Newcastle Move In With Improved Second Bid For Striker


There have been various reports over the last 24 hours that Wolves striker Benik Afobe is definitely on the radar screen of Newcastle United, and that Newcastle have lodged a second improved bid of £5M to try to sign the England U21 striker from Wolves.

Afobe was signed by Wolves in January for about £2M from Arsenal, but it seems Newcastle want to sign the Leyton-born youngster as soon as possible, and if we do there may be time to allow Papiss Cisse to move on before next Tuesday, when the summer transfer window closes.

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Benik Afobe – Newcastle make second bid for striker

There are other Premier League clubs interested in the striker, and he would be good value at £5M and has great potential, having done extremely well at Wolves this year.

The 6ft tall striker has scored 16 goals and had 5 assists in 25 appearances for the Molineux club, since he joined the club in January from Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £2M.

The youngster spent time while on Arsenal’s books on loan at Huddersfield, Bolton, Milwall, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, and he played a total of 129 appearances with 25 goals and 17 assists – so he can create goals as well as score them.

We had assumed in our report on Sunday on Afobe that £5M would be a good deal for Newcastle and for Wolves too.

The sooner Newcastle can get a deal for the 22 year-old the more time it will give to transfer Papiss Cisse, who Turkish giants Galatasary are said to be after, but they will have to pay more than the £5M they are said to have offered for the 30 year-old striker.

It looks like 20 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic will now become the starting striker for Newcastle this season, and if we lose Papiss, we still have Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere, and Benik Afobe can become our fourth striker for the season – if we can sign him.

There’s also young Adam Armstrong currently out on loan at Coventry, but Newcastle have a 24 hour recall clause in his loan contract – in case we need Adam before January.

We also have players like Gini Wijnaldum, Siem de Jong, Florian Thauvin and Rolando Aarons who can also score goals for Newcastle this season.

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112 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Long time lurkers first time posters Out!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Accept Ashley as your lord and saviour.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #3

    biggi transfer were and when did this happen

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t sell cisse to replace him with afobe.

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #5

    you missed mehdi abied going out for an undisclosed rumoured to be 1.5mil !

    we got the makings of a very very good team now with our young loanee’s doing awsome and hopefully ready for next season so maybe we can let go of some players who are not that effective !

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  • the broons

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed knocking out these article publications quick today.

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  • funkness

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Have you proof read this post, Ed? The final paragraph makes no sense what so ever ..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8

    hibbit,
    I hope Collo starts tomorrow night just to really fcuk up toonbotherer’s bet !

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  • Thump

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Why don’t we sell Rivvy to make space for him? Cisse can actually score goals.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Funkness,
    They’ve all scored except Thauvin and that close encounter on Saturday maybe counts for one ?

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    @9 thump

    people actually want to buy cisse as he can score goals ! who would buy river ?

    lets see if mitrovic can teach river something so we atleast have chance to sell him to make way for arma next season.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    jail toonbrother’s bet was fcuked the minute he made it

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d have afobe as either an addition to the squad or as a rivière replacement, though I do have a bit of hope in rivière still. I shouldn’t really but there is something there. As for afobe, I think he just needs a bigger platform and we can offer him that.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    rivvy out for six weeks i read somewhere is that right ??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Thump,
    When you go shopping in the sales, why do you think it’s always the most unsightly and misshapen clothes that are left behind on the rack despite the fancy label unless you get lucky, Nobody else wants them @

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  • Belfast

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Good player this lad. Don’t see Wolves selling him though, especially not for 5 million. Ross McCormack 11 million, Jordan Rhodes valued at 14 million, Andre Gray 9 million ? Not a chance they’re selling him for 5 million.

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Talking to a friend of mine who is a Wolves fan. He rates this lad very highly, also looks likes he’s playing as though he wants, or is about, to be on his way out of Molinuex.

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  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Who knows, under the new management perhaps we can actually begin turning potentials into actuals.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #19

    I find it hilarious when someone refers to themselves as a longtime lurker. Basically calling themselves a Vouyer!! Numpty

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Havent Wolves already turned down £6M for him?

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Afobi can also play wide of a 3, perfect replacement for the french heskey aka Riviere.

    As for Colo he’s shown he’s a good defender when the striker drops deep and has no intention of running in behind like Rooney did but come saturday against Giroud it’ll be a whole different challange, if that doesn’t work then he’ll face Walcott.

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  • SA Toon

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #22

    This Afobe looks like an interesting player, but you just never know whether he will be as successful in the Premier League. At this price it’s probably worth a punt though. Has anyone heard anything concrete on Abdennour? It was sounding quite promising, but has all gone very quiet.

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Evening all, been at hospital all day, have I missed anything?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Not sure clinath. I know Norwich had made a bid for him that was rejected. Not sure how much it was.

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  • nightfa11

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Mitro, perez, afobe, armstrong.. Thats a very good striking force..every pl club would be more than happy with that..and considering they are all kids..averaging 20 years?:-D ..impressive 🙂

    now lets sell some players..

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  • Reyantoon

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #26

    I think Benik Afobe is a good striker.I remember watched him one time while he was at Arsenal.
    If i’m not mistaken,he is not bold,i think he just shaved his hair.I was wondered where did he left or why didn’t he be given a chance at Arsenal? Now mentioned he is at wolves,so will be good signing and good addition to the squad.
    I wouldn’t mind if we let Cisse leave after watching Mitrovic’s contribution last Saturday.
    What a signing Mitrovic will be for us 🙂

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  • Jib

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Anyone know Filip Djuricic he was on loan to Soton from Benfica for the 2nd half of last season.
    At one time Benfica wanted €12.5 million for him but his price has dropped to €5 million and we have neen linked with him.
    He’s a 6 foot tall attacking midfielder who can also play striker with 24 caps for Serbia.

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Belfast. The bid was from Norwich, the amount could well be hearsay though.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Chancel

    How did it go? All well?

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  • Jib

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Florian Thauvin has been explaining his (to them) surprising move after declining a transfer so many times.
    He says once Bielsa left Marseilles and he realised that there would be a new coach he thought it may as well be with a new coach in the PL where the coaching is closer to the Argentinians style. The choice of NUFC was easy because we are symbolic of all that is good about English footy (his words).

    http://www.goal.com/fr/news/33/transferts/2015/08/24/14719772/newcastle-thauvin-sexplique-sur-son-d%C3%A9part-de-lom

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  • SA Toon

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Now I know why I like this lad – smart and talented!

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Would rather bring Austin in as he is proven in prem.
    Would also like Mitro to start tomorrow to get a goal or two under his belt.

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Our Toon
    Not great, have to go back tomorrow for more scans etc

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  • SA Toon

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #34

    aidytoon9 Don’t you think Mitro and Austin are maybe too similar – powerful and good in the air, but a little slow. I would like to see Mitro team up with Perez or Armstrong to match a bit of pace and guile with strength and power.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Ben Arfa lovers out!

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Chin up, TFL!

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #37

    SA Toon
    See your point but both proven scorers, not saying they would work up together but we need strength in depth and we will Pick up injuries through the season.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib
    Filip djuricic is a good and talented player but his issues are more to do with trying to get the best out of him consistently. Plus his best position is attacking mid and I don’t think we need to add there ATM.

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  • Jib

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #39

    SA Toon
    Do you get Supersport MaximO ?

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #40

    The only way I can us really being in for afobe is as cisse’s replacement. I’d keep cisse as an impact player. But I do think we need striking options.

    Mitrovic looks a really promising striker
    Cisse is best used as an impact player
    Riviere is never a striker.

    Perez I think schteve see’s as a winger not a main striker.

    An injury to mitrovic and cisse leaves short. Plus if we intend to have a go at the cups we need strength in depth.

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