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.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 25, 2022
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.
Alexander Isak equalises for Real Sociedad after Frenkie de Jong gets caught in possession! 🔵⚪
What a start to this game! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/biO44zUhXp
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) August 21, 2022
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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Newcastle Falcons will close on Monday to mark respect for Queen Elizabeth II
Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club have announced that they will be closed for business on Monday September 19 as a mark of respect for the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The rugby union club will close their club shop, ticket office, bars and general office operations, based in Kingston Park in Newcastle, on the national day of mourning. They will re-open from 12pm on Tuesday.
It is at the discretion of businesses and organisations whether they close on this bank holiday, but it is hoped that it will allow people to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign. In an Instagram post, the club stated that they wish to offer their staff the opportunity to pay their respects to the monarch.
The Queen’s will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.
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MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle vs Bournemouth
Newcastle United return to Premier League action on Saturday to host managerless Bournemouth.
The Magpies go into Saturday’s game against Bournemouth sitting in 11th place in the Premier League table, after a solid start to the season.
Newcastle are currently 2/5 (fav) to beat The Cherries and continue their unbeaten home record so far this campaign.
Eddie Howe will be hoping for his side to start turning draws into wins, with his side’s only win coming on the opening day of the season against Nottingham Forest.
Bournemouth are currently managerless, having sacked Scott Parker after their 9-0 loss to Liverpool at the end of August.
Interim boss Gary O’Neil has steadied the ship having acquired 4 points from a possible 6 since he took charge.
Prior to kick-off, fans from both sides will be asked to join a minute’s silence to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Following the minute’s silence, the National Anthem, God Save The King will be played around the ground. On 70 minutes, fans will be invited to join a minute’s applause to pay homage to Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.
The Queen presenting the FA Cup trophy to Newcastle captain, Jimmy Scoular, in May 1955 after a 3-1 win against Man City. #NUFC
(Credit: Illustrated London News) pic.twitter.com/7VeX97wTTi
— Charlie Bennett (@CharIieBennett) September 8, 2022
Toon fans will welcome the news that Bruno Guimarães is close to a return to action following a hamstring injury. Eddie Howe is reportedly weighing up whether Saturday is the correct time to bring the midfielder back into contention.
Elsewhere, Daily Mail North-East correspondent, Craig Hope has revealed that winger Allan Saint-Maximin is likely to remain sidelined for this weekend’s fixture.
Newcastle still nursing a few fitness concerns heading into weekend. I don't expect to see Saint-Maximin from what I'm hearing. #nufc
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) September 15, 2022
Long-term absentees Jonjo Shelvey, Karl Darlow, Emil Kraft and Callum Wilson are still recovering from respective injuries.
The Cherries’ welcomed winger Junior Stanislas back to training last week and he will be pushing for a place in the squad.
Meanwhile, midfielders Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell will be unavailable until after the upcoming international break.
Newcastle’s Last 5 (Premier League)
Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace (D)
Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle (L)
Wolves 1-1 Newcastle (D)
Newcastle 3-3 Manchester City (D)
Brighton 0-0 Newcastle (D)
Bournemouth’s Last 5 (Premier League)
Nottingham Forest 2-3 Bournemouth (W)
Bournemouth 0-0 Wolves (D)
Liverpool 9-0 Bournemouth (L)
Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal (L)
Manchester City 4-0 Bournemouth (L)
Newcastle: Pope; Trippier; Schär; Botman; Targett; Willock; Guimarães; Joelinton; Almirón; Fraser; Isak
Bournemouth: Neto; Smith; Mepham; Kelly; Zemura; Cook; Lerma; Christie; Billing; Tavernier; Solanke
Craig Pawson from South Yorkshire will take charge at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Pawson averages 4.75 yellow cards per game this season and is yet to give out a red card.
The Sheffield-born referee last took charge of a Magpies game on the last day of last season, which saw The Toon win 2-1 away at Burnley.
Newcastle have failed to win since the opening day of the season and will want to make amends on Saturday with the visit of a promoted side.
However, The Magpies have been unfortunate to only win one game so far this season with the performances Eddie Howe’s side have been putting in.
The Cherries’ Interim boss, Gary O’Neil will be wanting his side to cause an upset to put him in the best possible position of getting the job on a permanent basis.
That said, I think Newcastle will claim their second win of the season with a 3-0 (Isak x2, Willock) win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
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Royal chaos: NUFC possibly out of action until October and injury latest
Newcastle United’s away fixture against West Ham United has been postponed as part of the period of national mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The game had been scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 11th September, but will now be rearranged.
This comes along with all football across England’s top four tiers and non-league this weekend being suspended in the wake of the Queen’s passing.
Whether Premier League fixtures next weekend will go ahead is as yet undecided. An announcement is expected during the week. Newcastle are set to face Bournemouth at St James’ Park on Saturday 17th, if the fixture is allowed to be played.
For Newcastle United, the delay might prove beneficial. Bruno Guimaraes, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin were all doubts for Sunday’s trip to London, with short term injuries. The star trio may, however, be fit in time to face Bournemouth on the 17th.
If the Bournemouth match is also suspended, the next Newcastle game would be away against Fulham on 1st October. While Jonjo Shelvey and Emil Krafth will still be unavailable with long-term injuries, the international break will provide sufficient time for the three key injured Magpies players to recover.
The Newcastle United Women’s cup fixture against Lincoln on Sunday has also been called off, as was the under-21’s game against Aston Villa on Friday.
The club made a statement, saying: “We join the world in sending our deepest condolences to the Royal Family. All flags at St. James’ Park will fly at half mast as we join the country in observing a period of national mourning.”
With possibly two weeks of football to be rescheduled, an international break and the Qatar World Cup beginning in November, Premier League clubs will face a chaotic schedule for the rest of the season. the Magpies’ lack of involvement in midweek European football could give them an advantage in the busy Premier League fixture list to come.
Controversially, this weekend’s Premiership Rugby and England’s test match against South Africa have gone ahead, whereas football across the country has been cancelled.
This led to speculation that the possibility of fans voicing their dissent during tributes may have informed the decision to suspend fixtures to avoid embarrassment.
Concern that tributes to the Queen may not have been universally respected, and the potential for global embarrassment if fans were disrespectful, was a factor in the decision to call off all football in the U.K. this weekend.
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 10, 2022
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