Rafa Will Want To Sign This Player In Summer – Make It An Early Signing

Rafa Benitez managed to persuade Mike Ashley three new players into Newcastle in the January with two of them coming in on the last night before the window closed.

Getting Mike Ashley to pay out Newcastle’s money on good players is like trying to get blood out of a stone.

It’s difficult, and Ashley is just not cut out with his personality and temperament to be a successful football club owner.

Hopefully, he has finally realized that and will sell the club before the summer.

Nicolai Jorgensen – sign him up early this summer

But we think that highly unlikely as do other long-suffering Newcastle fans.

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Rafa has got three good players in on loan – goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, striker Islam Slimani, and winger Kenedy and hopefully they can make a difference to the Newcastle side.

We tried to get Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen in last month, but his club wanted £20M for him, and we were willing to pay only £15M.


But Newcastle should have plenty of money available in the summer, and maybe we can tie up a deal early for the 27-year-old Danish International striker.

If Rafa is still here at that time that’s what he would want to do, and he wants to change the way transfers are conducted at the club.

We assume that includes persuading the current owner that he cannot build a top team on the cheap.

Jorgensen’s agent, Mikkel Nissen, confirmed yesterday in Denmark via media outlet Ekstra Bladet that Newcastle tried to sign the big Dane last month- and we were even daring in our approach.

This is some of what Nissen said:.

“I can confirm that Newcastle specifically wanted to have him and did a lot to make it successful,”

“There were also other Premier League clubs in play, but Newcastle was the most daring.”

“But Feyenoord was against the move.”  “They just didn’t want to sell him in this transfer window and will look at it this summer.”

The news is that Newcastle will double Jorgensen’s wages and since Rafa will have talked to the striker it should be an easy deal to complete early this summer to give us some momentum.

But Newcastle and whoever the owner is in May must be prepared to pay the going rate for top players.

We’re sick of Newcastle being the lean and mean club who refuse to meet the price of our transfer targets and keep getting relegated.

That’s the level to which Newcastle have been dragged down to because of Ashley’s woeful mismanagement of the club over the last eleven years.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 8, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    No comment

  • Mag52

    Feb 8, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘Daring’ is an interesting choice of word.
    In Ashley’s case, it probably means bringing along the key to unlock his wallet.
    On second thoughts, that might be a bit too reckless to be a serious possibility.

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Jorgensens agent’s comments bear out
    what the Dutch media said at the time
    that Fyenoord way overpriced him.
    Last year was his breakout season ,
    he was pretty average before that.
    Probably best to see if he keeps it up until Summer.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 8, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    The key you mentioned was in fact for Ashley’s Chastity belt.
    The good news is that it was dropped in the North Sea when on the North Sea Ferry which was the cheaper option of going to Holland to talk with Feyenoord. That explains the delays and why the deal for Jorgensen wasn’tcompleted in time. The good news is that with the key at the bottom of the sea mankind is saved .

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Feb 8, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa wanted early signings the last two transfers.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Feb 8, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6


    C – I’d be very surprised if Slimani doesn’t start.

    I’d be tempted to play this side with yedlin and Kenedy supplying bullets for Slimani

    Dubravka- we will need his distribution if we are going to play on the break.

    Yedlin Lascelles Lejeune dummett Kenedy
    Shelvey Hayden Diame

    I hope we can earn something from this match every point is vital. Goal difference as well. I can’t see it being a very open game. More like the city game. Soak it up and hope to get something late on.. with merino, Murphy and atsu weighing in.

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Thank god for the 2 Shearers
    Some footy craic

    These never-ending childish comments
    about Ashley are very tedious.

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 8, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Deathly silence.

  • Geordie-john

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Lets hope Rafa gets his way early this time and sign the blighter !

  • lochinvar

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Come the end of the season and we’re in the Premiership for next do we have any options to buy Slimani ? He’ll be 30 and Jorgensen 28. Hardly fits the Ashley business model of buy ’em young and cheap and sell on for a profit. But we do need experience which other Premiership clubs seem to rely on.
    Or can we have both ?
    If PCP or other ownership is involved then would they have even more ambitious targets ?

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s a much earlier window this year – FIFA window is 9th June to 31st August, but Premier League clubs voted to ban clubs bringing in players from 9th August this year (Thursday before the season starts) to allow for more settled squad planning. FIFA insists windows are open for 12 weeks, so we’ll be able to start buying players from 17th May (from PL clubs only, all other clubs will still be operating under the FIFA window). However, PL clubs will still be able to sell until the 31st August as the rest of Europe (and the rest of UK including Football League and Championship) will still be open for business. Euro clubs and the rest of the UK will still also be able to tap up the PL star players for these three weeks, which could be detrimental to the big 6 and any other club whose players show some form in the first few games.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Of course, the above is largely irrelevant if we are in the Champo next season…

  • mactoon

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    I dread to think what will happen to the price of any player who has a good world cup. A £20 m player will probably double their price. I doubt we will be competing for them. This summer will be the 3rd inquest into the failed transfer policy Rafa will be asking for and if Ashley is still trying to sell the club I doubt the transfer policy will change. I see a long summer ahead

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Usually, NUFC are used as the stalking horse when a footballer comes up for grabs, the fact that no one got killed in the rush to sign Jorgensen should set the red alert lights flashing and the sirens sounding?

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    mactoon you’re right, especially given the new transfer window. We’ll have 12 weeks of painful waiting for inbound transfer news followed by another 3 weeks of painfully anticipating Ashley selling Lascelles / Dummett / Merino / any of our better players when we can’t replace them to reduce the wage bill.

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Bog off Jim White

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Why, Houdini, what’s he said now?

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #18

    With Slimani and Kenedy in the side and 3 desperately needed points up for grabs I wonder if Rafa’s gonna instruct the lads to leave their nuts in the dressing room for this one. United are good, but their not Man City good.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #19

    The last time we played Man Utd they bullied us in that second half they kept playing the long ball to Lukaku against Manquillo and Pogba took control against Shelvey plus Clark and Lejuene couldn’t handle the crosses into the box ! They were lucky though if we had scored our 2 missed chances to make it 2 nil it would have been a different game!

    This time Diame will bully Pogba , Lascalles and Dummett will dominate Lukaku and Slimani will score the winner !! Heres hoping ha ha

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Our three loan sign are in the shop window. Kenedy will go for big money if he keeps performing well, If Slimani bangs the goals in that keeps us up he will be well above Ashley’s valuation, it could well be a different story if we have new owners.

  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #21

    If we drop in the bottom three it will be very hard to get out, I think, as there aren’t many potential three pointers left. We’ll be getting battling draws here and there, maybe a win or two max.

    In this game, it has been shown: to draw or beat these teams you must press them. Not let them play their game or, sooner or later they’ll break you down.

    Be brave, go for it. Forget the honourable 0-1, it won’t save us anymore.

  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #22

    This upcoming game… Was referring to top six teams.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Cyprus, we have winnable games against Saints, Hudds and West Brom at home and Bournemouth away. All we’ve missed in our drawn home games has been a reliable goal scorer which we now have, if Slimani plays to his potential. I can’t agree with your rather gloomy assessment. We have to preserve our goal difference as it could easily be the make-or-break factor in our survival. It’s not the time to go gung-ho at the top six teams, even if we fall behind in matches.

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Calling their pitch porridge wanting to protect spuds

  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #25

    We have to continue to stifle the top teams, they’re all expected losses so all pint picked up there are a bonus. We should have not be going full belt against our peers, and then only when we are struggling for points.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Try again.

    We have to continue to stifle the top teams, they’re all expected losses so all points picked up there are a bonus. We should only be going full pelt against our peers, and then only when we are struggling for points.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #27

    You know Ed, you look for all the world like one of those doom & gloomers you used to frown upon. In fact you’re almost getting the look of a member of the Ashley Out! Mob / crowd / crew / group / throng / etc…


  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Doesn’t look like tv rights will have much of a say on our club value

    I believe there will not be much of an increase (if any at all)

    My gut feeling

    300 Million bid please (pcp) to save us from the slob

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Chief exec of Rochdale giving it to him back

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    If Rafa sees the Manure match as a probable defeat for us we might well see Dubravka in goal.

  • carl

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Earlier on Jorgensen. I suspect very few commenting have not seen him play. I watched the two play off games between Denmark and R. Ireland.
    In the game in Denmark (0-0) Randolph, Ciaran Clark were outstanding and Jorgensen was not at all influential. The Danes won the game away 5-1 and Eriksen was the stand out player. I only remembered Jorgensen as being hard working, tidy holding the ball up and he brings others into play.
    Certainly not a £20 million player even in an inflated market. It would have been a upgrade but hoping Slimani will prove better value.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Our next 3 games are against teams who will have shots on our goal and put crosses into the box we might have to absorb a lot of pressure so Dubruvka is going to be busy straight away which may help him in a way….

    He was outstanding against Scotland last season some of his saves were unreal

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #33


    might as well give up now then

  • carl

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Rafa shouldn’t be seeing the ManU game as a probable defeat. This is just the sort of game he should be convincing players we can win.
    Players motivated to believe they can and for our fans to get behind the team and not get on the back of players making mistakes. That doesn’t boost player confidence and that’s what being a supporter is all about. We’re all in this together.

    Tactical planning, boosting of player confidence will boost momentum, instilling a Rafa(Churchillian) spirit and Mourinho’s record at SJP all should be used. It’s a game like this that Benitez will enjoy matching his talent against someone he clearly doesn’t respect.

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #35

    I have seen him many games in the league which count more than euros or w cup games and he is not that good carl

  • toon kk

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #36

    IF we do manage to stay up and Rafa does decide to buy Jorgensen I hope he proves to be a better purchase than Joselu.
    I’m not sure what type of player Rafa likes best or he really knows himself.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #37

    toon kk

    Rafa brought Gayle to NUFC for our relegation season. Didn’t work out too badly, did it?

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Jorgensen saga reminded me of the one we had with Marriapa shortly after Pardew arrived. Where we bid but didn’t sign but the interest was only specifically for that window and we didn’t revisit, think Pardew came out and said that.

    I got the feeling Jorgensen’s camp indicated that he was keen to move so we went for it. Think in the summer he would have to be much cheaper or we look for better.

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #39

    toon kk
    I’m not sure what type of player Rafa likes best or he really knows himself.

    Ha ha ha
    what a cock !

    I started to list all the world class strikers Rafa
    has bought and improved in his career then
    realised I’d get nowt else done today

  • c-dog

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #40

    My reasoning for not going with Slimani is probably flawed but I stand by it. One, he’s lacking fitness I’d imagine. And our striker Sunday is gonna have a thankless job up there. Two, confidence is key to a striker and this game will do no striker any good. This is all based of my belief that we’ll be well outplayed Sunday. And I actually want us to sit like we did against city. Because if we only conceeded one against them then we might keep a clean sheet against United. Hopefully I’m proved wrong.


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