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This Is Newcastle’s Biggest Challenge In This Transfer Window

8:44 am, Monday, June 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Chelsea have slapped a £10M fee on the head of their 21 year-old striker Patrick Bamford, and we hear that’s dented Newcastle’s interested in the England U21 striker, but we hope Newcastle are not going to continue their miserly ways and when they don’t get a bargain basement price on any of their transfer targets we walk away.

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21 year-old Patrick Bamford – pay out the money

That’s happened too many times in the past with players who have turned out to be very good players in the Premier League and their values have gone up significantly.

Once such example was striker Wilfried Bony who we had been watching a couple of years ago, but when his transfer price from Dutch club  Vitesse was £12M, Newcastle balked as they often do when big money is concerned.

Of course Bony was an immediate success when he signed for Swansea, and in his first season he scored 25 goals in 48 appearances for the south Wales club, and last January was sold to Manchester City for £28M, and that was over the twice the price Swansea paid for him in a short 18 months.

Bony ended up playing 70 times for Swansea and scoring 34 goals for them.

So if Newcastle are really going  to build a top side then we have to be able to pay out the money for top players, including top young England players, if the drive is indeed to recruit more British players.

And with the Premier League money so high these days, and going to go even higher, that will have the effect of raising transfer fees, especially when Premier League clubs are involved.

If the news is to be believed then Newcastle have £60M to spend this summer, so we are going to have to pay out some big fees for some of our transfer targets.

And while we don’t want to be taken to the cleaners on the transfer fee, we cannot keep acting like misers if we are to build a top team that can win something in the next couple of seasons.

We saw what happened last season when we kept the money in the bank, and refused to spend it to strengthen an already weakened squad – we were almost relegated.

Fortune favors the brave – and Newcastle will now have to show some courage and even bravery in this summer’s transfer window and bring in some top stars.

Newcastle and Mike Ashley will have to show some bravery to part with their money in  order to do that.


And we know Newcastle are the 19th richest football club in the world based on last year’s revenues, and that  we have the money available.

Spend it.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Jun 8, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    not seen this player play but Chelsea don’t sell cheap and if there looking at 10 mill I would think they reckon he isn’t going to improve much more

    secondly he is rumoured to have fallen out with McLaren over being played on the wing
    where he was supposed to have done well
    lots of strikers start of playing out on the wing to learn there trade he should learn to bide his time

  • 2 lochinvar // Jun 8, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Tiotes position to stay or be sold might be more questionable if the club recognise that Abeid should stay as he is an increasing asset.

    See the papers reckon that if McLaren stays Bamford would be reluctant to join us as they fell out at Derby when McLaren played him out of his preferred position. Seems he’s been Pardewed by proxy !

    So if McLaren doesn’t arrive we are left with no Head Coach as JC would cause mayhem and full scale evacuation of players from SJP. As to anyone then wanting to join us…scary

  • 3 JP...from The Rock // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:01 AM


    Tiote should be sold..a shadow of his former self. Was so much better before. Remember that these days he couldn’t make an accurate pass to a teammate only 3 metres away!

    Sell ASAP. Colback is a much better player than him and chips in with goals too.

    We need creativity like Ed says as we are sorely missing that part of our game. Instead of a CM I would go for a proper effective out and out winger.

  • 4 croftus5678 // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    well i just got back from a weekends holiday and i’m feeling a lot better about the team than when i first went away !

    not a fan at all over mclaren but the players who have worked under him say he’s one of the best coaches and esp his defensive coaching which has eased my mind.

    then micah’s supposed to be signing and tiote has a new lease of life and cabella is supposed to be progressing well from what i read so it may well be good news along with the news of 7 signings min.

    dunno wether to believe or not but its put me in a decent mood at last.

  • 5 lesh // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Well, if Sissoko reckons Mourinho’s tracking him, then off he goes to Chelski in exchange for young Bamford.

    Put simply, if Sissoko wants away, then get what we can against a player that’s keen to come to SJP. Ah,there lies a problem;

  • 6 JP...from The Rock // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Yeah it will be interesting to see if Ashley does part with his much loved money. He will have to this time and it can’t be done counting pennies on ridiculous savings. He needs to spend big on big players and we will be a force again.

    Sadly part of me says it’s never going to happen with this guy. We can’t risk it with basement buys this time round and so many times that has backfired where Ashey could have made huge money yet for not paying the initial price, he lost plenty of chances on winning double on a said player.

    Bony was a good example but he has done it too many times, let’s just hope he has finally learned.

    Shrewd buys can make him even richer and at the same time us much much stronger.

  • 7 one fine day // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    We seem to a lot of this “watching” ” tracking ” showing an interest” in fact that’s all we have done since coming back up
    Still don’t see why Ashley who we all agree that as well as a complete bell end,is a very savvy businessman who I’ m sure loves to make a profit on every deal.
    Can’t he look back and see the purchases we have made and look at money he has missed out on be in selling on bony lacazette Pea Etc
    Plus doesn’t he equate a successful team makes his tat dire look better ?
    Micah Richards will sign
    Fans will think this is a show of intention and renew.
    However I think he is being targeted not as a Central defender .,I have a feeling the sneaky @@@@ards will try and hawk. Jaanmart around to agents on the quiet with the deal hoping through on deadline day leaving us no time to get anyone over the line bla bla .
    Press release will state that we have an england international now at right back jam tomorrow etc
    Not one thing has changed we still have carver n stone for @@@ks sake

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    I think the biggest gripe with McLaren is that w have had to rely on his being sacked to get him, he would not be even considering us had he got Derby promoted, no other PL clubs have been interested in this lying cheat. Our last manager was a sacked league one manager who wormed his way back into the PL managers merry go round and done so well he attracted a bottom three club.

  • 9 one fine day // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Anyone think the gable thing may be a part ex set up with Pardue coming in for cisse otherwise why would we want him.
    I’d be telling the slimy silver fox to do one and we want bolassie

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    The man is a gambler and probably got more of a thrill from that last day against WHam than he did seeing us finishing tenth. Expect more of the same.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    People will point to the Swansea sale of Bony and then try to justify our ridiculous transfer policy. The difference was that Swansea knew Bony would be sold so they bought a striker in six months before to bed in. We wait until six months or two years after the player has been sold.

  • 12 Lost Plot // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    10m .. Shame so high so early on his career BUT we paid similar for a certain unproven Cisse?

    We need to be bolstering every area Especially Front & Back

    At ANY cost

  • 13 JP...from The Rock // Jun 8, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    JFA- A gambler of the cheapest kind. He only gambles on him spending the bare minimum to make him win big.

    To win big you have to spend big!.. any proper gambler knows that!

    What Ashley is, it’s not a gambler but an arrogant, lying, greedy billionaire that only wants more and more money. That’s no gambler but a money hungry fool, that just happens to be a billionaire! Only Newcastle could have the misfortune of that happening.

  • 14 mickalfas // Jun 8, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    The biggest challenge is to get fatty to pay decent WAGES,
    Carr probably has a short list of players for a variety of positions ,gives the list to fatty
    Then it’ll be something like ,who’s on a free,and will accept 20,000 a week
    Answer ,some numpty in the French second division who’s been injured for the last 2 years
    Sign him up!!

  • 15 mactoon // Jun 8, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    £10 million is a snip for this lad, get him in now!

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