Welcome to our Newcastle United live blog for Sunday, July 5.

The Magpies take on West Ham today as they look to continue their excellent Premier League form since the restart.

Meanwhile, off the pitch, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters answered questions on Tuesday regarding the the Saudi-led takeover bid that entered owners and directors test 12 weeks ago.

Our understanding was that hopes are high for the would-be buyers but there was no breakthrough last week and Steve Bruce and Alan Shearer both called for "clarity" on Sunday.

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Defensive duo

Have Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez been the unsung heroes of United's recent form.

A good case is made here . . .

Training pictures

Good to see Mark Gilliespie involved, as well as Jamaal Lascelles, who Steve Bruce said was an injury concern.

Pick your side

Which side would you send out today?

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Match poll

Let's kick things straight off with a prediction

Welcome

Good morning everyone and welcome to our pre-match NUFC live blog.

We've got all the latest news and views coming up, plus the build up to today's big game.