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Magpies sign yet another French player
Striker joins from Bordeaux on four-and-a-half year deal
Latest French signing has high hopes
Magpies seeking replacement for Demba Ba
London Irish 22 Gloucester 29
Youngsters struggled against Bordeux
Premier League team news
Bordeaux 2 Newcastle United 0
Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell has claimed that he reacted to provocation in last night's Amlin Challenge Cup clash against French club Mont-de-Marsan.
If you've ever winced upon opening your phone bill you may have some small insight into the horror a woman in south-west France experienced this week.
Jeremy Forrest, the runaway teacher arrested in France on suspicion of abducting schoolgirl Megan Stammers, was charged with child abduction last night.
The Cissé-Ba and Rooney-Van Persie pairings should light up St James's Park
Newcastle United 3 Bordeaux 0
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has challenged his players to find their best form for a tough double-header against Bordeaux and Manchester United.
Runaway teacher Jeremy Forrest will return to the UK after a French court agreed to his extradition today.
It felt like the Europa League had moved up a notch in terms of its significance in the North-east yesterday. That could have been down to the bold admission from Alan Pardew that his side is aiming to win it, the arrival of more credible opposition in Bordeaux or the potential problems when Newcastle United head to Club Brugge early next month.