Newcastle United news: Benitez ready to sign, loan deal talks

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Newcastle United hope to confirm that Rafa Benitez will stay on at St James's Park this week.

But the 56-year-old is ready to commit to Newcastle after lengthy talks with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley.

The paperwork and contract could be finalised by the middle of the week.

We have the latest on Benitez and his future here.

Meanwhile, Championship veteran Karl Darlow has been talking about life in English football's second tier.

The goalkeeper has given an insight into the demands of the division from his time at Nottingham Forest.

Finally, we have news of a £12million signing who will NOT be at St James's Park next season, and some late agony for the club – in Hong Kong!