Newcastle Linked With English Forward

There’s a report out today that Newcastle are interested in Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard

Nicky Maynard – are Newcastle really interested?

The report suggests that manager Alan Pardew is ready to offer Bristol £4.5m plus Leon Best for the player.

So if Best is worth around £4M, we would offer £8.5M for a lower league player, who is hardly well known?

I don’t think so.

The 5’5″ forward has been at Bristol City since 2008, and in 104 appearances has scored 38 goals, and before that the 24 year-old was at Crew Alexandra from 2005, and scored 35 goals in 67 appearances for them.

Before joining Crewe,  Maynard was on Arsenal’s books from the age of 7, and yes,  they recruit them very young these days, don’t they.

We haven’t seen this lad play, so we have no idea how good he is, but we cannot believe Newcastle would pay that amount for this player.

And of course he would be a huge risk, since he’s completely untested at the higher levels of English football.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

62 comments so far

  • tynesidetommo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1

    No way Jose

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    FFS no way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ichrisho

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Woah 4.5m PLUS Best – No way. Thats too much. He plays in the league below – not the number 9 we were looking for albeit he would be a good sub rather than Ranger.

  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4


  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Maybe first 😉 bollocks

  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6


  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Oleg G

    your post on the last article was so wrong, you must live the perfect lifestyle ey… lots of people, lots of cultures and lots of different personalities. Have you gone through life never making a mistake?? i guess not

    Get off your high horse the sun aint shining out your a rse matey

  • NUFC New Boy

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #8

    What is he thinking? Get Sturridge on loan, Buy Maiga for 7m and buy Pieters

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Fear Man shiteh with Aguero now if they get it right then they are definatley contenders

  • tiotal football

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #10

    definitely not worth £8.5 million and shouldn’t be our marqueue signing up top but would be a decent addition to the team IF we were signing another striker.

    Has looked decent enough when I’ve seen him in championship games but if we signed him then that’d be it for the toon so would rather someone else! Better than most of what we have at the moment though.

  • BigKirky

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #11

    No chance.

    Hopefully we’ll hear better news developing today on Pieters if the funeral was yesterday. Same goes for a striker, minus the funeral.

  • NI Toon

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #12

    @DarloGeordie – I think you mean Fear NUFC with Ben Arfa. 🙂 .. Once he is back from injury I think we will be a much improved team.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #13

    We should be going for a top proven goalscorer someone like defoe. Wouldnt of been my first choice but you have to admit he is a country mile better than what we have. Wouldnt come cheap and high wages but you sometimes have to pay to going rate if u want proven quality

  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #14

    The last striker we bought from Bristol City was a Andy Cole….He was a unknown quantity.. who ended up as a prolific goal scorer……..Who knows?

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #15

    NI Toon

    I lile your style mate.. a little worried about his injury record so far though. but like Boater said the investment in oversoil heating may reduce injuries lmao

  • IrishMagpie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #16

    How is it £8.5m? Ed just picked a number out of the Air and decided Best is worth £4m. We payed about £2m for Best which would make it £6.5m for this guy.

    I agree though that he’s not the answer and we need to look elsewhere.

  • tiotal football

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #17

    @ 2 Ameobi’s

    Sorry mate but I disagree on defoe. Had a horrible season last year. Yeah he has the quality but just doesn’t seem to score enough. 130 goals in 356 games isn’t enough for the price we’d have to pay to bring him here.

  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #18

    I would rather see another young frenchman, Henri Saivet

  • StevieGee

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Has anyone seen him play? He looks class…

    Have a look on youtube.

    I agree that £4.5m plus Best is outrageous but Leicester tried to get him for £3m. We should be able to get him for similar fee although I would hope we would get a bigger name striker as well as him.

    Amazing goal –

    Bunch of amazing goals after the slow start to the video –

  • Tiote

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #20

    No way wot so eva. Wot makes pardwho think hes beta thn leon. Av got faith in leon, showed sum good signs bk in January. Best striker at our club. Throw lovernpants in th deal instead

  • shaun83

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Maynard is a good player and a bit harsh to say no experience in higher levels of english football! No prem experience granted. Don’t actually believe this story has any substance but wouldn`t mind hum coming in, just not as our sole forward signing

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Tiotal football

    like i said he wouldnt of been my first choice, berba or sturridge anyday, but with time running out we need a goalscorer and id feel better with defoe up front over shola/ba/loverman/best. Just my opinon mate, would also take pav of them.

  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #23
  • Brutooon

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #24

    thats one of the stupid move ever – Leon Best is our best striker and we want to swap him with a player half the ability?

  • AndyMac

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Those of you old enough will know we picked up Andy Cole from Bristol City who was also an ex Arsenal academy player.

  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Macheda for MU is not being used, why not signed him too?

  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Oh ffs. Not this Sturridge cr@p again.

    Out of all the forwards @ chelsea, he was the most impressive during Pre-Season. Yes That includes the like of Fancy Haired Torres, Diving Didier Drogba, Solo-men Calf Poo and Frowny Faced Anelka.

    Andre Villas Boas did not become a successfull 33 year old manager by loaning out his “better” players.

    We missed our chance of getting sturridge to wear a Nufc top, even if temporary. So just forget about the lad already.

    Seriously. We have a better chance of winning a lottery big enough to shove Mike Ashley off his Toilet @ the top of the Newcastle Hierarchy.

  • Eastander

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #28

    I personally quite like Maynard, over the past 2 seasons he has a 1 in 2 record for a team who finished 15th last season, he’s fast and I personally think he’s a tidy player to join up with the skillful French lads… wouldnt pay 8.5m though!!

  • Toontappy

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #29

    If he is coming in aswell as another then i’d have him straight away,he scored a fantastic goal against us in thc Championship,fast tricky player,maybe move Lovens on not Best,thought he did ok when he came on Saturday,there is no doubt Maynard would make our squad stronger,Andy Cole signing springs to mind.

  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Vaclav Kladec or Stefano Okaka would be good

  • joe

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #31

    A lot of people here are saying that we need a pacy striker to feed off knock downs from ba/ameobi, someone like bellamy. I have to disagree though, Playing as a lone striker up front, he has to be able to drop back and help to link up the play, or our midfield will never get anywhere near the opposition goal. That’s what you need in a 451 formation.

  • JGreaves

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #32

    Seen the other day that Man U were offering us Macheda and Diouf on loan to get first team experience. I would take them both but Macheda for me would be great, diouf isnt exactly better than what we already have.

    Lets see if Cwarr’s bullsh*t is proven wrong again, he said we were getting bendtner and now says were getting Situ, Maiga and Pieters. The kids a idiot

  • Cardboy

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #33

    Seen him play… he’s the best player in the city side by far. Better than a few we alredy have, knows how to score freely. However, he’s not worth huge money and keep Best..

  • FollowMyTwitterLewisKing7

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #34

    ED, Maynard is not 5,5″ He is infact 5,11″ — People Theres no way ashley will pay that amount for him.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #35

    I think he has one year one his contract

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #36

    Maynard is 5 ft 11.5 in, not the 5″5 Ed stated.
    I personally don’t want Maiga at this club, his attitude seems terrible, plus he is so similar to our other two tall men (Ba and Shola). Maynard might be worth a punt at 3M.

  • bristolmagpie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #37

    I live in bristol and even though it seems like a lot of money, trust me he is better then best, ameobi, loverboy, ranger. so basicly he is better then what we got. scored alot of goals in poor sides in the championship. buying a striker from the french league is just as much as a gamble from buying from championship

  • LewSpi

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #38

    He can’t possibly be worth that much. I say 3 mil with Loverman, maybe even chuck Nile Ranger in on a loan.

    Also reports this morning that we have been offered Macheda and Diouf. The best news all summer if this is true.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #39

    I would have said £4.5m on its own would be enough, why not give them Ranger?

    Best looked our best striker on Saturday, we aint seen the ‘Best’ of him yet!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #40


    Yeah that news broke yesterday mate.


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