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It Doesn’t Look Good For This Newcastle Target

8:02 am, Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

It was six days ago that Newcastle was buzzing with the news that Georginio Wijnaldum was flying in to sign for Newcastle, and there was news from the agent of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Pini Zahavi,  that the Serbian striker could sign within hours as Pini arrived  in Newcastle.

The signing of Wijnaldum went without a hitch, and then we learned that Mitrovic’s family was in Newcastle with his father and younger brother being shown around St. James’ Park and the training fields, and no doubt being wined and dined too.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – balking at Newcastle move

But no sign of the 20 year-old striker arriving for his medical.

Then a couple of days ago there was news in Belgium that Newcastle had given Aleksandar 48 hours to decide whether to sign or not – but still nothing.

The main problem Aleksandar has with Newcastle is that Newcastle do not play in the Champions League – and the second is that we only just survived relegation last season.

Those are the two major issues that are stopping the Serbian International striker from signing his five year contract at Newcastle, where hos wages will go up significantly from what he’s getting today at Anderlecht.

To be fair to Aleksandar, he has said he wants to keep playing in the Champions League all season, as Graham Carr vetted his progress with Anderlecht.

But it’s clear Newcastle are not his number one choice by a long way, and he is hanging on hoping bigger another club will come in for him – and he could hang on for weeks or even months.

So at some point if Mitrovic still shows no willingness to sign the package offered to him by Newcastle, we will need to cut the cord and go after our other striker targets.

Steve McClaren insists we have to be patient – but not in this case – when it’s clear the player doesn’t want to come to Newcastle.

I thought we only wanted players who wanted to play for Newcastle?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Who knows mate what’s going off. Why has his agent been over as well and said his self that he wants a deal done. Everything points to his dad holding all the cards on his son moving wherever that may be.

    Or it would make more sense that Mitrovic was told to wait by Porto. And as soon as Jackson Martinez was sold on they would buy him
    A lot of links for Mbemba today as well for 6 mill…..cracking buy if his age can be clarified

  • 2 jazzyp // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:06 AM


  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 4 c-dog // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Seen this type of rubbish last summer with Remy & Lacazette and we ended up with poxy Riviere.

  • 5 firebug666 // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:11 AM


    I 100% agree that his father is pulling all the strings, and the decision is neither with Mitrovic or his agent, strange goings on indeed.

    If Mbemba turns up with a zimmer frame he will still be better than what we have. The thing is if he can do the job, and is good at it I won’t worry about his age.

  • 6 WWSBRD // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    His agent could of said that to push the CL clubs into bidding

  • 7 kakaobi // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Kakaobi out

  • 8 jazzyp // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:16 AM


    Even if he turns out to be 27rather than 21 as Anderlecht are saying. He would still be a good signing for 6 mill. As most say would love to have Abdennour but I doubt he will leave Monaco for us. Especially as Monaco are spending big money this summer

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Doesn’t it Ed?
    Apparently nearly everything’s agreed and Anderlecht are confident of the deal going through
    The dad stuff seems to circulate from one interview that didn’t really say much and has been jumped on by ITK’s, his agent has given several and seems confident and a few places reporting the only real hold up could be a Visa issue
    Either way i expect we’ll all know by the weekend be good if we can get Mbemba as well

  • 10 thegaffer // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Rudiger(RCB) & Abdennour(LCB)
    If Charmless is really going for Bangea, Kovacic is a much better option!

  • 11 jazzyp // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:19 AM


    Clubs have already bid but wont match the asking price. We are the only ones to match it.That has been admitted by both the club…..Agent and his father.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Tell him to piss off, this has got to be the worse transfer saga ever.

    Only happens at this club.

  • 13 jazzyp // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:20 AM


    Morning sir, Where you been hiding lol

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    I seen a 28 second interview with Mclaren yesterday,in that short time he mentioned having to get the right players about six times in that short time, very much like when Honest John kept saying long term long term, everything’s long term. A Keith Bishop trick me thinks.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Oh yeah i forgot.

    Jail for Ashley Out.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Wish we had an edit function.
    Welcome back tads.

  • 17 banjax // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    There is a limited time we can wait for him. The fault though is the club and our players who have performed so abysmal since god knows when. Mitrovic is showing his ambition to play in top competitions, whilst Newcastle (until lately) were happy fo survive in the Premiership and show ambition. I for one can’t knock him for being ambitious and if we do sign him he will no doubt try is damnedest to win. As we all thought at the time, good players are thinking twice before they join us so we have to be patient to get what we want.

  • 18 jazzyp // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Never fear, Mitrovic’s dad is only stalling cos his sports direct mug was smashed in the post. Once he gets the new one, it’s a deal

  • 19 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    I said at the start of the week he is holding out for better and that means we are wasting our time because we are not his first choice. This deal lacks what we are supposed to be looking for, the “right” player.

    Only want players who want to play here with a passion, this sort of sh1te is humiliating. Cut him loose and move on. We have tried our best that is good enough, only thing left to do here is beg now! If he does sign I hope his attitude is bang on because I have my doubts already.

    I hope they have been working on defenders while bothering with this also.

  • 20 WWSBRD // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    But if those clubs think he is set to sign for someone else it adds urgency which can push clubs into bidding more

    Clubs called his bluff and now he is saying to Mitrovic sit on it as long as you can because xyz clubs have given word to me that they want you if they don’t get their top target

    No less plausible than his father is apparently holding up the deal which in all honesty am not sure I understand

  • 21 beermonkey // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:25 AM



    for once it doesn’t appear to be the clubs fault on mitrovic we matched the price and his agent said terms we good on a 5 year deal
    I was quite confident this deal would happen but the longer it drags on the confidence goes

  • 22 jazzyp // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:28 AM


    I personally don’t blame Mitrovic or his family. The lad is only 21 and has a great career ahead of him. he knows that if he sacrifices one more season and carries on in the same vain of form he is showing, A bigger club will come a knocking.
    yeah we have offered to double his money, But I bet he is a millionaire already so I don’t see that being a deal breaker for us

  • 23 WWSBRD // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Why would we be first choice for players?

    We have shown next to nothing for years now

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    I think a bit hasty with your use of brackets.

  • 25 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    if we sign Mitrovic and Mbemba, it would be a real coup…then we will have some time to manage at least one big signing and another one…like Thauvin/Rolán and Abdennour/Rudiger…

  • 26 jazzyp // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM


    Morning buddy
    Will the club have the backbone to walk away from the deal or let it drag on ??
    I don’t see why we cannot be going for other targets in the meantime as well tho. Why just be going for one target at a time, Which is the way we look as if we are operating.
    There is only around 20 odd days left for the start of the season and it is looking like things are stagnating again

  • 27 geordiemark // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    id pull out of this deal, its gone on far to long, the club should just go after players who want to play for the club like the dutch lad didn’t take him long to sign, we need defenders

  • 28 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:34 AM


    We are supposed to be changing our ways, showing intent, making our own luck now.

    We have got Wijnaldum in making all the right noises and beat AC Milan to his signature. Regardless of how we have been, I still don’t like to watch the club being used so the lad can generate a better move elsewhere, in such a public way. That’s just how I feel about it.

    He maybe a great player im not 100% clued up on him, just highlights is all I have seen, but this is been a joke for a while now and im concerned to start with in that we only have one lad through the door, time is of the essence.

  • 29 Jib // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    We are still favourites for Mitrovic and Anderlecht are starting to apply pressure because they are running out of time to get a replacement.–gaat-nieuwe-spits-zoeken-voor-anderlecht

    We have been linked in the Spanish press with
    Papy Mison Djilobodji a 27 year old Senegalese center-half who plays for Nantes

  • 30 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Lol been hectic mate just really haven’t had much free time lately!

    Doubt we’ll be first choice for many players given the last few years, stupid to write the lad off because CL clubs are in for him

  • 31 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    It’s about time he either signs or does one. It’s that simple as that for me.

  • 32 kakaobi // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    I just think mitrovic’a dad just wants to live somewhere hot why don’t we offer him a house in Portugal to get him to bugger off

  • 33 mickalfas // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Let’s hope that the CB’s are on the way,as it seems its one at a time transfers
    We can’t afford to wait for a player who obviously doesnt want to be here
    Up the wages a little,still no answer then move on

  • 34 WWSBRD // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    It’s not great viewing no but the club made its bed for years can’t expect to be widely respected when we don’t respect ourselves

    We will see what happens but I don’t blame players for not begging to come to us, the only thing we have realistically offered for years is a stage to be viewed by bigger clubs so if Mitrovic can go straight to said bigger clubs why would he be pushing to move here?

  • 35 anthc // Jul 16, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Mitrovic deal won’t happen imo. We are clearly a pawn in his camps attempts to move him to a c/l club. Reports yesterday that this was not the case and that they wanted bigger wages which was the hold up. 48hrs are up on my clock now let’s move on and call their bluff. If he wants to play in a poor league for c/l football and less money then good for him. Next!

  • 36 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    I’ve been looking at a blog from Serbia which claims Mitrovic is concerned that he won’t get a lot of first team football at Newcastle with players like Riviere and Gouffran already there…

  • 37 lesh // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    It’s water under the bridge but the appointment of and board support for Carver did the Club’s reputation no good at all.

    It smacked of short-sighted amateurism and now we’re paying the price.

    It’ll take time to recover from that debacle and the likes of Mitrovic’s doubts are understandable.

    Signing Wiljndum was a step in the right direction but we should’ve maintained the momentum by signing players for other key positions such as CB.

    However and again, Newcastle United need to support its professions of ambition with deeds, signings, quality signings – quickly!

  • 38 Sivarese // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Pini Zahavi is a master agent. His comments were designed to hurry bids from other clubs. Mitrovic clearly has his sights set higher and it seems we are his safety net. If that’s the case we should drop him like a stone now and move on to other targets. If he needs this much convincing he’ll be angling for a move away every transfer window. We can do without that.

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