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£10M Bid Could See Defender Leave Newcastle

There are various reports out today that Watford are considering making a move for Newcastle’s Dutch International right-back Daryl Janmaat.

Newcastle are now well off at right back with Jesus Games just signed from Atletico Madrid and Vurnon Anita playing extremely well in that position at the end of last season.

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Daryl Janmaat – scoring in 5-1 win over Spurs in last home game 

Young Jamie Sterry is a young right-bank who is also coming through the ranks quickly and the 20 year-old had a very good first half in the friendly game at Bohemian in Dublin on Saturday which we won 6-0.

Center-back Chancel Mbemba also showed he could play at right-back last season in the Premier League.

New signing Isaac Hayden can also play at right back so Newcastle will not be short if Daryl does leave Newcastle this summer,  but it will take a full £10M to sign him.

As far as Daryl is concerned it’s a good question whether he sees a move to Watford as a step up in the football world, although certainly the standard of football in the Premier League is higher than in England’s second division..

World-class manager Rafa Benitez has already strengthened the Newcastle squad and his aim is to get Newcastle straight back to the Premier League next May.

Newcastle are now hot favorites to win the Championship in the coming season and the club said late last week it had already sold 33,000 season tickets with full houses of 52.000 expected in our home games – and that’s in the second division.

But we think if a £10M offer does come in for Daryl, he will be sold to Watford or whoever else makes a bid of £10M for him.

Rafa Benitez can then use that money to further strengthen the Newcastle squad.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #1

    £10 mill has to be good business. I think at the stage we are at, a solid citizen, defence first RB is probably what we need. I rate Janmaat, but he’s not that type of player. We have the position covered well enough for this season as Ed says, so it’s money for the war chest.

  • cyprus

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Nobody played extremely well last year, Ed

  • Harley

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #3

    I think janmaat would be outstanding in the championship. I’d much rather keep him.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #4

    I like Janmaat and it’s all good to get 10m and all, but what bugs me is when Ed says reinforce the squad, I don’t think he realizes we won’t get the same calibre of player in. We are a Championship club and no really good players are attracted to one unless you get an extremely rare occasion like Matt Ritchie.

    Though we are well covered at RB now for a change so maybe ee could let him go. The one I really hope we keep is Wijnaldum who will rip the Championship apart and score goals galore for us. He is way superior to the others in this league and he already proved he is a very good player by scoring 11 goals from midfield in his maiden season in the Premier League.

    I say keep Gini and sell Sissoko and Riviere ASAP, and then maybe Janmaat and Krul.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Benitez has been a Godsend, but had we replaced Pardew immediately with the best manager we could, then he with the money since made available would almost certainly have sorted out the club to a very large degree. We might ultimately do better now we have Benitez, with the autonomy e’s managed to secure to the position, and his sheer quality, but we certainly wouldn’t be relegated or anywhere near it had they acted decisively back then, and committed to the best manager they could have gotten.

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #6


    Didn’t Elliot get Player of the Year? Lascelles? Townsend?

  • Sazzer

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Rumours going about that we will use Ivan Toney to bring in Che Adams.

  • jane

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #9

    has everyone been wishing Alan Pardew a happy birthday?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 19, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #10

    janmaat: Dutch international, played in world cup for holland, 2 years premier experience, our player of season once = 10 million

    hanley: played in championship and for scotland = 8m

    janmaat must be worth 16m if hanley is worth 8, and ibe 15

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 19, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Shortsighted to sell your better players unless you do so in the interests of depth and balance. Janmaat and Gamez are comfortably our two best fullbacks, you can only sell Janmaat to fund a CB, but do we need the money, especially when then you’d likely need to upgrade those two positions should we return to the top flight.

  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Jane – No!

  • SomeOne

    Jul 19, 2016 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Who is Alan Pardew?

  • Thump

    Jul 19, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #14

    @SomeOne: Someone.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Speaking of Pardew, he’s another one who suffered at the hands Ashley’s beer bottle pockets. Surely we’d be top eight even with him if Ashley gave him the money he’s since pumped in. I suppose his departure and our subsequent brush with relegation under Carver was what actually prompted the spending in the first place. It’s a measure of the ownerships incompetence that the approach changed so radically just because one bloke quit. Incredibly lucky to have Benitez in the aftermath, but even so, I still wouldn’t put it past Ashley to f@ck it up.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Beer bottle pockets and rank opportunism, what bizarre bedfellows, and ultimately ruinous ones they were on course to become. Lucky, lucky, lucky.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Jimmy Smith- Clearly Benitez should have been appointed after the Chelsea humiliation. As it was from his first game at Leicester he found it difficult to kick start under achieving players into a unit that could win games. Valuable time had been lost.

    I grew up with Shearer as my hero. Benitez’s appointment was reminiscent of Shearer’s as a last ditch manager. I thought at the time that Shearer was unfairly blamed in his panic appointment as manager when morale was also low amongst players. . Like Benitez, he was saddled with a non-performing squad he couldn’t change. Rafa did have improved performances without that being enough to drag us away from ultimate relegation. It’s still a work in progress and we should not underestimate the task ahead but with a markedly different squad and attitude.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #18

    The next Mike Williamson@10. What you say is perfectly logical, but isn’t there a case for “horses for courses”? Hanley isn’t a star, but he is a good fit for us, as we are light on at CB, and he provides hard-nosed Championship experience, and apparently leadership. All useful commodities. Janmaat is a quality player, but he looked fragile in some ways last season, and I have doubts about him thriving amongst the muck and bullets of the Championship. Added to that is some depth we now have at RB. He’ll be a good signing for a club in the top tier of any league and will probably be happier there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 19, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Despite his God awful football I was still a fan of Pardew after that fifth place finish, he got blasted for not getting the best out of that squad that was not bolstered with any reinforcements at all, any manager would have struggled after that ridiculous strategy to take us from fifth to tenth. To say Benitez or another top manager would have done better is a moot point as no top manager would have put up with it. Pardew as we know took an eight year deal to put up with that year after year.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 19, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Would have done better than McClaren, with the squad he was given, and should have come in straight after Pardew walked, but yeah convincing a decent manager to come would have been very tough considering what Pardew put up with. Still, it’s been a radical u turn, and not a voluntary one.

  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 19, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail, Pardew took us from 5th to 15th in the next season, 10th was the year after the 15th. In both those seasons we collapsed after Xmas.

  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #22

    It looks like Rafa couldn’t tempt Fernando Amorebieta North of London and he has opted to return to Spain.


  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #23


    This site is repeating info from El Confidencial a weighty paper that gets the inside track on world affairs that does not normally demean itself to discussion of football matters.

    On Moussa Sissoko.

    According to information from El Confidencial, Newcastle have already received binding offers from Arsenal, Dortmund, Liverpool, West Brom and Hamburg. Paris Saint-Germain have also sent a proposal to the Magpies for the former Toulouse midfielder. According to the same source, it will cost at least 41 million euros for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle to release him !

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Reading back the blog. There were times last season when I thought Macca had cracked it. If you remember we had ditched the pass six times in our own half before launching an attack. We had beaten Liverpool and Spurs but then only drew at home with Villa. Reflecting on the Villa game at the time it highlighted our inability to break teams down when we can’t hit them on the break remains unchanged. Pardew had said that after selling Cabaye we ceased to be a passing side. The signing policy at the time had banked the £20 million from PSG and not bought a replacement.

    I have no coaching badges but passing and possession for the sake of it and allowing the opposition time to regroup defensively is never a good idea . A good team needs to be able to keep the ball and dominate possession but the idea surely is to have constructive possession, not just waste time passing along the back line until an arbitrary number of completions is achieved. Macca eventually recognised trying to achieve a balance between getting the ball forward early and keeping possession. But time and points were lost as it was never going to happen overnight with the same squad of players.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Sounds like you’re talking about England at the Euros !!

    So let’s recap this morning we face losing Gini for 25 mill.
    Thauvin for 11.
    Janmaat for 10 mill
    And were linked with Sinclair for 2 mill ????

    I don’t see how Rafa would have accepted an wholesale of the squad this summer. To then just sign players good enough to get us out of the championship

  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #26

    I remember watching the Toon play under Pardew one time on TV in a bar in Liverpool with some red scouse friends.
    It was versus Rogers’ Swansea away.
    The match stats were ridiculous – the Welsh team had something like 93% posssesion !
    We beat them 0-2 – two Demba Ba goals !
    My scouse friends just stood with their heads shaking at the final whistle .

  • hibbitt

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #27

    for 2m Sinclair would be worth the risk ???

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #28

    The Chronic says:-

    “Newcastle United will insist on a lump sum offer for want-away Holland international Gini Wijnaldum.

    Wijnaldum was understood to be watching on nervously from the sidelines on Monday afternoon to see if he can force a move back to the Premier League this summer.”

  • jazzyp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #29

    Maybe so mate, But a big step down from Townsend and Thauvin.

  • hibbitt

    Jul 19, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #30


    from Towns end yes but Thauvin not sure
    Sinclair has the ability but lost his way going to man city
    can Rafa help him i dont know thats the risk but if Rafa buys him Rafa must think he can
    so at 2m worth the risk ??

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 19, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #31

    Haha, another jizz classic. And it has the nerve to call others footy know nowts. Dear God the sheer irony of it.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #32


    I agree bud, But my point is if Rafa is such a draw for top class players as everyone thinks he is, Then how come we are on the verge of losing all our best players.
    So what if we get 25 mill for Gini…. We ain’t even spent any money yet.
    Signing players like Grant and Sinclair to me mate is a backward step

  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #33

    You can understand Rafa’s being frustrated and his annoyance.
    Like all quality managers he will see it as a bit of a slap in the mush , players being so keen to leave his tutelage.
    Good managers never want to let their better players go.

  • firebug666

    Jul 19, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #34


    That’s the key mate, not the risk @ £2 million, but if Rafa wants them.

    He will know what he wants and where he expects the players and the team to be come May.

    For the first time in a long long time we have a manager I think we can trust.

  • Bambams

    Jul 19, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #35

    If rumours are right and we sell Gini…Janmaat and Thauvin for prices quoted – my goodness we will have a healthy bank balance.

    Wonder if this was the whole plan, buy first and replace the funds later.

    Just hope we can start the season with 5,6,7 wins off the trot and make a very good start.

    Momentum is what got us promotion the last two times. Took the league by storm.

    I still think we need a class, skillful player with an eye for that killer pass. Shelvey ? SDJ if fit ?
    Could see Rafa unearthing a player from abroad we ain’t been linked with yet.

    Get the CB in and a left back, then splash the cash on a ‘get them off the seat’ type player.

    Enjoy your day boys

  • Very Terry

    Jul 19, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Janmaat recently reportedly said he doesn’t want to go anywhere as he thinks we will be promoted.
    The Watford link was referred to by Janmaat’s agent recently as having been in discussion at the end of last season and not having progressed.
    I hope he stays, I think he will shine in the Championship and again in the Premiership next year in Rafa’s set-up.
    Janmaat in (again).


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