McClaren – Recruitment Going Very Well At The Moment


It looks like Steve McClaren could field a strong side tonight, with a mix of experienced players and fringe players as they take on Gateshead at the International Stadium in their first pre-season friendly.

The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle could start with Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote and new boys Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles could also be in the starting line-up.

steve mcclaren training

Steve McClaren – recruitment going well

Paul Dummett and Mehdi Abeid are still surprisingly carrying injuries from last season, and will not participate.

It’s interesting in his comments today that Steve has said recruitment is going well:

“That’s the job, improving, coaching the players, getting them organised, getting them fit with the help of good staff, and also working behind the scenes and helping in terms of recruitment, which at the moment is going very well.

“People may say slowly, but we have got to get the right ones in, that’s the key.”

There’s news today that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to Newcastle for his medical, after everything else seems to have been agreed..

And also good news from Belgium today that significant progress has been made between Anderlecht and Newcastle for Aleksandar Mitrovic, and the 20 year-old has been offered a five year deal.

Newcastle are said to be close to completing that deal.

Getting those two players through the door would be great and we could even complete both those deals before tomorrow night.

If we can do that they will be on the plane on Sunday to America,

Comments welcome.



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122 comments so far

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    This is all exciting but unfortunately I think these 2 lads will be the only signings we will make.

    Unless 1 of our CBs gets sold I think Matip will soon be signed up.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Player disillusion could also be down to the owners philosophy, so hopefully this APPARENT change of direction by jabba might help with that. Still not holding my breath until this half decent (although delayed) start is built upon.

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Simpson said on NUFCTV that there will be 2 teams put out tonight, 45 minutes each. If anyone has the slightest niggle they won’t be even in contention, keeping them right for ‘murica

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Nezza

    I think we will have to sell-to-sign now. Not just because of money, but senior squad places too. As long is the ins are better than the outs, i’d be happy

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  • Slank

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Blackley and Brownlie

    I disagree with you. I don’t think the squad needs a massive overhaul.

    What it needs is professional and inventive coaching of the highest standard together with discipline and motivation.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Ycmiu

    I wouldn’t write to much in Cabaye going to Palace.

    Owen signed for us, it couldn’t be more obvious he didn’t want to be here.

    Beggars can’t be choosers!

    Desperation for a first team place IMO

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  • Slank

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    NezzaNUFC

    I too think it could be Matip.

    I do think we need adequate cover for Janmaat. Anita is not the temporary answer.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp

    Aye mate, it only makes sense now to sell before we sign if we get these two in.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Slank

    Blackley talks through his a@#$..

    ignore the attention seeker, mate

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Enough said, Cabaye knocked backed Arsenal, his dream move a while back.

    Desperate to play first team football!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Well if rumours to be true then I am very happy with our first 2 signings. As McLaren stated they were very close to 1-2 incomings and it looks like that is to happen.
    McLaren also said he was looking at bringing in at least 5 major signings not including youth recruitment ,I have reason to believe this will happen.
    McLaren may be toeing the party line but what he says I genuinely believe he means what he says with passion. Pardew on the other hand I always felt there was a hidden agenda behind all the crap he spouted.
    Hopefully guys this is a start of a transfer frenzy and a new start for Nufc

    HTL

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    McClaren and the coaches – good improvement

    Wijnaldum and Mitrovic (If they happen) – fantastic, thought Mitrovic would be out of our leageu so leats see – think he really wants Roma but maybe stick with us for a couple of years.

    Now need a top CB at this same level and ideally one wide player and we start to look half decent with a fit squad.

    I said months ago to wait and see how the summer goes, hopefully it will all work out.

    Then all we have is the start to the season from hell!

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Nezza
    there will definitely be others coming in mate!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Slank

    Aye mate, I expected Trippier to be cover for Janmaat but I wouldn’t mind Sam Bryam as cover for Janmaat now.

    LB as well we may need a 1st team starter or cover to Haidara because I think Dummet could be a good cover CB.

    For me atm I think covers for RB & LB are needed, maybe not first team starters but quick young lads would be beneficial.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Moonraker15

    Like what myself and YouCouldn’tMakeItUp have stated, players would have to be sold before bringing in another player.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Jd
    we are paying more wages than the likes of Romania as we are loaded as are most PL clubs and money is the main motivator for these guys.

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  • Slank

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #18

    LewSpi v2.0 @ 3

    Subject to fitness, I think we will see players who have not played for us before (Darlow and Lascelles).

    Also players who haven’t played much (if at all) for the first team (Marveaux, De Jong, Aarons, Vuckic, Ferguson, Abeid) interspersed with some of the regulars.

    I would imagine that coaches would want to see, through actual matches, whether some of the fringe players have a future at the club.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    I see rob lee was moaning about wijnaldum saying he was a nobody. Did he not watch the WC!!!

    Rob has a hard time accepting we appear to be going after top notch foreigners. Mitrovic and Wiji would be amazing and very high quality purchases. Now just need 2 out of N’Kolou, abdennour, matip.

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  • Slank

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #20

    expatmag @ 9

    Will do !!

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    That’s common sense but it’s gonna happen is what I mean. McClaren could be the best thing that’s happened to us in years! I’m feeling very optimistic and things like players leaving doesn’t worry me as there aren’t many I would be desperate to keep.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Rotonda,
    You having cream or custard with your humble pie ?

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Pre-season for most teams is to get there fitness levels up.

    Us though it’s make or break for players.

    Obertan looked fantastic last season pre-season until injury got him.

    Marv I think needs to be shipped out, the guy could be good but for me to lazy in tracking back and helping out the team plus SM discipline tactics might not fold well with Marv

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  • Slank

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    NezzaNUFC @ 16

    The only players that I believe are in demand and could be sold would be Cisse, Tiote, Sissoko and Perez although I cannot see the club letting Perez leave.

    There are players who we would like sold (ie Williamson) but how do you remove a player when no one comes in with an offer ?

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Moonraker15

    True true mate, also with Cathro working under SM I think he’s going to be a top notch head coach for us one day

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Rotunda

    Rob is in danger of looking like sour grapes. These are top players and Winnie will shine on Tyneside.

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  • one fine day

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Jesus the one day I log in and see some positive news. And I find old blackleg is back.
    Blackley … Where you been ? Were you banned ?
    Was it for something you said or swanning around at the last few matchesx looking like jack sparrows rent boy ?
    Mate. I jest. Good to see you back but leave the flappy bird shit in your locker

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  • why oh why

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Rob Lee should go and f””’ck off and stick to his obvious beloved West Ham. all he seems to do is try and put everything on a downer. Rob sort ya head out mate,

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Slank

    Was it Leeds that wanted Willo?

    Maybe Pardew wants him?

    Lower division clubs always want PL experience players.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Who drinks at The Strawberry ?
    Remember when it became “La Frais” for the French lads
    If the Ducth lad arrives can you arrange a similar temporary renaming….?

    de sinasappel

    In case you’re wondering ” The Orange” !

    It would be a real mood lifter and some good humoured Geordie humour seen around the world

    HWTL

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  • hibbit

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    slank….. boro fancy willo they have been told 2m

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail

    Shouldn’t that be you, in huge quantities mind….?

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #33

    If we get these two through the door and two REAL centre backs we will see some proper footy in August. Sell Sissoko if need be and go for the best CBs that can be purchased. They must be comfortable on the ball and can score from set pieces, we are going total footy boy’s.

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  • mickalfas

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Slank
    Could they not do a buy 1 get 4 free offer
    Buy Riviere say £5m and get Willo ,Goofy ,Obertan and Collo free
    Frees up spaces and the wage bill drops ,just an idea

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #35

    tbf i think our club is willing to accept next to nothing as a fee for williamson !

    he’s the type of player who would willingly take a step down and a reduction in wages to go with that also so i cant see there being too many problems getting rid tbh.

    we have jamaal/colo/saylor/good after williamson that we need to decide on imo.

    jamaal is obv a keep and i’m thinking if i was to bet they wouldnt get rid of colo or saylor just yet ! so if anything its willo and good out the door imo.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    mickalfas

    HAHAHA epic mate just epic 🙂

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Obertan can be a fabulous player and showed glimpses of it in the past.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #38

    PSV confirm Wijnaldum is heading to Newcastle
    PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to England to agree personal terms with Newcastle.
    Georginio Wijnaldum
    Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to Newcastle. Credit: PA
    The 24-year-old is due to fly into Newcastle on Friday for a medical and Press Association Sport understands the Barclays Premier League club have agreed a fee of around 20million euros (£14.4million) for the 19-times capped Dutch midfielder.

    Newcastle hope to complete the deal before the squad departs for a pre-season tour of the United States this weekend.

    “Georginio Wijnaldum has left the players’ hotel in Evian-les-Bains,” PSV technical manager Marcel Brands said on the club’s official website.

    “The 24-year-old captain is on his way to England to reach a personal agreement there with Newcastle United.”
    Last updated Fri 10 Jul 2015

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Right guys I’m off for a bit but I’ll catch up later.

    It’s good to see positive posters on today, maybe later it could be ecstatic and tomorrow to be the same.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #40

    Mitrovic plizzzzzz sign. Be on the plane to USA. we need to work on our attac there. Coz if we get Mitrovi and Wijmaldum we will be complete in attack and Midfield as we access the situation with other players.

    From us we will know if to buy or retain the players.

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