Newcastle Linked With World-Class Central Midfielder

The Sun claim today that Newcastle UNited are considering making a move for Manchester City central midfielder Yaya Toure, as it’s almost certain he will be leaving Manchester City this summer when his contract runs out.

Newcastle are said to be one of the clubs willing to pay his massive wages of around £250K/week which would easily make him the highest paid Newcastle player ever, but the competition for the Ivory Coast international could be tough.

Yaya is looking for first team football in the Premier League and he would get that at Newcastle but we wonder if we could afford this excellent player who has scored enough goals against us in his time.

Yaya Toure – free agent this summer

To get a team in the Premier League it seems that Yaya would need to reduce his wage demands.

Surprisingly, newly promoted Brighton are said to be interested as are West Ham so it doesn’t look like the big clubs are in for him but there has to be interest from top European sides too.

But we just cannot see Mike Ashley splashing out £250K/week on one player – not this summer – although he will need to do that in the future as Rafa builds a top side in the Premier League.

Yaya turns 34 years old on Saturday so he’s not going to get any better, which is one thing Mike Ashley and maybe even Rafa Benitez would like from the players he brings in, so there’s some sell-on value.

His contract runs out at the end of June so he would be a free agent but he would also probably want a huge signing-on bonus.

Yaya joined Manchester City from Barcelona back in 2010 and in seven seasons in Manchester, he’s made 295 appearances with 78 goals and 48 assists for City and he’s made 102 International appearances for the Ivory Coast.

Yaya’s been a world-class player in his time certainly, but maybe Rafa wants to bring in younger players who he can coach to become world class players of the future?

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24 comments so far

  • Bambams

    May 9, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    I would not want him….But in RAFA we trust (If this is accurate)

  • Steve Le Sleeve

    May 9, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    no thanks, pretty divisive character

  • duncandisorderly

    May 9, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Too slow, too old

  • firebug666

    May 9, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s a great player, but is not value pound for pound, at 34 years you are only looking at one season out of him.

    Rafa will be looking (i would hope) to build a team for the future and that would mean getting the spine of the team right and keeping them for a few years so he has something to build around.

    Loads of speculation, and a lot more to come over the next few months, but we all know Newcastle are very good at NOT giving out information, neither the press or the fans will have any clue as to who Rafa brings in until it’s a done deal.

    Still it’s nice to speculate.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Couldn’t bare wasting all that money on a cake n card every year.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 9, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Maybe RAFA could be after a player like Toure for one season – Premiership experience with a good club plus big and strong to try and help us stay there for the first season and try and establish ourselves.

    As at the minute our squad is quite young but VERY LIGHTWEIGHT

  • geordiemark

    May 9, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #7

    no thanks costs to much in wages, brilliant player yeah but to old now

  • firebug666

    May 9, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #8


    Anything is possible, we can only speculate. I think this is a none starter because of the money that would be involved and his age.

    I have a feeling players will be coming in from abroad where they are cheaper, and maybe a couple making the step up from the development squad.

  • Thump

    May 9, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d have him, but at his age he can’t be expecting a regular first team spot. Especially not at 250k a week, unless he fancies a trip to China.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa does seem to like a big powerful player who can burst through midfield like a Toure in his prime I can see us signing a player who like this in the summer but not this guy! Diame could have been that player but it doesn’t look like he can do it anymore either!

  • funguswatty

    May 9, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #11

    From the sun again so no credibility as they seem to love publishing rubbish about our beloved NUFC plus to old

  • Jib

    May 9, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Guardiola has offered him an extension at much reduced wages.
    If we could match those new wages plus a guarantee of regular first team footy it could happen.

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d rather pay 30 mil for William Carvalho. That boy is a beast!

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Or Danilo

  • sparky55

    May 9, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Not for me thanks…and everyone around him would be nowhere near the class he’s been used to playing with…he’d be spitting his dummy out in frustration all the time because the movement and support wouldn’t be there.

    Same thing happened when Keegan first came…First game against QPR at St James he was collecting the ball and attempting to make a 1-2’s all the time but the player who gave him the ball thought his job was done and didn’t move into space for the return. Keegan didn’t spit his dummy out but he was sure as hell frustrated at the lack of quality and nouse of the team mates around him.

    Yaya wouldn’t be able to cope with the gulf of class and would prove to be a waste of time.


  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #16


    Yeah would love him I am surprised he has not moved from Portugal yet as hes been around a while

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #17


    Maybe he’ll move this summer, to the toon :D.
    One can dream

  • dannitoon

    May 9, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #18

    250k a week is only 12m a year…. which is good due to no fee….if he was only 30-31 then you could believe it… but then again its the ScUN shines outta its arse paper..

  • lochinvar

    May 9, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #19

    I read that Toure had been offered a new wage structure reduced from £250,000 to £100,000 probably to force him out.
    Life’s a bitch

    Just thinking that we’re not going to pay that level of wage but then again a new Chinese sponsor looking for publicity might just. Didn’t something like that happen with Owen ?

  • TyneMouth

    May 9, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Less than two days after the unforgettable conclusion to the season, there are so many negative postings appearing on this blog.
    It’s understandable that people are cautious of Ashley’s intentions, but there is no new evidence that Rafa’s proposals for the future will be rejected.
    Stick with the facts;
    There is a meeting scheduled between the club owner and the manager, no date but imminent.
    Rafa talks of discussion about his ‘blueprint’ and the owner’s ideas.
    Rafa talks of strengthening the team and upgrading facilities, no hints regarding individuals or budget.
    Two years ago MA approved a transfer budget of £80m. That was then and has no bearing on what will happen this summer.
    Stick to the facts, speculation is interesting and fun, but the negative comments related to what did and what didn’t happen in the January transfer market are pure heresay.
    What ever went on, or not, there was a happy ending, and Rafa is still here, and more to the point talking about “the next ten years”!
    Keep the faith…

  • Owldman

    May 9, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Paper talk again the silly season silly season in in the press come up with some real belters,

  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    I stopped reading when it said “The Sun says”

  • Phil K

    May 9, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #23

    At the end of a wonderful career ? At 250,000 a week ? No way. He may get that in China, but he’s no spring chicken and his glory days are behind him.
    Offer him 100 grand maybe – or better still, pay per performance. Goals, Assists appearances making up the payment.
    You produce, we pay arrangement
    We’ve had too many treating Newcastle as a soft touch

  • nufc 11

    May 9, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Keep Ya Ya much rather lotus Cheek, Shane long, Charlie Daniels, Kevin miralles, Defoe, Cairney, Andre Gray


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