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Rugby World Cup trophy tour about to kick off in region

The Webb Ellis Cup. Credit: ITV News

The Rugby World Cup trophy tour is about to kick off in our region as the Webb Ellis Cup enters the North East on Thursday (July 30) and will be travelling to the following destinations:

  • Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall - July 30
  • Newcastle City Centre - July 30
  • Alnwick Castle - July 30
  • Tynemouth - August 1
  • Northumbria University - August 2
  • Gateshead International Stadium - August 2
  • The Angel of the North - August 3
  • Darlington Mowden Park - August 3
  • West Hartlepool RFC - August 3

Newcastle deal for Mbemba moving closer

Anderlecht's Chancel Mbemba Credit: VIRGINIE LEFOUR/Belga/Press Association Images

Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Anderlecht's Chancel Mbemba.

The clubs have agreed a transfer for the fullback, and he has now agreed personal terms, and passed a medical in Newcastle.

The documents needed for Mbemba's visa have been submitted to the FA, but the governing body is unable to consider the club's application until Thursday 30 July.

Newcastle United says it'll update supporters as soon as it gets a decision from the FA.

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Boro's former star Patrick Bamford confirms move to Palace

Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford has completed a season-long loan move to Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old won the Championship Player of the Year award for his displays whilst at Middlesbrough last season, scoring 17 goals before the Teessiders lost the play-off final to Norwich.

Bamford was a clear star for Boro last season as they battled for promotion to the top flight.

He is also highly regarded at Chelsea, with the Blues announcing he has signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League champions as he heads out on loan.

Jonny Bairstow added to England Ashes squad

Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow has been added to the England squad for the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, starting July 29th.

Jonny Bairstow has been named in England's squad for the third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston. Credit: PA

The addition of Bairstow is the only change to the line-up following the team's 405 run defeat at Lord's this weekend.

The 25-year-old is replacing Gary Ballance, who has struggled at his position of number three batsman this year.

Factfile on Jonny Bairstow:

  • He is averaging 100.66 runs in County Championship this season.
  • He is the fourth Yorkshire cricketer to be named in this Ashes squad.
  • He has scored five County Championship centuries this season.
  • He has 14 Test caps, scoring 593 runs in total.
  • He also achieved 95 run in England's first innings in the third test against South Africa at Lord's in 2012.

The full squad is: Alastair Cook (Captain), Adam Lyth, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Stuart Finn, Adil Rashid.

Mitrovic 'very happy, proud and excited' to join NUFC

Newcastle United's newest signing, Aleksandar Mitrovic has said he is "very happy, proud and excited" to be joining the team.

Credit: NUFC

Speaking to nufcTV, Mitrovic said he grew up supporting the Magpies and loved pulling on the famous black and white striped shirt with his surname on the back.

I am also a fan of Newcastle, I follow Newcastle and I am very proud to be here.

For me, Newcastle is the best club to make progress, to play here with these amazing fans.

I have been to the stadium and it was amazing. The atmosphere looks amazing on the television and I cannot wait for my first game.

– Aleksandar Mitrovic speaking to nufcTV

Mitrovic is the fourth biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.

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Newcastle sign Serbian star Aleksandar Mitrovic

Newcastle have completed the signing of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, subject to the player receiving a visa, the club have announced.

The 20-year-old is Steve McClaren's second summer signing. Credit: NUFC

Newcastle have reportedly paid £13 million for the 20-year-old Serbian international, who joins on a five-year deal.

The Magpies have said it is the fourth-biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum.

Middlesbrough beaten in final Spanish tour game

Boro’s Marbella trip has concluded with a 1-0 defeat against Andalusian opponents Linense.

Middlesbrough dominated the first half in terms of possession, but it was the Spanish side who scored the only goal of the game following a shift in momentum during the second half.

Read a full match report here: Boro edged out by local opposition

Newcastle United earn first tour win in Sacramento

Newcastle United players training whilst on pre-season tour in the USA Credit: Daniel Radcliffe

Newcastle United earned their first win of this summer's pre-season tour of the USA in Sacramento last night.

The Magpies won 1-0 against Sacramento Republic at Bonney Field after an own goal from James Kliffe. Massadio Haidara was also shown a straight red card in the second-half after a dangerous tackle.

Before the game, Newcastle held an open training session in front of fans.

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini signing autographs Credit: Daniel Radcliffe
Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren on the training ground Credit: Daniel Radcliffe

One supporter from the North East, who now lives near Sacramento, in California said:

Of all the places to come I didn't think they would end up out here.

– Daniel Radcliffe, Newcastle United supporter
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko with a fan from the North East Credit: Daniel Radcliffe

Magpies swoop for Serbia striker Mitrovic

Newcastle United are reportedly chasing Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic Credit: VIRGINIE LEFOUR/Belga/Press Association Images

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.

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