With Six Loan Moves Today – Ashley Seems Determined To Sell Newcastle


Mike Ashley didn’t want to spend much money last summer, and he doesn’t want to spend much money this month.

But there’s a lot of activity going on today as Newcastle look like they will sign Islam Slimani on loan as well as Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, also on loan.

Newcastle have already brought in Kenedy on loan, and he should be making his debut tonight against Burnley at home.

Newcastle have almost completed the outgoing loans of Mitrovic (Anderlecht), Woodman (Aberdeen), Aarons (Hellas Verona – Serie A), and Saivet (Sivasspor- Turkey).

So that will ease the wage bill and keep the finances at Newcastle under control – which it seems is what Ashley wanted to do.

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And the stage is now set if Rafa can use the three new signings to take us to safety in the Premier League Ashley could well sell before the summer.

We’ll believe it when it happens, and we have that nagging doubt that he could take the club off the market for the third time.

But everything is looking positive as Sky Sports’ Pete Graves reports:.

Rafa has been very cool throughout this month – given what’s been happening – but perhaps Mike Ashley has told him he is determined to sell the club soon.

Ashley is waiting for the new three year Premier League TV rights deal to be announced in February, and that could raise the price he wants for Newcastle if it’s significantly more than the current £5.1B deal.

But hopefully, there will be some buyer – maybe PCP and Amanda Staveley – who are really serious about buying the club.

Then whether we sign players like Slimani and Dubravka this summer will be Rafa’s decision, but under new owners.

And hopefully, Rafa will finally get some decent money to spend to make Newcastle into a much better team that can compete in the Premier League.

That’s good for Rafa, good for the fans, good for the City, and good for the club.

We hope that’s the case, so the Mike Ashley nightmare at Newcastle comes to an end.

But the main thing – as Rafa keeps reminding everybody – is for Newcastle to start winning games and to get to 40 points as soon as possible.

When that happens, we could see some action with bidders making new offers for the club.

That’s the hope.

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19 comments so far

  • ToonRich

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #1

    So what rumours have you heard all heard for any other potential arrivals???

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Toonrich
    In a word….non!…linked with a real madrid youngin but nowt more has been said today and nee other names at all .

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  • twotonearmy

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Would figure we bring in a striker that has an injury. Hopefully he’s not another Doumbia and Ferreyra for us.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #4

    So long as he’s not telling Rafa porky pies as we all know he is very economical with the truth.
    It must be so easy to manage Man City.
    Do you know over the past three & half years they have spent £176.6 M on four centre backs.
    Mangala – £40M
    Otemendi -£32M
    Stones – £47.5M
    and now Laporte £57.1M
    thats£34M more than it’s cost for our entire squad of 26 or so players.
    It’s immoral!!!!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #5

    You just need to add in Mahrez. He just handed in a transfer request and looks set to join man city.

    They are throwing insane money. I find it strange the FA does not have any law to not allow the way man city is spending at the moment.

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  • H.Houdini

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Where has all the monies gone
    Far far away
    Where has all the monies gone
    Far far away.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #7

    West Lancs

    I think that says more about the dearth of quality in our squad that 26 players don’t even cost a combined total of 176m

    On topic, Slimani could be a decent bet, big man with a point to prove. Better than what we have which is crucial but has never been a bg goal scorer. If he can bag 7-10 goals between now and end of the season I’d be over the moon

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  • DaveD1000

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    WLancs funnily enough that is exactly the same as Mikeys Pie bill for those years

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  • twotonearmy

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #9

    ilovetoon –

    I haven’t had a look at their squad but I find it silly we can’t fit players into our squad without creating loans and Man City seem to be able to use infinite funds to add infinite players to their team. Maybe it’s unbalanced because every player on their team is a “purple” and they dont care if they toss high earning international players into their reserves. Teams like them and PSG are ruining the game just as much as this ridiculous TV money.

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Well would you believe it fatty telling the truth. He said in his sky interview he would not put another penny in and he hasn’t . Loans are not the añswer every teams cast offs. We are to little to late I hope I am wrong. I even thought loans because he is selling up. But history shows he’s not bothered one jot. On my way to match if we struggle early could be a toxic atmosphere

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #11

    So Colbacks saying Hull is to far South.

    What’s he going to do when his contract runs out, play for the Heed or Spartans?

    It’s all down to the money, the club were stupid enough to sign put on the contract he’s getting. Same goes for other players we cant/couldn’t shift for a while, club’s fault signing medioka players on high wages.

    Poor Colback his boyhood club don’t want him his Foster team down the road don’t want him, Hulls to far South so the Black n White through and through Wearside Jack is going to sit on his arse rinse his boyhood club knowing full well Rafa can’t add another player whilst he sits there doing nowt for his thousands a week. Cheers Jack.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s a bit difficult to say at this stage whether we have strengthen or current squad or not…

    Kenedy is a prospect ad best, Slimani is out of form and has not delivered in the PL and the new GK?

    Hope something else is going to happen today (probably not)

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  • twotonearmy

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #13

    optimistic panda –

    He’s 28, how can this “Premier League” player not venture off a little further from home. It’s not like he is off to Turkey or East Germany, what is he getting on about? Did he get panic attacks whenever we had away games, have to bring his favorite blanket and call his mom every 10 minutes to know he was safe?

    I don’t get how lazy someone can be to risk a future in making a living making ridiculous money just because he doesn’t want to live a little further south for a few months. I hope he rots away in the reserves until he’s out of contract and no one touches him after that.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    OP…it goes both ways mate

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  • lesh

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #15

    And what’s happening to Colbeck? Is he having the rest of his time playing with the u23s while getting lots of wages?

    And…. Why did it need Rafa to kick Ashley’s backside (thank you Mr Desmond – let’s hope Rafa thanks him and Amanda S for their help) before getting some movement? Could Ashley blame Barnes for being unhelpful and Charnley for being spineless? Probably.

    Essex….

    How long to kick off? 🙂

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Comment 3 Yeah there’s been some disasters in that position Albert Luque £11 M springs to mind . John Dahl Thomasson , our last great dane played 23 times scored 3 goals and Andreas Thomasson another Scandinavian played 27 times under Kenny Dalgleish Scorin just 4 goals . Both played with the great George Weah (new president of Liberia) at Milan. Took my son(aged 10) in 1997 to see Andersson play for the reserves against Blackpool Reserves on wet & windy winter evening. It should have been Big Duncan Ferguson making his NUFC debut but Andersson played in his place

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Nufc4ever Look out for FCB at the Pie Stall eating all the pies. You can’t miss him he’ll be in disguise of course but with a massive halo round his heed.

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  • Howay50

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    West Lancs

    John Dahl Thomasson, known as Jigsaw, as he went to pieces in the box ???

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  • martoon

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Just checking in from my holidays. I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised – I think Slimani has more chance of hitting the ground running than an untried Danish striker certainly less of a risk. I don’t know anything about the keeper but seems to have made some decent saves in videos I’ve seen.

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