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Newcastle Miss Out On €2.5M Transfer Target – Were We Ever Close?

It looked really promising when we were linked with a £10m bid for 20-year-old NK Lokomotiva Zagreb midfielder Lovro Majer a few days ago.

The young Croatian player seemed a good buy for just £10M and Newcastle were supposed to pay him €1M a year in wages to try to close the deal.

And then yesterday Majer told 24Sata that he is ready to join Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year contract.

There were previous reports from Italy that Newcastle had overtaken Italian club Sampdoria in the chase for the talented young playmaker.

20-year-old NK Lokomotiva Zagreb midfielder Lovro Majer

The 20-year-old Croatian said this to 24Sata:

“It’s true, I’m coming to Dinamo. I’m confused, my little boy’s dream has come true for wearing a blue shirt.”

“Sampdoria’s bid was much bigger, but I decided to come to Dinamo because I think it’s better for me at this time.”

No mention there of Newcastle.

Here’s a piece from the 24Sata report that Majer is going for €2.5M and a 50% sell-on clause:

“Dinamo will, from sources close to the club, pay between €2M and €2.5M, and Lokomotiva could get 50% of the next Majer transfer.”

“This is a great job of managing the Dinamo, Majer will sign a contract for five years.”

It’s hard to believe Newcastle bid £10M for the player if he goes for just €2.5M.

Comments welcome.

PS – Great 2-1 win by England yesterday over Tunisia in the World Cup but – like Newcastle – England made it difficult and missed many chances.

But two excellent goals from captain Harry Kane with the winner coming in stoppage time got England all 3 points.

15 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    VAR is just adding insult to injury. Play back the first Kane incident the referee is watching it, he’s even walking towards it. The whole point of VAR was to pick up cheating, diving, fouls and other such misdemeanours wasn’t it? And ASSIST the referee in making a fair judgement? It won’t work if the human oversight still has the ridiculous latitude to determine if it’s to be used or not, that’s just a whitewash to say that it’s still the province of biased or corrupt officials to choose to ignore it.

    I was all for VAR as a modern and fair advancement in the game. Yesterday proved to me exactly why it is no more than a very expensive smokescreen. A waste of time. Some team is going to come unstuck with this one, however I’m sure it won’t be the Russians.

  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    If this deal is correct, it seems a bit nepotistic. Seems strange when reported bids from Sampdoria and us were 3 times higher than this one. Sure they’ve included a sell on clause but they’re not going to get an awful lot from him, Modric was the last big player to go for big money directly from Croatia and he went for £16.5m…

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    The reason there’s no mention of Newcastle is because every single story linking us with players is garbage, as it was last season.
    Unless you hear it from Rafa or the club itself, ignore it. It’s unlikely we’ll make any move until we have the money in the bank and bar selling players, that means July.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    On the Kane incident, Southgate needs to man up and demand an explanation as to why the ref, linesman and VAR missed a blatant assault. Don’t hold your breath though.


    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    If merino is to leave, get decent money with a sell on clause…or maybe an first option to buy back…if he’s not happy nee point keeping him…good player,shame he can’t settle tbh…good luck to him,if he is actually wanting to leave like,heard nowt from the player.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Shame we missed out on this lad, but I think I saw something from his Mum saying he was too young to leave Croatia, which would explain everything.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Rob, you can only miss out on something you were in for mate. The clue is in the fact that he talks about Sampdoria’s interest and their offer, but not a word about us or our alleged offer, which was supposed to be better than theirs.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    VAR or some kind of video referral system is the future, but at the moment it’s not fit for purpose. We need a system like in cricket where each team is allowed a maximum of a couple of referrals per half, to be used at a time when the ball is either dead or in a neutral area of the pitch, if the review proves they have no case then they lose it, if their claim is upheld then they keep it. Reviews made at the sole request of the Captain direct to the Ref

    Last night, Kane could have reviewed both his penalty claims and won them both.

    At the moment, with the control in the hands of some nameless suits in a van somewhere, there is ample opportunity for bias and corruption and no recourse for incorrect decisions.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Take the Sturridge link for example. It’s everywhere. Does anybody seriously expect Rafa to blow part of a limited budget on a player who basically can’t get on the pitch? Either he’s as soft as shyte and won’t play through the pain barrier that most players manage to, or he’s just permanently crocked and neither use nor ornament.
    It’s, all BS.
    There’s more chance that deals are lined up and Rafa’s waiting for the cash to become available, than any of these rubbish claims.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Bobby, yes you may be right. Of course, ours was apparently very late whereas he may have been talking to Sampdoria for a while.

    I’m not convinced we’ve been doing any transfer business at all yet, in or out (except the necessary and pre-agreed Dubs deal on the 30th May). As I’ve said before, it feels like there’s change afoot.

    Someone can probably enlighten me and others better, but is there not a legal requirement with changes of ownership for large companies to instigate a stand-still period of 30 days or similar once a deal is agreed? Is it possible that we’re in one of these right now, so no significant money can come into or leave the club?

  • kc2012

    Jun 19, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    The Kane penalty decisions last Night do highlight the flaws in VAR or should I say bias in when and when not it’s called upon. Both stonewall pens to the naked eye never mind VAR. Like Tsunki said, the ref was walking towards the first incident with an absolutely clear view of it and surely must now see his opportunities limited in future games, he was awful last night that ref.

    But on a positive note we got a much deserved win and I think we’ve looked better than Germany, Argentina, Brazil and France so far. Yes we only played Tunisia but the lads looked very good in the first half hour and when the pressure was on late in the game when it mattered. Definitely something to build on but Sterling upfront when Rashford, Vardy and Welbs are sat there just doesn’t make sense.

    Imagine Jonjo picking some of the balls up that Henderson got and just kept passing backwards though. Shelvey would’ve been a huge weapon for England

  • lochinvar

    Jun 19, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    VAR opens the door to more corruption which seems to be endemic in football. Wasn’t it African country officials recently exposed in a bung scandal.
    According to the media even a former England Manager knew a few tricks on how to play the system.
    Bet the Chinese betting shops are busy.

    And Linesman – why bother ? Perhaps they should have had a goal line official as in European games and they could have joined in with the Kane wrestling incidents.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 19, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Last world cup we made offers (apparently) after the WC had finished and the same is happening again, like myself and Bobby have stated many times the players linked to us (all 4 million lol) is utter rubbish.

    And again I say this, how do all these papers and websites know who we are after when our own club don’t know!?

  • lochinvar

    Jun 19, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    RobLeenio – Whatcarevuou smoking ?
    I know Hague wants to legalise Cannabis but no transfers because the club is going through the process of being sold ? Who to, Houdini ?
    Love it if you’re right but otherwise pass the Dutchy

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 19, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15


    The takeover is dead in the water mate, please no more Amanda links!


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