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Newcastle In For Dutch International Winger In January

10:02 am, Thursday, November 5th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

Newcastle are expected to have a busy transfer window in January in an attempt to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and as many as four players could be arriving on Tyneside at that time.

January is a very difficult window to get clubs to release their best players half-way through the season,  and it´s also more expensive, but it looks like owner Mike Ashley is willing to turn over big bucks again in an attempt to keep Newcastle in England’s top tier.

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Anwar El Ghazi – 20 year-old Ajax winger

There’s news today that Newcastle want to sign 20 year-old Dutch International winger Anwar El Ghazi in January and it wouldn´t be a surprise if Newcastle are trying to agree some deals now – that can be completed in early January.

El Ghazi is of Moroccan descent and the 6´ 2¨ tall winger was born in Barendrecht in the Netherlands and has been in the Ajax first team for a couple of years now, since signing on from Sparta Rotterdam in the summer of 2013.

He´s made 59 appearances with 18 goals for Ajax and El Ghazi was eligible to represent both the Netherlands and Morocco at senior International level since he has dual citizenship.

He finally made his International debut for the Netherlands when he was called up for two UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying games last month by Dutch manager Danny Blind.

The Netherlands won 2-1 at Kazakhstan when Tim Krul suffered that devastating knee injury –  but then they lost 2-1 at home to the Czech Republic and failed to qualify for the finals in France next year.

Certainly El Ghazi looks a very promising player and would seem to be a good signing for us,  but he could also take some time to settle in England.

The Telegraph are reporting he has been watched several times by Chief Scout Graham Carr and the youngster has been in excellent form this season with eight goals in 18 total appearances.

In order to bring in players like  El Ghazi in January, Newcastle will need to let some players leave so there is space freed up in the 25 man Premier League squad.

Those expected to leave the club are Yoan Gouffran, Sylvain Marveaux and Mike Williamson, who has made a great start to his Wolves career on loan.

Mike is likely to make the move permanent in January since he seems to be exactly what Wolves need.

From what we can tell El Ghazi looks like he could be a great signing for us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Nov 5, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    I did watch the Southampton game and yes, it was a game of two halves. Soton dominated, with ease, the first half and was then pinned back in the second, losing possession totally. They did play with 10, for a while.

    My prediction. NUFC will be way too much for them. Barring any miracles (like vs. Sunderland) and any unnecessary nerves, this will be a comfortable win.

  • 2 TroubledToon // Nov 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    First the obsession with the French, now the Dutch…. Wonder who’s next….

  • 3 Jib // Nov 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    I hope he will replace Obertan

  • 4 Munster Mag // Nov 5, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Lilongwe, I’d have expected more from you than the likes of Rotunda and other loons in the brains dept re Pardew. You keep saying that I have said Pardew is a good manager. I didnt. I have tried to argue, against a lot of dumbos on this site, was that Pardew was an average ( maybe a bit worse, although i think he is improving ) coach who didnt deserve constant abuse here. What I have said is that Pardew came to a middling team and left us a middling team, all told. . We got 5th, nearly relegated, did v well in Europa, and he left us a mid table team. Pardew is doing well at Palace, but he was never given credit by some of the loons on here even when we were doing fine. 5th was considered a fluke, and he was blamed for not getting us in the CL, for Gods sake. Thats my argument – not that Pardew is a great or even a good coach. He’s mid table at best, and I’m gad we have a new man, although it could get messy if we lose at Bournemouth, and i smell complacency in the air. As for Martinez, his teams have never been strong defensively so I dont think he can be considered a good coach overall. Not yet anyway.

  • 5 Munster Mag // Nov 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Is El Ghazi right or left winger ?

  • 6 catchy in norway // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM


    It’s sad this , and for me I think it’s shocking to think paid professionals do this , but I read into that that the players did not buy into the P45 methods, the stories going around that p45 was asked by senior players to adapt a different style of playing would now appear to be true, Colo had a big bust up with p45 about them both being winners, lmao, the players gave up on p45 a long time ago and no matter who was bought the majority in that dressing room would not put in 100% for the guy.
    The players that come out and spoke up for P45 were willo and Shola , 2 donkeys IMO,

    Wind it forward to now, colo is now coming out with a lot of players and saying the right things which is backed up by performances on the pitch, ( team performances ).

    That’s what I get from this

  • 7 catchy in norway // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:02 AM


    But you have to take into consideration that they were weeks ahead in perpetration than us.

  • 8 cyprus // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    It’s ok mate.

    We’ve caught up 🙂

    We are the Formula One car on the passing lane now, ready to smoke em all.

  • 9 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:07 AM


    I think the club has got the message that the fans have been puzzled at our captain’s lack of public pronouncements on the team and have persuaded him to put his name to a few more press releases.


    We got 5th and Pardew had to come out and apologise for “getting ahead of ourselves” and assure us that such a mistake wouldn’t be happening again the following season.

  • 10 AncientC // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Pardew got 5th place by most of the players in the team hitting top form in that one season. Ba was on fire in the first half of the season, then Cisse came in and everything he touched went in the back of the net.

    The squad should have been added too, but Pardew did not lose any players, and he used fringe players in the early rounds of the Europa league, so who is responsible for the players going backwards? The style of football played in the season we finished 5th was roulette football and had no chance of lasting. There are no short-cuts in football that do not eventually get found out.

    Apart from Debuchy, I cannot think of a player that didn’t go backwards under Pardew. Cabaye was dire in his last full season, he then returned to some form after coming back from his strike and playing to get his move away from the club.

    Pardew, very possibly, at very best is a mid-table manager that can scrape by… I figure Newcastle fans want a little bit more than scraping by every season with submissive football – getting lucky with a long-ball taking an awkward bounce on its way up to an isolated striker.

  • 11 bettyswallocks // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Munster….. He has mainly right wing views and doesn’t agree with Corbyn trying to ger us back on the left wing.

  • 12 John Tudor // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    can he play at centre back ffs

  • 13 Jib // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Rumour has it that Chris Ramsey has fallen out with QPR over Charlie Austin signing for Allardyce at the village of the damned.

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Catchy…It may well be how he feels, my point was more that we can’t actually take too much out of what they say, as how often have you actually seen a player come out against their current employer / manager?

    It fits your opinion, fair enough, it doesn’t prove it though.

  • 15 catchy in norway // Nov 5, 2015 at 11:33 AM


    That’s one way of looking at it, and I know things go slow at NUFC but in my head colo had a big problem with Pardew , and that’s why he would not come out publicly and back him, not even anything from Argentina, it’s why colo would only deal with Ashley.

    The fifth place was a gift from both Chelsea and Liverpool blowing up and have shocking seasons

  • 16 lesh // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    And can we presume we’ll also strengthen in the positions we desperately need cover for?

    Just a thought given Carr’s obsession with wingers!

  • 17 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Catchy…Even if you take Chelsea and Liverpool out of the equation, 7th would have been a decent achievement that season. I suppose it could be comparible to this season under Mcclaren in that it was his first full season and the squad had undergone some fundamental player changes.

    Your issues with him are style and behaviour (I believe). No idea why you keep trying to minimise the achievement of that season.

    The other thing that gets me scratching my head is this relationship between Colo and Ashley. If it’s as strong as many suspect, me included, and Colo had such problems with Pardew, you’d have thought Ashley would have been looking to move Pardew on – rather than the continued support he received.

    It’s a bit like the idea that Ashley wanted to push the club on and invest, but not whilst Pardew remained as he didn’t trust him. Then why keep him in employment?

    Something, somewhere, doesn’t add up.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    You also claimed that Cabaye was desperate to leave because of Pardew so your argument doesn’t hold much water. Yohan Cabaye is a multi millionaire if he had such big differences with Pardew he could have taken less money and gone elsewhere.

  • 19 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:07 PM


    This is how I look at things.
    I employ a guy for nearly 10 years. He talks a good game, but he likes to cut corners and he never gets anywhere near his targets. If I lower them, he just misses them by the same distance. He keeps saying he’ll get it right next year.
    Eventually, I say I’ve had enough of his excuses.
    Faced with the sack, he breaks down and promises to turn over a new leaf…fresh start and that.
    He muddles about for a few months, but then seems to stir himself.
    But after a few more months, his results are worse than anything in the history of the company.
    He says he just needs time because it takes a while to stop being crap.
    What do you think Ashley would do with this guy?

  • 20 Mister Tuff // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Cannot see why there was a post today declaring that Chris Ramsey was upset with QPR re Charlie Austin – seeing that he was sacked yesterday.

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Tuff…I guess, that was the proposed reason for his departure.

    It clearly had nothing to with the reasons Ferdinand has given on the situation. Something about not hitting targets.

    What sort of a club does that? I wonder if it’ll catch on.

  • 22 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    However, can you imagine the state of poor Ed if Charlie does join the mackems?

  • 23 Mag52 // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    B & B.

    The quote ” getting ahead of ourselves” would have referred to the expectations of the staff and supporters. He knew full well that his side had exceeded expectations that season and that,without the necessary outlay on players from his tight fisted boss, the fans could not expect a fifth place finish to be the norm in the seasons ahead.
    The fact, which some bloggers appear to resent, that blog talk refers back to our last manager from time to time, seems pretty normal to me bearing in mind that he has occupied a huge part of our recent history.
    We all have strong opinions on him as a manager, and, with the exception of the usual suspects who witter on about ‘Pardew lovers’ in their inane way, the discussions are interesting and informative.

  • 24 catchy in norway // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Sorry I cannot answer everything , to much work :))

    Jail, Cabaye needed a team that would 1 pay him the crazy money he was getting at psg , and 2 play him in the first team so he keeps his position in the French squad.

    A player of his ability should be playing for a much better team than palace.

    Throw in the London thing too

  • 25 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:36 PM


    He was referring to outstripping the eighth place target he’d been set for the season, and backed up that context by saying the target he’d been set for the following season would still be eighth place.
    He seemed to be predicting, correctly as it turned out in the transfer window that followed, that the club had no intention of trying to consolidate in that lofty position.

  • 26 jayphoto // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Non starter rumour this! No way Ajax let El Ghazi go! They’ll be looking at the price PSV got for Depay and be thinking that El Ghazi could go a similar way if they hold on a couple seasons. At the moment hes quite inexperienced and surely wouldn’t fetch 10m based on that but a couple seasons of champions league football with Ajax and 10-20 holland caps in 2-3 years means at 23 years old they would expect 3 times his value aswell as having 3-4 seasons of having a really talented get you off your feet player.
    Should offer them De jong and anita back in exchange 🙂

  • 27 Ian Toon // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Lilongwe- Recent debate- defence performance: Pardew.
    Let me say at the outset that I view you as one of the more astute, discerning and knowledgeable football fans on here. I therefore found it surprising that you based your comparative defence opinion on a statistical basis because as pointed out to you it’s not a perfect science.

    Not all goals created, scored and conceded are equal; their value depends on the context in which they occur. As an example some are conceded in the final moments to turn a victory into a draw. Others can be the so called consolation goal whith a goal conceded in a resultant 5-1 victory.
    As pointed out its not a perfect science and you can’t compare over the passage of time. The element of context, strength of opposition , style of play needs to be taken into account. Managers prefer to watch life games rather than on a screen it’s not a theoretical exercise in looking to establish individual strengths and weaknesses in teams.
    What springs to mind is the 1-0 to the Arsenal chant and the leadership of Tony Adams! Different circumstances and times . Is the ManU defence and overall team performance really improved by 3, 0-0 results. Changing formation and style justified by the manager.

    Talking to Palace fans they feel their team is well drilled, tactically defensively marshalled, with the flair and passing touch/ range of Cabaye plus Bolasie pace and trickery. Pardew as I’ve said many times is an average PL manager but he’s appreciated and liked by their fans.
    its a good combination.

  • 28 Polarboy // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    This lads a bit of a beast as far as wingers go, 6’2 and 13 and half stone. Should be well suited to the premier physically. Although I don’t totally buy into the opinion that you have to be a beast, it can definitely help, but as some have pointed out balance, positional sense, and skill can compensate.

  • 29 Polarboy // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    and *a* half stone

  • 30 Ian Toon // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Ramsey was always on borrowed time when he argued to keep Austin and they bombed. Highly unlikely that QPR will be sharing in the lucrative PL tv money in 2016-2017.

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    I see a couple of the now discredited “eel pie platoon” (aka the pro Percy Brigade) are unashamedly chuntering on again about King Percy. They cannot help themselves. The funny thing is they appear to criticise him in one breath and then praise him – tactics clearly designed to safeguard their previous erroneous assessments of the King.

  • 32 Mag52 // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    B & B.

    Can’t agree with you there B & B.
    He set his target for the next season eighth place to lower the fans’ expectations because, as we all know, the expectations of the NUFC fans can sometimes be, how shall I say, unrealistic ?
    Unrealistic expectations put extra pressure on players and staff and, in the worst scenario, caused them to react against the great SBR when he “only” managed a fifth place finish after higher finishes in the previous season or two.
    He was dismissed, and the rest is history.

  • 33 Sav // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Carr likes a winger.

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Then Palace enjoy Pardew and leave us be!

    He was utter crap here…regardless of what one might think of him.

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    King Percy acolytes and fawning dogs……………………..OOT
    Palace supporters and their mates …………………………….OOT.

  • 36 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:04 PM


    I was a lot closer to this stuff then. I have a good idea what Pardew meant and what he intended. I’m not really guessing on this one, but
    you don’t have to believe me.

    Pardew wasn’t setting any targets. He was being set them. The club greeted the fifth place finish with little joy, as there was nothing in it for Ashley to fund a European campaign that might (and did) threaten our league survival.

    Having just finished fifth, it would indeed have been strange to argue that finishing fifth was “unrealistic.”

  • 37 John Tudor // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    if the Palace fans feel their team is well drilled, tactically defensively marshalled,why could parflop not achieve this here . he had more than enough time to achieve it

  • 38 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    That following season ended in promises of the “root and branch review” that amounted to a decision (backed up by commissioned research, we are led to believe) that cups were a bad thing.
    And THAT was the lesson learned.

  • 39 catchy in norway // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:11 PM


    Here here

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Does it really matter now whether Pardew were funded or not after that wonder season?

    If you could finish 5th with what he got that season surely he wouldn’t have to flirt with relegation every season more or less from then on.

    The season we finished 5th will always be one of those things you simply cannot explain.

    It was ineffable! It was impalpable!

  • 41 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    And they aren’t even targets, as Pardew later said when he was missing them.
    They were guidelines.
    Our managers all have double guidelines.
    Don’t finish lower than 17th.
    And don’t finish higher than seventh.

  • 42 Shadow_Shearer // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Any winger we buy has to be able to defend, track back aswel as have attacking attributes like dribbling, crossing, shooting. Unfortunately thuvin can’t do the defending part very well so he sits on the bench after been bought for 13 or 14 million.

  • 43 Thump // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Why are we still talking about Pardew?

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Thump…I just don’t know, but it seems he won’t leave!

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    BandB…if they were only guidelines then surely as a manager you would have lots of options to choose from…

    …why strive for 17th? Or was that not a choice but merely an acknowledgement of his ability?

  • 46 ilovetoon8788 // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    what a joke piece of news. must have been a dry day. we don’t need another thauvin.

  • 47 Mag52 // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:39 PM


    Come off it Jesper. “….flirt with relegation every season more or less from then on” ?
    In the season we played in the Europa Cup, we finished 16th. The other seasons we finished 12th. or better, and we were in when he left.
    Talk about rewriting history.

  • 48 TroubledToon // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    I’d kill for a Charlie Austin article right now!!!

  • 49 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Hatem back in the France squad, the pudgy troublemaker….

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:52 PM


    Season 2014/2015 15th/20
    Season 2014/2015 10th/20
    Season 2014/2015 16th/20

    And season 2014/2015 was just after finishing 5th.

    But knowing you you’ll probably absolve Pardew from last season right 😉

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    It should have read

    Season 2014/2015 15th/20
    Season 2013/2014 10th/20
    Season 2012/2013 16th/20

    And season 2012/2013 was just after finishing 5th.

  • 52 Tsunki // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Hba is upsetting everybody back to international standard then…what a waste of space eh?

  • 53 Ian Toon // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Mag52- I broadly agree with your comments on Pardew. I think you can reasonably factor in to your case the additional games in the Europa; without securing additional cover in key positions. Pardew acknowledged the weaknesses in the squad and the limited youngsters ready to step up. This, outside of the usual suspects, was widely recognised. It placed an intolerable burden on an already small unbalanced squad particularly in defensive areas. The weaknesses remain.

  • 54 Tsunki // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Wait until they find out he won’t defend and insists on taking players on and creating chances. They’ll do their nut.

    So has Ray behaved today? Any more mishaps, pratfalls and clangers I’ve missed?

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    What a troublemaker HBA was…but Barton he’s a player we like to highlight on here as a good example 😉

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    The biggest factor in our demise that season we nearly got relegated is when the players found out the rumours that we didn’t want to win anything were true.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:01 PM


  • 58 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Ian…Pardew never adapted to the players we had or the players brought in…he kept on stubbornly they way he knew…the only way he knew.

    …and the club when backwards from it. And easy option would have been to not giving him an 8 year contract and fire him. Especially after season 2013/2014. That season was a disaster in so many ways.

    But that’s another problem – our board and owner.

  • 59 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    *And = an

  • 60 optimistic prime // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Why blame the Europa league on Pardews failings in the EPL?

    He played mainly kids apart from last 2 games, quite a few of the first team never got a game.

    Pardew took a squad that finished 5th to 16th, we barley played a domestic cup game so it could be argued that the Europa games replaced domestic cup games. We don’t want then either.

  • 61 Tsunki // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    I know the much maligned genius of Pardew is often placed under unfair scrutiny but, I would have thought that even if he couldn’t have had those expensive game winners bought for him that would have made us CL contenders and brought him much – deserved Manager of the Season awards, he could have persuaded the ‘ board’ to at least buy a clutch of inexpensive but experienced defensive workhorses that would have kept his pitifully dismal goals against average down to a war cry. I don’t know how the great man missed that one it must have been the unreasonable expectations of being seriously competitive that distracted him. Shame on you, Newcastle United fans!

  • 62 Tsunki // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Aye Jail I do think the decline of spirits coincided somewhat to revelations of official findings that Cups Kill. Cue Cabaye, Debuchy and others losing their zest somewhat.

  • 63 Tsunki // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    “Guns don’t kill people, Silverware do… “

  • 64 catchy in norway // Nov 5, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Jail, Cabaye needed a team that would 1 pay him the crazy money he was getting at psg , and 2 play him in the first team so he keeps his position in the French squad.

    A player of his ability should be playing for a much better team than palace.

    Throw in the London thing too

  • 65 defenders needed // Nov 5, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Why on earth are we already getting linked with wingers, a position we do not require. We need a 6.2 CB preferably premier league proven or bundesleague, we need a LB to replace Hair Dryer, and a CDM to replace Tiote preferably one who can pick passes out of no where like Cabaye or Jon jo Shelvey. Why is it only people on this F****** Blog Can See that

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