Report: Pundit feels 28 y/o outcast would “jump at the chance” to join Newcastle United

Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips believes that Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri would “jump at the chance” to join Newcastle United this summer but prompted the club to seek other targets.

The Switzerland international was linked with a move away from Anfield in January with Roma and Sevilla believed to be interested in his services.

Shaqiri has been ostracised from the Reds squad this season, which has been partly down to a reoccurring calf injury that he has sustained.

Since his £13m move from Stoke City in the summer of 2018, the Swiss middle man has scored seven goals and provided five assists in 40 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the course of two seasons.

Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips was convinced that the Champions League winner will not turn down the opportunity to move to Tyneside.

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“From a player’s point of view, it would be a great move for him,” he said.

“It has not quite worked out for him at Liverpool. He has been used sparingly because of injuries but when he has been used he has never let the club down.

“If it looks like you could go to a club that could potentially do a Manchester City – you would want to be a part of that.

“I think Shaqiri would jump at the chance but I am not so sure if it would be a sensible move from the club.”

Phillips added that Newcastle need someone “a little bit younger” and does not suffer from injury problems.

Despite his problems, he would be a great signing for us. As he proved for Stoke during his time there, Shaqiri can be a serious threat going forward and when it comes to creativity at the top end of the field.

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“It would be terrible” – Pundit believes Newcastle’s key asset should be retained

Former Premier League and Scotland defender Alan Hutton has been fighting the corner of Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce and said that it would be “terrible” if he was not given a chance.

The 59-year-old boss only arrived at the club last summer to take the hot seat from the departing Rafael Benitez, who left after being unable to agree to new terms at St James’ Park.

Despite receiving intense scrutiny from the moment that he walked through the door in Tyneside, Bruce has done a relatively good job having accumulated an average points-per-game figure of 1.31 from 35 matches in charge.

Bruce told Sky Sports last week that he would be “delighted” to see a takeover take place and added that he backs himself to remain as manager once all of the new boardroom personnel are in place.

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Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton was not impressed with the suggestions that Bruce would not be at the helm if the £300m takeover happens.

“I think it’s poor. He’s in the job now, he’s the Newcastle United manager at the moment. In my opinion, everybody at the club should be coming out and saying: ‘No, Steve Bruce is the manager’.

“I think it would be terrible, it doesn’t look good if before he’s even been given the opportunity he gets sacked or whatever. I think he’s done a really good job until now under the circumstances, let’s not forget that.”

Hutton added that Bruce deserves the opportunity to prove what he is capable of, adding that the former Manchester United defender has possibly waited for his entire managerial career to capture such a shot at a big-time job.

Bruce has guided us to 13th in the Premier League this season and is the 13th manager under the woeful reign of Mike Ashley.

If reports of Mauricio Pochettino and Benitez turn out to be true, it could be the end for Bruce. Yes, it is greatly unfair, and an insult to the hard work that he has put in since his arrival on Tyneside.

As a club, we have to think about what is best for us going forward. If this means grasping a manager with vast amounts of experience at the highest level, so be it.

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“2 birds with 1 stone” – These Newcastle fans howl at well-known Magpies critic

Plenty of Newcastle United fans have been howling at former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys after the latest takeover update.

According to the Mirror, Saudi Arabia plans to bid for the Premier League television rights and neutralise any concerns over their alleged broadcast piracy that has delayed their bid to buy the club.

This follows calls from the likes of Keys and Amnesty international to block the move from the Public Investment Fund (PIF), who have had a £300m deal accepted by retail tycoon Mike Ashley.

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Although all of this has been thrown into doubt after The Guardian suggested that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will deem PIF responsible for the illegal streaming of pirate television of Premier League matches.

With this in mind, supporters pointed the finger at Keys and made their feelings clear on social media. One fan said that he is loving seeing two birds killed with one stone.

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“He’s a bright prospect and deserves a chance” – Some NUFC fans back “hugely respected” ace

Plenty of Newcastle United fans have been throwing their weight behind Matty Longstaff and hope he sticks around the new prospective owners.

The 20-year-old has experienced Premier League football for the first time in his career during the current campaign with Steve Bruce granting him the opportunity to play alongside his brother Sean in midfield.

Longstaff has scored two goals from six starts, including the winner during our fabulous 1-0 victory against Manchester United earlier in the season.

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The England U20 international has been lauded by his teammates since his step up, particularly by Jetro Willems following a Q&A with fans on social media.

With this in mind, supporters were keen to keep hold of the younger Longstaff and made their feelings clear on social media. One fan said that he is a “bright prospect” and “deserves a chance”, while another described as a “hugely respected” player on Tyneside.

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Report: Newcastle open talks with highly-rated 95-goal sensation

Newcastle United have opened talks with Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

The former Liverpool winger has been linked with a highly-anticipated return to the Premier League after a successful stint at Anfield under the watchful eye of Jurgen Klopp.

Coutinho has a wretched first season with the Catalan giants after his £142m transfer to Spain in January 2018 and was loaned out to Bayern Munich as a result, who have no intention of securing the 27-year-old on a permanent basis. This is despite having scored 95 goals in 391 appearances for six different clubs.

This leaves his future up in the air but the Magpies have wasted no time in throwing their hat into the ring.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Steve Bruce’s side have opened discussions with the Brazil international regarding a possible move to Tyneside in the future.

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Of course, this sort of move will hinge on whether the controversial owner Mike Ashley sells the club for £300m to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). But from what we know, this has been thrown into serious doubt after The Guardian revealed that the World Trade Organisation will say that Saudi Arabia and the PIF were responsible for it, which could influence the Premier League’s decision during the owners’ and directors’ test.

I’m sure every Newcastle supporter would adore seeing Coutinho in a Magpies’ shirt, but unfortunately, we currently have bigger fish to fry regarding the issues in the board room and the prospective new owners.

If the deal goes through, it will totally transform our status as a football club, and make these sort of deals more likely going forward, which means a better chance of us challenging for league titles and trophies.

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Report: Newcastle underline 28 y/o outcast as “potential major signing” this summer

Newcastle United are believed to be interested in bringing Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri to St James’ Park, according to reports.

The 28-year-old has found himself to be a bit of an outcast at Anfield before the Premier League was suspended and has missed chunks of games due to his reoccurring calf injury over the past two seasons.

Since his £13m move from Stoke City in the summer of 2018, his career at Anfield has not gone the way that he might have hoped for, having only scored seven goals and provided five assists in 40 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are flying at the top of the Premier League table this year.

Despite this, the Daily Mail have revealed that we have placed him near towards the top of our summer transfer shopping list and have declared him as a “potential major signing”

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The report added that the Reds will not stand in his way if he decides to switch Merseyside for Tyneside and have made contact with the Switzerland international’s representatives to sound him out over a move to the north-east.

Roma and Sevilla both enquired about Shaqiri’s services back in January but Liverpool blocked those moves as Klopp needed him for the final six months of the campaign.

With three years on his contract, there is a chance he might not be the cheapest player in the world. But at the same time, we could still capture him for a bargain price.

Without a doubt, Shaqiri would improve our squad, particularly towards the attacking end of the pitch with his passing ability, his eye for goal and his quick feet.

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“Nothing surprises me anymore” – These NUFC fans were crushed by “extremely disappointing” news

Plenty of Newcastle United fans have been left shocked and traumatised by the latest takeover update.

According to The Guardian, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and their £300m purchase of the Tyneside club has been thrown into serious doubt.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO), the ones who are investigating the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman about his involvement in illegal football match streaming, will label his country responsible for it and could affect the Premier League’s decision on whether to let the takeover go through or not.

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The St James’ Park faithful are desperate to see the back of retail tycoon Mike Ashley and are willing to see his reign of terror brought to an end after his 13-year spell at the helm of the board room.

As a result, supporters were left devastated and made their feelings clear on social media. One fan said that nothing surprises him anymore, while another described the news as “extremely disappointing”.

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“Poor man’s Christian Atsu”, “Yes please” – These Newcastle fans divided on 28 y/o outcast

Plenty of Newcastle United fans have been having their say on whether or not they would like to see Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri come to St James’ Park.

According to the Daily Mail, the 28-year-old  has been identified by the Magpies as a primary summer transfer target, but the club’s ongoing takeover will have a significant influence on whether Shaqiri will move clubs.

The former Stoke City midfielder has been ostracised at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp, with several calf injuries playing their unfortunate part in his progression on Merseyside. Since his £13m move from the Midlands, he has scored just seven goals and provided five assists in 40 appearances.

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Like the report suggests, the club are waiting to hear confirmation of the £300m purchase by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), but The Guardian revealed that the change of ownership is now in serious doubt as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has found PIF responsible for the streaming of illegal pirate television in the Middle East, but we will have to wait until mid-June to officially find out.

Despite this, supporters could not agree and made their feelings clear on social media. One fan described him as a “poor man’s Christian Atsu”, suggesting that he will be just another poor signing on Tyneside if he was to make the move up north.

Not all fans had the same wave of thought. These fans believe that he would be a good signing for the club, but one added constructive criticism by saying that he needs to fix up his attitude.

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“Done an outstanding job” – Pundit tips boss with “tough exterior” to take Newcastle reins

Former Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has tipped Burnley manager Sean Dyche to get the top job at Newcastle United when the club’s takeover is confirmed.

The Magpies are awaiting confirmation of their £300m change of ownership, that would see retail tycoon Mike Ashley finally leave the club, with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) taking control of proceedings on Tyneside.

Dyche has never been scared to voice his opinion over the years and has been labelled as one of the best managers in the country.

One of his ex-players, Peter Crouch, previously said that he is an individual that has a “tough exterior” but concluded that he was a “top man” after helping the former England international comes to terms with retirement.

Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson was supportive for Dyche getting the job and believes managers of his calibre rarely get an opportunity in the modern game.

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“I do not see why he should not have the opportunity, he said.

“Managers get pigeon-holed sometimes – the likes of Steve Bruce, Sam Allardyce and Sean Dyche. I would love to see these managers given an opportunity and a budget with the players that other so-called “top managers” get.

“Dyche has done an outstanding job at Burnley. He never gets mentioned for top jobs because he is not fashionable – but why not? They know how to get results and I would love to see them given the opportunity to adapt and experiment with their managerial style.”

It would be a bold move for the prospective owners to pull off, one similar to the one that Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour undertook by retaining the services of Mark Hughes back in 2008, who then famously signed Robinho for £32.5m.

Equally, it could upset the Toon Army after being linked with the likes of former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Magpie Rafael Benitez in terms of disappointing them.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what their first move will be. That’s if the takeover officially goes through.

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Report: Striking takeover update will have Newcastle United fans seriously worried

A major update in the proceedings of the ongoing Newcastle United takeover has dawned upon us, and it’s not good news.

We have all been sat on our hands waiting patiently for, what we thought, an imminent announcement to be made regarding the £300m purchase of the Tyneside club from retail tycoon Mike Ashley.

The Saudi-based consortium made up of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), backed by Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben brothers will be taking all of the club’s shares if the deal goes through.

However, this may not be the case as the investigation into PIF continues.

According to The Guardian, proceedings may have taken a turn for the worst after the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the ones investigating Mohammad Bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, have ruled that his country is in fact behind pirate satellite television and streaming service, named beoutQ. This supposedly offers illegal access to sporting events, including the Premier League and the German Bundesliga.

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The report adds that the WTO’s 130-page dossier on their findings is not due to be released until mid-June and the Premier League have submitted evidence against Saudi Arabia as part of the legal process.

This situation appears to be going down a dark and dangerous route. Qatar’s beIN Sports, Amnesty International, FIFA, UEFA and La Liga have all taken exception to the country’s alleged record when it comes to human rights and their suspected involvement with pirate TV.

As if things couldn’t get any worse for us all as a club. Fans have preached their concerns before about this and just as things were looking up for us, we could be stuck in Ashley’s reign of terror for a little longer.

A nightmare scenario. Until the official dossier is released by the WTO in a few weeks, I suspect that the St James’ Park faithful will be kept in the dark for the time being.

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