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Newcastle takeover LIVE: Bin Salman UPDATE, fans not refunded for season ticket, Longstaff contract, Pochettino latest

NEWCASTLE fans are still nervously waiting to see if their £300m Saudi-led takeover goes ahead.

With two weeks to go until the return of the Premier League, the Toon is still in limbo with Mohammad Bin Salman's group being assessed.

Follow all the latest updates from the North East below...

  • LAZARO LIMBO

    Newcastle United have told on-loan winger Valentino Lazaro that they are “yet to decide” on whether they will sign him permanently, according to reports.

    Steve Bruce's side can make the deal permanent for just shy of £20million – but may have to wait until their potential Saudi takeover goes through before making a decision.

    According to TuttoMercato, the Magpies have explicitly told Lazaro and his entourage that they are yet to make their minds up on the 24-year-old's future.

  • ICYMI – FANS TICKED OFF

    Newcastle have been blasted for a “dereliction of duty” by their supporters’ trust after continuing to take season ticket money for next year, reports OSCAR PAUL.

    With the Saudi takeover in the hands of the Premier League, owner Mike Ashley has maintained a wall of silence over reimbursing supporters.

    Whereas other Prem clubs acted quickly, Magpies supporters have not received refunds for games to be behind closed doors.

    And some have even had four direct debit payments taken for next season, despite not knowing if fans can attend.

    In a letter written to MD Lee Charnley last week, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust demanded confirmation of refunds for this campaign and season ticket payments for next to be paused.

    It said: “We understand the club finds itself in a complex situation in light of the prospective sale of the club by the incumbent owner.

    “That does not give you a legitimate right to a dereliction of duty to your supporters. Without supporters, Newcastle United does not exist.”

  • WAT ON EARTH?

    The Telegraph's Matty Longstaf report claims that he has been advised by former Great Britain hockey star dad, David Longstaff, to reject a new Newcastle deal and move to Italy.

    However, Longstaff could be back in England as early as January 2021, with Watford keen on the midfielder.

    The Hornets are affiliated with Udinese – both owned by the Pozzo family.

    The long-winded deal could be put in place to allow Watford to pay a lower compensation sum.

    Should Newcastle fail to tie Longstaff down to a new contract, Udinese will be able to sign the hot prospect for just £400,000 in compensation.

  • STAY TOONED

    Newcastle have offered contract rebel Matty Longstaff a new £20,000-a-week deal – 24 times his current pay – to snub Udinese, according to reports.

    The Italian side have offered the Toon midfielder, 20, a £30,000-a-week deal – a monster leap from his current £850 weekly pay packet.

    But Newcastle are hoping to keep the boyhood Geordie at St James' Park by offering £10,000-per-week less than Udinese.

    Toon chiefs had been offering the younger of the two Longstaff brothers around £15,000-a-week as they looked to tie him down for five more years.

    But Serie A side Udinese are said to have made an audacious effort to land the midfielder this summer – also offering a five-year deal.

    The Telegraph are now claiming Newcastle are willing to offer him “more than £20,000-a-week” in a bid to tempt him into staying in the North-East of England.

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    PREM CORONA SCARE

    One Premier League player has tested POSITIVE for coronavirus from one club, but they remain anonymous.

    The league said in a statement: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June, 1197 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, one has tested positive from one club.

    “Players or Club staff who test positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

    “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”

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    MORE ON SEASON TICKETS

    The Supporters' Trust continued: “We have previously contacted Newcastle United to express our concerns at the lack of action by Newcastle United to assist its supporters in a time of need during this unprecedented global health and economic crisis.

    “You have called on the fans of Newcastle United for support so often over the years and when we called for you to stand by your supporters, you did nothing.

    “The majority of clubs have managed to find solutions to these ticketing issues and to offer support to their fans.

    “There is no obvious obstacle to Newcastle United doing the same.”

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    FANS TICKED OFF

    Newcastle have been blasted for a “dereliction of duty” by their supporters’ trust after continuing to take season ticket money for next year, reports OSCAR PAUL.

    With the Saudi takeover in the hands of the Premier League, owner Mike Ashley has maintained a wall of silence over reimbursing supporters.

    Whereas other Prem clubs acted quickly, Magpies supporters have not received refunds for games to be behind closed doors.

    And some have even had four direct debit payments taken for next season, despite not knowing if fans can attend.

    In a letter written to MD Lee Charnley last week, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust demanded confirmation of refunds for this campaign and season ticket payments for next to be paused.

    It said: “We understand the club finds itself in a complex situation in light of the prospective sale of the club by the incumbent owner.

    “That does not give you a legitimate right to a dereliction of duty to your supporters. Without supporters, Newcastle United does not exist.”

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    PREM FIXTURES UPDATE

    The Premier League have not announced the dates and kick-off times of their fixtures because the broadcasters are scrambling to get their ducks in a row.

    Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon have all paid for rights and are set to broadcast live games, even thought the BBC only has a highlights package.

    But the four media bodies have to announce the fixtures at the same time.

    That means we won't hear about firm dates and kick-off times until potentially NEXT WEEK.

    Luckily we already know Manchester City are playing Arsenal on June 17, as well as Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

    For fans who have waited nearly three months to watch their team in some form or another, that doesn't leave much time to decide which beer, crisps and pizza to buy for their Premier League viewing.

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    VALUE FOR MONEY

    SunSport has collated the most-expensive players in football after the coronavirus crisis.

    Football has been hit severely, with some clubs paying their players in full, while others have reduced their wages.

    Here is how transfer values will look after the crisis.

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    BLACK LIVES MATTER

    Christian Atsu is clearly behind Newcastle's photo of the players taking a knee at training.

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    PREM STREAMING ON AMAZON

    Amazon is set to stream live Premier League games, WITHOUT the need for a Prime membership.

    The online shopping giant-turn-video-service will broadcast 33 games for free in the UK.

    Great news for footie fans!

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    MATT FINISHED

    Newcastle would receive just £450,000 in compensation for Matty Longstaff, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 20, has been offered a £30,000-a-week deal by Udinese, it has emerged.

    And the Toon would NOT get the large sale for the player, who was valued at several million just 12 months ago, while the club are paying him £850 a week.

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    'FEAR FOR MY LIFE'

    DeAndre Yedlin has revealed his family would be worried for him if he was in the US instead of Tyneside.

    The American full-back said: “A couple days after George Floyd's death, my grandfather texted me and told me he's glad that I am not living in the US right now because he would fear for my life as a young black man.

    “As days have passed, this text from my grandfather has not been able to leave my mind.

    “He was born in 1946, lived through the civil rights movement, lived through some terribly racist times in US history, and now 70 years later he STILL fears for the life of his black grandchild, in the country he and his grandchild were born in, in the country his grandchild represents when he plays for the United States, in the country his grandchild represents when he's playing in England.

    “I remember being in elementary school, and having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance which ends “.. with liberty and justice for all.”

    “Every American needs to ask themselves, is there ‘liberty and justice for all’ and if their answer is yes, then they are part of the problem.”

  • PREM FIXTURES TODAY

    The Premier League is expected to announce the fixture list for Project Restart at some point today.

    Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United will kick off proceedings on Wednesday 17 June, but we are set to find out what time and on what TV channel.

    Manchester United's trip to Tottenham is expected to be the first game of the weekend on Friday night.

    The league schedule is looking like full match rounds on six long weekends, with three midweek slots including games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    The midweek rounds are expected to be 23-25 June, 7-9 July and 14-16 July.

    Stay with us for all the latest…

  • PLAYING THE LONG GAME

    Newcastle wonderkid Matty Longstaff has reportedly been offered a £30,000-a-week, five-year deal by Udinese.

    That is believed to be more than DOUBLE what the Magpies are offering the 20-year-old midfielder.

    According to Sky Sports, Longstaff flew out to Italy before lockdown and held talks with the Italian side.

    But it is understood he would rather stay with Newcastle where he plays alongside brother Sean Longstaff.

    But the Premier League side, who are still waiting to complete their takeover by Saudi company Public Investment Fund, might have to up their offer.

    Whatever contract he accepts, it will see a significant wage rise on his current £850-a-week. SunSport reported how Rotherham-born Longstaff is still on the same contract that he signed back in 2018, his first professional deal.

  • FEEL FREE

    Premier League aces have been given the green light to take a knee in support of race equality by the FA.

    The growing movement behind Black Lives Matter has seen players and clubs alike make public gestures showing their solidarity.

    England star Jadon Sancho was booked at the weekend after revealing ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on a t-shirt after scoring a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

    Writing messages underneath shirts are technically still against the laws of the game but the FA have suggested they will turn a blind eye to players in England making similar statements.

    A Spokesperson said: “The FA strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and has endeavoured to ensure that football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years.

    “Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the Laws of the Game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case by case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context.

    “The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love.”

  • KOULED THEIR INTEREST

    Paris St Germain have reportedly pulled out of the race for Kalidou Koulibaly because of interest from Manchester United.

    The Napoli defender is one of many players to have been linked with a switch to a post-takeover Newcastle.

    French outlet L'Equipe claim PSG have abandoned their attempts to land the Senegalese centre-back partly due to pressure from Man United.

  • SHAQ ATTACK

    Paul Robinson has tipped Xherdan Shaqiri to sign for Newcastle.

    The former Spurs keeper told Football Insider: “He has done well at Liverpool.

    “A bit-part player but he has put in performances over the past two years.

    “It depends what the player wants. It looks like he is going to win the Premier League title this year and he may want to finish his career by playing football week in, week out.

    “There is an opportunity for a new challenge at Newcastle and if the takeover does happen it will be an opportunity to be part of something special there.”

  • UNITED WE STAND

    Newcastle's first-team squad have all taken a knee in training in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

  • COUT AND PASTE

    Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho would quickly remind everyone of his quality if he returns to the Premier League this summer.

    He told the Beautiful Game podcast: “Most people probably look at him and think he's not for the Premier League, but what a talent.

    “He intimidates people when he has the ball with his quality.

    “It's sad to see, I hear people talk him down at the moment. This boy is top and if he comes to this league, he'll show that. He's world-class.”

  • RETURN TO THE FOLD

    Philippe Coutinho’s agent is “definitely” interested in a return to the Premier League.

    Kia Joorabchian told talkSPORT: “We’re still waiting until the season finishes before we start talking about anything in terms of transfers.

    “I’ve always said he loves to play in the Premier League.

    “He enjoyed his time very much and if the opportunity arises to come back to the Premier League, whether it be this year or in the future, he’s definitely looking at that.”

  • ED-ING TO ENGLAND?

    Newcastle have received a boost in their bid to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani this summer.

    The Uruguayan striker is set to end his seven-year stay in France when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

    Inter Milan were thought to be in the driving seat but Le10 Sport claims the Serie A side are unlikely to be able to meet Cavani's salary demands.

    The 33-year-old, who has been tipped as one of Newcastle's first signings following their £300million Saudi takeover, earns a reported £171,000-per-week and is unwilling to take a pay-cut.

  • POCH HINT

    Mauricio Pochettino has put Newcastle on red alert by dropping a hint about his next club.

    Pochettino is the bookies' favourite to be the next Toon manager ahead of Rafa Benitez, amid speculation Steve Bruce will be replaced if the Saudi Arabia takeover goes through.

    And Pochettino has spoken about wanting to win a trophy at the next club he calls home after being sacked at Spurs.

    “That moment will arrive when we have to win a trophy,” Pochettino told La Liga TV. “Society only recognises the one that wins a title and lifts it. We’re in this fight to try to do that.

    “But we have lifted many ‘trophies’. When you leave a good impression with the people you worked with, helped people to progress or when people are proud to have worked with you – they’re also trophies that must be celebrated.”

  • MORNING, NEWCASTLE FANS

    Newcastle have joined the race in signing Gent's £31million-rated striker Jonathan David.

    According to TodoFichajes, the 20-year-old forward is also being looked at by Liverpool and Tottenham, while Arsenal have also been linked.

    David has scored 23 goals in all competitions for the Jupiler Pro League club, including five in the Europa League.

    In other news, the Magpies have joined Manchester City, Napoli and Real Madrid in the race for Penarol teen star Facundo Pellistri.

    According to Catalan newspaper Sport, Atletico Madrid are trying to get ahead of their rivals – but Newcastle are hoping to pip potential suitors to his signature.

    And finally, Tottenham and Newcastle are in negotiations to extend Danny Rose’s loan spell, according to reports.

    The England left-back’s loan spell at St James’ is due to expire, but the loan will continue until the end of the season.

    Newcastle are keen to keep Rose longer-term but he will be a free agent at the end of next season.

  • TON OF BOTHER

    Former Newcastle midfielder Lee Bowyer has confirmed THREE of his Charlton players are refusing to return to action ahead of the Championship season's resumption.

    Top scorer Lyle Taylor, Chris Solly, and Birmingham loanee David Davis have all informed the club of their intention to sit out the remainder of the campaign.

    According to Bowyer, 43, the trio fear a significant injury amid concerns over footballers being rushed back into match action.

    The former midfielder told talkSPORT: “It’s a difficult one for us. We have 15 players out of contract, six loans and nine of our own contracted players out [on loan].

    “Unfortunately for us three of those players have said they’re not going to play, and Lyle is one of them.

    “That’s tough for us, that’s tough for me as the manager. Lyle’s a big player for us, a bit like [Troy] Deeney at Watford – when he plays we can win games – and Lyle has said he’s not going to play because of risk of injury.

    “Chris Solly has said the same and Davis is on loan from Birmingham and he’d said he doesn’t want to come back and play games. So we’re three players down.”

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