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Will Rafa Now Try To Get This Prolific Goalscorer to Newcastle?

10:58 pm, Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

The Mirror is reporting tonight that Norwich, Newcastle and Aston Villa, the three relegated sides from the Premier League last season, all want to sign Fulham striker Ross McCormack.

The Scottish striker has scored 42 goals in 100 appearances since joining them from Leeds United two years ago.

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Ross McCormack – next Newcastle arrival?

Certainly of the three teams relegated, Newcastle are in the best financial position having just sold Gini Wijnaldum to Liverpool for a whopping £25M.

It’s interesting that Ross has missed Fulham’s pre-season training camp in Austria and that has created reports he will be leaving Fulham shortly.

While the Scot was at Leeds United for four years, he scored 58 goals in 154 appearances so he can score goals in the lower divisions – that’s for sure – and that seems to be what Newcastle still need for next season.

The question for Rafa Benitez is whether he is worth something between £10M and £13M and can he perform in the Premier League, assuming we can get promoted next May.

Newcastle have so far made a net profit of £14M in the transfer market this summer, so we have the money and maybe we could even do a player exchange deal with Fulham to get Ross on Tyneside.

Rafa Benitez may have already identified the Scottish striker who turns 30 next month as one who can get the goals for us next season.

What do you think?

Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie £10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar £3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - seasonAjax
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - JanuaryBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Comments welcome.

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

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SUTTY1978 // Jul 22, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Repost (on the basis of selling Wijnaldum)

    So, looks like the ambitions haven’t changed, still aiming for tenth, just in a different league.

  • 2 JamesToon // Jul 22, 2016 at 11:16 PM



  • 3 jimmysmith // Jul 22, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    I don’t see why we do necessarily need another striker, and certainly not one like McCormack, when we have Mitrovic, Gayle, Perez, Arma, Gouffran and Rivierre and are likely to play one up top, occasionally two. I guess the worry is none of them have been exactly prolific, although with the drop in standard, you’d expect Mitrovic, Gayle and Perez to each get well into double figures.

  • 4 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Good luck with the explanation. Whether he was a talent or not his head isn’t right. No incentive to play for more than 15 minutes a game, or at all in away games, and the first head to drop in any match we were struggling in. Not a loss at all since he would have copped out even more if he’d stayed. He’ll be a trivia quiz question in five years time. A tie break one maybe.

  • 5 Tsunki // Jul 22, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Well that’s me. As I go, let me leave you to imagine Sam Allardyce leading the England team out onto the pitch in their opening qualifying round of the world cup. Yes, that is what is probably going to happen, boys and girls. Don’t let it keep you awake too long though.

  • 6 lesh // Jul 22, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    We just don’t know whether this or that will happen, until the event.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Wijnaldum was told he would get a move to a bigger club if he could put up with not trying to win anything for 40/50K a week for a year or two. It worked out well for him, the….

  • 8 Average_Contents // Jul 23, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    Ghostnaldum. Never to be seen again.

    Pity moussa the slut hasn’t gone yet.

    The sooner we get shut of the wantaways the better imo.

    Let’s hope we’ve got replacements lined up though.

    Before Townsend left we were linked with Ritchie, his direct replacement but I can’t recall us being linked with any attacking midfielders before winegums departure.

    I trust rafa though so we’ll have to wait and see I suppose.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    I’m, like WW…, not ar$Ed at all by how much a player gets paid or how much we sell him for but in this instance, seeing as Rafa dropped him because he was a lazy t@#t then I think it is very good business, he probably didn’t want to be here in the first place some good riddance. As for Rafas judgement, at least if we fail at least we failed trying.

  • 10 TheBoss // Jul 23, 2016 at 2:47 AM

    Can’t see us paying the reported asking price for a 29yr old and an average one at that.. I would much rather make a decent bid for Charlie Austin or Danny Ings , the later is going to struggle for game time at LFC..
    On another note , I kind of think Rafa may shock us all with his formation this year , more so on away games but I think he may go 3-2-3-2

  • 11 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 23, 2016 at 3:06 AM

    TheBoss@10 – you are trying to engratiate yourself with Ed – Charlie Austin – goodness me. As an aside I can say that I’m delighted with Fat Sam’s appointment. I mean that sincerely, as my national allegiance is with Scotland…

  • 12 U.S Magpie // Jul 23, 2016 at 3:29 AM

    Now Danny Ings plus cash for Gini would have been a better deal. So Rafa must have something in mind if he didn’t go for that.

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