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Maximo Perrone Newcastle United transfer close

Maximo Perrone Newcastle United transfer close


Newcastle United are reportedly edging closer to an exciting £12million transfer deal for Argentine talent Maximo Perrone.

The 19-year-old has shone for Velez Sarsfield in recent times, showing that he’s already a key part of their first-team.

Newcastle have been in talks over a deal in recent times and it seems things are now at an advanced stage, according to reports.

This comes as Eddie Howe recently hinted the Magpies would be able to keep on spending this January whilst keeping on side in terms of Financial Fair Play regulations.

“I think that is unsustainable, Financial Fair Play, I know it is mentioned a lot. That will guarantee that,” Howe explained via Chronicle Live.

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“I think you have to be mindful of that fact. That’s where we need to improve, to make sure we don’t have to go to the transfer market and spend that money. Can we produce more of our own players? Can we improve everything we deliver?

“Not just transfers. It can be very difficult for all clubs to spend that money on a consistent basis.

“We go into the next window knowing it will be very different to the last one. No two windows are the same. We know we are going to have to control our spending for sure.”

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Newcastle United eye second January signing as West Ham United man looks certain to join

Newcastle United eye second January signing as West Ham United man looks certain to join


Newcastle United are looking to secure their second January signing in the form of West Ham United youngster Harrison Ashby.

The Magpies came close to securing the full-back’s signature in the summer before the deal failed on deadline day.

Now, Eddie Howe is aiming to materialise a deal in the winter and bolster his squad with the addition of the Irons prospect, according to The Shields Gazette.

A West Ham insider has claimed the defender, who graduated from the academy at the club, ‘looks certain’ to complete the move to St James’ Park.

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Ashby lack of appearances an issue

The 21-year-old has made just two appearances in the first team, both of which have been in the Europa Conference League. His contract is set to expire in the summer, with Ashby unwilling to sign an extended deal given his lack of game time.

Newcastle’s first January signing is Garang Kuol, who will join the squad when the window opens.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Newcastle hoping to get deal done for midfielder to help ‘get around FFP rules’

Newcastle hoping to get deal done for midfielder to help ‘get around FFP rules’


Newcastle are looking to sign Brazilian youngster Andrey Santos to help them get around FFP rules.

90min claimed back in October that Newcastle were in talks to sign Vasco Da Gama youngster Santos.

Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie has claimed that Newcastle are looking to bring in younger talents to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions.

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“I think he’s one of a number of younger players they’re looking to bring in, to try and get around the FFP rules. We saw them bring in the guy from Australia, Garang Kuol, 18 years old, and I think this is another player on that kind of wish list,” said Downie, speaking to GIVEMESPORT.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Leicester Tigers 33-31 London Irish: Steve Borthwick full of praise for battling Irish | Rugby Union News

Leicester Tigers 33-31 London Irish: Steve Borthwick full of praise for battling Irish | Rugby Union News


Leicester Tigers are up to fifth in the Premiership; while London Irish collected two bonus points to move to within two points of Bristol Bears at the bottom of the table

Last Updated: 27/11/22 10:29pm

Leicester Tigers’ Jasper Wiese (right) scores their side’s fifth try of the game

Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick paid tribute to the efforts of London
Irish after the Gallagher Premiership’s bottom club made Tigers fight all the
way for a 33-31 win at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Leicester looked firmly in control when they secured a bonus point before half-time, but a spirited comeback from their opponents saw the hosts hanging on at the death for a victory which saw them move up to fifth in the table.

Leicester’s tries came from Julian Montoya, Richard Wigglesworth, Harry Potter, Tommy Reffell and Jasper Wiese, while Freddie Burns added four conversions.

Api Ratuniyarawa, Matt Rogerson, Ollie Hassell-Collins and Tom Pearson scored tries for Irish, Paddy Jackson converted two and there was also a penalty try award.

Leicester Tigers’ Harry Potter (right) scores their side’s third try of the game

Borthwick said: “All credit to London Irish for taking their opportunities as they were brilliant with their athleticism and dynamism.

“They are expert at the back of the line-out with their strikes and are one of the best sides at the breakdown.

“We gave them too many opportunities by making too many errors by conceding penalties and turning the ball over regularly.

“However, I was pleased with our resilience as we found a way to close the game out. It’s been a strange season as we haven’t played here for 50 days, but we’ve picked up excellent wins at Saints and Quins.

Leicester Tigers’ Hanro Liebenberg tackled during the Gallagher Premiership match at Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium

“We will have a couple more of our players back next week, so hopefully our squad will slowly build.”

Despite losing for the seventh time in eight league fixtures, Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney was buoyed by his side’s resilience to come back and secure two valuable points.

“We gave away too many points in that first half and we had to come back from a big hole,” he said.

“We are not far away from winning games as we’ve had six games away in our eight fixtures and it’s only at Sale that we didn’t perform. We’ve picked up five points in our last four away games.

“So we are knocking on the door, but we need to put together a full 80-minute performance and then the results will come.

“We made too many errors early on, but after that it was nip and tuck and we were unlucky not to go away with more than two points.

“There were tough marginal calls in the game, but I’m more concerned about dealing with our poor start, but we showed once again we never give in, which is something you can’t coach.

“I’d gladly take a 3-0 win and although we will never celebrate a loss, we secured a handy two points today.”

Source: SkySports | News

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Eddie Jones braced for ‘uncomfortable’ review after England’s dire autumn series | Rugby Union News

Eddie Jones braced for ‘uncomfortable’ review after England’s dire autumn series | Rugby Union News


England finished their autumn series by losing 27-13 to 14-man South Africa; Eddie Jones said he ‘doesn’t care what people think’ after his side posted a seventh Test without victory this calendar year

Last Updated: 27/11/22 10:55pm

Eddie Jones has been told that England’s performance this autumn has fallen below expectations

Eddie Jones has been told that England’s performance this autumn has fallen below expectations as the head coach accepts he faces an “uncomfortable” review.

Over the next fortnight the Rugby Football Union is to investigate a dismal campaign that reached its nadir with Saturday’s conclusive 27-13 defeat by South Africa, who claimed a first win at Twickenham since 2014.

A rout that was greeted with boos at the final whistle completed England’s worst year since 2008, comprising of six losses, five wins and a draw.

It places Jones’ future back in doubt with the review panel to examine “how improvements can be made ahead of the Six Nations” amid an acknowledgement from the RFU that the team have underperformed.

“We would like to thank England fans for their patience and support, it matters to us how they feel,” chief executive Bill Sweeney said.

Eddie Jones and England have completed their worst year since 2008

“Like them we are really disappointed with the results of the Autumn Nations Series.

“Despite strong individual performances and some great new talent coming into the team, the overall results are not where we expect them to be.”

On top of explaining why England barely fired a shot against the Springboks, Jones must also account for a first defeat by Argentina since 2008 and a 25-25 draw with New Zealand that was made possible by a dramatic late comeback.

The only success this month was against a disappointing Japan, who were put to the sword 52-13.

England’s Autumn Internationals Sunday, November 6 England 29-30 Argentina 2.15pm Saturday, November 12 England 52-13 Japan 3.15pm Saturday, November 19 England 25-25 New Zealand 5.30pm Saturday, November 26 England 13-27 South Africa 5.30pm

“The reviews are always uncomfortable when you’re not winning. I haven’t found the review comfortable when you’re not winning,” Jones said.

“I’m sure the fans have doubts and feel that I don’t know how to coach, but it’s a progression to the World Cup and we have our ups and downs.

“We want to be stronger in the Six Nations and put ourselves in the position where we’re fourth or fifth going into the World Cup, ready to go.

“I’ve got a plan for how England can win the World Cup, but it doesn’t go in a perfect line.

“Sometimes you need these games to make you understand the areas which need to be bolstered.

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England captain Owen Farrell says the squad are hurting after defeat to South Africa at Twickenham but says the players will put the good work they have done to use as they prepare for the Six Nations in February.

England captain Owen Farrell says the squad are hurting after defeat to South Africa at Twickenham but says the players will put the good work they have done to use as they prepare for the Six Nations in February.

“We’re not off track. You have days like against South Africa. I’ve had worse days than that.

“We felt really confident going into the game. We knew where South Africa were coming, but on the day we weren’t good enough to win those areas.”

Jones blamed the Springboks defeat on his side’s scrummaging issues, adding that he has “grave concerns about how the scrum was refereed”, without expanding on what those were.

England’s defeat was greeted with boos at the final whistle

Since 2019 the RFU has conducted a review after every block of fixtures but declined to reveal who sits on the panel beyond that it includes “board and executive members along with independent, former players and coaches”.

However, in a departure from the unequivocal backing offered to Jones when the 2022 Six Nations ended in three defeats for the third time in five years, there was no mention of support for England’s head coach this time.

While he faces renewed scrutiny, Jones has been well backed by Sweeney in the past and is not expected to be sacked.

His eight-year reign ends after the 2023 World Cup with the RFU hoping to name his successor in May having reportedly drawn up a three-strong shortlist consisting of Steve Borthwick, Ronan O’Gara and Scott Robertson.

Sir Clive Woodward has led the criticism following the crushing defeat by South Africa, declaring that the result completed the “worst week in English rugby history” and that the game in this country is a “total shambles”.

Source: SkySports | News

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Ashley Williams thinks Newcastle player is getting frustrated

Ashley Williams thinks Newcastle player is getting frustrated


England were held to a goalless draw against the United States in the World Cup last night.

The likes of Harry Kane failed to get on the score sheet for the Three Lions but Gareth Southgate chose not to bring on the Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson as England continued to search for a breakthrough.

Wilson has done well for Newcastle this season and he made a cameo against Iran during England’s group opener in the World Cup.

The 30-year-old Newcastle striker set up a goal for England during his short cameo against Iran and he would have expected to come on against the United States when England were in desperate need of a goal.

Former Premier League player and pundit Ashley Williams claims that the Newcastle star will be frustrated with Southgate’s decision to leave him on the bench when his side needed a goal.

The 30-year-old will be full of confidence right now and he will feel that he could have made a difference for his country in the final third against the United States.

Williams said to BBC Sport: “I’m pretty sure Callum Wilson is sitting there tonight watching the game thinking: ‘when am I going to see any minutes of this World Cup?’”.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Man United interested in signing £60m Newcastle target in January

Man United interested in signing £60m Newcastle target in January


Manchester United are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby in January after Newcastle attempted to sign the winger during the summer. 

The Magpies wanted to sign a winger during the last transfer window and the French star was Eddie Howe’s main target to address the issue but the Tyneside club failed to get the move done.

According to the Telegraph, Newcastle were left frustrated by Bayer Leverkusen’s insistence they will not consider bids of less than £60m for the 23-year-old and could now miss out on the young star to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Man United are said to be considering a move to sign the Bayer Leverkusen winger in January as Erik ten Hag looks to add to his attack, reports Fichajes.

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Man United just parted ways with Cristiano Ronaldo and many expect the Red Devils to sign a striker in the near future but Diaby is a winger, which could mean that Marcus Rashford is moving up front permanently.

The French star has a contract in Germany until 2025 and whether he will still cost £60m is unknown.

Diaby is a very talented player and would be a great addition to Man United’s squad but whether Newcastle decides to fight their Premier League rivals over the winger remains to be seen.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Sale Sharks 25-20 Bristol Bears: Hosts continue fine Gallagher Premiership start as Du Preez brothers combine | Rugby Union News

Sale Sharks 25-20 Bristol Bears: Hosts continue fine Gallagher Premiership start as Du Preez brothers combine | Rugby Union News


Sale reel in league leaders Saracens with narrow victory over Bristol, helped by Jean-Luc de Preez’s second-half try and brother Rob’s conversion and earlier penalty; visitors held lead at half-time and started second half well

Last Updated: 26/11/22 6:48pm

Rob du Preez (pictured middle) scored one of Sale’s three tries against Bristol Bears

Sale Sharks’ fine start to the Gallagher Premiership season continued with a resilient 25-20 victory over Bristol Bears at the AJ Bell Stadium.

A competitive first half saw momentum swing both ways, though Bristol rallied to hold a two-point advantage at the interval, largely thanks to Piers O’Conor’s two converted tries.

Yet Jean-Luc du Preez’s second-half try, coupled with his brother Rob’s conversion and earlier penalty, powered the hosts to a seventh win of the season.

Bristol got off to a lively start with their first attack from the opening kick, but failed to capitalise on O’Conor’s driving run, yet they remained largely under the cosh for the opening stages of the game as Sale drove to apply pressure inside the Bears’ 22.

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Tom Roebuck had a try disallowed in the seventh minute but after three Sale mauls, the hosts broke the deadlock nine minutes in as Rob du Preez skipped in for the opening try.

However, on Bears’ second attack, O’Conor found space on the right wing and broke free to bring the scores level, thanks to Callum Sheedy providing the extras.

Sale were quick to respond in the 23rd minute when Roebuck followed a Rob du Preez kick and touched down after snatching the ball in the air from Charles Piutau. Rob du Preez made no mistake with the conversion.

Rob du Preez then edged his side further ahead with a penalty as momentum swung Sale’s way, but after some sloppy play, Bristol’s Luke Morahan broke to the try-line and, despite being tackled, the ball was sprayed to O’Conor who had an easy run-in for his second.

And Bristol went into half-time with a two-point advantage after AJ MacGinty sent over a penalty in the closing seconds.

Bristol emerged from the break asking questions of Sale inside their 22 and won a penalty after an advantage was played, with former Shark MacGinty kicking between the posts again in the 47th minute.

But Sale responded with a penalty of their own two minutes later as Rob du Preez opted for and sent a long-range effort soaring over.

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It remained tense as Bristol looked to extend their lead with an attacking vigour that boxed Sharks into their own half, but as the final quarter approached, it was Sharks’ turn to charge at Bristol’s defensive line.

In the 68th minute, a Sale maul drove over the line where the TMO eventually awarded Jean-Luc du Preez a try to swing the scores in Sharks’ favour.

Alex Sanderson’s side refused to let Bristol through in the 75th minute as their stubborn defensive guard pushed the visitors into touch in the in-goal area.

Sharks’ hard-fought win reels in league leaders Saracens while the 10th-placed Bears fell to their sixth loss on the bounce – their worst run of form in the Premiership since 2017.

Source: SkySports | News

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Keith Downie hints at major double signing at Newcastle United

Keith Downie hints at major double signing at Newcastle United


Keith Downie has recently discussed how he sees Newcastle’s January transfer window panning out.

After recently being taken over by Saudi billionaires, Newcastle fans are full of optimism going into the next transfer window.

The summer window was a success, with Newcastle now battling for the Champions League places in the Premier League.

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Now, reporter Downie has had his say on what he expects to see from Newcastle in the January transfer window.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see them [Newcastle] bring in a midfielder and a winger, with one of them being a loan,” said Downie, speaking to Give Me Sport.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Bruno Guimaraes has hinted that he wouldn’t want Newcastle to sign former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Bruno Guimaraes has hinted that he wouldn’t want Newcastle to sign former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo


Bruno Guimaraes has hinted that he wouldn’t want Newcastle to sign former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s contract at Manchester United was recently terminated with immediate effect, meaning the Portuguese forward will have to find a new club after the World Cup.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign Ronaldo on a free transfer.

With speculation growing, Brazilian midfielder Guimaraes has hinted that he wouldn’t want his club to sign Ronaldo.

Bruno Guimaraes celebrates a goal for Newcastle.
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“Trippier and I were the first to believe in the project, so fans have a special affection. I think Newcastle need players with that mentality, it’s not about signing everyone just because they have money. It’s not bringing Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Mbappe. It’s not like this,” said Guimaraes, speaking to UOL.

Guimaraes raises an excellent point. Newcastle haven’t gone out and bought the superstars of European football. The likes of Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn were brought in to help steady the ship – two players with great mentalities who have bought into the culture at Newcastle.

Signing a player like Ronaldo who has been caught up in a lot of controversy at Manchester United this season wouldn’t be a smart move as he has the potential to negatively effect the positive dynamic in the Newcastle changing room at the moment.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Newcastle could make move to sign 60k-a-week Leeds United star

Newcastle could make move to sign 60k-a-week Leeds United star


According to Teamtalk’s Graeme Bailey, Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United could make a January transfer bid for Leeds United winger Jack Harrison.

According to the report, Newcastle have been eyeing a move for the Leeds United star since the summer of 2022. And Newcastle are still interested in the £60,000-a-week former Manchester City talent, and could ‘increase their offer’ if the Englishman ’rounds into form.’

The versatile 26-year-old, who can also play as a number 10, has made 12 Premier League starts and one substitute appearance for Jesse Marsch’s side this season and has scored one and assisted three.

Despite the report, it is very unlikely that Leeds United will sell the player in January unless they receive a huge offer, something in a region of £50m-£60m.

Regarding Jack Harrison, Bailey said:

“Another forward to play on the left is very much an option. They loved Jack Harrison in the summer, but his price was way above their valuation. They could increase their offer, but only if he rounds into form.

Newcastle are reportedly interested in Jack Harrison
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Harrison is a key player for Leeds, who are in danger of being relegated to the Championship at the end of the season, and there is little chance that the West Yorkshire club would be willing to let him leave in the middle of the season.

 

 

 

 

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Roy Keane laughs off Ronaldo to Newcastle rumours

Roy Keane laughs off Ronaldo to Newcastle rumours


Newcastle United have been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo following his exit from Manchester United, but Roy Keane doesn’t think the forward would be keen on the move. 

Marca had reported that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was “torn” between the Magpies and Al-Nassr.

The Red Devils announced on Tuesday that they had reached a mutual agreement with Ronaldo to terminate his contract early, following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, in which he made allegations about the manager and club.

He is now a free agent and will be seeking a new team, following the World Cup, to sign for in January.

Portugal kicked off their campaign today in Doha with a 3-2 win against Ghana. Ronaldo netted the opener of the match, making him the first player to score in five World Cup tournaments.

After he was substituted, Ronaldo took to the sidelines to assist Fernando Santos with coaching his teammates in the closing stages of the game.

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Ronaldo shocked by Costa’s error

When Inaki Williams capitalised on Diogo Costa’s lack of awareness in his own area, Ghana came inches away from taking a point from the match. Ronaldo’s reaction was priceless as he watched on at the squandered opportunity for Williams.

Keane acknowledged the Portugal’s captain’s face in the replay and joked: “Look at Ronaldo’s face, my goodness. Honestly, he’s just had a call [telling him] Newcastle are in for him.”

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Dusan Vlahovic Newcastle United transfer bid prepared

Dusan Vlahovic Newcastle United transfer bid prepared


Newcastle United have reportedly made Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic a top transfer target for the summer if they end up qualifying for the Champions League.

The Magpies are making great progress under Eddie Howe, with signings like Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes helping to establish themselves as more serious rivals to the established big six.

It now seems Vlahovic is in their sights, though he’s recently also been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for around €100million.

Italian outlet Calciomercato claim that Newcastle could be ready to bid for Vlahovic as a priority if they do make the top four, and he’d be a quality signing to take the team to the next level.

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Vlahovic shone at previous club Fiorentina, and though he has made a decent start to life at Juventus, he’s perhaps not been quite as convincing.

It seems NUFC now fancy their chances of snapping him up at the end of the season, though the move surely won’t come cheap.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Ronaldo offered to Newcastle but Premier League club set to reject move

Ronaldo offered to Newcastle but Premier League club set to reject move


Newcastle United are likely to turn down the chance to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to St James’ Park after being offered the superstar ahead of the January transfer window. 

Manchester United terminated the 37-year-old’s contract at Old Trafford this week following his controversial interview with Piers Morgan and the striker is now a free agent for the upcoming transfer window.

Ronaldo has been in poor form so far this season and it is unlikely that any of the big players in the Champions League will sign the 37-year-old.

Therefore, he has been offered to Newcastle but according to Dean Jones, the Magpies are not interested in the superstar either.

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Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “It’s really interesting that Ronaldo has been offered to Newcastle – it just shows how high their profile in the game suddenly is.

“It’s very unlikely to happen, as Newcastle have a pretty clear recruitment plan they want to stick to. Again, that’s quite interesting – Newcastle willing to turn down Ronaldo is a pretty big deal!”

Newcastle have big ambitions for the future and are just at the start of their journey, but as Jones says, seeing Ronaldo offered to the club shows just how far they have come in such a short space of time.

 

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Leicester to battle it out with Newcastle, West Ham for 6ft 3in defender

Leicester to battle it out with Newcastle, West Ham for 6ft 3in defender


Leicester City are interested in signing the Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai.

According to a report from Türkiye Gazetesi, the Premier League side are looking to add to their defensive department and they have identified Szalai as a summer target.

Leicester will face competition from Premier League rivals West Ham United and Newcastle United.

Szalai is apparently keen on a move to the Premier League and Fenerbahce are aware of the fact that they will not be able to hold on to him for the long term.

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The 6ft 3in defender’s contract expires in the summer of 2025 and it will be interesting to see how much Fenerbahce demands for his services. Newcastle certainly have no shortage of resources and they could have an edge in the transfer chase.

Meanwhile, Leicester and West Ham have been vulnerable at the back this season and they are in need of defensive reinforcements. Szalai would certainly improve them at the back and it remains to be seen where he ends up eventually.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Dan Ashworth’s team out in Qatar working on ‘gem’ Newcastle signing

Dan Ashworth’s team out in Qatar working on ‘gem’ Newcastle signing


Although likely to be keeping a close eye on Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson and Nick Pope, all of whom are representing England, Newcastle United’s recruitment team will also be using the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to scout potential ‘gems’.

That’s according to journalist Aaron Stokes, who has claimed the Magpies’ sporting director Dan Ashworth, along with his recruitment specialists, will be in Qatar and hard at work trying to identify a star in the making.

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Speaking on the Everything is Black and White show, Stokes said: “They’ll be looking, you know, Ashworth’s team will be out there and trying to find the gem.

“I think there’s been a couple over the years that have come out of the left field, Newcastle have signed them. Like Daryl Janmaat and players that have just sort of come out of nowhere with a really, really good World Cup – and all of a sudden big Premier League teams want them.

“So I’ve got no doubt they’ll be keeping an eye on these games and hopefully a gem or two emerges that they can try and steal.”

Which player have you been most impressed with so far during this year’s World Cup? – Let us know in the comments.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Newcastle United offered the chance to sign Marcus Thuram

Newcastle United offered the chance to sign Marcus Thuram


Newcastle United have been linked with a number of players since their takeover and the latest name linked with a move to St James’ Park is that of the French international Marcus Thuram.

The 25-year-old forward will be a free agent at the end of the season. Therefore, there have been speculations surrounding a potential January move.

The January window is Borussia Mönchengladbach’s only opportunity to recoup some money for the attacker, and it seems that the player has been offered to Newcastle United.

Dean Jones has said to Give Me Sport: “Thuram has been offered to Newcastle for the next window. He’s somebody that they are willing to consider. They see that he holds good value at the price that’s been put to them.”

The Magpies could definitely use more quality in the final third and Thuram would be an inexpensive addition for them.

The Frenchman has been in impressive form this season and he has 13 goals and four assists across all competitions. He can play anywhere across the front three and Eddie Howe could use his versatility.

The player is yet to reach his peak and he is likely to improve further with experience. He could prove to be a bargain buy for Newcastle in the long run.

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It remains to be seen whether Newcastle decides to break the bank for his services in January. Alternatively, they could look to secure a pre-contract agreement with the player and sign him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Newcastle are not the only Premier League club linked with the Frenchman. He has been linked with clubs like Manchester United as well. It will be interesting to see where he ends up.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Betfair Fighting Fifth: Constitution Hill to join Epatante in Newcastle Grade One on Saturday, Nicky Henderson confirms | Racing News

Betfair Fighting Fifth: Constitution Hill to join Epatante in Newcastle Grade One on Saturday, Nicky Henderson confirms | Racing News


Nicky Henderson has confirmed Constitution Hill is set to take his place in the Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Racing.

The ante-post favourite for the Champion Hurdle in March was intended to make his seasonal bow at Ascot in the Coral Ascot Hurdle last Saturday, but ground conditions at the Berkshire track saw the Seven Barrows star withdrawn on the day of the race.

That caused attention to turn to Newcastle where the five-year-old was one of six possible runners confirmed at the five-day stage for the Gosforth Park Grade One – a race won by Henderson five times in the last six years and could also feature stablemate and race regular Epatante.

Now the Seven Barrows has decided Constitution Hill will travel to the north east and said to the PA news agency on Wednesday morning: “Constitution Hill will run at Newcastle on Saturday.”

Henderson’s pair currently feature among six entered in the race, along with Not So Sleepy, who finished in a dead-heat with Epatante in last year’s renewal.

Gordon Elliott has Pied Piper entered, while Tommy’s Oscar (Ann Hamilton) and Voix Du Reve (Iain Jardine) complete the line-up.

Source: SkySports | News

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Transfer gossip: Ronaldo to Newcastle as French striker targeted as Man Utd replacement

Transfer gossip: Ronaldo to Newcastle as French striker targeted as Man Utd replacement

Ronaldo has left Manchester United and he seemingly has a choice between two Saudi-owned clubs while Manchester United target a French striker…

 

WHERE NEXT FOR RONALDO?
Well, according to Marca, through the brilliance of Google translate: ‘Cristiano’s future depends on continuing in England or going to Saudi football, an exit that he is considering very seriously.

‘The Portuguese is torn between Newcastle and Al-Nassr, clubs with the same owner, Mohammed Bin Salman, heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia. Newcastle already tempted him last summer and he would arrive as a free agent in the next winter market that opens on January 2.’

So there’s a choice there between two Saudi-owned projects, because no bugger else will pay all those wages. Not even Chelsea. What will we choose? What would you choose?

 

WHAT NOW FOR MAN UTD?
Well it’s fair to say that they need more attacking options in January and one new name has been mentioned by Rudy Galetti.

That name is Marcus Thuram, the French striker who has scored a very impressive 10 goals in 15 Bundesliga games for Borussia Mönchengladbach this season and is at the World Cup as pointless back-up to the brilliant Olivier Giroud.

Thuram’s contract expires next summer so he is available for a small price in January (reports suggest less than £10m), with Inter Milan and Juventus leading the race to sign him. But now there is talk of interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

Alternatively, United could go back for Cody Gakpo. The Dutchman scored in his nation’s opening World Cup match v Senegal and has claimed 13 goals and 17 assists for PSV this season. But Gakpo is rather more of a left winger and that is the one position United probably don’t need to strengthen.

 

JOAO FELIX FOR PSG
The Portuguese has previously been linked with Manchester United, but it looks very much like PSG will sign the young forward who has fallen out of favour at Atletico Madrid.

Having failed to sign both Bernardo Silva and Robert Lewandowski in recent windows, Le10Sport claim that the French champions are keen to move in the January market for a big-name attacking player, and rather handily the Spanish club needs to sell after crashing out of the Champions at the group stage.

Source: Football Transfer Gossip – Football365

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RFU, WRU, World Rugby to be served with legal proceedings by firm representing players suffering neurological impairments | Rugby Union News

RFU, WRU, World Rugby to be served with legal proceedings by firm representing players suffering neurological impairments | Rugby Union News


“This claim isn’t just about financial compensation,” Rylands Garth, representing over 225 players, said. “It is also about making the game safer and ensuring current and former players get tested, so that if they are suffering a brain injury they can get the clinical help they need”

Last Updated: 22/11/22 9:25pm

The RFU is among the three governing bodies that will be served with proceedings by the sports law firm representing over 225 players with neurological impairments

The sports law firm representing more than 225 players suffering from neurological impairments will this week serve proceedings against World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and Welsh Rugby Union.

Rylands Garth say its claimants “contend that these defendants were negligent in failing to take reasonable action in order to protect players from permanent injury caused by repetitive concussive and sub-concussive blows”.

Over 20 players involved in the litigation – including England World Cup winner Steve Thompson and former Wales captain Ryan Jones – have spoken publicly about their brain injuries from playing the sport.

In a statement, Rylands Garth said that many players “now suffer from various irreversible neurological impairments, including early onset dementia, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), post-concussion syndrome, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease”.

Allegations raised by the claimants include a failure by the three governing bodies to take any proper steps as the game turned professional to respond to a disregard for player safety and brain health at club and international level, or take adequate steps to inform, educate or warn the claimants about risks of permanent brain damage.

Other allegations surround failures to reduce the amount of contact allowed in training, reduce the number of games per season, devise and implement rules to limit the number of substitutions of non-injured players, thereby reducing the risk to players of heavy collisions, devise and implement a brain injury-specific player passport system and ensure that claimants were subjected to regular monitoring.

Former England player Steve Thompson is among those who have spoken publicly about brain injuries

Rylands also represents 80 rugby league players as part of a separate potential claim against the Rugby Football League. Lawsuits in Ireland commenced last month, and a French lawsuit on behalf of those who have played rugby in France was launched on Tuesday.

“This claim isn’t just about financial compensation,” Rylands said. “It is also about making the game safer and ensuring current and former players get tested, so that if they are suffering a brain injury they can get the clinical help they need.

“The players we represent love the game. We aim to challenge the current perceptions of the governing bodies, to reach a point where they accept the connection between repetitive blows to the head and permanent neurological injury, and to take steps to protect players and support those who are injured.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo eyes Newcastle move following Man Utd departure

Cristiano Ronaldo eyes Newcastle move following Man Utd departure


Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly “torn” between Newcastle United and Al-Nassr FC after Manchester United confirmed he will be leaving the club with immediate effect. 

The forward leaves United having netted 145 goals in 346 appearances across two spells in Manchester.

Throughout his time in red, he lifted three Premier League titles, two League Cups, a Champions League, Club World Cup and FA Cup. He also won his first of five Ballon d’Or awards at Old Trafford.

However, his second stint has ended sourly following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, in which he detailed his lack of respect for Erik ten Hag, the Glazers and former teammates, as well as how he feels “betrayed” by the club, amongst other things.

Ronaldo’s future

According to Marca, he is now “torn” between Newcastle and Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr for a January move. Both sides will have the funds to pay his large wage demands.

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Al Nassr’s owner, Mohammed Bin Salman, is heir to the throne of the country.

The Magpies offer a more competitive challenge as they currently sit third in the Premier League and are above the likes of United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Autumn Nations Series: Neil Jenkins – ‘No hiding place’ for Wales against Australia after Georgia loss | Rugby Union News

Autumn Nations Series: Neil Jenkins – ‘No hiding place’ for Wales against Australia after Georgia loss | Rugby Union News


Wales close out their autumn campaign with a match against Australia in Cardiff on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm); the hosts have won their last three matches against the Wallabies and are aiming to bounce back from a shock defeat to Georgia

Last Updated: 22/11/22 4:29pm

Wales players show their dejection after their defeat to Georgia

Neil Jenkins has warned Wales there will be “no hiding place” for them in Saturday’s Autumn Nations Series finale against Australia.

Wales tackle the Wallabies seven days after losing at home to Georgia – a result which piled pressure on head coach Wayne Pivac, who has won just 13 of his 33 Tests in charge since he succeeded fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland after the 2019 World Cup.

While there have been major highs in Pivac’s reign, such as winning the 2021 Six Nations title and defeating the Springboks in South Africa, Georgia’s success came just eight months after Italy triumphed in Cardiff and even a fourth-straight win over Australia might not be enough to appease Pivac’s critics.

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“It’s tough – I am not going to lie,” Wales assistant coach Jenkins said. “It is incredibly disappointing, which is probably putting it lightly.

“It’s one of the darkest days, but you have got to go again. We’ve got another Test match on Saturday, and it is important that we turn up and front up.

“We don’t want to be in that position, we don’t want Wayne in that position, none of us want to be in that position.

“It is important that collectively – players, staff, everyone – come together quickly, which I think we’ve done, and turn up on Saturday. There is no hiding place, we need to be ready to go on Saturday.”

Neil Jenkins expects a response from Wales against Australia

Georgia, courtesy of substitute Luka Matkava’s 78th-minute penalty, followed fellow underdogs Romania (1988), Canada (1993) and Samoa (2012) in embarrassing Wales on home soil.

Pivac’s cause against Australia is not helped by the game falling outside World Rugby’s autumn fixture window.

That means players who do not play their club rugby in Wales, including Gloucester winger Louis Rees-Zammit, Saracens centre Nick Tompkins and Exeter Chiefs forward Christ Tshiunza, are unavailable.

Jenkins, capped 87 times by Wales as a player between 1991 and 2002, is adamant Wales’ approach does not change without those members of their squad though.

Wales’ Autumn Internationals Saturday, November 5 Wales 23-55 New Zealand Saturday, November 12 Wales 20-13 Argentina Saturday, November 19 Wales 12-13 Georgia Saturday, November 26 Wales vs Australia 3.15pm

“It could be tiddlywinks, I want Wales to win and be successful,” Jenkins said. “Whether I’m involved in that or not is irrelevant to me, I want Wales to be successful.

“We fronted up in South Africa during the summer, and we fronted up after New Zealand [by beating Argentina]. We don’t want to keep fronting up because of a poor display or a poor result.

“You don’t tend to see how well a team plays when you look back on history, but how often they won and whether they got a Grand Slam or a World Cup. It is often about the end result and how you get there.”

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Newcastle set out savvy transfer plan to snare ‘top talent’ Thuram for cut-price fee

Newcastle set out savvy transfer plan to snare ‘top talent’ Thuram for cut-price fee

Newcastle United reportedly have a plan in place to secure the signing of French striker Marcus Thuram for as little as £10million.

Thuram’s future is currently up in the air. Given he has until the end of the season on his contract with Borussia Monchengladbach, there are multiple avenues that could be explored.

One of those is remaining with the Bundesliga side. However, with a host of clubs having reportedly registered an interest, it seems more likely that he will end up elsewhere.

One of the sides that has been linked with a move for the Frenchman is Newcastle. A report claims the Magpies have now set out their intentions to snare the striker.

Football Insider suggests they are preparing a bid for Thuram, which could see him join in January. The St James’ Park outfit are reportedly willing to pay £10million.

While that fee may seem low, given the striker is out of contract at the end of the season, Monchengladbach may accept it. Should they not, they could lose him for nothing.

Newcastle apparently see Thuram as a ‘top talent’ who can ‘instantly improve’ their side. On the form he has shown this season, there seems to be no reason why that would not be the case.

He is currently the Bundesliga’s second-top goalscorer, with 10 goals. Along with that tally, he has provided three league assists, and scored three times in the DFB Pokal.

The report suggests that Newcastle want the deal to be wrapped up before the January window opens. Indeed, the forward would be able to negotiate with other clubs for when his contract ends by then.

That snare might not be as easy as they would hope, though. Given Thuram is in such good form, and will be available for a lowly fee, there could well be other sides in the mix for him.

Tottenham and Manchester United have both been credited with reported interest of late. Approaches from either of those sides could bump up his price.

There should be no distractions from other sides if the Magpies do manage to come to an agreement with Monchengladbach before the window opens.

Whether or not that is the case remains to be seen, though. All will become clearer come January, and Newcastle will hope things work in their favour, so they can continue their stellar form in the second half of the season.

READ MORE: Transfer gossip: Spurs snub Chelsea, ex-Arsenal keepers to focus on Prem trio

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Marcus Thuram Newcastle United transfer interest

Marcus Thuram Newcastle United transfer interest


Newcastle United are reportedly lining up another major transfer deal for the near future as they keep tabs on contract rebel Marcus Thuram.

The France international is due to be out of contract with Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of the season, and Newcastle look to be one of the main suitors for him.

The Magpies have done well to sign some big names like Kieran Trippier, Alexander Isak, Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman in recent times as their new owners show their ambition.

Thuram would be another fine signing as his future with Gladbach looks to be in major doubt at the moment.

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Other big clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have also been linked with Thuram in recent times, but NUFC should be able to offer him a very tempting contract.

The 25-year-old is the son of French World Cup legend Lilian Thuram.

Source: Transfer Rumours – CaughtOffside

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Maro Itoje highlights England’s ‘incredible potential’ and looks at South Africa’s style | Rugby Union News

Maro Itoje highlights England’s ‘incredible potential’ and looks at South Africa’s style | Rugby Union News


England host South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday in the last of their Autumn Nations Series fixtures; Eddie Jones’ men arrive off the back of a comeback 25-25 draw against New Zealand having been 25-6 down

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Maro Itoje is excited by the prospect of taking on South Africa on Saturday

Maro Itoje believes England have an “incredible amount of potential” in their team and cannot wait to face South Africa on Saturday at Twickenham Stadium.

Eddie Jones’ side go into the Test week having recovered from 25-6 down to draw 25-25 with the All Blacks as a result of three dramatic late tries.

England will now complete their quartet of Autumn Nations Series fixtures by hosting South Africa on Saturday. Forward Itoje is demanding that they are relentless in their pursuit of the world champions.

“Playing South Africa at Twickenham – I’m really looking forward to it. I only wish the game is a little bit sooner because we left a lot out there against New Zealand,” Itoje said.

“While the second half was a bit more how we want to play, this week is an opportunity to hopefully play how we want to for the full 80 minutes.

“We have an incredible amount of potential in this team, we just need to unlock it,” Itoje added. “We are spending more and more time together and are becoming more cohesive, so hopefully it will come.

“I’m proud that we stuck at it (against New Zealand) and we didn’t go away and proud that we played some great rugby towards the end of that game, but we need to play like that for the whole game.

England’s Autumn Internationals Sunday, November 6 England 29-30 Argentina 2.15pm Saturday, November 12 England 52-13 Japan 3.15pm Saturday, November 19 England 25-25 New Zealand 5.30pm Saturday, November 26 England vs South Africa 5.30pm

“You never want to be too happy with a draw, but it’s better than losing. Hopefully, it will put us in better stead for South Africa, who will be a great challenge,” Itoje continued.

“South Africa haven’t changed the way they play since their first game in international rugby! Strong set-piece, strong kicking game, strong defence.”

Itoje knows what to expect from the Springboks on Saturday afternoon

England’s head coach Jones has highlighted the importance of having options in the set-piece this weekend, in anticipation of the Springboks’ aerial assault. Jones has pointed towards Itoje replacing Sam Simmonds at blindside flanker and Dave Ribbans starting at lock.

“We probably need three jumpers against South Africa. It’s going to be a higher kicking game so we’ll have a look at that,” Jones said.

“We were a bit disappointed early on against New Zealand about the effectiveness of our ruck defence. Ardie Savea we handled pretty well.

“Tom Curry and Sam Simmonds defensively were good and that’s the best Test match I’ve seen Billy Vunipola play since 2019.”

Jones: It’s always up to the players

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England head coach Eddie Jones praised his side’s fighting spirit after clawing back a draw against New Zealand

England head coach Eddie Jones praised his side’s fighting spirit after clawing back a draw against New Zealand

At the end of the contest against New Zealand, England were criticised by some for kicking the ball out with the clock in the red, Jones said he backs his players’ decision.

“It’s always up to the players. I trust their decision-making,” he added. “I’m not on the field, I don’t have access to them. So I just trust their decisions.

“I thought second half we played really well. We’re disappointed we didn’t win the game, but a draw is a draw, and with the dominance they had in the first half, we could have fallen away.

“You’ve seen better teams than us fall away against the All Blacks and lose by 40 or 50 points. Absolutely pulverised.

“If you don’t stay in the fight, you can get blown away. We stayed in the fight, and I think the leadership team was outstanding. Owen (Farrell) on his 100th cap did a great job, with (Ellis) Genge and (Jack) Nowell.

Of the late decision, skipper Owen Farrell added: “We just wanted to see where we were off the ruck. If we got go-forward, got on the front-foot and had an opportunity, then we wanted to take it, and if not we wanted to make a good decision, and I think that’s what was done.”

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