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Steve McClaren Wants Watford Striker At Newcastle

1:16 pm, Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

Newcastle United were linked with Troy Deeney last summer, when we were trying to bring in a striker to replace Loic Remy, but we didn’t bring one in late in the transfer window, and we paid for a lack of firepower up front all season.

So since we’ve been linked with every other striker this summer, it’s probably not surprising that Newcastle are said to be keen to sign Deeney this summer – according to ESPN.

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Troy Deeney – Watford striker

ESPN are reporting that sources they have at Newcastle are telling them Newcastle want Troy Deeney on Tyneside.

Deeney scored 21 goals in 43 games last season, and in the last four seasons at Watford he’s scored 78 goals in 180 appearances.

Deeney is said to cost around £10M – and if this report is true, it seems that Newcastle may already be dropping down to the secondary striker targets we have – and if that’s true that wouldn’t be good.

ESPN is reporting that Steve McClaren has watched the Watford striker many times while he managed Derby in the Championship, and is an admirer of the 6′ tall striker who has been consistent in his scoring for Watford over the last four years.

Newcastle are trying to bring in two strikers this summer, so perhaps Troy is the second striker and Newcastle are still after top targets Charlie Austin, Bas Dost and Saido Berahino, although they would probably cost (a lot) more than Deeney.

At the beginning of May, after Watford had been promoted, Troy said he was hoping that Newcastle would stay in the Premier League:

“I’m a Birmingham City fan.” “But the one I want to play, I hope they stay up, is actually Newcastle away” “I’m a bit old school. I love fans, I love 50,000 fans giving you so much grief.”

“They’re going to be giving me loads of stick, so I just love that kind of feeling when you score and they hate it, there’s nothing better.”

“It’s a sad state of affairs at Newcastle, to be fair, from the outside looking in.” “I think the last couple of games that I’ve watched, it’s the way they’re losing.”

“It’s not a case of they’re losing by great goals, it doesn’t look like there’s a lot of fight in there.” “And that’s just from the outside looking in.”

Newcastle seem to have thought the drop in the league in the second half of the season was due to John Carver’s poor coaching and (very) poor man-management, and he was sacked along with his assistant Steve Stone.

We wonder if Troy Deeney would like to score at St. James Park – for Newcastle United?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LGFUAD21 // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Last thing we need.

    New manager
    Fans like these

    Oh and then we get this fixture list.

    Cant wait to see the fans turn on Mcclaren after 4 games without a win and then the precedent is set.

    “Club in crisis, grab your pitchforks”

    The rest of the campaign will be doom and gloom, will they wont they be relegated.

    My have to take a hiatus season.

  • 2 optimistic prime // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:18 PM



  • 3 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    would love cabaye but can’t see it

  • 4 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Are swapping Deeney for Austin?

  • 5 WWSBRD // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Come home Cabaye
    Yohan Cabaye
    I just dont *hiccup* think u understand
    Cos if you dont Cabaye
    Yohan Cabaye
    I might just finish all my alcohol

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Looking at the whoscored best starting PL side for last season all the outfield players have ratings above 7.3, with weekly performances sometimes above and below 7. When I then looked at the NUFC seasonal average and the overall rating, only two players achieved 7 or more. When applying a filter of 10 match appearances in order judge consistency the players who performed above 7 at the home games for the whole season were Colback, Sissoko and Dummett; and in the away games Sammy and Cabella. There are a few reasons why players may perform differently, but perhaps this may indicate an ability to ‘shoulder the responsibility’ when playing away as opposed to performing for the adulation of the crowd at home and other different connotations about personality and performing in a team.

    In order to quickly investigate this further I have compiled a table showing the amount of difference shown in all the players performances, between when playing home or away over the whole season.

    # 21 (10) Rémy Cabella +.14
    # 37 Daryl Janmaat +.11
    15 (10) Sammy Ameobi +.05
    7 (6) Mehdi Abeid +.03
    1 (10) Adam Armstrong -.01
    3 Robert Elliot -.14
    # 30 Tim Krul -.15
    12 (3) Massadio Haïdara -.16
    8 (5) Gab Obertan -.17
    11 (11) Papiss Cissé -.19
    # 32 Fab. Collocinni -.22
    15 (8) Emmanuel Rivière -.22
    10 (1) Cheick Tioté -.25

    # 17 (2) Vurnon Anita -.33
    # 24 (7) Yoan Gouffran-.33
    # 25 (11) Ayoze Pérez -.33
    # 24 (1) Paul Dummett – .39
    1 (3) Siem de Jong -.52
    7 (3) Steve Taylor -.54
    11 (3) Ryan Taylor -.54
    6 (4) Jonas Gutierrez -.55
    # 27 (4) Mike Williamson -.62
    # 34 Moussa Sissoko -.63
    0 (4) Rolando Aarons -.65
    # 35 Jack Colback -.69

    25 players appeared on average in 16 matches
    Average difference has not been calculated
    Of the first 13 players four have played more than 16 matches
    Of the last 12, seven players appeared more than the average.

    POSSIBLE CONCLUSIONS: the greatest declines in performance rating for away matches appears significant in those individuals who have played a higher number of matches, which would normally occur due to the more likely possibility of performing poorly the more appearances made. However as the two best performing players are also players with more than the average number of matches, perhaps the greater difference is because the responsibility for losses is more keenly felt and leads to a more likely capitulation.

    Those players with a positive difference when playing away are able to enhance their responsibility, perform better and also are perhaps more likely to be impeded by the negative atmosphere at SJP towards players losing the ball.

    The decline in performance rating for Colback, Sissoko and to a lesser extent Dummett, could perhaps indicate a significant increase in effort to secure a positive result at home. But is more possibly explained by a tactical game plan that involves their positions to a greater degree than away and the over reliance of the compiled rating figures on attacking qualities, as a very large majority of players have a negative difference. The performance ratings are only meant to be indicative but there is a definite need for improvement throughout the team and borne out by the league position last season.

  • 7 John Tudor // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    never wanted him in the first place not my cuppa tea ashley is the problem

  • 8 John Tudor // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    so sayeth fans like these

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM


    A prize catch

  • 10 BandB // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Falling out among thieves usually leads to them ratting each other out and giving some precious insights.

    Hear, the Sun’s Coverdale tells how being first choice preferred media partner led to being fed a diet of speculation about signings that never led to anything.

    And the commercial tie-ins I mentioned recently.

  • 11 Our Toon // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Troy Deeney ahahaha, 10m as well wow same price as Cisse. I think the ploy is talk big, ie Austin, Berahino but buy shite like Deeney. Do they think we got relegated?

  • 12 lesh // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:36 PM


    We’ve been led to believe that targets had been identified before the season ended.

    Ok, McClaren’s in and he understandably wants to review the current squad which is, as we are all well aware is lacking in quality strikers and defenders.

    The season finished three weeks ago, McClaren’s been in a week and yes players are away but……. why haven’t we brought any new players in yet?

    If Charnley’s not up to the job, then it may be best if Ashley were to dump him now!

  • 13 Our Toon // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    We now have some asking for the return of cabaye, the person who went on strike and refused to play so he could get a move. Cabaye can go to any other club he wants as far as I’m concerned, he’s 29 soon to be 30 hasn’t played consistently for 2 years….stay well clear!!

  • 14 LGFUAD21 // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    I’d take Deeney as a second choice for £7m

    The lad has been consistent in the Championship and could be one of those ready to step up.

    He’s only a little bit older than Charlie who proved last season that just because you come up from the Championship doesn’t mean you cant make the jump.

    I like his style too.

    My concerns would be his age (at 26 he is bang in the middle of his prime and he could well be in decline by 28).

    Definitely wouldnt take him to start regularly until he won a starting berth but I do like the way he plays.

  • 15 BandB // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    We always seem to be reported as in pole position to sign players we will never even approach.
    It is a neat trick the club has mastered.

  • 16 Lindisfarne // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    “The message screaming out of St James’ Park is this is a fresh start, a clean slate from the troubles of the past season. But this message is being controlled by Newcastle via their preferred media partners.”

    The boy that cried wolf comes to mind, will 2016 be the end?

  • 17 LGFUAD21 // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Our Toon

    He wasnt loyal but you wouldnt be when PSG and Arsenal are in and can offer you trophies.

    I think some fans need to put themselves in the players shoes. It’s not pleasant but it is business.


    He was showing the form of his career when playing for that move.
    Given he wants to fight his way back into the French squad for Euro 2016 theres a decent chance he could do it again here next season.

    Dont see any truth in this rumour but sometime a player playing for a move is win/win – The club gets the performances and transfer value. The player gets their move.


  • 18 John Tudor // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    the day ashley breezed in was the day we ended as a football club

  • 19 ronjohno // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    when will we supporters ever learn.
    same old patter every season from NUFC and nothing happens.
    used to love it when kk said watch this space and we could just about guarantee a new face(s).
    Still we can but hope that this is the calm before huge influx. ha ha

  • 20 Our Toon // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:45 PM


    You take Deeney as 2nd choice? Hmm I’d rather keep Cisse and Perez, but we need to improve on what we have not fill with shite as we did with Riviere and facundo. Watford got promoted didn’t they? Let’s see Deeney play for them this season before any bids are made

  • 21 JP...from The Rock // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    FFS WHo the hell is this guy!?? This club deserves an Austin or a top striker not some nobody.

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    have we not learned that dropping down to the 3rd / 4th choices on carr’s list is false economy. we’ll never get near to 6M back on Rivi etc

  • 23 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    The same old feel is coming back, ffs Newcastle

  • 24 Our Toon // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:48 PM


    I don’t blame Cabaye for want a move, I’ve never blamed a player for wanting to leave under this regime, the fact was though he went on strike….refused to play. Big difference in my eyes!!

  • 25 WWSBRD // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Cabaye wasn’t loyal? Bloke was sold a pack of lies by a club he had no connection to before signing for us….hell half of us fans are staying away from the club

    I hold nothing against Cabs still think hes a hell of a player who, he isnt going to come back but if he did, would instantly be the best CM we have

  • 26 Bambams // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    This is not looking good…

  • 27 LGFUAD21 // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Our Toon

    Ok maybe 3rd choice. Dont know what got to me then.

    After next season he’ll be 27 as sadly I think the boat will have passed.

    That said I’d rather get better players in.

    Fair point re : Strike vs Wanting to leave. My memory is too short.

    Could be beneficial at the right price though.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    The only relatively exciting thing was maybe Zenden coming in, but even that’s been blown out of the water now with him going to liverpool.

    KK proved Ash was a liar in court and I honestly can not see one thing that has changed. Everyone is on to Ashley now and poor old McLaren was totally suckered.

  • 29 Our Toon // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:54 PM


    Who would you drop for cabaye? The Cabaye we all know first came to us as a major player in a championship winning team. If he came back to us he’d be a championship winning player that’s rotted on the bench for 2 years. Add to that the CM position is the strongest area of our squad it would be money wasted on someone who can give us 2 years max at his best level… If thay hasn’t dropped because he’s been cleaning others boots.

    Hopefully SDJ gets on the pitch this season he’ll be utilised higher up, with Colback and a DM…..I’d be happy to drop Colback as it’s the only position Cabaye could take up….but most others love colback, so who would you drop?

  • 30 optimistic prime // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Cabaye IMO is a spoilt twat.

    Decent player but went on strike and the main reason I wouldn’t want him back is he’s a nasty sly twat, loves to leave his foot in on a tackle or give someone a sly kick.

    I hated that part of his game, I always saw him as a coward.

  • 31 SuperShearer // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    We should try a cheeky loan move for Cabaye. He knows the club, he’ll play his socks off to get back into the French team for the Euros and PSG won’t have to worry about his wages while he’s off their books for a season. Maybe include a really cheeky option to buy of £5-7 million. At the end of the day he’s quality, arguably should be starting at a bigger club than PSG, he’s exactly what a Man Utd need in my opinion.

  • 32 LGFUAD21 // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    If happily paid cabaye and colback

    Flog sissoko who is selfish and actually harms the team more than helps sometimes and play siem as attaching mid. Behind the striker.

    Cabaye gives versatility as we know he can attack and defend.

    All pipe dream though.

  • 33 LGFUAD21 // Jun 17, 2015 at 1:59 PM


    I was shocked Man U didn’t come in for him. After struggling with a poor mid since scholes left.

    Let’s reunite tiote and cabaye. They were class together.

  • 34 Our Toon // Jun 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM


    Who’s the ball winner then if colback SDJ and cabaye play as a 3 in midfield? Perfect example is Arsenal, they tried packing the midfield without a ball winner and in the end had to recall Coquelin from loan at Charlton to play that role.

    Barca need busquets to play thay role, Chelsea have Matic…..are we really that good that we don’t need a ball winning midfielder?

  • 35 WWSBRD // Jun 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Our Toon
    Id drop any of them mate Colback isnt as good as him, Tiote is a different player, Anita dont make me laugh, Abied already out the door and not as good, Sissoko gutless and SDJ is still a footballer? Thought he might be taking up a medical degree by now

    But hes not going to come, not a chance in hell

  • 36 geordiesteve520 // Jun 17, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    IMHO Deeney is a thug and if we’re pulling out of deals because of ‘questionable character’ then we should run a mile here.

  • 37 G peart 83 // Jun 17, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Obviously trying to kid the fans to buy season tickets with false interest in players again

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