Newcastle United news: Benitez talks transfers, Sissoko and Coloccini updates

Rafa Benitez with schoolchildren after the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup
Rafa Benitez with schoolchildren after the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup
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Newcastle United are close to another transfer breakthrough – as Fabricio Coloccini heads towards the exit door.

Manager Rafa Benitez has been speaking about the club's transfer business.

Newcastle last week signed Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Matz Sels.

And there are more deals in the pipeline as the relegated club prepares for life in the Championship.

But defender Coloccini, captain for the past five years, is set to leave Newcastle in the next 24 hours.

United's Moussa Sissoko was asked about his future ahead of France's Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany on Thursday.

Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini

The midfielder sadi: “Newcastle relegation is sad but I’ll have time to think about my future after the Euros. I’m not thinking about my club future – that’s sincere.”

Meanwhile, Benitez yesterday watched the boys and girls finals of the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup, which saw 128 children from eight schools compete in a series of games at the Academy.

Benitez was joined at the tournament by Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jamaal Lascelles, Vurnon Anita and Paul Dummett.

All children were given new Puma home strips by “club partner” Sports Direct.

Benitez is taking a keen interest in the club’s community work.

“We thought it would be a good idea to put football and the foundation together and bring the kids and the families here,” he said.

“Everything has been really good. Also, we strengthened the link between the club and the city and the fans.

“It was very positive for everyone.”