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Newcastle Considering €15m Swoop To Land Stopper From European Giant

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is aware of the challenges that his side face next season in their quest to retain a position in the Premier League, which has led to a flurry of links on the transfer market.

The Magpies stormed to Championship success last season but are seeking recruits to help them remain competitive in the top-flight, with one of Benitez’ priorities including signing a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Tim Krul.

Krul spent the season on-loan in Holland last term, initially with Ajax before moving on to AZ Alkmaar in January, but returns to St. James’ Park this summer and is likely to stand as Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper.

However, Newcastle want competition for the 29-year-old Dutch international and France Football reports that Benitez is considering a €15m swoop for Paris Saint-Germain’s second-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Could it happen?

The 24-year-old is an established member of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad, standing as understudy to German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, and any departure would mean the French side would need to sign a replacement- regardless of whether they complete a move for RC Lens goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez.

Areola’s demands for regular first-team football could force PSG’s hands though and it’s understood that the Frenchman is Benitez’ priority signing between the sticks, despite being linked with the services of Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Napoli veteran Pepe Reina.

A fee of €15m is certainly affordable for Newcastle and it would be a significant coup for the club, as Areola has been linked with an array of top sides during the past 12 months and would be considered to be a key-player over the course of the coming years.

Crucially, a move could help Areola in his quest to force his way into France’s senior squad- having been called up to Didier Deschamps’ side on numerous occasions but thus far failing to make his debut for Les Bleus.

Newcastle United Battling For Signature Of Liverpool’s World Cup Winner

Newcastle United are preparing for their return to the Premier League and manager Rafael Benitez is prepared to use his relationship with former employers Liverpool to his advantage.

The Magpies, who secured an immediate return to the top-flight after winning the Championship title last season, have already brought in defender Florian Lejuene from Spanish side Eibar and captured Ghanian winger Christian Atsu from Chelsea- but their business is far from done.

The Sun, quoting The Times, states the next man on Benitez’ short-list this summer is Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo as Jurgen Klopp is ready to approve a temporary exit for the 20-year-old, as long as he secures regular playing opportunities.

Recently relegated outfit Middlesbrough are also keen on bringing Ojo to the North East, as new manager Garry Monk eyes an immediate return to the top-flight, but handing the England U20 World Cup winner Premier League opportunities may be preferable.

Fierce competition out-wide at Anfield, which has been strengthened further by the addition of Mohamed Salah from Roma, means that Ojo is unlikely to get the opportunities he deserves on Merseyside this season and Newcastle could be the perfect development path.

Can he be a hit?

After impressing with England’s U20 side this summer, being part of the Three Lions squad that secured the first World Cup trophy for England at any level since 1966, Ojo is one of many members of that side hoping to make an impact in senior football this year.

Ojo’s only two senior opportunities at Liverpool last season both came in the FA Cup against Plymouth but he’s capable of providing an impact at senior level, although Newcastle may struggle to hand him the regular football that Liverpool are demanding.

Having seen Tammy Abraham excel on-loan in the Championship last season, Liverpool may feel a loan to Middlesbrough is more beneficial as the pressure would be significantly less than fending-off relegation with Newcastle but the opportunity of Premier League football would be difficult to turn down.

5 New Signings: The Potential Newcastle XI To Secure Safety Next Year

Newcastle United sealed the Championship title ahead of Brighton at the weekend, with Rafael Benitez’ side benefitting from Jack Grealish’s late equaliser for Aston Villa.

The Magpies had already secured an immediate return to the Premier League, with arch-rivals Sunderland set to be relegated, and entered the final weekend of the Championship campaign with a chance of winning the title- but they’d have to better Brighton’s result.

Benitez’ side did exactly that, defeating Barnsley 3-0 at St James Park, and the Tyneside outfit will now turn their sights on securing top-quality signings this summer in order to secure safety in the Premier League next season.

40 points will be the target for Newcastle as they seek to avoid the drop but, led by the experienced Benitez, the Magpies could push higher in the table and potentially lead a charge in the cup competitions.

Whilst it may take a few seasons for Newcastle to be truly competitive, this potential XI is bursting with attacking talent and could set the Premier League alight.

GK: Jordan Pickford

The recently-relegated Sunderland goalkeeper is attracting a lot of attention ahead of the summer and there has been suggestions of an incredible move that would see the England international move across the North East to Newcastle.

However, Rafael Benitez’ side face a huge test to land the goalkeeper’s services as he’s being linked with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and West Ham, as well as attracting a price-tag in excess of £25m.

Analysis: Everton Set To Sign Euro 2016 Star For £30million

Please believe me when I say this is not a test run, because Moussa Sissoko’s time at Newcastle United is close to coming to an end. The rumours of the Frenchman’s departure are years old and it certainly felt as though not even relegation could end the saga of Sissoko as a Toon player.

Beyond the constant public flirting with a move to Arsenal, corners of the Spanish and British press placed the midfielder on Real Madrid’s radar. Logically, the talk came to nothing, but Sissoko’s name grew bigger and bigger as deadline day approached.

The 27-year-old starting the morning as north London-bound, not to Arsenal, but to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea were also reportedly sniffing around, but again the Spurs rumour imposed itself with the willingness to pay his £30 million asking price in six separate instalments.

Unsurprisingly, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy thought again before relinquishing such a figure on the French international and the deal, according to Sky Sports News, was off again. Fear not, because Everton have now entered the scene to rescue Sissoko (and us) from his spell with the Magpies.

With Sky Sports once more leading the charge, they report that the Toffees have entered talks with Newcastle in a one-horse race, having seen their £34 million pursuit for FC Porto’s Yacine Brahimi scrapped. Again, the Championship club are willing to take their cash in instalments, with the player already in English territory after being granted permission by the France national team to hold talks regarding his future.

Sissoko’s arrival offers Ronald Koeman a different tool to utilise in his debut season at Goodison Park, with the midfielder capable of fulfilling the box-to-box role just as well as he operates as an industrious wide man, a quality that saw him feature more prominently for France in the latter stages of their Euro 2016 campaign this summer.

The one goal scored by the imposing figure of Sissoko leaves him trailing behind most competing against him for a first XI spot in the blue half of Merseyside, but the seven assists registered in 37 league appearances for Newcastle does see him rank highly among his new potential teammates, bettered only by mainstay Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu, both on eight assists for the campaign just gone.

Despite playing predominantly out wide for Newcastle, only James McCarthy (61) and Idrissa Gana Gueye (108) won more tackles than the ex-Toulouse star on 46, meanwhile Sissoko comes out on top versus McCarthy’s in success rate with 51% to 44%.

To go with Sissoko’s misfiring nature of last season, the Newcastle man also fares worse than those at Everton with shots on target, languishing behind all but the 20% registered by Gueye with 44%. Contrarily, the midfielder’s creativity surprisingly sees the workhorse come out as king during the 2015/16 season after creating 56 chances, one better than Barkley’s record.

His average defensive actions of two-per-game see him well intertwined among Koeman’s options, but his transition-led nature sees him pair up with Deulofeu and trail others in pass accuaracy (average of 76%).

For all that statistics are worth, Sissoko perhaps doesn’t quite warrant the superstar status that habitually comes with a £30 million move, but his numbers do translate well enough to see him as a sound addition with regards to Everton’s depth.

Update: Tottenham have pipped Everton to the signing of Sissoko

Reports: Three Major Signings Benitez Wants To Make For Newcastle This Summer

Rafa Benitez has reportedly put signing an established goalscorer at the top of his transfer targets for the summer. But that is not all he wants as the Spaniard looks to rebuild a Newcastle squad that will undergo serious renovation this summer. Here are three players the Newcastle manager is interested in signing this summer, according to reports.

1  – Ross McCormack

To win the Championship Benitez may need to add a few tried and tested Championship players. Few come with more evidence than Ross McCormack. McCormack’s goals were one of the main reasons Fulham just about stayed in the Championship last season and he’s been scoring in that division for fun for some time. The Scot has scored 38 goals in 89 games for Fulham since 2014 and previous to that 53 goals in 140 games for Leeds. He is an established goalscorer in the 2nd tier and Benitez will struggle to find someone who can guarantee goals like McCormack. The 29-year-old will definitely not be the long term answer for Newcastle as they look to re-establish themselves in the top half of the Premier League, but he could certainly play a massive part in helping them get to the top division again. McCormack has publicly said he is open to a move to Newcastle United this summer.

Yes Please! Fans React To Reports Linking Vieira With Newcastle Job

Reports have emerged this week that Patrick Vieira could take the Newcastle job this summer, and Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to express their approval of the possibility of Vieira being the next manager.

If these reports have any truth to them, then the Frenchman will replace John Carver, after the club ruled out appointing him as permanent manager after keeping the Magpies in the Premier League with a final day win over West Ham.

Vieira’s odds to become the next Newcastle boss have fallen dramatically over the last couple of day, and the former Arsenal man is currently at 4/5 with Betfred. It seems to be a two-horse race in terms of who will take the job as Steve McLaren the former Derby boss has been a name that has cropped up.

Following the reports linking Vieira with the job, Newcastle fans took to Twitter to show their delight at the rumours.

Twitter Reacts To Hull Star’s Blatant Cheating

Premier League football returned with a bang this weekend, as the early kick-off between Hull City and Newcastle United displayed one of the most bizarre incidents of the season so far.

Remy Cabella had given the visitors the lead with a deadly strike but Ahmed Elmohamady put the ball into the net with an equaliser last into the half- only it didn’t stand, as the Egyptian ace was guilty of one of the most blatant bits of cheating we’ve ever seen.

Elmohamady attempted to re-create Diego Maradona’s infamous ‘hand of God’ goal from 1986 but his attempt 29 years later was rumbled by the keen eye of the linesman, who correctly disallowed the goal.

Astonishingly, the Hull man even had the audacity to complain at the decision given against him- although he had no grounds to appeal what so ever!

‘England Will Be Calling’: West Ham Fans Praise Young Defender

West Ham United fans were full of praise for young left-back Aaron Cresswell this weekend, as he scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory against in-form Newcastle United.

The Hammers defender netted his first Premier League goal of his career and helped secure a clean sheet, which led to manager Sam Allardyce calling him ‘Mr. Dependable’. West Ham fans on Twitter were also delighted with the player’s contribution and congratulated Cresswell on his milestone- but many are predicting this is just the first step towards a bright career.

Fans are now calling for Cresswell to be among England’s next international squad, stating that he is performing better this season than current internationals Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw.

‘Something Dodgy’: Newcastle Fans Suggest Match-Fix After Red Card

Newcastle United’s recent run of form was ended by West Ham United this weekend, as the Hammers beat the Magpies 1-0. However, the main focal point of the game was a strange red card for Moussa Sissoko.

The Newcastle midfielder, who wore the captain’s armband for the game, was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in a matter of seconds- 46 to be precise, just eight of those while the ball was in play. It was a very bizarre incident and it didn’t take long for many to suggest foul play, believing Sissoko may have deliberately received his marching orders.

Should their be any evidence to suggest this is correct then the Football Association will take serious action- but for now we can file it under conspiracy, alongside Area 51 and Adolf Hitler living in South America after the Second World War.

‘He’ll Be The Most Wanted Wonderkid!’: Fans Rave About Newcastle United Youngster

Newcastle United continued their superb run of form this afternoon by defeating an impressive West Brom side 2-0 at the Hawthorns, putting them level on points with Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United.

One moment stood out in the game though as Ayoze Perez opened the scoring just before the break with one of the calmest and sweetest finishes you will ever see, as he flicked Daryl Janmaat’s low ball into the net with one deft touch with his heel. Newcastle fans rejoiced and praised the man who has now scored in three games in a row and he certainly looks like something special.

The praise from fans across Twitter was plain for all to see, though we’re pretty sure he can’t claim to be Spain’s best ever produced player just yet…

‘Never Thought I’d Say This’: Newcastle Fans React To Shock Announcement

Newcastle United fans have been coming to terms this morning with the news that unfenced manager Alan Pardew is a candidate for the Premier League Manager Of The Month Award.

The Magpies boss was favourite to be sacked three weeks ago after a poor string of results but after two league wins and a draw, Pardew is considered to be the favourite by some for the award. He’ll battle with Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, West Ham’s Sam Allardyce and Hull City’s Steve Bruce for the honour.

Numerous Newcastle fans have been forced to eat a substantial portion of humble pie but not every member of the Toon army is convinced just yet.

— ® ruilin✞ (@Maacarons) November 6, 2014

‘What Was Rodgers Smoking When He Signed Him?’ Liverpool Fans Respond To Newcastle Defeat

Liverpool’s season went from bad to worse this weekend as they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United, who secured a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Ayoze Perez.

In all the midsts of frustration, one man was isolated for criticism once again after another less than stellar performance from £16m striker Mario Balotelli. The Italian failed to find the net once again and returned late for kick-off in the second-half, all of which accumulated in frustrated Liverpool fans across the globe.

That said, there was also a lot of anger vented at manager Brendan Rodgers as the pressure begins to mount upon the Irishman.