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Magpies May Now Wait Until Summer To Sign Striker

3:05 pm, Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 185 Comments

The Telegraph and Guardian are both reporting that Newcastle are becoming (very) frustrated at both Tottenham and West Brom the way they are handling the potential transfer of their stars Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino respectively.

Spurs Chairman Levy at one point wanted £12M for Townsend but then raised that to £14M and he will not entertain a loan deal for Andros.

saido berahino

Saido Berahino – West Brom negotiations very frustrating

So time is passing by and nothing much is being achieved, and although Townsend would love to join Newcastle there´s not much that can be done with Levy sticking to his guns – so to speak.

As far as Berahino goes, the Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle were told last week the striker was not for sale.

But those around him – make that his agents – have been telling people he is for sale – so the Telegraph says that Newcastle have not yet tabled an official bid.

If Newcastle were tempted to do that by his agents, it could simply be a clear sign for a bigger club to come in – like Spurs for example – and do the deal and beat Newcastle to the player.

It´s a frustrating time for Newcastle, but we still need two more players.

And there is news in the Telegraph that some in the Newcastle Board would like to wait until the summer to sign another striker.

But Steve McClaren is not one of them and he is desperate for more firepower up front and apparently wants to bid as much as £20M for Berahino.

Newcastle could still make critical mistakes (again) in this transfer window and not signing another striker would be one of them.

We have been missing far too many decent chances over the last 8 games or so – and with a decent experienced Premier League striker in the side – who knows how many more points we could have on the board by now.

What was the reason we didn´t sign Charlie Austin for £4M again?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

185 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    I would be very happy to walk away from both deals. Both players way, way over priced, quite injury prone and quite an attitude on them.

    Sandro instead of Townsend would be great.

  • 2 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    I notice Ed sandwiched his Deloitte Financial on NUFC in the middle of his daily article slingshot run probably trying to avoid another full day of arguments over club accounts.

    But, using only tea boy reasoning and company little helper technology, I still haven’t had a clear answer from anyone as to why Ashley gives away a major revenue stream in ground advertising for free when it would clearly offset the drop in TV bonus versus merit payments (nufc is losing here due to poor league placing). Ashley has ensured the ground stays full due to keen pricing and season ticket strategy, because he knows it’s not just bums on seats its consumption of beverages, food, and merchandise sales that ensue. So why just give away millions of pounds in revenue? I believe Ashley though when he was asked at an SD agm about it when all he would say was ” because it’s good for SD”.

    Good answer please and not shoddy defective humour centred around office-boy jibes.

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:12 PM


    Austin is on 100k a week, also injury prone and has family and friends down South. You just have to let this one go, like Toonbrother with Colo and you, Mag 52 and Munster with AP.

  • 4 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    But rotonda any day now it’s going to be a momentous day. Any day now.

  • 5 Toon_Tom // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    So, they get together and pencil in potential transfer targets for around 6months – write down “Berahino” don’t get their man and then basically say “damn, nobody else on our list, lets write up a new list for the Summer”

    no surprise really!!!

  • 6 chewbaccy // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Buy some good defenders and they goals will come.

  • 7 SuperShearer // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    If Austin is on 100K a week then it’s no wonder we weren’t interested in him. Pretty sure Colo has a clause in his contract dictating he must equal the highest earner at the club and this would break our wage structure.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Hopefully we can still get him in. He has shown a lot of promise and scored a lot of goals last season.

    Attitude problem maybe but west brom messed him around a bit, he’s only young so maybe reacted without having experience of how to deal with these things.

    He’d complement Mitro well and also provide competition for others, very good buy if we get him. Money isn’t an issue, we have plenty and he’d hold his value anyway.

    Hopefully we are serious in the Matt Phillips interest, he’s a cracking player who crosses very well, has a good shot too. Much better than Townsend for me.

  • 9 Moonraker15 // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    So I assume you don’t mind if we get relegated through not scoring enough goals. How are these guys overpriced if we stand to lose 130 million by being relagatrd. All the teams around us are strengthening and if we are prepared to pay 18 million for Berahino how can we then say we’ll do without ? Same with Townsend! Next season will be too late !

  • 10 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    So can we just move on from these targets and get other players in then?

    Lets get Phillips , Sandro and full back cover in straight away

  • 11 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Tiote not leaving will be holding up deals as well!!

  • 12 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    cant see how sandro will help the left hand side problem,isnt he a right winger/striker?…good competition for sissoko tho

  • 13 lesh // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    No surprise there then.

    Let’s not worry about relegation when we can delay spending on essential players ’til the end of the summer window.

    Charnley’s had weeks to di the groundwork on bringing key players in and where are we?
    Lacking a LB, CB and striker.

    Where are the fall-back targets?

    Nice one Charnley, it must be time for a holiday – they say Blackpool’s nice at this time of year!

  • 14 Viduka // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Anyone else notice e luuk de jong has scored 33 in 46 since going to psv

  • 15 lesh // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    If squad places are holding up incoming deals, wouldn’t it make sense to pay off the deadwood instead of waiting for offers that either won’t be made or collapse because of players’ demands?

  • 16 B1GSTEVE // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    viduka, psv are playing him as a striker instead of a support striker, like we dis

  • 17 NezzaNUFC // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Players can terminate their own contracts by buying themselves out, it will cost them millions buy hey they are millionaires anyway.

    Surely Townsend and Berinho don’t have long contracts?

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Luuk DJ would have scored goals here had he been used properly. Centre of a 433 or as one of the front 2 in a 442. Playing him as a no10 or amf didnt work.

  • 19 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Good grief, Luuk De Jong *shudders*. I know I give Mitrovic stick for his finishing, but LDJ was the worst striker of a ball I’ve ever had displeasure of seeing, he scuffed it 9 times out of 10 and even when he didn’t his shots were as weak as gnat’s piss.

  • 20 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Samaras was a goal machine In that league to be fair.

  • 21 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:52 PM


    I think you’ve forgot someone, you’ve forgot about that old friend catchy in norway, he brings up more about pardew than either mag 52 or munster, besides he’s more in pardew and palace than leicester city and the title chase

  • 22 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    I don’t think he’s any intention of joining us, just flirting until Spurs turn up.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    LDJ would have had a better chance at it had they had him in at the start of the window when we were playing well rather than when the team had literally hung up their boots for the season.

  • 24 magscar // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Problem we have with Berahino and Townsend is neither club absolutely HAS to sell this month.

    Although where WBA are concerned you would imagine the money from an unsettled player who Pulis doesn’t really want would allow them to bolster their options now before they are possibly drawn into relegation fight.

    Much of this is posturing and both chairman are “displaying” that they are content to sit until they get nearer to what they want ( but still risky) . QPR played same game last summer badly and have got their fingers well and truly burnt.

    So indications are that both Spurs and West Brom wouldn’t mind going until summer when they have time left to try to sell again. However I believe both would be pleased to shift players this month if they can get a bidding war ( no bids as yet from anywhere?) going and/or get near their target. It is risky if both clubs are intent on signing other players as the longer it drags on the less time for them to negotiate on their targets.To complicate matters Spurs seem to want the Townsend money to help bid for Berahino but West Brom Chairman doesn’t want to sell to them!

    Wouldn’t be surprised if one or both ended up here but again as likely they are at other clubs come end of month. Nothing we can do as usual but watch 😉

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    If Newcastle aren’t playing he’d rather watch Palace vs Stoke than Arsenal v Man U, in fact even when we’re playing. He’s got a full on man crush on him but was rejected when he approached him in an Oslo bar.

  • 26 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    The Shelvey deal was off, remember.
    We’d blanched at his wages, Palace were front runners etc.
    He was here two days later, and a straightforward case of just paying what was necessary was hailed as a brilliant coup.
    I doubt any of these guys are getting a reliable inside line from the club.

  • 27 Wayayman // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Tsunki@ 2, I can only assume that having SD adverts plastered all over SJP is worth more to SD (therefore Ashley) than the revenue from another advertiser would be to NUFC (therefore Ashley).
    Otherwise the fat man would be selling the advertising space to the highest bidder.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:04 PM


    I’m as frustrated as anyone that Mitro isn’t scoring but that front 6 we have now are too good to be benched and it was there for all to see first half v west ham.

    Townnsend is not better than Perez or Aaarons, maybe even Thauvin.

    Obviously we need a fleet footed goal scorer like Bera to get in behind but we are being royally yanked on these 2 deals to the point where for 22M and 14M respectively there’s got to be way better options worth looking at.

    We’ve blown an awful lot of money on cabella, Rivi, Thauvin, De Jong and more on wages for marv, obertan, goofy etc and for a club where every penny is counted we have to do better in the market.

    I like the sound of sandro and would love to get him ahead of spurs.

  • 29 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    RH, toonking, JFA

    I wondered when that would come up! I think he has a room full of newspaper cut outs of AP, complete with all the eye holes burned out. The word ‘nuts’ spings to mind.

  • 30 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Spings??? Springs*

  • 31 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    newcastle make offer for espanyol young striker mamadou sylla diallo….1m 21yr old

  • 32 toon kk // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    I don’t know where all the speculation regarding potential signings comes from.
    SSN reporting we haven’t even made enquiries about Berahino, or any other striker come to that. Townsend deal might go through who knows?
    We should be looking at clearing out the dead wood (if any clubs would take them) that would certainly free up spaces and reduce the wage bill. Players picking up wages that aren’t even premier league quality doesn’t make sense.

  • 33 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    toon v mackems moved to sunday for sky

  • 34 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    should of keep Sami ameiobi and Armstrong at least they would of been exciting to watch

  • 35 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:13 PM


    That name sounds more like a song lol

  • 36 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    aye spose it does…well abit anyways!.haha

  • 37 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Toon KK

    As things stand, unless I’ve miscounted, we have 26 senior players.
    “No deal is close” for Williamson, says Kenny Jackett.
    Thauvin is up in the air. The Tiote deal is in limbo. No-one can afford Gouffran’s wages. Nothing cooking on Ferguson or Sammi.
    Only Bigirimana has left, and that was on a loan extension rather than the expected sale.
    We seem in no hurry to part with the “deadwood” unless we get what we want for them, and one has to wonder why.

  • 38 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:20 PM


    Yeah it makes no sense. Why on earth would Mash want to keep paying these players full wages while they see out thier contracts and leave for nowt? Even if he had to do what he had to with Owen and subsidise Man U for a year, it would still cut the bill, and he could at least get some kind of nominal fee for those unwanteds.

  • 39 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Including domestic cups and Europe LdJ’s figures are 69 games 46 goals for PSV.
    However his figures in the Bundesliga and PL were shite , which probs says more about the Dutch league than any thing else.
    We saw the same thing years ago with Tommasen , Pingle and Andersen .

  • 40 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Rotunda, all I ever said about Pardew was that he was a middling manager. Check back over the records to see that if you want. Man crush? No, I think he’s a bit of a tit, but he copped flak no matter what at NUFC, even when doing well. As such I felt to say he was useless etc was an incorrect and flawed analysis of his time with us, and his ability or inability as a manager. He will probably end up just below mid table for Palace, depending on how much they spend on him. As I had suggested. If you want an obsession with Pardew, look at yourself first, but Catchy is the obsessive. I think we all know that.

  • 41 toon kk // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    It proves we’re a poorly run club when we’ve wasted millions on dud players. I think the majority of fans could tell our so called board about the mistakes they sometimes make. Don’t get me wrong some players like Gini are very good but on the whole poor decisions are the reason we’re in the bottom three.

  • 42 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM


    Maybe they will fashion a life-raft from the deadwood if we go down?
    We seem very unwilling to cast them adrift permanently…even Sammi has been stored.
    Never chuck owt away for nowt.
    You never know when you might need it.

  • 43 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Tommason was also played out of position. He preferd the deeper role, and we used him as a CF due to injuries, in a league that was unfarmiliar. He went on to do well in Italy

  • 44 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:25 PM

  • 45 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:26 PM


    Hahaha. My boss is like that, although hopefully i dont come across marveaux hiding at the back of one of our storage cupboards.

  • 46 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Are you saying we are hoarding players? lol

  • 47 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:26 PM

  • 48 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Sliema please, stop the apology for Thauvin. He was expected to do well because we pain lots of monet for him and old man Carr had the hots for him. I realised perviously that Carr and slinkt french wingers is not a good mix. He has never impressed me. Did you see him try to run the full back at West Ham ? Tried 2-3 times and gave up. He can cross well, but he is slow, cant tackle, has an attitude waiting to come out , and lacks power. He wont make it with us, of that I’m certain, just like Amalfiano, Marv, and the other Marseilles lightweight.

  • 49 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:28 PM


    But we are trying to get other clubs to pay for storing them for us.

  • 50 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:28 PM


    You might find that the ‘man crush’ comment was about a certain norway-based poster, and not you.

  • 51 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    fair point, shame we can’t let go and replace with upgrades

  • 52 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Wayayman – I know, all anyone can do is suppose but whatever the supposition it still casts a suspicious light on the Ashley that has saved nufc and only ever had it’s best interests at heart. Bringing up the giveaway on multi-million pound advertising is still called the ‘stick to beat Ashley with’ rather than the ‘So why doesn’t he just charge for the ads and discount ticket prices’ thing or even the ‘why not charge for ground ads and use the extra cash to buy some decent players instead of stop-gap relegation avoiders) thing. Don’t even bother with the ‘ why not charge for ground ads and use that to pay back the ” interest free” personal loan that somehow leverages SD into getting those free ads’ thing. 😐

  • 53 geordiemark // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    both these players are benched at there clubs, both are playing for there reserves to keep them fit but there clubs want crazy money for them its easy this one wait till there contracts run down see if there greedy clubs asking price is the same then, I wouldn’t blame the toon pulling the plug on both deals stupid prices anyways

  • 54 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Tbf, Toonking did say that catchy “brings up more about pardew than either mag 52 or munster” so that’s bound to bring up the demons 🙂

  • 55 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:38 PM


    I don’t think we’ll go down.
    I think Ashley may well have judged what it takes to get a minimum 15th perfectly yet again. The man’s a genius.
    But do think there is a chance, and they will have thought of that too.
    We’ll see plenty of our stars “having to think of their status” and bailing if we do.
    We’ll need a team. And if you look around, you’ll see we have one and have resisting selling it outright. Just why DID Sammi get an extension?
    Apart from Tiote. £60 grand a week. Well, they would be keen to shift him, wouldn’t they?

  • 56 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Geordie mark – that is precisely the position those players,are in and everyone knows it – the agents who are desperate to cash in on their fading starlets after cramming their egos for so long they feel too good to even try playing, the clubs who can sense a bargain if they wait patiently, the pros in the game who are getting their ten foot barge poles ready, and most of all the tired lazy hacks and so called ITK accounts in social media who put 2+2 together and try to get E=MC2.

  • 57 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Amalfitano another cost less than a bag of fried calamari and Carr thought he might turn out like his brother (also meh) , we bought Marveaux as a fixer upper that didn’t mend well and Cabella looked fancy in his home town but scared in a proper league. Lousy business. Poor risks at all levels of business, which shows that consistency is indeed the hallmark of nufc dealings. They only seem to do marginally well when they don’t think it through too much and panic buy on fan and pundit recommendations 🙂

  • 58 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Many people, the latest being a High Court judge, have mused over whether it is possible to deal with Ashley seriously.
    His first instinct always seems to be to pull a stroke. Whether it comes off or not seems less important to him than the sense of being best it gives him.
    His character is the presiding genius behind the way this club conducts its business.
    I imagine a sketch, with the Pub Landlord as Ashley.

    “Young Mike flashes his pass at the school bus driver.
    He finally gets off several stops and several miles past the school.
    Face flushed with triumph, he jabs a podgy finger at the bus driver.
    “You bin ‘ad my son…..hur hur hur hur hur.”
    He then plods off to walk the miles back to school.”

    Unless we understand the things that drive Ashley and make him tick we’ll imagine everything he does is a puzzle.

  • 59 Rotonda heights // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:52 PM


    My world improved the day the unmentionable left nearly a year ago. I’ve let it go why can’t you?

  • 60 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    maybe macca did’nt want anyone to leave and wanted to have a look at him first after he’s played a few games even if that was out on loan, im sure he’s gettin regular updates on his progress,he may well leave this summer as well tbh

  • 61 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Nah Springy,
    You are mistaking us for a football club.

  • 62 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    oh shit aye!……sorry!lol

  • 63 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM


    did they announce a time for the match vs the unwashed? last one I had to get up at 445 am to start drinking to watch it in the proper mood 🙂

  • 64 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

  • 65 magscar // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Problem with transfers is as we know only too well the club don’t deal through the press.

    So you have selling clubs, agents agitating and drumming up interest . In Shelvey’s case on 11 Jan we had the Mirror stating Palace were ahead but the Star stating we were! And added that Shelvey had told friends he wanted to go to us.

    Best not to worry too much until player is standing under Howay the Lads holding the shirt

  • 66 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    1.30p.m sunday the 20th march

  • 67 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    That link above is really weird cos this morning the Spanish media reckoned we were after the Ecuador international Felipe Caicedo who also is at Espanyol , in competiton with the Chinese.

    Barcelona is just a kick in the arse from Mallorca where Tiote is talking to the Chinese as well.

    This is all very confusing

  • 68 reilly // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    townsend deal almost done

  • 69 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    that espanyol player is out of contract in the summer so looks like newcastle havin a bargain hunt again!lol

  • 70 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    where u hear that Reilly?

  • 71 reilly // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    just been on ssn.

  • 72 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    JFA 25

    good news for catchy is all February’s Pl fixture list and two of march’s 3 PL fixture list will have leicester city kicking off a different time to palace so he should manage to catchy those big two games they’ve got against man city and arsenal.


    I think you’ve took things a bit too far with that and only really proved to rotanda himself that you’ll still make posts about pardew and his time at ours along side what he could achieve at palace. Just forget about his actual game and just focus on the current Newcastle and the stuff a general neutral would be interested in.

  • 73 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    take a chancel
    pete graves from sky reckoned it was close to an agreement and 14m would’nt be the price

  • 74 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    good to hear Reilly

  • 75 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    The problem with transfers is , when it’s British players , our clubs generally are much more tight-lipped than those on the continent.

  • 76 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    None of this is about football.

    Ashley is ordering one of his concerns to use up its reserves in an attempt to protect the world-wide sales pitch it affords another, entirely separate, one of his concerns.
    Neither Ashley nor Sports Direct are making any financial contribution to this effort.
    The club is wiping it’s own, and Sports Direct’s nose.

  • 77 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    I saw that but there were two clubs in the deals weren’t there?

  • 78 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    take a chancel
    that was this morning i read it….altho now theres a lot of reports saying they have walked away now as its taking to long… so dont hold ya breathe mate!lol

  • 79 magscar // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    BandB @58 last para

    Something I and a few others have been trying to argue for quite awhile an end up branded Ashley lovers.

    He is more complicated than many on here would have you believe and who often don’t take kindly to others trying to analyse his decisions. Best just to hate him.

    Doesn’t make him a misunderstood philanthropic genius of course just not understood.

  • 80 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    take a chancel
    nar my understanding was it was just newcastle

  • 81 magscar // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:16 PM


    Sorry not getting what you are aiming at. Probably me 😉

  • 82 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Just seen the Sky thing, looks like he’s coming

  • 83 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    If this had been about ambition he would not have been content to let us swirl closer and closer to the plug hole each year.
    Now we are at real risk of going down; Now Sports Direct really is in danger of losing its pitch…NOW the club can spend.

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Philanthropic genius ?
    Like describing Hitler as a humanitatian genius !

  • 85 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:20 PM


  • 86 magscar // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:23 PM


    For avoidance of doubt – wasn’t suggesting he was such a thing. In fact stated the opposite ?

  • 87 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    The signing of townsend is a deal I can only see as pointless really, shelvey has now come in as the missing cabaye and wini himself will remain as the wide man on the left, he’s still not going to provide us the goals and has stats that make obatan a better wideman,

    The money needs to be spent on a goal scoring striker someone of defoes years, these players will have seen there very best form pass but they’ve still got a couple of years left and with this they can give enough goals to get our team remaining safe whilst armstrong, mitrovic and perez, “if still here” can improve there game more and score the goals as a more ambitious player wanting to get in the starting 11 rather than a player desperately feeling the pressure of having to score to ensure we don’t get relegated.

  • 88 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    We were supposed to be interested in Danny Ings in Summer .
    Is he still at Liverpool ?

  • 89 mindshaft // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Peter Graves reported we would do the deal but not at the 14m

    Thats because we have refused to pay that amount and would only do the deal at 12m – Levy has dug his heels in as he thinks we’re desperate

    I say good we’ve walked away , Levy is clearly taking the proverbial – there are no other teams in for Townsend and his contract will have less around a year left come summer transfer window when his value will drop further

  • 90 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Townsend deal would be baffling unless levy has had to cave in on his asking price because their ramirez guy is a done deal?

  • 91 magscar // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:29 PM


    time to reread and note you mean British clubs not ours as I first read. Doh!

    Mind I don’t agree that all British clubs are tight lipped there has been a lot of unsettling of players achieved through manipulation of mouth piece journalists by some clubs

  • 92 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    aye ings is at liverpool but he’s out for the season with acl injury

  • 93 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    ACL damage out for season

  • 94 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Cheers Springy
    It happened at Klopps first training sesssion !!!!

  • 95 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    i would’nt be surprised if townsend asks for a transfer waiving his signing on fee if it starts looking like its not happening

  • 96 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    We will sign Townsend but it will probably end up being for an undisclosed fee so it looks like neither club loses out publicly !!

    We ought to be all over that Roofe from Oxford boy looks the real deal watched him a few times this season plays wide left and can score goals !

    Reminds me of a young Kieron Dyer in ability but without the attitude !!

  • 97 magscar // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:38 PM


    we have been linked with Roofe but nothing definite. Lot of clubs will be aware of him.

    Dyer didn’t seem to have an attitude whilst at Ipswich. Not saying NUFC caused it but simply that as some young players move up to PL and get the adulation they can get too big for their boots along with other young players even with wiser heads and a sound manager around them. Pity as he was becoming one of my favourite players but blew it – not that he cared 🙂

  • 98 magscar // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Domestic duties call – am off

  • 99 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Some big, big news about wor negotiations to sign a new striker lads! We may (or may not) sign Townsend and Berahino (or somebody else) tomorrow (or the next day), or not at all, ever! Isn’t that incredible? I have top, top sources telling me this!!!

  • 100 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    And I’m fairly confident that we will (or won’t) keep McLaren on as head coach as well!

  • 101 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:45 PM


    ….are you still around?

  • 102 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    My sources are also telling me that all the other sources quoted on this blog and others are bollocks….. 😯

  • 103 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Keiron Dyers problem was his diet. He ate nothing but kippers and pizza. This is because he kept his private hospital room locked, and it’s all they could slide under the door.

  • 104 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    In other words, only the club knows what the club is doing for player movement, except when the club doesn’t know what it’s going to do which is most of the time……

  • 105 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:50 PM


    My sauces are Chilli rellish, salad cream, and Chop Brown Sauce.

  • 106 AncientC // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    SD shares prices are currently sitting at less than half their price from back in August. This would be the worst possible time for the club to go down, as far as Mike Ashley is concerned. A business in turmoil, and a club in need of drastic spending just to survive…

    That is where neglect will get you.

  • 107 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    You’d have thought he could have got some nice lemon sole in as well YCMIU mate….

  • 108 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    I just worry that some of you don’t take the club seriously enough. This is a very professionally run 18th place team mates! Let’s not forget that…..Harrumph.

  • 109 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    I’m just keeping an eye on Twittercester-upon-Erewash for any momentous news that a momentous news day may or may not be happening. Momentously.

  • 110 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:54 PM


    Ashley is the only man I’ve ever known to land himself with TWO relegations battles at the same time.

    Sports Direct are looking firm favourites to be relegated for the FSTE 100 in March.

    He’s misunderstood, y’know.

  • 111 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Or even some cod bites, G2

  • 112 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Where do you stand on chutney YCMIU mate? I think McLaren could do very well as an assistant manager in a small chutney shop.. I believe that is where he’ll end up after his time with us…..

  • 113 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    ….relegated FROM the FTSE Hot One Hundred….”
    ….that is…

  • 114 JamesToon // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Reckon Townsend himself will be pushing for the move to us as he’s completely frozen out at Spurs. Levy as usual playing hardball not sure why as there’s clearly no future for him there.

    I’d pay max £18m for Berahino, and again surely Berahino would rather be here where we are now getting the ball on the deck and playing some good footy, and he’d be in contention of a starting place, than being at west brom where he’s gonna be bipassed most of the time because of the long ball style. But if we can’t get him we should go for either Remt, Gray or Shane Long

  • 115 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    My sauces are Jack Daniels Barbecue and of course Nando’s Lemon & Herb. Mmmm.

  • 116 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Thats a very momentous post, tsunki. Something is sure to happen.

  • 117 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    My sources tell me that Twittercester-upon-Erewash are not reliable Tsunki mate…..

  • 118 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    “Townsend’s stats are worse than Obertan’s” Drone, drone, drone. Bet most haven’t even checked, they just repeat what they’ve heard from somebody that chose to select the stats to fit their preconceived notion.

    1) Obertan’s stats aren’t as bad as you think.

    2) Obertan’s and Townsend stats stack up well against Sissoko’s.

    Townsend PL career stats – 3059 minutes played or 34 games rounded up – 5 goals and 3 assists

    Obertan PL stats at NUFC – 2932 minutes played or 32.6 games – 2 goals and 7 assists

    Sissoko PL for NUFC – 8948 minutes played or 99.4 games – 10 goals and 15 assists

    Sissoko has played approximately 3 times as much as both of them, I’ve omitted Obertans time at Man U because he really never got a chance. Multiply both their numbers by 3 and they are very comparable stats.

    Obertan would have 97.8 games with 6 goals and 21 assists!

    Townsend would have 102 games with 15 goals and and 9 assists

    The gulf in regard people hold the likes of Sissoko and the two others doesn’t reflect the cold stats. Added to that, Sissoko has had consistent runs in the team to gain momentum and form, whereas Obertan and Townsend are given bits and bobs (in Obertan’s case beset by injuries whenever he seems to be making progress and winning a few over) with a much bigger proportion of their minutes accrued from coming off the bench.

    Saying all that I don’t like judging players by these kind of stats anyway, they are useless when trying to see how a player would fit in with a team and are often misleading, I mean Shelvey wouldn’t get any assists last weekend despite playing the key passes in both goals.

    £12m is about right for Townsend given the circumstances and he’d be a very welcome addition for me. My only negative to say about his arrival is it may demote Perez on to the bench and he shouldn’t really be sitting on the bench, too good for that, but it’s nice to have that problem, it might spur him on to the next level also, both he and Sissoko will have good competition!

    I also have faith in Sctheve to help get the best out of him, like Shelvey I think it’s Schteve driving this one and the player knows that, which is why all the noises are he wants to come and play up here.

  • 119 JamesToon // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    I think as we probs aren’t gonna buy any defenders this window, we should convert Aarons to be our new left back, then in the summer we’ll need a centre half and a winger. I’d go for Caulker and either Moses or Lanzini as they’re loan deals end in the summer, we need some pace and skill on the wings

  • 120 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    BandB what’s the odds at the bookies that he’ll stay just outside the bottom three? I’ve got ten bob burning a hole in my pocket…


  • 121 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    I’m going to take a flyer here and say that Lee Charnley will or won’t be our Managing Director if we go down. I know it’s a risky position to take but there it is lads…..

  • 122 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Not sure about Chutney. We cant really afford the big guns like branston pickle.

    I have a bottle of stuff from the chilli festival called ‘foo kin shi tot’. Tis a little fiery to say the least. But not as hit as the Carolina Reaper Paste. Wow. The paint starts to peel when i open the pot.

  • 123 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    don’t know weather anyone else has shown it or not but according to sky a team who was lucky to remain in the PL was 17th in terms of highest yearly earning or 7th as far as premier league clubs are concerned.

    For a person decent with businesses he should see clearly that if we put effort into creating a decent team and appointing a decent manager then he could get himself into the top 10 greatest earning football clubs and almost certainly the 5th greatest earning club in the premier league.

  • 124 JDdubai // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Assist stats dont tell everything in isolation.

    Technically Shelvey didnt get an assist last week but in reality we know that doesnt tell the whole story.

  • 125 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    I like Stats. You can build a house on Stats. Stats are cooooooollll.


  • 126 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    The stats also tell me we’ve got a pillock for an owner Hail mate.

  • 127 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    james toon
    only really remy available as koeman says long going nowhere and gray cant play for a third team in one season

  • 128 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Toonking – it’s effort over expediency for Ashley. He has created in nufc a self-propelling ad machine for SD. Why get his hands dirty?

  • 129 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    I don’t know.
    We aren’t betting types down at the bingo.


    …we are..


  • 130 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    105 percent of stats are incorrect 357 percent of the time. 239 percent of people are aware of this.

  • 131 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    I also have a bottle of Ghost Pepper Sauce bought in USA years ago which may have to be transferred to another bottle as the glass is starting to thin. Problem is I don’t think the environment agency want to get involved.

  • 132 King Colback // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:07 PM


    With a face like an Urangutans left nutsack

  • 133 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:09 PM


    Ghost Chilli are the hottest…. or they were. The Carollina reaper chilli was created from ghost chilli and ‘bred’ (not sure if thats correct for plants) to be twice as hot. The paste I have is either an exercise in insanity, stupidity or criminal genius….possibly all three. Basically, due to repeated ingestion of this, i am now probably immune to polonium poisoning.

  • 134 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Since Ashley took over we’ve won 89 matches in the Prem. Out of 288 played. That’s a win percentage of 31%. It’s higher than I thought it would be…. Interesting. Imagine if we give him another 8 years. Possibly we could get to 32%!

  • 135 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    JFA with your face like Vladimr Komarov’s remains.

  • 136 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Out of all the wingers linked etc Sammy probably would have got the same amount of assists this season with Mitrovic and Wijnaldum on the end of the crosses he had about 5 or 6 assists last season

  • 137 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    How have you eaten that stuff an survived?

  • 138 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:13 PM


    Usually when you insult someone, it’s best to spell the key word correctly.

  • 139 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:13 PM


    the point is we’ve already got a first team player taking his place on the left and have got players such as arrons waiting for that space to become free, townsend is providing far less assists than either sissoko or obatan would provide and the goals scored part is pointless because if it’s goals your wanting from a player then an XP striker like defoe is who should be getting bought. townend’s main task would be creating chances, how many of his goals have been shot inside the box because he’s currently scored all 3 England goals out side the box in other words tiote goals.

  • 140 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:14 PM


    Not sure, but It might still be having a bad effect on me. My underwear is testament to this fact

  • 141 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    I put Ghost Pepper Sauce on my armpits during black fly season over here YCMIU mate. I can’t say why…. try it and see what you think.

  • 142 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:16 PM


    Lots of spice-lovers licking my armpits? No thanks ?

  • 143 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM


    Lots of spice-lovers licking my armpits? No thanks 😮

  • 144 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    But getting back to the footy, if it doesn’t matter who we use as wingers, Sammy or Obie or Marveaux or Billy Muggins because they will all get roughly the same number of assists then isn’t that a bit of a worry? Does the same apply for all the other positions on the pitch? If so and Ashley finds out there goes our transfer budget….. Harrumph.

  • 145 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Townsend does have ability who knows he may just thrive playing for the Toon and get setting up assists galore ….

  • 146 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Well what about between your toes then YCMIU mate? Apparently it drives the ladies wild. Don’t wear socks though….

  • 147 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Damn right the ladies would go wild. Imagine treading all that chilli sauce into the carpet ?

  • 148 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    lee 136

    A more simple way of saying what i’m saying really, we”ve not got that goal scoring striker only ones with potential in future so lets get that goal scoring striker to begin with.

  • 149 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:23 PM


  • 150 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • 151 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Non of samsungs smilies work on here

  • 152 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • 153 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Fair point YCMIU mate. I don’t think it would last until you got home though…..

  • 154 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    hot pepper sauce chillies arrr, arrr, hot, hot must drink water, must drink water. I’ll stick to pepperoni pizzas, nothing else spicy, as for curries they banned even the mild ones.

  • 155 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    As the hamstrung Footsie dropped into so-called bear market territory, or more than 20 per cent below last April’s peak of 7122.74
    Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct was a firm exception at 403.9p, up 9.1p. Rumours were rife that Ashley acquired a 2.3 per cent stake in Dick’s Sporting Goods of the US via contract for differences, as he is aware that the operator of 645 stores in the US will not remain independent for much longer.

  • 156 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    If we kept the ball out of wor own onion bag more of the time possibly we wouldn’t need that top, top striker we can’t afford?

  • 157 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Drinking water makes it worse, toonking.
    You need milk or yoghurt, even sugar can help. Who has banned mild curries?

  • 158 lesh // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    If it’s true we’re trying to sign the kid Mamadou, then why haven’t they done it?

    We’re obviously taking relative peanuts as a fee and still we pi$$ about making small offers to try to negotiate a fee. In the meantime the media get wind of our interest and bingo, another club nips in to sign him for a million more than we’ve supposedly offered. Sounds familiar eh?

    Instead of fannying on over relative pennies, Ashley should put his boot up Charnley’s backside and tell him to stop pi$$ing about and see the big picture – relegation being a real possibility!


  • 159 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    I should hope they are rife Jib.

    The conclusion of that deal was reported in all papers a week ago.

  • 160 lesh // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Taking = talking relative…

  • 161 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:31 PM


    Your fan club are missing you, they’re swooning like Bieber fans.

  • 162 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Say you’re sitting on transit in a nice pair of sockless open toed sandals YCMIU mate and the lovely aroma of Ghost Pepper Sauce wafting through the air? I leave the rest to you mate…..

  • 163 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:33 PM


    Anything milder than a Madras is a stew

  • 164 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Yes I always carry a pint of mile on a string around me neck YCMIU. It’s a bit messy getting it onto me armpits but almost nobody notices……

  • 165 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:34 PM


    just myself they banned from my house, never liked curries and I don’t like anything spicy apart from a pepperoni pizza.

    In my house it’s chinese noodles, stir fries and sweet and sour and italian pastas, bolognese and pizzas..

  • 166 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Pint of mile? Possibly a pint of milk works better…..Harrumph.

  • 167 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Give yersel a pat on the back

  • 168 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Setting all this aside, I think wor business is done in this window. Ashley knows that Shelvey is going to save us from relegation. Why spend more? It’s just silly. We’ve got 17th place sewn up now……

  • 169 toonking // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    time for the english tradition now of my fish and chips.

  • 170 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:41 PM

  • 171 firebug666 // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Oh come on people who would drink milk after some of the hot stuff, I mean what a waste.

    I’m with YCMIU, I have various hot sauces and pastes and grow my own chillies including the Carolina Reaper.

    So we have or haven’t ended our interest with Townsend & Berahino, either way I’m not that fussed though I do think we should have been in for better with the money were spending.

  • 172 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Looks like Townsend deal is near, hope we get a striker too

  • 173 welshgeordie9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Soccer sauce is about as reliable as newcastles back four.

  • 174 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Last season 63 conceded and 39 scored? Is this a recipe for success Mike? Even if you put Ghost Pepper sauce on it?

  • 175 welshgeordie9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Deals are dragging on and on, only Newcastle could do this ffs.

  • 176 cyprus // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    to answer your question he didn’t want to come up here, it seems. Or his better half.

  • 177 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Yes, I think we will (or won’t) sign Townsend soon Take a Chancel mate. It’s definitely a done deal (or not).

  • 178 NYMAG // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Austin sounds like a snip at 4M but he’s rumoured to have secured a 4.5 year deal on 100k per week…..still sound cheap? Put into perspective this means he cost more money overall than if we’d signed him last summer for 15M with a 50k per week contract (which is probably the max we would have given him).

  • 179 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:59 PM


    Stop moaning

  • 180 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    That sounds about right NYMAG mate. We don’t give out 100K per week deals. And our strategy has definitely paid off. Nothing like feeling comfortable sitting in 18th place….. Harrumph.

  • 181 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    There ain’t no sauce like a soccer sauce. #Iamsaucer #Rightagain

  • 182 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Nymag I think that 100 grand a week story was just sour grapes from West Hams end. There’s a bit of history with those two parties.

  • 183 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    39 conceded already this season Mike and 24 scored. Is this the same recipe for success as last season? If so possibly add more Ghost Pepper sauce and marinate for several hours with a decent CB.

  • 184 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:07 PM

  • 185 9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    There will never be any business between NUFC and Spurs while Messrs Levy and Ashley are in charge. They both play hardball, and neither will ever give in to t’other.

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