Pundit slams ‘childish’ Tottenham as Newcastle set for January transfer block v

Frank McAvennie has slammed Tottenham amid speculation that some Premier League clubs will put a transfer block on Newcastle.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists the Magpies can steer clear of any recruitment issues in January.

On 10 November, the Telegraph reported some Premier League clubs will refuse to sell to Newcastle in January in a bid to see the newly-rich club relegated.

This could be an issue for the new owners at St James’ Park as the report also claims they will target players with Premier League experience when the window opens.

On 11 November, Football Insider revealed the Toon are already making plans to bring three new players to the club.

McAvennie insists there are easy ways around this issue and speculated Tottenham and Liverpool’s involvement in the matter.

“What a load of nonsense,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Which clubs are pushing this, Tottenham? They were always against it.

“It’s so childish. I’m sure they said the same thing when Man City were taken over and look what happened there.

“Whatever happens, whether it takes five or six years, Newcastle will be challenging.

“They will win trophies, the Tottenhams of the world can’t stop that.

“There are two things, Newcastle could easily just sign players from outside the Premier League.

“Also, if Newcastle are the only club interested in a player, that club will sell.

“Money talks, no one knows that better than Tottenham.”

Newcastle have nine Premier League games to play before the January transfer window opens.

These include games against both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Leicester.

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‘It Will Be Huge If He Gets It’ – Pundit reacts to Newcastle director of football talks

Michael Emenalo has a “huge job” on his hands at Newcastle United if he is appointed their director of football, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 56-year-old’s installation is “more important” than that of Eddie Howe – who was confirmed as manager earlier this week.

This site understands Newcastle are set to appoint former Chelsea director Emenalo as their director of football after a breakthrough in talks.

A Magpies source has told Football Insider that the Nigerian is set to work with Howe to recruit at least three major January signings.

The Telegraph reported last month that Newcastle decision-makers will be handed a £50million war chest ahead of the winter window.

Hutton insisted the relationship between Howe and Emenalo will be “massively important”.

“I think this appointment is more important than the manager,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“They have got a lot of money to spend, and the owners are obviously going to back the new manager.

“Emenalo and Eddie Howe have to be on the same wavelength with the players they want to bring in. It will be huge if Emenalo gets it.

“They have to bring in the right players and not just throw money away. It’s massively important they get it right with the relegation implications as well.

“It’s a big plus that they have gone for someone with that experience at the top level, as well.”

Newcastle are the only Premier League side yet to record a win this season.

They are level on points with basement club Norwich, occupying 19th place by virtue of their superior goal difference.

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Inter Put Deadline On Newcastle Target Penning Fresh Deal

Inter have set a deadline for Newcastle United linked midfielder Marcelo Brozovic to sign a new contract, it has been claimed in Italy.

The 28-year-old midfielder was a massive part of the Inter side that won the league last season and has continued to remain pivotal for the club.

But he will be out of contract at the end of the season and negotiations over a new deal are yet to lead to an agreement between the club and the player.

Brozovic wants his new contract to reflect his importance in the team, but for the moment Inter have been reluctant to meet his wage demands, with newly rich Newcastle now showing interest.

However, the club want to sort out the sideshow of the contract negotiations soon and, according to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter want the midfielder to give his answer by the end of the year.

The Nerazzurri want to hold on to him and are prepared to put in extra effort to keep the Croatian.

But they do not want the negotiations to drag on for months and cast a shadow over the season.

Therefore, Inter want Brozovic to either sign a new deal by the end of the year or indicate his desire to leave.

The Serie A giants would consider selling him in the January transfer window if a new deal is not agreed upon.

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Kieran Maguire reveals Newcastle transfer plan after ‘I’ve spoken to agents’

Newcastle United could invest heavily in youth in order to offset the recruitment drawbacks of Brexit.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the new owners’ plans to restructure the club.

The Daily Mail reported on 1 November that Newcastle have been reaching out to agents who represent a large number of academy players.

It is claimed that the club’s youth setup has been identified as a key area for improvement as the new regime looks to rectify years of neglect.

Data collated by the CIES Football Observatory showed that Newcastle are the lowest-ranked Premier League in terms of academy production.

The Magpies have produced just six active players in Europe’s top leagues, the joint-lowest number in the continent’s so-called ‘big five’ divisions.

Maguire explains that the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union means that domestic youth recruitment might be the way to go.

“It’s certainly an area Newcastle can look to target,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“When I’ve been speaking to agents recently, they have been saying that the impact of Brexit has been understated.

“They think it won’t really come through for a few years because they can’t sign 16 and 17-year-olds from Europe.

“By the time these players have got to 18 and are free to come to the Premier League, they have moved elsewhere in Europe.

“The only way around that is either to pursue a multi-club model or invest heavily in your domestic scouting and training facilities.”

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Ex-Fifa referee makes damning Coote claim after analysing Newcastle controversies

David Coote “should not be refereeing in the Premier League” after he made two major errors in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as Coote “bottled it” at the Amex.

Firstly, the referee did not award a penalty when Ciaran Clark fouled Leandro Trossard after a corner.

He also allowed play to continue when Robert Sanchez fouled Callum Wilson in the closing stages.

On both occasions, VAR intervened, firstly, to award Brighton a penalty before telling Coote to send Sanchez off and award Newcastle a penalty.

“The team of officials, we’ve got Coote as the referee and Craig Pawson on VAR, I just don’t think he [Coote] was at the races,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“On the penalty, it was a clear and obvious error. He had a terrific view, was in a good position, and bottled it. You can’t put it in any other terms. 

“If he doesn’t see that, he shouldn’t be refereeing in the Premier League, I’m that forceful about it.

“He was very lucky that Craig Pawson came in and rescued it.

“He missed the trip on Callum Wilson too.

“I got the impression that the person making the decisions here was the VAR, not the referee. He was not at the races.

“The referee was miles behind the play and he’s not seen the foul by the goalkeeper. It’s really poor. He’s better than that.

“It seems to me that he’s got a bit of a confidence issue.”

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