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Transfer speculation ramps up, Toon in training, Eales speaks on training ground

David D · Wednesday 26th October 2022
Transfer speculation ramps up, Toon in training, Eales speaks on training ground

WEDNESDAY'S WAFFLE

Several players linked, outlandish Bruno claims

  • As we approach the World Cup break, plenty of players are being linked - and re-linked to Tyneside moves.
  • Fabrizio Romano suggests the club is about to offer Bruno Guimãraes a new, long-term deal, to fend off January interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid. Ben Jacobs offers corroboration.
  • Bruno is under contract until 2026 and the club is under no pressure to sell, which suggests it would take an astronomical sum for a rival to prise him away.
  • Danny Murphy implores the club to tie him down quickly.
  • Former USA international Alexi Lalas suggests a move to the Toon for Chelsea's Christian Pulisic would give him a 'new lease of life'.
  • Ekrem Konur claims Leicester's James Maddison and Leverkusen's Moussa Diaby are 'realistic' January signings.
  • Luke Edwards rubbishes claims of Cristiano Ronaldo joining, even going as far as saying the club wants advisors to stop using them to drum up business.
  • StatsBomb reacts to Andrey Santos links with some key performance statistics.
  • Rudy Galetti claims Newcastle is the club 'most interested' in Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo.
  • Perennial hater Gabriel Agbonlahor suggests Brighton's Belgian winger Leandro Trossard would be a 'perfect' signing.
  • Mexican youngster Santiago Munoz looks to be heading out of St. James after an uneventful 18-month loan from Santos Laguna.
  • Data analyst Sanjay has done a deep dive on potential partners for Sven Botman, given Fabian Schär is 31. Nice star Jean-Clair Todibo comes top of his list.
  • Football Insider claims Shakhtar Donetsk forward Mykhaylo Mudryk, 21, is interested in joining the Toon. Arsenal, Brentford, and Everton are also linked.
  • Mudryk scored a corker last night to earn a point against Celtic in the Champions League.

Toon in training ahead of Aston Villa showdown

  • The usual 'Toon In Training' feature has gone up on the club website, showcasing preparations for Saturday's game.
  • Joelinton, Jonjo Shelvey, and Bruno all feature despite recent injury concerns and the birth of Bruno's son, Matteo.
  • You can check out all 49 photos on the club website.

Eales talks training ground upgrades and future move

  • New CEO Darren Eales has been doing the media rounds, focusing on club infrastructure.
  • He praises the owners for 'so many building blocks they've already put in place'.
  • Eales acknowledges the club is looking for a potential new training ground, but also at how they can improve the current facility.
  • Additions at Little Benton include hydrotherapy and plunge pools, while new changing rooms, doctor and physio rooms, video presentation room, and players' lounge all earmarked.
  • The Northern Echo and Shields Gazette suggest Gosforth Park's Parklands is the preferred site for a new ground, on land adjacent to the Reuben-owned Newcastle Racecourse.

Joelinton, Botman, and starlet Niall Brookwell all speak

  • Speaking to Brazilian outlet Lance [site in Portuguese], Joelinton praises his teammates and coach Eddie Howe.
  • Claims this is the best period since he arrived at the club from Hoffenheim in 2019.
  • Remains calm, focusing on each game as it comes, with the squad united to keep the positive run going.
  • Meanwhile, Sven Botman says he is also just focusing on each game as it comes, as hype intensifies surrounding a Netherlands World Cup place.
  • Botman has been named in the provisional squad of 39, which will be cut to 26 for the final tournament.
  • Says he 'lets his feet do the talking' after criticism from former Barcelona player Ibrahim Affelay.
  • Dutch football journalist Suleyman Ozturk has backed Botman, saying the defender was right to turn down a Netherlands U21 call-up last month.
  • Finally, 20-year old Niall Brookwell has spoken to The Chronicle about joining the club in 2020 after being released from Liverpool.
  • He says the move to Tyneside was a 'no-brainer', and has loved his time at the club so far.
  • The midfielder was once named one of the best young talents in world football by The Guardian.
  • He's a regular in the Under-21s, and has even captained the side. He has recently signed an extension to his deal, and could go out on loan in January with several clubs interested.

Bits & Pieces

  • StatsBomb have highlighted the club's xG Difference for the season so far, with us fourth in the rankings.
  • The Toon are third in the league for total shots, having taken 181 — just six less than Manchester City, and nine less than Liverpool.
  • Newcastle scout Bruno Reis has spoken to Portuguese media ahead of Spurs' Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon, offering insight into how the Toon emerged victorious.
  • Former Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan has defended Callum Wilson's goal on Sunday, saying Wilson was just stronger than Hugo Lloris.
  • American Premier League broadcaster NBC has made a short video on the history of Geordies and the city's culture. Be ready for a terrible accent at the end!
  • A huge happy birthday to former Toon star and Entertainers stalwart Steve Howey — one of the few Mackems to get a pass from us Geordies!
  • Finally, get behind one of the best causes possible — Wor Flags are crowdfunding for a new giant surfer flag, and your name will be included when donating. Details below!