CHN Links: Douglas Uses Newcastle as Leverage, Euro 2012 Previews, and More

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Youssuf Mulumbu of West Bromwich and Yaya Toure of Manchester City battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2011 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

It's been a while since we've done a link dump, mostly because I got accustomed to OSotP doing them, and he's currently moving across the country. In today's news, we've got some fresh (but mostly rehashed) transfer rumors, previews of Euro 2012, some creative new ways people are choosing to remember NUFC's 2011-12 season, and more. Jump!

"Newcastle want Player X"

Brazilian star claims he is wanted by Newcastle United | ChronicleLive
Seems promising on the surface, but I'm not encouraged one bit. Douglas is pretty clearly using Newcastle's interest in him to leverage another deal.

Youssuf Mulumbu claims to be in talks with NUFC | ChronicleLive
So would Mulumbu be a Guthrie replacement or a Tiote replacement?

Palace want deal for NUFC target Nathaniel Clyne | ChronicleLive

Eagles boss Dougie Freedman – who yesterday signed Portsmouth’s Joel Ward as Clyne’s future replacement – said: "I don’t think people will do that because they get very nervous with going to tribunals, there is not one set figure. Any responsible club would rather sit down face to face with our chairman and say ‘Let’s thrash a deal out’, if they want the kid."

"Team X want Newcastle Player Y"

Fabricio Coloccini 'targeted by Manchester City for summer transfer' | Metro.co.uk
No comment.

Mike Williamson on Swansea City shortlist | ChronicleLive
No quotes in this piece, so it looks fishy, but this is out there. The cynic in me says, "Go ahead, leave," but the rest of me that has been clamoring for depth in the back line tells that cynic to shut up.

QPR set to battle Celtic for Fraser Forster's signature as goalkeeper prepares to leave Newcastle | The Daily Record

"[Forster’s] keen to stay at Celtic. That’s why we’re talking. If he wasn’t keen, there wouldn’t be any talks." - Mark Curtis, Fraser Forster's agent

"Player Z doesn't want to leave Newcastle"

Cisse committed to Newcastle | Sky Sports

Cabaye shrugs off Red Devils talk | Sky Sports

James Tavernier pledges his future to NUFC | JournalLive

Other Transfer News

Who needs Eden.... Manchester United are getting Shinji Kagawa! | The Busby Babe
As a fan of all things not Manchester United: Nooooooooo
As a bandwagoner of Dortmund: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

2011-12 Season in Review

How did Newcastle United Get into Europe? | 2011 / 2012 Season Review
A nice interactive review of the 2011-12 season.

Newcastle United The Goals 11/12 | Dailymotion
Every goal from last season. Love these.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012 Team Previews | SBNation.com
SBN's coverage of the tournament.

Euro 2012: 30 Players to Watch (Part 1) | Back Page Football
Not many persons of interest to Newcastle in this preview, but a nice overview of several players that should help you get ready for this Friday.

Greatest Moments In European Championship History, Recreated with Lego [VIDEO] | EPL Talk
The Paul Gascoigne goal is just brilliant here.

CHN Book Club

Even Better the Second Time | Forbes
As you may be aware, our own 51dimes has started a book club here at CHN. The first book to be read is Soccernomics, which apparently has a second edition out there. This is a review of that edition...

The Author & The Economist: An Interview with Soccernomics' Authors (Part 1) | Forbes
...and this is an interview with authors Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymaski.

Misc.

FIFA 13 Kinect features detailed | Eurogamer.net
Okay, I'll admit that I was watching E3 yesterday - I was looking forward to seeing what the rumored Kinect integration with FIFA 13 would be like. Turns out it's just voice commands. Basically they've added a more cumbersome way to move through menus. Pass.

Soccer Fan Invades Pitch, Joins Match, Scores Goal | YouTube
This isn't as awesome as the title makes it sound, but the celebration was a nice touch.

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