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Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Sep 13:02

Premier League 2 would soften 'scary' financial blow of relegation, insists Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish

The money being spent on transfers and wages comes with a grave risk to clubs likely to be fighting relegation, Steve Parish points out, with the financial disparity getting ever bigger.

Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Sep 11:45

Rafa Benitez insists Newcastle can only blame themselves following more dropped points against Aston Villa

Aaron Tshibola's late header earned Aston Villa a battling 1-1 draw after Tommy Elphick's first-half own goal almost gifted the Magpies victory on Saturday evening at Villa Park.

Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Sep 00:43

Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle: Suspended Jack Grealish left out as Aaron Tshibola's last-gasp strike rescues Roberto Di Matteo

KIERAN GILL AT VILLA PARK: Two Champions League-winning managers came head to head in the Championship but neither Roberto Di Matteo nor Rafa Benitez were satisfied with a point apiece.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 24 Sep 21:06

Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle United

Substitute Aaron Tshibola heads a late equaliser as Aston Villa fight back to draw with Newcastle United.

ESPN FC - Newcastle United News 24 Sep 20:48

Aaron Tshibola rescues point for Aston Villa to peg back profligate Newcastle

Aston Villa Newcastle United 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Aaron Tshibola rescued a point for Aston Villa as Newcastle blew the chance to close in on Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich. The midfielder headed in an 87th minute equaliser for the hosts to secure a 1-1 draw after Tommy Elphick's first-half own goal looked to have won it for the Magpies.Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame had chances to finish Villa off and the visitors paid the price late on, having been given let-offs when Mile Jedinak had a goal disallowed and Jordan Ayew hit the post.The teams were...

Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 23 Sep 23:35

Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame will contact Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt about his cardiac concerns

Mo Diame should have been a Premier League champion with Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson had identified him as the man to replace contract rebel Paul Pogba in the summer of 2012.

ESPN FC - Newcastle United News 21 Sep 22:59

EFL Cup: Manchester derby, West Ham face Chelsea, Liverpool vs. Spurs

While it was a nervy first half, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford ended up securing a comfortable win over Northampton Town. ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol previews the Manchester derby and some of the other top matchups from the EFL Cup draw. The ESPN FC team share their thoughts on how Jose Mourinho should proceed with Wayne Rooney's playing time this weekend. Manchester United will take on Manchester City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup at Old Trafford next month. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola were drawn against each other just 11 days after City won 2-1 at United's ground in the Premier League. The draw also threw up two other huge all-Premier League ties, with Liverpool hosting Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea going to London rivals West Ham United. Norwich's reward for beating Everton at Goodison Park is a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds while...

ESPN FC - Newcastle United News 20 Sep 22:44

Yoan Gouffran volley leads Newcastle to win over Wolves

Newcastle United Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Yoan Gouffran smashed home another stunning volley as Newcastle gained revenge over Wolves and eased their way into the fourth round of the EFL Cup. The Frenchman, who scored in spectacular style in a 2-0 Championship victory at Derby earlier this month, repeated the trick to seal a win by the same scoreline at St James' Park, where Wolves had emerged victorious in the league on Saturday. Matt Ritchie, having provided the 31st-minute cross from which Gouffran struck, had earlier fired Rafael Benitez's...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 20 Sep 22:42

Newcastle United 2-0 Wolves

Yoan Gouffran scores a stunning goal as Newcastle avenge the league defeat by Wolves to reach the EFL Cup fourth round.

Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 20 Sep 22:38

Newcastle 2-0 Wolves: Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran seal revenge for Rafa Benitez's Toon Army

CRAIG HOPE AT ST JAMES' PARK: Newcastle United enacted revenge over Wolves by securing a 2-0 victory at St James' Park. Rafa Benitez's side had lost to the Midlands club only three days prior.

Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 20 Sep 13:11

Barton sought revenge on Alonso for ?stealing Liverpool move?

Joey Barton has admitted he once tried to hurt Xabi Alonso after the Spaniard “stole his move to Liverpool”.

Barton was sent off for a poorly-timed challenge on Alonso in a 3-0 Liverpool win over Newcastle in May 2009, late in the season that Newcastle were relegated under Alan Shearer’s watch.

In his new autobiography, ‘No Nonsense’, the suspended Rangers midfielder has detailed how the tackle was partly down to jealousy, with Alonso having “stolen” his move to Anfield five years prior.

‘Had things panned out differently, I could have made the obsessive debate about the mutual suitability of the Gerrard-Lampard axis redundant,’ Barton writes. ‘From what I gathered, Steven Gerrard agitated to get Liverpool to sign me in 2004, because he felt we had the potential to forge a partnership.

‘I met with Gerard Houllier at Melwood, and agreed everything verbally.

‘A deal was close to being concluded but then he was sacked that summer. It was never revived.’

Xabi Alonso 2009

On the 2009 tackle in particular, Barton added:

‘Xabi and I had history. He blamed me for knocking him out in what he thought was a deliberate clash of heads in one of our earliest contests, and I blamed him for stealing my move to Liverpool.

‘All that remained to be agreed with City was the fee, when Rafa Benitez took over from Gerard Houllier. I was in Dubai when I was informed that he had instead decided to sign a kid from Real Sociedad who had just broken into the Spanish national team.

‘That turned out to be £10.7m well spent. Xabi is one hell of a player, whose passes have a great range and accuracy.

‘Whenever we played, I sought to get the game on my terms, which were relentlessly physical.

‘(In 2009) Thirteen minutes remained. Liverpool were two up, cruising and playing keep ball. The Kop conducted an incessant, infuriating chant of ‘Ole, ole, ole!’

‘Xabi retained the ball near the corner flag fractionally longer than was prudent. That gave me the opportunity to fly in, and disguise my malicious intent as best as I could. Alonso milked the moment with a barrel roll. I expected a yellow and was shown a red.’

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Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 20 Sep 09:06

EFL Cup stats: Arsenal look to continue trend; pressure on Jose

Arsenal will be hoping to win at Nottingham Forest to continue a glorious trend, while there are a lot of first-time meetings in the third round of the EFL Cup.

 

Nottingham Forest – Arsenal

Tuesday, 7:45pm, City Ground

Arsenal celebrate Alexis Sanchez

  • Nottingham Forest and Arsenal have met twice before in the League Cup. Both encounters were 2-0 Quarter-Final home victories for the Gunners, in 1987 and 1993 – with Arsenal going on to win the trophy both times. 
  • Arsenal have won their last three matches against Nottingham Forest, beating them in the Premier League in 1997, 1998 and 1999. 
  • In fact, Forest have only won one of the last 13 meetings against Arsenal in all competitions (D4 L8). 
  • Arsenal were eliminated when they last faced Championship opponents in the League Cup, losing 3-0 at Sheffield Wednesday last season. 
  • Forest have lost their last nine League Cup games against Premier League opponents (as a lower ranked side), last beating Man City in December 1993. 

Queens Park Rangers – Sunderland 

Wednesday, 7:45pm, Loftus Road

Jermain Defoe: Misses good chance for Sunderland

  • This is the first League Cup meeting between the two sides.  
  • QPR have won their last three matches against Sunderland in all competitions, conceding just one goal in the process. 
  • This will be QPR’s first appearance in the third round of the League Cup since the 2012-13 campaign, where they lost 3-2 at home to Reading.  
  • After reaching the final in 2014, Sunderland have fallen at this stage of the competition in each of the last two seasons. 
  • The Black Cats have won each of their last five League Cup games against sides from a lower division, last losing to Middlesbrough in October 2012. 

West Ham United – Accrington Stanley

Wednesday, 7:45pm, London Stadium

Slaven Bilic: Reveals transfer strategy

  • This is the first ever meeting between the two sides. 
  • This is the first time Accrington Stanley have got to Round 3 of the League Cup in their history, having been eliminated in Round 2 four times.  
  • This match will be the first domestic cup match at the London Stadium.  
  • West Ham have won seven of their last nine League Cup ties against fourth-tier opponents (D1 L1). The loss was a 2-1 home defeat against Aldershot in 2011.  
  • Accrington’s win over Burnley in the last round was their first ever victory against top-flight opposition in all competitions. 

Southampton – Crystal Palace

Wednesday, 7:45pm, St Mary’s

James McArthur, Palace celeb

  • The last two League Cup meetings between Southampton and Crystal Palace have ended 2-0 to the Eagles (1992 and 2011).  
  • Southampton have won seven of their last 10 matches against Palace in all competitions (L3).  
  • Palace have conceded a combined total of eight goals in their last two League Cup matches against fellow Premier League opponents, losing both matches. 
  • The Saints have kept just one clean sheet (2-0 v Portsmouth in 2003) in their last 19 League Cup matches against Premier League opponents. 
  • Southampton have reached the fourth round of the League Cup in each of the last five seasons, making the quarter-finals in each of the last two. 

Swansea City – Manchester City

Wednesday, 7:45pm, Liberty Stadium

Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City

  • These two sides have never previously met in the League Cup. 
  • Manchester City have won seven of their last 10 League Cup matches against fellow Premier League opponents (D1 L2). The draw was against Liverpool in last season’s final, which City won on penalties. 
  • City have won two of the last three League Cup competitions (2014 and 2016), while Swansea won the trophy in 2013. 
  • Swansea have lost only one of their five meetings with fellow Premier League sides in the League Cup, 1-2 vs Liverpool in October 2014 (W3 D1). 
  • Manchester City have lost just one of their last 12 matches against Swansea in all competitions (W9 D2). 

Fulham – Bristol City

Wednesday, 7:45pm, Craven Cottage

Fulham FC

  • The only League Cup meeting between these two sides came in 1970/71, where Bristol City eliminated Fulham at the Quarter-Final stage, 1-0 after a replay.  
  • Fulham have won six of their last eight League Cup matches at Craven Cottage (L2). 
  • Fulham have won three of their last four matches against Bristol City in all competitions (L1). 
  • Bristol City were eliminated by Southampton on the last two occasions they made it to Round 3 (2003-04 and 2013-14). They’ve not reached Round 4 since 1988-89, when they were eliminated at the semi-final stage. 
  • Tammy Abraham has scored both of Bristol City’s winning goals in the EFL Cup this season. 

Bournemouth – Preston North End

Tuesday, 7:45pm, Vitality Stadium

Callum Wilson Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth and Preston met in Round 3 of the League Cup last season. The Cherries won 3-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Deepdale.  
  • Of the 28 meetings between these two sides, all but two were in the third tier of English football. 
  • Preston have lost 10 of their last 11 away League Cup games against top flight sides, with their only victory coming at Birmingham in November 2002 (2-0). 
  • Indeed, that win over Birmingham was also the last time Preston reached the fourth round of the League Cup, eventually losing to Aston Villa. 
  • Bournemouth have progressed from nine of their last 10 League Cup ties against lower ranked opponents, losing out only to Oxford on penalties in August 2012. 

Tottenham Hotspur – Gillingham 

Wednesday, 8pm, White Hart Lane

Harry Kane: Tottenham man linked with Milan switch

  • The only previous meeting between Tottenham and Gillingham was also a Round 3 League Cup match, in November 1982. Spurs won 4-2 at Priestfield.  
  • Tottenham have won four of their last five League Cup matches at White Hart Lane (L1). 
  • Tottenham have been eliminated from just three of their last 12 Round 3 League Cup matches. Two of those defeats were against rivals Arsenal, in 2010 and 2015. 
  • Gillingham last reached Round 3 in 2005, where they were eliminated following a 2-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers. 
  • The last time Tottenham were eliminated from the League Cup by a lower ranked side was in the 2005-06 campaign, where they lost 0-1 at Grimsby in the second round. 

Everton – Norwich City

Tuesday, 7:45pm, Goodison Park

Leighton Baines: Celebrates Everton opener

  • Everton and Norwich met in Round 4 of the League Cup last season. The Toffees progressed 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. 
  • Everton have won their last five League Cup matches against lower league opponents, scoring 15 goals in the process, an average of three goals per match. 
  • Meanwhile, Norwich have lost their last five meetings against Premier League opponents (while playing in the Football League), most recently in August 2010, a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. 
  • Everton have lost just one of their last 15 matches against Norwich in all competitions (W7 D7). 
  • Norwich haven’t beaten Everton at Goodison Park since September 1993, when the Canaries won 5-1. 

Derby County – Liverpool

Tuesday, 7:45pm, iPro Stadium

Liverpool: Could they challenge for top?

  • The only previous League Cup meeting between these two sides was in October 1977 – Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield.  
  • Derby have lost 21 of their last 26 matches against Liverpool in all competitions (W3 D2). 
  • Derby have failed to score in three of their last four home matches against Liverpool in all competitions. 
  • Derby last beat Premier League opposition in the League Cup when they won the first leg of the 2009 semi-final against Manchester United at Pride Park.  
  • Liverpool have been eliminated from just one of their last 13 League Cup ties against lower league opposition, losing out on penalties against Northampton at Anfield in September 2010. 

Northampton Town – Manchester United 

Wednesday, 7:45pm, Sixfields

Mourinho 2

  • Northampton have never beaten Manchester United (D1 L3). 
  • These two sides met in the FA Cup in 1970 and 2004 with United winning 8-2 and 3-0, but they have never met in the League Cup.  
  • The last time Northampton were involved in a Round 3 League Cup match they beat Liverpool 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Anfield in September 2010. 
  • Manchester United have been eliminated from the League Cup by lower league opposition in each of the last two seasons (MK Dons and Middlesbrough). 
  • Jose Mourinho has won seven of his eight League Cup matches against lower ranked opposition, drawing the other. 

Brighton & Hove Albion – Reading  

Tuesday, 7:45pm, AMEX Stadium

Anthony Knockaert: Opened Brighton scoring

  • Brighton and Reading played against each other four times in Round 1 of the 1974 League Cup. Reading eventually won 3-2 in the third replay. 
  • Brighton have scored four goals in both of their League Cup matches so far this season. 
  • Brighton and Reading have one win apiece in their last six meetings in all competitions; the other four matches have ended in draws.  
  • Reading have lost their last two League Cup matches against opponents in the same division. 
  • Brighton reached Round 4 of the League Cup in 2014-15, losing out to Spurs. Prior to that, they hadn’t reached the fourth round since 1979-80. 

Newcastle United – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Tuesday, 7:45pm, Sports Direct Arena

Rafa Benitez: More heartache for the Toon?

  • These two sides have never met in the League Cup. 
  • Newcastle haven’t beaten Wolves in a domestic cup match since the 1951 FA Cup semi-final replay, drawing two and losing three since then. 
  • Wolves have been eliminated from each of their last nine League Cup games against sides from the same division as them. 
  • Wolves have lost their last three League Cup games away from home, conceding 10 goals and failing to score themselves. 
  • This will be Newcastle’s fourth consecutive home game in the competition, winning two and losing one of the previous three. 

Stoke City – Hull City  

Wednesday, 8pm, Bet365 Stadium

Hull City: New takeover talk emerges

  • These two sides have never met in the League Cup. 
  • Stoke have lost just one of their last 12 matches against Hull in all competitions (W5 D6). 
  • Stoke have won their last three home matches against Hull without conceding a goal. 
  • Hull reached the quarter-finals in last season’s League Cup; their best ever run in the competition. 
  • Meanhwhile, Stoke reached the semi-finals last season – their best run since reaching the final in 1972. 

Leicester City – Chelsea  

Tuesday, 7:45pm, King Power Stadium

Eden Hazard: On target for Chelsea

  • These two sides last met in the League Cup in October 2007. Chelsea won 4-3 at Stamford Bridge en-route to the final. 
  • Leicester and Chelsea also played out the 1965 League Cup final. Chelsea were again victorious, winning 3-2 over two legs.  
  • Leicester have scored exactly two goals in seven of their last nine home games against Chelsea in all competitions. 
  • The Blues have only been eliminated in Round 3 once in the last 10 seasons (3-4 vs Newcastle in 2010-11). 
  • The Foxes have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last eight home games in the League Cup. 

Leeds United – Blackburn Rovers

Tuesday, 7:45pm, Elland Road

Charlie Taylor: Wanted by Premier League clubs

  • Leeds and Blackburn have met four times in the League Cup between 1962 and 2005, with two victories apiece.  
  • The two sides meet in the League Cup while in the same division for the first time since November 1995 when both were in the Premier League. Leeds won 2-1 en-route to reaching the final. 
  • Only Brighton (8) have scored more goals in this edition of the EFL Cup than Blackburn (7). 
  • Leeds have won six of their last seven League Cup matches at Elland Road. The other was a 5-1 Quarter-Final defeat to Chelsea in 2012. 
  • Blackburn have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last 20 League Cup matches, a Round 3 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest in 2009. 

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ESPN FC - Newcastle United News 19 Sep 16:36

Newcastle United can be 'head of mouse' - boss Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez wants Newcastle to show they can manage games. Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has called on his side to show that they can be "the head of a mouse" as they prepare to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EFL Cup. Benitez used an old Spanish phrase to say the Magpies needed to show they could cope with the pressure of a challenge for promotion from the Championship. They were beaten 2-0 by Wolves in the league on Saturday and now face them again as they try to make progress in the cup. "Sometimes you prefer to be the tail of the lion or the...

ESPN FC - Newcastle United News 19 Sep 16:23

DeAndre Yedlin settling in nicely at Newcastle after an uncertain start

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes highlights the top American performers this past weekend, with DeAndre Yedlin headlining. Yedlin scored his first Newcastle goal last week and gets regular minutes off the bench. It's a good sign for the U.S. star. If DeAndre Yedlin had any doubts about how invested Newcastle United is in his future, they were dispelled immediately after his first training session with the club. Manager Rafa Benitez took Yedlin aside and proceeded to spend 30 minutes with him discussing all manner of topics, from the system Benitez wants to play to Yedlin's place in it. "I think it's very important to feel wanted at the club," said Yedlin during the recently concluded international break. "And I think just by [Benitez]...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 17 Sep 18:45

Newcastle United 0-2 Wolves

Wolves bounce back from Tuesday's thrashing by Barnsley to end Newcastle's five-match Championship winning streak.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 13 Sep 22:58

Queens Park Rangers 0-6 Newcastle United

Jonjo Shelvey grabs a double as rampant Newcastle earn a fifth league win in a row by humiliating QPR at Loftus Road.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 12 Sep 18:35

Alan Shearer hails 'hairy' statue

Thatch of the Day? Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer hails his 'hairy' statue as it's unveiled outside St James' Park.

Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 12 Sep 16:55

How would your Premier League striker draft list look?

TEAMtalk’s top three strikers would be Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane in that order. How would your striker draft look?

We are four games into the Premier League season, but you can join our exciting DRAFT FANTASY game any time and sign up to a league with your friends.

We have all played the normal fantasy football games, usually end up all having David de Gea in goal, Kyle Walker in defence and Mesut Ozil bossing the midfield meaning you’re often all rooting for the same players.

Draft Fantasy Football is different in many ways.

First of all you play in a league with people you’ve personally invited or join a public league – and secondly each Premier League player can only be in one person’s team.

That means preparing your draft shortlist is absolutely vital, as you assemble a large bank of players you want in your 15-man squad, prioritise them in order of importance to you, then sit back and watch the draft unfold before your eyes.

You need to have two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three strikers – but after that you can select a number of formations, and change this on a weekly basis.

Santi Cazorla

The player selection draft is done on a random basis but each person gets a number of first picks and second picks, so watching who you land is a thrilling experience – made even better if you make a social event of it, set it to auto pick and see who makes your 15-man line-up with your chosen rivals.

Once your squad has been assembled, you can trade players with fellow league managers if you wish, and once you’re happy, you need to choose your starting XI and four substitutes.

Your players then earn performance-related points as the season rolls by, and you can chop and change your line-up ahead of every round of Premier League action.

For more details just head to the how to play section of the game – then register with an email address, create or join a league – and you’re good to go.

We’ll be writing weekend preview pieces outlining players who have great records against certain teams – and doing a weekly Team of the Week feature praising the fantasy star players.

So get your league created, set a date for your draft before the start of the Premier League season, which kicks off on August 13, and assemble a team of winners.

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Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 12 Sep 16:34

I always knew Shearer would turn down Man Utd ? Shepherd

Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has revealed he always knew Alan Shearer would sign for Newcastle rather than Manchester United after striking a £15million bargain.

The Magpies smashed the world transfer record when they persuaded Shearer to head home from Blackburn during the summer of 1996 with Sir Alex Ferguson desperate to take him to Old Trafford instead.

But speaking at the unveiling of a statue of the former Newcastle and England skipper on Monday, Shepherd insisted the club had got more than value for money in a decade’s loyal service after thrashing out a deal with then Rovers owner Jack Walker.

He said: “Without a doubt. Jack Walker said to me, ‘it’s £20million to anybody else, but you can have him for £15million’ because he didn’t want him going to Manchester United.

“But there was no way Alan was going anyway to Manchester United, he was always going to come to Newcastle.”

Former Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, Shepherd’s predecessor Sir John Hall, current managing director Lee Charnley and one-time team-mates Rob Lee and Steve Harper were among the guests as Shearer formally unveiled the statue, which is sited on Barrack Road outside St James’ Park, in front of hundreds of fans.

He scored a record 206 goals for the club and his Premier League return of 260 remains the figure to beat 10 years after his retirement.

Honoured to have my statue unveiled today in Newcastle. Thanks to everyone for their support during my career. pic.twitter.com/q3iMKc8qPV

— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) September 12, 2016

Shepherd’s family business Shepherd Offshore paid for the Tom Maley sculpture, which depicts the striker in his familiar goal celebration pose.

Shearer said: “I’m very proud and very honoured to be standing here with a statue. I’m in great company with Jackie Milburn and Sir Bobby [Robson] only 20 yards away.

“Never ever did I think when I left home at 15 to go to Southampton to be a professional footballer that one day I would have a statue. I am a very, very lucky guy.

“I scored goals, I was half-decent at it – I would have done it if I didn’t get paid. There have been many coaches and players and staff at all the football clubs I have been at that I have to thank, so it’s as much for those guys as it is for me because I wouldn’t be stood here today without those guys.”

Shearer, of course, returned to St James’ as manager for the final eight games of the 2008-09 season, but was unable to prevent the club from slipping out of the top flight.

He held talks with owner Mike Ashley about taking over on a permanent basis, but ultimately it was Chris Hughton who was handed the task of dragging the Magpies back into the Premier League, which he did at the first attempt.

Asked if he had any regrets, Shearer replied: “No, I have no regrets. I am very happy in what I do. It’s great seeing them doing well at the top of the Championship and hopefully they can get back into the Premier League ASAP.”

Newcastle head for QPR on Tuesday evening sitting in second place in the table and Shearer is convinced they have a bright future under current manager Rafael Benitez.

He said: “If he can continue doing it his way, I’m sure that will be the case.”

Benitez was unable to attend the ceremony as he put his players through their paces a few miles away at their Darsley Park training headquarters, but he said: “Alan was an incredible player, the perfect number nine, and he had a fantastic career representing this great club.

“He is also a great ambassador for Newcastle with the charity work he does to support the people of the city.

“The statue of him at St James’ Park is a perfect tribute to a true club legend and I send Alan my very best wishes for a memorable day.”

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Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 8 Sep 13:30

Rumour Mill: Reds? AA breakdown, Arsenal eye Asoro

Liverpool missed the opportunity to sign a Spanish goalkeeper in the summer, while Arsenal and Newcastle are both chasing one of Sunderland’s hottest properties. 

Arsenal

Former Espanyol defender Michael Ciani, 32, has said he wants to play in England. A free agent after cancelling his contract with Espanyol, Frenchman Ciani favours a move to Arsenal (Goal)

Arsenal and Newcastle are interested in signing Sunderland youngster Joel Asoro, with both clubs sending scouts to watch the attacking midfielder on international duty with Sweden Under-21s this week (Expressen)

Barcelona have given up hopes of trying to re-sign Hector Bellerin (Mundo Deportivo)

Bournemouth have told Arsenal to forget trying to lure boss Eddie Howe to The Emirates (Daily Star)

Joel Asoro Sunderland

Bournemouth

Bournemouth have told Arsenal to forget trying to lure boss Eddie Howe to The Emirates (Daily Star)

Chelsea

Roma president James Pallotta is heading to the Italian capital to try to tie down contract renewals for Chelsea summer targets Radja Nainggolan and Kostas Manolas (Il Messaggero)

Chelsea will reportedly try and hijack any move Manchester United make for Antoine Griezmann (The Sun)

Tammy Abraham impressed Antonio Conte so much that the manager was close to refusing to sanction the youngster’s loan move to Bristol City (Bristol Post)

Antoine Griezmann: Wanted by United next year

Everton

Axel Witsel is likely to join Juventus next summer as a free agent after Zenit refused to sell last month (various)

But Zenit still hope to persuade midfielder Witsel to sign a contract extension (Izvestia)

PSG are hoping to sign Everton target Rachid Ghezzal from Lyon on a free next year (Le10 Sport)

Hull

Hull, Sunderland and West Ham were knocked back in their pursuit of Micah Richards because Aston Villa still believe the former Manchester City defender is a positive influence in their dressing room (Birmingham Mail)

Leicester

Leicester, Sevilla and Napoli saw loan bids for Nathaniel Chalobah rebuffed by Chelsea because the midfielder impressed Antonio Conte in pre-season (The Independent)

Liverpool

Liverpool missed out on the chance to land Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan this summer (AS)

 Leonardo Bonucci

Manchester City

Leonardo Bonucci is ready to end speculation over a move to Chelsea or Manchester City by signing a new deal with Juventus (Calciomercato)

Manchester City are willing to let Joe Hart leave the club for a ‘considerate’ transfer fee – as a thank you for his years of service (The Sun)

Yaya Toure has not given up on his Manchester City career – and is aiming to spend the rest of the year proving himself to Pep Guardiola (Daily Mail)

Manchester United

Manchester United are serious in their pursuit of Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale (Sport)

United have made contact with Bale’s camp to say they will offer the Welshman £16.7million a season after tax (OK Diario)

There has been a ‘complete breakdown’ in the relationship between Matteo Darmian and manager Jose Mourinho (Tuttosport)

Axel Witsel: Am offer was lodged

Stoke

Stoke’s intertest in Axel Witsel is almost certainly over, with the midfielder set on joining Juventus as a free agent next summer (various)

Sunderland

Arsenal and Newcastle are interested in signing Sunderland youngster Joel Asoro, with both clubs sending scouts to watch the attacking midfielder on international duty with Sweden Under-21s this week (Expressen)

Tottenham

AC Milan are preparing a shock January move for Spurs striker Harry Kane (Corriere dello Sport)

Tottenham want £33.5m for Heung-Min Son, who has attracted interest from Wolfsburg (Bild)

Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Danny Rose are all in line for new long-term deals at Tottenham (London Evening Standard)

Odion Ighalo: Linked with WBA

Watford

Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 27, has said he turned down the chance to join Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for £37.5m (Daily Star)

West Ham

Sunderland, Hull and West Ham were knocked back in their pursuit of Micah Richards because Aston Villa still believe the former Manchester City defender is a positive influence in their dressing room (Birmingham Mail)

West Brom

Mohamed Sissoko and ex-Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh are both still training with West Brom (Sky Sports)

Micah Richards Aston Villa

West Ham

West Ham, Hull and Sunderland were knocked back in their pursuit of Micah Richards because Aston Villa still believe the former Manchester City defender is a positive influence in their dressing room (Birmingham Mail)

 

 

 

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