Toon Talk – a round-up of today’s NUFC news & gossip – 19/04/2018

A round up of all of today’s news & gossip:

  • The Northern Echo has revealed that Newcastle are now ready to push through the permanent signing of Kenedy, but Benitez has admitted that Chelsea are in no rush to sell the Brazilian – making a deal difficult to do – Full story here. 
  • George Caulkin – one of the North-East’s most trusted men when it comes to all things NUFC – has today shared a brilliant piece on Benitez’s future on Tyneside and the current state of play surrounding it at present – Read some of the best bits here. 
  • After claims yesterday that some away tickets for Wolves’ trip to Sunderland had been cancelled after ‘falling into the hands’ of NUFC fans, it turns out it was all a prank from a NUFC fan – Read amusing story here. 
  • Ex-NUFC striker Mick Quinn has admitted that Rafa Benitez wants to stay at NUFC ‘long-term’ and is aiming to see the club challenge the top six as early as next year – but does have one ‘big’ offer from an unnamed club in Europe – Full story here. 
  • NUFC loanee Matz Sels has admitted how surprised he is to see Chancel Mbemba play ‘so little’ under Rafa Benitez – believing he is ‘one of the best defenders at NUFC’ – Full story here. 

  • Paul Merson has released his weekly predictions and is backing us to beat Everton 2-1 next Monday – feeling Allardyce will be under pressure after the ’embarrassing’ survey their club sent out  – Full story here.
  • Rafa Benitez has been heavily linked with a move for Dennis Praet and Oguzhan Ozyakup over the past year, but the signing of either just got a hell of a lot harder – See why here. 
  • Forgotten NUFC stopper Matz Sels has insisted that his career at St James’ Park is not over just yet, stating that he remains grateful to Rafa Benitez for bringing him to the club – Full story here. 
  • Joey Barton is set to make a surprise return to football this summer, agreeing to become  Fleetwood Town’s Head Coach when his FA ban is lifted in June – meaning he will be the man in charge when the League One side take on Sunderland next season! – Full story here. 
  •  An finally, Simon has taken a look at the mystery of Mikel Merino – the man whose gone from midfield maestro to missing out on matchday squads – Read his intriguing piece in full here. 

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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