These Two Signings Would Be Stellar For Newcastle – But Club Must Show Ambition


Newcastle has been linked with two top players in the last few days.

It seems that Rafa Benitez has an interest in Arsenal’s Lucas Perez and also 22-year-old  Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa and both these players would vastly increase the class in the Newcastle squad.

While Rafa and Lee Charnley have done very well under challenging circumstances this summer to get five players through the door for a net outlay of under £5M, we still lack some class in the squad.

Lucas Perez is reported to be available for £13.4M, and that would be money well spent, but again Newcastle is balking at the price of the Arsenal striker.

22-year-old Angel Correa in Argentine colors

We’re not sure how much 22-year-old Angel Correa would cost, but he’s a young Argentine International who would only get better under Rafa’s tutelage on Tyneside.

Correa has 16 goals and 15 assists in 83 matches for Atletico, and he’s an excellent player in the making – just the type of player Rafa wants to bring to Newcastle.

And Perez last season scored 7 goals and had 5 assists for Arsenal in only 21 games – another very decent return.

Newcastle doesn’t want to pay the £13.4M Perez fee but now’s the time to have some courage and show some real ambition for the future.

You cannot get class players through the door without paying out the money – we tried that with Graham Carr in charge of transfers, and it doesn’t work long term.

Newcastle needs to show ambition and pay out the money for these two top players.

Sign them up.

Comment welcome.



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106 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    easier said than done Ed got to get this logjam of deadwood out first and off the wage bill or it won’t happen

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  • Mag52

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

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    ‘Newcastle needs to show some ambition’ you say Ed.
    The manager has ambition, plenty of it.
    The players have ambition.
    The fans have ambition, limitless.
    Who is lacking, it seems, in ambition ? The bloke in control of the purse strings.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    If nufc f@ck this season up and rafa leaves as some think on here which could well happen I will walk away send my season ticket back in pieces this fat twat is not a human he’s animal and as such should be put out of his misery . Ps I am trying to work out why rafa is taken this shit from this lot.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Saviet rivi haidira please leave our club. Greedy French players taking up the wage bill. Useless Pl players. The Carr legacy

    Hanley and good and darlow do the honourable thing and drop a division like murphy

    Lazaar back to Italy please

    Mbemba krul and mitro. ..you guys are a lil unlucky but are too inconsisent, let us down 2 seasons ago and you might actually fetch us some transfer fees so I won’t she’d a tear if you go.

    Would the team be worse off if we got rid of these 10 players and replaced with a lb..am…st..cm….gk

    CTaylor correa Perez samaris reina

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think it was actually Carr that gave out five year deals, that would have been down to a succession of casino managers, alcholic ex football managers, crazy gang members and promoted tea boys all following a blueprint laid out by a tat shop owner

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Watford signing a Brazilian and wolves too but we can’t get two top players in he knows we will still turn up week in week out well f@ck you here’s one mug that will not sorry lads

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  • Fostino

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail for ashley

    🙂 very good. Your right. The same people that gave pardew and Carr himself an 8 year contract

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  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8

    RUNAWAY777

    still 30 days go in this window take it easy mate planty time !!!!!!!!!!
    if when the window closes your not happy its up to you but till then try and be patient

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Richarlison to Watford smacks of desperation.

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  • martoon

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    It is easy with 20 20 hindsight to say why did we give that player such a long contract. At the time we are trying to entice them to come to NUFC then contract length will be an attraction and it protects us stopping them walking away on a free. If we gave a player a short contract and they turned out to be world class and walked away on a free we would be equally as upset as we are with Rivi and Haidara.
    However saying all that, like Jail, I’m baffled why we gave Hanley such a long contract knowing he was for the short term while we were in the Championship.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe terminate the contracts of the dead wood and release them to find another club

    We will loose out on the transfer fee – Good, Hiadara, Riviere cannot be worth that much – so be it but it will reduce the wage bill and leave space to bring in new players

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    None of the deadwood players owe us anything – the club agreed to pay them and put them on long contracts. Saivet, Rivierre, Haidara and Krul will unlikely ever get a similar wage again, so they are not going to take a wage hike.
    Lazaar was a low risk signing, as we needed cover. Up to him, if he wants to be a mainstay in the deadwood pile.
    Hanley may be kept as a squad player.
    Good will likely be loaned to a lower league team.
    Think Mbemba, Mitro, Darlow and Jack will be the ones we could get some £££ for.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Charlie,
    You can’t just term I ate a contract pal unless it’s by mutual agreement and a settlement reached, why do you think Marveaux and Xisco hung around for so long like rotten bad smells.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Krul, Haidara and Good are contracted until June 2018.
    Riviere until June 2020.
    Saivet until June 2021.
    According to.com.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #15

    toontaff,
    The way this window has gone it would be crazy to get rid of Mitro leaving us to find two strikers, I’m still puzzled over the GK situation as well. Unless we can bring in Reina what is up with having Elliot, Krul and Darlow as our keepers while we consolidate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Riverie here for another three years 😮

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  • carl

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail you believe what you want but you’re wrong. Carr was Ashley’s first link in the self sufficiency chain. He offered the honey by enticing with indication of wages and length of contract. He promised annual reviews to further entice. Long before any contact with Ceo at club etc.
    Hence the early signing of Cabaye it was a done deal . Rohan just had to convince his missus. I suspect it was this involvement by Carr that got him the lengthy contract from Ashley. Mike saw it as a highly lucrative conveyor belt of signings.
    I know this because I had a chat with Cabaye at London Bridge having introduced myself as a fan and a Toon. With his contract up at end of season at Lille he was talking to Carr for months and promised a lot before ever meeting with those he called the bureaucrats at the club.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Meanwhile, Matic to Manure for a mere 40million!

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  • carl

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Yohan

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  • Fostino

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #20

    These players surely must reals 3 years of running down a contract abd not playing will get them a very small Co tract after and make nothing of their football talent. ..however limited it might be. Where is their sense of pride

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  • posada

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #21

    French media say Hadaira is on 20K a week.
    He’s been offered half that by a French club, but would that be for a longer time? Who knows. Also, how much does he actually want to play football?
    Said on here a while back we will have to pay these people to leave.
    His agent knows we are desperate for him to go, we have shown our hand, consequently if he has any sense at all he will be wanting more out of NUFC.
    If a player has his career ended by injury it used to be, probs still is, that he gets half of his contract paid up.
    We should use that as a guide and pay him and others that to leave. We have made them write offs, so look at it as half of their wages saved not half of their wages paid for nowt.
    And the moral of the story is – be careful who you sign.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Me – I cannot understand how Ashley cannot see spending a wee bit extra to get the players in RAFA needs to have a chance of staying up and the rewards we will reep staying in the Premiership at least another season with its cash payouts.

    If we scrimp haggle over a few million and don’t get the players over the line, get relegated then the club will loose out on millions as we will only get one large payout and back to square one – parachute payment.

    ASHLEY – I thought you were a astute businessman – look at the bigger picture you MORON

    With the squad we have at the minute – we might have a chance of staying up if we get no injuries to our ‘first eleven’
    If we get injuries as we have in the past seasons in the Premiership then we are certanties for relegation!!!!! – sorry lads ‘n’ lasses stark facts!!

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  • AncientC

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #23

    In relation to contracts; this is why I have always believed Cabaye should have been rewarded with a better contract.

    If you have a policy of improving the terms of players that perform – you can then offer shorter deals. It is fairly obvious the 5/6 year deals are given out in the hope that a player performs, the club doesn’t need to give said player a pay-rise (if performs) because of contract length, then said player will want to depart because they are playing at a level that they can earn more elsewhere. This policy guarantees the club loses its best players – meanwhile the club is stuck with the worst.

    The club has done very well out of selling a host of players. I am not buying this excuse of not buying reinforcements until deadwood is shifted. You profit on some players, lose on others.

    The club is going to lose money on Riviere, Haidara, and Saivet, eitherway – not buying reinforcements does not mean those loses will be saved. If anything, getting in the players now that can be more cost effective will help to make up the difference on loses… especially before another year of inflationary prices.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Fostino – I think that is the biggest failure in the system – these players have no pride, no bottle, no ambition – very poor characters, like Sissoko, Marveaux, Squidward, even Cabaye and Ben Arfa. They are clearly mercenaries.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #25

    I somehow doubt even Carr would have had the remit to go shooting his mouth off about contractual terms before anyone in charge of the money got involved.

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  • carl

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Martoon
    The Hanley deal I remember as dragging on for weeks. At the time I felt we had to make concessions to sign him. Chickens coming home to roost.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Ian Toon offering our ex manager optical advice and now carl discussing contracts with ex players, not the usual do you like it here type questions but intricate details on contract lengths and such. The mind boggles.

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  • carl

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #28

    That said he would be a good squad member but for being on high wages.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Carl, was your chance meeting with Cabaye before or after you stumbled upon Ronald Reagan and the ex Shah of Persia arguing over which flavour soup to buy in pret-a-manger near Picadilly?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Mantoon…the club could offer 3 years contract with an option for 2 more years…

    They could construct the contract in a way that if the player delivers it will be very lucrative for the player.

    Nothing wrong with the carrot and the stick mentality!

    The clubs have made their beds with these lucrative contracts they are throwing around like candy…and as they say they’ll have to lay in it!

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  • carl

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Jail as I said you believe what you want.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #32

    Carr: “you know that Cabaye lad Ive been watching over in France? I told him I could get him a five year deal and ……”
    Charnley: “You said WHAAAATTTT???”

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Carl is your real real name Walter?

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #34

    WW, I’m not asking to have it every way. Our problem is that we assume our players will increase in value but that can only be a safe risk with 1. Quality young signings and 2. Quality development. Neither of those elements are safe bets at nufc, particularly for foreign players who won’t want to jump off a gravy train and go to a mid table French team. There again it could be said that thats tough luck as the premier league has so much money.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #35

    posada@21
    It may even be worse than that
    The French newspaper says their information is that St Etienne have offered only half of Massadio Haidara’s basic wage at Newcastle, which is hardly a surprise when he has only started 25 league games in four and a half years and as well as injuries, he has been invariably poor when given a chance to play.
    L’equipe say that Haidara is currently earning £90,000 per month, which doesn’t include bonuses.
    So as well as the initial £2m transfer fee, Massadio Haidara has picked up over £5m in basic wages so far, plus bonuses, with Newcastle contracted to pay him at least another £1m unless they can shift him.
    If the Frenchman sees out his contract, it would be the best part of £10m wasted on a player who was never good enough.

    Whoever negotiates these deals needs a good talking to – surely they must insert clauses to prevent and avoid this sort of negligent expenditure, it’s an insult to everyone who works for their living. If it was Charnley then who knows what other other deals are out there costing the club millions.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Wasn’t Haidara recruited in the pre-Charnley era? (I could be wrong!)

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  • carl

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #37

    Jail or call me Dave! Even when saying you’re going to ask two questions you only manage one.
    I did most of the listening.

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  • posada

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #38

    If you sign a player for 5M you pay him wages commensurate with being a 5 million pound player.
    If a year later someone offers 20M for the player you have three options.

    1) Sell.
    2) Give him a wage commensurate with being a 20 million pound player.
    3) Keep an unhappy player, who then does not perform.

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  • martoon

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #39

    jesper @30 – that would seem very sensible but what if the player’s agent insists on 5 years or no deal?

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #40

    Exit Cathro

    CLUB STATEMENT: Head Coach Ian Cathro leaves the club with immediate effect

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