CHN Links: Tuesday Edition

SUNDERLAND ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Shola Ameobi's performance may have saved Mike Ashley some money, and that's...good? (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

(Edited because I got Ross Miller's name hilariously wrong.)


Good morning, Toon Army.  Where does Nile Ranger stand in Alan Pardew's pecking order? Did we sign Jay Bothroyd? Why are we linked with Shaun Wright-Phillips AGAIN?  All that and more in today's links.

News

Ross Miller, the Sunderland supporter who pushed Steve Harper in the back following the match on Sunday, showed up at the training grounds to apologize.  Harper spoke up and said he was glad that Miller had been detained by Sunderland fans.  What is it with this team and fans running onto the field to assault players? (Sophie Doughty, The Chronicle) Steve Bruce and Alan Pardew both gave interviews about the incident, with Bruce calling for a lengthy ban for Miller. (ESPN Soccernet)

The derby performances of Shola Ameobi and Leon Best may have convinced Alan Pardew that he doesn't need to grab a striker before the end of January.  Perhaps the most interesting part of this interview is Pardew's stated pecking order of strikers behind Andy Carroll - Shola, Best, Peter Lovenkrands, and Phil Airey.  No Nile Ranger.  Ranger seemed to have Chris Hughton's vote of confidence, but Pardew remains unconvinced.  I wonder if he'll get loaned out in the next week or two. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Alan Pardew thought 5 minutes was too much stoppage time on Sunday. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Transfer Rumors

There's no citation, but On the Move (ESPN's rumor tracker) says there is "a whisper that Newcastle have signed Jay Bothroyd on a pre-contract agreement from Cardiff City."  Several hours earlier, Cardiff City boss Dave Jones insisted that Bothroyd was staying put. (Terry Phillips, South Wales Echo)

Newcastle is once again being linked to Shaun Wright-Phillips. (The Daily Mail)

Andy Carroll is still not for sale, says Alan Pardew. (Jamie Casey, Sky Sports) Harry Redknapp backed off with his public comments. (Sky Sports)

Fraser Forster may want to extend his stay at Celtic when his year-long loan is up. (Stuart Rayner, The Journal)

The Queens Park Rangers are said to be interested in Wayne Routledge. (MirrorFootball)

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