Transfer talk – a round-up of today’s NUFC news & gossip – 12/07/2018

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

  • It’s official – Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Kenedy, with the Chelsea winger agreeing to a season-long loan deal which will see him spend the 2018/19 season at St James’ Park – See full story & unveiling video here. 
  • Since completing the move, the Brazilian has immediately thanked NUFC fans for their incredible support, admitting that he is ‘so happy’ to be back in Newcastle – the place he now calls his ‘second home’ – Read his brilliant interview here. 
  • Newcastle United have confirmed that Mikel Merino has now completed a move to Real Sociedad, with the 22-year-old returning to Spain and signing a five-year deal after the La Liga side activated his £10m release clause – Full story here. 
  • Rafa Benitez has opened up about Mikel Merino’s NUFC exit, suggesting he was only prepared to sign for Newcastle if a release clause was added into his contract – meaning we were always powerless to losing him for just £10m – Full story here. 
  • Some bad news has emerged on Benitez’s hunt for a new striker, with alleged ‘top target’ Alassane Plea now travelling to Germany ahead of a £22m move to Borussia Monchengladbach – Full story here. 

  • Fulham have today completed a £35m deal to sign  Jean Michael Seri – a signing that will send a huge reality check for Benitez, Ashley and NUFC – Full story here. 
  • According to reports in Turkey, Newcastle United have ‘made an offer’ to bring Georginio Wijnaldum back to the club – with the Liverpool midfielder said to be considering his future at Anfield after the signings of Fabinho and Keita – Full story here. 
  • As revealed by The Mag, Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct have been found guilty of charging Newcastle United fans more for their home shirt than any other Premier League club – a shameless move from the NUFC owner – Full story here. 
  • According to the Northern Echo, NUFC outcast Chancel Mbemba has been told not to return to training by Rafa Benitez – even though he is STILL waiting to complete a potential move to Porto – Full story here. 
  • Rafa Benitez has released a statement on his official website after confirmation of Kenedy’s return today, welcoming the Brazilian back and admitting that ‘every single NUFC fan’ will be delighted to see him signed – Full story here. 
  • According to the Mirror, Newcastle have ‘expressed an interest’ in signing West Ham’s Domingos Quina – the highly-rated Portuguese midfielder who could be set to leave the London Stadium 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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