Newcastle Have Surprise Number One Striker Target

The Northern Echo is reporting today that Newcastle will make Bournemouth striker Joshua King their number one attacking target this summer.

The 25 year-old 27 times Norwegian International (7 goals) joined Manchester United in 2008 from Valerenga in Norway when he was 16 years old and he then moved to Blackburn for two years in 2103 before joining the Cherries two years ago.

In the two seasons he’s been with the south coast club he’s scored 22 goals in 70 total appearances, but he’s had  a really good second season this term at the Cherries.

Joshua King – Bournemouth forward

A key area to improve for Rafa will be the forward line and the ability of our upfront players to take the many chances that we seem to be able to create.

We missed out on a lot of points last season in the Championship because we just couldn’t convert the chances to kill off the games when we were well on top.

In fact when Dwight Gayle was injured earlier this year we struggled.

Aleksandar Mitrovic couldn’t seem to score the goals for us and had only 6 goals in 29 total appearances for the club last term in the second division – not a good return for the Serbian International.

Joshua King seems to have really blossomed this season for Bournemouth and he’s scored 15 goals in 35 Premier League appearances this term, which is not bad at all.

King will not be a cheap buy for us and there will be other PL clubs after the Oslo-born player this summer and the fee could be over £20M for the striker.

But he is quick and skillful and seems the type of mobile striker Rafa wants in the side.

We’re not sure what will happen with Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer although the news in the local press has been he will not be sold.

However Mitro has been disappointing in the two seasons on Tyneside with only 15 goals in 65 appearances and he could bring big money in the transfer market if we were to sell him this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 13, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    United by Cancer
    Divided by Leagues
    is the most tasteless , stupid , thing I’ve seen in a long time.

    My post was taking the mick out of the whole sorry affair.

    and WHOOSH !!!!!

    it went right over certain posters , thick heads

    Expatmag has an excuse he worked with Aussies for years – but Hibbit ffs man you’re making Mr Tuff look intelligent !!!

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    and appealed to your perverted sense of humour
    you’re the tasteless pervert scumbag that posted it

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    backpedaling now jib

  • Jamseyd24

    May 13, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    only players I think would do a job next yr in the prem are :


  • Budge123

    May 13, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib your post didn’t read like that. It read as if you thought the tasteless pic you posted was funny

  • lochinvar

    May 13, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Looks like we need a Minister for Peace.
    I’ll give Jeremy a call and see who’s available.
    Diane ?
    Great – transfer Budget for Rafa is now £500 million
    Or is it £500 per player ?

    Anyway – no banners please over the Stadium of Plight
    Better that ” Silence is Golden”
    Leave them looking skywards and listening out for the fly past that doesn’t happen. It’ll keep them amused for hours at a time !

  • catchy in norway

    May 13, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7


    wow, 2 good enough 2 not good enough, 1 with a lot to prove and clark missing from your list, our best cd from last season

  • magpie6699

    May 13, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    I can see both sides of the banner argument. Personally I would rather not have had the banner and just put the money towards charity to prove a) we have more class and b) we’re not obsessed with our nearest neighbours, unlike them.
    On the other hand… “They started it”; “What goes around comes around” etc. As for the slogan, it’s a damned sight more tasteful and moderate than their gloating and tasteless one last year.
    So I don’t totally condemn the people who felt that way – just thought we were better than that.

  • AncientC

    May 13, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9

    I didn’t know the righteous brothers were back… hibbit & budge.

    Let’s use little Bradley to settle some blog scores. Pathetic.

  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Going DOWN, Going UP,
    Should have been the banner!
    Stuff the Cockroach mackem scumbags!

  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    JIB’s banner would be preferable to the one they’re using!

  • Jib

    May 13, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12

    It looks like have given up on their rumours section – it only goes up to 20th April !!
    I can’t say I blame them – they’d need a 6 man team to keep up with the crap that’s flying around about NUFC.
    It’s just going to intensify

  • Budge123

    May 13, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Ancient C – pathetic indeed.
    You could have posted exactly the same comment to Jib but chose not to.
    I wonder why

  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #14

    I really hope the 17th minute applause stops, next season.
    Less and less join in – it’s embarrassing!
    Should be done every year in the pre-season game as a tribute and not during the season.

  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Somebody has just tweeted this:-

    “Just messaged Darren Curry, the bloke with the pathetic banner. Told me to f… off. Just shows his mentality. #nufc”

  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Maybe easier for to list players not linked with us!

  • toontaff2

    May 13, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Ron, was it posada?

  • Budge123

    May 13, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Toon taff I’m with you on the 17th min applause. It’s dropped off so much it’s becoming almost the opposite of what it is intended as.

  • expatmag

    May 13, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #19


    You can attempt to look intelligent by disparaging aussies which I find funny as you have never centured here but the fact remains that the comments on the last thread by you only displayed your ignorance and total lack of moral fibre.

    Everyone is well aware of the situation regarding Bradley Lowery but your attempt to turn it into a joke was tasteless and disgusting.

    If you had taken the time to watch the video of Bradley on a recent thread, you may have had second thoughts on posting such rubbish .

    You reputation as the blog idiot has been well and truly enhanced now.

  • TudorCrisps

    May 13, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #20

    JIB = bellend

    Gan boil ya heed

  • dneville

    May 14, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #21


    Idk, I think Gayle will be decent enough. Maybe not as the number 1, def need to bring in someone to push him, but I don’t think he will be a bust.

    Will Krul still be with the Club? I haven’t read anything about wether or not he will go or stay. I’d like to see him at least push in he preseason.

    If not King, what about someone like Vardy or Benteke?


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