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Transfer Round Up: Newcastle United



The January transfer window is over, and it is the first transfer window under Newcastle new Saudi backed ownership. Since October, speculation has ran wild on what players will sign for Newcastle given their new found wealth.

Many fans have dreamt big and thought of moves from the biggest stars in Europe such as Erling Haaland all the way to hot youth prospects such as Dusan Vlahovic. The reality is, Newcastle find themselves 18th in the Premier League, a position which despite the wealth, isn’t going to attract stars in the middle of the season.

We’re going to take a look at the players who have came in, the players who have went out and the missed opportunities from January as well as what players Newcastle could go back in for during the Summer.

Players In:

Kieran Trippier: The right-back left the current La Liga champions for a fee of £12.5m making him the first signing of Newcastle’s ‘new era’. Known for his time at Tottenham and Burnley in England, the England International is known for his excellent attacking attributes and his ability to whip in accurate crosses.

At the age of 31 and a spell in Spain, Tripper has clearly felt the move is the right one to make at this point in his career. Recently, Trippier captained Newcastle in a friendly in Saudi Arabia calling for many fans to make him the clubs permanent captain. Trippier is already a fan favourite.

Chris Wood:

Newcastle triggered a £25m release clause for the Burnley striker to make Chris Wood the second signing of the January window. The New Zealand international signed on a two and a half year deal, and made his debut against Watford.

Despite not scoring for the Magpies yet, Wood won the most aerial duels in Newcastle’s last match against Leeds, and offers Eddie Howe’s men a different attacking outlet in the final 3rd of the pitch. With Trippier’s ability to cross and the other additions to the team, Wood should be able to putting his chances away.

Bruno Guimarães:

The biggest transfer for Newcastle this window came with Bruno Guimarães, Newcastle payed £33m to acquire the service of the Brazil international on a four-and-a half-year deal.

Highly rated round Europe, Newcastle fought off competition from other European clubs like Arsenal and Juventus to sign Guimarães. The midfielder has become a fan favourite already without even kicking a ball for Newcastle, as he released a video announcing his transfer to Newcastle which mocked the interest received for Arsenal.

On the pitch, fans can expect to see Guimarães add quality on the ball in the middle of the park but also for him to cover alot of ground as Newcastle look to save themselves from relegation.

Matthew Targett:

The 26 year old joins Newcastle on loan until the end of the season, from Aston Villa. Targett is going to wear the number 13 for Newcastle.

A defender with Premier League experience with Southampton and Aston Villa, making over 100 appearances combined. Targett found himself as a regular starter for Aston Villa until the arrival of Lucas Digne from Everton during January.

Recognising game time would be limited at Villa Park, the left-back opted for a move up North.

Targett is a welcome addition to the squad with his experience and work ethic.

Dan Burn:

This transfer is a homecoming for the former Brighton centre-half as he join the club he supported as a boy and where he held a season ticket.

Born in Blyth, Burn is a hometown boy and his £13m move to Newcastle is a dream move.

Despite being settled at Brighton, the defender said in an interview “I wouldn’t have left, if it wasn’t Newcastle”. The chance to come play for his football club was too good to turn down and given Newcastle’s league position, they could use some of that passion.

Burn was Newcastle’s fifth and final signing of the window.


Newcastle’s overall spend in the January window was £92m, and they’ve appeared to strengthen in positions they need most, notably the defence and midfield. Hopefully the signings made, can help Newcastle strive on to retain their Premier League position.

Transfers Out: 

Jeff Hendricks:

Hendricks has linked up with Mark Warburtons men at QPR on a temporary basis, as they look to push on challenge for promotion to the Premier League.

The Republic of Ireland international has struggled for game time since the arrival of Eddie Howe at Newcastle United. The midfielder who joined on a free transfer from Burnley in 2020, featured regularly under former manager Steve Bruce however in recent months has found game time difficult.

The former Derby County man could make his debut for the QPR in their FA Cup fourth round tie at Peterborough United this Saturday afternoon.

Matty Longstaff: 

Longstaff has linked up with League Two side, Mansfield. Nigel Cloughs men are currently 6th in the table.

Longstaff has made 20 appearances for the Magpies,14 of which have been in the Premier League. The former England under-20 international suffered a long term injury last term which limited him to 5 appearances for the club.

Having signed a new contract and the end of last season, Longstaff then joined Aberdeen on loan however he was recalled in December due to a lack of game time.

Longstaff will be linking up with ex-Newcastle midfielder, James Perch.

Elliot Anderson:

The 19 year old Midfielder has linked up with League Two side, Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season. Anderson will be managed by ex-Newcastle midfielder, Joey Barton.

He has been in fine form for Newcastle’s under-23s, though, scoring seven goals in nine outings across all competitions for Elliott Dickman’s side.

Rovers are currently in 12th in the League Two table, and Anderson could make his debut for Barton’s men on Saturday afternoon when they visit promotion-chasing Sutton United.

Matt Bondswell:

The Nottingham born left-back has joined Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season.

Bondswell joined the Magpies in March 2021 following his departure from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, made his Newcastle first-team debut during United’s pre-season victory over Doncaster Rovers in July.

After switching England for Germany in the summer of 2018 to join Leipzig, Bondswell made his professional debut at the age of 18 whilst on loan at Dutch club FC Dordrecht.

Shrewsbury currently sit 16th in League One, and will host Fleetwood Town on February 5th. Bondswell could potentially make his debut at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Freddie Woodman:

The former England under-21 international will spend the rest of this season on loan at the Cherries after AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United came to terms on a loan deal for the goalkeeper.

The goalkeeper, who started the current campaign between the posts for the Magpies, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Swansea City, helping them to reach back-to-back Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

Woodman, 24, signed a new three-year contract with the Magpies last summer, which was followed by Woodman making 9 first-team starts, 4 of which were in the Premier League.

Woodman will be managed by former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker.

Joe White:

The highly rated midfielder has made the short trip to Hartlepool to link up with Graeme Lee’s men as they look to stay up in League one after their promotion last term.

White, has made appearances on the bench this season for the Magpies, including for home and away games against Manchester United and the recent visit of Manchester City to St. James’ Park.

Despite featuring in pre season and practice games, he has yet to make his senior competitive debut, so has been allowed to join Pools in order to add to his experience.

Missed Transfers:

Jesse Lingard:

One of the most talked about transfer stories of January. Lingard had been linked with Newcastle and West Ham in January. The belief is that Manchester United were not going to sell to West Ham due to their current league position as they could be potential challengers for top-four.

This made Newcastle the most likely destination for Lingard but despite weeks of negotiations, at about 5pm on Deadline Day, the deal was off. Despite Newcastle offering to pay the full wages, a survival bonus and other fee’s.

Lingard is set to leave Old Trafford in the summer when his deal expires, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham are the clubs linked.

Sven Botman: 

One of the earliest stories of the transfer window, the Lille centre-half had been linked with the Magpies throughout the full transfer window.

Negotiations were had between Newcastle and Lille but they could not meet on a valuation for the 22 year old.

In an interview with Ziggo Sport, Botman said: “I can confirm both Newcastle and AC Milan were concrete options this winter. Both were good options for me. I assume that I will take a good step in my career next summer”.

AC Milan or Newcastle seem the likely destination in the summer.

Diego Carlos:

Newcastle and Sevilla were locked in negations for a good few weeks for this transfer, with the Brazilian centre-half openly coming out and saying how we wanted to join Newcastle in January.

The goal posts for this transfer, seemed to constantly be getting moved with Newcastle seemingly being priced out of the transfer.

Whether Newcastle go back in for the player remains to be seen. Sevilla want around £38m for the defender.

Hugo Ekitike:

Ekitike was linked with Newcastle for most of the window, however on Deadline day a fee of £25m, plus add on’s were agreed for the young French striker.

Due to the late nature of the move, and Ekitike only being a teenager, the youngster didn’t want to commit to a transfer on such short notice.

Newcastle seemed determine to land the Reims striker, there is a chance they will go back in the Summer.



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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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Paul O’Grady Dies Aged 67, Just Weeks After Newcastle Theatre Performance



TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67,  just weeks after starring in a Newcastle theatre production.

The TV star, who was from Birkenhead on Merseyside, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening, a statement said.

His partner Andre Portasio made this statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.”

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

The TV star, starred in a theatre prodution of Annie just weeks ago in Newcastle as it returned to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from March 7-11.

O’Grady starred as the role of Miss Hannigan, the head of the orphanage who hates children. He had been due to perform the show across the UK up until November this year.

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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour 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!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


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….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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