Defender, Midfielder And Striker Reported As Targets

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Newcastle are after Marseilles midfielder Florian Thauvin, Hull City center-back James Chester, and young Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford this summer.

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Peter Bamford – 21 year-old Chelsea striker

That wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if we do try to bring those three players in,  although we’d be hard pressed to get Thauvin who we were after a couple of years ago when he moved form Bastia to Lille – but he was at Lille only six months before signing a five year deal at Marseilles.

Florian is still only 22 years-old and has loads of skill and class, but we’d be surprised if we can get him on Tyneside this summer, although he would be a decent enough buy at something north of £10M.

26 year-old Hull center-back is a solid player,  and certainly Newcastle need some strengthening in central defense this summer, but the latest quote we saw for him from Hull was £10M.

The Englishman is not worth that – although something like £5M would be a good deal for the Warrington born player, who will be sold to reduce the wage bill at relegated Hull.

Newcastle have been linked with 21 year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford before, and he had a good season on loan at Middlesbrough last season scoring 19 goals in 43 games for the north-east side,  who only just missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

It also seems like Newcastle are going to test their luck with some loan deals for next season, and if we do Patrick could be one of them.

But let’s hope it’s better than the striker we brought in on loan last season from Shakhtar Donetsk – Facundo Ferreyra – the 24 year-old didn’t even play a game for us and was hardly ever on the bench.

We wonder how much that cost Newcastle last season?

The above three would be good deals for Newcastle, but we hope Newcastle go after 23 year-old Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk, who we almost signed late last summer as a replacement for Mapou Yanga Mbiwa.

However, first things first, and we hope to get a decent head coach in this week – but if it’s Steve McClaren we are going to be very disappointed.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes, these deals just ooze the ambition that people tried to credit Ashley with after his ‘interview’. A loan striker, a poor defender and a midfielder who has talent, but whether he can translate it too the Prem is debatable.

    Actually, a bit harsh on Thauvin, he looks to have talent and he probably would be an ambitious signing, but only if there are plenty of others arriving as well.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t rate Bamford or Chester. Chester @ 5’11” he is hardly the domineering centre half we need. Signing these two would be more of the same.Bamford a McClaren recommendation?

  • JamesToon

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Mcclaren meeting charnley for an interview this afternoon.

    I’m gonna be absolutely sick if we appoint him.

    FFS look at all the other candidates:
    All of them would be so much better and bring more excitement!!!

  • optimistic prime

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Like I said last night.

    More of the same, no extra investment.

    We should get Alan Carr as HC and cut the middle man out.

    We’re a joke club, may aswell have a comedian in charge, atleast it may be funny.

  • hibbit

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    charnley and carr want Mc thats it nobody else in the running lots hope he turns us down again

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #6


    He’s not funny though. At least get partridge in. Ahaaaa 😉

  • davis_toons

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Mcclaren is a “safer choice” for MA Ambition properly….well, lets support the new manager.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Dan dan dan dan dan dan dan dan dan dan dan daaaan. He can’t hear me. Lyyyyn.

    I’ll get my coat….

  • sickandtired

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #9

    “From now on we are going to be making our own luck”

    So said Ashley live on tv.

    It appears that the luck he refers to is going to be made by continuing to do things in exactly the same way, by exactly the same people.

    There is no horse being bolted onto this cart – just another donkey.

  • hibbit

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #10

    if it is Mc and we get off to a poor start he is going to have a very bumpy ride i also think think it would have a big effect on season tickets

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Mcclaren would not be a bad appointment in my eyes. It could be far worse. Nothing has changed just because ashley did an interview. No policy change. No guarantee of buying enough players. Actions speak louder than words. Three things need to happen. 1. Sign an experienced quality manager (I’d take mcclaren without a hissy fit or some so called exciting name as he’s a good coach), 2. Sign around ten top players including born leaders plus 4-6 youth players (the squad is paper thin), 3. A change in cup policy.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Well he did also say that he would continue the policy of investing in the club. At no point did he state any change in strategy. He said the next stage was to win something. Who knows when we reach the next stage. Nearly 7 years ago the 5th year was meant to be the winning things stage.

    People read too much into what Ashley said, and made their own interpretations of increased investment and ambition.

  • optimistic prime

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #13


    Ashley said it was his fault.
    At no point did he say anything would change not did he apologise.

    I agree with you, because he spoke people lost their mind and assumed it meant whole sale change.

    Fool me once, as they say.
    The proofs in the pudding and a few are going to find it quite hard to swallow.

  • sparky55

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #14

    A radio silence for 7 years, then he opens his mouth, commits to nothing but the fact he won’t be leaving in our life-time (cos we won’t win anything in our lifetime) whilst he milks the free advertising and SD PR, and everyone dreams about all the players and HC’s being thrown about by Ashleys PR machine to kid us into thinking we shooting for the stars when the deal has already been done…it’s it’s Wally and his brolly (his brolly being Carver) and our net spend on players will be SFA.

    PS…We’ll only get Bamford on loan if Sissoko goes to chelsea

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah, I couldn’t understand the increased optimism based on that interview. There was very little positive in it, more bluster and vague pronouncements that were open to wild interpretation. People kept saying he could now be held to account as he said it live on TV. I honestly don’t see what he said that can be held too account. He said nothing.

    He did take the blame for everything, then said that he doesn’t make any of the football decisions, which surely contradicts him being the main person at fault. If Charnley is in charge of football decisions, then why persevere with him after this season and last summer? That contracts the talk of kicking on.

    Continuing investment, punch above our weight (bear in mind our weight according to the club is well below Swans, Saints etc – so above our weight is likely to mean 10th and higher), best pound for pound. None of them indicate a change in strategy.

  • sickandtired

    Jun 2, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #16

    @Lilo – I’m in agreement. Nothing he said made me believe anything was going to change.

    Any sane person simply has to ask how can anything change if Ashley, Charnley and Carr continue to believe they know better than any Manager/HC they wish to employ. 8 years has largely proven what a failure that model has been.

    As for continued investment, what on earth did he mean by that? He will allow the Club to keep using it’s own income – while he puts in personally no more? He hasn’t put another penny of his own money in since we came back from relegation. 11 million was taken back and another 18 million loaded onto his ‘loan’.

    Looking at the latest with Jonas/Taylor it really is hard not to see a direct link to the way he runs the Club (and others do on his behalf) and the way he operates SD.

    Cheap, nasty, soul-less.


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