Newcastle takeover LIVE: First signing incoming, Carroll and Manquillo deals, club announcement expected THIS WEEK – The Sun

Newcastle takeover LIVE: First signing incoming, Carroll and Manquillo deals, club announcement expected THIS WEEK – The Sun

June 25, 2020

NEWCASTLE UNITED fans are still waiting to see whether their potential £300m takeover by a Amanda Staveley-led Saudi Arabian consortium will go through.

But their 3-0 win over Sheffield United at the weekend could be followed by even more good news, with an announcement on the deal reportedly expected this week.

Follow ALL of the latest updates right here…

  • GRAB HIM BY THE GILLS

    Newcastle are set to make their first signing of the summer with Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie poised to join on a free.

    The 28-year-old, who is from Tyneside, is out of contract in a week's time and has racked up 272 appearances in the SPL as well as Leagues One and Two.

    Steve Bruce has been told to target free transfers as the current Toon regime make calls on acquiring players.

  • BRUCEY: PRICE IS RIGHT

    Speaking of the new deals for Carroll and Manquillo, Steve Bruce said: “I'm really pleased that we have been able to put these extensions in place and I'd like to thank the players for committing themselves to the club with some very important games left to play.

    “We have been proactive in trying to reach these agreements and they will give us the best chance of finishing the season as strongly as possible.

    “I'm delighted Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll have extended their contracts longer term.

    “They have both made important contributions this season and I'm really pleased we can continue to call on them beyond the summer.”

  • CAROL'S SINGING

    Andy Carroll and Javier Manquillo have agreed new contracts with United.

    The English striker has put pen to paper on a one-year extension.

    Meanwhile Manquillo has signed a four-year deal.

  • AGENTS RAKE IT IN

    Premier League clubs paid out a whopping £263million on agent fees during 2019/20.

    Newcastle paid out roughly £9m in agents' fees – the 12th-most in the top flight – while Liverpool top the pile with over £30m spent.

  • GOV WON'T STEP IN

    The government will NOT block the bid to take over Newcastle, according to reports.

    According to the Mail, trade secretary Liz Truss has replied to a letter from Scottish MP Angus MacNeil, claiming the government will not step in.

    Truss reportedly wrote that the deal is “a commercial matter for those parties and the Premier League… it is not for the government to intervene in the buying and selling of football clubs.”

  • GOOD MORNING TOON FANS

    The Newcastle United Supporters Trust have written to the Premier League to urge them to back the takeover, claiming a whopping 97 per cent of fans BACK the bid.

    A letter to members states: “Legal Counsel instructed by NUST has now written to the Premier League in support of the prospective takeover.

    “We have seen a number of attempts to discredit this takeover and Newcastle fans during the extended period in which the Premier League has been considering the takeover in the context of its Owners and Directors test.

    “In light of our member survey which showed 97% of NUST members are in favour of the takeover, we took the decision to engage Counsel to stand up for our members and express the view that our members overwhelmingly support the takeover.

    “The letter, sent to Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, also sets out legal analysis that counters the opposition to the PIF’s involvement in the proposed takeover of NUFC that has been communicated to the Premier League by other parties.”

    On the pitch, the Magpies were held to a score draw with their relegation-threatened visitors despite taking the lead through Dwight Gayle.

    The England striker combined with fellow substitute Andy Carroll to open up the Villa defence midway through the second half.

    But Villa hit back late on when Ahmed Elmohamady converted Connor Hourihane's corner to deny Newcastle back-to-back wins.

    And Steve Bruce said “It's the first goal we have conceded at home in five games.

    “If somebody had said we'd get four points from the first two games in these awful times I'd have accepted it

    “But we are disappointed.”

  • 'DISAPPOINTED'

    Steve Bruce attempted to remain upbeat after Newcastle's late collapse to Aston Villa but admitted feeling disappointed.

    After the game the Toon boss said: “It's the first goal we have conceded at home in five games.

    “If somebody had said we'd get four points from the first two games in these awful times I'd have accepted it

    “But we are disappointed.”

  • FT: NEWCASTLE 1-1 ASTON VILLA

    The Magpies were held to a score draw with their relegation-threatened visitors despite taking the lead through Dwight Gayle.

    The England striker combined with fellow substitute Andy Carroll to open up the Villa defence midway through the second half.

    But Villa hit back late on when Ahmed Elmohamady converted Connor Hourihane's corner to deny Newcastle back-to-back wins.

  • AVERAGE JOE

    Chris Sutton believes Joelinton will be one of the first casualties of Newcastle's £300million Saudi-takeover.

    The Brazilian striker netted just his second Premier League goal of the season in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.

    And Sutton told the BBC: “I still don’t think it is going to happen for Joelinton

    “He scored one in four in Germany, he did a similar sort of ratio in Austria and then had one good season at Hoffenheim.

    “The money has been a massive burden for him. Steve Bruce has given him a kick as well, saying he isn’t a natural finisher.

    “It doesn’t help when your manager is putting the boot in.

    “I don’t see him having a long-term future at Newcastle. If there’s a takeover, I think he will be surplus to requirements.”

  • PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE NEWCASTLE UTD VS ASTON VILLA BLOG

    Our SunSport coverage will also include updates from Norwich's must-win clash against Everton and Wolves' clash with Bournemouth.

  • TEAM NEWS

    Steve Bruce has named an unchanged side for tonight's clash against Aston Villa…

  • FIXTURE AMENDMENT

    Newcastle's game against West Ham has been moved to 2.15pm on July 5.

    This is so that it can be broadcast on Sky Sports.

  • IT'S A MUST FOR NUST

    The Newcastle United Supporters Trust have written to the Premier League to urge them to back the takeover, claiming a whopping 97 per cent of fans BACK the bid.

    A letter to members states: “Legal Counsel instructed by NUST has now written to the Premier League in support of the prospective takeover.

    “We have seen a number of attempts to discredit this takeover and Newcastle fans during the extended period in which the Premier League has been considering the takeover in the context of its Owners and Directors test.

    “In light of our member survey which showed 97% of NUST members are in favour of the takeover, we took the decision to engage Counsel to stand up for our members and express the view that our members overwhelmingly support the takeover.

    “The letter, sent to Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, also sets out legal analysis that counters the opposition to the PIF’s involvement in the proposed takeover of NUFC that has been communicated to the Premier League by other parties.”

  • MUTTON NOT CHOPPED

    Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is set to sign a new one-year contract extension at St James' Park with his current deal due to expire at the end of the month.

    The 31-year-old rejoined his boyhood club last summer on a free transfer after leaving West Ham – eight years after departing the Magpies for Liverpool in 2011.

    Carroll has played second fiddle to Brazilian striker Joelinton this term, while he has also missed eight games with a hip injury.

    This has limited the towering centre-forward to just 15 matches in all competitions, with the England international still waiting his first goal of the campaign.

    Though he has impressed boss Steve Bruce off the bench, with Carroll chipping in with four assists in the Premier League.

    According to Chronicle Live, Carroll has already signed a short-term deal to tie him down until the end of the season.

  • DAN BARRED

    Steve Bruce has told returned Rotherham loanee Dan Barlaser he’ll have to wait to get into the first team, because his hands are tied by the rules.

    The Premier League will not allow players who have returned from loans in League One and League Two – where the season has been ended – to participate in Project Restart.

    Ironically at 23, the midfielder is too old to be considered a youth player, but is essentially marooned with no football for the rest of the season because he’s not allowed to now play for his parent club.

    Bruce told Chronicle Live: “Unfortunately because of the rules and his age it is not possible.

    “He's done very well at Rotherham and the reports have been very good.

    “We have had one or two clubs in the Championship who are interested in him, so he's done very well.”

  • GOOD MORNING TOON FANS

    Steve Bruce says he’s “not really interested” in what’s happening with the Newcastle takeover – because he’s too worried about the team’s form.

    The gaffer said: “If I'm being brutally honest I'm not really interested as I can't influence that.

    “I'll probably hear when you do. What I want is what's best for the club. I have to focus on trying to end the season in good form.”

    Indeed, Bruce says he is only focusing on securing a top 10 finish for Newcastle.

    He said: “My job at the minute is to make sure that we are all focused on one thing – finishing the season off well, getting the season finished and making sure we are a Premier League club.

    “Now we have been given an opportunity to say, 'can we finish in the top 10?' That would be a wonderful achievement. That is all I am focused on.”

    Meanwhile, Andy Carroll is set to sign a new one-year Newcastle contract.

    The Chronicle claims he has thrived during lockdown, impressing Steve Bruce with his fitness.

    Bruce told them: “The break has got Andy right again. I shouldn't say that but it's the best I've seen him look. I hope that hasn't put a jinx on him.”

    Finally, Newcastle’s potential Saudi Arabian owners are “supremely unconcerned” by a recent takeover bid from Henry Mauriss – with their takeover decision “close”.

    Duncan Castles has revealed the Saudi Arabian party are not even remotely worried about the rumours and are believed to be “close” to completion.

    Castles went as far as claiming the owners were “supremely unconcerned” by the fresh bid talk.

    The Saudis are believed to be confident they won't be outbid and will continue with their takeover.

    It was also revealed that indications from lawyers and from Newcastle themselves suggested a move was “close”.

    Castles also claimed current owner Mike Ashley will SUE the Premier League should they block the potential takeover of the club he's clearly now eager to sell.

  • NEW TOON

    Steve Bruce believes Jack Colback and Jamie Sterry will both find new clubs this summer.

    He said: “I feel for Jack a little bit and I wish him the best of luck.

    “He's gone through a tough time.

    “He took a horrible injury which he's over, I hope he gets on with his career, and Jamie, and they find a career for themselves.

    “They are good pros and I wish them well.”

  • PAU THE OTHER ONE

    Newcastle are lining up a £36m bid for ex-Spurs goalie Pau Lopez.

    Italian newspaper Leggo claims the Roma stopper could be heading to St James’ Park this summer despite Spanish reports linking him with Chelsea.

    Martin Dubravka has done an admirable job between the sticks.

    But it’s reckoned Lopez could be coming to the North East to replace him should the Saudi takeover go through.

  • BRUCE CALM

    Steve Bruce says he is only focusing on securing a top 10 finish for Newcastle.

    He said: “My job at the minute is to make sure that we are all focused on one thing – finishing the season off well, getting the season finished and making sure we are a Premier League club.

    “Now we have been given an opportunity to say, 'can we finish in the top 10?' That would be a wonderful achievement. That is all I am focused on.”

  • JOEL IN ONE

    Newcastle striker Joelinton believes Steve Bruce deserves to stay at the club.

    He told ESPN: “When he arrived, he came under a lot of pressure, part of the fans didn’t want him, because of his old work.

    “A nice guy, hard worker, but who demands, and is a friend, always with word of strength. The fans acted in a wrong way with him as soon as he arrived.

    “He’s doing his best. For me, he’s a great coach.”

  • TAKING THE MICHAEL

    Michael Owen is backing Newcastle to beat Aston Villa.

    The former Toon striker told BetVictor: “Three second-half goals saw United move eleven points clear of the relegation zone and gave them their biggest home win in the Premier League for over a year.

    “I’ve said before that I think Steve Bruce is doing a great job and another win will surely secure their place in the Premier League for yet another season.

    “[Villa] have failed to keep a clean sheet away from home this season and I fancy a fired-up Newcastle to earn another three points which will move their tally beyond 40 points and almost certain safety.”

  • BRUCE INJURY UPDATE

    Matty and Sean Longstaff are unavailable for Newcastle’s game against Aston Villa with respective thigh and muscle injuries.

    Steve Bruce is also missing defenders Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark.

    He said: “I don’t think we’ll have anyone back (for the Villa game).

    “We’ve seen the young Longstaff, we’ve seen Matty train yesterday for the first time.

    “Sean is still niggling around, but with muscle injuries, we’re just erring on the side of caution.

    “If you bring them back and all of a sudden they’re going to miss three weeks, then it’s over with.

    “So we’re just erring on the side of caution and give them an extra few days if they need it.

    “But Matty trained yesterday so we’ll see how he is.”

  • BOLD CLAIMS

    Former Liverpool kid-turned-pundit David Thompson claims Newcastle have the worst squad in the league.

    The ex-Coventry, Portsmouth, Blackburn, Wigan and Bolton man told BBC Radio Five Live’s Football Daily:

    “I watched Newcastle under Rafa Benitez and I think they [Newcastle] are playing better football now under Steve Bruce.

    “Under Rafa I sometimes couldn’t even watch it, if they were playing in my back garden I would have drawn the curtains.

    “I actually think that Newcastle have got the worst squad in the Premier League.

    “If you were tipping anyone to go down at the start of the season it would have been them.

    “I think they [Newcastle] have got a worse squad than Norwich.

    “Some of the Norwich players have got more of a chance of getting into the Newcastle team.”

  • WORRY NO MAUR

    Newcastle’s potential Saudi Arabian owners are “supremely unconcerned” by a recent takeover bid from Henry Mauriss – with their takeover decision “close”.

    Duncan Castles has revealed the Saudi Arabian party are not even remotely worried about the rumours and are believed to be “close” to completion.

    Castles went as far as claiming the owners were “supremely unconcerned” by the fresh bid talk.

    The Saudis are believed to be confident they won't be outbid and will continue with their takeover.

    It was also revealed that indications from lawyers and from Newcastle themselves suggested a move was “close”.

    Castles also claimed current owner Mike Ashley will SUE the Premier League should they block the potential takeover of the club he's clearly now eager to sell.

  • MAXIMIN EFFORT

    Pundit Garth Crooks has hailed Allan Saint-Maximin’s performance against Sheffield Utd.

    He told the BBC: “This was a professional and disciplined performance by Newcastle United.

    “When this season started, the team and their new boss, Steve Bruce, got a roasting for their lack of managerial leadership and absence of ambition on the field.

    “They reacted to that stinging criticism and retained that spirit against Sheffield United.

    “I thought the Blades might have the edge, as it was their second game in a week, but the Magpies were always the better side, even before the enforced departure of John Egan.

    “Newcastle's Allan Saint-Maximin was the difference between the two teams. The young Frenchman seems to get better every time I see him.”

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