Newcastle have reportedly been dealt a blow in their hopes to capture former Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum in January on a six-month loan deal to help bolster the Magpies chances of Premier League survival.
The Magpies were one of the Premier League clubs linked with Wijnaldum recently, but it seems the Netherlands international has decided against taking up the offer of a second spell at St James’ Park.
The 31-year-old left Liverpool at the end of last season and joined French giants PSG where he has failed to break into the first team due to the competition for places in Pochettino’s side.
Marco Verratti, Danilo Pereira, Leandro Parades, Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye all battle for a starting place in the middle of the park.
Wijnaldum has made his feelings clear about heading back to England, with Arsenal looking to accelerate their transfer pursuit of the Dutch veteran. A permanent move is not out of the equation, however, but it would cost any potential suitor in the region of £15million, according to Fichajes.
It will be interesting to see how this saga develops, as there may still be other clubs in the running to sign Wijnaldum, but Football Insider report that a move to Newcastle has been ruled out.
Wijnaldum said in October that he was “not completely happy” in Paris due to his lack of playing time.
He told Dutch news outlet NOS: “I can’t say I’m completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted.
“But that’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.
Eddie Howe has been tipped to bring in a number of major reinforcements during the January transfer window and the former Magpies was a name that had been linked with the club by a number of well-respected news outlets.
The Saudi-led takeover of the club after 14-years under Mike Ashley’s stewardship means that Newcastle has become relevant once again in the transfer window as the club has a large amount of money at its disposal.
However, due to the current situation at the club who sit 19th in the Premier League, 2 points adrift of relegation have won just once in the first half of the campaign, the owners are struggling to get key deals over the line.
The Magpies have the joint-worst defensive record in the league, shipping 42 goals in their opening 19 fixtures and desperately need to improve things at the back if they are to retain their top-flight status come the end of the season.
Wijnaldum was just one name in a list of hundreds linked with the club and NUFC fans looked forward to see if a deal could be agreed to bring the Dutchman back to St James’ Park. He would have certainly improved the side both going forward and in defence.
Are you surprised that Gini has turned down a move back to Tyneside? Who would you like to see become our second signing of the new era?
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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