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New Talks – Newcastle Getting Closer To Signing Top Target

3:59 pm, Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 176 Comments

The Mirror has just released a report where they say that Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is pushing hard for a £10M deal for Spurs winger Andros Townsend and is increasingly confident of getting the deal done this month.

The report says the new talks have taken place and Newcastle are pleased with the way they have been progressing.

andros townsend

Andros Townsend – deal getting closer?

£10M would be a good deal for Newcastle with news that Daniel Levy was holding out for £14M – but you never really know what exactly is going on with these transfers.

After all the fuss over Cheick Tiote and problems he was supposed to be having in joining Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua a few days ago, Steve McClaren said today he saw no problems with the move and expected it to go through.

If Newcastle can get Townsend in it would be a great acquisition for Newcastle – because the England International winger will give give Steve McClaren different options up front.

The Mirror are reporting today that new talks have taken place and that Newcastle are happy with how they have been progressing.

That’s even though the report says that Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Chairman is pushing once again for more money from the Tyneside club.

The 24-year-old old fashioned winger is reported to be very keen to join Newcastle and is pushing Tottenham to give him the move he wants his month, after being frozen out of the first team by manager Mauricio Pochettino this season.

Andros can certainly help Newcastle in our relegation battle.

Comments welcome.

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

176 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Just gerrim signed up along with a LB, CB and a striker who can actually put the ball into the net!

  • 2 hibbitt // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    jamie sterry could play there i have seen him play lb but is considered a rb by the club sometimes needs must far better then aarons defending

  • 3 Mag52 // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Get Townsend in sharpish. We’re looking for a LB.

  • 4 WWSBRD // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Think ur peeing in the wind if ur expecting that many coming in

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    I think it’s evident with so few leaving that we won’t bring that many in…or any in!

    …players like Tiote, Marv, Gouf, Willo, Saylor and Rivi needs to leave

  • 6 sparky55 // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Might be why Maclaren is being rumoured to include Rivi tomorrow and the week after so the world can take a look at him and see if he can be moved on.

  • 7 Ron Knee // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Re Townsend: pur-lease no!!!

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    After the great first half display against W Ham the powers that be probably think we have enough in the tank to avoid the drop. The Watford result will depend on whether we get more players over the line, it’s amazing how this new regime think very similarly to the old one !

  • 9 sparky55 // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    One swallow and all that!

  • 10 U.S Magpie // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    I for one like Townsend, he knows the prem and is an England international so I don’t understand why some don’t like this option as a signing. Lets look at the crap we purchased over the last few years, I would put him on the left wing before all of them, he can also play wing back and know he comes up with goals every so often. Get him in and a CB plus striker and the team should be covered to stay up.

  • 11 NoahJ // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    I’ve said it on another thread, but Townsend is worth no more than £8m, and Levy’s approach is absolutely farcical- one quick glance at any Spurs fan site will tell you how laughable talk of £14m is.

    I just don’t know why we’re pursuing him as a priority when our defence is paper thin and our strikers can’t score. If anything, midfield is probably our strongest area, and yes we need a decent winger in the long-term, but this can wait until the summer if it comes at the expense of the other positions

  • 12 jazzyp // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Rotonda will be happy ….. Not

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    What new regime?

  • 14 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    He has rarely player for Spurs, not just this season but any season, he has always been back up, they clearly want him gone yet they appear to be making it as difficult as possible, I really do hope that the deal falls through, £14m for someone who is on a par with Obertan is ridiculous.

  • 15 martoon // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    U.S Magpie @10 I agree I think Townsend is quite decent but I also agree with NoahJ that he’s not worth £14m – £10m tops I would say.
    Spoof @14 to compare him with Obertan is ridiculous he’s shown he’s a much better footballer than Obertan who can hardly kick the ball!

  • 16 hibbitt // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    not even sure he’s that good would rather buy a LB and give the players we have a chance

  • 17 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:53 PM


    yes perhaps he is a bit better than that but do we really need him, where would Sissoko play if we get him, we would have to suffle the entire team around to find a place for him, and for me Sissoko and Janamat give us enough going forward on the right hand side, if it aint broke don’t fix it and Sissoko is miles better than Townsend

  • 18 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:55 PM


    I hear what you’re saying but there’s always the faint hope that somebody with some influence at SJP might just see fans’s views and shove them in front of Charnley’s nose – preferably when he’s awake!

  • 19 goommy // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    LB? Time to shine for Mbabu lad!!

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    I’d rather we stick a bid in for Stokes Erik Pieters !

  • 21 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    * fans’s = fans’ views

    English is a wonderful language….. In the hands of folk who know how to use it!

  • 22 U.S Magpie // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Yes agree not worth 14 Mil, here’s the thing. We have purchased two midfielders last week, is the idea with Townsend to play him at left back and try and move dummett to CB covering that area for now, and then just purchase a striker. Maybe Newcastle’s way to cover all positions.

  • 23 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:59 PM


    If you were Pieters and had been ignored by us already, would you be interested in SJP?

    And Stoke are doing ok thank you very much.

  • 24 DevonToon // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    I find it quite strange how short people’s memories are. That season back when townsend was at QPR he had a blinding season there. Then played a bit for spurs and at the time where saying they didn’t really miss bale as they had the English equivalent. For what ever reason he’s fallen out of favour, but he could be a half decent signing if he can find that sort of form again. I’d still prefer to actually give thauvan a fair crack in th 1st team.

  • 25 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM


    Mbabu is injured m8

  • 26 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    US Mag

    You’re asking a lot don’t you think?

    Charnley doesn’t do thinking!

  • 27 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    mbabu is injured mate

  • 28 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    I’m going to volunteer to take the next hour of writing “he’s injured, mate.”
    So you don’t have to.

  • 29 davyadams // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Not sure he’s worth 10 mil

  • 30 hibbitt // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Mbabu is injured club think 2/3 weeks

  • 31 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    about townsend…..i believe macca sees him on the left mate….he is naturally left footed and quick which our left side is desperate for…..aye he’s known for playing on the right but he has played on the left and can adjust his game to suit what we need……imo anyways

  • 32 chewbaccy // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:05 PM

  • 33 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Just while I was WRITING it!

  • 34 LGFUAD21 // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    I’d just loan Enrique as we need A lb in desperately.

    It’s clear the club sees dummet as a player that can develop into a CB long term here which is why we are seeing him get so much time.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they planned on getting willems in summer and letting colo and dummet battle for CB with the idea being that dummet has the position locked down by Christmas.

  • 35 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:13 PM


    He is left footed but if SM wants him on the left then why not go for an established left winger rather than hope that a right winger will convert, if that is what SM is doing then he needs his head banged against a wall, and very bloody hard as well

  • 36 geordie157 // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Get galloway in on loan if everton have alternative cover for baines

  • 37 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    just the way im looking at it…more to get his pace in the side i think…that left hand side has weak all season and all other positions seem pretty much sown up.

  • 38 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    i think a quality left winger would cost a fortune as well….only other english left wingers around are likes of sinclair…that we’ve linked to anyway.

  • 39 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Montero not English but has been doing in the prem

  • 40 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Should just put Lascalles at full back and just get him not to venture past the half way line he can defend well but I can see Watford putting Anya on the right wing and causing us plenty of problems !

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:26 PM


    10M for Townsend is still 3M too much and blows out Perez, Aarons and even Thauvin.

    Another misleading headline as I thought Berahino was our top target, ie a potential goal scorer.

    Watch spurs now get a far better player in Sandro ramirez. when we will ever learn.

  • 42 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    think he’s been injured recently and hasnt been playing much since the beginning of the season

  • 43 Toon Tang // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Just read the stat to end all stats. We’ve scored the least amount of away goals of any team in the top 7 tiers of english footy. FIVE

    Could do with adding a few lads..

  • 44 Rotonda heights // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    SM does some good things but my god he gets it horribly wrong at times too.

  • 45 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Boring transfer speculation shit. How many man hours of reading and writing were wasted on “Charlie Austin”? Days of your lives that you’ll never get back.

  • 46 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Looks like Thauvin has been on the phone to the OM goalkeeper -his mate – stating he wants to return to OM.
    No point in keeping him – it just has not worked out for him.

  • 47 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    “Man hours”? WTF is Blackley on about? What a knacker.

  • 48 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:34 PM


    Perez, Aarons, Sissoko, Thauvin, Goofy, Gini, Marveaux and even Obertan can play out wide, we have more than enough for wide areas, we don’t need Townsend, the only reason we appear to lack width is due to how SM sets them up.

    Berahino is who we need

  • 49 U.S Magpie // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Lesh, yes sorry what was I thinking that Charney was thinking and Ashley was allowing SM to think.
    Its all a little crazy don’t you think !!!!!!

  • 50 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    They called them “man hours” at the pit Blackley.
    I knew what you meant.
    There were very few “woman seconds” wasted on the subject of Austin.

  • 51 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    If you ask Mr Tuff nicely he’ll show you his season ticket.
    The problem is it has a red and white cover the little trickster.

  • 52 Sazzer // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    I think we should move for Andre Carrillo this window and take our time until the price is down on Townsend.

  • 53 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    is sandro ramirez any good?..,or is it just the fact he’s at barcelona….he played second division football last year apparently….he’s not another sisko is he?

  • 54 Goofy // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Stuck a fiver on 3-2 Toon, Winjaldum to score first 175/1

    Silly bet considering we’ve only scored 5 away from home but we seem to have built up some confidence and with Shelvey to feed Perez, Wini and Mitro with Janmmat to fire up the wing swinging a few crosses in, I’m quite confident for the win, the score line would be a bonus.

  • 55 Rotonda heights // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM


    put it this way Pochettino wants rid of Townsend and is keen on Ramirez. Enough said.
    We’ll end up with a knacker like townsend while spuds get ramirez or Berahino, possibly both.

  • 56 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Jib – shut it – been pleasant on the blog this afternoon without you winding folk up. Have you been away for the day.
    Let me guess – either an appearance at the local magistrates court – or being interviewed by the Nash for a fraudulent social security claim.

  • 57 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Run your KK entertainers logic past us one more time. I’m not sure we got it the first time.

  • 58 U.S Magpie // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Just heard that Douglas the defender we were after a few years back who is now at Barcelona is available for a loan deal.

  • 59 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    how many of them are good enough?……perez is’nt a left winger…he’s attacking mid or striker,aarons would be ideal but he’s unreliable,his fitness problems are a worry,gini is an att mid,thauvin wants out,the rest are not good enough, thats why a lot of people on here want rid of them… not entirely sold on townsend myself tbh, but cant see who else is a better fit for that side that we can afford

  • 60 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM


    I lie.
    I DO remember mentioning that The Mirror had reported that Austin was a done deal back in the summer.
    Then Jib pounced to accuse me of making it up.
    Then Chancel helpfully posted a picture link to the article in dispute.
    There are times on the blog when you know exactly what another poster is doing.
    But if a panicky Google search revealed a cutting comeback, I’m still waiting for it.

  • 61 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Jib Jibberish – you will no doubt have noticed a judge today slagging of Mr Tubbs :-

    “A SENIOR judge has condemned the “intimidatory, muscular tactics” used by Mike Ashley’s sportswear company Sports Direct in a failed bid to have Rangers chairman Dave King punished for an alleged breach of a gagging order.”

    You will note the inclusion of the word muscular. This does not mean that Mr Tubbs has been doing some training and has become a body builder and therefore very muscular.
    The word muscular was used figuratively to describe the nature of Mr Tubbs tactics.

    There now – with that explanation I’ve saved you a Google Search. No need to send your thanks.

  • 62 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    few stories now saying we are after scott sinclair.

  • 63 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Mr Tuff
    Let your wee secret out of the bag.

  • 64 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Have we established that Google is Jib’s preferred search engine when panic strikes?

  • 65 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Having a bit of trouble with one of my computer monitors today.
    Did that post say that Jib was pouncing from the shadows or was it poncing from the shadows.

  • 66 GeordieTwo // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    The squad seems poorly built for any kind of decent season. We have 2 experienced CB’s that we absolutely rely on. If either get injured we’re stuffed. All our LB’s and stand-ins are injured apparently and we’re weak at that position even when they’re fit. We have 1 decent RB (at least decent in the attacking sense). We have no decent backup to Elliot with Krul injured. We’re thin on the wings unless we play someone out of position there. We have kids as strikers with no fit and experienced senior player at that position. Exactly what have we built during Ashley’s tenure?

  • 67 Sliema // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    US Magpie

    That’s a completely different Douglas mate. We were after the Brazilian born but Dutch capped CB Douglas from Twenty at the time. He plays for Trabzonspor and has never played for Barca. The Barca lad is a young Brazilian Right back.

  • 68 Sazzer // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    I would say that Sandro Ramirez is more like another Riviere.

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:04 PM


    The panicky Google search.
    Jibberish gets stuck and cannot answer a simple NUFC related question – whoosh – straight onto Google – so panicky he usually misunderstands his research – and posts some guff – adding to his lengthening Google Gaffe list.

    A Johnny come lately rugby player who knows very little about football.

  • 70 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    If my post is top on your mobile as you are checking in to comment on the injury situation at LB just now.
    Dummet, Colback, Mbabu, Anita, Hairdara.
    They’re all injured mate.

    That’s my hour up…

  • 71 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Mr Tuff
    Starting to thrash about a bit now that downunder has revealed that in all the 41 years he has known you , most of that time you have had a Sunderland season ticket.

  • 72 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    i was reading that he played 30 games last season in the second division scoring 8…..that does’nt sound that impressive considering its a weaker level…9m?….not convinced at all maybe wrong he may well turn out to be fantastic.. but seems like alot of talk for a chance player

  • 73 WWSBRD // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Big Steve Harper back in the PL happy for him though I hope he never plays for them

  • 74 swemag // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Wow, somebody mentioned Steven Taylor. Is he still alive?

  • 75 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Disappointed in Harper for joining them. Always gave the impression he was the last of a dying breed that had a sense of integrity and honour for himself, NUFC and the game. Not like he needs the money,I’m sure he has many other options for income and offers from different clubs even. Very strange.

  • 76 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Anyone know why they got rid of Pantilimon ?
    He always seemed OK to me !

  • 77 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Harper was born in Seaham and went to school in Easington so playing for Sunderland won’t be a problem for him .

  • 78 Thump // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    @swemag: “allowed”.

    Shame people are slating Harps for wanting to move back to the North East proper, with a manager he knows, to a region he knows, to a club he knows.

    Questioning a mans integrity for taking a job. Disgusting.

  • 79 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Aye, Aye, Aye
    Marshall is better than Yashin
    Davies is better than Eusabio
    and Watford are in for a Thrashing

    Ho, ho, ho

  • 80 Thump // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    @Jib: Financial Fair Play, apparently. Got rid of Graham too.

  • 81 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Ta Thump

  • 82 WWSBRD // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Give over man don’t be so bleeding precious it’s his job he still bleeds black and white

    How do u know what his financial situation is and why should the man turn down good money and a doorway into coaching which he wants to do?

  • 83 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    I saw a quite old Lev Yashin play in goal at SJP in somebodies testimonial (cannot mind who )

  • 84 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Jib Jibberish -the blog pest – @76 – seem to be displaying some natural (non Google) acquired information about the Sunderland area – Seaham is only a couple of miles from your Pennywell sticky carpet hovel.

  • 85 the broons // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:41 PM


    Pantillimon is the most underrated keeper in the league and by selling him they are now relying heavily on Defoe getting the goals to keep them up.

  • 86 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Talking of Harps new job
    One of Lev Yashins nicknames was the black cat ( he used to play in goal completely clad in black)

  • 87 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Jib – you’ll be getting mixed up again – did you not see Yashin playing for Russia in the 1966 World Cup. The were playing at your home ground Roker Park (Joker Park).

  • 88 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:53 PM


    The point you make is spot on.
    Neither Harper nor the communities he comes from will see anything but pride in the fact he represented both clubs.
    There’s a tradition of it in the North East. A good one.
    Most Durham folks aren’t part of the historic hatred between Newcastle and Sunderland.
    To them, it’s just football.

  • 89 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Fed up of this transfer saga, will he, won’t he, did say yesterday.

  • 90 Jail for Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Considering the pressure put on young Jak Alnwick last year I think Harper would have been a great addition to the squad, but Elliott will never get injured or sent off will he ?

  • 91 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Don’t know what’s worse that or people moaning on here.

  • 92 Mag52 // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    I cannot understand why a number of bloggers are so concerned at us paying what they consider to be over the odds for this player or that player.
    At present the focus is on what Levy is asking for Townsend. So what if we end up by paying a bit more than the guy might be worth say in the Summer ? We need someone like him now. Macca seems to want him and presumably has plans for how he will assist our relegation battle. The window is coming to an end.
    Ashley is the only one who should be fretting about the cost of players, and he undoubtedly is, but the fact is that the selling clubs know that, at the moment, they have him over a barrel.
    I don’t care what we pay. If the player can do the job of keeping us in the premiership, then I’ll be happy, and I’m sure Ashley will too.

  • 93 King Colback // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    With a face like a belgian midgets armpit

  • 94 bladeuser // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Sheep ? Out
    Harper out

  • 95 AncientC // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Anybody recall the Sunderland fans applauding with Newcastle fans – in the 17th minute, as a tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney.

    Some people need to grow up and start using that slug in their cranium, when criticising Harper.

  • 96 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    If this club believes that avoiding relegation is worth breaking the bank for, they have 10 days to show it.
    Who thinks the cold-blooded decision Villa have taken couldn’t happen here?
    Though they’d never say, of course.

  • 97 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    The Mag’s written that Napoli have made a first offer for Sissoko and will be back with another. PSG said to be watching too. The Mag reckons that to buy, we’ve got to sell – or could they have meant freeing up squad places?

    As Ashley said in his famous May announcement, we don’t need it want to sell our too players, can we expect any offers for Sissoko or any other of our best players to be rejected?

    Surely it’d make more sense to pay up some of the players who haven’t and shouldn’t figure in future plans? Ah, but that’ll upset Charnley’s budget plans and we don’t want him to explain the variances to Ashley do we when he might ask Penfold why he hadn’t budgeted for that.

    Despite Ashley’s May statement of intent, he shouldn’t have expected a myopic Muppet like Penfold to take his vision to reality.

    So, despite any ambition seemingly voiced by Ashley, we’re staring relegation in the face yet again – under Charnley’s superb leadership.

    No matter what the outcome this season, Charnley should be given a different role at the Club and replaced by a football-savvy MD who has a good track record and dare we say it, a personality that inspires confidence. As is, we’re stuck with Charnley who has neither drive nor character.

  • 98 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Pro footy players are so clever

  • 99 Our Toon // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Good on Harper, anyone with an issue needs to have a word with themselves

  • 100 toon kk // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    I totally agree, your right it’s surprising how many go on about costs of players, it proves how MA has lowered the expectations of how people think the club should be run. There’s loads of player’s over priced but if the club want to spend let them. He’s still a far better player than alot of our flops.
    Although we need a quality striker and a very good defender I don’t think MA budget will stretch that far.

  • 101 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    That rag called the Mag knows SFA the Italian press have been on Sissoko’s case since the window opened.

  • 102 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:22 PM


    Back in November, the Chronicle and others were briefed that the club would have to sell in order to buy.
    And that’s not about transfer fees. It’s about wages. It’s about who’s eligible.
    Whoever thought we would get this done in just a month?

  • 103 sweendog // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Steve harper joins the mackems, who’d have thought

  • 104 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    We are even struggling to shift Tiote.
    And he’s an actual FOOTBALLER!
    We might have to just put one of too on paid gardening leave.

  • 105 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I suppose whether we go down will be down less to what the club can stand, than what Sports Direct can stand.

  • 106 geordie157 // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Good luck harps, hope you come back as a coach one day!

  • 107 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    prince-wright is predicting a 2-0 win tomorrow…

  • 108 optimistic prime // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    What a unusual feeling, Friday night and I’m actually feeling really confident about the game tomorow.

    I don’t have that uneasy feeling in the out of my stomach.

    Win all day for me.

  • 109 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    hes also predicting a 2-0 win for the mackems…. moving on then…

  • 110 Sazzer // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Yeah it’s hard to be convinced without proper scouting of him.

  • 111 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    lawro thinks we’ll win 2-0 and Kevin hart & ice cube thin we’ll win 4-1

  • 112 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Won’t be signing anyone else in this transfer window.

  • 113 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:53 PM


    With your appeals to the form book, the odds, the pundits, the stars…..I give in.

    I think we’ll definitely WIN tomorrow!

    But then, I always do.

  • 114 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Besides I would rather play use rivière and marveaux and keep tiote.

  • 115 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Wow, some are positive for once.

  • 116 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    I only moan weekdays, Welsh 🙂

  • 117 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Take a Chancel
    Do you have any inside track why Byram would choose West Ham over Everton ?
    Seems a bit of a weird one that !

  • 118 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    I’m thinking B and B must have had a tickle at the Housey thisafter.

  • 119 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    oooh, you are awful……….

  • 120 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    I think we will win too 🙂

    I believe it’s because West Ham could offer him guaranteed 1st team where Everton couldn’t

  • 121 jazzyp // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    And the new stadium

  • 122 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Oh OK

  • 123 Average_Contents // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    It’s because he’s from darn sarth or at least his family is. Apparently.

  • 124 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Ah yes I forgot about West Ham’s gift from the nation

  • 125 Tsunki // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Jeffs in fire tonight. Actually he should be come to think of it.

  • 126 Tsunki // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    On fire oops should have googled it. I was distracted by the news that Mbabu is injured

  • 127 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Ah AC I see he was born in Thurrock Essex.
    Did Ian Dury not mention Thurrock in one of the tracks on “New boots and panties” – Clever Trevor – perhaps

  • 128 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Our Toon

    As you say, good for Harper but why the hell didn’t we sign him up to cover unitil the end if the season?

    Again, penny pinching no doubt, risking relegation for the sake of spending a few quid for an experienced pair of hands.

    Charnley just doesn’t get it, clueless.

  • 129 El Sleeve // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    why are we signing another dud?!!!! what has levy been slipping carr on the sly?!

    why cant this DOF learn his lessons?!

  • 130 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Born down south, eh!

    He’s always looked like Billy Mitchell’s bigger, better looking brother.

  • 131 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    It may have been Billericay Dickie (I did google that :-D)

  • 132 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Billy Mitchell used to bully me at school
    When I met him in later years in Tynemouth he nearly shit hiself . He’d stayed a little twat and the weetabix had kicked in with me 😀

  • 133 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:21 PM


    That’s the point I was making. It’d be better to pay up the contracts of those players taking up a squad place but aren’t good enough rather than sell one top player.

    Charnley doesn’t even see the box let alone be able to think outside of it.

    He should be the first out of the door come the end if the season.

  • 134 Toon-Barmy // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Likely team for tomorrow:


    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Lascelles

    Shelvey Saivet

    Sissoko Wijnaldum Ayoze



    De Jong

  • 135 Ravostag // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Byram is an ‘ammers’ supporter born snd bred

  • 136 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:27 PM


    I was agreeing with you.
    I employed one of those literary conceits where you develop another person’s argument while appearing to contend with it.
    I never knew what it was called.
    The WUM’s do it a lot.

  • 137 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Toon Barmy
    I’m sure I read somewhere that Henri Saivet is quite happy to play fullback .
    Thinking about it , that could be the best position to start him.

  • 138 Jail for Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    I’m sure I read Saviet was a converted winger/CM who probably said at some stage in his career that’ll he’ll play anywhere to help the team, ideal full back or back up to our keepers.

  • 139 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    lesh…that was my argument in the summer and at the end of last season!

    …but it seems both Carver and Stone took the fall. Can Charnley spin it around again?

  • 140 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    would like another good performance the morra but to be honest it would mean nowt and make arses very twitchy if we dont get the points even if we do play well….so winning off a deflection off mitros arse and not playing as good as we did in the 1st half against the hammers will do…..surely we cant let them get 3 in a row!…but we have said that before and it did’nt work out to well playing the great unwashed!!

  • 141 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:09 PM



  • 142 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:38 PM


  • 143 Mag52 // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Team for tomorrow:

    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Gouffran
    Sissoko Shelvey Wini Saivet

    Gouffran and Saivet to link up on the left, Janmaat and Sissoko bombing down the right.

  • 144 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    What’s the point of getting rid of tiote, put him along side with shelvey and saivet on the left of the three in midfield with Gini in the middle and sissoko on the right, it’s not rocket science.

  • 145 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Add to the squad to make it bigger not replace and still have the same amount, ffs.

  • 146 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Tiote is yesterdays man.
    Not enough skill to play in a McLaren team.

  • 147 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Tiote didn’t have skill in the first place, just uses his strength.

  • 148 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Even though it’s starting to pee me off a little bit, but is there any news on Townsend yet or have we got to until 10.30pm on deadline day for us to make a bid.

  • 149 B1GSTEVE // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Jib, didnt yashin play for moscow dynamo at SJP in a friendly just brfore we played in the fairs cup. Not many there if I remember!

  • 150 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    I shall look it up
    I may even google it 😀

  • 151 BandB // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Your post made made realise, Welsh, that I’d actually forgotten what rocket science looks like.
    So I surfed the inter web looking for a photograph or a blackboard COVERED in equations.
    And you are right. It isn’t.

  • 152 beermonkey // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:25 PM


    did u google that

  • 153 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    The date would appear to be Nov 22 1965.

    Some sites say we won 5 -1 says we lost 1-4 with Moncur as our scorer.

    The crowd was about the 11, 000 mark

  • 154 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    A science teacher friend of mine once told me that the rocket science phrase is quite inappropriate as there is nothing much simpler than rocket science.
    Basically you sit a capsule full of people on top of a controlled explosion and WHOOSH !!!!

  • 155 Our Toon // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:38 PM


    It’s bonkers mate we should have signed him, Darlow could have learned and the players would have had someone who knew the club, the people / fans and more importantly a more experienced head around the dressing room.

  • 156 Our Toon // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:39 PM


    I seriously hope he doesn’t line up like that tomorrow. Gini is by far our best player and should be in the no10 role, dropping him back into a CM role will only negate us.

  • 157 optimistic prime // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:45 PM


    I hope your science teacher friend doesn’t have a job.

  • 158 bettyswallocks // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Apparently Mbabu is injured so can’t play at left back tomorrow. We could always play Uvavu or Iranu instead.

  • 159 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    It’s a crazy situation but all I need are cigarettes and alcohol!

  • 160 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Steve Harper – loyal to money

  • 161 bettyswallocks // Jan 22, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Welshie…… Have you not forgotten something on your requirements list?

  • 162 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Our Toon

    Everybody, including Sunderland, see the sense in signing Harper apart from our forward-thinking club.

    The outlay would’ve been peanuts against the cost of playing with a rookie keeper. Surely they must remember last season? Nah, maybe not!

  • 163 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 11:13 PM


    What’s that then.

  • 164 bettyswallocks // Jan 22, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    I ll give you a clue. The Welsh have found two new uses for them. Meat and wool.

  • 165 will die for the toon army // Jan 22, 2016 at 11:17 PM


  • 166 welshgeordie9 // Jan 22, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    What you do in your spare time is entirely up to you, if that’s what tickles your fancy.

    Ha ha ha

  • 167 bettyswallocks // Jan 22, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Welshie…… At least you’ve got the bottle to admit it now after being in denial so long. Lol. Seriously though it’s nice to see you can still have a laugh. Hope all works out with your family worries. Good luck with everything.

  • 168 RonVanDam // Jan 23, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Talking of defenders, we should take a punt on Aymeric Laporte of Atl. Bilbao as a long term prospect. 21 and a better all round defender then John Stones.

  • 169 SPRINGY // Jan 23, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    ron van dam
    just had a look at laporte on the dennis wise scouting network(you tube)….he looks class.. cool, calm and extremely quick and reads the game like an old pro….ano its only you tube but canny impressive….his value will scare us off i think tho

  • 170 Blofal // Jan 23, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    Some highlights from the last few years of Townsend..

    Townsend is naturally left footed although just as good on his right.

    McClaren wants him to be our left sided attacking mid and to be honest I think he is a perfect fit.


    Hopefully this latest injury crisis makes them bring in another defender this window though. I get they want Willems but he is injured. If he was fit they probably would have been in for him by now!

  • 171 beefman13 // Jan 23, 2016 at 2:07 AM

    Shteve may go three at the back like he did against them in the FA cup.


    Mbemba Colo Mbabu

    Saivet Shelvey Wijnaldum Sissoko

    Perez Mitrovic Riviere

    I like that, hes been banging on about Riviere hasnt he, time the lad earned his keep.

  • 172 Mister Tuff // Jan 23, 2016 at 2:50 AM

    mbabu is injured and ruled out for Watford.

  • 173 loonie-toon // Jan 23, 2016 at 3:06 AM

  • 174 Blofal // Jan 23, 2016 at 3:37 AM

    Why on earth is Curtis Good STILL injured? He is a CB/LB!

  • 175 PapissGottaBrandNewBag // Jan 23, 2016 at 3:51 AM

    Boys if we are going to make the comparison to Obertan then let it be noted Obertan has more assists in 3 seasons than Townsend he’s so ball greedy he doesn’t deserve to be near the Tottenham team let alone Newcastle Chadli would be a better option considering his is on the fringes of the first team there

  • 176 Jail for Ashley // Jan 23, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    We’ve heard from them that they don’t dwell on past mistakes and therefore don’t learn from them, Steve Harper would have been the most ideal player out there to cover a position, people are completely overlooking that we are desperately short in if Elliott picks up an injury. Mclaren could well bemoan the fact that it is freakishly unlucky to have both keepers out but Elliott has previous injury issues. Harper wouldn’t have to immediately start if Elliott was injured but it would relieve a lot of pressure on Woodman knowing that a safe pair of hands like Stdvie Harper was behind him.

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