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Premier League players nearing end of contract: Can Newcastle get any bargains in January to help bolster survival chances?

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Newcastle United may turn their attention to players who are nearing the end of their contract in the January Transfer window to boost the Magpies chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

Following last weeks arrival of Keiran Trippier for £12m from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, the club have today announced that Chris Wood is having a medical ahead of his move from relegation rivals Burnley.

However, Howe as been left frustrated by the lack of successful negotiations with a number of European stars as the club struggled to attract players due to its precarious position in the table. Newcastle currently sit 19th in the Premier League, having collected just 11 points in the first half of the season. The club have the second-worst defensive record in the league, shipping 42 goals so far this term.

The recent update regarding Wilson’s injury suggests his injury is worse than first hoped and the veteran striker is set to miss over two months of action due to the calf problem. Howe’s side are desperate to bring in another striker in January, after matching the £25m release clause for Wood.

Following the Saudi-led takeover of the club in October, Newcastle have been tipped by many to bring major reinforcements to the club during the transfer window and have been linked with hundreds of names around the world of football. It is reported that they have a budget of around £190m to work with but have struggled to attract major stars due to the current position they find themselves in.

Survival will be difficult to achieve for Eddie Howe but the huge financial boost offered by the new owners, the fans are hopeful that the Magpies can do enough in the second half of the season to retain their Premier League status.

Newcastle may look towards those players who are entering the final six months of their contract and have the Premier League experience to help in the relegation battle. The players included in the list may be available at a much lower price than normal and could be looking for a change in their career.

Here is an XI made up of those names who’s contracts run-out in the summer:

 

KEY PLAYERS

James Tarkowski

The Burnley centre-back has been linked with a move to Tyneside for a few months now, but Sean Dyche is unlikely to sell two key players to relegation rivals in the same window. Tarkowski is reportedly available for a fee of around £3m and is rumoured to want a fresh start at a new club.

The 29-year-old has the Premier League experience required to help the Magpies battle for survival and would improve the side dramatically in defensive areas. He has the ability to become a demanding centre-back for the team in Black and White, with Newcastle fans interested to see if a deal can be agreed.

Jessie Lingard

Having turned down the Toon last January to move to London based West Ham United, Jesse Lingard may think twice before rejecting Newcastle for a second time. The club he turned down previously lacked ambition, direction and investment, however under the stewardship of Amanda Stavely there is a new mood around the place and the discontent between the fans and the previous owner has been put to a much-needed end.

For years the team has lacked attacking creativity – someone to run deep from midfield, put the ball in the net or be given the freedom to provide opportunities for teammates. The 28-year-old would improve the side going forward and would provide opportunities for his fellow attackers to get the goals to keep Newcastle in the league.

He is expected to be available for around £20million pounds.

Divock Origi

The Belgian striker is a benchwarmer at Liverpool but has scored some important goals in his time at the Reds and could be exactly what Newcastle need for the remainder of the season.

His major influence has come in the Champions League where he scored in the memorable victory over Barcelona before netting in the final win over Spurs. Origi also scored a later winner over Wolves earlier this season.

Perhaps Origi is not the striker wanted or needed to take the club forward in its new era, but he certainly has the talent and experience to score some important goals in Newcastle’s quest for Premier League survival. The 26-year-old is many fans favourite to join the Magpies but Liverpool may be looking to sell the striker on a permanent deal and this might not be Eddie Howe’s preference.

Liverpool forward Origi has six months left on his deal and is generating a lot of interest in Italy, but prefers a move to the Premier League.

Todd Cantwell

The 23-year-old is attracting interest from a number of unnamed Premier League teams and has a £15-£20million price-tag. Newcastle are the only named side that are still interested, following the news last week that they were monitoring the promising midfielder.

Cantwell has made eight appearances for Norwich in the league this season, failing to register a goal or an assist for the club, which doesn’t bode well for Newcastle’s fight for survival if they were to complete the signing of the for England U21 international.

The playmaker returned to the side under new boss Dean Smith but his performances have still been poor.

Norwich (20th) and Newcastle (19th) are the two bottom teams in the league after 19 games and will likely be in a relegation fight this season, sitting three and two points from safety respectively – they have the joint-worst defensive record in the first half of the campaign, shipping 42 goals.

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Meet the British Woman Hoping to End F1’s 46-year Wait For a Female Driver

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The modern sports industry remains a very male dominated field. Historically motorsport especially being one of the most inaccessible to women.

In its entire 72-year history, only two women have ever driven in a Formula 1 grand prix. The last was the pioneer Lella Lombardi, the Italian who competed in 12 races between 1974 and 1976 for teams including Williams.

Now, Britain’s Jamie Chadwick is aiming to end the 46-year wait for a woman to sit behind the wheel of a car on the starting grid at the very top level of racing.

The 23-year-old from Bath, is the most prominent woman in world the world of motorsport thanks to the strong results she has earned in the early stages of her career across multiple categories.

Chadwick is about to embark on her third season in W Series, an all-female racing championship launched in 2019 which aims to ensure more women are able to make professional careers out of motor racing.

The aim means that, in conjunction with the heated rivalry that understandably comes with battling for the championship on track, the athletes competing in W Series feel they share a common goal to help one another improve and make overall progress for women in motorsport too. Chadwick has won the title in both of W Series’ first two campaigns.

Speaking to Metro she said:  ‘Everyone expects us not to get on [because we are rivals] but we really, genuinely do. The big reason in my opinion is that we’ve all been through such a similar experience in the sport individually. We can share those experiences with each other and push each other to bring one another on, and hopefully leave the sport in a better place for the next generation coming through.’

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Newcastle co-owner says Chelsea’s Abramovich having to sell isn’t fair

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Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley “doesnt think its particularly fair” that Roman Abramovich is selling following the Russia-Ukraine war.

The businessman announced he had made the “incredibly difficult decision” in a statement on the Premier League club’s website.

There has been calls for Abramovich to be sanctioned, as Chris Bryant alleges leaked Home Office document from 2019 shows he had links to Russian state as well as to “corrupt activity and practices” – the Guardian reports.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit, Staveley said: “We’re always going to have geopolitical issues.

I’m really sad that someone is going to have a football club taken away because of a relationship he may have with someone.

“I don’t think that’s particularly fair to be honest. But I also think that we have to hold all of our relationships to account.”

In his statement, Abramovich said: “I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart.

“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process.”

Abramovich has said that he won’t be asking for loans to be repaid.

He added: “I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.”

The businessman bought Chelsea back in 2003 for £140m, and has since loaned the club over £1.5bn.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has told Swiss newspaper Blick that he has the chance to buy Chelsea.

However he says that at the moment Abramovich is “asking far too much.”

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Russia’s captain Aleksandr Golovin speaks out on Russian invasion

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Russia’s football captain Aleksandr Golovin has spoke out about the Russia-Ukraine war.

In a post uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday, the footballer said he hadn’t before now because he wasn’t an expert in politics.

However, he said he would now express his opinion, because he has been drawn to this topic from “all sides.”

It follows furious backlash from Ukrainian players Vitalii Mykolenko and Andriy Yarmolenko about Russian players staying quiet about the invasion of Ukraine.

The captain wrote: “War is a frightful thing. But I am shocked by human aggression and hatred, which every day acquires some sort of unprecedented scale.

“I am against discrimination based on nationality. I’m not ashamed that I’m Russian. I am proud to be Russian. And I don’t understand why athletes should suffer now.”

He continued he was “against double standards.”

Golovin added: “Why is it that one can do everything, but all the dogs are hanged on us. Why has everyone always shouted about sports outside of politics, but at the first opportunity, when it comes to Russia, this principle is completely forgotten?”

He expressed that “anger, dirt and bile” is being poured on Russian people, “regardless of their position and profession.”

The Zenit St Petersburg forward concluded: “P.S. And to some colleagues in the workshop who sit on their ass in mansions in England and say nasty things: it cannot offend us, we understand everything! Peace and goodness to everybody!”

On Tuesday in an Instagram post, Everton’s Mykolenko criticised Russia’s international players for remaining silent whilst “peaceful civilians are being killed in Ukraine.”

The 22-year-old wrote: “You will be locked in your dungeon for the rest of your life and most importantly the lives of your kids. And I’m glad.”

West Ham’s Yarmolenko also hit out at Russian players on Tuesday.

In a video uploaded to Instagram, he said: “Guys, why are you sitting like shitheads and not saying anything? In my country they’re killing people, killing wives, killing our children. But you’re saying nothing, you’ve given no comments.”

Russia has been suspended from all competition, Fifa and Uefa have ruled.

 

 

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