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Southampton Likely To Beat Newcastle To Transfer Target

1:07 am, Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Both Newcastle and Southampton were beaten 1-0 yesterday in the Premier League – the Magpies losing 1-0 at Arsenal and the Saints lost 1-0 at Norwich.

Newcastle remain 18th but lost ground to Sunderland and Norwich  who both won – and Bournemouth drew at Leicester.

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Henri Saivet – Saints are in for the 25 year-old midfielder

That´s just one point from the last four games for Newcastle and although we played well and deserved something out of this game – we must start picking up points – wins – if we are to have any chance of surviving this season.

Southampton are 13th on 24 points and are now battling Newcastle for 25 year-old Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet, and it looks like they are in a good position to pip Newcastle to the player.

Saivet has already indicated to Graham Carr that he is worried about Newcastle´s precarious position in the Premier League, and our  third 1-0 defeat in a row today will not have helped with that.

Saivet seems more interested in a move to the south coast with either Southampton or Bournemouth,  who are also interested in signing the player.

It looks like Newcastle will only survive this season if we get three or four good players in during this January transfer window.

But unfortunately if Saints beat us to Saivet – it will not have been the first time they beaten us to a target over the least three years.

Southampton are one of the growing number of clubs in the Premier League who now have much higher ambitions than Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

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

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sav // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    Not claiming to be an expert in European football but not convinced this is the player we need. As we showed today, its not the midfield that is the main problem.

  • 2 NewcastleMole // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:34 AM

    Midfield is a major problem. We have Colback & Anita/Tiote all 3 complete and utter useless. Shelvey should be priority target then prob Austin. Nolan on a 6month deal would be crazy to pass up even just to have back in the dressing room. I’d also consider looking at CB possibly some one like Caulker

  • 3 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    I think ayoze was our weakest player. At fault for goal. Decided to fall asleep infront of goal and kocielny toe poked it into the net.

    Defensive positioning was atrocious and he simply doesn’t have the defensive discipline.

    That is in contrast to what thauvin has. Thauvin is very discipline and gas the know-how to to defend.

    Mclaren is a poor manager and he is the worst manager in the league in utilising his subs. I feel if he made better use of subs we could have won more games.

    I really have no idea why mclaren simply refuses to use the subs early. Brining on sdj in the 87 min. God sake..

  • 4 Magpie Season // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:40 AM


    Agree with Anita mate but against Arsenal Tiote & Colback completely took over the midfield. Tiote in particular was very impressive. We do need cover but the wide areas are a concern

    Sissoko & Wijnaldum can’t play out wide they need to play centrally where they are more effective. As we saw SM changed one of them & put Wijnaldum behind Mitrovic, but then that left Perez on the wing in an unfamiliar position.

    My opinion, but decent wingers that are in our range, such as Townsend, & play them there. Or change the system & play narrow to accomodate all our central minded players.

  • 5 Magpie Season // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:42 AM


    Normally I agree but going by the match we were on top performance wise but just failed to capitalise on chances. What would have subs done to change that? De Jong himself missed a sitter against Villa. SM didn’t want to change the team playing well & creating chances but just not converting. We had no one on the bench that could have done that.

  • 6 Magpie Season // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:43 AM

    Interesting though in the post-match interview Arsene Wenger said we won’t go down for sure.

  • 7 U.S Magpie // Jan 3, 2016 at 4:14 AM

    It was actually good seeing Tiote playing like old Tiote. Colback was solid enough but we really need a play maker and that his job and scoring a goal every now and then. Sissy has these amazing runs but loses the ball a ton and does not really finish anything. If we had someone like Shearer today we would have been 3/4 goals up on Arsenal. It’s an easy fix, center back that can plat also left back / Goal keeper for when Elliot’s gets injured again, a play maker in the middle of the park and an attacker that has both feet and can header the ball into the net. Without this we are phucked and royally at that, still not convinced with McClaren when all these other teams that look on paper worse than us seem to play well and beat teams we are getting killed by.

  • 8 cyprus // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    It’s getting desperate, as luck is deserting us… Everton, no pens given etc. Wini, Mitrovic should definitely have scored. The dedense was rock solid, we limited Arsenal to a couple shots on goal!!

    Solution. Agree with Shearer it’s obvious. One 15 mil striker AND Armstrong for good measure. Safe.

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