Reports: Rafa Has Agreed Terms With Top Free Agent For Summer Signing

Promising reports are coming out of Turkey that Rafa Benitez has 25-year-old free agent Oguzhan Ozyakup from Besiktas lined up to sign for Newcastle in the summer.

When a top player becomes a free agent, there’s a lot of competition, and that’s been true of the 30 times capped Turkish International midfielder.

We’re also sure Rafa wants to do as many deals as possible even before the transfer window opens in July, so he is not left in the same position by Mike Ashley this summer as he was last summer.

Oguzhan Ozyakup – 25-year-old Besiktas central midfielder

That mess has caused our current umpteenth fight against relegation.

That’s always assuming we survive the drop and Rafa stays with Newcastle.

The news is that Rafa has already met with Ozyakup’s agent Kees Vos and lawyer Alfredo Seco to get the deal agreed to.

So if these reports are accurate we assume the Netherlands-born player has signed a pre-contract agreement that he will sign on a permanent basis for Newcastle in the summer when his Besiktas contract runs out.

With a top class free agent available you sometimes need to give them a signing-on fee and big wages (of course) so it’s not surprising that it is being reported he will become the top wage earner at Newcastle (if and) when he signs.

Ozyakup was previously at AZ and was part of the Arsenal Academy and he finally joined Besiktas back in 2012.

He has played 207 times for Besiktas with 27 goals and 46 assists.

The Besiktas central midfielder has a phenomenal work-rate and will make a huge difference in the middle of the park for Newcastle next season – assuming we sign him.

The 5ft 11ins player is also versatile and has also played in the number 10 position.

We are hoping this news is true.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

61 comments so far

  • NUFCmagpie

    Mar 9, 2018 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #1

    hardly an exciting signing

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #2

    What’s that? An early signing? The club have got their finger out and beaten other clubs to the signing of a decent player? Have I been slipped a trip and I’m now floating along in some enhanced reality?

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib don’t think I didn’t notice your post earlier you rascal lol

    Qu’est-ce que c’est?


  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice links Jib. Always like to see young Geordie’s scoring goals. Except Graham Fenton. Definitely not him

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #7

    I was in Whitley Bay Catholic club when they took
    down his photo – Ha ha ha

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #8

    They actually took it down? That’s hilarious

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #9

    97 days until the opening ceremony
    of the 2018 WC
    I wonder if England will be there?

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #10

    The committee were unanimous after they
    realised his 2nd goal deprived NUFC of any
    chance of the League.

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Fenton only scored 6 goals that season
    Two of them were against the team he
    supported all his life

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Graham Fenton, Alan Shearer and Steve Harper were very regular golf partners up until 5 years ago. Probably still are.

  • mactoon

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #13

    I would ask how many players have we been linked with over the last 10 years of transfer windows while Ashley owned the club compared to how many have we actually signed or at least been proven to actually bid for?

    Journalists have to sell papers and every link to a player must pay their wages if their article is published. But 99.99% of them are untrue or just speculation not based on fact. I just don’t believe any article linking us with a player including this one. Why get excited over fake news

  • toon22

    Mar 9, 2018 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #14

    If were getting sold to whoever in the summer transfer fees and wages will rocket.
    We have a reputation of being tight arses atm
    Hopefully Rafa is taking advantage of this.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m surprised at the lack of reaction to this article. Surely we should see 10 posts saying “he’s sh!t, why are we bothering”, 10 saying “he’s great, I saw him score a hat trick vs Croydon, he was mint” and another 10 saying “let’s see what he’s like before we judge him”


    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #16

    After the last three transfer windows which have been disapponting and if there is any truth in this at all, i hope RAFA has pulled this off? It would mot surprise me at all if another club jump in and scupper any Deal made though ! In RAFA we trust!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Oguzhan Ozyakup, name just trips of the tongue, like to see what JK would make of it.

  • Sherlock

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Can’t believe that anybody thinks that we are relagated if we don’t win tomorrow. Win lose or draw there are still twists and turns ahead. I do believe we will have to rely on others to fluff their lines for us to stay up though

  • Sherlock

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #19

    And bloody Fenton. Must have been a bank holiday weekend as I remember crying in my beer somewhere in Whitley bay that day.

  • Sherlock

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Queueing outside bars for 15 minutes to be pushed and shoved about on a bank holiday mondays in Whitley bay. Happy memories. Here it’s a ghost town now

  • Sherlock

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Oggy Ozzy yakup .. Oy Oy Oy. Rolls off tongue easily

  • martoon

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #22

    If this story is true then I would imagine he has a get out clause if, god forbid, we were relegated – hard to think he would want to play for us in the Championship!

  • Graeme

    Mar 9, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #23

    The chances of the rotund one shelling out money, this far in advance, even agreeing to spend this far in advance, is simply unheard of. Still, that also means FCB has a full 3 months to cock it up!!

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2018 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Sherlock, not quite a ghost town but you have to know where to look. South Parade is nothing like it used to be.

  • Toonces

    Mar 9, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m not sure if I am correct but can’t a foreign player who is a summer free agent, sign a pre-contract with a new team before the summer window opens? And the new team can announce the signing of the player to the pre-contract? So if that is the rules – then if this player has agreed terms, then why not announce it? If the club won’t announce it then I would suggest that this rumour is bollocks.

  • Oldgit1

    Mar 9, 2018 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Sherlock I had a night club in Whitley bay, had to close it down when the council decided to ban hen and stag nights. The place died a death. Not one of my better ventures.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 9, 2018 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Sounds promising, well done rafa.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 9, 2018 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Old Git

    Do you remember Steve Thompson ..not sure if it was the Sands club was the one that burned down.. Seaward side of the road…I know him through music …writing songs for various ..Elkie Brooks etc ..

    There’s a good story in there somewhere.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 9, 2018 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Old git..meant to say ..he owned that club . ?

  • Online Guy

    Mar 9, 2018 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Away for a pint’s been a long day .

  • Online Guy

    Mar 9, 2018 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Might have been the Plaza ?

  • Online Guy

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #32

    2-1 win the morra…..squeaky arse time Lads n Lasses. Nails will be bitten .

    Howay the Lads !!!

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #33

    1-0 lascelles girl come on rafa

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #34

    Lascelles girl? Well if she can put footie boots on she’s welcome . Htl

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #35

    With a strike rate that’s 1 in 8 in a much inferior league, get him snapped up. We need someone to put pressure on Joselu/Sarc

  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #36

    It goes without saying that Rafa wants to do as many deals as possible but it’s a case of whether he’s allowed to – especially when the club’s prem status is in doubt.

    There’s a possibility that the players agent has put the story out to stimulate interest in his clent;

    Rafa may have had a conversation with the players agent;

    Maybe Rafa’s pushing the boat out with Ashley over the small matter of who’s in charge of transfers?

    Hey ho, going with history, it’s likely to be to be another long summer for the club and more so its fans.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #37

    Well Ashley will run the club the way he always has. No deficit, unless it’s too get us back up. Rafa will now have a very unbiased and unvarnished view of what he’s going to get in the off season. Little has changed since Pardew, in terms of how the clubs finances are run, but we do a significantly better manager now, and he won’t have unwanted players foisted on him, and that certainly does augur far better.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 10, 2018 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Watching Dennis bergkamp on sky….is sol Campbell the biggest football tool ever?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 10, 2018 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #39

    All this is clearly rubbish news. Our premier league status itself is not clear and its 50-50 for relegation.

    No clear evidence Ashley is staying and looks likely to sell.

    In view of above, how on earth can rafa agree any signing with anyone? I dread the 21 days break as I predict there will be at least links to 5 players we have supposedly agreed deals with.


  • Our Toon

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Match day, I’m excited but nervous. Will be supporting the lads all the way though, can’t help feeling that nothing less than 3pts would be a disaster, not the end of the world if we get a point but we really should and need to win these 6 pointers!!


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