Newcastle Tracking Reading Central Midfielder

It looks like Derby County have beaten Newcastle to Tom Ince, but it’s not clear to us if he was even a target, although the Magpies have been linked with him in a number of reports this summer.

There is news today of another Championship player we may be interested in, and that’s Reading’s young central midfielder Aaron Tshibola, who we assume Steve McClaren may know about after his last two seasons in the Championship with Derby County.

Aaron Tshibola

Aaron Tshibola – Reading’s 20 year-old central midfielder

Aaron is only 20 years old and is one for the future,  and he spent the second half of the season at Hartlepool last season where he played 23 times, and on his Twitter account it looks like he has just signed a new deal at Reading.

His old deal ran through June of next year – so we’re not sure how long the extension is, but that will be to protect Reading’s interests in case he is sold.

The Mirror is reporting that both Newcastle and Aston Villa are interested in the youngster, who has made just one senior appearance for Reading.

That came at the start of last season, when he came on against Nottingham Forest as a late substitute in the 4-0 thrashing.

Newcastle are reported to have been scouting the 6’3″midfielder this season, and these young players will generally go straight into the development squad under Peter Beardsley.

If we have a good transfer window we should be bringing in about six first team players and maybe two or three development players like Tshibola.

Aaron has played once for the England U18 side.

Comments welcome.

123 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Jeez Ed, cant see how this warranted a thread..

  • Sammmy

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t see us getting him this summer. Maybe in January or next season. If he has just signed a new deal then its a bit too soon.

  • mickalfas

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #3

    If Hartlepool want to buy him ,can we compete with them?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Any fans who say they don’t want him back are just the exact type of people you find boring you to death with “ashley out” comments every 5 seconds.
    I for one would love to see Cabaye back and Ashley out. Stick to posting on your ISIS blog you tw@t.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #5

    We cant compete with Haterpool. We cant compete with anyone.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Seen somebody post about Mclaren not knowing tbe weaknesses of tge squad, surely Beardsley, Watson, Moncur and tge tea lady could tell him we need a new CB.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Can anyone tell me whether Penfold has released any further statements about club policy and direction since January?

    I can’t help but feel that as fans we’re once again being left to assume certain things have changed within the setup, when if you read those statements in January, the future was explained fairly clearly by our dear MD.

    We seem to have a situation at the minute where fans are saying that it’ll be McLaren who is pointing the club towards players he wants, and that is likely the reason behind any delay in signings.


    “The new head coach will have to set out to us what his playing style is, what his philosophy is and what he looks for in his team because that then impacts on what we look for in terms of recruitment. It all works together.”

    “We want someone who sees the bigger picture because my thinking will always be medium to long-term. When people talk about what we’re going to do in this transfer window, I am looking at the next transfer window and the window after and what impact it will have on that. Are there better opportunities if we wait three or four months rather than committing now?

    It’s trying to find that balance but also an individual in a head coach that trusts us. If we say ‘You aren’t going to get that now but you will in the summer’, it’s someone who is prepared to say ‘OK’ and trusts us to do that.

    It’s also someone that for example, if we were to get an offer for a player that is at a value that we want to take, isn’t nervous about getting a replacement. There has to be a trust.”

    If there has been a change in that policy, which some seem to be suggesting as simple logic, then surely an updated club statement should have been made?

    Which leads me on to what I personally have a much bigger issue with at NUFC…communication.

    “I think we do communicate but we need to find a better way to communicate.

    Our view was that Alan was the one who was front and centre and will take all of the questions on all areas of the club. Alan was then left, sometimes, in a difficult position answering questions that he probably wasn’t best suited to answer.

    This is an opportunity for us with a new head coach coming in – there’s more clarity about his role and what he does. His role is coaching and that’s what he can talk about.

    If that’s the case it’s only right that I then support him in terms of the messaging going out. If I’m saying ‘Only talk about team selection and the games’ there needs to be another voice.

    I think the information has been out there, through the fan’s forum and through the statements, but it’s how we get it out there that needs to improve.”

    Where is this other voice? Who is telling us what is going on?

    Again I am left wondering why we are always left to assume and second guess them. Who does that benefit?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Apologies to ‘The MAG’
    Latest transferometer update:

    ‘A bumper crop of 5 new names brings the running total up to 89 targets with 60 days remaining (7 days until the first friendly and 37 days until the Premier League starts.’

    – See more at:

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #9

    We dont compete for players . We have lost all our competitions or we back out. We look for a player no one is wanting and we buy.

    Competition is a disease to the board and never have plan B

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #10

    The sad thing is we don’t even need to break the bank to have a quality PL side .


    ——Sissoko———-De Jong———-Aarons——


    Then sort out the defence and we will have a strong bench as well . Get your Wallet out Ashley for fcuks sake .

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Big Pappa…It’s not even Ashleys wallet anymore really, it’s the clubs supposedly.

    It is odd that Ashley has managed to find someone who doesn’t appear to like spending money mind. Must just be a coincidence. The man said he would continue to invest….

  • kilcline

    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Is Thauvin any good?

    We will regret not signing Richards.

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Simple logic tells one that while McClaren has not even seen his sides play in a friendly yet , plunging into the market when he has 7 friendlies , and 4 premier league games to play before the widow shuts would be irresponsible .

    Until he has a good idea of weaknesses in the squad , he cannot use the knowledge built up over seasons , of players he has had playing for him , and against his sides.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry, did I not use quotation marks?

    “Simple logic” or should it just be plain old “simple”?

  • Mag52

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #15


    It was the thoughts you added that I took issue with Mr.T. (which I see you are avoiding trying to defend).
    The fact that you are obsessed by our former manager is a given.

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Sorry should be 8 friendlies , I forgot Borussia Moenchengladbach

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #17

    My comments were not directed at you.
    They were just a general view.
    If you go back one , you will see it’s a repost .
    Everyone takes things so freakin personal .

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib…I did see the original post. I had intended to quote you in my post. Wasn’t taking anything personally.

    Does your theory on what would be irresponsible not get a little mixed up with what Charnley said back in January? I.e, the head coach has some input, but mainly they want to know about his style and philosophy, rather than which players he wants based on his “knowledge built up over seasons , of players he has had playing for him , and against his sides.”

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Big Papa we really dont. Its jst like 40m
    Which we have in e bank. Weird but I will wait till July 20th before I say anything

  • Sazzer

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #20

    And that’s the only one that can give any sort of indication.

  • mindshaft

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Bizarre that we aren’t being linked with a decent CB , especially when we need at least two !!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #22

    mag52 – throughout the season I’ll will try to compare/evaluate the abilities or lack of abilities – the coaching or lack of coaching between what Wally churns out and what your top manager (King Percy) churned out.
    I will try to take account of new players brought in.
    I’m sure other posters and Toon fans may also do similar comparisons or comment upon the attributes or lack of attributes of both.
    It is a legitimate exercise. You may not do it as I suspect that shock horror Wally may be a better coach than Percy and you will not want to hear objective assessments when historically your subjective assessments of your hero may turn out to 180 degrees out.
    Embrace the truth and be open minded.

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Look at the subject of this article ,Aaron Tshibola
    Where do you think that comes from

    a. McClaren has seen him play
    b. Lee Charnley licked the name off of a toilet wall

    answers on an e-postcard to

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #24


    Thats why I dont believe in those rumours.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib…Quite honestly, I didn’t even read the article, I rarely do these days. I do note that you said “look at the subject of the article”, but doing my due dilligence I kept going.

    Where do I think it came from?

    “The Mirror is reporting that both Newcastle and Aston Villa are interested in the youngster, who has made just one senior appearance for Reading.

    That came at the start of last season, when he came on against Nottingham Forest as a late substitute in the 4-0 thrashing.

    Newcastle are reported to have been scouting the 6’3?midfielder this season, and these young players will generally go straight into the development squad under Peter Beardsley.”

    Honestly Jib, if you’re going to send me somewhere to gain some info, make sure you’ve checked it yourself first.

    Another tip – try not to use transfer speculation to prove a point. More often than not it wont go too well.

  • JDdubai

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #26


    We will only get 1 CB max unless someone is moved out.

    Colo(on big wages), Saylor(on canny wages), Willo, Dummett, Lascelles….we will only bring in 1 guy until 1 or 2 of those are moved on. Reckon it will be 1 this summer and 1 next when Colo, Willo and Saylor are out of contract.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #27

    We’ll struggle to compete with even Shrewsbury in the transfer market

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #28

    minshaft and will die
    You both think we need CB’s and that is fair enough everyone is entitled to their opinion.
    However the only opinion that truly counts now is SM’s , and he may think with Lascelles ,Good ,Dummett ,Williamson ,Coloccini ,Satka and Macaulay Gillesphey we have enough cover

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #29

    How come Jib isnt posting anymore, is he banned or something ?

  • JDdubai

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30


    Quality not quantity, with those u mentioned, and Saylor who you left out, we had one of the worst defences in the league last season.

    Just because we have a few who play there doesnt mean they are good enough.

    We had the same argument a season or so ago with wingers. We had HBa, sammy, gouffran, ferguson, jonas etc and people said we had enough.

    We need a big, takes no shit CB to organise and shout at everyone.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Despite regularly calling for the Cheapskate to get his wallet out, I find it ironic that the wallet in question belongs to the Club and has sufficient funds to invest for itself. The aspiration of ‘being able to wipe our own noses’ has arrived, it is just that the supply of tissues has ceased through cost cutting.

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Jeepers I forgot Janmaat and Saylor

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Thanks for the tip

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #34


    Does your point of view extend as far as saying that we should continue to rely dominantly on Collo, Willo and Taylor, whilst gradually introducing Laschelles and Good?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #35

    We need a proper CB Colo and Willamson are not good enough and neither is Taylor ! Although playing with a younger guy with pace might make Colo good for a season or 2

  • lesh

    Jul 3, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #36


    Communication’s not one of Charnley’s strengths. Despite that, it is his responsibility to ensure that Club-fan communication is effective.

    As is, he’s doing and done bugger all.

    He’s obviously the sort who says things and hopes that time’ll pass and whatever he’s committed to’ll be forgotten about.

    He’s got to understand that that just won’t do.

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #37

    I see Lascelles as not needing much time to replace Willo and Saylor with decent coaching could improve , he is only 29.
    Colo is back to San Lorenzo in January so by winter window we’ll have a better idea.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 3, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #38

    It would be good to hear the Fans Forum release another announcement encouraging fans to attend (inside or out) and the main points that they will be seeking credible answers to.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 3, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #39

    Regardless of how good Lascaselles may or may not be we desperately need to get shot of a threesome of players that have made one of the worst defences consitently over the last four years. FFS a blind man on a galloping horse can see that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 3, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Lindisfarne, the fans forum is an inconvenience that the club will pay lip service to.


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