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Newcastle Miss Out On 24 Year-Old £17M Transfer Target

Newcastle United were linked heavily with Hull City center-back defender Harry Maguire earlier this year, but in the last several weeks we have not seen much news of Newcastle trying to sign the 24 year-old.

The news in the Hull City Mail is that his transfer to Leicester for £17M will be announced today and if that happens it’s another target we have been linked with this year who will not be arriving at Newcastle.

But we wonder if that fee, which is about £5M more than was mentioned some weeks ago put Newcastle off and they thought there was better value elsewhere?

24-year-old Harry Maguire signing for Leicester today

The 24-year-old had an excellent season for Hull City last term, even though they were finally relegated and we always thought he would have fitted in at center-back for Newcastle very nicely.

Harry has shown he is a good player in the Premier League and the center-backs we have been linked with recently – like Florian Lejeune and Ruben Semedo, who eventually signed for Valencia, have never played in the Premier League.

Maguire is a very good player who is a no nonsense center-back and extremely strong in the air.

In a poll we put out several weeks ago (May 19th) on some center-backs we had then be linked with, Harry came out top of the poll but the central defenders at that time did not include Lejeune or Semedo.

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With Harry now moving to Leicester City we wonder if Wes Morgan, Leicester’s captain, who has been strongly linked with Newcastle will be arriving soon on Tyneside?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 15, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh what a shame. Plenty more fish in the sea!!!

  • Bambams

    Jun 15, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #2

    I just noticed Puel sacked. I thought he did quite well.

    Back to the Toon

    I understood we had met the value of the release clause for the former man city player now at Eibar (or similar). Wonder why we have not progressed this one. Player possibly on holiday as suggested by a fellow blogger yesterday, you would think his agent would sort all this out bar a medical.

    I know it’s still early, just would rather we had started bringing players in – I suppose we are all a little scarred from the previous regime ‘ We tried to get them over the line but could not find a hotel to book him in overnight ‘

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 15, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #3

    I doubt a little holiday would get in the way of a move for many players. The agent is likely to deal with the intricacies on the players behalf, and if clubs wanted the deal then it wouldn’t be unheard of for them to send someone to the holiday destination to get the signature. The Lejeune deal does seem to have massively dropped off the chat since we allegedly met the clause, and their director basically said we’d pushed hard to get him.

    Shame on Maguire, but we should have moved whilst he was at the Blades. Smalling is meant to be available, he has a chequered history with fitness, but has the experience and ability to lead our back line. £10million yes, £15million? Steep, but given the ludicrous figures being talked of, it isn’t out of this world.

  • firebug666

    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #4

    So what happens when you bump into Rafa while shopping?

    Newcastle fans bumps into Rafa Benitez at Sainsbury’s and extracts some interesting transfer news

    There have been multiple occasions previously where Rafa Benitez has proven himself to be one of the most loved managers in the Premier League, especially for his approachability among fans.

    The current Newcastle boss showed yet another prime specimen of his amazing quality by obliging a fan who bumped into him at a local shop with a selfie and a friendly conversation.

    The manager, in fact, even sought the happy Toon supporter’s opinion on who should feature on the club’s summer shopping list. When asked the same question, Rafa claimed that some surprises could be expected in the upcoming days and that the club’s possible takeover by new owners won’t hamper signings.

    Benitez also assuredly stated that talks with Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham are still on, despite concerns over other clubs like Brighton jumping into the fray with a bid.

    Check out lucky Newcastle fan @matt_wiles1‘s tweets describing his meeting wit Rafa below –


    So a couple of surprises coming soon, well let’s hope this takeover if it happens is sooner rather than later.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Two and half weeks till pre season training, if we haven’t got a couple in by then it is a worry, at the minute there should be no panic.

    I’d walk away from Abrahams. If he wanted to be here, it would have happened. Not entirely sure what he is waiting or hoping for, unless he is aiming to impress internationally and get a move to a different country for a different experience and wider development opportunity. He shouldn’t be leading our line this year anyway, so hopefully we are moving elsewhere under the radar for a higher calibre and first team ready striker.

  • Bambams

    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #6


    I suggested the same a few days ago (‘re signing players/agents to complete) and it was met with a bit of negativity that players were on holiday….

    I may get further backlash but I think there must be a reason why we have not brought in some of our targets . My heart says we are waiting for the nod from players possibly waiting to see if a better offer comes in…my head says Ash is waiting for further investment (as reported) so doesn’t spend all the money he has put aside.

    We still owe him a lot, maybe ‘IF’ he is thinking about selling up he takes what is owed to him now from our coffers then sells the club for £300 million rather than the £400 as suggested.

    Note I am suggesting ‘IF’. ….

    Just a thought, nothing more chaps and hopefully in the next couple of days some targets come in.

  • firebug666

    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #7


    I agree mate, we should bin the Abraham deal, I don’t like any player humming and harring about joining us, but this deal without the option to buy means we develop a player for Chelsea while our players sit on the bench (given that he has to have playing time).

    I would much rather get a player in that we own, someone who would be proud to pull on the shirt and do the business for us.

  • pablos left foot

    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #8

    What the hell does “linked with” really mean? It doesn’t mean the agent has been approached, it certainly doesn’t mean a bid has been submitted or that discussions have been held with the player”s club.
    More often than not, it means somebody has pulled a name out of the sky and set off some agitating scuttlebutt, in which case, how on earth could we have “missed out” on Maguire when, in Ed”s words ” we have not seen much news of Newcastle trying to sign Maguire”.
    Let”s face it, nowt”s happening at the minute, repeatedly reporting targets we’ve “missed” is just plain annoying!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #9

    I can’t see it being a lack of willingness to spend. We are spending clubs money for now, not his personal and increasing assets and potential quality is not a bad thing. Maybe the Rafa effect isn’t as strong as people hope. Maybe it is Charnley, maybe it is players and clubs waiting for better offers. So many potential variables and reasons, and it is highly unlikely to be a blanket reason for all our potential deals.

    Patience is the key. However if a player has been spoken to, terms within our capabilities (or set as on a loan deal) and are disinclined to sign any deal within a few days, then I’dmoveon and leave it.

  • firebug666

    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #10


    Chill mate, the world of football is full of speculation, or made up lies, it sell papers or creates click bait to keep the masses happily in drone mode.

    Take everything with a pinch of salt, until the photograph of a player wearing or holding the shirt appears, and even then be skeptical until you read the official statement from the club.

    This is silly season after all!

  • pablos left foot

    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #11

    You’re quite right mate, I just get so angry I could slam the phone down!


    Jun 15, 2017 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Complete madness. He was decent in a horrible Hull side but so was Diame…and how’s that working out. I watched Maguire closely towards the end of last season and he’s got good and bad parts to his game, he’s a big lad and decent in the air but prone to mistakes, he likes a long pass out but his accuracy isn’t there. I think he’d potentially dislodge Lascelles but i don’t think there’s much between them in terms of ability. I’ve de devastated if we spent that kind of money on him.


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