Newcastle To Get Two Strikers In January – One Permanently – One On Loan


It’s looking more and more like Rafa Benitez wants two strikers brought in during the January transfer window to fix one of the Newcastle problems that have existed ever since Rafa joined us in March last year.

That’s our ability to score goals – and while we did score a lot of goals in the Championship, we had Dwight Gayle (23) and Matt Ritchie (16) banging them in for us but this season neither has scored a goal in the Premier League.

And Spanish striker Joselu has turned out to be what he is – a £5M striker who finds it very difficult to score goals at the highest level although he’s a good technical player who leads the line well.

But a striker has to be able to put the ball in the back of the net when the opportunity presents itself.

So the biggest weakness in the Newcastle’s team right now is with our strikers, and most of the other positions are reasonably well stocked.

Yes, we do need a conventional left back, and another playmaker in the middle of the park would be good.

Danny Ings – former target could be arriving in January – on loan

We are probably only four or five players away from having a really good team.

Former target Danny Ings has been linked with us, and it seems a perfect time for him to join Newcastle in January on loan.

After his two serious knee injuries, he needs first team playing time, and there’s not much chance of getting that at the Reds.

But Rafa rates the Winchester-born striker and will probably take him on loan in January with an option to buy in the summer, depending on how he performs on Tyneside.

The other striker we are continually linked with is Cenk Tosun who has hinted he may be ready to leave Besiktas is a decent offer comes in.

This is what he has told the Turkish press:

“I love Besiktas, I really do. I’ve always wanted to play for this club and I’m living the dream.

“But in the right time, with the green light from our President, I’d like to play in Europe.”

But we don’t expect Rafa to buy two strikers in January – we will have a lot of money to spend in the summer, and he may want to go after another top striker at that time.

Dwight Gayle and Mitrovic don’t seem to have long-term futures at Newcastle, but they may stay through the summer before they are sold for decent fees.

Rafa wants to improve the team in every single position in the next two transfer windows.

Comments welcome.



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136 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Hibbit…if it means anything it wasn’t mean derogatory!

    …I just meant you and sparky had been playful earlier today in your correspondence about the take-over ?

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 8, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Why does everybody sit back and see who buys us if anyone does

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 8, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail, when I was raising questions about our centre halves, it was nothing to do with rafa signing them.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Runaway

    That would kill off probably around 50/60% of the blog if that happened. 🙂

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    I take it no one happened to spot Amanda at 125th get together?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Smileypooemoji!

    0
  • beermonkey

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7

    ???????????????????
    What does work emoji wise

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    So that would be none then

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Exactly beer

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #10

    You can’t even do a gayfawkesmaskwithananacondonose emoji

    1
  • catchy in norway

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Sparky55

    well said a couple threads back.

    in this digital age where everything is “a click” away, but the sad fact is lazy people just take the first bit of info thats thrown at them as gospel, Sites like this are terrible source of news, just click bait, Now i rarely read the articles he posts i just read some of the guys comments on here, and its good banter.

    I came to the conclusion a long time ago, i really dont think a lot of fans know football or footballers, they feel like there one of the gang, and online is even worse, people think because this player or that player plays for us, he is good, Or that because Rafa IS a world class manager, he is beyond criticism.

    Time for Brexit. Idiots like Corbyn have no place in politics, he only wants open borders because he married foreign women, Dianne Abbot 300K for 10k new police. these are trying to run the country. most should go to jail.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Wtf has slagging Rafa got to do with Jeremy Corbyn?

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  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Catchy
    I hold no brief for Corbyn
    However get your facts straight
    His wife is Mexican so Brexit doesn’t come into it

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  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Catchy
    Sometimes you make Mr Tuff look like
    Albert Einstein

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  • Belfast

    Nov 8, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Did someone hit Jesper on the head recently? He’s acting strange.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Not everyone throws with building blocks you know….

    1
  • giimps

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Catchy,
    Are you a make up artist?

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Speaking of click bait!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #20

    giimps…how did you come to that conclusion?

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    JIB

    WHAT FACT ? ALL I SAID WAS SHE WAS FOREIGN, LAST TIME I CHECKED THAT WAS A FACT.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail

    why does it have to?

    brexit is one issue

    nufc is another

    there was no link or meant to be a link. but hey why not throw Ashley into the mix too

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  • sparky55

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Just to say Hibbit and I are not playing with anyone on here and we’re not having a poke at the existing owners (although always normally happy to do so) and we’re no takin’ the piss.

    Hibbit and I separately suggested before the official statement that Ashley was selling and wanted it done before xmas.

    I had no idea where Hibbit got his info and he had no idea where I got mine.

    Hibbit has just confirmed one of the people Ashley is talking to is the same guy I know is involved so the info we have has now come from two separate sources.

    I can’t guarantee he’ll definitely be successful in buying it but I do know NUFC will definitely have new owners before xmas.

    I’m not here to take the piss out of anyone.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #24

    45 Shopping days to Xmas!!

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  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Catchy
    “Time for Brexit idiots like Corbyn have no place in politics, he only wants open borders because he married foreign women.”
    Shut up
    and stop shouting

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  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Facepalm @11. Good grief, that was painful to read lol.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Sparky…whether that was directed at me or not that was not what I was suggesting! Just to make that clear once again!

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  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Catchy, you do realise that Corbyn supports the democratically voted decision on Brexit, right? Maybe you are confusing Corbyn’s Brexit stance with wanting to stay in the single market and customs union. But sure, throw him in jail. Dictatorships are also good.

    Anyways… I will not drag politics onto the blog any further.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #29

    EGB…don’t worry you’ll make it in time

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #30

    So Aaron’s is unhappy in the development squad!

    1
  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31

    A season in the championship will be the making or breaking of Aarons. There is no point wrapping him up in cotton wool anymore, give him a tour of the championship, if he is rigorous enough to perform and stay fit… next step would be fighting for a first team spot. If Atsu or Ritchie get injured, Murphy will be starting with Aarons on the bench, so he may well get his fair share of football this season anyway.

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  • sparky55

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Jesper…no not aimed at you mate…you’re one of the more sensible bloggers on here…just trying to let everyone know I’m being as honest and as upfront as I can with the knowledge I have.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 8, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Sparky…Hibbit just got the wrong drift earlier so just wanted to make sure…

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  • hibbit

    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #35

    jesper
    the bit i didn’t like ” but they like the attention” was a bit snide
    Anyway we now have 2 very serious bidders

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Shearer V Lascelles http://bbc.in/2hcZTQS

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  • hibbit

    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #38

    NUFCadon

    sorry for the late reply had to go to leeds this afternoon

    5/6 posters are now putting bits up from various sources around the country and i’m sure this sale will go through what i’m not sure of is who the buy will be
    the main thing to remember is it’s Ashley doing the pushing

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #39

    From what I know there was only ever two bidders to begin with. The others were fabricated to try and reel in more potential buyers. From the 27th onwards we will slowly see things start to happen!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #40

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