It's been a whirlwind couple of days in the land of NUFC - Owen, Englands Number 1 striker joins up for 16 million quid, and late breaking news just a few hours before the midnight transfer deadline, it looks like Nobby Solano will be back where he belongs, wearing the black and white stripes once again.
I think everyone on Tyneside thought the sale of Nobby in the first place wasn't ideal, and Ambrose never developed into a suitable replacement. Villa loved him, and he consistently was their best player last year, but he always loved it here, and jumped at the chance to come back. I wonder if he'll end up back living on Mr Walker's street like last time (although Pete claimed this, I never saw him there).
The usual Guardian/Fiver sarcasm below
"You've done so much in football but this must be one of your proudest moments," simpered Jim to Magpies boss Graeme Souness, whose numerous high-profile trophy wins as a player and manager (of other teams) clearly pale into insignificance compared to securing a Real Madrid reject nobody else wanted on a four-year deal. "We've really done the business today," agreed Souey, adopting a turn of phrase not heard around St James's Park for several months. "He was my first choice, we've got him and the supporters will love him. He's an honest up-front guy as well as a top-class footballer."
SOLANO SET FOR NEWCASTLE RETURN