Newcastle’s Ability To Sign This Striker Now Looking Difficult


According to the Chronicle, Rafa Benitez is carrying two cell phones when he takes the Newcastle training as he keeps in close touch with Managing Director Lee Charnley on the transfer situation.

Rafa was hoping that some progress would be made by the time the lads returned from their excellent 3-1 win at Wolfsburg yesterday, but it doesn’t seem like a breakthrough is near at the moment.

The primary transfer target we are after is 29-year-old Arsenal striker Lucas Perez who is available for transfer at what seems a reasonable £13.4M fee.

But with Newcastle’s financial situation, that still appears to be too much for us and instead we have been trying to get a season loan deal for the Spanish striker.

Lucas Perez – Newcastle cannot afford the £13.4M for him

Arsenal wants a straight sale and Perez’ agent yesterday made it clear Newcastle weren’t the only club interested in the striker and that there was interest in Perez in England, Spain, Germany, and Italy.

The other difficulty Newcastle have right now is we must sell some of the many surplus players we have before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

And it’s difficult because players are turning down deals which offer them less than the stellar wages they are getting on Tyneside.

The last 28 days of the transfer window should be interesting and while it’s possible Lee And Rafa can get the job done it will not be easy.

But as time goes by it will be harder to sign Lucas Perez who would be a stellar signing for us.

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126 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost

    Thanks for the clarification, Jail!

    According to The Mag, we were playing Wolfsburg B team yesterday.

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Certainly there two keepers looked a bit suss, and they had some kids out there.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    So if Perez is too expensive what price Correa ? Scousers had reportedly offered £25m previously – a dirty underhand tactic to Inflate prices and scare off other teams. Shocking really !

    Newcastle United are now in talks to sign Angel Correa from Atletico Madrid, according to the Chronicle, and his potential arrival at St. James’ Park would be hugely exciting.

    Correa is regarded as one of the top attacking talents in La Liga, even though he is yet to fulfil his potential.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron, if JIB peed on our chips, The Mag took a very large, runny dump on them!

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  • geordiemark

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    take my advice rafa take the battery out of your mobile phone penfold wont be phoning you that’s for sure hes doing what his barrow boy master is telling him 🙂

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Stoke are planning a £15m bid for Crystal Palace’s England winger Andros Townsend, 26, to replace Marko Arnautovic.(Sun)

    If he ends up at Stoke – Stoke ! then he’s going to regret not staying on Tyneside and will end up as a Journeyman

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #7

    There must be a ceiling on any salary we are prepared to pay, which I agree with. Whether it’s say 80k per week or 100k – probably somewhere around our top earner’s salary, at present.
    No doubt, Fatty and Penfold have also thought what would happen if we got relegated, again, with so many players on decent wages.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    I wonder if we are even interested in Lucas Perez.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Call me cynical but is this why Ashley brought in the finance manager – to make things awkward in the transfer window.

    Yeah we played well yesterday and I think we have a great chance of staying up IF a big IF all our players stay uninjured (big chance of that on past seasons records) as we are short of quality replacements in attack and especially.

    Looking forward to Sunday to have a look at the ‘New Look’ TOON.

    Wouldn’t it be canny if we had a new player to unvail Sunday

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    We won’t be signing anymore players, unfortunately we have still got a championship side.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    We can’t even get rid of the players that we don’t want.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    We need to cut our losses and release the dead wood, no clubs are interested.

    This giving average players 5 year contracts is a greed philosophy.

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  • AncientC

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    The club could have got Correa on the cheap, but nobody bothered to take a look at the San Lorenzo squad, when they were asking to take Coloccini but had no money. Probably for the best anyway – can you imagine Pardew being handed Correa.

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  • pablos left foot

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    If we are balking at signing Perez, we’ll balk at signing Correa and any other player we’ve been linked with in that price range. Penfold just won’t fork out that sort of cash.Love to be wrong but if I am, I’ll eat 50 eggs!

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  • AncientC

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #15

    The club hardly has a rocketing wage bill. I fail to believe not even 1 more player can be signed without moving others out. At a guess, I would say the wage bill is about 15th in the PL. Is that too much?

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Apparently Hanley may also be staying as no deal can be done yet for him to move onto other clubs. No problem with him staying as he’s a grafter and pro but surprised that maybe Brighton, Burnley or Huddersfield haven’t come calling as their wage structures might facilitate the move. Surely Birmingham or Villa could be possibilities for him.
    Net result if he stays is less money for new players to come in, not necessarily in the same position but a portion of his wages could for example go towards those of a new striker.

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  • AncientC

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    More than happy if Hanley stays. The guy is a model professional. Has everything going for him including age. I doubt you could go out and buy better with the funds you could raise from selling Hanley.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #18

    The dead wood that we cannot move on to get a transfer fee could we not just release them to find a new club – that way take a hit on the transfer fee but you would save on wages which could be put towards a new signing.

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  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Lucas Pérez’ agent talking this morning says he is still on Sevillas radar(they
    tried to sign him last Summer)
    His main options are a return to Deportivo (who have big financial problems)
    Join Sevilla (who are in Liverpool to play the Toffees in a friendly on Sunday)
    or come to us.
    He seems to have expressed an interest in staying in England.
    Wenger has said he can go for €15 million

    http://www.lacolinadenervion.com/agente-lucas-perez-afirma-sevilla-mantiene-interes/

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  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Tbf nufc is being run the way it always has been under Mashley, parting with money is a major issue.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #21

    I think it’ more the principle – Rafa doesn’t want idle players around the place distracting the focus of the squad or the U-23s when he’s made it plain they have no future here. So right now the focus is on getting them out the place.

    Not good for squad focus, morale and a united ethos when you’ve got players that feel harshly treat, or that are happy to just cruise behind the scenes doing the bare minimum – apparently Krul has been bad-mouthing Rafa already and what do you do with the likes of Riviere, Saivet etc if they’re just happy to pick up their pay and mingle with the youths – hardly good examples are they?

    We’re trying to create strivers not skivers.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Charlie

    They have contracts, unless you could come to a mutual agreement, ‘just releasing’ them would mean paying off the rest of their contract in full.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Perhaps the thinking behind the club is- sticking with what we have, if we survive we have saved a lot of dosh if we’re relegated we have a ready made championship squad.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Charlie
    all contracts would have to paid up in full unless a mutual agreement could be reached for a settlement

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25

    toon kk
    do you honestly think Rafa would settle for that ?????????

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  • switch365

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    I rate all signing stories about us now as b.s. unless they incorporste a photo of a player arriving for a medical.
    Total speculation written as 100% fact has seen us ‘linked with more players than ever.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Hibbitt
    I was only joking mate!
    Rafa would walk first.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #28

    transfer window is open for 28 days

    still a lot of time for players to come and go

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #29

    toon kk
    LOL

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  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #30

    Charlie

    The popular view is that we need incomers at No 10, keeper and striker and without the latter two, we’ll struggle – especially if we suffer injuries or suspensions. However, we have players who are not up to the job and can’t move out and can’t or won’t invest in players until they’re gone.

    So, what options are available as the season’s start looms?

    Accept the status quo and start the season with a weak squad? Pay the deadwood off and Ashley sanctions and underwrites sufficient funds to buy the players we need? The first option is potentially risky and the latter wholly dependent on Ashley and his ambitions for the Club.

    So, why won’t Ashley sanction sufficient spend to at least give us a chance to stay out of a relegation fight? If he wanted to inject money into the Club to fund transfers in and paying up some contracts, he could! Could his pig-headedness and focus on finances be restricting Rafa’s activity? Either way he’s playing a very risky game. Or, maybe Rafa’s pride stops him asking Ashey for additional funds?? Maybe the Club has potential suitors/ investors and is undergoing due diligence?

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  • martoon

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #31

    As others have said you can’t just terminate a contract unless it was mutually agreed which of course the players won’t agree to. You have to negotiate a settlement which would probably be a high percentage of the rest of their contract wages i.e. a fair old lump! So it is probably cheaper to keep paying them their weekly/monthly wages in the hope they will find themselves a club and leave before the end of their contract.

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  • martoon

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #32

    On Lucas Perez – I never realised he was 29 which could be a reason why we don’t want to splash the cash on him. Maybe wishful thinking but I like to think we have some money left in the kitty for a least 1 £10m signing!

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #33

    LESH
    no doubt Barnes is Ashley’s wheeler dealer his specialty is getting companies ready for sale or liquidation

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #34

    I think we have a good squad of players but our first xi will struggle to have a cutting edge without a top quality number 10 and striker. The goal keeper being top quality would help in the defensive solidity and distribution, every little margin helps at this level. We have good keepers but none are great keepers with all due respect. Going into the season 3 or 4 short would be a massive mistake. We do have almost a month of the window left but we need to take advantage of our relatively good starting fixtures.

    If Ashley was an astute businessmen he’s sanction 30 million overdraft extension to grease the wheels. It’s not just gambling it’s irresponsible not to act now.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #35

    Martoon
    They’re definitely reason for thought on his age, the board has gone with Rafa on his decisions but forking out larger amounts for older players when the resale will only come down is going well against the regime.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #36

    Martoon
    Money is the problem that is wrecking football today
    Too many players would rather sit on their arses and take the money than play a competitive game.
    For F**k sakes I know what I would rather be doing – playing.

    Me I would negotiate a settlement even if it means a severance cheque.

    Clubs including the TOON seem to be able to do it with managers ie McClaren – didn’t he get something like £2 million

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Charlie
    and the black mercedes

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  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Hibbett @33

    Let’s hope it’s not liquidation – there’s not a lot in terms of assets he could strip out!

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #39

    lesh
    well that just leaves one explanation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #40

    Hibbit

    We can but hope!

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