Even More Top Clubs After Newcastle´s Budding Superstar

There is news coming out of Spain today that Arsenal have entered the race to sign Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez after both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have already registered an interest.

Tottenham were reported to have bid £15M for the 22 year-old Spanish striker on the last day of the summer transfer window, but Newcastle turned down that offer.

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Ayoze Perez – big clubs interested

In the most recent Fans Forum meeting a couple of weeks ago Lee Charnley reiterated the club had turned down some big offers for their top players over the summer and we assume one of them was the Spurs offer for Perez.

Fichajes in Spain are reporting that Arsenal are now interested in the player who Newcastle signed 17 months ago for just €2M from Tenerife.

Perez is playing up front with Aleksandar Mitrovic at the moment and he´s been in great form over the last four or five games and has 3 goals in 10 appearances for us this season.

Last season he scored 7 goals in 39 appearances and that wasn´t too bad for a player who was signed for Peter Beardsley´s Development squad.

We don´t expect Newcastle to lose any top players in January, but we´re not sure what´s going to happen next summer.

Some of that will depend on where we finish in the Premier League and how successful Steve McClaren and company will be in their first season on Tyneside.

If we can finish in the top ten in the league and get some good players in during the January transfer window our next test will be to keep our top players from leaving the club this summer.

If we are to build a top side again we have to find some way of keeping players like Ayoze Perez at the club.

Giving the youngster a new improved contract soon – would be a big help in keeping Perez on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 13, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    I think 20M will shift him, ever player has a value and my guess is that his is 20M.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    We have a quiz show here in the UK called Pointless, they ask 100 members of the public a question and the aim is to find an answer that no one else has said, I reckon every single Danish comedian would get you a pointless answer and therefore the jackpot.
    Funnily enough if you Google Danish comedians the first name that comes up is, would you believe it, yes, Viktor Borge.

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    You have to think that after heaping fulsome praise on the kids head , that McClaren would fight to keep him.
    SM has said that Wolfsburg’s tumble down the Bundesliga which got him the sack was because they foolishly sold Edin Dzeko to Man City.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think McLaren has any say in who gets sold, I’m sure Pardew fought to keep Cabaye and offer Demba Ba the going rate but the computer says no.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    What about Sandi Toksvig?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Ron Knee,
    I never even knew that was her name, she’s half British, does that count ?

  • toon kk

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Every player at every club has a value, so if the right offer comes in and MA eyes sparkle he’ll be cashed in. There’s a buy to sell regime at Newcastle so its all part of the business plan.
    whether he’d be replaced is another story, certainly not with a like for like.

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    It would take whatever they get for Perez be it 15 or 20 million , to replace him , so it would be a bit of a pointless exercise. Remember he has 18 months of PL experience under his belt .
    If he should go , it will be his choice.
    I don’t think I would ever begrudge a young player the opportunity to play for Manchester United Chelsea or Man City (but not Arsenal please not Arsenal)

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9


    I didn’t know that. She always stresses her Danishness – if such a word exists.

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Danicity ?

  • lesh

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Find a way to keep our top players wouldn’t be a problem if Ashley’d pay them decent money AND show a real desire to become a ‘big club’!

    It’s not rocket science is it!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    How many players have been offered new improved deals over the last few years ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    You’re not following the programme jib, he doesn’t get replaced with another top player though does he, they find some one else from a lower league who may or may not come good

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Not any more you are living in the past

  • expatmag

    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    A few anomolies here, especially if you believe what has been said and done since the WHU game last season.

    For example:

    Ashley saying he will now spend. Subsequently spends in excess of £50m in the summer and widely agreed more substantial money set aside to spend over the next 2 windows.

    When you factor in our current league position, it doesnt make any sense at all to sell the likes of Perez and Sissoko only to have to find replacements.

    I doubt there will be any significant sales until the summer at the very least as we will need all our better players to fight relegation.

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    All the speculation has arisen from an almost throw away remark (repeated a couple of times since) by McClaren .Viz, that £150 million is available over 3 windows.
    Whether it is 3 consecutive windows or 3 Summer windows , and whether it is £50 million per window isn’t known but extensively speculated on.
    This January should bring some answers .

  • expatmag

    Nov 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17


    Regardless of when or if, the facts remain that in order to avoid relegation, two things are definite.

    1….We need to hold on to our better players so Man Utd etc can fcuk right off.

    2…We need to improve the squad with better players especially in defence and out wide.

  • dannitoon

    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Stop stating spurs as a top club….

    Man utd… arsenal…. Chelsea and city are the only top clubs ahead of us… for obvious reasons…

  • AncientC

    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #19

    I have noticed that pop-up scareware is now part of the process when coming onto this blog using an android device.

    I have no problems with adverts, but I really do not appreciate ‘scareware ads’ attempting to spoof/hijack users into downloading other content.

    On Perez, I don’t believe we should sell him, but £20 million would be a considerable offer. He isn’t really a £10 million striker yet, it is all based on potential and potential isn’t always realised.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #20

    dannitoon – spot on.Exactly my thoughts too!!

  • lochinvar

    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #21

    January is two months away and the press are playing Russian Roulette with each other as to who has the best or most exaggerated story.

    Perez has barely started to become a main stay of our team and if we are to move forward as a top club then he stays. Simple.
    If Real Madrid want to offer £50million then maybe but if McLaren talks about leadership then he should lead by examples and make clear statements that no-one is going anywhere to the likes of Arsenal and that Newcastle are ambitious for success ( remember “two Cups and Champions League place ” ? ) .

    After all there’s little point in supporting any team in any sport that is there just to make up the numbers.
    If Ashley thinks the long term is served by an indifferent approach to winning then he count our two season tickets as gone. ( but he won’t notice anyway ) Reality is that our seats would be taken by part time prawn sandwich eaters and the atmosphere at SJP goes down the toilet. We’re only bums on seats and the Premier League is ending up like the Odeon – you might try to go and watch the occasional blockbuster but the rest of the time you just wait for the DVD to come out and watch at home.

    It really is time for Ashey to go – what’s the expression , ah yes ” Ashley OOT !

  • jasper

    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #22

    There can be no doubt that Ashley has every intention of making money from his ownership of NUFC. He has no particular love or even affiliation with the club. He will make his money by using it as a vehicle to promote SD, or by selling at a profit to a foreign billionaire.

    What I find tedious is the assertion that we are a selling club. Where is the evidence of this? Carroll went for silly money and all agree that we did very well out of it, a bullet dodged in fact. Bra had a get out, Cabaye went on strike and Debuchy was pretty unsettled as well.

    Ashley cannot afford for NUFC to go down, if that happened his investment and income, both direct (tv) and indirect (SD advertising), would be at great risk. He is not going to sell a core squad member for even £20m if this would risk several £100m. Yes, he is money centric, and this is how his mind works.

    Which is not to say that his interests and ours coincide in any way. We want good football and a trophy at least once in a while. I don’t think that he gives a toss for either of these. So long as we are comfortably clear of the drop zone he will be satisfied. If we fluke the CL then so much the better from his point of view but I doubt that he has this as a target, unlike the owners of the current challengers.

    I’d like Ashley out, but only for someone else with equally deep pockets but much more interest in winning. Not another Venkey or Fernandez or we will end up in a much worse place than we are now.

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #23

    If you go into your browsers menu
    It should have a section called Add Ons.
    In Add Ons if you go to Plug Ins , you should be able to disable said Plug Ins while you blog , then reactivate them when you have finished.
    A bit of a slavver on I know , but it makes for better blogging 🙂

  • sweendog

    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #24

    wouldn’t sell Ayoze for less that 30mill, wait and see what the new TV money is going to do for transfer fee’s, especially strikers. if we can replace with a top 25 year old striker and 10 mill in the bank its a done deal.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 13, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #25

    AcientC…In addition to Jibs suggestion, if you want to disable all ads on your android, you could use this:


    I use the desktop version for Firefox and it works a treat.

    On thread…Not going to get wound up about speculation. It will be interesting to see what happens if a bug bid is submitted.

    Selling players is part of the game / business. Where people object is when we get top money, but only invest smaller amounts on players who might fill that particular hole. We apparently don’t need to sell, so we shouldn’t be entertaining offers for our most talented and promising players, of which Perez is one (for me anyway).

    On the Colo letter. Fine, communication, I get it. Do they think we’re stupid though? What’s all that about he’s always been happy here? He has said otherwise previously. It just discredits the whole thing, imo, where there is no need.

    If they want people to have faith, cut out the lies and misdirection. Simple.

  • SUTTY1978

    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #26

    If Perez were at another club and we were looking to buy him then: –

    a) I wouldnt be too bothered if we got him or not
    b) I wouldnt think he was worth more than about £8-10M tops.

    he’s scored 10 goals in a season and a half, cant see any fans of these “big clubs” being too desperate for their team to sign him.

  • AncientC

    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Jasper, the club could have rewarded Ba & Cabaye with improved contracts. If you do not rewards players for outperforming their pay bracket, they will go elsewhere to find it. It is a way of engineering a sale.

    From what I recall, the club were offering Ba improved terms to stay, but at that point is was far too late as Chelsea & Arsenal had already turned his head. Basically the club didn’t want to offer Ba anymore money until their bluff was called and they realised other clubs would offer him more.

    It was obvious Debuchy would become unsettled if Cabaye left the club – the hierarchy would have known this, they also would have known that Cabaye would leave the club sooner or later without improved terms. They banked on Cabaye and Debuchy leaving, allowing the club to cash in – proven by the club doing nothing to keep either player.

    You will notice the club giving out long term deals (5 and 6 years) to new players, those will be players considered to have high potential for increased sell on value. The whole point of the exercise being to bring in new players who will hopefully improve – playing the middle phase of their contracts for less wages than they are worth, then flogging them on with 2 years to 18 months left on their deals.

    The good gambles get shifted on, the club gets stuck with the ones that didn’t work out.

  • AncientC

    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Thanks for the recommendations to block ads on Android, btw.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #29

    best post of the week:

    1….We need to hold on to our better players so Man Utd etc can fcuk right off.

    esp manure… I simply fcuking hate them..

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #30

    The likes of Ba and Remy have proven by their behaviour at other clubs that they are in it for the money and don’t mind sitting on the bench (don’t blame them for that btw)
    Cabaye was the excepton with his international ambitions.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #31

    JIb…Not sure I’d put Ba in there tbh. No doubting he’s in it for the money, however, didn’t he seek pastures new to obtain first team football after the Chelsea move? Or was he given his marching orders?

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Then again, maybe not. I see he’s now playing at Shanghai Shenhua, after playing a year at Be?ikta?. Clearly he likes a move and the money that goes with it.

    Not sure about happy to be a benchwarmer though. It was only really at Chelsea and he was there 18 months.

  • Sazzer

    Nov 13, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Right now I wouldn’t bet on Perez leaving in January. If he starts scoring more goals then the situation might change.

  • Ravostag

    Nov 17, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Tell them all to s.d off. Perez would only be a bench warmer but then he would quadruple his wages x


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