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Board Meeting Held To Identify January Transfer Targets

11:25 pm, Friday, November 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

During the press conference that Steve McClaren held today for the game at Bournemouth tomorrow the second question that was asked was on the January transfer window but Steve laughed and sai there are still a lot of games to play before that and he will address January when we get there.

It´s interesting that the Chronicle is reporting a transfer meeting has been held by the Newcastle Board at St. James´ Park this week as Chief Scout Graham Carr travelled to Newcastle for the meeting with Lee Charnley, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur.

graham carr

Graham Carr – at Board meeting earlier this week

The Chronicle report that McClaren made a presentation on which players he wants and how they will help improve the Newcastle side and the two specific positions he is said wants strengthened are center-back and winger.

Another discussion was on the goalkeeper position and whether Newcastle should move in January to get an experienced keeper in through the end of the season, with Tim Krul out for the season.

But we would be surprised if they do that with Rob Elliott playing well, and new boy Karl Darlow available  when he´s fit in a week or two.

We do expect Newcastle to make some bold (and maybe expensive) moves in  January to reinforce the squad and at the very least we would expect a top center-back and a top striker to be brought in.

Then there´s the decision to be made on whether to bring the free-scoring Adam Armstrong back from his loan spell at Coventry, but we think Steve will let the young striker stay there through the end of the season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Premier League · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonLynx // Nov 6, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    One from each position would be my ideal situation.

    Joel Matip
    Robin Knoche
    John Brooks
    Stefan Bell
    Joel Veltman

    Jetro Willems
    Andrew Robertson

    Granit Xhaka

    In terms of strikers, I’m partial to giving Ayoze and Mitrovic more of a shot up top but if we could get someone with PL experience to support them then I’d be all for that. Think these two could become a leading pair and wouldnt want someone to replace them in the lineup straight from the off.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 6, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    They are not that stupid to bring back Armstrong are they?

    I love how a newspaper always seem to be a fly on the wall at a Newcastle board meeting 😉

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 6, 2015 at 11:51 PM


  • 4 Jib // Nov 6, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    With 7 weeks to go today to the opening of the winter window the silly season is about to go into full swing with us being linked with everyone and their granny.

    We start tonight with being linked in Italy with two central defenders from East of the old iron curtain.

    Georgi Terziev a Bulgarian who plays in Russia for Ludogrets (for those with good memories , he scored at Anfield last year in the Europa cup)

    Also a Brazilian known as Douglas , not the Dutch / Brazilian Douglas but Douglas Silva Bacelar who went straight from Vasco da Gama to Dnipro.

    Terziev is 23 years old 6foot and a right thug.

    Douglas is 25 yo 6 foot 3″ and quite a hardcase as well.

    If we have enquired about these players (debatable ) , it would appear that the coaching team is looking to toughen up our back division.

  • 5 jane // Nov 7, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    I’m a bit surprised at tomorrow’s match odds with Bournemouth at just over evens and Newcastle over 2/1. really can’t see Bournemouth winning.

    Jib you are posting late, didn’t you mean to post as me 😉

  • 6 lesh // Nov 7, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Jeez, Ed and his son must rattling away on their keyboards!


  • 7 lesh // Nov 7, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Rattling away so hard, everyone’s exhausted and in their pits.

    Say night night everyone. Night night. Mmmmmm …… zzzzzzzzzz


  • 8 JDdubai // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:46 AM

    Only way they cant be looking at a CM is that the plan is to bring in a wide player and move Wijnaldum to CM to do the box to box stuff.

    CB, CM and CF needed in Jan, others in the summer.

  • 9 JDdubai // Nov 7, 2015 at 4:12 AM

    ITS MATCH DAY!!!!!!!

    God im much happier now to actually look forward to games rather than how it was last year when my apathy meant even match day was just..meh.

  • 10 ilovetoon8788 // Nov 7, 2015 at 4:15 AM

    WINGER?? WINGER??? we need a LB AND CB.

    but i doubt we’ll replace colo and let him sit on bench. he’s captain. meaning we don’t be signing a CB.

  • 11 TroubledToon // Nov 7, 2015 at 4:23 AM

    Gotta agree with u JD.. There’s atleast hope for a good game and a positive result

  • 12 jimmysmith // Nov 7, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    Yes! Yes! Yes! It i IS match day. C’mon comrade Dennis Twice. Where are you. Let’s have ya’ son. Rally the troops, and the lads. Three f#cken points! C’mon!!!!!!

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 7, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    What a busy morning this is?

  • 14 lochinvar // Nov 7, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Interesting that a Board Meeting to discuss transfers was held last week. Was it a crisis meeting because they had badly planned this years season a while back in the hope that they could buy half the players required for the start of the season and the other half in January to save money ?
    Smacks of a Dire Sports marketing deal along the lines of a BOGOF style promotion.
    If the club had ambition under Ashley Penfold and co should have been ahead of the game not playing catch up.

  • 15 sing in the corner // Nov 7, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Cautiously confident in a 2 or 3 one win today. Mitro is a player, and has desire..looks like he means business and is getting fitter game on game. He’s lasting longer into the second half than he was when he arrived. Looks like he’s shed a few pounds to me. Needs Sissoko and Wij to keep supplying the ammo though. Sissoko was unlucky not to score against Stoke,hope he gets one today. It’d be reward for his increased application in the last few weeks! HWTL!!

  • 16 Ian Toon // Nov 7, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Having watched Harry Kane’s devastation of Bournemouth I can see Mitrovic coming of age today. If the free flowing movement of our performance against Norwich can be replicated why not. The Wijnaldum goals, well certainly the first three of his four were for the purists just exceptional. But the Mitrovic goal has been described to me by some senior toon fans as reminiscent of Super Mac in the 1970’s. They feel he has it in him – so why not today.
    Just recall the Mitrovic goal in the Norwich game it was a real barnstorming effort and for me in a season of few toon goals this season; the pick for a jump in the air with sheer delight. It came in a game where team movement and our inter play was excellent. You’ll recall Moussa throughout was in the thick of most of our good flowing play and it was from an astute pass to Perez, who returned the ball to Sissoko as he continued his run. Sissoko then arrowed a pinpoint pass on to the chest of Mitrovic. His control from his chest allowed him to volley finish for a memorable goal.
    More of the free flowing quality attacking football. You know it makes sense. Today please.

  • 17 sing in the corner // Nov 7, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    I think SM has learned from the Watford home game. The defensive approach has been shelved,at least against so called lesser opposition. Against Makems and Stoke we looked a different team to the one I saw that day. Thankfully. But yes, it’s time to deliver points now. Something to show for our definite improvement in play..

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