Newcastle Hope To Get Transfer Business Moving Today

Steve McClaren is hoping that Chancel Mbemba’s delayed signing will finally be completed today, when the three man committee of the FA will finally get around to meeting to give the player their approval, so that he can then get a visa.

With Newcastle waiting almost a week for that to happen, hopefully everything else is in place to get the deal sealed as soon as today.

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Chancel Mbemba at Anderlecht – could sign today

And given the two performance of the second team at Portland and last night at York City we don’t seem to have much cover in defense at all.

Newcastle don’t have much strength is depth,  and therefore Newcastle must still sign some players in the transfer window.

In addition to that wed like to see some of our experienced players who may not start next season, still be kept at the club to strengthen the squad.

We get more injuries than any other Premier League club so they will all get plenty of playing time next season.

Steve McClaren was asked if he thinks the deal for the DR Congo International will go through today, and  he had this to say in the Chronicle:

 “I hope so.¨ ¨I think it’s going to be positive. We hope to confirm that soon.”

Newcastle are also trying to get a few more players signed as soon as possible.

Apart from Mbemba, Newcastle are working on getting three additional players to the club, as we reported last night.

It seems the main requirement is a top class center-back to pair with Chancel Mbemba, but with Coloccini injured, we may have to play Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson a week on Sunday against Southampton in our first Premier League game.

That’s an area we have known has been a weakness for the last few years, and we can help solve that by signing a top class center-back as soon as possible.

The form of Newcastle’s second team in pre-season should also tell Lee Charnley and company that we need more players brought in before September rolls around.

We have the money and hopefully the will to do that.

We need to spend the money, and if we can get another three good players in after Mbemba signs,  then it can even be said that Mike Ashley was true to his word when he said he would make big money available this summer.

It was always going to be up to the Newcastle Board as to how that money was spent – that’s part of their job these days in the new structure at the club.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Still think we’ll get Van Dijk, haven’t really properly been linked with him yet this summer, but I think the writing is on the wall

  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    LewSpi v2.

    I love you optimism, but seriously I cant see us signing another player this summer let alone a good CB.

  • kilcline

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    We are relying on Mbemba to be the saviour of our back 4.

    Another hard season coming up lads.

  • Lost Plot

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Be good to get Van Dijk .. Be good to get anyone judging preseason

    Hopefully McClaren ain’t showing the world what we about until it matters?!

    Or just showing Ashley how bad we really are!?

    Then we be getting Carver back in January on his YTS wage of £36 a week

  • toon kk

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    The budget will probably have been spent for this transfer window, next job will be to move Sissoko and Aarons on to recoup some money.
    So instead of moving forward we’ll stand still.

  • bob

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    McClaren,is a very shrewd operator and last nights game will give him more leverage to demand more significant signings are a must. Mbemba,will be unveiled today then young Ivan Toney, Austin, Matip or another top central defender too.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7


    ironically we have loads of CB cover, just not of the required standard !

    Mbemba – hopefully good
    willo fail
    saylor fail
    colo too old, slow and wanting away.
    Lascelles – jury out
    Dummet – competent, but average.
    Satka – not really shown anything yet
    Good – perma-crock.

    So 8 x CBs but only one I have any faith in and he’s as yet unknown (and still unsigned!) commodity.

    On the bright side this Toney kid looks a bit special if we get him.

  • kilcline

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8


    Satka needs to get down to maccy ds and stay there for a year, too lightweight.

    Bar Arrons do we have any decent youngsters?! Keman?! The young lad roberts?

    Need to ship out willo, colo if we get a replacement. Dummet can do a job but not if we want top 10.

    We are still getting out spent.

    Bring back Sheppard!!

  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Olympique Lyonnais are in for our old friend Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Roma.
    The reason being given out is that someone (as yet unnamed) has come in for TWO of their centre halves Bakary Kone and Lindsay Rose.

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10


    Fantasy football. Dream on, Pal.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11


    pardew was he what 4 years and in that time we appeared to bring in some good youngsters
    but there was never a plan to get them out onloan and then to the first team

    satka has one competitive match and he is 19
    vuckic Sammy are 22 23 and have less than 60 competitive matches

    and its the same for all the youngsters at the club I think we have lost kemen think his contract has expired I know some other clubs were sniffing round

    I really hope McLaren sorts this out it looks like it with Sammy and Armstrong already out onloan

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12 keep missing my point deliberately and I am not going to keep explaining it to you!

  • Magpie Season

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Just saw Woodman been loaned out. .Unfair to Darlow who will now have to play in the U21 league instead of being loaned to a championship club or other to get game time, with a recall clause.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Only seen Van Dijk play twice, against sub par champions league opposition but he looks a really really classy player. Hes like a centre midfielder with the ball at his feet with passing range, technique, vision etc. For a guy of 6″5?? hes rather quick too!
    Not really one for loading the squad with one nationality but Dutch players make sense at the moment. We have a manager highly revered for wonders he made in Holland. Due to our heavy dutch contingent we are going to probably be watched constantly by the national team management (more so than we will hodgson)
    Didn’t like us loading a French contingent as their attitudes always tend to be on the negative, and they struggle more to learn the language, but the dutch players over the years usually set fast, usually speak fluent English within months etc and seem to integrate well.

  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15


    If I throw enough names out there I’ll get one right eventually
    Ha ha ha

    BTW it is still gloomy at Edgbaston so your bowlers should get plenty of movement

  • Magpie Season

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #16


    I do agree that youngsters were not used that much under Pardew but I also have to admit that if they were good enough they would have played.

    Look at Adam Campbell, I remember a couple of years ago a lot of people in this blog were talking about him & complaining he did not get enough game time. He is now at Notts County. Now, it may be that his lack of game time did not put him in the radar of other clubs & he stagnated, but if he had any potential at all another championship club would have signed him on a free. Young players that leave clubs with talent, & who do not play games for their club, do go on to bigger clubs or clubs with similar reputations. Aarons & Sterling come to mind.

    I think at the end of the day our youth scouting setup is abysmal, & I mean under 18.
    We have not found any young players with at least talent enough to play in the Premier League. Only Andy Carroll in the past 7 years since Ashely has been in charge. I’m not counting Krul, Taylor, etc because they were from the previous regime.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17
  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    @nufc just posted official away kit

  • jayphoto

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    @Magpie Season – Darlow will probably be the number 2? Think Krul has long needed a bit of competition so its good he’s going to be around. Hes also played over a 100 championship games so not sure anymore loans will benefit him! TK rarely gets through a season playing all the games, if Darlow can notch 12-15 games here next season, maybe do the cup games it might benefit him more

  • WLtoon

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Of all the CBs we,ve been linked with its Van Dyke who leeps cropping up yet we hav,nt made a single bid this yr.
    Another rumour was Rudiger,an option i would much more prefer but i think he,s out of our price range.
    I think fans are expecting us to spend mega millions on another 3 players but Imo,i think there aint much left in the kitty.
    Thats the main reason why talk of signing Austin is pie in the sky,not one bid has been made and unless someone in the know has heard something behinf closed doors about Austin joining us then its a no go.
    Ashley made a statement that he was going to spend money,he did,nt really say how much.
    There,s been various quotes at how much is available but nothing set in stone.
    We,ve spent 35M so far if the Mbemba deal happens and i think Ashleys ass will be starting to twitchso dont hols your breath for more signings lads.

  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #21

    But surely there’s no guarantee that Mbemba’s visa/ work-permit will be issued today even if the FA agree to him joining us. There’s still the need to get Home Office approval of the application and issue the visa.

  • bernielamb

    Jul 30, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #22

    A bit under the radar, but there’s a young centreback just cancelled his contract with Norwich, where he ended up after a loan deal from Arsenal. Got to be surplus to requirements there (Arsenal) when they signed Mertesacker. Spanish youth international and has Champions league experience. So, he’d be free (great attraction for Charnley) and he speaks good English. Name of Maquel.

  • Sir Eric

    Jul 30, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #23


    Ignasi Miquel. Not sure if we should go for him considering Norwich thought he wasn’t good enough for them!

  • bernielamb

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #24

    @ Sir Eric
    Maybe it was more to do with contract terms, salary, etc. Take a look at some of his YouTube clips. He’s tall. strong, and a good tackler. Can’t see Arsenal having signed him if he wasn’t any good – and McClaren could probably get the best out of him, anyway.


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