‘Mike Ashley, get the deal done’, ‘instant captain’ – Newcastle fans loving latest transfer news

‘We are going up, we are going up’ is a chant that erupts from the Newcastle booth here in the Transfer Tavern with real regularity, with Rafa Benitez’s side all but guaranteed an immediate return to the Premier League.

The Magpies may have slipped behind Brighton recently in the battle to top the division, but with five games left to play they hold a 10-point advantage over Huddersfield (albeit the Terriers have a match in hand) at the top of the play-off spots, so it would be a massive shock to see them drop into the dreaded end-of-season lottery.

And the Independent believe there’s real confidence in the Newcastle ranks with plans being put in place for signings to announce the club’s Premier League return. It’s understood that Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross is a wanted man at St James’ Park, with Benitez keen to draft in a reliable defender to build his rearguard around. Shawcross is currently the Potters’ skipper, but the bet365 Stadium outfit have allowed him to edge towards the last year of his contract, which has encouraged Newcastle.

Fans have been debating the deal on Twitter and the consensus seems to be he would be welcomed on Tyneside…

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