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Newcastle Have £12.8M Bid Rejected For Italian International Striker

9:13 am, Saturday, January 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 113 Comments

It is being reported in Italy that Newcastle United have had a €17M (£12.8M) bid for 24 year-old Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini turned down.

The 6 times capped Italian International is said to be interesting several Premier League clubs at the moment with West Ham United, Swansea and Crystal Palace all interested – but it looks like Newcastle may be the first club to have made a formal offer for the player.

Manolo Gabbiadini

24 year-old Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini

Sky Sports Italia are reporting that Newcastle have offered €17M plus bonuses to try to get the 6ft 1ins tall Italian striker to Tyneside.

The striker has been at Sampdoria and Juventus before signing on at Napoli only a year ago for €13M (£9.8M), which was to be split equally between Sampdoria and Juventus,

Each of those clubs owned 50% of the player at the time of the deal 12 months ago.

In August of 2012 Gabbiadini made his debut for the full Italian side in the second half of the friendly match against England in Bern, which Italy lost 2–1.

He had previously played 24 times for the Italian U21 side with an impressive 12 goals.

Since he signed for Napoli last  January he has scored 11 goals in 30 total appearances for the Italian club and while at Sampdoria for two seasons he scored 19 goals in 50 total appearances.

The player never actually played for Juventus but in 2012 the Italian powerhouse signed Gabbiadini in a co-ownership financial agreement for €5.5M – and then they immediately sent him on loan to Bologna where he scored 7 goals in 31 total appearances.

Gabbiadini is said to be versatile, creative and a very hardworking player, who can play in a number of different positions including as a striker, forward, attacking midfielder or as a winger on either side.

He has significant pace – something Newcastle don´t  have an abundance of – and is said to be a very good technical player.

But we have to think that Newcastle´s low position right now in the Premier League has to be a negative in trying to sign a player like Gabbiadini – even if we are able to agree a fee with Napoli.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

113 responses so far ↓

  • 1 OneAlanShearer // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    I’m not sure this is true. Swansea are meant to have bid 2 days ago and their chairman came out and said he’d never even heard of him yesterday. Could just be agent talk.

  • 2 blew // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Our Chief Scout has found somewhere other
    than France to enjoy his Jollies.
    Not a prolific striker – Carrs type.

  • 3 WestOzMag // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Our chief scout should be fired. Isn’t all these signings his recommendations ?

  • 4 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    It’s hard enough attracting players who live down south to make the move to a north east relegation threatened club, never mind bringing some poor soul from the Italian league playing for a team who are 3rd in the Italian league.

    They’re all deluded

  • 5 Ron Knee // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:37 AM


    We might win a few matches in the Championship (emphasis on ‘might’)!

  • 6 NoahJ // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    can someone explain to me why:

    1. Facundo Ferreyra literally never played a single minute of competitive football for us, despite us paying a large loan fee to get him

    2. Sylvain Marveaux is apparently fit, being handsomely paid, and can’t even get on the bench (which is already deplete)- despite us crying out for wingers

    3. Rolando Aarons is probably our most exciting prospect, and is imminently out of contract

    4. Jonas was the (partial) saviour for us last season, and was treated like a rodent – I would actually have him playing for us even today. or at least a coaching role (we need players who know the history and culture of the club)

    5. we didn’t spend £10m on austin (a proven goalscorer) yet spend more than that on Thauvin (who is unproven, and is poorly regarded in France)

    … why are these decisions allowed to happen, when Ashley is an apparent ‘clever’ businessman?

  • 7 AncientC // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Charnley does not sign the players, nor is he responsible for getting the best out of them when they are signed.

    If a scout is told to go scour France for cheap deals, he will come back with a list of players, surprise, surprise.

  • 8 NoahJ // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    … I almost forgot, added to point 1- let us not forget the Amalfitano fiasco!

  • 9 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    The whole scenario of our player recruitment is a mess. Carr recommends players who are long shots to make it in the Premier League, often paying too much as well, and then they are playing for dull-witted English managers like Pardew and McClaren who have no hope of getting the best out of them anyway. How Ashley and Charnley cannot see what a flawed model they have put in place is mind-boggling. Perhaps they never look at the table.

  • 10 AncientC // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    I am sure if Carr was a scout for Chelsea, he would be looking at the same players, yup, Carr is to blame for model he works under.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Sampdoria was always my team in Italy (long story) and only Roma has interested me as well (Montella), but Gabbiadini is not a winger in the English sense of the word!

    Don’t buy tho players and put him wide in a 4-5-1.

    Another point he’s a creative player…like his kind will ever get a real chance to shine. I can hear the bigotry already…he doesn’t track back bla bla bla bla

  • 12 reilly // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    L’Équipe are reporting that Newcastle United have entered into contract extension talks with Moussa Sissoko

  • 13 Jib // Jan 9, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    On this wintry cold Cup morning , something Mexicanish to warm the cockles of your heart

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Ancient…the problem is the system. Just the other day McClaren was asked if we had bid x amount of £ for a club and his answer was “I have no idea”.

    In what world does the HC not have that kind of knowledge and he’s a board member.

    If Carr and McClaren are not in tune then you’ll have a disaster on your hands for sure.

  • 15 AncientC // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Jesper, McClaren sits on the club board and probably knows as much about transfers as we do.

    To be fair, unless you are going to hire a top class manager, you wouldn’t want a patsy let loose with a cheque book anyway.

  • 16 Jib // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    It’s absurd to think all transfers can be attributed to one scout therefore equally absurd to ascribe every flop to that scout.
    For me the biggest oxygen thief in footballing terms in the club is Gabriel Obertan and that was a deal done between Pardew and Ferguson in August 2011 , the same summer that Carr got Yohan Cabaye from Lille and found the unattached Demba Ba !

  • 17 MacToon // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Ian, stop being an idiot. We all know what YOU’RE about. Lost soul if ever there was one. Thought you had promised not to name drop me anymore but alas, here we are again ……………………..

  • 18 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Ancient@10. How can you not blame Carr? Cabella, Riviere – now Thauvin. That 25 million or thereabouts pissed up against the wall on players who most good judges wouldn’t have had anywhere near the Premier League. Sure he is not in a position to be looking to sign superstars but his judgement has to be seriously called into question.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    *should read player and not club

  • 20 ToonMatt // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    The whole set up is a disaster? You have someone like Charnley in charge of transfers who has no knowledge of football? I remember Joey Barton being shocked at him getting the job, Ashley has taken too many gambles now and come the end of the season he will look like an utter fool when we get relegated, Next season I think he will finally sell up when he misses out on that TV money and I hope he does!

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Ancient…if McClaren knows nothing more than us about transfers then you have a guy who simply doesn’t care about it!

  • 22 AncientC // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Overrated, Carr did not sign any of those players as far as I am aware.

    As for Cabella and Riviere, their stats stood up before they joined. The scout found players with reputable stats from a weaker league, which I assume was his mission.

    Do you believe the club signs every player Carr recommends, maybe it is 1 in 2, 1 in 4, more maybe?

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    TOF…are basing your opinion on whether a player is a good PL match on how he’s doing here?

  • 24 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    There is huge disconnect between what the fat b@st@rd gives to Carr as his remit and what he gives to Maclaren as his remit.

    It’s almost as if Carr is his buyer of stock and Maclaren is just the manager of one his shops. I used to own a load of shops in Spain and 80% of the stock we bought was bought by the franchisor’s buyer so it was always an interesting time seeing what stock came through….we had no say in it whatsoever so whatever came through we stuck on the shelves and hoped it would sell…some stuff we thought was cr@p sold like hot cakes and some stuff didn’t…you just never knew to be honest and it looks to be a bit like how newcastle is run and certainly the quality of managers of the shops made quite a bit of difference and it’s no wonder Ashley heavily incentivises his staff linked to performance to ensure they wok hard at turning over the stock.

    Maclaren however is a very poor manager who simply doesn’t know what to do with the stock shoved his way…he doesn’t organise his stock well, his stock rotation is rubbish and he can’t be arsed to change things round leaving what he think won’t sell on the stockroom instead giving some stock a chance.

    The Franchisor was a horrible horrible man of Jewish distraction and all he did was buy end of line lots for next to nothing in the hope of selling at a huge profit and I used to hate him for it…but at the end of the day we made decent money and you put up with it unpalatable as it was….so very similar to the fat b@st@rd

    My point in a roundabout way is there is no buying of players by Carr to fulfil a need or to strengthen a position or to satisfy the requirements of certain set-up…the instruction from above is to buy cheap, maintain on half decent wages and to sell high just like his tat shops.

    Interesting though his tat shops are now doing just as badly as NUFC …strange that isn’t it!

    I think that’s called karma 🙂

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:27 AM


  • 26 WWSBRD // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Sports Direct not doing so well it seems…what a shame

    Pretty sure I read about Swansea bidding the same a few days ago? Turned out to be bs…haven’t we already been agent bait for a Napoli based player this month anyway? Hmm

  • 27 Mister Tuff // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Ian Toon – stop your blog mischief and blog trickery.
    Most posters know your game as you’ve been caught out previously with you con man tactics. Caught with you pants down if I may say so.
    Just give it a rest – why not spend your time not being the blog bitch, but perhaps thinking up another daft phrase like “Maccas bwave new world” – on second thoughts don’t bother.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Sparky…I like your last post mate 🙂

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    I find Mr Tuff to be both amusing and witty, while at the same time right thinking in matters NUFC.

    He may have a problem with Ian Toon and Jib, but sadly who doesn’t.

  • 30 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    It’s not the Wicked Witch of the West who is responsible for us being sat in the relegation zone is it? Ashley, Charnley, Carr and McLaren are primarily the guilty parties and I have no qualms about being critical of any and all of them. You can tell me I’m wrong when we are somewhere other than the bottom three or four for any length of time lads.

  • 31 WestOzMag // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Jeff in benwell
    Agree with post 16 although Carr has to take most of the blame imo

  • 32 Ian Toon // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Mr Tuff- Your rewriting history. The only blogger to my knowledge that was caught out as you crudely put it was your accomplice Jail posing as Raj. I really don’t want to bother Ed with your mischief and dirty tricks. Just learn that you can’t bully me as you have so many ex posters. The list is endless.
    “Most posters” are questioning And will question your credibility as anything but a devious embittered individual. Not everyone is that gullible and will carry animosity towards you- in the long run.
    Just concentrate on football.

  • 33 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    cheers Jesper…some uncanny parallels on a lot of levels.

    We used to have quarterly meetings with the franchisor about stock buying and he always said he’d look into it but did nothing and the same cheap tat kept on coming through and nothing ever changed because in his eyes what he was doing worked and from a cash and profit perspective it certainly did…but the quality of the stuff coming through just got worse and worse but his margins just got better. and better..but the problem with that is our customers could see the quality of the stuff we were selling was in decline and interestingly JD sports profits are significantly on the up because they sell quality gear to completely distance themselves from what SD are doing.

    I wonder at what point Ashley realises he may have got it right a while a go but it’s not working now and he needs to change the strategy.

    Who knows!

  • 34 Mister Tuff // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Rotonda – I like to try and cause a bit of merriment on the blog but those folk “with issues” report their faux outrage based (usually historically) upon their support of King Percy (of I’ll eat your meal fame) and just won’t accept the majority of fans thought he was poor.
    Ridding the blog of idiots is a difficult challenge and dare I say the work of the Lord is never done.
    Amen ——— oops nearly forgot …………………
    Ian Toon……………………………………………..OOT.

  • 35 Ian Toon // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    MacToon/ Rob- Every time I see anything stemming from The Mag I say that idiot. Mark Jensen eat your heart out.
    I name dropped you because you started the whole nonsense saga off again. It has only just been mentioned to me your trouble making which you knew would start the two goons off again.
    Your another mature individual what are you bothering yourself with this.
    For the avoidance of doubt you will only be mentioned by me if you try to implicate me in Mr T and Jail’s nonsense.
    As Wor Hail said you don’t contribute anything worthwhile and your absence will not be missed.

  • 36 WestOzMag // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Lol never ending tit for tat on here

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Ian Toon – talking a load of invented shytye as usual.

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    SM may be a revered coach but his management is bizarre to say the least. From selling abeid and Kemen, 2 of our best prospects to alienating Aarons, holding back Perez, not saving Janmatt from an inevitable red card at swansea, playing Wijni as a LM and others out of position, making strange subs way too late, and most damningly seemingly having no plan B, as was the case in his England days.

    As the under rated frenchman said, what chance have promising players got under dull witted managers like allardyce, AP, JC and now SM.

    Charnley and carr may feel SM is better the devil they know, even though he rejected us twice, but imagine if they conjured up someone like Jose Sampauli from Chile or some really exciting statement making appointment, mybe even earn some brownie points off the fatman for finally showing a bit of initiative for once.

  • 39 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    anybody fancy talking football???

    whats the odds of at least 5 changes today?

  • 40 MacToon // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    You have such a selective version of events on here it is making me think you are not much more than a Troll.
    Sack Llambias randomly and out of the blue attacked/abused me and then later it appeared he changed his user name to Jack Root, maybe it is just a coincidence that they both use the same “hotlink” on their names?
    However Ian, you do not abuse/attack Sack Llambias for randomly attacking me, you take advantage and have a go at me! EVEN after we promised to steer clear of each other. You are such a hypocrite.

    I wonder why Ed told both Ruddy and Ibizatoon that you appeared to and had been caught multiple accounting? I had put this all to rest as it is all here in black and white as part of the history on this blog but you just cannot let it lie.

  • 41 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:55 AM


    How very true but you last paragraph is a massive stretch of the imagination for sure.

    It’ll always be about the money for Ashley…it’ll never be about pleasing the fans or doing any better than 17th…but admittedly his @rse has gotta be twitching the way things are now.

  • 42 WestOzMag // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Cmon guys lets talk football! I thought that being a new yr everyone was over the fighting

  • 43 Jib // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Sporting Cub of Portugal which we call Sporting Lisbon have an Algerian striker called Islam Slimani.
    Sporting Lisbon’s ex manager Leonardo Jardim reckons NUFC and Tottenham ( why always Spurs or Everton ? ) have been sniffing around.
    He’s a late developer and at 27 I’m not sure we would be interested.

  • 44 Jib // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:58 AM


  • 45 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 9, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Rotonda@38. It’s Overrated Frenchman, not underrated. Important difference.

  • 46 optimistic prime // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Been busy but a couple of days ago Schteeve Charnley and another bloke were on Stowl st at a restaurant.

    They came in and asked for a private table where nobody could see them.
    I have no idea who the other bloke was, only mentioning it as it’s the 1st time I’ve seen either out in the Toon.

  • 47 beermonkey // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:02 AM


    in ur shop analogy u say mclarens squad rotation is rubbish
    where are his options
    its the fa cup today mbemba and ancient colo have played almost all our games this season same as janmatt
    what options has he got to rotate them today
    its the same in the middle of midfield we play again tues night against man u after all his injuries would u play tiote or have him fit for tues

  • 48 firebug666 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:03 AM


    They had to have somebody to pay the bill.

  • 49 toon kk // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Talking football, is Rivi and Aarons fit?
    If so they’ll probably get a start today.

  • 50 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    lets hope it was a chinese investor!

    Which restaurant was it…that might be important as to whether they were trying to impress the guy or not!

  • 51 Jib // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    I haven’t given up on Lacazette yet !

    Maxime Gonalons the captain of Lyon
    John – Michel Aulas the owner of Lyon
    Bruno Genesio the manager of Lyon

    They are all very keen to tell the world Alexandre is staying put .

    But the fact is , he was a midges dick away from signing for Napoli last January.

  • 52 Ian Toon // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    MacToon- It’s simply not true. I have not spoken to Ed for more than a year but he has e mailed me in a greeting sort of way. He was simply looking to close the matter down.
    Look it’s no big deal my life has progressed beyond the blog in terms of importance . I don’t understand the link with the name mentioned. The link to me is purely random. I steer clear of the politics but feel incensed when others profess the high moral ground whilst playing dirty tricks.
    One thing – A few years back. I mentioned once my post match pub in Jesmond and the publican( known to family for many years) when I was home a while ago mentioned a Northern Irish bloke and friend asking about me and if I was around. No it couldn’t have been !!
    We subsequently had a good laugh about it. Unfortunately I won’t be watching football today and am now away from the blog.

  • 53 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:07 AM


    I wasn’t talking about today in particular…I was talking about how he’s managed our stock/shop since he took over.

    Interestingly his first managerial decision of any note was to give Colo and extended contract. IMO the writing was on the wall right there right then.

    Just my opinion

  • 54 Tsunki // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Ian they could simply have been asking for someone to officiate at a wedding?

  • 55 firebug666 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    We need to bring players in, I just don’t think we will, we have a full squad, it January and I doubt we will get value pound for pound.

    We may survive this season if we get a bit of luck. The players we have when fit and in their proper places should be enough to survive but keeping our players fit is a problem in itself.

    It’s another tough season for us, with the only prise of offer, staying in the premier league.

  • 56 hibbitt // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    op……….loch fyne on a thursday night charnley and colo most weeks

  • 57 firebug666 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:15 AM


  • 58 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Beer monkey

    In answer to your question re Tiote though…IMO he’s been poor all year but then played a blinder against Arsenal.

    The fact he’s one yellow from a ban means we should probably drop him today in readiness for Man U but that just means he’ll be banned for West Ham anyway.

    What does my fruit in is were saying we’ll pick our strongest available team but why not come out with the truth and say our position is perilous and we will be resting our better players to keep the fresh for the two very difficult fixtures next week instead of bullsh!tt!ng us they way they do.

    It’s absolute stupidity the fat b@st@rd going on tele to say we’ll be fighting for all cups this year when you have make to decisions like this on a week to week basis throughout the year depending on where you are in the league and the form you’re in.

    Just goes to show Ashley was just bullsh!tt!ing as normal…even with my tele on mute I could tell he trying to pull me chain cos his lips were moving.

  • 59 JamesToon // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Team for today:
    Thauvin-De Jong-Aarons

  • 60 lesh // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    More bullchit from Bishop.

    Charnley’s got more chance of sigining Manolo’s namesake Marco – in fact I wouldn’t be surprised it’s Marco he’s trying for.

    I wonder how many McClaren have to say that we tried hard but couldn’t get the targets over the line?

    The list’ll be that long it’ll stretch round St James’s Park.

  • 61 hibbitt // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    sparky the way i hear it steve had no say in the colo contract it was dealt with from above

  • 62 MacToon // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    It’s simply not true.?

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Just thought I’d share this with those who are interested before I go for good.

    “Just so you know what I did – when you sent me that note on Pushy Pardew
    and Ian Toon being the same person – I sent you back an email saying while
    the IP address and emails were different – the emails were very similar,
    and I suspected they were one and the same person.

    I blocked Pushy Prdew and the IP address he was using and then two days
    ago Ian Toon was being moderated again (?), and I solved that because it
    was the other device he had used for Pushy Pardew and was now using for
    Ian Toon – and I had blocked the email – and that proved he was indeed
    using two different IDs last week.

    But as far as I am aware he is only using one ID now – so as far as I am
    aware I fixed the problem you had rightly pointed out.

    Ed Harrison.”

    Why not drop it? I didn’t mention you but Llambias and jack Root. Why do you feel I’ve implicated you in Mr T and Jail’s nonsense? I am my own man unlike some.

    AND just for clarification, you are suggesting I came looking for you with a Northern Irish bloke down Jesmond where you’d watched games before?

  • 63 Ian Toon // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Tsunki- Last but not least. That’s you at your best – with humour.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  • 64 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Loch Fyne? Average at best..I think we can conclude the mystery man was no-one of any importance and was probably paying himself rather than Charnley.

  • 65 Belfast // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    That would have been me Ian xxx

  • 66 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:23 AM


    Irrespective of who’s decision it was I take it it’s still Maclarens decision as to who to pick every week?

    On that basis would you still pick Colo every week based on his age and ability and leadership qualities?

  • 67 Belfast // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    It was me and Dennis Twice

  • 68 lesh // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    There’s more reason for taking Carr to task than the poor quality players he’s brought in.

    Is Ashley going to question his advice on the valuations of the ones for whom we didn’t bid enough? I think of PEA for example who’s now worth megabucks.

    Is Carr out of touch with the real value of players? Have his valuations meant we’ve brought in some pups as well as missing out on some who’s have done a really good job for us?

    Maybe it’s time for Carr’s ability to be questioned by Ashley?

  • 69 Ian Toon // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    MacToon- The message he sent me said quite explicitedly that I was only using one ID and could we please close the matter down.A no time have I been moderated.
    I really must go – you’ll have to ask yourself why go to such boring lengths to insist that I am not telling porkies.

  • 70 lesh // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:29 AM


    Charnley and his puppeteer would see extending Colo’s contract as a cheaper option than buying a quality CB.

  • 71 hibbitt // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    sparky you got that wrong no mystery man in loch fyne only charnley and colo ………mystery man man was on stowell st with mc and charnley no connection

  • 72 hibbitt // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    lesh..the colo deal had been done before Mc got the job he had no say in it

  • 73 Jib // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:32 AM

  • 74 beermonkey // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:33 AM


    re tiote ur not wrong he has been pants for more than year but in fine form when we needed him maybe he has worked out to get out he needs to play well

    I just think generally on the whole with the squad McLaren hasn’t got to many options

    for me I wouldn’t give McLaren a hard time over colo and his contract as given the way the club is run did he have a say
    and its the same over abied and kemen
    for all his talk of bringing players through pards hardly did the right thing with our up and coming players I am sure if there was a plan laid out for kemen to get into the first team ie with loans and stuff he would have stayed and I reckon abied decided enough was enough when carver blamed him for the loss and man u

    plenty of other things to beat McLaren with though

  • 75 firebug666 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Newcastle United are hoping to seal a £10m deal for Swansea City star Jonjo Shelvey this weekend, according to reports.

    Toon boss Steve McClaren has been monitoring Shelvey for some time now and the Sun are reporting he has now asked owner Mike Ashley to make a move.

    Shelvey has fallen out of favour at the Liberty Stadium during the past couple of months and failed to even make the matchday squad against Manchester United last weekend.

    Caretaker boss Alan Curtis has insisted Shelvey does have a future at the club but has admitted the England star is frustrated at his lack of game time.

    “I would want him to stay. I spoke to him this morning. I think he’s got a huge part to play,” he said.

    “We feel he’s a huge part of what could be a difficult run-in but one we’re looking forward to.”

    Why does McClaren have to ask owner Ashley to make a move for the player if as Ashley said he is no longer on the board and has left the running of the club to Penfold?

    Just wondering like.

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    sorry over rated frenchman , my bad!!

  • 77 sparky55 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Abeid was the big mistake…he was brilliant in that run of form we had just before Pardew left and it was only injury that interrupted his run in the team never to really get back in.

    Criminal really…a really good player lost through nothing but bad management.

    Kemens is no doubt a star of the future….our management should be charged with criminal negligence

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:41 AM


    in theory yes he is a playmaker which we desperately need, but rumours abound that he is a bit of a k–b. then again lot of them about.

  • 79 firebug666 // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:46 AM


    Very true, and again this is only paper talk, it’s very hard to find any truth in what the papers print, and even harder to find anything at all from our club.

    I am waiting for the end of window excuses, probably in an email to fans explaining why we signed nobody and decided to gamble our PL status.

  • 80 beermonkey // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:47 AM


    the first team has gotten smaller and smaller and given our woeful injury record we hang on to players instead of putting them out onloan
    there are some that want Armstrong back for me keep him where he is and next season a season in the championship then us, if we aint in the championship by then

    McLaren mentioned Aarons going out onloan when he got fit so I hope he finishes the season playing every week although I get the calls for him to start with us

  • 81 Lindisfarne // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:47 AM


    MAs’ idea of a quality product is to rebox the same old sh#te, charge more and give it a bigger discount.

  • 82 JamesToon // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:48 AM


    Despite him seeming like he’s kicked up a fuss, I think he’ll majorly improve our midfield. Not only does he have technical qualities, he’s also a very physical player

  • 83 JamesToon // Jan 9, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Been nearly 1/4 of the window and still no signings yet ffs

    My January wish list:
    Caulker (£7m)
    Robertson (£10m)
    Shelvey (£10m)
    Townsend (Loan)
    Berahino (£14m)
    £41m spent


  • 84 Mister Tuff // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    tsunki @ 54 – very good had to laugh.

    Ian Toon – when you were caught sending posts to Pushy Pardew – dare I say it wasn’t just a case of being caught with your pants down – they were around your ankles.

    As for not telling lies – really – you posted that you knew my neighbour (lie) that I was sexually molesting his cat (lie) and that I was going to appear in court (lie).

    You protesting your innocence is akin to the Yorkshire Ripper pleading not guilty.

    However, I’m pleased you are off – great that we’ll not have to put up with you on a matchday.

    Even trying to get Jib to research back posts about me was not furthered. You are a sad fellow – and a trickster/con man.
    Not just pants down – around the bloody ankles.

  • 85 optimistic prime // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM



  • 86 Average_Contents // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:32 PM


    I’ve heard they wouldn’t let fatty in, something about not having enough buffet food ready 🙂

    Mikey boy wasn’t pleased.

  • 87 lesh // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:32 PM


    Apologies for appearing to refer to you as ‘Hobbit’ in an earlier post. It’s this naffing phone’s auto correct that’s insisting that’s your blog name.

    I’m sure you’d agree that Hobbit’s a tag that’s more appropriate for one or two others!

  • 88 Harley // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Does anyone know much about this yedder we are linked with? I mean has anyone actually seen him play, not just what they’ve heard.
    I’ve never even heard of him. Is he fast?

  • 89 Nufc-83 // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Beer monkey I think that is incorrect mclaren would never let Aaron’s go out on loan and he is definitely in the 1st team picture (he should be playing every week for us).

    I doubt Mclaren ever said he would consider a loan

  • 90 beermonkey // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    nufc 83

  • 91 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:54 PM


    Hes another one of the French players who had potential when they were younger that never realised it !

    He had a bad boy image when he was younger so probably perfect for Carr !!!

  • 92 martoon // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    I’ve been looking for links for this afternoon’s match without any success has anybody found any yet?

  • 93 beermonkey // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:57 PM


    I have not looked but if I find anything

    the fa cup is always a pain

  • 94 Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2016 at 12:57 PM


    it’s fa cup so no streams

  • 95 Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM


    very fast but very poor one on ones with the keeper

  • 96 Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:02 PM


    toon please no to townsend and caulker

  • 97 martoon // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    I know there are no normal links but sometimes you get a Youtube one!

  • 98 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Have we ever won an away FA Cup tie under Ashley’s ownership ?

  • 99 WWSBRD // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Aaron’s should be playing every week for us? How could anyone tell

  • 100 Graeme // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Possible link to the game –

  • 101 bladeuser // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    the only people who r blameless is the fans who no longer attend while fatty is in charge
    So all of u lot along with the shit scout shit manager and shit players r to blame for Nufcs predicament
    SHEEP ? Out

  • 102 Mister Tuff // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Bearing in mind to Man U game in a few days I think Wally Brolly has to make some changes. So perhaps 4 changes – he has said he will play his strongest team – which is slightly different to his best team.
    If Watford rest Deeney and Ighalo we might get a result – if not I expect a loss – 2- 1 or 3 -1.

    Survival in the PL has to be the main goal – so the bluster about a cup run is probably not for this season. So in terms of winning anything -not this season I’m afraid – another season wasted.

  • 103 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    NoahJ @6
    Good questions. We’re a poorly run club.

    Bigi, Good, Steete etc. What goes there? Okay, it may be unfair to blame Carr for every faillure. But when you look at all the other questions, you’ve got to say the head of recruitment has a serious case to answer.

  • 104 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Ferguson not Streete.

  • 105 Jib // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:33 PM


    The only live stuff on Youtube anywhere near Watford is SW Hertfordshire mental healthcare trust which I’d recommend to Mr Tuff.

    There is this:-

    Which I suspect is a fake.

  • 106 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    We’re like a recuperation centre for poor crock players.

  • 107 Brian Pinas // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    I’ve voted that we will lose against Watford BUT…

    We could have a chance if we play three centre backs.

    We’ve trained it. Only Haidara’s injury has stopped us playing it.

    Spurs played it last week to nullify Deeney and Ighalo.

    It’s only the LWB position that is an issue but if Aarons is fit he could play there.

    In pre-season he played at LB and although against weak opposition was probably our best player (v Portland Timbers?)

    Possible team?

    Mbemba Colo Dummett
    Janmaaat Tiote Aarons
    Sissoko Wijnaldum
    Mitrovic Perez

    Keep Watford in the dark as well, as it could easily line up:

    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Dummett

    Sissoko Tiote Wijnaldum Aaarons

    Mitrovic Perez

    Meaning you can switch between the two as needed.

    Schteve, I’ve been thinking about this while I’ve been having a shower, you’ve had all week so play Aarons!

    After all that he’s probably not fit. HA!

  • 108 Mister Tuff // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    jib – shut it.

  • 109 Brian Pinas // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:44 PM



  • 110 Nufc-83 // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Wwsbrd he was our best player in his short spell last season before he got injured. He was our best player in pre season before he got injured (albeit everyone else was dire) so I can only go from what I seen and he basically performed better than our current crop when he has played hence he should be playing!!

  • 111 toon22 // Jan 9, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    We have won a grand total of 3 cup ties since MA took over,dont get your hopes up lol.

  • 112 manxpie // Jan 9, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Wow proper strong team 352 as well

  • 113 Rotonda heights // Jan 9, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    brian inas

    i have been saying a sweeper forever.

    I would slightly modify it and play 343

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