Newcastle To Pay £15M For Winger – But He Won’t Come

There is news in the Mirror today that Newcastle are interested in 25 year-old Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, who has been in terrific form for his club this season, especially after Alan Pardew joined Palace earlier this year.

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Yannick Bolasie – Crystal Palace winger

John Carver has said that Newcastle have some very good players on their shopping list in the summer – assuming we are still a Premier League club then – but it’s a completely different question of whether good players will want to join Newcastle – who let’s face it – have looked like a joke club this year.

With other real clubs in England in the chase for the 16 times capped DR Congo International,  we’d be very surprised if Yannick would want to come to Tyneside.

So if we do survive in the Premier League this season, we expect there to be some significant transfer activity, with a lot of it being players who just want to get out of the club as soon as possible once the season ends.

But as far as good players coming into Newcastle, that’s going to be very difficult unless Mike Ashley announces he will completely change the way he runs Newcastle,  or he manages to sell the club in the summer.

There’s no doubt the name of Newcastle United has been badly damaged by the incompetence shown by owner Mike Ashley and Chief Executive Lee Charnley this year by their antics in the January transfer window.

We would take most of these transfer stories with a large pinch of salt, until we know whether we are safe or not.

And maybe our best hope is if somebody with vision and ambition comes in and buys the club off Ashley, but by then we could be a Championship club.

But if we can get a new owner in, then we can become a football club again, and not a worldwide advertising board for Sports Direct.

And on a positive note that would be good, very good – in fact it would be fantastic.

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18 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle to offer £100M for Bale……………….

    but he wouldnt come!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Mr Blackley you posted :-
    “His trouble is he knows jack sh!t about football and football clubs and hasn’t got the time for it even if he did.”

    How do you know Mr Tubbs hasn’t got the time.

  • usmagpie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle offered 250 million for Messi, he would come but does not like the hot weather in the UK.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Before we know whether there’s a buyer we have to be up for sale.

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    spot on JFA…

    Nobody is lining up to buy my house – but if I stuck it up for sale I would get interest, viewings, enquiries, offers etc etc etc

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    We don’t, but it is all a bit chicken and egg. You can buy something without it being on the market for sale, but you are also more likely to get a buyer if something is visibly available.

    It doesn’t matter which way round we do it, as long as there is some focus on promoting the club to potential buyers.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I haven’t dismissed armchair fans as non entities. They’re valid supporters. They have different perspectives. Getting relegated, going out of business etc won’t affect them in the same way.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #8


    That is the point I made to blackley the other day (was gone before I saw if he replied), when he said if somebody doesn’t bid for his house protesting wouldn’t work….well putting the house up for sale and seeking a buy would be a start.

    It’s good for fans to find people to buy the club but it’s much easier for ashley with his connections and companies he can hire to seek a buyer…by pressuring him he might be more likely to look for a seller, at worst we will be no worse off.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9


    Surely being relegated effects armchair fans more. We would be on TV less and have less highlight time, fans going to the live games would still see as much football, in fact more as there are more games in the championship.

    Not trying to be argumentative, just suggesting an opposite view on the subject.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10


    That’s exactly the point I’ve been repeatedly making on here for some time. Be careful because I’m the blog bogeyman.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    toonlooney and blackley

    Could that actually happen though, could a club just be shut down? Would FIFA, the government, or somebody else not be able to intervene?

    I’m not saying they could, I don’t know, just posing the question.

    I can’t imagine penny pinching ashley chucking away an asset making 20mil profit a year, worth around 200mil just out of spit.

  • BandB

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    People will do as they choose with their season tickets. They are expensive pieces of kit to throw away. Especially when the club are giving seats away.

    The club belongs to the city, as it always has. And not just the season ticket holders. I don’t hold with the idea that the more you spend the more say you should always get.

    Not everyone has the money or the free time to give up a Saturday or Sunday to football and booze, and that was always the case. It seems rather supercilious, all this sneering at armchair fans.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #13

    He clearly is not hands on. He clearly has much much bigger fish to fry than to worry about a small distant corner of his empire. When I say he hasn’t got the time, that is my assessment based on common sense and the evidence.

  • BandB

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14


    That is very good to hear, as last Sunday you were on a mission to spot the armchairs outside SJP. The ones belonging to people who weren’t real fans.

    I am chuffed with your change of heart about the term “armchair fans” and hope you won’t deploy it as a term of abuse again.

  • estechco

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Has Bullsh*t Bishop been putting in a shift again?

  • lochinvar

    Apr 28, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Players like Bolassie want to be in London because they see themselves as the next big thing at Arsenal or Chelsea .
    We need some hardcore Poles, Dutch, Czechs to add muscle to the squad.

    Heard on the radio that American and Chinese consortiums are out to buy Villa or West Bromide for between £100m and 150m . Wonder if Ashley is trying to dumb down our value to attract interest in the hope of selling at a reduced price .

  • scout

    Apr 28, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Great idea about the polish players joining. Ashley loves a pole

  • scout

    Apr 28, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Why would he shut it down. He wouldn’t dare. He wouldn’t be able to leave the house if he did.


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