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Why Are Newcastle Not After Inter-Milan Star?

3:28 pm, Saturday, July 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 127 Comments

Stoke City reached an agreement with Inter Milan about three days ago for the transfer of 23 year-old Swiss International Xherdan Shaqiri, but Stoke are said to be dubious as to whether they can persuade Shaqiri to join them.

Shaqiri was born in Gjilan, in the old Yugoslavia but emigrated to Switzerland with his parents back in 1992,  and joined FC Basel in 2001 and is a product of their Youth Academy.

xherdan shaqiri  -bayern-munich

Xherdan Shaqiri – after scoring while at Bayern Munich

He made his debut for Basel back in July 2009 when he was 17 – in Basel’s opening game against FC St. Gallen – and he came to prominence in 2009-2010 season when Basel won the double.

A year later they won the League title again, and in December of 2011 Shaqiri provided two assists in a match against Manchester United in the Champions League, which Basel won 2–1.

He joined Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012 after playing 130 games for Basel with 23 goals and 27 assists.

Shaqiri stayed at Bayern for two and a half years before signing on in January for Roberto Mancini at Inter-Milan,  and he played 81 games with 17 goals and 19 assists for the top Bundesliga club.

After being at Inter for only six months (20 games, 3 goals, 2 assists) Inter Milan now want to unload either him or former Newcastle player Davide Santon, because Inter have too many players and have only room for 25 in their Italian League squad.

That’s according to manager Roberto Mancini.

Shaqiri is therefore available this summer, so we wonder why Newcastle are not in there trying to sign a player who has speed and skill on the wing.

While Shaqiri is not tall at just 5ft 6.5ins in his stocking feet – he is built like a tank.

Newcastle are a bigger club than Stoke – even through we may not have as good a team as Stoke have right now – but maybe Shaqiri would be more willing to join Newcastle United than Stake City?

Shaqiri is described as unpredictable on the ball, good with both feet, clinical in front of goal with excellent vision – and he has good speed both on and off the ball.

We think he would be an excellent signing for Newcastle.

Shaqiri has played 46 times for Switzerland with 17 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

127 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    If Charlie Austin is all that, how come no other team has forked out the asking price for him..?

  • 2 SuperShearer // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    “Stake City” – a vampires nightmare.

  • 3 Kris // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Checking if we have signed some player every day, every hour. But think It’s no time to worry. People must remember we have got a new coach and a new system. The coach wanna tale a look at our team, before he decides what he really thinks we need and wich players he want us to sell. Think we will sign at least one good player before the match against Gateshade next week. Hopefully Matip or Austin.

  • 4 SuperShearer // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Joke under-minded there by a lack of apostrophe.

  • 5 lochinvar // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Because Charnley can’t spell his name ?

  • 6 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Ed says how come we haven’t bid for him – 96 hours ago he was totally oblivious to his existence.
    Makes yer larf yore ‘ead off guvnah , it really do

  • 7 spitfire_ // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Can’t compete, Ed.

  • 8 Bambams // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I can only hope Austin has agreed to join us and our club are playing a game with QPR knowing eventually they will have to accept our bid.
    Austin could of signed for a number of clubs but hasn’t. ….Clubs that have offered more than we have. It’s only a thought.

    Problem is we need a lot more than one player, think Florian will be our first possibly tomorrow.
    Monday will see a CB signed then it will be on hold until after USA trip. Austin will fly out to meet the team .

  • 9 lochinvar // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Unlike.y to be Stoke then
    Inter Milan are considering offering Xherdan Shaqiri to Tottenham in exchange for Erik Lamela, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Shaqiri had been linked with a £12million move to Premier League side Stoke City, but Spurs are also believed to be keen on the midfielder.

    While Lamela could be set for a return to Serie A after two underwhelming seasons at White Hart Lane.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    we couldn’t get concha over the line, how the hell can we think of getting shaquiri

  • 11 optimistic prime // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    If we’re going after Shakira can we put a bid in for her fella to?

  • 12 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Hi guys to give you a quick update my first surgery didn’t go as planned so I’m going back under the knife at 4.20. See we still have no signings, hope everyone is well speak soon.

  • 13 SA Toon // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    I’m not particularly interested in what other teams are doing. When you have a squad as ragged as ours, you might need to spend over the odds to get the right players in.

  • 14 nut meg // Jul 4, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Best wishes to you fella.

  • 15 Ron Knee // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    All the best, mate.

  • 16 Spellcheck // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    TFL, all the best fella. Been in surgery myself of late on the eye. This great country of ours is blessed with brilliant surgeons.

  • 17 Mr Magpie // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    best of luck tfl

  • 18 armchair fan // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Good luck tfl

    Hope to see you up and blogging again soon

  • 19 Bambams // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Hope all goes well mate

  • 20 Munster Mag // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Leeds, best of luck with your Op. Not sure what its for but good luck fellow Toon fan!

  • 21 KevinLee // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Newcastle are a bigger club than Stoke?

  • 22 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Why pay Shaqiri to sit on the bench behind Obertan, Sammy and Gouffran?

  • 23 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    If Charlie Austin mucks Newcastle about much more , they will go instead for the young Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan currently with Girondins de Bordeaux (like a lot of French clubs they have money problems to do with changes in French tax laws)

    This story is all over the French press

    Price about €15million – £10,702,422.95 (approx) ha ha ha

  • 24 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Am I too late for the Bag Dust and Austin Allegro articles?

    I noticed Carl saying you can learn a lot from history and realise where mistakes were made. A good chuckle that one. Especially when defending the current regimes lack of regard for such history, even their own recent mistakes.

  • 25 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Poor TFL. Not nice having any surgery small or large.

  • 26 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Jib @23

    I think we have to at least bid for Austin before we can claim he is mucking us about..

  • 27 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    The French press claim we have made several
    They accuse CA of organising a Dutch auction
    they even use the same phrase – enchères à la hollandaise.

  • 28 Lindisfarne // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Why Are Newcastle Not After Xherdan Shaqiri?

    Because Lee Charnley is a Numb Skull, Graham Carr has no nuts, Steve McClaren is a Puppet II and Mike Ashley is a Cheapskate.


  • 29 leonado_keng // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    I think that Mike and Charley are lying the fans as same as they did, they will not even pay money to buy top player certainly, why he resigned board because he wants to reduce huge pressure from fan. However, he still controls about policy to buy player, board committee just is a play only.

  • 30 Lindisfarne // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Are the bids for Charlie Austin going down in value?

  • 31 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    They start at £15 million and work backwards

  • 32 Lindisfarne // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    We should be bidding for Diego Rolan anyway, if we want to show a bit of ambition and also compete with Stoke.

  • 33 Lindisfarne // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    ‘They’ – who are they?

  • 34 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Dey is QPR man , dat is where de figure come from , Ho Kay ?

  • 35 Lindisfarne // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Bambams @1 previous article

    High winds and too many leaves on the tracks – reason enough for Penfold.

  • 36 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    hi guys.

    just to let you know we are apparently in talks with this player.

    must say i aint impressed tbh and think cisse is twice the player this lad is ! i really hope we are not getting him.

  • 37 optimistic prime // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:22 PM


    Quick, shout some more names 😉

  • 38 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    i see we lost our on concha also 🙁

  • 39 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Who the hell do you think you are !!!!
    Denis Wise !!!!
    Ha ha ha

  • 40 lesh // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Why haven’t we signed Shaqiri?

    Tsk tsk tsk! It’s Saturday and Lord Charles, er Charnley had a hard few weeks deciding wbo not to sign.

    It’s difficult and there’s meeting after meeting, time consuming and he’s on the case 24/7.

    He’s only paid about £120k a year,a pittance, but does that concern Charnley? Never, he’s bleeds black and white and totally dedicated to tapping away on his calculator, checking his budgets, eager to show Mikey boy that he’s more than capable of not spending money.

    He’s strong enough to distance himself from the tedious demands of McClaren who like a child demands more and more attention to the small matter of signing players. Some people can be sooo difficult and demanding. Why does McClaren want new players? He’s got some!

    So,have some understanding of Charnley’s situation, work work work, lies lies lies – he’s doing a magnificent job in reshaping Newcastle United, reshaping it for whatever fate might throw at us.

    He’s a star and has my total support.

  • 41 Lindisfarne // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    So when did the man from QPR say that they would take less than £15M?

    I am sure they have actually said Austin is worth up to £25M …..ah, so potential buyers are trying to tempt them to bite at a lower selling price. Sorry my mistake, I was purely focused on the fact that the potential buying clubs are moving the price they are willing to pay ever higher.

    IMO the final price will inevitably be higher than £15M and the sooner we make the offer the sooner we will either get him or be able to concentrate elsewhere.

  • 42 leonado_keng // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    When group of administrative will be out of club, I’d like the chairman like Chelsea, Man city, Liverpool,Spur, Man U. Because they are the chairman who is very good vision and more understandable in football more than only business

  • 43 Bambams // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Crikey Lindisfarne. ….

    Careful or you will become an IT

    Good shout. He looks a little lightweight and had never heard of him.
    Is he any good ?

  • 44 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    @39 jib

    well if youtube cant make them look good mate nothing can !

    im the exact opposite of wise 😉

  • 45 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Bye the way if anyone wants to watch the copa final this evening

    Argentine public tv stream
    The commentary may be a little one sided

    Ha ha ha

  • 46 vipgreek // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    i bet half the people who read and write comments asking why we havent signed anyone and keep speculating rumours are the same people who have bought seasonal tickets and just keep filling Ashley’s pockets lol you idiots enjoy watching Newcasle lose at home against newly promoted bournemouth

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Does anyone think we have actually put in a bid because I don’t – lot of hot air – agents touting players, press rumour mill going over the top.
    Trouble is – club don’t help themselves by keeping mum.
    The Toon PR F***in nightmare.
    Be a laugh if McClaren walked before the start of the season sighting he had the wool pulled over his eyes about transfers.

  • 48 Ron Knee // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Obertan and Gouffran played for Bordeaux Girondins. Now there’s a recommendation!

  • 49 Lindisfarne // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:52 PM


    Good to see the photo of the Coaches you posted earlier, shame Cathro was not smiling. But looking through the whole shoot from training on Wednesday, he does show a humorous side. No show for Sissoko, Krul or Colloccini but I presume the first two have been on International duty and well….


    ‘IT’ do you mean ITK?!! About the leaves?!!

    I have forgotten where I picked up on Rolan but an article said that he had been scoring very well in Ligue1.

  • 50 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    @46 vip

    at a complete guess here but i would have thought those who have and those who have not bought season tickets would both want us to sign players and both like to know why we have not !

    i cant see why anyone who has would be any different !

    i cancelled mine 2 seasons ago for my own reasons at the time but i cant honestly say i was 100% correct to do so as i do think it did effect them esp last season by the drop in support ! every action has a reaction and it has not effected ashley thats for sure.

  • 51 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    The comment with this is
    “Don’t worry Boss , Croftus will renew when I’ve gone”

  • 52 Bambams // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:02 PM


    I did type ITK. ….
    However predictive text corrected me.
    Mobile phones have to much to say these days.

  • 53 G peart 83 // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Fans would love him a great talent and a steal at 12 million

  • 54 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Croftus what drop in support was that? You mean the games where we dipped below 50k attendance for league matches?

  • 55 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    @51 jib

    lol jib i never mentioned why i cancelled but my hats off to you there 😉

    i still wont renew untill i see ambition though and its still not there for me atm.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    People saying be patient, trust them blah blah. A few years ago we finished fifth, in the run up to the end of that season Alan Pardew gushed that we’d be buying five quality players in the summer and if we sold we’d buy six. There was no such thing and we nearly got relegated, because of the huge investment that January (12M net spend) it was the excuse not to buy another player for eighteen months. We had a bigger investement last summer and now a mindset that if a shite manager could avoid relegation with the this squad then what could a League cup and Dutch title winner do. So despite lickspittles Carver and Moncur telling us there will be players bought, do you really believe them.

  • 57 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    @54 tsunki

    well…ye there was one or 2 games with the banners ect its more the protests ect that may have effected the players but i was not there so i can only look at what i see mostly on tv tbh or heard from people who went >.<

    me cancelling didnt make a difference as someone else no doubt bought it in my place ! it doesnt make a difference to me like i say who's to say i was correct to do so in the first place.

    but i dont regret what i have done and i will carry on even though i dont make a difference tbh.

  • 58 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    Calm down dear
    There is Wimbledon to finish
    The Tour de France
    The British Open Golf Championship
    A Full Ashes series
    and the window will still be open.
    Somebody sit Jail down and loosen his stays
    Pass us a fan somebody
    “There there hinny ahh knaa its hot – divvent get so het up pet , think of yore blud presha”

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    “And as for harbouring that long-term desire to lead this club, we’re not sure quite how long he’s had that – but Derby going 0-2 down to Reading in May and blowing any lingering playoff chances is our educated guess…..”

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    How come Jib hasn’t posted for awhile now.

  • 61 joeinthecheapseats // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Reports in France saying NUFC have bid 11 mill for Bordeaux striker

  • 62 Graeme // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Have we bid 11 million for Rolan??

  • 63 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Croftus – I see what you’re saying. I’m the same, I’m not going back until I see the horse and cart bolted together and not a pantomime horse either.

    To be honest though, the protests were against Pardew and really the dip in form preceded any protests anyway. There are those that think the protests didn’t help the players, but it wasn’t about them, at least not until it became obvious they were giving in. I go with Jails theory ( I think it was his) that the only reason we won against the hammers was because a late bonus was issued, not because of the magic of the 12th man, he’s been going to all the matches.

  • 64 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Ha ha ha

  • 65 joeinthecheapseats // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    @GFN_France: Newcastle are in negotiations with Bordeaux over the possible signing of Diego Rolan, according Sud Ouest. They’re offering around €15m.

  • 66 SuperShearer // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Hmm, so actual reports we’ve put a bid in. Didn’t someone say the club were expecting a breakthrough in the market this Sunday? We live in hope. Of course this could be another typical move by us to make it LOOK like we’re making bids in order to make us ignorant fans happy. Prove me wrong Mr. Ashley.

  • 67 Ron Knee // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    He was one of our ‘targets’ a couple of weeks ago:

  • 68 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    very avg and uninspiring imo if true !

    i’d pick cisse / perez /arma and even siem as strikers ahead of this lad imo 🙁

    prob a load of rubbish anyways ! i hope.

  • 69 ToonMauritius // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Hi Lads
    A very good afternoon to you all from Mauritius

  • 70 Ron Knee // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    The Chronic said: “…is thought to be available for a modest fee of around £4million.” What happened?

  • 71 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    @69 toon


  • 72 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    I saw that you questioned my contention that there’s something to be gained from learning the lessons of history. This was upon reflection possibly with this regime in hope rather more than expectation. A realisation that mistakes were made in the selection of Managers / Coaches post Allardyce.
    You could argue that every manager is a good manager before the season starts and particularly as I am a fan who prefers supporting to moralising. On SM I recognise that he hasn’t managed in the top flight for some time and that there are issues like whether the game in the PL
    has passed him by and just how well he will perform but these are the same questions asked of every manager pre season not just new arrivals. Certainly in terms of his record it suggests he will be positive and well organised.
    That said he still has something to prove at the PL level of football. At Boro he frequently got to the latter stages of domestic cups; which included winning their first ever cup. Following which he got to a European final and thereafter frequently qualified for a European place. He then moved on and Southgate saw them relegated within a couple of seasons.
    As an English manager it’s not overstating it to say that he was the first Englishman to win a cup for a decade and to reach a European final since 1984. Post Managing England he won the Dutch League with Twente.
    We’re all capable of delusion, cliquishness and being opinionated tossers on here; it’s a good start. As I said earlier I’m a supporter who prefers supporting to moralising.
    Always assuming you’ve read this far I hope you’ll agree given developments over the next few weeks.

  • 73 ToonMauritius // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Any latest transfer news ?

  • 74 joeinthecheapseats // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Reports of 300,000 bid for Ivan Toney from Northampton 19 year old and 9 mill for Winaldum
    Looks like at last they’ve started putting bids in for players

  • 75 ToonMauritius // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Let’s hope this is some real info

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 2m2 minutes ago
    Soccer Sauce retweeted Soccer Sauce
    #NUFC back in active discussions with #PSV over the signing of Georgio Wijnaldum this weekend.Progress being made Soccer Sauce added,
    Soccer Sauce @soccer_sauce
    Our top man informs us Newcastle in initial negotiations with PSV for playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum. Fee would be in region of £9m #NUFC
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  • 76 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    lol was getting quite interested in this article untill i read about Georginio Wijnaldum signing lol.

  • 77 joeinthecheapseats // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    @NUFC_Stats: ‘Toney is expected to become McClaren’s 1st signing, if the £300,000 deal can be confirmed before the arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum’ #nufc

  • 78 ToonMauritius // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    who is Ivan Toney ?

  • 79 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    @78 toon

    he’s a youth player with promise mate

    dont get too excited he’s not for the first team.

  • 80 joeinthecheapseats // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    The info for Toney and Winaldum appears to come from the Daily Mirror who said Austin was a done deal weeks ago so probably more newspaper propaganda

  • 81 ToonMauritius // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    at 79 thanks amigo

    I think we should go for Dzeko & M.Salah, two premiership proven player

  • 82 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Dzeko who will leave a team in the CL and challenging for the title to play for us???? Good luck with that.

    Austin/Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Matip…until i see them signing for other teams i will keep my optimism.

  • 83 martoon // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    To be fair hopefully we’ve drawn up a short list of players to pursue and Shaqiri wasn’t one of them which answers Ed’s question. The NUFC hierarchy rightly deserve criticism but it is a bit unfair to expect them to chase after every available player!
    Also this is interesting:
    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 17m17 minutes ago

    #NUFC back in active discussions with #PSV over the signing of Georgio Wijnaldum this weekend.Progress being made

  • 84 martoon // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    ToonMauritius @75 – snap 🙂

  • 85 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Thanks for the update regarding Nufcdigest Mr Magpie.

    I was actually starting to enjoy it lol. Strange !

  • 86 optimistic prime // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Get a look at that

  • 87 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Carl @72 I’ve no idea what you were talking g about there to be honest. I only thought that the idea of learning lessons from the past, specifically ally of the deeds if past owners is all very well, but that SOME individuals seem to be a little blinkered as to the mistakes being committed by the current incumbents. As we can quite rightly say, that ‘ history’ of mistakes leads us right up to the present day as they are still making them, current mistake thread is the pathetic concept of ‘communication’ with a disaffected fanbase. How do they learn from that? And then we have the almost inevitable future track of mistakes ( which we discern from their record up to now) which may or may not include keeping substandard players to pad out a cheap squad, and buying few quality needed replacements to be able to make a serious challenge you the top half of the league. Oh and there’s the inevitable fibbing, mustn’t forget that.

  • 88 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    As for your observations on McLaren’s ability, you may or may not be right. Personally I am trying to be optimistic. He may have been a typical yawn-inducing appointment by Ashley and his delegates, but he’s a step back up that rickety ladder from Carver, and I’ve no doubt an upgrade from Pardew.

  • 89 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Can’t wait to hear you when you’re not optimistic Skunki

  • 90 JamesToon // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    @NUFC_Stats: ‘Toney is expected to become McClaren’s 1st signing, if the £300,000 deal can be confirmed before the arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum’ #nufc

    It’s by the mirror which is one of the clubs trusted sources…

  • 91 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Is that article a wind up or what ? Haha

  • 92 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Drink in the sunshine Belfast, drink it in.

  • 93 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Been a while since i did one of these but lets dream..


    Come on Charnely, make it so..

  • 94 optimistic prime // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    More believable than the transfer rumours

  • 95 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    As a fan you can always be optimistic until the first ball is kicked. I am hoping for some long overdue signings in Key positions. McClaren has signed the likes of Mendieta, Hasselbaink, Reiziger, Viduka and he
    has a reputation for playing attractive football.
    As you say it’s a marked step up from recent incumbents.

  • 96 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    I think Dave was taking the piss out of him.

  • 97 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Mike Ashley’s school mate “Dave” was taking the piss out of the mags “Dave”

  • 98 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    The BQ sounded a lot more fun than the one I went to earlier.

  • 99 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    He remembers when him and Mikey where 9 years old like it was yesterday. 🙂

  • 100 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Why do The Mag allow articles like that to be published ?

  • 101 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Non alcoholic Carl ? No other keys in the fruitbowl ? Hate those Bbqs

  • 102 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    I’m sending it in to take a break magazine that 50 quid is mine !

  • 103 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Not into Pimms and all the paraphernalia. Escaped for a chilled pint.

  • 104 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Keys in the fruitbowl- bit dated – ????

  • 105 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    You are a real asset to the blog if not a little bit of a rascal, your fondness for the blog of old is what keeps this place going, we could do with more of your type. Unlike some of the chaff that bring this place down. I wish they’d remember this is a football blog, shame they didn’t show Jeremy Kyle all day long, then the old romantics could have a good sensible footballing chat. Btw, I saw Ian Toon the other day in Chiswick drinking latte with a really hot chick, said he didn’t post much now because of all the philistines on of late. Got to go now to a really important meeting.

  • 106 JamesToon // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Would love us to sign those players, however I hope and expect Taylor to be ahead of Dummett in the pecking order (I think SM will get the best out of him) and Pérez should be ahead of Aarons

  • 107 WWSBRD // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Because it’s a crappy website that’ll publish any piece of crap?

  • 108 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Where else are you going to put them though ? The fruitbowl is a safe place.

  • 109 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Do you think Mike Ashley’s mate Dave struggled to keep a straight face throughout these three stories ?

  • 110 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    “Dave” was as real as pushy pardew !

  • 111 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Hot chick is also a bit dated. Lay off the booze and the smack mate. It won’t do much for your looks.

  • 112 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Was I talking to you ?

  • 113 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    The Mag has been in decline for years. Trivia personified. They pander and don’t inform.

  • 114 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Shaddup you face……..

  • 115 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Hahaha You can still get a good laugh on here like.

  • 116 welshgeordie9 // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Still haven’t signed a player, what a load of rubbish, bring back pardew.

  • 117 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Thats some team Argentina have !!!!

  • 118 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Catch you later time for another chillin!!

  • 119 carl // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    I’d forgotten about The Copa.

  • 120 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Hot chicks are dated? You’ve been looking at these adverts on Eds site mate.

  • 121 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Btw thanks Jail. I think.

  • 122 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Ciao !

  • 123 optimistic prime // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Funny enough when reading it I instantly thought of Ian for some reason, then thought nah.

  • 124 Tsunki // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Tbf if there was actually any Toon footy going on or even a signing or two there’s be more than just trivia and daft jokes to keep the blog going. By daft jokes and trivia of course I mean articles ha ha sorry Ed couldn’t resist 🙂

  • 125 Jail for Ashley // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Yes welsh lets, I remember all those barren windows with fondness.

  • 126 Belfast // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    I don’t think he was being serious Skunki. He was impersonating somebody else. Sorry to piss on your chips. 🙂

  • 127 Graeme // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    A different take on the same transfer story!!!

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