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Report Newcastle After Top Striker This Week – He´s Not French

9:04 am, Sunday, January 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

News in the Chronicle today that Newcastle have been given ¨encouragement¨ by his representatives and will now pursue 22 year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino this week and could be ready to bid £18M for the England U21 International.

Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino – encouragement from his agents
They want to make some money obviously

After we again missed a number of chances yesterday, which would have made it a much easier win than it turned out to be against an in-form West Ham side who were unbeaten in their previous nine games – it´s obvious we must sign a top striker this month.

And not some unknown from the continent – not when Newcastle are still in relegation trouble and we need the striker to immediately produce.

There´s other news today that Newcastle have bid a record £25M for Lyon striker Aleksandar Lacazette, after we had already bid €25M (£19M) for him last week – and that seems to be a high price to pay for one of Graham Carr´s favorites.

After the ill-advised signing of Florian Thauvin in the summer for over £12M – which at the moment does not look like good use of Newcastle´s money – why pay more than twice that amount for a striker who is still unproven in England?

Much better to spend say £20M on 22 year-old Saido Berahino who is more of a known quantity in England.

Another possibility was Charlie Austin for £4M but we missed out big time on him and he signed for the Saints yesterday.

The other decent possible signing is the talented Loic Remy on loan, but he´s waiting for the best offer to come in and could wait until the last day of the window – and that could be difficult for Newcastle to wait that long.

And Newcastle is not his preferred destination either.

We´d be happy enough if Newcastle can sign Saido this week and he could join English International Jonjo Shelvey and maybe Tottenham winger Andros Townsend in making an immediate difference at Newcastle.

That´s what we need and it sounds good to us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    With Southampton taking Austin for £4m Shane Long is of interest to the Scousers for £8m – probably not the one that we want but shows how the revolving door works at some clubs – as West Ham want Liverpool ex Balotelli ?

  • 2 Reyantoon // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Daniel Levy is a strange football director and his valuation is laughable.While I’m one of those who want Townsend, there is no way he cost £14m.The guy makes overpayments when he buy and over value players when he sells.No wonders Tottenham are mixed sides!

    Sutty – give it a rest.Townsend will be a good addition and will only improve the squad, our attack and creativity.He previously showed he can shoot from distance,score goals and make goals.He hasn’t been playing lately because he came back from long term injury and that is always difficult.The lad deserves every chance to play regularly & nufc is perfect FC for him!

  • 3 will die for the toon army // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Berahino. I want home grown now.


    Bryam is RB. AT our club he will b back up at most. We are already developing our backup

  • 4 JDdubai // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Townsend will be an improvement in the squad over Obertan and Gouffran so therefore we will be in a better position with him here. Not saying i think he is a superstar but definitely better than we have currently.

    Also if he plays on the left we might actually have some form of attacking threat on the left hand side which will mean more room on the right for the Janmaat/Sissoko combination.

  • 5 Termijn // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Anyone know the seriousness of Dummetts injury yesterday? That could be the deciding factor on whether we bring in a new left back.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Is Townsend top class, no. But he is a capable premier league player and would bring a lot of pace to the side to stretch teams giving the likes of perez, Wijnaldum and shelvey more space to play in.

    Also if played on the left he’d more likely cross with his stronger left foot. He’s been on the right a lot of his career where he has had a license to cut in and shoot.

    14 million sounds a lot but when you consider the new tv money prices naturally inflate anyway. I couldn’t care less whether we spend 1 or 100 million on a player, as long as he improves the team.

  • 7 toonincheek // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Just hoping the Townsend rumours are like all the others that don’t come to anything.

    As has been siad, his record of goals/assists is comparable to that of Obertan and he isn’t playing much, not fully fit.

  • 8 lochinvar // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Presumably the FA will charge Hiddink for trying to influence the referee and by his own admissions that looks like what he has done – it’s clearly an infringement of the FA’s rules and the danger is that such actions could be construed by some as being linked to betting patterns and ensuring the best interests of the so called big clubs ?
    “Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink suggested he might have spoken to the referee, Mike Jones, and told him to play additional stoppage time after Everton went 3-2 up”

    It’s a dangerous precedent – presumably McLaren should have told Dean to disallow the handball against us last Tuesday and Martinez should have told the Linesman to disallow the goal Terry scored.

    The Refs Club are angling for TMOs and to elevate their own status to wannabe celebrities …the best way that can happen is for them to make more and more bad decisions to force the issue…. It’ll get worse before it gets better

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    I’d like Bryam. Would be a good addition and push janmaat for his place in time. I think he would be a good addition as we need quality in our back up.

    I don’t get the obsession with mbabu, I think he looks no better than dummett and certainly not ready to be a regular.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    I’m not to worried about townsends stats, when looking at him he has quality but needs to improve his consistency.

    I don’t think he has had a regular run where it’s easy to judge off stats alone. From watching his he has ability.

    Just my opinion of course.

  • 11 Jack Root // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Scanning the media for transfer speculation just read an article by Sam Wallace.
    The Real Madrids DG has claimed that a number of English Premier League clubs are under investigation by FIFA. He suggested that a number of our clubs could also face transfer window bans and that Real are certainly not alone. They were found guilty of breaching the conditions when signing foreign players under 18. This in cross border activity.
    Real Madrid have just recently been banned by Fifa from participating in all transfer window activity next summer and January 2017. This could well be appealed but he is not optimistic. The Premier League clubs in question were not specified as they are currently under investigation. A good number of top English clubs have recruited from overseas academies over the last decade and particularly the Champions League playing clubs.

  • 12 browny1107 // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    If we do sign a new striker do we drop mitrovic? That seems a shame as he is playing well, holding the ball up etc just not taking his chances (which in my opinion he will start to bury soon).
    Or do we play 2 up top and move Gini back to the left where he cannot impact games like he did yesterday?
    Also it will limit game time for the likes of Perez, Aarons and De Jong who could then seek a move.

  • 13 magscar // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Transfer Sage

    You make a good argument and difficult to disagree with but I can’t shake a feeling that there are better players to spend the sort of fee being bandied about on.

    The market for Pl players has always been inflated however and is getting worse because of the new TV deal in offing. I suppose in our current circumstances and as I have said previously the desperate need for incoming players to hit the ground running ( like Shelvey yesterday) the fee could be justified. January window is always a sellers market.

    Not my choice as he has lost his way for whatever reason but as always would back him if he pulls on the shirt.

  • 14 123 Dummet Time // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    I think he’s overrated, the readon his price tag is so big cos hes english, young and from another prem team

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:33 AM


    For now I’d keep Mitrovic in the team. I don’t think he is a goal scorer but with more experience he may well be a striker who gets double figures in a season and manages to link play together for others to get goals.

    He can work on his finishing but another forward may help push him even more.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:36 AM


    There will definitely be better players out there.

    We aren’t desperate for a winger if Aarons comes back so maybe we could buy a player without experience and he would be able to settle ready for next season

  • 17 hibbitt // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    great game yesterday first 30 mins were top class if we had took our chances we should have been out of sight …………….MOTM i think people on here got a bit carried away with shevley he had a good game and made a a big difference to our play but the player who stood out was wijnaldum by far the best player on the pitch……………most improved player at nufc elliott kept us in the game with 2 great save/stop unsung hero should be given more credit for the job he does

  • 18 magscar // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Jack Root @11

    Would imagine Chelsea are in there for one.

    If does come about could loosen up the usual top 4 candidates stranglehold and I am not thinking of only Spurs and L’pool benefiting but even West Ham, Stoke and obviously Leicester. PL afloat with money and mid table side capable of attracting better players than ever. Bans may also help the clubs mentioned and us(!) to also hold on to what they already have got.

    Could also set off a stampede if the clubs concerned are expecting bans and look to get in early and damn the consequences of FFP

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Will be interesting to see how proven and testet Austin really is 😉

    £4M is good value but not what we needed!

  • 20 will die for the toon army // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    We first sign Townsend. Put him in the team with Mitro.

    Mitro will start scoring

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    …at least it will shot Ed up 😀

  • 22 CookyToon // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Think Townsend would come in the same way Shelvey did, hell bent on showing what he can do.

    He’s 10x better than Obertan or Gouffran so isn’t replacing weaker squad players with better squad players what an ambitious club does?

    Personally think he’ll thrive in a setup under McClaren, especially with the Euros around the corner and old Woy looking to take him.

  • 23 lesh // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Jack Root

    Can you honestly see Fifa taking the likes of Citeh, ManU, Chelski on? They are big players with a helluva lot of clout throughout the world of football.

    Real Madrid and Barcelona’ll probably appeal the transfer bans and eventually win their arguments. FIFA is but a pawn in a massively lucrative business – it has to dance to the tune of the big clubs their leagues.

    Would FIFA risk its own future and self-interests? Not a chance.

  • 24 browny1107 // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    agreed sage but u dont spend £20m-£25m on a berahino/lacazette just to give mitrovic a bit of a kick up the arse. Austin at £4m could have done that (assuming he would have come to us)

    i’d personally love us to go for Pato as i used to follow Milan quite a bit. My fave player (away from nufc) at the time was Shevchenko and Pato kind of took up his mantle after chelski bought him (and ruined him) so i’d love to see him in black and white.

  • 25 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Once mitro starts scoring he will be a complete striker imo, the rest of his game is spot on and took a lot of pressure off us yesterday with his hold up play, just wish he would learn to put his foot through the ball.

  • 26 the broons // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    I know he doesn’t want to leave but just saying Lacazette is twice the player than behranio.

  • 27 Jack Root // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Why strange? Spurs are heading upwards and with CL football in prospect. He’s one of the best Chairman around in my opinion. I only wish he were our Chairman. Daniel Levy is a lifetime Spurs fan. He appointed Pochettino who in turn has nurtured a stack of England debutants whilst at Southampton and more recently Spurs.
    Levy has put in place a superb youth development academy and recently backed astute signings of young players. He’s worked the loan system to exploit the current system of a month by month loan basis.
    Smaller clubs are required to pay a % of wages for at least five months.
    I would like to see NUFC operate on similar lines. Harry Kane is a product. Spurs have also got Mason, Dele Alli and Eric Dier all England players.
    You need to look outside the narrow parameter. Levy saw Harry for what he was and personally handled all financial transactions.

  • 28 hibbitt // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    at any other prem club dummett would not have played the club new it was a big risk to play him yesterday but had no choice could now be out for 2/3games we need a first choice LB and a backup RB + a goal scorer to many chances going to waste

  • 29 AncientC // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Liverpool benefitting from FFP? They must be the prime club under investigation. Chelsea have been selling players to fund arrivals.

    FFP rules give Man Utd a monopoly, hardly a fair system.

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Austin is probably on £80k a week and had a huge sign on fee. Would also be the wrong signal to send to Mitro that you might be first choice, but Austin will be paid twice as much as you.

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:48 AM


    True, but if you have two good strikers competing for a single place they will really push each other, also gives is the option of playing two up top when we need to.

    Not sure on pato, would be happy to see him come here but no clue how he’d get on.

  • 32 Jack Root // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    magscar- I’m taking a risk responding. Ha Ha.
    Yes it could push transfer fees up in the short term. Getting under the wire.
    Off for breakfast.

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:49 AM


    At least we can all now see if Austin was a one season wonder or if he can replicate it elsewhere.

  • 34 will die for the toon army // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    We should go for a striker at the end of the window. Give Mitro 4 more games. With Townsend Wijanldum Shelvey and Sissoko.

  • 35 magscar // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Transfer Sage

    Still feel we have an imbalance on left and Perez having swapped roles with Gini is willing and trying hard but we aren’t getting best out of him either. Goufran again willing if put in role but limited and probably heading out (hopefully)

    Yesterday did look better and I think Shelvey was more dynamic in CM than all our others and constantly showed for the ball so Perez etc weren’t having to drop as deep in search of it and were more on the front foot expecting passes forward. Sure his passing caught the eye but he was a catalyst for a great deal of our forward movement and pressing.

    I wonder if the coaches are concerned that Aarons game style and injuries to date may stall his progression or that at his age he needs to be treated with kid gloves and not thrown in as a savior. However what we don’t want is for his progress to be halted unnecessarily.

  • 36 lesh // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM


    You can’t deny that Shelvey sprayed some wonderful balls around.

    Always looking for opportunities to play the balk forward, Shelvey was a major factor in yesterday’s goals. Seeing long and accurate passes was something that reminded me of the Entertainers, refreshing.

    Shelvey can only get better – an inspired buy that must be pi$$ing Carr off, big time.

  • 37 SuperShearer // Jan 17, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Besides not taking his chances yesterday Mitro was on cracking form. He’s happy coming deep to lay the ball off, happy sitting on the shoulder of the last man and NEVER shirks his defensive duties. He’s young, was snatching at his chances a little bit but we have to keep faith in him, firmly believe it’s his strength and power that is giving Wini the room to get into his great positions. Whoever we sign striker wise should be a plan B.

  • 38 hibbitt // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    total agree he had a very good game and made a huge difference to all our play but for me wijnaldum still had the edge not for one minute saying shelvey didn’t have a good game

  • 39 Slank // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    I think Townsend would be a good addition because Thauvan doesn’t look like making it in the Premiership and Aarons looks injury prone.

    Townsend is an ‘out and out’ winger with pace and two good feet but especially strong on his left. Unlike Thauvan he will have no difficulty in adjusting to the pace and physicality of the Premiership. Shelvey is an example of how quick a new player, with Premiership experience, slots into a team.

  • 40 nut meg // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Mitrovic’s main strength is his heading ability but we don’t have anyone who can put a good cross into the box.We need somebody who can do that to get the best out of him.Townsend is NOT the man who can supply the right crosses to Mitrovic or any other forward player who is inside the box simply because he doesn’t cross it. Can anybody tell me what are Townsend’s strength’s other than pace, what am I missing ?

  • 41 Whumpie // Jan 17, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Saido would be an excellent addition although a Remy loan would be the safest bet if they could only get a deal done.
    We are still desperately short in defence though and the lack of even rumours in that area is a bit scary.
    If Colo and Mbemba got crocked… then what?

  • 42 ashleysmate // Jan 17, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    But surely we need a good defender first…for God’s sake

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