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Liverpool Reported Willing To Bid Big For Newcastle Star

9:21 pm, Friday, June 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 160 Comments

There’s a report in Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb that Liverpool are interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko this summer, and would be willing to bid €24M for him.

That’s around £17M with today’s exchange rate, and Moussa still had four years to run on his Newcastle contract.

moussa sissoko scores qpr

Moussa Sissoko – in action last season

Brendan Rodgers did not have a very good summer transfer window last summer, and Liverpool did not have a good season, and after finishing second top in 2014 and almost winning the Premier League for the first time, they slumped to 6th place last season.

Brendan’s position is therefore under threat,  although he will be Liverpool’s boss next season.

Newcastle badly want to strengthen the squad,  so we are not fighting against relegation next season, and the last thing we want to do is sell our best players.

Moussa is one of our best players who – like a lot of other players at Newcastle – had a terrible second half of last season.

But we shouldn’t even be thinking of selling Sissoko unless we can replace him with somebody as good or better this summer.

Newcastle seem to be finding it very difficult to get players into the club in this transfer window – and top players are wary of joining a club who have fought against relegation in two of the last three seasons and the club was in a big mess earlier this year.

In the past, the finances have been the (only) thing that’s been important at Newcastle, but that only gets you fighting against relegation if you are not willing to spend the money available to build a good team.

That’s been Newcastle in past seasons.

We don’t expect the club to even think about selling Moussa for £17M – perhaps if Liverpool bid £24M that would be a different  matter.

But gone are the days when we sold our best players at any time, and kept the money and didn’t bother replacing them.

You can never build a good team that way – and Newcastle have proven that over the last eight years with that insipid strategy.

Things have to change big time at Newcastle – and it starts this summer.

That’s according to owner Mike Ashley,  who says he wants to win something with Newcastle, and that the club from now on will make their own luck.

We are still waiting to see some evidence of that in this important transfer window, but let’s not sell our best players.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Moussa Sissoko · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

160 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stan anderson // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    35 MILLION,that,ll do nicely. hahahahaha

  • 2 Belfast // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Tuttomercatoweb ? Sounds reliable lol

  • 3 yorkymag // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Snap their hands off he is nowhere near this probably 6 or 7 million

  • 4 Belfast // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    24 million Ed ? Haha

    How many good games did he have last season ?

  • 5 WLtoon // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Lost interest in all the rumour mungers.
    Does,nt look as tho We will have much of an eventfull summer as far as incoming transfers,so who gives a fcuk who goes where.
    We have missed chance after chance AGAIN this window,tho its early days the signs are there that absolutely nothing has changed at this hopeless excuse for a epl club.

  • 6 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    being a realist 17mil is prob his max value ! however if we sell him the money will never be re-invested in other players so i hope he doesnt go as we will be weaker.

  • 7 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Didn’t Paul ince say Liverpools days off spending big is over

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Old Blackley had great sport with Ashley’s bolting his horse to his cart. Now it looks like flappy birds are going to keep me entertained for a few weeks. Who knows, I might turn into one myself as the start of the season approaches with no progress made.

  • 9 Our Toon // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:52 PM


    Spot on, if we sell him it won’t be reinvested, liverpool can offer 100m and I wouldn’t he happy because we won’t reinvest. As for Sissoko when he leaves nufc we will all realise his true potential and just how good he is, unfortunately he’s surrounded by shite so wants to do to much himself.

    He does need to work on his first touch though!!

  • 10 Lynny // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    We aren’t finding it hard to get players to the club at all! We aren’t even trying! We haven’t been confirmed as submitting any bids for a single player! Face facts we’re going down next season if we don’t start getting quality players in now! By my reckoning we need at least 9 players signed

  • 11 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    We are incapable of signing backroom staff. What makes ppl in this blog think we will be signing players

  • 12 optimistic prime // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Can we buy now?

  • 13 hibbit // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    even the coaches we offer jobs to are turning us down

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Why would he go to liverpool.

  • 15 lochinvar // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Clearly the deal is that if we sign a coach he brings a player with him for free from his existing club

    BOGOF – the Ashley Mantra

  • 16 lochinvar // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Anyway Sissoko or at least his Agent talks of Champions League football.

    And Liverpool have…. ?

  • 17 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Newcastle need another transfer window like last, but with the emphasis on a quality striker, CB, and 3 emerging, players to compete at left back, engine room and wing. Last year money was spent and decent players brought in, but they weren’t specifically enough. You’d hope Gouffran, Willo, and Obertan can be fixed up elsewhere in the process, but Newcastle have rarely targeted the right player for the right position, preferring the right price, but what price is a Charlie Austin or Will Hughes worth to Newcastle. More to us than to a Chelsea or Liverpool, because we need them more. It’s time to specifically target the right player for the right position and to recognise the true worth of these players to the club.

  • 18 clinath@ed // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Thought that was auto correct for Tottenham Hotspur

  • 19 clinath@ed // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Someone said something to me today, totally unrelated to the toon, about employing a sales rep…
    There was concern that we couldn’t afford one, and this guy asked, could we afford not too?
    Thought that relevant to us as we go into this summers debacle…

  • 20 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    The money won’t be reinvested. Which is the biggest problem under Ashley. Which is why losing a single player is a blow to us, as we won’t know if that player will be replaced.

    We are always left with threadbare squad. Ashley just gambles with us and hope we are good enough to stay up.

  • 21 lesh // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:35 PM


    If Ashley’s touting players about before the window’s officially open, it’s taking things too far.

    Charnley did commit to a nett spend and that could be a quid or fifty million.

    It seems that there’s a sell to buy head on again but Charnley hasn’t got the confidence or courage to buy before getting money in.

    There’s £34m sitting in the bank – has anyone said what it’s for? Team strengthening? The training centre? Accruing interest?

    And, a week in and Charnley’s fannying about with bonus driven wages while other clubs pay the market rate – McClaren can’t even get his staff in so what does that mean as far as players are concerned? Last minute, third rate players coming in, top players going out, another relegation skirmish?

    Yes, it is early days but we’ve seen this all before!

  • 22 Dillboy // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    First off I’d like to say its a bit over the top to register for commenting surely ? What’s the point in a 12 character password plus God knows what else . Anyway first off I thought id mention a correction to the headline Willing to big bid? Surely it’s willing to bid big and the second major flaw which is totally unforgivable is Liverpool finished 6 th not 8 th . Thirdly you don’t have any best players

  • 23 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:40 PM


    Ysa we’ve seen it all before. Which is why I’m mentally preparing for a season of relegation struggle. We must be favorites for relegation.

    I really don’t see us signing the number of players we desperately need. We still prefer to sell first and buy..

    We can’t even compete with Bournemouth in the market.

  • 24 G peart 83 // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Yet again talk of selling players fatty will never learn his lesson the greediest man alive

  • 25 Moonraker15 // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Not a chance !

  • 26 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    So. If we sell a big player BEFORE we sign anyone,will the l8kes of Blackley and Jib still say we are being unreasonable? I bet they still find an excuse to make it sound right. The gullible idiots. I almost feel sorry for them.

  • 27 p // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    I must say you are all jumping the gun a bit.

    None of us know who will or will not be signed.

  • 28 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    If you defend ashley now,or make excuses,or give him another chance,then you are a buffoon.

  • 29 p // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Look if Sissoko wants out and someone is prepared to pay 17m, let him get on with it.

    But, the money does need to be reinvested.

  • 30 Moonraker15 // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Not good enough by a long way

  • 31 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Logic and history dictates that this will be yet another window of losing out. All this “we don’t know what will happen” is Bollox. We DO know what will happen,because it has happened for 8 FCKING YEARS.

  • 32 p // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    @27, I don’t why this is still a debate. I think everyone is of the view that MA has mismanaged the club, with lots of bad decisions being taken under his stewardship.

    That said, you can’t predict what he will or won’t do, you will just have to wait and see.

    If the club don’t make 4-5+ decent signings, people are entitled to say, yeah I was right, nothing has changed, he continues to be a twat.

    On the other hand if he does deliver, you will have to say, well let’s see if coaching and playing staff can deliver this year, try for cups, not give up a Xmas etc.

  • 33 p // Jun 19, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    @30 you might be right but you might be wrong

  • 34 stan anderson // Jun 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Lee C. [s the main man after THE SLUG.
    Need i say more.
    How are S.TS.sales going then/

  • 35 Thump // Jun 19, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    £35m is the golden number, Liverpool. As always.

  • 36 Offkey // Jun 19, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    P@31 – 4/5 signings – that would only replace Raylor, Santon, Mbiwa and Jonas (Ferreyra loan ended also) – there should be at least a few more decent players in there……I think it needs about 8.

  • 37 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Hopefully a significant number of season ticket holders are withholding payment until they see how the close season shapes up, and so the owership recognises that they have truly run out of options, and they have if the fans have indeed drawn a line in the sand.

  • 38 toon22 // Jun 19, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    Exactly when under MA has any money ever been invested?
    When we panic bought all those French players wasnt the total spend about 20ml?
    We will sell high but havent ever payed the going rate,clubs are aware of it now.

    More tat from the king of it.


  • 39 toon22 // Jun 19, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    In the end the toon is nothing more than another way for the man at the top to shovel cheap tat while trousering a fortune.

    Its what he does.

    Untill he goes or dies there wont be a club to follow.
    Were just a revinue stream and a taty advert.

  • 40 jane // Jun 19, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    off topic anyone know what the film crew were doing in North Shields Fish Quay car park this evening? I wondered if they were expecting the arrival of a boat load of new signings.

  • 41 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 19, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    With regatds to players / coaches incoming its like bjork. – its all so quiet …….

  • 42 jane // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    maybe Liverpool are thinking of Sissoko as a replacement for Steven Gerrard. if they sell Sterling for £50m+ they may pay well.

  • 43 Shot Bru // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    Sissoko goes to Liverpool, his replacement could be Abdoulaye Doucoure if the board can move quick enough.

  • 44 hkgeordie // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Talk of Hernandez? A grear finisher who does not quite cut it at the Champions League clubs. If Austin does not come then let’s offer the no 9 shirt to Hernandez.

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Well, as Official Blog Hobbit I see it’s time again to answer some frequently asked questions from the Hobbit mail bag. This will cheer you lot up. Turn that frown upside down mates!
    Q: Do we have a strong enough squad to not bother about new signings?
    A: No. Our squad depth is abysmal and full of sick notes. I’ve seen stronger squads in Burundi playing beach volleyball.
    Q: Is our management up to the job of a massive rebuild of the club?
    A: No. We currently employ several w@nkers and pinheads in senior management positions.
    Q: Does Steve McLaren has access to enough happy weed to keep him sane through next season?
    A: I definitely hope so. How long will it take Mike to break him down and leave him a sobbing wretch? My money is on a very short time indeed.
    Well I don’t want to get carried away but I thought these questions did deserve some attention. Harrumph.

  • 46 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:31 AM


    Thats probably the sanest way you could have put that.

    It is beyond comprehension why some still say “you could be right or you could be wrong” (see P earlier). Really? When has Mash ever proved his detractors wrong?

    If you can supply the happy baccy,i will sort out shipment to poor old shteve.

  • 47 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    The club are raring to go with signings, aren’t they? No.

    Ambitious? No.

    Focussed on improving? No.

    Liars? Yes.

    Propaganda merchants? Yes.

    Basically one big con? Yes.

  • 48 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:35 AM


    Probably the most i have ever agreed with you on one single post.

    Id like to teach the world to sing….et.c …. 😀

  • 49 JackButler // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Ashley will probably come out with the same lie’s next season when we are flirting relegation and people will still buy into his BS

  • 50 Barton // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    think the tide has turned now fans have had enough BS thats why the season tickets sales are terrible,got to the point were there sending out begging letters asking us to renew,i think the points being made,slowly but surely,thats why we need to keep the pressure on tubbs and penfold,oh how we have fallen from once haveing waiting lists of 20+ thousand to sending out begging letter and renewing,and renewing again the deadline 🙁

  • 51 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    You are welcome to retrospectively agree with the other stuff. It’s never too late to see the light…

  • 52 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 20, 2015 at 1:02 AM


    Steady. I’m not that drunk :-p

    Seriously, though, Ashleys running (ruining) of the club has never been in question, from the days when wise came in and keegan walked, right up until now, a 16th transfer window where nothing will happen of note.

  • 53 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 1:10 AM

    I’d take Hernandez

  • 54 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 20, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Barton, I hope there is very big drop, but I think only some will not renew. The opportunity was there to make a visual statement in the boycotted games. It was handed to everyone on a plate.

    Instead of boycotting, thousands just sat in silence as usual, defeating the meaning of the word ‘support’. To me, support is wanting the best for the club as it strives to do the best it can to improve, no matter if it succeeds or fails. Ashley has proved he is not interested in even trying. That is unacceptable to me.

    It’s a different stadium these days. It’s like experiencing what it’s like to be at another club with crap support. Very quiet.

    Ashley and his abysmal decisions have made it all happen by alienating the fanbase.

    Ashley out.

  • 55 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 20, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    Mark, drink up…

  • 56 toonicle // Jun 20, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    I’d love Hernandez but he wouldn’t come. We can’t even seem to convince an assistant manager to come.

  • 57 toonicle // Jun 20, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    If they offered a penny over 17M it take it for Sissoko. Doesn’t care to be here and doesn’t seem to know what position he wants to play.

  • 58 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    McClaren also spoke to Phil Neville?

  • 59 toonincheek // Jun 20, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    Steve Round must be McC’s 4th choice.

    If that’s the best that the NUFC budget will allow,
    then I wouldn’t blame McC if he resigned NOW.

  • 60 headtheball // Jun 20, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    Newcastle SWOOP ………………………to a new low!
    Ashley Out

  • 61 expatmag // Jun 20, 2015 at 3:50 AM

    My thoughts on the situation at present are possibly more reasoned than most and whilst I gave certain reservations about the lack of early signings, at the same time, isnt it the club policy not to announce signings until they are all done and dusted?

    Most player contracts dont run out till after the 30th June and I would expect the club to make announcements in line with their policy then.

    Too many people are panicing over press speculation and rubbish printed on social media. The fact the club appears to keep their cards very close to the chest isnt a bad thing.

    The new coach is appointing his backroom staff and held meetings about transfer targets. I would expect things to really rev up over the next few weeks.

    Ashley cannot afford another season like the last one and therefore must bankroll a decent spend.

    However, he has to get rid of some deadwood first to make space for more incoming.

    Dont panic lads. I believe we are well into negitiations for new players.

  • 62 expatmag // Jun 20, 2015 at 4:07 AM

    The current squad isnt too bad and with half a dozen decent additions and an upgrade in coaching, we could surprise a few next season.


    Krul Darlow Elliott Woodman


    Janmaat Lascelles Taylor Williamson Coloccini Dummett Satka Haidara Good Ferguson Mbau


    Sissoko Tiote Anita Colback Cabella Obertan Ameobi Aarons Bigi Abeid


    Cisse Riviere DeJong Perez Armstrong Gouffran

    That is over 30 players currently available although I would like the club to let us know the current injury status on long term victims Dejong Haidara Taylor Tiote Good and Elliott.

    Expect a few to go and a few to come.

  • 63 brklyngeordie // Jun 20, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    Agree w/ most on here I would take 15 mill for Moussa in heartbeat yes he has flashes but not consistent enough for me and has no true position not to mention his aerial game is pathetic for a man his size (was a miracle he scored w head on final day) and decision making w ball pretty poor…
    Give me the 15 mill use it on Cabaye Striker Center Back with some of our money injected as well team won’t miss a beat w/o him, I mean how could they did this team even have heart last season to beat!?!

  • 64 willowdalerez // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    Sissoko doesn’t want to be here and showed no heart last season… if we can get 17M take it and sign Austin. With Austin (or for that matter Dost) and Manu up front (it is known Manu is a poor finisher with lots of pace who plays better off a partner that opens up space for him and Austin should do that nicely) and Cisse and Perez designated subs (and ready to come on in the case of injuries we should be set up front).

    Players I want to keep are Manu and Cabella… If McClaren is 1/2 the coach they say he is then Cabella and Manu should perform beter under him motivationally, with better tactics and growing confidence in the EPL.

    If De Jong is healthy we can do without Sissoko and Colback can stand in (without flair) if he isn’t and on top of which Aarons showed hints of real potential on L-wing and Cabella should finally hit his stride on RWing once he gets a decent link up from the back…

    All of which of course brings us to our real burning issue… When are we getting a CB in to manage our defence and who will that be? No chance to improve if we are watching longball from the back all season again… Question is… we have targets for striker but I can’t think of a single cb we have been linked with of any note (or that we can bring in… please Ed please no more we can’t bring in this defender we have been linked with stories!!!)

    Anybody have any realistic targets for CB that we have been linked with or might have a chance to sign?

  • 65 willowdalerez // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Oh… and to be clear Dunk or Mings are not my idea of the CB to anchor our back 4!!!

  • 66 Chris // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:26 AM


    yes, and we can add Marveaux to that list as well, so I make it 33 players in total. I think 5 of them would still qualify as under 21 next season (Woodman, Satka, Mbabu, Aarons & Armstrong) so they wouldn’t need to be named in the 25 man squad, but that still leaves 28 over-age players on the roster.

    Maybe that’s part of the reason that they’ve been slow to bring players in – I suppose it’s possible that Charnley wants to make sure that he can offload enough of the senior players to make room in the squad for the new guys, but he can’t hang about for too long because every day we seem to be losing out on one or more of our supposed targets. He’ll need to get his arse in gear pretty soon or we’ll end up with nobody.

  • 67 willowdalerez // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    one last thing and I’m off.. What does Simon Bird of NUFC’s preferred Daily Mirror have to say about his June 11 column

    in which he wrote:

    “Charlie Austin will become Newcastle’s first summer signing in the next week – and England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino is also on their radar, writes Simon Bird.

    The Magpies have a £40million-plus transfer kitty and want to revamp every department of the team but goals and striking talent are the top priority.”

    Well next week has come and gone and while we didn’t sign Austin for the £15M QPR want for him now… according to the very same preferred source the Mirror’s (John Cross this time not Bird interesting coincidence there) our transfer kitty has dropped miraculously by that very amount to £25M

    McClaren has around £25m to spend this summer and he plans to shake up his squad and is desperate to get moving on new signings.

    If the Mirror is NUFCs preferred outlet this transfer rumour is just a side racket and my predictions should be as good so you heard it here first Newcastle is in advanced talks to pick up Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard from the LA Galaxy on loan as early as January after the MLS wraps up and for the opportunity to play alongside Gerrard it is rumoured Landon Donovan may come out of retirement to join NUFC in January should the loan deals materialize!

  • 68 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    I thought it would be Round.
    He has worked at the Toon before under Fat Sam.
    I wonder if Phil Neville has the balls after his flip flops crack.
    We would then have Moyes backroom from Everton
    The one that excites me the most is Steve Black – Mr Motivator

  • 69 nut meg // Jun 20, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    So Bob thinks he’s a funny guy!

  • 70 geordie157 // Jun 20, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    If only the club did have some ambition,Hernandez would be a great signing for us.

  • 71 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 20, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Christ…the club needs to send its promising kids out on loan to the right clubs at the right level

    …how many kids have made it here?

    The reason why they haven’t brought anyone in is because they are looking for bargains and they haven’t even done their homework on who would really come!

    In other words they are in over their heads and they are unprepared as usual.

  • 72 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Like I said on a previous post, Hernandez would be a cracking signing, would fit the FCW blueprint perfectly. 27 years old with a price tag of about £6M.
    Unfortunately, because we’ve been relegation fodder for the last few years, anyone half decent wont come near us unless we start to announce that we have put a solid and sensible bid in for 3-4 players who are clear improvements on what we already have.

  • 73 GEORDIE69 // Jun 20, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    I will copy and paste this on most of Ed’s posts until it is complete and only then will we see if we have any ambition to compete for top 8 in the Premier League and a Trophy. I have left out the players that are not good enough to achieve this currently and will remove any that are, that we may sell. time is ticking Mike Ashley.

    GK Krul
    GK Darlow
    GK Elliot (3rd choice only)

    RB Janmaat
    LB Haidara
    CD Lascelles

    CM Sissoko
    CM Tiote
    CM Colback

    AM De Jong
    AM Aarons
    AM Cabella

    CF Cisse
    CF Perez

  • 74 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 20, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Ed could shut the blog down until the start of the season on August 08
    and when it opens you could paste your list as is – looks like nowt’s happening after all the crap spouted at the end of the season.
    And Oh Jail for Ashley will be the first to post – ‘Ashley out!’

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    I remember how angry it made me when TDSarf tried to justify the clubs decision not to try to win a cup, yet Bob Moncur has actually sat down with Himmler and discussed it, and he stll comes out and defends them, is he, gullible, naive or just plain greedy and stupid.

  • 76 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    I’ve been saying Ashley Out since the day James Milner got foolishly, selfishly and totally needlessly got sold !

  • 77 KevinLee // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    17M? 24M? Fat Fuxk Mike dreaming, haha

  • 78 sparky55 // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    He’s a very very good player when played in the right position and when coached correctly.

    He’ll be a great at liverpool…just you see

  • 79 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Good morning and how are you!
    Yeah and it looks like you’ll be saying that for a few years.

  • 80 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    That’s true! And it has been annoying ever since…

  • 81 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Good Morning.
    Not half as annoying as your stupid winking smiley faces and your pointless musings.

  • 82 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    I think a lot of people will be glad to see the back of him.

  • 83 sing in the corner // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:34 AM


    well said.
    At the risk of repeating myself,,,:) (oh dear a smiley slipped out there) Its getting very repetitive saying things like ‘they won’t…’ he ‘won’t…’ about every topic. How do you know?
    This has been a great blog to come on and read – to get angles on things I’d not considered etc. But now its a case of scan reading through it. If you’re in the gang you’re in…if you anything a bit more balanced get ready for a round of sarcastic put downs. A shame…

  • 84 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Like the idea geordie9. I would have put Colo in there still even though is our bubbly bottler captain. Still a good cb when paired with another good cb.

  • 85 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    sing…then just give back 🙂

    …that gang is not all what it’s cracked up to be!

  • 86 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    I’m balanced. Tbf I’m sitting down.

    Let’s relate the good points of the club today then.

    First off. The phone bill and the helicopter fuel bills will be small this month. Also there won’t be any overtime paid or lights on after normal working hours all adding up to some significant savings to bolster the club accounts. Frugal.

  • 87 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Jail…trust me you top the list big time!

    …I still remember when you started posting on here and boy nothing has changed. You are the equivalent to annoying!

  • 88 Rotonda heights // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    I see we are struggling to even get the Spanish teenagers Concha and Mere over that mystic line now. Can’t help thinking that would not be a problem with someone like a Viera in charge.

    I don’t dislike the wally at all, but he does seem to be having a hell of a time attracting anyone, even a coaching assistant.

  • 89 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    I disagree Sitc and p. You don’t get shot down for being balanced. You get it for trying to overbalance. Carrying the devils advocate the game too far attracts deserved criticism. If you can field it well, then good on you, blog works.

    But if you want to see the sunny side of ” Media partners” or the like you’re going to have your work cut out.

  • 90 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Anyway speaking of being shot down / at, what was that little dig yesterday Sitc?

  • 91 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    RH…that’s because there isn’t much of an attraction!

  • 92 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Jesper hope you don’t mind me saying this but of late a certain tetchyness has crept into your style 🙂

    You seem out of sorts.

  • 93 sing in the corner // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:45 AM


    Ok I get it, so I’m a WUM now and in rides the multiple to chase me off the blog.?

  • 94 Rotonda heights // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Round, like Simpson has hardly pulled up any trees. Zenden, like Viera may not be that experienced but anyone with barca and dutch connections brings some excitement and allure with them which is all too sadly missing at the moment..

  • 95 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Tsunki…I suppose to see what Jail can get away with on a daily basis gets to you…if you don’t mind me saying!

    …someone has to say something I think!

  • 96 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Sitc no not at all I don’t think I implied that. Maybe I’ve disagreed with you in the past? Seems like you’re harbouring a grudge

  • 97 sing in the corner // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:56 AM


    I felt that your portrayal as the self-styled WUM / multiple slayer was a bit rich, especially as you explained you changed your identity to do it. Seeing as you have now asked me twice publicly my view is that you come across a bit narcissistic and arrogant. But maybe like me you are being ironic there?

  • 98 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Jesper what’s he said? I don’t get it what did I miss?

  • 99 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Well I apologised for my little experiment but if you’re somehow counting yourself as a wum and feeling hurt I can’t stop that.

  • 100 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    We can’t even bring in an assistant manager. What does it say about players wanting to come? Lol

    This season might the one we finally go down and there’s no coming back. For a long long time.

  • 101 mickalfas // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    If the headline is correct ,how is fatty/Bishop going to explain that we sold him to better ourselves
    I bet he’s sitting giggling to himself,another £17m ha ha ha,what a f****g goldmine ive got here

  • 102 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Don’t be too hard on the multiple posters from the high five gang. The funny part is, in Tsunki’s case, the doppelganger is better than the original. So much so, everyone wants Pokat instead. Hahahahahahahahahah. You couldn’t make it up.

  • 103 sing in the corner // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:01 AM


    Ha, Feeling hurt? Errrr, ok…
    Move on. I did immediately.

  • 104 ronaldo aarons // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Shot bru at 42
    Good shout, if I was raiding Rennes I would go for ntep too.

  • 105 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Zenden never gives a project more than a year.
    I’m sure he still thinks Hiddink will ask him to help with next years Euro nations
    Patrick Kluivert assisted van Gaal in Brazil and then got a full managers job in the Caribean
    I think Zenden hopes for something similar in

    Jail for Ashley
    It’s anybody’s right to dislike a fellow human being, but your reasons for disliking Ashley because of the Milner transfer have the feel of someone who at best , knows very little about NUFC and , at worst , is pretending to be a Toon fan to pursue some nefarious agenda.

  • 106 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Go easy on Jail. He’s now providing great entertainment as the blog’s biggest flappy bird. Old Blackley’s anticipating weeks of fun in store. Did you know that Jail saw straight through Ashley years ago? Have you ever heard him mention that?

  • 107 BoyDoneGood // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM


    Absolutely right. I’m trying not to post until at least a few days into the transfer window. What is there to add to what’s already been said? There are two schools of thought – a) that there will be no significant net spend, or b) that this will be a season of ambition with real investment in the squad. I’m for (b), and I think Ashley’s statement, Carver’s sacking and McClaren’s appointment all support that view – certainly they contradict the predictions of the (a) team. But there’s nothing to be gained from another couple of weeks of slagging eachother off. The only proof of the pudding will be in the eating.

  • 108 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Old Blackley notes your earlier post in which you rate the squad highly. Did you rate it highly at the start of last season too? You reckon we only need half a dozen additions. I’d only keep half a dozen. I hope you’re right.

  • 109 sing in the corner // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    I was wondering yesterday if anyone has seen much of Lubo Satka recently. Could he be one to promote to the 1st team squad alongside (hopefully) at least one established / experienced centre half with Dummett (obviously I leave our two notorious pillars of strength from last season out of this equation). Last time I saw Satka he was lightweight. I see he played very regularly for the reserves last season.

  • 110 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Today is Flappy Bird Cup day. A cup will be awarded to the blogger who flaps and craps the most because other clubs are pinching all the best players and leaving none for us.

  • 111 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Tsunki…it seems alot of people are missing what he’s saying…maybe by default or because they don’t want to get on his bad side!

    …this is not just something that had happened today or the past week. But now that’s out there try look for it and maybe you’ll get what I am saying!

    I am off to enjoy my Saturday:) enjoy yours Tsunki.

  • 112 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Apart from a few outings on the bench at the end of last season, I haven’t seen much mentioned about Satka, although my son tells me he’s apparently got potential. Unfortunately I’m exiled down south surrounded by Arsenal and Chelski fans, I don’t get to here much of the gossip from in and around the club. Hence why I joined the blog to be able to catch up with the news and rumors

  • 113 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Lilongwe geordie has seen most of the Toons bairns play , and from memory I think he rated Satka , a bit raw but good.
    Talking of Good , Curtis Good had his hip op in Colorado in Feb and is looking good in training but need lots of game time

  • 114 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Flappy bird,
    Ha ha, from the man who dresses as a parrot flapping his arms and offering people out.

  • 115 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    You’ve got to love old professor Tuff with comments like this:

    “By this process everybody at the club (players) will know that whoever gets hired was not first choice and therefore there will always be an air of being a second rater attached to the coach by the players and the message of quality/success is lost/ won’t exist.:”

    Yeah Tuff. All the players are first choice players. They wouldn’t understand that the second or third person on the list can be decent too. Did you get that knowledge from studying books, Prof? You couldn’t make it up.

  • 116 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    also this—9492360

    Pretty naff weak comeback Jail
    You can do better than that

  • 117 sing in the corner // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:34 AM


    Yep me too (reasons for coming on to the blog) although i live just a few miles away from the Toon. Its still a great place for picking up some useful knowledge. Satka is one to watch but like I say I think he could do with eating some liver!

  • 118 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Question out of the blue and a change of topic.

    What formation would you like to see us play?

  • 119 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Don’t laugh fella. You stand a good chance of winning today’s Flappy Bird Cup, although the smart money is on Toonheroes after yesterday’s fine showing.

  • 120 sing in the corner // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:38 AM


    That’s Good news. Ho Ho. It would be great to see some of these young ones genuinely come out of the shadows, although obviously I’m not saying that is instead of recruiting some established players…

  • 121 MidlandsMag // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Blackey and Brownlie @ 107

    Well I am nominating myself for your Cup. Starting to seriously worry about targets/backroom staff disappearing into the ether.

  • 122 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    One I don’t know much about is Mbabu. Whats his story, potential gem or another could have?

  • 123 optimistic prime // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Roger irrelevant

    Does the crap you spout fertilise the garden whilst you’re on your ride on?

    Like the milk you love to drink all your arguments are weak as piss, you remind me of a eight year old boy with no mates.

    Take your ball and piss off.

  • 124 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    I’ve read lots of things in newspapers

  • 125 optimistic prime // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Saylor is working through the summer to prove he’s good enough for the squad.

    If Schteeves waiting to see Saylor play before signing a new CB we could be in for a very very long wait.

  • 126 sing in the corner // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:57 AM


    me neither…but wonder why he only played twice for the reserves last season? And up to Rangers… Injured?
    Also keep an eye on Heardman. Only 19 but scored 4 in 6 when he got a chance. He’s also from the fair hills of Consett so it would be great to see him make it.

  • 127 Rotonda heights // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:05 AM


    The best coach in the world isn’t going to be able to improve his awful positioning sense, his ability to turn slower than a tug boat, his appalling injury record and the fact he just isn’t that bright.

    A bit like Carver, saylor still thinks he ‘s the best though. history and facts prove otherwise.

  • 128 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Morning Guys anything new this morning?
    Aside from Cabaye?

  • 129 expatmag // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM


    Once again you prove yourself as the blog idiot.

    Re-read my posts and you will not find me saying that I rate the squad HIGHLY. These are your own muckraking words. I believe I called the squad nor too bad and with several decent additions, the squad nay surprise some.

    You need a new pair of specs.

    Oohhhhh, and I accept your apology. Idiots like you should be pitied rather than scorned.

  • 130 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:14 AM


    But if Staylor doesn’t play,who will fist-pump, chest-thump and hold thier face after a blatant hand ball? You never think of these things


  • 131 expatmag // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:17 AM


    I feel Curtis Good’s lack of pace may well prove to be his undoing.

    He is highly rated by the Australian team coach and prior to his injury against Paraquay in a pre world cup friendly, he was earmarked for one of the national team central defensive positions.

    It is such a pity but I believe this is a major injury he may never recover fully from.

    Hope I am wrong.

  • 132 terencelim // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Ashley out.

  • 133 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Just seen this headline while flicking through some of yesterdays headlines. Made me crack a bit of a smile.

    Javier Hernandez Would Feel ‘Important’ Again At Newcastle Utd

  • 134 lochinvar // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    ToonfromLeeds @125

    London is France’s third largest City by French population so that might make him or his missus feel at home.
    But we’ve got the Angel of the North to rival the Eiffel Tower. London’s only got a big toy wheel.
    However Cabaye isn’t daft, playing for Palace is the equivalent of acting in the matinee performance and not the main show of the day.
    He may end up back at SJP

  • 135 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Cabaye is a strange one

    Didnt exactly leave on the best of terms, but did play well for us mostly. He might not want to come back to NUFC, but then again, how well did he get on with Pardew? He might not want to go and play for him. Palace can probably offer him a better deal than our 50p a day and a greggs coffee loyalty card.

  • 136 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    We could sign Naymar… he’s at a bit of a loose end at the moment 😀

    The stroppy, diving, arrogant little bell end.

  • 137 JackButler // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    17 million for a seven or eight game a season player?

    Ashley will be wetting himself.

    “Oi, Charnley, take the 17 million and go get some 1 or 2 million replacement, don’t worry about the locals, they are dull enough to take it, just give them another load of BS about agents fee’s. Hahahahahahaha”

  • 138 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    No news Ed
    10-30 Saturday Morning and Sissoko item still the latest posting from last night
    No news about the TOON – facts, rumours, ins -outs, tittle tattletattle.
    Ed as exasperated as the rest of us!

  • 139 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:35 AM


    I agree with you on Cabaye, it’s a bit of a head scratcher on whether he’d be welcome back or not. He did play well for us but he also threw his toys out when he wanted a move. The bigger question would be how much is he? If we’re low balling a fee for a 25yo striker, what do you think the offer would be for a 29yo and do PSG would accept it?

  • 140 Mister Tuff // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Well not much happening on the football front – so I suppose we’ll have to put up with the expected fake rendezvous’ in the Toon by Blackley the Blockhead and newly appointed muckracker and chicken suited argumentative knacker.
    In addition we’ll have to put up with that multiple Jib the blog pest – posting links that nobodys’ interested in -yawn.

  • 141 JackButler // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Wolfsburg’s Klaus Allofs has confirmed that Borussia Dortmund have registered an interest in striker Bas Dost.

    So that’ll be another one we couldn’t get over the line

  • 142 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    That’s that then

  • 143 Mister Tuff // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    oops Blockhead seeing you’re a bit dim – rendezvous means a meeting place.

  • 144 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Come on ffs Ashley!!!!

  • 145 B1GSTEVE // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Does Fatash know the horse is supposed to be bolted to the front of the cart to move forwards, or is he bolting it to the back to carry on moving backwards

  • 146 expatmag // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Morning Tuff

    The blog idiot is at it again…….lol

  • 147 JackButler // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Mister Tuff

    Get out of bed ther wrong side this morning did you 🙂

  • 148 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:43 AM


    Yeah money is always a problem.
    I think there was mention of 10M. Not sure if it was pounds or monopoly money (euros).
    We are probably unlikely to fork that out for a 29 yo midfielder. We barely paid that for cisse when he was 26.

  • 149 jazzyp // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Oh dear me, a certain Demba ba linked with a return to Nufc. Please please don’t let JB find out hehehe !!

  • 150 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    There is no doubt that we badly need midfield creativity. I’ve now come round to Lilongwe’s thinking that Cabaye is not the solution.
    We have spent a lot of time talking to Wolfsburg .I’m wondering if Bas Dost is our only target (or actual target) . I’d love to see Kevin de Bruyne in black and white .

  • 151 JackButler // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:47 AM


    That mercenary betta stay away 🙂

    Not to worry mate, he’ll be off finding fame and fortune elsewhere as there are bigger to bucks to be earned than what you can get at NUFC

  • 152 diaspora // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:52 AM


    If true, Das Boot can’t be all that bad as so many on this blog have stated if Borussia Dortmund are supposedly taking an interest but of course they may not have the in depth knowledge of German football certainly on the same scale as some of the Toon fans.

  • 153 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:52 AM


    de Bruyne would be a fantastic signing for us but that’s just fantasy football land talk. IMO I’d say, realistically, we’re about 5 years away from being able to attract that calibre of player.

  • 154 Dingo†® // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:55 AM

  • 155 diaspora // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:56 AM


    Kevin de Bruyne would be good, better than Cabaye .

  • 156 Mister Tuff // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    expat – morning how’s things. Blockhead is on this wind up this morning – as per normal.

    Jb – no such thing – just pointing out what’s in store for bloggers today -from the usual supects.

  • 157 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Diaspora, I agree with you. I’m sure the blog expert Jeff also know as Google Jeff, will tell us more

  • 158 diaspora // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:02 AM



  • 159 jazzyp // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    the problem is mate half the team is made up of mercenaries.
    Sissoko…Colo….Cisse…. have all wanted out of late and who can blame them after the turmoil of the last 5 year or so.Personally if Cabs would come back he would enhance the squad we have at present and still would be the best Midfielder we have at the club ,if you take out the crocked SDJ of course

  • 160 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    After the turmoil of the last few years would any decent footballer want to come to the TOON if there is another offer on the table. Would you!
    To get anyone decent in the TOON will have to pay over the odds plus higher wages bonuses than a lot of clubs and also the location most want to live in London or Manchester.
    So it ain’t going to be easy to persuade decent players to come to the TOON
    We can only HOPE!!!

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