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Newcastle Turn Their Attention To Top Championship Striker

11:50 pm, Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

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.


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.

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

61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Jan 28, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    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…

  • 2 toonicle // Jan 28, 2016 at 11:54 PM

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

  • 3 Ibizatoon // Jan 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Ed…Good man. 13 times sounds about right 🙂

  • 4 itsmehere // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    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 !!.

  • 5 expatmag // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:11 AM


    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

  • 6 Shearer.Milburn // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:11 AM

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

  • 7 scout // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:12 AM

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

  • 8 bettyswallocks // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    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.?

  • 9 scout // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:18 AM

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

  • 10 optimistic prime // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:18 AM

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

  • 11 scout // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:22 AM

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

  • 12 U.S Magpie // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    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!!!!!

  • 13 Robby Bobson // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    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.

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    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.

  • 15 OneAlanShearer // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    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.

  • 16 SPRINGY // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    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.

  • 17 scout // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    We should have got Naismith

  • 18 SPRINGY // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:46 AM

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

  • 19 scout // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:47 AM

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

  • 20 SPRINGY // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    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.

  • 21 lesh // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    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…..

  • 22 JamesChick // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    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

  • 23 SPRINGY // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    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?

  • 24 SPRINGY // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:12 AM

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

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    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.

  • 26 SPRINGY // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    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

  • 27 Ibizatoon // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    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…

  • 28 Ibizatoon // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    or about* 🙂

  • 29 SPRINGY // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:34 AM

    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

  • 30 SPRINGY // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:37 AM

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

  • 31 IrishMagpie91 // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:46 AM

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

  • 32 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 29, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    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.

  • 33 Termijn // Jan 29, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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

  • 34 davis_toons // Jan 29, 2016 at 4:11 AM

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

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    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!

  • 36 Ron Knee // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:09 AM

    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!

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Morning Ron…who’s worried mate ;D

  • 38 hibbitt // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:36 AM

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

  • 39 Ron Knee // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:37 AM


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

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    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!

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Ron…maybe we could ask Swansea to take Rivi?

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    hibbitt…the world is your oyster mate. There’s plenty of fish out there. Every other clubs who does deals seem to think so!

    …we just limit us to tabloid links and options.

  • 43 Ron Knee // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:42 AM


    A like-for-like swap?

  • 44 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    I’d take Rhodes over Gomis

  • 45 hibbitt // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    not if it means we have to take go-miss ………..the duds are now a big problem for the club only one man to blame for buying so many poor players mr carr now were stuck with them

  • 46 firebug666 // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:51 AM


    I would take Daffy Duck over Go-miss mate.

  • 47 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:56 AM


    Probably a better scorer.

    What was going on yesterday on the blog? Two wums with jokes and Welsh taking his bat and ball home? had everyone had a few too many yesterday?

  • 48 Ron Knee // Jan 29, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    3 days 16 hours before the window closes. No need for panic!

  • 49 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    Actually offering Rivi as part of a deal for a striker isn’t a bad idea. Particularly if we do go for Rhodes. Rivi would probably do okay in the Championship, and could shave a little bit off the fee, plus free up like for like wages.

    I do wonder why nobody has gambled on Rhodes, I get that Blackburn have always wanted a big fee for him, but if he really was that good, surely someone would have taken a chance? Why did Villa sign Gestede and not splurge a bit for Rhodes in the summer for instance?

    Rhodes is a finisher, and very little else. If we are going to play Mitro with a finisher, then why haven’t we paired him with Cisse yet?

  • 50 hibbitt // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    maybe we are but the uk seems to be the market the club
    (not you and me) are looking at rhodes v go-miss ….rhodes ever time for me

  • 51 firebug666 // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:02 AM


    Some of it was good stuff, I was laughing most of the night to be honest.

    SUFC has been on here before, but then he when quiet a couple of years back, I was guessing he got locked up.

    Welshie spit his dummy out a couple of days ago, as you know, but like a cold in winter he’s difficult to get rid of.

    It’s the season of the trolls, they come down from the mountains to avoid the snow.

    This is the best NUFC blog on the web so it is only natural we will attract the best and the worst mate.

    But some of it was very funny.

  • 52 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    Whoa there Rhodes to slow – don’t think it matters if he is slow if he has got the knack/instict to be in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the net.
    Just remember who ate all the pies – the Mighty Micky Quinn who didn’t have pace to burn but the lad knew how to find the back of the net

  • 53 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    Jesper Rhodes is a good all round player not just a finisher however Mitro and Cisse have no pace so you can’t play them together

  • 54 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:05 AM


    Some stuff was hilarious but some went too far, Welsh is just an idiot. I went to bed early so caught up this morning, I agree this is the best blog

  • 55 jazzyp // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Some cracking jokes last night.The one about women spiking there own drinks had me in fits lol !

  • 56 OneAlanShearer // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Sagging Carr off is pathetic in my humble opinion. Give the guy a break.

    It finally looks like Ashley and the club are going in the right direction. Let’s get behind that not mock any previous mistakes surely.

    Yes we must get a striker.yes buying matt Philips would give us huge strength in depth plus remy or another decent striker then look at cb, lb&gk even cover at fb we will have closed all gaps.

    I hear there is no deal for Matip to Liverpool so go for him and willems plus a decent keeper in the summer.

  • 57 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Signing Gomis would just fill up another squad space on big wages for an average to poor player. I’d rather we came up with a game plan that got several players scoring 4 or 5 more goals this season then spent cash on a player who is a short term fix, but a long term problem.

    In all honesty, I think Townsend and Shelvey weren’t our first choice for their positions but were as good as would come this window after messing up the last. I think our first choices were out of our league because of our position, and I think this is possibly the same issue we are having with our striker as well, but we are struggling to get our second choices over the line in this case.

    A loan looks by far the best option unless we break the bank for one of our primary targets. Although I’m not convinced by the Remy loan deal – fitness, picks up niggly injuries when things aren’t going right and a crap attitude to boot.

  • 58 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Rhodes is very much a finisher, and very good at it. He offers little else though. That is all good if you give him the chances and he is in the positions. That is all Andy Cole was with us, but we had players around him who did everything else for him. Whether he is good enough for this level I don’t know, There must be a reason nobody has gambled on him?

    As for Cisse and Mitro being too slow, I think Cisse would leave both Rhodes and Mitro for dead.

  • 59 hibbitt // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    WHY…. the man has bought a lot of very poor players in his time at the club…. players who are not prem quality or ever likely to be he’s head scout he should know the type of player we need and the positions that need filling has he done that NO

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // Jan 29, 2016 at 7:32 AM


    Grow up.

  • 61 LockieToon // Jan 29, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    WTF does Carr do why aren’t we going for Wissem Ben Yedder???

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