Newcastle Miss Out On Second Target In Two Days

We reported yesterday that one of Newcastle’s targets this summer –  25-year-old Yevhen Konoplyanka – who is a Ukrainian International winger who was at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk,  has agreed to sign for Sevilla.

The news was announced on the Sevilla web-site yesterday and it depends on the free agent passing his medical.


Tom Ince – signed for Derby for £4.75M

A statement was posted yesterday on Sevilla’s web-site:

“Sevilla have reached an agreement with the player, in the absence of a medical and closing a deal with Dnipro.”

But just hours later it seems we’ve also missed out on another target of ours, with 23 year-old winger Tom Ince joining Derby County in a four year deal for a fee of £4.75M.

We have been interested in  Tom for a few years now, but when he starred on loan at Derby last season,  when he scored 11 goals in just 18 appearances from January, it had been thought that Steve McClaren wanted him at Newcastle.

But it seems Newcastle have been thinking about it – and while we continue to do that – Derby County and new manager Paul Clement tied up the deal rather quickly.

Newcastle – make that Lee Charnley  – did nothing last season after we lost eight games in a row in the Premier League for the first time ever, and showed no initiative or creativity to relieve what was a very dangerous situation for the club.

That habit of not doing much (certainly not spending any money) and hoping for the best now seems to have extended  into this summer’s transfer window.

Mike Ashley seems to have taken himself out of the line of fire, and left it to the new Board of Directors to get players in and choose the head coach.

So far we have brought in a very good coaching staff, and it’s an improvement on what we had last season – that’s the good news.

But if we have a poor transfer window this summer,  after we almost managed to get ourselves relegated when we got only 4 points out of the last 11 games – even Mike Ashley will not be happy.

Just like Mike was unhappy that Newcastle could have been relegated on that last day of the season, when he talked to Sky Sports an hour before the kick-off against West Ham.

John Carver and Steve Stone were subsequently fired for that debacle, which lasted 20 games and almost five months – it was a complete nightmare.

This is the first question and answer in Ashley Sky Sports interview with David Craig back on May 24th:

Q: How disappointed are you to arrive here today and find Newcastle in this situation?

A: I can’t have really imagined it from Christmas, I probably didn’t anticipate we would be anywhere near this situation, so obviously after the last sort of couple of weeks, I am a little shocked where we find ourselves today.

The fans are anything but happy at the moment, and one reason for that is they see Newcastle as we were in the past – hesitant, indecisive and anything but ambitious.

So far this summer, it hasn’t been good enough, but we still have time – and Newcastle could still have a good transfer window.

That’s what we are hoping for, but more decisive action is needed from the Board of Directors.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, you and your like in the press cause so much of the crap that goes around.

    99% of the sensationalist headlines you write are crap, players names linked are generally through the players agents trying to drum up the price and wages and they are never targets.

    Sadly some simple minded fellows take this as gospel and get more annoyed that we missed out on targets when its all crap.

    Have a word with yourself and stop going for clicks.

  • nut meg

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    JD from previous post
    I heard numerous times from tv pundits that the actual target man at QPR was Bobby Zamora.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3


    You seem to be little confused. I could understand with all your pent up anger and spite why you would think I was a failed coach but why would I myself think that? As it goes I have my badges and have a nice sideline coaching in schools, unis colleges and clubs.

    As for the bellend comment I can only summise this is a phrase you may have heard many times from personal I right?

  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Now this story is just pure fiction.
    The Ukrainian approached Liverpool directly asking for £100,000 per week he then flew straight to Spain and touted himself around and hit lucky with Sevilla.

  • dannitoon

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    If we were interested in Ince there’s no way he’d have signed for derby..

    Just like downing. . He is not the sort of player we want..

    buying for the sake of buying…. WTFP

  • expatmag

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Charlie Austin……over rated over hyped. Leicester can have in. We could fo much better than him.

  • kilcline

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    If everyone stays fit and we don’t actually sign anyone….


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  • kilcline

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Still pi553d

    Forget it haha

  • Slank

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9


    ‘..While we don’t know what exactly is happening behind the scenes, it seems that once again Newcastle are unwilling to pay good money for a good player..’

    If you admit you don’t know what is happening then why do you then state that you know the reason why it is happening ?

  • expatmag

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10


    Actually you could be right but there are two major factors to consider

    1……Can McLaren and Co. get the current squad playing to a standard where top8/cup comp can be achieved

    2….Can the shocking injury lists from the past few seasons be alleviated to enable this squad to achieve the targets in item 1 above.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Charlie Austins great Aunt Olga, twice removed lives is Oslo -so that’s only about 660 miles from Leicester.
    Nice and handy for him if he needs to get some advice from her.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Austin is guaranteed goals like Remy they dnt grow on threes players that do it week after week in the pl. Goals win games and that’s the name of the game so paying the fcuking rate penny punching with the likes of reviere shows that, cabella for that matter too show some ambition nufc.

  • kilcline

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #13

    De Jong staying fit is going to be key I think mate. Would like to see Arrons left of a 4 3 3 with a new signing for the right.

    Can’t see us buying a better cf than cisse so it will be between him and perez

  • expatmag

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    If Austin prefers to stay in London with Chelsea and sit on the bench week after week or play for an inferior club like WHU or even consider a move to a managerless Leicester for money, then he is not worth even considering. I would rather some raw kid not motivated by money.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    If Ince has gone to Derby them maybe it’s to offset the fact that one of the Derby players is heading our way. Who is anyone’s guess.
    Unless of course Derby hold onto their existing squad and strengthen because they have…ambition.

    At the rate were going we will end up with (Bob) Hope , (True) Faith and Charity (Dingle) . Awesome.

  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Did anyone see Mr Tuff crying like a baby and stamping his wee foot like a little girl yesterday , and whining that people were just attacking anything he put out just cos they were howwid and nathty and wicked wicked wicked.

    Read the goons post @11

  • lesh

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #17

    It’s about time that Ashley got to grips with what’s not going on.

    If he thinks he’s out of the line of fire, he needs to think again.

    Doing nothing while Charnley does nothing is not an option – fans’ ire will still be directed at Ashley for ignoring the incompetence that is Charnley.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Must have been a good night – looks like you’ve entered the team into a Seven a side league

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 4, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotunda where do you coach and what quals do you have. Good on u, respect.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Jul 4, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Dank toon I was of that opinion too. I think we would have Ince if we were serious about him.

  • mindshaft

    Jul 4, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    We can’t compete with Derby

    Saying that I don’t rate since that highly , struggled massively in the prem last time

  • giimps

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #22



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