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Arsenal Could Scuttle Newcastle’s Bid For Transfer Target

The news today is that Newcastle are willing to double the wages Florian Lejeune  is on at Spanish club Eibar, as we are trying to close the deal for our top center-back target this summer as quickly as possible.

But the Shields Gazette is reporting the deal could be delayed, because of internal things goings-on at the Spanish club.

The deal has reportedly been going well, but now there have been Boardroom elections at the club and new members have been elected to the board.

There are reports in Spain that this could delay any transfers at the club.

26 year-old Florian Lejeune of Spanish club Eibar

But the other even bigger news today is that there’s a Spanish report that Arsenal have entered the race for one of their long term targets – and if that’s true it could become difficult for Newcastle to get his deal  done.

Spanish outlet Marca today reporting that Arsenal have made an enquiry about signing Lejeune, with Tottenham also credited with an interest in the player.

That’s one reason Newcastle have tried to move fast and tie up Lejeune, but if this news is accurate that Arsenal could now be actively pursuing the player, it could be bad news for Newcastle.

Once again Newcastle are trying to do the deal by offering the full amount – the release clause of £8.7M in Lejeune’s Eibar contract – up front in cool cash, but surely a club of Arsenal’s wealth can match that?

Maybe it’s just us, but if the Gunners are really after Lejeune, we could struggle to get this target through the door.

We need to nail some of these transfers quickly, so we can build up some momentum in the summer transfer market.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    RePost: On Tammy:
    I honestly don’t care who we sign or sell, so long as they are all Rafa approved transfers. Trust this man implicitly. I used to be in agreement with those saying, “why bring on another team’s player” but these days you have to look at the flip side. We get a cracking player, if he bags us loads of goals then surely that is good for us. Yes, at the end of it all he returns to them but look at Lukaku; loaded to Everton who then offered a large transfer… clubs like Chelsea like to sign superstars, especially in prestigious positions like forwards. Sturridge, Lukaku didn’t “make” it there and were previously loaned out. You never know in football. Plus, it means we save transfer money to potentially put bigger offers in for other targets. Arguably, with Mitro, Gayle, Tammy and maybe one other we have four decent strikers vying for ONE starting position. Means we’ve saved money to spend on key positions like a No. 10, a winger, fullbacks and centrebacks.

  • G

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    @SuperShearer. I agree, I don’t really see a down side on this. The only potential flaw would be if Tammy simply isn’t up to the Premiership. I believe if this were the case I’m sure Chelsea would have identified this and sold him already.


    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    hi ed hope your treatment is going well my best wishes to you . i said to the nurse when i had checkup on monday for same illness about you and she said they give hormone at the same time as chemo in england as well if it has spread.


    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Scoop from previous
    I would like to give mbabu a chance especially now he has played a bit,he had some great cameo’s for us but injuries scuttled any progression…so letting him go now that he’s played a bit doesn’t make sense to me,if anita is to go we need competition for right back do yedlin and mbabu would be great motivation for each other.

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    SPRINGY…. Could not agree more, I still think his speed factor is a great asset.


    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Last I heard Mbabu had signed for Young Boy they are just waiting to dot the i’s and announce it


    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought i seen that the other day tbh but had a quick look but couldn’t? find anything about it so tbought it myt be paper flanel….hope its not true… but if it is, good luck to the lad.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8


    It’s confusing about Mbabu. From the Chronicle last week:-

    “He will return to Tyneside this month ahead of the start of pre-season, with the Swiss under-20 international still having one year left on his current deal at the club.”

  • martoon

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    WWSBRD – I’ve never see that anywhere where did you see/hear that about Mbabu?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Becoming a common theme with our transfers at the minute this is. Getting a bit tired of it!


    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Fair question it was from some journo close to NUFC he replied to a question on Twitter about him but can’t remember who it was Caulkin maybe it was just after that 360 account was on about being excited to see him back

    Tbh I don’t think he’s big enough news to write about in papers haha

  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Hey all, been away the past 2 weeks and kept out the loop.

    Can anyone give me a quick recap on what I’ve missed?

  • martoon

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Found it here

    The mag is not normally that reliable but if it is a quote from Mbabu himself then it seems likely!

  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Have seen about Tiote though, terrible news, all the best to his family.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    So is Tammy getting 45k on loan here? I’m confused as I thought it was 25k


    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Kristina Heneage was who I saw say it, apparently Mbabu confirmed it himself 3 year deal at Young Boys

  • James RS

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Nufc give out too much information and they’ve been scuttled in the past with transfers because of it many times. Our blog sites are the easiest to follow apparently by other premiership clubs who haven’t got an effective scouting system as well. Not to mention the top clubs looking for a decent player.

  • hibbit

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    the walls have ears !!!!!!!!

  • ZIPPIE57

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Calm down ffs the transfer window isn’t even open and the doom and gloom merchants are giving it large ?

  • john tudor

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    mike has spoken ….it will be a make do and mend this season the monies is all mine but i will loan you some

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #21

    ToonFan ——– update.
    We’ve signed Atsu. Good chance for Abraham on a loan. Apart from that nowt.
    On other matters – Jib had disappeared for a while but he’s just returned spouting abuse.
    Victor Vesuvius now appears to be taking his medication as prescribed and has calmed down significantly.

  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Anyone know when England under 20s kicks off ?

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #23

    England take on Italy in the semi-final of the Under-20 World Cup on Thursday, June 8.

    The match will take place at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium in South Korea.

    Kick off will be at 12pm.

  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Tuff, nothing too exciting then.

    It’s all waiting games really, we just have to sit back, relax and wait for Rafa to do his thing.

    Ignoring the transfer rumours (which we seem to have 100’s every window), who’s excited to be back in the Premier League? I know I certainly am.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    ToonFan – too many daft rumours at the moment – really nothing to get excited about.
    I think Benitez will not have been idle over the last few weeks so anticipate some
    “movement” very shortly.

  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Tuff, as I said in a post before I went away, I’m sure Rafa knows who he wants to bring in a let go.

    He will most likely have 2/3 players lined up for every position he wants to strengthen, he’s a smart man and knows clubs like to swoop under us last minute.

  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Don’t forget 9am one week today
    Sky will have the PL fixture list fot 2017/18

  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Rember when the pubs used to have those Blue Star booklets?

  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #29


  • Pootle2118

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #30

    I think HITC are confusing us with a fantasy football team with this one!


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Newcastle United have announced TWO pre-season friendly’s

    Travel to Deepdale on Saturday, 22nd July for a 5.30pm kick-off.
    Following Wednesday (26th July), will be Bradford City

  • martoon

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib – Last season at the first home game they handed out some nice, folding, credit card size fixture lists – this was just for NUFC games of course.

  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib, I think I’m just a wee bit too young for that.

    Pootle, if we somehow pulled that off I’d be over the moon. He’s a solid AM and that’s exactly what we need going into this season.
    Never going to happen though

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 7, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Marco Asensio? No chance!

  • ToonFanAbroad

    Jun 7, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #35
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 7, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Dealings with Spanish clubs seem to be built on foundations of sand.

    He’s signing, He’s signing, He’s signing, He’s signing, oh, no he’s not!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 7, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #37

    If Sturridge could avoid the treatment table h’e be a great signing.

  • peterk3

    Jun 7, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m sick of hearing, we are close to signing players only for it to drag on and on then hear that some other club has pipped us to them. Get the bloody job done and stop messing about Charnley. How many times more do we have to read this.

  • martoon

    Jun 7, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #39

    ToonFanAbroad – If you look at the Chronicle link it is like a throw away line at the very end and this website has turned it into a major story – journalists!

  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Jørgensen of Ajax fancies a move to the PL


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