Are Newcastle Really After Dimitar Berbatov?


News that Newcastle are interested in signing former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov, who at 35 has just been released by Greek side PAOK after one year at the club, when he scored 5 goals in 25 appearances.

There are various reports that the 35 year-old striker is in talks with two Championship clubs and since Newcastle have money and we found it difficult to score goals last season – we suppose it’s natural for journalists to bring up Newcastle as one of the possible suitors.

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Dimitar Berbatov tackled by Cheick Tiote while the Bulgarian was at Fulham

The Bulgarian striker still has class but his style of play and age probably wouldn’t attract Rafa Benitez.

Rafa is building a squad for the future at Newcastle and wants players who can mature into good Premier League players once we are hopefully promoted next May.

Berbatov scored 48 goals in 78 appearances for Bulgaria and former Newcastle great Alan Shearer was his idol when he was growing up.

Newcastle have just signed 25 year-old Dwight Gayle for around £9M from Crystal Palace and we probably need one more  striker brought in to challenge Aleksandar Mitrovic in the coming season.

But Rafa will not pay a massive £15M for Fulham striker Ross McCormack, who Newcastle have been linked with over the summer, but he turns 30 in August.

Local lad 19 year-old Adam Armstrong is also available and could make the Newcastle first team squad for next season.

Dimitar scored 46 goals in 102 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and then scored 56 goals in 149 appearances after his big money move to Manchester United for £31M in the summer of 2008.

It’s a good story but we are sure Rafa is not interested – but we’ve been wrong before.

🙂

Comments welcome.


132 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 1, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Good luck to Townsend though, no resentment from me. He joined us and performed to the best of his ability and earned himself a move. More than many have done in the past when they wanted out.

    Still work to be done, but it does look like a lot of ducks were in a row, and Rafa and Charnley are just picking them off now. Looking forward to the next few arrivals – and interested to see the next couple of departures.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle United have already made a huge splash in the transfer market by securing the services of Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Matz Sels for a combined fee in excess of £25 million.

    Despite the huge splurge, Benitez is far from done with his business in the transfer market this summer and now according to reports from the Nottingham Post, the Magpies are believed to be in talks to make a surprise swoop for former Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov.

    Berbatov was released by Greek side PAOK at the end of last season and is currently on the lookout for a new club. The recent arrival of Gayle is a big boost but Benitez will want alternatives as well and a move for Berbatov could well be on the cards as a result.

    The Bulgarian striker may be entering the twilight of his career but he remains a classy player and could potentially prove to be an astute signing for the Championship side.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, if we are after Berba, I’m no longer looking forward to the next few as much. Seems an odd one. If there is any truth, and I highly doubt it, the only reasoning I can think behind it is that we are going to look to get balls in early, and he will be back up to Mitro whilst also helping the Serb develop his game in training.

    Still, seems like jour no nonsense to me.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed I’m not being funny but you need to go to spec savers, that’s sissoko in that picture not tiote.

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #5

    I did mention this story yesterday, would be good, rivière out and him in.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, I’m pretty positive that’s Sissoko in that picture PMSL

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #7

    carl (you little c)
    Stop your blog mischief – renounce stiffism – I note you have not denied your blog motives.
    Your denials do not wash – Fred West and the Yorkshire Ripper denied their crimes as well.
    Give it up -the whole blog knows your mischief.
    You cannot be a true Toon fan judging by your repeated lies and trickery on the blog – clearly intent on spoiling it for other people.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe,
    Don’t agree with you on Townsend at all, I’ve posted my thoughts on it all earlier, a year of his career in the Championship wouldn’t have affected his chances of playing for that shower of shite at the next WC at all. I hope he lives to regret the decision big time.

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  • carl

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Lilongwe
    I am rather hoping the next few are going to be defenders.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Mitrovic
    Perez
    Gayle
    Cisse
    Berbatov
    Armstrong
    Rivière

    I know Benitez wants strength in depth up front but i think that’s a bit too much.

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #11

    If Benitez can drop down a league so can any other manager or player so I’ve got no time for Townsend, hope he rots on the bench.

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  • carl

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Berbatov is 35 and recently playing in a charity game looked a stone overweight. Surely not.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Dear lord no on Berbatov, that’s the one behind the pearly gates not the one in the managerial house at at SJP.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Rather have will Grigg

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #15

    “Allez les Diables rouges
    Allez les Diables rouges”

    Brace for Eden Hazard.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail,
    I presume you just mean the moving to Palace bit? I get your (and a lot of peoples) opinion, but I honestly think we have got a player that is better suited to the rest of the side, so it is neither here nor there for me. What Townsend and his career do from here on in doesn’t trouble me. We got him out of a crap situation, and he did his best to help us get out. That we didn’t wasn’t his fault, and he got the chance to be back in the Prem, back in London, and probably a bumper wage.

    Also, the World Cup and international thing is interesting. We will have a new manager in, if the players he selects over the next year are all in decent form, and do well for him, it may not be as easy as many suggest to force his way back into the squad in a years time.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #17

    carl,
    Yeah, a couple of solid centre halves, or one and a left back with Dummet moving central. I like the idea of Hanley, I also like Dunk, but see less chance of us prising him away.

    Defenders and probably an all action midfielder. Then lets see who leaves after that.

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  • Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Hanley dunk Maguire or Batth?

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  • carl

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Lilongwe
    Hope Shelvey is going to have a good pre season . He seemed short on match fitness and was carrying too much timber but he could make a big difference to our midfield in the championship. Having watched him play for Swansea his quality and range of passing had been evident but he seemed to lose his influence with us after an initial good start. Maybe it was just the role Benitez wanted him to play in a struggling side.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Mitrovic has to be no.9
    Perez definitely has to stay
    Gayle very hopeful he’ll be prolific
    Cisse can’t see him staying
    Berbatov would take him as backup
    Armstrong doubt he will play
    Rivière ha to be sold he’s rubbish

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #21

    No, we’re actually after Salazar Berbatov, an excellent tea server. Rafa needs his cuppa.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail unless yer a goalkeeper you’ve no chance of making England squads in the championship.

    His little foray with the England squad at the end of the season was the reason he left imo

    Cheer up

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #23

    We need those good defenders. Howay Rafa! Get them in mate!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Once we get Salazar Berbatov, the tea lady will be surplus to requirements. We’ll be the first club with a tea butler. Excellent.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #25

    carl,
    Shelvey should do well in the Championship. He has a good range of passing, but his decision making has to improve. Too often he goes for the spectacular, when he would be better served playing simpler passes and building play as a team.

    Still, for me that is all irrelevant if he doesn’t get his fitness levels way above where they were/are, and get that hunger and desire to work as part of a team unit. If he doesn’t do that, his passing range is not enough to select him week in week out.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #26

    The whole Shelvey thing is a bit of a mystery. He didn’t focus enough on short passes and movement without the ball. Personally, I like a quick buildup with several short passes. I hate the whole wasting time passing it around the back four thing. It gets done far too much. Look at England. Slow, ponderous buildup that led to nothing.

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  • davetoon

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Who writes this sh1t? May as well say we are after Cantona.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #28

    We need to sell Riviere and Cisse first. Then go after other strikers. I am not fond of the idea us going after Berbatov. He’s too slow and old reminds me of Viduka. Next.

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  • davetoon

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    On another topic, wonder if Ben Arfa will get amy time for PSG off the bench this season

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #30

    We need two more strikers and two more centre backs. Colo and Saylor are gone and need replacing and Cisse and Riviere should be sold and replaced ASAP.

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  • carl

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Belfast

    Based on Hart’s showing.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #32

    G2,
    Possession for the sake of having possession is utterly pointless, and something that has increased since Tiki taka due to people thinking possession is a key statistic. If you don’t have intent, if you aren’t working the ball with a view to breaking the lines, or pulling a player out of position it is probably the most boring thing to watch. Teams have learnt how to play against it.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Spot on Lilongwe mate. When are England going to learn that? Spain are slowly reducing it and I like some of their new players. Germany just roll on getting better and better as the tournament goes on. The Italy Germany game will be the match of the tournament.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Forster would have saved Iceland’s second and Bales free kick. Not sure he could have done much with the Russia goal or Iceland’s first.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 1, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #35

    PSG is a bad move for Benny. Why waste your talent on the bench? Get out there and play. That means playing for a lesser team usually. I hate teams like Chelsea and PSG that just soak up talent and have far too many good players rotting away.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #36

    We still got a bit of deadwood and the likes of Gouffran have also got to be shipped off.

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  • carl

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Lilongwe/G2
    Yes just contrast Leicester with say Arsenal.

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  • davetoon

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Benny is pretty versatile but he will be hoping for a couple of injuries to get any decent minutes

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #39

    G2,
    Difficult for Spain, there players have been the best at it for a while, mainly due to the Barcelona upbringing, but even they were running out of ideas, and needed Messi’s brilliance to salvage results for them. Far easier for them now with their attacking trio.

    Germany play a different game, far more dynamic, far better movement. Much more interesting to watch. Tactically Italy have got it spot on in their big matches. Conte is going to be a great addition to the Prem.

    None of Englands best players play in teams that play slow patient build up like England tried to. So why try it? We weren’t that ponderous in qualifying. Still, we got as far as I expected, so I’m not disappointed, and I thought Iceland played superbly against us and fully deserved it. Organised, disciplined, and broke well whilst retaining possession, rather than just launching it long like Ireland tried against France. Sterling was the biggest disappointment.

    Hopefully Wales can continue carrying the flag the Isles.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Spot on carl and Lilongwe. Arsenal need a slight change to their play. They’re still fun to watch and can be devastating on their day but disappointing at times as well. I suppose we should be discussing our opposition for next season. 🙁

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