A round up of all of today’s news and gossip:
- After it was revealed that Amanda Staveley had registered a ‘new business’ last night, Newcastle fans were left wondering if this was related to her proposed takeover of NUFC, however the Chronicle have revealed today that this had ‘nothing to do with Newcastle United’ – although they are still said to be ‘very interested’. Read full story here.
- Some intriguing claims from the Daily Mail today, who report that Matt Ritchie is a target of Sean Dyche’s overachieving Burnley this month. Full transfer story here.
- An update has arrived on a potential January deal for Chelsea’s Kenedy, with suggestions from the Mail and the Chronicle that a loan deal has been agreed between the two clubs, but will only be concluded once Chelsea sign a replacement – something that Antonio Conte has reinforced in a press conference yesterday. Read full story here.
- According to the Chronicle this morning, Rafa Benitez holds a ‘very keen interest’ in Leicester’s Islam Slimani and Liverpool’s Danny Ings this month, with the Spaniard having placed a new striker at the top of his priority list over the coming weeks – Read full story here.
- Ex-NUFC boss Steve McClaren believes we will be ‘okay’ in the race for survival this season, stating that Rafa Benitez’s ‘Messiah’ status with the Geordie following gives him a ‘great advantage’ at the club. Read McClaren’s comments on Sky Sports here.
- According to the Mirror, Rafa Benitez will attempt to move on Jack Colback and Jamie Sterry this month, with the report also stating any offer in the region of £5m would be enough to see the club cash in on Henri Saivet – Read full story here.
- Despite his match winning performance on his return to the starting 11 at Stoke, BBC Radio Newcastle’s John Anderson feels Ayoze Perez is ‘not the answer’ to our problems up front. Read the BBC Radio Newcastle pundits comments here.
- And finally, here’s Simon’s piece explaining just why the next few weeks are so so important for NUFC – ‘FIVE reasons why January is one of the biggest months in NUFC’s history’ – Read the full piece here.