A round up of all of today’s NUFC news and gossip:
- Mike Ashley will not back Rafa Benitez in the January window with any sort of significant funds once AGAIN – with The Chronicle confirming that the Spaniard has been handed a very limited transfer budget – Full story here.
- According to The Chronicle, Rafa Benitez has ‘asked’ Liverpool about Divokc Origi’s availability ahead of the January transfer window – with the striker believed to be available for us to sign on a permanent basis – Full story here.
- The Magpie Group have confirmed that another protest will be taking place outside of St James’ Park before Saturday’s game with Brighton – signalling to Mike Ashley that ‘this is NOT blowing over!’ – Full story here.
- A few NUFC fan theories have emerged following ‘news’ of takeover interest from ‘seriously wealthy’ US investors this week – see them both here.
- Chris Hughton has confirmed that midfielder Davey Propper is OUT of Saturday’s game at St James’ Park – with him also forced to make a ‘late decision’ on recently injured duo Pascal Gross and Dale Stephens – Full story here.
- The Mail report that Mike Ashley has Derek Llambias and ex-scout Graham Carr working on his behalf in a bid to takeover at Scottish Championship side Morton – also involving Rangers director and associate of Ashley’s, Sandy Easdale – Full story here.
- Michael Owen fears that we may have to settle for a point ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash with Brighton – but admits that he’s looking forward to seeing more of Yoshinori Muto after he ‘particularly impressed’ him last time out – Full story here.
- The Chronicle’s Chris Waugh believes Isaac Hayden’s future looks set to lie away from St James Park – claiming Rafa Benitez is now ‘struggling to trust him’ after his poor performances following his transfer request over the summer – Full story here.
- Nile Ranger has branded former NUFC teammate Andy Carroll a ‘lunatic’ – claiming that 29-year-old striker was ‘worse’ than him for going out and partying during their time together on Tyneside – Read his comments here.