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Newcastle and Everton handed major boost in pursuit of France international




Everton and Newcastle United target Adrien Rabiot will be made available by Juventus in the summer, according to reports.

Rabiot has struggled for form in recent months for the Italian giants. Despite this, the French midfielder has still been an important player for the Old lady, making 38 appearances across all competitions. However, it now seems Juventus are preparing to move on, with England a possible next destination for Rabiot.

According to CalciomercatoJuventus are prepared to listen to offers for his services once the transfer window opens.

This is positive news for Everton and Newcastle fans, with both clubs being linked to Rabiot recently.

Everton first expressed an interest when Carlo Ancelotti was manager of the club. The Toffees have also made contact with Juventus over Rabiot’s transfer status in recent months.

Despite this, Newcastle are reportedly favourites to land the star in the summer. With another season inside the top-flight now looking likely, the Saudi-backed owners will be hopeful Newcastle can attract some top talent for the next campaign.

Since his 2019 move from Paris Saint-Germain, the 27-year-old has struggled for consistency in his performances.

Rabiot also has just over a year left on his contract, and the recent reports suggest it is unlikely he will be signing a new deal.

That being said, clubs may find themselves presented with the opportunity to land the 26-cap France international at a cut price.

However, no exact figure has been offered by Juventus as to how much they would consider for Rabiot.

Longstaff encouraged to leave Newcastle by club legend

Meanwhile, a potential midfielder making room for Rabiot at Newcastle is Sean Longstaff.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Magpies.  Now, he has been encouraged by a club legend to do so.

Former Newcastle man Joey Barton has stated that he believes a move away from St.James’ Park may be best to revive his career.

Speaking to Chronicle LiveBarton also insisted that he would still be sad to see him leave.

Barton said: “If you’re asking me if I was his agent and maybe for his career, it might be better for him to move. It might help kickstart his career.

“Probably two-and-a-half years ago, people were talking about him being one of the best players in his position. They were saying he was very similar to Michael Carrick.

“He’s not Michael Carrick by a long way, but he’s in that mould.

“He’s tall, he’s elegant, he can play, he’s got a good personality.”

READ MORE: Newcastle among six Prem clubs chasing ‘frustrated’ Man Utd star ‘actively’ seeking a way out





Premier League  Gives Reason Why Jordan Ayew Was Not Sent Off Against Everton



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Jordan Ayew’s tackle on Anthony Gordon during Everton’s game against Crystal Palace was described as “reckless”, but was not believed to have warranted a red card through VAR.

The Blues found themselves 2-0 down at the break thanks to a header from Jean-Philippe Mateta and a strike from Ayew himself, just a couple of minutes after a hugely contentious challenge.

Right in front of the two dugouts, the Palace forward scythed down his opponent in what looked like a scissor motion.

Everton’s players were incensed and instantly surrounded referee Anthony Taylor. However, the official quickly had a yellow card in his hand and cautioned the Palace man.

The ECHO understands the decision was assessed by VAR Mike Dean, but it was decided that it did not meet the threshold for a red card. It was described as “reckless” which is classed as a yellow card offence.

This adds to a host of decisions that Everton have felt aggrieved by over the course of the season, including most recently a decision to not award Richarlison a penalty against Brentford shortly before Jarrad Branthwaite was handed a red card.



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Billy Sharp Headbutt Gets Nottingham Forest Fan Arrested



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A Nottingham Forest fan who headbutted Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp during a pitch invasion has been jailed for 24 weeks and been handed a 10-year football banning order, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday.

Robert Biggs, 30, invaded the pitch after Forest won their Championship playoff semifinal against United and made a beeline for Sharp, who was standing by the touchline before he was knocked to the ground.

A 10-year football banning order is maximum length available to the courts.

The CPS authorised charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Biggs pleaded guilty.

“This was an extremely serious and unprovoked assault with a professional footballer standing at the side of the pitch left requiring stitches,” Marianne Connally from the CPS said.

Billy Sharp: Fan arrested after 'headbutt assault' leaves Sheffield United  captain needing stitches

“Biggs has soured what should have been an incredible moment for the club and its fans. As a result of his actions, he won’t be able to enjoy seeing his club compete in the Premier League should Forest win the Championship playoff final.”

Sharp, who spent a season on loan at Forest, said he would not let one “scumbag” ruin his respect for the club’s fans.

“One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football,” Sharp wrote on Twitter.

Forest beat United on penalties to set up a Championship playoff final against Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on May 29.



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