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Newcastle complete Mbemba deal subject to work permit

The FA will make a decision on Mbemba's permit on Thursday. Credit: PA

Newcastle have settled on a fee with Anderlecht for Chancel Mbemba, who has agreed personal terms and passed his medical.

But the Magpies must wait until Thursday 30th July for confirmation the defender has been granted a work permit by the FA.

Mbemba has represented DR Congo 17 times and won the Belgian Pro League with Anderlecht in 2013/14.


Newcastle expect to complete Mitrovic deal

Mitrovic is set to join Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle are expected to make Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic their next summer signing.

Following the deal to bring Georginio Wijnaldum to St James' Park from PSV Eindhoven, manager Steve McClaren has turned to 20-year-old Serbian Mitrovic to strengthen his attack.

McClaren, quoted by the Chronicle while on Newcastle's United States tour, said of transfer dealings: "We are very close to something. There is a lot of speculation and pre-empting of decisions.

"But certainly from the feedback back home they are working very hard to bring one or two players back in."

Mitrovic was pictured by Sky Sports News arriving on Tyneside on Sunday.

On Saturday, Mitrovic wrote on his Facebook page: "It's over! Again in black and white :)) Thank you RSC Anderlecht ! Thank you for everything!"

The reference to black and white reflects the colours of Partizan Belgrade, his former club, and Newcastle.

Newcastle set to seal £13million Mitrovic deal

Mitrovic is set to join Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle United are understood to be close to signing Anderlecht striker Alexsandar Mitrovic.

The Serbia international has reportedly said goodbye to his Anderlecht teammates and is on his way for a medical on Tyneside, ahead of an estimated £13 million deal.

The 20-year-old would become Steve McClaren's second summer signing after the Magpies clinched the transfer of Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum last weekend.

Tiote denied visa to join Newcastle's tour of USA

Cheick Tiote is training back on Tyneside. Credit: PA

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is training back on Tyneside after being refused a visa to join the rest of the squad in the United States.

The Ivory Coast international was not among the party which jetted out to America at the weekend and head coach Steve McClaren has since confirmed he did not travel because of an administrative issue.

McClaren told the Chronicle: "He has had visa complications and trying to get him over the visa issue has been difficult, but it wasn't successful. He is training back home."

People with criminal convictions sometimes have problems in securing a visa for the United States.

Tiote was given a seven-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and 180 hours community service in October 2013 after admitting possession of a fake driving licence.

Newcastle set to appoint Cathro as McClaren's number two

Ian Cathro is set to be appointed as Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren's assistant.

Press Association Sport understands the 28-year-old Scot, who left a similar post at Valencia at the end of last season, has accepted the Magpies' offer to join McClaren's staff after a lengthy search.

Cathro, who started coaching in his teens after injury ended his fledgling playing career, has emerged as a target in recent days and while the club is yet to confirm his appointment, it is understood a deal is now in place.


Six questioned over murder of disabled man

Six people are in custody in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old man whose death is being treated as a disability hate crime, police said.

Lee Irving was discovered on a grassed area in Newcastle on Saturday.

Northumbria Police said four men aged 23, 28, 31 and 50 and two women aged 20 and 50 remain in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Murdered disabled man 'a wonderful young man'

Lee Irving Credit: Northumbria Police

The family of a Newcastle man believed to have been murdered in a disability hate crime have paid tribute to a "wonderful young man".

Lee Irving, 24, was found dead in Fawdon on Sunday, with five people currently in custody in connection with the police investigation.

His family said he loved "ice skating, going to the pictures and enjoying life".

He will be very sadly missed by all who knew him. What we have lost is irreplaceable and we must live with our loss every day.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us at this devastating time. Lee will always remain in our hearts and thoughts.

– Family statement
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