January Transfer Window: Hey Big Spender

January Transfer Window: Hey Big Spender

For those of an age similar to mine, I promise the title is not a Jimmy Nail and Tyneside related pun and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, Jimmy Nail played a Tyneside detective called Spender in a 90’s cop series of the same name. Anyway, enough of the digression and on to the subject at hand: the January transfer window (sound the trumpets). January is the extrovert sibling of the summer transfer window, the odd one …
Bargain Hunting - 10 Players able to sign pre-contracts in January

Bargain Hunting - 10 Players able to sign pre-contracts in January

January is a time for bargains. An entire month of deals and offers as opposed to the overhyped single day even known as Black Friday. You often hear Premier League managers talk about there being no value in the January market but that's just not true. Players that are out of contract in the summer are able to sign pre-contract agreements with clubs in January. Clubs may not be able to address their issues short term in January but there …
The Overachievers: Crystal Palace

The Overachievers: Crystal Palace

It’s a strange situation Crystal Palace fans find themselves in nowadays. In January it will be five years since the club were placed in administration after the ineptitude of Simon Jordan’s stewardship. Since then, the club has survived and thrived by the slimmest of margins; first, a 2-2 draw in a relegation showdown with Sheffield Wednesday to survive the drop in the Championship. Second, a near-literal last minute buyout by the club’s current owners CPFC2010, saving their club from liquidation. …
Are Newcastle United Really Changing?

Are Newcastle United Really Changing?

After months of protests at St James' Park, Mike Ashley gave his first public interview to Sky Sports promising big changes and stating that he was going to remain until the club won a trophy. Newcastle fans were getting frustrated at the club neglecting cup competitions and that view has changed, at least publicly with Steve McClaren and various other club figures stating their desire to end the club's trophy drought. However the club are just one of two Premier …
Would Charlie Austin be a good signing for Newcastle?

Would Charlie Austin be a good signing for Newcastle?

According to various reports, Newcastle are closing in on Charlie Austin and the move could be completed next week. As expected in the silly season of the transfer window, there are conflicting reports, with preferred media partner the Daily Mirror stating the deal is done, while Sky maintain that no fee has been agreed between Newcastle and QPR. Although it does look like there is some progress being made in Newcastle's pursuit of Austin, which is positive news for the …
Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

QPR vs West Ham United | Team News, Key Men & Stats

QPR vs West Ham United | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Relegation battlers Queens Park Rangers welcome London rivals West Ham United to Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon. If QPR have any ambitions of remaining in the Premier League for another season this will be a game that Ramsay and his squad will be looking at as a potential 3 points. West Ham and Sam Allardyce are in a state of flux. The great success their season appeared to be heading for before Christmas has petered out into a mid-table finish. …
Most Likely to Strike in the Relegation Scrap - Defoe, Austin, Nugent, Ings and Benteke

Most Likely to Strike in the Relegation Scrap - Defoe, Austin, Nugent, Ings and Benteke

With the end of the season only weeks away, we find ourselves at that stage when the foot of the table starts to make for interesting viewing. It seems that Chelsea are going to be crowned League Champions this season, albeit without a calamitous run of form in coming weeks, but whenever we think we know who the certainties for relegation are it changes in an instance. Just two games ago I would have told you that Leicester City were …
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