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Report – Newcastle Unwilling To Pay Huge Transfer Fee For This Holding Midfielder

Just when we thought we were going to get a very good defensive midfielder through the door in Benfica’s 28 year-old Andreas Samaris, there is a report out today in the Shields Gazette that Newcastle are baulking at the £17.5M transfer fee being asked for the player.

The report is that Newcastle are unwilling to pay that much for Samaris and could move to other targets Rafa has already lined up and there are quite a few.

Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, Manchester City’s Fernando and Torino’s Afriyie Acquah have all been linked with Newcastle in the last week.

Benfica’s 28 year-old Andreas Samaris – £17.5M asking price

Fernando would cost around £5M, Acquah around £8M and maybe Lucas around £4M and they are certainly cheaper options for Newcastle, with Rafa definitely wanting to bring in one holding midfielder this summer to go head to head for the starting position with young Isaac Hayden.

We would be very happy with either one of the last three listed above for those fees.

Maybe our preference is for 30 year-old Lucas Leiva, but 29 year-old Fernando would also be a great buy for Newcastle and both players would bring massive top level experience to the Magpies side for next season in the Premier League.

It also shows how things in the transfer market can change quite a lot from day-to-day – so what’s new?


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11 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    I think Hayden will do well next season but I understand we need cover.

    Fernando would be a great signing if we can afford his wages.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Surprise surprise Newcastle not willing to pay the price that can’t be true, but hold on we are talking about Newcastle so guess it’s true.

  • Harley

    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t believe a single article I read linking us to players. I’m sure it’s about 110 players now we’ve been linked to. Everything is pure speculation, I’ll believe it when I see them in the shirt.
    I know we get linked with players every window, but I don’t remember ever being linked to this many. It’s crazy.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Some links have truth, targets are leaked from all kinds of people including ppl within our club. Leaks are part and parcel of life.

    The most disturbing thing for me is that we may not have anywhere near what was first thought, and we oddly seem as though we don’t want to pay upfront for players. It’s a concern to me

  • nightfa11

    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Why would we spend 17,5 when we can get a quality dmc for 4 or 5.. For 17,5 we can get both leiva or Fernando and a quality striker like Bakambu..

  • Chris

    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    If Kante is valued at 30m and he’s the best defensive midfielder there is then surely most can’t be valued more than 12-15m. We need goals more and Hayden just needs a bit of competition. But then we definitely need some goal scorers as we have none effectively. Gayle for goals is our best hope at 12-15 goals then Ritchie at maybe 5-8, then there’s no one else to score, maybe Perez 5 or so if starts regular or Aarons, but we can’t rely on Perez constantly as a number 10 even though he good enough for prem and Aarons is a crook.

  • JohnJ

    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Perhaps the other factor to keep in mind as well as skill and ability is the age of a player – If you are bringing in a 30 year old player on a 3 year deal you won’t get much return on that investment at the end of the deal. However if you bring a 24 year old player in on a five year deal there’s still the chance of a decent return on that player if he wishes to leave after say 4 years. I’m fully aware that Mike Ashley operated a policy along those lines but it makes sense not to pay big fees for an older player. A certain Mr M Owen is a prime example – bought at £17m left for sweet bugga all. At least we got more than a good return from Alan Shearer!

  • kc2012

    Jun 24, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    even Huddersield have smashed their transfer record but were still penny pinching. Big Stadium, Big Fanbase, Big manager….Small ambition.

  • Geordie1

    Jun 24, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Isn’t always the same with the TOON every summer the same excuses come to bare when Pardew was in charge it was ” We could not get them over the line” quote now we are hearing nowt but speculation and players for loans only same as every bloody Summer.

    ASHLEY OUT!!!!!!

  • KevinLee

    Jun 24, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #10

    ASHLEY no money, eat shix

  • Phil K

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Was thinking the same. Its from his agent and Benfica, NOT Newcastle
    He’s dropped down the pecking order at Benfica and they want a big profit on him. I thought it unusual Newcastle spending that much on a middling defencive midfielder when theres no worse and likely a lot better available for a LOT less
    If Newcastle put two fingers up, he’ll eventually leave for between 5-8 mill. Mark my words. But leave he will, and not for that price or anywhere near


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