Newcastle takeover news LIVE: Saudi deal LATEST, Man City defeat, Weghorst transfer move, PSG updates – The Sun

Newcastle takeover news LIVE: Saudi deal LATEST, Man City defeat, Weghorst transfer move, PSG updates – The Sun

July 9, 2020

NEWCASTLE UNITED were thrashed 5-0 by Man City at the Etihad Stadium.

And Toon fans remain on the edges of their seats over the club's proposed £300m takeover from a Saudi Arabian consortium, which could bring the good times back to St James' Park.

Follow ALL of the latest updates right here…

  • GOOD MORNING TOON FANS

    Newcastle fans have Hatem Ben Arfa to thank for having Alan Saint-Maximin at St James' Park.

    The French winger, who has been in fabulous form, revealed: “There were a lot of players, like Yann M’Vila, though he wasn’t at Newcastle, he was in Sunderland.

    “He spoke to me. Hatem spoke to me.

    “I talked with a lot of players. They said to me it’s a great club, a great city and the supporters are great. 

    “Everything is great. This is why I came. I said ‘I know I want to be there’. 

    “Everybody told me (to join). Some players in Arsenal said to me ‘it’s a great stadium with a lot of people.’”

    Meanwhile, George Caulkin of The Athletic has weighed into the Newcastle takeover debate. 

    Speaking on the Pod On The Tyne podcast he said: “The very simple rule of thumb is that money wins, and that’s not something I particularly like, but it tends to be a fact when it comes to the Premier League.

    “I’ve always thought that finally, ultimately, eventually, money will win – and I suppose I mean Saudi money – yes, coming into Newcastle but also coming into the Premier League and that there is a way of making that work for everybody.''

    Finally, some of the senior advisors to the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince who are bidding to buy Newcastle are being targeted in a crackdown by Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab.

    On Monday evening, Raab published a list of over 40 people – 20 of them Saudi who have been thought to have ''committed the gravest of human rights violations.''

    Fifteen were officers involved in the “unlawful killing of Jamaal Khashoggi” and some worked in the Crown Prince's office.

    And they included Saud Abdullah Al Qahtani a “former advisor to the Crown Prince in the royal court”.

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  • MAGPIE IN THE SKY

    It's been a dreadful night for Newcastle at the Etihad.

    They've been thumped 5-0 by Man City.

    READ OUR FULL MATCH REPORT HERE.

  • BAD TOON

    It's half-time at the Etihad and Newcastle are currently trailing Man City 2-0.

    Can Steve Bruce's men turn it around in the second half?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG.

  • HOME RUN

    Could this be the future of sport with no fans?

    Creepy dancing robots and dogs have replaced fans at a Japanese baseball ground.

    Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks had 20 of them dancing on an otherwise empty platform ahead of their Nippon Professional Baseball game against Rakuten Eagles yesterday.

    How would you feel about seeing this at a football match, or a boxing fight, or an F1 race?

  • BEN AND GONE

    Newcastle fans have Hatem Ben Arfa to thank for having Alan Saint-Maximin at St James' Park.

    The French winger, who has been in fabulous form, revealed: “There were a lot of players, like M’Vila, though he wasn’t at Newcastle, he was in Sunderland.

    “He spoke to me. Hatem spoke to me.

    “I talked with a lot of players. They said to me it’s a great club, a great city and the supporters are great.

    “Everything is great. This is why I came. I said ‘I know I want to be there’.

    “Everybody told me (to join). Some players in Arsenal said to me ‘it’s a great stadium with a lot of people.’”

  • HIGH FIVE FOR PREM

    Premier League clubs will be given the option of using up to five substitutes for NEXT season, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    Football’s law-making body the International FA Board rushed through Fifa’s proposal for a “temporary” change in laws to allow more replacements in May.

    The switch was a response to fears over the impact of the coronavirus shutdown on player safety when the game returned under a concentrated timetable.

    But the announcement of the change came with the confirmation that “the IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need to be extended further… for competitions due to be completed in 2021”.

    The two bodies have now agreed that there should be an extension for next term for competitions that wish to take it up.

  • BRUCE ON SHELVEY

    Steve Bruce has praised Jonjo Shelvey on his impact on the team. Even saying he views games of football like games of golf.

  • TAKEOVER TALK

    Some of the senior advisors to the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince who are bidding to buy Newcastle are being targeted in a crackdown by Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab.

    On Monday evening, Raab published a list of over 40 people – 20 of them Saudi who have been thought to have ''committed the gravest of human rights violations.''

    Fifteen were officers involved in the “unlawful killing of Jamaal Khashoggi” and some worked in the Crown Prince's office.

    And they included Saud Abdullah Al Qahtani a “former advisor to the Crown Prince in the royal court”.

    The Premier League are still considering whether they're going to the let the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund by the 80% share in the club.

  • LONGSTAFF CARRICK COMPARISON

    Sean Longstaff had barely played a dozen games for Newcastle'sfirst team, and the comparison of ‘The new Michael Carrick’, was already being seen.

    Carrick was often seen as one of the biggest missed opportunities in Newcastle United's history.

    The midfielder was a boyhood Toon fan, and while he did play at St James’ Park during an illustrious playing career with West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, Carrick only ever did so as an opposition player.

    Longstaff drew these comparisons first whilst playing under Rafa Benitez showing certain similarities to Carrick.

    The 22-year-old has always been calm on the ball, and able to control the tempo in the heart of midfield.

    Unfortunately, Longstaff’s first full season under Bruce hasn’t gone according to plan.

    A red card against Wolves saw him being handed a three-game suspension, and when he was available, he was benched.

    When he has been able to find first-team opportunities, he hasn’t quite radiated the same level of calm that defined his early performances in black and white. He was absent from the squad for Newcastle’s first two games after lockdown but returned to the side for the trip to Bournemouth.

  • MAN CITY CLASH

    It could look better for newcastle as they go into this evening's game with eight injuries, however Sergio Aguero is out for the rest of the season so Newcastle may have a chance to make something of the game.

    BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts a for a 3-0 victory for City.

    Explaining his choice, Lawro chose to focus on City missing the injured Sergio Aguero, and claimed: “Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is good, but he's not as good as Aguero.

    “Of the two, Jesus is probably the better player outside the box but the Argentina striker might have made the difference for City in Sunday's defeat by Southampton because he is so deadly in front of goal.”

    “I don't think it will matter too much against Newcastle, mind. City will create a lot of chances, like they did against Saints and I don't see Steve Bruce's side keeping them out.”

    A win for Newcastle could see them move as high as tenth in the table, a win all round for the Magpies if that happens.

  • MORE SUPER STATS

    No losses in Newcastle's last SIX Premier League games! Wins: 3, Draws: 3

  • RESTART STATS

    Prior to lockdown Newcastle had been on a run of only one win in 10 Premier League matches until beating Southampton just before the country went into quarantine.

    However, now they are unbeaten in six, NUFC have 12 points from a possible 18, after three wins and three draws.

    In contrast, Man City have only picked up nine points and ten for Liverpool.

    These recent results mean that Newcastle stand fourth in the current Premier League form table.

    Some positive news for fans ahead of their Manchester City clash this evening.

  • CAULKIN ON THE CONSORTIUM

    George Caulkin of The Athletic has weighed into the Newcastle takeover debate.

    The writer basically said that money will dictate how and when this deal goes through.

    Speaking on the Pod On The Tyne podcast he said: “The very simple rule of thumb is that money wins, and that’s not something I particularly like, but it tends to be a fact when it comes to the Premier League.

    “I’ve always thought that finally, ultimately, eventually, money will win – and I suppose I mean Saudi money – yes, coming into Newcastle but also coming into the Premier League and that there is a way of making that work for everybody.''

  • AGENT HATEM

    Allan Saint-Maximin has revealed he consulted Hatem Ben Arfa about moving to Newcastle before completing the move 11 months ago.

    Ben Arfa was a cult hero on Tyneside, but had plenty of ups and downs.

    Saint-Maximin said: “There were a lot of players, like M’Vila, though he wasn’t at Newcastle, he was in Sunderland.

    “He spoke to me. Hatem spoke to me.

    “I talked with a lot of players. They said to me it’s a great club, a great city and the supporters are great.

    “Everything is great. This is why I came. I said ‘I know I want to be there’.

    “Everybody told me (to join). Some players in Arsenal said to me ‘it’s a great stadium with a lot of people.’”

  • GOOD MORNING TOON FANS

    Alan Saint-Maximin has been given top ratings by none other than hard-hitting Graeme Souness.

    The picky pundit declared: “He’s a top, top player. It’s easy to look at him and just talk about his dribbling when he gets one-on-one.

    “If you’re a defender, you do not want to find yourself one-on-one with him.

    “But it’s his choice of pass, as well, he’s bright and he’s alive. You can only see him getting better and better.

    “He’s 23 years old, so you’ll always be reminding him that he’s got a long way to go, and I know Patrick Vieira fell out with him over that because he said that having all that ability is just not enough.

    “As long as he’s willing to turn up everyday and want to learn, you can tolerate everything else.”

    Meanwhile, Steve Bruce says he's getting tired of being asked about Newcastle's impending takeover.

    He said: ''Unfortunately, I seem to be answering in every interview and you again have brought it up.To be perfectly honest, I’m bored and fed up with it.

    “So can we move on? I’m fed up of answering the question, to be brutally honest.”

    Finally, Bruce says his players have done Newcastle proud after overcoming an awful start to the season.

    He said: “We had an awful start and when you go behind twice, if you look at the statistics, it's very rare you come back from it.

    “I was pleased with the way we responded and I thought some of our football leading up to the first goal was terrific. I think a draw was the right result.

    “I think there's a certain resilience in the squad to being written off and they enjoy the challenge of proving people wrong,”

    “That's pretty apparent when you work with the players. It's important we don't take our foot off the gas and we try to achieve that top-10 finish.''

  • KEEP GOING

    Steve Bruce says his players have done Newcastle proud after overcoming an awful start to the season.

    He said: “We had an awful start and when you go behind twice, if you look at the statistics, it's very rare you come back from it.

    “I was pleased with the way we responded and I thought some of our football leading up to the first goal was terrific. I think a draw was the right result.

    “I think there's a certain resilience in the squad to being written off and they enjoy the challenge of proving people wrong,”

    “That's pretty apparent when you work with the players. It's important we don't take our foot off the gas and we try to achieve that top-10 finish.''

  • BRUCE NOT KEEN

    Steve Bruce says he's getting tired of being asked about Newcastle's impending takeover.

    He said: ''Unfortunately, I seem to be answering in every interview and you again have brought it up.To be perfectly honest, I’m bored and fed up with it.

    “So can we move on? I’m fed up of answering the question, to be brutally honest.”

  • MAX POWER

    Alan Saint-Maximin has been given top ratings by none other than hard-hitting Graeme Souness.

    The picky pundit declared: “He’s a top, top player. It’s easy to look at him and just talk about his dribbling when he gets one-on-one.

    “If you’re a defender, you do not want to find yourself one-on-one with him.

    “But it’s his choice of pass, as well, he’s bright and he’s alive. You can only see him getting better and better.

    “He’s 23 years old, so you’ll always be reminding him that he’s got a long way to go, and I know Patrick Vieira fell out with him over that because he said that having all that ability is just not enough.

    “As long as he’s willing to turn up everyday and want to learn, you can tolerate everything else.”

  • INJURY MAYHEM

    Look down below, for the full list of players and injuries that will make them available for the game against City tomorrow evening

    Sean Longstaff – hamstring injury

    Isaac Hayden – hamstring injury

    Florian Lejeune – working his way back to full fitness after getting injured against Hull in a pre-restart friendly,

    Ciaran Clark – recovering from an ankle operation.

    Allan Saint-Maximin – not starting the game due to suspected injury

    Jamaal Lascelles – ankle problem,

    Andy Carroll – injured with a groin strain

    Newcastle have played five matches in 15 days, so their injury list has been piling up making the task against City that much harder.

  • BOBBY ROBSON

    Gary Lineker has shown his love for former Toon boss Sir Bobby Robson with this tweet down below.

  • STAT ATTACK

    According to the BBC Newcastle are on a six-match unbeaten Premier League run, they've won three, whilst drawing three – only Manchester United (nine games) are currently on a longer PL unbeaten run.

    The Magpies could win three consecutive away Premier League matches for the first time since December 2001.

    They have scored 10 goals in their last four Premier League games – their previous 10 took 14 matches.

    Steve Bruce is yet to win a Premier League away match against Man City as a manager with three draws and eight losses.

    With a goal in his last two matches Miguel Almiron has matched his tally from his first 40 Premier League appearances.

  • NO CHANGE WITH LONGSTAFF

    Matty Longstaff has been a talking point since the youngsters contract is due to expire.

    However, he still hasn't signed a new contract, leading to speculation he wants out from Newcastle.

    Steve Bruce admitted that Newcastle United have issued a final plea to Matty Longstaff to sign the contract offer in front of him.

    The midfielder has a deal from Udinese and a couple of other clubs but is believed to be interested in playing in Serie A and taking on the likes of Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Lazio next season.

    Bruce, was asked if he had made a decision and said: “Unfortunately no.We keep plodding away and we have two or three weeks now until the end of the season.''

  • PEP”S TOON THREAT

    Pep Guardiola spoke on Manchester City's position in the table and their opposition during his pre-match press conference.

    The Spaniard has little to worry about as City sit 11 points clear at second place in the table however, the big question is whether the Champions League ban will be enforced for the Manchester club.

    He also spoke highly of the Newcastle team who go into tomorrow's match with eight injured players.

    “He landed (in China for pre-season) to see the last friendly game and there were a lot of rumours but he has done incredibly well in the Premier League.

    “He has already avoided relegation – last season they struggled most of the season until the end.

    ''Newcastle always have threats.''

  • INJURY WORRY

    Steve Bruce spoke on the squad before the Manchester City game, saying that there are some significant injury worries.

    ''Unfortunately, we have picked up one or two. I’ll not know the extent until training at 2pm. It’s fair to say Almiron and Saint-Maximin are struggling.''

    Andy Carroll's thought to have picked up a groin strain, and Jamaal Lascelles has a sore ankle.

    The manager attributed the growing injuries list to the restart. He went onto say: ''Isaac and Sean Longstaff are possibly our fittest payers, and, unfortunately, they’ve picked up soft tissue injuries.''

    “Everybody’s in the same boat (following the restart), and we understand we’ll pick up a lot of injuries along the way.”

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