Newcastle United latest: Including Krul return and Gomis delay

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Tim Krul is confident he will ready to face Manchester City on the first day of the season after making his return to action in Newcastle United’s friendly draw with Rangers on Tuesday night. The goalkeeper had been out since April after dislocating his shoulder in Newcastle’s loss to Sunderland, but is keen to be between the sticks for the Magpies’ trip to City on August 19.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said that Marseille could derail Newcastle’s proposed move for Bafetimbi Gomis, with Aulas suggesting the Ligue 1 side contacted the striker during his negotiations with the Magpies. Gomis was expected to complete an £8million move to St James’ Park this week.

One striker that has joined Newcastle is Loic Remy, who completed a season long loan move from QPR earlier this week, and Alan Pardew has backed the French player to have a big impact next season.

“What Remy brings is a spontaneity. He brings a kind of finish that at times we lacked last year,” Pardew said.

"He's a striker that gets all types of goals. He's somebody I sat and had a meal with and thought he had signed six months ago, so it was nice that Joe (Kinnear) got it over the line this time.”

However Remy is very unlikely be fit for Newcastle’s first match of the season, with a calf strain set to delay the 26-year-old’s debut for his new team.

Pardew has ruled out a move for Liverpool’s Stewart Downing, who is reportedly available for around £5million this summer. The 29-year-old is not part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans at Liverpool, but Pardew said he was surprised to see Newcastle linked with Downing as they had made no enquiries about the winger.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has said that his team will wait for Alan Pardew to decide on his plans for Adam Campbell before they look at bringing the youngster in on loan. Campbell has also been linked with Motherwell and St Johnstone, but could be part of Pardew’s first team squad next season.

On HITC this week we look at whether Loic Remy can replace Demba Ba at Newcastle, and also how a Darren Bent partnership with the French striker would work. We also ask if Newcastle should consider Stewart Downing.

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