Newcastle United news: £21m transfer blow, fans hit back over Pardew, Mitrovic boost

Newcastle United's hunt for Saido Berahino took another twist this morning.
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The Magpies had a £21million bid for the West Brom striker rejected last month, but are understood to be willing to try and sign the player again in the summer should they secure their Premier League status.

However, West Brom boss Tony Pulis has revealed Berahino wants to play for a Champions League club, with Spurs also interested in the player in the past.

Pulis said: “He wants to play for a top-four team.

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“I don’t think it is the money, it is the opportunity and the chance to show how good he is.

“He can’t go anywhere, he is with us now, and he has to get himself fit and put himself in that position again that he was last summer.”

Meanwhile, our fan blogger has hit back at criticism of Newcastle supporters in the past over Alan Pardew.

Fan site have insisted Toon fans were right about Pardew’s capability as a manager, despite criticism from the likes of former England striker Ian Wright.

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The blog reads: “It’s no surprise that the media outlets have gone quiet over the last few weeks when it comes to touting Sir Alan for the England job. After a successful start, he’s finally showing his true colours.”

Newcastle are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Stoke City.

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been a fitness doubt after he missed the trip to La Manga with knee ligament damage.

However, Miles Starforth reports that the Serb is set to resume full training ahead of the game.