Newcastle Win Battle For New Wayne Rooney

Some good news for Newcastle today following the People’s report yesterday that Plymouth’s teenage star Aaron Spear is set to join Newcastle United later this week.


Dennis Wise – has persuaded Aaron Spear to join Newcastle

Dennis Wise traveled to Devon with Newcastle scout Lil Fuccillo recently for a three-hour meeting with the 15-year-old striker and his parents, and the youngster is ready to say yes to the Newcastle club later this week.

This is said to be a massive coup for Wise and Newcastle United, and Dennis sold the club to Spear and his family despite interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Portsmouth.

Spear was a regular for the Plymouth Argyle under-16s this season, and also a key player for Plymouth Schools in their challenge for the ESFA Under-15 Inter Association Trophy.


Aaron Spear  – 15 year-old whiz kid

Spear was all set to play for Argyle Reserves last season but there is a rule that players have to be aged 15 or over to play senior football, so that plan had to be scrapped, until the player reached 15.

Spear is being dubbed the “New Wayne Rooney”, as was Arsenal’s January signing Luke Freeman, whom Newcastle were also interested in.

Spear is in the middle of a country battle at the moment.

The Scottish international team have already asked him to play for them because he has a Scottish grandmother, but England also want the young prospect to represent them.

Newcastle are said to be ready pay over £1M for the player, based on installments that would map his progress at Newcastle.

As well as playing like Wayne Rooney, apparently Aaron also looks a little like Wayne.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1


  • Toon_Army

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Great news for the future if it’s true although we should be thinking about signings for now first and foremost. But if hes as good as this makes him out to be, excellent move Wisey!!

  • Chris F

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    well, if he’s the next wayne rooney, will he be in the team when he’s 16?

    or will he be the next michael chopra?

    i suppose it’s good to see that we’re looking at good young english talent still, however.

  • cooldj

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    i thought we’d got aaron ramsey when i saw the headline!!! ah well lets hope this guy is good!

  • Obafan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Okay great for the future, but now we need signings for next season, cause our squad is too thin. If nothing happens we could fight to stay in EPL and then this youngster can play in championship. So if he is that great we will lose him and he will have played 2-3 seasons in Newcastle and then when he finally reaches the first team he will leave cause too good to play in Championship.

    I know I’m complaining and seeing things very negative, but something needs to happen at the club. ATM there are too much question marks. Position KK, how much will be spend, new contracts for Owen and Oba, …?????

  • beye the great

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    is he realy the next rooney

  • Davies

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d like to see him play before I celebrate. We’re being linked with Reyes again I notice. Worrying.

    Nice to see that Keegan hjasn’t given up his interest in McGeady though. Hope the Mackems don’t get him.

  • Graham

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    As long as he doesn’t have the same affinity towards other peoples grandmothers like Rooney does then its good news.

    And Obafan – There’ll not be much transfer news until after the Euros have finished and I reckon we’ll spend about £35-40m net before the season starts. I have total faith in Keegan (and Wise for some reason) and think we’ll have a top 8 team next season and top six the year after that.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    “traveled to Devon with Newcastle scout Lil Fuccillo ”

    lil fuccillo scout this lad on championship manager ?

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    It really is not good enough who next the new maradonna(still in nappies though).

    We will be in the championship 2009 so he might even get a game.

    When I seen the headline I was shaking…now I am as bored as ever and preparing for another depressing week in the transfer window.

    Well done Dennis you really have pulled out all the stops on this one.

  • Mac

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    It just gets better. Sky are reporting we’re still interested in that peruvian midfielder. You know the one,the fella that plays in the Spanish 2nd division.
    Yeah this is a clear statement of intent. We should easily win the championship in 2009-10 with this fella on board

  • Hadrian

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    graham ,
    i reckon we will spend 30-40 million aswell ,
    i also think the wont be anywhere near keegans first choice of players , and we will get rid of more major players before we bring anyone in .

    when you say keep the faith , its a double edged sword .

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    There were like 500 “new Maradona” and no one have ever reached half what Maradona had achieved.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    PS How many new Wayne Rooneys are there-Spear is being dubbed the “New Wayne Rooney”, as was Arsenal’s January signing Luke Freeman, whom Newcastle were also interested in.

    Has he been cloned?

  • 51times

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Sounds like a hell of a prospect. Good work Wise? It feels weird to praise him.

  • Leo

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    i thought he was going to NCFC not NUFC????

  • Graham

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Hadrian – agree 100%. But we cant expect to get Keegans 1st choice in without either shedding out crazy wages like man city are supposedly offering Ronaldinho or have European competition to tempt them.

    And with Ashley running NUFC with the first piece of professionalism seen at SJP for as long as I can remember – Keegan may have to extend his contract if he wants the chance to break world records…

  • evildick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    i don’t expect much to happen until the euro is over. so wake me up in august thanks.

  • John

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    great work..We’ll get to see him in 3 or 4 years..Can’t wait 🙂

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Its a start I suppose, time will tell if this was a shrude move on Newcastle’s part. This IS how well run clubs do business, by making sure the foundations are in place. A good youth policy will deffinately keep this club in good stead. So well done Mr Wise, Now can we have some players for the 1st team please! lol

  • Oba one konobi

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #21

    I think it is a great move for NUFC, as we need to invest in youth first than wait to the Championships is over before rushing into big name signings. I do not belive for a minute that the recuritment team is not working hard enough to bring in quality talent at the RIGHT price.
    There will be plenty of teams out there buying duds for far too much money. For all thoses fans keep the faith in our recruitment team as Ashley has done a great job so far!
    I feel we will end up spending £35-40 million on transfers this season, with diffrent types of players who want to come to the club, even if they are from the second division in Spain!
    Wee need a squad of players as from next year 18 players need to be in the squad for Prem games. it would be good for the club if at least 1/4 of those players where promising youngsters as the has beens from Chelsea and other clubs that want to off load players to us that just are not good enough!

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Probably just another Chopra! Hope I am wrong but although this is good business we really should be concentrating solely on the senior squad for now.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    I see Shola could be off to ipswich…good news-ish : )

  • 51times

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    JP – Why, we won’t be able to get any decent senior players until the Euros end.

  • cc

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    now i’m excited, top 6 no worries

  • domtoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Great. Can we play him next season?

  • Tony Smith

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #27

    At least he’s still too young to go to prison!


    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Way things are going squad size we might HAVE to play him next season. It’s going to be interesting to see if the Argie jaunt produces anything.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #29

    hmmm 1 Mil for a 15 year old, if the price is anything to go by, he will be a great player. Good work you cross-eyed midget 😀

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #30

    So, a slighty over-weight, red-headed, narky, 2-footed challenging, scouser that says erm all the time when interviewed?..
    …Could be good?..

  • Matthew Tom

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #31

    There’s still time for Tottenham to sign him for £500K.

  • dick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #32

    will be handy to have in side when we get relegated next season,we need top players now just to stay up

  • Jonny

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #33

    “apparently aaron also looks like wayne…”

    poor lad…

  • Ian

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Well if he is good then well done, I still do not understand the blockage we have with new recruits, Carroll hangs on to the first team by his finger tips but stops everyone else from moving forward, surely Carroll’s sale should fund the recruit and more, then Fabio is tried during next season from the reserves if he looks good he is brought on to the first team bench then the next steps up and so on, if any of them look brilliant they are then one of our top strikers if not sell them to fund some more youngsters.

  • scott9

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #35

    saying hes the next wayne rooney is quite a statement to make in my opinion

  • euanpolo

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Well at least we’re getting someone in, and lets hope he IS the next Rooney.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 9, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    orite fellas, ill tell you know, as i work in plymouth and watch my missus brother play. there is only one player and that is young speary, he is the best youngster i have ever seen play football, and i have played at some very good standards myself against the likes of scott sinclair, daniel sturridge and victor moses. he tops all these 10 times over

  • petworth (DC) magpie

    Jun 9, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Thanks for the confidence boost GG7.

    Still not thrilled that we are talking about almost signing someone. Please stop the teasing, or the tipping off, and wake me up we have actually acquired a SIGNATURE!

  • petworth (DC) magpie

    Jun 9, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Ed… here’s a pic:,,10364~1286456,00.html

  • alex scott

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #40

    If he was that good he would have gone to top 4 club.


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