Newcastle to play at the Wonga Stadium?

Newcastle United are set to sign a multi-million pound shirt and stadium sponsorship deal with payday lender Wonga.

Newcastle to play at the Wonga Stadium?

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Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle

The Sunday Telegraph reports that the club will finalise an agreement worth £8 million a year within the next fortnight.

The deal will begin from the start of the 2013/14 season and last for three years.

While Newcastle fans will welcome the injection of cash, they may wince at their St James' Park home being renamed the Wonga Stadium.

In 2009 owner Mike Ashley rechristened it Sportsdirect @ St James' Park after his own chain of sportswear stores - a move that provoked considerable anger among supporters.

Last year the ground, Newcastle's home since 1892, became the Sports Direct Arena.

Wonga offers short-term loans at very high interest rates. It currently has a shirt sponsorship deal with Blackpool.


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