Looks Like Two Players In And One Out On Tyneside On Friday

Sky Sports is reporting that 25 year-old Dwight Gayle has passed a medical and also agreed personal terms with Newcastle.

The striker will be unveiled on Friday as Newcastle’s second summer signing after goalkeeper Matz Sels signed on from Gent on Wednesday.

Although Dwight has been Crystal Palace’s top goal scorer in each of the three seasons he has been at Palace, he has struggled to get starts and playing time under Alan Pardew.

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Dwight Gayle – expected to sign tomorrow

Gayle has scored 25 goals in 74 total appearances in the Premier League for Palace and Rafa Benitez is hoping he can score lots of goals for the Magpies in the Championship next season.

The 25-year-old striker cost £4.5M when he joined Crystal Palace from Peterborough three years ago and will cost Newcastle close to £10M.

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Matt Ritchie – expected to sign tomorrow

There are also local reports tonight that Matt Ritchie completed a medical and is expected to complete a move to Newcastle tomorrow.

Newcastle will pay an initial £10M fee with £2M in bonuses based on appearances.

It’s possible tomorrow that both Dwight and Matt will be announced together as Newcastle players.

But Newcastle will also be losing Andros Townsend who apparently is adamant he has to play in the Premier League next season – for his own benefit.

Andros apparently wants to play in the Premier League to further his chances of playing for England, but it seems a short-sighted single season view taken by the former Tottenham winger.

Contrast that with Gayle and Richie willing to drop down a division to play for the Magpies.

So we could bring two players in and lose one player tomorrow, but the £13M Newcastle will receive for Andros will be given to Rafa to further strengthen and increase the size of the squad this summer.

Since Andros didn’t want to stay at Newcastle it’s best he leave since we only want players who want to be on Tyneside and join Rafa Benitez’ revolution, which is only just starting.

That’s one reason we did so well back in 2009-2010, when under manager Chris Hughton we got 30 wins and a massive 102 points to win the Championship.

We shouldn’t forget that team spirit and commitment are very important and fans need to move on from losing Andros.

The good news is that Rafa has been instrumental and the driving force in getting Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie to the club – all very good players who will strengthen our squad.

And more are reported to be on the way, including a center-back after news tonight that Coloccini has been released by Newcastle to join San Lorenzo.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t

    Jun 30, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Quite happy with the looks of our signings. Two outfield players are lively guys who are used to the English game, also both coming from the premier league. They should give us more up front. I’ll be very happy if Ritchie is announced tomorrow

  • lochinvar

    Jun 30, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Andros has not signed for anyone – rumour has it that he might but he may still have time to reflect and decide on his position especially as Gayle was Palaces top scorer and he’s joining Rafa.
    Does Andros think them he will be top scorer at Palace under Pardew ?sound like a poisoned chalice that does.

  • Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t

    Jun 30, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #3

    To be fair lochinvar palace with Townsend and bolasie on the wings? If they get a good forward (which they are clearly after) then they have a good trio to help produce goals for them

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Correct. Pardew may be an irritant, but he’s not as useless as we would like to think. He knows exactly what type of player he wants , which is half the battle for a manager. So he will look for speed and power, and set up his team not to concede. I think players turn on him after a while. Initially they love him but get fed up with him and start to underperform. But Townsend is a palace style player, all day long. I hope the cnuts get relegated.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 1, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Farewell and thank you Colo. My favourite player in his 8 years at the club. Not a world class centre back perhaps, but certainly a top International, and if we’d had more of his calibre, in the right positions, his time with us would have been one of greater achievement for the players, the club, and most importantly, the fans and the City of Newcastle.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 1, 2016 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Moanster – have to agree with you on the Sturridge – goal celebration dance. He just must not realise how much of a tosser he appears when he does it.
    The cockiness and arrogance to do something like that is beyond my comprehension – he must think he looks good doing it.
    Crouch was the same with his robotic celebration – what a tosser.
    But the arrogance to even think about doing it before they even did it shows they are on a different planet.
    The Shearer fist in the air is all that is needed.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 1, 2016 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Trying to get into a good voice for tomorrows match.
    “Allez les Diables Rouges
    Allez les Diables Rouges”

  • expatmag

    Jul 1, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #8


    Going back a few threads where you once again, incorrectly quoted me on comments about your nemesis, TUFF, this time about him being skinny, please immediately refrain from including my good name in your blatant lies.

    If you dont desist, I will be forced into contacting ED and requesting a banning order on you.

    However, I am sure it wont stop you posting under one of your other alto egoes though.

    In other words, CUT THE CRAP, SONNY

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 1, 2016 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib Jibberish – any more lip -be warned.
    In the meantime I’ll leave my card:-


  • expatmag

    Jul 1, 2016 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #10

    So, currently we have the following:

    Incoming: Sels – £4m, Gayle -£10m, Ritchie – £12m

    Outgoing: Townsend – £13m, Cabella – £7.5m, Coloccini, Taylor, Obertan, Marveaux

    Expected departures: Krul Janmaat Sissoko Wijnaldum Tiote

    Current squad

    Keepers: Sels Elliott Darlow Woodman

    Defenders: Anita Sterry Mbau Lascelles Mbemba Dummett Haidara Good Satka

    Midfielders: Ritchie Shelvey Saviet Colback Aarons Vukic Ameobi Flauvin Bigi

    Forwards: Mitrovic Gayle Cisse Riviere Perez Dejong Gouffran Armstrong Toney

    Judging by these available players, I think it us obvious that the next step is to sell those who want to keave ASAP and reinforce the defence with THREE quality defenders at least (CH RB LB), a midfield playmaker and at least one winger who can play both flanks.

  • thereallowickmag

    Jul 1, 2016 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Is there not a rule whereby you can’t play for three different clubs in a calendar year?
    Just thinking of the Townsend situation.

  • expatmag

    Jul 1, 2016 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Not a calendar year but in one season

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 1, 2016 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #13

    This will answer your question in full on the rules regarding number of clubs per season/calendar year.


  • jimmysmith

    Jul 1, 2016 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #14

    I note with some alarm that Del Bosque has resigned, as you would expect. Doubtless the Spanish FA will soon be knocking on Ashley ‘s door with a large compensation package for Rafa, which will be accepted with unseemly and undignified haste, and we’ll almost certainly start this season at Fulham with Woy in an unacustomed seat in the opposition dug out, assuming he can be located, and then prized out of the fetal position of course.

  • Veltmann

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Why are people underestimate Palace?
    They are not like old times.You can hate Pardew or their fans as you like but the reality is they have changed.They are not in a level where you simply say ‘when they get relegated’, etc..
    They may be small but they are one of well run club nowadays,with good owner and additional investment.They managed to attract Cabaye,
    Almost Batshuayi and now Townsend.You can simply guess their progress and change with the caliber of players they are chasing.I fancy them to be a surprise team or the new Southampton in the upcoming season.

    The way Townsend leaving is a bit frating and baffling.As much as I liked him and rated him,
    his quick move to unexpected club sparks a bit of disloyalty.Hope this Matt Ritchie fella is more talented,quick and deliver more to the team than Townsend.And oh,happy to let Colo leave.One of my favorite player in toon shirt but for the sake of change,fresh blood and new captaincy,that is a welcome news.
    Hope Rafa brings equally talented or atleast an upgrade that can lead the back line effeciently.

  • jimnufc

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Players may be registered for a maximum of three clubs during the period from 1 July until 30 June of the following year. During this period, the player is only eligible to play in Official Matches for two clubs.

  • expatmag

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #17


    Crystal Palace under Pardew last season came to within 2 games of being relegated kast season.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #18

    As someone pointed out earlier, Pardew could always be replaced if things go badly.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Each to their own pal but I am amazed that Collo is one of your favourite, surely its because you see him as the best of a bad bunch. He had no desire to play in the cups and therefore in my eyes wholly complicit in the “we don’t do cups” policy. He had himself deliberately sent off and openly professed to wanting away while taking his 80K a week. Not once did we hear from him after another of his countless 4+ hidings instead sending out the true professional Mike Williamson, what’s the chances of him sending us an “open letter”before he slinks away back to Argentina. Good riddance to bad rubbish.


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