Newcastle Now In Desperate Late Seach For A Striker

Newcastle have so far failed to sign the striker we desperately need to get in before tomorrow night at 11:00 pm, when the transfer window slams shut.

We missed out yesterday on both Sturridge on loan, and we refused to pay the going rate for Nicolai Jorgensen of Feyenoord.

They wanted £20M for the striker, and we were prepared to pay only £15M.

Sturridge was supposed to be in Newcastle yesterday lunchtime but West Brom – who have been interested in signing Sturridge all month – moved in and signed the Birmingham-born striker on loan.

Rafa Benitez

Sturridge is reported to have chosen West Brom over Newcastle for family reasons.

Newcastle failed to go back with an improved offer on their second bid of  £15M and Feyenoord called off talks for their striker, who will now be staying in Holland.

If we don’t get a striker in over the next 39 hours, and we are relegated – we deserve it for being so short-sighted and small-minded.

And Ashley wants Rafa to extend his contract at Newcastle?

Rafa Benitez is in front of the cameras at 1:30 pm today, but he will look cool and calm – as usual.

Rafa will portray that to his players since we have such an important game tomorrow night at home to Burnley which will end about an hour before the transfer window ends.

Rafa will have every right to feel aggrieved if Mike Ashley doesn’t sign a striker by then.

And of course, Newcastle will now have to pay top dollar for any loan move or permanent signing, since other clubs will know the serious predicament we have put ourselves in.

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11 comments so far

  • nufc82

    Jan 30, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Personally, I think boycotting the games will have very little impact on Ashley. However, it will have a big impact on Rafa and the players. The best thing we can do is get behind the manager / players and help ensure Premiership survival. The sooner that happens the more likely an improved bid for the club will come in and we can finally see the back of Ashley.

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 30, 2018 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #2


    What’s the point if and its a massive if we manage to stay up it will be the same next season no money no new players.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 30, 2018 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Carl (previous) – we just don’t have “high level representatives “ (plural) . We only have one and that’s Charnley and he doesn’t have a passport as Ashley won’t buy him one so it’s not him. He’s in Wrexham looking for targets.

    So the only representatives of NUFC in Czechoslovakia are a few fans looking for love as offered on one of those dating web sites. You know the sort of thing “ lonely football fan seeks affluent female business investor. Initially for friendship maybe leads to ownership of iconic football club in future. Hobbies should include collecting Silverware, ambition and be prepared to adopt 52,311 orphans. Non smoker preferred”

  • Bigjim67

    Jan 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Slank from previous, yeah they don’t call him The Mad Serb for nowt!

  • lochinvar

    Jan 30, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Now we give the press more shite to comment on.

    Newcastle United winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni has met Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock to discuss a potential exit route from St. James’ Park, according to the Daily Mail.

    The newspaper report that El-Mhanni was one of the players who complained about the bullying and racist behaviour of former Under-23 coach Peter Beardsley, with the club legend currently suspended and waiting the outcome of investigations.
    The Mail claim that the Magpies’ youth player is looking to leave Tyneside after some of his complaints about former Under-23 coach Peter Beardsley were not upheld despite several witnesses.
    It is said that the Bluebirds are now in pole position to sign the 22-year-old forward, who has made two first-team appearances for Newcastle.
    It would seem to be the best outcome for all involved if El-Mhanni was allowed to leave.
    The player is obviously unsettled at the club after becoming embroiled in the racism scandal involving Beardsley, and there is little point in trying to make him stay.

    The young winger does not look anywhere near the first-team either, so a move away is definitely the way forward for him.

    Cardiff are a good destination for club and player, as El-Mhanni will get more game time and Newcastle will not be inadvertently strengthening one of the Premier League rivals if the tricky wide man comes good this season.

    With talks already underway with Cardiff, and there being no reason for the 22-year-old to stay on Tyneside, this one could definitely go through in the next two days.

    There seems to be willingness on both sides to strike a deal, although Newcastle’s stance is not totally clear as of yet.

    With the club in the midst of such a scandal, it would not look good for them to force a player involved to stay, and that would suggest they will allow their youth player to leave.

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 30, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    So we could of got one of rafas targets who is on a reasonable wage simply if the fat man stumped up a few extra million and now we are in the same situation as always and will either get nobody in or a has been or bargain bin basement striker who is no better than Joselu, I am not surprised at all though I called this after the first bid for Jorgeson was rejected, and I’m sure the majority of Newcastle fans did too. Somethings never change, please sell Ashley, will never understand why this man bought a football club.

  • SA Toon

    Jan 30, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    I am often accused of being overly optimistic, but even I have to concede that if we don’t sign a striker before the window closes, we will be odds on to go back down. With everything we have as a club (the history, the fans, the city and the manager), and the recent experience of playing in the Championship, it is hard to believe that the powers that be would risk it all again. We have to pray for a miracle, ‘cause I’m just not sure I can endure the disappointment of another relegation.

  • geordietom

    Jan 30, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    welcome to the circus . which is newcastle united … sick and tired of it all now … totally pished off with the crap

  • mactoon

    Jan 30, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafa has given the club his 3 choices of striker and we have failed on Jorgensen (we offered £15m) Sturridge (we offered around 3.2m) and now last chance saloon is Kremencik (the club wants £10m so we will offer around £7m and fail)

    Assuming these were the 3 on his list we are in trouble, assuming the likes of Slimani and Iheanacho were on his list together with Jorgensen, what the hell are our ‘board’ playing at?

    Now the whole thing smacks of desperation with names being pulled out of a hat like an FA Cup draw.

  • DjMickyg

    Jan 30, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    nufc82 boycotting it will have massive impact if its the Man utd game the world will be watching and he doesnt want bad publicity. Everybody should protest outside the stand.

  • DjMickyg

    Jan 30, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    The FA will step in if they see an empty stand they dont want bad publicity either for English football. It will work


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