Date: 10th July 2018 at 4:31pm
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Lee Ryder, chief football writer for the Chronicle, decided he was going to fight back after a report from Sky Sports stated that Newcastle had rejected a bid for their captain Jamaal Lascelles from West Ham.

The claim was first made by Keith Downie, a Sky Sports reporter on his personal Twitter feed, and this was then followed by a story on Sky Sports.

Ryder immediately penned a piece for the Chronicle saying that no formal bid had been received and that Sky Sports were guilty of printing agent-driven gossip aimed at unsettling the player.

Downie saw this and said he found the article baffling, to which Ryder responded again.

Downie fired back, asserting that a bid had been made and that Ryder obviously didn’t know about it.