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Rafa Could Still Surprise Us With 13th Signing

With Rolando Aarons injured and out for at least eight weeks with his broken foot and with his injury history, Rafa Benitez is considering bringing in a second winger in addition to Chelsea winger Christian Atsu.

Atsu will have a medical tomorrow after terms were fully agreed with Chelsea, before signing a season long loan deal with an option to buy at Newcastle.

Callum McManaman has been on Rafa Benitez’ hit list this summer but we have moved for higher priority targets so far.

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25 year-old West Brom winger Callum McManaman

Callum is available for £4.75M from West Brom with the 25 year-old Liverpudlian having no future at the Baggies.

Callum signed for West Brom in January of last year from Wigan for that identical fee, but he has hardly played at West Brom (12 appearances) and has not been in their first team squad at all this season.

Tony Pulis said this on Sunday afternoon after the drab 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough:

“I expect McManaman to leave, we’ll get our money back on him.” 

McManaman began his youth career at home town club Everton before being released in 2007 – and it’s then that he signed on at Wigan at just 16 years-old.

We think Callum would be a decent signing for us, but it’s up to Rafa to decide if he needs another winger in the squad.

And that really terrible tackle Callum made on Sadio Haidara in March of 2013 when he was playing for Wigan will likely not be held against him after he did issue this apology:

“I actually thought I’d won the ball cleanly and it was only afterwards when I saw the replays that I realised what I’d done.”

“It’s something I regret and, if could go back in time, I’d make sure it didn’t happen.”

“But it did and all I can do now is work on my game and try and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Sadio is still at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #1

    You don’t know that though Tsunki. You just believe he’s a thug who enjoys hurting other players because he looks like a thug he he

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #2

    mcmanaman doing the business belfast?
    on what evidence?
    the fact he can’t get in a west brom team or his shocking stats for that club i wont post them as you wouldn’t understand them ? and yes he is a shifty looking bugger who you wouldn’t trust to look after ya excrement

    the point was though his kind of tackle doesn’t happen all of the time and he broke some young players leg previously with a supposed shocker
    his excuse was he just got too worked up before games
    thats his job ffs

    a bus driver wouldn’t get away with the excuse of driving down a motorway the wrong way causing carnage and saying yeah i just get a bit worked up before getting in the cabin

    he’s a thug and a shite footballer to boot so no i wouldn’t cheer him or want him here and i’d bet thousands would feel the same

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #3

    With him signing training should be interesting. I don’t know too much about him apart feom the tackle but I think I was impressed by him a couple of times a season or so ago. Will do a Dennis Wise on him now to check.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #4

    I know it Belfast. He looks shifty. I bet he has small hands. Smells of pineapple. I can tell from the photo.

    “I thought I’d won the ball cleanly. I always stamp down on the ball with my studs to make sure I win it. It was only when somebody pointed out that the ball was in fact a leg in a sock that I realised what I’d done. That and watching the player I just raked getting carried off with an oxygen mask on and being followed by a priest”

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah he should look mint in WiseVision.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #6

    when was it that toon fans wrecked a local wigan footy tournament was that after that challenge lol?

  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s a grafter with a nasty side to his game, and I don’t just mean the horror tackle on Hairdryer

  • firebug666

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think McManaman should come here in any case, Not seen much of him (god must be good to me) except that challenge, but by what I’ve read tonight on here and twitter he is a repeat offender, a liability on the pitch, and dangerous to other players.

    Bet he can upset the dressing room to, but what is really annoying is that if he comes here it will be to replace Haidara on the left.

    Not keen on this deal, but if it happens lets hope Rafa can sort him out.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Thug, shite, he’s neither. He’s certainly good enough to be one of four wingers in the Championship, although probably not one of four in the Premiership, and for that reason he’s iffy.

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #10

    He probably won’t sign anyway because the drama queens on twatter are probably planning a sit down protest and threatening to harm themselves if we sign him haha

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #11

    He’s certainly better than most people are giving him credit for Jimmy. The other bloke Astu has done ferk all for 2-3 seasons and is been lauded as a great signing.

  • Fostino

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #12

    This guy had a good spell with Wigan few years ago. Same time he nearly ended haidira career early. He was a big threat on the left. Winger with pace and confidence to beat a man. Something we do need.

    However hes had about 2 poor seasons since. He could well be a revelation in the championship though

  • firebug666

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #13


    But then Gouffran has done ferk all for the last few season marra, and look at him now under Rafa’s leadership. It takes all sorts. McManaman may also flourish under Rafa….. unless he has a sudden rush of blood to his studs.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #14

    belfast 1 assist in his entire west brom career
    atsu did that in 2 games at bournmouth
    and for 5 mill we could do a lot better
    jimmy it was a thugs tackle no if’s or buts not 1 ounce of care for another player was taken

  • lesh

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Charnley’s worked his chuckies off this window. What a difference it’s made having somebody to make sure he did what he’s told! Maybe Rafa’ll let him have a couple of days off to catch his breath before January.

  • lesh

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #16


    Ffs, stop being such a pain. You’ve had nowt good to say about owt.

  • toon22

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Dont want him,dont care if we need him others will have to fill the void.

    On this one Rafas wrong,it will split the fans and the dressing room.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #18

    in the words of a fellow scouser

    “Nothing to do with the scoreline an the fact it was a red but as a
    footballer it’s the definition of a ‘s***house tackle’.”

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #19

    And In the words of another footballer Manxpie

    Matt Le Tissier labels Aleksandar Mitrovic tackle “disgusting” & says he should he banned for 10 games


  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #20

    toon22 – I think that’s right. I know if I was in the crowd I’ll boo the little prick every time he touched the ball. And would you kiss and make-up if you were Haidara? I’d have my studs in his flesh first time I got him on the training pitch. Every player has a bad tackle in him but his lack of apparent remorse was just pathetic. Him and that human oil-slick of a manager.

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t really get how it would split the dressing room 3 and 1/2 years later and with a major turnover of players like.

    And the fans bit is easily solved really. Do the business and put the ball in the onion bag a few times and the dissenting voices will disappear.

  • Belfast

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #22

    Goodnight folks.:)

  • manxpie

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #23

    what were you saying about drama queens belfast? 🙂


  • manxpie

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #24

    and look at in real time its a stumble compared to the real time of mcmanamans
    would love to have seen his reaction to that one

  • ToonRich

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Would anyone take Wilshire???

  • manxpie

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #26

    toonrich we’ve just cleared the decks of sicknotes
    plus we could only pay 5 % of his wages
    pardew will be in for him tho

  • Graeme

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #27


    Why on earth would anyone take “Wheelchair” – The biggest sicknote in the history of sicknotes!!!

  • ToonRich

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #28

    haha!! Makes better talk than McManaman

  • manxpie

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #29

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #30

    whats the crack with wilshire,has been told he can leave arsenal or something?…just assuming as why would he even mentioned for us.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #31

    I would absolutely have a shot with Ravel Morrison. I read we were close to getting him before he went to West Ham.

    This is well worth a watch. Ben Arfa-like skills throughout:


    The lad is a footballing genius, albeit a loose cannon as well.

    If Sir Bobby can manage Romario, Robert, and Bellamy, then if Rafa feels like he’s worth a crack, good on him.

    Low potential downside as he’d just be moved on. Upside would be a phenomenal player when in the mood. With the size of our squad he wouldn’t be relied upon necessarily every week, so it would relieve some consistency pressure maybe.

  • ToonRich

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #32

    @springy…yes, Wengers told him to go play first team footy else where for this season. A loan may help us? He is talented when not injured :/


    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #33

    cant say mcmanaman would be my choice for the money there talking about…as for the whats happened with haidara,it was an absolute horror tackle,he apologised but the wigan owner and martinez were totally disgusting about the whole thing if memory serves me right,bad tackles happen in football..but this is’nt the reason why i would’nt sign him,i just dont think he’s worth more the 1-2m on current form,or there lack of.


    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #34

    toon rich
    cheers mate never caught up on the footy banter today….like a lot the players we’ve had lately,is a decent player but never able to get a run of games out of him….no doubt wenger would want him playing every game and if he’s going to be in and out of the side thru injuries that could be disruptive to team…sounds daft but not for me, if thats the case.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #35

    Morrison has baggage, but so had Shelvey, who Rafa has seemingly sorted out. They are both potential England regulars, and Morrison genuinely gifted. Definitely like to see him sign, particularly as we could use a player to compete with Perez in the number ten role, more so if Sissoko leaves, and as an alternative to the power and running of Diame. It seems a good opportunity for both player and club if legit, and he’s certainly a more interesting proposition than Mcmanaman or the crocked Brentford lad.

  • manxpie

    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #36

    morrison has had thee greatest possible opportunities in football and its not his talent that has held him back
    i hope it would only be a loan if we did get him but also another character that could upset our push to go up so big gamble


    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #37

    laurent robert 32
    morrisons a gifted footballer but if he’s not playing looks like he’s high maintenance,stroppy and disruptive,he may well of grew up and become more level headed…but would take a manager and a club some big brass ones to give this lad a contract….loan deal would be perfect,get him in see what his attitudes like,and what he has to offer.

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #38

    The whole McManaman episode left a sour taste which is not easy to wash away. I can’t remember him showing any remorse or regret. He is a talented player but there is something off with him and we should steer well clear.
    Similarly Morrison appears to be trouble Again there’s no doubting his ability however he has hardly kicked a ball for Lazio and there isn’t a huge queue of clubs chasing his signature, for all his talent. There’s something not right with him and again we should stay away.


    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #39

    just read burke from forest has gone to leipzig in germany for 13m…..is this true?

  • one fine day

    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #40

    Callum McManaman ?
    no thanks
    A thug who martinez defended after a sickening hatch job on haidara which has almost ended the kids career (was looking very promising up to then and has yet to recover fully .
    I remember at the time a very similar incident involving him in the man city reserves or youth team .
    There are clumsy tackles and late tackles .
    He set out to injure the guy badly pure and simple .
    It wasnt even a “hardmans” tackle either it was one of those cheap cowards challenges when he knew exactly what he was doing .
    He is the sort of cattermolesque type than those gimps down the road love .
    Much better out there than a guy struggling to get into a west brow side


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