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Transfer update: Leeds reject £18 million winger offer and Champions League striker linked



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Red Bull Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko and Leeds winger Jack Harrison are two of the latest forwards to be linked with a move to Newcastle as the club continue their attacking search after other top deals have collapsed.

A Newcastle move for 19-year-old Benjamin Sesko has been rumoured after his agent was in the Toon on Tuesday. Elvis Basanovic posted pictures to his Instagram from Newcastle Airport and the Quayside. The pictures were swiftly deleted but did not fail to spark speculation among Newcastle fans. Newcastle United are known to be looking at attacking options to provide competition to Callum Wilson and Chris Wood. 

An RB Salzburg source told The Chronicle that there were no plans to depart with the youngster as he is an important player to the club. “The situation is very clear […] we are planning to play with him next season.”

Nonetheless, Sesko is a remarkable talent who would excite fans. The 6’4” striker scored eleven in 37 appearances for Salzburg last season, and became Slovenia’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 18. He also has top level experience, having six Champions League caps, including an appearance against Bayern Munich in the round of 16 last season.

In a wider position, Newcastle’s connection to Leeds’ winger Jack Harrison has hotted up. The Magpies have made an opening offer of £18 million for the 25-year-old. Leeds have firmly rejected this bid according to reports from Football Insider. Newcastle reportedly value Harrison at a modest £25 million, while Leeds want £35 million.

After already losing star players Raphinha to Barcelona and Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City, it may take a lot to persuade Leeds to let go of Harrison. However, with two years left on his contract at Elland Road and Eddie Howe in search of a winger, a move is not impossible.

This comes after deals for French wingers Moussa Diaby and Hugo Ekitike both fell through. Diaby has decided to stay at Bayer Leverkusen, while Ekitike has joined Paris Saint Germain on loan from Reims.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has poured cold water on another of Newcastle’s attacking interests. Armando Broja has been linked with Newcastle alongside West Ham and Southampton, after impressing on loan with the Saints last season. Tuchel told the press, “I don’t expect him to leave.”

However, the Blues’ boss suggested a final decision has yet to be reached. “I’m aware of the offers and aware of the interest. We will make a decision together, the owner and me and the player,” he continued. While another loan move to a club like Newcastle could give Broja more game time, Tuchel values his Premier League experience and that he provides a different option in his squad.


Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary



Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.

The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.

Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.

The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.

Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.

The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.

The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed,  Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.

The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.

Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.

It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.

What do you think Newcastle fans?

Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?


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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.



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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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