Transfer Reported To Be Imminent For Newcastle

There’s a report in the Express this morning that Newcastle are now odds-on favorites to sign Mo Barrow from Swansea, despite some of the problems there seem to be from other reports this morning.

What is clear is that since we have little or no chance of signing Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace,  Newcastle have turned their attention to Barrow as the next in line.

But there are reported to be two problems with the deal – Swansea want an obligation to buy clause in the loan deal and they also want £7M for the player and not the £5M as previously reported.

But bookmakers BetStars now have Newcastle at 4/7 odds-on to sign the player this month on loan.

The 24-year-old has gone down the pecking list at Swansea since Paul Clement arrived at the club as the new manager and Mo seems to have no future in south Wales.

A BetStars spokesman is quoted as saying the following:

“Swansea’s pacey winger Mo Barrow seems to be heading away from the Liberty Stadium.”

“Barrow has moved down the pecking order at the Swans since the arrival of Luciano Narsingh from PSV Eindhoven.”

“So is looking for a move elsewhere with Newcastle emerging as the favorites in the race for his signature.”

“They have been trying to lure Andros Townsend back to Tyneside from Crystal Palace without success so have turned to Barrow to boost their attacking options.”

“This one looks close to being over the line with a move imminent. We’ve priced Mo Barrow to Newcastle at 4/7.”

So there you have it – but we do think Barrow could be a decent signing for us – he has tremendous speed and skill that Rafa could definitely utilize at Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

112 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Barrow is another player I am not very excited about. Not seen enough of him to judge fully to be fair. If Rafa has seen something in him, then fair enough. Only thing I have noticed is he is very pacy, and at least that terrifies defences.

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    It would have been a lot easier all round if Rafa had come out and said that there is no money to spend this window, we do nit expect to bring anyone in and noobe will leave. We are satisfied with the squad we have which we are confident will achieve promotion.

    Once this achieved, then we will assess our squad regarding ability at premiership level and sell cutrent assets accordingly and recruit to required positions at lecel.


  • toontaff2

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Fear not ‘getoutofworeclub’ and the other doom merchants – just been stopped in North Shields by Peter Odenwingie, looking for Benton………………….

  • toontaff2

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    7 million for a Barra’ ………………

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    50 quid in B&Q

  • hibbit

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    no thanks !!!!

  • lochinvar

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Looks like the suggested Barrow transfer is more about the betting odds being pushed by BetStar to generate income for them.

    The transfer window increasingly is just like a car auction, some flash models, a few good deals, mostly used and in Sunderland’s case a few old crocks.

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    So the Express reporter hasn’t spoken to a representative of either club – just the bookies !!!

    Ha ha ha



    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Tbf the local papers have been fairly consistent saying we just want loans and that seems all we have actually gone after

    We haven’t got any because of the quality of player we’ve gone for Townsend, Cleverly, Delph, McCarthy etc are all PL players if we’d of been after the players than Villa have signed for example we could of had them in on the first day but we don’t need that level of player

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    The window cleaner’s just turned up.
    I’ll see what he thinks of the Barrow situation.
    (I can guess his response)

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Don’t jib he will lose his wragg if you ask him about a barra 🙂

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s as I thought – he doesn’t need a Barrow he has a roof-rack.


  • banjax

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Every club worth its salt wants to sell high and buy cheap and as we know, the decider is always at the end of the transfer window when reality for these clubs kicks in. No doubt Barrow may be good second choice but if there is a chance of Townsend coming, then we must wait till the last gasp to get him. Palace need cash and a reduction of their wage bill if they are to recruit and save their Premier league status so let’s not give up on Townsend just yet.

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    expat- It’s just my opinion but ….. You’re not the fountain of all football knowledge; you do not provide any worthwhile perspective on either a domestic or global basis of NUFC.

    On more important, football related matter, I am delighted for Fraser Forster who is a product of the Royal Grammar school, Stocksfield and Wallsend boys club- he’s one of our own – or rather he was!
    Though success and all that goes with it has not changed him he’s thoroughly likeable, of quiet disposition, well grounded and he hasn’t forgotten his Geordie roots.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    36 Players been linked with the TOON this transfer window so far with one week to go…

    Rudy Gestede – Villa gone to Boro
    Robert Snodgrass – Norwich
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea*
    Fabian Delph – Man City*
    Alan Judge – Brerntford
    Saido Berahini – West Brom
    Sebastien Haller – Utrecht
    Callum Wilson – Bournemouth
    Daryl Horgan – Dundalk gone to Preston
    Nicolas Pepe – Angers
    Youri Tielemans – Anderlecht
    Maxime Poundje – Bordeaux
    Charlie Taylor – Leeds Utd
    Scott Hogan – Brentford
    James McCarthy – Everton
    Henri Lansbury – Nottingham Forest,
    Tom Cleveley – Everton – on loan Watford
    Ryad Boudebouz – Montpellier
    Robbie Brady – Norwich City
    Daniel Ayala – Middlesbrough
    Ben Osborn – Nottingham Forest
    Josef Martinez – Torino
    Cheick Keita – Virtus Entella
    Tom Cairney – Fulham
    Stewart Downing – Middlesbrough’s
    Tom Ince – Derby County
    Cian Harries – Coventry City
    Sheyi Ojo – Liverpool*
    Andros Townsend – Crystal Palace
    Sam Clucas – Hull City
    Jonathan Cafu – Ludogorets.
    Ante Coric – Dynamo Zagreb
    Filip Benkovic – Dynamo Zagreb
    Modou Barrow – Swansea*
    Tom Lawrence – Leicester City
    Jefferson Montero – Swansea
    * loan

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    just need to post this one last thing just say we don’t spend any more this Jan or get any loan deals in yet we still go up come the sumer say we only sign the 2 players we needed in Jan do u think that’s acceptably and do u think that team will keep us in the prem comments welcome my view on this is we will come straight back down even under rafa I mean let’s be realistic about this we only have 3 to 4 players in that team that maybe just maybe that r good enough for the prem and just say that happens rafa will be gone long before Jan so it won’t mean to keep rafa Ashley will have to spend big in summer and I can’t see this happening every 1 is saying rafa only built this team for this league yes in his head but not Ashley I think then we will see if Ashley is backing rafa which I don’t think he will but let’s hope am wrong

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17

    I can see is signing nobody in this window. We clearly don’t want to spend any cash.

  • sparky55

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #18

    I really don’t see the point of buying anyone right now unless they are proven premiership players who will be good enough to be in the team after Rafa spends 50 million plus in the summer window.

    …and who in their right mind is going to join newcastle knowing Rafa is going to spend 50 million plus in the summer if they know deep down they’re probably not good enough to hold down a regular spot in the team next year.

    All supposing of course we get promoted!!! 🙂 🙂

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Sparky u really think 50 million in summer spending in enough try 200 million cos that’s what we need to spend to push on


    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #20

    I dont think we are that far from being a team who can stay up next season. Need some additions but we dont need a new team

    Darlow and Lascelles did it for us last season, Yedlin was good for the mackems, Shelvey and Ritchie can do it, Dummett is passable for a lower end team, Clark looks a PL defender atm and Mbemba was good last season even if hes not, Gayle cant stop scoring (and he scored goals in the PL before despite barely ever playing), Diame has impacted on the PL before so I dont think we need that much

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #21

    9catchy in norway // Jan 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    if any of you are into watching movies, i watched a film hidded figures last, it was a great film,

    The film you or anyone should watch and that’s the Human Centipede films, it’s a comedy, honest.

  • sparky55

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #22


    hahahahaha….Only put 50 million in my post to stop the doom-mongers on here saying “he’ll never spend 100 million” …and then you go the other way and say we’ll need to spend 200 million 🙂 🙂


    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #23

    We dont need to spend 200 mill to stay in the PL next season

  • sparky55

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #24

    and yes…we need to spend more than 50 million if we’re not just going to survive …and that right there will be the acid test as to whether Rafa stays or not

  • wynsleap

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #25

    Sounds to me like a “better than nothing” purchase, the type of which I thought we had stopped going for following Rafa’s tenure.
    Regardless of that we should have been looking for another decent midfield operator. One bad injury to Shelvey and we are in the brown stuff. Oh.. sorry we have Colback … nearly forgot.

  • Budge123

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #26

    The realistic expectation for next season is (imo) to stay up without too much stress.
    £50m investment spent wisely is more than enough to achieve that.
    The Jan 18 and Summer 18 windows are the time to spend larger to push on.
    The revenue streams will be up by then and the opportunity clear.
    Hopefully by then we will have new ownership also -American or Chinese probably (Hopefully better than current stewardship )
    Spending nothing this window is for me a good thing unless we spend on proven class and for me Townsend falls into that category.


    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Can anyone think on a newly promoted team spending 100+mill in their first transfer window back in the PL?

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #28


    I wasnt making my suggestion based on what the press are suggesting but more on what Ashley and Rafa should have put out as a club statement prior to the window opening so as to not rsise supporters hopes unnecessarily.

  • Spoof

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #29

    I don’t know enough about Barrow to say that he is either a good or a bad signing, but I do know enough about him to know that he has bags of pace, and as Sir Bobby often said, pace is the most difficult asset to defend against, so if Rafa can harness his pace effectively then he will be a winner, the question is, has Rafa enough skills to get the best out of the lad, silly question, course he has, I believe the lad will do well, and having a right footed winger will help as well seeing that Ritchie, Atsu and Arrons if he gets back are all left footed.


    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #30

    We wont spend a 100m….not a chance…we will steadily build a squad over 3-4 windows,tweaking positions as we go….dont go expecting miracles if/when we make it back to premier,the miracle will be a mid table position,safe early from relegation and a couple of good cup runs….
    loaning players now is the sensible options….we are looking at players who are in relegation threatened sides who may have clauses in there contracts to move on cheaper if relegated….probably why these sides are want cash now while they can get it…and need it to strengthen.

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31


    And it is just my opinion that I dont give a fat rats clacker about your opinion of my opinion, dipstick


    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #32

    In fairness even if they did the stories would still come out and fans would still get their hopes up…plus has any club ever put out a club statement like that?


    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Oh and be careful with Ian Toon he writes for the metro

  • Spahndirge

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #34

    Id rather have Sammy than Barrow

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #35

    expatmag @2

    Rafa did actually say at the beginning of the transfer window that prices were very excessive and he was aware of weaknesses in our squad. To me and the reality of the what has happened since, that says if a player becomes available at the right price then the Club would buy. However it is only now that we are in the final days of the transfer window that clubs that want to move players on are willing to entertain dropping their valuations. NUFC are using all the experience to negotiate a good deal, otherwise they have no need to buy. This does not equate to having no money to spend.

    I do agree with some and I think you have stated that we have still got a lot of dead wood. We sold our saleable assets in the summer and loaned out the rest, which will be returning and expanding the squad. The salaries of all those players are probably playing on the mind of Charnley and increasing the pressure on buying intelligently.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #36

    I certainly expect the club to spend the 35 or so million profit it made in the last window, and up to 20 million it will make through further sales. At least 50 million this window and next. That’ll put us back to where we were, with a squad with a net worth that should never have been relegated, and the correct depth and balance this time, and the right coach. Personally I think we are likely to spend 70 million. Why not? We did exactly that 18 months ago under McClaren, and now we have Benitez and all his ambition.

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #37


    Very good points and in our current situation, things could go either way

    However, I still feel ee are strong enough to achieve automatic promotion without strengthening at present.

    WWS….thanks for the advice on Iantoon. However, numpties like him are the very least of my worries…

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #38


    Keep up to date mate.

    We havent got a pot to pish in. Ashley made that clear in the summer. Any excess funds gained from the sales of our major assets last summer has not been fully received yet as buting clubs operate on instalment payments.

    Bexause Ashley operates in full cash payment up front when buying, we technically havent received those full transfer fees yet hence the comment about the pot being empty was raised.

    The £33 million loan made recently by Ashley was to cover the shortfall in revenue to cover premiership wages paid in the champoonship this season

  • hibbit

    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #39

    i for one don’t think a couple of loans would go a miss this window
    it the last 3 january windows the last 2 days turned out to be the busiest period of the whole window
    so there’s still time for deals to happen


    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #40

    Aye I agree we should still have enough to go up, quite possibly as champions but I still hope we sign some reinforcements am a firm believer that u never stand still in football (and if we have a chance of getting players now who will help in the PL McCarthy, Townsend etc then am happy for the club to push as hard as they can for them…even if it costs us)

    And aye Ian is a certain sort haha


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