Newcastle Should Sign These Two Experienced Players And Pay Out The £33M – They’re Worth It


The two players Rafa Benitez was agitating to get Mike Ashley to sign in January were Everton central midfielder James McCarthy and former Newcastle winger  Andros Townsend – who decided to leave us when we were relegated last year.

Ashley did not oblige.

When you want to sign two players in January you have to assume Rafa Benitez still wants to sign these two players in the summer, but we don’t seem to have made a strong move for either one of them.

In fact we were expecting one of the first players through the door this summer to be Andros Townsend, but to be fair Sam Allardyce did surprisingly resign in May and Crystal Palace appointed Dutchman Frank de Boer in his place.

25 year-old Andros Townsend – looks like he just scored

It’s realistic to think Palace needed to give Frank some time in the job to decide whether or not he wants to keep the player.

But there again assuming the release clause of £13M is still in Andros’ contract that would have nothing to do with it.

That’s because if Newcastle meet the release price, we are then allowed to talk to Andros and if he wants to come back to Newcastle then compensation would need to be agreed and he would become a Newcastle player again.

As far as James McCarthy goes, Leicester City have become interested in the player and they were quoted a price tag of £25M by Everton after Newcastle were told we could have James for £20M in January.

Nothing good ever seems to come of delaying any move into the transfer market or delaying signing a player because of long drawn-out negotiations when you are simply trying to save a buck.

26 year-old James McCarthy

While we don’t know the inside story of any of the failed transfer attempts this summer, it does seem that Newcastle are penny-pinching far too much again.

Yes – it’s always satisfying to get a good deal in the transfer market – but you cannot always do that – especially for (very) good players.

So it’s a bit of a mystery why we don’t seem to have gone after James McCarthy and Andros Townsend, who are two experienced and classy Premier League players.

They would be worth £33M to Newcastle – always assuming we can still get James for £20M – an assumption.

But Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley would have to agree to part with £33M to get these two very good players through the door – who have already proved they are good players in the Premier League.

That’s unlike some of the other transfer targets we have been going after this summer.

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34 comments so far

  • smoke beer, drink tabs

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Always rated James McMillan!!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed
    Dunno why you keep pushing McCarthey as one we should buy, I don’t think that many on the blog agree with you, certainly not at the price they are asking for him. Personally I wouldn’t pay £10m for him even at today’s over-inflated prices.

    As for Andros I think that ship has long sailed.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    No thanks for either of them.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #4

    James McMillan is just who we need!!! The youth and creativity of James Mcarthy + the experience and crossing of James Milner.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed – after a pep talk from Sammy Lee – Townsend wants to continue at Palace

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t see Mccarthy as an option personally. His price has gone up anyway I believe but not that fussed myself. I see Townsend as a better option, but maybe Rafa sees Murphy as a better choice given his age? One thing’s for certain, we won’t be signing every winger we’ve been linked with so I see it as one or the other. Which in turn might explain why we’re umming and arring over Murphy? Murphy at 16 or Andros at 13? Only Rafa knows and he ain’t telling, so wait n see I suppose.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Hahaha I wish people would stop using the word linked

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Has anyone got experience of watching Hearts TV. Such as how many cameras, close ups etc.
    It’s not a slight upgrade from that Periscope mullarkey – is it.

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  • giimps

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #9

    If you go to the hearts web page hearts tv have links to previous games, it looks ok although the camera while centrally situated is back a bit.

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  • giimps

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I only checked one link though so am unsure if it’s always like that or better/worse

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Randolph no thanks.
    Joe Hart going there and we get there cast off. Think we would get the bum deal there

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Linked! It’s such a great word! I love it!

    Linked
    Linked
    Linked

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Jazzy
    I’d rather have fcuking Rudolph. Think we ought to just stick with the keepers we have this season tbh. Concentrate on strengthening the outfield positions.

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  • Bambams

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    I know they are loaded but city splash £50 million on one player in what seems like less than three days.

    We took three weeks to sign one player who had a release clause !

    In relation to this article I cannot see either of these two signing. If Townsend was interested in coming back it would of already happened (imo)

    Everton lad too expensive.

    Who we will bring in is anybody’s guess

    Just hope my theory they are trying to sign the ‘cheaper’ players first rather than marquee signings first which would then tempt other clubs to put their prices up thinking we have money.

    #clutchingatstraws

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Would be disappointed to lose a talented youngster like Gibson. However, he’s probably doing the best for his career. We just do not give youngsters a chance unless of an injury crisis. Then regardless of how they play or if they’re out of position they are removed from the team once the injury crisis clears up.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Shirebrook

    I’m trying to get Mr Bee to bite

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Shirebrook

    We probably will end up signing Rudolph at the rate we going.
    I hope he can bring the rest of his mates as well

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #18

    3 hours 18 minutes to KO

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #19

    I personally think us chasing a keeper is ridiculous. We have a top young prospect who has stood out for every club on each loan and has also performed well at all levels for England, including the recent summer tournament. I’d rather he was given the opportunity to play for us. He’s good enough, he’s old enough.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #20

    FYI, just booked the game for tonight, for those without the ability to nick it for free – like me. 🙂
    Go on the Hearts FC website and find the TV option. They want a lot of info from you, from name, to your last girlfriends phone number etc but once through that crap you just pay the 5.99 and bingo. I imagine you’ll get a better stream than a dodgy so it boils down to how you want to view it I suppose. For that price it’s a bit of a no brainer really.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Mr T, just watching now and it’s pretty much like a normal TV game matey. Proper camera etc. Looks well worth 5.99

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Jazzy
    Bees don’t bite, they sting lol

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Jazzy
    I think the press have exhausted the keeper targets and are now scraping the proverbial “barrel” just to get clicks mate

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  • frankie

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #24

    I’ve read elsewhere that Hearts tv live is only available to view overseas. Not sure if true just sharing info.

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #25

    So our options for tonight
    Pay £6
    Or fire up the kodi and watch on sports devil

    Nufc missing a trick here
    I would pay our club to watch the game
    And £60 per year to watch the games i dont go too.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #26

    well england is across the tweed will that count ???????????????????????

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  • hibbit

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #27

    the scots definitely class us as foreigners we should be ok !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Shirebrook

    Yeah we’ve been cast to that many players now even the media are running out of options , To the point even our very own Edd’s starting to go over old stomping ground.
    Just been a quick walk across the beach and I’ve only seen 4 turds floating along in the Skeggy sea at the moment.
    And the all had Mackem scarfs wrapped round em !!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Now why would I bite at you Jazzy? 🙂 We all know linked means via the media and not worth the paper it’s printed on, or the metadata, or whatever they call it nowadays. And you’re not the Messiah, you’re a very naughty boy! 🙂

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m pretty underwhelmed with the Murphy link he has okay pace limited skill and for 16m being touted is ridiculous. On the Norwich forum they don’t seem bothered, some say they were gutted when Redmond left but not if it was Murphy and that he’s overrated and the brother is better.

    Maybe Charnley and Ashley really aren’t aware of how weak our squad is compared to teams in the bottom half, Watford signing Chalobah for 5m WTF 100 times better than Colback and a bargain ???

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobbybee

    Evening my friend how are we. Any juicy gossip on the transfer front today ??

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  • goalseeker

    Jul 14, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Give up lads I think we are going into the PL with what we have got. Charnley took 5 weeks to negotiate a player who had a release clause in his contract, he has been all summer negotiating (if you can use what he does with that word) for a player Rafa wants and is desperate to come to Tyneside and wear a black and white shirt but he wants to out negotiate a supreme negotiator that no one else has been able to out negotiate at every club he has been with but the little fat frog is inflated with his own ego. The only thing we have done successfully is to have a great young defender who has been creating massive attention of the big clubs and has a great future in the game, so what do we do let him sign for Everton he is obviously going to be too good for us. we will have the left overs thank you they cost us nought and the fat frog can say to the fatter Ash look how much I haven’t spent and we will get an umbrella payment when we go down next season I’m a good boy. At long last they have got through to me also I am fed up and as frustrated as hell.

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 14, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #33

    No to McCarthy. Everton will want over 10m and I wouldn’t pay that. He’s not the type of player we need!

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jul 14, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Townsend is one of the most dynamic attacking players in the league. We really missed out not signing him permanently when we had the chance. Another example of Ashley’s tight-arse economics not paying off.

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