Newcastle Said To Spring A Surprise On Final Day Of Window

Newcastle have sprung a surprise on the final day of the window by reportedly giving 23 year-old Haris Vuckic a new contract and he has been loaned out to Wigan Athletic in League One.

Well, that’s according to the Daily Record in Scotland, and Sky Sports are also reporting the same story – and if it’s true it’s a bit of a surprise.

haris vuckic scores against Cowdenbeath

Haris Vuckic – while at Rangers earlier this year

Keith Downie of Sky Sports tweeted this from the Benton Training grounds – so he probably has inside information on this.

Vuckic has been at Newcastle since January of 2009, when he was signed from Domzale with great fanfare, and he had great potential.

But probably because a number of long term injuries, he has never fulfilled the enormous promise he showed as a teenager.

When he was signed six and a half years ago,  Domzale held a press conference to announce the then 16 year-old was leaving, and let’s just say he was one of the best players in Europe at his age at that time.

We had thought with one year left on his current contract,  the once capped Slovenian International would be sold this summer, but it looks like Newcastle are giving Haris the chance.

It’s similar to what the club did with Sammy Ameobi, who got a new contract of two years, and was sent off to Cardiff City on loan for the season.

It looks like Steve McClaren has seen enough of the central midfielder to think he may still be a good player and we suppose he gets a chance to prove that at Wigan.

There’s no mention of how many years the contract has been extended by – but we’d be surprised if it was than a one year extension – so his contract will run out in 2017.

This looks like a safety first move by Newcastle, who seem to be giving Haris another season to prove he should be staying on Tyneside long term.

It’s not yet official of course.

Haris Vuckic has played 19 times with one goal for Newcastle, and while at loan at Cardiff, Rotherham and Rangers,  he has made another 46 first team appearances with 14 goals, with 9 of those coming while north of the border earlier this year.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Sep 1, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #1

    looking at what other clubs have done in the window we look desperately short of quality players in places

  • cyprus

    Sep 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Tiote, for one reason or another, has been a bit part player for a while, so…

    On experts vs. non-experts here, I’m not sure why some are climbing on a high horse, either to prove their point or to disrepute others.

    As far as I know, and I’ve been here for a while, there never has been a top player or professional high level coach here. And even if that were the case, they too are often dudes who muddle through and hope for the best 🙂

    So, as far as I’m concerned, any opinion by anyone is legitimate, if it is supported. We are free to agree or disagree, or we can have ‘favourite’ posters who seem to know what they are talking about, or who have a good sense of humour.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Sep 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #3

    we are Linked to Aaron Lennon on loan!!!

  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I actually think Lennon on loan would be a decent shout.

    Aaron’s isn’t ready and we need a direct winger with pace.

    Clear we ain’t getting that CB or fb cover so just have to sit tight and hope we don’t sell.

  • cyprus

    Sep 1, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #5

    We’ve done the most, in terms of net spend. Still, we are not up to speed, judging from the Swansea and ManU games…
    If this team really needs a full overhaul (as the first 11 is more than a third new), then somebody has not been working properly: Carr? AP?
    I think, this squad needs serious coaching, is all. The ability is there. Mitro, Perez, Cisse, Rivi, MF, should be bombing those goals in. It looks like they are doing a Mourinho, starting the fix it job from the back, and building from the back. As a result, I expect lots of draws, which is crap in terms of league position. So, soon, they must deal with making goal chances.

    PS. Bring Sammy back too. Next year.

  • damma99

    Sep 1, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Never any excitement on deadline day at Newcastle.
    We needed another striker and defender you numbties.

  • gaz 44

    Sep 1, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #7

    The only one who seemed to know a thing or two on transfers was a lad called nemo I think it was.. Reckoned he played with Leeds with out ever breaking into team Upto being about 23 then went onto scouting. Think he moved to Canada though and wasn’t a regular poster but I know he mentioned about cabaye, marveaux and hairdara months in advance, also said we were going to get aubameyang months before papers started the story.. Last I heard he was fed up of getting shot down by the likes of catchy that couldn’t bring anything other to a conversation than *ugh I hate pardew ugh* said he wouldn’t be coming on again and I’ve not seen anything posted since .. Don’t know if anyone else has contact with him. Overall we have definitely improved the squad and starting 11 should be in top 10, just feel we are always a couple of injuries away from disaster

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 1, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #8

    what happened to gouffran and if they can get vuksic another loan why the hell not abeid and kemen. 8M for dummet would have been sweet.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 1, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #9

    sadly willo and obi still here.

  • JackButler

    Sep 1, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Surprised to see him get a new deal as he doesnt look quick enough or strong enough for this league as his injury record is a serious concern

  • croftus5678

    Sep 1, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #11

    with the way vukic improved his all round game last season on loan this is a very good move imo.

    still on low wage and would be more use than most of our fringe players who will hopefully exit stage left now if not very very soon when there contracts end.

    goofy and williamson going would be very good business imo as it free’s up numbers and ofc pushing another few that way if possible but no intrest from others in them by the looks of it.

    dummett i would def keep but 8mil ! hmm what cb could we get for 8mil ? but saying that i think macca can turn him into a beast of a cb with time.

    tiote could be good to let go of also as he’s not been with it for years now.

  • jprice

    Sep 1, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Nufc have spent nearly 50 mil on some extremely talented players yet some of you are still not happy. Wtf!? Sort it out.

  • AncientC

    Sep 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t understand why a holding midfielder was not added if McClaren is so insistent on playing a 4-2-3-1 – it is the only area of the pitch that was not reinforced.

    There is a very good reason why Colback and Anita have little value in the transfer market. The only reason Colback would be worth more than 3 million is because he is English… I doubt Anita would be worth anymore than that. Are Colback and Anita the future of Newcastle, the duo expected to push the club onto the next level?

    We have a wealth of potential to play in the 3 behind the striker, then 2 stale holding midfielders sitting behind them. Hopefully a holding midfielder that can do more than chase a ball around is added sometime soon.

  • Big Archie

    Sep 1, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Vuckic is quality.

    It would be dumb to give him away for nothing next season and it would surprise no-one if he showed his class at Wigan and we took him back next season.


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