Rafa Benitez After 27-Year-Old Accomplished International Central Midfielder


There’s a report in the Mail today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to sign 27-year-old central midfielder Papa Babou Ndiaye from Galatasaray.

The 8 times capped Senegal International is said to have a buy-out clause in his contract of £18M, but we assume that’s too much for Newcastle to pay – at least this month.

The best deal would be to get the player on loan and then have an option to buy in the summer at which time we can give Galatasaray £18M for his permanent transfer.

There’s news today From PA Sport that Mike Ashley has sanctioned three new players to come in this month, but no word on how much that is in funds.

If it was Manchester United or Manchester City three players would be funded for around £200M – for Ashley, it could mean £20M at most.

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Papa Ndiaye – 27-year-old Galatasaray central midfielder

But at some point Newcastle must pay the going rates to get better players than we already have in the team – that’s the purpose of transfers after all.

That may only happen if Ms. Amanda Staveley buys the club, but that’s still an “if” at this point.

However, the Mail are reporting that Watford, Crystal Palace, and Stoke City also have an interest in the player, and if they can pay£18M for him this month the deal would be done assuming they could agree on terms for the player.

We seem to be like the paupers of the Premier League this season.

Hopefully, all that will change in the summer, but only if we have new owners in by then.

Papa Ndiaye only moved to Galatasaray last August from Osmanlispor for around £7.5M which is around £6.6M – so that’s a massive profit for the Turkish club in a short six months.

What do you think?

A note on the comments.

I have been inundated over the last week or so with various complaints about some readers’ comments and where appropriate I am moderating the comments of some readers.

If those comments don’t change to be more civil and less inciteful, those readers will not get back on the blog.

Please do not criticize other readers personally – it’s not their fault they do not agree with you.

I’d like all types of views on Newcastle on the blog – including from people who believe Rafa could be doing a better job at the moment.

But you have to be civil and respectful when making your comments.

Thanks.



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249 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    only one media source the Press Association is claiming Ashley has approved the purchase of 3 players, everyone else is just quoting there story

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  • chicousa

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Online Guy
    I was one of the early morning bloggers who though you might be winding the readers up about that “Police surrounding players entrance to SJP” report, which turned out to be a death of man falling from parking garage. My Apologies!

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  • All Aboot Toon

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Dig n Dig from earlier thread.
    I did wonder if I would be suspected of being a makem or multiple user….Time will tell. HWTL

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  • posada

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Dubai
    I’m not worth bothering with ?
    Fair enough, but I have decided to re post this.
    Just to demonstrate to anyone who wants to read it what nonsense you talk on this blog.

    DubaiMicky
    Jan 13, 2018 at 8:15 PM
    Comment #530
    MysticMicky says we’ll get a further 22 points this season and end up on 45 in 14th place. Put a tenner on it.

    The negative posters come on here week after week during a match, then fcuk off the rest of the time, and they always, but ALWAYS complain.

    Sometimes I think our so called “fans” and yes, that includes season ticket holders, are kidding themselves and the sooner they move on and let new, passionate supporters take their seats that get behind the club the better.

    The club, from the very top to the very bottom (including the fans) is a fcuking joke.

    Rant over I’m off to sleep. See you all (the posters who are on here every day – not the “snowflakes” that only complain on match days),

    *************************************************************************************
    You come out with the above.
    Abuse and an attack on good supporters.
    Then you come out with the comments below.
    Explain.
    *************************************************************************************

    DubaiMicky
    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:56 PM
    Comment #22
    I do hope that the numpties on here who are being moderated are thoroughly ashamed of themselves – as if Dr Ed hasn’t enough on his plate, he also has to moderate certain “individuals” on here.

    Grow up the lot of you.

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  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Linked with west hams sakho. Not too sure if he is an improvement on what we have already.

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  • Mag :P

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #6

    How is what dubai typed ‘abusive’?

    He’s actually made a good point regarding fans that attend games (only agree at home games because the away support is fantastic), all you have to do is look at our home game results to see why.

    The other point about the people who only come on here to complain on matchdays is also very valid. Not surprised you took offence though considering you’re one of them. Infact, you fit the bill on both points. Did the truth hurt like? Dubai’s post is fine, I don’t get why you brought it up like you had just conjured up a masterclass in chess.

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  • Bianconeri

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Well said Dr Ed in the above comments.It’s sad that you have to resort to doing this.
    All the best

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  • Bambams

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Lads

    It comes to something when Ed is having to ask for respect between fellow bloggers.

    It’s the last thing he needs To be doing.

    In my opinion

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  • AncientC

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    posada, DubaiMicky had a go at somebody on the blog over Christmas, claiming the takeover was a consortium that involved Benitez. Fast forward around a month later, he is going on a tirade about the take-over obviously not being a consortium, the very suggestion being a “lost the plot” case. The guy cannot keep up with himself.

    On Giroud, it is probably best just to forget about that one all together. Allardyce himself is quoted as saying Giroud wouldn’t move as far North as Everton—otherwise Everton would likely be hounding his signature and would be further up the pecking order.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Ancient
    Yeah but I’m sure Rafa can convince him Newcastle is much closer to London than Liverpool.i mean there is a St James park in London after all…

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  • Dragon64

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #11

    there must be some info out there to say if this takeover is nearly done ya can’t keep things that quiet????

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Before you lot start the slagfest again, you may want to take note of eds latest message. Just a heads up.

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  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Everton signing Walcott. Wow they certainly are spending the money.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #14

    ronaldo, it is Giroud’s wife that needs convincing supposedly. I cannot imagine Allardyce has the type of face that a worried wife would trust. Maybe it would be worth enquiring about, you never know.

    I did notice Schurrle becoming available in the BBC football rumours page last week. It seems Schurrle has some ongoing physical problems, and considering we need an out-and-out forward & a number 10 as a priority, Schurrle would look to be overly high risk.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Rozehnal@13
    Everton signing Walcott or is it just Allardyce spending their cash – now there’s an idea Ashley

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #16

    I think we could compare the search for players in this window to a bog snorkeling competition.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Ancient
    If you get giroud wife’s number, I’ll deal with the rest 😉

    Has schurrle been having injury problems? Not followed him at Dortmund. To be honest, he did have a tendency to pick up niggling injuries. Think you’re right, possibly a high risk player. Really good and talented player though.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #18

    So how many times did you complain about me Tsunki ?? I shall not be moved!!

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  • BeeGuy

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Rafa gets his budget 5 minutes before window closes.
    Then can buy 3 if he sells 5 first
    I’ve given up on this BS.
    Until the FA adopts the American model or a player draft, roster limits and a salary cap -everybody but the top 6 will suffer.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Who on earth has been inundating Ed with complaints. If it has come to the likes of Jesper reporting toontaff when it was six and two threes then gawd help the blog.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #21

    This is quite a good read on the state of affairs at NUFC after 125 years

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42701507

    Note to Ashley – Villa’s sale price dropped from £200m to £80m when they were relegated and Randy Lerner lost £120m in that scenario.
    Article estimates NUFC worth if relegated at £100m – Ashley better hope that PCP aren’t angling for him to take a hit so that they can save nearly £200million if they were to buy after relegation and then rebuild from there. A prospect that no-one in their right mind would want.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Has catchy’s extremist right wing views had him banned or his anti Benitez stance. I don’t know which is worse 😮

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  • Dragon64

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #23

    is it fat ash’s money ?? or Amanda’s

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  • Belfast

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #24

    I was thinking the same myself. There’s only been one or two below the belt comments that I’ve seen to be honest.
    Unless I’ve missed the rest.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #25

    So we can assume that Justin Barnes is still here to tell Charmless what to do?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Dragon64
    very good question that !!!!!

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #27

    All aboot toon #3
    Hope you were not offended, just having a bit of fun. I haven’t posted much on here myself but I have been signed up on here and been reading the blog for years. It’s just that someone accused me of being a makem because he obviously didn’t agree with something I posted, “WELL TUFF” good blogging mate.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Three players sure but how much does he have to spend on each player ? I guess 5 million for each pmsl

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  • Belfast

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #29

    There’s a massive clue it’s Mike Ashley’s Dragon “limited funds”

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  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Ron Knee

    Barnes made an appearance with Bishop on Saturday
    I should have known something was up !!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #31

    hibbit

    If the Express report is accurate – and given the Ashley/Desmond connection it might well be – we could be in for a long wait!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Here’s the answer to everything chaps.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwgrjjIMXA

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail

    From ed’s message,I’d say it’s been particularly sweary posters, and posters who go too far with insults when thier opinion is not agreed with 100 percent. There are a couple on here who goad others into over reactions too, so it’d be good if they have all recieved a slap on the wrist and it ends now.

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  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #34

    “Limited Funds” What does that mean, more joselu budget signings or just loans and pay for the wages of them loan signings.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #35

    I havent had mich time lately, and the few times i’ve managed to look here with intention to comment, it hasn’t been worth it

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Is Rafa about to waste money on Souare?

    I cant see what a reserve at Palace offers us? Sadly we all sniggered at Woy and now he is doing well – same with Moyes.

    But hopefully they will drop form too. That said, both have enough to stay up. Bournemouth v Arsenal was a serious blow for us.

    Come on Fats, give rafa a striker, even one decent player

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #37

    I think this window will be even more underwhelming than the last one.

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  • Online Guy

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Just had a good natter with an official at the FA…word around the office as just told to me by said official and off the record is that the talk amongst them at HQ is that they all sympathise with we Newcastle United Supporters..really decent comments .. as to what’s going on .

    Said ” the mind boggles what it comes to the owner , does he realise he has a world class manager ? ” hands tied behind his back . The phones still hot. Guy was genuine.

    He also said “don’t mention Prem ..and what goes on over there” ! Also said the Prem should never be called the FA premier .it’s just the Premier.. He dissasociated the FA from the premier league ..pored scorn on them with two comments.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 16, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Online

    I thought you weren’t posting anymore info you got, lol

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 16, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster

    Not that I agree with it, but perhaps Soare(?) in on loan allows us to free up Mbemba to be sold and generate money. Short term strategy but if it’s a desperate situation then perhaps the only way to go. Dummett will be first choice anyway.

    And if I had to chose a CF from what is Avila or id take a punt on Dembele at Celtic. Quick, knows how to score, huge potential. Yes a risk with no PL experience but would rather take a shot there than most of the other mentioned names.

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