Toon Talk – a round-up of today’s NUFC news & gossip – 20/04/2018

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

  • Rafa Benitez has sent a clear message to Mike Ashley during today’s press conference, asking for future talks ‘as soon as possible’ after challenging the club to match his ambitions in his bid to bring silverware and European football back to St James’ Park – Full story here. 
  •  During an in-depth interview with the Daily Mail, Chelsea winger Kenedy has admitted that he would be ‘more than happy’ to sign for Newcastle on a permanent deal if the opportunity arrived this summer – Full story here. 
  •  David Luiz has admitted that he recommended Newcastle and Rafa Benitez to Kenedy prior to his loan move in January, admitting the Brazilian is now ‘in love’ with the club – Full story here. 
  •  Newcastle United are one of a number of Premier League clubs ready to make a move for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting should Stoke get relegated, according to the Gambling Times – Full story here. 
  • Benitez has confirmed today that Christian Atsu looks set to be the only NUFC absentee ahead of Monday night’s clash with Everton.

  • Speaking to Spanish outlet AS, Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez has insisted that he is happy on Tyneside, but admits that he did come very close to signing for Spurs just a few seasons ago – Full story here. 
  • Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has admitted he is looking to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic permanently this summer – suggesting the striker is keen to stay too – however there’s TWO big reasons why we can’t see them striking a deal – Full story here. 
  • Some frustrating news for Benitez, as Everton U-23 boss David Unsworth has praised an ‘outstanding’Lewis Gibson for his performances in the Toffees second string  – the former NUFC prospect that was snapped up by the Blues last summer – Full story here. 
  • According to an exclusive in the Daily Express, Newcastle are competing with Brighton and Everton to sign Strasbourg’s top scorer Stéphane Bahoken – the Ligue 1 striker who is set to be available on a free transfer this summer – Full story 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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