Newcastle To Get Two More Players Through The Door This Week

It looks like Newcastle are unwilling to break their transfer record and bring in 27-year-old striker Nicolai Jorgensen from Feyenoord for £20M.

The Mail are reporting Newcastle have made an inquiry for Viktoria Plzen’s £10M-rated striker Michael Krmencik, who is 24.

Whether that is some ploy to try to get Feyenoord to reduce their price on Jorgensen by a couple of million we don’t know – but it could be – Newcastle are just far too thrifty in the transfer market.

It does seem that Newcastle have been put off by the asking price of £20M for the Feyenoord striker and will go after a much cheaper target.

Martin Dubravka –  29-year-old Slovakian International

The Mail is also reporting today that Newcastle are very close to bringing in Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

It’s expected the deal will be a loan deal with an option to buy for around £4M in the summer.

Rafa is keen to bring in an experienced goalkeeper so that young Freddie Woodman can go out on loan, but this all has to happen very late in this window.

And of course we play a crucial league game at home on Wednesday night against Burnley, and we really need to win that game to start pulling away from the relegation zone.

It’s not good that Mike Ashley will not pay the £20M for Jorgensen who looked like he could have been a good buy for us.

But there’s still over two days to go in this window and Newcastle could shock us on the positive side of things.

Let’s hope that’s true.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • c-dog

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Martin Dubravka, another bum.

  • Thump

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I appreciate what Staveley and co mean when they say that they want Rafa, but they is he such an important part of their plans?

    Don’t get me wrong, great manager, but it should be setting off red flags given that they’re interested ONLY if he’s there. Even if we do get relegated, there’s ways around it. See: SBR’s sabattical at Barca. Not saying Rafa would be happy scouting for a year, but a more administrative role for the interim might be a beneficial outcome for a season in the depths.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    slow down Ed!!

    It’s very hard to find something positive to hang on to right now. The greedy oaf and pathalogical liar doesn’t want us but doesn’t seem to want anyone else to have his ”toy”either. He won’t sell and won’t invest, so the perennial gamble of a continued free advertising billboard v relegation carries on unabated.

    I think a lot of decent ins and even a few deadwood outs could have been successfully concluded this window but Charmless is obviously under orders from Ash or Barnes, probably both, to be as obstructive as possible, while Bishop spins away that it’s all Rafa’s fault. Rinse and repeat every window.

    I think the word to describe us under Ashley is TOXIC. However, Ashley can always rely on 52000 turning up no matter what, so what does he care. For the first time after the Chelsea game Rafa looked a broken man. He looked drawn and tired as if he’d reached the end with us now. That will no doubt delight Catchy and Munster and we can then revert to Pardew and McLaren ”yes men” Z lister type managers and to hell with ambition.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Hg – another mercurial blogger, mad as a hatter and not a great cure for anything but life itself.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5


    no way ash would sell us in the champo. he’d still want over the odds.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    No wonder we haven’t signed anyone.

    Charnleys trying to get them over the line and not through the door.

  • Fishermen53

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Aghh bill n Ben get out cashley you fat tw@t

  • lochinvar

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    According to Mark Douglas
    “PCP Capital Partners are briefing that they will return in the future while a second bidder has told the Chronicle they are a “few weeks” away from coming back with an offer that would match Ashley’s asking price. “Even in the Championship, Newcastle would be attractive.”

    Does he really think that a second bidder would pay Ashley £350million for a Championship Club and then invest in new players, new training facility and ground expansion ?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    i don’t think ash will entertain AS at any point in the future sadly. I think bridges were burnt. it could only happen to us. missed out on the mansours, now AS. We are truly cursed as a club.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Typical Mike Ashley. Wants to sell, but doesn’t want anyone else to have us.

    Oxygen thief of the highest order.

    If we sign anyone else before the window closes I’ll be amazed!

  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    In the championship we would be cheaper more attractive. But we would have a problem. By that time Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez, Merino, Atsu, Lascelles would be gone along with Rafa Benitez and we would be doing well to get comfortably mid table with our new coach dredged from the unending list of championship manager suspects.

  • Hg

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    During the Llambias era we had a transfer policy that created mercenaries. Players were brought to the club for resale value instead of what they. brought to the team. Ashley has been focussed on the bottom line. The question is would Staveley have been fundamentally any different?.
    Just how realistic was her talk of a £200 m transfer war chest when she seem to be struggling to find an additional £50 million?

    Newcastle don’t have a team that is any better than those around us. As Benitez has said we have the youngest Squad. Shelvey has experience at this level but aside from Lascelles, Merino and maybe Le Jeune, Clark , Atsu would get close to the teams of our relegation rivals.
    What happened to the policy of bringing in players with experience of the PL. Has Benitez been slow getting the likes of Colback, who are on big wages out of the door. Or is this simply a further legacy of the Llambias/ Carr regime?

  • Geordie-john

    Jan 29, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    2 more players this week ! I thought it was 3 ?
    GREEDY COCK-ney Fatman can’t even get his lies correct. So that’ll be no more striker then ?
    OH no we cant afford £20M penfold. I totally agree with you Mikey. Oh hang on a minute Mikey I’ve missed a bit. Wait until i get my tongue out !

  • benjohnsen

    Jan 29, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Reading articles and comments on this blog just confirms the bad state of our dear club. We are desperate for saviours on the pitch, and we have come to the stage that any new player is better than nothing.

    The players we are linked with today are in my opinion simply not good enough. Mitrovic was a star signing for us, not exactly done great at the club. I can hardly see how Jorgensen are worth £20 million and I highly doubt that he could save us if he signs for us.

    I have reflected on our last 10 years under Ashley and our best strikers in Carroll, Demba Ba and Loic Remy, who were thriving at Newcastle, only reached the bench at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively. That tells a story.

    We really need a class striker to save us. A player like Batshuayi would be a great addition, with speed, strength and determination. I fear that we need a player like that to survive and my biggest fear is that we will not get that. Hope I am wrong. Very wrong.

  • Hg

    Jan 29, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    You only fail if you give up.

  • Bryan

    Jan 29, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    I dont understand the importance of another keeper. Why spend our limited funds on a keeper when we are crying out for a goal scocer?

  • ArtyH

    Jan 29, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Reading the above comments are really depressing but a true indictment of what has happened to our club under Mash.
    IMHO it is only exasperated by those who attend home matches! How can any real supporter not be galvanised into action after suffering the rubbish and insults served up for over ten years, you deserve everything you get! The worst thing and most destructive element about this is that you have driven away the real hard core supporters who were truly passionate about the club, they left when they saw the writing on the wall years ago, evidenced by the lack of atmosphere in the ground prevalent over the last few years helped by Mash splitting up the singing section and banishing them to row Z.
    Even if there is a signing now ore two perhaps they are never going to be who Rafa wanted to make the side better, they will be just what’s left so Mash can say he gave money for players. This would be in an effort to smack Rafa in the chops for speaking out about the transfer policy, he is being hamstrung again but some just cannot see it!
    IMHO there is only one way to drive the parasitical evil out of our club and that is to present to him, the T.V camera’s and the world, that as supporters we care about our club and have made a stand against the tyranny of the last ten years. It would only take two matches at most which were televised, this would destroy Mash in the public eye and also show that supporters are not going to be treated like this any more. Watch the games in the pub or somewhere else, just starve him out and make the point you will not be treated like a fool again!
    We are in desperate times now and I never thought I would think this way but I just cannot see any other solution. We need a new owner as the current one has stated he does not want the club, it was a mistake to buy it and he wants to sell, can it be believed? If you believe he will not or does not have the money to compete with the top six or eight are you content to yo yo between Premier and championship for the foreseeable future, like the last ten years, do you really want that??? PCP may not be the answer but what we have had to endure for the last ten years most certainly is not!
    I would love to go back to St.James Park but swore I would not as long as this owner has anything to do with our club, it was a very difficult decision but becomes easier with time, and when I see what is going on now it reinforces my stance on the subject, it just cannot continue in this form, something MUST change for the good of the club.
    Sadly as I said before even if we do sign one or two players they will be bargain bucket jobs and just an attempt to fool those gullible enough to accept mediocrity. I dont buy the you have to support the team as by doing so you support the owner, the two are intertwined and there is no separating them, that is how he has had a captive audience all this time. I am pretty sure the team will understand and so would Rafa if a stance was taken to show the dissatisfaction in the current owner by presenting to the camera’s an empty ground, it would show the ever faithful and knowledgeable supporters had had enough and taken back control for the good of the club.

  • goalseeker

    Jan 29, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree in the main with ArtyH. How many times have the cries gone up saying we will boycott the match only to see the 50000 turn up and support everything that Ashley says.

    He knows that he controls not just the team, the club and the 50000 who turn up week in week out and sing their songs as if he is listening. The only way is to present an empty stadium next time we are on television and again if needed. That gets the message not just to the fat man but to his cohorts the television companies and the rest of the watching world that something really big must be amiss at one of the greatest football clubs in the country.

    He had no intention of selling the club, we should have spotted that immediately not get all enthusiastic about a takeover, this is why he did the great PR stunt on his favourite Sky Television. Get the supporters all aglow with the prospect and dash their hopes with the normal `Tried so hard but just could not get a sale across the line` Why did he go to America when he was supposed to be ready to hand over the deeds.

    How many times has he met Rafa and told him how much he was willing to spend to let him take the club forward, that Rafa was to be in sole control of the incomings and outgoings, only to unveil his lies and spend nothing and expect loyalty and miracles.

    You have paid for your season ticket so it not going to cost you anything more and you will save on the extortionist prices in the bars To fat man and he who sits like a nodding dog in the fatmans car and a smug look on his face, the club is just a product on one of his shelves unlike us he has got no emotional interest in its wellbeing.

    Like Art\h, I said I would not set a foot in the Park until he was gone and I have supported this club for over 60 years and it hurts not going to the match as I have missed very few in my time and I have witnessed some very bad times before but nothing like this.

    But an empty stadium will be far more effective than all the banners and songs that go unseen and unheard. We should write to Rafa and the team and set out our determination and that we still support them.

    The only thing that would give a stronger message than an empty is either a mass walkout half-way through the first half or for all those who do not enter the stadium to stand in the bar areas or the area beside the Milburn stand and mount your peaceful but noisy demonstration during the whole game inviting all the press and TV and radio companies to turn up so they can fill their pages and screens with bad advertising. You can blockade his sports shops in the area as long as you do not break the law, again inviting the press and TV to where you are demonstrating they will love this Fatman will try to ignore but will fail.You never know even his pet Sky TV might get the message.

    Who is for this or are you so weak you are prepared to moan but do nothing about it?

  • ArtyH

    Jan 29, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Thank you goalseeker but it looks like our plea has fallen on deaf ears. I was loathed to have to state such things but felt it was the only way to save our club! I like you are running out of time to again see success at St.James Park. My father took a bus load down to Wemley 2 weeks after I was born for the 55 cup final, so you can see how long I have waited too, apart from the Fairs cup games which were great when we were younguns, I so desperately want to see those times again at our club, KK showed it is still possible but the bubble burst and we are still picking up the pieces. 🙁


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