Newcastle Make Moves For Three Players Early In Summer

There are reports tonight that Newcastle will make a move for three players early in this summer’s  transfer window – 26 year-old Hull City center-back James Chester, 25 year-old QPR striker Charlie Austin and 21 year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.

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Patrick Bamford – 21 year-old Chelsea striker

One change Newcastle will make in their transfer policy immediately is to bring more British players into their squad,  and every one of the above three are English.

The Newcastle hierarchy had a real scare this year when we were almost relegated, and a lot of it was caused by Mike Ashley’s failed policies of making money however and whenever he could.

The squad was left threadbare in January and not strengthened, and an untested and inexperienced coach was put in charge in place of the experienced Alan Pardew who had left Newcastle early in the year.

And from March on we lost eight games in a row and could have been relegated last Sunday – but we managed 4 points in the last three games of the season and that saved us.

We expect Newcastle to spend big money this summer and bring in some very good players – but of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Newcastle will also try to keep their better players while players like Cheick Tiote, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez and Sammy Ameobi are all expected to leave the club this summer.

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James Chester – 26 year-old Hull center-back

James Chester started his football career by joining Manchester United at the age of eight, and he came through their Youth Academy before he joined Hull City in 2010,  and he has now played 171 times for Hull  with 8 goals over the last five seasons.

James looks like a steady center-back and central defense is a weakness in the Newcastle team at the moment, with maybe all three experienced center-backs – Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor all put up for sale this summer.

21 year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has been on loan at Middlesbrough all season , and hardly got a touch of the ball at Wembley, when Middlesbrough were beaten by Norwich 2-0 yesterday in the Championship play-off final.

But Patrick’s done well for Middlesbrough this season with 19 goals in 43 appearances, and it could be that Newcastle try to bring the lad in on loan for next season at St. James’ Park.

While on loan at MK Dons, Derby County and Middlesbrough over the last three seasons, Patrick’s  played 112 times with 48 goals.

And  striker Charlie Austin is a definite target for Newcastle this summer, and we know all about Charlie – and we must stand a very good chance of signing the former Burnley and Swindon Town striker.

Certainly we are the favorites to sign Charlie this summer.

Newcastle need to get off to a good start this summer by bringing in a top class manager and one or two very good players – say within the next two to three weeks.

Comments welcome.

98 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    May 26, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, how do you fairly judge a player like Cabella, when he has endured a first season like that. Clearly talented though, the Chelsea game showcased his very high level of ability. Riviera is an interesting player, because other than the lack of goals he’s looked very good, strong, fast, hardworking, and gets into good positions But a striker who doesn’t score is rendered entirely hopeless.

  • Blofal

    May 26, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Jimmy I agree about Riviere. He is excellent at holding the ball up and getting into good positions. Isn’t too bad when he drifts out onto the wing either. He is just snatching at shots and hasn’t come to terms with the pressure of playing for Newcastle.

    If he can regain his confidence and composure he could be a very good striker. But as you said, a striker who can’t score is obviously useless. I just have a feeling however that when it clicks for him it will be worth the wait and I would hate to see that happen at another club.

  • lesh

    May 27, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Getting decent players in largely depends on who’s going to coach them.

    If it’s Carver, forget them.

    If it’s Carver, they’ll know and hopefully Ashley and Penfold must realise that despite his bleatings, he’s highly likely to fail again.

    So, a lot hinges on the HC situation and given that Charnley’s [said he’d] done some sifting, then we could assume an appointment’s imminent – maybe!

  • Shaker Shakrah

    May 27, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #4

    1 good striker coming in , Riviere have a chance
    2 strikers coming in , sorry Riviere must leave the club
    For me he is not goo enough , he can’t finish & his last touch is terrible & he is not smart

    Cabella must leave this summer because “BETTER ” player must take his place in the squad ( 25 player )
    he is below average & will NEVER EVER give anything to a team like Newcastle with this style of playing .

  • Novocastrian66

    May 27, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Watched Bamford a couple of times this season and he didn’t impress me. Not that that means owt. I just think he is average.

  • lesh

    May 27, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #6


    All Rivier needs is good coaching and who better than the best HC in the Prem – Carver!

    Or then again….. maybe not.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 27, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Why will the club be making a move for any player before it appoints a manager/coach? Makes no sense. That’s probably why.

  • rowly

    May 27, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #8

    I would love it if we got as manager any of:
    Di Matteo
    Who are all realistic for a club this size

    But I think more than likely it will be mcclaren who wouldn’t necessarily be a disaster IMO

    Top of my transfer list would be:
    Austin (any 3)

    Scharr (all 3)

    A classy centre midfielder like cabaye (can we get him back?)

    Someone as good as Ben arfa for the left wing (should we get him back?)

    Sell everyone except coleback, sissoko, Perez, Steven Taylor (back up 4th cb) and janmaat and replace them with players who have passion and drive (similar to Nolan in terms of attitude)

    Resign Jonas who should go down as a legend now and has been playing better than he ever has done, with a view of getting him on the coaching team in a year or two.

  • one fine day

    May 27, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #9

    has he gone yet ???

  • Shaker Shakrah

    May 27, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #10

    To be honest both Chester & Bamford don’t deserve to play for Newcastle , I think they can’t offer that much to Newcastle .

    Whoscored are giving Chester weaknesses on :
    Aerial Duels , Crossing , Holding on to the ball , Discipline
    That’s 4 while his only strengths is only at Tackling

    they are also giving Bamford weaknesses on :
    Passing , Crossing , Holding on to the ball , Defensive contribution .
    while his strengths , Finishing & Long Shots
    surely these stats didn’t came from nothing

    Bamford may have scored loads of goals this season
    but that’s the championship
    remember the championship made Ameobi look like 10 years old younger .

  • kevymartins

    May 27, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Just seen a few threads back people are saying ings and Austin and nothing about Mitrovic. I tell you now clearly none you yous have seen that young lad play. He is some talent and you would pick him over Ings and Austin anyday because mark my words if we don’t sign him now for 15m there will be a 40-50m price tag put on him in a year or two just like Lacazette.

    Ings is adverage I wouldnt even want him. Over hyped because he is English but Austin on the other hand looks really good would take him in a second but no point in saying that because we all know Ings will end up at Liverpool with Austin at Southampton but don’t worry if we sign Mitrovic you guys will love him. He is a fantastic player. Plays like Giroud big lazy holds it up scores headers and and ping them from far out perfect for us trust me.

  • one fine day

    May 27, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Rowley .
    A classy centre midfielder like cabaye (can we get him back?)

    Someone as good as Ben arfa for the left wing (should we get him back?)
    Sell everyone except coleback, sissoko, Perez, Steven Taylor (back up 4th cb) and janmaat and replace them with players who have passion and drive (similar to Nolan in terms of attitude)

    Resign Jonas who should go down as a legend now and has been playing better than he ever has done, with a view of getting him on the coaching team in a year or two.
    agree on cabaye as I think he has maybe 3 to decent years left and may enjoy coming back to the premier league and after sitting on the bench in Paris would I think prefer to be getting first team games and not warming the bench at a top four side.
    First and foremost we need a manager who can both attract better quality new players and also convince the likes of jaanmart that we have ambition and its worth staying.
    I would let Saylor leave as he is simply made of glass and as a 4th choice bring through.
    id love Jonas to be keep on as you say but with carver still around these is little chance of that.
    F rom those coaches I’d take Bilic
    De mateo has been awful at shalke with some very talented players , sets up against lower teams for a draw at home … sound familiar.
    with cabaye de jong and cabella (with better coaching and told to release the ball quicker) wide with Aarons on the other and a decent centre forward we will be looking good .
    However I think it’s foolish to pin hopes on dejong as we did last year until we see him get through the first 15 games without any sort of breakdown .
    First things first thought carver stone woodman thanks and goodbye

  • toonicle

    May 27, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #13

    On Riviere I’d keep him and try playing him out on the wing, he’s fast and does have good passing skills which we’ve seen he’s just not great with finishing so far.

  • one fine day

    May 27, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #14

    kevy martins
    mitrovic will be my first choice also but after PEA AND LACAZETTE LAST YEAR( we’re we ever really in for him?) you’d hope we’d learn our lesson.
    I’d love him and Austin and let them fight it out for the number nine shirt
    But to get anyone of this quality we need a coach and set up that can attract them.

  • Tinman

    May 27, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Riviere on the left side of a front 3. A proper front 3 like we played when we were 5th, in the position Ba occupied after Cisse arrived? Then 3 proper CM, Colback, Sissoko and someone else.

    That’s where I think he would operate best, but my choice for him would be on the bench.

  • one fine day

    May 27, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Maybe uri geller can work on riviere as he has everything except composure .

  • Shaker Shakrah

    May 27, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #17

    # kevymartins

    and who is Ings ? for me he is not perfect and a complete striker
    Mitrovic & Austin both similar to each other but the Serbian is better at heading the ball
    I would pick him over Austin because he is younger
    I hope Newcastle sign him & I don’t want Ings because we already have Perez .

  • Our Toon

    May 27, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Cabella is shite, let’s face it people, I’ve been saying for ages he holds onto the ball to long and doesn’t have any end product in the final 3rd. The last game on the season showed exactly what we can do without him on the pitch where he does daft stepovers when no one is around.

    Riviere is a striker that lacks composure, doesn’t have an eye for goal and isn’t great at getting assists….he’s decent at holding it up and that’s about it.

  • Our Toon

    May 27, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #19

    These 3 players have to be the most uninspiring signings considering the bravado MA had in front of sky cameras. Bamford I’ve seen a lot of and he’s still very raw but against the better championship sides he struggled big time.

    Austin finished with an impressive 18 league goals, of which 4 were pens….take them away and he scored 3 more goals than cisse amd played twice as many games in a more attacking team the nufc. I personally think he’s massively overrated bit is better than Ings.

    James Chester… if ever I saw shite than its got to be him, what on earth are we thinking!!

  • Thump

    May 27, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #20

    James Chester?

    I’m going to have nightmares…

  • soundoid

    May 27, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #21

    1st DOF
    2nd head coach
    3rd players
    … or forget 1&2- Manager! We shouldn’t be signing anyone until the first 2 are in place or it will be more of the same. Ashley controlled bullshit.

  • Magpie Season

    May 27, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #22

    From a previous thread regarding new English trend:

    Yes that’s true but Alan Smith was one as well.

    As Chris pointed out, look at Chelsea.
    They sold Ryan Bertrand & opted to bring a close to 30yr old left back as a squad player. No harm done there.

    It’s like this. The up & coming centre backs example. John Stones would cost close to 20-25mil but I would rather prefer Kurt Zouma than him for half the price.
    Just look at Downing & Carroll.
    If you are talking about youngsters, there are plenty from abroad. And what is to say that ones purchased here will be in the team anyway? Look at Bigiramana & Streete.

    An English coach is fine by me. But I would rather prefer imports. But just because they are does not mean they are not homegrown.



  • Magpie Season

    May 27, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #23

    By the way,

    Anyone have any news regarding Ferreyra?

  • Our Toon

    May 27, 2015 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Tomas kalas of Chelsea is who I’d buy as a CB, young and very good….especially if they Varane he will be available!!

  • Magpie Season

    May 27, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Also, I’m think if we do retain all these players mentioned, & bring a few experienced ones, we face the problem of a squad with a high average age all of sudden.

    The other thing is FFP have become less stringent in their reporting rules for club revenues. This might prompt Ashley to start spending but again I doubt it.

  • soundoid

    May 27, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Geordie DOF, head coach from anywhere really just has to be a good man manager our players are ok the’ve just been dicked about.

    As Jonas said the squad is too thin for a club of this size it’s criminal. The fat man has got away with it. Don’t let him fool you it will be more of the same if we don’t appoint a DOF who has the club and the cities interests at heart.

  • expatmag

    May 27, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Magpie Season

    I believe Ferrerya was released from his loan a week or two ago.

    What a complete waste of time and money

  • soundoid

    May 27, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #28

    A Director of Football who will fight for this club! Talk to the fans on a regular basis. Someone we can put our trust in.

  • lesh

    May 27, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #29

    One fine day.

    Maybe Uri Geller could work on Charnley and Carver too? Getting those two useless dummies out oc the door would solve a lot of problems.

  • expatmag

    May 27, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Head Coach……Galtiere
    Assistant Coach…..Sean Dyche
    Chief Scout……Carr

  • theartfuldodger

    May 27, 2015 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Players signing without knowing the coach???

    He wudnt know if he will play regularly.
    He wudnt know the style the manager plays
    So on and so forth…

  • Canny in Canberra

    May 27, 2015 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #32

    Artful – Exactly
    Can we have no more of this we might sign!! It never comes to anything!
    didn’t Carver say he would know within 48Hours of the final whistle what the craic was. Well we overdue. I’m gona get all hopeful and say that he isn’t shouting it from the rooftops because he’s out!! Some one find him and see if it looks like he’s been crying. Then we’ll know for sure. The club might have even said he can’t say anything until they are ready to announce the new guy. (like I said hopeful as ever)

  • expatmag

    May 27, 2015 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #33


    Carver will know already hinny hence the reason why he has been quiet since sunday.

    My guess is that they are negotiating with McLaren and advising him Carver will be his assistant unfortunately

  • WisconsinToonFan

    May 27, 2015 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #34

    I wouldn’t want the Bamford move if we dont have a buy option built in, last thing I’d want to is be a farm club for Chelsea. Not too sure about Chester, hard to justify wanting a guy who played defense for a relegated team and was in a 5 back system and couldn’t draw more clean sheets. But having said that anything is better than Willo and S. Taylor.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 27, 2015 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #35

    None of these jump out at me as pushing the club on. I think Perez is as good as the pair of them.

    As for the club looking at players, they have their list and Carver has seen it. If nout changes though it makes no difference who the head coach is he won’t get what he wants and it’s out of his hands anyway as Charnley and Carr pick the players and that’s based on sell on value rather than a position to fill.

    I’d love to see a manager be given a budget but I can’t see them changing that part of the model really. Im still hoping for some experienced players through the door though and a good sum of money spent and also keeping our better players. 20 experienced pro’s and I’ll be over the moon if we can compete all year round.

  • Chris

    May 27, 2015 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #36

    I’m not surprised that Ed didn’t name the source for this story – it was the Daily Star!!!

    just a couple of points I’d like to make:

    1) how do they know that the club is intending to ‘buy British’ in the summer? Nobody at the club has made any public comment about the kind of players that they’re hoping to bring in, and I can’t believe that any of the people involved (Charnley, Carr & Carver) would have given any of that information privately to a newspaper reporter (unless it’s a smokescreen to conceal who the REAL targets are). As far as I can see, this ‘buy British’ rumour was only started a day or two ago by Simon Bird in the Mirror who, true to form, didn’t quote any sources.

    2) I know they’re making stuff up when I read things like this:

    “Club sources insist it will be a close season of frenzied transfer activity with billionaire Ashley willing to spend a significant chunk of the £34m the club has in the bank”

    No credible source at the club would have said that because only the club’s directors and people working in the accounts department would know how much money was in the bank NOW. There may have been a total of £34m in the various company bank accounts on 30th June last year (the financial year end date) but that was nearly a year ago, and it’s a bit daft to suggest that all that money is still there. The £34m wasn’t a “war chest” or an amount set aside for any particular purpose – it was simply part of the club’s working capital (which fluctuates all the time). Just two days after the accounting year end date the club brought in Siem de Jong, and over the course of the next few weeks brought in a further 5 players (Cabella, Riviere, Janmaat, Darlow and Lascelles). According to the club’s published accounts, the total cost of players bought after the balance sheet date was just under £30m, so how much of that original £34m do you think was left?

  • expatmag

    May 27, 2015 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #37


    Like most previous times, the press are rarely right about who we are looking to bring in.

    I highly doubt we would be looking at Chester especially as we gave Lascelles coming in. Same goes for Bamford. We need a more experienced striker plus I would rather see us give our own youngsters a chance than Chelseas.

  • Santon03

    May 27, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #38

    New coach probably will be appointed in 2 weeks, some of the leagues haven’t finished yet like Bundesliga, eredivisie and Serie A. My guess is the new coach will be from one of those leagues. Possibly Rafa or FDB or hopefully Montela, I read from somewhere Ashley said he wanted foreign not english manager. Most of the managers/coaches are still concentrating on their next games or taking holiday, so it won’t be anytime soon.
    they changed the policy that we will sign above 26yrs old players, I hope we will sign Huntelaar.

  • Canny in Canberra

    May 27, 2015 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #39

    Considering what we need playerwise 34m is a drop in the ocean.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 27, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #40


    Aye it will be pure speculation unless someone has leaked something.

    I think we first of all need to see who is leaving first and foremost.

    What is happening with:

    Both Taylors

    That is alot to replace if they are all away before we even look at adding some depth to the squad aswell.

    Then what about:


    I’d like to see the following kept:



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