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Toon Crier: Shopping spree

Newcastle appear to be going shopping, Hatem ben Arfa appears to be staying, and quite possible the worst transfer rumor yet.

Richard Heathcote

How about some Newcastle news and notes to throw your way as we get set for the second semifinal today?

Newcastle are set to receive 10 million pounds for Mathieu Debuchy. According to the Chronicle, the plan is then to go on a "five player shopping spree" and if you're not imagining Mike Ashley walking through a mall with as many bags and boxes as possible, then I pity your imagination.

Who could Newcastle sign? Metro has five suggestions, even though one of them is Shola. If Newcastle were to bring Shola back, I think we'd all be happy, because who doesn't like Shola, but really angry because he just doesn't do much on the pitch anymore.

Speaking of Shola, there was this rumor that he might join Sunderland. But, there has literally been no other mention of it, so I doubt it. Still though, I'd tip him to score an own goal in the Tyne-Wear Derby just for kicks if it happened.

Newcastle just can't quit Remy Cabella.

Hatem ben Arfa seems set on staying at Newcastle, as the never ending saga of Hatem vs Pardew continues to play out.

You could put together a decent team with all the players that Mike Ashley has sold.

No word yet on if Moussa Sissoko is staying or going.