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Transfer Round Up: Newcastle United

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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.

Outcome: 

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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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living

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A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue

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The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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