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Sport Newcastle handed the toughest of starts to the new season

12:26  14 june  2018
12:26  14 june  2018 Source:

Newcastle join race for French defender

  Newcastle join race for French defender Newcastle are interested in signing Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien this summer. Journalist Manu Lonjon claims that Newcastle are planning to battle for Jullien, with Southampton also interested. “Twitter: Newcastle is joining the race for Christopher Jullien ( Toulouse) . Southampton is also intersted (@ManuLonjon)” Toulouse are set to let go of a number of players this summer as they look to reshape their squad over the next few months. Newcastle are on the lookout for a new central defender, but may have to beat Southampton if they want to secure Jullien this summer. Jullien is thought to be eying up a move to the Premier League this summer, as he looks to push on in his career. There have also been reports that Toulouse want a fee in the region of €10m for the central defender.

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Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United have been given a tough opening run for the new Premier League season.

It has been confirmed that the Magpies will start their campaign against Tottenham at home, but then face Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Games against Fulham, Liverpool and Watford will see the club endure a busy Christmas period before Manchester United make the trip to St James’ Park on New Years’ Day.

Should the club find themselves in another relegation battle then Benitez will be slightly happier with the club’s end-of-season run-in.

In their final five games of the season, the Magpies face Leicester, Southampton, Brighton, Liverpool and Fulham. However, Benitez and many of the club’s supporters will be hoping that is not the case come that stage of the season.

As with every year, fixtures and kick-off times are all subject to change as and when the relevant games are chosen for broadcasting.

Turkish side closing in on deal for Newcastle man .
According to Turkish news outlet Olay, new Bursaspor manager Samet Aybaba wants to reunite with Henri Saivet and is looking to sign the Newcastle outcast this summer. Saivet joined Newcastle in January 2016 from Bordeaux for just £5.4m, but he failed to live up to the minimal price-tag. This led to him being left out of the side a lot and spending loan spells at Saint-Etienne for a year in 2016 and then half a season in Sivasspor last term. Aybaba was Sivasspor manager when Saivet was on loan at the club and the midfielder impressed after a difficult start to his spell in Turkey. Now, Aybaba wants to sign Saivet permanently for Bursaspor according to Olay. It is likely that Saivet will leave St. James’ Park this summer, as Rafa Benitez looks to take Newcastle forward in his second season in the Premier League with The Magpies. There is no confirmed fee for Saivet, but it’s not too much of a loss for Newcastle, as he joined for such a little transfer fee in the first place.


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