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Newcastle United round-up: Terms agreed, new target & problem solved

Rafael Benitez is eyeing signings at both ends of the field.

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Terms agreed but deadline worry

There is good news and bad news for Newcastle fans heading into Deadline Day. The good news is there appears to be a new signing in the pipeline, the bad news is that the agents involved fear it could not be agreed before tomorrow’s deadline.

That’s according to French outlet RMC Sport (live blog, 11:04), who state Valenciennes defender Sikou Niakate has agreed terms with the Magpies but the two clubs need to reach common ground in regards to a transfer fee, which is said to be around €3m.

With less than 24 hours to go in the market, the representatives of the 19-year-old fear a deal could collapse due to the lack of time.

Fernandez wall

Another defender linked with a move to Newcastle, who desperately need options in the central area following an injury to Florian Lejuene, the Magpies have found Swansea City playing hardball with Federico Fernandez.

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The Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder states Swansea are not budging on their £10m demand for the defender, which may lead Newcastle to look elsewhere due to the restricted funds that Rafael Benitez has at his disposal.

29-year-old Fernandez is keen on a move to Tyneside and wants to return to the Premier League following Swansea’s relegation.

Bonus issue resolved

An off-field saga emerged this week as Newcastle players refused to conduct their media duties in protest at the lack of an agreement regarding the terms of the bonus structure for the upcoming campaign, just days before the opening game.

Fortunately, captain Jamaal Lascelles is quoted by ITV as confirming that those issues are resolved – which means we can all focus on the football, once this Deadline Day thing is over and done with.

“We know where we stand. No-one’s moaning, no-one’s upset and now it’s just about gelling together even more, working hard, getting a good energy around the club and the training ground – and doing what we do best which is working hard and playing as team.”

– Lascelles brings an end to the saga when speaking to Newcastle’s website.

 

Ings & Cavaleiro chase

Christmas may have come very early for Newcastle fans, as Rafael Benitez remains keen on bolstering his attacking options further before the close of the window – despite already landing Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon.

TeamTalk report that the Magpies are eyeing a loan deal for Liverpool outcast Danny Ings, who is surplus to requirements at Anfield, and are also set to rival Fulham in the market for Wolves winger Ivan Cavaleiro, who has already snubbed Huddersfield Town.

Liverpool want £20m for Ings, a price Newcastle will never agree to but a compromise could be met with a loan, whereas Wolves could cash in on 24-year-old Cavaleiro after signing Adama Traore from Middlesbrough.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou clearly has no future at Tottenham Hotspur if Mainz deal goes ahead

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to let Nkoudou go on loan.

Mathew Nash

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It appears Tottenham Hotspur are ready to let Georges-Kevin Nkoudou leave the club on loan before the end of the month. According to Sky Sports, Spurs are ready to let the winger join Bundesliga side Mainz until the end of the season.

The Frenchman, who cost £9.4 million in 2016, has failed to make an impact at Spurs and was loaned out to Burnley last season. So seeing him being shipped out again may not come as a surprise.

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However, Nkoudou has recently shown what he is capable of. The 23-year-old had a brilliant pre-season as Tottenham won the International Champions Cup. He was named man-of-the-match in the penalty loss to Barcelona, in which he scored. He also found the net against AC Milan in a 1-0 win. His form this summer was electric and led many to believe might have a chance at Tottenham this season.

So the fact he is being loaned out probably suggests one thing. Nkoudou has no long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur.

Even after an impressive pre-season and with Tottenham thin on the ground the young Frenchman has been told to pack his bags and head elsewhere.

This may only be a temporary deal, but it appears the precursor to a more permanent Tottenham exit. 

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Five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium

There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re Spurs fan.

Liam Thomas

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Tottenham are still waiting to move into their new stadium and eventually the time will come for Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane and co. to settle into their new state of the art home.

So put aside all your disappointment, for the time being, if you’re a Spurs fan, and take a look at the positives: the fact your club is about to be playing its football at one of the world’s most impressive sport set-ups.

Here at The Boot Room, we have found five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium.

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1. It will be the largest football club stadium in London

The new Spurs stadium will be the largest football club stadium in the English capital, with a total capacity of 62,062, surpassing fierce rivals Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium which holds 59,867.

It had been initially planned for the stadium to only hold 60,000, but an updated layout and seating scheme have meant that the capacity has increased.

Just imagine those European nights in North London this season; will some great new memories be made?

2. 10-year NFL agreement

Perhaps the most surprising of the facts is that Spurs’ new stadium will also be the home of NFL in London, with the North London side agreeing to a 10-year deal to host NFL games, with the first taking place on October 14th.

The stadium has facilities already in place for when the American Football sides visit the UK including; four dressing rooms dedicated to the NFL and a media suite.

3. Retractable pitch

The stadium will be the first in the UK to have two different pitches inside one bowl; a real turf football pitch and an artificial surface underneath.

Is this something we’ll see more football clubs incorporating into their stadiums in the future? Or merely a bonus for the Spurs team to benefit from.

4. Skywalk stadium tour

The new stadium will feature a “skywalk”, an attraction for tourists and visitors to the stadium to use and participate in as an alternative to the stadium tour.

The skywalk will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the stadium giving them an unparalleled and unique view of the pitch.

5. Microbrewery

A world first for any football stadium; the new setup will have a microbrewery inside for fans and visitors to enjoy during their visit.

Visitors to the stadium will be able to enjoy a selection of local craft beers created and brewed in partnership with Tottenham and the fans.

Away days to Spurs will be a lot more fun in coming seasons.

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Two years after Jurgen Klopp phonecall Liverpool are not missing out on Ben Brereton

Liverpool wanted the young striker, but he is now struggling for football at Nottingham Forest.

Mathew Nash

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When Ben Brereton burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest it was widely welcomed by Reds fans. The talented teenager had an excellent 2016-17 with Forest and, despite his struggles in front of goal last term, still had another productive season.

It led to plenty of reports of Premier League interest, including from Liverpool.

As reported by The Sun, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reportedly looking into the signing of Brereton back in the winter of 2017.

The report claimed that after impressing Klopp in an FA Youth Cup game against Liverpool in 2016 the German called Forest academy chief Gary Brazil to ‘personally enquire’ about his services.

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Liverpool were again linked with him that summer before the talented youngster signed a new contract at the City Ground.

But, fast forward 18 months and Liverpool fans will probably feel they are not missing out.

The striker can no longer find his way into the Forest matchday squad, after the arrivals of Lewis Grabban and Hilal El-Arbi Soudani this summer.

It has even led to Blackburn Rovers trying to sign him on the final day of the transfer window.

Of course, he is still young and has a bright future in the game. But Liverpool will surely feel he is perhaps not at the level needed to make it at Anfield after his recent struggles.

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