This Would Be A Savvy Signing For Newcastle Next Month


The January transfer window is not always good for bringing really good players in – mainly because clubs don’t want to lose their good players in mid-season.

But there are a number of reasons why clubs are prepared to let their players leave in January.

One of those is when players’ contract run out in June and we have been linked with some players where that is the case – including Alan Judge of Brentford and Charlie Taylor of Leeds United.

Saido Berahino – 23 year-old free agent this summer

Another player who fits into that category is our top target of a year ago – 23 year-old striker Saido Berahino of West Brom – who we were willing to pay around £25M for in January.

Saido has had a tough year since Newcastle tried to sign him last January and he hasn’t played much this season, although he has been injured, but he’s on his way back for the festive fixtures.

Tony Pulis is quoted in the Birmingham Mail today as saying he is now happy with Saido.

The striker has only just returned from a conditioning camp in France where he enhanced his fitness and hopefully his self-confidence too.

This is what the West Brom manager has said:

“We’ve not managed to get the games because of all sorts of reasons, but we need him to play games.”

“His mind’s clear now, it’s most probably the best it’s been in a long time.”  “He’s worked hard in training, but we just need to get him some games.”

“We can’t just chuck him in, we’ll be doing that in training and hopefully in a game next week that Saido will be involved in.”

“He needs that and hopefully he’ll be ready over the Christmas period.”

Berahino hasn’t played since early September and notice  that Tony Pulis will want to be positive that things are getting better with Saido – that’s in case some offers come in for his striker next month .

If Rafa Benitez rates the player it could be a good opportunity to bring him to Newcastle next month for a fee that will be a lot less than £25M with only seven months left on his contract.

The other thing Newcastle could do is to have Saido sign a pre-contract agreement and sign for Newcastle in the summer – on the condition that Newcastle are a Premier League side by then.

Saido could be a good buy for Newcastle, but it all depends on whether Rafa thinks he can fix the problems Saido has had this year – mainly with his temperament.

But Berahino has shown he can score goals in the Premier League with 20 goals in 45 appearances in the 2014-2015 season so the skill is definitely there.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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26 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #1

    42bettyswallocks // Dec 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    What a cheat. Another Forest player clutching his face and rolling over like he’d been shot. This ref. didn’t fall for it though. What’s wrong with these tossers?

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  • cyprus

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    No thanks. That ship has sailed.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3

    manxpie

    December 11, 2016

    Would love to nick will Hughes of dDerby next month I think he ccan step up to the prem and a quality player

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  • G

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Knockeart for me please, assuming they will sell

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5
  • SPRINGY

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Betty
    Forest are not doing themselves any favours the way they are goin on…..osborn was ridiculous.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Oldgit….. I have to agree with you on Mitro. It’s unfortunate as I like the lad but he doesn’t fit into Rafa’ s philosophy which is to have a quick mobile striker up front. Mitro has worked hard on his fitness and mobility but isn’t mobile enough for Rafa who I’m sure will replace him in the summer with another Gayle type.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Springy…. Blatant cheating. F….ing disgraceful.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #9

    WW

    Yes. You make some very vuable points there about West Ham but other than their youth set up which I am sure us very good, they havent pulled up any trees other than doing well last season.

    I was making a comparison historically between the clubs and whilst last season, they did very well and we were relegated, this year, we appear to becon the up whilst they are struggling.

    I am pretty sure if Rada went there, he would turn it around but I doubt he would seriously consider any offer currently as he has a big enough job with a big enough club that has been mismanaged for over 10 years.

    For once, having real football men running football matters and real administrators running administration, both from top to bottom within the club, is beginning to bear fruit.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Great header lol

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  • expatmag

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Own goal Bendner….dont you just love it

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  • expatmag

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Betty

    What do you think about Torres returning to England with us next season, if we go up.

    His contract at Atlectico is up in the summer and could provide experuenced option up ftont

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Oldgit/betty
    I like mitro…but i would tend to agree with u’s…unless theres mitro clicks in the second half of the season he may well be on his way

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #14

    expat
    Don’t get me wrong I’d hate for Rafa to leave he, atm, is our club he’s drawing everything together and actually building us again

    But I don’t think West Ham are as stupid of a suggestion as some are making out historically yeah we are bigger but history is just that

    Moving forward West Ham will back their manager to the hilt and have the ability to do so, their stadium is a huge advantage, now look at Ashley and his history with us…who would u pick to work under?

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Expat
    Not so sure torres has the legs for the premier now….good striker in his time but think he’s past the premier now

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Is there a sniper at derby targeting forest players….they seem to be falling all over the place very easily? ……bendtner….howay man ffs.

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  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d pick Ashley (now) over Gold , Sullivan and Baroness Brady any day of the week thanks very much.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Jeffery
    Of course u would, ud of picked McClaren over all other managers last season as well

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  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Jason Pickford looks a cracking goalie and may be talked into joining us if we exchange places with the mackems in May
    Although born in Washington and at the Sunlun academy since he was 8 years old one can hope.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #20

    WW

    I am hoping that Ashley has finally learned his lesson and reslised that having said on batonal TV he didnt intend selling until we won something, then he has to have the right people in charge to achieve this.

    So far, all is very quiet ftom him although he does appear to have bigger problems to solve with his issues at SD and Rangers.

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  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #21

    WWSBRD

    I never would have picked McClaren personally.

    But once he was here I supported him as an employee of NUFC.

    Loyalty seems to be a lesson you could with learning.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Springy

    Fair enough. I was just thinking out loud…..lol

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Expat….. How old is Torres now? I don’t think he’s the player he was when he was with the Scousers but there’s mutual respect between him and Rafa so you never know.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 11, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #24

    expat
    We are all hoping he’s changed mate but so far he’s done exactly what he’s always done

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 11, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Jeffery
    So ur loyal to who ever is at NUFC regardless of what’s going on in reality…rather explains why ur so pro Ashley

    Maybe a lesson u should learn is I won’t bite to ur baiting aswell

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  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #26

    At half time at Pride Park I’ve just seen the fattest footy supporter ever with Derby’s sponsor on his shirt – Just Eat – ha ha ha

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