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Newcastle Edge Closer To Completing Fantastic Coup Today

12:23 pm, Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

We knew nothing about Newcastle being interested in either Mo Diame and Ciaran Clark on Sunday night, but both could become Newcastle players today – less than two days later – as Newcastle seem to be moving at whirlwind speed to get the two experienced players signed today.

There are multiple reports today that both players will have their medicals today at Newcastle and hopefully when those are successful they will both become Newcastle players.

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Mohamed Diame – a Newcastle player today?

Players don’t come in for their medical unless terms have been agreed with the player and his agent, so it seems the only thing left to complete.

It looks like the release clause in Ciaran’s contract is Β£5.1M and in Mo’s contract it’s Β£4.5M – so for a very reasonable Β£9.6M we will get two experienced Premier League players.

You cannot accuse Newcastle in this transfer window of not being aggressive and getting some very good deals for the club.

We have looked very good this summer with the way we are handling transfers both into and out of the club.

Newcastle have already brought in six good players and with Ciaran and Mo that will become eight – and we’re sure Rafa wants at least three more players to make it a full team!

This is very good business for Newcastle United.

Wonder what the status is on Anthony Knockaert.

Newcastle really need to get goingΒ and sign this player – what’s holding them up?

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Just kidding.

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

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Rumour has it that the Knockheart deal it well and trully dead in the water, which is a shame. I would have him in a heartbeat.

  • 2 RolandoOverhead // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Claims over the past few weeks that Rafa is still hoping to bring in a striker, but nothing floating about at the moment.

    Getting Ross McCormack from under the noses of Norwich and before the Fulham match would potentially be a killer move.

  • 3 G // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Still not keen on McCormack. Fulham say they will not let him go for less than the 15M release clause, which is very poor value for money in my opinion.

  • 4 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Let’s look at the bright side. Diame & clark coming in very soon. I think they are both brilliant signings.

  • 5 barkel // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Anyone think that McCormack to toon is a done deal and Fulham are waiting until after the match on Friday to give the ok? Just a feeling I have.

    On Robbie Brady, mentioned on the last post, he should not be brought in for LB. I’m 100% against that, I’d have no problem paying Β£10+ mil for him as a LW tho. He’s a goal threat with decent set pieces but he is not a defender

  • 6 SPRINGY // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    nar dont think we are willing to pay 10-15m for a nearly 30 yr old,im not so sure there will be a striker coming in as the quality for money strikers is few and far between,by the looks of things.

  • 7 tomellifred360 // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Creating a NUFC Fantasy Football League if anyone is interested.


  • 8 lesh // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    All these comings and goings in such a short period must’ve come as quite a shock to Penfold’s system. He’s probably knackered and looking forward to his holiday Blackpool or wherever.

    Bless his little cottons

  • 9 Matt // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Martoon – Thanks for doing this!

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 93
    League Cup round – 3rd
    FA Cup round – 3rd
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Perez
    No. of goals for TGS – 14

    Hope Diame rejects the Hull deal and comes to us!

  • 10 SPRINGY // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    bet he cant wait for the window to close so he can sod off on his jollies,rafa will have him knackered….bout time he earned his holiday.

  • 11 Teamstoof // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Final League Position – 2st
    Final no. of points – 86
    League Cup round – Final
    FA Cup round – 3rd
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Aarons
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 17

  • 12 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    The overrated Frenchman
    if rafa wants Clark then he must have saw something which you missed

  • 13 posada // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Not sure about these two signings.
    Not sure at all.
    Are they better than we already have. Debatable.
    So why sign them. To make the numbers up?
    We need to get a few out still that contribute very little.

  • 14 ToonRich // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    I see Brighton are close to sealing a deal for Pritchard…could that pave the way for AK to leave for us? πŸ™‚ heres to wishful thinking!!

  • 15 lewisnufc // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:51 PM


    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 95
    League Cup round – quater final
    FA Cup round – 5th round
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Lascelles
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 22

  • 16 firebug666 // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    I honestly think this is good business by Rafa. He is bringing in players who can play in more than one position, and have experience in the premier league and the championship.

    Last season things were so bad we had kids filling the bench up, and even making a cameo due to injuries and suspensions.

    We have a lot more games to play this season, in a difficult and more physical league, I think Rafa is just making sure we have enough players with enough quality in the championship to leave the kids to their development.

  • 17 Spotlight Kid // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:59 PM


    Final League Position – 4th
    Final no. of points – 86
    League Cup round – Quarter Final
    FA Cup round – 3rd
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Perez
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 17

  • 18 PK-Norway // Aug 2, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Is this what Rafa saw too?

  • 19 martoon // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Anybody fancy any of these

    I quite like the fullback from Atletico Madrid πŸ˜€

  • 20 mad-serb // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Afternoon all

    Been a while and a lot of changes. Just shows you what a change for the better can do for the atmosphere. We actually arguing about the quality off singing we are getting for a chance instead of just being happy to buy someone.

    Good Business so far, and seems that Rafa will continue with his rotation policies of old, and therefore depth will be key in this season with a minimum of 48 games already. Maybe 60 with some cup runs included.

  • 21 barkel // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:05 PM


    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 96
    League Cup round – Last 16
    FA Cup round – 4th round
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 22

  • 22 ayecanny // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Clark is a great signing in my opinion, takes it from Villa, can play left back and centre back. will be useful this season.

  • 23 totsy // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:12 PM


    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 97
    League Cup round: 5th
    FA Cup round: 5th
    Player of the Season (Blog): Lascelles
    Top goal scorer (TGS); Perez
    No. of goals for TGS: 19

  • 24 Legolas // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I have read the blog for a number of years now but never commented. Looking forward to the start to the season on Friday and like most I am obtimistic about our chances in getting promoted. Hope I am not let down. Ha ha.

    Hi martoon,

    Can I join in on the predictions or am I to late ?

  • 25 NUFCPaul // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    People wondering about McCormack not signing before the Fulham game on Friday – selling teams sometimes put in a clause that their player can’t play against them either for the first game they meet, or sometimes even in the first season. Stops their player coming back to haunt them later on.

  • 26 roblee7 // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:28 PM


    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 104
    League Cup round : Quarter Finals
    FA Cup round: 5th Round
    Player of the Season (Blog): Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS: 24

  • 27 spaghetti bandit // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:28 PM


  • 28 expatmag // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Final League Position: 1st
    Final No.of points: 92
    League Cup Round: 5th
    FA Cup Round: 4th
    Player of the Season: Diame (if he signs) Lascelles (if not)
    Top Goal scorer (TGS): Mitrovic
    No.of goals for TGS: 18

  • 29 mickybraham // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:41 PM


    Final League Position: 1st
    Final No.of points: 107
    League Cup Round: 4th
    FA Cup Round: 1/4 Final
    Player of the Season: Gayle

    Top Goal scorer (TGS): Gayle
    No.of goals for TGS: 25

  • 30 bettyswallocks // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:44 PM


    My player of the season is Ritchie. Thanks

  • 31 SuperShearer // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    @NUFCPaul – I’m pretty sure those clauses are not legal in the game. Could be wrong but seem to remember a club trying to put it in a few years back and the FA telling them they couldn’t. It would be a nightmare to enforce such things.

  • 32 Our Toon // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Excellent signings, both good value for money and what Diame is what we should be paying for a 29 year old. Mccormack is way over priced, desperate times if we pay 15m or even 12m for someone like him

  • 33 Fostino // Aug 2, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Just offering my 2 cents on Clark. Ive seen him play quite a bit.

    Here’s the pros of the deal:
    Plenty of Pl experience. Is not injury prone. Gives 100% always. Rafa can make good defenders. Can play lb…A problem position for years. Takes a key player away from our rivals villa. Competition for positions is good. All that For 5m it is not a gamble in today’s financial climate.If he can get his act together he could become a good lb in the mould of Coleman who is a very good right back.

    Makes a lot of mistakes. Very rash in the tackle. Only watch his last proper competitive outing as a player and you will see some horrendous mistakes. It was ireland vs. Belgium in the euros. Himself and o shea were dropped after for their blunders. Despite being a big lad he is only decent in the air. Willo would be better.
    Doesn’t appear to have the finesse or ability to beat a player to be a good wing back. Would be the same mould as dummett in regards being a l.b. His arrival might hinder the development of lads like mbabu and dummett. If he was bought as a cb then it makes me worry that we might lose mbemba.

    Overall it’s a decent deal. However personally I would have favoured a move for a better l.b. I worry this deal might end mean the defence is sorted.

  • 34 thatmatt // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM


    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 98
    League Cup round : Semi Finals
    FA Cup round: Quarter Finals
    Player of the Season (Blog): Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS: 21

  • 35 GloucesterGeordie // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    McCormack seems to be one to split opinions, I for one would be delighted if we got him. I know people see his price tag as steep for a 29 near 30 year old but if his goals get us promotion straight back up he’d be worth every penny. I’d rather see us spend on him and have his threat on our side than keep the money in the bank and see him go to someone else and make a push for promotion. Anybody who gets him will automatically improve their chances of being promotion challengers in my opinion.

  • 36 anthc // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Diame always looked a good player to me and could never understand him leaving whu for Hull. I know rumours were that he was sick of big head.
    Clark although no world beater is a solid singing for the championship for 5 mill. 5 mill in football these days is chicken feed as most decent players are costing around the 10 mill mark.
    As for mccormack, no thanks. I know strikers come at a premium but he’s not worth half of the 15mill being quoted and imo I don’t think he could cut it in the pl should we get there. He’s at his level which is where we don’t want to be. With gayle and Ritchie hopefully we will get the best out of mitrovic who I think will thrive this season. Here’s hoping anyway!
    4 days to go and I’m more excited for this season than I have been for the last several, can’t wait!

  • 37 Fostino // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Sels krul darlow elliott woodman

    Rb: janmaat Jesus sterry

    Cb: lascalles mbemba hanley mbabu

    Lb: Dummett clark haidira

    Dm: colback Diame anita hayden saviet

    Wingers: rithchie aarons goofy

    Am: perez de jong

    St: mitro gayle armstrong toney riverie

    With sissoko tiote thauvin expected departures. Bigi..Sammy. .vuckic not training with mean team then it’s clear to see winger and am is a problem as well as a st if the squad is to be complete.

    If we got pritchard and the Brighton winger it’ll be a good season.

  • 38 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    There seems to be a lot of people thinking that most teams will be parking buses on our pitch this season.

    If that’s the case we are going to need an AC type player, don’t know if Mitro will quite fill that bill.

    Perhaps a cheeky bid for AC himself?

  • 39 lesh // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Pritchard going to Brighton?

  • 40 JamesToon // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:44 PM


    I honestly do think Mitro will be good at that target man role as long as he keeps his cool he could terrorise defences

  • 41 firebug666 // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    So Fulham recon they will come at us all guns blazing on Friday………Bring it on!

  • 42 2_goal_tino // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    @ Fostino – you forgot Shelvey – he’s an option at AM too.

    I’m actually interested about Saivet – he was signed as a DM supposedly and certainly hasn’t impressed in the middle of the park. But he only played half a season before signing for us in that position. He has spent his whole career as an attacking midfielder/winger. Given how light of numbers we are for wingers, I imagine someone will have to fill in on the wings and it looks like it will be a combination of Janmaat, Anita, Gayle and Perez. I’d like to see Saivet get some game time on the wings – more of a ‘natural’ winger than most of those.

  • 43 firebug666 // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Toon Transfer News ?@ToonTransfer 3m3 minutes ago
    Mo Diame has reportedly arrived at the Freeman hospital for part of his medical. #NUFC

  • 44 Mr Funk // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    I see Pritchard is going to Brighton – does that mean Knockaert is available.

    Still think we need a LB

  • 45 GloucesterGeordie // Aug 2, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Fulham have said excess of Β£10 mil, I’d take him at 12. The way I see it is we need to get back up straight away and he can score the goals to get us there, if Rafa doesn’t think he’ll cut it in the prem there will be another championship club ready to buy him to lead their promotion push, even if we have to take a loss on him after one season the money we’ll be getting for promotion will make it a negligible amount

  • 46 Fostino // Aug 2, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    2 goal tino

    Well spotted.your right raga ring platers filling in on the wings. I never realised saviet was a winger/am. He certainly needs to up his game. Seems like he was a total panic buy.

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