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ESPN – Rangers United – why did Mike Ashley loan them five Newcastle players?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti believes it is financial factors that have played the key role in the lack of transfers during the January transfer window, but Chelsea and Manchester City benefitted from their additions. Just why did Newcastle owner Mike Ashley loan FIVE of his side's players to fallen Scottish giants Rangers on transfer deadline day? WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW LATEST – TRANSFERS: All the deals – Lythell: Cuadrado, Schurrle good business for Chelsea – WATCH: Premier League transfer window review – Usher: Liverpool's quiet window puts the burden on Sturridge – McNicholas: Arsenal's decent transfer window – Insider: Grading Prem's 10 biggest transfers Gael Bigirimana, Remie Streete, Kevin Mbabu, Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson all made the move north of the border in a surprising sub-plot on an otherwise dull day in the world of football transfers. It turns out that this mega deal, which was pushed through late on deadline night and completed in the corridors of St James' Park and not Ibrox, was something that…

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ESPN – Three Points: Ross Barkley guides Everton to victory over QPR

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Ross Barkley (33') Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Everton LIVERPOOL, England — Goals from Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith helped Everton to a tidy 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park. The win pushes the Toffees up to 10th in the Premier League. Here are three points from Monday's game… 1. Toffees slowly climb the table Everton kicked off in 13th. They ended the day in the upper half of the division and as the top team in Merseyside (on goal difference). Nevertheless, their starting position was a sign that Liverpool…

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