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Newcastle Line Up Benik Afobe For January Move

11:26 pm, Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

Newcastle were linked with Wolves striker Benik Afobe in the summer but at one point Steve McClaren said Newcastle were not after the England U21 striker.

But with Newcastle’s terrible  start to this season, we expect the Newcastle Board to be working hard behind the scenes to line up some players the club can bring in to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window.

Benik Afob

Benik Afobe – Wolves 22 year-old striker

Whatever Steve McClaren says the facts (as in the results) suggest that Newcastle do not have a good enough squad for the Premier League and we could be facing yet another season fighting relegation.

And this is following on immediately after last season’s nightmare with John Carver as the interim head coach.

Wolves put a £14M price tag on the striker late in the summer but if Newcastle’s position in the Premier League is not vastly improved by the end of the year then Newcastle may have to fork out some big money to bring their targets in during January.

And it would be a lot better and a lot safer if we brought in some British players even if they are more expensive than those from the continent.

Players from the continent tend to take some time to adjust to the Premier League.

Afobe was a target of Norwich last summer, but they were only willing to pay up to £8M for the striker and it will take more than that to get the 22 year-old on Tyneside.

The 6ft tall striker has scored 19 goals in 33 appearances for the Molineux club since he joined them in January from Arsenal, for a fee believed to be only £2M.

This season he has hit six goals in 12 games for his club.

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 expect Benik to be one of many players Newcastle will scout through he end of the year and then line up a number to come in during January.

The very last thing Mike Ashley wants this season is to be relegated and miss out on all that Premier League money next season when the new £5B three-year TV deal will start.

Comments welcome.

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

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    And Colo continues to not give one feck

  • 2 SPRINGY // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    wheres this lads ambition….thought he wanted out of the championship…so why join us!!!!!!lol

  • 3 welshgeordie9 // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    No no no, Charlie Austin we should be after.

  • 4 JackButler // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Thats exactly what we needed to hear Ed, a striker being lined up, we have a defensive line you could float and oil tanker through but lets line up them strikers

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Followed by Pardew and then cabaye.

  • 6 G // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Can this lad score in the champo? Get him autographed

  • 7 lochinvar // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    January is 3 months away – unless McLaren has gone and taken Colo with him no one will want to come anywhere near us.
    Sort it now Ashley as doing nothing is not an option.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Well it hasn’t been a great day sport wise.

  • 9 SPRINGY // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    he’s got a big few games coming has macca……nee pressure….neeeee pressure!!lol

  • 10 Fostino // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Never mind a new striker…reinforcements in defence and a dm is badly needed. Anita..goofy..cisse..tiote…Williamson. .haidira. .lascalles…

    Just watched palace highlights. ..hard off to pardew. There def a better outfit then us. Cabaye was a coup. He’s def still got it.

  • 11 jane // Oct 3, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Pardew managed to get results with Ameobi, Cabella, Cisse, Obertan, Riviere, Williamson etc last season all of whom seem to be much maligned.

  • 12 beefman13 // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Mclaren seems to be taking everything matter of factly, this is a club in crisis Mr, stop being so sure of yourself, the fans are suffering you stupid man.

  • 13 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Pardew was Morinho for this clown.

    Nothing seems to work there is no consistency.
    I am amazed fans are going to games. Such a disgrace, I would rather burn money less of a disgrace, less painful too.

    Should have signed Viera for manager but he would not be Ashleys lap dog.

    Ashley uses emotional blackmail on all fans and it works how sad and pathetic.

  • 14 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    THe problem here is that many players dont want to come here at all.

    So what makes these clowns think we could sign anybody decent in JAN anyway???

    We need 2 CBs two the entire CM and a striker laughable.

  • 15 lesh // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Any good rugby teams looking for a home at SJP?

  • 16 remember69 // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    I don’t believe Ed said anything about not looking at defenders, so I really don’t understand all t negative comments.
    I’m sure ANY club is continuously looking for players that will make the club better, just because we’re linked with one doesn’t mean they are not pushing for others.
    So many are so willing to take words and fabricate their own meanings.
    I must say I can’t really understand the push for Viera – sexy? perhaps, experience? – absolutely NONE. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire…….

    I don’t think we can fairly judge SM until he gets the players he needs to play to system he wants to play. Yes he has to do the best with what he inherited, but new players need time to settle in and we all know we need strengthening in defense.
    One step at a time lads……..

  • 17 remember69 // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Jane @ 10,
    Yes, Pardew DID get results with the players mentioned, but some of our more ‘knowledgeable’ fans forced him out in favor of Carver.
    Now he is getting results elsewhere……..
    That’s why fans should never be allowed in decisions concerning the running of the club.

  • 18 Sav // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    The one we SHOULD have been in for isn’t this Wolves striker, or (even more whackily) the now permanently injured Debuchy, but it is his old mucker Yohan Cabaye, a class act on the cheap who could have made all the difference in the world to where we are now, rudderless and leaderless (despite, seemingly. half the squad being former captains at their previous clubs).

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    in favour of Carver !

  • 20 neverwin // Oct 4, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    No player in his right mind will joinus unless there is a drastic improvement which seem very unlikely.

    Whoever coined the phrase “IN CARR WE TRUST” needs locking up.

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Oct 4, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    Nothing worse than a Toon fan who does not know the history, including recent history of the club.
    It is on record why King Percy left the club and it had nothing to do with fans forcing him out. Re writing history to suit one’s own agenda is really a no no.

  • 22 Menelauos // Oct 4, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    Right everyone stop and relax. We’ve had the toughest first 8 games out of any of the other clubs in the league, and it’s sure to make us inconsistent. Watford was a must win, but we drew against Southampton, Man U and Chelsea, that’s progress. Sure we looked poor in the 2nd half today, but in the 1st half we looked incisive and organised. Collo needs dropping that’s for sure, but bring in a new CB, LB and an out and out winger, and we will climb up the table you watch, if we play in these next few games against more beatable opposition the way we Did in the first half, we will win, and whether you like it or not, some teams take a while to gel, and get accustomed to a new technique and style.

    Matip/ Knoche
    Willems/ Guerriro
    El Ghazi/ Kishna/ Narsingh
    Austin/ Afobe


  • 23 Our Toon // Oct 4, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    Ahh yes it didn’t take long for the pards lovers to come out, after all we never took a beating with him in charge now did we?

    Pardew is doing well at palace and good for them, he also did well for us when finishing 5th but the wheels will come off for them as they did for us, Charlton, West ham etc. The reason for it is that the man is a shite manager!!

    Our problems weren’t going to be addressed in 3 months, we lost 5 nil to citeh last season so tbh I wasn’t expecting anything less this time round. Our season essentially starts now considering we’ve got most of the big boys out of the way!! Relax and judge at the end of the season.

  • 24 Blofal // Oct 4, 2015 at 3:56 AM

    Our problem is in midfield.

    Sissoko plays best out wide. Anita is too light weight. Coloccini is past his best but I can see we couldn’t bring in two new CB’s without premier league experience. I can see another CB being bought to replace Coloccini in January.

    I’ve been saying for a while now what we have been missing is Tiote when he was in his prime. Someone to break up play. Hell I’d even go for Jedinak from Crystal Palace. We need someone that has played in the league and knows how to do it.

  • 25 KevinLee // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:19 AM


  • 26 Dondatta13 // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:58 AM

    Just took my mum to Newcastle Airport and there Mitrovic walking past, he looked quite stiff and sore… About 10 minutes past and Mbemba strolls past!

    I took pride in getting their pics up on Google to show me mam ha.

    Wasnt quite sure if it was Mitrovic until I saw the star tattoo on his neck, looks like hes lost a lil Weight.

  • 27 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    Is Mcca being paranoid? Was the disallowed goal an onside.

    Wat we need is:
    1. Matip
    2. Fer
    3. Willems
    4. Lassago
    5. Redmond
    1. Taylor
    2. Willo
    3. Obertan
    4. Goufrann
    5. Marvuex
    6. Ameobi
    7. Vuckic
    8. Elliott
    9. Willo
    10. Tiote
    11. Cisse

    GK: Krul, Darlow, Woodman
    RB: Janmatt, Mbabu
    LB: Willems, Haidara.
    CB: Matip, Mbemba, Colo, Dummett, Lasceles
    CM: De Jong, Wijnaldum, Fer, Anita, Colback
    RW: Sissoko, Redmond
    LW: Thsuvin, Aarons
    CF: Perez, Mitro, Rivvere, Lassago, Arma.

    Janmatt. ….Mbrmba……Matip……..Willems
    Sissoko…….Wijnaldum. ….Fer………Thauvin


  • 28 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Players want money once we show ambition and that we can flush it around then players will come. We jst have to do it quickly.

    Mcca has a big job he thought it wld b easy. We played really well in first half. There is promise.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Will die…what we need is a professional board, a qualified GM and a manager worth his salt.

    This club is owned by someone who shouldn’t be associated with football and run by amateurs. Top that with a bunch of opportunists (mangers who are here to carve a new name for themselves spouting the same nonsense).

    Then there are us the fans…are we any better?

  • 30 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:48 AM


    u r right. Ashely is trying to run things differently but I think it will back fire on him or succeed. But the new board hase jst been in power for o short time lets give them time

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Will die…the board consist of our head scout, head coach, our under qualified GM and a mascot!

    …who’s going to determent whether goals have been reached? and who is going to point fingers and take action?

    This is not a professional board.

    Like I told Ruddy last night anyone stating the goal this year is top 8 and a cup are either nuts or pi$$takers 😉

    What happens when the goals are not reached…by a country mile!

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    It’s difficult to take this club serious…and it’s not just our owner!

  • 33 Ron Knee // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Ashley’s ‘Stay strong’ decoded means:
    ‘Stop being an ungrateful bastard. I’ve extended Coloccin’s contract. I’m giving you want-away Sissoko, out-of-form Cissé, sick-note Saylor, the crock SDJ, a mediocre midfield, Obertan, and Gouffran. I’ve just bought four young lads completely untried in the PL. Now go out and win me a cup.”

  • 34 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:18 AM


    Its 50/50. Let’s see where it will take us. Crazy we r a club in too much crisis. I never want to give up but we r in too much of a crisis that u look for a way thru and u cant find it. Then the protests will begin.

    Who r we going to protest against now?
    1. Not spending – we spent 50m and kept we thought were our better players and 8th wage bill.
    2. Poor management – The board and Mcca have been there 5 months we will look stupid.
    3. Players attitude – That I can understand.
    4. Mike Ashely – Really wat has the guy done wrong?

    Even if we wanted to buy a new squad it wldnt happen in one window. Give the Board its 3 windows and we will protest after that. We need to stick together its the only solution I can find.

  • 35 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:29 AM


    Watever happened this window aint Ashelyz fault? I think its the board to blame. They made mistakes as u have mentioned and they have back fired that is business u take risks either cam be a success or failure.

    Mcca said we didnt need to many changes I think he was right. The resale value of our deadwood was also a standing block. Dont blame the guys yet. Look at Aston Villa made so many changes still suffering. We shld b stick together.

    I wld take a risk on Cisse Tiote and Colo to take me thru a season as we make slow changes. Obertan Taylor Goufrann as back up wasnt a bad choice. Guys have a plan we r jst rushing coz we have been there before.

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Will die…sign me up for protesting against poor management mate 😉

    …actually sign me up for protesting against any under qualified opportunist coming here and taking advantage of our club!

    If it can help ensuring something like this won’t happen again under new ownership then mission accomplished mate 😉

  • 37 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    If we r protesting against the Poor attitude of the players count me in. Those players r well paid and keep talking abt Champions league and I cant beat Sheffield reserves.

  • 38 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Our priority this season must be getting quickly to 40 points and seeing what needs to be done in summer. Colo form must also be monitored closely as he has fault in most of the goals yesterday.

    It’s going to be a long hard season. Thauvin looks worse than cabella.

  • 39 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Will Die
    A bit of sense on the blog after last nights outpourings.
    How many points did most fans have after 8 games.
    I had 6
    We have had one hell of a fixture start to the season playing six of the top eight from last year
    I had draw against Southy draw at Swansea draw at West Ham and Win against Watford.

    Yes there has been some crap played Swansea, West Ham, Sheff Wed in cup Watford and the second half capitulation yesterday.

    Problem is that teams we expected to struggle have been picking up points ie The three that came up.

    Yes it is going to be a struggle to stay up as their confidence is shot you can see that in many ways: we are playing with fear – going a goal behind, taken on players, trying dribbles through balls so we pass sideways backwards ending up in slow ponderous play.

    Some how in the next two weeks before Norwich game we the backroom staff have to instill some confidence in the team.

    I have seen some points of encouragement in parts of games: Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Southampton.
    (first half)
    So lets build on those positives and take them into the Norwich game and the fans to get behind the team as they did against Chelsea or we are in deep shit!!!!!
    The next ten games are winnable and if we can win six – will put us on 21 points at the New Year

  • 40 Ron Knee // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    will die
    We’re in this mess again because of Ashley’s disastrous business plan and lousy appointments. Everything follows from that. We will never attract a top-class manager while this plan is in place.
    In retrospect, it would have been better if we’d been relegated in the summer. It’s the only way to get rid of the parasite.

  • 41 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:44 AM


    With wat I have seen so far? If we survive I will b so happy I wld kiss a frog. Poorest teams:
    1. Stoke
    2. WBA
    3. NUFC
    4. Mackems
    5. Villa

    Guys dont see the fixture list how hard it was?? Am a crazy fan I expect us to win every game but wen we lose I understand I watch game per game I never speculate

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Will die…under normal circumstances I would agree, but the club just gets back what itself puts into it!

    …poor attitude

  • 43 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Ron Knee

    There will always b someone to blame at a football club. Thats wat football is all abt.

  • 44 cyprus // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Still trying to understand what happened. From toe to toe with this year’s champs, when we should have been leading 0-2 as a perfect goal was dismissed by a dumb lines man; to a total collapse. Few teams can achieve this.

    The blog and others (e.g see tweets, sport programmes) were full of praise, then full of condemnation. Only NUFC man.

    So we start the blame game once more and, as I noted last night, it’s getting ugly. It’s ok for the fans to do this. Of course, the reason we are divided is because no one is solely to blame. The owner is de facto responsible since the buck stops with him. The scout for his crap choices and limited country vision. The coach for not getting the tactics right and his surely amazing half time talk. That psychology guy for ‘inspiring’ the players to an incredible defeat. The young guy for building (dismantling) his CV on our backs. The players for not beeing good enough. The fans for not sticking with the team through thin and thin. etc.

  • 45 giimps // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Looks to me like we’re going through what Martinez went through at Everton, trying to play total football , possession based with no plan b, the players went to him and said we need to speed up the attacks, get the ball forward quicker and to lukaku asap, they got better through that……….we would too, playing Norwich and sunlin next 2 will give us a better idea how good or poor we are.
    For me though, collo and sissoko need rested and dummet and Aaron’s need put on in there place

  • 46 TroubledToon // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Now for the next 4 months, we’ll hear about how good this kid is… How badly we want him.. Perfect age for Newcastle blah blah blah… No formal bid will be made, He’ll b at Wolves…. Or another “smaller” club will sign him…. Yawwwwwwwwn
    Next article plz Ed

  • 47 Wulfrunian // Oct 4, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    No.1 ‘Springy’ – I don’t know where your info’ comes from that Afobe wants PL football.
    He has constantly said he is happy at Wolves and needs to acclimatise to Championship level before making any move to the PL, so a move in January would be a complete waste of time so looking elsewhere may prove a more successful move?
    More importantly I would suggest a new manager would be a top priority as McLaren has failed at every English job to date but there is someone out there who would undoubtably put Newcastle back at the top….. Jurgen Klopp….. BUT
    would Astley employ him as I have read that he only wants a coach and not a manager!

  • 48 sloveniangeordie // Oct 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    We don’t need striker, we need defender. And good one, not that crap we have in our squad allready. We should sell Coloccini, he is worst defender in PL history. And don’t know why keep in our team defenders like Williamson (crap), Taylor (always injuried), Lascelles (unexpirienced for PL) and Haidara (crap). I think those five players should say goodbye in january (Lascelles on loan, the others sell them) and bring good substitutions for them. Also give youngsters Satka, Mbabu and Good oportunity to show their quality. I think they can give us more than Coloccini, Williamson or Haidara.

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