Newcastle Transfer Business Already Well Underway

There’s some interesting news being reported in the Chronicle this afternoon with the transfer business said to be well on its way and we expect Newcastle’s main transfer targets will have already been identified.

But everything will be in limbo on that front until we know for certain which division we will be playing in next season.

It’s not as certain as it was after we had beaten both Brighton and Huddersfield in successive games.

But then we surprisingly lost five points in the next two games and both the Terriers and the Seagulls made up that number of points on us – all in a short five days.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager

It will be a very exciting place to be at Newcastle this summer, if only we can make it back to the Premier League with Rafa Benitez and a rejuvenated Newcastle United likely to be an attractive club for many good players.

That’s the hope in any case.


And Rafa will know who the good players are in the Championship and we wouldn’t be too surprised to see a few of them as part of our summer transfer targets – Tom Cairney being a good example of one of them..

There is also news there are a number of companies interested  in being the shirt sponsors for the club next season with one being from the far east.

In fact there seems to be a lot of interest in Newcastle from the far east and the Chronicle are reporting today that a Newcastle delegation may visit East Asia to discuss some commercial ventures with the club.

The commercial revenue has long been low at Newcastle compared with the really big clubs in England and it’s an area where the club could make substantial extra revenue – with Rafa Benitez in charge and the club back in the Premier League.

That extra revenue (yes – it’s all about money these days) will help us compete with the biggest clubs, as Rafa continues his efforts to build Newcastle into a top European side again.

But it’s still got to be first things first.

We need to get that promotion nailed down and the sooner we can do that the sooner we can start going after some top new players for next season.

A win at Birmingham City on Saturday will be a good start to the rest of the season.

Howay The Lads!!

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47 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #1

    How much would you pay to be a fly on the wall at that face to face meeting? I’d skip the family holiday for a weekend in Skegness.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Fcuk all wrong with Skegness 🙂

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d rather we concentrate on promotion first!!
    Bit premature all this if you ask me

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Aye, midweek news is slow and nothing to report. I remember last October all our January targets being lined up. That went well.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    All I want is 9 straight wins, come on lads it’s not a lot to ask

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought that before the Fulham game, the last chance for my record points bet 🙁

  • gonz

    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m an everyday reader, but I hardly comment anymore for whatever reason and having read your latest Health Update from 3rd of March I want to wish you all the best in your latest battle with this terrible disease, but you’ve beaten it before and I know you will continue beating it until its been rid of and I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done for this blog….I look forward to reading the latest news every single day.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #8

    When I read the thread headline re. ‘The Classy Player’ wanting to concentrate on his Toon career I almost spat my coffee out when I realised Ed was talking about Diame.

    Sorry but at the present moment he’s anything but classy, more of a liability.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know how you can be so diabolically poor one game and look like a top player the next, it’s not down to ability if you can look that good, is attitude, concentration???

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 15, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry lads but don’t think tom cairney will be coming to us more like arsenal,Tottenham,our even city but i think more likely he will stay in london

  • Tsunki

    Mar 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    If we are actually bought by “a Chinese Consortium” then i think all bets will be off. Then after the appropriate personnel have been *ahem* approached , they will be back on again, with the odds slightly readjusted. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Mar 15, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #12

    “Newcastle’s Beijing owners rejoice in happy good luck double fortune of reaching Champions league final only three seasons after relegation! What miracle! “

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Fernando Torres 33 next Monday may consider joining Rafa’s project next Summer
    He returns for Atletico’s game v Bayer Leverkusen tonight
    Daryl Murphy is 34 today
    Happy birthday big fella.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye, I can see the fat man letting Churners give a 33/34 year old Torres one last pay check.

  • Mag52

    Mar 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Torres back in the premiership wearing black and white, what a mouthwatering prospect that is !

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail in fairness I thought he would be a brill signing – up there with Gayle but don’t know whats happened to him. Clearly Rafa is a terrible man manager ( messsssing !!)

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 15, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail@9 – That’s exactly how was at West Ham. Maybe he was more consistent elsewhere but basically he’s always going to be that hot-and-cold type. That’s why I thought (and said) he was a poor signing for us at the time.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 15, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #18

    I was impressed with Cairney when we played Fulham. He looked generally assured of himself, aware of who was round him and looked like he could pass quite nicely. Good weight of passing, and that’s usually a sign of class. A couple of cracks at goal and he puts one in. Not bad at all.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 15, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #19

    He’s a bit of an eye-sore to watch a lot of the time is Diame. Lumbering around like Shola, and a very heavy touch at times. He’s got strength about him, though, and has good shot power when he uses it.

    To be fair, he can chase a good few balls down, whereas other times he looks lethargic. Very frustrating as he should definitely be doing a lot more, especially in this division.

    I’d prefer seeing him next to Shelvey in CM than in the number 10 position, mind.

  • Offkey

    Mar 15, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #20

    On Gayle, the little fella is lethal, I just watched all his goals and i can’t see him stopping scoring if given the chances, even half chances. Cheers Pardew, can’t help but think he thought he was stinging us getting Townsend and giving us Gayle for 3 million. Muhahaha

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 15, 2017 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #21

    No action tonight guys this is getting boring just have to watch city then.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 15, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Hopefully a good game tonight between Man City and Monaco, two good attacking sides, isn’t it nice to watch teams attack.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #23

    16Jail for Ashley // Mar 15, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    I’d love to know how a 35-50 year old Swansea fan with a 14 year olds brain gives a balanced view on things Newcastle. Taking in to account when he first came on here it was to slate Pardew, realising that the smary tw@t wasn’t very popular he started his gushing praise of him, often referring to him as a hero. Now we have the best manager we’ve had in a long time he’s started to slate him and the team. Please blog, go figure.

    Jail change the record, ffs, you sound like a nagging wife.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #24


    I understand where you are coming from.

    You are a fan from the KK era where the philosophy was – screw the defence we will attack like hell and score more goals than the opposition.

    While creating excitement it rarely wins stuff.

    The stats do not bear out your criticism of Rafa.

    KK’s winning percentage with us us was 55%
    Rafas is currently 70%

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Wasn’t slating Benitez just think he’s got things wrong in matches, but because you are not so bright, you can’t see it.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #26


    I’ve got nothing against Rafa because he is a good coach but i don’t think anything will change unless Ashley gives him 30million for this player and 20million for that player but that’s not going to happen, if he’s that good mind you why did he leave top teams like Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City, he’s won trophies with teams that had world class players.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Can’t really compare those stats between Keegan and Benitez, I want to see what Rafa does in his first full season in the premiership, that’s if we go up and he stays.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #28

    2-0 Monaco, Man City are in trouble.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #29

    You’ll find a great majority of teams that win multiple trophies contain World class players squelsh.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Meant Real Madrid not Man City.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #31

    So then jail have we got world class players.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Over the moon city getting played off the pitch lads

  • mindshaft

    Mar 15, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Think they said the same in December about the Jan window … unlikely they can be talking to players given it’s not certain we’ll be in Prem next season … unless we’re buying youth team

    Watching Man City – game, they look terrible , Sterling is one lazy fucqer – looks like Leicester will be only representatives in qtr finals pmsl

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Leicester cant win the champions league or could they after last season

  • Belfast

    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Man City were shite. God knows how much money and wages has been spent on that team.

    Any other manager who plays a left back at centre half when you have a 30 million odd quid centre half sitting on the bench would be getting seriously questioned though. Especially when the winning goal was Kolarovs fault.

  • Belfast

    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Kolarov was actually in no mans land for all three goals. He’s never a centre half in a million years.

  • Belfast

    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #37

    No chance Runaway they would have went out last night if Nasri wasn’t a thicko.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Maybe he was the only left footed CB available and you simply can’t have two righties in the middle 🙄

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 15, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Sky really starting to piss me off.
    Preston…Another home game moved to weekday stupid o clock for the tv $$

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 15, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #40

    I imagine our owner will try to enforce the Monaco model on Rafa, there will be no new transfers over 21!


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