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Central Midfield Target Now Out Of Reach Of Newcastle

Newcastle have been interested in signing 24-year-old Sampdoria attacking midfielder Dennis Praet for the last several transfer windows.

And Calciomercato reported yesterday that Newcastle are still interested in signing the former Anderlecht playmaker.

But Newcastle now face competition from some massive clubs also pursuing the midfielder, and they include Juventus, Inter-Milan, Napoli, and Atletico Madrid.

Dennis Praet – Juventus, Inter and Napoli all interested

The once-capped Belgian International also wants to stay in Italy and doesn’t seem interested in playing in the Premier League for a big club like Newcastle.

Sampdoria would like to keep him in Genoa, but that may mean a new contract with increased wages which is what his agent is pushing for.

Our best chance of signing Praet was probably last summer, but Newcastle didn’t have the money to do that.

Or that’s what we were told.

Praet joined Anderlecht as a 16-year-old, and he stayed there for six years and played for all the Belgium youth sides.

He gained one full cap for Belgium back in 2014 in a Euro qualifier against Wales.

When he was a teenager, he was one of the best young players in Europe but hasn’t yet fulfilled his enormous potential.

But with the player wanting to stay in Italy and three big Italian clubs interested in signing him we don’t think it’s plausible he will be coming to Newcastle this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


30 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Even a championship club will out bid us.. Period.

  • posada

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    If you want to sell a player the last thing you do is put them up for sale.
    The last thing you do is make it clear there is no future for them at their present club.
    Why, because teams will offer you fire sale prices. They know you want rid.

    We got lucky with Mitro. Without the Fulham loan and the World Cup we would be lucky to get 8M.

  • posada

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Ings at 9M.
    No way, they are desperate to get rid and off their wage bill.
    Any club that takes him will have to pay top wages and he has fitness issues.
    With all that risk I would not pay more than 2M.

    In fact I would not help a rival unless the deal was massively in our favour.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    posada “We got lucky with Mitro. Without the Fulham loan and the World Cup we would be lucky to get 8M”

    Is looking to sell after a good loan spell and a few decent World Cup showing ‘lucky’ or is it good planning?

    It’s great you think Liverpool are our rivals also. Sadly, I think that’s some way off just yet.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5


    jury out on Bats a little bit but would certainly be an upgrade and for a big lad fairly nippy as well. will enjoy that clip for years to come lol !


    your swap suggestions were spot on but just made too much sense so will be sadly rejected.

  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6


    You’re in the Crescent early Rob – you must be doing a Jib and having an early breakfast/ eye-opener? Never eat on an empty stomach eh?!

  • Jib

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Judge Sir Peter Openshaw has lifted the “stay,” on prosecuting
    ex South Yorkshire police Ch Supt David Duckenfield;
    he will now be tried for 95 counts of manslaughter.

  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Cue for a song? Another One Bites the Dust seems apt!

  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib @7

    And not before time. What next, Orgreave?

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Micky……… What time will the club be making the announcement on Rafa’s new contract today?

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    lesh, sadly not in the Crescent, but at work. The webcam is useful for dog walking decision purposes though and illustrating sea frets for bored bloggers

    I wonder if many clubs have live webcams on 24/7 or if it’s just the Crescent Club?

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    I wouldn’t want to be this guy – it’ll be a proper witch-hunt. How can they guarantee an impartial jury on such an emotional case?

    Hillsborough Police Chief to face trial on 95 cases of manslaughter

  • hibbit

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13

    re webcans the market place in thirsk has a good one


  • RobLeenio

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Micky from earlier “me and Phil made LSD in the classroom”

    That’s hilarious. Apparently it’s not too difficult but one of the chemicals required is almost impossible to source. One of my mates is a Chemistry teacher and we happened to be talking about it the other day (hypothetically obviously).

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    I like Thirsk, loved Hawes more though, the love of my life Ms. Cockett, the one that got away,

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Thirsk has a deluxe Greggs

  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #17


    Ok, we’ll believe you – it’s so important to check the weather before subjecting yourself and the puppy to the elements!

    Can’t place the Crescent though I’ve have to have a walk along there next time I’m up in Tynemouth.

    Being on the sarf coast makes one appreciate the beauty of the north east coast. If it wasn’t for the unpredictable climate, the beaches’d be covered with Germans’ towels – now they’ve got nowt to robin the world cup!

  • Tsunki

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Avoid sowerby road if you’re going to Gregg’s though it’s closed for a while for roadworks. Just FYI. 🙂

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #19

    @ RobLeenio, it was a different age, do schools now have chemistry labs?

    The welding bench in the metalwork room. I, (15 or so), used to have great pleasure in making the Oxy/Acetylene weld go bang, Sparks everywhere, no one was harmed.

    Happy days

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Just watched “Bobby Robson More than a Manager”. Wow, just wow.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Dubai it looked th part from the trailers was it that good?

  • Tsunki

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Aaaahhhhh chemistry. It had that certain something about it ha ha

    We used to be fascinated by the corrosive power of certain acids. Nitric acid was favoured for its delayed action when applied to the buckle of the hapless victims haversack. We would follow them downstairs as the strap slowly disintegrated and spilled the bags contents down several flights. Also popular was the “weighting game”. Fill victims school bag with retort stands and other metalwork and marvel as they dislocated a shoulder lifting them up fast when the last bell went. Attaching rows of tube clamps to someone’s blazer. All good clean fun. Most spectacular jaunt was to put a rubber tube on a gas tap, immerse tube into bucket of very soapy water, allow foam to cover bench then chuck a lighted spill into the mass and Voila! Scale recreation of the Hydrogen bomb mushroom. Happy days.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Haversacks…. LOL

  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Why are Newcastle bidding 15 million for bloody Sturaro? We’ve got 3/4 very good central midfielders already and Juventus fans unanimously seem to think he’s worth selling. Meanwhile, we have no strikers who can consistently score. Priorities, anyone?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #25

    woud be quite happy with a ritchie traore / king swap

  • Tsunki

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah haversacks ha ha that was the economic climate even at grammar school 🙂 you’d have your nickname painted on it and joined two straps together to make a long strapped forerunner of the “man bag”. It was a look I suppose. 😐

  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle have made contact in the last few hours and are willing to offer €14m for Stefano Sturaro while Juventus would like closer to €20m – bonuses could be the key to unlock a deal. – (via Gazzette)

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 29, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Shay Given has joined Frank Lampard’s coaching team at Derby as goalkeeper coach. What a great move for him, I hope he’s very successful

  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #29

    It’ll be interesting to find out exactly what Ashley meant when he referred to everything the club generates would be given to Rafa for players.

    Maybe I’m a bit naive here in thinking that generated includes Prem prize money, broadcasting revenues less of course, monies required to manage the clubs fixed and variable overhead costs? But if that is the case and assuming £125m prize money (?) and £40m broadcasting – a total of something like £165m for the season gone – the clubs overheads and operating costs must be huge. Has anyone looked at the numbers in the last published accounts?

    But, could it be that Ashley’s take on monies generated means money from player sales?

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 29, 2018 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #30

    The players wages alone are £80m+
    Then there’s the tax to be paid on the profit.
    Several people who know more than me earlier on looked at the numbers and came to around £50m


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