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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Mike Ashley has met with the CEO of a UAE-based marketing group with interest in Saudi Arabia. Elsewhere, Kyle Scott is reportedly in 'advanced talks' to complete a permanent switch to the MLS. Here are your Newcastle United headlines for February 20. Ashley's Gulf meeting While Newcastle struggle on the field, Mike Ashley remains out of the country pursuing business interests elsewhere. The Magpies owner is in the Gulf at the moment and met the CEO of a UAE-based marketing group with interest in Saudi Arabia. Mohammad A Baker, the deputy chairman of Gulf Marketing Group (GMG), wrote on Linkedin: "It was a pleasure to meet Mike Ashley, Founder and CEO of Fraser Group and owner of Newcastle United Football Club. Mike Ashley meets with Mohammad Baker of Gulf Media Group (Image: Linkedin) "Thank you for visiting us at Gulf Marketing Group." The GMG "introduces brands into the Middle East" and is understood to be a key partner of Nike in Saudi Arabia. Ashley's interest in that growing market tallies with his desire to do business in Saudi Arabia - especially if the takeover can finally be pushed through. Read More Related Articles Revealed: Mike Ashley's Gulf meeting as further reasons to sell Newcastle emerge Scott in 'advanced talks' United's academy midfielder Kyle Scott is in 'advanced talks' over a permanent switch to MLS outfit FC Cincinnati. Kyle Scott of Newcastle United (35) controls the ball during the Leasing.com Trophy match between Port Vale and Newcastle United at Vale Park That's according to Football Insider, who write the Magpies are unlikely to extend the 23-year-old's contract beyond the end of the season. 'Toxic' NUFC Twitter Lockdown, the never-ending takeover saga, Steve Bruce or any one of the Magpies' recent poor results. The list of reasons could go on, but there is no doubt the forum of Newcastle United Twitter has become increasingly volatile. It is a trend which extends far beyond the Magpies, football and even Twitter itself, with ugly episodes frequently leading to renewed calls for social media reform. From a Toon Army perspective, a fanbase regularly lauded for the depths of their devotion is now seemingly prepared to turn upon one another over the most minor indiscretions. (Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images) Fanzines and prominent supporters have locked horns over takeover claims, opinions of players or even the latest United headlines. Debates are to be expected, but conversation turns to confrontation and instances of personal abuse and so-called 'pile ons' are fast becoming the worrying norm. The Daily Telegraph's North East reporter Luke Edwards - himself a regular victim of abuse and trolling - believes it has descended into a "warzone". Read More Related Articles Death threats and trolls - the 'toxic' side of Newcastle United Twitter which has become a 'warzone' Simpson's Ashley verdict "Not many people have a lot of good things to say about him." That was the verdict of former Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson on Magpies owner Mike Ashley while discussing his exit from the club back in the summer of 2013.
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. However, at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, Simpson was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer as he dropped down a division to play under Harry Redknapp at QPR in the Championship.
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Dummett's return? Paul Dummett is in contention for a role at Manchester United on Sunday - according to Steve Bruce.
Newcastle defender Paul Dummett
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The defender has not played since his dramatic cameo against Southampton when he made seven clearances in 20 minutes at St James' Park in a 3-2 win. The retired Wales international has suffered with injuries in recent months but Newcastle are taking their time with the long-serving left-sided player.
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Richards' verdict Micah Richards has named Callum Wilson as the reason why Newcastle United will avoid relegation this season - despite the frontman's injury. Steve Bruce's talk of a top-ten finish earlier this season has been replaced by a familiar fight for survival following an alarming run of form.
Micah Richards before the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on February 9, 2020
However, Richards believes Newcastle's summer signing Wilson will ensure they 'just' about avoid relegation and preserve their Premier League status for a fifth consecutive season. It is a view echoed by fellow pundit Chris Sutton, but the former Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea striker believes the Magpies are in a 'scrap' for survival.
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Quinn on painful exit It was the sort of night that any young Geordie striker longs to experience. With the iconic number nine shirt proudly displayed on the back of his black and white shirt, and the Sunderland defence in his sights, Jonathyn Quinn plundered a hat-trick to help Newcastle United Under-18s to a 4-0 win in a Youth Cup tie against their fiercest rivals. Quinn’s night got started on the brink of half-time when some neat approach play from Rolando Aarons allowed the striker to sweep home a shot from ten yards to put the young Magpies ahead at St James Park. He doubled his tally on 55 minutes when Black Cats keeper Max Stryjek spilled a cross and allowed Quinn to tap into an empty net. A hat-trick seemed inevitable and it duly arrived with just under 20 minutes remaining when Jamie Sterry jinked past two defenders and gave Quinn a chance that he could not miss. He wheeled away at the Gallowgate end, one arm aloft in a celebration that his boyhood hero and fellow Wallsend Boys Club product Alan Shearer had carried out many times before. But this is a story of what happens when the dream fades and reality hits hard.
Jonathyn Quinn of Newcastle United U21's during a pre-season friendly against Ashington FC at theAshington Community Football Club on August 28, 2014
Former Newcastle United prospect opens up on mental health crisis after Magpies release
Sadly, Quinn’s treble against the Black Cats would be the zenith of his time with his boyhood club and an unsuccessful loan spell with Blyth Spartans failed to spark any movement towards the senior ranks. With his career drifting, he was released by the Magpies in May 2015, less than 16 months after his remarkable night at Gallowgate. The sting of rejection and the end of his dream did not hit home until years later following brief spells with Northern League clubs Ashington and Bedlington Terriers and Northern Alliance side Alnwick Town. With his time in the professional game now in the past, it took a dose of reality delivered by Quinn’s partner for the realisation that he was suffering with mental health problems really hit home.
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