Striker Confirmed As Newcastle Target For January


The Guardian reported yesterday that Newcastle were interested in 24 year-old Reading striker Scott Hogan and could bid for him next month, as Rafa Benitez is looking to boost the firepower at Newcastle up front for the rest of the season.

And the Chronicle is reporting today that it looks like  Scott is indeed a target of Newcastle’s next month – that’s from chief sports writer Lee Ryder.

Rafa wants to bring in another striker next month and we have been linked with quite a few strikers this season including Sebastian Haller of Utrecht, Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and former target Saido Berahino of West Brom among others.

24 year-old Scott Hogan – a target in January for the Magpies

24 year-old Scott Hogan started his career at Rochdale where he came through the Youth system there but he has generally played in the lower leagues, so there could be a big question mark as to whether he can perform in the Premier League.

Rafa wants to bring in players in January who are good enough to play in the Premier League – hopefully next season when Newcastle are promoted – although nothing is ever certain in football.

Hogan is third top scorer in the Championship at the moment with 13 goals in 23 league appearances behind Dwight Gayle with 17 goals and Brighton’s Glenn Murray with 15.

He joined Brentford from Rochdale in the summer of 2103 for £750K on a three year contract, but he then signed a one year extension last year which keeps him at the club through June of 2018.

The reports are that Brentford want a whopping £15M for him, but surely Newcastle wouldn’t pay that much for a player who is completely untested at the highest levels?

But there again maybe Rafa sees something in the 24 year-old and could make him into a much better player.

If Newcastle do bring Scott in next month that’s probably the reason, with Rafa having the knack of spotting some good players with potential that he can then develop – players like Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and others.

Even though Scott has spent time in the lower divisions he has scored 79 goals in 163 first team appearances in his career – and that’s about one goal every two games – so perhaps he is a natural goalscorer?

Certainly Scott has shown he can score goals in the Championship and if we sign him he could help us during the run-in to the season.

But if he comes to Newcastle surely it would have to be for a lot less than £15M – that’s almost all profit for Brentford in three and a half years.

And while we are negotiating Scott’s transfer maybe we can get Brentford playmaker Alan Judge in too.

Alan’s a free agent in June and would come at a nominal transfer fee.

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59 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Dec 30, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    I still don’t think we will know who we are after until they turn up at the training ground.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 30, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Bambams
    100% agree its just a guessing game till they appear at benton
    the press no nowts haven’t got a clue what they don’t know they make up

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  • nut meg

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    For those who may be interested.
    Scott Hogan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnUm9KlpHDA

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Rafas brought the local press in from the dark so I wouldn’t be too dismissive of the info they have might be more to it than there used to be

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  • Norlinsen

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Is the game tonight being televised?

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  • AncientC

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    An experimental formation I would be interested to see:

    ————–Darlow————
    Yedlin—Lascelles–Hayden–Clark
    —————Mbemba—————
    Atsu———- Diame————Richie
    ————-Mitrovic–Gayle—–

    I believe Hayden has the makings of a good CB, more so than a PL midfielder. Mbemba’s shoulder-blocking and professional fouls would stifle any dangerous counter-attacks.

    In fact, just register that one for the bingo, I never get it right anyway.

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  • reilly

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Darlow
    anita lascelles clark dummet
    atsu colback hayden goofy
    perez
    gayle

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #9

    At Rafa’s presser he said that he’s asked The Ghana Football Association if Atsu can delay joining The Black Stars for a week or so.

    That tells me:-

    a
    Christian is going to start tonight or vs Blackburn on Monday
    b
    He has a similar style player in the pipeline.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Darlow
    yedlin lascelles clark lazar
    Ritchie diame hayden atsu
    Perez
    gayle

    ATTACK!!!!!

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Rafa says he asked The Ghana Football Association but I bet it was actually a telephone conversation between him and the Ghana manager , his old mate Avram Grant.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #12

    WWSBRD
    the scott hogan story is not from a local source its from the Guardian a few days ago that other papers are now just picking up on

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  • Legolas

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Ok, here is my confirmed Rafa bingo selection.

    Going with a bit of a mix up here.

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Colback Diame Atsu

    Gayle Mitrovich

    HWTL

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #14

    hibbit
    I thought I saw the Chris confirm it earlier but I could be wrong in all fairness

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #15

    The chron*

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  • firebug666

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Wonder if Lansbury will be playing tonight, as reports say he is in talks with Newcastle and Watford. Don’t know if it has been mentioned already.

    http://the72.co.uk/70540/nottingham-forest-star-enters-talks-with-newcastle-united-and-watford/

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #17
  • firebug666

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Guess Lansbury won’t be playing tonight then:-

    What are the injury concerns? Who will be in the teams?

    Jonjo Shelvey serves the second of his five-game suspension, while Rolando Aarons and Jesus Gamez remain on the long-term injury list.

    Forest are without a host of players ahead of the trip to Tyneside.

    Michael Mancienne is suspended, while Henri Lansbury, Chris Cohen, Dani Pinillos, Danny Fox, Amrand Traore, and Damien Perquis are ruled out with injury.

    To add insult to injury, young defender Joe Worrall is also a doubt for the Reds.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib

    Very good jib, but as I posted last night I have been having internet trouble, so have not had the chance to catch up. Still give yourself a nice pat on the back, I’m sure you feel you deserve it.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Why would you want Perez starting Taco ? He’s been our worst player this season imo My head was in my hands the other night when he came on lol

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Belfast // Dec 29, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Rafa bingo

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clarke Dummett
    Ritchie Hayden Diame Atsu
    Mitro Gayle

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Ritchie plays much better when Yedlin is playing.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #23

    And reilly sorry

    I hope he gets a few weeks off myself.

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  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Hodkinson

    I’m not certain, but I think we’re on one of the Sky channels.

    Give it a few minutes and Jiblets’ll check google and confirm or otherwise.

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  • reilly

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #25

    i carnt see rafa going 4-4-2.
    i just fancy perez behind gayle,as diame had a stinker against shef wed.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #26

    No it’s Hull v Everton on sky tonight mate.

    I see the referee Clattenberg is interested in a move to China. Haha! Is this the next thing now ? Poaching the top referees? 🙂

    I’d probably be very interested myself to be honest.

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  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Wasn’t the Grauniad found to be the most or second most accurate reporter of potential transfers? So, does that give the Hogan story any legs?

    If there is something in this story and Brentford want £15m, he’ll not be in on January first or second or whatever date the window opens. They’ll drag any negotiations out to get as near the £15m as they can. Or maybe it might turn out to be Hogan and Judge for £15 or thereabouts.

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  • Mag52

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #28

    With Brighton at home to Cardiff tonight, we really need the three points as Hughton’s boys look good for all three.
    Hopefully Fulham will get a point at Reading to slow them down a bit.

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Only Hull vs Everton and Ian Cathro’s Jam Tarts vs Aberdeen of UK footy on TV tonight

    It’s back to this tonight

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  • wynsleap

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Maybe Hogan and Judge would assist our Championship challenge but don’t think either would be Premiership material.
    Think we have to aim higher than that.

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  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #31

    If the Chinese are throwing money at every facet of footy – Lilongwe Geordie could become Lijiang Geordie
    😀

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  • chicousa

    Dec 30, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Rafa bingo confirmed lineup

    Darlow
    yedlin lascelles clark lazar
    Ritchie diame hayden atsu
    Gayle Mitro

    5-0 score
    HWTL /. HWTF

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  • Budge123

    Dec 30, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo Bango
    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Ritchie Hayden Colback Atsu
    diame
    Gayle

    4-0 Toon.

    Take the f#ckers apart

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #34

    This Scot Hogan is going to want a five year deal as well most likely

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  • lordy_geordie

    Dec 30, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #35

    If he is a reading player why is Brentford dictating the price?

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Dec 30, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Belfast
    Unfortunately we do not have a natural 10. 2 DCMs will not work, Diame can play box to box with hayden and perez is the most likely to create for gayle. Id rather have diame there but hes the best shelvy replacement we have.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Dec 30, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Belfast
    Unfortunately we do not have a natural 10. 2 DCMs will not work, Diame can play box to box with hayden and perez is the most likely to create for gayle. Id rather have diame there but hes the best shelvy replacement we have.

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  • jasper

    Dec 30, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Rafa Bingo
    Darlow
    Anita
    Lascalles
    Clark
    Dummett
    Hayden
    Colback
    Ritchie
    Atsu
    Perez
    Gayle

    What I’d like to see, but won’t
    Mitro
    Yedlin
    mbemba
    For Colback, Anita moving to midfield or LB
    For Dummett, Mbemba LB or DM
    And Mitro for Perez
    With bingo team, 2-0
    With alternate, 5-0

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  • mad-serb

    Dec 30, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #39

    I forgot my score for tonight in the bingo

    So here go

    3-1

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  • Bambams

    Dec 30, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #40

    I have a feeling Mitro will start tonight.

    Rafa Bingo
    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Ritchie Hayden Diame Atsu
    Mitro Gayle

    2-0 toon

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