Hello and welcome to our Newcastle United live blog for Saturday, September 19.

Newcastle are preparing for the visit of Brighton on Sunday after a positive start to the season.

The Magpies defeated West Ham in the Premier League and Blackburn in the Carabao Cup - both without conceding a goal.

After the midweek match, Bruce talked about transfers and the fitness of key man Allan Saint-Maximin, who appeared to hurt his knee late on.

Meanwhile, Mike Ashley's desire to sell to the Saudi-backed consortium was strengthened as his lawyers instructed Nick de Marco to take the case against the Premier League.

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Poch on NUFC links

Mauricio Pochettino has denied claims he was approached by the would-be owners of Newcastle United this summer.

The former Tottenham boss and Rafa Benitez were both strongly linked with the St James' Park hotseat before the collapse of the takeover.

Pochettino had reportedly been targeted by the consortium - led by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), Amanda Staveley and the Reuben Brothers - in the event of the Premier League approving the deal.

Former Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crvena Zvezda at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 22, 2019

Spanish title Marca claimed the former Southampton manager turned down a "mega contract" to take over at United.

However, the 48-year-old insists he was never approached about the prospect of succeeding Steve Bruce on Tyneside.

You can read the full story here.

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The 'real' Carroll

Steve Bruce believes Newcastle United have the "real Andy Carroll" back on their books.

At 31, the Magpies believe that previous injury lay-offs at West Ham could equate to the striker having lower mileage on the clock than many thirty-somethings in the Premier League.

Andy Carroll of Newcastle United (Image: Getty Images)

But after an impressive pre-season Bruce says Carroll, who celebrated a new baby daughter this week, can continue to bring something unique to the table for Newcastle.

You can read the full story here.

Bruce on Fraser

Ryan Fraser showed 'flashes of that quality' he will bring to Newcastle United on his debut - and Steve Bruce has confirmed the Magpies' 'naturally fit' new signing will be involved against Brighton.

The Scotland international marked his Newcastle debut by scoring what proved to be a decisive goal in the 1-0 win against Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Ryan Fraser in the middle of a game of boxes during the Newcastle United training session on September 9

It was Fraser's first appearance since March - the 26-year-old opted not to play for Bournemouth during Project Restart as his contract ran down - and he was replaced just before the hour mark by Jacob Murphy.

Fraser has had time to recover from that first outing and the winger will be involved at some stage when Brighton visit St James' Park on Sunday.

You can read the full story here.

Lee Ryder's prediction

Newcastle's record against Brighton really has to improve.

Morning

Good morning. It's Stu Jamieson here, and I'll be bringing you the latest NUFC news throughout the day.