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Christian Atsu Newcastle Loan Deal May Be Close

5:39 pm, Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 105 Comments

Sky Sports reported yesterday that Newcastle were keen on Chelsea’s 24 year-old Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu, and that Newcastle want to take him on loan for the season.

Sky Sports Keith Downie tweeted that Newcastle have inquired about the winger, but that Newcastle also had a number of other targets.

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24 year-old Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu

Here’s Keith Downie’s initial tweet yesterday.

That report has been followed up by various other reports but no new news on the potential deal.

However, Bleacher reporter Dean Jones thinks the Ghanaian International is having a medical at Newcastle tomorrow, which would be a big shock if that was true.

With Rolando Aarons injured and out for at least eight weeks, Rafa Benitez said today in his press conference for the Brighton game tomorrow, that he would need to analyze whether two wingers were now needed rather than just one.

Maybe Christian is the first one in – and certainly he is a talented player.

We’ll take this news with a large pinch of salt.

Comments welcome.



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




105 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Well lets see sounds interesting. Hope Rafa gets him to play well for us.

    Rotonda

    There is not need to stoop to any heights. Suppose you lie and wait to pounce on peoples observations of articles. Children like yourself really do need to exercise their foreskin more often, take out all that built up frustrations on something smaller and less significant than the blog.

    If you cannot add any descent response to a referral of the article other than aggressive abusive pathetic and bickering mockery, do me a favour leave me out of it.

    Thanks.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    We want your Atsu!
    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!
    Get in you Atsu!

  • 3 WWSBRD // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    gorgon
    It was a clickbait headline but there is no mention of a big signing, heck even the headline says deal not signing

    Not sure why ur so miffed by it tbh

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    I love watching Rafa dismantle the huge pile of dog droppings that Ashley and friends called a squad. I hope the Pinheads at the top get their noses rubbed in it over and over again.

  • 5 Belfast // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Gorgonzola, Big signing – it was a new contract for Rob Elliott.

  • 6 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Chris Atsu!
    Chris Atsu!
    They all fall down.

    🙂

  • 7 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Whoa if Frob has been given a new contract that’s not just like a new signing it’s a new BIG signing!

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Ashley is our Willy W@nker. He knows what stupidity is all aboot. Come on Ashley tell us how you managed to put together such a fabulous squad that we got relegated and Rafa had to get rid of 15 players! Yes it’s Willy W@nker and the Chocolate Factory all over again.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    WW…,
    He’s been displaying very strange behaviour of late

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Who else from the dog dropping pile will Rafa get shot of? I’m curious to see who it might be.

  • 11 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    So how many games am I banned for Belfast? 🙂 straight red was a bit harsh like, think I’ll appeal.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    I’m very excited aboot what we’ve achieved under Willy W@nker. He’s the man for us! Well done Willy!

  • 13 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Gorgons been landed with surprise overdraft charges. Or the car wash lads forgot to clean his number plate lights. Or his favourite wellies have just started to leak. I’m just guessing. Some things up though.

  • 14 Belfast // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Playing the man not the ball – 3 game ban.

  • 15 Belfast // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    And the plug gets pulled on you.

  • 16 Ian Toon // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    You called Buster!

  • 17 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Oh the man and NOT the ball ah that’s where I went wrong. it’s a fair cop.

  • 18 Jib // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    The early game tomorrow (Liverpool at WHL) will have me paying special attention to Wijnaldum’s perfomance.
    His display against Spurs away last December was a rare highlight for him.
    He played a vital part in Perez’ extra time winner.
    So far he has been quite lacklustre for the bindippers.

  • 19 ShirebrookToon // Aug 26, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    I’m not sure on this one. He failed to impress on loan at Everton and didn’t feature at all for Bournemouth. So what’s that tell us

  • 20 Belfast // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Them’s the rules Ian.

  • 21 SPRINGY // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    shirebrook
    i think its lack of options now at this late stage and with aarons injury.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    What do people think our Magnificent Management group do while Rafa actually builds a squad capable of competing in the Champs? Do they sit around and reminisce about their mighty achievements in football?
    Graham: “My God Mike, the deals we’ve pulled off together. No wonder you gave me an 8 year contract.”
    Mike: “That’s right Graham. I couldn’t have done it without you. And Lee has been right in the mix as well haven’t you Lee?”
    Lee: “What’s that boss? Oh, yes whatever you say boss. Should I wash your car again now?”

  • 23 Belfast // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Could probably bend the rules in this case..

    Pull the plug – pull the trigger.

  • 24 stuart no9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Not too sure about all these young loan signings coming through the door . I’m starting to worry a bit about goals . We need some pkayers in who can get us up, at the minute we are struggling. Now with losing our 2 strikers , I must admit I’m fearful for tomorrow . I’m going for 1-2

  • 25 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Belfast Yer Man’s here.

  • 26 Harley // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Would’ve preferred Matt Phillips.

  • 27 ShirebrookToon // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Springy

    His injury has left all the more desperate for a Winger now

  • 28 Jib // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Happy days – we thought SM had cracked it !

  • 29 Jib // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Talk about false dawns – sheesh !

  • 30 nufc786 // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    http://scoutnation.forumfree.it/?t=70305042

    The story of Achraf Lazaar,

    Palermo left-back, could be used as a spot for the integration between different cultures. The Lazaar family, Moroccan, has landed in Italy in 2003 and, more specifically, in Varese. Here, the boy, who was playing at home in Raja Casablanca, began to tread the Italian courts with Varesina (club series D), before moving in 2008 to Varese. With the red and white shirt made ??whole rigmarole to the first team with which he made ??his debut in the 2012/2013 season. In January this year it moved to Palermo, with which, after winning the Serie B, is set to debut in A.

    STRENGTHS
    small player and extremely agile, Lazaar makes the race his best weapon. When part along the strip, it becomes impossible to take, because in possession of a scorching shot, which leaves in place its opponent. Very skilled technically, makes precise cross that become authentic manne for attackers. . It can also cover all the roles on the left wing, also to external attack (position where he played early in his career).

    WEAKNESSES
    Lazaar must perfect their final phase. For one with its own characteristics, the fact that he scored just one goal in his career (in Italian Cup against Pontisola) is an insult. It has the qualities to do a lot better. Another dowry improve is the defensive aspect. Laszaar is primarily a push-back and this leads him sometimes to “forget” his duties under cover. From this point of view, Iachini is catechizing very Moroccan, to allow it to better address the pitfalls of Serie A.

  • 31 firebug666 // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    From The Chronicle

    Benitez told the Chronicle: “We have different options.

    “I will have 20 players, with Manu Riviere, Adam Armstrong, Ayoze, Yoan Gouffran and Mo Diame all as options up front.

    “Then we have to decide. We will leave two players out.

    “We have five options in attack and we must manage with them.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rafa-benitez-reveals-five-striking-11806014?

  • 32 Graeme // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Further info on this –

    http://ghanasoccernet.com/christian-atsu-will-love-to-work-under-master-tactician-rafael-benitez

  • 33 nufc786 // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    https://worldfootballreport.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/scout-report-christian-atsu/

  • 34 Ron Knee // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    786

    That’s some translation!

  • 35 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Reading English like that saves on recreational chemicals. 🙂

  • 36 Jib // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    nufc786
    Who wrote that ?
    His brother ?
    His dad ?

  • 37 nufc786 // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Ron Knee

    yup this is the original link http://www.fantacalcionews.com/alla-scoperta-di-lazaar-difensore-del-palermo/

  • 38 Belfast // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    It sounds a decent player.

  • 39 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    I hope he’s all right after the catechism.

  • 40 WWSBRD // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    JfA
    gorgon has been? Can’t say I’ve noticed a difference from how he has always been tbh

  • 41 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Sorry I hope IT is alright

  • 42 nufc786 // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    http://www.goalscout.com/video/14506/lazaar-si-disimpegna-alla-grande-contro-salah/

    Lazaar against Salah

  • 43 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Thats pretty skimpy video evidence even for WiseVision 😀

  • 44 nufc786 // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Tsunki
    Looks quite pacey though

  • 45 Jib // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Obertan was quite pacy too !
    🙁

  • 46 nufc786 // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Achraf Lazaar ? Overall ? 2015/2016 ? | HD | AlmarssadPro

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCqZugwnD4Y

    some more Wise Vision

  • 47 WWSBRD // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Jib
    Obertan could of done a job in the Champ I reckon if he’d of stayed for that is

  • 48 WWSBRD // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Fit not for

  • 49 lochinvar // Aug 26, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Knock Knock
    who’s there ?
    Atsu
    Atsu who ?
    Atsunner be at Newcastle than Chelsea

  • 50 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Christian Atsu sounds like a Magician and his assistant.

  • 51 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    I dunno Yo I think even championship players would have sussed his headless chicken routine and ushered him to the corners. I once saw him put in a decent cross into the box though. Once.

  • 52 Ibizatoon // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    ‘ATSUnough of the wordplay please!

    Loving that translation above (or below if you’re on the mobile site…don’t let it be said that I don’t think of everyone).

    “When part along the strip, it becomes impossible to take, because in possession of a scorching shot, which leaves in place its opponent.”

    Sounds very dramatic. Even if it doesn’t make sense. I suppose it reminds me of me. Dramatic and doesn’t make sense 😉

  • 53 Ibizatoon // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Tsunki…Hold fire, yo hasn’t told us what job he could have done in the championship yet.

    Yo?

  • 54 Jib // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    http://news.sky.com/watch-live

    This is quite a handy resource

  • 55 sobadithurts // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    I weep for the whole sorry lot of you.

  • 56 geordie157 // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Is lazaar any good? Never heard of him, not even stumbled across him on footy manager

    Atsu on loan with option to buy would be alright but he seems more of a back up option, we need a left sided Matt Ritchie.

    I see Brighton got Duffy, they a building a very strong squad there and Hughton probably deserves more credit than he gets.

  • 57 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Perhaps we are going to get another Chelsea reject similar to Lukaku and DeBruyne, be great so long as we get to keep him.

    I’d bet that Bigi becomes a very good player under Mowbray.

    And as for the analysis of Elliot in an earlier thread, I couldn’t believe how negative it was. You have to wonder if the culprit ever watches games.

  • 58 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Wonder if Duffy will get a game on Saturday, be great if he scores a hat trick, for us!! 🙂

  • 59 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    On Lazaar,

    In YouTube highlights (I know, not really a reliable source) he seems very attack minded and comfortable on the ball. Very different to Dummett, a good option to have in different games. In games where we need a tighter defence you play Dummett and in attacking you play Lazaar. I would be very happy with this signing.

  • 60 bettyswallocks // Aug 26, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Sobad………… I hope your tears are very salty and make you eyes really sore.

  • 61 geordie157 // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Burton beating Derby, Derby look lethargic and maybe Pearson not freshening things up a bit will be their downfall.

    Norwich closing on Nelson Olivera, I like him but he just doesn’t score enough goals.

  • 62 Rotonda heights // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    gorgon

    how can you stoop to heights? how does that work?

    Calling out jail over his mum is pretty childish don’t you think? Perhaps you should examine your own vile rhetoric (sexual inferences included) before playing the victim.

    I don’t really like taking on such an unarmed man in a battle of wits.

  • 63 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Burton look like a very good team, be tough to beat at home at least on their showing so far.

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    sobadithurts,
    I hope your tears taste like coffee revels and you can’t help but swallow them.

  • 65 bettyswallocks // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Sobadithurts……….. Try rubbing your eyes with lemon juice or vinegar. That should help to dry your tears up.

  • 66 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Don’t cry for us sobadithurts. We are not worthy. Accept the fact that we are hopeless and move on. Ermm what did we do to deserve your tears again?

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    sobadithurts,
    Get some Deep Heat and try rubbing a little bit of that in to the corner of each eye, it’ll make you forget about crying.

  • 68 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Ahhhhh!!!! Wait just a hairy minute here! Atsu is another 5’8″ player! What is going on? Is this some kind of cruel hoax? How can every player we go after be 5’8″ tall? It’s a conspiracy. Is Lee Charnley 5’8″ tall? That must be it. He wants a team of Charnley clones!

  • 69 bettyswallocks // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Sobadithurts…….. If the deepheat doesn’t have the desired affect you could always try sulphuric acid.

  • 70 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Why are you lot ganging up on one person, what have i missed.

  • 71 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Quite worried for us now with both Mitro and Gayle out. Especially Gayle. He has been a force for us already this season.

  • 72 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    This is no time to get compassionate welshie. Can’t you see we’re busy ganging up on someone here? Harrumph……

  • 73 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    With Gayle and Mitrovic missing tomorrow, be happy with a draw, it’s going to be a hard match.

  • 74 bettyswallocks // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Sobadithurts…….. That’s over reacting surely. No need for a grown man to cry on the bus!

    http://www.teamjimmyjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Face-Crying.jpg

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    A lot of you have been begging me for more Muskrat Love on here. Well, you’re not getting it. You just don’t deserve it lads.

  • 76 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    GeotdieTwo

    I’m just saying that’s all, big brother is watching.

  • 77 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Apparently he’s sneered at while on the bus as well judging by the look on that young lad’s face?

  • 78 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Look, welshie we really don’t have time to gang up on you right now. Can you come back later or tomorrow? Of course tomorrow is the match. But still, this isn’t a good time for us welshie…..

  • 79 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Day 48 in the big brother house, 10.45 am, GeordieTwo is shoving a honey badger up is …………………….

    Ha ha ha

  • 80 bettyswallocks // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Welshie……. Try one of your jokes on him . If that doesn’t stop his weeping nothing will.

  • 81 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    The thing about reality TV is that it rots your brain welshie. Read a book, go see some live music or get oot of the hoose and down to your local. Much better for you.

  • 82 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    I’m sure the welsh lasses want to rip your thong off and have their way with you welshie. But not if you’re sitting around watching telly.

  • 83 bettyswallocks // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    G2………… No they don’t , he’s been blarn oot the neet.

    http://ezee.se/funnies/final_images_uploaded_folder/G5i90.jpg

  • 84 geordie157 // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Burton will cause teams problems, Derby however look poor, they really miss Thorne and Hendrick

  • 85 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    That’s the old welshie you see there bettys mate. He’s working with some new comedy material now. It drives them wild. Wild and wooly that is……

  • 86 Sazzer // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Keith Downie ?@SkySports_Keith
    Rafa Benitez hinted that he needs two more wingers before the deadline now that Aarons is out injured.

    This is good news because Atsu is another late loan gamble on struggling player with talent.

  • 87 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    can always count on g2 for some levity …

  • 88 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    I was just pulling your plokers about the Muskrat Love lads. Here it is:
    And they whirled and they twirled and they tangoed
    Singin’ and jinglin’ the jango
    Floatin’ like the heavens above
    It looks like muskrat love
    Just go out there and jingle your jango welshie mate. The lasses will come a runnin’.

  • 89 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    What’s that dok mate? Levity? That’s got something to do with floating away doesn’t it? I’m not having any of that…. Harrumph!!!

  • 90 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Broken pencils are pointless.

  • 91 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Four fonts walk into a bar. The barman says “Hey get out! We don’t want your type in here!”

  • 92 lochinvar // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Remember a James Tavernier ?

    http://www.talkingbaws.com/2016/08/video-james-tavernier-scores-pretty-amazing-free-kick-rangers-kilmarnock/

  • 93 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    What exactly is a ploker anyway?

  • 94 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Dok mate, did I mention I’ve missed you?

  • 95 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    They’re calling him Jimmy Tav now are they lochinvar mate?

  • 96 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Can we all agree that every game will be a hard match and there is no need to keep repeating the same statement?

  • 97 davis_toons // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Newcastle bid Bastian Schweinsteiger for loan paying part of his wasges…i was just saying that would be nice.

  • 98 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    No, no we can’t do that Lindisfarne mate. And can I add that I believe each and every match will be quite difficult for us?

  • 99 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Of course if everything repeation was filtered like a duplicated posted comment, then we would never hear from GeordieTwo.

  • 100 Belfast // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    It’ll be a hard game tomorrow so it will.

  • 101 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Damn….’every repetition’ – you get the gist. 😉

  • 102 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    I’m off since I think I’ve already driven you all quite mad this evening. And I’m taking my ploker with me….

  • 103 GeordieTwo // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    I have some new material that I will be introducing soon Lindisfarne mate. You’re going to be very excited.

  • 104 Belfast // Aug 26, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    That guy Haller we’re after scored tonight.

  • 105 bettyswallocks // Aug 26, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Rafa has announced he would like two new wingers. If he wants two new whingers there’s a few around on here.




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