Rafa Benitez's move to Everton 'under threat' as European club re-open talks at the 11th hour

Rafa Benitez’s expected appointment at Everton is reportedly under threat after an 11th-hour intervention from Fenerbahce.

Former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez's move to Everton is reportedly under threat. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez's move to Everton is reportedly under threat. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Sun reports that the Turkish giants have re-opened talks with Benitez’s representatives having had him in their sights since March.

It is also claimed the Spaniard was supposed to be confirmed as Toffees boss today but the delay has left the door open for Fenerbahce

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Benitez has been the subject of protests from Everton fans, some of which have displayed banners outside of Goodison Park and near his Merseyside home.

Whether or not that is the reason for the delay is unknown but the challenge at Fenerbahce is one Benitez is apparently intrigued by.

They’ve won the Turkish top-flight title a record 28 times but none since the 2013/14 campaign.

Sammy Ameobi joins Middlesbrough

Former Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi has signed for Middlesbrough following his release by Nottingham Forest.

The 29-year-old played nine games on loan at the Riverside Stadium during his Magpies days in 2013, scoring on his debut at home to Cardiff City.

Since leaving his boyhood club, Ameobi has enjoyed permanent spells at Bolton Wanderers and Forest, where he had spent the previous two seasons.

Ameobi has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with an option of a further year.

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Neil Warnock was delighted to get Ameobi on board. He said: “As soon as I became aware Sammy was available I let him know I wanted him, and we had a few good conversations.

"I thought it was important he could see what he could do for us, and what I could do for him.

"I've always thought he's a danger, and I'll be looking to use that danger and have a system where I can get him in positive forward positions."

Magpies announce Doncaster Rovers friendly

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Newcastle will travel to League One side Doncaster Rovers on Friday, July 23 for a 7pm kick-off.

It is the fifth pre-season friendly United have announced with trips to York City, Harrogate Town, Rotherham United and Burton Albion also pencilled in across July.

Ticketing information regarding the friendlies – except York, which will be home fans only – will be confirmed in due course.