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Newcastle Need To Increase Their Offer To Get Striker Target

7:27 pm, Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 106 Comments

Newcastle have been linked for over a week now with 22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller.

French newspaper L’Equipe has had a couple of articles out on Newcastle’s interest, although it’s not known whether the 14 times capped French U-21 International striker (9 goals) wants to play in the Championship, although he is keen to play in England.

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22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller

After initially reporting the interest, L’Equipe later reported that Rafa had called the player personally on the phone in an effort to get him to commit to the Tyneside club.

The Newcastle manager is said to rate the young striker highly and L’Equipe has reported more than once that Newcastle’s interest is real.

There was news yesterday in Voetbal International of the Utrecht manager saying that €7M was not enough for the talented young Frenchman.

This is what Utrecht manager Erik ten Hag said in Voetbal International:

“I find €7M for Haller too little.”  “Sebastien is a player for the top.”

So if that is the offer from Newcastle, which is about £6M in today’s exchange rate, then surely we can increase the offer?

The fee should be the easiest thing to get agreement on – it’s getting the lad to commit to Newcastle in the English second division that will be the hard part.

We are not exactly short of money either, having made a £7M profit so far in this transfer window.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

106 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonces // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Bobby – I very much want to Arma succeed. The team needs good talent to come through and he seems to have passed all the tests at League 1 and the England U-19/21 whichever he is at. Especially in the championship we need a player with some real class to come out of the academy and into the first team as we can’t count on buying such a player. This new contract is a boost of confidence from Rafa. Looking forward to Arma taking the next steps! Onwards and Upwards!

  • 2 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    atsu’s a funny player in that he’s a right winger but left footed,so maybe rafa is wanting him for the left….strange though,also….whats the latest a striker can sign so he can play saturday….is it noon tomorrow?

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Either of you caught much of the youths this summer and season so far? How is Heaney getting on, I saw he got Golden Boot at the Milk Cup, which is no mean feat. He is the next one down the line that excites me. Ideally, I’d like to see him get a loan out somewhere this season, probably in Jan to the end to see how he progresses. Few months here, then few months on loan.

  • 4 Belfast // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Ian, Have you been to West Hams new stadium yet? And did you bring yer binoculars ?

  • 5 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    There’s a huge difference between a broken bone and a knackered ligament. Bones heal and are just as robust once the bone heals. The extra growth can actually make it stronger. As long as it’s a clean break it will heal perfectly. A tendon or ligament are different. They’re elastic. If, during the injury, they stretch too far, they may never have that elasticity again. Which is why they recur. They can pin them, but it won’t always help. That’s why they can end a career.
    There was a fine example in the Euro’s. Can’t remember his name, but Ireland had a player who had a double fracture twelve weeks before the Euro’s and still played. Once the bone heals, it’s just a case of getting fit again.

  • 6 Our Toon // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:37 PM


    Atsu failed at both Everton and Bournemouth on loan

  • 7 Belfast // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    The upper deck is about two miles away from the pitch.

  • 8 Our Toon // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Still penny pinching after offloading so many players

  • 9 cyprus // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Don’t know this guy though it doesn’t mean he’s no good.

    But, at 22, is he ready to perform, to lead the front line? When we got Mitro, most were delirious, but now we say it was too much to ask of a young lad.

    We need a top CF, in the 15 mil bracket. Will he come to this league? Of course, money talks. Ask some people at NUFC, and other championship teams.

  • 10 WWSBRD // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Increase our offer? When did we make an offer?

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    I think you might be thinking of Wales Joe Ledley, who was back in full training just 2 weeks after a hairline fracture early May threatened to rule him out of the Euros. He then came on in their first group match.

    Incredible stuff from him, and puts some other players to shame.

  • 12 WWSBRD // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Our Toon
    Didn’t even know he was at those clubs tbh

  • 13 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    are you not thinking of wales,former celtic player, now at palace?

  • 14 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    thats the one, lilo….could’nt remember his name

  • 15 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Lil, sadly I’m still recovering from my own injury and have only made the first team home games this season. Hopefully as I get stronger I’ll get to more academy and u23’s games. Thus, I’m unable to help you. I believe Heaney was playing at West Ham to get him a loan deal too.

  • 16 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Springy, I am indeed. Palace told him to do one. Are we not talking about him? My bad in that case. 😉

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    I’m sure you will be back at the games soon enough. Speedy recovery mate.

    We should be looking at upper League 2 or mid league 1 for him I think, but it needs to be a side that plays the game to suit his development. The change in loan rules have made some of these youth loan deals less attractive. In the past you could send players on shorter loans or recall them. New rules means that they can only come back during transfer windows, so loans are half or full season.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Now if we send them on loan and it doesn’t work, the player is stuck there until January. It means we need to be more careful in judging the clubs and managers that we send players to. That is something I’d have faith in Rafa to give due consideration to, and if it isn’t a good fit, then the layer would stay.

  • 19 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    thought he was still there tbh,jedinak was let go but may wrong may be both…..good to see arma getting a new contract,was starting to worry with the lack of chances despite our striker shortage….guess his age is against him for first team chances, but for him in another way to give him time.

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    *player would stay

  • 21 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Lil, no point sending him to mid division one clubs. He scored 20 last season for Coventry – a team cobbled together from loan deals and end of career players. He needs a lower Championship club or a Division one side pushing for promotion. I’d say lower Championship myself, because he’s already done the biz at Coventry. I see Rafa’s thinking on it, because he’s said he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on a young head by relying on him to get us promoted. Fair enough, although I don’t think he’d let anybody down once he got a run of games. Have to wait and see where ends up.

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    On Haller, I’m with Cyprus. I haven’t seen much of him, and refuse to judge a player via youtube clips, but is he what we need? Yes, a chance he will develop further and grow, but I think we need greater experience rather than another young striker. Someone who has been there, seen it and done it and can help develop the others through that.

    We have plenty of young players with potential in Mitro, Arma, Perez and to a lesser extent Gayle. So experience and a bit more nous would be handy to go with a good goalscoring record!

  • 23 cyprus // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    What happened to Sammy ameobi? He’s only like 23_24, he must be good enough for this league. A good player on his day, hard working, hard to take the ball from, could dribble unlike Obertan, and could score as spurs found out.

  • 24 Ian Toon // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Belfast- Not since they moved there. I live in east end not far away.-rail link excellent. Seems to be mixed feelings about stadium- older fans largely didn’t want to move and say it is not homely like the Boleyn. Change for the positive for me but then I am not a fan.
    Younger fans and those with kids seem to love it. Seems special travelling there- wide open areas contrast the Boleyn. Looking forward to getting an invite before we play there.

    It does seem the pitch is some distance from fans but told atmosphere is good. If they get the financial side right with extra revenue they could really kick on. Underperformed so far but early times in a new dnvironment

  • 25 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Springy, he is still at Palace, but he was told he could go before the season started. Very hot and cold player, but when he’s hot he’s boiling!

  • 26 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    I was talking about Heaney there. Arma should be at a Championship club, ir potentially Scottish Prem (club dependant). Top end league 1 would be okay, but it isn’t progression for him. A mid table Championship side would be good, and would potentially help take points off other promotion chasers.

  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Sammi struggled at Cardiff last year in the Championship. If you can get him on a good day he can be effective, but he doesn’t seem to have those days that often!

    Are you 2 talking about different players? Ledley isn’t hot and cold, but Zaha is. I think Springy is talking about Ledley and his leg break before the Euro’s, whereas Bobby is talking about Zaha following on from the last thread. He was the one told to leave and is very hot and cold….

  • 28 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    I liked Upton Park. Was a great stadium to be in for atmosphere, can’t imagine they will get that back at the Olympic Stadium.

  • 29 cyprus // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Maybe I called that one wrong. Thought he had a future, more so than his brother, whom I wasn’t keen on at all.

  • 30 lochinvar // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Harry Redknapp has backed West Ham to overtake Manchester United and Liverpool to become the “biggest club in England” after trading the Boleyn Ground for the London Stadium.

    What is Harry smoking these days ?
    Stick to cigars Harry

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Afobe how however you spell it isn’t getting a game at Bournemouth might be worth a punt

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    They have huge potential, and Bilic has built a decent squad. If they can add a top striker then they could push the big clubs close this season. Not often that you can upgrade your facilities, increase capacity, open up greater opportunities for revenue generating functions all at the expense of the general public.

    Biggest club in England? It would take a lifetime to achieve, and it’s unlikely, but there is the potential there.

  • 33 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    I was always talking about Zaha at Palace. I’m getting confused myself now. 😉
    Lil, right. Yeah, Heaney could be well suited to a first division side. I think he’s shown enough already to give division two a miss.

  • 34 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    He was apparently our number 1 strike target last Jan, so possible, but I can’t see it happening.

  • 35 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Springy was talking about Ledley as per my post @11 in reference to the player who broke his leg prior to the Euro’s and recovered.

    I thought it all seemed a bit confused!

  • 36 Toonces // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Lilo – Sorry. I live in the USA so I just hear about the younger players from others on the blog and a visit to the Chron and other Toon sites..

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    I think for Heaney the important thing is more the manager and the style of play that the club has, rather than the division at this stage. If we can get the right type of management and staff who play the right way in League 1, then great. If those criteria are best met by a league 2 side, then I’d be happy with him going there.

  • 38 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    No worries, just saw you talking about him so thought you might have been a regular there. I miss going to watch the youths play since moving away.

  • 39 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Lil, west ham being gifted that stadium should go before some sort of inquiry. It’s given them a huge financial boost and is surely in breech of some competitions ruling. Everton are equally – if not more – desperate to move, but they’ll have to pay for any new stadium.

  • 40 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    dont know if i was in the wrong there haha…got a little confusing….lilo sorted it out!lol

  • 41 BeeGuy // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Aarons has broken a bone in his foot, not his leg. If I were Rafa, I’d have him, and several others wearing high top boots with some protection built into them. Too many needless injuries from being stepped upon or twists.

  • 42 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    burnley after tiote for 2m apparently?

  • 43 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Bobby the stadium was built from Olympic 2012 allocated funds and London more than recouped it’s money.

    What do you suggest ?
    They just leave it to rot on the banks of the Thames as a home for pigeons and town foxes ?

    It was built in West Hams bailiwick – they were the obvious inheritors – their good luck – no need to have sour grapes about another clubs good fortune.

  • 44 Toonces // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    In regards to West Ham overtaking Man U or any other of the legendary big teams – it isn’t the stadium so much as building the tradition of winning. This long tradition of winning is what has allowed Man Utd to develop into a global brand. The big clubs to some extent or another have built some measure of global recognition going back over many years. Even the Toon have a recognition from the Entertainers Days and were everyone’s favorite second team. Leicester gained more recognition off of last year’s title than West Ham will get from the stadium. The stadium won’t hurt but will it help them sell West Ham jerseys in Japan? Winning and competing for the top will. Time will tell how West Ham takes advantage but I think Bilic and Payet and smart use of the TV revenues will mean more to their growth in the next few seasons than the new stadium. This is the lesson Ashley is hopefully learning now. 9 years too late though.

  • 45 John Tudor // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    mbemba off to the arseswill

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Kruls gone

  • 47 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    things seem to be speeding up…players signing-leaving,contracts,loans,rumours in and out…might be interesting one way or another tomorrow.

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    I’m glad it wasn’t offered to Mike Ashley, he’d have moved us down there in a flash and used it as a second Shirebrook.

  • 49 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Jib, how can it be sour grapes when I’m talking about Everton? Their stadium a dilapitated, but will have to pay for an upgrade. West ham didn’t. How is that right? I’ve already suggested a fair way of sorting it out. West ham should pay a reasonable amount of money – roughly the cost of a stadium – which could be distributed amongst grass roots football. West ham are splashing the cash on players, which they couldn’t have done had they paid for a new stadium.

  • 50 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    I don’t think it breaches anything. It is a great result for them, but as far as I’m aware it was an open bidding procedure for those who could afford to take it over and required it, and West Ham clearly put forward the best bid. A huge boost to them, but not something that breaches competition or requires an inquiry for me.

    No sour grapes from me that they got it, but it does give them a huge advantage when you look at other clubs who are looking to increase capacity and/or build a new stadium.

    I heard that some of the facilities for Rio are having proposals put forward to turn them into schools. Obviously that couldn’t have happened with the London stadium, but for a place like Rio, which has a lack of educational facilities, particularly for the poorer areas, it is a great idea.

  • 51 Toonces // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Please don’t sell Mbemba. Worst case loan him to Arsenal. He’s class and we need him in the promotion battle and definitely when we get back to the PL.

  • 52 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    I do like the grassroots cash idea. Maybe rather than an upfront payment they should have to remit an annual sum to grassroots based on their gate revenues and other revenues derived from the stadium. Not just for football, but for all sports in the country.

  • 53 Ron Knee // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    “Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez and are close to reaching an agreement with Valencia for centre-back Skodran Mustafi.” (The Beeb)

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Yep, it definitely seems an unfair advantage on your competitors but how would they have worked it. Had they had to pay the full cost of building a stadium they might have just not bothered or decided to have one built to their own spec in a different location and the thing would have gone unused.

  • 55 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    BBC says Arsenal are closing in on Lucas and Mastafi. Can’t see Wenger going for Mbemba if he spends c.£35million on Mustafi. Mbemba would be going as back up if they signed both, and hopefully Mbemba realises he is still better off getting regular game time at this stage.

  • 56 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Everton are moving down to the Mersey riverfront.
    They will make a fair chunk from selling their land and Liverpool council are giving them a helping hand

  • 57 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Beat me to it!

  • 58 Ron Knee // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Only just!

  • 59 Belfast // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    The advantages of having a tory baroness running your football club eh

    There’s no way she would have pulled any strings to get that cushy little deal.

    Absolutely not! 🙂

  • 60 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    The goings on with Krul are interesting. Rafa keeping his options wide open on this front, although Elliot getting a long term deal is a bit more unusual. How long did he have left?

    Is Elliot signing up as battling for the shirt for the next couple of years, and then a more experienced back up to Woodman/Sels/Darlow. We also have Woolston and Pearson coming through who are both highly rated.

  • 61 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Your’e seeing a conspiracy where none exists .
    West Ham were favourites to inherit the stadium before a sod was busted.
    You’ve got it the wrong way round Brady joined West Ham knowing what the future held.

  • 62 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    To present, only Townsend feels like a loss to me and we’ve replaced him with Ritchie.

  • 63 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Just got back to blog and yes I understand that a broken leg will heal better but it’s still going to be some time before he (Judge) gets fully fit.

    I suppose bums on seats is a good thing for later in the season (or earlier as things are going)

    I can’t see why we would want to loan Arma to a team we’re competing with (Ipswich are Championship, are they not). Be Bl**dy annoying if he went on a scoring run for them.

  • 64 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Or he could quite possibly help us if he goes on a scoring run and takes points off the likes of Derby, Brighton, Villa, Norwich and other promotion challengers in the process. Win win surely? Just don’t want him at a club that he could help fire to a position that challenges us for promotion!

  • 65 MadisonToon // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:54 PM


    Don’t see Wiijnaldum as a loss at all? I wouldn’t say that he’s been replaced. I have a feeling he would have run riot in the Championship and we need someone who can charge forward and get goals from midfield as we are going to be up against a lot of defensive tactics this season so we can’t assume our CFs are going to be supplying all we need.

    Aside from Townsend and Gini I don’t see any others that are losses though, so I do agree with you on most all of it.

  • 66 Belfast // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Aye Jib nothing to see here….

    But to see it written down in black and white confirms again what a leg-up West Ham’s joint majority owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, and canny vice-chair Karren Brady (rumoured to have got a sizeable bonus for landing the deal) have received.

  • 67 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    I’ll be crying into my beer if we sold Mbemba to Arsenal.

  • 68 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:57 PM


    I can see you are a glass half full man! 🙂

  • 69 MadisonToon // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    I think Mbemba is likely the other option to Mustafi, maybe one of many backup options. I don’t see it happening if they get Mustafi and even if they don’t, I would think Wenger would have identified more promising options.

    Maybe that’s just wishful thinking, though, as I rate Mbemba very highly and can see him being a part of our defense for a very long time.

  • 70 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Jib, in the interest of fair play, west ham also have the money from the sale of the upton park, which will be significant considering it’s location. I just feel they should have made a contribution for their ‘good fortune’ which could, as suggested, be distributed amongst grass roots.

    Belfast, where big money is involved, you can be guaranteed that palms were greased. Anyone thinking otherwise is extremely naive. But that’s not just football, it’s life in general. 😉

  • 71 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Gini is an odd one. He scored 11 goals and 5 assists in his debut season for a relegated team, that is nothing to be sniffed at. But he was also missing for a large number of games. I think he would have scored goals for us this season, probably quite a few, but at the same time when things are tough and we have to scrap for it would he have got involved, or left us with 10 men?

    Hopefully we will bring in someone for the left, and/or a central creative player that helps take his place.

    Townsend was a loss, but I think we got the better player in Ritchie, so I have no problem with that. I think for the most part, we haven’t lost anything too crucial, and all being well we won’t do. There are still gaps that need addressing before the window closes, or the squad will still have the same problems. Hopefully we get them in.

  • 72 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Ha, I’m not sure that’s how I’d be described by many people!

  • 73 GeordieTwo // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Very nice bloggery on here today. I enjoyed reading it all. My parents are coming over so I have to clean this place up!

  • 74 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    The GLC thought long and hard about leasing.
    But Manchester have such a headache with leasing the Etihad that a clean break was considered the best option.

  • 75 MadisonToon // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    He did go missing in a number of games over the course of the season, but didn’t every single player on our team? Who didn’t? I think the ‘missingness-syndrome’ that affected our team last season was due to the rot at the club, the mindset, wally and general malaise. That said, I think we hoped that Gini would not be affected by it even though everyone else was…and then when he had serious off-days as well we slated him for it because he wasn’t the savior that we wanted and desperately needed.

    That said, I think we agree that he would have been good in the Championship (probably more than good) and I would have liked to believe that his away-day problems would have disappeared in the same way I hope the funk lifts from everyone at the club.

    On current signings – I’m excited about Yedlin (as a US Men’s National team fan) and Ritchie will be a great buy. Gayle still has to convince me although he’s working on it. Not sure about Diame, but he’s got time to convince as do Clark/Hanley. Hayden already looks like a step up (a younger, more technically skilled Tiote?). I don’t know what to think about Sels.

  • 76 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Ah Geordie 2
    I need to pick your brains

  • 77 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Well the LPool fans are already slating him. So I reckon we have got the better part of the deal.

    As for Townsend I hope there is no way he comes back to us as we pass Palace on their way down the League ladder, serve him right if he ends up in the Conference with them!!

  • 78 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Jib, good luck with that then matey! 😉

  • 79 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Nope, like his away performances, complete forgot about him already. No loss.

  • 80 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    On one of my android apps I have TSN a Canadian sports network – do they ever show Euro or Brit footy ?

  • 81 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    ha ha ha

  • 82 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Just a bit of fun G2, no offence. (Not that I think you would take offence by a bit of fun) 😉

  • 83 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Yeah, everyone had there off days, but at least when some had off days they would still work and try. Gini, and as you rightly say a few others, just disappeared and left us effectively short. Yes, Gini would have got us goals, but if we can bring someone in who can create and give 100% for the cause then I think we will be better off as a team/unit, even if the flair and quality isn’t quite at the same level.

    I’m one of those fans that much prefers team players then individuals who have an abundance of talent but don’t work for the team. Obviously if you find one who has both, then your laughing.

    Anyway, I ‘m off. Been decent chat on here tonight. All the best gents.

  • 84 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Right, time to go. Thanks to one and all for blogging, very enjoyable tonight.

  • 85 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:14 PM


    Aye, modern boots are more like trainers making foot injuries more likely.

  • 86 Rafa Revolution // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Jib TSN show premier league, champions league and some European football

  • 87 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    I think we’ve huffed him Bobby

  • 88 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Thanks Rafa Rev
    Spent thisafter watching some Baseball team called the terranta bloo jays or something

  • 89 Bobbybee // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Jib, no, he’ll be back with a harrumph or two, he’s possibly feeding the badgers 😉 speak again soon.

  • 90 lochinvar // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Will Rafa risk Sissoko on Saturday with Diame ?
    That would more team keep Brighton occupied and give Perez space to work with.
    Or is Sissoko too precious an investment to risk playing ?

  • 91 SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    The “London Stadium” should have been torn down and the land sold to the highest bidder, the money should have gone back to the taxman. Thing that annoys me most is the £150m that was spent on top to turn it into a venue to watch football. At the very least the full cost of that should have been charged to West Ham.

  • 92 davis_toons // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    If this Left footed player comes in Rolando Aarons will benefit more going out on loan.

    A better view on how this player do in a game.
    Christian Atsu vs Getafe (Loan) Debut 15-16 HD

  • 93 Our Toon // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Rather enjoying watching Astra beating West ham, hopefully they can hold on

  • 94 Yo-yo // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:37 PM—including-25m-annu/

    The issue is that WHU are being heavily subsidised by the taxpayer – and this subsidy ought to be factored into the Fair Play rules in a major way. The actual subsidy is massive – they contributed just £15m – a tiny fraction of the c. £250m conversion costs, and the running costs are from the public purse – more than their £2.5m annual rent.

    JIB – you are speculating wildly here. Brady joined WHU in 2010 and cannot have known ‘what the future held’ as the outcome of the competition between Spuds and Hammers for the Olympic stadium was in no way determined until three years later.
    However, it does look a pretty shady deal and she certainly could have guessed she was on to a banker . I don’t suppose Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge, formerly tipped to be the successor Tory candidate to Boris for London Mayor, and ennobled in 2014 , would ever have used her close Tory political connections to smooth the deal done for the Stadium in her personal negotiations with Boris, just before she got her seat in the Lords.

  • 95 Our Toon // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:38 PM


    Have we not learnt anything about YouTube videos from Wise’s time here?

    Atsu is a luxury with not much end product the lad is poor

  • 96 Our Toon // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Nice a very strong West ham have been knocked out.

  • 97 lochinvar // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    It’s always a distraction but doesn’t help ….
    A powerful City group whose members manage assets worth a staggering £14tn? will on Thursday take the unprecedented step of publicly criticising corporate governance and working practices at Sports Direct International.
    Sky News has learnt that the Investor Forum, which was set up in 2013 following a review instigated by Sir Vince Cable, will make its first-ever statement following protracted efforts to engage with the high street chain’s independent directors.
    The Investor Forum’s intervention will signal a ?major escalation of hostilities between the City and the company led by controversial tycoon Mike Ashley.

  • 98 jimmysmith // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    This guy represents a gamble. Unlikely to be better than Gouffran or Rivierre. Dost would have been great, but when a player like Janmaat prefers to go to Watford it is a dose of salts. Without doubt we will be far better placed to recruit once we’ve won promotion, but a player like Haller could quite easily be more likely to hinder the reshaping than help elevate it. It’s tough to shift players you might not want if they are on decent money and long contracts, and you can’t buy if you don’t sell. Some work out, but many and often more don’t. Problem.

  • 99 jimmysmith // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:46 PM


  • 100 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Don’t you just hate it when Billionaires have a tiff ?

  • 101 lochinvar // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Harry Redknapp thinks West Ham will be bigger than Liverpool or Man Utd , based on tonight’s result he might have a long wait

  • 102 Roppa // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Another one of Joe Kinear’s cock ups! Until the bizarre Director of Football appointment of Kinear, we were on the verge of signing Douglas Teixeira from FC Twente on a free transfer. He has now signed for Sporting Lisbon with a buy-out clause of 45,000,000.00€. Unbelievable! but then again………….

  • 103 jimmysmith // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    West Ham is a clear case of publicly funded financial doping. Great for them and their fans, good club, but really, just extremely fortunate.

  • 104 Bowjaw // Aug 25, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    I’ve been looking for almost two days now in fear but haven’t seen any rumours about mbemba, apart from on this blog. Do they exist or is this down to a Mackem troll?

  • 105 Our Toon // Aug 25, 2016 at 10:07 PM


    Joe Kinnear did exactly what Ashley wanted him to do, sign on one and take the blame away from Ashley!!

  • 106 Roppa // Aug 25, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Our Toon, you could well be right, but in this instance, it is alleged that Llambias was so incensed by Kinear’s refusal to authorise the signing (after much work had been done by himself & Carr) that he himself resigned!
    But generally speaking, I agree with your understanding

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