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This Past Week at Newcastle United

Going over the rumors and news from the past week

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Newcastle midfielder Siem De Jong has reportedly agreed to a deal with his home club Ajax. It is known that the player is no longer in Rafa’s plans moving forward. De Jong was at Newcastle for three years and it did not go as planned for the player. Maybe a return home will be what is needed.

Newcastle could be in for a move for Argentine Left Back Nicolas Tagliafico. The 25-year old has great experience in the top flight in South America and could be an under the radar big potential signing for Newcastle


Hearts v Sunderland - Pre Season Friendly Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images

Newcastle are continuing their outgoings as Grant Hanley is expected to leave for Norwich City. Hanley has had trouble breaking into the first team and is said to be heading to Norwich for a medical. This is likely the second player to leave this week, before the deadline.

Mikel Merino is saying he wants to become a complete footballer. He impressed in Newcastle’s 3-0 victory and is making a strong claim to start for the first team. Mikel said

“I like to give the passes to my teammates because I think it’s the best way to win matches. Precise passes and to go forward, that is what I try. Sometimes you misplace passes, because you take risks in order to give a good pass to someone in front. But when the pass is good, it creates a clear chance for our team so I try to give these passes. If I fail with half of it, then it doesn’t matter because I know the other half will be good chances.”


Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Fulham have brought forward a £15M bid for Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle. The 29-year-old is believed to be available and after his championship goal scoring record last season, he could require a hefty fee. However, Newcastle will not make a deal until a replacement is found.

Jack Colback looks like another to leave as Hull and Wolves have been tracking the player. Colback has been a serviceable player for the toon but he is not in Rafa’s plans and will be hard to get playing time over Merino and Shelvey.


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Dwight Gayle is staying at the club as Newcastle rejected a £15M bid for him. Newcastle are demanding at least £18M but with Newcastle not being able to sign a replacement, the deal is off.

Newcastle are looking to sign Left Back Matt Targett on loan from Southampton. The Magpies desperately need to sign a left back, as their only one Paul Dummett is injured.

Brighton have approached Newcastle to sign Tim Krul on loan for the season. Brighton are looking for more competition at goalkeeper and it does not seem Tim will get much work in the black and white this season.

Achraf Lazaar joined Benevento on loan as well. This will be a good move for the player to get more playing time and continue to improve.


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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is noticeably upset and frustrated due to the lack of backing from ownership from the club.

Tim Krul said he will always have a connection with Newcastle. Krul said “It would have been my 12th season. The connection will always be there. Obviously, I had an injury and went out on loan. I’m back fit, and the manager wanted to go another way. That’s why I’m here. I’m excited. I got the opportunity to sign for a great club like Brighton in the Premier League.”

Lucas Perez signed with Deportivo La Coruna instead of Newcastle. It is reported that Newcastle have offered more money than the Spanish Club but the player preferred a return to his former team.