Steve McClaren – Some Surprises On The Way


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?

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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.



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201 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Yep central defenders

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #2

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

    Strikers and defenders we have been linked to everyone going

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  • hibbit

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #3

    come on Mc surprise ME

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • voodoo85

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #5

    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

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  • swemag

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Shaquiri would do it for me.

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  • doofa the loofa

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • magpiesi

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #8

    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.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #10

    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?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #11

    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.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #12

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

    Vuckic can go with my best wishes though

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  • p

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #14

    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?

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #15

    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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #16

    surprise signing
    Gareth Bale?
    haha

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  • p

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #17

    @15 it was a photoshop job

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  • JackButler

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #18

    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………………..!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #19

    TFL…seems your still highly medicated 🙂

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #20

    WWSBRD

    I love bigi too take Fergie

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #21

    You’re*

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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #22

    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

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Shadow shearer

    The photo was Gini photo shopped mate

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  • Belfast

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Oops bad grammar Ibiza.

    I’ve always wanted to say that.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #25

    will die
    Aye Ferguson has no future with us imo

    Can take Armstrong on loan as well for good measure

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #26

    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 🙂

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  • King Colback

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #27

    WWSBRD QPR can gladly take Williamson

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  • Belfast

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • DevonToon

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #29

    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

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #30

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

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  • thegaffer

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #31

    the mystery player is Saido Berahino..

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #32

    KingColback
    Would rather they took Saylor

    thegaffer
    It’s not though is it

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  • JackButler

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Thegaffer

    Not much of a mystery then

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

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  • thegaffer

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Saido & Aymen.. howay the lads!!

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #36

    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.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #37

    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 😀

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #38

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

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

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  • King Colback

    Jul 22, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Mystery man is: Julian Draxler!
    I wish lol

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  • JackButler

    Jul 22, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #40

    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

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