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Swansea To Beat Newcastle To Top Striker

9:03 am, Sunday, June 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

There was a report a week ago that Newcastle had pulled out of the race to sign 20 year-old Serbian and Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, presumably because of character issues, after we had been watching the player all season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic – in talks with Swansea

But it would not be the first time Newcastle have leaked the news they have pulled out of the race for one of their targets because they realize they have no chance of getting the player.

We pulled out of the race to sign Marseilles forward Andre Ayew – a long term target – for that same reason recently, and he was signed by Swansea City last week, and it’s not the first time the Welsh club have beaten Newcastle to one of our targets.

Now the news in the Sun is that Swansea City are currently in talks with Anderlecht over a possible £12M deal for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

That fee is lower than the £15M reported a few weeks ago that was supposed to be a done deal for Newcastle for the 13 times capped Serbian International, who scored 28 goals in 51 appearances last season for his Belgian side.

It looks like Swansea could beat us to two of our transfer targets this summer – just like they beat us to former Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony two years ago.

At that time we balked at the £12M price tag, and yet Bony was sold 18 months later for £28M (with bonuses) to Manchester City.

Newcastle still have to get more ambition in the transfer market if we are build another good side.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    I think Mitrovic and Austin are stalking horses.
    We are going to get Juanmi.

  • 2 davetoon // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    couldn’t get them over the line…

  • 3 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Cue sheep man

    Swansea are simply the best deal a player looking to get noticed in the PL can get atm. They will probably do a season there and move on but Swansea I don’t think will achieve much.

  • 4 Bambams // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    We simply do not know who the club are looking to sign…..

  • 5 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    But if they are after players this aggressively, IF they are, then hats off for at least trying. I can’t see Charlady and mike changing their horse trading style.

  • 6 sparky55 // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    This is what I’m talking about…we’ve said we’re after Ings, Austin, Carroll, Mitrovic, (any ‘old fashioned centre apparently) and we’ve got no-where near getting any of them because the managerial appointment is without doubt un-inspiring.

    We’ve done the right thing getting a new manager appointed quickly but whether he has the ability to attract quality players to newcastle is another question.

  • 7 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Sparky aye mate that’s the problem, the buying department. I always imagine it with Carr submitting his list of players in positions as a wish list. The “buying” department then draw breath swiftly and cross the first two names off the top of each column, how and barter on the next one or two then We end up with a few hopefuls and developers. If one column really strikes out we end up with the ‘DeJong Scenario’.

  • 8 davetoon // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    oh well maybe we will find another unpolished gem in the Spanish lower leagues

  • 9 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Or another polished t***

  • 10 cestriasteve // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    I’m sure SM will want a marque signing but I don’t think his real priority will be a striker, he’s got to get the back line sorted centre half and left back and seeing the state of Steven Taylor the other day a good conditioning coach and a ban on greggs

  • 11 davetoon // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    I heard Stroller Ameobi is now a free agent

  • 12 sparky55 // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Tsunki…there is that too…nowt costing over 9.9 million will ever arrive at newcastle.

    They say Newcastle is a hard place to attract quality players to because of geography and plethora of other reasons…but have you ever been to Swansea FFS…it’s a proper dump and is way more out on a limb than newcastle ever will be but they seem to be able to attract ALL the players we seem to be after…and of course have a board who backs the manager and will pay over 9.9 million for the right players…some thing we just don’t do.

    Could you ever have envisaged a scenario that players we are after would rather go the Swansea than come to us FFS!!!!

    SWANSEA FFS!!!!!!!

  • 13 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    So right
    This is what a lifetime of steak bakes can do

  • 14 hibbit // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    sparky who says were after all these players the press not one word from the club……. i include ed in that …… was not kk philosophy but even he had players who could defend

  • 15 hibbit // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    come on lads its sunday most of the headlines are to sell papers what they don’t know they make up

  • 16 JDdubai // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    I dont think we needed austin ANd Mitrovic, if we are going with only 1 up front then Austin will do with Cisse or whoever as backup.

    Would rather the money was spent on a top, top brute of a CB, Offer 12m for Shawcross, cant think of another Cb like him who we would have even half a chance to get.

    If we dont get Austin then the blog will meltdown!! Cant wait for england duty to finish, think it will be concluded quickly either way this week.

  • 17 sparky55 // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    HIBBIT…since when does a club publicly come out and say we’re after ‘x’ player…it’d double the price FFS…Yet everybpaper in the land linked us to Ings and Austin and Carroll, and Mitrovic

    …and name me a keegan era defender that was a stand out quality defender

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    So it took them a whole year to come up with Mitrovic has personality issues!!!!!

    I think the nail has been hit on the head. A combination of players not knowing who SM is or if they have, being less than impressed.

    Secondly that mystical ”line” that we just can not get people over!

    Not sure why the fascination with a big old fashioned target man. I’d much prefer, quick, mobile and skilful strikers as the top 7/8 teams have.

    Carroll etc mean you’re only going to get one style of football, a bit like when MClaren’s England banged long balls to Crouch for 90 mins when we lost at home to Croatia. Less than inspiring and hopefully this time SM will not be like his predecessors, who were totally lacking in any kind of a plan B.

  • 19 cestriasteve // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM


    Had to send him to Fenwick as we don’t stock XXXL swim shorts for his holidays.

  • 20 sparky55 // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    I can see the headlines now…a picture of SM grinning like a Cheshire cat with his arm around AC saying…”We’ve brought him home”

    Not because he’s any good by the way…but because he’s cheap and on a pay as you play deal and we won’t pay over 9.9 million for anyone.

    Not good!

  • 21 Ron Knee // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    … and he gets injured 5 minutes into his first match.

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    In what world would Carroll be cheap? 😉

  • 23 Malta Mag // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    All these reactions and opinions are based on rumours from the media who are paid to create a story. No proof that we were after these players? The bloody dinner lady at the training ground can come up with a Chinese whisper and before you know it, it’s doing the rounds and then the club are being condemned for not “getting the player over the line” to quote the now highly thought of Alan Pardew. The club are hopefully keeping things close to their chest and they will be more ambitious after Ashley’s statement. I personally can’t believe there are those out there who wouldn’t want Andy Carroll back? If he’s fit he’s unplayable in the air and forget the anti long ball brigade because there’s nothing better than seeing a good old fashioned winger getting to the byline knocking it across and a good old fashioned centre forward getting his head on it and burying the ball in the back of the net. For those of you who remember Keegan’s team, one of our greatest weapons was exactly that? Gillespie and Ginola banging them in for Shearer and Ferdinand and my God was that great to watch. Carroll and Austin could replicate that same scenario? Watch this space because I for one would welcome them with open arms.

  • 24 Sav // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    What is the point in relying on Carr as a transfer guru and then not backing him. This has cost the club heavily as the Bony experience shows. Aubameyang is another. Does Ashley trust Carr’s judgement or not?

  • 25 geordiesteve520 // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    I’d heard that Mitrovic’s character and attitude had made us change our minds. A bit like with Gervinho who pulled up no trees at Arsenal.

  • 26 AmericanGeordie // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    @JDdubai. I agree with you 100%! If we are going to hang on to Cisse we only need to spend big on one striker, and put the other resources into a proper center half.

    Also right on with Shawcross! I’ve been lobbying for him for a couple of years. Now he’s at the right age, loads of experience, good pedigree and he must be ready to move on from Stoke by now. Show some ambition, stump the cash and bring him in!

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