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Report – Newcastle Still Haven’t Given Up On This Accomplished Central Midfielder

There was news only yesterday that Newcastle were unwilling to pay the £17M Benfica wanted for their 28 year-old central midfielder Andreas Samaris, so we thought that was it on Samaris and Newcastle would move to another one of their targets in central midfield.

But Portuguese outlet O Jogo are reporting the two clubs are still trying to negotiate a deal for Samaris and say Newcastle have offered €15M (around £13M) for the 28 times capped Greek International with Benfica turning down the offer.

They report that Benfica still want the full €20M for their players – which is around the £17M that was quoted yesterday.

28 year-old Benfica central midfielder Andreas Samaris

It’s difficult sometimes to know exactly what the truth is when you read some of the these reports and this is a good case in point.

It’s simply not clear if Newcastle are still interested in the player, especially when much cheaper alternatives such as 29 year-old Fernando from Manchester City are available for around £5M and the Brazilian has Premier League experience too.

O Jogo go on to say the current situation could be resolved in a matter of days and certainly Rafa Benitez and Newcastle fans would like that – one way or the other.

With some of these deals we should probably either do it and pay the money or end  the negotiations and look at some of our other targets – since we seem to have lots of targets  lined up due to Rafa doing his homework thoroughly.

We already have an article out saying the coming week is going to be fairly crucial for Newcastle to bring in some new faces and have a breakthrough in the transfer market before next Monday when preseason  training starts.

We are still confident that can happen, but we’d be very surprised if one of the players coming through the door is Andrea Samaris.

But you never can tell.


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 25, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Anybody else sick of these players where being reported after for f@ck

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder if the new finacial guy Ashley brought in recently is causing a few problems behind the scenes

  • Our Toon

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Interesting and unsurprising news about rafa unrest reported today, unfortunately alot of fans have the mentality of bury your head in the send and believe nothing negative.

    Lets not forget things have apparently changed under ashley because he said so himself.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Sand not send

  • toon kk

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #5

    There’s a hell of a lot of speculation going on, while there’s plenty of time for players to arrive it’s time for progress. I’m not sure if there’s any truth behind Rafa not being happy but tbf it’s just typical Newcastle.

  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Who the hell is liking your posts ?
    Earlier you had forty for one?

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #7

    one fine day
    Aye, just what I was wondering! And who is translating??

  • SpennyUnited

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Not sure about this waiting for Premiership money etc, this is guaranteed money , and any payments for transfers would take weeks before being made
    Also think there are a few red herring transfers out there from NUFC, to get message across that they will walk away if wages and fees are not right

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #9

    So Abraham was advised by Chelsea to pick Swansea over Newcastle because the night life would be a distraction! Lmao I’ve heard it all now

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Shirebrook, you can see why though. He certainly has a high opinion of himself and I imagine the nightlife would be a problem for him. Didn’t do Ranger any favours after all! 🙂

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #11

    That’s because there’s a lack of discipline mate. Kids eh! 😀

  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Sing in the corner,
    I tend to skip reading them otherwise I’d be on Prozac .
    Shire brook,
    Maybe the lad has form we don’t know about with regards to self control ?
    The quayside has killed a few promising careers stone dead 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Let him revel in the Swansea nightlife. Just hope he likes bingo and karaoke! 🙂

  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #14

    A night on the lash with welshie !
    Shudder to think how that could end up…. Scarred for life?

  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #15


    From what I’d read, Ashley’s new place-man, Barnes is a legal who Ashley’s used in corporate acquisitions for SD. He was involved in the Scottish business that made all it’s staff redundant – not a nice sort I’d guess.

    However, it was reported that he was parachuted in to the Club to support Charnley whom he’d asked to run deals past him before progressing any purchases. So, for all he’s a lawyer, I’ve no doubt he’ll have some financial experience – enough to act as an Ashley clone, approving sign offs – or not. He’s probably got little or no experience of top-flight football and people like him can’t be helping in the day-to-business of building a team for the Prem.

    So, to get back to your question, there’s a strong possibility that he’s being more of a hindrance than a help.

    The lack o

  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #16

    If anyone’s interested, there’s a video of Corbyn’s Glastonbury appearance on Facebook.

    Him a Kris Kristofferson at the age of 81, were the top acts for me.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Truth is we don’t know whether any one of the players we’ve allegedly been linked to are for real. We certainly haven’t been chasing all 120 of them, so to say we’ve missed out on any is pure speculation. Rafa will have given Penfold a list and told him to reveal it to nobody under any circumstances. You can’t rush these things when players are still on holiday. As I said before, it may be everything is tied up except the players signature, which won’t be available until their holiday is over. The club is hardly likely to say anything either, because, we’ve been gazumped in the past. Rafa’s back tomorrow so things will start to happen imo. Tudor said earlier he’d bumped into Penfold who said Wednesday, so let’s, see where that takes us.
    If Rafa does come out and say he’s not happy, then we have a problem, but as he’s, been spending time at home with his family, I doubt he’s been briefing the Daily Mail against the club.
    Not saying Ashley isn’t capable of snatching defeat from the Jaws of victory, because we all know he is, but I need to get it from a more reliable source than the Daily Mail before I believe it.

  • toontaff2

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #18

    One Fine Day, nothing compares to Runaway’s posts! I always give his posts the thumbs up!

  • lochinvar

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #19

    So Chelsea think Tammy needs protecting from the big bad boys in the north when London is awash with slease, drugs, dodgy clubs and wannabees. So they sent him to Swansea by the Sea for his own protection, hope he has bodyguards.
    If he’d stayed in Chelsea he could have watched all the games while munching prawn sandwiches.
    They just cant get over Cisses’s goal can they.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Perhaps Abrahams likes sheep.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Cheers makes another hindrance for RAFA to overcome getting players in

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Cheers toontaff2 piss taker but it’s good crack bro

  • Our Toon

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #23


    We don’t live in the dark ages where we need players to return from breaks to sign contracts. Will Hughes is currently with the u21s and has managed to sign for Watford. I said a few weeks back that nothing had changed under Ashley, this nonsense of him taking a backseat was just drivel which most fans lapped up because we have rafa.

    I agree that we can’t be in for all the players we’ve been linked with but we’ve certainly missed out on targets and that’s not speculation. Unfortuanately it’s not as simple as handing over a target to list to Charnley, leaks happen in all facets of life and business, to think nufc is any different is comical.

    Don’t forget we make a move for a player his agent could leak the info to get more money by drumming up interest or his club could to drive up fee, many things can happen which are out of Rafa’s control.

  • magspuggy

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #24

    2-3 quality players and a couple of youngsters is about all we need.

    I dont think we can count on gayle to stay fit all season.

    De jong back could work but again fitness is a worry.

    Another shelvey would be nice but i bet it will cost a few bob.

    A solid tank to keep the back line and i think we will be good enough to stay up.

    A fast attacking left footer who can cross the ball could be the cherry on top yet i expect gouff to hold that spot till at least jan.

    Cant wait for this season to start
    This years break is taking forever.


  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #25

    We only want players that want to pull them famous black and white tops on nothing else will do the player must be a 100% sure he wants play in front of our great fans.

  • BenArfa the magician

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #26


    Unfortunately that isn’t the case any more give the player enough money he’ll want to put the top on someone offers more he’ll put that on instead. The days of Shearer turning down United to join his boyhood club are all but fairy tales now.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Anybody see the Confed cup and Aboubakar’s display ??

    I have only seen 2 games of him now and to be honest I have been less than impressed

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #28

    One fine day sing in the corn hope i don’t send you over the top needing tramadol not for getting hibbit have a good evening lads

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Perhaps Abrahams love sheep.

    What a tit.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #30

    If we don’t sign anyone this week then i thInk he will be leaving and then it will be back to square one regarding who comes in, allardyce, roeder, kinnear, McClaren and everyone’s favourite Mr P.

  • toontaff2

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Runaway, you nearly forgot me! How could you? 😆

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Our Toon, so which players were we definitely after then, because definitely leaves no room for error. If you know of any player we we’re definitely after then you must have good inside contacts.
    We might have been after Abrahams on loan before they put his wages up to 50k a week, but nothing was said after that. If anything, it said we were no longer interested.
    The truth is, we don’t know who Rafa’s after. He hasn’t once stated a name that I’m aware of. 120 linked players. Pure speculation, every one of them.
    And no doubt if signing them was an urgency we might have chased them down from holidays, but there’s no great rush.
    Why not just wait and see who we sign? The window hasn’t shut yet – has it even opened in Europe yet?
    We’ve been here, with the Rafa crisis already about four or five times since he joined. He can’t come round everybody’s house and tuck them in with reassurances that everything will be OK.
    I don’t get the panic. No need yet. And until I hear it from Rafa, I simply don’t believe it. He’ll let us know if there’s a problem, but so far he’s denied press reports of that he’s unhappy several times in the past, when the press were reporting he was ready to leave. He has a good relationship with us, he’ll let us know before the press do.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Waiting for us trying to sign someone is like playing the Sims game on the PlayStation, played a demo years ago never again.

  • toontaff2

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Come on WelshGeordie9! Harpers, Barron’ s and Central Park/Ritzy’s were full of old trouts that made sheep look good! 😆

  • toontaff2

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #35

    What’s the record thumbs up, on here?

  • magspuggy

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #36

    I am not worried about the lack of signings yet.
    Only a few prem clubs have done out tbh

    With the extra cash flying about a lot will be told by agents to hold out and see what offers come in after its made clear they are for sale.

    Links to nufc are kinda a shop window with a offers refused tag to try and bump the value up.

    Nowt to panic over at all

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #37


    You won’t get many thumbs up because

    1. You not funny.
    2. You know nothing about football.

  • toontaff2

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Runaway must running away with it? 😆

  • AncientC

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Runaway’s last post has 83 likes. LOL.

  • toontaff2

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #40

    😆 WelshGeordie9 , I agree!


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