Transfer Business In Full Flow At Newcastle


We would expect that Managing Director Lee  Charnley behind the scenes has already started Newcastle’s transfer business, now that Newcastle know they will be playing back in the Premier League next season.

Rafa and Lee will have already held some transfer meetings, possibly with Graham Carr involved and Lee will now start moving for some of Rafa’s top targets.

Rafa will finalize the list of those players who will not be receiving new deals on Tyneside and those who have deals, but are surplus to requirements.



And for the manager to vastly improve the squad for next season and relieve the wage bill for new players coming in – he will need to be ruthless – much like he was last summer.

Players whose contracts run out at the end of June include Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran.

And players likely to be made surplus to requirements could include the likes of Massadio Haidara, Henri Saivet, Kevin Mbabu  and Emmanuel Riviere – among others.

At some point too, Rafa will have his one-on-one meeting with owner Mike Ashley, but that may have to wait until Sunday May 7th when we host Barnsley in the final game of the Championship season.

Rafa wants two wins in the last two games of the season.

Why?

Because he wants to win every game of course.

After May 7th we can all watch the Championship playoffs to see which club will be coming up with Brighton and ourselves – but that’s Russian roulette – not something we wanted to go through.

The nerves of our fans are already shattered.

🙂

And maybe the owner can attend that final game against Barnsley at home and then meet with Rafa in the St. James’ Park boardroom.

That’s much like he did at the last game of last season a year ago when we took Tottenham apart 5-1, after we had been relegated – this time it should be a lot more upbeat meeting between the two of them.

We hope it will be a lot happier between the two of them.

Lee and Rafa will also have to decide on pre-season friendly games and whether there will be any tour this summer.

Somehow, we don’t think that will happen because Rafa will likely want to concentrate on training with his new players,  in what will be an all important season for both the manager and the club back in the Premier League.

And yes, the national papers have quickly played up a possible rift between Rafa and Mike Ashley, because that’s what they do.

And if we are reading the tea-leaves correctly it does appear that Rafa was not too happy that no money was made available to him in the January transfer window.

He was obviously expecting money to be made available for new players like Andros Townsend and possibly James McCarthy, but Mike seemed to pull the plug around January 15th.

We think it’s simply a storm in a teacup and Mike would be daft to do anything that would cause Rafa – already considered a living God on Tyneside  – to leave the club.

Rafa’s making far too much money for Mike and Newcastle, for the owner to do that.

🙂

Rafa is Newcastle United at the moment.

Here’s a recent poll we put out listing a number of our potential transfer targets and giving each reader six votes to pick the players they wanted in at Newcastle during the summer transfer window.

Which 6 Of These Players Would You Sign This Summer?

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56 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Transfer Business in full flow, I’m sure they said that back in January.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Click bait!

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  • Themesh

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed i love the blog!
    BUT
    you have just made news up here to be honest

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  • jane

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #4

    yep mostly speculation.

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  • Budge123

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Isn’t it great not giving a flying fcuk what the Huddersfield score is!

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #6

    THANK YOU

    ED, thanks for all your articles. I love reading them. Best of Health once again. Take care always.

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  • jane

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #7

    good luck to Huddersfield now be happy for them to be in the Premier league filling one of the relegation places 🙂

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #8

    What would everyone’s reaction be if we went from wonga to amigos or quick quid!?

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Thank god we didn’t have to rely on Wolves for our promotion prospects. Talk about an unreliable team!

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed
    Fake news !

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #11

    From that list the 6 I’d have are:

    Tielmans – no brainer, but extremely unlikely.

    Defoe – snatch him from Mackems for free. Sure Rafa could persuade him to stay in the North East. 14 PL goals this season in an abysmal team and more motivated than ever in WC year. Armstrong could learn a thing or two from him. Would free up funds elsewhere.

    Sessegnon – looks a prodigious talent at 16, but will have many suitors. Added benefit is that he’s so young he would count as home-grown eventually.

    Townsend – was outstanding here, like Ritchie took responsibility on the pitch and Rafa obviously liked and knew how to get the best out of him.

    Maguire – best young English CB. Rare mixture of brawn and finesse.

    Loftus-Cheek – take him off Chelsea where he won’t get a decent chance, much like Hayden’s situation. Be good to gain a reputation as a club willing to give young English talents their chance to shine.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Well, looking good for Chelsea winning the PL again. Should keep that tosser on Talksport happy for once. Ruthless in front of goal and can’t see them slipping up now. Not impossible, just unlikely. Huddersfield in the playoffs for certain, but if Fulham make it, I can’t see past them. Not bothered either way, we’re already up and that’s all that matters. A win on Friday though will certainly put the jitters, up Brighton though. Pity Knockeart wasn’t sent off the other day though, without him they look bang average.
    Is the mackem v smoggy game on TV? Fancy a giggle watching the two worst teams in the league fighting it out as to who’s the absolute direst of the dire 🙂 Got 0-0 written all over it I reckon. ‘Going down, and going up, going do-wn and going up…’ 🙂

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  • manxpie

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t believe McCarthy has 1700 votes is it actually him multi voting!?
    Maguire defo over shawcross much younger huge potential and came through all the league’s which I feel is the right way and he is no slouch which seems to be the label he gets on here could do with hull going down tho lol

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Hail
    Can’t say you don’t make a fair point for those players and agree with you about maguire. Have to disagree with lotus cheek though if you mean take him from Chelsea on loan. Not sure if that’s what you mean or not?

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Hail, agree with McGuire, said we should’ve signed him when he was a kid at Sheffield Utd. Wouldn’t want Defoe, not if his arse was decked with diamonds. Way past his best and takes too many chances per goal for me. Not worth the wages he’s on over there either. Gayle’s a younger fitter version and Ditto Arma. All about opinions obviously but I’d like to think Rafa is aiming higher than that. Teillemans for sure, but I think he’ll have a choice. London seems the obvious choice, sadly. Ditto Sessegnon.
    Anyway, let Rafa pick players he wants for the way he intends to play. I think he’ll already know exactly who he wants, he’s meticulous on these things after all. Three great shouts though mate.

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  • jane

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #16

    from what i’ve seen i’d like Tammy Abraham or Ryan Sessegnon from that list and sell Rolando Aarons.

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  • Themesh

    Apr 25, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #17

    bobbyee which talksport tosser?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Jane
    What have I done to be sold like? That’s not very nice of you!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Bobbybee

    Yeah, despite my misgivings about some of our performances of late I’m just glad we’ve done it now.

    Rafa has the power, is extremely thorough, must have one of the best network of contacts in the game and won’t be taking dodgy Carr signings against his will. So exciting summer ahead I think. A busy one that’s for sure.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Watching the way premier league teams play and the quality of players the is zero room for sentiment.

    However momentum is everything in this game. I want to see those six 1st team players in as soon as possible. The shipping out should be a last priority.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Jason Cundy, Chelsea fan. Hates us for some reason. Always having a dig at us every chance we get. Says we’ve failed this season because we should’ve won the league by at least fifteen points. Forgetting of course that we’ve played forty-odd cup finals this season. In all the years he’s been on he’s never once given us credit for anything. As bitter as the worst mackem could be.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Ronaldo Aarons

    Loan would always be preferable for a player like him on the cusp, could go either way, unless he can be got for a bargain fee and shows the right willingness to want to leave for footballing reasons like Hayden did.

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  • Themesh

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah him hes on the sports bar at night mostly which i never listen to as the guy talks utter sh**e

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Hail
    For me I’d say no to a loan unless it had the option to buy with fee already agreed. Otherwise I don’t see why we should be loaning and developing other teams players when we have youngsters we should be developing ourselves. We got lucky that Hayden was under wenger as he has always put young players first and if they were better of leaving for their careers he’s always let them go.

    To be truthful I don’t really see what everyone else sees in loftus cheek, when I’ve seen the Chelsea youth play I’ve always felt he does well because of his physicality compared to other players. It helps that he has had really good players around him at youth level in Musonda, Palmer, brown, solanke, Abraham and baker etc. For me the gem of the group is Musonda.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Hail, that’s why I’m happy to leave it in his hands. He knows every player back to front and I think he’ll already know who he wants. Expect him to strike early as well, so he’s got a full pre season with them. We’ve probably all got our fantasy football list of players in our heads but most will never happen. He’ll do what he did this season and pick players to play his way. He surprised us with some signings in the summer, but proved to be right. I think we can expect another season of practical football as well, because the gap is quite large imo. I think this coming season is about just getting ready for the following season if I’m honest. Points will be hard to come by next season and he’ll only be buying half a team this summer. Get us established this season and push on the following one. I reckon he’ll extend his contract to finish the job off as well, which is a good thing for us. The damage was too much to fix overnight.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Ashley has spent a lot on Newcastle over the years, probably not quite enough, and certainly not at the right times, nor on consistent value, but the level of spending wouldn’t be too far away from what Rafa would likely accept. It’s most likely they’ll nut this out and Rafa will be with us next season and beyond.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Be nice to win the league but im just glad we are up….and to be honest i think brighton have dug out better results under pressure so if they win it fair do’s……u myt say they have been lucky or had more then there fair share of dodgy decisions but thats the way it goes….all we can do is win the remaining games and see how they do

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  • jane

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #28

    sorry Rolando i’d sell you because you haven’t done enough, injury prone, paid too much and been in trouble 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Themesh, you know him then lmao. You just summed him up very accurately 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Springy, I’m still hoping to win the league but I know it’s completely out of our own hands. If we beat Cardiff, we’re still relying on Brighton to lose at least one and draw/lose the other. Despite that, I refuse to give up hope! 🙂 The eternal optimist. Brighton could well collapse if we beat Cardiff though because it’s happened to them before. That said, I’m over the moon with promotion and let’s be honest, when we talk about trophies, we never mention the times we’ve won this one because it’s hardly worth bragging about. Whenever some idiot says to me ‘you’ vengeance never won nowt’, I can’t say I’ve ever corrected them with ‘We’ve won the Football league Champions Trophy twice’ 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 25, 2017 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #31

    You vengeance? Should read you’ve really. Why does auto correct correct you with nonsense? 🙂

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 26, 2017 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Stoke’s Jon Walters the latest to be linked

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  • stingray

    Apr 26, 2017 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #33

    Be good to see a list of all current players, and then have a discussion or vote on which players should remain to be potential Premier League starters; which to retain as squad players; and which should be released/sold.

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 26, 2017 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Stingray, go nuts…

    Darlow
    Sels
    Elliot
    Krul

    Yedlin
    Anita
    Sterry

    Lascelles
    Clark
    Hanley
    Mbemba
    Good

    Dummet
    Lazaar
    Haidara
    Gamez

    Shelvey
    Colback
    Hayden

    Diame
    Perez
    De Jong

    Atsu
    Ritchie
    Gouffran
    Aarons
    Ameobi

    Gayle
    Mitrovic
    Murphy
    Armstrong

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  • chicousa

    Apr 26, 2017 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #35

    Just to add to LewSpi v2.0’s list of players still under contract who have played at least one match with 1st team:

    Defense
    Kevin Mbabu
    Stuart Findlay

    Midfield
    Yasin Ben El-Mhanni
    Daniel Barlasser

    Forwards
    Adam Armstrong
    Ivan Toney

    Players out of contract as of end of this season:
    Henri Saivet
    Emmanuel Rivière
    Harris Vuckic
    Vernon Anita
    Yohan Gouffran
    Sammy Ameobi
    Christian Atsu (loan ends)

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 26, 2017 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #36

    DO NOT BUY DANIEL STURRIDGE…..

    or Defoe. Both are past their best, injury prone and on too much money.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2017 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Bobby,
    Failing to win either one is enough, two draws will see us pip them on GD if of course we win both of ours.
    If Brighton win the league they will have deserved it, if we win it we will have deserved it but neither deserve it more than the other. I’m sure Brighton have had a few didgy calls as well but we have not had 12 penalties, they have not had three points deducted for wrongful sendings off or imaginary injury time added, every team they play do not treat like a cup final as they are an established Championship team and a trip to the Amex is nothing special. Enough of this they deserve it more than us.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 26, 2017 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #38

    chicousa
    i think Emmanuel Rivière still has a year to run on his contact
    and unfortunately Henri Saivet still has 3 years on his

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 26, 2017 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Well it seems I’m missing a few! I’ll get them added, cheers.

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  • Sazzer

    Apr 26, 2017 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #40

    Darlow
    Elliot

    Yedlin
    Sterry

    Lascelles
    Clark
    Mbemba

    Dummet

    Shelvey
    Hayden

    Perez

    Ritchie
    Aarons

    Gayle
    Mitrovic

    Out:
    Sels, Atsu, Colback, Diame, Lazaar, Gamez, Good, Saivet, Rivière and Vuckic

    Loans:
    Armstrong, Toney

    I don’t mind selling but with 11 outs already guess these guys can stick around as backup for year if they want.
    Murphy, Hanley, Haidara, Anita, Krul, De Jong and Gouffran

    Ameobi and Mbabu is probably a sell but possibly a loan. Same with Stuart Findlay and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

    Daniel Barlasser still counts as under 21 I think so keep there or loan.

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