New Hope Now For Newcastle To Sign This Top Striker Target

We had reported earlier today that with more teams being interested in signing Lucas Perez it may be difficult to get this player through the door at Newcastle.

But the Chronicle is reporting today on a piece in the London Evening Standard which says that Newcastle could well turn out to be the best fit for the Spanish striker.

Certainly, if we can manage to get this 28-year-old through the door this month, he would be a big signing as far as our fans are concerned.

The Evening Standard is reporting there will not be any shortage of clubs interested in the talented Spanish striker and that his former club Deportivo has already put in a £9M bid.

Lucas Perez in Deportivo’s colors

However, Newcastle should be able to meet the £13.4M price but (as usual) we have balked at that price even though it’s around £4M less than Arsenal paid Deportivo for him last summer.

After a tough year in London, it’s not too surprising Lucas wants to return to Deportivo., but with Newcastle having a world-class Spanish manager maybe he would consider staying in the Premier League where he would be a starter for Newcastle next season.

But with Newcastle having a world-class Spanish manager maybe he would consider staying in the Premier League where he would be a starter for Newcastle next season.

Lucas is an excellent player with a terrific left foot, and Rafa Benitez could get the best out of him and therefore maximize his chances of making the Spanish squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Maybe that’s why the Standard is reporting that Newcastle could prove to be the best fit for Lucas if he cannot return to Spain.

Newcastle prefers a loan move, but we are still hoping the club will show some real ambition and sign this player who could fill a gaping hole in the Newcastle squad.

He’s a gifted player who can score goals for us if he gets playing time and Arsene Wenger has said today that Perez will be sold this summer.

Over to you Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – please show some real ambition and sign this player.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • magspuggy

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Why would we pay 13 million for a player when even his own agent says hes not worth that ??

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Apparently PSGs purchase of Neymar is dependent on them selling players to finance the deal to get around the fair play aspect.

    Are they going to have a fire sale?

    Anybody we would like at a discounted rate? 🙂

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3


    We really need to get rid of the deadwood ASAP, Good, Haidara, Lazaar, Hanley, Krul, Riviere, Saivet etc. We have way too many idiots that are shite and just want to get their obscene amounts of miney to do F all at the club. Just train a couple of days a week to keep fit and bugger off with their friends and family in the weekend. So infuriating that because of this we can’t get proper quality through the door. At the end of the day it’s all Ashley, Carr, and Charnley’s fault for going along with the ridiculous plan of buy cheap, sign them for 5 years and then sell them expensive. It has backfired dramatically and now we’re stuck with them. The problem is the ‘players’ won’t go away any time soon so what are we supposed to do next season if we manage to survive? I can obly imagine we’ll be spending half of next seasons budget in paying off their contracts so we can finally replace them with proper quality. What a mess!!

    If and when we do get rid of the dead wood we can sign this cracking player.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #4

    To date Rafa has bought in wisely and players not necessarily on the radar of lazy journos. Just because McCarthy is available doesn’t mean he’s destined for NUFC. As the other possible destinations are the likes of West Brom, Stoke, Swansea then that’s the level he’s associated with and not for the sort of money Everton are trying to recoup after their spending spree.
    Perez at the right price maybe would be great insurance to keep us in the top half of the table .
    Just hope that the next signing are pleasant surprises rather than predictable guesses.
    Life is a box of chocolates after all.

  • SecretSausage

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Before the window opened I had the thought that if we signed McCarthy, Cairney and a good striker like Batshuyhi we would have the makings of a very good team and then a few minor additions here and there would make it an exciting season.

    It hasn’t happened and I would not have chosen to buy any of these players we have (even Atsu).

    And after hearing Rafa last week saying there was no chance of getting any big money signings in I must admit to being a bit downhearted. Each day I read the news hoping something will change and it doesn’t.

    I will still go to every game and cheer our little team on but I would just love to be able to have the excitement of believing we could challenge for something. I mean imagine having a chance of getting in the Champions League?

    Anyway, depression over I see only one glimmer of hope and that is that I do not believe Rafa would stay here without getting some support and that means that the 7m we have spent has to be nowhere near the budget we have. And would Rafa stay even if it was 30m? Maybe not.

    So there must be some money still to be spent and Im just praying it is enough to bring in 2 very good forward players. My view is that Mitro is not quite good enough. Perez and Diame were atrocious last season and DeJong although a gifted player just cant hack it in England as the game just passes him by. Then although Gayle is a good player and good on the ball as well as scoring goals he may be not quite as good in the Premier as we saw when he was at Palace.

    So Im clutching at straws here and trying to read something into it all.

  • JohnJ

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Glad to see the little hearts are working again!

  • chicousa

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    As the Sigurdsson deal at Everton edges closer, odds have gone from 50-1 down to 6-1 of Ross Barkley moving to Newcastle. That would be a shocker if we were to get Barkley as our #10! Still with the deadwood problem, and other apparent money problems at NUFC how realistic would this deal be?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #8

    So Deportivo have bid £9M for Perez…so that’s the going rate.

    …and we are expected to bid £13.4M? Make sense!

    Senor Tuff from earlier…I agree with what you expressed on the last threat. For some reason some bloggers think they have to be in charge of when it’s okay to be worried and express a concern! Mind boggling!

  • lochinvar

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa ” Hello is that Everton Football Club ? ”
    Everton ” Si Señor ”
    Rafa ” Will you pay McCarthy’s wages ? ”


    Rafa redials “can you throw in Ross Barclay ? ”
    Everton ( pause ) – well he’s just left our training ground alone and isn’t travelling with the team and has rejected a new contract offer ” ” Come over for tea and biscuits Rafa ”
    Rafa ” do you have Jammy Dodgers “……….?

  • Phil K

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Two Everton midfielders massively overpaid as is, want a massive increase. And wonder why their poor record playing and sick record means no-one wants them

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #11

    jesper – indeed – some posters are genuinely worried or concerned. Not because they do not support the club but just the opposite -because they do.
    Equally if some are not concerned about next season – they are entitled to hold those views – but some want to label folk as mackems/ wums / know nowts / neggers – and a myriad of other offesive terms.

    A lot of it on here is just folk (mainly who have been wrong previously) wanting to settle old scores – see it every day or here.

  • SecretSausage

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Well Im worried I can tell you that

  • SecretSausage

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #13

    I can also tell you this and it is fact. Rafa is really nice to all the staff at the ground and training complex and lets them know little bits and pieces and he told them at the end of last season that the plan was to be in the top 10 in this up and coming season and to be going for a champions league spot the season after.
    I think that is why I got my hopes built up. It is still possible but they really have to sign so players now.

  • chicousa

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #14

    If the financial aspects of a transfer of Barkley to Newcastle deal could be worked out, then I am sure a little “Rafa Rehabilitation” on this talented player could allow him to finally realize his potential. Just as Rafa was able to get Townsend turned around and has Shelvey now working on his fitness and playing better than ever, I think Rafa could straighten Ross Barkley out in short order.

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #15


    Aye, good to see the little hearts have been fixed. Though the way this window’s going, we’re gonna need purple ones to lift our spirits when the season starts!

  • firebug666

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Just Like to say, I’m not too worried, the squad is better than some people think, and they will improve as the season gets under way.

    It’s not just about the players on the pitch, but Rafa too; he is meticulous in analyzing the other squads, and will choose the best tactics for each match.

    We’re not going to win the league, but neither will we be in a relegation battle IMO, a mid table finish will be fine and set us up for improving the team next season.

    Rafa knows the situation at the club and he is happy to stay so I would imagine he has a long term plan, we have to get rid of some players to make room in the squad for new players, I reckon the money is there, but we need to shift some deadwood.

    Maybe January will be a better window, giving us the chance to get some deals for our deadwood done and dusted, time will tell.

    For the first time in a long time, we can look forward to a season in the Premiership, with a manager who actually knows what he is doing.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Barkley as our #10. That would really mean business. But can’t see it happening.

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    This guy would basically ensure prem survival and bang in 15 goals very easily for us, top quality striker in his prime far better than Gayle or Mitro

  • Tsunki

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m sure that not long ago a few posters were accused of scaring a huge swathe of worthy contributors away with their ‘bullying’ – yet of late I find the blogs atmosphere to be highly oppressive as those same piously indignant accusers hold sway as the Mood Police, ruling with an iron rod of pain and retribution should anyone voice concern or pessimism.

    I fully understand the need to repress the permanent Roman candles like bladeuser who see phantoms and catastrophe at every turn, but there is a tendency to call anyone who is not hyper-enthused something akin to a plastic fan unworthy of inclusion.

  • ToonTime

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Am I the only one who can’t get excited by signing Lucas Perez? He’s had one good season with Deportivo two years ago (the only time he’s managed double figures in a league season playing in some average leagues) otherwise he struggled to score goals in Greece and Ukraine and couldn’t make the bench at Arsenal. He may do it he may not but no way is he going to ensure prem survival. He could just as easily be another Riviere with a 4 year contract!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Signing Barkley I would see as likely as another me walking on the moon scenario.

    However should it transpire (not me on the moon) it would certainly show some real intent from the upper echelons of NUFC.

    Is that another squadron of Gloucester Old Spots being sighted over the Town Moor.

  • voodoo85

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Just wondering if there is any sort of nufcblog fantasy football league being run this season – ie on SkySports FF or Sun DreamTeam etc ?? If so does anybody have the details. TIA

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    It always amazes me why some fans would want a player who does not really want to come, Perez wants to go back home to spain, so guess whats the next best thing, give him a spanish manager. Sorry this does not cut it for me, what happens if Rafa leaves, then we are stuck with a sulking player who didnt want to be here in the first place.

    if i had a choice, id pick ross barkley, but there all massively over priced

  • Budge123

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon time I agree with that.
    If he had never been at Arsenal I don’t think we would have been linked.
    The fact he was a typical Wenger ‘panic ‘ buy should be enough to set alarm bells ringing.

    I think we need a starting striker (along with a pacey left back ) it’s just not him though.

    Get them in and I think we will stay up easy enough but could be worrying without them once injuries etc start to bite.

  • bladeuser

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Some of you are demented there is more chance of tiger woods winning another major

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #26

    He’s very obviously not a Riviere, have you bothered to look at the player, what Spanish fans think of him and his 15/16 season in detail? He was playing in La Liga (strong league obviously) and Arsenal signed him because he was outstanding, at Arsenal he wasn’t given a chance and even though he was used predominantly as a sub he managed 7 goals in 21 games. If he’s given the main job as our leading striker i’m very sure he’d do the business for us, he’s hard working, versatile, can see a pass and knows how to find the back of the net. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again he’s the Spanish Vardy with abit more technical ability, clubs like Sevilla are wanting him and Arsenal signed him because he’s quality, Wenger failed him not Perez that’s clear

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Evening catchy…do we know for sure that Perez doesn’t want to come here? He might want to go back to Deportivo, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only thing he wants?

    I don’t know anything about the player so I am not going to make a judgement call!

  • irish_nufc_fans

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Interesting Wengers comments on Perez today. Competition up front, well stocked, if we can find a solution for him we will try, at least for the short term…

    Possibility of 1 year loan- Good for Arsenal and good for toon given obvious funding constraints this summer.

  • outside the box

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #29

    sissoko to turkey on loan …may have option to buy…..oh dear

  • U.S Magpie

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #30

    In good spirits at the moment, the club looks good too. Players seem to be gelling well and Rafa seems upbeat about things. The big issue for the club is we need to move some out to get some more in. The wage bill is the biggest concern with every club and especially ours. For us to get in another player in defense, Midfield and another striker we need firstly to move out three not necessary in those positions but the club would want that, I do hope over the next week we see this happening and if this does that would give us an indication a new player is coming in. Cant wait for the first game, its great having all the games available on TV this year unlike last year in the championship. It would be amazing to get close to the same result we got the last time we played spurs.

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #31

    So catchy which striker would you take that genuinely wants to come and can score the goals for us? Andy Carroll?

  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t know if Perez will come or not but if he does welcome the lad, just because he hasn’t hit it off at Arsenal he still could do a great job for us. Cabaye was our best player once but just bench warmed at PSG before joining Palace.

  • chicousa

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree that getting Barkley would be a long shot (though probably not quite as long as either of us walking on the moon 🙂 !)

    But it appears a number of large bets have been made on this possible deal.

    “Starsport reached out to Betfair to get an explanation for the sudden shortening of Barkley’s odds to join Newcastle.

    And a spokesperson revealed a number of big bets on the potential switch had caused the change.”

  • outside the box

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34

    i can see toon doing a few more deals being done before aug 31st ….another crazy deadline day looms

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #35

    The problem I have with a loan is that if we got him on loan and performs well (which I’m sure he would) then we will have very little chance of signing the player, much rather get him on a permanent deal £13.4 million is a very small price to pay for a top class striker who can get double figures, plus he’s not one of those cisse type needy strikers who cant interplay, he’s real quality

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #36


    Hi and God Kveld, hope your well… i really dont know, but what i dont like is when i hear a newspaper saying we would be a good fit for him, it dosnt work like that in my world, that only means we will keep up his lifestyle. he leaves a club where he will get much playing time, for a little club up north(in his head) for one reason, paid more money

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #37 Please before commenting watch this vid

  • carl

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Under Ashley’s ownership we have seen a downward spiral and nothing has really changed despite record transfer expenditure. It wasn’t his fault but Carr’s mismanagement of the transfer kitty. Successive managers were left with unbalanced squads. Rafa realised this and took the first opportunity to appoint his own man.
    I fail to see why Mr Tuff is now blaming Ashley for the lack of transfer activity. Mr T hasn’t been anywhere near SJP since the mid 1970’s yet he feels he’s an authority on spotting quality players and recently said he thinks we’ll get tonked by Spurs. Rafa is well aware of the need to invest wisely in players equipped for the PL.
    He knows what he’s doing and will turn things around given the time by supporters.
    I recognise unjustified disgruntlement in a fan, Mr Tuff.
    Maybe you need a holiday.

  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #39

    hellodjo @37

    not with an option to buy in the loan agreement.
    it would also give us some breathing space to buy other plays we also need with the little cash we have available cash that seems to be in very short supply this window

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #40 Here is an Arsenal fans view on Perez, check the comments see what a top side thinks of him


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