Newcastle Close To Signing Striker And It’s Not Austin


Newcastle United put in a bid of £11M for Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan, according to former Chronicle football reporter Alan Oliver, who was reporting yesterday in the Sunday People – but that bid was turned down.

But there is news that Newcastle are getting close to agreeing a fee with Bordeaux for the Uruguayan striker/winger,  and this deal could even go through this week, with head coach Steve McClaren keen to get more players through the door before September 1st.

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Diego Rolan of Bordeaux at Montpellier

The bid was the first time Newcastle have contacted Bordeaux officially for the player,  and last month we reported that Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud had said this about Newcastle’s reported interest:

“There has been contact with Newcastle – but never directly with us, only through various intermediaries.” “With Newcastle I suppose you could say there is some truth in their interest.”

There was news yesterday in the Mirror that QPR had reduced their price for Charlie Austin from £15M to £13M – but that could have simply been a convenient story to put out yesterday,  since QPR are expected at some to lower their price, with only three weeks to go in the summer transfer window.

It may even have happened yesterday.

However,  if Newcastle are going to pay out around £12M for a striker – the Magpies may well feel that 22 year-old Rolan is better value than 26 year-old Charlie Austin, and Diego can also play out on the wing as well as through the center.

The other thing to bear in mind is that Newcastle will want to bring in another striker soon – if they are to do that this summer.

If another good striker comes in then Papiss Cisse will surely be expendable, and would be sold or even sent out on loan for the season.

That’s even though Papiss played well yesterday and scored our first goal, and the Senegal striker seems keen to stay on Tyneside with Steve McClaren as the new coach.

Quite honestly with Cisse, Mitrovic, Perez and Riviere as out-and-out strikers now in the squad,  and also goalscorers like Wijnaldum, Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons also in the squad – we are well set to being able to score goals this season.

Well at least much better than we were last season.

And from how Adam Armstrong started his loan spell at Coventry on Saturday at home to Wigan with two good goals, and he also hit the post late in the game, Adam may be back in January pushing for a first team place at his home town club.

And sooner or later Aleksandar Mitrovic has to start the games for Newcastle, as he needs to acclimatize  to the English Premier League.

Newcastle don’t necessarily have to sign another striker this summer, but it seems that if we do,  he will simply be a replacement for Papiss Cisse.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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214 comments so far

  • NezzaNUFC

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Obviously this is rubbish!

    We all know it’s CB we need not another striker.

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  • Sliema

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #2

    If we are getting rid of Cisse then we should buy this guy. If not then you’re right Ed, we have about enough competition for that lone striker which we use.

    We neeeeeeeed a CB and a LB, Haidara was woeful yesterday and depite showing promise in the past I don’t think is ready to be a regular starter.

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #3

    To be honest Rolan isn’t really an out and out striker. He’s more a Winger/Striker like Walcott, Dos Santons, Berahinho etc.

    He had a good season last year and he was playing on the wing.

    I think we have to sell Gouffran first as they are similar , except Rolan is much younger with potential.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Blackley
    I could argue but I cant really be bothered, good luck to u but ur opinion is no more important than anyone else’s

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  • Noel Worst

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    If we could sign 1 more player this window, for me it would be Van Dijk all the way. A class above the SPL and you can see he’s cruising in that league. He’s a more mobile, quicker, powerful, taller version of Colo and probably a touch better on the ball, a snip at £10m. Which ever team gets him will be signing a CB that will become one of the best in the league. Can comfortably play DM too.

    Just hope we’re one of the clubs tracking him and waiting for him to fulfil his promise to stay with Celtic until their CL situation is sorted out either way, before making a move.

    Sell Willo, Abeid (rather keep him over Tiote but unlikely), Gouff and Marv and sign Van Dijk and I’ll be very happy!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #6

    I was pleased to see McClaren sitting in the stand with Cathro. It’s a far better to see the whole positioning aspect of the game.

    He’ll have taken a lot to work from for future games. As he’s coaching based, we’ll likely see improvements and developments. It can’t be judged too well from non-competitive games.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #7

    If we score goals great but winning matches is also about not letting the opposition score…….so the defence needs strengthening and we certainly need that elusive ” strength in depth ” if we are to make impact in the Cup Competitions ( so our Cup teams are stronger that the likes of Manures so called second string teams ) – that’s the difference in progressing in the Cups.
    McLaren knows that he also needs to rotate players somewhat ( using the bench to good effect ) to avoid repetition of the injuries of last season

    Looks like Austin is history so hope that Rolan ( Cisse Mk2) and Van Dijk ( Defender Mk 2 ) are two of the next three signed in this window. The missing ingredient might be Shakiri or the wonderfully named A.N. Other who always used to get on the team sheet

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Just hope Rolan doesn’t turn out to be another Riviere. Can hardly afford another forward of this calibre on our books

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #9

    WWWBSB
    By the same token your opinion is no more important than someone who went to play golf, read a bit of Twitter, spoke to his mate and caught one or two highlights on the news. Or simply listened to the radio round up. You wouldn’t want to say otherwise or you’d be arrogant, even if he was talking as if he hadn’t much clue. Yeah?

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  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #10

    The Bundesliga and France Ligue 1 start next Friday
    Serie A and La Liga the weekend after
    Expect a flurry of activity soon

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Ilovetoon

    Last season Stoke had the third oldest average aged squad in the league behind Palace and City while we had the youngest.

    Not saying it’s a bad thing buy any means as long as you can continue to spend to replace the old men 🙂

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Really can’t understand why we are going for strikers. Cisse is increasingly good given the right service and I feel he and mitrovic and ayoze should be more than enough firepower.

    We need cb and maybe a left back more desperatly. But we won’t because Colo is captain and new contract.

    I don’t believe Colo will be captain from the bench. This to me is the most disappointing this season. Because we won’t be adding anymore centre back.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d look at the forgotten Englishman Tom Ince. You don’t become a bad player overnight at his age. He’s quick, skilful & can score goals. He wouldn’t cost half the price of Austin but would add a different attacking option to supplement what we already have. Let’s get our buying complete.Van Dyk needs securing before the Mackems get him & by jove they need him

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Would like to mention the Gallowgate faithful in the corner. sang there hearts out throughout the match.
    respect to you lads and keep it up !!

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Blackley
    …what?

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16

    WEST LANC
    He has signed for derby mate

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #17

    I remember when fans used to rubbish, Enrique and Debuchey but they went on to be firm favourites.

    Personally I thought Haidara had a decent game and should be given a chance to get ‘match fit’, then we’ll see the best of him.

    Incidentally I believe Jose is available, I’d be happy to seem him back.

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  • Malackay

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #18

    To echo many others……. we need a CB and LB. The focus should be entirely on that department.

    I thought we looked excellent in attack yesterday. But like most other we struggled at certain points defensively.

    The lack of desire from Haidaira to stop crosses is very worrying. Whilst I think this is something Dummett excels at, he is too deficient in in other areas to be the solution to our LB problems.

    Colo looks like an ageing defender. By all means keep him at the club, but if we have him as a starting CB we will be lucky to break 10th. Rumoured Jonny Evans is off to Everton, would love to see us have an interest in him. Alternatively go after the likes of N’Koulou from OM.

    Thauvin fighting with his fans make our persuit of him all the more likely in coming weeks. Although I was reasonably impressed with Obertan yesterday and we have the likes of Aarons, Cabella and Perez competing for that position, the focus should be on defence and its clear for all to see!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #19

    From what I’ve been told about Diego Rolan, he very much in the vein of Goofy and have to question is this the type of player we need?

    Think there are bigger holes in the squad that need filling

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #20

    WWWSBRD
    Why do you think Makro and Costco were up in the stands for such a long time? Why not sit in the box and watch the whole game on tv?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Would take Van Dijk every decent team in the league has a centre back over 6ft who can head the ball and defend , not counting Williamson as he can barely defend !

    But would also take Lewis Dunk as well in fact just sign a bloody defender !!!

    Could also do with another central midfielder to replace and upgrade Tiote and provide serious competition to Colback and Anita especially if Abeid is being sold it means we dont really have depth in those positions as totally lost our shape with Anita leaving which is worrying

    Does anyone worry though that we are not looking at buying players at all ? I hope we are because we need more quality players

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    ILT8788 – Why wouldn’t we sign another CB? Williamson is not strong enough & Saylor is injury prone we just can’t rely on these too as first back up. They both need to be moved on.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #23

    JB

    In that case then please god no no no. we don’t need another gouffy mk 2

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  • Wayayman

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #24

    As others have said, LB is more of a priority then even CB after yesterday. Last season Sammy Ameobu got the job of babysitting the LB and had to put in a defensive-minded shift which impacted on his attacking game. Obertan just can’t do the job. Hiadara needs to stop ball watching and following the action infield as he left his man with 20 yards plus at times yesterday. He did that for both goals and several other times. The advantage of seeing a game in the flesh rather than watching on TV is that you spot these things a mile off. Hopefully Cathro saw it too cos Hiadara didn’t seem to learn from his mistakes during the game. Stopping the crosses is the no 1 job of a full back.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Well we should be pleased Ed at least put ‘ Austin’ in the title!

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #26

    I dont see us buying a top CB now, maybe a squad player if Willo is sold but thats all.

    The Cb we need is a 6ft4 beast who will start next to Mbemba but now Colo has his contract he will be first choice with Mbemba now so cant see that key player we need come in, only a squad player like Lasecelles and Saylor.

    Also if we were in for Shaqiri we would have him already after stoke’s accepted bid was made public, but we kept pursuing Tahuvin instead. Shame coz he can be a top player but something suggests his attitude is off, transferred twice in 6 months doesnt add up given everyone knows the talent he has.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Blackley
    Makro and Costco? Someone should do a quick vote on these nicknames

    Anyway can I direct u to my reply at 4, mainly the first bit

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Jazzy

    Not seen the lad myself but that link doesn’t fill me with any sort of confidence tbh

    I think sorting out our back four will have a far bigger impact overall as the rest of the team will gain confidence from having a solid back line, right now we always seem to have one eye on where the next mistake is gonna come from and that hinders our attacking play.

    Build from the back is a well known saying for a damn good reason

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  • Noel Worst

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29

    ilovetoon

    I doubt we are in reality. As far as STs I think we’ll sit tight and take our chance that Austin won’t go elsewhere, QPR won’t be challenging for automatic promotion and go in for him on a pre-contract in January. Cisse to depart next summer. Seems like a feasible conclusion to this whole thing.

    Blackley

    Your sophistry isn’t great today, you’re unravelling before our eyes.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Agreed LCBP . Yes we want to be entertained but not at the expense of 4-3 defeats. If we get in front especially at home we need to have the quality to close a game out

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Lewis Dunk looks like he could fit into the EPL no bother.

    Brighton also have a good young winger that might be worth a look at!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #32

    The sad and pathetic sight of Enrique in that oversized goalie shirt will be forever etched in our minds.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyway Noel. I thought the game wasn’t shown live? Have you been watching on some crappy livestream?

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Dummett is better than Hiadara & Chancel can also play fullback. Is the thought now we are ok because both Janmaat & Dummett can also cover at CB. Get Van Dyk & then we can get rid of Saylor & Willo & still have Lascelles as cover

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Right now Van Dijk would be the one and only focus of my attention if I were SM and Carr, we need to cut our loses with Saylor and Willo and move them out even if it means taking a hit in terms of transfer fees.

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  • goommy

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #36

    This is bullshit!! we need another CB who can play like Mbemba and one dynamo DM who can do an aerial defence for us. Furthermore, we have Mitrovic and Ayoze already(and SDJ who never look fit since he’s coming..). No no not another striker pls..

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  • toon kk

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #37

    We’ve lacked cutting edge in front of goal for years, so anyone who will can guarantee goals is welcome.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Diego Rolan is a gamble but he can offer us something different that we need. A bit of pace. Can play wide.

    May be dreaming but I’d love to steal shaquiri. He’s exactly what we need to complete our attack.

    Strong enough to cope in the prem too. And if he scores 5 goals that’s an upgrade in our current wingers.

    Not saying we will but we could nab him from under them if we wanted.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #39

    West Lancs

    Mbemba has only ever play full back once before he came here and we need to get away from moving players around to cover and buy dedicated players for their positions.

    Dummett is a decent defender but poor going forward which is what SM wants his full backs to do and Jannmaat needs someone to cover him so we should be looking at bringing in a young understudy

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #40

    I really like this squad, yesterday we didn’t use Aaron’s or Perez, plus we have Cabella and marveaux, and if those two do well we wouldn’t need any more wingers, I know Perez isn’t a winger but could still do a job there as one of the three midfielders.

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