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Newcastle In Race With Red Devils For Top Young Defender

3:00 pm, Sunday, July 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 67 Comments

News in The Sun today that Newcastle are making a late move for 18 year-old defender Barnsley Mason Holgate, who Manchester United had hoped to sign this weekend.

Manchester United had moved in for the Doncaster-born youngster and bid £1M for him, but Newcastle are said to now be in negotiations for the youngster with Barnsley.

mason holgate

Mason Holgate 18 year-old Barnsley defender

After Arsenal and Tottenham expressed an interest in him, Mason has been on trial at Manchester United this month, and it seems they have seen enough of him to want to sign him up.

Swansea are also said to be interested in the player, but the news is that Newcastle have moved in quickly to try to tie up a deal for the very promising young right-back.

Last season he made 22 appearances for Barnsley with one goal, after making his first team debut only in December of last year, playing the full ninety minutes of a 1–1 draw with Doncaster Rovers at Oakwell.

His contact has one year left to run at Oakwell.

Newcastle are pursuing a number of targets in the transfer market this summer, and they include signing up younger players like Mason, who will probably become part of Peter Beardsley’s Development squad.

Newcastle may also decide to send him on loan to a Championship club, so that he gets the first-team playing time to help him develop as a footballer.

Newcastle have signed up Dutch International midfielder Gini Wijnaldum for £14.5M, and expect to sign 20 year-old Anderlecht and Serbian International striker Aleksandar Mitrovic tomorrow for around £12.7M.

Newcastle are also reported to be in negotiations for center-back Chancel Mbemba of Anderlecht, Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and QPR striker Charlie Austin of QPR.

Comments welcome.

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

67 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thump // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    He’d be bloody daft to come here with our record of destroying youngsters careers.

  • 2 optimistic prime // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:08 PM


    As I’ve stated before you and your half wit side kick don’t read the blog you’re just here to troll.

    I said earlier what I did regarding the match whilst discussing football, search for it on google you may find it.

    Plastic Geordie

  • 3 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Boring, bickery Sunday. We need some good news, fast.

  • 4 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    This is a Sun story
    Holgate is a right back
    He is currently on trial with Man Utd who are on tour in the USA at the moment.

  • 5 WWSBRD // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Am not sure what a plastic NUFC fan would be like, it’s not like it’s a badge of honour to support this shower of poop

  • 6 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Am I correct in thinking that Sacramento are not a top American club. The commentator called them a third tier club.
    They outplayed us in midfield for a lot of the game, if we can’t do better than that, then this season could be another struggle.

    Some one mentioned in a previous thread the Aarons has gammy legs, is there any basis for this comment. Ok he was injured for most of last season but that could happen to any player, doesn’t mean he is going to be crocked on a regular basis.

  • 7 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    When do the lads return fom the States ?

  • 8 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Mitrovic has just landed at Newcastle Airport.

    Trust me

  • 9 Thump // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    @Essex: Also remember that he’s a young lad with a lot of pace and not enough muscle. Once you see some bulk in him, you’ll probably see his injuries decrease. It’s tricky to bring a young lad like that into a fully fledged regular.

  • 10 lochinvar // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Villa have £32 million to use after selling Benteke to Manure, so are showing interest in Austin – he would be crazy to join them as after loosing Delph as well they are certainly a weakend relegation candidate team . What’s more their deal for new owners fell through as well.
    And Mrs. Austin certainly won’t want to live around Spagetti junction !
    But QPR might hold out for silly money.

  • 11 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    People get selective memory with Tiote he has had a lot more shockers than good game for us !

    Last season before he got injured he was shite that Burnley home game he was terrible , kept losing the ball and their midfield were just waltzing through him !

    Was also at fault in the World Cup last year for Ivory Coast

    We could do with buying better than Tiote

  • 12 optimistic prime // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:33 PM


    Are you a doctor?

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Think Liverpool might be upset if Benteke rolls up at Manure.

  • 14 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    No fella but he has just landed.

    I wonder if we have anyone at the airport re photos.

  • 15 optimistic prime // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:35 PM


    Where’s that info from?

  • 16 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Can’t say fella or I would.

    Just in case..

  • 17 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Anybody recognise the background ?×150.jpg

  • 18 optimistic prime // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:39 PM


    If he is at airport I’d expect someon will have seen him and got a photo. Plenty of NUFC fans up there work and jetting in/out on holiday.

  • 19 WWSBRD // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Haha I love the tracking of private flights haha just wait until he signs then he will actually give an interview etc

    He could easy board another plane out of Newcastle

  • 20 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Wheres Belgrade Geordie when you need him ?

  • 21 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Trust me on this he definitely landed at Newcastle Airport about 20 mins ago.
    I don’t recognise that photo but if it’s a very recent one ie last 15 mins it’s Newcastle airport —-Definitely here now.

  • 22 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Still think Benteke will flop at Liverpool probably resulting in Rodgers sacked by January ……

  • 23 optimistic prime // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:43 PM


    Has he brought his mate, the CB?

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Peter Beardsley’s ”Development squad”

    Bit of a misnomer that. who have we developed!

  • 25 toon22 // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Isnt Benteke the same kind of player as Carrol?
    I thought the bin dippers didnt want that kind of player lmao.

  • 26 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Someone somewhere will have a photo of him soon within the airport or leaving it

  • 27 WWSBRD // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Why do u think Benteke will flop? Barring his injury he has been for the most part bleeding good

  • 28 belgrade fan // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:48 PM


    maybe I can replace him if u need some info

  • 29 Munster Mag // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Agree Rotunda. We have similar opinions aside from me not being tolerant of moaners who dont get transfers immediately. Its a pity the coaching clear out didnt include Beardo and co

  • 30 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Only know he arrived

  • 31 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM


  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Still think 5 seasons + is too long to wait for a decent CB being signed.

  • 33 Ron Knee // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    At least it’s a better logo than ours!

  • 34 optimistic prime // Jul 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM


    Hope he gets plenty of game time, he needs it IMO. I’d have kept him over Obertron and Goufran, not that that’s much of a endorsement.

  • 35 TudorCrisps // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    bambams u sure about that?

  • 36 check the toastie // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Next hour is important for bambams ITK credentials, hope he’s the real deal……

  • 37 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM


    Yeah. I always thought he had a bit more about him than his Bro. However, he seemed to slip into laziness last season, but then again he was not the only one. If he does well in Cardiff then he might be worth one more chance.

  • 38 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:09 PM


    It’s OK thanks that foto of Mitrovic was posted on this site but I see it’s dated 13th July

  • 39 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    To be fair, there is a difference between somebody claiming to be an ITK, and somebody who passes a bit of info on they happen to have found out. I am sure it happens to us all once in a while.

  • 40 King Colback // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Paul Clery ?@paulc02 · 12 mins12 minutes ago
    #Mitrovic has just gone through passport control – I NEVER bullshit about stuff like that #nufc

  • 41 belgrade fan // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:16 PM


    That is Danilo Pantic, former Partizan player, signed for Vitesse.

  • 42 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    How about this

  • 43 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Or This

  • 44 belgrade fan // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:20 PM


    that’s ok, this is Mitro. Mozzartsport is famous betting house here

  • 45 belgrade fan // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    also ok, Mitro with national team. See u r big fan of him

  • 46 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:23 PM


    I think Benteke is class but Liverpool do not play direct balls or crosses into the box so unless Rodgers completely changes his style Benteke will be nowhere near effective !

    Benteke also does not run around a lot pressing players its not his game he will be useful at free kicks though and Liverpools divers to get plenty of them !!

  • 47 JamesToon // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Mbemba not included in squad for anderlecht’s friendly today and Mitrovic on his way to Newcastle airport

  • 48 Tsunki // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    I’m not knocking SDJ but I am worried that he’s taking a while to get up to speed seeing as his last setback wasn’t an injury but a lung condition. I don’t know if he’s been ‘cured’ of his tendency to collapsed lung, but if not and this is a persistent condition, then there’s cause to worry he may never be fit enough, not just merely to last 90 minutes. If there isn’t enough lung capacity, he won’t be any good over a couple of yards at a burst, never mind a full game. I have a fear the medical team have done all that can do and they’re scoping him out now on tour to see if there’s mileage in him in a full game scenario. Don’t want to be a harbinger of doom but I’m worried this may be his weakness.

  • 49 JamesToon // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    @SkySports_Keith: BREAKING: Aleksandar Mitrovi? has landed on Tyneside ahead of his Newcastle medical. See footage on @SkySportsNewsHQ

  • 50 Tsunki // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Countdown to thread change……




  • 51 lesh // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    If we’re going in for Holgate, why haven’t we just gone in make an offer Barnsley’ll accept and get the kid signed up?

    Oh no, let’s fanny on, negotiating and on the meantime alert Man U so they can do just that.

    Mucking about for the sake of a relatively small amount can and has cost us dear.

    Examples? Lacazette? PEA?

    Charnley, get a grip man – speculate to accumulate!

  • 52 magpiesi // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Sky just showed video of mitrovic arriving at newcastle international

  • 53 nut meg // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    SDJ had surgery that should prevent it happening again….if I remember right that is.He also had to do gym work to build up some muscle in his legs….again if memory serves me right.

  • 54 optimistic prime // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    One of the comments on that pic is class.

    “Obviously the private jet was a smoke screen as he arrived by prison van”


  • 55 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:35 PM

  • 56 Ron Knee // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    I thought he’d already had his medical. Confusing.

  • 57 cyprus // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Done deal eh

  • 58 Tsunki // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Medical all in London?

  • 59 Belfast // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Apparently so Ron just proves the media make it up as they go along.

  • 60 Bambams // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Check the bloody toasties. …
    Like it fella.
    Never once said I was ITK.

    Enjoy boys and if I find anything else out I will obviously…
    Keep it to myself !

  • 61 Ron Knee // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    And where did he fly in from?

  • 62 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Fair play Bam Bams

  • 63 voodoo85 // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    You know its legit when it appears on SSN – just need to get him ‘over the line’ wherever that is

  • 64 Tsunki // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Nut meg, exactly. But you can’t do any meaningful training without proper oxygen supply, so the lung thing will always have the last word on fitness. Only the club medics and trainers will know if he is making progress or whether he is hampered. We’ll soon know I guess. If he can’t start the season I would say there’s a serious problem.

  • 65 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:41 PM


    Take a bow. People are too quick to shout ITK! Which is why i said you just happen to have heard something before anyone else.


  • 66 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:42 PM

  • 67 Belfast // Jul 19, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Don’t have a clue Ron.

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