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McClaren – Recruitment Going Very Well At The Moment

10:25 am, Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 122 Comments

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.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Friendlies · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

122 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    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.

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    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.

  • 3 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    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

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:32 AM


    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

  • 5 Slank // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    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.

  • 6 optimistic prime // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:34 AM


    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

  • 7 Slank // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:34 AM


    I too think it could be Matip.

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

  • 8 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:36 AM


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

  • 9 expatmag // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:36 AM


    Blackley talks through his a@#$..

    ignore the attention seeker, mate

  • 10 optimistic prime // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:37 AM

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

    Desperate to play first team football!

  • 11 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    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


  • 12 JDdubai // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    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!

  • 13 Moonraker15 // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    there will definitely be others coming in mate!

  • 14 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM


    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.

  • 15 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    McLaren just been told Mitrovic and Wijnadum are done deals

  • 16 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:42 AM


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

  • 17 Moonraker15 // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    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.

  • 18 Slank // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    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.

  • 19 Rotonda heights // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    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.

  • 20 Slank // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    expatmag @ 9

    Will do !!

  • 21 Moonraker15 // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    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.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    You having cream or custard with your humble pie ?

  • 23 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    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

  • 24 Slank // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    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 ?

  • 25 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:50 AM


    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

  • 26 Moonraker15 // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:51 AM


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

  • 27 one fine day // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    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

  • 28 why oh why // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    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,

  • 29 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM


    Was it Leeds that wanted Willo?

    Maybe Pardew wants him?

    Lower division clubs always want PL experience players.

  • 30 lochinvar // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    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


  • 31 hibbit // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM

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

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:54 AM


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

  • 33 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    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.

  • 34 mickalfas // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    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

  • 35 croftus5678 // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    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.

  • 36 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:57 AM


    HAHAHA epic mate just epic 🙂

  • 37 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:58 AM

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

  • 38 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    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

  • 39 NezzaNUFC // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    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.

  • 40 will die for the toon army // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    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.

  • 41 croftus5678 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM


    bye bye;


    for now anyways and if no room in the squad or if they cant go out on loan it’ll be bigi/fegusson/vukic

  • 42 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM


    Granted on the first team football thing…but he could have signed for quite a few mid-table clubs and got that. Including us if we had gone for him. I just dont think the players hated pardew, i think the “get me out of here” was more down to charvers coaching and the owners lack of ambition. I think, Even if bore-master percy was still here, with a new coaching team, we would still be a more attractive prospect than we were. I still think we are better off now with SM than with the King, though. Hopefully there wont be the frustrating reversions back to defence, even when attack was working. Boiled my p1ss that did.

  • 43 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Im trying to be optimistic, but I can’t until this window shuts.

    I want to see who we sell first before I start getting excited.

    It’s great seeing us finally starting to make a move but this regime has taught me one thing, to be cautious.

    I hope this is not replacing like for like here and then eventually standing still as club at the end of the window with not building on the players we have and actually adding the quality in depth that is needed to compete all year round on all fronts.

  • 44 richyg01 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Flight from Paris CDG due into Newcastle airport at 11:18

    Anyone there or near there?

  • 45 why oh why // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    @croftusi wouldn’t get rid of rivierre
    anyone that knows football will have seen the mans work rate is tremendous his alround play is quality he`s strong makes runs gets into positions, only thing lacking was his confidence in front of goal. which will be rectified under Cathro and co

  • 46 JAMSHA(ASHELY SLAYER) // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    just get both signd todayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • 47 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    It’s fair to say there isn’t really a midfielder like Wijnaldum at St James’ Park right now. Some comparisons have been made between the Dutchman and Moussa Sissoko, but the fact is that Wijnaldum is a full five inches shorter than the Frenchman at just 5ft 9in.
    Both are dynamic in possession, that much is true, but Wijnaldum is more pacey and tries to beat players with his skill and guile, whereas Sissoko uses his sheer athleticism.
    It will be interesting to see where Newcastle play the Dutchman, as fitting him into a system alongside both Sissoko and Siem de Jong will not necessarily be straightforward. The 24-year-old can be employed out wide or through the centre though, so his versatility is a desirable commodity.
    He will certainly excite Toon supporters in the terraces.

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:04 AM


    hoping good may still make it, but any of saylor , colo and willo can happily exit stage left. talk of n’koulou today which would be massive, still only 25.

  • 49 why oh why // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    aye I live in dinnington just around from the airport, but that cow I call a a wife has taken the car to work

  • 50 richyg01 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    If hes not on this flight, then he wont be in till 16:15

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    why oh why

    like to think under cathro etc the likes of rivi and cabella may pick up. i think the book’s closed on willo ever becoming a footballer though.

  • 52 richyg01 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    @why oh why

    Why would you let her do that on what could be a momentous Toon transfer day. (tbf, it probably wont be. depends if we ‘get them over the line’)

  • 53 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Newcastle United now linked with move for Nicolas Nkoulou
    Newcastle United now being linked with a move for Nicolas Nkoulou, who is a 25 year old central defender who plays for Marseille and is Cameroon’s Captain.

    Nicolas Nkoulou
    1 min ago by Graham Porter
    Newcastle United are now being linked with a move for Nicolas Nkoulou.

    Nkoulou is a 25 year old central defender who plays for Marseille and is Cameroon’s Captain.

    Moving from Monaco to Marseille for £3m in 2011, The Times report that Newcastle could move for the defender who has only one year left on his contract at the French club.

    A number of clubs have been linked with the player, including Arsenal and recently Lyon, but Marseille are said to be determined not to sell to another French club.

    A fee of £7m has been put on the player’s head and both Villa and Sunderland have also been credited with interest.

    Standing at 5ft 11 he wouldn’t be the kind of central defender you’d pair with Fabricio Coloccini, though many Newcastle fans now believe that the days of the current United Captain being an automatic starter are behind him.

    With news this morning that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to Tyneside to discuss terms, having that one signing almost over the line does then give any additional new transfer stories a fraction more credibility as the club look at last to invest in credible players.

    With Aleksandar Mitrovic also looking like a strong possibility to actually sign for Newcastle as well, surely money will also be spent on the defence.

    – See more at:

  • 54 Slank // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    hibbit @ 31

    Is that Boro paying us or us paying Boro to take Williamson !

  • 55 why oh why // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    @ retondo.
    I agree. but on willo I disagree as the book has never even been opened .

  • 56 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:10 AM


    Agree Cabella probably will improve. Not sure about Riv though. Shola was and probably still is a better player! Willo is a no nonsense hoofer whos time is up. He served us adiquately for a season or two,but his time is long since up.

  • 57 Mister Tuff // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Got to comment on the Obertron fan club.
    He returned from the summer last year and this year in absolutely superb shape. His physique was fantastic and he was obviously working out during the summers.
    And that my friends really is where it ends.
    He’s scored 6 league goals from his days at Bordeaux in 2006 – up to the present time.
    Yesterday there was a clip on Sky – it was the tale about Sterling not turning up. They showed him scoring against us. We also saw Obertron trotting back at attempting a pathetic put the foot in tackle that was useless.
    It reminded me of really how poor he is – not his fault but he’s just not up to standard.

  • 58 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Aleksandar Mitrovic’s move to Newcastle United could be completed in the “coming hours” – according to the player’s agent Pini Zahavi.

    The player is understood to have held talks with the Magpies over a five year deal with the fee for the striker the still to be agreed.

    But Zahavi is confident that the deal will be completed, he said: “The formalisation of the transfer will be made ??in the coming hours.

    “Mitrovic and will sign a contract for five seasons for the former club of Philippe Albert.”

    The media in Belgium have gone big with the Mitrovic story this morning with Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley close to the breakthough that fans have been waiting for.

    Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren said yesterday that the club are “close” to completed deals.

    And when asked if he would have players on the plane for the trip to the United States he said: “That would be nice.”

  • 59 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Breaking News!!!

    The “line” has moved 20 meters east, and has rotated 90 degrees. Both players have injured themselves trying to catch it. Damn!

  • 60 mickalfas // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    At this rate we’re in danger of losing the title of balance book champions
    Whooopppeee !

  • 61 optimistic prime // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:13 AM


    I just see the move as the easy option for him, we all know he has the mental breaking strain of a wet kit kat.

    He knows Percy will play him no matter what. The players must have loved Percy he had no control over them and they did what they wanted. Hence the shocking disaplinary record.

    I’m with you, hope it’s not going to be anything like watching Pardew/Carvers version of football. I’d give up!

  • 62 hibbit // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    rotonda black will be the main with rivi confidence is his problem steve black is the man to sort it out

  • 63 voodoo85 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Van Ginkel going on loan to Stoke as part of deal taking Begovic to Chelsea

  • 64 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Sky Sports News HQ
    ? ?@SkySportsNewsHQ
    BREAKING: Sky Sources: Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel to spend season on loan at Stoke as part of deal. #SSNHQ

    11:10 AM – 10 Jul 2015

    Wonder if the Wijnadum deal swayed against having this lad come aboard. Was reported serious interest not long back !!

  • 65 croftus5678 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    @rotonda + why

    i agree they should both pick up and i think cabella could be a huge success as impact sub.

    the reason river on my to go list is that even if he does hit his top form it still wouldnt be good enough for us imo looking at his past records ect.

    a 1 in 4 goal striker (0.22 rate) could do a job for us i’m sure but we have perez/arma who can do that job just as well and cisse and (fingers crossed) mitrovic who could/should do it a lot lot better.

  • 66 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Steve mandanda ???? have we not just brought in darlow

  • 67 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:19 AM


    Agree mate on Riviere. Would have sooner taken a punt on LDJ at 2 mill rather than pay 6.5 for Riviere

  • 68 Slank // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    croftus5678 @ 41

    From your list I’m not sure about Riviere and Marveaux.

    Riviere is relatively knew to the club and if sold could be an admission of recruitment failure but given that Carr is on the Board and Pardew, Carver and Stone are no longer with us I expect all the blame to be directed at the gang of three with Riviere staying.

    Marveaux is an interesting dilemma. He has the skills without question but was certainly lacking in motivation and toughness when he played. Can the new coaching team turn him around ? I would imagine he may be the first person to enter Steve Black’s office.

  • 69 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:20 AM


    Wet kitkat? Thats a good one!

    The Pardew/carvup partnership was designed in Hades. NUFC are well rid of both.

  • 70 mickalfas // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Let’s hope we can get the defence sorted and possibly sell some deadwood soon
    Scrooge McDuck is probably having palpitations as we speak
    Please sir can we have some more

  • 71 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    We’ve paid the asking price.
    We’ve got the player.
    Now let’s not see it fall apart over the personal terms.
    Signing Wijnaldum must make it easier to seal the deal with Mitrovic.

    Now we need at least one centre back and credible defensive midfielder who can read the game, pass the the ball, and take control against a top midfield.

    No ifs or buts, no excuses. No sitting on laurels.
    Do the right thing, talk straight, and earn rather than demand support.

  • 72 hibbit // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    arma and good should go out on loan they both need to play every week not sit about

  • 73 croftus5678 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    @68 slank

    i completely agree with you !

    that was a personal list of who i would but like you say theres no chance the club would take a hit on him es so soon.

    and marv ye he has talent and was my personal tip to be a star before he signed for us and his main fault is his lazyness and motivation that these current coaches should be able to work with but i cant help thinking if i had to lose one of siem/marv/vukic and now wijnaldum all for the same one position who would be surplus and imo vukic has the edge over marv for his age ect.

  • 74 Moonraker15 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Plans are being drawn up for a statue of Charnley in the Gallowater! Hahaha

  • 75 Moonraker15 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM


    Vuckic? He will NEVER make it at this level!

  • 76 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Steve McClaren wants 5 new players at Newcastle.
    Newcastle United are wanting to bring in 5 players to strengthen the squad and each players value is £10m to £15m !
    McClaren would not say which 5 players they are ?
    But 4 we are aware of are -Wijnaldum / Matip / Mitrovic / Austin / ? /…N’kolou

  • 77 lesh // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    It seems that Ashley’s got more faith in McClaren than he had in Pardew.

  • 78 Slank // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    jazzyp @ 76

    I’m not sure about Austin certainly at the £15M asking price.

    From his perspective, if as so it seems that Mitrovic will sign for us today it must put question marks in his mind about who is the number one (or number nine) striker.

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Ha ha, mines still in the kitchen being prepared, yours is on the table getting cold waiting for you to decide on the custard or cream.

  • 80 Moonraker15 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Why oh why

    Get on the phone for a taxi to the airport man; your fellow fans are counting on you !

  • 81 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Jazzy…I still hope we go for wideman with some end product to him!

  • 82 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    We don’t need Austin if we get Mitrovic over the line, and dont forget aperez is developing and Arons

  • 83 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM


    It would be nice to have that issue mate wouldn’t it ??.
    rather than scratching around to make a squad up as we were much of last season. Injuries aside we all know we have never had a depth to the team, and once we sustain numerous injuries the squad simply cannot cope. Thus relying on fringe players that have never been good enough

  • 84 croftus5678 // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    there will be such a kick off if these two dont sign for us now with all this excitement around lol.

  • 85 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:41 AM


    Morning bud……Wideman for me to !!

  • 86 Ian Toon // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    I’m back on terra firma and reading that were close to signing Wij and Mitrovic. After so many false dawns just hope it comes to pass.
    Thanks as always for the excellent up-dates – I do like a happy ending.

  • 87 WestOzMag // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Now lets get some defenders in

  • 88 why oh why // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Just watched some stupid idiotic woman on sky sports stating she thinks palace will finish in the top five. HA HA HA HA . Oh they are in for a rude awakening when they are faced with being pardewed . the man is a bafoon.
    this women gives the ever rising ranks of women being involved in football( which is refreshing)a bad name!

  • 89 WestOzMag // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    if we get them 5 in the pain ashley has caused me for so long will fade ever so slightly

  • 90 WestOzMag // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    More fool cabaye for going to palace. Its all about the money money money!!! #pardewed

  • 91 Jib // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Roberto Firmino £29 million
    Georginio Wijnaldum £16 million
    Who has got the best deal ?

  • 92 corkypants // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    I have not posted for a very long time as i got so mad with the club and how we were treated as fans, i have followed the blog visiting everyday just refusing to comment.

    I have decided to start commenting again as i have seen a drastic improvement since the end of last season. Thanks to Steve Mc and his communication skills with the fans. He cleary understands how a club our size should be run from his experience with man u.

    I hope he plays the same style football as he did with derby as i watched them a fair few times last season and they were very impresive untill the injuries hit.

    Wijnaldum and mitrovic would both be very very good additions. But we need defenders

  • 93 why oh why // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    still can not believe liverfool payed that .
    you would think they`d have learned b now

  • 94 Tsunki // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    So long Bat Dust! Welcome Geordie Winegum and Axehandle Mitrejoint! Are we still after Austin Allegro?

  • 95 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Its all very well having a wonderful fluid midfield and attack but to really compte a couple of top class CBs is a must and they MUST be comfortable on the ball.

  • 96 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    why o why
    Considering you’re a staunch Ashleyist who blamed Pardew for everything, I’d put money on you winning a buffoon contest.

  • 97 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:49 AM


    N’Kolou is a no brainer at 7 mill. the lad was being quoted at 15 to us a abt 3 year ago.
    Wijnadum and Mitrovic are hopefully done deals if all is to be believed. Still think we will go after another forward and 2 CB’s

  • 98 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Georginio Wijnaldum set to become Steve McClaren’s first signing as Newcastle boss in £13m deal from PSV Eindhoven
    Georginio Wijnaldum will join Newcastle for a fee of around £13m
    Dutch international due on Tyneside on Friday for talks and medical
    Steve McClaren also hope to sign Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
    PUBLISHED: 11:37, 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:41, 10 July 2015

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    Newcastle are set to make their first signing of the summer with Holland international Georginio Wijnaldum arriving from PSV.
    The 24-year-old will be on Tyneside on Friday for talks and to undergo a medical.
    Sportsmail reported on Wednesday that United were confident of making Wijnaldum their first piece of business after negotiations between the two clubs took place in Holland on Tuesday.
    Newcastle are set to sign PSV’s Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum
    Newcastle are set to sign PSV’s Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum
    Wijnaldum would become Steve McClaren’s first signing as Newcastle manager
    Wijnaldum would become Steve McClaren’s first signing as Newcastle manager
    The next step was selling the club to the midfielder and he will now meet head coach Steve McClaren before the expected completion of a deal in the region of £13million.
    Wijnaldum will join Newcastle on their tour of the United States should the transfer hit no snags.
    Meanwhile, Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is also on the verge of a move to St James’ Park.
    The 20-year-old Serb – who scored 26 goals last season – has been a long-term target and talks are now underway over another deal in the region of £13m.

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  • 99 why oh why // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    I aint an Ashleyist buddy.
    and I refuse to get drawn in to a childish squabble . we are all on high as we seem to actually be getting somewhere with tranfers. so button it . and talk football and talk toon

  • 100 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Perhaps a properly motivated and handled Cisse with genuine competition for his place might be a better bet for one more season than Austin.

    I agree with Blackley that the most depressing thing looking at the squad as it stands is the shortage of players with talent who have fight in them.

    Maybe a shot of ambition from the club is exactly what some of them need.

  • 101 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Competition for places is the key to success.

  • 102 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Why Oh Why,

    I think grim satisfaction and determination to see it through would summarise the mood of many better than “on a high.”

    Those who have been constantly on a high for years and refused to utter a word in criticism of the club should not be telling others to button it.

    If today is what we hope it is, it will be no thanks to them.

    Some of the “extremely positive” people have been championing the idea that we need no signings at all.

    How can this be their day to gloat?

  • 103 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    The lads at running the Winladum story, must have legs.

  • 104 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    I think it’s a wee bit early to be ‘on a high’. We still need 3 or 4 more players (if we sign these 2) minimum. Jury is still out.

  • 105 lesh // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:02 PM


    Wideman? Who’s he?


  • 106 WestOzMag // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:02 PM


    def agree with you for the price of nkolou its a no brainer. Looks like it could be matip for the other cb. Id be happy with that. Gives me more confidence then gaving willo and colo. Sell cisse and get in austin?

  • 107 mickalfas // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    We need to sign Matip?
    Just so I can spell his name correctly ,have spelt winaldum wrong so many times my phones spelling it wrong now !

  • 108 GEORDIE69 // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    McLaren has already won me over. Honesty is the key, unlike Pardew and Charver.

  • 109 optimistic prime // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Who’s Ferreyas agent?

    Only asking as the move was mooted as a favour to make future transfer dealings run smooth.

    Is his agent the same as Windi or Meaty?

  • 110 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    If these players are to come in today, then today is a great day to be a Toon fan. And we have not had much to smile about over the last few year.
    So sorry Ycmit today is a day to be high and hopeful rather than day after day of no news and frustration

  • 111 Ron Knee // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Is Rolan of Bordeaux out of the picture now? He’s supposed to be good, and potentially very good.

  • 112 jazzyp // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:09 PM




    Would love Abdennour if I am honest. Does anyone know if he moved to spain ??

  • 113 corkypants // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Are matip and n kalou both african cant loose two centre halfs during the cup of nations that would be ridicoulous!

  • 114 Rotonda heights // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:10 PM


    I’m not really sure why I need humble pie though, after all my monicker is not ”jail for ashley”.

    my biggest beef with ash has always been the people he employed. I freely admit I wasn’t enraptured by SM’s appointment at the time, but since Cathro came on board too, I am really starting to warm to SM. just using a football in training was an instant upgrade on pardew and carver!

    and yes the fat lady hasn’t sung on any of these deals yet and yes, i, like many, was cynical but i guess sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy the moment. long may it continue.

  • 115 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    I agree about the need for good coaching. I also agree your list of the players that could be in demand. But it’s just a handful and that’s why I say the squad needs a massive overhaul.

    You seem to be suggesting that good coaches could transform the rest to make them much more saleable. Even if it were possible, have we got the coaches to do it? I suspect not. Cathro looks promising but is he just cutting his teeth and picking up valuable experience here?

  • 116 Grafton83 // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Got him, from the official PSV site, he’s on a plane coming here. Hopefully not to London, don’t want that hiccup happening again.

  • 117 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Geordie 69
    One of the first things that impressed with Pardew was his initial honesty.

  • 118 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    The pie was more for your Cabaye theory.

  • 119 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    If a shot of ambition and some sessions with Steve Black don’t do the trick, nothing will.

    But to me, McClaren’s top 8 target isn’t ambition to achieve in the league. We want top 4. Wholly unrealistic with our squad of course but that’s got to be the stated target. Even his boss declared it. McClaren should have a few sessions with Black.

  • 120 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:21 PM


    Competition is the key.
    I think we need a new holding player. Not a destroyer, but someone who gets the covering work done efficiently and sets up play.
    Tiote probably didn’t ever imagine he’d still be here. I think it is time to let him go. He was rarely that player anyway.
    Colback was a bits and pieces player for Sunderland. Handy to have. But I don’t think he improved greatly beyond that level over the whole season.
    I haven’t seen him play in the flesh, and I can imagine he is one of those players you need to see in order to properly appreciate.
    But his yellow card rate suggests to me that he is being caught out too often.
    Our long-standing problem is that the midfield and attack has never been joined up, and so we concede the middle of the pitch to most opposition.
    We need a general to seize that ground and hold it, while having the speed of thought and touch to dictate play.
    That player has Colback’s number on his shirt.

  • 121 nut meg // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Somebody posted on here a few days & said the way to pronounce Wijnaldum is Wee-nal-dum. Don’t know if that’s right or wrong but It’ll do for me.

  • 122 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Vine aldum

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