A round up of all of today’s news and gossip:
- Rafa Benitez has been given the green-light by Mike Ashley to bring in THREE new signings this month according to Damian Spellman – the Press Association’s reliable North-East reporter. Read full story here.
- According to Sky sources, Newcastle are ‘considering’ a move for Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare, with Benitez identifying the Senegalese defender as an option to provide competition for Paul Dummett. Read full story here.
- An exclusive in the Express has claimed that that Mike Ashley will wait until next month’s announcement on the Premier League’s new TV deal before making any decision following Amanda Staveley’s NUFC takeover bid. Full story here.
- According to the Daily Mail, David Moyes will allow West Ham’s Diafra Sakho to leave this month, with the Senegalese striker now said to be ‘pushing for a move’ to Newcastle, Swansea or West Brom. Full story here.
- Staying on the subject of West Ham, the Northern Echo claim West Ham will make a move for Christian Atsu should David Moyes fail in his attempts to sign Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore. Full story here.
- Freelance Journalist Elliot Foster claims that a deal allowing Watford’s Troy Deeney to join Newcastle was sanctioned this month, only for the striker to pull out of the deal after being unable to gain assurances on Rafa Benitez’s future on Tyneside. Full story here.
- According to the Guardian, West Brom’s £15m bid for Fulham’s Tom Cairney is being considered by Fulham – and the Championship club plan to spend that money on a move for Dwight Gayle if he were to be sold. Full story here.
- “More lies from Mike Ashley – the latest promise from the NUFC owner that looks set to be broken” – an interesting piece on the Sports Direct tycoon, highlighting the latest lie he looks to have handed to NUFC fans & Rafa Benitez. Read full piece here.
- And finally, Simon has assessed each of our relegation rivals ahead of what promises to be a tense final few months of the season – “The scrap for Premier League survival – assessing our relegation rivals” – Read full piece here.