Happy Tuesday, you happy Magpies. It's time for the daily news round-up.. today with a special section of transfer rumors, seeing as how that material just kind of exploded yesterday. I don't include them as "news" per se, but just to keep on track of names linked to NUFC. Probably at least 50% of the rumors have nothing in them, I would think, but hey... it'll be fun to speculate. Jump! Read! Discuss!
And while he was part of the side that lost 4-2 at Norwich City, it was very much a case of the one-time Sunderland loan player taking one for the team as he volunteered to step into the breach at centre-back in place of the injured Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini. Simpson initially signed for the Magpies on loan from Man U before making a permanent switch to Tyneside in early 2010. His reluctance to sign a new contract is thought to be down to personal terms and not the length of the deal.
Not exactly the news I'd be looking for regarding this at this point, but nothing to panic about yet.
"Tamas is an option for us. He has played well for the reserves," said Pardew. "He is a player who has not had many opportunities and is looking to kick start his Newcastle career. "We have had one or two who have come out of the woodwork here, who were supposedly not meant to be in the frame. Ryan Taylor is a prime example. So there is no reason why Tamas can't come into the side and do very, very well."
Tamas is set to run out for the reserves today v. Bolton... It would sure help if he could crack his way into contention, although all evidence to this point would indicate this to be unlikely.
I've heard this before about Mr. Tiote. I'll believe it when I see it.
Pardew could change formation for the visit of Swansea, perhaps even trialling the 4-3-3 formation that was originally envisaged for the club when they were chasing Saint-Etienne’s midfield enforcer Blaise Matuidi.
I understand the reasoning behind considering a 4-3-3, but I'm not altogether certain that it is the direction we need to go... I'll defer to AP, though. If he thinks it will work, I'll believe him.
Another example where the headline doesn't really address anything that happens in the article... this is mostly a newspaper-style review of the Norwich match.
I'll just dump all of these rumors in here, and y'all can discuss them if you want.
£25m is far above the critical mass must-sell point that I had figured for Tiote. If this number is true, wave goodbye to our favorite Ivorian.
For obvious reasons, this is the only one that I really believe here. I also notice that the rumors are striker striker striker striker... guess the silly rumor departments have not caught up to our current needs...
Hey- Have a good Tuesday!