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Newcastle nearing deals for Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie - sources

The ESPN FC crew debate Rafa Benitez's decision to remain at Newcastle and whether or not he can bring them back to the Premier League.
Dwight Gayle gets another chance on Sunday to make life miserable for Liverpool.
Dwight Gayle has scored 26 goals in 74 appearances for Crystal Palace.

Newcastle are closing in on the signings of Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle and Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie, sources have told Press Association Sport.

The northeast club hope to complete the deals for both players before the end of the week and could confirm the signings on Thursday as they make clear their intention to try and bounce straight back to the Premier League following relegation in May.

Sources also say that Palace are poised to trigger the £13 million release clause in...

 By PA Sport

Newcastle sign Belgium goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent

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Rafa Benitez has made Matz Sels his first signing of the summer at Newcastle United.

Newcastle have signed goalkeeper Matz Sels from KAA Gent for an undisclosed fee.

Sels, 24, has signed a five-year contract after the two clubs agreed a reported £4.5 million, making him Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez's first summer signing.

Middlesbrough had also been reported to have held talks with Sels, but Benitez has made bringing in a goalkeeper his first priority after agreeing to remain at St James' Park following relegation to the Championship.

"I am really pleased to welcome Matz to...

 By PA Sport

Paul Gascoigne faces trial after denying racially aggravated offence

Paul Gascoigne leaves Dudley Magistrates' Court after pleading not guilty.

Former England star Paul Gascoigne is to stand trial later this year after pleading not guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence.

Former Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Rangers midfielder Gascoigne is alleged to have used "threatening or abusive words" toward a security guard during his "An Evening With Gazza" show in Wolverhampton in November last year.

The 49-year-old, who lives in Dorset, was granted unconditional bail at Dudley Magistrates' Court until a trial on Sept....

 By PA Sport

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle to start Championship campaign at Fulham

Newcastle United signed off from the Premier League with a resounding 5-1 win over Tottenham.

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United will begin life in the Championship by playing the new season's curtain-raiser at Fulham following the announcement of fixtures for the rebranded English Football League.

Newcastle, relegated from the Premier League last season, head to Craven Cottage on Friday, Aug. 5 to kick off the new EFL campaign.

Aston Villa, also relegated to the Championship and under the new management of Roberto Di Matteo, face a tough trip to playoff runners-up Sheffield Wednesday on the...

 By Mark Rodden

Moussa Sissoko hopeful of more France appearances after lively display

There were no goals between France and Switzerland in Lille but no shortage of bizzare incidents.
ESPN FC's Alison Bender shares her five things to know about the host nation during a tour of Paris.

Moussa Sissoko hopes he has forced his way into France coach Didier Deschamps' thinking for the remainder of Euro 2016 after an energetic display in their 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Sunday.

Sissoko, 26, impressed in a reshaped midfield that also included Yohan Cabaye and the recalled Paul Pogba.

The Newcastle midfielder went close to creating a winning goal late in the second half, bringing the crowd to their feet with a box-to-box run down the right wing, only to see Dimitri Payet smash his cross...