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Big Breakthrough Possible – But It Will Be Tough

6:46 pm, Thursday, July 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Steve McClaren has said today we are close on one or two players and most people are assuming those two are PSV midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, and yesterday in Italy it was even suggested that Aleksandar would be in Newcastle today to discuss  a deal.

We doubt that is true, and while we seem to be in good shape with Georginio – it will be a tough sell for Newcastle to get Aleksandar in.

Both transfer fees are said to be €16M (£11.3M) – and if they go through they would beat the highest transfer fee since paid out since Mike Ashley took over in 2007 – that was the £10.3M we paid Deportivo for Fabricio Coloccini back in August, 2008.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic – in the black and white stripes of Partizan

What seems to be true about Newcastle and Mitrovic from various sources is a bit of a twist – with only Newcastle willing to pay the €16M Anderlecht want for their striker – while other clubs interested – such as Roma and Porto – don’t seem willing or able to pay that much for him.

Roma seem unwilling and Porto just don’t have that kind of money available.

A twist indeed.

Steve McClaren welcomed the press to training at the club’s Darsley Park training headquarters today, and most journalists were impressed with the training and openness of the club.

The journalists were welcomed in a cordial and open manner – so that was good.

But we think a lot of that is Steve McClaren’s doing,  and we hope it continues so the relationship between the press and Newcastle improves big time – soon.

This is some of what Steve McClaren said today:

“It’s about getting the right players here. There has been a lot of speculation and we are close on one or two. But in the transfer market, you can be close or you can be miles away.¨

“It doesn’t really matter at one point, just so long as we get the right players. But it would be nice if we could get one or two; if not, we’ll just have to be a little bit more patient and make sure we get the right players.”

“There’s a long way to go before the end of the window, there are still quite a few weeks before the start of the season and it’s important what you have at the close of the window.¨

“Everybody is waiting for it, expecting it. Everybody knows what the objectives are and everybody knows that we have got good players here. But we need to improve on that.”

If the club can get Wijnaldum and Mitrovic in, it would be a huge breakthrough for the club and a big relief for fans, with the probability that the remaining season tickets would be sold fairly quickly.

But we still need center-backs brought in,  although we now have all  of them  fit right now for the first time for almost 18 months – Coloccini, Taylor(S), Williamson, Lascelles and Good – so if we do bring reinforcements in – which is a must – one or two of them will be sold or go out on loan.

But maybe the second player Steve refers to is not Mitrovic – it could be center-back Joel Matip of Schalke, or Marseilles midfielder Florian Thauvin.

Either of those two would be very good too.

But we have still to make our first  signing this summer – but hopefully that will be soon.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Breakthroughs out !

  • 2 SuperShearer // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Lascelles is an absolute colossus of a man. In those videos he makes everyone else look like munchkins. What have they been feeding him at Forrest? Exactly the kind of build that suits the league, hope he can burst into the first team.

  • 3 Bambams // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Wino and young Toney (from Northampton )

    I must confess I do feel more confident we are after decent players now that MCLAREN has been interviewed

  • 4 Noel Worst // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    For all that missed it -Sacramento Republic vs NUFC will be streamed live on their Youtube channel a week on Sunday –

  • 5 Belfast // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    I agree McClaren sounded encouraging. Definitely an upgrade on Pardews usual speel.

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:58 PM


    A long drawn out fart is better than Pardews spiel

  • 7 Mister Tuff // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    I am slightly encouraged by Wally saying we are after the right players. I assume by that he does not mean getting someone who we might be able to flog for a profit.
    It must means that he is going to recruit missing pieces of the jigsaw. If so we should be a mile better than last season.

    I like the look of Wallys support team.

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Good afternoon/evening

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 9, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    If I didn’t know better I would swear Pardew was still manager here!

    Belfast…did you like the read?

  • 10 voodoo85 // Jul 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Really want a CB, last 1st team quality CB we bought was Coloccini (Mbiwa should have been but didn’t work out) – don’t want to go into season with Colo, Taylor, Williamson, Lascelles and Good. Colo is past his best but perhaps still our best, Taylor is injury waiting to happen. Williamson has been dependable at times but ultimately not good enough for a ‘top 8’ team. Lascelles and Good are not tried and tested at this level but really hope they come good.

    If it was upto me, i would have Good go on loan to Championship, sell Taylor or Williamson and bring an established CB in like Matip who can play alongside Colo this season, whilst playing Lascelles in cup matches and a lot of sub appearances in EPL

    Then next season, the CB patnership would be the new CB (Matip ?) along with Lascelles (if proves himself this season) and have Good return from his loan to be backup (if his loan works out well)

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 9, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Good evening Mark

  • 12 optimistic prime // Jul 9, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    That Erwin Koeman is a right knacker!

    Advising Windi not to come because from the outside the structure looks wrong and we keep sacking coaches.

    Sacking coaches, lol.

    Stay off the wacky backy knob heed

  • 13 G peart 83 // Jul 9, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Quite worrying lacelles couldn’t get in to the forest first 11 last season

  • 14 Charlietoon // Jul 9, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Mitrovik has said he wants to play somewhere with a similar warm climate to Italy giving Tottenham as an example. Does not sound like hell be motivated to play in the cold and is shopping himself around instead.

  • 15 lesh // Jul 9, 2015 at 7:45 PM


    Tottingham as warm as Italy? Who the hell’s been filling his head with that crap?

  • 16 lesh // Jul 9, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    It’s interesting that some are suggesting that McClaren seems to have some influence over potential incomers.

    It was suggested that he has more power than originally envisaged by Charnley et al but that idea was given a cool reaction on here.

    Early days yet but fingers crossed.

  • 17 bladeuser // Jul 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Penfold is a useless cock

  • 18 Moonraker15 // Jul 9, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    All is looking good except we have a weak link and unfortunately it’s the Managing Director; he is totally out of his depth and he has no excuse cause he makes the decision we are told.

    We are so close to getting these players in and possibly gonna miss out because of loose change!

    What he hasn’t grasped is the huge statement making a record signing would be and for many reasons.

    I hope he gets lucky cause it won’t be skilled negotiations that get the job done!

  • 19 bobby mango // Jul 9, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Other teams seem to make these breakthroughs a lot easier than us.
    How long do we need to wait? Whilst watching rivals complete decent deals, seeing us further adrift.

    Seriously worried about next season. A terrible squad was further depleted – now Jonas, Taylor and Ameobi weren’t great but they played a good chunk of matches at the end of the season.
    A fit again SDJ and incoming Lascelles won’t plug their gap as well as the gaping holes.

    Wijnaldum – good player but we have personnel in his position. Address the holes first.

  • 20 Moonraker15 // Jul 9, 2015 at 8:24 PM


    I would say McClaren has a big say on players coming and going; I would go as far as to say he probably has power to veto certain transactions through his knowledge of players and coaches which far exceeds Carr’s.

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