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Newcastle complete signing of Scotland defender

Newcastle United have completed the signing of defender Grant Hanley from Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.

The Scotland centre-back is believed to have cost around £5.5million, of which 10% will go to Crewe Alexandra, where Hanley was as a youth.

Hanley has signed a five-year deal at St James' Park.

I'm over the moon and delighted to be here.

It is a fantastic opportunity to come and play at such a big club and one that I couldn't turn down.

It is an exciting step in my career but it doesn't stop there. This is just the start and I am looking forward to helping Newcastle get back into the Premier League.

– Grant Hanley


Liverpool in talks with Newcastle over Wijnaldum fee

Newcastle are yet to receive an acceptable bid for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum despite speculation he is close to joining Liverpool.

Newcastle do not want to sell Wijnaldum. Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands that there has been contact between the two clubs and that a fee for the £25m-rated Dutchman has been discussed.

However, sources on Tyneside have indicated that the terms proposed to date do not meet the club's requirements and as such, no deal is in place.

The Magpies do not want to sell Wijnaldum, who joined them in a £14.5m switch from PSV Eindhoven last summer, and have no need to do so despite suffering relegation from the Premier League.

But there is also an acceptance that every player has his price, and that a disgruntled player could be more trouble than he is worth and should Liverpool come up with the right money on the right terms, they may well do business.

Wijnaldum, whose situation is also being monitored by Tottenham, was Newcastle's leading scorer last season with 11 goals, four of them in a 6-2 league demolition of Norwich, although his form was patchy and he was unable to help the club retain its top-flight status following the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager.

Cisse quits Newcastle United for China

Papiss Cisse is heading to China. Credit: PA

Newcastle have announced the departure of striker Papiss Cisse to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old, a Senegal international, scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Magpies since arriving from Freiburg in January 2012.

But having failed to help Newcastle retain their Premier League status under Rafael Benitez last season, his four-and-a-half-year spell on Tyneside has come to an end.

A Newcastle statement said: "Everyone at St. James' Park wishes Papiss all the best for the next stage of his career."

Newcastle announce Bournemouth winger deal

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of winger Matt Ritchie from Premier League side Bournemouth.

Ritchie, 25, has agreed a five-year contract after the two clubs agreed a fee, reported to be around £10million, for the Scotland international.

It has been a busy day of transfer activity at St James' Park with the Magpies also signing striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace, also for a reported fee of £10million, and Andros Townsend moving in the opposite direction after the London club met the £13million release clause in his contract.

Matt Ritchie has joined Newcastle. Credit: PA

"It's an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this," Ritchie told the club's official website.

"I loved it at Bournemouth - I had a fantastic time there and it had a huge impact on my career. But when a club like Newcastle comes calling, I couldn't pass up this opportunity.

"It's fantastic to be here and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of getting the club back in the Premier League."


Newcastle complete deal for Palace striker

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace.

Gayle, 25, has agreed a five-year deal for a reported £10million transfer fee to become manager Rafael Benitez's second summer signing.

Dwight Gayle has headed north. Credit: PA

"It's a dream come true to be at a big club like this," Gayle told the club's official website.

"Newcastle has a massive fan base and a great history so it is amazing to be here.

"I can't wait to get started, prove myself and score the goals that take us back up to the Premier League. It's where this club belongs."

Steven Taylor set to leave Newcastle after 13 seasons

Taylor is leaving Newcastle after 13 seasons. Credit: PA

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor will leave St James' Park when his current deal expires at the end of the month, the club have announced.

Taylor, 30, has spent 13 seasons on Tyneside and made his 268th and final appearance for Newcastle in their 5-1 win against Tottenham on the last day of the season.

"Steven has been a very good player for this club for a long time and his character and personality has always been very positive, including during difficult times. I would like to thank Steven for his service and I wish him well for his future," manager Rafael Benitez told the club's official website.

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