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Newcastle – Big Spenders In Europe This Summer

7:03 pm, Friday, August 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 85 Comments

Newcastle have spent a gross of £50.3M on incoming transfers this summer so far, and have sold Davide Santon to Inter-Milan on July 1st for £2.5M, so the net transfer outlay so far is £47.8M, and that’s the most Newcastle have ever spent in any transfer window.

Newcastle are the second biggest spenders in England, and the fifth biggest spenders in Europe so far this summer.

Steve McClaren has said today he thinks Thauvin may be the last player Newcastle will bring in this summer, but at the same time he said how many times have you heard that with 10 days to go in a window.

steve mcclaren press confernce

Steve McClaren – spending is over (?)

So there could be some players become available that Newcastle may want to bring in.

But that does seem to suggest that we are no longer after QPR striker Charlie Austin, and we’ll be disappointed if we don’t bring in another center-back or another full-back before September 1st.

We are light at center-back and also at full-back, so we haven’t really fixed our big weakness of the last few seasons.

But credit where credit is due, and Mike Ashley said he would make big money available this summer – and he’s done that.

We also expect the next two transfer windows for Newcastle to be active ones too – especially next summer.

McClaren said the next three transfer windows for the Magpies are important to build a good team that could win something – like one of the local cups – the FA Cup and the League Cup.

We have won the FA Cup six times and been losing finalists seven times – but we have never reached the final of the League Cup.

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

Comments welcome.

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

85 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blaydon-Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    OneAlanShearer Fellani is banned tomoz

  • 2 OneAlanShearer // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Seen cheers

  • 3 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    I had forgotten that he was banned for first 3 games. There’s no Pedro as well.

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Didn’t realise that Fellaini had one more game to go of his three match ban. Reduces the aerial threat somewhat.

  • 5 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    De Bruyne to Man city for 50.4 mil. Wow.

    Nearly 100 mil on just him and Sterling.


  • 6 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:20 PM


    I picked a win tomorrow… and im with you, I do hate manure more than any other.. all about a girl a dated if you recall…

  • 7 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:21 PM


    be nice if we has some of their monopoly money to blow.. 🙂

  • 8 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Pedro plays for Chelsea so I wouldn’t expect to see him at Old Trafford lol

  • 9 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Chancel- Are you in Leeds?

  • 10 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    They got that Otamendi aswell. If this De Bruyne goes through it will be the most in Premier League history for one window.

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Jst seen our goals again. Colo wasnt near the goals.
    1. Goal 1 Colback was poor jst looked Shelvey
    2. Goal 2 Anita lost Ayew.

  • 12 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Ian I am indeed

  • 13 Tsunki // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    He lives next door to Jimmy’s.

  • 14 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    will die for the toon army

    goal 1, colo watched the ball go to gomis

  • 15 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Goal 1 mbemba should of stayed with gomis instead of trying to cut the pass out, goal 2 colo is nowhere near to win the header should be right with him to out him of with a little knock

  • 16 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 21, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    To put him off*

  • 17 toonicle // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    It would seem Steve may have decided he wants to get a look at the defense as it is (with Mbemba and Lascalles) before making any other big money signings there and preferred to focus on our total lack of anything creative going forward the second half of last year. Seems to think all that back 4 need is better coaching, but after these first 2 games i can’t see any progress back there…

  • 18 lochinvar // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    So the FA announce that Bentekes goal for Scousers against Bournemouth shouldn’t have stood and issue new guidelines for officials to understand the rule better – two games into the season ! Wenger gets it right – time for the video ref !
    Can we have three points please ?

  • 19 geordieboy83 // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Anita. Mbemba. Taylor. Haidara
    ———gini. —- Colback———-
    Sissoko. De. Jong. Thauvin
    ————– mitrovic—————-

    Perez for de Jong when he fades, Aarons for thauvin, and tiote for colback. Simples haha may aswell go for element of surprise and this team is capable of retaining the ball very thus not exposing our defence happy days

  • 20 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    considering the lac hasnt even made the bench, its hard to think hes in steves long term plans.

  • 21 bobby mango // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Not light at CB, we have took many. Just what we have are shite.

    Understand they’ll have to shift a few players on now.
    Can’t help thinking the money has been poorly spent. Decent players but the wrong ones for our squad.

  • 22 croftus5678 // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    mehdi abied 1.5mil out also.

    i’m happy with this window !

    granted not as happy as i would have been if we had of signed another cb but all in all a very very good window.

    our 4 signings for the first team have surely improved quality that we should be no where near relegation now and we will be entertained with goals on the way !

    and i’m still hoping macca can make our very poor cb’s into atleast avg cb’s

  • 23 will die for the toon army // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    it’s so quite here

  • 24 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Considering we’ve spent so much, being one of Europe’s top spenders, I don’t feel very much more confident going into games than under Carver last season. How can that be?

  • 25 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Colo doesn’t even do little knocks. Other people just need give him a little knock to take him out of the picture.

  • 26 geordie157 // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    good window so far, still think there will be one more.

    I know no-one probably rates him but I do think Sakho if its true he’s avail for 10mill would be a good signing, adds more pace at the back and can play left back if needed.

    The player I actually think we’ll sign will be either Dunk if Williamson goes as part of the deal or Rudiger if he recovers from his injury.

  • 27 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:48 PM


    Colo needs to add it to his game and quick, we need to start being a little dirty at the back we are far to soft.

  • 28 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    The guys over at Sporting Intelligence have come up with a rather handy algorithm to help sort this out, and here is exactly how these values have been calculated by Dr Tom MaMMMrkham.

    For those mathematicians among you, how does that look, reasonable?

    Anyway, below are the results of the findings for all 20 PL teams and as you can see, there is a huge gap between tiny Bournemouth at the bottom and Manchester United at the top.

    this states NUFC is worth L221m… with manure being worth L1,848m, and Bournemouth being worth L104m…

    thought it was interesting…

  • 29 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I cut and pasted the article, sorry if it didn’t come out right…

  • 30 Graeme // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    We have strengthened our mid-field and our attack as well as bringing in Chancer in defence. I am reliably advised that this is going to improve our hold-up play, thus taking the pressure off our still woefull defence.

    So far, I cant see how it is going to work, but I’m more than happy to give Mac his 12 games before judging him – given the utter shambles of last season, I am even prepared to write off this season to the “Re-building Programme” over 3 windows.

    As long as he keeps us out of the bottom five and the Illustrious continues the investment for the next 2 windows, we should start next season in a far healthier position than we ended last season. The ball is firmly in McClaren’s court!!

  • 31 Graeme // Aug 21, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Illustrious Owner!!

  • 32 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    I think we need to start mitrovic, let him bully the manure defense ,a pacy aarons on the left wing with flava on the right… just have a go, run at them… jus effin go for it, nothing to lose, everything to gain… just an opinion…

  • 33 martoon // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    I really am gobsmacked at comments like “Can’t help thinking the money has been poorly spent”. This has been the best transfer window ever by NUFC. Yeah we could do with another defender but at least we bought one decent one. We’ve also got a new manager and coaching staff – in fact everything we’ve been crying out for on here for the last few years. It’s going to take a while for the players to gel and McClaren’s influence to take effect but let’s have some optimism please!

  • 34 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    flava = florian

  • 35 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:03 PM


    I got a hunch we pull off a win tomorrow… im planning on staying up all nite, much to the neighbors chagrin, since its on at 645 am here 😛

  • 36 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Too late for Colo to add anything to his game. He needs to stop losing stuff from it. Soon there’ll be nothing left.

  • 37 lesh // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Well, if the defence ain’t strengthened, McClaren might as well not bother fielding a team for the two cup competitions – and eighth or better.

    So, in fairness to him, his hands are being tied before the season’s really got going.

    Lets hope that the fickle ones among our fans remember that when calling for blood.

  • 38 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    If it’s 6.45 why don’t you just get up early in the morning?

  • 39 lesh // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Toon Prod

    Given Citeh’s spending, surely it ought to be challenged under the FFP rules.

  • 40 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Dok @32
    I want to see that. Mitrovic, Aarons and Thauvin. What’s the worst that could happen?

  • 41 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:16 PM


    I could do that, but wheres the fun in that? haha… plus my neighbors think im insane for getting up at 5am to watch and sing in the backyard…

    its also why I mow their yards a few times during the season…

  • 42 dazza // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Rutiger just went to Roma. Cost somewhere between 8-10. Shame we didn’t go for him.

  • 43 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    I think that forward line could cause some real havoc for the manure defense..

  • 44 toon kk // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    we spent a hell of a lot of money, but have we spent it wisely? I’m not so sure. They may have quality but Mitrovic hasn’t shown us anything apart from proving he knows how to collect cards. Why the board chose to gamble with the worst defence in the league is beyond me.
    But it’s early days so the new signings may shine, they haven’t much experience and the regime of future resale is certainly a main objective.
    The game against Swansea has certainly dampened the mood after a promising start, we need a couple of wins to lift us.

  • 45 toon kk // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Start Mitrovic if he is up to his fouling tricks and picks up another card take him off before we’re down to ten men. But he does need game time.
    Let’s hope Thauvin supplies him or he’ll be wasted at Newcastle.

  • 46 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    You would think so Lesh!

    Apparantly they are going to surpass 150 mil according to Sky Sports.

    That’s just crazy, how do you compete with that..

  • 47 martoon // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    dok @35 – Not sure about a win but hoping for a draw. As long as we put in a performance I can accept a defeat but a battling one!

  • 48 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:34 PM


    When players get older they should add that to their game to get advantage but like you say he wont do that which is a shame because he needs to start doing something.

  • 49 overtheline // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    I think our best hope is the Brighton deal. I’d be chuffed if we can do the Willo to Brighton and Dunk to us swapsies. If we need to grease their palms with a few mill then so be it – at least we’ll have strengthened the CB options a bit more.

  • 50 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Toon kk
    I think you should start players likw Mitrovic even if they’re not match fit. How will they ever get up to PL levels without playing them? You can always bring on subs later.

    It’s a hell of a lot of money for just three additional players inexperienced in the Prem. I’m sure we could have had a really strong squad for the same outlay by having a top recruitment team. It will be fascinating to see how it turns out but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends in tears.

    Just three unproven additions to a relegation haunted squad. Even old Mr Carr is admitting his last big signing, Cabella, was a dud. How can you trust this guy with £50m?

  • 51 Blofal // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    I’m not over-awed by the amount we have spent. We needed to to avoid another relegation scrap.

    In my view $50m has got us a squad level with the likes of Stoke and Crystal Palace.

    It will take another $50m to get us to the level of Swansea and Everton.

  • 52 Our Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    FFP rules have been relaxed to the likes of citeh PSG etc because the owners are also pumping in funds for foundations of club with training complexes and youth facilities etc.

    Toon KK – we have spent wisely but refuse to address the CB issue because of an affinity to colo.

  • 53 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Maybe isolated this has been one of the best windows in a long long time, but put in to context this is still a bit hopeless without another CB and maybe even another forward!

    …depends a bit on the system!

    Another RB would be nice as well. You are never stronger than your weakest link!

  • 54 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Colo’s finished. He’s been found wanting for too long now and this season he’s even worse. Where was he in pre-season? Dreaming of King Percy?

    BTW, I’m B&B. BandB doesn’t like to be confused with me. Oh no. She scolds people for that.

  • 55 Belfast // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Heard a whisper De Jong has been stung by a wasp at the team hotel. Two weeks out.

  • 56 Belfast // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Completely agree with that blofal. A lot of these mediocre teams ( no offence) have jumped ahead of us in the last few seasons.

  • 57 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:06 PM


    I shall not be scolded no one likes confusion.

    I think he can give us more than last season but we need a leader and hes not the man for that, i would like to see mbemba and lascelles together.

  • 58 Belfast // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    You always where a great blog killer eaststand

  • 59 Moonraker15 // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Well said, some of the comments are pathetic when you know what we’ve been asking for; and we would never have expected thesee signings at end of last season.

    Also we could easily have been playing in the championship !

  • 60 SUTTY1978 // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Pretty sure we spent 50m when Souness came in on Owen, Luque, Boumsong etc. hope this works out better but you could certainly draw comparisons….

  • 61 Moonraker15 // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:31 PM


    Mental scar tissue from all the defeats we’ve endured! That’s why we’re not confident but I’ve got a sneaking feeling we’ll get something tomorrow. Eternal optimist !

  • 62 Shot Bru // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Hopefully The completely useless Riviere will volunteer go back to Monaco as part exchange for Aymen

  • 63 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Abdennour has dropped completely out of sight , so he’s moving somewhere!

    Jardim has exluded him from the entire Monaco squad until further notice.

  • 64 SUTTY1978 // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    JIB, it might be because he is crocked. We’re not buying anyone else so why the interest?
    The guy has an awful injury record, seen PAWL post about it a few times and everyone ignore him. Plays less games than Saylor, not many more than Raylor!
    We have enough crocks on the books already….

  • 65 WWSBRD // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    U up to 7 now? Bet ur the most excited NUFC fan around for the Man Utd match, give u something else to do with ur time

  • 66 SUTTY1978 // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    B&B, posted previously about colo

    SUTTY1978 // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Does anyone else think that Colo is refusing to play? Some of SM’s comments seem to insinuate that he is fit but Isn’t playing even though he wants him to.

    Now sure that he had no injury pre season just refused to play

  • 67 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    The most Souness spent in one go was at least £34.5 million Summer 2005
    Luque 9.5
    Solano 1.5
    Owen 17.0
    Scott Parker 6.5
    There was also Tim Krul as young’un from Holland and little Emre which won’t have been much.

    Boumsong Babayaro and Feye were in the preceding January.

    If you factor in inflation probably quite close.

  • 68 Our Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Les Ferdinand has just said on talk sport that qpr had 2 offers for Austin, from Leicester and Palace. No other offers recently.

  • 69 Belfast // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Seriously our toon? You mean all them lot on twatter with the inside track where telling lies?

  • 70 Belfast // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Don’t tell Ed he’ll be devastated lol

  • 71 SUTTY1978 // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Emre was £3.4 if i remember right (havent bothered googling!). Cracking little player when he first came. Remember him having a similar turn of pace to gini from centre mid and being able to ghost past a player. Thats what i loved about gini when he was at PSV. Hope we see more of that from him at the toon.

  • 72 toon kk // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    I just don’t know why the board and S mc feel like they’ve done the best business by keeping hold of Colo, maybe they feel as if they owe him after that fake statement they used his name to? Colo should have gone to palace to be reunited with Pards, I would have driven him down myself!
    There’s a bad core at Newcastle, wouldn’t be surprised if Colo has something to do with it.

  • 73 SUTTY1978 // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    The biggest news of today is McClaren saying we are done for the summer in the transfer market and yet no article on that. No doubt some people will try and claim smoke and mirrors and still hold out some deluded hope we are going to get a cracking CB and Austin but it aint happening. We go with what we have.
    Personally think the best CB pairing is Willo & mbemba, same as Willo & Mbiwa were the best partnership before he was perennially dropped for Colo.
    Hate to sound like Toonbrother but the msin problem has been Colo for the last three years. Pardew was always happy to scapegoat other players, have a feeling McClaren will be similar

  • 74 Our Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:04 PM


    Aye he said only 2 offers and both rejected….palace n Leicester. That’s how highly he’s rated

  • 75 SUTTY1978 // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Kk, feel Carr might be the major problem now. Too much power for a failed league 2 manager.

  • 76 SUTTY1978 // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Our toon, yeah seems similar to quite a few of our other much maligned transfer saga’s where it turns out we have never put a bid in and were probably never interested once we heard the price. Dont tell Ed, we must be at >100 articles!

  • 77 Menelauos // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    I’m on a night shift tomorrow night, so I i need to wake up, watch game and go straight back to bed. I can’t wait.

  • 78 BarcelonaMag // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Er, …. We reached the final of the League Cup in 1976, Ed. We lost 2-1 to Manchester City. You must have blotted it out! We actually played quite well but lost to a goal (a scissors kick) from ex-Mackem Dennis Tueart.

  • 79 jimmysmith // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    50 mill is pretty significant money. Ashley has always put money in, but arguably not enough to punch what should be a pretty formidable weight. We should be finishing on average 6th or 7th over a five year period, I suppose, not 11th, as we have.

    But he’s got the club running at a profit, and he’s now putting the money onto the pitch where it is needed.

    The onus is shifting away from the owner and far more on to Carr, Charnley and the manager, and will shift entirely if he continues to find the money for players and infrastructure.

  • 80 toon kk // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    It would have made more sense giving Jonas another year extension than Colo. I wonder why Williamson hasn’t been shipped out.

  • 81 one fine day // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    ” never reached a final”
    We have reached the final of the league cup 1976
    The performance may have been forgettable though .
    Dennis tart scored for cited

  • 82 one fine day // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Barca mag
    Just saw your post after refreshing page
    Great minds n that 🙂

  • 83 matt11_25 // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    @jib I loved Faye – cracking no nonsense player – remember being infuriated that he was let go for whatever reason

  • 84 Our Toon // Aug 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Dick Advocate is kicking off at the scum down the road, the while squad has been put up for sale. Defoe told he doesn’t dictate where he plays to the manager, he plays right side, left side or on the bench….not centrally

    Love it when the circus is in town for someone other than us….who better than the divs down the road ahaha!!

  • 85 2_goal_tino // Aug 22, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    @matt11 – I presume you mean Abdoulaye and not Amdy. Amdy Faye was a nightmare!

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