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Newcastle Top Target Available Next Month

3:16 pm, Sunday, December 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Newcastle United will need to ensure that sufficient reinforcements are brought in next month so that the team can compete effectively during the second half of the season and still be a Premier League club in May.

At the moment with the team is third from bottom of the Premier League that’s by no means a certainty, especially after our flirtation with relegation last May.


Jonjo Shelvey – could be available in January for the right offer

But there could be some good news for Newcastle that Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins – who is till trying to appoint a manager to replace the sacked Garry Monk – could be willing to listen to offers for central midfield star Jonjo Shelvey in January, according to reports in south Wales.

It looks like Alan Curtis will remain in temporary charge of the side over the next couple of games and we suppose whether Jonjo Shelvey is made available to some extent will be dependent on who the new manager becomes – and whether he will want to lose the central midfielder.

Recent managers linked with the Swansea job include former Borussia Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre.

Not many well run clubs – and Swansea are a well-run club – agree to let their best players leave in January, but there may be a chance Newcastle can get Shelvey – the former Charlton and Liverpool player – for around £5M.

With Swansea getting 4 points and two clean sheets from their last two games against West Ham and West Brom  – they have now moved above Newcastle in the league table and may not be willing to sell their star player to another team fighting against relegation.

Former Newcastle target Bafe Gomis is also being reported in south Wales as wanting to move on next month, but the 30 year-old won’t be coming to Newcastle.

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

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 optimistic prime // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    I thought Austin was eds no1 target.?

    Actually when’s the last Austin article of the year? I don’t want to miss it!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Really thought it was another Charlie Austin thread

  • 3 Nufc-83 // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Do everything possible to get this player though the door imagine having a cm who could pass more than 5 yards or even forward instead of backwards and sideways would be crazy!!

  • 4 optimistic prime // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:25 PM


    Just out of interest and not a wind up.

    How would you feel if Shelvey joined NUFC?

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Managers shouldn’t be board members either and neither should former secretaries!

  • 6 JamesToon // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:28 PM


    £5m would be an absolute steal.

    Top priority in January should be Shelvey

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Great morning on the blog lads, I think there has been no swearing at each other, no massive fallings out (only the obvious) and we have managed to have several discussions with lots of differing viewpoints, contributions from all locations and a few laughs. Well done and long may it continue.

    Happy New Year!

  • 8 jimmysmith // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Number one target? 5million?

    Ed, you can’t just make these things up ya’ know fella.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Happy New Year 😉

  • 10 Sazzer // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    I would take Barkley for £5M over Shelvey. =)

  • 11 Mister Tuff // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Next game will see us exactly half way through the season – currently 18 games played with a points haul of 17 and with the second worst defence. Third bottom – this is relegation stuff.
    They are going to have to get some decent re -enforcements in – they’ve got the cash -no doubt about that.
    Will we be buying or getting in loans.
    Who is going to come when we are in a perilous position.
    The likes of Townsend/Naismith -who we’ve been linked with are not the answer.
    We’ve heard about a decent list of players/with a star player from Carver. Ambitious plans have been heralded -not to the fans though.
    Wally has come out with a load of bluster – judge me after 10 then 12 now 19.
    What an unholy mess -the architect of which is Tubbs himself – employing a load of knackers.
    We’ll see their intent over the next few weeks -could be anybody’s guess who they’ll hire.
    Unrest may increase after the break – if we find we’ve been duped again.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    break = window

  • 13 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    I hope this guy isn’t our top target. He was poor at Liverpool, better at this team he is now, admittedly.

    We need speed in this team. A Bellamy, if you will.

    On another subject: when Wini plays well we win, when not we lose. How to get him to play well more consistently? Has anyone noticed? Is he played in different positions? Does the opposition ‘eliminate’ him?

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Jail my dear friend, pardew is a legend he’s done more than any of our previous managers we have had apart from Sir Bobby Robson of course.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    optimistic prime

    As long as he’s with one of the clubs then I’m happy, fans I think dont know how good he is.

  • 16 OneAlanShearer // Dec 27, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Shelvey should be a key target for us. He fits exactly what we are missing.

    Ever Banega as well.

    I’d love to think the regime are actually going to invest sufficiently but you can bet they won’t.

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