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In his exclusive World Cup column for The Independent, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew looks ahead to the World Cup final in which the two best teams of the tournament meet

Newcastle United have reportedly agreed to sign Remy Cabella for £12m

Newcastle transfer news: Toon 'agree deal' for £12m Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella

Frenchman scored 14 goals from attacking midfield last season

The match-winner Enner Valencia celebrates

Enner Valencia latest: Ecuador's World Cup star linked with Spurs, Newcastle and Everton

Striker has starred in the tournament with all three of Ecuador's goals

Vincent Kompany holds the Premier League title aloft after Manchester City's win over West Ham

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Fabricio Coloccini has committed his future to Newcastle

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Jack Colback joins Newcastle: Sunderland left with 'bitter taste' as academy product shuns Black Cats in order to complete free transfer to rivals Newcastle

Sunderland issued a statement in which they blasted Colback for his actions after he left the club he joined when he was eight years old

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle transfer news: Ayoze Perez joins from Tenerife in £1.5m deal

The 20-year-old was playing the the second tier of Spanish football last season

Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi could be set for Sydney switch after being released by Newcastle

The 32-year-old will have an opportunity to showcase his talents in Brazil after being selected by Nigeria for the World Cup

Loic Remy in action for Newcastle

Loic Remy to Tottenham: Spurs target QPR striker as first summer signing

The Frenchman spent last season on loan at Newcastle and isn't expected to play again for his parent club

Loic Remy doubles Newcastle's lead

Loic Remy transfer news: Harry Redknapp admits Remy is unlikely to play for QPR again amid talk of a move to Arsenal or Liverpool

Remy could be available for around £8m due to a release clause in his contract

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Paul Dummett of Newcastle United is sent off referee Phil Dowd during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield

Luis Suarez injury: Newcastle defender Paul Dummett received an online death threat after fans blamed him for causing Suarez's knee injury that has put his World Cup in doubt

Dummett was sent-off for catching Suarez in what appeared to be an accidental collision, with the striker undergoing surgery on his meniscus on Thursday

Transfer news: Stoke chief executive reveals club haven't received any contact for Ryan Shawcross amid reported Manchester City interest

Tony Scholes says he is not surprised by interest in the Potters' captain but stresses there has not been an approach from either City or Newcastle

Alan Pardew admits he faces a challenge to change public opinion

Alan Pardew backed to fight on by former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd as he claims Magpies can only make do with what they are given in the transfer window

Pardew will continue as Newcastle manager after talks regarding his future with the club

Alan Pardew confronts David Meyler

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Samir Nasri fires City ahead at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: Samir Nasri insists Premier League title triumph is just the beginning as he believes City are 'the best in England'

Nasri has been given a more prominent role under Manuel Pellegrini and says 'I did great because I had a great manager behind me'

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