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Steve McClaren – Some Surprises On The Way

8:18 pm, Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 201 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting some good news tonight,  that Steve McClaren has said some of the targets Newcastle are after have not been reported in the papers yet.

Would you believe that – there’s been reports of Newcastle being after 223 players so far – and some were missed – how could that be?

🙂

steve mcclaren training

Steve McClaren – in training

We should be signing Chancel Mbemba on Friday all being well,  but then maybe the next ones coming in are going to be a surprise – we wonder who they might be?

Here’s what Steve has said to the local journalists out in the US:

“We’re forever working. People are mentioning this and that but believe you me, we have a lot of names that people have not got hold of yet. We have been close with them.”

“At the moment we have two in and I am sure we are looking for others. But as I say they have to be the right ones.”  

Steve was asked if Aleksandar Mitrovic could possibly play at Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon:

“I think it’s the visa we have to get through and it might take three or four days. We hope so.”

“It will be good to get back on Friday, meet him and get him in with the family.”  “There were a lot of plusses. Freddie Woodman came in and did well. Rolando showed his talent and ability.”

“When he comes in he is going to be a real talent and threat,  so I am delighted with the staff and the players.” “We move on and we all have two days travel ahead now.”

Freddie Woodman and of course Aarons have done themselves a lot of good during this tour – Freddie my even be the number two behind Tim Krul come August.

The lads must be taking it easy coming back, and we cannot blame them – California (Pacific time) is 8 hours behind Newcastle time, and it does take time to travel from west to east over long distances because of the time zone differences.

So who are the players that they have been scouting and looking at under the radar?

Any ideas?

After we get Mbemba in before the weekend, it’s anybody’s guess who the next players could be – but surely one is a top center-back.

And maybe Newcastle will be bringing in a total of six or even seven players with five probably being the minimum number.

We need another winger, but that cannot be Cristiano Ronaldo can it?

Well – don’t laugh – that would qualify as a surprise.

Comments welcome.



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




201 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Yep central defenders

  • 2 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Mystery player I’d guess is the winger they are looking at

    Strikers and defenders we have been linked to everyone going

  • 3 hibbit // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    come on Mc surprise ME

  • 4 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    I’m already surprised so far. Signings simply had to be made, but the calibre of players so far has been really encouraging. Still some way to go yet…I certainly won’t begrudge further positive surprises.

    Bring it on.

  • 5 voodoo85 // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    He’s gone a bit Louis Van Gaal with surprise signings – would love Mbemba, then another CB – RB cover (someone like Sam Byram from Leeds), and a winger who can operate on either flank. Another striker would be a luxury perhaps but i’ll take it if on offer

  • 6 swemag // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Shaquiri would do it for me.

  • 7 doofa the loofa // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    I know 2 and I’m very pleased.. keep the faith lads.. good times are a coming!!

  • 8 magpiesi // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Free agent PATO I guess only mid twentys

    He went back to Brazil on mega bucks a few years ago been loaned out last season.

  • 9 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Mike, Chanely, Carr and Mcclaren planned this window for 6 months from January to June.

    Mcclaren to get fired at Derby and not pay compensation. Keep Woody for some time until Palace come for him (not yet worked out but NUfc is patient).

    These guys know who to buy and who to sell.

    Abdennour, Shaqiri and Austin for me.

  • 10 firebug666 // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Exclusive: Newcastle Tell QPR They Won’t Pay More Than £13m For Charlie Austin, But Offer Fringe Players As Part Of Deal

    http://whatculture.com/sport/exclusive-newcastle-tell-qpr-they-wont-pay-more-than-13m-for-charlie-austin-but-offer-fringe-players-as-part-of-deal.php?

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    July 22, 2015
    http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/07/sky-sports-500000-household-survey-reveals-newcastle-5th-most-dominant-in-tv-coverage-areas/

    King of the NorthEast. Sunderland fans have no gutts to follow their team.

  • 12 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    I’d be annoyed to lose Bigi to QPR unless it’s a good loan

    Vuckic can go with my best wishes though

  • 13 p // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    I don’t think toon are even in for Austin, I think it is 2+2, just like when we were supposedly in for Balotelli. Austin is too much like Mitro by all accounts.

    I think they are after a winger. I still fancy Thauvin to come in and maybe one other.

    Of course it depends if we can off load some dross.

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    By the way Ed, I’m not laughing (much) but if Cristiano doesn’t rock up at SJP I’m holding you personally responsible.

    Doofa… You know 2 what? Of these unknown players? Not being a tease, surely?

  • 15 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    I seen a picture of mbemba holding the newcastle top earlier on the Internet, his top had number 4 & it said under the pic mbemba will be taking Rtaylor shirt. But the picture seems to have been deleted now

  • 16 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    surprise signing
    Gareth Bale?
    haha

  • 17 p // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    @15 it was a photoshop job

  • 18 JackButler // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    God it’s nice to have some excitement back during the transfer window instead of sheer dread of who is gonna be sold and how sort of players we will be come the start of the new season.

    Now, if we can only sort out our defensive issues………………..!

  • 19 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    TFL…seems your still highly medicated 🙂

  • 20 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    WWSBRD

    I love bigi too take Fergie

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    You’re*

    I don’t even have the medicated excuse…unfortunately.

  • 22 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Ibiza oh the morphine is strong but it was a slight attempt at a joke and on that note I shall bid you all a good night I’m knackered. speak tomorrow hopefully

  • 23 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Shadow shearer

    The photo was Gini photo shopped mate

  • 24 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Oops bad grammar Ibiza.

    I’ve always wanted to say that.

  • 25 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    will die
    Aye Ferguson has no future with us imo

    Can take Armstrong on loan as well for good measure

  • 26 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    well, have a good evening all, im off to the local to watch the USA semifinal…

    hope I get back tomorrow with a few more signings 🙂

  • 27 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    WWSBRD QPR can gladly take Williamson

  • 28 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Was it the same person who photoshopped Wini using Kanye Wests body and bomber jacket? Haha

  • 29 DevonToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    My 2 pence on Austin transfer

    Mitrovi? and Austin would be the new Shearer and Ferdinand imo so what if theyre similar… Just cos it’s not the norm wouldn’t mean it wouldnt be epic

  • 30 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    TFL…Not all bad then? Keep smiling. Catch you sometime soon

  • 31 thegaffer // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    the mystery player is Saido Berahino..

  • 32 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    KingColback
    Would rather they took Saylor

    thegaffer
    It’s not though is it

  • 33 JackButler // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Thegaffer

    Not much of a mystery then

  • 34 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Belfast…Always? We all know you’re a bit of a sad case, but really? Perhaps we all need to be nicer to wor Belfast in future…

    Nah, where’s the fun in that.

  • 35 thegaffer // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Saido & Aymen.. howay the lads!!

  • 36 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    WWSBRD

    I think Arma will be benched at QPR. He better goes to a league one or two side.

    thegaffer

    Berahino I think too but to play where. May its Ramos.

  • 37 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Goodnight TFL. Stay strong, fella.

    Keep turning up as he leaves. Glad hes ok though.

    Rotonda,if your still about….

    Blatter is most definitely a Swiss. A spiteful, petty,corrupt Swiss 😀

  • 38 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Gaffer…don’t listen to the doubters…I’m with you.

    Wait, where am I? Has anyone seen my mummy?

  • 39 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Mystery man is: Julian Draxler!
    I wish lol

  • 40 JackButler // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    If we are able to entice Austin to us, I really hope that it doesn’t bring about the end of Cisse, I’d prefer to see Rivière moved out on loan, preferably but Cisse is the best of what we have and that’s why we need to keep him

  • 41 kilcline // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    We should go for Gnarby on season long loan with option to buy as Arsenal have an abundance of attacking mids/wingers.

    Lad is rapid

  • 42 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    YCMIU… Never like to miss the chance for a good conspiracy…”Keep turning up as he leaves”…isn’t that convenient…

  • 43 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    will die
    Am not sure mate partner him with Zamora and it could be a decent partnership

  • 44 firebug666 // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Ibiza

    The medication is wearing off mate, maybe if you hurry TFL can plug you into his morphine drip.

  • 45 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Its quite exciting to think Newcastle are after secret players that will shake us up. Pitty my dad retired a few years ago. Might have been able to get a couple of hints as to who we are after.

  • 46 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Mystery signing Mcclaren

  • 47 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Ibiza,that would make me “Tycmiufl”?

  • 48 firebug666 // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    ESPN FC ?@ESPNFC 2m2 minutes ago
    BREAKING: Liverpool announce signing of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

  • 49 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    *You* Ibiza

  • 50 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Benteke signs for Liverfool £32.5 million

  • 51 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Firebug any Idea why Christian Benteke has got paint on his jeans?

  • 52 thegaffer // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    No doubt Mitrovic is a huge talent (central N0.9).. but we need an english proven goalscorer from the premier league who would be kinda second striker and can play on the wing cutting inside and scoring. Berahino can play that role effectively.. 15 goals every season and will only get better.. will be a better support to Mitrogoal than Charlie. That role can bring in the goals on a secondary role apart from the CAM position. Nowadays, if a team plays 2 strikers upfront, they loose the midfield (possesion) and ultimately the control.. to negate this a striker who is played at either wing to score more. Now is Saido a better option or Charlie??

  • 53 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Actually,Tycmiufl probably means something in Welsh…. Welshie! Where are you? I need a translator 😉

  • 54 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKi1BE7WUAARxEz.jpg

  • 55 firebug666 // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Belfast

    Maybe his first job was to tidy the walls up in the dressing room, if he done a good job he got his move.

  • 56 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Looks like he’s been rollering the wall

  • 57 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    scruffy expensive twat lol

  • 58 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Evidently toon have told QPR they wont pay more than £12 mill for Austin, but they can have one of our players in addition – Vikuc, etc

  • 59 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    He’s probably bought those jeans in wetherspoons earlier of somebody with a backpack on.

  • 60 firebug666 // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Graeme

    Think the report said £13 million plus a player mate.

    Personally I would offer them Williamson and Ferguson on condition that if the deal fell through the still had to keep Williamson.

  • 61 lochinvar // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Secret player – is it ? couldn’t be !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S_F9U9gNEQ

  • 62 rowly // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    The back up striker / winger everyone is talking about is Perez n we already have him! Any more strikers would restrict his game time as he is behind mitro n cisse as cf. I would go for an out and out winger and a cb and then be happy with what we have! Unless we lose tiote, sissoko and cisse then I would reassess the situation

  • 63 TudorCrisps // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    just heard on the grapevine it could be van nistelrooy…

  • 64 Klam3r // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    What we don’t have is a capable deep lying playmaker, a position that McClarens system would benifit from and even though we have a lot of central midfielders I would love to see that position strengthened in this or the next window.
    Therefore… my mystery man: Tielemans(that would be some coup!!)

    I would love another CB on top of Mbemba, Matip perhaps, but we really need a new winger as well. I think it’s almost as important as a second CB, almost.

  • 65 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Mitrovic is a Geordie song
    http://t.co/Nz2etOlHCF

  • 66 brklyngeordie // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Have said for ages Shaqiri would be a dream signing would be something like HBA when he was in form and i think we all miss that kind of player…
    As for Abdenour would really be a great signing and give the team the backbone it is lacking for me one of the best CB in the world right now would be astonished if we pull that off..
    Really excited for season now damn you Ashley but only if we bring in the last 2 mentioned maybe not this year cause all players need to adapt and build chemistry with one another but next season can be really exciting

  • 67 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Someone who we definitely not expecting, when we’ve been linked in the press to just about everyone in Europe. Better not be Cattermole 🙂

  • 68 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Giving them Vuckic or Fergie is expensive. Give them Willo.

  • 69 kilcline // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Abdenour
    Bryam
    Carrick – shock
    Gnarby on loan
    Mbemba

  • 70 TudorCrisps // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    straight swap cisse for austin!!!

  • 71 Mr Magpie // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Maybe it is a player from the Spanish league, we have been scouting over there & it is a market that we apparently wanted to break into.

  • 72 TudorCrisps // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    sorry cisse and willo

  • 73 toonicle // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    I know what we don’t need is a left sided winged/Midfielder, Aarons looked absolutely class last night and I am so very excited to see him starting this year! Just gotta hope he stays injury free.

  • 74 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Wijnaldum was a surprise to me.

    But if they get Abdennour, Shaqiri and Austin. That wld surprise me. That wld b TOP 8.

  • 75 JAMSHA // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    ————————————-Krul

    Janmaat———Mbemba—————Saylor————Haidra

    ——————————–Colback

    Shaqiri———————-Gini——————Sisoko/Arrons

    ———————-Cisse————-Mitrovic

  • 76 Marty-Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Do all managers think that Gouffran’s a real player?
    I mean Mc played him in CM and he made two of their goals.
    On a positive note it was good to see Obertan playing well in pre season again,thought he was direct and got some quality crosses in and took on their defence.

  • 77 Noel Worst // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    It’s gonna be tubby Tom Huddlestone isn’t it, Schteve? 🙁

    So Mike can play vicariously through another blubber body.

  • 78 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Harry Kane. Now wouldnt that be a surprise…

    But in all seriousness, I’m hoping for another CB in addition to the Mighty Mbemba. Anything afterwards is a bonus for me.

  • 79 hibbit // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    why do people keep picking s taylor we never get a season out of him waste of a shirt

  • 80 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    News Just in,

    NUFC negotiations with Barnetta have finally reached a conclusion. These negotiations have been on going for the last two to three years.

  • 81 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Hibbit, a waste of a squad place as well!!

  • 82 Jib // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    I think McClaren still has good contacts at Manure .
    He had one of their young players on loan at Derby last season.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if we made up our numbers with a couple of loanees from there , Sadiq El Fitouri or Paddy McNair.

  • 83 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Barnette!!! I hope to God we dont have to pay his hotel bill – It will be bigger than his transfer fee, for sure!!!

  • 84 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Jib
    Perhaps its Adnan Januzaj then?

  • 85 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Always gotta spend a little extra to get the best.

  • 86 Sazzer // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    It’s been quiet around Will Hughes.

    He didn’t do so well in U21 but still think he will be a Newcastle player within 3 windows.

  • 87 optimistic prime // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Why do pekoe keep mentioning loans?

    Are we skint?

  • 88 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Whoever we get, it’s far better to be surprised by who’s coming in than who’s getting sold., as has been the case in previous windows. Didn’t we always say what a jolly nice chap Mr Ashley was? Too early? Aye, probably is lmao.

  • 89 Sazzer // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Posted on July 22, 2015 by Liam Jenkins
    30 year old winger Tranquillo Barnetta was recently made a Free Agent following a successful season with Bundesliga side Schalke.

  • 90 switch365 // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Jan Vertonghen never been mentioned 😀

  • 91 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Personally i hope its another CB but i top top CB

  • 92 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Loans between PL clubs should be banned. Why on earth would we want to do the likes of Chelsea and Manure a favour by giving their young players PL experience? Only if the loan is with a view to buy would I be interested.

  • 93 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Borja Lopez from monaco

  • 94 jayphoto // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Just watching the Celtic game, Van dijk looks pretty useful! Very good on the ball. Quick too considering his size! Celtics only player of note by a mile! Duch poor quality in the rest of the side! Cifti is possibly the worst striker ive watched in a long while

  • 95 martoon // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Evening guys – There might be more signings but I don’t think they’ll be as big as the first three – I think they will be young players and maybe some on loan. I hope I’m wrong but hard to see us spending more big money.

  • 96 NezzaNUFC // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    has anyone ever thought that the mystery player could be that young winger/AMC from FCP, Q something?

  • 97 VanToonMan // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Good evening gents – hope everyone is well.

    So I checked newsnow and it’s all about Mclaren saying we have a surprise signing close!

    Who do people think it could actually be? Assuming Mbemba is in the bag – I think we need Abdennour, A quality DMF, another striker and a quality right winger

  • 98 firebug666 // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    I don’t think we will bring any loans in, I think this will be an all cash window.

    Ashley may still be lying under the table in the foetus position shaking and sucking his thumb at the bill so far, but he got a bit of a scare last season.

    If Newcastle is to continue to feed his SD tat shop he knows he has to spend.

  • 99 Spahndirge // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Benteke already looting the dustbins like a true bin dipper looking at those trousers

  • 100 NezzaNUFC // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    What about Wellington Nem from Brazil?

    or

    Alex silva from FCP or even Danilo?

  • 101 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Bring in Austin Mitrovic Wijnadum Shaqiri and Mbemba.

    Sell Willo, Vuckic, Fergie, Marvuex, Elloit, Guafrann

    GK: Krul, Darlow, Woodman
    RB: Jannmatt, Bigi
    LB: Durmett, Haidara
    CB: Mbemba, Abdennour, Colo, Taylor, Lasceles
    CM: Wijnaldum, Colback, Cheick, Anita, Abeid
    LM: Shaqiri, Aarons, Cabella
    RM: Sissoko, Perez, Obrtan
    F: Mitrovic, Cisse, Austin, DeJong,Rivere.
    ………………….Krul
    Jannmatt…….Mbemba…….Abdennour…Durmett
    ……………….Wijnaldum……….Colback(c)
    Sissoko………………..De Jong. ………….Shaqiri
    ……………………………Mitrovic
    Subs:
    Darlow, Colo, Anita, Perez, Aarons, Cisse, Austin.

    Now up there is a competitive squad. Top 6.

  • 102 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    According to the source we have made a breakthrough on the Austin transfer…..Representatives meeting this week

  • 103 Sazzer // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    NezzaNUFC
    Quintero?

  • 104 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Leon goretzka from schalke

  • 105 switch365 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    How much more than last season are we expected to make in tv revenue alone, additional £35m?
    I did read somewhere a week or so ago that the team who finish bottom will still make just over the £100m mark.

  • 106 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Nezza, all those initials sounds like a line from a james bond movie – especially as you end it with Q. 😉

  • 107 NezzaNUFC // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Sazzer

    that’s the one lol

  • 108 NezzaNUFC // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    What about James bond?

    better still James pond? lol

  • 109 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Is it just me or is this a sensationalist headline which carries no substance to what the headline states!!

    McClaren says we have been close to some of them…..not we are close to some of them.

  • 110 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 15 mins15 minutes ago
    Whispers this evening that #NUFC have made a ‘breakthrough’ on talks with #QPR for Charlie Austin. Don’t have anything more than that though

  • 111 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 14 mins14 minutes ago
    Nothing has been agreed- but we understand that there has been progress between the two clubs, and #NUFC still in pole position

  • 112 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    if we sign Austin surely we must be offloading one either Cisse or Riviere?

  • 113 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Ibarbo?

  • 114 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Send Riviere to QPR

  • 115 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    I’m not sure if loans should be banned as Leicester and Bournemouth might think they would come in handy, but I definitely don’t think a club of our stature should be taking them without a definite option to buy if the player agrees.

  • 116 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 17m17 minutes ago
    Nothing has been agreed- but we understand that there has been progress between the two clubs, and #NUFC still in pole position

  • 117 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 15m15 minutes ago
    We first reported #NUFC commenced talks with #QPR for Austin back in May. He’s always been top target for Magpies Soccer Sauce added,

    Soccer Sauce @soccer_sauce
    We understand that Newcastle officials are meeting Charlie Austin this week for talks #NUFC #QPR

  • 118 voodoo85 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Nezza @100

    Danilo out of our league judging by the fact he is now at Real Madrid for 31m Euro

  • 119 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Yup, it’s just you our toon. Something is definitely afoot 🙂

  • 120 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    I think we are the only fans in the country that rate Austin aka 3:16 highly, forever mentioning him. Get other areas sorted first like another cb, a FB, holding midfielder / ball winner, a winger and then get Austin in January when he’ll be cheap as chips

  • 121 NezzaNUFC // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    voodoo85

    Ah crap lol

  • 122 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    I wanted to see Austin here, but now we have Mitrovich I would like to see the money spent elsewhere as I think Cisse is more than capable. Unless of course Mikey is suffering from dementia and we have unlimited funds.

  • 123 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    @ ourtoon
    LOL

    Austin 3:16 stone cold Stunner

  • 124 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Bobby bee

    You learned how to do the smiley face buddy….Every days a school day.

    Sorry I’ve just read the comments made by mcclaren again and still can’t find the substance

    “We’re forever working. People are mentioning this and that but believe you me, we have a lot of names that people have not got hold of yet. We have been close with them.”

    The last sentence is the big giveaway, we have been close with them, not we are close with them!!

  • 125 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Keep all of them a competitive squad is good keeps players guessing and then with e right players you can be able to rotate the team very well according to games. All players are not expected to play all games.

  • 126 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Shirebrook

    I had no idea who 3:16 was until Optimistic Prime told me, my nephew kept mentioning 3:16 everyone I’d talk about Austin. Then I was informed of redneck island and WWE….made perfect sense from there on in!!

  • 127 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Does this mean that the sleeping giant that is Newcastle United is finally awakening or am i being a tad optimistic

  • 128 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Ourtoon

    I had to laugh at that as it brought back memories lol

  • 129 Sroka // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    The last few matches in US were a good test for the lads – they were all close games and i’d much rather the set of results we got than see 6-0 spankings. Hopefully players know there is work to be done, and they need to fight for their place.

    Thought Aarons and Perez both looked very good, and if they keep this up deserve a start against Saints.

    Defence is poor, but still a work in progress. Like to see Mbemba, Colo and Lascelles in all the next friendly matches.

    Midfield – although Winaljdum and De Jong are still unproven, I wouldnt mind seeing a Dutch triangle of them and Anita, and reckon if they click it could be something special.

    Be interesting to see Mitrovic, I think he would thrive off the service and space Perez and Aarons can offer.

    Players that with any luck wont get any game time next season are Williamson (sell), Ferguson (sell), Obertan (sell), Armstrong (loan), Bigi (loan), Satka (loan).

    A few more signings and no key departures and i’ll be optimistic against Saints.

  • 130 Sazzer // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Porto players are great but tend to be out of our league. But contract clauses can open doors.

  • 131 voodoo85 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Anybody done any looking at the season ahead to see who we should be getting wins/draws against.

    Top 8 is the target and ive looked over last 10 season and average points total for 8th place is 54 points

    So 15 wins and 10 draws gets 55 points, anybody wanna try and work out where we could get those from

    I reckon wins at home vs: Bournemouth, Norwich, Watford, Villa, Leicester, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea, West Brom, West Ham

    Home draws vs: Spurs, C.Palace, Everton, Southampton

    Away wins vs: Bournemouth, Norwich, Watford, Villa, Leicester, Sunderland

    Away draws vs: Stoke, Swansea, West Brom, West Ham

    Thats a total of 16 wins (48 pts) + 8 draws (8 pts) for a total of 56 points

    This would be enough for a top 8 finish in 8 of the last 10 seasons and i don’t think those results are unrealistic.

    Matches against the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City & Chelsea would be free hits

    I know its easy to work it out like that and form and momentum as well as injuries for us play a large part but i dont think those results are beyond us

  • 132 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    MA is buying players now coz he expects an inflation next year. After he studies the trend we will only b buying one player or two jst a few changes. Overhaul ends this window

  • 133 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Benetke is only 24 wow didn’t realise he was that young. They’ve made a very good signing

  • 134 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    If we do get Austin, he’s been linked with us forever, so that still leaves this surprise package we ain’t expecting. The spending carries on much to our delight. Bugging me who it might be. Abdenour would be my personal choice if he’s not out of our price range. Our lass is already on my case for being on this tablet 24/7, but i can’t see me putting it down until i know who it is. Her own fault anyway, she bought me it! 🙂

  • 135 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Will Die @ 101 – and your best LB is Hairdryer or Dummett?
    Why the hell not buy a genuine, 100% dedicated LB to fill the role and use the 2 you name as back-ups. Because that’s all they are in reallity!!!

  • 136 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    OT
    I just hope McLaren has got the clubs success as his priority rather than a hidden agenda ????

  • 137 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Voodoo

    Don’t fall into the trap of promoted teams will be easy to beat, Watford have made quite a few signings and aren’t finished yet, Bournemouth are going in with pretty much what they had but they have an astute up and coming manager. Norwich will be no mugs either.

  • 138 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Jail @ 122 – agree completly – the money could be better spent elsewhere!!

  • 139 voodoo85 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Graeme @134

    Agree about LB, if we get Mbemba in, i think LB is the weakest link in the back 5 (inc GK)

    Somebody mentioned Willems from PSV on here few days ago which looks a good shout

  • 140 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Voodoo, get a £1 accumulator on those results mate, you’ll be able to buy the club if it comes off. All our problems solved 🙂

  • 141 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    What do people think to Jetro Willems from PSV cracking LB

  • 142 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    voodoo85

    U have forgotten to count A Chelsea win we always have 3 points against them.

  • 143 Jib // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Voodoo
    Liverpool got 6th place with 62 points last season

  • 144 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Voodoo85

    Snap on Willems lol

  • 145 voodoo85 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    OurToon @136

    Deffo not taking those teams for granted, they have fight and a lot of determination. Like the managers at Norwich and Bournemouth who both seem good on the tactics side of things whilst Watford are quite an unknown quantity due to managerial change and many new players

    Still think a team aiming for top 8 should be looking to beat those teams though – wont be easy (no game is) but should still be targeting the wins

  • 146 voodoo85 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Shirebrook @143

    Maybe the stars are aligning and the powers that be are reading this blog

    or maybe not !

  • 147 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Haidara and Durmett will do the Job next season.

  • 148 Mr Magpie // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Just a thought but what about players from Valencia like (centre back) Mustafi, (winger)Feghouli, (striker) Paco or (left back) Gaya.

    Cathro will know all about them from his time as assistant manager & him not leaving on bad terms with Nuno still being Valencia manager means the relationship with the club should still be good.

  • 149 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Voodoo @ 138 – it is by far the weakest link – and has been since Santon was bailed out. FB is a critical position in the defence and we insist on playing back-ups instead of the “Real Deal”!!!

    It has to stop!!!

  • 150 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Voodoo85

    I Think thats wishful thinking!

  • 151 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Graeme,
    What do you think about that Erik Pieters who we were a whisker away from buying a few years ago, Stoke fans seem to love him. We pulled out due to the availability of an injured Santon who might have been worth more in the end, I hope this policy is being wiped out.

  • 152 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Our toon, and if i said we play in black and white stripes, you’d insist we play in white and black stripes. This ‘surprise’ has been doing the rounds for a couple of days. Everyone else is taking at at face value. You should try optimism occasionally mate, it honestly doesn’t hurt.

  • 153 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Durmett is jst like Colback not the best players but players who will fight for the shirt no matter wat surround them with good and they will look good.

  • 154 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Mr magpie, you just might have hit on something there mate.

  • 155 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Bobby

    No idea what you are talking about, I stated a fact with McClaren’s quote, not sure where or why optimism should come into any of this!! You been drinking again?

    I said before the window I’d be happy with minimum 10th and some good cup runs, the ultimate goal has to be to get into Europa League

  • 156 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Mr Magpie

    They are a cracking team are Valencia problem we will have is that they are in Champions League, they are also cash rich with the new sugar daddy that’s taken over so these players especially Mustafi are on good wages and he in particular is valued at 25m plus.

  • 157 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    If we ever make a surprise top 6 finish and by luck go to Europa. MA shld give us 100m loan get good players to go all they way and win the Europa league and go to Champions league.

    With Champions league and Premier league money we wld b able to pay him back.

  • 158 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Jail @ 150 – No idea mate. I haven’t followed him since we got Santon to be honest.

    I think Schteve has a cunning plan and talks on recruitment may have been going on for far longer than we understand. We are actually signing quality players, 2 done, one later this week and I dont think we are finished.

    I have a problem that MA just suddenly decides to splash, Schteve just happens to become available, Damn good continental players are now signing on!!!

    I am delighted – so far. If we only get the incoming CB and no more, I am confident we will finish top half. Would love to see a proper LB plus a second CB. If that means we dont get Austin, I’ll take that chance.

  • 159 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Bobbybee,
    You should try separating genuine discussion from your perceived view of what optimism is and why it doesn’t fit into your agenda.

  • 160 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Sorry, should be Jail at 151
    HWTF

  • 161 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Will die for toon

    I said a few days ago this window is quote reminiscent of the season we finished 5th, some good signings in this window but let’s hope we actually continue to build on all of this though.

  • 162 Jib // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Graeme
    Calm down dear
    Vurnon Anita has played left back for Holland and Ginger Jack covered half a season for Danny Rose (and also made a good job of right back against us in a Derby)
    Haidara is a good left back with loads of cover.

  • 163 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Our toon, so you think looking for reasons to blast holes in something isn’t pessimistic? And fyi, I don’t drink, I spend every spare penny i have following the Toon. You’re boring me now, run along and play.

  • 164 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Jail

    What hidden agenda could that possibly be with McClaren?

  • 165 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Mr Mag

    It’s all fun and games shouting who we should sign from Valencia, but we all know fine and well once Bilbo Baggins sees the price tag of Shkodrans left foot, he’d pass out.

  • 166 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Jail, same applies to you.

  • 167 sicoops10 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    First time on this blog raised in Newcastle and now live in Cali followed NUFC all my life and love reading this blog / articles.

    My preference after chancel mbemba-joining, would be another top defender preference would be somebody with experience and height after watching the games overhere we seriously lack height in defense and defensive mid positions.

    After that I would like the surprise to be an experienced forward come winger with pace … Somebody like Pato would be good drifting in from the right hand side but has played at the highest level.

  • 168 will die for the toon army // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Mcclaren is so confident.

  • 169 honest fan // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Hi all
    What time is the game Sunday chaps?

    Surly Peter Beardsley would have said this Kemen lad is special give him his chance or not

    Just seem a bit weird all these team are rating him highly for some reason we usually hear when a player in the youth set up is doing well

    Think secret player could be the Swiss guy his quality

  • 170 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Jib, thats the point, Hairdryer is not a good LB, he is a would be left back, cos it gives him a game. Round pegs in square holes, as usual.

    Lets get a genuine LB and leave Haidara as back-up, learning the role, ready to take over in 24 months time.

  • 171 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Can you imagine if we got Januzaj man, you’d have to peel me off the ceiling.

    Aarons to the left of me, Adnan to the right, here I am stuck in the middle, De Jong.

  • 172 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    LVG wants 10m for Januzaj.

    Unreal deal considering he’s HG

  • 173 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Bobby

    If you want a grown up discussion then I’m happy to have one with you mate, but behaving like my 5 year old nephew by saying something and then telling me to run along without having a sensible discussion says more about you then it does about me. How old are you? You sounded like a mature fella earlier today talking about tough time previously but your childish like behaviour says otherwise. You are obviously still very bitter about earlier today, see that chip hasn’t been removed!!

    As for poking holes and being pessimistic let’s read what it says and then have a sense of REALISM rather than jumping on the optimistic bandwagon.

    “We’re forever working. People are mentioning this and that but believe you me, we have a lot of names that people have not got hold of yet. We have been close with them.”

    The last sentence doesn’t say we are still in talks with a target that hasn’t been mentioned, it’s more of we made contact but couldn’t get the deal done. I take it at face value, I haven’t over analysed it, you seem to have jumped on something that isn’t there though!! Maybe you need to put that pill down then if you don’t drink!!

  • 174 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Graham, before his introduction to the psycho from Wigan, Haidarra was one of our better players at LB. I’m still hopefull can recapture that form, with some help from a sports psychologist. I think nearly ending his career affected him both physically and mentally.

  • 175 G peart 83 // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Mystery player is gylfi sigurdsson

  • 176 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Is Bobby another alter ego of a multiple poster?

  • 177 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    OT,
    I was worried at first that he’d signed on because he’d failed at Derby and just wanted to prove himself in the PL at all costs.

  • 178 King Colback // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    £10 Mill for Januzaj get him bought mashers

  • 179 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Bobby beibg unecessarily hostile there. Just because somebody doesnt share your view doesnt mean theyre just being against you for the sake of it

  • 180 midweek weekend // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    this news on soccer sauce about austin is good to hear, to be fair to them they have got wijnaldum and mitrovic transfers spot on, however austin signing would mean we’d have way too many strikers, surely cisse time is up now ? good to hear about mbemba defence is defo a concern

  • 181 Sazzer // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Jetro Willems is one that haven’t been linked but must be on our radar. I thinks he was said to be injured when him and Wijnaldum missed a game in pre-season.

    16 assist in total last season.

  • 182 Our Toon // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Januzaj at 10m wow bargain

  • 183 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    mystery player is paul scharner lmao

  • 184 Belfast // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Optimistic Valley is re-born.

    Rejoice brothers and sisters rejoice.

    Release the doves !

  • 185 honest fan // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Jail

    I had that feeling to but Steve really is impressing me at the minute I know its early but who cares im starting to feel optimistic again

    How’s the general feeling of u guys?

  • 186 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Bobbybee @ 173. Fair point, Carver/ P45 was capable of screwing up all and any young players. Yes, Haidara was messed up by them, so why throw him in deep end to sink?
    get a good LB in, allow Haidara to recover his nous, his mojo and then let him loose.
    NUFC cant destroy his confidence without letting the new coaching squad repair it out of the spotlight. Protect him, nurture him – he will come good.

  • 187 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Id deffo take januzaj for 10 million. Hes still young with plenty of potential and is semi proven

  • 188 Sazzer // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    G peart 83
    What makes you think Swansea would sell him to us?

  • 189 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Belfast. If you remember I purchased all the OV real estate. But if you buy nowyour new home will come with free daffodils and even pet doves

  • 190 Altamullan // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    What’s the best call you’ve heard re out under the radar interests?
    I think Lee Cattermole, for comedic value.

  • 191 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    And it is optimism valley.
    I can already hear some posters groans at habing read those two words

  • 192 Graeme // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Altamullan – that is just never going to happen – we both know it lol

  • 193 Jib // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Graeme

    Haidara has played for France U18 U19 U21 and Nancy all at left back .
    If you want to say you don’t rate him as a player that’s your opinion
    But
    Would be left back – Square peg in a round hole
    What pompous nonsense.

  • 194 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Alta kuqi is available
    scharner is a good shout. Kets will be pleased

  • 195 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Our toon, I’ve tried having a sensible discussion with you. But you insist on turning into a childish argument. Seriously, you bore me to death with it. We all know what was said, but strangely, only you are looking for reasons not to take it at face value. When people are quoted word for word, it often gets slightly misconstrued, but this isn’t the only time it’s been mentioned. Frankly, I have no interest in discussing anything further with you as it only ends up going round in circles. You could start an argument in an empty telephone kiosk. Whereas i’d sooner agree to disagree, which i do believe i’ve repeated a dozen times already. Everyone on here has their own opinions and just because they don’t match yours, doesn’t mean they’re wrong. Now, i said this earlier today and have said it again tonight. I’m done arguing with you. End of. We don’t agree and never will it appears. Now i’m walking away, but no doubt you’ll feel an insecure need to have the final say. Get it over with, then stop bothering me.

  • 196 Sazzer // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    I remember when everyone rated Janusaj ahead of Sterling.

    10 m is bargain for him if true.

  • 197 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Sorry altamullen, i think i beat you to the punch on that one lmao. Would be a giggle though, just to upset that lot down the road.

  • 198 corkypants // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    —————–krul——————

    ———-colo———-mbembs———
    Janmaat————————-Haidara

    ——————-Anita—————
    ————-Gini———————-
    —————-De Jong—————-
    Perez—————————Aarrons
    —————Mitrovic—————-

  • 199 Mister Tuff // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Mr Tubbs OOT
    Pill poppers OOT

    Trouble on the blog. There on the run.
    Release the hounds.
    High Five.

  • 200 Bobbybee // Jul 22, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Corkypants, i’m liking the look of your lineup matey. That’s without the other players we’re bringing in, which will only improve it.

  • 201 Mitrogoal // Jul 23, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Isn’t Cambiasso a free agent?
    Would take him as a squad player at least.




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