A round-up of news and views relating to Newcastle United.
Newcastle’s managing director Derek Llambias has said that the club will continue to invest in the transfer market this summer as they attempt to return to the top six in the Premier League, but will not alter their policy of targeting relatively cheap signings, Llambias also suggested that other teams are starting to monitor the movements of Graham Carr, Newcastle’s widely praised chief scout:
“I think Graham Carr has more company when he is out there. He’s not wearing a disguise just yet but definitely has more company.”
Llambias also said he was pleased that Newcastle had managed to deliver a profit for the second year in a row.
In terms of potential outgoings, the agent of Davide Santon has suggested the defender will not leave Newcastle United this summer, despite recent reports linking him with a move to AC Milan. Renzo Contratto said that Santon was too valuable to the Magpies for them to let him leave.
One man whose future is far more uncertain is former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, and where the striker will end up come the summer has been debated in the Daily Mail. Newcastle have been linked with a move to bring Carroll back to St James Park in the past, with the striker failing to settle at Anfield since his £35million move.
Sammy Ameobi is hoping his loan spell at Middlesbrough will help him compete for a place in the Newcastle first team next season. The 20 year old believes that he has already improved in his spell at the play-off chasing side:
“I've already taken a lot from the games I've played, and I'm stronger physically.
"Hopefully, I can bring that back to Newcastle. Middlesbrough are trying to get in the play-offs, and I'm trying my best to help the club do that.”
Massadio Haidara has vowed to come back stronger when he returns from injury after Callum McManaman’s horror challenge earlier this month. There is no set date for Haidara’s return, but the injury was not as severe as initially feared. Wigan’s manager Roberto Martinez said that McManaman had unfairly suffered himself in the wake of the incident.
In other injury news, Manchester City could welcome back the key trio of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany for Newcastle’s visit to the Eithad this weekend,
Papiss Cisse says that Newcastle can finish a disappointing season on a high if they can climb into the top half of the Premier League and get to the final of the Europa League.
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