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Focus has now shifted toward the summer transfer window, with the future of Arsenal loanee Joe Willock and Steve Bruce's plans for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign high on the agenda.

We will bring you all of the latest transfers and takeover gossip, news and reaction throughout the summer right here.

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Welcome

Good morning and welcome to Sunday's live blog. Stick with us for updates throughout the day.

Legal experts

Legal observers feel the CAT case brought by Mike Ashley will not play out before any possible arbitration as any thoughts of a takeover in time to influence the 2021/22 season fade into the background.

The late September date for a jurisdiction hearing was met with dismay by Newcastle fans but the truth is the Competitions Appeal Tribunal is a long-term process. If there is a decision to proceed, it will take months for industry specialists to decide how much United's owner might have been in line to lose before the case begins.

A full legal case would certainly test key points of Premier League policy and prove revealing but arbitration - if it's the early part of 2022 - would likely come first.

One factor not really clear is whether PIF will remain committed enough to the deal given the new timelines. The Saudi side have not commented publicly for over a year and although consortium sources insist they remain animated by the bid, they have refrained from the sort of direct communication we saw from Amanda Staveley earlier this month.

Richard Masters and Mike Ashley

The best bet in the interim is to concentrate on Ashley's responsibility to keep Newcastle in the Premier League to ensure they retain interest in a possible buy out.

You can read the full NUFC notebook here.

U23s defeat

Accounts latest

Newcastle United's delayed accounts will finally be revealed next month - if the club stick to the deadline set out in their latest Companies House filing.

The accounting period ran up to July 31 - today - and while they have been late before, they are already the last Premier League club to file their financials this year.

The accounts are expected to show a significant loss with revenues crunched by the lack of supporters in the stadium.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JULY 26: General view of St. James Park during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St. James Park on July 26, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

One thing Newcastle have been boosted by: Watford and Norwich's promotion means they, along with the rest of the Premier League, will be boosted by their parachute payments being put back into the pot. United should get an extra £4.8million.

The league, for the second year running, have not published merit payments but analysts estimate around £120million will be banked for their 12th placed finish.

You can read the full NUFC notebook here.

U23s trail

Goals from Adam Campbell and Greg Olley means the U23s trail 2-0 at the break against Gateshead.

Longstaff's vow

Sean Longstaff insists he is ready to start a long run in Steve Bruce's team at the start of the Premier League season.

The Geordie 23-year-old has played in all three games of pre-season and with Jonjo Shelvey injured, he stands a good chance of starting against West Ham two weeks on Sunday.

Sean Longstaff makes his first Newcastle United start since January.

Longstaff was in and out of the team at United last season and at one stage missed two months after the 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

But after working his way back into Bruce's plans last term, Longstaff hopes the 2021/22 season can see him get back to his form from 2019 when he first burst on to the scene.

You can read the full story here.

U23s lineup

The U23s are in action this afternoon at Gateshead.

Here's how the young Magpies lineup.

Bailey signs

Former NUFC U23 captain Owen Bailey has signed a one-year deal at Gateshead.

Loan interest

Newcastle's transfer market frustrations mean that a clutch of players who were set for loans are having to sit tight.

Injured Elliot Anderson, Matty Longstaff, Joe White, Jack Young and defender Kelland Watts all have interest - ranging from the top end of the Premier League to League One and League Two clubs.

Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United ahead of the Pre Season Friendly match between Doncaster Rovers and Newcastle United (Image: 2021 AMA Sports Photo Agency/Getty Images)

But Newcastle have told them to remain with the first team squad for now.

Steve Bruce has already raised the prospect of naming four goalkeepers in his first team squad with Freddie Woodman - on the verge of a move to Bournemouth on loan - looking increasingly likely for a Premier League debut next month.

You can read the full Notebook here.

Supermac's column

Steve Bruce is fighting for his life and he had better do something drastic before it is too late.

His squad is painfully short of quality with Newcastle the only Premier League club so far to have failed to make a single signing this summer.

And unless a busload of new players suddenly pulls up at SJP then my old club are in dire trouble.

That being the case Bruce has to cut out the middle man, jump in his car, and get himself down into Mike Ashley's office for a face to face confrontation.

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce

He cannot rely on Lee Charnley putting over the message strongly enough. What Ashley is hearing is probably a diluted version of Bruce's desperation.

A phone call is no good either. Ashley needs to see the body language, see the desperation in the eyes, with Bruce refusing to leave until he gets a positive answer.

Why does Bruce need to take such drastic action? Because this is his last chance.

This is the last season of his contract and if nothing happens the odds are Newcastle will go down and he will be out of a job at the season's end with no pay-off and a relegation on his cv.

You can read the full column here.

Muto exit?

Yoshinori Muto is set to seal a permanent exit to Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe - according to Yahoo Japan.

The title claims a formal contract will be signed soon.

Yoshinori Muto is on loan at Spanish club SD Eibar. (Image: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Willock latest

Newcastle United remains the preferred option of Joe Willock if Arsenal opt to let him leave the Emirates this close season.

The Gunners are still spinning plates in the transfer market, leaving Newcastle waiting on their priority target. But Willock, the Notebook understands, remains keen on the Tyneside switch and the chance to prove himself in the Premier League in a season where he is aiming to put himself in contention for England's World Cup 2022 squad.

Joe Willock applauds the fans after Newcastle United's win against Sheffield United at St James' Park on May 19, 2021

United's frustrations in the transfer market mean any signings will not have been integrated into their squad in time for the start of the season, placing a premium - in Bruce's mind - on players who can "plug in and play". He wants a repeat of the "no risk" strategy which saw Callum Wilson join and hit the ground running.

Willock would be perfect for that but the delay in signing him reflects Newcastle's problems in the transfer market.

Ross Barkley - coveted by Steve Bruce last summer - is a possible alternative after another target, Conor Gallagher, joined Crystal Palace.

Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe is understood to be keen on a mooted loan.

You can read the full Notebook here.

Burton vs Newcastle LIVE

Follow build-up, updates, analysis and reaction from tonight's pre-season friendly in our separate live blog, here.

Everton's reassuring response to £50million Allan Saint-Maximin Newcastle speculation

Allan Saint-Maximin is at the centre of fresh transfer speculation as Newcastle's summer continues to frustrate.

The winger has been linked with a move to Everton after missing the midweek friendly at Rotherham through illness.

Here's the verdict of experts on both sides on the transfer rumours which have worried United fans.

Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United during the Pre Season Friendly match between Doncaster Rovers and Newcastle United at Keepmoat Stadium on July 23, 2021

Newcastle linked with Ligue 1 star

According to Mail Online, Newcastle are keen on a move for Angers' creative midfielder Angelo Fulgini.

The 24-year-old scored 10 goals from midfield last season and is a former France under-21 international.

However, Southampton, Everton, Monaco and Crystal Palace are also said to be monitoring his progress.

Angers' Angelo Fulgini (Image: JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)

Alan Shearer, Salomon Rondon and the brilliant exchange Newcastle fans will love

Newcastle United fans have been quick to respond to an exchange between Alan Shearer and Salomon Rondon over the famous number nine shirt.

It was on this day 25 years ago that the Magpies completed a world-record deal to bring Shearer home, and the England international went on to become the most famous custodian of the number nine.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Southampton striker netted 206 strikes to surpass Jackie Milburn's record and become United's all-time leading goalscorer.

Shearer famously turned down Manchester United to return to the North East, and thousands of fans turned out to welcome the £15m signing on July 30, 1996.

The club legend shared a picture from his unveiling to mark the anniversary, writing: "Twenty five years ago today!"

It was a post which was 'liked' more than 11,000 times in a matter of hours, and one that drew a response from a more recent custodian of the number nine jersey.

Rondon endeared himself to the Toon Army during a season-long loan spell from West Brom in the 2018/19 campaign, and has made it clear since he would welcome a Tyneside return.

The Venezeuelan international posted: "What an honour to wear your number nine shirt, @alanshearer!"

Shearer replied: "Thank you SR9. It’s a great shirt. #9"

Read the full story, here.

Former Newcastle United strikers Salomon Rondon (left) and Alan Shearer

Shearer's hat-trick

Armstrong latest

Tony Mowbray has outlined Blackburn Rovers' transfer stance on the future of former Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong.

The Magpies Academy graduate left for Ewood Park for just £1.7m in the summer of 2018, but has been linked with a return to the Premier League following a prolific campaign.

Adam Armstrong celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on October 24, 2020

Armstrong backed up a 17-goal haul in the 2019/20 season with an impressive return of 29 goals, finishing second in the Championship's goalscoring charts to former United forward Ivan Toney.

The 24-year-old has just one year left on his Blackburn deal, and Newcastle could be set to bank a lucrative windfall after inserting a 40% sell-on clause into the sale.

You can read the full story here.

NUFC yet to respond

Newcastle United are yet to respond to reports that Steve Bruce is set for a new three-year contract.

The subject of Bruce’s future was always going to return to the agenda on the back of two delayed court cases.

Steve Bruce during the Pre Season Friendly match between Doncaster Rovers and Newcastle United at Keepmoat Stadium on July 23, 2021

And with his current deal set to expire in May, the Daily Star are reporting Mike Ashley is ready to hand him a new contract.

At this stage, the club or those close to Ashley are yet to respond on the subject of Bruce’s future.

You can read the full story here.

New deal for Bruce?

This from the Daily Star.

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Steve Bruce is set to be handed a new three-year deal at Newcastle - despite large swathes of the St. James' Park faithful continuing to voice their discontent at his management.

Bruce, 60, has felt the wrath of supporters ever since his appointment back in 2019.

But Daily Star Sport understands Mike Ashley wants to reward the Toon boss with a new contract after he kept the club in the Premier League last season.

Sources suggest the Sports Direct tycoon is happy to back Bruce for as long as keeps the Tyneside outfit in the top flight.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United, applauds fans despite being booed by sections of fans during the end of season lap of honour (Image: 2021 Getty Images)

Trialist finds new club

Former Newcastle United trialist Udoka Chima has now signed a deal with Scottish outfit Queen of the South.

Manager Allan Johnston told the club's website: “Udoka has been on trial with us for the last 10 days or so and has shown us that he is a strong tall centre back.

"Although young he has spent time with some big clubs in England and his experience at youth football will have set him up for the challenge.

"We have been short of defenders so I’m delighted to have added his strength to the squad and look forward to working with him."

Longstaff on Rotherham

Sean Longstaff admits he wants to win every single game he plays for Newcastle United - but insists the season ahead won't be defined by nights like Rotherham on Tuesday.

The midfielder played his part in the struggle against the South Yorkshire side but United could not claim a victory against the League One side.

Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United FC (36) celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal against Doncaster (Image: 2021 Newcastle United)

Consequently, Newcastle were booed during the first half after Rotherham grabbed the lead and should have added to it.

Longstaff said: "It's pre-season, and everything is in preparation for two weeks time when the season starts."

You can read the full story here.

Schar on penalty heartbreak

Fabian Schar admits he needed time to 'get over' his penalty miss in Switzerland's heartbreaking Euro 2020 shootout defeat.

The Newcastle United defender was one of three Swiss players to miss in the quarter-final defeat to Spain earlier this month.

Fabian Schar looks dejected after having Switzerland's second penalty saved during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match against Spain on July 02, 2021

It had been a remarkable tournament for Switzerland, with Schar's side reaching the last eight of the competition for the first time in their history.

The Swiss recovered from a two-goal deficit to knock world champions France out on penalties in the round of sixteen, only to suffer the same fate days later in St Petersburg.

Schar's spot-kick was saved by Unai Simon, and the Spanish prevailed after Manuel Akanji and Ruben Vargas failed to convert their attempts.

You can read the full story here.

Away kit released

Newcastle United have revealed their Castore away kit design for the upcoming 2021/22 season.

Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron wearing Newcastle United's new away kit (credit nufc.co.uk) (Image: nufc.co.uk)

Jacob Murphy, Miguel Almiron and club captain Jamaal Lascelles were among the first-team stars to model the black and gold design for the club's launch on Friday morning.

You can read the full story here.

Allan Saint Maximin update

Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United on his mobile phone ahead of the Pre Season Friendly match between Doncaster Rovers and Newcastle United (Image: 2021 AMA Sports Photo Agency)

Newcastle have confirmed he won't feature at Burton on Friday evening

There may be trouble ahead...

Steve Bruce reacts during the Pre Season Friendly match between Doncaster Rovers and Newcastle United at Keepmoat Stadium on July 23, 2021

John Gibson predicts disaster and wonders if Newcastle are really ready for 2021/22 in his latest column