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Newcastle United: Krul linked with move; midfielder to leave; captain calls for unity

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Relegation carries many problems that fans have to come to terms with. Inevitably, clubs will eventually come looking for your best players in an effort to take them back to the top flight.

Promises of top flight football, the chance of losing international squad places if they’re playing in the second tier and even the pursuit of glory can tempt freshly relegated players to leave their club in favour of greener pastures.

Tim Krul has been a long standing figure between the sticks for Newcastle, but new links have emerged suggesting that Juventus see the Dutchman as a long standing replacement for iconic ‘keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

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The Italian giants initially tried to sign Krul two seasons ago, but were faltered by the £20 million asking price. According to the Northern Echo, with Krul having just a year left on his contract, the Magpies would be willing to accept a bid in the region of £4 million for the 28-year-old.

Krul is injured until at least mid-September with a cruciate ligament injury, so any bids would likely come through in January.

Siem De Jong is a less central figure at St James’ Park, and reports say Rafa Benitez’s restructuring of his midfield is likely to leave the Krul’s compatriot out in the cold yet again.

The 27-year-old attacking midfielder has made just 22 appearances for the Magpies in an injury-ridden spell in the north east, and PSV Eindhoven are hoping to broken a loan-to-buy move for him.

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The Dutch club recently missed out on signing Marco van Ginkel from Chelsea and will doubtless be looking for someone to inspire some creativity in their midfield.

With the arrival of Mohammed Diame, De Jong is very much going to be on the fringes this season at Newcastle and may want to leave for first team football.

The Magpies initially bought De Jong for £6 million, but will be lucky to recoup that fee after his troubled tenure on Tyneside.

Meanwhile, new club captain Jamaal Lascelles has outlined the need for players, even those on the fringes, to maintain a positive outlook in pursuit of the club’s return to the Premier League.

“I can’t do everything on the pitch in terms of making sure everybody is doing their job” said Lascelles, in an interview with Chronicle Live. “But I can affect it off the pitch, going for meals or go-karting, or just making sure people or positive.”

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Lascelles also reiterated the need for players to keep faith in their pursuit of the title.

“We have not come here to try to get a move to another team. We are here to get back to the Premier League so players need to stay happy and that’s my job.”

The darkening spirit around St James Park was palpable at the end of last season, but optimism is rife throughout the club. Newcastle are still the bookies favourites for the title despite the loss to Fulham on Friday, and Lascelles will hope his confidence isn’t misplaced.


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Newcastle United fans divided after Nicolai Jorgensen performance

The Danish striker has long been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

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Denmark played out a 1-1 draw with Australia in the World Cup this afternoon. A controversial penalty was converted by Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak to give the Socceroos a deserved draw against their European opponents. But the opening goal of the game might have been one of the best in the tournament so far.

Christian Eriksen smashed home a delicious left-foot half-volley to give the Danes the lead. However, it was the assist from a Newcastle United target that had fans talking on social media.

Nicolai Jorgensen played a brilliant reverse pass into the path of Eriksen. The Feyenoord striker has long been linked with Newcastle United. Over the weekend The Sun reported that Newcastle would need to pay £20 million for the player.

Newcastle were previously linked with the player in January, with a £15 million bid being rejected.

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That interest appears to have continued and it is easy to see why. Jorgensen was the Eredivisie’s top scorer in 2016-17, scoring 25 goals in 45 games.

But there is also a case suggesting he is not worth the money. He scored just 13 goals last season and against Peru in the opening game of the World Cup he struggled.

It is clear that scoring goals is not really his specialty. His link-up play is brilliant but some Newcastle fans feel he would simply not score goals in England.

Here is how Newcastle United fans reacted to his display…

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Newcastle should move for Senegal star M’Baye Niang

Newcastle are looking for attacking additions this summer.

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Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, according to the Northern Echo, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish. And a new target should emerge from yesterday’s World Cup clash between Senegal and Poland.

The Africans surprisingly came away as victors, having been helped by two massive defensive errors from the European outfit, with Grzegorz Krychowiak’s late goal proving nothing more than a consolation.

Torino striker M’Baye Niang proved to be a thorn in the side of Poland all game, landing the man of the match award, as his pace and power proved too much for Thiago Rangel Cionek and accomplished right-back Lukasz Piszczek to deal with.

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His shining moment came in the 60th minute, when he returned onto the field of play from injury and promptly latched onto a poor back-pass, eventually rounding the out-rushing Wojciech Szczesny and slotting into an empty net – notably scoring his first ever Senegal goal with his first shot on target.

And Newcastle should be keeping an eye on the 23-year-old throughout the tournament. Current targets such as Salomon Rondon and Jordan Ayew are underwhelming for fans and Rafa Benitez could look to make a statement by bringing in the former Watford loanee.

His physicality and raw speed suit the Premier League to a tee, and given regular playing-time the forward could become a sensation in England. However, he has recently agreed to join Torino on a permanent basis, meaning any deal would likely be a loan deal at the moment. A deal is still possible though, as Niang will be likely play second-fiddle to Andrea Belotti next term.

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Newcastle United’s move for Swansea City’s Jordan Ayew makes sense

The £13 million man would certainly improve the attack at Newcastle.

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Newcastle United are said to be lining up a move to land Swansea City’s talented forward Jordan Ayew this summer, as Rafa Benitez looks to bolster the attacking threat at St James’ Park next term, according to reports from Ghana Web.

The Ghanaian is said to be available for around £13 million after being relegated with the Swans last season and Newcastle are interested in securing his services, with the purse strings likely to be tight again on Tyneside in this window.

Although his goal-scoring record is far from prolific to date, with him having netted 11 goals in 44 appearances at the Liberty Stadium last campaign, the 26-year-old undoubtedly brings more than just goals to the table.

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Despite lacking a physical presence in the centre of the attacking third, Ayew’s control and low centre of gravity allow him to gather the ball into his feet and turn defenders more often than not, with his stop-start acceleration also allowing him to breeze past defensive counterparts. And he looked both stylish and effective for Swansea all season, in a seriously struggling outfit.

Benitez is unlikely to revisit negotiations to land Chelsea loanee Kenedy again this window, as his parent club have slapped a hefty £20 million fee on his signature, and are reportedly not keen on the idea of another loan, according to the Chronicle. As a result further attacking additions are vital.

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And Ayew would offer similar attributes to the Brazilian, despite plying his trade centrally. His balance and speed are reminiscent of Kenedy, and with Newcastle’s tendency to sit-deep against tough opposition, Ayew would offer the counter-attacking threat Kenedy gave them beyond January.

Ayew’s willingness to run the channels, and quality movement would give Newcastle an option to ease pressure on the defence, while his speed and quality on the ball would still allow for swift counterattacks seen towards the run in, dovetailing with the likes of Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle.

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