Newcastle Face A Tough Sell To Sign This Midfield Target


Rafa Benitez has entered the race to sign Norwich City midfielder Robbie Brady who can play on the left side of midfield as a left back, wing-back or out-and-out winger – so the lad is versatile.

The 31 times capped Republic of Ireland International (7 goals) will be sold this month as Norwich try to get back into the Championship promotion race.

They are hoping  the money they get from Brady will help to bring in other players and strengthen their squad.

Robbie Brady – tough sell for Newcastle

That would suggest they want to sell Robbie quickly this month, so they have the money available to sign other players.

Norwich are wanting around £12M for the player and three Premier League clubs Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Swansea City have immediately registered their interest to the East Anglia club they are interested in signing the player.

That’s not good news for Newcastle who will have to persuade Robbie to stay in the Championship when he could go straight back into the Premier League with one of those clubs, with other PL clubs possinle also entering the race to sign him.

And it’s unlikely that Norwich will drop their price on the Irishman, since they have to pay 25% of any profit they get to Hull City as a sell-on fee.

Norwich paid Hull £7M for him in the summer of 2015 so that would be around £1.25M they would owe to Hull if they get the full £12M fee for Brady.

It will be difficult for Newcastle to get Brady and persuade the Irishman to stay in the Championship.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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48 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Wanted us to sign him in the summer but not for the 20 million that was getting quoted !!

    Every time I have watched him he has impressed he is always creating chances its just that his team mates at Norwich and Hull have been gash and couldn’t finish their dinner!!

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Rubbish player. Don’t buy

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  • nut meg

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Brady would give us a lot more down the left than we have now, pace with good delivery into the box,always looking a threat. A player I’d like to see us bring in.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Paper talk sky rafa thinking about 4 million move for Ben osborn of forest not good enough

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Sign him

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Bojan
    #10
    Bojan
    #10
    Bojan
    etc…etc

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Bojan would be a cracking signing

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Our away fixture to Brighton on the last Saturday of this month is “a six – pointer” – by every definition of the phrase !!!!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    How many of the following will we see against Brum?

    Elliot, Sels, Yedlin, Hanley, Lazaar, Perez, Mitrovic, Murphey

    Obviously two positions are limited only one player being chosen and will mean the other player is benched. Or will Mitro even make the bench?

    Potentially six fresh faced players to liven up proceedings, or will they fail to capitalise and cause Rafa to cease any squad rotation yet again?

    The mention of Leicester and Chelsea being the smallest squads used is an interesting one. However, the saying if it ain’t broke why fix it does not apply to Rafas more lumbering tactical game plan.

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    NUFC have refused to allow Bolton Wanderers to extend Sammy Ameobi’s loan.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Sammy will be like a new signing for us then lol

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12

    At least it can not be six points dropped against Brighton.

    Birmingham and Brentford should not prove to be too much of an obstacle on paper. They do not have the squads or managers to ‘park the bus’ and should be confidence boosting matches.

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  • nufc 11

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Brady and Bojan good start to building for the premier league.

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Remember the Porto midfielder , the Mexican Hector Herera , that the club scouted so much last month ?

    According to this Spanish football rumour site:-

    http://www.futbolsapiens.com/actualidad/rumores-del-mercado-de-fichajes-5-de-enero-de-2017/

    NUFC have made a formal bid.

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  • Fostino

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Good player. Great at set pieces. Addresses a problem position. Gives his all every match. Makes good sense to me. Can’t see us attracting better. The alternative in the very inconsistent sameobi to challenge goofy

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    We are certainly building the perfect top half of the Championship squad for future promotion challenges. Expect a cheeky bid for Charlie Austin.

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  • barkel

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    I think Brady would be a decent signing, as long as he’s LW and not LB.

    Lindisfarne @9
    I’d say these will start
    Sels, Yedlin, Hanley, Lazaar, Perez, Murphy

    Elliot, Haidara, Mitro on the bench

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  • Fostino

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Is lazaar not gone to the AFCON

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib@10. Oh dear, has Sammy maxxed out his barclaycard over Xmas then?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    I, probably like many others, forgot about Haidara. He likes to get up and down but mainly from falling over and needs to deliver a pass / cross that does not hit the first defender. I will be glad to seeing back playing though!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Not sure, but I thought Lazaars lack of playing time had stopped him from being called up. I am not sure if Tiote has actually gone either.

    Jib? JIB? Who has actually left for the Acon?

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Gabon
    Morocco
    Algeria
    Cameroon
    Senegal – Diamé
    Egypt
    Ghana – Atsu
    Guinea/Bassau
    Zimbabwe
    Mali
    Ivory Coast
    Uganda
    Burkina Faso
    Tunisia
    DR Congo -M’bemba
    Togo

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  • martoon

    Jan 6, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #23

    Lindisfarne – I think you are right about Lazaar so presumably it is just the three players i.e.
    Diame
    Atsu
    Mbemba

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Anticipating the next question – Jib which are the participating countries ?
    😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #25

    jib

    Me gustaria mucho si Hector venga a Newcastle. Es un jugador muy fantastico! Pero, por desgracia, creo que va a costar demasiado.

    Brady still seems quite a lot at 12M, same sort of category as Snodgrass I guess, but at 24 a bit younger than I had thought.

    I guess the Brady’s and Snodgrasses are kind of lower prem, upper championship team level. Will do a more than useful job without purring with the Rolls Royce class of an Ozil / Mata. Bojan would however, be an interesting player with a touch of class if he could stay fit.

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    I must be getting old !
    It took a loan advert on TV before I got spotlight’s joke @19

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #27

    Capitals of all those countries and which ones are land locked. Your starter for 10 !

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  • WheresSholaNow

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Armstrong loan extended until the end of the season

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda
    I think the little Mex could cut it in the PL so €15 million is not out of the question for us .
    He’s a tough little bugger and the LigaMX where he started out is every bit as rough as the Championship , so no worries about him starting with 6 months in the 2nd tier

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail does sometimes go off the radar be a pity if he’s given up on the blog. I think we all enjoy the bingo, gives us a focal point.

    I’ll still put a team up just for the fun of trying to guess Rafa’s mind set.

    Barkel I reckon you will be correct in expecting those players to start.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Jib

    Bassong isn’t on our books anymore is he?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Hector Herrera would be a fantastic signing but I really don’t see that happening even if we were in the premier league.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #33

    I think I see a different player to others when I watch Brady. He was in a bit of good form at the start of the season but other than crossing ability and delivery from set pieces, im not sure what else he offers that is worth £12 million.

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #34

    He’s a Norwich player Essex

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #35

    Off topic, Rafa has mentioned a couple of times in interviews that there are 7 league games in April. His record of strong finishes will be put to the test and our exceptionally strong squad, some of whom have not yet played may well be put to use. I suspect Brighton and Reading will have faltered by then, the former because Hughton is a passive manager unable to really motivate teams (my criticism of him when he managed us) and Reading don’t have the money or the squad!
    Good times ahead! I cannot see us failing to win the league but Leeds could pose a threat if they spend some money this month!

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  • geordie157

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #36

    I’d like to see rafa try atsu as the no.10, as diame and perez aren’t doing much for the side there. Gouffran or possibly Lazaar left wing with ritchie on the right.

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  • Jib

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #37

    Regardless of who is or isn’t coming in this window , these reports in the foreign media (who seem to be better connected than their UK counterparts) are indicative of NUFC being very active.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #38

    I’m surprised that Rafa has never tried giving gouffran a game up front in the instances when he has rested gable or he has been injured.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #39

    Jib

    Ooh, it’s that I saw his name linked with Guinea, but after looking more closely realised I should have gone to see the opticians who sponsor Scottish referee’s.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #40

    moonraker

    I don’t think we can really claim to have an exceptionally strong squad at this point in time. The likes of colback, dummet and gouffran are still regulars and with shelvey out our creativity resources / levels are lacking somewhat.

    Haydn shows potential, gayle gets goals and ritchie is a seasoned pro, but perez has disappointed, atsu is in and out and no, I wouldn’t say at this stage we are blessed with an abundance of star quality. Hopefully we will get there incrementally.

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