Toon Talk – a round-up of today’s NUFC news & gossip – 30/04/2018

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

  • The agent of CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has confirmed that both Newcastle and Southampton are interested in signing his client this summer – Full story here. 
  •  According to Shields Gazette reporter Miles Starforth, Islam Slimani has refused to speak to the press ever since he arrived on loan in January – claiming the Algerian hasn’t seemed remotely interested since signing at St James’ Park – Full story here. 
  • Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom, Rafa Benitez has admitted that we have to improve if we want to compete in the Premier League – reminding Mike Ashley that he has come here to win trophies, not finish 10th – Full story here. 
  • Newcastle are ‘weighing up’ a summer move for Angers striker Karl Toko Ekambi  – the Cameroonian striker who has scored a 17 times in Ligue 1 this season (The Sun) – Full story here.  
  • Some pretty horrific news from Italy today, as the girlfriend of ex-NUFC defender Davide Santon has admitted that they have been receiving ‘death threats’ on social media following his performance in the 3-2 defeat to Juventus on Saturday night – Full story here. 
  • According to an exclusive from the Daily Star, Leicester City are lining up a move to bring Rafa Benitez to the King Power Stadium  – suggesting it would be ‘hard’ for the Spaniard to turn them down IF Mike Ashley failed to sell up this summer – Full story here.
  • According to the Mirror, Swansea are ‘leading the chase’ to sign former Newcastle defender James Tavernier – with Everton and Burnley also eyeing a summer move to sign the Rangers full-back – Full story here. 
  • After their 1-0 win at St James’, it has been confirmed that caretaker manager Darren Moore has now earned more wins in 4 games than Alan Pardew managed in half a season with the Baggies – a stat Alan Shearer feels is ’embarrassing’ for the ex-NUFC boss – Full story here. 

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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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