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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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Man denies 1992 murder of Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan

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A man accused of the murder of a schoolgirl who was stabbed to death 30 years ago has denied the charge.

Seven-year-old Nikki Allan vanished on Wednesday, October 7, 1992 after leaving her grandparents’ flat in Wear Garth, Sunderland.

The next morning, Nikki’s school shoes were found a few hundred yards away outside of the Old Exchange building. Her body was discovered lying in a pool of blood inside the derelict building by a neighbour who was helping the police with their search for the missing youngster. She had been stabbed 37 times.

David Boyd, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on the morning of Monday, June 20, where he faced a charge of murder.

The 54-year-old appeared via video link where he pleaded not guilty to the offence during the short, 25-minute hearing.

A trial had originally been listed to start on January 11 next year but the court heard it may now be put back until April 19. Any trial could last up to six weeks.

Boyd was remanded in custody in the meantime.

Judge Paul Sloan QC informed the court that a further pre-trial hearing will now take place on Monday, November 7.

The judge told Boyd: “I am adjourning your case to trial. The precise trial date will be confirmed, hopefully in the next few days.

“There will be at least one further pre-trial hearing before the trial date.

“In due course you will be required to provide a defence statement, setting out in detail your defence to the charge you face.”

Nikki’s mother Sharon Henderson sat in the public gallery for the hearing. She burst into tears when the charge was read out, was consoled by supporters and the court usher gave her a tissue.

After Boyd was charged, Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable David Felton said: “This is an extremely tragic case and our thoughts very much continue to be with the family and friends of Nikki Allan.

“A significant investigation has been ongoing ever since Nikki’s death 30 years ago.

“As with any unsolved cases of this nature, they are never closed. Our dedicated teams constantly review the evidence and follow any new investigative leads that may come to light.”

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Concern over school meals at Darlington school

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Wyvern Academy, a secondary school in Darlington, County Durham, has recently received complaints from many concerned parents over the quality and quantity of their school dinners.

 

Parents have complained that their children are going hungry as the meals the school provides are too small. On occasion, the school reportedly has even ran out of food supplies leaving some pupils without lunch.

 

A parent, who wished to remain anonymous, reported to the Chronicle Live that “they regularly run out of food,” and her daughter now takes a packed lunch “so she isn’t hungry for the rest of the day.”

 

These claims of insufficient portion sizes and quality have worried parents. This is particularly worrying for parents whose children are on free school meals. Another parent told Chronicle Live “my child, along with other’s are eligible for free school meals [but] now I’m having to provide her with a packed lunch.”

 

The Government’s Free School Meals scheme offers children free lunches at school if their parents are eligible and meet the criteria. This criteria includes those who receive income support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Child Tax Credit and Universal credit.

 

These claims about inadequate quantity of school dinners are disappointing and distressing for parents/guardians who were promised free school meals for their children.

 

According to The Guardian, one in three children in North-East England are on free school meals. This follows an increase this year of 160,000 more children being eligible for free school meals, taking the total to 1.9million, according to January figures.

 

The north-east of England has the highest rate, with 29.1% of school pupils eligible for free school meals whereas the south-east of England comparatively has the lowest rate with 17.6% eligible.

 

Wyvern Academy, who were rated “requires improvement” by Ofsted in all areas on their latest inspection in November 2019, released a form for parents on their twitter account on Monday 6th June.

 

This form includes questions on the quality, quantity, availability, and choices of school dinners as well as questions on further dinner arrangements and time allocated for meals with a 5-star system. It also provides a comment box for parents/guardians to suggest improvements to the school meals.

 

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Convicted murderer who stabbed friend to death after escaping open prison dies at HMP Frankland

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A convicted murderer who stabbed his friend to death after escaping from an open prison has died behind bars.

Joseph Turnbull was given four life sentences after he admitted murdering Paul Wharton, 37, by stabbing him in the heart, and robbing betting offices and off-licences.

The prisoner, who was 53 years old when he was jailed at The Old Bailey in 2006, committed the offences during a five-month period the previous year, after absconding from Leyhill prison in Gloucester.

Turnbull, who had been in HMP Frankland for 14 years, died at the prison on October 12 last year, aged 68. An independent investigation into his death has revealed how he had been diagnosed with lung cancer which has spread to his lower spine.

The murderer was previously jailed for seven years in 2000 for theft and robbery and was due to be released seven months after he walked out of Leyhill in May 2005. During that time, Turnbull travelled to London and worked as a Big Issue seller, earning £50 a day. But the money was not enough to fund his drug habit of five different drugs a day, including methadone prescribed by a doctor.

Turnbull met Paul Wharton after falling in with addicts in north London. Mr Wharton’s body was found in his flat in October 2005. He had been stabbed in the heart. The Old Bailey heard in 2006 how the victim’s hands and legs were tied with shoe laces and a tea towel had been placed in his mouth as a gag.

Turnbull had used his card and pin number to withdraw Mr Wharton’s benefits from a local post office. He was captured on October 18 for robbery after being caught on CCTV.

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