Newcastle Make Move For Mario Balotelli

There’s news today that Newcastle are interested in signing Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli on loan for next season.

The 24 year-old Italian International  seemed to be a lot of trouble for Liverpool last season, and Mario did not have a good time of it at all on Merseyside.

The 33 times capped International (13 goals)  scored only 4 goals in 26 appearances last season, and he was not a good replacement for Luis Suarez who had joined Barcelona last summer and ended up winning the Champions League.

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Mario Balotelli – Newcastle make move

We suppose it had to happen – that Mario is an available striker who Liverpool are looking to offload – and Newcastle are in the market for strikers this summer, but we don’t know if this story is true.

We doubt it very much.

Certainly Mario is a challenge for any manager as Jose Mourinho found out when he had him at Inter-Milan, and said at that time he was unmanageable and Brendan Rodgers found out last season he was a challenge.

The news being reported is that at the Board Meeting yesterday on transfers,  head coach Steve McClaren wants to get him in on loan at Newcastle next season.

It’s being reported in Winner Sports and a Newcastle source supposedly said this:

“Something needs to be done – and fast. The season is closing in, the players are back training yet no signings have been made. This cannot go on.¨

“Balotelli may not be to be everyone’s liking but when he is on his day he is a top player and McClaren believes he can get the best out of him.”

We’d be very surprised if that statement is true – because it suggests that Newcastle are already panicking with a full two months to go in the transfer market – that’s simply not true.

It’s more like a made-up story, and that comment is what Newcastle fans feel at the moment, which further suggests it’s fake.

We’d be very surprised if Newcastle want to take on the (huge) challenge of managing Mario Balotelli next season, although he’s a gifted player.

But maybe it’s all financially motivated and Liverpool are willing to pay Newcastle money to take him on loan?


He makes managing Ben Arfa look easy, and let’s just say Balotelli’s personalty is antithetic to team spirit.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

215 comments so far


    Jul 2, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1

    110k a week on Balotelli….he dropped 60k to join Liverpool, who were in the CL, anyone reckon he will drop another 60k to join NUFC who are fighting tooth and nail for top 12?

  • Thump

    Jul 2, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Winnersports, the most reliable source since the Daily Star.

  • sweendog

    Jul 2, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    he is a risk but i’d take that risk, quality player on his day, if we got him we’d still need another strike as you can’t always rely on him.

  • Belfast

    Jul 2, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Hahahaha what a crock of shite !

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Apparently Mario’s agent is dead set against him leaving Liverpool . A compromise could be found with a seasons loan to us.
    Surely if we can pay Facundo Ferreyra 1.5 million euro for what he gave the Toon , Mario’s worth a punt at 6million euro .

  • lesh

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh yes, you can imagine Super Mario out for a quiet cuppa and a piece of cake in Fenwick’s caff eh?

    What a handful – thank you Mr Rodgers, but another time perhaps.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed…when is the Evans article coming up?

  • widowmagandapoke

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #8


  • nut meg

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #9

    TheTyne & Wear fire chief wouldn’t have enough fire fighters to cope with MB.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Mario Balotelli??? Hahahahaha

    I’ve heard it all now!

  • p

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    well, things have been a bit too quiet recently, no controversy.

    we clearly need someone who is going to bring some negative headlines and ensure the club continues to be a laughing stock of the PL.

  • KevinLee

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #12


  • Szarka

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #13

    No way! This must be a joke.

    Most overrated celebrity in football ever!

  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Safer – just before Ed can re-type one of his old Barberry ones, be patient it’ll come.

    Mr T – on Elliot, I thought he was a reasonable understudy, especially when you consider what happened with Alnwick. He can throw better than Krul. Actually he can kick better.

    But your Fat Tub of Lard statement made me laugh. It reminded me of the Principal welcoming Professor Klump into his office in Nutty Professor –

    “Come in, sit down – can I get you anything? Tea? Coffee? Rack of lamb?” 🙂

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Javier Hernades is a beta bet. Than that crazy man.

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #16

    The consensus would appear to be of a negative nature

  • Belfast

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Javier Hernandez has broken his collar bone apparently, so I don’t think he will be going anywhere.

  • Graeme

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #18

    They have to get a striker from somewhere – we now have to try and compete with Bournemouth for Charlie – thats most unfair on poor Penfold!!!

  • JamesToon

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #19

    liking the sound of the reaction from the coach/players etc from our first training session. a lot of work on ball control/possession, something we’ve been terrible at in the last few years, and the fact that mcclaren has introduced that straight away unlike pardew who introduced ball work mid way through pre season suggests theres already a change

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Lads, it’s not time to panic yet. Harrumph. We have a lot of players who will be like new signings. There’s what his name……err Marvelous? He will be like a new signing. And there’s De Jong…. he will be like a new injury prone signing to go along with wor old injury prone signing Saylor. And then there’s Tiote…… with Steve in the Toon he will be like a new signing. So you see we already have a fabulous new squad. And you lot were worried.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Imagine actually working with a ball this early in pre-season? It’s unbelievable. Last summer we started with a week of work on the sausage rolls. Remember how good Ben Arfa looked afterward? Beautiful.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Firstly the story is a croc of shite. Secondly, why do we even need to entertain the idea of players on loan unless there is an option to buy.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #23


    Which stands for “Laughs Uncontrolably until he dies”

    This is preposterous.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #24

    The reason we won’t sign Austin is because he is pretty much at peak value now, if clubs are stalling at paying 15M now they will not pay 20M+ for him in two years time. Therefore despite us needing goals he’s not the right type of character.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Have we actually got Ian Coldcuts yet? Is he helping introduce wor players to a football? Is he telling the lads what good footballers in Spain look like? Or even what they play like? I hope so. Get in there with your fongbat Ian.

  • vipgreek

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Lol this article is the sad state our club is in , what is sadder im surprised we have even sold 70% of seats , im a lover of this club but next year we will be playing in the championship full stop

  • croftus5678

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #27

    @22 jfa

    its because they have all been playing with themselves in their offices that all our main targets are getting bought by other clubs willing to pay what they are valued at and we have very little other options !

    so ofc its avg at best players either bought or on loan that should be enough to keep us in the prem……just.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #28

    The Book of Low Bids strictly forbids offering what the other club are asking Jail mate. We can only offer 2/3 of the asking price, max. So we have to wait until Charlie comes down in value….. and then underbid that new value. It’s all a bit complicated. I can’t go into the details but what it really means is we won’t be signing Charlie until he’s about 42 years old….Harrumph.

  • croftus5678

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #29

    the only think fat man has changed here is he’s got a better coaching team to increase the avg players we allready have’s value so he can line his pockets even more !

    ok…..rant over

  • JamesToon

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Nani going for £3mil….thats a steal imo

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Now that’s not fair croftus mate. I think we all need to have more respect for wor Lee. I mean look at all the top, top players that he’s already brought to the club…….now let me see……I’ve got the list here somewhere……mmmmmm. Yes! Yes here it is. List of Lee Charnley signings:
    Feccundo Fererrya….need I say more?
    Riviere…..tremendous one goal scorer, very dangerous if no goalie in net
    You see? Now let’s have some proper comments on here about wor Lee!!! Harrumph.

  • giimps

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Gotta say I’m no balotelli fan, but if it’s him or nobody, I would save the money and heartache , you could get a couple of players and wages for the cost of his wages for a year … And even if they never play for the 1st team they will probably be less hassle and score the same as Mario.
    Let Schteeve loose with the players we have (add a few new ones who can kick the spherical thing in the net more than 5 times a season) give him time and let him work his tactical genius magic ( like he did at boro , letting the opposition score 3 goals, put 4 strikers on the pitch and hoof the ball to one or all of them and get 4 before extra time finishes) can you imagine carvew or fraudew ever having 4 strikers on the pitch cos I can’t, maybe 4 strikers on the pitch in a single season but not a match.
    Anyhow i digress, give Schteeve time and players and I think he can be a relative success, maybe not win a cup but maybe one or 2 games more than he loses, he wasn’t my first choice but he’s halfway decent at coaching and man management, I just hope he don’t walk due to penfold and cashley refusing to back him

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Are we getting Nani James mate? That’s a very exciting low bid I see there. Very nice…

  • croftus5678

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #34

    @31 g2

    i’m sorry i stand corrected.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Tsunki – if you could combine the attributes of Elliot and Krul – you end up with a good keeper.
    Your right that Elliot has miles better distribution than Krul.
    I just don’t think he is the type that commands the box -just the opposite.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #36

    error – your = you’re.

  • Sammmy

    Jul 2, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Would be cool if we pulled it off, but i can’t see it happening

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #38

    How about a cheeky 2M pound bid for Nani? That might be exciting. Come on Lee, have a go!!!

  • croftus5678

    Jul 2, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #39

    rofl…omg…sky have suspended betting on tom ince joining derby even though nufc have reported intrest in making a move …………hahahahahahahahaha

    but derby…..derby…lol we cant even compete with derby !!! someone please slap me i’m going into hysterics here.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 2, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #40

    That’s all right croftus mate….Harrumph. A lot of people are failing to realize what a top, top MD we have in Lee.

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