Things Appear To Be All Quiet On The Transfer Front


It doesn’t look like there’s much going on early today on the transfer front at Newcastle and little hope of getting a new player in before tomorrow’s game at Griffin Park.

Rafa Benitez had mentioned earlier this week that he would talk to Managing Director Lee Charnley about things and that there was a possibility we could have some good news and get somebody in by Saturday.

Tom Cleverley – joined Watford on loan

But since then we’ve missed out on Tom Cleverley who went on loan to Watford yesterday and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who will be staying at Chelsea and fighting for his first team place at the London club.

We have been linked with former target Tom Ince of Derby County, but there’s little hope that Steve McClaren would sell one of his best in-form players to a promotion rival this month.

He’s not that daft.

We are still said to be interested in Fulham’s Tom Cairney, but the news yesterday was that Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is also keen on getting his former Hull City player to Villa Park and Steve has around £25M to spend this January on new players.

Newcastle are still after 24 year-old Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, but we would have to bid a record £20M for him and that seems high.

Maybe Newcastle will wait for the summer to try to get Callum to Newcastle when hopefully we are a Premier League club again.

But we really need a playmaker and a striker brought in this month with Newcastle sadly missing Jonjo Shelvey over the last four games with only one win to our credit.

Maybe we can still get Fabian Delph in on loan from Manchester City?

Shelvey could be back in the side against Birmingham City in the 3rd round FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, but now we have to make sure he stays fit and doesn’t get any more suspensions this season.

As we said, things seem to be very quiet on the transfer front today.

Comments welcome.



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104 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1

    G, this is where you post a link to ‘West Ham’ being interested. One of the world’s finest no doubt.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Missed bus again
    Ed on the espressos
    Repost
    10one fine day // Jan 13, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Ancient
    Pretty sure west ham would see it as money well spent. Right now .
    I think 5 mil was cracking business if you look at the alternatives we may have been landed with .
    Pulis?
    Moyes ?
    Gaultier ( that went well at villa)
    Sherwood ( went even better)
    Rodgers
    Would have liked any of the above … All be in on less money ?
    Sadly it’s part of the modern game mate
    Even shearer ,who we all speak of as our most loyal ( could have won the lot going to man utd ect ect ) playerdo we ask if he would have stayed with us for half of what we paid him?
    Rafa will be worth every penny in MHO if he restores us to the top 6 .
    A cup would be a nice bonus .:)

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  • G

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    @1 see the last thread for your lack of answer. I’d prefer if you attempted to start arguments with somebody else now, I’m already bored of you.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    One Fine Day: I am happy with the job Benitez is doing, but what is wrong with Brendan Rogers?

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  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    G, when you are ready to conduct yourself like a grown up, and have your ideas challenged, we will speak again. All the best.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Ancient C,
    Rafa was fired by REAL Madrid not Wrexham ..
    They went on to win the champions league and zidane got the kudos.
    Please tell me who right now you think could do a better job in the circumstances ?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    AncientC
    G’s answer is no different to the question you are both just guessing neither has a clue who would be in for Rafa and who would not……….its all down to opinions
    you ask for facts but you have none !!!!

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  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #8

    hibbit, why would I need facts? I am not the one making assertions, the burden of proof lays with ‘one fine day’.

    One Fine Day: Still waiting for an answer btw.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    AncientC

    its a blog not a court of law people express opinions

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  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    If Villa do sign Cairney, it might show that Chatnley’s on the case and the pennies are being watched again.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Ac
    Rogers is a decent coach and I think he seems to be doing well up north ( but let’s face it you or me could have a crack at coaching in that league with Celtic such is the huge gap they enjoy)
    He played some good stuff at Swansea. But I think he was found to have a few flaws at Liverpool once Suarez wasn’t there to paper over the cracks .
    Rafa is a very good coach but also a football man who knows the game inside out .
    So I think we get both onfield and pretty much a director of football ( clearly needed after the fiasco of Carr/ maclaren/JFK )
    So for 5 mill he is well worth it .

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Looks like the Rafa debate is back on.
    Sunday morning gone I mentioned that Derby have 31 points from the last 15 games. We have 33.
    Said no more than that but several Rafalites went off on one.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #13

    posada

    so you would rather McLaren would you ??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #14

    posada,
    Would you suggest that we swap Mclaren for Rafa then?

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #15

    He has been well resourced by the owner.
    We are where we should be on the basis of the resources made available to him.

    Wagner at Huddersfield. Brought in 12 players and has spent very little.
    Two entirely different jobs and situation. But, it does show that you don’t need loads of time and a fortune.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Ac
    On rogers
    Sorry took a bit of time to respond
    As above
    Nothing wrong with him ,( was considered on the bright young things when he was at Chelsea )but I don’t think he could have come in when Rafa did and had us where were are now .
    By that not just points on the board I mean the club as a whole .
    Could he have had the same pull with Ashley for example to get what he wanted sorted out behind the scenes ?
    Not sure how I prove my “opinion ” with facts .

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  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #17

    “Sunday morning gone I mentioned that Derby have 31 points from the last 15 games. We have 33.”

    Isn’t 33 points better than 31?

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  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Jfa
    Welcome back

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #19

    AncientC,
    Unless Rafa has a bad gambling, crack and boozing habit we don’t know about I doubt he is hard up. He could have very easily sat and waited for the PL managers merry go round to start spinning and wait for the right opportunity, with ayers like Scott Hogan going for 15M I bet W Ham could pay 5M for a UEFA elite manager.

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Please don’t use that name.
    The Derby manager.
    On this blog the tradition is, his name will not be spoken.

    Interesting. The job at NUFC was clearly too big for him. Out of his depth.

    But, can do it at Derby ?
    Footballs a funny old game.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #21

    one fine day: Rodgers in his final season lost Suarez, Sterling, and Gerrard. That’s a huge influence – not forgetting Sturridge started going awol on him. Some rate him, some don’t. I personally admire his brand of football.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail,
    When you get a chance I need 50 pts added to my Rafa bingo
    Had a cracking run over Christmas 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #23

    posada,
    We have been a train wreck for the last five years, being run by geriatric yes men and meglomaniacs, was it an overnight fix.

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Ancient
    As Einstein said. Everything is relative.
    We have spent a tad more.
    Also the last 8 games we have 12 points, which is a worry.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail, where did I state that Benitez was hard up?

    I am just doubting that the world’s top clubs were battled off to get his signature.

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Not an overnight fix, but he has had the opportunity to bring in 10 players and a full pre season.
    Best achievement so far – getting many of the big wage earners out – and getting about 80 million in the process.

    Credit to the owner. He provided financial backing so we were not forced sellers of Sissoko etc.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #27

    AncientC,
    I never said you did
    As hibbitt says it is theoretical whether or not they were or not, I’m just putting a situation forward to suggest he was in no huury for just any old job. I can’t say this for sure but I think that a multi millionaire with 13 major trophies who eats, breathes and sleeps football is solely motivated by money.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #28

    posada
    will Wagner get Huddersfield promoted ???
    as you say its all relative

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  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Ancient
    Yes any team would miss those kind of players .
    But is that not the difference between the elite manager and the good coach .
    To handle the big players and there egos / agents etc ?
    Not just that but too ensure that you are set up as a club and have players either coming through or have players ear marked to replace them when they do go?
    Very easy to play good football when 9 of the opposition are trying to keep Suarez quiet .
    I liked watching Swansea under him ,granted but little was expected of them so no real pressure when they came up.
    Rodgers didn’t take over a team in the midst of a relaxation battle with a team chockas with shirkers either .

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #30

    What’s the present problem right now.
    I think he wanted to play a particular game. A more attacking game with Yedlin and Lazaar as the fullbacks.
    We don’t seem able to make that work.
    Not down to those two players.
    If fullbacks bomb on you must have a method to cover that in case they are caught up field and the other side can break.

    We don’t do that well. Forest at home. They looked dangerous every time they got forward.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Posada,
    Ha ha ha ha ha, credit to the owner who’s ridiculous non sporting policies got us in to this whole sorry shambles in the first place, I’ve heard it all now, I’m away to put chilli sauce on me hat, anti Rafa pro Ashley. OMG!

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Hibbit
    I think they will make the playoffs.
    Not bad on loans and free tranfers.

    Could we bring in 3 or 4 similar players. Probably would not work. They would not blend with what we have.

    Thing is this. All Wagners players will be on vastly lower wages than ours. But what he is doing is about bonding, all being in the same boat, all on the same money and all in it together. Team spirit.

    Like I say footballs a funny old game.

    At NUFC if you get the wage structure wrong the dumbies start flying and the teddies get chucked out of the pram.

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail
    You have to give him credit for that one action.
    Giving Rafa the platform and the extra loan.
    I accept the rest of the last 10 years has been dreadful.

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  • G

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #34

    “G, when you are ready to conduct yourself like a grown up, and have your ideas challenged, we will speak again. All the best.”

    I would prefer we didn’t. People of my age group don’t suffer fools well.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Posada,
    Sorry mate, can’t give him any credit at all, had Mclaren lived up to his job description we’d have floated along in tenth to 17th for the next ten years, he seen a Leeds/Portsmouth or best a Middlesborough about to happen and it forced his hand, it’ll take a few trophies or a stint in the CL before he gets a semblance of credit from me.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #36

    posada
    your trying to come across as if you know what your talking about when in fact all it is is your opinion and not a very sound one at that

    to be honest yours sounds more like bullshit than opinion

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #37

    posada,
    Extra loan, are you trying to send me apoplectic, we just sold 83M worth of players man!

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  • posada

    Jan 13, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail

    Yeh and in the last January window we spent 30 million.
    In the summer we spent 40 million.
    As far as we know Rafa still has the 30 million Sissoko money for his project.
    Ashley caused the problem, but my point is simple. If Ashley had not backed Rafa we would have been forced sellers and in dire financial trouble.

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  • ToonRich

    Jan 13, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #39

    Would any of you be happy if we threw huge bids at the likes of Depay or Benteke??
    I think both would fit into Rafa’s system straight away, and offer us a little more class in the forward areas. I bet Depay could be swiped for £18-22m, Benteke; perhaps a swap for Mitro plus cash?
    Any thoughts??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #40

    Posada,
    Did you hear about the bloke that sent his kids to school across a building site every morning with no shoes then taking the credit for lending them elastoplasts and finally getting them a decent pair of shoes.

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