Newcastle United Tuesday Morning Links: It Was A Run By Fruiting Edition

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Newcastle player Haris Vuckic has a shot at goal during the Barclays Premier league game between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park on December 21, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)


Good Morning or Mid-day sir or madam, whichever the case may be. It's Tuesday, but there are no lack of stories out there regarding our beloved Magpies. I have departed from my norm in a couple of ways because there was a little bit of quality in places that I normally don't link to (such as the Sunday Sun), so it's a little bit of bonus day for you, my loyal readers.

I'm not going to be able to do much reacting, so I'm essentially going to just dump the stories after the jump!

Newcastle United revival reaches boardroom as club prepare to announce return to profit - Telegraph

Managing director Derek Llambias has overseen a remarkable shift in the health of the club’s accounts and Newcastle are likely to have bucked the Premier League trend and will not record a loss for the first time since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007. The club have also announced a nine-year season ticket price freeze for fans who renew this summer.

I guess this is the only place to start, really.

Hatem Ben Arfa: 'I see myself winning the 2014 World Cup or the Ballon d'Or' - Goal.com

The former Lyon midfielder continued: "I'm looking forward to the next three or four years. In that time, I see myself on top, winning for example the World Cup in Brazil or the Ballon d'Or. I'm still full of dreams."

Lovenkrands: I still have plenty to offer Newcastle - NUFC News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

"I’m on 99 so I’m just one away, but if I’m to have any chance then I need to be on the pitch to have a chance to score it. "Since I got those goals earlier in the season I have been stuck on 99, so it’s been a bit frustrating. "All I can do is hope a chance comes my way and that I’m able to take it. "It would be brilliant to get another goal and reach 100, and hopefully I can do that before the end of the season."

EXCLUSIVE: Bargain Demba Ba plays down his Newcastle value - News - MirrorFootball.co.uk

"It annoys me. It has been ­speculated about a lot. I was in Africa with Senegal and my room-mate looked on the internet and said, ‘Look, you are leaving Newcastle!’ I started laughing. "I just said, ‘They will see when I go back to Newcastle that they were wrong’." So that leads to the ­question of whether he would chase money over happiness in the summer. Ba said: "I can settle anywhere. As long as I feel happy at home, that’s all that matters. There are a lot of people who get a lot of money and kill themselves. The most important thing is to be happy. "If we were just hitting the ball up front and making me fight for it, I would not be happy. But here we have players like Cheik Tiote (left) and Yohan Cabaye, who pass it and pass it. That is important. "Newcastle is a special place. Last weekend a Wolves player looked at me in the middle of the match. He mentioned the passion of the fans and it made me happy to be here."

Danny Simpson is loving life at Newcastle - Sunday Sun

"I get a battering on there!" he admits, referring to Twitter. "You invite it. Some players won’t go on it for that reason. It gives people a chance to say what they want to you and, while you don’t always see it, some- times you do. "There are times when you come off the pitch and you’re just as disappointed as the fans are. "Obviously you do read you stuff – we hurt as much as they do. They don’t think we’re hurting but we are.

There are a lot of quotes about Danny and the Twitter in this one... something about which I had a great deal of curiosity anyway.

Cardiff City to extend Haris Vuckic loan deal from Newcastle United - Football News - Football - WalesOnline

Slovenian teenager Vuckic is coming to the end of his one month loan spell, but City manager Malky Mackay and Newcastle United’s Alan Pardew have already agreed it will be extended until the end of this season. The highly-rated Vuckic, 19, is eligible for tomorrow's Championship trip to Brighton and Saturday’s away match against Bristol City at Ashton Gate under his current agreement.

Anything to get Haris some match action. He's going to have a role to play next year, I think.

Pardew: Remie Streete is on the path to success - NUFC News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

And Pardew feels he and England youth international Adam Campbell – currently injured with a foot problem – are Newcastle’s best two young prospects. He said: "I thought we excelled actually to get to the quarter-finals. "We were disappointed our young England boy didn’t play in Ginger (Adam Campbell) – we have high hopes for him. "The outstanding player was Remie, there’s no doubt about that. I have high hopes for him too. "He could be the one for us. Him and Ginger have the best chance."

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