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Newcastle Reported Back In For Liverpool’s Jordan Ibe

10:40 am, Monday, July 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

While Liverpool agreed a £15M fee with Bournemouth for their winger Jordan Ibe lastweek, there was always a question as to whether the promising young player would want to move to a small club like the Cherries, after he had been at mighty Liverpool since 2012.

Newcastle had been trying to do a swap deal with Gini Wijnaldum and cash for the young winger and that was thought to have fallen through.

Moussa Sissoko Jordan ibe 2-0

Jordan Ibe in action at St. James’ Park last season
That’s £50M rated Moussa Sissoko challenging him

But Jordan seems to be balking at the move to the Cherries and maybe waiting for Newcastle United or  West Brom – who are also interested in the 20 year-old – to come in with an offer for him.

The news in the Mirror today is that Liverpool agreed a £15M fee, a buy-back price and a sell-on clause with Bournemouth for Ibe – and Jordan is now considering his options.

It could be that Newcastle could go in with a straight £15M cash bid – we certainly have the money – and maybe Ibe would like to join the exciting project at Newcastle under world-class manager Rafa Benitez?

It is in the English second division of course, but Rafa has been a huge attraction  to players this summer so far – and Newcastle have already signed five new players including Arsenal’s Isaac Hayden this morning on a five year deal for around £2.5M.

Not sure Rafa will like the idea of a buy-back clause in Ibe’s contract and he will not want to develop Ibe into a great player and then have Liverpool buy him back – that’s not within Newcastle’s best interests.

The Chronicle has reported today Rafa wanted to get a marquee signing in this week – so maybe it’s Jordan Ibe, who has enormous potential and Rafa can certainly make the lad into a better player.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Whumpie // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Where is all this dosh coming from??

  • 2 Whumpie // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Talking of dosh, surely Sissoko is worth well north of £25m now?

  • 3 nut meg // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    It’s been reported over the last few days that he’s coming in to play as a DMF.

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    I see Sky spurt failed miserably with the Hayden loan nonsense 😀

  • 5 WWSBRD // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    I have a mate who is a Liverpool fan and he told me Ibe should of been the Sterling replacement but his attitude is horrible…having said that Id still be over the moon if we signed him

  • 6 jayphoto // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    would have thought Hayden would be a replacement for tiote and a 4th or 5th choice at CB? Never seen him play, but the Hull fans seem to have rated him.
    Young, English,championship experience, hungry to succeed, relatively low price and Im guessing a squad player at the beginning, seems a no brainer signing to me considering how many games we have to play!The arsenal youth team really excels in promoting ball skills, technique etc too so im guessing hes tidy on possession.

  • 7 martoon // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    YCMIU – unfortunate typo there 🙂

  • 8 giimps // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Sissoko will be gone, it’s a shame after spending so much on him that he’s turned into such a dud, £25m ish for our £1.8m outlay isn’t a bad return, it’s just a pity his club form is nowhere near his international form…..hopefully a cl club comes for him with a full /blank chequebook and ignores his flaws ( not that there are many).
    Use this money as well as the Gini and Janmaat money in January when we’re (hopefully) on track back to the premier league…….that’s when the teams who have dropped out of the cl sell players they can get a decent fee for.
    We could of course keep sissoko, gini and Janmaat until January, promise them that if it looks like we’re not going to be promoted we will let them go for the right price , and if it looks like we’re going up they can stay and be part of something wonderful .
    Over to you Rafa

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Bournmouth sell us a winger, and aim to replace him with another. That other winger decides not to go there, and then we also try to buy him. Can’t see him dropping down a league tbh, but then again i have said that before. Are NUFC actually planning on having a wide threat for once?

  • 10 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:56 AM


    Deliberite Typo, believe it or not ?

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    That ? Is meant to be 😀

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    I will start again. Fk this fkn phone

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:57 AM


    The typo was deliberate 😀

  • 14 jayphoto // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    I’d love to see Ibe sign. Not sure of that 15m, but hell it ain’t my money they’re spending. He was too good for the championship 3 years ago when he was at Derby. Really exciting player. Never heard anything bout his attitude so no idea on that front but I trust we have a manager that can keep him in check unlike previous toon managers, i’m sure Rafas kept worse attitudes quite happy . Players like Ibe, if they are playing, and winning and surrounded by some experienced heads in team and management can grow out of that attitude. Pretty sure Rodgers tenure at Liverpool was a little too relaxed and indisciplined which won’t have helped.

  • 15 martoon // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    YMCIU – I was going to say that went over my head but then I realise how bad that sounded – so let’s not go there 🙂

  • 16 jayphoto // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Thought these valuations were madness in may, but can honestly see us getting near the 50m mark for Gini and Sissoko now.
    Gini – if you take the mane 36m fee into account, scored and set up the same amount of goals as mane, in less appearances, in a worse side, from a deeper position in his debut season. For me, in a spurs or arsenal team Gini goes close to 20 goals per season not to mention his form and accolades from playing in Holland. If the papers are saying 30m, if you reference the fees other players are going for, then its got to be around that mark.
    Sissoko, at these tournaments has thrown a spanner in the works for a lot of managers to think about. Was his patchy form down to players around him not being good enough? Down to poor tactics and use of him? Rafa making him captain and his performances since rafa came in, and his performances in the euros is going to make a lot of managers think there’s a player in there. Papers are saying around the 25m mark, I reckon he’ll go for less, but when players get moving, Pogba etc theres going to be teams with money to spend and holes to fill. My bet is he goes to Juventus for around the 22m mark after they sell pogba for a world record fee. Hes the right age coming into his prime, his power and athleticism is awesome and hes now shown he can perform on the highest level. No way do the club let him go for less than 20m. No way do other clubs leave him to play in the championship.

  • 17 JamesToon // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Do a swap deal with liverpool with them giving us £10m plus Jordan Ibe for Sissoko

  • 18 Mr Funk // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    What about Alex Pritchard as an alternative to Jordan Ibe

  • 19 JDdubai // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Must say Im enjoying this preseason, excitedly looking at newsnow 50 times a day to see if we are getting anyone else. who would have thought that after getting relegated.

    Would like to see Sissoko and Wini’s replacements brought in before they go or else we will be paying way too much once we have 35-40m in our pockets.

    Would take Ibe, another with potential who may flourish with Rafa – him and Aarons as wide options would be good to see in a year or 2..

  • 20 JDdubai // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Ibe + 10m for Sissoko
    Pritchard + 15m for wijnaldum.

  • 21 jayphoto // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Personally think, from what i’ve seen, that if we sign Jordon Ibe that’s the best player we’ll sign all summer which is saying something because our business so far has been great.
    Ibe and Ritchie on the flanks, Shelvey and Colback in the centre, Gayle running in behind, Mitro offering arial threat in a support striker role for when teams sit deep to counter Gayles pace…
    Gamez’s rory delap style throw ins…
    If we had to drop into the championship to see Rafa bloody benitez be our manager and put out this kind of side then I’m glad we were relegated

  • 22 Mr Funk // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    @ JDdubai,

    I would definitely go for the Pritchard + 15m for wijinaldum.
    Pritchard seems to have a better end product than Ibe.

  • 23 jayphoto // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    And thats not even considering who we might bring in if we recoup 60/70 odd million from sales of Cisse, Janmaat, Krul, Sissoko, Wijnaldum etc…

  • 24 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    If we had had a decent/class manager in instead of Pardew, Carver and McClaren I think we would of got the best out of Sissoko.

    Pity He ain’t look like staying as I think a good manager like Rafa will/would get the best out of him.

  • 25 lesh // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    James T

    Two points:

    We shouldn’t even be thinking of selling top players like Wijnaldum and Sissoko to a prem club – that’s giving them a leg up and widens the gap between them and us when we’re restored to the Prem;

    The second point – your suggestion of Ibe plus £10m values Sissoko at £25m. After his recent performances for France, we’d get far more than that from a European club like PSG, Barca or Real – and that keeps him out of harms way as far as we’re concerned.

  • 26 jayphoto // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    @lesh – I reckon sissoko deal will be dependant on Matuidi, Pogba and Verattis future. Rumours are Matuidi and Pogba are both joining Man Utd. Juventus are looking at veratti or sissoko to replace Pogba and I’ve got to think PSG will look at sissoko if they lose both Matuidi AND veratti?
    For me Sissoko goes to Italy or France as hes not technical enough for the Spanish league.
    Gini for me stays in England. He’ll break the 28m mark and can’t see a European club paying it. My guess is a 3 month transfer battle with spurs before going late august for 27m ish

  • 27 martoon // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    jayphoto @21 – I think a lot of people feel that way. I’ve said before in a perverse way I’m really looking forward to this season. We’ll play different teams, see different players, more games to see and hopefully we’ll look like a proper team, well organised and win the majority of our games.

  • 28 giimps // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    If we manage to offload him to a Barca or PSG, we will be playing him again in 3 seasons anyway ………….(according to the plan anyway) but the sooner we sell him the more money we will get, strike while the iron is hot……..

  • 29 jayphoto // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    @martoon – said before, im looking forward to some of the away days. Some really great fixtures, Leeds, Sheff wed, notts forest, Burton (in walking distance from my house if I set off early). Rotherhams stadium is a good away day. Some real old school football ties away from the modern day football and prawn sandwiches of the premiership. Also, the championship has more managers that have won the champions league than the premier league so not like its all chopper harris’ like it was a few years back. Some good technical football these days!

  • 30 martoon // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    I presume Sissoko will be allowed to go on holiday now – so we’ll not see him until near the start of the season which presumably is when any transfer dealing will be done?

  • 31 giimps // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    The atmosphere will be electric every game too if the end of last season is anything to go by, I’m more excited about the start of this season than I have been for about 10 year , proper manager, proper club ambitions and improvements in playing squad at every level…..reasons to be cheerful ……..loads of them……..bring it on…….any player sold will be replaced

  • 32 goommy // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    No pls. Not this kid..

  • 33 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    According to this article apart from Sissoko being a favourite of Wenger’s there is also the uncertainty of the currency situation since Brexit effecting where clubs are looking for signees.

  • 34 martoon // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    jayphoto @29 – Yeah you can see that in the FA Cup when Championship teams get drawn against Premiership ones. Unfortunately I’m old enough to remember Chopper Ron ‘arris 🙂

  • 35 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Heard interview today with Sissoko on BBC Radio 5 live where he spoke France would learn and get better and that he was going on holiday

  • 36 jayphoto // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    @Giimps – its so optimistic we’ve all forgotten that we’re owned by Mike Ashley for once 🙂

  • 37 Bambams // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    If we sell Sissoko I would rather it was abroad

  • 38 JamesToon // Jul 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    I think Ibe and Pritchard would both be decent replacements for Sissoko and Wijnaldum.

    A season in the championship, rebuilding our squad, club structure and mentality really could be the making of a fresh new Newcastle United that has the potential to be a force in the premier league under Rafa

  • 39 JDdubai // Jul 11, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    I would like tos ee us use this season to refresh the atmosphere at the ground at home games. The flags idea is good, would like to see the scarves come out again, to really make each home game loud and set an amazing atmosphere.

    It would also be good to show the rest how we are still united and that we will be back stronger in a year(hopefully), the mackems especially are expecting us to fall apart.

  • 40 lesh // Jul 11, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Leadscome’s been told to sling her hook and leave the Tories with May.

    Better get the supplies in and hunker down – there’s another Thatcher in the making – heaven forefend.

  • 41 Ron Knee // Jul 11, 2016 at 12:26 PM


    Leadsome has been described as the Tory Taliban (by the Telegraph)!

  • 42 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 11, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Anybody know how much we got hayden for?? I read 2.5 million from Ed previous article, but that seems way to cheap to me. We may have bargain of the season.

  • 43 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Moussa Sissoko’s brilliance for France was not a surprise for Newcastle, it was a slap in the face

    Luke Edwards
    in the Telegraph

  • 44 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    It is absolutely imperative we sell sissoko right now. If we keep him he won’t try in the championship & his value will fall.

    Also all of his flaws, his ego, attitude, laziness & lack of desire when his team is down, is something only newcastle can see, & not the rest of the world.

    6 months after he gets his dream move, & has crazy money coming in on a 5 year deal, his motivation is going to be away. He will only try in a champions league games.

    Any top or very clever manager playing against him will figure him out soon, they won’t allow him to make these surging runs, Portugal didn’t even know who he is. I would be surprised if ronaldo did.

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