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Brendan Galloway Loan Deal Is Being Held Up

6:59 pm, Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

At the beginning of the week it looked like Brendan Galloway could be signed on Tuesday on loan for the season and still have enough training with the squad to be able to be in contention for the game on Saturday at home to Huddersfield.

But we have heard very little about the deal over the last two days with the Chronicle reporting the deal could be tied up until next week.

It looks like after Everton sold John Stones to Manchester City for a completely ridiculous £47.5M they then signed Swansea City 31 year-old center-back Ashley Williams, but paid out £12M for him – an excellent deal for the south Wales club.


Brendan Galloway – coming on loan – we hope

£12M for a player who turns 32 later this month – the Premier League clubs are going bonkers this summer with paying out too much money for players.

Then Everton were after 27 year-old Lamine Kone, the Sunderland center-back signed from Lorient only last January for around £5M, and he was on the verge of joining Everton for a big fee, said to be around £18M.

A £13M profit in seven months – a good deal if you can get it.

But that potential move has stalled and not surprisingly the Sunderland fans want him to stay, but apparently Sunderland have not followed through on a new contract offer, after his excellent form last season which helped save the Black Cats.

So it looks like the Galloway deal has been put on hold until Everton can either sign Kone or bring in at least one new defender.

Everton are not in particularly good shape with new boss Ronald Koeman saying today they are only 70% ready for the season kickoff on Saturday – when they are at home to Tottenham.

That could be pure bluster, but Koeman seems to be worried about the fitness of his players.

And with Seamus Coleman injured he seems to want to keep Brendan Galloway until he is certain there are enough defenders at the club for cover.

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76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    I’m not against bringing Galloway in but I worry about bringing too many young’uns into the lineup. I would go with Anita at RB and Gamez at LB to start against Huddersfield. Good, experienced players.

  • 2 Belfast // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Doesn’t really make any sense. Galloway is a left back and Kone is a central defender.

  • 3 Belfast // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    They’ve got Baines Garbutt and Oviedo.

  • 4 Belfast // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    All left backs.

  • 5 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Give Mbabu a chance

  • 6 bettyswallocks // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Great battling performance from GB rugby sevens to beat South Africa.

    Gold medal coming up against Fiji hopefully.

  • 7 bettyswallocks // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Jib…… Did you say you played rugby at a decent level?

  • 8 Graeme // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Looks like we are after Lorenzo Insigne after all!!

  • 9 beermonkey // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM


    hasnt mbabu gone out on loan??

  • 10 Jib // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    bettyswallocks // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:26 PM
    Jib…… Did you say you played rugby at a decent level?
    Many moons ago

  • 11 BeeGuy // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    How come I knew this “signed, sealed and all but delivered deal” would go sour?

    I’d give Gamez and Mbabu a chance first, and see how Haidera does when he comes back.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    -I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Don’t think we will get anymore players in.

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    -I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

  • 15 bettyswallocks // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Jib ….. Did you watch the sevens?

  • 16 Jib // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Maybe you are thinking of Ivan Toney who went to Shrewsbury earlier this week

  • 17 Jib // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    We have house guests at the mo’ .
    The only Olympics I have seen was the diving last night

  • 18 Jib // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Or did you mean the Singha prem final on ITV which I’ll watch later on catchup so don’t spoil it !

  • 19 bettyswallocks // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Jib…….. Final tonight at 11.00pm uk time.

  • 20 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:09 PM


    Evening mate.
    If he has then that was done quiet.Would give the lad a chance to shine mate if I’m honest. Its just a shame he seems injury prone like Hadaira. Otherwise maybe we could sort the mess out at left back

  • 21 bettyswallocks // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    It’s on bbc one at 11pm. Not to be missed. We have a real chance of gold.

  • 22 lochinvar // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Sky confirmed Thauvins move – is this old news . Anyway deal is done.
    Newcastle have confirmed that Florian Thauvin has completed a season-long loan move to Marseille.
    The French club also have an obligation to make the move permanent for the 23-year-old at the end of the season.
    Thauvin joined Newcastle last summer but failed to make an impact at St James’ Park before heading back to Ligue 1 in January.

  • 23 beermonkey // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM


    how r u

    i read it on here
    maybe som1 can confirm or deny if mbabu has gone out onloan

    jib have u a link with this info on it

  • 24 Jib // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:39 PM


    The only time Kevin has been on loan was to Rangers feb/2/2015 to June/1/2015

  • 25 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:43 PM


    Good at moment thank you… Yourself ??


    Marseille have at last officially announced both Cabella and Thauvin. Two off the books and hopefully another two in.
    This Insigne bid seems a bit far fetched even by Rafa standards. I see Bony is available as well from City

  • 26 JAMSHA // Aug 11, 2016 at 8:52 PM


  • 27 Jib // Aug 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM

  • 28 Nufc-83 // Aug 11, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Cant see Insigne coming to us that must be rubbish!!

    Also just to set expectations before we get a million posts on Saturday asking about links (and so i cant wind people up to the point of suicide) THERE WILL BE NO LINKS FOR THE GAME ON SATURDAY AS NOBODY IN THE WORLD IS SHOWING THE GAME LIVE!!!!!

  • 29 Nufc-83 // Aug 11, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    So with that being said can i ask a blogger from this board to do everyone a great favour and Periscope the game (taking a large battery back up).

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Sorry, had to head out. I am perfectly happy with a 4231. People complain about it being defensive, but a formation can be anything. It is the system, style and mentality that do that.

    At NUFC we have had people who use a 4231 more like a 451.Which is why to gets such a bad rap on here. It can also be used as a 424, a 433 and be very offensive, whilst still offering cover and enabling high pressure points.

    I think the issue is without Mitro, we don’t have anyone capable of playing as the ‘1’, given the rest of the squad. If we had more guile, then Gayle and Perez could. We don’t though, and Rafa’s transfers haven’t altered that.

    Given our availability for the weekend, I’d stick with 4231, but in possession it is a 424. The 4 attacking being from Perez, Arma, Aarons, Gayle and Ritchie. Benitez, historically, loves a deep playmaker, I think that was the role Colback was assigned last week. He can’t do it. I think to fit this division and the squad he will sacrifice that for Diame’s athleticism and power, particularly whilst Mitro is out, and given the options.

    Too much attention is put on formations, rather than how the game is played within them.

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Mbabu isn’t a left back. Dummet was the best left back ever after a couple of games. So was Huntington. So was Edgar.

    I made exactly the same point when Dummet first broke through and he was getting praised left, right and centre.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    To put it better, we have had people at NUFC who use a 4231 because it is/was fashionable. Not because they knew how to use it.

  • 33 jimmysmith // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    The time it’s taking to get the squad finalised and then bedded in to Rafa’s tactics is a bit of a concern for a side and club that can little afford a slow start. It’s likely gonna take ten games, and might well leave us at a disadvantage, particularly with the weight of expectation on this season. Lot of pressure, and we’ve seen all too often how poorly the players can be affected by it. Rafa is no doubt privately still seething at Mitrovic, who appears to be being sorely missed.

  • 34 simon376 // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    I’m no expert, but when saying no chance of a link for Saturday as not being shown live anywhere, there is a highlights show on channel 5, so it has to be filmed so they can pick what bits to show, so might be a link somewhere

  • 35 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Yeah, the fact that we are sill talking another few players is a worry. I think Rafa will be seething about Mitro, but I also think he probably has to take some blame there. Mitro isn’t dirty per sé, but he is over enthusiastic and eager. Mitro had been left out for Cisse, despite having done a good job. He was over eager to make his mark, and he made it in a positive way and a negative way against Spurs. He will be crucial this year (signings dependant) and Rafa’s man management of him will be a huge part of how we do this year.

  • 36 expatmag // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Really want Fiji to win this. Never won a medal at the olympics before. I was in Fiji during the last world cup. Wonderful place, wonderful people

  • 37 jimmysmith // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    This group isn’t as good as the one that went down and that’s a bit of a worry too. You have to spend money to stand still. That’s never been truer than now, with the game awash with cash, and currently we are running a surplus.

    We’ve lost Townsend, Widjnaldum, Cisse, Collocini, Taylor and apparently Tiote and Sissoko, and replaced them with Ritchie, Hayden, Gayle, Diame, Gamez, Clark and Hanley, not bad players, and perhaps giving the squad more balance, but all in all not by any means better, and of course it’s not just this season that we are concerned with, and we won’t have the spending clout of established epl sides should we go back. The unavoidable result of relegation perhaps, but a large problem nonetheless.

  • 38 Blofal // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    When we bring in Galloway I am 100% sure Rafa will sell Haidara.

    His plan quite obviously is to have 2 specialised players in every position but he is also clearing out injury prone and non first team players.

    Whilst I can see the potential in Haidara he is constantly injured. Rafa would much rather have Galloway and Dummett competing and send Haidara back to League 1.

  • 39 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Lilo, I agree with your take on Mitrovic and Rafa’s handling of him and Cisse. Got it wrong in my view. And I see we could have taken Kone for next to nothing – on loan at least – in January. But Charnley didn’t have the wherewithal to make it happen. How is this serial failure still in the job?

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Considering Jamie Sterry had a very good pre season it should be him and Galloway, sell dummett and Haidara.

  • 41 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Ritchie for Townsend is fine, I honestly think we have got the better deal there. Gayle for Cisse, Gayle offers more options, a better striker/finisher? Probably not. Clark, Hanley, Gamez for Saylor and Colo – Probably up on that, even though Colo is probably still the best centre half of the 4. Gamez was on the bench in the Champions League Final though so he swings it. Just.

    Then we have Diame who is surely a straight replacement for Sissoko. More end product historically. Better? I’d say minus the hype, they are pretty similar. Don’t want to get in another Sissoko discussion with you though, we both know where we stand on that! Tiote over Hayden (and any other defensive mid) if we could get him interested and focussed.

    Wijnaldum is the big loss. Yes, he was hit and miss last season, but he was the only genuine class act at the club. 11 goals in his first season, out of position, in a relegated side? Not bad. It will be interesting to see how he does at Liverpool. If he plays, he will get goals. But Klopp won’t accept lack of effort and work rate, and that could be his downfall.

  • 42 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Might be for the best we get rid of Colback and Anita, we need height and strength.

  • 43 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    That Kone admission from McClare is baffling. We were offered him for virtually nothing and said no??? Weird. Carr and McKay are supposedly good friends, which makes it even weirder. Not enough time to make a decision? There is a rabbit off there, and McClaren isn’t telling the full story.

    Is Haidara going to be fit before the window closes? Not sure who would buy him at this stage. He may well be out of the picture, but a sale might be pushing it.

    Sterry where? He is another right back. Why get rid of two left backs just cause a right back had a decent pre season?

  • 44 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    I wouldn’t get rid of either of them. They are solid squad players. We need creativity, but getting rid of solid back ups – given the number of players that have left and are allegedly leaving – isn’t the way forward. Yes we need more, but those two are both good enough fora title push at this level.

  • 45 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    He can play right back or left back and he’s done more in pre season than dummetts done in a whole season.

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    I think Charnley is still in a job because he worked to his remit last year. I don’t think either him or Carr are as inept as they are made out to be. Both were given too much authority and were promoted above their level, but that was not their fault, and was a cheap move by the man who oversaw it all whilst claiming to have no involvement!

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Dummetts not consistent and Haidara never plays so why the frig would you want to keep them.

  • 48 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    When has Sterry played left back? Not whenever I’ve seen him, or from any reports I’ve read! Very much a right back. Our young left back is Liam Gibson, who was brought into squads under Rafa last season.

    Dummet is okay, no more than back up for a top half Prem side, but an okay full back for a team who is needing to be solid defensively. Probably why Burnley are interested. He is okay for the Prem, but if we really want to take the game to the opposition then we do probably need more. Galloway would certainly offer that for a season, then move for Tierney after promotion!

  • 49 Fostino // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Dummett is a better cb than he is lb. But with clark signing he’s prob seen as a lb in benetiz eyes

  • 50 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    There’s too many teams in the championship that’s got stronger midfielders than Colback and Anita, they don’t cope with strength and pace, it showed that against Fulham, that’s why i think we need a change to help Hayden and Diame.

  • 51 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    I’m sure Sterry played in one of the friendlies as a left back.

  • 52 tequilamag // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Welshie @50 jibbed this

    Colback 13th

  • 53 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Not saying either should start, but both are more than capable at this level, and most of our rivals would be very happy to have them in their squad. Both were used incorrectly against Fulham. Colback a deep play maker, and Anita a right winger/wide midfielder. Hayden had a good game, hopefully he keeps it up, Diame will offer physicality and drive.

    A lot depends on Rafa really. All our midfielders can do a job, but most are mainly effective in certain roles. The pairings will be the important thing. Picking any 2 of Hayden, Tiote, Colback and Anita is a fairly negative selection, but none are bad individuals. Particularly in the Championship. Only Diame and Shelvey (Sissoko whilst here) offer variety.

  • 54 Fostino // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Colback is def only a squad plater for me. Simply not effective enough. Danny Guthrie did better than colback. His presence or lack of it in the midfield only lead us to relegation in truth. Anita too in consistant for me too. Had a decent pre season but a poor outing against fulham. In regards gus best position..He’s a jack of all trades but master of none. Squad player as well me thinks. Can we afford to carry a player that goes missing so much in games. Diame and 2 other in the midfield. ..Be it tiote hayden shelvey etc

  • 55 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Maybe he did. That doesn’t make him a left back though. Anita played, and did well, right wing in pre season. He isn’t a right winger though.

  • 56 Fostino // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Diame and 1 other in cm was what I meant to say

  • 57 tequilamag // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Lilo hit it on the head we have a boatload of CM and none of them really stand out.Hayden/Colback, personally I don`t see a great leap in quality.
    This is an area of the pitch food enough for this level, It`s up top we are still short

  • 58 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Guthrie was a different player to Colback. Almost a cross between Colback and Shelvey. I liked him.

    Rafa has bought a few jack of all, master of none this summer, so I think that will play in Anita’s favour.

    Both are squad players, but valuable squad members this season at least.

  • 59 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    I don’t know just got a feeling colback and anita are going to struggle in the championship if I’m proved wrong then i will hold my hands up, just last week against Fulham they didn’t impress me.

  • 60 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    We lack creativity for me, and back up/upgrade for Mitro. We looked pedestrian against Fulham. We need a bit more creativity, or Rafa needs to allow more attacking intent within his selection.

    Tactics against Huddersfield will be very interesting, and telling for how Rafa intends to move us forward.

  • 61 jimmysmith // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    I think all the players have been a loss, because the context of this season is so different to last, most notably the drop in standard and that we have Rafa from the word go, but also because players like Cisse and Collocini would not only have been good in this league, but they would have been coming off contract just as we’d be looking to strengthen and better placed to do so with greater success.

    I’d have preferred Collocini, Cisse and Tiote on one year deals to Hanley, Hayden and Gayle on 4 and 5’s. Widjnaldum and Sissoko would have been great to go back up with. Hasn’t happened, possibly couldn’t have happened, but I think we’d have been better off if it had.

  • 62 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Like I said, they were in unfamiliar roles. Not defending them as such, but most teams in this league would be very happy to have both.

  • 63 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Can’t believe we haven’t brought in another forward though, we’ve only got one at the moment who’s got height and strength and he’s suspended, others are short, so lumping balls up to Gayle who’s on his own against two central defenders who’s over 6ft is not going to work.

  • 64 welshgeordie9 // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Right I’m off, thanks for the chat gents.

  • 65 Belfast // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Still as knowledgeable as ever Tequila.

  • 66 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Aside from Sissoko, I’d agree. Whatever his abilities as a player, I think we would have been better off getting rid last summer as part of a rebuild. We didn’t do enough then, and that was justified by it being unrealistic to overhaul a squad in one window.

    We have done Sissoko to death though.

    Colo is probably still as good as any other centre half in the squad, but ageing and had probably had enough – as had most fans of him.

    Tiote and Cisse would have been good value to keep for a year. I was okay with Cisse going, but it meant we needed a solid and experienced striker, plus the one we already needed. Gayle’s in, jury is out on the Cisse sale until we sign or don’t sign another striker for me.

  • 67 jimmysmith // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    We didn’t lump it up to them as far as I saw. We tried to get them in through the channels and over the top and didn’t quite manage it. Problem with the runs and the delivery I suppose, although it must be remembered it was the season opener, away from home, against a side well up for it. Even so, still not good enough, and you’d think wouldn’t ever be with a midfield two of Hayden and Colback, which I doubt we’ll see much of again.

  • 68 jimmysmith // Aug 11, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Ritchie and Gamez would have been excellent buys even we’d have stayed up. I do acknowledge that.

  • 69 manxpie // Aug 12, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    I can’t believe people are talking about LB’s we need a LW and have done for years I just hope the aarons deal isn’t a sign that we ain’t getting one as we certainly can’t rely on him
    for me the defence is sorted easily strong enough and finally some depth
    the main worry is attacking we need another striker and a winger at least 2 wingers if possible
    I’ve never seen this Galloway kid play but by the sounds of it on here he’s world class! So what’s so good about him? That’s to the people who want him so much?

  • 70 Graeme // Aug 12, 2016 at 1:30 AM

    Another link to Lorenzo Insigne

  • 71 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    Well done Graeme

  • 72 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Simon 376 is right and NUFC-83 is wrong.

    (Jeez I hope this isn’t seen as attacking or sneering)

    The match is on Channel 5 in highlight form on Saturday night and Sunday morning – therefore there must be cameras at the ground – ergo there WILL be a stream somewhere.

  • 73 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Two contrasting modes of behaviour
    Georginho Wijnaldum returned from holiday kept his gob shut and trained.
    He left Humphrey Nijman to earn his 10% and get him a dream move to Liverpool.

    In contrast Sissoko’s behaviour and that of his agent have earned them contempt around Europe.

  • 74 nut meg // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    I’m sick to death of him and his self importance, wish he’d just fcuk off asap!

  • 75 Spoof // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:16 AM


    That’s a very good point, it is quite possible that his gob is holding him back and preventing a transfer more than what the £35m asking price is.

  • 76 OLLY6 // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Well dummett news should come out today he was there yesterday for talks seen snap chat of him outside stadium
    But as I’m WUM I be gone

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