a great team instead of individual players, which is a testament to how Pep Guardiola wants his teams to be.


Premier League 22/23 Team of the Season:

Nick Pope (GK), Kieran Trippier, William Saliba, Sven Botman, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Casemiro, Kevin De Bruyne, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, Erling Haaland.


Aaron Ramsdale (GK), Ben Mee, Luke Shaw, Bruno Guimaraes, Alexis Mac Allister, Gabriel Martinelli, Harry Kane

Manager: Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton)


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