Are Newcastle Interested In Signing Wilfried Bony?

Former Newcastle striker target Wilfried Bony has a buyout clause in his Swansea contract, and it’s £7M more than Swansea paid for the former Vitesse striker last summer.

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Wilfried Bony – are Newcastle interested?

After having such a great first season in the Premier League, when he scored 25 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions for Swansea,  some big clubs have expressed an interest in the Ivory Coast striker (23 caps – 8 goals).

The Mirror is reporting that Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham will need to pay out £19M if they want the Swansea striker, because that’s the release clause in his contract.

But it’s not clear whether Newcastle are interested in signing the striker, who would cost £7M more than they would have had to pay for him last summer.

We’d be surprised if Newcastle were still interested in the striker, especially at a whopping £19M, and maybe the Mirror quote Newcastle and West Ham, because those clubs are known to be after strikers this summer.

Swansea are not expecting to keep their top player next season, and they have only recently signed 21 year-old Dutch U21 striker Luc Castaignos from FC Twente, thought to be a replacement.

We don’t think Bony is a Newcastle target this summer, because we don’t think Newcastle would pay out £19M for any player, and he would also want to move to a club competing in the Champions League next season, and that’s certainly not Newcastle.

But we could be wrong on that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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38 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #1

    There is no way newcastle will pay that for him, and i don’t think he would want to join either.

  • Lost Plot

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Not unless he’s on YTS salary and Free Transfer

    Some proper crap popping up on here at mo .. Better that what papers say lol

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #3

    i suppose it’s a win win situation for me

  • Brutooon

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #4

    what bony did in one season is equal to half of what ameobi did in 14 seasons !!!!!!!!

    sign him!

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #5

    if newcastle were an ambitious club they would have had him and remy last season


    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #6

    MICHY BATSHUAYI is the guy we need to sign. Top Belgium talent who scared 18 goals in the league and is only 20. Shouldn’t be more than the £12m Swansea payed for Boney.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Bony to Newcastle LMAO.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #8

    lol is it april fools again

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #9


  • 123 Dummet Time

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #10

    This would be the dream…


  • usmagpie

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed I know your blogging but stop this madness, please go out and drink some Brown for a few days.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #12

    we missed our chance at bony same with pea and gomis and…..list goes on !!!!!

    what a diff that extra mil or 2 makes eh ? still no worries ash keep playing your games we will never get fed up of you getting free advertisement and taking funds from the club even though you say we have not made a profit ever ^^ i’m sure the mice have eaten it no worries buddy i believe you.

  • musomag

    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #13

    More BS Ed, ‘we’ don’t believe any of it. Grim

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Its a shame that we did not have Carr scouting gems with a decent owner who would spend the cash god knows how many players we have missed out on that were recommended by the scouting team !!

    Bony , Modric , Remy, PEA, Wanyama, Clyne, Redmond, Zaha, Ba and Cabaye all could have been signed or retained with a board with ambition at one point or another in the last couple of years on top of Pardew saying he would have loved to have Lallana, Lambert, Long , Shelvey and Defoe in interviews which would have gave us some squad but no down to the bare bones we go!!!

    Really sad Carr must be on serious money at the Toon because it must be soul destroying to keep recommending players and not seeing us sign them!!

  • magoo

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #15

    in a word, no.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #16

    I thought it was clear that Ed is just putting out what the papers spurt. And that he doesn’t think it’s credible anyway. Shooting the messenger won’t help, Eds trying to keep the flow going so we don’t degrade into the kind of utter crud Brutooon pukes up, still banging on about Ameobi. When he’s virtually left the building.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #17


    I would like to see a list of players carr has recommended I am sure it makes for interesting reading

    what is worse must be the youngsters we have signed the vuckics and others that just seemed to have gone backwards

  • beermonkey

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #18


    I think strolla has left the building he will return but that will be to drop his brother off and pick him up on training days

  • lesh

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Maybe Bony’s price’ll make Ashley regret not buying him last summer. He’s probably having nightmares at having missed out on a profit of £7m, had he bought him when the chance was there.

    Wouldn’t mind having Bony on board though.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m not excited whatsoever about next season or who we are falsely linked with and that is a sad thought because football should be enjoyable.

    The excitement and anticipation of hope are well and truly diminished under our vile capitalist owner and his lying puppet with no brain.

    Why bother hoping of signings when Pardew has underwhelmed us with the five he got two Januarys ago.

    When the foundations aren’t adequate, even the strongest bricks will collapse. In other words, no matter who we bring in, if P45DUE is coaching them the team is eventually doomed.

    Ashley out, P45DUE out.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Bony is an interesting case in point. Carr scouts him, the bean counters baulk at the fees and salary and we miss out in what is shown to be an error of judgement.

    Counter point Luuk De Jong, for example. Don’t see our transfer policy as flawless by any means but nor would I be throwing money at everything Graham Carr reckons is a good thing.

    I suspect overall the average transfer in football is less than successful, and that the handful that aren’t distort the picture.

  • geordieman

    Jun 3, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #22

    If being relegated to the championship is the price we have to pay to rid ourselves of Ashley and his entourage then so be it. With the stated aims of the club we will find it difficult to recruit good players and I for one do not want to watch the dross being offered at present or in the future. I remember the halcyon days of KK and his entertainers, of SBR and his tenure at St James Park and until those days return I want no part of this tawdry regime.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #23

    Haha, I love it, Ashley must be kicking himself!!

    He would of loved to have bagged this lad and sold him a season later for an extra 7 million. But, he was deemed too much was he not? We had a chance to get this lad in but Swansea paid the going rate for his services, we didn’t.

    Just goes to show you Mike, you can still pay the going rate and make money. Own daft greedy fault.

  • swemag

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Should have signed him last summer.

  • Thump

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Oh God, I hope so.

  • thai-mag

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #26

    Ed April 1 was a couple of months ago, get real

  • firebug666

    Jun 3, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #27

    No realistic targets mentioned then?

    In Ed’s defence, if he didn’t bring us these none stories printed by bored journalists what exactly would we have to talk about?

    I know we are all hanging with bated breath on the frenzy of activity that surrounds Newcastle at this time of the year, But I have it on good authority that a decision has been made and that it is Irving’s turn to go for the milk.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Even still, is that all we have to look forward to, getting one or two seasons out of a valuable player before he moves on, lets face it, Tiote shouldn’t be here in hindsight, they would have taken Chelsea’s hand off for that 18M they offered had they not thought everyone was as stupid as that lot that shelled out 35M for AC. I remember Ashleys plaudits saying how good it is he won’t sell cheap, all that’s doing is sending a message to the player that they’re not really wanted anyway but they’re stuck here regardless, a big difference between telling a player he isn’t going and offering him a better deal to change his mind.

  • firebug666

    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #29

    I don’t think we just sell our best players for profit, It’s that we do not replace them. Andy Caroll put in a transfer request, Ba and Cabaye both wanted to leave, and Kinnear had an agreement with Cabaye to leave in the January an agreement that cost him his job thankfully.

    But in each case the club failed to replace these players and in each case it cost us positionally in the league. The club needs to look at this and make sure they have replacements lined up….. Who am I trying to kid?

    Are we now trying to sell Mbiwa so Pardump can get some money for transfers?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #30

    AC put in a transfer request ? He might of officially, don’t you think that came from a lot of duress from above, I can list many players who wanted to leave their clubs over the last few years, but the club has fought tooth and nail to keep them before finally selling for a huge profit, did you hear one story of Demba Ba or Cabaye being offered a new deal.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #31

    I don’t understand your comment, ‘I don’t think we sell our best players for profit’

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #32

    19 million
    Thats our transfer budget for the next five years!!!!!!!!

  • firebug666

    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #33


    I was saying we don’t JUST sell for a profit, that some of the players want to leave and so we make a profit of them. Some want to stay at the club but get shipped out anyway.

    I think Mapou is being sold to bolster our mrgre transfer funds, I only say this as I don’t think Cashly will have given the huge budget some people might think.

  • ToonMatt

    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #34

    lol Wilfried Bony

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #35

    There was definitely ‘stories’ of Demba being offered a deal, but his people refused to talk as they wanted out and a payday anyway, but how true those stories are…. Unless one talks, we will never know really, and that is unlikely to happen given the way we operate.

    A mate told me that players sign a NDA (non disclosure agreement) when they leave us now for a golden handshake – started with Carroll, and continued with Barton and Nolan. He claims it is part of the reason Joey was so vocal at the club and then went quiet once he left – him being a loudmouth earned him a bigger pay off. How much of it is true, I don’t know, but he does work at the club, and of all the things to make up it is a bit left field.

    I don’t know if this is common practice at all clubs, but that would explain why no one talks properly, despite murmurings such as Cabaye’s “only JFK knows the truth”.

  • headtheball

    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #36

    The question was ” Are Newcastle interested in Signing Wilfried Bony? ” but perhaps it should have been ” Are Newcastle interested in signing a footballer for correct market value ” and I think we all know the answer to that.
    Everybody out except Mr T.

  • bobby mango

    Jun 3, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #37

    If we’d been more sensible in the market we could’ve signed him ahead of Swansea but the idiots that run the club thought it best to leave it. Well done you prize pillock.

    Never in Ashley’s ownership would we even entertain making a signing like this.
    I’ll be shocked if we spend more than 15m in the next 5 years (net of fees received).

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jun 3, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #38

    the only positive thing about this bony situation is hopefully Fat Mike will realize he missed out on signing bony and 2 years later flipping him to a bigger team (MK Dons/Reading) and making a pretty penny. This might encourage him to rent some 8M-10M players for a year or two for the team.


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