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At Least Two Newcastle Players Interesting Clubs In Transfer Window

There are some clubs interested in at least two of our players who are available for transfer and who Rafa Benitez and Managing Director Lee Charnley will want to move out as soon as possible.

We should be seeing players moving in both directions in the next two weeks before our first Premier League game kicks off two weeks tomorrow against Spurs at St. James’ Park.

Le 10 Sport are reporting that Saint-Etienne is interested in signing Newcastle left-back Massadio Haidara who joined us four years ago last January from Nancy for around £2M.

Massadio Haidara in action for Magpies against the Saints in Premier League

Haidara doesn’t seem to have a future Newcastle and had suffered some injuries in his time at Newcastle but he still a very decent player.

And another French club Metz seems confident they can p[ersuade striker Emmanual Riviere to join them back in the French League.

Manu joined us from Monaco three years ago for £6M, but he just was never good enough for the Magpies – if truth be told.

This news comes in French newspaper L’Equipe after Turkish Super League club Osmanlispor had been in detailed negotiations to sign the 27-year-old striker and were said to be close to a deal.

So the hope would be Newcastle can transfer Manu and maybe recoup some of the 6M we paid out for him.

Rafa will get some fees for the outgoing transfers such as Riviere and Haiadara which the manager can then spend in this transfer window.

Also, we get their wages off the wage bill for the coming season which is just as important.

We’d like to see a few of our players moved out before the season starts two weeks tomorrow and if possible a couple of star players brought in too.

That’s not asking too much – is it?


Comments welcome.

114 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1


    In that order should be priority Signing

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #2

    I think for the moment there will need to be more outgoings before there will be any more transfers in.

    I am still surprised NUFC didn’t manage to sell Darlow to Boro, especially when Rafa seem so set on getting a new GK

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    @ Kilcline

    How about Khouma Babacar as another ST option?


    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Have to wait a while to see what the decision is on Bats and its no certainty Chelsea would let him leave with Costa on his way out and the next two we cant afford

    Gray might be an option though and not a bad one its all gone quiet on him

  • expatmag

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Ron knee

    Previous thread

    Surely Man City are going to have a problem with home grown/british nationality players in their 25 nan squad this season as well as flaunting the FFP rules again?

    Also….my prediction for a striker……Callum Wilson……but not until January

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder who the elderly scout and Stuart Pearce would have signed last summer to get us promoted, no doubt some money would have gone on Ross McCormack, not sure if Gayle, Ritchie, Clarke and Diame would have been persuaded to drop down a division mind.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    That FFP books my pi$$, dreamed up by the two most corrupt men the game has ever seen what actual purpose does it serve. How does it prevent PSG who do not have s huge following in Asia, Africa or anywhere outside of Paris from paying 196M for Neymar. Absolute tosh.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8


  • kilcline

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    @ me funk

    Yes he is also in the mould Rafa likes and needs.

    Hopefully Chelsea make he strange signing of llorente from Swansea and allow us to get bats

    I would offer £25m and a buy back clause for Ihneanach, i would also give city first dibs on woodman….

    We clearly need to think outside the box regarding signings rather than penny pinch


    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    We dont have 25 mill to pay for one player and it would be below us to offer them first refusal on Woodman imo

  • nightfa11

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    I think we have a lot of money left. We spent pocket change so far. Rafa said he’s happy with the budget so we have enough to make 2, 3 big signings. Especially if we sell mitro. I believe Rafa assembled a good squad and is waiting on which big names become avalible..and they will become avalible.

  • martoon

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    WWSBRD – we should have some money with last year’s profit on transfers plus parachute payment plus money from Championship. Not mega money but enough for 1 big signing surely?

  • kilcline

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    First refusal doesn’t mean we need to sell. Below us? Not many teams will finish below us next season if we don’t go sign a top striker and a left back (Gibbs)

  • nightfa11

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #14

    What do we really need?

    A goalkeeper – colback transfer will cover that.

    Then we also have krul, darlow, riviere, haidara, lazaar, saviet (that’s 15 mio) + perhaps diame and mitro (20 mio) to sell.

    And we must at least have several 10s of millions of the budget left.

    There is no way Rafa would have only 10 mio to spent at the beginning of the window – the amount we’ve spent so far.


    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Rafa says not mate he brought up the ’20mill plus striker’ line we have been fed and said its not happening, a player costing that much would really cost the club 40 mill all in which we dont have the ability to do

    Then why would Man City be interested in first refusal if it means nothing? And aye below us we are NUFC not Bournemouth

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Why can’t fatty advance us some PL money from his billions.

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #17

    I still think we have a reasonable amount of transfer money left but I think it will have to be spread across 3-4 players rather than 1-2. So, lets say we need a ST, CDM, AMC and LB and we have about £40-45m left, it means we could spend about 10-15 m on each player.

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #18

    @ JfA

    Beacuse Ashley doesn’t want to spend any of his money (or very little) on the club. He views the club as an investment which he thought he was getting on the cheap and then he can sell for a high price.
    Thats probably why he said he won’t leave until NUFC has won something because when NUFC does win something he can try and sell for as much as he can.


    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Same reason he hasn’t for years

  • one fine day

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Why the f@ck do you want to offer our best possible Gk for the next 10 years to city?
    Last to we sold our best keeper to city it didn’t work out to well.
    Not only relegation but we actually allowed them ( a club backed by a souverign state ) to pay us back in instalments …..! You really can not ….etc

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #21

    There’s still the £30M from last season burning a hole in fatty’s pocket…

    Investing in the team this team is well worth it…not just in order to stay in the PL but it will benefit us long term to have a decent season and not just stay clear of relegation…

    To others we are relegation contenders as it is

  • cyprus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Kacper my man,
    I see you’re just starting out. Good work is very important and it looks like you have that. But responsiveness must also be super high on your agenda. I know you did this for free and maybe to boost your CV, but you promised certain things and you never followed through.

    I won’t remind you, but look back at the comments YOU made man.

    Also, have old posts been archived somewhere?


  • toon kk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Mr funk
    We have won something (twice) the championship!!!!!!!!!!!!. We shouldn’t have been in that league if the board had run the club properly.


    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Where u getting 30 mill from? Sissoko deal?

  • nightfa11

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Guys, I’ll say it again. Do you honestly think Rafa would be happy/stick around with 10 mio budget – the amount we’ve spent so far?

    There must be at very least another 50 mio left + sells will generate another 20-40 mio (depends on whether we sell mitro and diame).

    What’s with all the negativity and panic? The year we went down McLaren spent 70 mio. And now we have Rafa.

    Relax. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Mr Funk,
    Just my opinion of course but I think fatty has done much better out of us than us out of him.

  • Jack Root

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    It’s about time some of our fans caught up with the Rafa programme. During the recent Ashley, Blue court case Ashley said “ I am last person to know” at Newcastle, adding “they are really not interested in my opinion.”
    Its inconsequential, because now Ashley/ Charnley are dealing with a shrewd operator. Unlike previous Newcastle managers. Benitez has reputation and a tried and tested practice to testify to the fact. The older bloggers frequently mention Kevin Keegan being similar. But KK made decisions based on emotion and threw his toys out of the pram when he didn’t get his own way. Benitez is far more calculated and at the Toon he saw the potential to create something to his own specification and vision.

    That control he now enjoys was rarely possessed by Pardew, McClaren, Carver and Houghton. They always conducted themselves diplomatically recognising Ashley as being the owner of the club. Not so Benitez who is politic and strategically reminds the fans of promises made following promotion.

    Good luck, with ambitions to play in the Champions League not befitting of Ashley’s tenure to date. But the fact is Benitez sees the potential which for success starved supporters a confidence boosting time. Or at least it should be but remember Benitez asks that supporters don’t criticise players during games. This would make a massive difference at SJP- no more scapegoating – helping to build a fortress. Does Jack really deserve the treatment dished out to him on here?
    This is the time for a supporter base that has seen ambition replaced with apathy under Ashley to retain Premier League Supporter Status.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Rafa’s really gonna shout out to the world we have a massive budget, And let transfer fees escalate.
    Comon lads he’s gonna keep his cards as tightly to his chest as possible, Whether the budget is massive or not.
    If Rafa told you to jump off a cliff in the interest of Nufc.. Would ya???Its just mind games both with the Media and letting The man up top know what his demands are

  • Jack Root

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #29



    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Who has said we have no budget left? Rafa has seen the numbers and accounts and understands what the club can afford to offer in way of transfer budget he was never going to ask for 100mill he was going to ask for the maximum he could get which he is happy the club have offered

    McClaren spent 70 million after years of not spending on transfers and being in the PL, we had reserves available and the bank was left empty we then got relegated kept our costs high bought in a load of players mostly paid for by out goings and had Ashley give us an extra 30 mill to cover costs for the year…not sure where this x amount of millions everyone is talking about has come from tbh

  • jane

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #31

    money isn’t the issue it’s a matter of right players at the right prices.
    there is enough money for what is needed this season.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #32

    Jack root

    I agree with your sentiments but when a player or players don’t give a Sh@te on that pitch Which has been far to often over the last few year, Then fans have a right to show there displeasure.
    Take the Oxford game last year for example, Most fans had left before the game even finished because the performance was so abject.
    We all pay a lot of money to go and watch the club travel around the country, And all we ask for is a team what collectively tries.
    I don’t it’s that much to ask mate do you

  • hibbit

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #33

    think Rafa must be one hell of a poker player !!!!!

  • toon kk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #34

    There is never enough money in football or life in general.

  • Jack Root

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #35

    Let’s look forward at not back. I saw a number of games away from home and mixed with fans who scapegoated as players came onto the field. Perez and Colback in particular.
    I remember a game at Spurs in December 2015 we won 2-1 with Mitro and Perez scoring. Fans are fickle. You pays your money and support the team. It’s a collective.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #36

    That’s why Rafa has had the career he has by learning to play the game

  • giimps

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #37

    Jazzy, your spot on imho, whatever there is of our budget will be a closely guarded secret, play hard up getting cheap players in on loan or with little pl experience will cause everyone to think fatty has the purse strings, then boosh ,Rafa agrees we’re hard up in the question time….no more dreaming of 25-30m signings , the realization that we’re a just promoted side by the media and fans…..then we stop being linked with overly ambitious signings and Rafa can do his magic under the radar, just like he always has

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #38

    My comment should have read “invest in this team this year”…

    Yo…profit from last summer mate…wasn’t that £30M or so?

  • kilcline

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #39

    It is not below us to cut a deal with Man City, we are nowhere near the top 4-6 team we used to be, Ashley has seen to that. Without looking im betting that Bournemouth have a bigger transfer record than us and are actually spending than penny pinching, of course we are a much bigger club but that means nothing in this day an age! 2 relegations proves that.

    Ref Woodman, if he is good enough he is old enough! We just flogged our best prospect to Everton for pittance, I know we didn’t have much choice but we may as well use as much leverage as possible with bigger clubs if we are not going to stump up the cash.

    Until Rafa gets backed or Ashley leaves and someone comes in and sticks serious money into the club, we can look forward to battling the likes of Burnley, Swansea, Stoke to finish above the relegation zone.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Jack root

    It is a collective and I have stated only last week that we look forward as a club and the past is the past.
    The Oxford game was just an example of one game over one season. But when it continues to go in to the season after, And the one after that then we have a right to have our say.Whether that be through the good times or the bad
    And I’m sure we all on here have been fickle at some point mate… that’s just a human trait


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