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Newcastle Look To Have Have Missed Out On This Top Transfer Target

There was news in the Sun a few days ago (we’re late on this – we missed it) which if true is not good news for Rafa Benitez or Newcastle United.

The 20-year-old England U20 World Cup-winning winger Sheyi Ojo of Liverpool is said to be less than keen to join Newcastle on loan and that’s certainly different from the news we have been hearing over the last couple of weeks.

The Sun report is that Ojo is not keen to move on loan to either Newcastle United, Derby County or Middlesbrough and in fact, is reported to be close to agreeing on a deal to go on loan to Championship club Fulham, who are pushing for promotion next season.

20-year-old Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo

Ojo was left out of Liverpool’s tour squad to Hong Kong but it was though at that time he was close to agreeing on a move to Newcastle because Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wanted him to have first team football next season.

Fulham only made their move for the player a few days ago so maybe – like Chelsea players Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Ojo never really wanted to play in the north-east on loan in the Premier League next season.

Ojo has played a total of 41 times for the England youth sides from U16 through U20 and made his first team debut for Liverpool in the FA Cup against Reading in January of last year.

Rafa was after him last summer for Newcastle and in January too – and he is highly regarded by the former Liverpool manager.

The Sun report says it’s a straight choice now between Fulham and Newcastle with Fulham installed as the favorites.

Well – would you believe it.

Maybe we should go after Josh Murphy of Norwich City and he can join his twin brother Jacob on Tyneside?

We know Josh would be keen to sign for us.

If Ojo doesn’t want to come to Newcastle – so be it – we should move on to some of our other targets.

Comments welcome.

103 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    If he is not keen, that’s that.
    We don’t need another bloody winger.

  • toontaff2

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Bladeuser sounds like a fruit loop. 😆

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    I and Randolph has gone to the Boro for 4.5 million.

    Paddy Power betting odds as of today for relegation:
    Huddersfield 8/13
    Brighton 5/4
    Burnley 13/10
    Watford 13/8
    Swansea 9/4
    Newcastle 7/2
    Palace 9/2

    Me with the squad we have at the minute I’ll think we will struggle to stay up – Just ain’t got a genuine goalscorer – because the few chances we will get we would have to convert them.

    As for the Spuds game I can see Pochetino getting has revenge for the walloping we give his team on the final day.

  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    the kids a carpet fitter from blaydon !!

  • toontaff2

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    From JEco.uk
    ‘True fans will always make the effort to go to the game, whatever the circumstances.
    Normally this means getting the time off work, dodging social commitments, or just being bothered to do the four hour drive if you’re one of London’s 3.9 million Manchester United fans.
    However, a Newcastle man really went this distance for the Magpies’ pre-season game against Preston North End yesterday. That distance being from the roof of the pub to the ground.

    @PNEPolice, the official Twitter account for Preston North End football officer PC Paul Elliott, tweeted out a picture of a Toon fan proudly wearing his Newcastle United shirt, sat in a wheelchair with both feet bandaged.

    Accompanying the picture was the caption: “Ultimate Geordie jumps off roof of the boozer….suspected fractured heels…still goes the game!”
    Of course, the police can’t condone jumping off pub roofs and breaking your heels, but you’d have to have a heart of stone not to admire the unnamed man’s commitment to his team.

    Replying to the tweet, @Robin_Rilley23 sent a picture of what is believed to be the man’s badly bruised feet, as well as a pair of rather fetching fracture boots.

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    The most disappointing think about ‘missing out’ on this guy is that we won’t get a rendition of this song from the Gallowgate east corner…

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Damn those high notes…

  • toontaff2

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    JOE.co.uk, even!
    Lord Hibbit, is he Walter Wall?

  • kc2012

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    So Dwight Gayle isnt a genuine goalscorer? There arent many better natural goalscorers in the Country at the moment imo but we definately need backup.

  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    no mate he’s Dick Head

  • jazzyp

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    “We will go into the Spuds game expecting to lose”
    I somehow don’t think forty odd thousand will agree with that comment at the first game of the season

  • toontaff2

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Warwick Hunt?

  • lochinvar

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    So Ojo wants to go to Fulham and Wiltshire fancies West Ham.
    Nothing to do with bling culture and London’s night clubs then ?
    Silly me, I thought they were footballers.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Still waiting to have a likely link to a decent player. Wiltshire is decent but too unreliable. I appreciate that we only have to avoid relegation, but do we have any players that can say they have proved themselves to be decent at prem level. Baldy? In fairness that’s not the be all and end all. And we have a good manager but I can’t see this team taking more points off, say Bournemouth, than they will take off us. We need more quality but the fact that we haven’t got them in for Rafa to work with early wud worry me. The positive side is that we are squirreling funds for a bid splash on a striker and midfielder. Here’s hoping that Ash will spend 80 mill like he did a couple of seasons ago. I don’t see it though. We don’t seem to be at the races in the 20 Mill category

  • Darestobedifferent

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Listen – We have a net summer spend so far of £10 million. Krul or Darlow will go plus Hanley I would guess therefore on those fiiguers we will be at a zero spend. THERE MUST BE SOME BIGGIES DUE OR RAFA WOULD HAVE SCOOTED.

  • Mag52

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    There’s no way we want the likes of Ojo if he’s not bustin’ a gut to play for us.
    With a net spend so far of only 10.5 mill., we should have a decent amount to splash on, say, three quality footballers if Ashley is as good as his word (big IF).

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Dares, well said matey. The spending has nothing to do with Ashley, Rafa has confirmed that. Ashley’s told him he can spend it however he sees fit. So unless Rafa is lying to the fans, whatever the amount is, it’s there to be spent.
    Prices will dip a bit when clubs realise they might be stuck with players they want to sell to raise funds and they’ll want time to spend it too.
    Regardless of how late it is when he gets who he wants, as long as he gets them, then all’s we’ll.. Ideally getting them earlier would have been his aim, but this window is tough for teams coming up. Bit more patience required.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Mags, Rafa’s confident he will keep his word. He’s also got it all written into his contract. 🙂

  • NewcastleMole

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    The pursuit of quick wingers is an indication of our setup for next season. I make the prediction here and now that we’ll be a defensive play on the counter attack team. If it works it works but i have a foreboding about the entertainment level for the upcoming campaign.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20


    not sure that bloke in court fighting ash at the moment would agree. yeah ash not known for reneging on anything…much!

  • jazzyp

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Newcastle mole

    To be honest mate I just want the season to start. I can’t wait to be sat in the stand in anticipation of what’s to come.
    We should go in to every game with hope otherwise what’s the point.
    Granted it’s glaring us all in the face we need more quality, But I’m sure it will come

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Mole, I think you’re right about how we’ll set up and under the circumstances it would be difficult to go out and play some of the teams at pure football. In fact, suicidal might be a better description. Needs must, but that said, counter attacking football can be exciting to watch.
    We’re going up against some incredibly talented sides and have to find a way to stifle their natural game or we’ll definitely cop some hidings.
    With two or three more quality additions I can see us causing a few upsets along the way.

  • nightfa11

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    why is every player we’re linked with considered as “top target”?
    if that’s the case top is turning into flat 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Rotunda, assuming of course that was what was said. Best wait for the judgement on that one.
    Again, if he does renege we deal with that when and if it happens, rather than fret and worry about something that might never happen – like the times Rafa has been walking out the door already.

  • bladeuser

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Where have I ever said I expect us to win
    What I have stated is I expect us to have a chance at winning
    Unlike u I do not attend anymore as the game has gone to the dogs it’s boring predictable 90% of the time or in our case 99%
    U prattle on about being a loyal fan
    It’s an overrated word in football
    Just because u turn up to watch crap games most weeks in pouring rain spending fortunes on tickets and whatever else doesn’t give u the monopoly on loyalty a lot would call it stupidity
    But it’s nufc I hear u cry
    So what we are Not the only team with loyal fans every team has them
    There are just more like you who would get drenched wearing no coat while getting another thrashing of a top team and stating while wiping the tears away But i was there i must be loyal sitting through that
    Your loyalty is no different from the guy who cannot go for his own reasons your just a smug little nomark who will turn up to an opening of a d I y store if a nufc player was in attendance your loyalty now is one of an arse licking sycophant

  • jazzyp

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #26
  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Nightfa11, which tells you not to believe anything you read in the press relating to NUFC mate.
    We’ll know who Rafa really wants when he says so. Don’t forget, last week we were meant to have made an offer on this lad and he was coming home from the tour to discuss it!! Absolute tosh. We can’t be far off the 300 mark in relation to players the press has said we wanted. Ignore it all mate. Every single link. It’s not worth the effort.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 23, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #28

    People fretting about the Spurs game already. we’ve only played 2 preseason games and I doubt Rafa has finished moving players in and out of the club. Just relax a bit and enjoy the summer. Survival is the main aim. Anything else is a bonus!

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #29

    Bladeuser, you don’t get it and never will. It’s all way over your head. How many times have I talked about Hartlepool fans and their loyalty? Or Blyth. Or many other clubs who’s, fans turn up and never win anything.
    It’s not all about winning. Only needy people who require reflected glory put winning ahead of everything else.
    I won’t waste either of our time trying to explain it because you simply don’t get it. You’re not a fan in the pure sense of the word,so why bother pretending? You only make yourself look a clown.
    NUFC isn’t Ashley, you mug. Just people like you get obsessed over him, most of us ignore him.
    Your opinion means less than nothing to me, so why bother? Go and cry to someone else pal, I can’t help you. Can’t be bothered.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Rafa Benitez to lose his best teenage prospect at the club.
    Sunday morning has seen the Liverpool Echo break the news that Saturday saw Lewis Gibson agree personal terms and reach final agreement to move to Goodison Park.

    The teenager turning down the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton, with a transfer fee which could go higher than £6m if certain targets are met.
    The Liverpool Echo say that a formal announcement of the 17 year’s signing could happen as early as today, once the medical and paperwork are completed.
    Back in May (see below) it was revealed that Everton had made landing Lewis Gibson a top priority to join their ambitious planning to bring in top quality young players to go alongside the talent already at the club.
    The Chronicle have confirmed today that with a move all but certain, the young defender hasn’t even trained with Newcastle since last season ended.
    The lack of first team signings has been a major blow so far this summer for Newcastle fans and the sight of what supporters would see as one of their rivals, buying your top teenage prospect for the kind of figure you are paying out for senior players such as Atsu, Lejeune and Manquillo, is pretty hard to swallow.
    The Mag – 3 May 2017:
    The news from Merseyside is that Everton have made one of Newcastle’s rising young stars a top priority summer signing.
    As well as major investment in established older players, the Toffees are also looking to further strengthen with younger players.
    Their youth set-up has an outstanding record and Everton repeatedly give promising youngsters first team football at a young age.
    Tom Davies was 17 when first playing Premier League football and still only 18, has made 21 PL appearances this season. Numerous others such as Mason Holegate and Ademola Lookman have been given first team football before reaching the age of 20.
    The Liverpool Echo say that Ronald Koeman and his Director of Football Steve Walsh are looking at an ‘aggressive recruitment drive of players aged 16-18’ this summer and that Newcastle United’s Lewis Gibson ‘is a central part of his plans’.

    Already getting rave reviews at Newcastle under first team level, Lewis Gibson turns 17 in July and has also been making waves in the England set-up.
    He is currently away with the national side as England compete in the Under 17s European Championship Finals in Croatia, with group games against Holland, Ukraine and Norway starting tomorrow (Thursday).
    Last month saw widespread reports that a number of clubs including Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs are also looking to bid for Lewis Gibson this summer.
    March saw the young Newcastle defender score his first goal for England, the winner against Bosnia & Herzegovina in the final qualifying match for these European Championship Finals. He also played in the outstanding 8-1 win over Germany last year for the Young Lions.
    The left-footed local lad is from Stanley and has followed older brother Liam into the Newcastle United set-up, though neither have appeared for the first team as yet.
    Sibling Liam Gibson, who is also at Newcastle, turns 20 next month (April 2017) managed one Premier League appearance on the bench 13 months ago, when Steve McClaren had a number of defenders out through injury.
    The youth set-up at Newcastle has been a massive disappointment down the years and it can’t all have been down to the quality of player at their disposal.
    Fans have long expressed concern at the level of coaching below first team level and the inability to develop players, to improve them to a level where they can compete for the first team.

    This hasn’t been helped by managers such as Alan Pardew, who failed to give real opportunities to younger players, tending only to give them games in the cup competitions which he and Mike Ashley were so keen to get out of at the earliest opportunity.
    Rafa Benitez has been landed with an entire club to sort out from top to bottom and years and years of neglect were never going to be sorted overnight.
    So you can sympathise with him going almost entirely for experienced players in this season’s vital quest for Premier League football at the earliest opportunity.
    The fact remains though that young players at Newcastle will still see little chance of progressing, with once again only the cup matches having a few younger players given the odd game, in matches which Rafa clearly saw as an unnecessary distraction to the league campaign.
    Lewis Gibson sees his older brother turn 20 in April without getting any kind of a chance and when you see 18 year olds at clubs like Everton getting a run of games, it emphasises how badly Newcastle have failed over the years.
    The home game against Fulham saw 16 year old Ryan Sessegnon take Vurnon Anita and Newcastle to the cleaners with two excellent goals and a superb overall performance.
    Rafa can’t let himself be distracted from the job in hand but if Newcastle are to convince the Lewis Gibsons that their future is at Newcastle United, then hopefully we will see youth given its chance in the coming seasons.
    To lose such a promising player would be a body blow for Rafa Benitez but hopefully the likes of Lewis Gibson will be convinced that at last things are changing for the better at St James Park.

    Damn shame we have lost one of our top prospects for the future

  • jimmygscot

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #31

    With this squad the bookies have got it right a bottom six.
    the few players signed are only squad players there is no increase in quality. We signed Atsu and he couldn’t hold down a place in the side last season.
    I am worried.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32
  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Jazzy, which only shows what a monumental task Rafa has taken on. Times like these are when the fans come into their own, by backing everything the manager is trying to do and getting behind the team on the pitch, realising it will take time to sort out the mess he has inherited after years of neglect.
    Every season Rafa is in charge things will improve, but not overnight like some idiots expect.
    Most of us are eternally grateful that a top manager like Rafa is prepared to try and fix a badly broken club and I know I include you in that. If he fails he fails, but it won’t be from lack of dedication and effort.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #34

    Morning Lord hibbit and toontaff2 I my not be home now for the Tottenham game might have 2 more weeks work any news lads

  • toon kk

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #35

    MA has really lowered your expectations from our club.
    In my eyes winning is far more exciting.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Not loading Ron.

  • Legolas

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #37

    I believe anyone can be a fan of a team if they spend time watching them on tv, listening on the radio or going to the game. Don’t think anyone is better than the other. However, don’t think you can call someone for going to the match week in week out. They are loyal fans who follow the team and who support the boys through thick and thin and should be applauded not ridiculed.
    I don’t go to games now but I was a season ticket holder for more than 10 years. I didn’t expect to win every game, just hoped but would support them anyway. I just used to put me in a bad mood for the rest of the weekend if we lost.
    Good on the ones who go. I respect them as fans as I know the commitment it takes.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #38

    Toon kk. What?!!! Of course winning is more exciting, but it’s not all about winning. Again, I’m not even going to bother ffs. Strange how… na, sod it. I literally can’t be bothered.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 23, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #39


    I love Rafa, but it is so hard to really believe Ash has any genuine love for the club when time and again his decisions have just been so eye wateringly stupid. Ash turned us in to a comedy club by appointing JFK not once, but twice, as just one glaring example of 10 years of gross mis-management under this regime.

    Ash is quite happy to blow millions in casinos while crafting this classless ”power drinker”’ image. Prior to the spectacular recent fall of Sports direct Ash was valued at nearly 4 billlion. Say that slowly……!
    Yet here we are again scrabbling around for bargain basement deals.

    After the waste and mis-spent largesse on people such as Thauvin, Cabella, Saivet, Riviere, Haidara and several others, while under seriously flawed previous managerial appointments, we are failing the one good thing in all of Ash’s shenanigans in Rafa.

    If by magic, Reina, Carvalho and Batshuyai or similar quality signings all appear as buys or loans I will digress. But talk of a broken down Wilshire, an extremely underwhelming Clucas or 3rd rate keepers is not making me or others I know rush to re-new a season ticket and we have supported NUFC for 47 years! That’s not being disloyal it’s been discerning, while at the same time praying for the Chinese to show up some time very soon.


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