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Fulham Keen To Sign Striker Mitrovic – Available At A Low Fee

With Serbia’s participation in the World Cup now over Fulham are expected to start bidding for 23-year-old Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Mitro had an excellent game against Switzerland and scored after 5 minutes in their 2-1 loss, but in the final game and he looked ineffective against Brazil in the 2-0 loss.

He played well in Serbia’s first game – their only win – 1-0 against Costa Rica.

But we didn’t see Mitro be really outstanding as Moussa Sissoko was for France in the Euros two years ago.

Aleksandar Mitrovic – after scoring against Switzerland

And we’ll have to wait and see if Newcastle can get more than £20M for him.

We paid about £14M for him three years ago when we signed him from Anderlecht so in a time when transfer fees have gone crazy, that’s not a big increase in his transfer fee.

Fulham have expressed great interest in signing Mitrovich after he scored 12 goals in 20 games for them on loan this year and they played to the Serbian’s strengths up front.

The Times have reported that Rafa will let the striker leave this summer and that the transfer price is set at £20M.

And we’ll have to wait and see if Newcastle get more clubs interested in buying the player.

If Fulham can come close to £20M maybe Newcastle for once will complete a transfer quickly, so Rafa knows where he stands in the transfer market.

Rafa will get about £50M plus the money he can get for unwanted players like Mitrovic.

The chances of a deal being done are high, and we expect Mitro to have left Newcastle when this transfer window closes on August 9th.

That’s the Thursday before we play Spurs at home in our first game of the season.

But Rafa must bring in at least one new striker before then, who can score goals – that’s what we were missing badly last season.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    See that the Turkish press are reporting that Bas Dost is off to Fernabache in preference to Newcastle and lo and behold Everton who have magically been linked with him at the last moment.

    Nothing to do with their precious Cenk Tosun not playing for a Turkish club then ?

    It’s like the school playground, “my newspaper is bigger than your newspaper” , yada, yada, yada

  • lochinvar

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Mitrovic’s value before the World Cup was a rumoured £20m and then apparently rocketed to £30m after he scored a goal there. A poor game later his value slips back. £25m and goodnight. This has dragged on too long. Oh and Charnley – don’t forget to insert a sell on percentage fee for NUFC .

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought Mitro made Serbia look so one dimensional it was untrue.Yes Serbia will beat some teams that way but once Switzerland got the ball down they took control. Much rather have quick mobile scorers a la Belgium who get in behind. Can totally see why Rafa wants rid.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    The Mag report that Ian Cathro is back in the game .
    Pity it didn’t work out for him at Herts – maybe it was a language problem as the Jam Tarts players didn’t understand his English.

    Former Newcastle coach Ian Cathro is back in work.
    After he was sacked at Hearts last year it was rumoured he was going to be picked up straight away by Wolves.
    Their manager ‘Nuno’ had previously worked with the one-time NUFC coach at both Valencia and Rio Ave.
    Nothing happened though and whilst Wolves went up as champions, nothing was heard of Ian Cathro.
    However, Wolves have now confirmed that ahead of their return to the Premier League, they have appointed Cathro as their new first team coach.

    Now 31, Ian Cathro came into Newcastle after Steve McClaren was appointed and when the inevitable sacking (for McClaren) happened in March 2016, new boss Rafa Benitez got rid of all of McClaren’s senior backroom staff, apart from Cathro.

    On getting the job Ian Cathro said:

    “I am very excited about joining Wolves and looking forward to working with a coach and staff I know, trust and believe in.

    “All of us share the same footballing philosophy and that is such an important factor for a successful team”

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda, talking of nippy mobile strikers, what did you think of Batsuayi last night? I thought he was ok in bursts and kudos to him for providing the comedy moment of the tournament.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    I thought Batushai looked really good for Belgium, wonder if Chelsea would be interested in selling or loaning him to us.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Pleased for Cathro. He seems like a decent coach and I was happy to have him here, as was Rafa apparently.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Rob, how about that, I must have been writing my comment as you posted! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    It could be that he is similar to a lot of assistant coaches, really good at that level, bit like MacClaren but not so good being fully in charge.

  • wynsleap

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Apparently Boro would like Ritchie. How about a swap (plus a few quid for them) for the young and blisteringly quick Traore?
    Stoke would like Gayle. Shaquiri in exchange anyone?
    Fulham want Mitro. At £20m that would be a good starter (not all) for a top striker.
    Go ALL out for Kennedy and/or Loftus Cheek (who was excellent against Belgium) either loan or purchase.
    Really is time the Toon started to get their fingers out on transfers.
    A bit of astute bargaining and swapping and it wouldn’t need to cost us millions to improve this team.
    Is anyone there???

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I expect we’ll be seeing the Batushai clip many times in the future. 🙂

  • BeeGuy

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    NUFC will sell all this window and maybe get a player in on loan. Management(?) will explain that time ran out and we “will see” about the next window, when “better value” is expected. Then they will not buy again and say the winter window prices were too high. How may times do I have to explain this?.

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    You must have watched a different game to me if you think Loftus-Cheek was excellent. I though he was useless and proved why he’s out on loan to Palace instead of in Chelsea squad. Batshuai on the other hand looked dangerous but he’ll be back at Chelsea next year I’m sure!


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