Hello and welcome to the Newcastle United live blog on Wednesday, July 17.
The Magpies get their pre-season under way against Wolves at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre in the first of two games they will play in the Premier League Asia Trophy.
Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn have been putting the squad through double sessions as the wait to appoint Steve Bruce as the black-and-whites' new boss continues
"The main aim is to prepare the players for the new manager coming in," Dawson said. "The games will be competitive. We will try to win against Wolves then on Saturday to take the trophy back home."
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NUFC blog recap: Top stories
Your top stories for Wednesday, July 17:
Joelinton fee revealed
Sources in Germany now confirming the fee for Joelinton will be 40million Euros, having first claimed it would be closer to 55million Euros.
Still a new NUFC club record by a distance - with fee to be paid in instalments.
Caulkin on Joelinton
George Caulkin on Joelinton:
Newcastle have long been fixated on Joelinton, Hoffenheim’s Brazilian forward, who will cost around £36 million. They pressed the 22-year-old on Benítez, who demurred; he liked the player, but not at anything like that price and, if there was that much money available, why not let him spent it on his own choices.
The rest of the article is here.
Vox pop of NUFC fans on Steve Bruce
We spoke to fans in the city centre. Some interesting views here.
Ayoze Perez on why he left NUFC
Ayoze Perez has been outlining why he left NUFC:
The ambition,” Perez said when asked why he had quit Newcastle. “Obviously we want to keep growing the ambition this club has.
It wasn’t an easy decision. After five years it’s obviously difficult to leave a place which gave me everything. But I made the decision that I had to step up and move on and keep going in my career. This is the next chapter.
Leicester is a club that has grown a lot and wants to keep growing.
Newcastle need goals
Newcastle need goals, say Lee Ryder.
Yoshinori Muto led the line from the start against Wolves but quickly ran out of steam and ideas in Nanjing.
He was replaced by Danish youngster Elias Sorensen and in fairness, the young Dane did more in a cameo appearance in the second half than Muto did all game.
Dwight Gayle was also on the sidelines with a calf injury but Newcastle will need more fire power.
Joelinton is a player Newcastle have identified as the answer to their problems. That deal needs to be done - and United will now have to put their money where their mouth is.
They vowed to spend in April but haven’t done it. They vowed to spend after Perez’s sale - and we’re still waiting.
But Newcastle need more creativity, more quality and those missing goals.
Five things we learned on NUFC’s 4-0 defeat to Hull.
What might happen in NUFC/Sheff Wed dispute?
Sports lawyer Gregory Ioannidis Tweets on the NUFC/Wednesday dispute:
#SheffieldWednesday theoretically have a remedial avenue through an action for compensation (breach via early termination). If they wish to make things more difficult, they could potentially apply for sporting sanctions too.
NUFC set to break record for Joelinton
News that United are set to spend €40m on striker has been met with shrugged shoulders by many United fans.
The issues for Steve Bruce at NUFC...
We’re looking at the issues facing Steve Bruce at NUFC - number two is simply he’s not Rafa Benitez.
Only the appointment of a manager with the reputation of Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho could have softened the blow of losing Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard, now manager of Dalian Yifang, left after his contract expired and discussions with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley broke down.
Benitez had given the fans something to hope for - reason to believe that fighting relegation would not always be the priority at Newcastle. He gave fans a sense of ambition; sadly the appointment of Steve Bruce doesn’t do that.
Many people see his arrival as a marker for the levels of ambition of the hierarchy, and his history in the Premier League - compared to Benitez - also makes for poor reading.
It could be argued given the quality Benitez had at Liverpool, compared to Bruce at Birmingham, Wigan, Hull and Sunderland, that to play such a comparison is unfair but then when you lose a manager of Benitez’s standing, and largely of due to your own making, it’s always likely to be made.
Hoffenheim confirm Joelinton is in talks...
But with who?
That translates as Joe is not there [with the squad], he is in concrete negotiations with a Premier League club. It may be that he leaves us.
Joelinton deal 'is done'
Germany’s biggest newspaper now saying Joelinton deal is done. Via Sport Witness:
Bild, Germany’s biggest newspaper, now simply report ‘He moves to Newcastle United’.
They explain the Magpies, along with two other clubs had wanted the Brazilian during the winter market. There were then claims Newcastle could agree a deal in advance to get the player for €60m this summer.
Update on Joelinton...
Joelinton move gathering pace. The striker left out of Hoffenheim squad and seemingly on his way to Newcastle. Quote the fee as €40m says Mark Douglas.
Paul Gascoigne believes Steve Bruce is a 'great appointment'
He also told talkSPORT a boycott wouldn’t happen. “They’ve been saying it for 30 years. They never do.”
This’ll divide a few...
The issues which awaits Steve Bruce...
Steve Bruce has been appointed as head coach of NUFC - but with just three weeks until the transfer window closes, and less than a month until the new season kicks-off, the 59-year-old has his work cut-out.
The news of Bruce’s arrival has not been met with the best of responses from fans, and this makes a tough job even more challenging.
1) Fan discontent towards Mike Ashley
Rafa Benitez leaving was always going to push United fans to the edge - and if social media is anything to go by, many have gone over it.
Bruce’s appointment has been met with disdain by many, and as the days go by that doesn’t seem to be subsiding.
It’s much more to do with Ashley than it is with Bruce, but as the man who has taken the job, he’ll face the brunt of it.
United fans long threatened to not renew their season tickets should Benitez walk, and a campaign to boycott the opening game of the new season against Arsenal has been launched.
Bruce will be well aware of the current feeling among fans on Tyneside, and while he’ll believe he can turn that it around - he’ll have his eyes open to the task ahead.
How fans reacted to today's result
Jamaal Lascelles on Steve Bruce
Jamaal Lascelles has spoken about the appointment of Steve Bruce.
“We’re all looking forward to it. We’ve been waiting for him to come in, now it’s confirmed we’re looking forward to it. He’s a well-known manager who has done well in the Premier League and the Championship. “Now the manager’s coming in, we’re looking forward.
“Most clubs are pretty settled by pre-season, unfortunately, it didn’t happen but it’s not the end of the world.
“It’s important everyone gets behind Steve Bruce. We’ve got to stick together. It’s the best thing we can do, we can’t be pointing the finger and having a go.”
Reports - Fabian Schar and AC Milan
Italian media outlet Calciomercato report that Fabian Schar is on the radar of AC Milan.
The Swiss defender currently plays for Newcastle and just like Upamecano, he was also proposed to Milan. His price tag is set at around €15m, and he’s not considered unsellable by the English side.
Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara took note of this opportunity and submitted it to coach Marco Giampaolo, who will give his answer on the matter very soon. Of course, Upamecano would be the dream choice, but his price tag remains high.
West Ham sign Haller...
Strongly linked with Newcastle, Sebastian Haller has joined West Ham for £45 million.
Lee Ryder's reaction to Wolves defeat
Goal in China: Wolves 4-0!
An own goal from Tom Allan puts Wolves 4-0 up. Penny for Bruce’s thoughts right now...
Fan groups release statement following Bruce's appointment
This is strong. The statement reads:
Nine Newcastle United supporter groups, which are calling on fans to boycott the club’s first game of the season, against Arsenal - have issued a joint statement in response to the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager.
Steve Bruce is an unambitious appointment by an unambitious owner. To go from a world-class manager in Rafa Benitez, who brought stability and unity to the club to Steve Bruce - who frankly wouldn’t get a job at any other Premier League side right now - in the space of six weeks is beyond disappointing.
Most Premier League clubs look to the continent or lower divisions for young, promising, forward-thinking managers in the mould of Pochettino, Gracia and Santo - who bring a new brand of football to a highly-competitive league. In Bruce, Mike Ashley has opted for a manager who has been relegated from the league numerous times - he isn’t even a safe pair of hands.
Bruce’s appointment is testament to Ashley’s continued mismanagement of Newcastle United Football Club, which has been the hallmark of his tenure.
It’s now time for him to sell the club to a party that genuinely wants to take the club forward.
Sheff Wed threatening legal action
Sheff Wed statement:
The Club is disappointed to learn via public statement issued by Newcastle United that it has appointed former Sheffield Wednesday staff Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew and Steve Clemence.
Regardless of the fact that the staff resigned from their positions with the Club on Monday, there remains outstanding legal issues to be resolved between the club and the staff and Newcastle United. The Club is currently considering its position and taking the appropriate legal advice.
No further comment will be made by the Club concerning this matter.
Goal in China: 3-0 Wolves!
Yikes. Jota finishes after Newcastle fail to clear a cross and Jota catches Hayden in possession.
Rondon closes in on Rafa reunion
According to Sky Sports, a fee has been agreed between Dalian Yifang and West Brom for Rondon.
West Brom are bringing kenneth Zahore in from Cardiff as a replacement.
Goal in China: Wolves 2-0!
Gibbs-White with a great strike from just outside the area curled low into the bottom corner. Big work ahead for Steve Bruce...