...or at least some good rumours.
During my stint writing news for Goal.com yesterday I stumbled across this story, originally reported on the Evening Chronicle website I added my own little touch and posted it up for the whole world to see.
Thought the least I could do is show it to you fair people as it shows that despite our relegation to The Championship, we can still (occasionally) one-up those pesky Mackems.
Norwegian Starlet Set To Snub Sunderland For Newcastle
Per Ciljan Skjelbred is desperate to join Newcastle United, despite their relegation to the Championship, and could snub a potential move to Premier League club Sunderland in order to fulfil his dream.
The Evening Chronicle claims the 21-year-old Norwegian prospect is eager to be part of a promotion push and will wait for the turmoil at the St. James' Park club to settle down before deciding on his future.
Reports on the paper’s website suggest that the Norwegian international will turn down Premier League football to join the Tyneside club.
Sunderland, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in the Rosenborg playmaker, with attention also coming from Europe in the shape of Italian side Torino.
Potential Newcastle manager Alan Shearer had tracked the player during his time in temporary charge and is still keen to sign Skjelbred.
Newcastle are currently in limbo. The Magpies do not have a single pre-season friendly arranged and there is still uncertainty over who will manage the team next season.
Owner Mike Ashley is desperate to offload the club as quickly as possible and draw a curtain on his disastrous reign.
Written For Goal.com --- June 2009