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This Is A Surprise – Newcastle Not Pursuing This Player After All

There have been constant reports in the Italian press this summer about the Italian International central midfielder Stefano Sturaro joining Newcastle from Juventus.

In fact, the latest news was that Newcastle have agreed to a €15M fee for the player, but according to the Shields Gazette today that’s all hogwash – sometimes known as rubbish

They are reporting their information is the 25-year-old is not a Rafa Benitez target for this summer.

So why all the news coming out of Italy for the last few months – it’s astonishing.

25-year-old Stefano Sturaro – not a Newcastle target

Well – no it’s not – because this is the silly season – also known as a transfer window in English football.

We suppose Sturaro could have been a target but low down on the list and with Rafa already bringing in Ki Sung-yueng as a free agent – the Italian is no longer wanted.

However, we do expect Rafa to bring in one more central midfielder this summer.

So there you have it – any more stories out of Italy on Sturaro to Newcastle we’ll need to treat with some suspicion and skepticism.

In fact, throughout the summer we are inevitably going to be linked with players we are not after – what’s new?

We should probably try to treat it as a bit of a game and certainly don’t take it too seriously.

There again we’re now assuming the Gazette report is accurate.

Fans will know precisely who Rafa is after when they sign on for Newcastle.

We hope a couple of top players will do that in the next week.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Typical tabloid BS. That’s why you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the chip wrapper.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    To be fair Shields Gazette is usually reliable. Most of the bodies we are linked with seem to have no sources other than the floating “reports”

  • Ben Afri

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Goes to show – One thing we’re good at as a club is keeping our targets concealed, as shown by the Ki Sung-yueng and the initial loan signing of Dubravka. Nobody knows who our targets are until they’re photographed sporting our new jersey.

  • Diddly

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Agents pure and simple touting there players

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    I read this headline as “Newcastle not pursuing players after all”

    Is it my mistake or is Eds headline wrong?

  • martoon

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    I must admit I couldn’t understand why we needed this player after signing KSY.

  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    After ourselves West Ham and Leicester
    They’re now touting Wolves

  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Optimistic Panda
    “This player” is easily taken for “players”


  • Average_Contents

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Bullsh1t Bishop earning his crust.

    I bet the club through the fat fcuk (no doubt he’d charge us for it) spend more money on spinning tranfer yarns and leaking imaginary stories than actual transfers.

    Fat slig out!


  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10


    Speaking of dicks, how’s your lass doing?

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    I see jizz has been hammering the old spice again.

    Gallon after gallon.

    That was a good one yesterday.

    The club are trying to dissuade people phoning up by using a premium number. Like it’s a favour having to go to the ticket office.

    You truly are a massive fat slig apologists and grasp at none existent straws to justify everything the leech does.


  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Optimistic Panda

    Very close to an overstep that !
    be careful !
    no relatives
    wives or children when we are being spiteful to
    each other !

  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    You see Optimistic Panda

    Average has a good old bash at me
    no holds barred and no crying from me

    No mention from either of us about wives etc.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t worry lads you wait till the 1st.. oh wait maybe next week eh.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    So we were waiting for July to have money in the bank.

    Now we’re waiting for the world cup to finish

    Next the players will be on holiday after their world cup.

    Then it’ll be, it was hard to get them over the line.

    6weeks of the window left 4million spent, Charnleys nailing this window, definitely earning his bonus.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Surprised Yes
    Shocked No

  • jazzyp

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17


    Same every year mate.Mag reporting 400 million spent by Pl teams up to yet,And we have spent 4

  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Ritchie and Stoke have agreed (very generous)
    personal terms – but NUFC have knocked back
    Stokes offer of a £15M fee.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19


    I’ll say what I want to you!

    You’re a 5hit heel of the highest order, changing your name from Jeff from Benwell and claiming your racist homophobic comments are jokes does not hide the fact you’re scum!

    Sticks and stones little boy, no one throws a teddy like you sweetheart.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #20


    Don’t mention the mag, Sgt Sangria from Benwell in Spain will be on your case.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #21


    You would have thought that based on the apparent 40 to 50 mill Rafa has been given to spend as well as player sales,We would have bought somebody by now.
    What is it 4 week till we kick off the new season and still Nufc persist with low balling at every opportunity.
    When will they ever learn??

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #22


    Grow up and talk football.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Hope the club bring more players in soon.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 5, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Got to agree with jib here, panda, you’re out of order.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #25

    Think the season starts in about 6 weeks time.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #26

    In an ideal world, im sure clubs would like to bring new players in before pre season starts.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 5, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #27

    Lads and lasses, it’s time to keep the faith. Faith in Rafa, faith in the club, even faith in the management, although this is the most difficult of the three.

    Every transfer window since Rafa arrived, we’ve been worried about the lack of action until there’s been some. Often when it’s come it’s been like a dam bursting. The same could be true this time.

    Rafa hasn’t said anything to give us any kind of fear that he’s unhappy with progress. When he does, that’s the time to worry.

    It strikes me that Rafa is the kind of manager who would not put the club in jeopardy by selling players he can’t replace or conversely by signing players who will over-inflate the squad and blow his wages budget. In this case, it’s more likely he’ll line his ducks up in a row and then knock them all down at the same time.

    I’m feeling the same anxiety as everyone, but it doesn’t help anything to come on here slagging the club off or , indeed, each other.


  • jazzyp

    Jul 5, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28


    Maybe the last decade has knocked it out of most,And the same old excuses window after window.
    “RAFA will get all the money Nufc Generates”


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