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Florian Thauvin 'looking forward to life at Newcastle'

Newcastle United are the second-biggest net spenders in the Premier League this summer, well ahead of Manchester United.

Florian Thauvin has cost a lot of money - the fee to sign him from Marseille is thought to be around £13 million.

The 22-year-old winger is the Magpie's fifth summer signing and is expected to make his debut away at Manchester United this weekend.

Shearer statue en route to Britain after departing China

The Alan Shearer statue has been created by Northumberland artist Tom Maley Credit: Tom Maley

A statue of Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is on its way to the UK after departing Asia.

The 9ft 6 bronze statue was made in China and left the country more than a week ago. It is due to arrive in Liverpool on August 30. Organisers are planning to erect the statue in Newcastle although discussions over its exact location are ongoing.

The sculpture has been created by Northumberland artist Tom Maley and was funded by former Magpies owner Freddy Shepherd.

The statue stands 9ft 6in tall Credit: Tom Maley

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Newcastle 'learnt nothing' from Swansea defeat

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says he 'learnt nothing' from his side's 2-0 defeat away to Swansea City.

Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew secured all three points for the hosts. Newcastle also had to play the entire second-half with ten men after Daryl Janmaat was sent off for collecting two yellow cards.

Speaking after the match, McClaren said:

We learnt so much last week and we've learnt nothing today.

It's kind of a waste of a game for us when we need to learn about the players, what we can do, what we can change, how we can go about things. Yeah, very disappointing.

– Steve McClaren, Newcastle United Head Coach

Team news: Newcastle unchanged from Southampton draw

McClaren: Chelsea doctor scandal 'detracted' from Swansea result

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says the row between Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and his medical staff last weekend has 'taken away' from Swansea City's achievement.

Mourinho criticised Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro after she treated Eden Hazard late on during their 2-2 draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

But when asked if the uproar detracted from Swansea's performance, McClaren agreed.

Newcastle face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

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