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Newcastle Have Competition For Top Youngsters

11:35 am, Saturday, June 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

Newcastle United tried to sign two young Spanish players in January – 18 year-old David Concha of Racing Santandar and 18 year-old Jorge Mere of Sporting Gijon.

The idea was to sign winger Concha and center-back Mere,  and then loan them immediately back to their clubs for the rest of the season – but that didn’t happen.

david concha

David Concha – Sporting Lisbon winger

Newcastle still want to sign the two teenagers, but according to the Shields Gazette today, Newcastle now face competition for their signatures, including from other Premier League clubs and also from within Spain itself.

Newcastle were well positioned to get both players for around £1M each in January, but for whatever reason the deals couldn’t be agreed at that time.

jorge mere

Jorge Mere – Sporting Dijon center-back

Now Everton are said to be interested and of course Roberto Martinez is Spanish and he has persuasive powers to get the two young Spanish players to the Toffees.

Real Betis and Valencia are the two clubs in Spain also interested in signing the two top youngsters.

While we don’t know exactly what’s happening in the Newcastle negotiations, it does appear from the outside that Newcastle need a lot of time to come to an agreement for any player.

It’s difficult to know whether that’s because we try to get the very best deal possible in every situation, but that kind of miserly approach has cost us big time in the past.

By paying a little bit extra we could have tied up a number of deals in the past, but we’ve always been unwilling to pay more than what Mike Ashley’s evaluation is of the player.

We’ve never been willing to pay just a little bit extra to get a deal done, like other clubs do.

If we don’t change that negotiating stance, it could be very difficult to get some of our targets over the line this summer.

With the new Board structure it appears that Managing Director Lee Charnley has free reign to spend the money he’s been given, and Ashley is not involved.

That could be true and it would be good – if it is true.

Maybe when we are in negotiations Lee Charnley and company should remember where we were before the last game of the season, when we almost took the drop again.

And maybe that will spur them on to pay a bit more money to get some good players in.

You cannot build a top team on Tyneside, and be a miser and too thrifty at the same time.

We’ve tried that for eight years and it doesn’t work.

Hopefully Newcastle will learn from their past mistakes, and this summer would be a great time to do that, and sign up these two top teenagers.

Comments welcome.

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

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kilcline // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Seem the right budget for us zzzzz

  • 2 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Kilcline you are one arrogant twat, just because someone challenges what you say doesn’t mean you should insult them you are as bad as jib.

  • 3 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    They both visited the Toon.
    Perhaps they didn’t fancy it.
    It can be a bit daunting in January.

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    What is the link? What are the facts? How do you know? Simple questions.

  • 5 Shot Bru // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Any young talent would be advised to stay well clear of the NUFC graveyard academy!!

    Perez only got his chance through necessity.

    The club has no footballing philosophy or culture of developing and promoting youngsters!

    Better off staying on the Iberian peninsula lads..

  • 6 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Nobody is as bad as Jib
    I’m bad so bad ( trouble is when I moon walk I look like Peter Crouch )

  • 7 diaspora // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    There is a danger in thinking that Perez is the benchmark for all Spanish youngsters.

    Perez had the opportunity and took it as a result of injury, loss of form and suspensions to others further up the pecking order.

    The original intention was that he was in the development squad. If he had been perhaps we would have never known how good he is.

  • 8 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    If we don’t change our transfer policy within this window then even the DS targets are gonna say no. Why would they want to sign for a club that is looking more and more likely to tread water/go backwards than for a club with ambition and positive drive?

  • 9 optimistic prime // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Ronald McDonalds talking about himself in the third person again.

    When he talks of sitting drinking latte a vision of Woody Harlson milking the cow in Kingpin comes to mind.

  • 10 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Blackley he supposedly knows someone connected to Charlie Austin and Austin wants to stay down south and will sign for Southampton

  • 11 optimistic prime // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Black heed drinking his latte

  • 12 kilcline // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    I use to go to school and play football with one of his pals. Nothing arrogant just saying Dont get your hopes up. I am better than you though.

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    I was on about Barton’s point about only offering the coach half what he is on. I read that yesterday I think, but can’t remember the provenance. It seems like it’s blog fact now so I thought I would check.

  • 14 Shot Bru // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    It says something about our club when both Barton and Ferdinand have Raved on about Newcastle to the end of the day he will sign for someone else…

    It’s no coincidence that The Wally with the Brolly can’t even attract an assistant either

    The club is a complete joke!!

  • 15 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Kilcline yes I get what you say but just because I don’t believe it doesn’t mean I’m uneducated. I don’t know you from Adam so why should I take what you say as gospel?

  • 16 kilcline // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Here is another for you…

    Jay Rodriquez will sign for Spurs

  • 17 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    It was Hibbit
    His uncle knows someones dad who knows blah blah blah
    Another ITK

  • 18 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Funny you should say that. Old Blackley’s just having a latte in Corbridge. No bloody Costa or Starbucks here though. Have you heard of Corbridge? If old Tuff checks his atlas he’ll see it’s in the Tyne Valley. The weather’s warming up a bit now. Just hoping the flappy bird’s haven’t caused a cyclone.

  • 19 diaspora // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    I would imagine that Southampton could easily afford Charlie Austin as it seems likely that they will sell either or both Schneiderlin and Clyne for a tidy sum.

    Being a selling club doesn’t seem to faze them or their fans. They appear to take it in their stride.

  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Sorry Blackley crossed wires

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    At this rate we will have riviere as our no 1 forward and colo still the captain, can’t wait until the big kick off

  • 22 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    It’s a bog fact now though. That’s how it happens. Someone ITK. Jail will be hopping and flapping like a mad Jackdaw at that fact.

  • 23 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:04 PM


    Yep, Southampton fans seem reasonably happy selling their top stars for big bucks. The difference I Southampton then go out and spend said big bucks to but replacements, some for big bucks as well…£10M for Fraser Forster

  • 24 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Bog fact? Old blockhead meant blog fact of course. Then again.

  • 25 jazzyp // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Still think Austin will go to a club where he is guaranteed game time with the Euros coming rnd at the end of next season.
    He isn’t going to get that at Chelsea nor Liverpool.
    Southampton have Pelle and long ect where as we will give him the no1 status he will crave

  • 26 spitfire_ // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:05 PM


    There’s a bit of differences between both clubs. A “small” differences. Such as… their owner is likeable… their owner obviously in most of the time take the right decisions… their Academy works. If wasn’t those “small differences”, I’ll agree with you, but now… ha-ha.

  • 27 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Was it the comedian’s dad who sanctioned the sale of Forster?

  • 28 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    buy replacements not but replacements

  • 29 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Not entirely sure B&B could well have been. I vaguely remember the silver fox stating that ‘he’ wanted to keep him but when you get an offer as good as that, it’s hard to turn down.

    I didn’t realise £2M was a decent offer for a 6ft odd tall, 3ft wide brick sh1thouse of a keeper

  • 30 Bri // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    If i were Austin no way would i sign for Newcastle. If he did sign it wouldn’t be long before he regretted it.

  • 31 lesh // Jun 20, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    This is unbelievable!

    Carr scouts these kids, likes them and rather than sign them up before other clubs get wind of them, Charnley doubtless fannys on trying to get them for next to nowt!

    Other clubs get in and do their business smartly whereas….

    Incredible incompetence.

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