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Review Of Newcastle´s Situation – Only One Player To Be Signed?

7:05 am, Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 55 Comments

It seems Newcastle have left it late on a number of fronts, as we have just 16 hours left in this January transfer window.

With hopes over the weekend that we could strengthen the defense with the acquisition of Atletico Madrid left-back Guilherme Siqueira or Valencia’s 26-year-old defender Lucas Orban, both of those fell through yesterday and it doesn´t look like we will be bringing in any defenders to strengthen our weak defense.

saido berahino

Saido Berahino – unlikely to be signed today

Siqueira joined Valencia and Orban went on loan to Levante through the end of the season.

We finally put in an official bid for Saido Berahino of £21M, but that was turned down and it remains to be seen if Newcastle will go back in with an improved bid.

That could happen with news Newcastle could go back in with a £24M bid, but why would West Brom allow him to leave so late in the window with no time to bring in a replacement – and let him join a relegation rival?

West Brom manager Tony Pulis talked about Berahino over the weekend, but it´s West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace whom will make the decision:

“He’s a good player and he can score,” “The problem we’ve got is his fitness is not what it should be – but put him in front of goal and he’ll score.”

“Will those be his last goals for the club? We’ll see. That’s the chairman’s decision.”

The one signing we should be able to make today is to get Roma striker Seydou Doumbia in on loan and he´s supposed to be on Tyneside and should have taken his medical yesterday.

He´s our best chance of a striker but it looks like getting in a second  striker will not happen with Bafe Gomis unlikely to join us from Swansea.

The new sis that Swansea could block the deal but that´s not clear.

So it would appear that Seydou Doumbia is it and why on earth we didn´t sign Charlie Austin for just £4M could be the reason we are relegated in May.

If we only get one striker though the door in Doumbia, it´s still going to be tough for us to avoid relegation this season – but possible.

And news that failed striker Emmanuel Riviere, who has been injured all season and made just one sub appearance for us, could make a move to Lille.

Another cheap buy from France from Graham Carr who simply wasn´t good enough.

In the last eighteen months we have also signed Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin from France and Florian rejoined Marseille yesterday on loan – and they have been (very) costly mistakes by Newcastle and Graham Carr in particular.

And we let Davide Santon go last January and we are now regretting that ridiculous decision by Lee Charnley and company and one year later we are trying to rectify the error by getting in a  left back – but it looks like we will fail with that.

Cheick Tiote is back in Newcastle after failing to make a move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, so it remains to be seen if he will stay with Newcastle through the end of the season or move somewhere today.

It doesn´t look like we have much chance of signing other than Roma striker Seydou Doumbia today, but I´ve been wrong before.

Here´s hoping we can get at least two players through the door today.

Comments welcome.

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

55 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Sky Sports need a big Transfer Deadline day story and this one fits the bill.

    They will milk this one all day, watch out for a few red herrings along the way, Have they or haven’t they made a bid etc.

  • 2 G // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    I suppose getting shot of Rivi is a partial success in the window. Gutted no defenders.

  • 3 Reyantoon // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Sutty – Neither Gomis,Doumbia & Berahino are my first choices.If Doumbia impressed in the CL,
    then fair enough.Can do a job here.Time will tell.
    Same goes for the rest.But as we are desperate to survive, I won’t complain further whoever comes in.Gomis’s movement and strength upfront is very good the way I saw him at Swansea. He started well then the entire team lost their way & were in free fall.I won’t blame that on one player.As we need quick fixes for the time being,he will not be a bad signing as some trying to made out.

  • 4 hibbitt // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    we need at the very lest a LB ……..this could be a long day !!!!

  • 5 DicBDownBali // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    Well correct me if I’m wrong, but last night, the articles we’re stating we a good chance of getting a few players in. And that putting in a big yesterday afternoon for Berahino was a good move by NUFC. Now, whilst everyone has been sleeping, it has turned on it’s head. Unlikely to get anyone in and ”Only Newcastle do that kind of stupid thing.” in reference to yesterday afternoons bid… Not a good way to start the day now is it?

    Bring a bit of optimism to the blog Ed!

  • 6 DicBDownBali // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    *we had a good chance
    *put in a bid yesterday

  • 7 firebug666 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:22 AM


    I doubt any defenders will come in now, but I agree a LB was essential this window, but as usual we will have to muddle through.

    Our attacking options have improved, so I am hoping that will release some of the pressure on our back line, with our new pace upfront it will be hard for teams to push up and peg us back as they did in the past.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    I think staving off relegation will be a collective effort. Hopefully Doumbia hits the ground running, but 5 would be a decent return for him all things considered. Mitro with a strike partner taking some of the pressure away could probably match that, Gini provided he isn’t dropped too deep will continue to get goals. Plus I’d back Perez to get a few from the bench/rotation.

    Then we need Townsend and Sissoko to chip in, plus a few more from other players, and a greater set from set pieces and delivery into the box. I think we will get goals, provided Macca sets us up well. Sissoko would be my biggest concern on that front.

    Defensively I think right back has been our poorest area this season. Colo has had some pretty shaky moments, as has Mbemba, but both have probably put in more okay to good performances then not.

    Dummett has done well recently, but long term isn’t the answer. Janmaat talked of playing at a higher level a few months ago, I’d be okay with us cashing in and replacing him with a right back who understands that he is primarily a defender and we aren’t Barcelona.

    The idea of Willems and Janmaat at full back fills me with dread as both are more offensive than defensive. You can have the best centre halves in the world, if your full backs are constantly missing you will concede a lot of goals and look poor defensively.

    Provided Tiote can stay fit (and stays) I think we will be okay defensively with him shielding and Shelvey helping us to control play higher up the park. Then a summer rebuild and clear out back there.

  • 9 Toon_Barmy // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    Ed and his Charlie Austin obsession. Sure he’s doing it on purpose now. Anyway, if we end up with only Doumbia on loan and no decent players leave its a very good window and I’m sure we would have all took that at the start of it

  • 10 expatmag // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:29 AM


    Can you imagine Cahill alongside Mbemba?

  • 11 lochinvar // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    It’s now more about the Chairmans Egos – scrapping around in the gutter scratching at each others eyes. No wonder Sky love it – better entertainment than Deal or No Deal that’s for sure !
    Ashley v Levy, Pearce v Ashley and some random guy from Stoke as added love interest.
    Is Ashley driving up the price on Berahino so if we don’t get him and Spurs come in they’ll have to pay over £25m and he’ll feel thats pay back on paying over the odds for Townsend who at £12 m will then seem like a steal from Levy .
    It’s Monopoly money to this lot.
    Whose turn is it now..

  • 12 Toon_Barmy // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    And when I say no decent players leaving that doesnt include Tiote. He can leave for my liking. Injury prone or unfit and on big money by all accounts

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    I am not overly impressed with this window. It’s a proof once again this club does not know the importance of prioritizing.

    firebug…it’s not that I don’t want Doumbia to be a success, buy I truly haven’t been impressed with him the last two seasons more or less. His contributions at the AFCON was nothing to talk about and he failed miserably at Roma. This is a step up from the Serie A.

    I have the same concern as Lilongwe.

    Will die…Are you implying Berahino is of no importance at WBrom? He’s has not started that many games this season, but that’s politics mate!

  • 14 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    ED…What part of “He didn’t want to come to newcastle” don’t you understand. Just because he went for small sum of money doesn’t mean he was snatched from under your noses…HE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE THE SOUTH COAST FFS.

    Let it go and let’s talk about what’s in front of us…not something that was never there.

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Keeping Tiote fit may be the hard part. Same with Saylor.

    Summer ship out Janmaat, Colo, Saylor, Good and Haidara. Keep Mbabu, Dummet, Mbemba, Lascelles. A natural leader and organiser in centre half, 2 left backs, 1 top draw right back. Mbabu and Sterry cover at right back, plus Mbabu can cover across the line.

    I do like Janmaat, he is the biggest threat we have out wide (hopefully Townsend will change that) but he leaves us very vulnerable at the back, and doesn’t recover quick enough.

    Too much for one window? Probably.

  • 16 chileanmag // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Getting Doumbia on loan might be enough to save us from relegation.

    However, if he proves to be such a prolific goal scorer, someone like Chelsea might finalise a permanent deal for him and we are back to square one!

    The idea of loan deals sound great, but to me this feels like we will have another Loic Remy situation again.

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Nope, can’t see Cahill coming here. He is meant to be on £100,000 a year, not to mention that Terry is leaving in the summer. Cahill will hang around as he will see himself in a good position to partner Zouma from next year. Particularly if City do go after Stones.

  • 18 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Unless Chelsea buy another CB in this window there’s no way Cahill can leave Chelsea this window because he’s their only CB cover should Terry or the other young lad whatshisface get injured

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    £100,000 a year? bargain, make that a week…….. Would definitely be good here, but I just can’t see it happening.

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    It seems we have left it too late…

    At least I know where to point my fingers…and it’s really no surprise Charnley has screwed this window up as well!

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    It seems he had all the money needed to get this window right!

  • 22 hibbitt // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    i read somewhere yesterday chelsea were prepared to offer cahill in part ex for stones now i cant find it !!!!!

  • 23 Blofal // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Don’t be surprised if we play a 3-5-2 and Townsend plays as a wingback on the left. He would do a good job there.

    —–Mbemba – Colocinni – Lascelles
    ————Sissoko -Wijnaldum

  • 24 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    you never know lads…they may have a Baldrick like cunning plan up their sleeves that will surprise us all…

    …or maybe not!

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Blofal…I would actually be very surprised if we did that mate

  • 26 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    We waste Shelvey in that role, and that will probably have a knock on effect to both Sissoko and Gini. Sissoko would miss out for me and a more defensive minded player comes in to do the dirty work allowing Shelvey greater freedom and pushing Gini higher up.

    That trio in midfield was poor against Watford, because it doesn’t really suit any of them.

  • 27 Ian Toon // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    I don’t believe we’ve left it too late the priority was always to add goals to survive . Leaving it later in the window was always the best means of securing Berahino. Any earlier we would face potentially more competition. I still have everything crossed.
    Berahino has a focus and compose in front of goal which suggests he’s a natural goalscorer. He’s clearly not at his best weight through inactivity but as well as Doumbia he would provide the goals we desperately need. The football board are finally with Macca’s thinking and the nucleus of the sides need to shift towards being English. I see Thauvin has only gone on loan with no plan for the deal to become permanent but I can’t see him coming back. Though Saivet just needs to play games to get used to the PL he looks a good buy.
    However I see our situation as providing the opportunity for Macca to seize a controlling influence over the football board. This he’s clearly done and it’s is the end of Carr’s French project.
    Being greedy as well as Berahino I would like a left back as well.

  • 28 Ron Knee // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:45 AM


    Are you questioning Lee Charnley’s competence? Surely not!

  • 29 hibbitt // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    i think there might just be some surprises today i just think the club are not ready to quit ………..fingers crossed

  • 30 Mag52 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:48 AM


    ‘Too much for one window ?’ That will depend in which division we find ourselves next season. If we don’t survive in the PL I can see many of our better players packing their bags.

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    So Ian the club does not know the importance of prioritizing it seems.

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Janmaat for me is someone to build our style around. But alot need to change if we want to be a part of the modern movement.

  • 33 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Ron…just thought I’d put it out there on the basis no-one seems to have picked up on the fact he’s a bit of a knob and doesn’t seem fit for purpose.

    A bit harsh I know because we all know how difficult it must be sit down with people to discuss how much money we’re going to throw at them to make them very wealthy individuals and how much they will have sacrifice in their very short careers for the cause.

    I don’t think people on this blog understand how difficult that could be.

  • 34 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:53 AM


    Baldrick to the rescue then???

  • 35 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Confident we will find ourselves in the Prem. Too much for one window, 4 players plus the other work that will need doing?

    As for our better players leaving, I think Sissoko will move on this summer, I don’t see him as particularly difficult to replace. Perez could become unsettled as he drops down the pecking order, it would be a shame to lose him. Janmaat, I’ve said I’d happily see replaced. Other than that, I think only Gini will have done sufficient to interest any big clubs.

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Sparky…it seems you have missed Ron’s and my Baldrick rendezvous each morning 😉

  • 37 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    The best bit of transfer business we can do in the summer is get shot of Carr and Penfold because surely the oversight of this new era cannot be left in the hands of these two idiots who are without doubt the most to blame for our current precarious position.

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    That would definitely be good business!

  • 39 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    jesper…attention to detail first thing in the morning not my strong point.

    Perhaps bold in capitals might help!

  • 40 Ginger // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Although it has been a good transfer window, a lot of these teams I’m seeing I don’t like. As somebody said earlier I hope we don’t try to put all our best players in one team because it quite simply won’t work.

    Firstly Wijinaldum isn’t half as effective on the wing, constantly drifts out the game, and provides no cover for our already weak position at LB.

    Secondly, Shelvy needs someone to tackle for him, give him the ball and get him involved. Otherwise he’s ineffective. Similar to how Cabaye needed a DM next to him.

    Thirdly Sissoko has been terrible every time he’s played through the middle.

    Fourthly, I have never, ever been impressed with us when we’ve played three at the back. I don’t think we have good enough CB’s,

    Lastly, everyone is putting new players into the team. There’s no guarantee that any of them will hit the ground running or even be any good. I for one would also do this, but it’s still slightly worrying.

    I imagine a lot of players will become unsettled unless Steve rotates the squad. Which I just can’t see him doing.

    My team would be –


    Plays arguably our best player Wijinaldum in his best position. Mitrovic will continue to hold up the ball. Colback or Tiote will do the dirty work, allowing Shelvy to flourish. Dummet is solid defensively and Townsend can focus on attacking/putting in crosses. Janmat and Sissoko already link up well and can put crosses in for Mitro/Wiji.

    Bring on Doumbia depending on how the game is going to run at tired legs, reverting to a 4-4-2. Saivet will need to come on when either of the CM’s tire. I personally don’t think he’s ready yet so will need to get used to the pace. Beneficial thing is he can both attack and defend so he can replace either of them.

    As for Berahino, for me it would be a great signing but also slightly unnecessary. Would much rather shore up the defence.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Sparky…it’s so nice and quiet here in the mornings 😉

    Much easier to get the message through. Most stuff just get absorbed in static in the evenings 😉

  • 42 Bambams // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    This January window would be much better for all the fans if it was over a two week period rather than a month.
    Most of the deals are done either beginning or end. Would make chairman decide a lot quicker …..
    Rather than drag out

  • 43 Bambams // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    My nerves can’t take a month !

  • 44 Ron Knee // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:04 AM


    Steady on, mate. You’re talking about a hero of mine – and jesper’s. A true folk hero!

  • 45 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Jesper…On that note I’ll bugger off to work and put up with the numerous Penfolds I have to deal with on a daily basis!

  • 46 firebug666 // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 1m1 minute ago
    Hearing reports that the Remy to Leicester deal has stalled and player is holding out for other potential suitors

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Yeah, I agree with a lot of that. I do think Macca will switch to two up front though, not at Everton, but possibly for West Brom, and I can only see that working with a 3 at the back. But then that brings with it the Sissoko conundrum…

    A good problem, but hopefully Macca solves it with the best team, not the best players shoehorned in.

  • 48 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    chileanmag, I have a feeling that having Doumbia snatched away from us by Chelsea at the end of the season is the least of our worries.

  • 49 sing in the corner // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Surely we are also-rans in this Big Time Bera saga? The price could get silly. Let’s leave it there, go after a left back, centre back, or a versatile defender who can do both. If Peace gets left ‘holding the baby’ by tonight and panics later tonight,so much the better but I think it’s likely Spurs are waiting to pounce.

  • 50 banjax // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Hard to know where Ed gets his info from and quite depressing in parts it is too as well as being contradictory, especially the bit about having to replace Berahino, who by the way, has been on strike and can no way be considered as having contributed much to the West Brom goal tally. A bid of £24m cash up front (not instalments) would probably do it, so let’s wait and see what happens on what could be one of the most exciting Transfer Deadline days for us in quite a while.

  • 51 sing in the corner // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    REALLY really don’t want Gomis though. Signing him would be the difference between this being a decent or a dodgy window,for me, especially if Doumbia is in the bag.
    I also had hoped for the exit door to be swinging more than it has so far!

  • 52 lochinvar // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:27 AM


    Sky: Stoke City submitted a formal offer for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, which was turned down, according to
    Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle have also been in touch with Marseille in recent hours for the Belgian international, but Marseille remain resolute with their non-selling position.

    So how many strikers are we after exactly ?

  • 53 Slank // Feb 1, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Ginger @ 40

    Your team would be the one that McClaren would most likely start with if Berahino continues to languish in the midlands.

    In order to get the best out of Shelvey he needs a holding / defensive midfielder alongside him. That will probably be Colback if Saivet hasn’t made the step up to the level required and expected in the Premiership.

    Also, having two in midfield allows Gini the freedom to play is natural game whereby he gets forward into the opposition box where we have seen he is quite lethal.

  • 54 Moonraker15 // Feb 1, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Right we’ve got Doumbia who’s the one we needed most! Now a left back and Then Berahino the icing on the cake. If WBA don’t let that lad go it will be a travesty !

  • 55 Moonraker15 // Feb 1, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Get over Charlie Austin! He wanted to remain in the south; I know someone who speaks to him regularly and he was never going North unless it was to Manchester.
    With regard to our signings I am very happy with what we’ve got and although a left back is needed, if SMc can’t keep this team up he can do one!

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