Rangers are hoping to complete the capture of Joleon Lescott before the weekend after manager Mark Warburton sold an Ibrox move to the Villa defender.
Steve Harper has returned to Newcastle to take on the role of Academy goalkeeping coach.
Two West Mercia officers are under criminal investigation following the death of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.
Rafael Benitez promised there is more to come from Newcastle after seeing them finally launch their Sky Bet Championship promotion drive.
Shane Duffy scored two own goals as Blackburn lost 2-1 to Cardiff, while Newcastle got their first points of the season with a 4-1 win over Reading.