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Newcastle May Have Missed Out On Midfield Target – But Was He First Choice?

Italian outlet Calciomercato are reporting today that Red Bull Salzburg playmaker Valon Berisha is having a medical at Lazio before a proposed move to the Rome based club,

Newcastle have been interested in the player for a while now, and he said last week his dream was to play in England.

But he also said he would be happy to join the Serie A league.

So we suppose he will not get his dream to play in England but this a little bit of a blow for us because he was available at a low £6.6M according to the report today.

Berisha could have been a bargain signing for us.

Valon Berisha – having a medical at Lazio

It’s also possible that he was not Rafa’s first choice with the manager also keen on 25-year-old Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro who has said he wants to come to Newcastle and is waiting for the club to agree on a deal with the Italian giants.

We’re being linked with a lot of central midfielders this summer, and unless Rafa is going to sell Isaac Hayden, there will only be one more coming through the door this summer.

That’s after we signed Ki Sung-yueng on a free from Swansea yesterday in a surprise signing.

Our take on this is that the Italian is the top target, but he could cost as much as £16M.

And there’s even news in Italy today that a deal for the Italian International is close to competition.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 30, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t suppose Di Maria is on the freebee list? 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 30, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t know if Croatia are high on the stats lists but I really fancy them to win the WC with Modric as player of the tournament.

    Another one we just missed out on! 🙁

  • JohnJ

    Jun 30, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Well it’s good that Rafa has made his second signing of the summer……

    But the one player I’m waiting for along with I suspect 99% of NUFC fans is a “decent” Centre Forward or striker as they seem to be known as these days. I’m all for Rafa improving the team in all areas but no doubt about it we, the supporters, will breathe a massive sigh of relief once Rafa gets a decent stricker signed up!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 30, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone think that France are missing their superstar midfielder, Sissoko, naaaah, me neither.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 30, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5


    Naaaah, get wee Adam into the team, he’ll do the job!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 30, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh for the days when we could go to a pit head and shout down, is there another Jacky Milburn doon theor!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 30, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyway back to the game! The Argies to win on what I’ve seen so far although I haven’t seen the stats. 🙂

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Essex Geordie Bill


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