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Newcastle To Make Bold Move In January Transfer Window

8:36 am, Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Newcastle United will be making a bold move in the upcoming transfer market for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

Certainly we need another striker brought in because we have too much trouble scoring goals – and Newcastle have only 16 goals in our 15 league games.

Only Aston Villa, Swansea and West Brom have scored fewer goals.

Maybe the great 2-0 win against Liverpool will help us get some good players in during the January transfer window and we need to do that to retain our Premier League status.

Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino – West Brom striker

Not only that but those running the club should be going all out to fortify the squad so we can even have a decent season – although our start has been one of our worst ever.

Berahino was on the bench again over the weekend and it seems he will be available for sale in January, but Spurs have to be the top favorites to sign him.

Newcastle were reported to be interested in him over the summer and we may have a chance to sign him next month because West Brom don’t want to sell him to the north London club.

There was a lot of hassle between Spurs and West Brom  over the summer and that could even open up the way for Newcastle.

Newcastle fans are getting a little fed up with the pathetic way the club is being run and some big signings in January are what’s needed to get the fans back on the side of the club.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was signed in the summer, but he´s taking some time to settle in – and we have to remember he’s still only 21.

Saido already has ample experience in the Premier League with 80 games played and he´s scored 22 PL goals and his speed could give Newcastle a new dimension up front.

Overall Saido has played a total of 124 games including loan spells at Northampton, Brentford and
Peterborough and scored 44 goals.

At 22 he’s four years younger than 26 year-old Charlie Austin and some in the club could be thinking he’s a better buy for us than Charlie.

The youngster would be a popular signing if we can get him in – but that still has to be a big if.

Comments welcome.

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

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    If he goes
    and it’s a big if
    It will be to Spuds

  • 2 Magpie Season // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:40 AM


    From previous post: “For Champions League final
    Barcelona €57.9 million Juventus €63 million”

    Juve earn more than Barca? How is that possible?

  • 3 Magpie Season // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    As for the FA cup, if we are still in relegation battle nearing the draw, he won’t field a strong team & will disregard the cup as safety would be the main issue.

    Remember, Wigan & Birmingham both won domestic cups & got relegated.

  • 4 AncientC // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    The Europa league is our only realistic path to the Champions League, which is the biggest draw of the cup to me.

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Magpie season

    Those teams were tipped for relegation anyway, the cup run was nothing to do with it.

    The winner of the cups, or even runner up barely ever get relegated. That was just a handy myth for ashley/pardew to use when we got beat in a cup tie early on.

  • 6 Jib // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Aston Villa were 17th and made £68.6 million from the EPL more than 20 times what would have been won winning the FA cup.

    If the parsimonious FA marketed the cup properly instead of giving it free to the BBC and ITV year after year and gave some decent prize money , it could be on a par with the Superbowl on viewing figures.

  • 7 goommy // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    I think Berahino and Townsend was overrated. We should look for other english young player instead.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:55 AM


    BT sport have some of it now. The reality is if it’s a good “product” tv companies will spend money, it’s not massively popular outside of England as many over seas don’t know about lower league football and aren’t interested.

    Regardless of prize money the prestige is huge. Plus it gets a Europa League spot which in turn gets you champions league if you win.

  • 9 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    We do need a player like Berahino with his pace and goal scoring ability but I think Spurs will come back in for him and get him this time hes been sitting on the bench not increasing in value !

    I think we may try to sign Lacazette again his stock has fallen a good bit recently which is just the type of player we like !! Reduced for the January sales!!

  • 10 Jib // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Magpie Season
    “UEFA has announced €482.9 million in market pool money for each of the next three champions league seasons. Which will be distributed according proportional value of each TV market (Country/League). So the market pool awarded to each country’s league will be distributed among the teams from that league according to their performance in previous league season and how many matches they will play in the given champions league season.”

    Basically because Juve are from Italy with more TV coverage rights they got a larger share of the Market pool monies

  • 11 lesh // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Ed’s headline really ought to contain a question mark – he’ll never come to us in the state that we’re in.

    Yes we need a proven striker but more importantly, we need a large injection of ambition, vision and competent management of the Club.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:56 AM


    Also, prize money isn’t the be all and end all. Barely any difference for winning the league or coming second, but surely you’d rather win it.

  • 13 Toon Tang // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Attilio Lombardo used to make bald moves in the transfer market. We should follow his business model.

  • 14 lesh // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    And getting into the ECL would mean that Sissoko’s ambition will have been met and he’d stay with us!!

  • 15 Jib // Dec 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Transfer Sage
    As I say it’s all down to marketing.
    Lots of folk around the world who would be pushed to name an NFL player watch the Superbowl.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Dec 8, 2015 at 9:11 AM


    The last super bowl had 160mil viewers, only 60mil outside of the USA. Not huge for their show piece, granted bigger than the FA cup but going off what I have seen a lot just watch it for the half time show, not the game itself.

    The FA cup could be done better but I like that there are free to watch games, it’s what the cup is about historically.

    Sky have the league cup, I prefer that format of cup myself, but I don’t think it’s any better for being on Sky.

  • 17 Goldmbemba // Dec 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Dont see the point of Saido coming here. Brom are above us in the table, at the moment you have to say they have a better chance of staying up at this moment in time.

    Would rather have Austin in that price range. We just need a thug who can bundle the ball over the line more times than the other team.

    But Ive only recently realised how thin our squad actually is, think we could just do with a few more bodies.

  • 18 James RS // Dec 8, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Agreed Goldmbemba Id also rather have Austin at a better price. Don’t think Berahinho is particularly good value for money and is not really that prolific; there are lots of strikers around better than him.I don’t particularly rate him so hope its not true could prove to be another waste of money.

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