Magpies May Now Wait Until Summer To Sign Striker

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.

185 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    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.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    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.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3


    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.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

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

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #5

    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!!!

  • chewbaccy

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Buy some good defenders and they goals will come.

  • SuperShearer

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #8

    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.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #9

    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 !

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10

    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

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #11

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


    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

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

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    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!

  • Viduka

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

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

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #15

    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?


    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #16

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

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #17

    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?

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

  • Belfast

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #20

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

  • toonking

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #21


    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

  • Belfast

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #22

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

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    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.

  • magscar

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #24

    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 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #25

    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.

  • BandB

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #26

    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.

  • Wayayman

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #28


    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.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Spings??? Springs*


    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #31

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

  • toon kk

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #32

    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.


    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #33

    toon v mackems moved to sunday for sky

  • Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #34

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

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #35


    That name sounds more like a song lol


    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #36

    aye spose it does…well abit anyways!.haha

  • BandB

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #38


    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.

  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #39

    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 .

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #40

    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.

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