Newcastle Turn Their Attention To Top Championship Striker


We had mentioned earlier today that Newcastle may turn their attentions to a Championship striker if our options are cut to having Swansea’s Bafe Gomis to sign for a whopping £7M for the 30 year-old.

And there are reports tonight that Steve McClaren is a big admirer of the prolific Championship goalscorer – 25 year-old Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers.

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Jordan Rhodes – 82 goals in 155 appearances for Blackburn

Newcastle had tracked Rhodes ever since he was playing for Lee Clark at Huddersfield Town, so there’s been a long term interest in the striker who has scored 82 goals in 155 appearances for Blackburn since moving there in  the summer of 2012.

And while at Huddersfield from 2009 through 2012 he scored 87 goals in 148 appearances, so he is a prolific and natural goalscorer who could make the step up to the Premier League just like Charlie Austin and Danny Ings before him.

Saido Berahino, Loic Remy and Bafe Gomis are the strikers Newcastle are after in that order, but it seems McClaren is a big admirer of the 13 times capped Scottish International.

Blackburn are saying they will not sell,  but a big bid from Newcastle could change their thinking.

Unfortunately it’s  coming to light that McClaren wanted Charlie Austin this month and someone on the Board – it’s likely to have been Graham Carr – said no to the bid since there were concerns about one of Charlie’s knees.

Austin did fail a medical at Hull City in the summer of 2013 when he was about to be transferred from Burnley.

Not going after £4M Austin this month could turn out to be another huge mistake by Newcastle in their efforts to sign a top striker this month with only 3 days now remaining.

They are leaving it very late.

Signing a top striker before Monday night could be the difference between Newcastle being a Premier League club or a Championship clubs at the end of the season – it’s that important.

Comments welcome.



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61 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 28, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Capped over 1,300 times Ed?

    And a question for the next FF. Who from the board decided against Ed’s first choice, Charlie Austin?

    Ed thinks it’s likely to have been Carr. I’d just like to know and don’t see why we shouldn’t.

    Who is making these calls and why…

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  • toonicle

    Jan 28, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #2

    I would so much rather see this happen instead of a Gomis or something. Not sounding like we will get Remy on a loan.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed…Good man. 13 times sounds about right 🙂

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  • itsmehere

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Having seen Rhodes play in the flesh so to speak on a number of occasions I can wholeheartedly say that he is playing at the level where he should be. The next step is one too far,if he was good enough he would have been playing at a higher level seasons ago !!.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Itsmehere

    Tend to agree with you on this.

    He has been touted around for years but noone at the top level has taken the risk despite his scoring record in the lower leagues.

    Not what we need at present

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  • Shearer.Milburn

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Would actually love to read a post on here that doesn’t mention Charlie Austin, just once please!!!!!

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  • scout

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Anyone with close to a 1 in 2 goals ratio can knock them in mate in this league Leicester are top ffs.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed…… Please that’s enough about ckin Charlie Austin. He plays for Southampton now. For whatever reason we didn’t sign him. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be but it’s gone. Please can we just move on or should we all lament every time he scores for them.?

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  • scout

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Agreed its like ali if he came here would have probably been crap

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Eds got it bad for Austin, should we crowd fund a trip to Southampton for him?

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  • scout

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Get that driver for the coach from to hull and back.

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  • U.S Magpie

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #12

    I would love to see Rhodes at the club, he looks like a young Alan Shearer and we know what he did for Blackburn and Newcastle. Go get him Board of what ever you call yourselves now days. Gomis please for the love of god noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Rhodes is a finisher but is absolutely anonymous in games, may be a good partner for mitrovic but not as a lone striker is non existent in general play….its why he is at the level he is, hes not a player who will make his own goals.

    He may come up and be the finisher we need, im unsure though.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Bobbybee…… Good to see you posting again . How’s yer fettle. I was asking the other day if anyone had seen Jamie Sterry play. I know you watch the reserves when you can. A friend of a friend knows his dad very well and apparently he’s quite highly rated.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Austin bid. Likely to have been Carr to say no? I’d say the money man charnley was more likely.

    I would say both remy and Rhodes is wise as neither are guaranteed to hit the ground running. At least one may do it. Rhodes I’ve always though worth the gamble.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #16

    wba said they would let berahino leave for 25m,lacazette is about the same but in the summer….if ashley is wanting to “make his own luck” and is willing to spend again in the summer…why not just give the money for berahino now and forget lacazette all together….matt phillips would be a good player to push sissoko at 6-7m….then its just a case of a few signings in the summer to tweak this side….no point waisting 7-10m on a striker…then spending big on another striker in the summer.

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  • scout

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #17

    We should have got Naismith

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #18

    should either cough up what they want or loan someone….dont spend on a make weight striker till the summer

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  • scout

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #19

    25 million for the french geezer is madness might as well get vardy.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #20

    scout
    will be interesting to see how vardy does next year…..or how much transfer interest there is in him…..gotta feeling he’ll not be as effective next year…good player tho he is,teams adapt to strikers if they are not the elite….if he keeps scoring i doubt he’ll be at leicester very long…interesting season for him next year.

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  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Charnley’ll call a ‘board’ meeting to discuss options and Carr’ll argue for Gomis with McClaren lobbying for Rhodes.

    Charnley, far more forward thinking than those two’ll decide to have another meeting to discuss…..

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  • JamesChick

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #22

    If Rhodes has now become a possibility, how about Leigh Griffiths from Celtic, he’s in ridiculous form and is clearly a natural finisher which is what we’re crying out for

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #23

    lesh
    do you not think either rhodes or gomis would only be short term, eventually becoming squad players …if the club are really are good to there word about investing again in the summer?

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #24

    james chick
    canny shout that like…has a similar style to vardy….looks a canny finisher on the dennis wise scouting network(you tube)

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #25

    Springy…It is an odd one. If the spending is expected to continue in the summer, with quality not quantity, why are we quite possibly wasting that money on gambles?

    Put that £5-10m, stop gap fee, and put it towards money they’ve put aside for a ST in the summer, now.

    Get in that quality they’re talking about and we’ll start to see progress.

    I imagine the new concern is overspending with fear that we may still get relegated. Nothing like a good plan.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #26

    ibiza
    areet mate…hows tricks?
    if they were worried about the drop the why fork out the most transfer money in the world this window(apparantly)…may as well go for broke

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Springy…Doing well, thanks. how abnout you?

    Agreed. We all know the expression “good money after bad”, but for me, that’s what these “gambles” represent.

    Now is the time to do what they said and that’s to buy quality.

    Whatever happened to Mike spending £15m odd on youth players? Did that get scrapped along with the training ground plans?

    Building for the future is all well and good, but they need to ensure we have one (a future).

    Anyway, all speculation as always. I don’t have faith in not being left disappointed in a few days time, which is bizarre given this is a new look NUFC…

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #28

    or about* 🙂

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #29

    ibiza
    im areet,cheers mate…just gettin frustrated at the time it takes to sign a player at this club!lol
    i would be surprised if we buy gomis or remy but i think remy is the only one we could get on loan….then again if we stop up there’ll be more competition trying to get striker in the summer which will probs be berahino or lacazette….and if the not willing to spend now when theres very little competition,they wont enter a bidding competition in the summer

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #30

    ideally i would like to see berahino now and laporte,phillips and willems in the summer….if no one leaves like.

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  • IrishMagpie91

    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Would love to see Rhodes Come in, been doing it in the championship for a few years now and is definitely worth a punt..

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 29, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #32

    If it was Carr who knocked the Austin transfer on the head you don’t need to think too hard to work out why. The problem would have been Carr’s hip pocket nerve, not Austin’s knee. That smarmy old bastard is playing this club like a violin.

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  • Termijn

    Jan 29, 2016 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #33

    Actually I think it was because Austin didn’t want to come, but whatever suits your agenda. 🙂

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  • davis_toons

    Jan 29, 2016 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #34

    Will be a useful additional when we get relegated by the end of the season but not now..

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #35

    Mornings…
    So people will believe just about anything when it comes to this suppose interest in Austin!

    Rhodes is 25 and have been prolific in the championship the last 5-6 seasons? Still no PL club have thought he was worth the gamble and it has only amounted to 13 call UPS from Scotland?

    Tell me it’s because they don’t play that many internationals up there 😉 Next please!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Morning jesper

    According to the Chronic, Townsend was ‘impressive, honest and captivating during his introduction to the North East media.’ Nothing to worry about then!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #37

    Morning Ron…who’s worried mate ;D

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #38

    jesperfuglsang
    There’s not many next left…………..go-miss or rhodes i know who i would pick

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #39

    hibbitt

    Re Go-Miss: Who needs two Rivieres on their team?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #40

    I am worried that the club simply cannot move players on and they are reluctant to accept that some of this will end up running their contracts down.

    Meantime we will have to pay wages and cover cost for injuries they might sustain. And we know that will happen 😉 Just accept defeat and release the suckers!

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