Toon Talk – a round-up of today’s NUFC news & gossip – 23/04/2018

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

  • Mike Ashley is now looking to sell Newcastle United for ‘£380-£400m’ according to Sky Sports News, with our Premier League survival seeing him add almost £100m onto the £300m asking price he put to Amanda Staveley just last October – Full story here.
  • Sky also claim that negotiations over Amanda Staveley’s potential takeover of Newcastle United will need to make ‘significant progress over the next month’ if there’s any chance of her succeeding Mike Ashley at St James’ Park – Full story here. 
  • Rafa Benítez has warned Mike Ashley that he cannot perform “miracles” each season and will require proof that the club can match his ambitions before he will signing a new contract – stating he wants to win titles on Tyneside, not settle for a top-half finish – Full story here.
  • Alan Shearer has admitted that he takes ‘no pleasure’ in seeing Sunderland relegated to League One, fearing that we won’t see another Tyne and Wear Derby for a long time after they slipped out of the Championship on Saturday – Full story here. 
  • Rafa Benitez has admitted that Islam Slimani could still earn a permanent move to Newcastle after showing just how ‘desperate’ he is to play and impress, however Kenedy is a deal that ‘won’t be easy’ according to the Spaniard – even if he is ‘happy’ and ‘keen to stay’ – Full story here. 

  • It was claimed by ‘the People’ on Sunday that Newcastle have set a £20m price tag for Aleksandar Mitrovic – however there’s several reasons why we just can’t see this being the case – See why here. 
  • With Rafa Benitez on the lookout for a new striker this summer, it’s claimed that he’s made£20m-rated Bournemouth star Joshua King one of his number one targets – Full story here. 
  • Plenty Mags enjoyed the Mackems relegation to League One over the weekend and local lad Paul Dummett was one of them – with the NUFC left back posting a ‘waving hand’ in reaction to Sunderland’s drop down to the third tier of English football – Full story here. 
  •  Rafa Benitez has admitted that Newcastle United outcast Chancel Mbemba could be handed a chance to impress over the final weeks week of the season, after ‘training well’ following several months out of the Spaniard’s side – Full story here.
  • Alan Shearer has had his say on Sunderland’s relegation to League One following Saturday’s defeat to Burton at the Stadium of Light – criticising their players after hearing that not ONE member of the squad spoke to the press to apologise after their fate was confirmed – 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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