West Ham "Move Ahead" Of Newcastle In Race For 18-Goal Striker

5th August 2015, 11:11:49

John Walton/EMPICS Sport Are NUFC set to miss out on Austin?

West Ham United have "moved ahead" of Newcastle United in the race to sign Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers this summer, according to reports.

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8 Reasons Why Newcastle Should Sell Fabricio Coloccini

5th August 2015, 10:10:53

Scott Heppell/AP The Argentine's seven years at the Magpies will be looked upon fondly but it's time to move forward.

Fabricio Coloccini signed for Newcastle United from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 for £10.3 million and has been an almost ever-present feature at the very heart of the Magpies' defence for the past seven years. Despite another 32 league appearances last season, it has been a long time since we have seen the same Coloccini who captained Newcastle United to a fifth-place Premier League finish during the 2011-12 season. Yes, there are glimpses of that form now and again; the famous feathered touch that prompted Alan Pardew to liken the defender to Bobby Moore is still in the 33-year-old's locker - but it's currently squashed beneath a pile of fitness question marks, memories, arguments, managers, a fraying captain's armband and a tourist guide to South London. The problem with having such a colourful past with a club that - aside from the aforementioned near-podium finish - has continuously underachieved, is that the Argentine has become synonymous with the recent failures, bust-ups and management changes. Newcastle United are starting a new era this season under the guidance of Steve McClaren - and unfortunately this is Coloccini's cue to leave. His beautiful golden curls are dropping out of his head like toxic debris, slowly tarnishing McClaren's freshly-vacuumed Berber carpet. During a cagey interview with BBC Newcastle on Tuesday, McClaren said that Coloccini will carry on as captain. Rather than boldly announcing his decision he used a series of rhetorical questions combined with some paper-thin filler that certainly did not sound convincing. The Magpies boss said to the radio station:

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Coloccini To "Carry On" As Captain So Newcastle Squad's Not "Unsettled", Insists McClaren

5th August 2015, 09:23:59

Scott Heppell/AP McClaren has finally confirmed that Colo will continue as NUFC captain.

Steve McClaren insists Fabricio Coloccini will "carry on" as Newcastle United skipper, despite admitting the captaincy has been "up for debate" since the moment he first arrived at St James' Park.

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Mitrovic Wants Newcastle No 9 Shirt - But Insists He CAN Play With Cisse

5th August 2015, 08:54:07

David Nelson Sports Photography Will McClaren's vision of an NUFC striking duo become a reality?

Aleksandar Mitrovic has admitted that sometime "in the future" he wants to be Newcastle United's No 9 - but the Serbian insists he "can play" alongside the current incumbent, Papiss Cisse.

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10 Players Newcastle Should Break Their Transfer Record For

4th August 2015, 18:26:02

Natacha Pisarenko/AP Is Saido Berahino worth spending all that money on or is there a better option?

On the August 24th 2005, Newcastle United announced that they had agreed a record-breaking fee of £16.8 million to sign Michael Owen from Real Madrid.

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10 Things We Learned From Newcastle's Open Training Session

4th August 2015, 16:29:40

WhatCulture NUFC's open training session was far more informative than you might think...

Newcastle United Football Club rarely open themselves up to the public, but on Tuesday August 4th they at least attempted to. More than 13,000 Toon supporters were allowed through the gates of St James' Park to enjoy both a "Family Fun Day", as well as an open training session.

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McClaren Wants St James' Park Back To Exactly How It Was Pre-John Carver

4th August 2015, 15:11:30

David Nelson Sports Photography The life was almost sucked out of St James' last season - and McClaren wants it back.

Steve McClaren wants to make St James' Park a "great, tremendous place" again following Newcastle United's shambolic 2014-15 campaign when the life was almost sucked out of the place at times due to the turgid football on display.

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McClaren Eyes Reunion With Man Utd Starlet At Newcastle

4th August 2015, 14:06:21

Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport Is Lingard Tyneside-bound?

Newcastle United are monitoring Jesse Lingard's situation at Manchester United, according to reports.

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Newcastle Legend Warns Missing Out On Top Target Would Be "Big Blow"

4th August 2015, 13:15:13

Stephen Pond/PA Wire Rob Lee thinks Charlie Austin would be a "great signing" for NUFC.

Newcastle United legend Rob Lee has warned the Magpies that it would be a "big blow" if they missed out on Charlie Austin this summer - a player he believes would be a "great signing for the club".

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Newcastle Youngster Named In "10 World Stars In The Making" List

4th August 2015, 12:20:48

David Nelson Sports Photography He's just arrived on Tyneside but already the plaudits are flooding in for Mitrovic.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has barely been at Newcastle United five minutes and already he has received plaudits after being named in a "10 World Stars In The Making" list.

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10 Issues McClaren STILL Needs To Resolve At Newcastle Before The Season Kicks Off

4th August 2015, 11:10:20

David Nelson Sports Photography The NUFC head coach has plenty of work to do...

Pre-season has finished and the 2015-16 Premier League campaign is almost upon us. Newcastle United completed their preparations with yet another defeat, this time 1-0 to Borussia Mönchengladbach in their only warm-up fixture at St James’ Park, and the match left fans with more questions than answers about where the Magpies are at in their development right now.

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Newcastle Earmark "Plan B" Striker - Should They Miss Out On Charlie Austin

4th August 2015, 10:06:39

John Walton/EMPICS Sport If Austin does not move to Tyneside this summer, then NUFC hope Rolan will.

Newcastle United have earmarked Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan as "part of their Plan B" should they fail to lure Charlie Austin to Tyneside this summer, according to reports.

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Robbie Savage Slams Newcastle Once Again

4th August 2015, 09:12:27

John Walton/EMPICS Sport The "pundit" has had another pop at NUFC.

Robbie Savage has once again slammed Newcastle United, claiming he "fears" for the Magpies and predicting they will "struggle" in the Premier League this season.

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McClaren's Candidates To Be Newcastle Captain Assessed

3rd August 2015, 16:32:33

David Nelson Sports Photography Who is Shteve going to select as his skipper going forward?

Steve McClaren wants every single member of his Newcastle United side to be a "captain" - however, clearly there will only be one Magpies player who walks on to the field with the skipper's armband come kick-off on Sunday, but who?

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Newcastle Target Will "Probably Leave" His Current Club This Summer, Admits Coach

3rd August 2015, 15:04:38

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Chris Ramsey says Austin will "probably go" from QPR in the coming weeks...

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey has admitted that Newcastle United target Charlie Austin will "probably go" this summer.

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Newcastle "Make £6m Bid" For A THIRD Anderlecht Player

3rd August 2015, 14:28:13

Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Is Belgium the new France for NUFC?

Newcastle United have "made a £6 million offer" for a third Anderlecht player - Andy Najar - according to reports in the Honduran's native media.

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Mbemba Reveals He's Played Right-Back "Once Before" After Making Newcastle Debut There

3rd August 2015, 14:03:10

David Nelson Sports Photography The recruit from Anderlecht made his NUFC bow in a somewhat unfamiliar position...

Chancel Mbemba admits he was "proud" to make his Newcastle United debut - even if it was in a position he has only played "once before".

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Newcastle Urged To Sign "A Couple More Faces" By Senior Player

3rd August 2015, 13:02:34

David Nelson Sports Photography Tim Krul believes the Magpies must still look to strengthen further this summer.

Tim Krul has urged Newcastle United to sign "a couple more faces" before the transfer window shuts at the end of August in order to "strengthen the competition for places" at the club.

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10 Newcastle Centre-Backs Chancel Mbemba Should Look To Emulate

3rd August 2015, 12:04:21

PA Images Which NUFC centre-backs past and present should Mbemba be looking at for inspiration?

So far, pre-season friendlies for Newcastle United have highlighted a glaring weakness in defence - which, let's be fair, has been the biggest issue at the club for a number of years now. Ten goals conceded in six games, all against opposition well below Premier League standard, is almost certainly not the start that Messrs McClaren and Cathro expected, even without club captain Fabricio Coloccini.

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