The Independent (p6) reports that the club wants to build a 55,000 seater stadium on Castle Leazes moor, which has been in common ownership for over 700 years.
City councillors were given a preview of the club's plans on Wednesday night and many, according to the paper, emerged undecided.
Liberal democrat opposition leader John Shipley called for a referendum of city taxpayers on whether the stadium should go head.
'But at the end of the day it is not something I can support. The bottom line is it is going to involve a loss of open space on Castle Leazes.'