Newcastle United latest: Including Afcon qualifiers and Hooper

Senegal Olympics

News and gossip from Newcastle United in the past 24 hours.

Newcastle United’s long serving goalkeeper Steve Harper is hoping to reach a huge landmark or the club this season, as he chases 200 career appearances for the club. The keeper, nicknamed ‘cocoon’ by goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman is currently sitting on 196 appearances for The Magpies but after Tim Krul suffered an arm injury whilst on international duty he has been given the chance between the sticks once again. The evergreen 37-year-old hopes to make it 197 not out against Sunderland next weekend, and then hopes to gain the three more appearances necessary to reach the magic double-ton.

Newcastle United will go into battle with Aston Villa for Burnley’s goal machine Charlie Austin in January. The 23-year-old has smashed home 12 goals in nine Championship appearances so far this season in what has been a scintillating start to the season. His former side Reading are also interested but he is reportedly cold on a return to the club that kicked him out as a 15-year-old for being too small. The Clarets are currently managerless after Eddie Howe returned to former club Bournemouth and Alan Pardew is hoping to test their resolve with a bid for the Hungerford-born marksman in January.

However another young English striker being linked with a move to St James Park is Celtic striker Gary Hooper. The former Scunthorpe striker has been in great form this season, catching the eye in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow. Newcastle will have to fend off competition from Liverpool for the ex-Tottenham YTS in a deal that could be worth upwards of £7million.

Newcastle United will be paying close attention to events in Dakar, Senegal this evening as Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba face off for Senegal’s Teranga Lions against The Elephants of Ivory Coat. Cheick Tiote plays for their opposition and takes a 4-2 advantage into the game over his striking team-mates. Newcastle fans will watch with anticipation to see which players will be missing come February. To catch up on the result of the game click here.

Newcastle United will be sensible in the transfer market, is the message coming from managing director Derek Llambias. The Toon Army failed to bring in Douglas and Mathieu Debuchy this summer after refusing to meet the demands of their respective clubs. He stated that in order to remain financially stable they had to remain within their financial parameters so they would not be meeting the demands of other clubs if they deemed them disproportionate.

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