Report – Rafa Wants This Ghanaian International As Priority Signing

Newcastle seem to be going after Ghanaian International players this summer, after we took up the option on Christian Atsu, after the 25 year-old a good season on loan from Chelsea and Rafa decided to sign him for £6.2M and he looks a good buy given today’s high prices for players.

On Saturday, Newcastle were linked with his Ghanaian International team-mate Frank Acheampong who plays for Anderlecht – and would you believe it but today there are reports linking us with Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah.

Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah plays for Torino

The 25-year-old plays for Torino and Ghana Soccer are reporting that Acquah is a priority signing for Rafa Benitez.

Juventus are also said to be interested in the 18 times capped Ghanaian International and of course it would be a convenient move for Acquah to join Juventus since the Italian Champions are based in Turin.

Juventus have won the Italian Serie A Championship a total of 33 times and for each of the last six seasons in succession.

The report in Ghana Soccer says Rafa was all ready to sign the Ghanaian last summer, but Newcastle being relegated stopped that from happening – although we have no record of Newcastle ever being linked with this player in the press until now.

If Juventus are really after the player, there may be little hope that Rafa can attract him to Newcastle, although Rafa has that way of convincing players to join him at clubs he manages.

Afriyie Acquah played at Palermo and German club 1899 Hoffenheim before he joined Torino in 2015 and he’s played 39 times for his current club with 5 goals.

Rafa Benitez is looking at different ways in which he can strengthen the Newcastle squad that won the Championship earlier this month and he needs some creativity and some goal-scoring prowess at the very least added to the side.

Comments welcome.

87 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    May 30, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes please !!! Mentioned a few days ago we needed an enforcer and this guy fits the bill perfectly. Decent bombing forward too, though I suspect Rafa would reign in that side of his game

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 30, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    I can see The African Cup of Nations being a real thorn in our side if we have too many Africans.

  • Ron Knee

    May 30, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3


    If you google “summer transfer window 2017 dates”, you get 1st July!

  • lochinvar

    May 30, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Could be good and there are loads of reasons to join NUFC rather than Juve

    Atsu -buddy in town
    No Mafia only the occasional Mackem

  • martoon

    May 30, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    With all due respect I’m not sure how a reporter for Ghana Soccer is close enough to Rafa to know what his ‘priority signings’ are!

  • loonie-toon

    May 30, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #7

    apparently were 4/1 to resign sissko

  • Our Toon

    May 30, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #8


    From English club to English club or free agents.

    Ron – you could go on Wikipedia and change it to December 1st, it’s not overly reliable.

    Contracts expire on 30th June is for players that have waited to see out contracts and agreed a pre deal elsewhere. They won’t officially move until the end of contract.

    If we sign Andre Gray he’d officially become a toon player on 9th June, if we sign Carvalho from Lisbon he’d officially become a toon player on 1st July

  • Ibizatoon

    May 30, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #9

    “Someone once told me the grass is much greener, on the other side, but I paid a visit and it’s possible I missed it…”

    Poor Moussa, he just wants some honesty. He best get himself an account on this blog!

  • sing in the corner

    May 30, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    On the clubs website an announcement has been made advising existing season ticket holders you can now renew from today til 26th June. After that they will be available for general sale.
    Currently vacant seats will go on sale 19th June..

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 30, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Save me a seat next to you so I can annoy the fcuk out of ya 😀 😀

  • martoon

    May 30, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #12

    sing in the corner @10 – Yeah I saw that and they are holding last years prices which I was pleasantly surprised at.

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 30, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    We are signing Acquah man? !

    I’ll get my coat..

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 30, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #14

    23 apps this season. 2 yellows and 3 reds. No thankyou! 7 of those were sub appearances too!

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 30, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #15

    The new tiote?

  • hibbit

    May 30, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #16

    the african cup of nations would become a huge problem signing this amount of Ghanaian/African players

  • jazzyp

    May 30, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Poor man’s Carvalho….. let’s not go down this route again please

  • Wandering Geordie

    May 30, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Rumour has it Darlow is not required by Rafa.

  • G

    May 30, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Has anybody actually seen the Retained list yet? Is it likely to be made public?

  • so-far-king-quick

    May 30, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #20

    just popping in with a thought would anyone give siem de jong a chance this season based on the fact if hes fully fit. Hes a man in abit of form at the moment 6 goals in his last 7 starts think its something like a goal every hour in his last 360 minutes of football.


    May 30, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #21

    I would hold on to him tbh,he has quality if fit and as it stands now..we dont have a number 10 of the quality he has been in the past….so keeping him till at least jan to see if he has anything to offer…could work in our favour…..if hes fit like.

  • so-far-king-quick

    May 30, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d keep him if hes fit and ready to go nothing to lose, i was a big fan long before we signed him and was well excited when we did its just been unlucky for him, he seems to really want to play for thr club though which is a bonus fully fit and on it hes class like.


    May 30, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #23

    His desire to prove himself here has been mentioned in a few articles I’ve seen so cant knock him for that….lets hope he has a fully fit pre-season

  • jazzyp

    May 30, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #24

    If SDJ could produce the form of old and the way he played against Man City seasons back… then yes all day long.
    Like many I was buzzing when we signed this lad, But he’s just not been able to stay fit


    May 30, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Is that Siem de Jong of 4/5 years ago? Not much chance of that fella showing up mate we have to make do with the one in the iron lung

  • Mister Tuff

    May 30, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Ref Sky getting the window dates wrong. They’ve done it before. Cannot remember if it was the last window or last summer they got it wrong. submitted a couple of posts about it at the time.

    Silly season at the moment -we are being linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry in football. Not worth even reading half the speculation.

  • jazzyp

    May 30, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #27


    I know mate. He looked a class act at one time,But yet another that could be shown the door

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 30, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #28

    No to SDJ his days are over unfortunately.
    Darlow is a bit harsh but if it’s true reina, elliot and woodman I’d be ok with that. For me darlow has been a good shot stopper but is not top level sadly…I can see a few being like that

  • sing in the corner

    May 30, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Nee bother 🙂 I think the kid on the end of my row is moving seats so you never know!
    The only way you could annoy me is if you are one of those non-singing, arriving after kick off, leaving 5 mins before full time, prefer to be chatting to his mate about work than wTch the game kind of non entities. There’s one or two knocking about here and there, believe it or not!
    They should go to the Milburn for that!

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 30, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Aye that sh1t is annoying mate.
    Do they bring their own food as well 😀

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 30, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #31

    I thought Darlow was outstanding last season. I can’t believe people would be happy for him to go.

  • sing in the corner

    May 30, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Probably. Werthers originals and a flask of coffee 🙂

  • Our Toon

    May 30, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #33

    If be happy for darlow to go, he’s a decent championship keeper. Has errors in him, costly errors as well, was poor in the PL with errors in at least 3 games. Back end if last season he messed up big time in a few games.

    Made some very good saves but his biggest downfall is the lack of communication from him and sometimes his shot stopping

    From his time in the PL I remember the goal he conceded against Norwich away, diving past the ball which went above him. WBA away when he spilled a simple save which cost us a point. Spurs at home when he got beat from a ridiculous angle.

  • jazzyp

    May 30, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #34


    I see plenty a people in the Gallowgate not singing pal.
    Don’t tar everyone with the same brush. We not all prawn and salad brigade in the Platinum

  • Lindisfarne

    May 30, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Exit Thomas Tuchel

  • RUNAWAY777

    May 30, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Martoon don’t think dates means much away apart from closing dates as most clubs get there players signisd up well before it opens so just need to send papers to the F.A when window opens bro

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #37

    I think we’re going to be the first club ever to sign all of the players we’ve been connected with. Yes, that’s right lads the squad is going to have more than 100 players! It’s going to be very crowded on the bus.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Right then Ibiza I’ve got my honey badger Cyril flaring his nostrils beautifully. And you said it couldn’t be done!

  • Tinman

    May 30, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Bring back HBA

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Darlow is a bit young to give up on isn’t he? We’ve got both experience and youth in wor goalkeeping group right now. Let’s not just rush out and bring in an elderly Spaniard with orthopedic shoes!


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