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Newcastle After Bargain Basement Players – Are Now Pursuing German International

News today that Newcastle are keen on Hamburg’s German International midfielder Lewis Holtby, who played for Tottenham and on loan at Fulham back in 2013 through 2015.

The report is in the Mirror and it’s the first time this summer we have been linked with the 26 year-old, who previously played for Schalke 04, before moving to Tottenham in 2013.

Holtby, 26, had two years at White Hart Lane but struggled to get a first team place and in January of 2014 he was sent out on loan to Fulham, where he played 13 times with one goal but he couldn’t prevent them from being relegated that season.

26 year-old Hamburg midfielder Lewis Holtby

The report is that he could be available for around £5M and it’s becoming clear that Newcastle are trying to pick up bargain buys and seem not to want to pay huge fees for any one player – at least this summer.

Nathan Ake went to Bournemouth for a cool £20M on Wednesday and there’s news in the local papers that while we were interested in the player,  £20M was thought to be far too much for the 22 year-old.

But maybe this is what the new transfer window looks like, although Chelsea have included a buyback clause in Ake’s contract, so it he really becomes a star player then they will buy him back.

Heaven forbid that Bournemouth should keep him in that case – that’s not a good deal for the buying club.

We mention Bournemouth and Ake because the ambitious Cherries are said to be interested in Lewis Holtby who we always through looked a good player when he played in England.

Lewis played 24 times for the German U21 side with 14 goals and he 3 full caps for Germany making his debut way back in November, 2010 in a friendly against Sweden when he had only just turned 20.

£5M would appear to be a fairly low risk proposition for Newcastle, but it’s a good question as to whether he can play well in the Premier League.

In the three years he’s been at Hamburg he’s been a regular starter and has played 90 times with four goals for the Bundesliga club and while at Tottenham he played 42 times with 3 goals.

What do you think about this player?

Comments welcome.

161 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #1

    He looked ok last time he was over here, not great, but not bad either. A Guthrie if you will.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #2

    So we’re now shopping in the bargain bin Ash? Hopeless, clueless, shameless, pick your own adjective lads.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I see Abeid is talking up his desire to return to Newcastle again. Another player I don’t think was given chance to shine, but whether Rafa sees him as his kind of player is up to him. Don’t think he’d take much persuading to come back. What think you lot?

  • lesh

    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Repost from previous thread….

    The Sun’s report is unsettling but no matter what, they’ve found the grounds to put two and two together and stimulate speculation about Rafa’s future with NUFC. The lack of transfer activity has given the press the ingrediants to manufacture a story and quite simply, the situation should have been.managed better by the Club.

    Ashley’s promise to Rafa was that he could have the funds derived from promotion (not a lot) and player sales (unknowns). If Rafa’s not been given specific guarantees about funding such as getting the Prem parachute payment and the surplus from last summer’s player sales, he’s been royally screwed over by Ashley.

    I hope I’m way off track but Ashley was very quick with his commitment to Rafa’s transfer pot and mentioning the particular items he guaranteed.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #5

    My worry about RAFA leaving is he wanted at least four players in and up to six in or pre season training which starts on Monday followed by our first pre-season friendly which is not far off – and we have diddly squat in and looks liked none lined up – and bollocks to this 90% done deals.

    And looks like we are only interested in loan deals at the moment

  • Jib - Goatmouf 2

    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Abeid gave an interview in L’Equipe yesterday and he said –
    He understands why he failed at NUFC,there’s no resentment on his part ,
    and Newcastle is still the club of his heart.

    Holtby’s paternal Grandad was a Geordie and a Toon fanatic

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #7

    What this 50% off or is 75% off sounnd like some shity shop i no.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Lesh, the problem there is you’re assuming Rafa isn’t as on the ball as much as you are mate! 🙂 IF. Rafa is precise if he’s anything. He’s not going to be mugged off by Ashley. People need to listen to what he says and what others say who are in the know. Rafa gets on with Ashley. They’re working together whether we like that fact or not.
    The details were agreed and Rafa was happy. If there’s problems, they’ll talk. There’s no war inside SJP.
    Clearly this potential sale is causing hiccups, which isn’t really surprising, but Ash and Rafa aren’t at war. These are difficult times that have come at the wrong time and both are trying to work through it. Hopefully they’ll get there sooner rather than later.

  • Jib - Goatmouf 2

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Aaron Mooy was always a knocking bet to sign for the Terriers

    His choices were –
    Go back to City and get lost in their reserves
    Join another PL side and start from scratch
    Both choices involving family turmoil and upheaval.
    Stay in West Yorks and be a big fish in a little pond

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Where has this storie come from where is the source
    Ed writing pure drivel again

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib, chances are that arrangement was already in place. Doubt he even talked to anybody else and his agent wasn’t touting him about. Probably just a matter of how much, eight or ten. They struck a deal.

  • AncientC

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #12

    I would love to see Holtby signed. I was hoping the club would sign him before he went to Tottenham. Not making it at Tottenham isn’t always a bad sign, Siggs at Swansea being a case in point.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Ya can’t trust an article printed in the mirror
    With no grounds to it
    Utter garbage on here now like

  • jga81

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #14

    This blog is a waste of time shit story’s just like the chronicle

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed needs someone to help with his article
    They are getting worse

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s s none storie

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Who and where has it been said by anyone at Newcastle that we are only after bargain basement players
    Ed wants to sack himself for printing this rubbish

  • AncientC

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #18

    *Just another post pointing out the patently obvious*

    Hold onto your hats folks… this is groundbreaking stuff… what if I told you that not ever transfer rumour is factual.

    Oh wait, EVERYBODY already knew that. Okay then.

    I guess we can all stop now.

  • lesh

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19


    I admire your optimism but I’m afraid I harbour doubts about Ashley’s motives and he does have history when he’s dealt with managers – he was party to Keegan being lied to wasn’t he.

    Yes, the potential sale of the may be causing hiccups but surely it’s easier to sell a successful or potentially successful club than one which could be ill equipped for the Prem and thus fighting relegation from the off? Yes, let potential buyers see that the Clubs on a decent financial position but Ashley must understand that without adequate investment the Club, it could be relegated and require a far greater investment than would make it attractive to investors.

    As I said, I hope to be proved wrong but with Ashley, Leopards and spots come to mind.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #20

    If he was any sort of mag he wouldn’t print the same rubbish as the mirror or the sun
    Lazy journalism
    It’s like copying at school from the class dunce

  • AncientC

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #21

    mikeashleyisamackem, may I recommend prune juice and a good push/squeeze. You will feel much better afterwards…

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Mike Ashley etc Ed is allowing people around the world to know what’s happening here mate. He puts it all together so one site covers all. Does a damn good job of it as well. Many fans just come here to get their info.
    Right now nobody knows what’s happening so stories fill that vacuum. Just stories. Few facts.
    That ain’ t Ed’s fault and if you aren’t aware, he’s doing all this whilst undergoing chemo.
    Nobody, anywhere, is doing a better job.

  • Jib - Goatmouf 2

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Could I pick my own adjective to describe you ?

  • Jib - Goatmouf 2

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Is “fluffy” an adjective ?

  • lesh

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #25


    Why don’t you offer your superior journalistic expertise to Ed?

    He’d appreciate some quality input to ease the load while he’s coping with his health issues. Get a grip and think before you let your fingers run amok!

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Do you think bobbybee
    I think it’s utter tosh because in actual fact
    The last 2 articles he has printed is the figment of someone’s imagination
    Is that good news to be spreading round the world
    It’s boring mate

  • jazzyp

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Chelsea want to bring in two more Cb to compete with Cahill and Luz, So would definitely have a punt for Zouma even it’s just a platform for a loan deal.
    If we are that cash strapped then cherry picking the best loan deals is at least a start towards this summers transfer business

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Leah then maybe he needs some help as it’s resiculous the article s that’s been put on here

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #29


    If you don’t like it you know where to go. Ed is doing a fine job considering his circumstances at the minute.

    Show a bit more gratitude or just fcuk off!

  • reilly

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Theres any easy solution.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Shirebrook toon
    Lol am only saying what the rest of us is thinking

  • Jib - Goatmouf 2

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Remember when we were after the German International Rudiger ?

    Anyone witness his pitiful simulation of injury against Javier
    “Chicharito” Hernandez in the semi v Mexico ?

  • Jib - Goatmouf 2

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #33

    I think mikeashleyisamackem is actually from the village of the damned – feeling his weight cos they’ve finally got a manager.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Lesh, history or not, he won’t pump money into a business he’s selling. Nobody would. Not me, nor you. If he puts more in now he’s throwing it away. Some chance of that. We’re just going to have to sit tight and wait and see.
    Even more so if a price has already been agreed in principle.
    As I’ve said, I don’t have any confidence in Ashley, so no idea where you get that. I do have confidence in Rafa though. There’s a big difference there.
    I’ve confidence he’ll somehow create a side capable of surviving next season, with what money he’ll get. But then, I’ve said all along this coming season is going to be tough as old boots.
    I’m confident he’ll get what was agreed out of Ashley, not confident in Ashley.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Well am away I have a life to get back to jib
    Hopefully ed will hire someone to help him
    As he is struggling

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    I get it. Your real name actually is, by coincidence, Mike Ashley. The rest speaks for itself.

  • reilly

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Grayson 😆

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Good riddance.

  • Australian Pie

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Mikeashleyisamackem piss off you disrespectful flog. Adios.

  • one fine day

    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #40

    In the previous stream you suggested having a quiz ? May I suggest smash hits ?
    You also mentioned you were bored with the blog as there wasn’t enough ” local news” on it for you.
    It has been said here from the inception of this blog that it was set up as a platform for fans and expats spread around the globe to get news and share views on nufc .
    That is what it still does in my opinion.
    Ed mearly sources articles from all media outlets good and bad and puts them up to allow discussion .
    The vast majority of us see through the newspaper tosh and which ones are clearly lazy journalism .
    If I wanted nothing but glossed dull constantly fabricated good news stories I would simply just check the clubs web site day to day .
    You also want to just have a discussion page where we can all chat ?
    Without an article popping up every now and then to generate discussion it would just descend into one mindless tangent after another .
    Can I suggest you set up your own blog ( local news for local people ? Could be a good name ,check out the league of gentleman as a reference point)
    Once there you could freely post your opinions on what matters to you as freely as you wish.
    Somehow I don’t think many people will interrupt you either .
    Ed does a fantastic job in my opinion here so give it a rest man .

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