A round-up of the latest news from St James's Park, as the Magpies prepare for the start of the new season.
Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed that he would happily re-sign for the club if those in charge adopted a different approach to running the North East giants, during a Q & A on Twitter.
Barton is currently a free agent after his QPR contract expired in June, and even though the 32-year-old may not be wanted by the club, he underlined his love for the Toon Army by answered that he would join Newcastle "every day" if things were different in the boardroom.
Everyday and twice on a Sunday, IF and only IF the powers that be changed their approach to the club. https://t.co/Yuy37mX6zl— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 5, 2015
Magpies manager Steve McClaren has revealed that he is eager to ensure Rolando Aarons is on a long term contract at St James's Park, such is his faith in the potential of the youngster, report the Chronicle.
The ex England boss also said that he tried to take the 19-year-old to Derby when he was on loan, after Aarons caught his eye in a youth tournament with England.
“I remember watching Rolando playing for England Under-20s," the Chronicle quote McClaren as saying in a BBC interview.
“I rang up the next day and said: “Alan you’ve got to let this kid come to Derby he’d be fantastic”.
“He has such pace and excitement."
McClaren also praised the transfers made by Newcastle already this summer, admitting that the bulk of the club's business was probably done despite possible further arrivals.
“We’re always searching," the 54-year-old said according to the Chronicle.
“You come to the stage in the window when we have kind of done our business.
“Graham Carr and Lee Charnley have been searching for six months, a year on bringing players in.
“When you are looking at the market we are looking in and you are looking at £10million plus players, they are harder to get.”
And finally, former Magpies boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that he is not pursuing Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini, despite rumours that Crystal Palace were looking to reunite the Argentine with his former manager.
Pardew released a statement on the Crystal Palace website stating: "Contrary to the rumours and reports circulating in the media, we want to confirm we have no interest in Fabricio Coloccini and although he remains my ex-captain and a great player, he will not be coming to Crystal Palace."