Top Italian Club In For Newcastle Target


The news is still being reported in Italy that Newcastle United are interested in signing Palermo’s Argentine center-back Ezequiel Munoz, but we’d be very surprised if Newcastle sign any experienced players in this transfer window and that could be the main reason why Alan Pardew left in early January.

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24 year-old Ezequiel Munoz – Palermo center-back – free agent in the summer

The news is that Palermo are waiting for Newcastle United to put in a bid for Argentine defender, but they may have to wait a long time.

Palermo have received one bid for the center-back but breaking news on TMZ.com is that Napoli and Rafa Benitez are now said tom be interested in singing the defender in January.

There is great interest in Munoz because last week his agent was unable to get an agreement on a new deal and it’s almost certain his career at Palermo is over and he will become a free agent in the summer.

The one bid made to Palermo is said to be from Russian club Spartak Moscow, but like a lot of players they are not too keen to play their football in Russia.

There’s two weeks to go in the transfer window until it closes on Monday 2nd February, and it doesn’t look like many – if any – players will be coming through the door at Newcastle this January.

Rome based club Lazio are said to one of the other clubs who have expressed an interest in l Munoz, who joined Palermo from Boca Juniors in 2010 on a five year contract, and he’s played 126 times in Italy with 7 goals.

He looks a very decent player – and could be a good acquisition as a free agent in the summer.

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61 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed…you said that about the lad we got from Russia.

    No need to speculate about sh!te like this…we can keep the blog going well into the witching hour and we don’t need stuff like this to keep us going.

    I’d go surfing if I was you

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Its the words FREE AGENT that seems attract FatAsh – dont know why?

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Ease of the potion Ed “singing the defender”

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  • Graeme

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #4

    I will be shocked if there is ANY incoming transfer this window. No matter what we think we need, FCB believes we will not be relegated, therefore NO players required.

    Profits go up, spending goes down, signed copies of our BOOKS will be available from all SD outlets very soon.

    Every true fan and / or collector of NUFC memorabilia should get their orders in quickly. Demand is sure to be high and at only £199.99 they represent an absolute bargain.

    Dont get killed in the rush, get your orders in NOW for this spectacular Limited Edition.

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  • p

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #5

    me too, unless we sell someone and even then I doubt there will be time to find a replacement.

    if were signing someone, it would likely be done by now as we do not do 2 hours before the deadline, helicopter to medical type transactions anymore.

    that is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s not a good idea to turn up at the airport to buy a ticket on the day of travel

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  • Bri

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Maybe Ashley is considering taking over as new head coach. Nothing would surprise me with that bloke.

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  • Thump

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh good. We’ll need two CBs in the summer, so it’s a good job we’re only after the one.

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  • Chris

    Jan 20, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed…You’ve put the wrong link in this article

    TMZ.com is just a trashy celebrity website – there is an Italian website called TMW (TuttoMercatoWeb) which did carry a story about Munoz but from what I can make out it seems that Napoli aren’t interested and that the only concrete offer has come from a Russian club. There was no mention of Newcastle, so I don’t understand how you can describe this player as a “Newcastle Target” in your headline.

    The correct link should have been:
    http://www.tuttomercatoweb.com/serie-a/esclusiva-tmw-munoz-e-il-futuro-smentite-sull-asse-napoli-palermo-636189

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  • banjax

    Jan 20, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #9

    On the the new manager question. It’s not such a bad thing if Newcastle hire a caretaker who will work with John Carver and his training – team until the Summer. Our first choice coach is vital to the club going forward and would also explain the reasoning behind a lack of winter recruits in January since the new man will want his chosen players to work with longer in the summer before the campaign starts in the new season. Middlesbrough have done this with Terry Venables who was a steady hand at the wheel and it would make sense for Newcastle as well !

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #10

    No point in getting the wrong person in just because we are in a rush. Counter productive. If we can hang on till end of season there may be more quality managers available than there is now.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #11

    That said we are only 7 points clear of the relegation zone. With 14 games still to go the drop is still a possibility. We need to start getting points on the board. Kinda stating the obvious sorry. Another 5 game streak would be well handy right now. HWTL!!

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  • hajduk

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #12

    As a NUFC fan from Canada, I depend on this team being in the BPL in order for me to see the games on TV. I believe this team will be relegated without any moves in coaching/players. The only satisfaction in that is knowing Ashley won’t get a cut of the PL money. I hope it hurts him as much as he’s hurting the fans.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 20, 2015 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #13

    @Graeme

    Does that come with a 10% off coupon for sportsdirect.com? 🙂

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  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2015 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Canny in Canberra

    Never mind waiting until summer to recruit a new head coach, we could wait till the cows come home and not be able to recruit one.

    Why? Simply because the longer Ashley retains control over Newcastle United, the less attractive we’ll become.

    Ashley’s reputation for cack-handed financially driven management will only get worse to such an extent that the attractiveness of Newcastle United for a credible coach will be zilch!

    Ambitionless greed is hardly likely to get what we need and the sooner Ashley sees that the better.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Blog of death. Even this population is being ground into the dirt by the inaction of the info vacuum that is NUFC

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  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #16

    sing in the corner

    I was just thinking something very similar. Ashley seems to have this effect wherever he drags his fat slob. He is an evil pungent b@st@rd, everywhere he goes people turn on each other because of the Pro vs Anti Ashley divide.

    There is only one way to get our club back and fulfil the many wishes of the fans and that is to unite, if the fans cannot do that they cannot even begin to get Ashley out.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Yeah Ashley seems to enjoy it, squeezing the life out. All the toon shirt, downing pints and open letter stuff seems like a long time ago…but showed he can do the PR stuff if he gives a toss. Now, as he has for ages, he shows his complete disdain for the fans. Never communicates, doesn’t care how the people he perceives as on the bottom rung feel. I’m nervous about the full on revolt stuff. He is a stubborn swine if nowt else. I could see him dig his heels in long enough to plunge us further into bother before selling spitefully once he’s worked out exactly what the fans don’t want and doing exactly that. He’s got a talent for that as he’s proved over and over

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Its a sobering thought for me that the best case scenario may be for him to have some more good fortune and work his evil magic on the Rangers deaL and or is persuaded by some other better proposition to leave on what he thinks is his own terms. I think it would be a huge self harming exercise to go full on revolution to ‘force’ him out, which could see us in lower divisions and damaged beyond repair

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #19

    People looking to the Rangers fans militant stance – which is very admirable – need to remember that the position isn’t the same. He has far less a stranglehold on them, feet not under the table yet. Its easier to do what they’re doing – to try to slip the knot. He’s well established here. Excising the wound will take a lot more good tissue with it and the healing time would be lengthy.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #20

    sing in the corner

    I keep on saying this, but to get at Ashley you have to get at SD and panic their share holders.

    1. Hack the website, stop it from functioning, this will lose them a lot of trade world wide. Replace their website with a message of how SD exploit children in sweat houses making SD cheap tat for pennies.

    2. Demonstrate outside of his SD shops, Coordinated groups around the country could disrupt trading in his stores by blockading his biggest and most popular stores.

    3. Negative Press, the above will both generate negative press for Ashley and SD, he has shown in the passed that negative press has an effect on him, he cannot stand a bruised ego.

    4. Demonstrations outside of SJP, as well as on the terraces, these would have to be coordinated too and sustained. A few hundred fans shouting will have little effect on him but 50,000 would.

    It’s the only way to get at and hurt Ashley, fans unite, and attack SD, the shareholders would be concerned, and if you make them concerned enough they will want to sever ties with Newcastle, if you can make that happen, Ashley will want out.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #21

    passed = past

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Softly softly catchy monkey. Its not about me championing liberalism,or non commitment. But a widespread avoidance of SD products is a good way I agree. Too militant, and demos etc though? Making it less of a financially good proposition is what will make him leave, how its done is the tricky bit. He has to think its his idea in some way. Otherwise he’ll see it as a battle he must not lose and really dig in?

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  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #23

    sing in the corner

    I think a softly softly approach will never work with Ashley, cold hard cash is his language, and if you cut of his supply, or severely disrupt it he will take notice.

    The main thing here is his baby, his SD tat shop, to get that where it is he has grassed up his competitors, broadsided his competitors, trampled over men, women and children to make it grow, if that becomes threatened both he and his shareholders will panic, it’s a natural reaction.

    The only thing Ashley understands is hard core business, so the more full on we are the more notice he will take, and like I said he hate having his ego bruised.

    After a few Rangers fans protested outside of his tat shops in Glasgow he handed back the naming rights he had bought for a £1.

    When he rides roughshod over others he has others do the riding because he is to chicken to do it himself, he just gives the orders. A full on protest will worry him, but it would have to be a united front from us.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #24

    From what I gather about the Fat one, is that he doesn’t like Newcastle to be a burden work-wise not just financially!

    …so make it a burden!

    The other thing is – as firebug mentioned – that SD is his main product and he has shareholders to please. Simply make that difficult for him.

    He needs to loose interest in Newcastle. Now is a good time to do that with his new interest in Rangers!

    Now we just need someone to start the fire…and then for us all to unite 🙂

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  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #25

    Nowt new then? Roll on May, we should know what’s happening then…. Surely??!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #26

    firebug

    In an ideal world i wholeheartedly agree with you. Its a great vision of David hurling the slingshot and hitting the bullseye. Ashley limps away like a wounded animal and the fans prevail. But this a very powerful man we’re infected by. Guerrilla warfare is the way. People will unite behind what seems like an achievable start. How about a campaign for NO MORE SD puchasing if you’re a toon fan or family member? Starting ASAP. Someone said if you’re gong to the game, buy nowt in the ground. Get everyone mobilised behind that and take it from there. That can be done and would attack the Ashley purse.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Goofy…see you in May then 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #28

    sing in the corner…that is going to be as achievable as to ask supporters not to go to SJP!

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  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Jesper

    I would think the quickest way to united the fans would be to bring all the fans supporter groups together first and have them publish a piece on their web sites and in their literature.

    You don’t have to be a member of these fans groups you read what they write. We need someone to bring the fans together and give them a voice, something that has sadly been missing since Jabba came to town.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #30

    jesper

    i don’t agree.
    Being a fan means going to games for many people, loving the club and the history…. But showing your opposition to the current owner by not engaging in anything else he represents will give a bloody nose perhaps?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #31

    firebug…that would be a great place to start 🙂

    …it would be nice if the City Counsel had a voice as well.
    If anyone knows how to get in touch with Anonymous then that would be a start 😀 lol

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #32

    @singinthecorner – pretty sure Ashleys outsourced everything in the ground ie: food, alcohol etc so not buying anything won’t affect him, only the companies that pay the club to sell its good.
    Same with tickets, 40,000 season tickets means he won’t care if we show. We have an average of 49,000 attendance. 1500 – 3,000 of that is away fans and 40,000-42000 is prepaid season tickets. Add another 1,000 that’ll go to corporate sponsorship and theres probably only 5-8,000 that buy match by match. Ashley probably makes in an hour what 5,000 tickets brings in from his business empire.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #33

    sing in the corner…you know the unwillingness to give up something you love is usually the main obstacle!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #34

    *Just want to add, not going to games has nothing to do with money – it’s the intent that’s the point. To show what length you are willing to go and that we can and will unite because be have common interests.

    …it will get the media’s attention and it will get the attention of the Fat one as well!

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  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #35

    sing in the corner

    Problem is there are plenty of none football supporters and the Makems who will still use the SD shops, so us boycotting them would have little if any effect mate. I don’t shop there and will never because of my dislike for Ashley, however I got four Christmas presents given to me this year that had come from SD.

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  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #36

    How much shares does Ashley actually own? If he owns more than 50.01% the rest rest of the share holders means diddly squat. Ashley knows he’s hated by the fans (here and in Glasgow) the share holders probably want him dead, fuuukk I wonder if his own family like him.

    He reminds of a night club owner type, buy a club run it into the ground, charge stupid prices when the place stinks and is falling apart. You want ice? That’ll be £2 oh and wipe your feet on the way out, run it dry using up all of the resources then move on, like a locust. THE MAN’S A RAT. Not usually the hating type, life’s to short to hold grudges but make exceptions for this tw@t.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Yeah take the point re the outsourcing, but a big sudden drop in sales would have them getting the jitters, reconsidering their investment and delivering a pain in the arse to ashley that way. Same result.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Thing is with Ashley, hes more likely to stay and shove 2 fingers up at us the more hostile we get. His record of business in the city shows him to be very underhand and especially malicious. Hes also incredibly stubborn.
    I actually think theres very little fans can do, he doesn’t hear protests down in mansfield or buckinghamshire and he considers any publicity good publicity no matter how negative.
    Hopefully he sees Rangers as a more commercially viable venture. He values money above all else and will drop us like a hot potato if so! Pressures been cranked up this morning as someones just bought £100,000,000 shares in Rangers.
    Surprised Mash hasn’t floated us on the stock market tbh

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #39

    Goofy…at Newcastle Ashley owns 100% of the shares.

    At SD he has 51% I believe…and at Rangers I am not sure (I think I read 12% somewhere)

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #40

    jayphoto…I beg the difference – look at my post #24

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