Two Top Players Newcastle Can Sign This Summer For Less Than £5M Combined

If Newcastle can start putting performances in like they did against the Red Devils on Sunday afternoon, we should be able to start picking up more wins and drag ourselves away from the drop zone.

That would be a relief for all who support Newcastle United, and we’ve been fighting relegation far too many times under Mike Ashley.

And because Rafa has not been supported by the owner in the last three transfer windows he will want to do some deals early in the summer window.

Jonathan Bamba – French U21 winger

One of them that could be an easy one is signing Martin Dubravka for £3.5M and picking up the option to buy in his loan contract.

Martin is extremely keen to join Newcastle and wants two things to happen before the summer – save Newcastle from relegation and then sign a permanent deal on Tyneside – in that order.

His performance on Sunday in his debut suggests he can do both of those.

And French outlet L’Equipe are reporting that Rafa is keen to bring St Etienne winger Jonathan Bamba to the club at the end of the season.

We have been interested in the French U21 International since last summer.

Bamba has a contract that runs out at the end of June, but since he came through the Youth Academy at St. Etienne they will be due some compensation.

He joined St. Etienne back in 2011 and this season he has played 24 times for St. Etienne with 7 goals and 7 assists.

His club wants to keep him but L’Equipe is reporting they now know they will lose the winger in the summer – and there are other clubs interested in signing him.

Let’s hope Newcastle can be successful in getting this young talented player to Tyneside.

Getting Bamba and Dubravka in during the early summer for less than £5M will give us some excellent momentum early in the transfer window.

And Mike Ashley would OK both those deals – although that still has to be an assumption.

But maybe he’s sold the club by then?

Bamba has played for all the French youth sides and 8 times for the U21 team.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s see the back of Ashley first before talking about who may or may not be signing.

  • Jib

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail for Ashley
    Let’s see the back of Ashley first before
    talking about who may or may not be signing.


    The club life goes on regardless of who owns it.

    Keep speculating on targets Dr Harrison.

  • hibbit

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    revenue streams are the lifeblood of most clubs, not many clubs would survive without them.

    the tv monies are a revenue stream,ie cash being paid/earned by the club and are classed as income

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Wow, we’re now trying to argue that revenue streams are irrelevant. This is what we’ve been up against for the last eleven years.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Daily Heil:

    “The outcome of the Premier League TV rights auction has put the ball back in Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s court over Amanda Staveley’s £250m offer to buy the club.

    “Staveley priced her bid — initially dismissed by Ashley — in the expectation of a drop in domestic TV income, which has turned out to be the case. So it remains to be seen whether Ashley now finds her offer, which has been on the table since December, more attractive.”

  • Jib

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    The interest in Bamba is Wagner
    at Huddersfield and Rafa.
    I would think a French player is
    more likely to plump for NUFC.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve never heard anything so bloody ridiculous as that TV money is just for buying players. Is it not lost on Jib/jane that our commercial revenue has declined rapidly over Spurs who are now light years ahead of us. How could any fan say they don’t care about revenue streams.I’m speechless at the ignorance.

  • lesh

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron Knee

    Daily Heil’s a gem. Love it.

    As far as Bamba et al are concerned, the potential obstacles to early summer signings are twofold:

    1 – Ashley’s departure and

    2 – Rafa’s presence.

  • simon376

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #9

    But that’s what I was saying Jib, Rafa and I don’t think the others under Ashley have been given tv money to use on players, it just goes against general running of the club, of course including salaries. We haven’t broken our transfer record in about 13 years or so and struggle to spend more than £12m on a player where other clubs including newly promoted speculate (I know can be dangerous) with tv money to invest in players to hopefully get either survival or a higher league placing. We have to rely on Rafa’s skills using some players who may not be of the best standard but trying their best for survival and large placing, rather than buying players who could virtually and hopefully guarantee staying in the league and get the money back on buying them or some of it by finishing higher up the league

  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Welcome to Amateur Accountancy. Here we try to answer your questions in the most convoluted and confusing way.

    Today’s topic:- “What IS a Revenue Stream?”

    Imagine you have a table set for ten people. Now imagine that all the cutlery is plastic and instead of salt in the cellar there is silica gel. The pepper grinder is sometimes on the table, sometimes under it, and all the diners are Sri Lankan except for the Head of the Table who is a Capybara named Mostyn……..

  • simon376

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    We should be getting advertising cash, seasons ticket and match day sales alongside shirt sale, food, drink and other areas to help also go towards general running costs leaving more cash for new players etc

  • AncientC

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Never worry about revenue streams, only the TV deal matters. I wonder how much of that TV money would be left to spend on players if you deduct the revenue streams.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Man people love to complicate things. All forms of regular income on which the business is reliant are “streams” they may come and go or be replaced by other forms but they fall under that umbrella. No capybaras, no Silica gel.

  • simon376

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #14

    That’s what I think Jail and many others are getting at, if the club was run in that way, I’m sure we would see a better team playing for us

  • AncientC

    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Well, I would say a majority (more than 50%) of the revenue streams are already being deducted from the club, so we already have a partial answer to my last post. Which is why the net-spend on players works out to be a measly sum over the last decade or so.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 15, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    I always used to believe a footballer was worth what ever he could get but now It’s out of control , Most of the TV money doesn’t stay within the game It goes to a few big clubs who can afford to pay ridiculous wages and extortionate agents fees

  • Geordie-john

    Feb 15, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    End of the day it’s all Bollocks. Football should be just football like it used to be, Not business that GREEDY COCK-ney and the likes of that can make a fortune out of as they have already done so. Bollocks to Sky TV as well , they are the source to this. In fact they even dictate what time a match can start now.

  • ArtyH

    Feb 15, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    IMHO it all boils down to the punter being screwed, by owner, $ky, shirt sales and food and drink at the grounds et all.
    When you think about it, why do you go to a match? Its about watching a game of football because you love the sport and most probably because you played football as a kid. Somewhere along the way $ky got involved and to everyones delight we could see selected games, whole games, not highlights, on a regular basis, it was great initially. Unfortunately like a drug, we all got hooked and are now paying the piper. $ky has ruined the game as we know it and now ultimately it has morphed into a money making concern where the mega rich can by default, claim one up manship on each other. Teams are a plaything for the mega rich, and players horse traded at extortionate values which most probably cannot be sustained, but it reinforces the fact certain owners can afford to pay. This then places the owner at a seat at the highest table in the world so they can get a piece of world action they otherwise could not get access to. IMHO this is the part the fat one was alluding to, he just cannot compete at that level, but is willing to trudge around the bargain basement and pick up the scraps. We will never see the kind of football we as geordie supporters crave as long as this owner stays in office, he will never allow any manager to do anything other than his bidding, as he holds the purse strings. He has had one over on Rafa since day one, and I firmly believe the only reason Rafa stays is his love of the club and supporters. I just pray some well intention ed buyer come in to take the pain out of supporting this club, because we have suffered enough and deserve much better than this.

  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 15, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #19

    I wrote about this before we played Man U that this blog is really getting really poor because every other article is about potential incoming and outgoing players transfers, transfers, transfers enough let’s talk about where we are now and who we play next.

    Big game coming up at Bournemouth as they were just thrashed by Huddersfield and will be looking to do the double on us and really distances themselves from relegation battle.

    Let’s talk about how we should line-up their tactics and how we should counter them please.This won’t be an easy game but will certainly be big step in right direction if we repay them the favor and beat them at their home.


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