As sponsorship deals go, this one has been as controversial as they come. Kenny Toal looks at the Wonga story.
Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has accused Chelsea striker Demba Ba of play-acting after being ruled out of Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby
After the funeral of former Newcastle United chief executive Freddie Fletcher, tributes are paid to the man many see as the club's saviour.
Newcastle United have unveiled plans for a multi-million pound revamp of the club's training complex that will turn it into one of the best facilities of its kind in Europe.
The club plans to redevelop the existing 35 acre site with work beginning in May 2015 and completed in early 2016
While existing training pitches and a modern indoor training hall will be retained, the Club's current Training Centre building will be demolished and replaced by a much larger, high-tech structure that will feature new changing rooms, leisure and catering facilities a hydrotherapy and fitness pool.
United's Director of Football, Joe Kinnear said: "This is a hugely exciting development for Newcastle United. We have one of football's great stadiums and we are delighted to now be announcing plans for a training complex which will rival any in Europe"
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said he doesn't want to miss out on Loic Remy for a second time. It comes after Newcastle's 2-1 victory at Cardiff.
– NEWCASTLE UNITED MANAGER ALAN PARDEW
"I wish he had joined in January.
I still remember the night clearly when we thought we had done the deal."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has defended the club's transfer policy after it failed to make a single permanent signing during the summer transfer window.
A one year loan for Loic Remy was their only new arrival.
Newcastle have expressed an interest in bringing back Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea.
The Senegalese international joined the Blues from Newcastle on a three year deal in January 2013, but wasn't even named as a substitute for Chelsea's crucial Premier League fixture against Man United on Monday.
Qatar side Al-Jaish have also expressed an interest in the striker's services.
Alan Shearer predicts a narrow home win for Newcastle United when they play West Ham tomorrow.
In June Wonga signed a four year deal with Newcastle United.
It prompted protests from fans and the threat of a boycott from one of its star players.
But today, at a clear the air meeting ahead of the new season, the company said it is in it for the long haul.
Kenny Toal reports.
Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah has pledged to stay away from Newcastle United home games because of their new sponsorship deal.
She opposes the deal with the pay-day loan company Wonga over fears it exploits the most vulnerable members of society.
Newcastle United financial director John Irving emphasises the benefits of the new sponsorship deal between the club and pay-day loan company Wonga.
Mr Irving was speaking at an open forum held for fans today to discuss the controversial deal.
Shauna Alexander, chief executive of the Citizen's Advice Bureau in Newcastle, has warned people about the possible dangers of bad financial planning.
A representative of the pay-day loan company Wonga has urged Newcastle fans to not judge a controversial sponsorship deal to quickly.
Head of communications John Moorwood said that fans will be able to see the effects of the agreement over the next four years.