Rafa’s Next Incoming Transfer To Strengthen This Position

Steven Taylor’s contract was not renewed this summer and it runs out today – so today is the last day for Steven Taylor at Newcastle after a 21 year association with his home town club.

There are also doubts about whether Fabricio Coloccini will be at the club at the end of the summer transfer window – and he is expected to leave Newcastle to join San Lorenzo in Buenos Aries – either on loan or on a permanent deal.

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Steven Caulker – QPR center-back

So Rafa will bring in at least one new center-back this summer and news in the local press is the next one to come in after Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have been signed – will be a center-back.

Newcastle have been linked with a few central defenders this summer  including Steven Caulker of QPR and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, both of whom have experience of playing in the Championship.

Rafa is targeting players who are good enough to play in the Premier League and also (hopefully) have some Championship experience – and both Gayle and Ritchie meet those requirements.

But Rafa could also bring in a an excellent prospect from Europe – as he has done with 24 year-old Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent.

Rafa has contacts in football all over the world and so we could still some players coming in from Europe before Newcastle’s transfer business is complete this summer.

But Rafa will also want them in as early as possible, so they can a full pre-season on Tyneside before the Championship kicks off with Newcastle playing a televised Friday night game at Fulham on August 5th.

Hopefully we will see Gayle and Ritchie signed imminently and then a center-back signed – maybe even before next Monday?

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52 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Caulker looked good for Spurs and then his career has went downhill still young enough that good coaching could get him back to a good level!

    Lewis Dunk looks a quality defender whenever I have watched him although Brighton might be reluctant to sell him to us !

    Could also get Hanley and Caulker probably for 10 or 12 million for both

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Benitez has his eye on a foreign centre back like a young version of Hyppia , Skrtel or Agger who he had at Liverpool

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2


    you say gayle is good one game and poor the next.
    again what are you basing that on. he’s mainly off the bench under AP. His last 3 managers were AP, Pulis and warnock, none of them exactly renowned for playing passing football. one o

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda…… Interesting to read your views. I tend to agree on both of them. Let’s hope we’re proved right. A bit of positivity and an open mind makes more sense than Veltman’ negativive condemnation.

    He appears to have latched on to the headless chicken stance. Well I certainly won’t be getting in a flap about his comments.

  • pyunky

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Ritchie and Gayle are decent signings, Dunk or Hanley would be fine. But Caulker would be a huge disappointment, IMO. Just another Stephen Taylor and probably worse. Saints season Ticket holder mate was not impressed with him either last season.

  • cyprus

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Basing it on my perception of the player and the fact he hasn’t nailed down a position despite some excellent appearances.

    For what it’s worth I like the player.

    Anyway if I recall, you and I don’t see eye to eye football-wise, so you may prefer to skip my comments.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Jayphoto mentioned Ritchie’s goal scoring which was pretty good for Bournemouth in the Championship with 15 goals. You need to score around 80 goals, although Bmouth scored 98 when they got promoted. So if Ritchie can hit 15 for us, I think Perez could also get fifteen with Gayle and Mitro getting 20 a piece. I reckon we could get 10 out of the defence with set pieces and the occasional screamer from Jaanmatt, that would be the 80 that normally is enough. It would be really nice to top a 100 sow where would the other twenty come from.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Who actually watched Palace enough times to form an opinion on Gayle, and if someone did, why the fcuk would anyone want to watch an Alan Pardew side for 90 minutes unless he was playing us?

  • martoon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Jayphoto – I agree with every word you say about England. All England managers have chosen their best 11 players and then shoe-horned them in to a team. Sturridge as a left winger being the latest example of players out of position at the end of a long list. Why they don’t decide a system and then choose the best player for each position is beyond me i.e. best left winger, right winger, centre mid etc.
    I see names being mentioned for the England job are Big Sam & Steve Bruce – it makes you want to cry!

  • jayphoto

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Be shocked if Rafa signs Caulker.
    I’m fully expecting the centre back we sign to come from the Mbemba school of scouting. We’re still being linked with Ajax’ Veltmann in the dutch press. Seen us linked to a Chelsea player – Djilobodji once or twice and it really wouldn’t surprise me if the player we sign is someone similar to Bjorn Engels, Kara Mbodj or my personal shout Christian Kabasele

  • jayphoto

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #10

    @Jail – more interesting is that Ritchie notched 18 assists in the championship season! Can’t remember the last time a toon player notched 18 assists in one season…

  • martoon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail @6 – Hopefully the other 20 will come from Townsend 😉

  • Blofal

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Gayle is going to score bags of goals for us in both the Championship and the Premier League if we get promoted.

    The guy has never had a chance. And if Pardew doesn’t rate him and played him out of position… then he must be worth a shout.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I actually think Aarons will be worth a few goals next season. Alot have talked about Arma but surely Aarons is further on in development having actually performed well at the top level on an occasion or 2 and has less infront of him and the first team?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #14


    If AP doesn’t rate him, that’ll do for me.

    I may not agree with you sometimes but a forum has a range of differing views which is basically the point of having one.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15


    have to admit don’t get all the fanfare about caulker, yes he’s quick but not comfortable with the ball at his feet and I think at one point was relegated 2 seasons running with different clubs.

  • loonie-toon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Has there bee any sightings of Ritchie yet??

  • cjtoon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Got to admit although perhaps uninspiring in terms of reputation I think both Gayle and Ritchie would give us new elements and definitely enhance the squad.

    Gayle has an average scoring record but has suffered from not being given consistent 90 minute runs. He is quick and pace is always useful, his finishing seems sharp when I’ve seen him play – given a chance he could come good. would love to see us employ a flt 4-4-2 this season – get plenty of width and slap in some goals.

    Ritchie although probably reputation wise quite underwhelming is the personification of what we need. Gives 110% every time I have seen him play – will get the ball in the box and run at people – exactly what we struggle with at times. Im quietly excited about this one – more so if we can keep Townsend too!

  • jayphoto

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    @rotonda think with Caulker, hes got an agent who is very good at linking his name with clubs. Been taken on a few loans where the clubs don’t fancy him. Can see him eneding up with his mates livermore and huddlestone at hull!

  • jayphoto

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    @cjtoon – Ritchie feels like a very Keegan kind of signing! Kind of like a rob lee, scott sellars, andy cole. A player with the right attributes and right form that seems to have gone under the radar

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    According to reports from the Nottingham Post, Championship club Newcastle United are currently in talks to sign former Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov.

    Surely this can’t be true might as well go for Fernando Torres as he knows Benitez.

  • expatmag

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #21


    Story here is that Berbatov is signing for Melbourne Victory

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Gayle will have to be de- Pardewed – usually this takes up to 12 months hopefully Rafa can do it quicker.

  • loonie-toon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Sure Berba played in soccer aid lol that must b a bs story lmao hope it is anyways rather have shola back

  • Wayayman

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Could that report not mean Newcastle in Aus, like those terrifying ‘Heskey to Newcastle’ headlines a few year back!?!

  • cjtoon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #25


    Totally agree he is a ‘proper footballer’ the sort of character we have been missing.

    I also agree on your earlier comments regarding Rolando, I absolutely love the kid. I really struggle to see how he couldn’t get that left wing spot nailed down. I know he’s struggled with injuries but Gini, Sissoko, Ayoze all had a crack their and imo really struggled.

    He has pace, quick feet and confidence – a total nightmare for defenders and as he’s played LB for us a few times can also protect the man behind him way better than the other guys.

    I really hope he gets a good chance this season.

  • carl

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Highly unlikely. Though he is currently a free agent having left Greek side POA. He scored four goals in 17 appearances for POA last season.

    The 35-year-old Bulgarian striker is known to have grown up watching the Magpies, and counts Alan Shearer as one of his idols, so it would appear he favours a move to the north east. He was an outstanding Striker but he looked a stone overweight recently on TV.

  • expatmag

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #27

    According to reports here, Melbourne Victory are looking at Berbatov is a marquee signing possibly to counteract our neighbours, Melbourne City who are signing Tim Cahill

  • expatmag

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #28


    Highly unlikely Newcastle in Oz could afford Berbatov as they dont have a pot to p### in at oresent

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Berbatov suddenly found a load of hair from somewhere too….

  • martoon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m with Wayayman – somebody is getting their Newcastle’s mixed up!

  • martoon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Or maybe they are getting their Magpies mixed up!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    If you could cheers

  • JamesToon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Lads im moving to Loughborough soon and im planning on going to a a fair few away and games and a few home games. But i dunno whether its worth getting a season ticket, as i want to attend mostly away games, and a season ticket gives you first priority on an away ticket doesn’t it? or is it based on loyalty points? Not sure whether i should just stick to being a member, but im worried i may not be able to get to many away games due to the tickets being sold out to season ticket holders first!

  • loonie-toon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Just read Townsend done deal palace hoping to have him signed next 48 hours

  • firebug666

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    According to the Telegraph Townsend is signing for CP in the next 48 hours. So it looks like bye bye to Townsend.


  • clinath@ed

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Bang goes my theory then.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Please tell me townsend is away for a loan deal

  • firebug666

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #39


    Nah mate, his £13m release clause has been activated, so he will be off for good.

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #40

    From the Grauniad afw minutes ago

    Andros Townsend, who was one of the three players omitted by Roy Hodgson from his initial 26-man squad for the European Championship, had been made aware of Palace’s interest in restoring him to the Premier League earlier this month but asked for time to consider the move back to London. A number of other clubs retained an interest, including Southampton and West Ham United, but the 24-year-old has returned from holiday and expressed a desire to move to Selhurst Park. He will be given a four-year contract and becomes Palace’s record signing.

    Newcastle had hoped to retain the winger, who scored four goals in 13 appearances since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in January, to help propel them back to the top flight at the first time of asking, and were even prepared to increase his weekly wage. But they could not deflect bids that triggered the release clause, and the player has now opted to return south. Dwight Gayle is leaving Palace for Newcastle for an initial £8.5m in a separate deal.


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