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Two Transfer Targets Who Will Not Be Arriving On Tyneside This Summer

Lee Ryder conducted an interesting Q&A with Chronicle readers today, and one of the things Lee was asked about was about Sporting Lisbon striker Bas Dost.

Bas was the sixth Sporting player to lodge legal action against Sporting Lisbon this week, after being attacked by fans during training in mid-May.

Dost has made a move to become a free agent and be released from his contract at Sporting Lisbon.

But this saga could drag on and on in the courts.

And since the Sporting Lisbon hierarchy are furious they could lose so many good players, they will be dragging their feet as much as possible this summer to delay the moves of any of the six players.

Bas Dost – Newcastle no longer interested

However, this thing is likely to be slow moving with no quick decision on the cases likely.

Lee Ryder has said it doesn’t look like Rafa is interested in going after Bas Dost this summer and the Spaniard has other striker targets he is interested in.

And news today that Burnley have made a £25M double sweep for West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez and center-back Craig Dawson.

Newcastle have been linked with Dawson this summer, and the 28-year-old defender would add some experience to Newcastle’s back line.

But with Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark all getting good experience in the Premier League last season – experience may not be such a high priority for Rafa this summer.

Clark also played 134 Premier League games for Aston Villa before arriving on Tyneside two years ago for a paltry £5M – a bargain for Newcastle.

Former Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez used to play for Burnley his hometown club before he left for the Saints back in 20012.

He’s an average type of striker, and we have never been linked with the striker since Rafa arrived at the club.

But two targets we have been linked with – Bas Dost and Craig Dawson – now look unlikely to arrive the summer.

Comments welcome.

98 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Surprise s…F@ckin prise .I don’t believe this story for a minute Add, No way Ashley will be humbug this transfer window.
    Look at our past transfer windows,What a success they have been

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    The only one who knows is Rafa everything else is guesswork. all the Chronic et al….no sources quoted at all these days.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #3


    Regrettably it’s beginning to look like the “Same old, same old”

    Unless we have a duck type scenario!

  • magic hat

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s hope a fairly unkown gem or two have been turned up by the scouts. As it’s looking increasingly likely the marquee signing we crave isn’t gonna happen.


    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I could write a list of a couple of hundred players who wont be coming to Toon this year, its very easy, any good player who’s team wants market value for their player. Same old cheapskate ways this year then goodbye Raffa. Fatty will never change his ways, remember Kevs parting words about him? He must have the record for losing court cases brought fwd by his own managers & players not to mention every other business dealing with him

  • hibbit

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #6
  • DjMickyg

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Now that the season ticket renewal is out. I think the fans should refuse to buy any until rafas contract is sorted out and and a proper amount of money is given for transfers

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Season tickets supposedly gone up for some fans by over £100.

  • Mag52

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    No marquees, but hopefully a few tents with ambition.
    I’ve no doubt Rafa will be Spanish manager one of these days, but I’d be very surprised if it was within the next year.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    One guy on twitter says his has been reclassified as category a from b so £250 more.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #11

    That sporting story has been interesting when reading into it a little. I mentioned there were reports this move by players was aimed at forcing the president to stand down. He’s supposedly offered to stand down if they take back their resignations. This all after calling them all babies I think I read lol after a defeat and saying he should sack them all after losing a europa league match, I think against atletico madrid. One of their coaches is linked to ultras too which dont help matters.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Mbemba very close to signing for Porto, reports over there say he’s signed 4 year deal.

  • Geordie-john

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #13

    If this is all true ( AND IT PROBABLY IS ) Then GREEDY COCK-ney has got to go ! But who is going to pay his asking price of £400M.
    All the money coming in and only a minute amount for Rafa to spend AGAIN.

    I Fu###ng GIVE UP !

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Ronaldo, that could be very good news. I’ve said before that the biggest issue we may have this Summer window could be wages, not because of the club being tight but because of having to stay within FFP regulations.

    Mbemba is essentially surplus to requirements but is taking up a chunk of wages – around £30k per week apparently. If we’re having to balance the books and not increase our wage burden, this means we could use that wage chunk to recruit someone else and keep the status quo the same. So, for example, if we happen to recruit a striker, then we’ll be able to shift Gayle, Mitro or Joselu off the books and replace him with a left-sided midfielder and so on.

    Just shifting one player off the books might actually free up the whole of our transfer strategy and have nothing to do with the player’s value.

  • Dragon64

    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #15

    don’t buy season tickets simple as that. if ya buy them don’t moan about fat twat. its got nothing to do with supporting the team he has to go and hurt him best in his pocket.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I get that but with mbemba leaving we need a replacement cb who will likely be on similar if not more wages. Our wage bill does need to come down and I think that guy PriceOfFootball put our wages as around £80m in the championship. We do need to get rid of some players in reality, those that aren’t in our plans but our wages should still be manageable to buy players.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #17

    At CB without Mbembe we’ve got Lascelles, Lejeune and Clark as specialists, Dummett and Hayden who can fill in and we may buy a junior for the development squad who could step up as Merino, Murphy and Hayden himself did last season.

    I don’t see CB as a priority as defence is our strongest area. If we buy a CB, I’d imagine it would be the end of Clark who is a good pro but has a limited skill set.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Off topic
    Who says money doesn’t talk? Yanks awarded another World Cup.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Rafa will look for a cb to come in for mbemba. I think it’s important to have 4 cbs competing and reckon it’s why we are heavily linked with skrtel.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Why does Ashley have to go.. Simple fact he isn’t going anywhere .
    Minimum spend yet receives big profits and free Advertising for his brand, Win win for the Fat controller.
    He doesnt give a crap about Nufc or you or i as supporters hell he doesnt even go to games anymore.Rafa will more than likely be gone in another season, So will the better players.
    And still he can guarantee we will turn up every home game and fill the stadium.
    One lucky cookie i would say

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #21

    I think I might have realised why Mike Ashley seems to regard NUFC supporters with such disdain and seems to revel in turning the screw on them.I think he follows this blog!

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22


    Perhaps Bishop has a minion monitoring it.

  • toon22

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #23

    If anyone expects anything other than the usual from MA and his lact of spending they are deluded

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    2017-18 Transfers in
    Christian Atsu £6,200,000
    Florian Lejeune £8,700,000
    Jacob Murphy £12,000,000
    Javier Manquillo £4,500,000
    Joselu £5,000,000
    Mikel Merino £8,500,000

    TOTAL £44.9M
    Players out £17.5M
    Net spend £27M

    I would not be too ashamed of a similar transfer window this year and would be happy to see £25M being spent on one player, preferably a Striker. However, I am not sure Rafa would be overly enthusiastic.

    Am I correct in thinking Colbacks wages for the remainder of his contract have been written off in last years accounts, or was that just the players who were sold off when we were relegated?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Shock Shock horror

    What a joke.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #26

    If West Brom would take Joselu and deduct £5M off the release clause on Rondon, then things would be more interesting. We would still need another striker but perhaps a younger (cheaper) model.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #27

    What irks me somewhat is that because Canada, mexico and the US are all in effect hosting, then all three are guaranteed an entry.

    Money talks.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Bobbybee almost 2 week been away and still nowt what did you say if there was nothing done in 3 weeks by the time i get back mate honestly its yawn time its the same shit as last summer where being feed off our club mate.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #29


    At least that big club in the Championship Notts Forest are spending 15 million on players.
    And we are … wait for it ….. Next week maybe. Or the week after should see a loan signing if we are lucky.
    Was it Rafa like last summer that wanted transfer business done early again

  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30

    For years pretty much the only positive I could come up with of Mike Ashley owning nufc was that they’d kept down ticket prices….no more.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 13, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #31


    What, someone like Armstrong?

  • jane

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #32

    “At least that big club in the Championship Notts Forest are spending 15 million on players.”

    wouldn’t swap owners though..


    even though..

    ” During his presidency of Olympiacos, the team won the Greek League title for seven consecutive seasons from 2010/11 to 2016/17, and the National Cup for the 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons.”

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #33

    My predicted squad for next season:

    Martin Dubravka
    Karl Darlow
    Freddie Woodman

    Florian Lejeune
    Jamaal Lascelles
    Ciaran Clark
    Paul Dummett
    DeAndre Yedlin
    Javier Manquillo
    Achraf Lazaar
    ?? WB Loan

    Mohamed Diamé
    Jonjo Shelvey
    Mikel Merino
    Isaac Hayden (or defensive line)
    ??? DM buy

    Matt Ritchie
    Jacob Murphy (or #10)
    Christian Atsu
    ?? Loan

    ??? buy

    ??? buy
    Dwight Gayle
    Ayoze Pérez (or #10)
    ?? Loan

    SELL or LOAN
    Adam Armstrong
    Ivan Toney
    Aleksandar Mitrovic
    Jack Colback
    Rolando Aarons
    Robert Elliot
    Mat Sells

    With £30M from the club and potentially £30M from sales Rafa should be able to afford three top class buys.at DM, AMC, FW and loan a FW, WB

  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #34



    tell that to the hundreds of fans who have had there seats taken away from them this summer without a care in the world and no promise of another seat being available for the upcoming season.
    Or the fact that he uses the club as nothing more than a showboat to brand his sports direct logo across the world.
    Or the fact that we must be very close now to losing the best manager we have had since SBR. The list goes on and on.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Essex Geordie Bill

    No, cash in on Armstrong with a sell on clause.

  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #36

    The list goes on and on

    Only in your tiny mind

  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #37


  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #38


    Psg need to sell £60m worth of players to comply ffp. We should take advantage and buy some of their younger players. Oh yeah never mind, we don’t need players!

  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Is right

    from the vice captain of the England whingeing team

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Get French Football
    PSG will have to raise €40m, not the €60m initially reported, before the end of June, in order to comply with FFP, according to RMC (link: http://goo.gl/zUuzEK)


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