Rafa Benitez set to reunite with former Newcastle United star as pundit makes takeover admission

Newcastle United head back to the training field this week fresh from suffering a shock pre-season defeat to National League North side York City.

But there is still plenty happening away from the pitch – here are the latest Magpies-related stories today:

Andros Townsend set for Rafa Benitez reunion

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Former Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend is close to reuniting with Rafa Benitez at Everton.

Andros Townsend is close to joining Everton. (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images)

Townsend worked under the Spaniard during the final 10 games of the 2015/16 campaign when the Magpies were relegated to the Championship.

Benitez wanted the 30-year-old to stay, however he opted to join Crystal Palace, where he made 185 appearances across five seasons.

And having recently become a free agent, Townsend is nearing a move to Goodison Park – bringing a mixed reaction from Everton supporters.

Newcastle at a ‘standstill’ says former midfielder

Darren Ambrose believes former club Newcastle are at a “standstill” – and need the proposed takeover to go through.

Mike Ashley has launched two legal challenges against the Premier League – arbitration and the Competition Appeal Tribunal case as fights for the Amanda Staveley-brokered deal to be approved.

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Steve Bruce is yet to make a breakthrough in the transfer market amid rumours about a reduced budget ahead of the upcoming campaign.

He told talkSPORT: “Newcastle are on standstill at the moment, let’s be honest.

“No one knows what’s going on with the takeover. There’s a lot of talk that it’s happening then it isn’t happening.

“They need to get that over the line, and then they can look to progress into the future.”

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