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Rafa Benitez Moves Back In For Former Target Of Three Years Ago

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There are one or two bits of transfer news today but it certainly seems like clubs like Bournemouth and Watford, who have been in the Premier League for a couple of years now and Stoke for a lot longer have a lot more cash to spend than Newcastle after we were relegated a year ago.

In May we ended up getting £40M in a parachute payment from the Premier League and £7.1M from the Championship like every other Championship club (wherever you finished in the table) from the two leagues while Bournemouth finished 9th in the Premier League – their highest finish in their history.

The Cherries got around £125M for that – almost £80M more than Newcastle – so you can see it is very costly to be relegated from the PL.

22 year-old Milan winger M’Baye Niang on loan at Watford this year

The best thing after being relegated is to come straight back up and we did that, but it’s starting to look like we could continue to struggle in this transfer window and it’s because we are being outbid by these middle of the table clubs.

News today in the Evening Standard that we seem to be after one of our previous transfer targets of a few years ago – AC Milan winger M’Baye Niang.

We’ve been linked with this player for over three years now and back in January of 2015 we tried to get  Niang on a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season, but it was turned down.

But Newcastle  continued discussions to try to get the deal made permanent that January, but with no success.

The winger was on loan at Watford from last January after seeming to fall out of favor at Milan and he played 16 times in all competitions for Watford with a couple of goals and two assists

M’Baye Niang is now back at AC Milan for preseason and the news is that the Hornets have bid £5M for him and that’s in our price range but the  bid was turned down and Milan want a whopping £18M for him.

AC Milan must have worked out that Watford are in the Premier League.

Newcastle are reported to be ready to bid for the French-born winger – maybe for a permanent deal.

This lad is not worth £18M and if that price is a firm one by the Italian giants then Newcastle will not be interested in the youngster, although we could be interested in taking him on loan for the season with an option to buy next year – but for less than £18M.

Niang started his career at Caen in 2007 and moved to Milan in 2012 when Premier League clubs  Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham were also interested in buying him.

He has had loan spells since 2013 at Montpellier, Genoa and Watford and has played 77 times for Milan with 12 goals and 10 assists.

M’Baye has played for the French U16, U17 and U21 sides and it seems our best bet would be to try to get this lad in on loan.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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23 comments so far

  • hobobicus

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m not sure why we are looking at earnings from last year as to why we can’t spend? Either way you look at it… We are guaranteed 130 odd million at the end of this season so you could look at it that way. Or when we went down last year we earned 100ish mil from the prem plus 30 million in transfers…. The money is there to spend no matter what.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Get your point hoboicus, but from that money you also have a club to run, along with the training facilities and wages throughout. Ashley refused to lay people off, unlike Norwich and Villa, so the ancillary costs remained the same. Costs a lot of money to keep a concern like ours running mate.
    Not saying that’s where all the money went, but I think needs to be taken into consideration. Can you imagine the leccy bill with those lights? 🙂

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  • Jib - xenophobic mardy flapper

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #3

    The season before last when we were relegated we got £73million
    The 100+ money didn’t kick in until season 2016/17

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Right, got to make a video call to my grandkids so I’m away for now. Later chaps.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #5

    I hear that little Bradley has sadly lost his brave fight. Very sad. A big Geordie hug to his family.
    Jermaine Defoe will also be greatly affected – he’s shown great character in supporting his “best pal” and has earned huge respect. Sunderland will show the family huge support and rightly so.
    Others will add their thoughts .

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    RIP – Bradley brought a lump to my that when read it on hear sad day.

    On the TOON – Do we know that tight fist ALCO-ASH is not giving RAFA the money to spend or is it our useless negotiators or RAFA is not really going after these players and just paper talk. I don’t know but many a sentence has been wrote.

    Me – I haven’t a bloody clue but if like past windows going to be a hard slog

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    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #7

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    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Ooh I now this Mr Tuff
    It was you in 1989 talking about Sunlun
    before KK came to SJP and you changed clubs

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    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #9

    know even

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    Comment #10

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