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    Newcastle United summer transfers resume

    I said on Feb 1 that I would judge the business when the transfer window closed on August 31st. Well, here goes. We have failed miserably to replace Andy Carroll. I'm not as gutted as some regarding AC's departure, but I think Demba Ba is not an adequate replacement. Negative.

    the Black and Whites of Newcastle United [Magpies Zone]

    We have lost Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and, er, Wayne Routledge from midfield. Both the first two had plus and minus points, but we have …

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    Italian fullback Davide Santon finally signed for Newcastle United

    There were some mixed emotions after the 20-year-old former Inter Milan defender has signed a five year deal with the Magpies, and will become direct replacement for Jose Enrique who transfered to Liverpool this season. We have also completed the signing of 25-year-old the Addicks goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

    Davide Santon during the international friendly match Italy U21 and England U21 [Magpies Zone/GettyImages/DayLife]

    Alan Pardew said after the signing of Santon that He is a quality left-back and an established international who also gives us flexibility in defense.

    “Davide is …

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    Newcastle still lacks of depth in key areas

    In my honest opinion, we need more than a left back and striker. We now don't have a single Premier League class full back – Simpson, Ryan Taylor are at best squad players, and Perch is worse than useless.

    Ryan Taylor takes a free-kick during the match against Fulham [Magpies Zone/GettyImages/DayLife]

    Shane Ferguson could be terrific but we can't depend on him at this stage. We need another center back. I said this long before Williamson got injured, but it is is now a high priority. I …

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    Newcastle United is in transfer trouble

    The French football club Sochaux have released a statement today regarding to Newcastle United efforts to bring their Malian international striker Modibo Maiga to St. James' Park.

    Modibo Maiga (R) vies with Toulouse's French defender Daniel Congre [Magpies Zone/GettyImages/DayLife]

    They asked FIFA to help them stop us at any chance of signing Maiga. According to them, United is violating the rule from Article 18 of the current international regulations, by approaching the player without consulting his current team.

    Maiga was being reported several times to be in …

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    Newcastle United is attractive club for overseas players

    In precisely, I should say for French players and couple of their African commonwealth country. These players are somehow looking to have some potentials to be a great player and seeing them as the opportunity for our “beloved” owner to grab more money to his pocket on selling them later to the big clubs.

    Sylvain Marveaux and Robbie Rogers of the Columbus Crew in battle [Magpies Zone/Getty Images/DayLife]

    We already have Mehdi Abeid from Racing Club Lens and two more Lens prospects have arrived at Newcastle United on trials. …