Hello and welcome to the Newcastle United blog for Friday, November 15.

Newcastle United could have a secret card in the pack when it comes to Grant Xhaka's next move, with Swiss team-mate Fabian Scar reportedly a close friend of the Arsenal star.

DeAndre Yedlin has also been speaking about his recovery from his long injury lay-off.

Several Magpies will be in international action over the coming days ahead of United's trip to Aston Villa in front of the TV cameras on November 25.

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VAR changes

Fans inside stadiums will get more information about VAR checks after the Premier League and PGMOL agreed to make changes to the system.

Representatives from all 20 top flight clubs were in London on Thursday to speak with the head of referees, Mike Riley, and raise their concerns about the controversial system.

VAR has been dogged with issues since being introduced at the start of this season, but the Premier League and PGMOL say they are committed to improving the consistency of decisions, speeding up the processes, and increasing the communication to supporters inside stadiums.

The changes are set to come into effect from the start of next month.

Key stories

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