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Newcastle Bring Spending To Over £50M This Summer

7:55 pm, Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 168 Comments

With th signing of Florian Thauvin today Newcastle have brought their gross spending to over £50M this summer, and it is certainly a crucial transfer window for the club, after we only just avoided relegation last season in the very last game of the season.

It seems that Mike Ashley was shocked by our fall down the table under interim coach John Carver, and before the last game against West Ham he pledged to spend big money this summer – and he’s done that.

florian thauvin newcastle

The latest arrival – Florian Thauvin for £14M

John Carver and Steve Stone were fired in June after their very poor performance in charge of the team, when John Carver seemed to argue with most players and said some ludicrous things in front of the TV cameras.

Those comments embarrassed John but also since he was representing Newcastle – it embarrassed the club too.

Steve McClaren has come in to take over as the permanent head coach,  but it will not be easy for McClaren and his impressive coaching staff to turn things around.

We saw some of that when we were outplayed at Swansea on Saturday – so we still have work to do to start turning things around and  fans will have to be a little patient – which is never easy.

But Newcastle, maybe for the first time under owner Mike Ashley,  are showing some ambition and intent – and we just hope the new players gel with the team quickly,  so we can start picking up some wins – sooner rather than later.

Here are the transfers so far this season –  they are estimates – but they come to a gross of £50.35M.

Georginio Wijnaldum£14.5MEindhoven
Aleksandar Mitrovic£14.3MAnderlecht
Chancel Mbemba£11.8MAnderlecht
Florian Thauvin£14.5MMarseille
Ivan Toney£1.5MNorthampton
Transfer Fees Out£56.6M
Remy CabellaSeason loanMarseille
Davide Santon£2.0MInter-Milan
Mehdi Abeid£1.5MPanathinaikos
Olivier Kemen£0.5MLyon
Sammy AmeobiSeason LoanCardiff
Adam Armstrong6 month loanCoventry
Freddie Woodman6 month loanCrawley
Haris VuckicSeason LoanWigan
Shane Ferguson6 month loanMilwall
Jonas GutierrezReleasedDeportivo
Ryan TaylorReleasedHull City
Jak AlnwickReleasedPort Vale
Adam CampbellReleasedNotts County
Remie StreeteReleasedPort Vale
Transfer Fees In£4.0M
Net Spend£52.6M

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Newcastle’s signings this summer – so far

We should be able to get some money back so that the net spending is less than £50M.

Mehdi Abeid signed for Panathinaikos today for a fee thought to be about £1.5M,  and once Remy Cabella plays a certain number of games for Marseille, the transfer for around £7M will be triggered automatically.

Others could also leave for fees before September including players like Mike Williamson, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Gael Bigirimana  and Yoan Gouffran.

There’s also a chance Newcastle can still bring players in – and we’d love to see a top center-back signed in the next 12 days.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Florian Thauvin · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

168 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DeanToon88 // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    If we manage to sign abdennour as well I would say this has been an unbeleavble transfer window, I’m so happy we are finally signing quality players ?

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Well we do need someone to service our lone forward so I am all for this signing…as long as it signals the end of the 4-2-3-1 formation and the beginning of the 4-3-3 formation!

    …no more lone striker and finally some service!

    Now please sort out the defense 😀

  • 3 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    A dominant, proven CB and I’d be over the moon with this window, no CB then it’s………….?????

  • 4 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM


    I agree…..

    CB is THE signings we have been waiting for 15 years I would say.

  • 5 Ian Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:01 PM


    Florian Thauvin has become Newcastle United’s fifth signing of the summer, after completing a switch from Marseille.

    The highly-rated 22-year-old French winger, who can also be deployed as a forward, has agreed a five-year contract on Tyneside and will wear the number 20 shirt.

    As part of the deal, Remy Cabella has joined Marseille on loan until the end of the 2015/16 campaign, with an obligation to buy at the end of the season subject to certain criteria being met.

    Born in the French city of Orléans, Thauvin made his professional debut for Grenoble in March 2011 before signing for Bastia. After some impressive performances for the Corsican side – including starring in their Ligue 2 title triumph of 2012 – he moved to Lille in January 2013.

    He returned to Bastia on loan for six months and in September of that year, Thauvin moved to Marseille, where he made 81 appearances over the last two seasons, scoring 15 goals.

    The highly-rated international has represented France at under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 level, and was a key part of the Les Bleus team which lifted the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

    “I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” said Thauvin. “I have come from France to a really big club and am very happy to be here.

    “It is a big honour to know that Newcastle have been after me for such a long time and that they wanted me that much. They have put their trust in me and I am looking forward to playing for the team.”

    Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren added: “Florian is a player the Club have been watching for a long time and I am delighted that we have been able to sign him. He is a perfect signing for this Club – someone who is young, with great potential and is one of the best young players in Europe.

    “He is an exciting, creative talent who can score goals and make assists, and we believe he will have a very bright future at Newcastle.”

  • 6 Toonces // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Regarding Colo’s new contract and captaincy… If McClaren is going to run a true meritocracy and the players respect that, and we bring in a top new CB, then there is nothing to stop McClaren from putting Colo to the bench if he doesn’t perform. Wenger put Vermaelen on the bench behind Mertesacker and Koscielny. Vermaelen was still club captain although he didn’t start and barely played at all. We can argue that McClaren is not of Wenger’s status but in the end they have the same responsibility to put the best team on the pitch. Rumors have been around that Colo has had more than his due share of influence at the club but with the new managerial team it may be that Colo has much to prove to keep his starting place. The new contract and his keeping of the captaincy could be a sign of respect from McClaren but should not be a guarantee.

  • 7 toon kk // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Has all the money been spent wisely even if we didn’t need defenders? Im not sure. What do others think.

  • 8 OneAlanShearer // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Agreed. If we get a dominant centre back it’s been a long deserved tremendous window. Quality signings.

  • 9 thegaffer // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    With all the positive signings, let’s just all say together “Aymen”.. oops, did I say that.. I meant “Amen”.

    and while we are at it; give the damn phone to Wini to call up his buddy Jetro and say hello!

  • 10 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Toon KK

    Time will tell mate but it’s defender that we need more than anything. SM has said it will take three windows to put the squad right and I’m confused as to why he hasn’t addressed to biggest issues first?

  • 11 cestriasteve // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    JB, from what I saw he was deployed centrally behind the striker, he was openly critical and said he preferred to cut in from the wing. Don’t know how to read into this as a player should play where he is told.
    SMc will expect him to do his defensive duties, so that’s a problem.

  • 12 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    To think that people are crazy and spoilt if we don’t sign a CB and call it a great window is rather foolish.

    Yes it hangs on that ONE signing.

    I would say the window is OK. Why ok, well when we had a knee jerk reaction Jan time few seasons ago it was the same thing.

    In a way this is a more expensive fear buys. Ashley KNEW he had/has to do something.

    Real investment and a will to win something WILL be judged by a CB signing that costs$$$. And that is the truth fans don’t necessarily want to see, but its plain as daylight.

  • 13 Fostino // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Can’t see a cb signed. Even if Willo left we still have saylor..colo..dmemba. ..good..lascalles.

    Maybe he thinks saylor still god. He clearly still thinks colo does

  • 14 Alems1983 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Abdennour left out of monaco side against valencia

  • 15 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM


    There were reports that he was going to be deployed as a No#10 this season but his manager strangely walked away after one game. The games I watched him play he switched between flanks and was poor, he’s no No#10 that’s for sure, he’s an out and out winger, though he doesn’t cross the ball that much preferring to cut back inside. One thing more than anything else he has to regain his form and confidence otherwise he will be another passenger and we already have too many of them right now.

    I’ve said all the way through this saga that I truly hope he comes good and rips the league to pieces, but I’m cynicle right now as we don’t seem to be looking at the real problem areas of the squad

  • 16 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Toon KK

    The window has been decent so far and I don’t think we will get any other big players in which is a shame. Defensively we will be left short, but having said that it’s was either thauvin or no one, after Colo signed the contract that pretty much ripped up any chance of a new CB

  • 17 Fostino // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    We still have austin…Ayman and a back up rb yo come ?

  • 18 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    If we’re not gonna go for a CB then I’d like at least an RB or LB signed. Guerreiro, Willems or Kurzawa would be very happy with

  • 19 thegaffer // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    every team knows, float the ball over the Newcastle six yard, and we would get a goal.. at this rate, we would create a new record of conceding the most number of headed goals conceded in a season.

  • 20 Ian Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Yes. A wasted trip by Macca.

  • 21 Fostino // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    We bably need to sort out set pieces…we need aymen

  • 22 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM


    100% true

  • 23 Blofal // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM


    4-2-3-1 isn’t a static formation. Most teams play it because it morphs easily into a 4-3-3 in attack. With Obertan and Sissoko bombing forawrd we are often 4-3-3 in the final third.

    If we are going to play a lone striker against Man U then we have to start Mitrovic. We effectively play a man down with a lone Cisse unable to hold the ball up. Mitrovic from the little I’ve seen already is strong enough to do that.

  • 24 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM


    At least he’s a winger though, whether he’s poor or excellent in France means absolutely nothing mate. He’s replaced someone who preferred to play as a no10 and didnt like the wing. Let’s see how he gets on, he’s only 22 hardly the finished article yet!!

  • 25 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    It would be interesting to know if people could have Thauvin for 12 million or van Dyjk and an understudy for Jaanmatt what would they prefer???

  • 26 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Didnt u hear mate? Aymen has all but signed for us according to some on here

  • 27 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:15 PM


    I agree with you very much so. I have a feeling he won’t change much though. Metro he won’t start with if he does I would be stumped!

    I would start with Aarons and Mitro I would put Sissoko back in the middle but attacking.

  • 28 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Our toon

    He is a winger mate, no doubt, but Ashley talked about bolting on the horse to the cart and we are doing that and I’m glad to see it, but the cart still has a wheel missing

  • 29 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    “Leicester sign Inler”

    I cannot believe what I am reading….Why weren’t we there truth be told.
    Brilliant neat player enforcer.

  • 30 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    The problem with our 4231 is that we allow for very little interchanging of positions. We play very rigid 4231 and offer no support to the front man

  • 31 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:19 PM


    I’d have the celtic lad if it was between both of them. What would you prefer Thauvin or no one?

  • 32 thegaffer // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    NUFC not after Inler.. simple.. he is 31.

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    If Abdennour signs then I’ll support this window!

  • 34 9 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    New season, only 2 matches gone and ALREADY we have conceded THREE headed goals. The worst record in the Premier League ( and not against the top Premier attacks, either). What is the owner/management unable to see, that every singlre one of us can see staring us in the face?

  • 35 Fostino // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Jack Butler

    Surely we have an engine in the academy that can play rb. It’s so disappointing that our academy doesn’t produce any defenders. There easier to produce then attackers in the Pl. The one ray of light from the academy we have that’s here is arrons but yet we’ve signed a 12m player to take his place. I’d love Aarons to get a run in the team and a new contract

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Blofal…you can morph any given formation into something else if that’s what you want…it might confuse the players and even us spectators!

    The point here is that our 4-2-3-1 does not morph into a 4-3-3 but more likely into a 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1!

  • 37 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    I dont think Pardew knew abt anything . Players were signed behind his back and all . In Pardewz
    reign I think Colo will b gone by now . Cabella wld still b around . Cisse and Tiote wld be gone.

    Abdennnour is injured thats why he aint playing. My fingers are still crossed. We need competion for Jwnmatt and Colback.

  • 38 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Our toon

    I’d take Thauvin, but not at the expense of using the last of the transfer kitty, if we do sign a dominant CB I’ll be overjoyed at this window.

    I’d take a dominant, proven CB before Thauvin, in fact I’d take a dominant CB before every single player we’ve signed.

    There’s nothing better than seeing us score a goal, but there’s nothing worse than seeing us concede stupid goals week after week.

    There’s a very good reason that 99% of manager say to build from the back

  • 39 WLtoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    from what we have been used to in the past i think this window has been better than anyone could imagine.
    Saying that,it will all be for nothing if we dont get a CB to stop us leaking the goals hich has cost us so much in the last 3 seasons.
    Ive got a feeling we will bring a good CB in,,if we do then this window could transform our season from being a number to being a damn good side.
    here,s hoping chaps.

  • 40 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:27 PM


    Our academy has provided very little to this point in time and yeah, it’s disappointing, whether there’s an inherent issue with the way we coach youngsters is up for debate, as some don’t have a good way to say for Pedro and the way he is with the youngsters

  • 41 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    will die
    At this point I dont see much to say McClaren has any more power,the small victory of Colo but we werent going to get much for him and he was/is our best defender so doubt the club (Ashley and Charnley) would push to get rid of him

    None of the signings so far have anything to do with McClaren imo

  • 42 jazzyp // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Not sure how reliable it is but Al Jazeera sport have quoted Adbennour as saying “it has been an honour to play for Monaco but the time has come for a new challenge in England”

  • 43 hibbit // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    we leak goal we can not defend set pieces or corners and we buy a winger

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    CB and RB cover and sorted as long as only deadwood leave.

  • 45 jazzyp // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France ·
    EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle United reject bid worth €700k from Monaco for Olivier Kemen, player wants to leave

  • 46 the broons // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    nufc blog ed starter pack- blag out a paragraph or 2 about how newcastle could sign Charlie Austin.

    Nufc blog commentor starter pack- short summary of how newcastle should sign a centre back and a left back cos coloccini and haidaira isnt good enough.

  • 47 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:36 PM


    Once colo signed a new deal it killed any chance of getting a CB

  • 48 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Our toon

    I seriously hope you are wrong mate, as only QPR conceded more goals than us last season and Mbemba is not enough to stop that. SM is a good coach, far better than Pardew but he’s not a miracle worker

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Our Toon,
    I agree, don’t even know why I mentioned one earlier.

  • 50 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:39 PM


    How very gracious of you to support this transfer window if we sign Abdennour!

    What would you have said when some thought Carver was staying, if they said you would be getting a quality coaching team and £50 million spent on 4 quality players?

    I don’t think you would be too unhappy so why not support the signings? They will address the defence problem as they’re not so stupid to spend 50 Mil and then continue to lose goals.

    Don’t forget though they will have the coaches working with defenders this week and people seem to forget Mbemba is a quality defender?

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    I seriously hope I’m wrong.

  • 52 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    My most exciting signings:
    1. Allan Shearer
    2. Micheal Owen
    3. Les Ferdinard
    4. Fabricio Coloccini
    5. David Ginola
    6. Albert Luque
    7. Kevin Keagan

  • 53 toonbrother // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    This is madness
    £14m for yet another winger!
    When we haven’t realised 10% of the potential of
    Marveaux, Cabella and Arrons..
    And are desperately lacking a left sided central defender.
    Ive never seen such idiotic waste of money in all my life

  • 54 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:43 PM


    Where’s the logic in getting your club captain and highest wage earner to sign a new 2 year deal to then be replaced and benched?

    That’s why I say we won’t sign a CB

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    What makes you think they’re not that stupid, they couldn’t have tried harder to get them selves relegated from the worlds most lucrative league last season.

  • 56 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    37 mill last season says they are that stupid

  • 57 toonbrother // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    reading through the comments it seems NUFC fans have finally woken up the point ive been making for 2 seasons
    We have essentially overhauled our defence from 2 seasons ago
    Santon gone, Debuchy gone, Mbiwa gone, Perch gone,
    Janmaat, Haidara, Mbemba, have all come in but the results have not change.
    Something is amiss here
    i wonder what it is

  • 58 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Our toon

    The only thing I’d have given him was a one way plane ticket, how anyone in their right mind would not only retain him but allow him to continue as captain is way beyond me.

    Captains are supposed to lead by example so it’s no wonder we are half arsed most of the time

  • 59 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    what is the basis of “most exciting” signings? Can’t believe you can’t spell Keegan! Ferdinand and Alan (Shearer)

  • 60 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:48 PM


    No mate they are not stupid at all, it’s not like they’ve constantly sold our best players and not replaced them is it!!!!

  • 61 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    they didn’t spend any money last season!

  • 62 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM


    I’d have no issues with him staying if he toon a pay cut and was a squad player rather than a starter. As much as he’s a liability his experience and knowledge is valuable for youngsters.

    Apparently though he hasn’t taken a paycut so is still on 60k or 80k per week depending on where you get the info, there’s no chance in hell he’ll be benched. Hope I’m wrong but just can’t see it

  • 63 dannitoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    My top 10.. nowhere near any at the mo…

    1. Shearer
    2. Owen.
    3. Tina.
    4. Ferdy.
    5. Keegan
    6. Beardsley.
    7. Big dunc
    8. Dyer,
    8. ginola,

  • 64 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I didn’t realise Jaanmatt, Cabella were free signings……..oh well!!!!

  • 65 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM


    Colloccini u r hilarious.

  • 66 toonbrother // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Thauvin for Cabella would be a BAD deal even no fee was involved
    Cabella had a rough time here because Pardew was in charge
    Ben Arfa, mAREAUX and Obertan all had their careers destroyed by Pardew
    Why not give him a chance to show what he can do first before shipping him out?
    Who is making these idiotic decisions

  • 67 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Hope this is the team for saturday:


    Mbemba – Taylor – Coloccini – Haidara

    Wijnaldum – Tiote

    Thauvin – Perez – Sissoko


  • 68 lesh // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Ashley showing ambition by spending £50m on one defender, two midfield and a striker for the first team and young Toney for the future?

    In themselves, good buys and ordinarily should assist realise success on the field – whether the Prem or in cups.

    However, by not investing in more quality defenders, there’s little chance of achieving anything – unless one could count avoiding relegation, again, an achievement!

    It’s as though the Club’s being held back, a poor defence countering any flair on the pitch.

    C’mon Ashley, Charnley, sell the deadwood and get a quality and versatile CB in before we’re drifting, well off the chase.

  • 69 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    this time they have improved though! dont you agree they could offload any 4 players and it would still be improved!

  • 70 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Change sissoko to aarons if he’s not fit

  • 71 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    7mill on the forrest lads, 12 on Cabella, 5 on Janmaat, 1.5 on Perez, 6.5 on Rivi and 6 on de Jong…my goodness u are right its closer to 38 mill, well spotted sir. I admit my fault

  • 72 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Ahahaha took a paycut not toon a paycut

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    I think we’d all like to see the back of him he’s gone from hero to below zero with his antics but you have a very unhealthy obsession with him. Do you actually talk about anything else.

  • 74 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:55 PM


    As much as I like Gabriel Obertan, you can’t blame AP for ruining his career, you can blame Gabby himself for not applying his skills properly and major injuries!

  • 75 2_goal_tino // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    I think this transfer window could turn out brilliantly or be an absolute disaster… but we won’t know until the end of the season. It is good to see some level of ambition but we are still taking a big risk and investing in potential rather than the finished article. Wijnaldum is the only one of the signings who is actually established and, as such, I think Wijnaldum will be a definite success. Mbemba looks like he has all the qualities to succeed in the EPL but he is pretty untested against bigger teams. Both Mitrovic and Thauvin have bags of ability and potential but both have questionable attitudes both on and off the pitch…they could end up being inspired signings or they could be very, very expensive flops.

    It annoys me that we couldn’t combine investing in potential and investing in EPL experienced players who are more of a sure thing.

  • 76 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:55 PM


    No mate I don’t agree, not even close to agreeing as the season is about the squad not anyone’s best 11 and given our injury track record we need everyone we can get, already we have no right back going into the game on Saturday.

    Take Cisse out and where are the goals gonna come from?


  • 77 Reyantoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Want to chip in because delighted by Thauvin signing.Light weight but clever player.I think he will boost our creativity,ball possession,free kicks and set pieces.I hope though that he will not be Sissoko replacement.The man utd and Arsenal games come bad time for us interms of how well we settled and thier recent good form.
    Anyhow,Thauvin on the left,sissoko on the right
    with Wijnaldum in the middle can split any defense in PL.Who knows,we might be the team to watch this season 🙂

  • 78 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    I saw Cabella in his first match and new he wouldn’t make it. He had one good game and that was cos Chelsea sat off him thinking he wasn’t a threat.

    If you think keeping him would be good for our future I think I understand why your not happy with the signings.

  • 79 SUTTY1978 // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Thauvin will be about as successful as Albert Luque

  • 80 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Cabella wasn’t a winger, he’s never been a winger he’s a No 10 , but in the twisted logic of NUFC we played him out of position and expect him to pull up trees

  • 81 toon kk // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Im not so sure that playing with just one striker suit’s our un creative squad.
    I can’t believe how much some people are writing off Thauvin before he’s even kicked a ball. Is it because the money wasn’t spent on a defender. Colo was classed as our main defensive signing.

  • 82 Sliema // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Always the optimist Reyan. I like our signings so far too, but… well everyone has already said it, what’s the point repeating it?!

  • 83 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:03 PM


    And how much did we bring in from Debuchy,Mapou,Santon etc?

  • 84 SUTTY1978 // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Cabella and Perez had the most natural understanding of any pairing of players last season. No good playing those two when we were playing hoofball all season though. Under a more progressive manager they would be able to rip teams apart. McClaren is not the man for that job anyway, he likes a big man up top too.

  • 85 John Tudor // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    wheres the centre back and full back

  • 86 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    You Pessimistic fans. I think u wanted MA to sell all the players we had and he buys new ones. you are so funny.
    That wld have made u happy

  • 87 Rotonda heights // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    would monaco not take riviere back in part ex for abdennour?

  • 88 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Cisse is a goalscorer but contributes nothing to the team build up as his touch is bad and he can’t hold the ball up.

    Mitrovic is gonna score goals as is Wijnaldum and Ayoze eventually !

  • 89 mickalfas // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Love to see Aarons,Mitrovic and Perez up front in a 4-3-3 against man utd
    Fortune favours the brave
    Sit back and we’ll be hammered

  • 90 maskedman // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Got all the top neggars on tonight…

  • 91 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    TThis is a good window so far. if we were signing only one CB then Mbemba wasnt the Answer. Mcclaren had excitement with the other 3 signing. I haven’t sensed that today.

  • 92 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    A net spend argument? Oh dear lord really? Have we not all gotten past that yet? Ur going to base ur belief on the clubs spending because we haven’t sold anyone yet?

  • 93 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:13 PM


    I agree Cabella was played out of position but even still he showed absolutely nothing in way of an attacking threat. Doesn’t matter the set up or style of play, when you have the ball you have to show some sort of quality, the ability to pick killer passes, ability to shoot or taking on players. He showed nothing at all, Sammy showed more than him

  • 94 LGFUAD21 // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Cabella hasn’t been given a full chance but I def think Thauvin is more suited to the premier league and our team.

    I think it’s he can shake the fan stigma the fans could love him if he shows his potential a bit.

    In Aarons and thauvin and sissoko and gabby we now have wingers that will run at defences.

    I dont think its a case of nufc wanting rid of cabella more they preferred thauvin and so used cabella to make the deal happen.

    Cabella wasn’t a winger as many have said and we already have de Jong and Gini for no ten along with sissoko playing there. Not to mention that we don’t need a no ten if we play two up top.

    So on paper we have actually gotten a player that better suits our needs in a proper wide man.

  • 95 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    The money spent was something which was going to happen at some point to shit the locals up though for a little while, also the lack of spending over the years means the squad still needs a massive overhaul.

  • 96 LGFUAD21 // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Everyone can see cabella had talent but at the same time it wasn’t just a case of him being too weak.

    He was fashion over function. Always trying to do too much. I wonder if he was trying too hard to replace ben arfa.

    There were those comments from his dad about not coming in January because he didn’t want to be “cabayes replacement”

  • 97 Fostino // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Watching celtic and van djck at the back is pure class. A giant but very composed. All out attentions should have been in getting this lad. If the saints get him..then it’s another smart signing by them.

  • 98 Reyantoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Evening Sliema
    Want to catch up but it’s getting late.I guess we’ll discuss them tomorrow.
    Good to see u back after a while 🙂

  • 99 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Our toon

    That’s what worries me though as Cabella came here off the back of a great season whereas Thauvin has been woeful?.

  • 100 MassiveG // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Happy we got Thauvin in but slightly sad we didn’t give Cabella a real chance..perhaps signing Cabella was part of a long game to get Thauvin? Defo need some CB class. Mbemba has pace but no height even if he has a leap. Abdennour and Rudiger would have been the dream.

  • 101 Mister Tuff // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    One or two of the disgraced pro Percy Brigade hovering around the blog tonight and a couple from the Flat Earth Society.
    Cannot believe that some are still “promoting” King Percy when our new coach Wally has in not so many words called King Percy a liar (viz the Colo bid affair).
    King Percy -touchline thug, abuser of other managers, womanizer, no tactical know how, win dedicator to Mr Tubbs, and now accused of lying.
    Fans have to get off the fence and support Wally not the juju lipped jellied eel eating chancer from Cockneyland.

  • 102 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Mcca with still the defence to sort out, I think he has a good attack;
    Back up:
    Obertan…………….De Jong………………….Aarons

  • 103 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM


    Cisse does what he’s employed to do and that put the ball in the back of the net, so much so that we would have been relegated on more than one occasion if not for his goals.

    You cannot advocate the likes of Mitrovic or Perez replacing him at this point in time if he were to be sold as that type of gamble/risk is beyond imagining.

    You said we could sell any four players and not miss them, or words to that effect, what about Krul, Jaanmatt, Cisse, Sissoko, Anita, Coldback, Colo, Mbemba etc etc etc etc

    Our best 11 may not be the best but take out our better p,ayers and those coming in are weak.

    I don’t want to see a team that has Obertan, Willo and Saylor etc etc etc starting every week.

    We’ve brought in five good signings, but as a squad we are still weak or unproven beyond our best 11

  • 104 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:31 PM


    Can’t argue with you in regards to the poor season Thauvin had. What were the mitigating factors behind that poor season though?

    One of the best strikers to have ever graced the PL Mr Henry was a failure at Juve. Forlan was a failure in the prem but a massive success in Spain. Sometimes players play better in different leagues, new surroundings etc.

    Thauvin is 22 so no doubt we’ve bought him with potential of big money sale in mind and the hope of him becoming a better player here.

  • 105 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Our toon

    Agree mate, all I’m saying is that Thauvin is a gamble right now and I’m waiting to see how he does before professing my love and admiration for the lad

  • 106 Jib // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Liverpool really fancy Sissoko
    We need a CB
    Mamadou Sakho hasn’t even been on the reds bench this season
    Just saying like

  • 107 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    U negger

  • 108 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Cisse gets alot of stick on here for his all round game, it’s no where near as bad as some make it out to be. If you want pretty hold up play and linking play then we have Riviere, if we’d played him all of last season we’d of been relegated. Cisse is like Ian Rush or Inzaghi type of forward, goals are all that matter amd that’s the way it should be.

    Cisse is the one who dunked the ball over the full back for obertan to cross and Wij to score. Cisse is the one who crossed for Colo when he was unlucky it came off yoshida hand but was never a pen.

  • 109 JackButler // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:37 PM



    Never mate, a realist who wears his heart on his sleeve? 100% yes

  • 110 LGFUAD21 // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Our toon.

    Cisse did quite a few Good things other than score when attacking in the counter that went unnoticed.

    For the large part I agree. Cisse reliably gets goals I say it’s the team that needs to help him out more than him helping the team. He would go missing if the team behind him could control a game and attack with purpose more.

  • 111 IrishMagpie // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    We’ve already signed one CB and given another a new deal, we won’t be signing another one. A LB would be nice.

  • 112 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Make weight deals: Trying to be Carr,

    Rolan 12m = 8m + Goufrann.
    Abdennour 15m = 9m + Rivere.

    GK: Krul, Darlow, Elliot
    RB: Janmaat
    LB: Dummett, Haidara
    CB: Abdennour, Mbemba, Colo, Taylor, Lasceles
    CM: Wijnaldum, Colback, Anita, Tiote
    CAM: Sissoko, De Jong
    WF: Thauvin, Perez, Aarrons, Obertan
    CF: Mitrovic, Cisse, Rolan

    Charnely, Carr and Mcca make it happen. There I can be optimistic for Top 8.

  • 113 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Haha just what a negative nelly would say!

    On Cisse he is one of the only players in our team who doesnt let his head drop when things get tough. He does get a raw deal from some

  • 114 maskedman // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    How do you spot the difference between a genuine negative toon fan and a mackem wum?

  • 115 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Mackem wums use terms like negative nelly?

    …wait what?!

  • 116 ochytoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Really unsure about all the negativity surrounding Thauvin.
    I really like Cabella but he is not built for the wing and has two better players ahead of him in the CAM role. It doesn’t make sense for us to have someone we spend a fair chunk of money on sat on the bench.
    I think the club has done well to bring in Thauvin who is more suited to playing on the wing and may supply us with the width we’re lacking.

    Another defender would be nice but at the end of the day this is Newcastle, and defending has never really been our forte. I’d rather see us lose an exciting 4-3 than a boring 1-1 tbh

  • 117 Mister Tuff // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Mackem wum wear mask – kimosabe is maskedman.

  • 118 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Led to believe AS Monaco and Newcastle are close to an agreement for the sale of Aymen Abdennour. #NUFC #ligue1

  • 119 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    €25million apparently

  • 120 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Why else wouldn’t abdennour be in the squad?

  • 121 ITUNDERASHELL // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Sell Sissoko and Cisse and buy Abadour and Willems. SORTED.

  • 122 Mister Tuff // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Tactics for Saturday……………………………..

  • 123 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Someone’s already edited his wiki page:

  • 124 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    If we get Abdennour I will jizz myself

  • 125 ITUNDERASHELL // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Can Thauvin and Arons play in the same team?

  • 126 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    That cannot be the last post I read today Senor Tuffo.

    Welcome to the toon Thauvin. Let’s hope you’re a hit.

    Are we still in “there’s still loads of time left in the window” phase? Are we allowed to carry this spending frenzy all the way to deadline day. Dare we dream?

    I really do support the what appear to be positive moves. Having a good window isn’t new though under Ashley. Steve talks of a 3 window re-building, surely it’s only reasonable to expect there to be something similar with regards to trust from the fans? It needs re-building. May was only a short 3 months ago, “fickle” get’s used a lot on here. Surely dropping ones pants this quickly is a little fickle?

    What’s with the grief towards those who aren’t singing songs of joy and peace and prefer to keep one hand on the wasteband a little longer?

    Not saying don’t enjoy the moment, but some perspective and understanding for those of us who aren’t there, or quite there in some cases, wouldn’t go amiss.

    Some nice and welcome changes, but nothing to generate blind faith from me. Always some hope however.

    Ochy…Not sure even with the recent attacking additions that our attack compares to what it was back then though. It’s all well leaking goals, but you really have to be able to go out and get 3 or 4. I’ve not seen anything to suggest we’re close to that yet. It is early days though. In the meantime, I’d love something that resembles a competent defence. This one is scary beyond belief.

  • 127 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    James toon dont get me excited. €25m thats like £20m. He is going to break the record no way I can believe that. But dare we dream. he is good and very powerful & fast.

  • 128 Belfast // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Yep Jib let’s sign the only centre back in Europe that looks more uncomfortable on the ball than Mike Williamson.

    Sakho he he he

  • 129 Sliema // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    If we get Abdennour this would go down as one of our better transfer windows under tubsy right?

    The one big positive is the calibre of player we have signed and are being heavily linked with. Highest since we signed Owen, and that was a total one off.

  • 130 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    €25m on a CB would certainly go some way to addressing that. Still, I wouldn’t mind also getting…. 🙂

  • 131 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:15 PM


    Even if Mike is balancing books with Sissoko I wldnt mourn. Adbennour is a beast and make him Captain straight away.

  • 132 Belfast // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Not a good idea jib. This is Maccas brave new world. No more donkeys aloud in.

  • 133 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    I’m all for competition for places and hope it will see a marked improvement Obretron, his form last year, albeit brief may well have had something to do with Aarons breathing down his neck.

  • 134 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    If Charnely signs that Cheque I wld know he knows his football.

  • 135 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    What I was saying g is all the players brought in are improvements on what we’ve got and that is obvious. In my opinion Krul is overawed and sometimes a liability; Sissoko very inconsistent; Anita too small; Mbemba is one of the 4 brought in; Colo? What’s your point?

  • 136 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    JFA…Who’d have thought competition for places would spur players on?

    Still, think of those wages saved. Without that sacrifice we may not be here today.

    See what a wonderful World it is. Lovely.

    Belfast…I’m torn here. Trying to pick which of Jib or you is right on something has become tough. I’ll get back to you mate.

  • 137 ShirebrookToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Abdennour coming to toon………….. One can dream

  • 138 2_goal_tino // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    I honestly don’t understand the clamour for Abdennour on here. From how much everyone raves about him you’d think 80% of the blog have a Monaco season ticket. I’ve got to be homest,any games I’ve seen him in I’ve never made particular note – good or bad – about his performance. The prices people are talking about him would put him amongst the best CBs in the world and I just haven’t seen anything like that when I’ve seen his games.

    Would prefer van Dijk in every way.

  • 139 Moonraker15 // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    * over rated !

  • 140 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    willdieforthetoon…Not sure what being able to use a pen has to do with knowing his football?

    It’d be an impressive purchase. A big statement. From experience, Penfold isn’t one for making too many statements.

  • 141 ochytoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:24 PM


    Oh of course. Our attack now is no where near as good as the days of the entertainers or even the mid noughties, but I do believe that we’ve spent wisely and have acquired a bunch of talented, young, hungry players who’ll get us a good few goals this season with the right guidance.

    Our defence is shoddy but I have faith that the new coaching set up will hopefully have us set up better at the back. I think we’ve seen elements of it already, Southampton hardly had a sniff at us beyond the two goals and the last 15 minutes

  • 142 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    2goaltino…You don’t have a ST at Monaco?

    Honestly, seen hardly anything of him, so am basing this on what I’ve heard (dangerous).

    The impressive part of the transfer for me would be the fee. Not that it makes it a smart buy of course, I don’t know the player, but it would show a change in transfer policy.

    If it’s true and he’s coming, let’s hope your assesment is wrong or it’ll be a long time before that cheque book gets opened again and it’ll be back to the bargain bin, where more pound to pound value can be found…

  • 143 JamesToon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    2 goal tino

    The only real game I’ve seen of Abdennour was against arsenal which he was solid. He’s tall, reasonably mobile and strong which would make him have a good combination with any of our CBs.

    Come on, there’s got to be a reason why the price is so high and the likes of Barcelona are sniffing around him.

    Will die:
    The price is €25m which I believe is £17.5m

  • 144 ochytoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    2 goal tino

    Disagree with your assessment of Abdennour and I think he’s far superior too Van Dijk.

  • 145 Belfast // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    He’s probably been left out because they’re in talks with a champions league club. So he’s not cup tied.

    Sorry to piss on the chips fellas.

  • 146 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Ochy…The signings do seem to have promise. Wijnaldum particually so. Hopefully they prove a good fit, including Thauvin.

    On the defence, you’re right, Williamson got sent off as well as Janmaat last season! Improvements are there to be seen 🙂 Sorry, have a hard time not being saracastic when it comes to our back line. It’s a mechanism to deal with the pain.

  • 147 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    I use twitter alot but very rarely believe any football related transfer news on there. I can start a rumour off now and watch just sit back and watch people lap it up!!

  • 148 swisstone // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    McClaren, along with most other managers at the start of this season, obv favours 4-2-3-1, which means our ‘2’ involves 2 of Anita Colback and Tiote. Thats not a strong enough prospect for a top 10 team in such a vital area of the field.

    People seem to think change of manager will magic Anita into a world beater. I cant see it. I also dont see Gini or Sissoko playing there.

    So i think we need a top CDM just as much as a CB / LB.

  • 149 Belfast // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Could of said that hours ago like. So you can’t accuse me of being a party pooper.

  • 150 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Any one who doesnt know a thing abt Abdennour shld shut up. He is a good CB very good hardworking and a beast if u know the meaning of a beast. Vidic kind of defender will crash any thing that aint wearing a Monaco shirt.

    Mbemba and Abdennour will compliment each other

  • 151 lochinvar // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Celtic beat Malmo but concede 2 goals at home in 3-2 win. If they don’t win over second leg Van Dijk might be closer than we think and in time before the transfer window closes
    By the time we get to the next home game we might not recognise the team !

  • 152 2_goal_tino // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    @James – no doubt he would be an improvement on our CBs, there is no question of that from me!!! But 25 million Euros for a CB is insanely high for a guy who has never played in a top league (bar a 6 game loan at W. Bremen) and only ever played 6 games in the Champions League.

    There may be a reason Barcelona are looking at him, but there is also a reason why us, West Ham and Villa are his primary suitors and think we have a chance of getting him!

  • 153 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    WillDie…Should we shut up about everything or just “abt Abdennour”?

    What if I don’t know anything about him, but only say good things?

    Actually, I may just go to bed. Do remind me to ask you about the meaning of beast though. Not sure I have the time tonight.

    Night all x

  • 154 Belfast // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Orville did you just speak to me when Keith isn’t here? I’m impressed 🙂

  • 155 ochytoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Haha I hear that, when you learn to laugh at how awful we have and can be it certainly makes the pain easier.

    I think under the correct guidance Anita will prove to be a tidy player. I’ve always rated him but he was never a fit for Pardew’s Newcastle. Under McClaren I think we’ll utilize his distribution attributes really well and I’d bank on him getting a few assists this season.

  • 156 banjax // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    It’s not so much the transfer fees but the wage bill that is the biggest thorn in the balance sheet. So removing players from that bill will be vital to maintain our financial clout. But putting our current spend into context it still means we have under spent over the last four years to the tune of £115m when you include money coming from transfers, gate money, sponsorship and TV rights. So yes £50m is a vast improvement but still a way to go for catch up !

  • 157 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Belfast…Did I? Did I mention you’re a tw@?

    If I didn’t, I don’t think it was me.

    Are you not boring yourself with that one yet?

    P.S. I have noticed lately that you’re easily impressed. Not sure I can take too much praise from your post at all. Thanks for taking the time to chat though, busy man that you are.

  • 158 scout // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Anyone who knows Mike Ashley who reads this tell the man thanks so much for the signings. He’s the top man.

  • 159 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    How tall is Aymen Abdennour? I just google him and it appears he is 3cms taller than Colo

  • 160 Belfast // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    I’ll get bored when Orville flys solo again you have my word. 🙂

  • 161 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Scout…Don’t forget the kiss mate.

    Ochy…Laughing is for when you can’t do anything about it 🙂

    Agree with you on Anita completely. High hopes for him this season.

    Yo…What many people don’t know, mainly as it’s probably not true, is that Colo is actually only 5’2″, the rest is his hair. So, which Colo height is he 3cms taller than and were tippie toes involved?

  • 162 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:52 PM


    You are right ww have no solid CM to cover our back four. Ball winning CB.

    Others who slack Abdennour. He is a player who can push us top 8 without question. it will even alert the Top 6.

    Abdennour cant walk thru The Chelsea or Man city team but the rest he can compete

  • 163 WWSBRD // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Ha I hadn’t considered his hair height, maybe he could gel that sucker up and add an extra foot then height isnt an issue at all for him

    Am gonna email him and suggest this

  • 164 Ibizatoon // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Belfast…Then clearly your word doesn’t mean a hell of a lot, with all due respect 🙂

    For what it’s worth, I’m bored.

    Night blog (Most likely for real this time).

  • 165 Belfast // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Just passed it on scout. He says you can have the home shirt for £47.99 instead of the hmmmmm £59.99 original price.

  • 166 Belfast // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    And a big sports direct mug, free of course.

  • 167 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    if we pull off Abdennour, you will see how our bets will change from being relegation contenders to Top 8.

  • 168 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    I would like to know a few things about you if you don’t mind to get a better judge of your character as I simply can’t work you out ?
    Where are you from and how old are you and are you a Christian fundamentalist ?

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