I know it is open season for all the press to write rubbish about transfers but it is ironic that it’s Newcastle United’s ‘preferred media partner’ who are by some distance the worst offenders.

Every week The Mirror, Sunday People and Sunday Mirror (all under the same ownership) manage to come up with some of the worst/best examples of transfer speculation, despite having their close relationship with Newcastle United.

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In the immediate aftermath of being the only newspaper allowed to speak to Steve McClaren after his appointment, The Mirror had an exclusive on  11 June where they revealed that Charlie Austin was a ‘done deal’ and would definitely be unveiled in the coming days, with West Brom’s Saido Berahino to be signed shortly afterwards.

I don’t need to tell you that 46 days later, Newcastle are still Austin & Berahino-free.

However, the transfer nonsense continues to spill out from this NUFC preferred media partner, with Steve Bates in the Sunday People writing the following which was published today:

‘Manchester United have knocked back moves by Inter Milan and Newcastle to land midfield king-pin Michael Carrick.

The Dutchman’s stance is a big blow to McClaren who was hoping to build Newcastle’s midfield around Geordie Carrick for the coming season.’

Michael Carrick is a very good player and it is a crying shame that Newcastle managed to let him move down south as a kid, rather than ensuring he made his name on Tyneside.

However, there is no way that the Manchester United midfielder is belatedly heading to St James Park.

I think there is every chance he could do a very good job in the short-term for United but even if Michael Carrick was up for coming – Mike Ashley agreeing to a very expensive stop gap deal for a player who turns 34 on Tuesday?!!

The signings of Wijnaldum and Mitrovic do show a change in the club owner’s transfer outlook but only so much as in he’s realised he has to now pay the going rate for young players with potential, if he is to avoid certain disaster/relegation.

Paying more money than he has ever done before on a 20 and 23 year old, does not then equate to allowing money to be spent on any player in the twilight of his career…even if the info is coming from Newcastle United’s preferred media partner.