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Mbemba Deal Imminent – Will Follow Mitrovic To Newcastle

4:28 pm, Saturday, July 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 186 Comments

It looks like Aleksandar Mitrovic will finally sign for Newcastle after he has his medical this afternoon, but like the deal with Georginio Wijnaldum – it will very likely be announced tomorrow, once the medical staff have confirmed everything is OK.

The Belgium press also expect the deal for Chancel Mbemba – who is friends with Aleksandar – to be completed within the next day or two, but they are not as far along as they are with Mitrovic.

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Chancel Mbemba – close to Newcastle deal

Newcastle have spent an awful lot of time to wait for the 20 year-old to finally say yes – and credit to Newcastle for that – and to Lee Charnley in particular, as he looks to being off another stellar signing for Newcastle in a week.

Having both Anderlecht players at Newcastle together will help them both settle in.

Probably the next we’ll hear on Mitrovic is when he arrives at the airport – and with it being a Saturday there could be some Geordies to welcome the young striker to his new home.

We are hoping a second deal can be done with Mbemba who while only 6ft tall, has speed, skill and power that make him one of the best center-backs in Belgium and he has often been competed to Vincent Kompany.

Not sure how much Newcastle will pay for him but we though hit was €8M – but that could be £8M – but at £8M he could be a bargain.

This is what Belgian freelance journalist Philippe Vinck said about Mbemba yesterday:

“If Newcastle get him I believe it would be the signing of the summer.” “I think he’s better than Mitrovic – he’s quick, he’s strong and he has all the potential.”

“I already think he’s the best defender in Belgium.” “He was fantastic against Arsenal and he would be terrific in the Premier League.”

Chancel can play at center-back or right back and he’s either 20, 23 or 26 (take your choice) – here’s some information on his age:

In 2012, Congolese club ES La Grace had Brazilian sports lawyer Paulo Teixera put in a claim for training compensation to Anderlecht – the player was registered with the Congolese club in 2006.

The player’s registration from that time showed a birth-date of 8th August 1988, and the player registered with a different birth-date 8th August 1994 with Anderlecht.

That same date of birth was registered with FIFA for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign but then he registered with a third birth-date (30th November 1991) for the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

So it will be exciting to see what date of birth he gives Newcastle – maybe he even comes up with a new one.

At most he’s 26 due to turn 27 next month, if indeed he was born on 30 November 1991 – otherwise he’s 20 due to turn 21 next month,  or 23 and due to turn 24 in November.

As we said – take your pick.

He looks older than 20, but that’s his age given on most football sites like Wikipedia and the like.

He  joined Anderlecht in 2102 and has played 76 times for them with 9 goals and 2 assists.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

186 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Malta Mag // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Good old Mike Ashley!!!! There, you don’t often see that written on this site???

  • 2 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    How long does it take to fly from Belgium to Newcastle??? Still seems all to fishy to me.

  • 3 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:35 PM


    Fek all confirmed as yet. Dont get excited, this club has let us down to many times in recent years.

  • 4 GEORDIE69 // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Any chance of Dennis Praet and Youri Tielemans as well?

  • 5 will die for the toon army // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    He will b there for the medical? Mbemba we will wait for next week.

  • 6 corkypants // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    jamesy thnink its about anh our and 45 not sure though

  • 7 belgrade fan // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM


    totalno pun sebe. pravi srpski onaj. tacno razumes sta ti govorim

  • 8 lochinvar // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Been away ( on business ) so playing catch up , but on Sky a few hours ago:
    Aleksandar Mitrovic is close to joining Newcastle United, with the Anderlecht striker set for a medical, according to Sky sources.
    It is understood the Magpies will pay a fee in the region of £13m for the Serbia international.
    The player’s representatives were on Tyneside last week finalising personal terms after an agreement was reached with his Belgian club.
    Mitrovic is a 20-year-old forward who scored 23 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Anderlecht last season.
    He impressed in the Champions League group stages, scoring in the matches against Borussia Dortmund and a 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates in November.
    Mitrovic has scored 30 goals in 78 in all competitions for Anderlecht since joining them from Partizan Belgrade in a club record 5m euros deal in August 2013.

  • 9 Big Steve // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Ashley in.

  • 10 magpiesi // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Where were his team traing? They played a Turkish team the other day I think.

    The two players would need some type of visa to get into England as well as one Serbia isn’t in the eu and the other is from Africa.

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Geordie 69,
    I said exactly the same this morning! Those two and Mitrovic would be young enough to not take up space in the 25, even if we did the same as with the Forest lads and let them keep one or both for a season.

    Tielemans looks top draw and Praet is a superb creative force.

  • 12 corkypants // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Geordie69 Tielemans and praet would be brilliant aswell lol how did anderlec not win the league lol

  • 13 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    He’s probably 33

  • 14 Big Steve // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Mbemba and another CB and we’re on our way boys.

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Nitro was allegedly on Zahavi’s private jet. Are there any small airports it could have gone to other then Newcastle International?

    As long as Zahavi doesn’t let him anywhere near a PlayStation we should be okay.

  • 16 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    So if we get Mitrovic , Mbemba with De Jong finally we will have some aerial presence and aggression at set pieces !

    Take it Gini can take set pieces yeah?

    Only place in this team for Sissoko is right wing he does not perform in any other position ! Its where he plays best for France as well !!

  • 17 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Why would they be sneaking him in?? They brought Gini through the international. Plus its good PR.

    Who do we currently have that can hit a decent free kick/set piece????

  • 18 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Looks like the Mitrovic saga might be coming to an end thankfully . Mbemba would be a really great coup if we can pull it of as well .




    —————-Wijnaldum———–De Jong—————


    And that would leave us the likes of:

    Cisse,Perez, Aarons,Dummet,Tiote,Anita,Abeid, Marveaux, Gouffran & Rivierre .

    Provided everyone stays that is .

    That is a very tasty team and with our new set up focusing more on keeping the ball we could do some serious damage in the PL and should be top 10 guaranteed .

  • 19 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    lilo durham tees valley about 40 mins to benton

  • 20 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    @ Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    I agree on Sissoko being played on the right .

    He was the top creator of chances in the PL at one point when played there, but Pardew kept trying to use him as a number 10 FFS .

    He is a pure athlete and has some nice touches, but someone like De Jong has a better footballing brain and much more composure in front of goal .

  • 21 GEORDIE69 // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    No harm in making them feel at home.

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Nothing to do with sneaking him in, but as it is Zahavi’s private jet then flight plans will have to have been registered in advance and Newcastle International airport would be less accommodating for last minute flight plans that aren’t emergencies.

    Cheers. Much quieter traffic there so a more likely arrival destination.

  • 23 check the toastie // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Complications with his medical….. Reported shortly….

  • 24 lochinvar // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Private jets can fly via Newcastle and are kept away from the main buildings – they have their own mini Arrival lounge so could easily come in via the back door, and be whisked away in a car and no one would be any the wiser. Certainly that would avoid the main terminal.
    You could also fly a private jet into Carlisle Airport just 50 minutes down the road.
    May already be in toon – hope so !

  • 25 optimistic prime // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM


    Teesside airport, or he could land during the Sunderland airshow..

  • 26 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Big, I like your team but, still missing much need hight in the defence and I would replace Cabella with Aarons.

  • 27 John Tudor // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    just landed london city airport on route to stamford shit hole

  • 28 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Very good point. Surely if he was in the area someone would have reported it by now tho, dont ya think??? Im like a child again getting excited with this. lol

  • 29 Ron Knee // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Where is he having his medical?

  • 30 Moonraker15 // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    What’s the latest on Mitrovic’s visa? Does he need one?

  • 31 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Did the poll come back on the captain?

  • 32 optimistic prime // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:04 PM


    Don’t they go to the Nutfield hospital in jesmond now?

    Seen a few players there over the years.

  • 33 Bambams // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Chaps am I being unfair against Colo ?
    I am not a hater or anything even close, I just don’t think he has it to play at the top anymore.
    I would much rather we bought two CB’S and keep Colo as cover or cup games.
    Goes without saying Willo would not be in my plans.
    I see so many have Colo in their teams, I also appreciate he is on 70k (or something near) a week so the club would probs not be willing to have him making that and sat on the bench.
    Just feel we need to build a new team starting with defence

  • 34 lochinvar // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Bigpappa@18 – you missed the two new ex Forest lads off your list but with them the squad is starting to look like a first team pool of about 15 with the others covering for early cup games against lower teams and injuries.
    Almost looks like strength in depth.
    And allows McLaren the ability to squad rotate to ensure players are not over played and spending too much time on the treatment table.
    Looks like we have a plan.

  • 35 optimistic prime // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Has Mick Quinn said out about Delph changing his mind?

  • 36 Ron Knee // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Has he actually been sighted on Tyneside?

  • 37 nightfa11 // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    If mitrovic is really about to sign, I think we should go for berahino type of striker..sbd who can play as a st and forward /winger.. Not austin.. But if we really plan to go for austin, Id wait till january.. As I understand he has only 1 year left in his contract.. So we can pay 15 Mio now or half of that in january.. 15 Mio for a back up striker, while we need defenders? A no go for me.. Just keep cisse till january.. But yes..berahino would be my prefered choice.. Attack of perez, mitrovic and berahino..+aarons and cisse as backups.. Not bad..not bad at all:-)

  • 38 Moonraker15 // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:08 PM


    Thanks for bringing us up to date mate !

  • 39 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    The club doctor did Wijnaldums medical at Benton

  • 40 optimistic prime // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:12 PM


    I don’t think you’re being unfair, after his displays over last 2/3 years he shouldn’t be anywhere near 1st team and certainly not the captain.

    I’d be happy to see him go, miserable if he stays in the team.

    Buying decent midfielders and strikers but leaving the defence is like decorating your houses but leaving the roof which is leaking and about to fall off.

  • 41 King Colback // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Sky say Mitrovic is having medical now

  • 42 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    @ Jamseyd24

    I think Aarons has massive potential but that’s all it is at the minute, whereas Cabella is a French international that has shown he is talented in ligue 1.

    I still think he will come good but he definitely needs to toughen up and not try a trick every time he gets the ball . He looked unreal at times, and his performances against Man City & Chelsea showed he can do it against the best .

    Still a good problem to have though with a bit of strength in depth .

  • 43 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Dont think we are going to hear anything else today. maybe they are holding out and trying to announce the two lads together.

  • 44 check the toastie // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Things are looking up, get these two in from Anderlecht and we are going places, full confidence in the coaching setup to challenge for top6, I honestly believe we have as much as Spuds…

  • 45 magpiesi // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Medicals are done in two parts normally the first part in a private hospital in jesmond.

    I remember cisse when he signed it was all quiet until first part of medical done then pictures of him at the training ground from around tea time once they knew he was just about done. The same for sissoko.

  • 46 lochinvar // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Maybe Shearer has a private landing strip next to his golf course – that would be useful for Mitrovic – no fuss arrival, quick medical down in Jesmond and then back to Alan’s for a quick nine holes and afternoon tea.
    Sorted. !

  • 47 Ron Knee // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Are we sure it’s not his brother!?

  • 48 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Big now you mention it, we could do with a good left sided player. Tho if we get these few in I will be happy that at least things are looking up. Can Leroy Fer play on the left???

  • 49 Mag52 // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Before everyone gets too excited about the leopard who has changed his spots (apparently), let’s not forget that one of the major problems fans have had with MA is the fact that he unloads key players to the top bidders as soon as he sees there’s a profit to be made.
    I for one am withholding my judgement on the ‘new regime’, at least until after the January transfer window.

  • 50 King Colback // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Ron Knee no idea lol just what Sky said

  • 51 magpiesi // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Just remember Ashley has chopper so he could of landed anywhere in uk.

  • 52 JamesToon // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Mbemba – £6m
    Van Dijk/Vlaar/Veltman
    Austin – £15m
    Mitrovic – £13m


  • 53 JamesToon // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Get a left back like Willems, Ben Davies or Kurzawa and that’ll be the cherry on top

  • 54 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:24 PM


    Why Jan? This window will show all you need to know I think. There is plenty money in the pot to sort out the blatant problems.

  • 55 jayphoto // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Might see a different Colo if hes playing alongside Mbemba? Mbemba is very quick and powerful, not that tall but has a right leap on him! Seen one belgian Journo say hes the best player in belgium (inc mitro) and another saying that he was the best african player last year? 20,22 or 26 years old is all ok! His attributes may just compliment colos who is a classy ball playing centre half when hes head in the game and he isn’t compensating for the awful player next to him!
    Christ we might just have team next season

  • 56 toonicle // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Anyone know what’s happening with that young striker we brought in on trial?

  • 57 nut meg // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Someone on here suggested earlier today,maybe yesterday that we should bring Anderlect’s scout to NUFC. It might not be a bad idea to bring the academy coach in as well judging by the number of quality young players coming through into the first team there.

  • 58 Noel Worst // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Wijnaldum is a perfect link man from midfield to front. If Sissoko remains here and we don’t sell any midfielders, I’d start him on the bench this season, that would really bring him down a peg and make him realise if he wants his big move he’s gonna have to work for it, cut the crap and get his head down to even force his way back in to our team.

    How I’d start against Southampton if we sign Mbemeba and Mitrovic:

    Janmaat___Mbemeba_ Lascelles___Haidara

    If we’re setting up to play possession football Anita will come in to his own with like-minded players around him and a coach on the same wavelength, if he can bring the inner terrier of the final game of last season every weekend, he’ll become a crowd favourite.

    Allows Ayoze to pay in the role he did for Tenerife as a sort of inside RWF – he has to start for me. SDJ can float around as he does.

    Subs, Darlow, Dummet, Tiote, Sissoko, Aarons, Cabella, Cisse/Austin

    Sell Willo and get Vlaar on a free – definite upgrade.

    Getting rid of Cisse and buying Austin would be the icing on the cake, just can’t see it as I imagine we’ll be playing the bulk of the season with 1 ST and don’t see either Austin or Mitrovic being regulars on the bench, maybe if we had Euro footy to contend with.

    Also I’m assuming and hoping Colo will be leaving, his apparent lack of commitment due to his heart and head being elsewhere for some time needs to be resolved. He may still look good in training, but when it comes to the blood and thunder on matchday, his aloofness is there for everyone to see and it damages the team.

  • 59 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:30 PM


    Da kapiram….. ma neka je bilo kakav samo da nam daje golove….
    Samo jedan patetican kup da dobijemo dovoljno je….

  • 60 jayphoto // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Apparantly still after Austin too? If we sign austin I do intrigued to see what system McClaren implements??
    I would assume Gini, Austin, Mitrovic would all start due to transfer fee alone… I also cant imagine de jong, colback and Sissoko sitting out. Add in Anita and Tiote who will both be pushing start? Aswell as we’re obviously looking for a winger as per the Thauvin chase….

  • 61 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Can’t see us buying Austin if we are only playing one up top. The Toon dosn’t do 15mil bench warmers. Although it would be nice! I would love to see two strikers though.

  • 62 Bambams // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Optimistic Prime

    Cheers for that fella. My thoughts exactly

  • 63 King Colback // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Will Mitro be the first Serbian to play for Newcastle?

  • 64 Thump // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    he’s either 20, 23 or 26 (take your choice)

    We’ll have to rework the Obafemi Martins song, then.

  • 65 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Cracking interview with Gael Bigirimana on NUFCtv

  • 66 beermonkey // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:38 PM


    he looks like he is 35

  • 67 Bambams // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    How do we know we are still after Austin ?

    Leopard certainly will have changed his spots if we sign two cracking strikers

  • 68 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    In Ashington Serbs sit on the banch

  • 69 jayphoto // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    @thump – his congo club had him registered as 1988, the Congo National team had him down as 1991 and Anderlecht have him down as 1994…. When asked, mbemba thought he was born in 1990. Someone needs to come up with a 4 birthdays song.

  • 70 Noel Worst // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    I’m being very reticent about lauding Mash. Until the window closes I can’t see how anybody could possibly draw any conclusions.

  • 71 JamesToon // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Williamson – £500k
    Gouffran – £2m
    Obertan – £1m
    Armstrong – Loan

    Mbemba – £6m
    Wijnaldum – £14.5m
    Austin – £15m
    Mitrovic – £13m


    GK: Krul/Darlow/Woodman
    RB: Janmaat/Sterry
    CB: Mbemba/Taylor
    CB: Coloccini/Lascelles
    LB: Haidara/Dummett
    CM: Wijnaldum/Anita
    CM: Colback/Tiote
    RW: Sissoko/Marveaux
    AM: De Jong/Cabella
    LW: Perez/Aarons
    CF: Austin/Mitrovic/Cisse/Riviere

  • 72 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Mc prefered formation is 4/3/3 always has been with the 2 FB’s overlapping

  • 73 beermonkey // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM


    whats he got to say for himself

  • 74 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    bench even

  • 75 check the toastie // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    If we sign Austin it signals the end for Cisse for sure.

    —————-Mitrovic or Cisse—————

    The new kid has to earn his jersey mind, bench until he proves he can be better than Papiss for me. Keep him on his toes.

  • 76 JamesToon // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    We NEED strength in depth. top 10 squad easily

  • 77 JamesToon // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:45 PM


    imo mcclaren will play a 4231 that can also turn into a 433, it will be a flexible and fluid system

  • 78 check the toastie // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Great Team Check, you know your stuff son for sure. 🙂

  • 79 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    He was very careful not to whinge but it was clear from what he said that Pardew only used young ‘uns only when forced to do so.
    He says coaching is dramatically different with the reserves being brought in to everything the 1st team does which didn’t happen before.
    McClaren constantly bangs on about NUFC being the fans club much more than any other club they will have experienced.
    And the whole squad is blown away by the support in the States .

  • 80 Noel Worst // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Oops, I think Check The Toastie has just done what’s known as a classic Ian Toon! What a pudding!

  • 81 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Sissoko bombing down the right wing destroying the opposition full back with pace then has the opportunity to cross with the following options :

    Gini and Siem arriving late on the edge of the box

    Mitrovic or Cisse for the tap in

    Perez or Aarons sneaking in from the other wing


  • 82 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    james toon not yet still only 1 signing when we see the shirt on there back we could start to move up the rankings

  • 83 check the toastie // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Noel, actually I was talking to myself.. 🙂

  • 84 check the toastie // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Nice one Check, you are one funny guy….

  • 85 optimistic prime // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    I’d put money on not one of the teams selected by posters will start the first match!

    I don’t think I’ve seen one that will even be close, to many hearts ruling heads when selecting their team.

  • 86 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    lcbp that would be great but we let 4 in at the other end

  • 87 check the toastie // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Bunga Party, sounds pretty good that, just looked and season tickets sold out….

  • 88 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    I agree with Mag 52. Think everyone could see if we didn’t spend money in this window we would probably get relegated this season. January and next summers window will show what their intentions really are.

    I also think holding on to Janmatt is more important than keeping Sissoko.

  • 89 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:55 PM


    Ha yeah true but you would still have a,Colback/Tiote or Anita protecting the back 4

    I think if we Mbemba we will also be able to play a higher line and press teams

    All the Dutch guys are used to a high pressing game where you hound for the ball hopefully there will be no more of Pardew/Carver teams who just used to let teams do their own thing especially at St James’s !!

  • 90 beermonkey // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:55 PM



    liked bigi when he first arrived looked a talent and a bargain at 1mill he is one player I hope improves but given the amount of midfielders we have would be good for him to go out onloan

    I don’t see him as a right back

  • 91 Thump // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    @jayphoto: Just checked, and according to FM15 he’s born in 1994 which would make him 20.

    @beermonkey: He’s always reminded me of a younger Morpheus from The Matrix.

  • 92 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    @check the toastie

    Is this true about season tickets?? NOOO !!

    The fans have gave in too easy !! Wait till the end of the window because now Ashley and Charnley will think the job is done !!

    We still need Mbemba , a left back , another centre back , a defensive midfielder and a winger as well as some young prospects like that Toney boy !!

  • 93 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 5:59 PM


    I think all will be told this window. With the amount of money we have stashed away, if we stand still or replace like for like and not move the squad on adding quality in depth nout will change in the near future.

  • 94 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM


    Seems a real nice kid and very grounded

  • 95 optimistic prime // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM


    What’s happened to that Toney kid?

    He was supposed to be signing before Windi according to papers etc, ain’t heard anything for a week.

  • 96 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    i now see 2 quality cb as pivotal to our season the back 4 has been a problem for many years now is the time to sort it

  • 97 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    A left back?

    I dont see us getting 2 CBs in considering Dummit and Jamaal both up and coming there and we already have 3 senior CBs

    Also why would we need a CDM?

  • 98 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    wwsbrd 3 senior cb that have been proved to be hopless in the prem

  • 99 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Doesnt matter all will be registered if they are still here and the club wont pay wages for 6 senior CBs

  • 100 BandB // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    They don’t all come through arrivals.
    There’s a pub round the back of the airport (at least there used to be) that looks out over “back door” for non-chartered flights etc (or used to be)
    The journos used to use it as a hide for spotting folks coming in they thought might be coming in incognito.

  • 101 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Colo and Saylor being 2 of the top earners at the club

  • 102 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:11 PM


    Haidara too injury prone and we could do with upgrading to a better one ! Dummett is a centre half and could grow into a solid premier one at that hes not comfortable at left back ! So we need Janmaat quality on the left

    Tiote is shite with the ball and we could do with upgrading Colback and Anita so we then have strength in depth !

    Cant have too many good players still 1 or 2 injuries from playing the likes of Gouffran etc

    Our 3 senior CBs are gash and are part of the reason why we have been a mess we need to be ruthless no more deadwood Mbemba and Veltman in and get rid of Willamson and Taylor

    The defence has been the problem for about 3 seasons now it needs to change

  • 103 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Even if we cant get fees for them there will be plenty of League 1 teams that will take them on loan

  • 104 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    wwsbrd but both in there last year 1/2 of them will be gone boro are sniffing around willo so that could be a start

  • 105 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    He wont be in the TOON tonight, we would have heard by now. Think we have all got excited for nothing. I need a pint but unfortunately im at work.

  • 106 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Yes Tp but they have to spend money this window. Failure to spend would result in another relegation battle for sure. Just like they had to buy 6 players that January or we would have went down.

    The next two windows will show if this is a new era or this was just needs must.

  • 107 JP...from The Rock // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Still no news or leaked photos of Mitrovic in Newcastle????

  • 108 Jail for Ashley // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Excellent news, I hope that more are to follow, starting to get a bit hopeful now.
    For the poster asking where I was, I’ve been in Lightwater Valley all day. As for wanting to rub my nose in it because we’ve bought a couple of players for the first time in a year, why ? I’m as pleased as anyone and if we can’t get rid of the fat barsteward I’m more than happy for him to deliver success, mine and others dislike for the man is nothing personal but for the fact he has shown not a jot of interest in the footballing side of NUFC and after all we are a football club. Hopefully this is the dtart of a promised change.
    Well said regarding Munsters moaning.

  • 109 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Am not ready to give up on Haidara yet like I think he is a good player, injuries are an issue but Dummitt was alright at LB not long term but Id say LB isnt a priority right now

    Tiote, Colback, Anita, Bigi and Abied all play in that area mate and when Bigi burst onto the scene he looked like the future replacement for Tiote (who I still think is a good player when not too much is put on his shoulders) so again I dont see the need for another CM/CDM

    Williamson is a pretty good 4th choice CB, trouble is Saylor and Colo who we cant sell ones way too injury prone and one whose on way too much money (when u take into account we will want a fee for selling)

    It needs to change but itll be next summer Id imagine when Colo and Williamsons contracts end…not sure when Mr Newcastle’s ends

  • 110 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:18 PM


    According to some twitter accounts the gates of the training ground are still open and there are a few people gathered there.

    Either they know something we don’t or they will all be leaving red faced when the gates are shut.

  • 111 Noel Worst // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Some folks have their heads in the clouds. Probably those that play the footy management sims.

  • 112 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Williamson really isnt the problem though hes a decent 4th choice CB people only complain about him because he had to become 1st choice

  • 113 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:24 PM


    I have no doubt Stevie Mac will get some players playing to their potential but I think we need to phasing a lot of players out and getting quality in we can afford it no bother there is 50 million at least sitting there in the bank that was left over plus the money from our January Sales !

  • 114 Bornandraised // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    For the folks who think De Jong should start over Ayoze or that Ayoze should play on the wing, did you watch any games last season? Ayoze needs to be given the free role behind the striker, with a centre forward that can hold the ball and midfielders that play to his feet.

  • 115 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:27 PM


    Any links to these twitter pages???

    I am not from the area, is it strange for the training ground to be open this late??

  • 116 Jail for Ashley // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    I’ve said all along that Willo isn’t a bad fourth choice and plays his best football when his place is under threat. He has been first choice with no competition for far too long.

  • 117 Lucky Les // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    At a dinner last night I spoke to a Dutch journalist/TV presenter but as a Man Utd commercial person was also in attendance most of the chat was about Van Gaal and his personality as the journalist(who was not an exclusively sports journalist )had interviewed him several times.I managed to ask about our new Dutch signing and his view is that he was excellent last season at PSV and will be a success in England.What was a little less positive was his comments on SDJ as he was concerned about his serious condition at Ajax and the continued problems.He detected that I was not an Anita fan and remarked “He is no longer Ajax’s problem”.I got the impression from him that he thought Ajax saw Newcastle coming for these two players and they were pleased they had left for decent fees.Hopefully SDJ will recover his fitness but it will obviously be tough.

  • 118 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Club wont take a hit like that though mate we both know it, unless Ashley has….no there is no unless with Ashley still as owner

  • 119 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Claiming a NUFC vehicle meeting a private jet
    Looks like Mitrovic’s granny to me

  • 120 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:32 PM


    I scrolled back and found one for you.

    Jamie Broadley ?@JJBroadley 58m58 minutes ago
    Gates at Benton are still open, quiet on the inside but people gathering on the outside, must be ITKs #NUFC

    I don’t live in Newcastle either so I have no idea about the timing of the gates opening or closing.

    Maybe someone on here knows more.

  • 121 Mag52 // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Toon Prodigy.

    Why Jan. ? Because that’s when Ashley has, in the past, chosen to shaft his manager, disrupt the coherence of the team and stick two fingers up at the fans by selling off a key player without any plans to replace him, in order to please his bank manager.

  • 122 Tsunki // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Hoping this all goes smoothly.

    Ashley Out!

  • 123 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Its a very unpopular opinion to have though isnt it?

    I have always though Willo is alright certainly not as bad as is claimed

  • 124 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:34 PM


    I don’t think much will change in future windows, I think we will always sell our top performers due to promising the players pastures new before they have even kicked a ball. If they do well enough.

    I don’t see any reason though why we cannot correct the squad and shift out the deadwood. We can cover wages, there is no excuse anymore, the TV money has increased plenty. I don’t see any point in keeping the likes of Obertan, Gouff, Williamson. They arn’t upto standard for the Premier. Even if these are kept on it shows alot in that we are just filling up numbers within the squad.

    I do get what your saying though about future windows being important, but this is the one where we have a chance to sort out the problems, here and now. If they don’t, I’ll see that as dropping another bollock and a missed opportunity.

    We know the players who are not good enough to step in as cover.

  • 125 magpiesi // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Some Belgium football expert on talksport in next 15 minutes to talk about moves and players on there way to the premier league.

  • 126 Jail for Ashley // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Oh, and I’d keep him over 14 game STaylor given a choice

  • 127 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    The coast is clear Skunki. You just about got away with it.

  • 128 JAMSHA // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Claiming a NUFC vehicle meeting a private jet
    Looks like Mitrovic’s granny to me

    THAT GUY IS JUST TRollng..sounds like scum fan

  • 129 JAMSHA // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    he also posted a jan 11 pic of mitrovic at airport claming his at airport lol

  • 130 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Yep it’s definitely the Serbian bloke he’s in drag though

  • 131 TudorCrisps // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:50 PM






  • 132 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    I am not reading into any twitter post’s, but the lad has confirmed he is leaving on his own Facebook account saying he will be playing in black & white and thanking the fans .

  • 133 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Jib/Jashma it’s actually a picture of Beyonce arriving at the airport

  • 134 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    It’s a fake Facebook account bpc sorry to piss on your chips. Lol

  • 135 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Ha ha ha

  • 136 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    By all accounts coming from Belgium its a fake facebook

  • 137 Bambams // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Well since 3pm no Mitrovic landed at Newcastle
    Trust me….
    He could of been here earlier though or a different airport as suggested.
    Lee Rydee on twitter suggested it was at the ‘very near stage’ earlier. Don’t know how accurate he is

  • 138 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Blame Wwsbrd it was his one and only exclusive. Fake account.

    Sky where duped too it seems

  • 139 Noel Worst // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:57 PM


    You’re only gonna see that team if we’re chasing a game, if ever. Also, I think there are better ways of trying to perturb the opposition than putting our GK beside the right corner flag 🙂

  • 140 kilcline // Jul 18, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Surprising how much negativity still on here, give the regime a chance they are proving us all wrong, albeit slowly, but time is something we have.

    Have a good evening lads and Belfast.


  • 141 King Colback // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    at least tonights match is on YouTube

  • 142 Munster Mag // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Jail instead of running up rotundas arse why dont u look at what i have said. All i am asking for is a bit of balance and fairness. Guys who have moaned all the time re lack of transfers should now be giving some credit to charnley. Thats nor moaning. Its called being faiir. I dont thunk rotunda gets the point. At least some ofvthe transfer whingers are quiter tonite. Lets hope we build on this.

  • 143 magpiesi // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Belgium bloke confirmed what’s being said mitrovic on his way/ getting medical and mbemba talks were held yesterday with newcastle and his agent looking like just work permit for this one. Also went on about benteke but obv no intrest in that bit.

  • 144 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Go to bed early and get up for 4 am
    Or stay up and miss Sunday

  • 145 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Round to Burnsies for some u.f.o spotting tonight?

    Have a good one.

  • 146 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    So Belgium dude on talksport has also said he is in Newcastle.
    Also Aleksander Mitrovic deal has reached the “very close” stage. #nufc

  • 147 TudorCrisps // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    hahaha Noel nice one m8 am not sure how he got there tbh am sure a stuck him in goal

  • 148 BandB // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Where are all the transfer whingers tonight?

  • 149 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    I think we will present both guys on Monday. looking forward to it.

  • 150 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Any proof on Mitrovic’s Facebook account being fake… rather than just saying someone from Belgium said…? Show some proof!

  • 151 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    I see alot of ppl are sayin that they would like to see two new centre backs brought in this summer. Sorry to inform yous, but in the eyes of tubby, jamal L counts as one. Don’t be to disappointed if we only get one over the line. Expect it.

  • 152 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Pizzi there’s a link one or two articles back from the Anderlecht news twitter account that’s been reporting the whole saga saying it’s a fake account.

  • 153 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Starting to believe Cabella wanting away, would the club take a loss though?

    He has never looked confident to me like.

    Ben Arfa was better but inconsistent also.

  • 154 bladeuser // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Why we whinge is it has taken this regime years to get to this stage jesus only months ago we were close to being relegated so big bloody deal we have one signing and maybe a couple more and thus makes up for all the shit does it i dont think so so no credit to the regime its what should happen every year as it does to other clubs

  • 155 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    The French press is full of stories about the club wanting shot of Cabella
    For 10million he is regarded as a flop

  • 156 will die for the toon army // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    One CB is enough.

  • 157 check the toastie // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Wonder when De Jongs gunna get a long term injury, just wondering when the wheels are going to fall off….

    Club almost seems to be going canny, what beauty could our illustrious owner come up with….hmmm

  • 158 colwell // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:39 PM


    Cabella was consistent though, consistently poor. had real high hopes he would be our new Ben Arfa but not even in the same league it turns out. Ben Arfa although inconsistent could win a game on his own, if he played like that every week he’d be up there as one of the best in the world.

  • 159 nearly // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    maybe he is not in newcastle having his medical ,maybe he is somewhere else doing it, somewhere he can get the nxt flight out to america if thats what they want,or maybe he is at the nuffield in newcastle , just saying like

  • 160 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:48 PM


    I think this Cabella signing has failed, I really don’t think he will turn the corner. I know people will mention settling in times but I think this lads confidence in this league won’t get any better. Infact, I think he is petrified. But hey, i’d love him to bash this league to bits.

    As bad an attidude as Ben Arfa has, I miss that drop of the shoulder. He gave me one of my best moments at St James against Bolton. Poor game that was a moment of brilliance.

  • 161 will die for the toon army // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    How long does a medical take?

  • 162 colwell // Jul 18, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Toon Prodigy

    Yep that’s my view now too, with all the CM’S we have he could only play on the wing and he just doesn’t have the pace to do anything out there.

    Benny did probably give all toon fans the best goals we had seen in years, Bolton, Blackburn etc

  • 163 Sazzer // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Mbemba sounds like a real life Benjamin Button.

  • 164 will die for the toon army // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    May b no news till tomorrow. We wait for tomorrow.

  • 165 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    At most he’s 26 due to turn 27 next month, if indeed he was born on 30 November 1991 – otherwise he’s 20 due to turn 21 next month, or 23 and due to turn 24 in November.

    Anybody else confused???

  • 166 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Born 1991 and is 26/27? What year you can n belfast?

  • 167 Mister Tuff // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Black limo and driver spotted at Newcastle Airport.

  • 168 north east lincs toon // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Mitrovic is only 20 years old so is the shop window for bigger clubs potential 20mil in 12 months

  • 169 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Belfast, please post those links if you find them thanks.

  • 170 beermonkey // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:26 PM


    buy him hope he does well and sell him for a profit quick the bloke looks about 35

  • 171 JAMSHA // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:29 PM


    dnt think the fb acc is fake, usally, players acc on fb page doesnt get verified unless they play for big clubs, perez had the same..untill he joind nufc his page was verified

  • 172 Sazzer // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    The transfer for Mitrovic is in its final phase. He is currently in London to sign a contract & undergo a medical.

  • 173 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Been messing around on the LineUp 11 app on my phone.

    With welcoming back Aarons and De Jong which are “like new signings”, as well as Wij. And presuming Mitrovic and Mbemba will go though, we actually have a decent amount of competition for places.

    Helluva lot more so than last year, I’m actually really struggling to decide on the team.

    1 more CB on top and we are certainly in much better shape, with a decent bench too.

  • 174 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    wdfta if you think 1 cb will your mad for years the back 4 have been the problem we need a lest 2 cb and a rb sooner rather then later have watched nufc play in the last 2 seasons

  • 175 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Ed wrote it Pardew not me lol

  • 176 Sazzer // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:34 PM

  • 177 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    lew ….till you see the shirt on there back don’t take anything for granted this is nufc

  • 178 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Basically a while ago this Facebook account made comments and criticised the Anderlecht manager and supporters. Serbian bloke then denies it was him and claims it’s an impostor and he only has a personal Facebook account for just friends and family.

    The article was translated poorly so I may be wrong.

  • 179 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    le story is absolutely unfounded.”

    Mitrovic: “I regret that these publications are taken”
    Mitrovic is located on the site of Anderlecht meanwhile itself explained. “I’ve never posted those statements,” he says. “There circulate numerous false Facebook profiles to unofficial accounts from me. I regret that these publications uncritically taken over by some media. I have one personal profile that is intended for my real friends and family. “

  • 180 beermonkey // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:42 PM


    things are looking better if these 2 sign I know anita can cover both full back positions but I don’t think that’s ideal
    but we do have options and different players for formations
    would like to see some youth come in and go out onloan like we did with the forest pair

  • 181 BandB // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    I have said this once before, but I am going to say it again.
    I believe Ashley would like to see us qualify for the Champions’ League.
    The most excited I’ve been in his tenure was when he put up the cash, to the surprise of us all, to buy Cisse.
    I think he was convinced he could score the goals to get us there.
    It failed. We all saw the Ba, Cisse conundrum being hopelessly mismanaged.
    But when we failed, we fell into the bunker of the Europa League.
    I wouldn’t blame Ashley if he looks at that competition and thinks WTF?
    It has skewed the Premiership.
    It has made seventh place the most competitive finishing spot in the league after top three, as many more teams than us think twice about whether they want all that hassle for so little reward.
    It should not be a booby prize for the failed CL teams.
    It should be a competition in its own right and the teams that fail in the qualifying stages of the CL should not get a repechage in the Europa League.
    It’s unfair and anti-competitive.

  • 182 Bornandraised // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    De Jong

    OR 4-3-3

    OR 4-4-2

  • 183 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    6h6 hours ago
    Sp. Anderlecht news ?@Sporting_AND
    FYI Mitrovic doesn’t have an official facebook page. Confirmed by Mitro & Press officer @DavidSteegen1 … #rsca #nufc

  • 184 Belfast // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:45 PM link

  • 185 overtheline // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    After Mbemba –
    1) A quality two footed winger – weren’t we linked with someone who fitted the bill earlier last week ?
    2) Van Dijk or Rudiger – the other classy CB
    3) Ideally Banega

    Would rather a two footed wide player than Austin if Mitty signs

  • 186 remember69 // Jul 19, 2015 at 5:07 AM

    Ashley IN!!!!!

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