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Has Rafa Made An Approach For This England U-21 Midfielder?

4:21 pm, Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

With Gini Wijnaldum almost certainly leaving Newcastle and Moussa Sissoko likely to follow in short order, Newcastle will need to bring in a couple of good attacking midfielders to replace them for this season.

A good candidate could be Spurs’ Alex Pritchard and we have already been linked with a move for the midfielder this summer and there’s news today that Alex has not made the Spurs squad for the International Champions Cup.


Alex Pritchard – England U21 International

Alex could be a useful signing for Newcastle with a fee on his head reported to be around £8M and certainly if Gini and Moussa  both depart – we will not be short of money, but we still shouldn’t overpay  for players.

The difficulty Rafa has of bringing players in this summer is that they should be good enough to play in the Championship but also be able to step up to the  Premier League.

So it’s important that we don’t bring in mediocre players – we have done that far too often in the recent past – especially with players from France.

Pritchard has played in the Championship twice in his career, first of all when he was on loan at Peterborough for half a season in early 2013 – and then when he was on loan at Brentford in the 2014-2015 season when he played 45 league games and scored 12 goals.

Not bad at all.

So maybe the 23 year-old 9 times capped England U-21 International is one Rafa could turn to – or maybe has already turned to – to replace Gini Wijnaldum.

The fact that Alex has been left behind at Spurs could point to an approach having already been made by the Magpies?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Would rather not loan players in an ideal world but tbf it worked quite well last time we went down so I cant gripe too much

    If we could get an agreed fee that would be perfect

    I actually think Lucas would be a real dominant force in the Championship if we could keep him fit but that seems to be his biggest issue recently at Liverpool

    If the Madrid deal touted for Sissoko is correct Id push for loan moves for both Odengaard and Asensio (if we could wrangle an agreed fee that’d be out standing)

  • 2 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Im not against loans for players from Premier League clubs. Just for this season only though. More money to spend when we go up when we can attract better players. Not against it at all.

  • 3 JamesToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Have absolutely no idea who we’re going to replace Wijnaldum and Sissoko with…

  • 4 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    As long as Rafa does we are alright

  • 5 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:37 PM


    Good shout on Odengaard. have they not had him only a season tho bud ??

  • 6 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Damn phone

    WWSRBD my apologies

  • 7 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Hahahaha I’ll get it right in a minute

  • 8 nufc786 // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:41 PM


    One possibe replacement could be Che adams from Sufc
    There was a couple of posts on this blog about us showing interest in him .. We were also interested in him in 2014

    Although still a teenager, Adams is already physically well built, aiding his pacey and powerful style. Adding to his physical attributes, he is also very skilful and comfortable going round either side of a defender. What seems to be most impressive is his knack of scoring goals at the right time and the ability to step up when required on the big stage.

    Could be Possible replacement for Sissoko

    For Wijnaldum maybe Alex Pritchard

    although just a video he looks quality for the championship

  • 9 JamesToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:41 PM


    thing is providing Sissoko leaves, hopefully along with Gouffran and Riviere as they’re a waste of space, that could be another £30m to spend, (not including potentially Krul leaving!) and technically we should still be complying with FFP, am I right?

    So we should have around £30-40m to spend on a left back, creative midfielder, winger and striker.

  • 10 Spoof // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:42 PM


    Ashley has been dreadful, he ran the club solely to make a quick buck, he may still be running it to make a profit, but this time the profit will have to be pitch related as he is allowing Rafa to invest in the team, signing a 31 yr old rightback is testament to that, so we as a fan base must move on as we can no longer accuse Ashley of holding us back, Rafa has a free rain so success or failure is solely in his hands, he said it himself that he doesn’t have to sell anyone but he has, his decision and not Ashley’s, it’s now up to Rafa to handle the squad and the transfers to make us succeed, and due to it being in Rafa’s hands and no one else’s has gave us hope and it has made us fall in love with the club again, because I and probably many others hated our club, but not now, the love is back as we are a football club again, lets try to forget the past, I’m not asking you to forgive as even I can’t do that just yet, but embrace what we seem to have isn’t too much to ask.

  • 11 nufc786 // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:43 PM


    One possibe replacement could be Che Adams from Sufc
    There was a couple of posts on this blog about us showing interest in him

    Although still a teenager, Adams is already physically well built, aiding his pacey and powerful style. Adding to his physical attributes, he is also very skilful and comfortable going round either side of a defender. What seems to be most impressive is his knack of scoring goals at the right time and the ability to step up when required on the big stage.

  • 12 ToonRich // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    @ JAMSHA from last thread…

    I’d take a chance on these guys possibly:
    Martín Cáceres CB – Age 29
    Miguel Veloso CDM – Age 30
    Junior Hoilett LW – Age 26

    Could all do a job in championship!

    I’d love to see Rafa try for Ødegaard, even if RM dont go for Sisokko. There was talk last season I think when Zidane took over that MO was just a publicity stunt, and they didnt see him as a galactico? Hasnt Asensio already got a hefty price tag on his head?!

  • 13 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:46 PM


    Imagine Aaron’s injury free and that’s basically Che adams

  • 14 ToonRich // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    @12, I think Che is of a bigger build than Aaron’s…Rolando needs a CR7/Bale type training program, he’s too light weight at the moment!
    Just seen pictures of RM’s training camp, Ødegaard has developed since I last saw him last year!!

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    No problem at all taking on one of the very rich clubs young LB’s for a season

  • 16 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:53 PM


    The stated transfer fee for a player directly coresponds to what the selling club recieves of the buying club. It has been well documented that the buying club ends up paying out a bit more in agent and signing fees. That has nothing to do with the players price. Liverpool pay nufc 25M. So nufc recieve 25M off liverpool. Anything else paid to agents makes no difference to us. The only thing that would is any sell on fee owed to his previous club. NONE of this changes the fact that we recieve 25M from liverpool. The way you’re saying it works is ridiculous!

  • 17 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Toon rich
    They must have bulked him up then pal cos I saw him play quite a few times while at Ilkeston town just down the road from me.
    He use to go by players for fun even at a young age and always had scouts there watching him

  • 18 nufc786 // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:56 PM


    Hopefully we can keep him fit for next season..

    I think Thauvin and Shelvey can also do a job in the Number 10 role… I think SDJ maybe loaned to a club in Holland if he is struggling

  • 19 Spoof // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:56 PM


    is Adams really that good, because an injury free Aarons could walk into the England team, Chaimberlain would be stiff opposition but hopefully fat Sam would go for two wingers to feed Andy Carroll and with Milner now past it and Sterling clearly not up to it with Walcott still not fulfilling his potential then with Chaimberlain, Aarons and Townsend being possibly the best options then Evans would have to be some player to compete with that little lot, obviously this is based on my view that Aarons if we can get him injury free would be a revelation.

  • 20 ToonRich // Jul 22, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Jazzy, I dont think he’s much bigger than his Ilkeston time! But in comparison to Aaron’s IMO hes the bigger of the two. Useless debate though!
    Aarons was out muscled a few times at Donny, but when he was able to run at players he did breeze past

  • 21 ToonRich // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    nufc786, I’d much prefer to see Thauvin in the #10 role, and buy another quick winger so we could have pace on both wings – he looked slow the other night, I would have said perhaps not match fit but he was fresh on!

  • 22 nufc786 // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Here are some highlights
    Good Goal by adams from 0.27 to 0.33
    Shows good strengh on the ball and goes past some players

  • 23 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    I don’t know if you can remember a British sprinter… Dwain chambers.
    The locals use to mickey out of him telling him he had chosen the wrong sport because he was that fast.

  • 24 JamesToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM


    Interesting shout, does Che Adams have that creative though? I hear a lot of spurs fans rate pritchard but he’s up for sale for £8m apparently.

    Another good shout someone made, Shelvey in the number 10 role? Has the passing ability, has a very decent long range shot, could be a gerrard type player for us? I know he played there a lot when laudrup was at Swansea. Maybe Perez or Thauvin could become decent number 10’s

    I can still see up to FOUR players being bought in by Rafa, I don’t think he’s going to take any chances or mess about, if it’s true he wants “2 Elevens that can challenge the league” then I wouldn’t be surprised to see more players coming, especially now since apparently officials don’t expect to see Sissoko again, which could rake us in a massive amount of money.

    I hope we don’t turn Gamez into a left back, if Rafa wants to though and keep Janmaat at RB then fine by me, but if it wa up to me I’d bring in a more balanced left back and start Gamez at RB

  • 25 JamesToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Feels so weird saying “leave it to the manager” or “let Rafa sort it out” lol

  • 26 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    It would be nice for Aaron’s to kick on because I feel his career has stagnated over the last few seasons due to injury.
    But please don’t play him at left back again

  • 27 nufc786 // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Yeah I think he might be suited to the middle.

    i remember Thauvin playing in the up front when Mitro got sent of arsenal.. I thought he done ok

  • 28 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:17 PM


    I thought Gamez did well at Doncaster mate to be fair.
    Looked reassured and brought a calmness to the play at left back.
    Young Rico would be another shout but can see him going to the Pl to be honest this summer

    My player pick out of the newbies has got to be Hayden up to yet.
    Definitely looks the future Dm for us

  • 29 nufc786 // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    If Tiote leaves i wouldnt mind seeing Mehdi Abeid back or Olivier Kemen ..

    I think people were also discussing Saviet as he can also play a role in the No 10 or box to box.

  • 30 JamesToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:35 PM


    Oh no I agree Gamez looked good and so did Hayden against Doncaster, it’s just that we all know how it was with santon, predictable as he’d just cut in and lose it in midfield, whereas a left footed left back can try and get to the byline and either win a throw in or corner keeping us in possession

  • 31 bettyswallocks // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Tsunki…………….It would appear that Jib won the pronunciation dispute. Beware of Mr. Tuff hovering with his cane to punish any such mistake. He’s a real stickler these days and very intolerant of any such errors.

  • 32 sing in the corner // Jul 22, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Tad slow on here today chaps? Everyone must be watching ENG giving some stick to PAK

  • 33 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Any news on wijnaldum, is he away yet??

  • 34 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Wijnaldum to Liverpool done deal

  • 35 JamesToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM


    He’s gone. 5 year deal.

  • 36 ShirebrookToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Che Adams to replace him would be amazing

  • 37 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Spooky how a year ago today Gini was talking about how he had just made the right move to #Nufc

  • 38 NUFCPaul // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    I don’t necessarily think that any player we bring in has to be able to step up to Premier League level. I normally like to think long term, but these circumstances I think it’s best to think short term, get lads in who can do a job in this league and sell them on when/if we go back up.

    If we get promoted we’ll be flush with cash and able to reassess our squad at a higher level. Anyone not deemed to be good enough can be sold to lower league clubs for a bit of extra cash. Sure we’ll make a loss on each player but that’ll be offset by the new Premier League money.

  • 39 Belfast // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Well this time in two weeks we’ll be here arguing over team selections again 🙂

    So are we the club that bidded for Che Adams? Read a week or so ago they rejected a bid from unnamed club.

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Wijnaldum gone, if it wasn’t for that pesky relegation they’d all be patting themselves on the back and we’d be back talking about a disappointing season and we’d definitely be targeting top eight next season with the hapless tuft in charge.

  • 41 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Betty @31 not so quick there, sunshine, no he didn’t. That Google translate us a shocking example that sounds like a drunk lass whose tongue is sticking to the roof of her mouth. Even then it still sounds like a heavy “Yeh’ and not a “LYeh” as Jib seems to want to hear. I’ve done a fair bit of Spanish time and I can’t recall ever hearing anyone say “kaL-yeh” ha ha. Jib must have just got back from the pool.

  • 42 nufc 11 // Jul 22, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Joe Allen should be player were targeting. And kerion Gibbs

  • 43 JamesToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    nufc 11

    Allen off to stoke, and do you really think gibbs is going to drop a league for us…

  • 44 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    One thing ppl need to remember, is rafa cam make his team punch above there weight. That’s why it doesn’t matter were not buying player in the calibre of wijnaldum or sissoko.

  • 45 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    The only true variation is as mentioned before in some Latin (colombian) Spanish which conjoin the “Y” with a soft “j”, and theres Argentina of course where they can’t say “y” ha ha so desayuno becomes desazhuno (sort of) yep they make a bit of a breakfast of it. But no “lyeh”s to be found, unless drunk or badly dehydrated.

    Here endeth jobs schooling.

  • 46 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Jib. Jibber jobber. Job

  • 47 hibbitt // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    nufc 11

    you do remember we were relegated ??

  • 48 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    I think it was all the talk of “Che” that got this going 🙂

  • 49 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comandante Che Adams. Has a ring to it. Can the club award him that?

  • 50 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I see wijnaldum has joined Liverpool, for UNDISCLOSED fee.

  • 51 colwell // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Once Moussa goes we again have a team with very little pace.

    Aarons has okay pace but injuries have definitely slowed him down, NO pace at all in the middle and Ritchie is pretty slow too,

    I know Rafa likes his hard working players but we really need players that can take the ball forward at speed.

    We need a left winger as Aarons is not a starter a attack minded CM and a new full back. Selling Townsend,Wini and Moussa has literally taken all pace out of our team.

  • 52 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Another atrocitie unfolding in Germany.Is nowhere safe .

  • 53 firebug666 // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Charnley has said it is in the best interests of the club wini joining liverfool.

    And United managing director Lee Charnley said: “We made it very clear at the beginning of the summer that we had no need to sell for financial reasons, despite relegation, and would only consider selling a player if it was in the best interests of the club and the team.

    “After discussions with Rafa, it was felt that this particular deal was one such circumstance and would be in the best interests of both parties.

    “Gini leaves with our very best wishes for his future career.”

  • 54 WWSBRD // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Bye Gini we barely knew ye…in fact most of the time we didn’t notice u

    Waste of talent in a town shirt hopefully the replacement will have a far better time of it

  • 55 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:52 PM


    Looks like Rafa sanctioned the deal then bud

  • 56 bettyswallocks // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Tsunki…….. Thanks for the comprehensive explanation . Looks like Jib needs to be eating the humble pie. I hope he has it in him to apologise for the kerfuffle he has caused.

  • 57 firebug666 // Jul 22, 2016 at 7:59 PM


    Aye Rafa must have the final say on transfers and that give us a little hope for the future. I just hope he gets the money too!

  • 58 SPRINGY // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    with hull being in a bit turmoil at the minute would it be worth putting a bid in for the lb,robertson,he might fancy the move as hull are increasingly looking like relegation certs.
    i hope thauvin stays and gives it a proper go,the lad has talent but he may not be suited to the english game, but if he was to give it a proper go… then fair play to the lad.

  • 59 Jib // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Flippin ‘eck Tsunki that’s as neat a piece of back-tracking squirming shite as I’ve heard in a long time.
    Tsunki knows better than any of those crap websites doncha know .

  • 60 toon kk // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Not sure what to think about Thauvin, he has talent, but in English football? I’m not so sure. Will he hack the championship?

  • 61 Jib // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Hat off to ya Tsunki
    “Google Schmoogle I am the great all knowing Tsunki.”

  • 62 Jib // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Defo an “L” in there !

    Those bastids at Google try to show up Tsunki like that !!!!!!

  • 63 Back Door Man // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Tsunki @ 41 said:

    “I’ve done a fair bit of Spanish time and I can’t recall ever hearing anyone say “kaL-yeh” ha ha.”

    Maybe your cellmates said:

    “prepararse para un vagabundo muy dolorida.”

  • 64 lochinvar // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    With love from Gini,

    “With all my heart I want to thank every Newcastle fan for the support love and respect you showed me whilst at your great Club. I can understand some of you will be upset with me for leaving. I promise you though I did give my all for you. It does not sit well with me that we were relegated and I say sorry again for that. What I do know is that in Rafa Benitez the Club has a World Class Manager who I am confident will return you to The Premier League. I must also say a very big big thank you to the Board of the Club, they gave me my chance in The Premier League. The process of leaving a club who didn’t need to sell me can be difficult, however the Club have been very understanding in allowing me to join Liverpool. Playing for your Club Newcastle has made me a stronger person and has educated me as a footballer. I take with me special memories of you the fans, the Club and the City. My family and I thank you for making us so welcome and we wish nothing but love and success for you. Georginio. #Newcastle United Championship Champions !”

  • 65 SPRINGY // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    toon kk
    we have him now…and we are lacking creativity and were last season with the likes of gini and sissoko,so may as well give him a chance….he hardly got a chance to get a proper run of games he could be a creative player given the chance…and he gives it a go also.

  • 66 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Why thank you for the offer back passage boy but I think I will decline.

    Jib, get those ears syringed and don’t rely on the drunk lass on Google translate, try a few more dates or even Spanish people, get now, there’s an original thought ha ha.

    And another thing, did you know that “b” isn’t really a “b” after all? Spanish residence my sore butt 😀

  • 67 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Hmm that might have made more sense in Spanish come to think of it….

  • 68 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Jib some Spanish pronunciation exercises for you:

    “You talk Boyocks”
    “You have a fine Muyett”
    “You are a bit guyibble “

  • 69 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Hey Jib, can you remember how to pronounce “Real Vallecano”? 😀 oh dear couldn’t resist sorry…

  • 70 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Mr T, language major – ain’t it time you stepped in and corrected us ayyy – sorry – all?

  • 71 Yo-yo // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:10 PM


    is that genuine ?

  • 72 Mister Tuff // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Tsunki – I have been observing Jib wriggling like a maggot on a hook.
    Overtime time I have tried to advise and correct Jibberish on his language skills – or more accurately put – his abject lack of them.
    I have corrected Jib in respect of his Spanish – was it the “victory” debate -he got the words wrong. Also I recall some verb conjugation (as it is similar to French).
    I have also advised re some French grammar.
    I have to confess I only know about 20 Spanish words but enough to point out Jibs’ errors.
    He has had his jacksie caned on many an occasion for his errors and ignorance. (Not just in respect of languages but a broad spectrum of topics – including football).

    Notice to any children. If you are studying languages please ignore Jib’s efforts as using his input will guarentee examination failure.

  • 73 geordie157 // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    8mill for pritchard seems steep, 5 or 6 with since add ons then maybe.

  • 74 lochinvar // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Yo -Yo @71

    Yep it’s genuine – picked up elsewhere ( Chronicle I think ) ,
    Thanks Gini – good to know that you cared albeit a bit late in the day !

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Jiberish once had Peter Ustinov round at one of his parties for the stars and didn’t say a word all night.

  • 76 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    😀 😀 😀

  • 77 Yo-yo // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Aye Lochnivar

    It was well put. You can’t be resentful of him going for it with the Fools

  • 78 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    I’m starting to look forward to the transfer business coming to an end so we can digest the endless tracts of team sheets and ketsbaias “Shudda Cudda Didna” regret lists. 🙂

  • 79 bettyswallocks // Jul 22, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Jib…….. You have made yourself look a bit siyyy on this one.

  • 80 jimmysmith // Jul 22, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Surely loans are ideal, for a single season, and then permanent deals for the better players we can attract should we go up.

    I probably would have been happier if we’d got Gayle and Hanley on one year loans, rather than their 4 or 5 year deals, although Ritchie and Hayden look good for their longer terms, and Gamez a good buy on a two year contract. Gouffran, Rivierre and even Sammy are good to hold onto, because they come off contract at the end of the season, just as you hopefully are looking to strengthen for the epl.

    Unless the player is legit epl calibre, or top class young prospect, you are signing someone you might not want, and can’t shift, come the time you are looking to reshape and upgrade the squad, and we’ve seen how debilitating that can be with the likes of Obertan, Marv, Rivierre etc.

  • 81 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Can only assume that Rafa has enough faith in his judgement to hand out five year deals?

  • 82 Belfast // Jul 22, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Sissoko out next hopefully. I still can’t see anyone paying 35 million for him, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed anyway. 🙂

  • 83 NewcastleMole // Jul 22, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Will Hughes?

  • 84 jimmysmith // Jul 22, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Yeah, I tend to think we probably had to compromise on longer deals than we’d ideally want to offer and on better money to get them to sign. The lot of the relegated club, I suppose. But these players are good for the immediate task at hand, so that’s good, even if likely less so once we get back. I just don’t fancy getting lumbered with anymore deadwood, knowing how prepared Ashley has been to carry it.

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