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FA Trophy clash postponed

Tonight's FA Trophy Third Round match between Gateshead and Barrow has been postponed for health and safety reasons.

The Heed are officially the tie's home team but the game was switched from the International Stadium to Barrow's Holker Street Stadium due to ongoing pitch problems at Gateshead.

However, Barrow have announced that Gateshead's coach company were reluctant to make the trip after recent snow has left the A66 shut, and the A69 only passable with care. The club added that both parties have agreed to postpone the match until Saturday 26 January.

Newcastle hold Coloccini talks

Newcastle held talks with Fabricio Coloccini Credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United are understood to have held talks with club captain Fabricio Coloccini in a bid to resolve his future.

Rumours have been circulating in recent weeks that the 31-year-old is eager to leave Tyneside and return to his native Argentina. His former club San Lorenzo have already confirmed their interest in the player. However, Coloccini has not submitted a formal transfer request.

Magpies officials are believed to have met with Coloccini on Monday but discussions were inconclusive.


Magpies closing on Haidara deal

Newcastle United have confirmed deal to Nancy defender Massaido Haidara Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

French side Nancy have confirmed that a deal has been reached with Newcastle United for defender Massaido Haidara.

It's understood the 20-year-old is now travelling to Tyneside to undergo a medical and complete the transfer.

The Ligue 1 club announced the deal in a statement on their official website. It reads: "After 46 games in two-and-a-half-years under the jersey ASNL, Massadio Haidara is leaving his former club for Newcastle United, currently sixteenth in the Premier League."

The Magpies will also hope to complete the signing of Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa this week.

Campbell joins Cardiff

Fraizer Campbell has joined Championship leaders Cardiff City Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell has joined Championship leaders Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old leaves the Stadium of Light after agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal with the Bluebirds.

Campbell moved to Wearside from Manchester United in 2009 under then manager Steve Bruce. The England international was plagued by injuries during his time with the Black Cats and made just 58 appearances for the club.

Newcastle's Gouffran bid rejected

Yoan Gouffran plays for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Bordeaux are understood to have rejected a bid from Newcastle United for striker Yoan Gouffran.

French newspapers have reported that the Magpies made an offer of around 750,000 euros (£630,000) for the 26-year-old, which was turned down. It's believed the Ligue 1 side have put a price tag of one million euros on the France Under-21 international, who has six months remaining on his contract.

Gouffran, who joined Bordeaux from Caen in 2008, has scored 11 goals in 22 games this season.


Yanga-Mbiwa set for Magpies medical

France international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is due on Tyneside on Monday for a medical Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

France international defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is expected to undergo a medical with Newcastle United on Monday.

It's understood the Magpies have agreed a £6.7 million fee with Ligue 1 side Montpellier for the 23-year-old, and the player is set to sign a four-year deal on Tyneside.

Yanga-Mbiwa will become the Alan Pardew's second January signing after his France teammate Mathieu Debuchy joined the club earlier this month.

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