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Newcastle Linked With Surprising Transfer Target This Summer

2:06 pm, Saturday, February 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

Newcastle’s transfer targets will be totally different if we take the drop this season and not only will we have to offload some players like Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum, but we will have to bring in other players – especially some defenders – if we are to have any chance of getting out of the Championship at the first attempt, as Chris Hughton brilliantly did for the club in the 2009-2010 season.

So assuming we stay in the Premier league we have been strangely linked with Arsenal reserve goalkeeper David Ospina as a summer target, who played so well for the Arsenal first team last season.

But then Petr Cech arrived and David has not seen much playing time at all this season – in fact only 4 appearances in total.


David Ospina – Arsenal’s reserve goalkeeper

The news is being reported by Football Insider but with Rob Elliot being one of our best players this term and Tim Krul hopefully back in pre-season, we seem to have two top goalkeepers for next season who can fight it out for who gets the goalkeeper jersey next season.

Apparently the information is supposed to be from inside the club and Newcastle are interested in the 62 times capped Colombian International who at 27 would be a bargain buy at £4M.

That’s not bad use of £4M, but we need a center-back and a left back at least to build up the Newcastle’s defense this summer – whichever league we will play in next season.

Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Ospina last season but when Arsene got the opportunity to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea he had to go for him and Cech has been outstanding for Arsenal and shows how important a top goalkeeper is to a massive club like Arsenal.

If Newcastle do survive and we are still a Premier League side come the end of the season, there needs to be some big changes made at Newcastle and even with the personnel who make up the Newcastle Board of Directors.

They have failed miserably with their appointment of Steve McClaren as head coach and the use of £81M in transfer funds that was surprisingly shelled out by owner Mike Ashley.

If Mike leaves the same Board and the same head coach in place and spends another £81M this summer – there’s nothing that says we will be too much better next season.

It would be hard to say that McClaren has made good use of the players he has had available this season with Newcastle 3rd bottom of the league at the moment.

Changes need to be made and Mike Ashley just hasn’t got good enough people running the club for him – especially now he seems willing to spend some of Newcastle’s money.

As far as Ospina is concerned why not buy him for £4M and he could even become the number one goalkeeper at the club.

That’s even if Tim Krul and Rob Elliot stay at Newcastle – and we have to bring in new defenders in the summer and not just the favorite players of Chief Scout Graham Carr – like Florian Thauvin who Graham had been after for about four years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    1-1 what happend to this focus

  • 2 barkel // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    any links?

  • 3 Jib // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    did you not see ?
    Shelvey gave them the ball quite deliberately probs to check out the defense.
    They have some great names
    Their scorer was Radji Bessell
    The sun is trying to get out

  • 4 beermonkey // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:13 PM


    no i am watchin it via kodi

    ws15 in robocop

  • 5 Ron Knee // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    The goals are here:

  • 6 Goofy // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Cheers beermonkey, would never have looked at that 1 in robocop.

  • 7 Uncertain Toon // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Glad you found that mate, TV2 Sporstskanalen in there is showing blinkin poker!

  • 8 beermonkey // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    uncertain toon

    the poker could be a better watch

  • 9 Ravensd // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    They’re playing colback out in the sun? Boy’s going to be red as his hair when we play stoke

  • 10 beermonkey // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:26 PM


    i saw it hit the back off the net

    daelow was lucky there

  • 11 Uncertain Toon // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Darlow nearly dropped a bollock there!
    Townsend looks too easily dispossessed.

  • 12 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    What scares me the most is that we can’t even close down an average Norwegian team the right way…

  • 13 Uncertain Toon // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Has Doumbia touched the friggin ball yet?

  • 14 Uncertain Toon // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    I can see me putting the poker back on!

  • 15 AncientC // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Thanks, beermonkey.

  • 16 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    We’re not closing down like a unit, not attacking like a unit and we’re not defending like a unit. On top of that the passing acc is incredible poor.
    This team lead by McClaren will not stay up.

  • 17 Jib // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    The Norwegians in the crowd have been hitting the aquavit a bit early methinks.

  • 18 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    We always do 🙂

  • 19 Bambams // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    It was rumoured during the summer that Krul was looking at this season as his last at the Toon.
    His injury might put that back but if he has had offers …..

    Elliott has done well but I still would rather have a Krul or Forster between the sticks.


  • 20 switch365 // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    So negative we are yawnworthy.
    So many backward passes, so little quick link-up play and a complete lack of flair.

    It looks more like a pre-season friendly.
    Woeful, just like McLaren’s tactics

  • 21 JP...from The Rock // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Very poor showing. Shelvey passing backwards most of the time today. Back four not being tested yet looking shaky as usual, Darlow the same, looks nervous, not assured at all.

    Going forward we look lost. Hopeful passes between Janmaat and Townsend leading to nothing. The team has no composure and no balance. We look unimaginative and struggle to create clear cut chances. Things aten’t looking good for us. Be this a friendly or not we look hopeless. Very worrying indeed.

  • 22 JamesToon // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Closing down from the front is one of the biggest reasons as to why we have a sh*te defence

  • 23 Uncertain Toon // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Midfield disjointed, struggling to create, ergo striker isolated.
    I’m sure I’ve seen this all before!
    He needs to have as near to his starting 11 for the second half coz they’re the ones that might keep us up, might!!!

  • 24 Ravensd // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    I think they are practicing what not to do. Get it out of the system

  • 25 Jib // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    It’s a MIDseason friendly

  • 26 switch365 // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    I’d say the only good things about this match have been the composure and nimbleness of Gini for the goal, and the quality of the broadcast.

    Kodi ftw

  • 27 Nufc-83 // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    How are people having opinions on how we are playing is there a stream ot not?

  • 28 switch365 // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Jib, exactly mate ‘mid-season’,

    Our players for the most part look like a bunch of strangers, not lads who’ve been training and playing together week-in week-out for months

  • 29 Goofy // Feb 20, 2016 at 3:02 PM


    You need to install kodi with operation robocop, just type kodi with operation robocop, follow the steps. Once installed hover the cursor over video, click on addons, operation robocop tv2 then ws15.

  • 30 JP...from The Rock // Feb 20, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Shelvey’s passing has been horrible!

  • 31 Goofy // Feb 20, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    *google search

  • 32 JP...from The Rock // Feb 20, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Aarons scores with a great header!

  • 33 county down magpie // Feb 20, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    2-1 Rivi!?!?!?!?

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