This Would Be A Surprise Signing By Benitez

We don’t know whether Rafa has finished his incoming transfer activity for Newcastle this summer once we get Chelsea winger Christian Atsu signed, but it seems we are also favorites to sign West Brom and former Wigan winger Callum McManaman.

He’s the player while at Wigan who put in that terrible tackle in March of 2013 on newly arrived left-back Sadio Haidara, which nearly broke the Frenchman’s leg.

West-Bromwich-Albions Callum McManaman

25 year-old West Brom winger Callum McManaman

To be fair to the 25 year-old he did say this after that terrible tackle:

“I actually thought I’d won the ball cleanly and it was only afterwards when I saw the replays that I realised what I’d done.”

“It’s something I regret and, if could go back in time, I’d make sure it didn’t happen, but it did and all I can do now is work on my game and try and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Those are good words from McManaman.

Callum is struggling at West Brom since he joined them a year last January and it seems that manager Tony Pulis doesn’t rate him too highly and Callum has played just 12 times for the Baggies.

He was signed on a three-and-a-half-year contract for £4.75M and was Tony Pulis’ first signing for the club and not a good one either.

So if he’s not good enough for West Brom we are not sure why Newcastle would be interested in the Liverpudlian?

He’s available for transfer because after West Brom’s boring 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough yesterday, this is what Pulis said:

“I expect McManaman to leave. We’ll get our money back on him.”

So he would cost £4.75M.

Callum does meet some requirements for Newcastle since he’s played in the Premier League and spent two full seasons with Wigan in the Championship from 2013-2015.

He’s played a total of 67 Championship games with 10 goals and according to the Chronicle he’s been on Rafa’s radar this summer as a possible signing for Newcastle.

He’s played 36 Premier League games with two goals, so we suppose Rafa may see something in him and could make him into a better player than he is at the moment.

Newcastle have already brought in 11 players and 24 year-old Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu is reported as ready to join Newcastle imminently.

The question is whether Rafa wants to bring two new wingers before Wednesday night  since Rolando Aarons is out for a least 8 weeks with a broken foot.

And we still have Moussa Sissoko at the club and time may be running out for the Frenchman to leave for a top Champions League club, with no club seemingly willing to fork out £35M for the midfielder.

But we would still be very surprised if Rafa brings in Callum McManaman.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #1

    So if he’s not good enough for West Brom we are not sure why Newcastle would be interested in the Liverpudlian.

    Erm perhaps because we are in the Championship ?

  • Termijn

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Ravel Morrison would be an interesting one. Very talented player I’ve heard, just has attitude problems. Perhaps Benitez could tame him? It would certainly be a gamble.


    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3


  • EllaGuru

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    According to SSN, Hendrick looks to be on his way to Hull. I fear that could be a bad move for him, as in all reality, Hull are going to struggle later in the season due to the size of their squad, and the inevitable injuries they will incur.

    I think Hendrick could really do a job for us in the middle of the park.

  • JamesToon

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Tiote failed his medical according to Turkish reports

  • Termijn

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    – Potentially bad for squad harmony
    – Average player
    – Would likely look to sell if we get promoted, if we can sell him.

    – No effect on squad harmony
    – Unsure on ability but potentially quality
    – Don;t have to keep if it turns out hes rubbish

    I know which I would pick

  • expatmag

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7


    How many central midfield players do you want in the squad?

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #8

    no , not this one, please

  • Polarboy

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Why exactly are those good words. He still denies culpability and paints it as an accident. If he had never made a tackle like that before I might give him the benefit of the doubt, but I remember at the time it being said he’d had previous.

  • expatmag

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #10


    Hope you are wrong.


    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Honestly think we could do better than McManaman even in the championship

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #12
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #13

    thought we finally got rid of tiote

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #14
    It would appear not to be a fitness issue but a medical condition

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafa wants at least one good and one competent player at each position. Gouffron is without a defined backup, so look for NUFC to try to find someone able or better for that wing.

  • posada

    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #16

    1) No thanks re this player.
    2) Colback. When I watch the games live I know when he is going to foul and give dangerous free kicks away. He can’t seem to stop himself. Sometimes you have to accept that the ball is not there to win and you have to simply defend the situation.
    Can’t understand why the manager and coaches cannot sort this out.
    3) Excuses now being made on here for Graham Carr.
    Not having it. He was the football person making the decisions. It clearly was not the manager and could not be Charnley.
    Saivet,Riviere,Cabella and Thauvin. Dreadful decisions that almost broke the club.
    If we can get rid of that complete and utter knacker Riviere we have been very lucky.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Hope lingers:-

    “Essentially, you can’t actually fail a medical as such. A medical is a series of tests on the body that would show up any injuries or concerns in the body. So you don’t actually fail a medical but obviously something has shown up with Tiote’s that concerns Galatasaray officials.

    From there, it’s up to the club in question to decide whether the results in the medical are worthy of them continuing with a deal.”

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Saivet,Riviere,Cabella and Thauvin. Dreadful decisions that almost broke the club.

    Dramatic hyperbole is alive and well and living in blogland

  • EllaGuru

    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #19


    Are you going to happily put Colback in as backup? Plus, how many midfielders have we let go this window?

  • Partizan

    Aug 29, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has failed his medical at Galatasaray according to AmkSpor, NtvSpor and Milliyet.

    The 30-year old arrived Istanbul last night, and was welcome by many fans, to complete his £1.2m move to Galatasaray, but today’s medical results are not encouraging for both parties.

    It’s understood that Tiote’s left leg is weaker than his right leg and he has a major problem on his left lateral meniscus.

    Now Galatasaray want a detailed report about Tiote from their medical team. The Turkish club also want to know how many weeks Tiote needs to recover from these problems.

    After all these reports are compiled, the club will give the answer to the Ivorian who is now waiting in Istanbul to solve his future.


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