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Newcastle Unlikely To Bid For Top Championship Striker

9:22 am, Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

The news reported last week was that yesterday the £15M release clause in Fulham striker Ross McCormack’s contract ran out – and it was thought that Fulham would reduce their asking price on the Scottish International striker.

But that hasn’t happened and it looks like the Craven Cottage still want £15M for the former Leeds United striker before they will let him leave the club.

The Mirror are now reporting that Fulham have rejected a £11.5M bid from Sheffield Wednesday and are holding out for the full £15M.

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Ross McCormack – £15M Fulham striker

Ross turns 30 next month and Rafa Benitez is building a team of younger players on Tyneside with an eye on the future – and it seems very doubtful the top class Spanish manager will see Ross as good value for Newcastle.

Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the striker and maybe they will go all in and try to get him to Villa Park.

They certainly need some extra firepower if they are mount an all out effort to return immediately to the Premier League under their new manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Newcastle have just brought in 25 year-old striker Dwight Gayle from Crustal Palace for around £9M rising to £10M based on appearances, although Rafa Benitez is still expected to bring in one more striker this summer.

But for £15M we doubt it will be Ross McCormack, who has been reported to be keen to sign on at the Tyneside club under Rafa Benitez.

Maybe Rafa could bring in a striker on loan this season?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    I’m assuming that before Ed sustained his career ending injury at Wharrier Street , Scrogg Road or Walker Park – wherever it was – he was a striker.
    He certainly obsesses about them.
    The ageing Charlie Austin last season – the ageing Ross McCormack this one.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    He’s not useless, Riverie is useless. Gouffran is definitely not the best but I think he can do a job at a lower level.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    You’re winning 2-0 on a wet Tuesday night at Barnsley, Ritchie or Perez could do with a rest. The game is getting physical and needs closing out. In steps the unspectacular Gouffran for half an hour.

  • 4 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    It’s curious that we haven’t been linked with any Mondial players since Rafa arrived…just coincidence I guess.

  • 5 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Jail – let me guess: he scores a hat-trick and we win 5-0?

  • 6 outside the box // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    when playing against wharrier street for the school i was tackled by a supporter …rough team…he has started rebuilding but it will take time one in one out…lets hope next is defender …hanley sounds ok at this time.

    trust in rafa …

  • 7 geordie157 // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Liverpool are looking to accept offers for Serge Canos, he impressed at Brentford and i’m sure he scored a wonder goal early in the season.

    Think he’d be a good addition and still only 19. Norwich and Bristol City currently in for him

  • 8 Veltmann // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    LGFUAD21 – I think most got carried away by his pace (Gayle).He runs a lot but hardly a natural finisher.Everyone can smash the ball but without aim and purpose for some,Gayle is that kind.I wasn’t frankly happy about that signing.Would prefer giving a chance to Reviere or Goufran (upfront) than splashing 10m for Gayle.

  • 9 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Gouffran became Pardew’s defensive go to man to attempt to close games down. We first saw him playing against us in the Europa as a Striker. He puts in a shift so unless we get an attractive offer he’ll be a good squad player.

  • 10 geordie157 // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    What will Rafa do with the likes of Gouffran, Cisse, Riviere, Vuckic, Ameobi, Bigi…ideally sell them all

    I’d prob add De Jong to that list….just think he’s too injury prone

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    No ha ha.

  • 12 expatmag // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:05 AM


    If you think that about Gayle, you know nothing about football……..which, I might add, I have suspected for some time.

  • 13 SUTTY1978 // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Speaking of Gouffran and Pardew turning him from a prolific striker to a left back, Rafa did exactly the same with Dirk Kuyt. He had a phenomenal record as a number nine but Rafa made him into a “hard working” winger. Gouffran did excel at that for a bit but probably just got pissed off with it, whereas as Kuyt thrived. Just a random thought.

  • 14 Jib // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Walter Sabatini the Roma coach having sold his star midfielder Miralem Pjanic has narrowed his search for his replacement to two players -Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht and our own Georginio Wijnaldum.

    NUFC have not shifted from their asking price and Sabatini needs one or the other for 7th July training camp in Switzerland.

    While his personal choice would be GW the Italian media are inclining towards him choosing the Belgian.

    The Newcastle clubs intransigence on his fee plus Rafa’s powers of persuasion may just keep Wijnaldum in England.

  • 15 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Good point. Pardew rarely started him in a defensive role but often to effectively hold onto or save games. Almost as a replacement for Jonas.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Gouffran’s never been prolific, he’s a one in five at best, still do a job as a squad player.
    How many on here said Simpson was shite……..

  • 17 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    I would be happy for us to keep both Sissoko and Wijnaldum provided they show the right discipline and attitude.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Unfortunately getting rid of the deadwood will take a bit of time. We have a pretty small squad as it is, you can’t just offload about eight players at once.

  • 19 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    We offered Townsend an increase in wages to stay. Would you view that as a worthwhile option to consider for the pair. Worthwhile in my opinion. That is unless we get a hand snatching offer.

  • 20 SUTTY1978 // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    JFA, yeah perhaps prolific was an overstatement but was good for 10-15 a season in France! I remember his first full season he scored in six home games in a row playing on the LW while still running up and down all day. He was a crucial player for us at the time but went right off the boil once Cabaye left (as others did).
    I remember he played up top with Vuckic in one preseason game in the US last year, that was the worst striker combination I have ever seen, they made the chuckle brothers look like Ronaldo & Rivaldo

  • 21 Jib // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    I’d sit them down and promise them that if we aren’t storming the league by Xmas that they can go in the winter window.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Why do we have to offer them more money, we offered Townsend more to remove his release clause. If we could get away with it the pair of them deserve their wages halved.

  • 23 SUTTY1978 // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Carl. There’s no need to offer them increased wages, they are under contract. The only reason that was allegedly offered to Townsend was so his release clause could be removed

  • 24 SUTTY1978 // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:43 AM


  • 25 jimmysmith // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    I don’t doubt both Gouffran and Rivierre would do a good job for us in the Championship, in a winning side, off the bench, on the odd occasion they might be called upon. Both would be in the starting 11 of two thirds of the sides we’ll play against. They come off contract at the end of the season, which is all very neat and tidy too. But would this league ever have seen such well paid 4th and 5th choice players. I’m sure the club will be trying to shift their wages off the books and bring in a couple of bright young prospects in their places.

  • 26 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Taking a serious approach with a view to retain. Their transfer value will not be impacted by time spent in the Championship. Maybe depending on our league standing in January an agreement could be reached. If it merely boils down to personal terms then sounds like a good compromise. I would prefer to get rid of deadwood who will be nowhere near any starting team – quality head count is all important.

  • 27 SUTTY1978 // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    How does FFP work in the championship? I’ve seen a few teams who have had their transfers put on hold due to FFP (Notts Forest for one). Do we get a bye on that for the first year? If so its properly make or break that we get out of the division at the first attempt or its one big fire sale

  • 28 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Greggs Bacon sarnie and Latte. The breakfast of kings. Just waiting for the good lady showing up and its off to the chilli fest.

    Notice Goofy has popped up in the convo. My 2 pence worth is that yes, keep him for the championship. I remember in his second season here, his creativity stats had him in the top five for us,in terms of key passes, assists and chances created that were missed. I remember that catchy in norway had a hissy fit at me when i mentioned this. Somehow it was my fault a player he didnt like was doing better than he thought.

  • 29 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    The point surely is whether you want to keep them. If it’s the only obstacle to retaining and having contented players then it’s a price worth paying. It’s a path followed by many clubs.
    Always assuming the gulf in wages being offered by bidding club( s) is not too wide. Historically we’ve

  • 30 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Followed this approach for our better players.

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    I remember that six in a row, you can lose form but you don’t just become shite, I maintain he’ll be useful in the Championship. I hear Nile cruises are looking for blokes to sound a gong on the prow of their ships, we might just get rid of Riverie yet.

  • 32 lesh // Jul 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    It might be an idea were Rafa to delegate responsibility for selling our surplus players to Carr. After all, he bought then for their undoubted talents so should be able to sell ’em.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Why on earth would you offer more money to two clowns that tried their very best and succeeded in getting us relegated, they should be feeling quite content on 50K a week as it is.

  • 34 Rafa Revolution // Jul 2, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    We need to pad the squad out a bit before we get rid of the deadwood

  • 35 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    It’s a matter of opinion. There are a number of factors to consider. You’re taking a short sighted view one he clearly doesn’t share. Players have a value and not just in monetary terms. It’s widely claimed that he rates Colback highly in team formation which many on here don’t .

    Benitez will be looking at the bigger picture based upon his knowledge and desire to retain key components of the squad. Every player has a price. Look at John Stones.. Benitez will have a figure in mind for the pair and the value of certain players to enable his team to function as he wants. He has bought players before agreeing to release others..
    In any event they didn’t single handedly get us relegated. Sissoko was made captain and clearly Wij has a hell of a lot more to offer so why not us.
    If Benitez thinks they can do a job that cannot be met by the market then

  • 36 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    he will want to keep.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Is that the same John Stones you think is the best thing since Rio?

  • 38 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 2, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    A point about the defence. Colo & taylor away so we need 2 new defenders.
    We have mbemba, lascelle & the young Swiss, can’t remember his name, I think it’s steven mpu.
    I would also like to see dummet shifted to central defence where he’s alot more effective, & buy a new quality left back. Haidara is always injuried & under experience, I’d like him as 22nd choice.

  • 39 carl // Jul 2, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Ha Ha you never give up. Unless talking olympics most who know football call him simply Rio.
    We collectively have a responsibility to the football blog to stop the feuds. Recognising that weren’t going to sway opinions it’s good for me.

  • 40 Jib // Jul 2, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Ah yes good old Steven Mpu
    known to his friends as Kevin M’babu

  • 41 Offkey // Jul 2, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Jib – for once made me chuckle

  • 42 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Jul 2, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    I’m of the same school of thought as jail on this one, gouffran isn’t good, he’s not a starter by any means but he’s a energetic player to have waiting on the bench at the end of games who can come on and use that energy to pull the opposition defense around a little and sap their energy levels. He will help see out games in my opinion. Should never see the starting 11 though.
    Also bear in mind we are in a lower league too, he may have more joy down here.

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