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Rafa Now Considering Which Is The Better Option Between Two Strikers

The Chronicle are reporting Newcastle have been told by Nice to pay the full price of €30M for Alassane Plea or risk another club coming in and buying him.

In that case, we suppose another club could come in and buy him – if they think an untried Ligue 1 striker, however much potential he has, is worth €30M – which is about £26.3M.

The Times reported today that Newcastle’s first bid for Plea was £15M and was turned down and the news is that Newcastle will go back with an improved offer soon.

Other clubs interested in Plea include Tottenham, West Ham, Borussia Monchengladbach, Monaco and Wolfsburg.

28-year-old West Brom striker Salomon Rondon

One ploy Newcastle can take is to go back to see if they can get a decent deal with West Brom for their 28-year-old striker Salomon Rondon.

Maybe for £16.5M (the relegation release clause in his contract) plus other fees, Newcastle could still get a better financial deal for Rondon than for Plea.

And yes, it should be a lot less than £26M.

The Chronicle is reporting the player’s agent has again been talking to Newcastle about the Venezuelan striker’s future.

Rondon is not a prolific goalscorer, and in three seasons in the Premier League with the Baggies, he scored 28 goals in 119 appearances.

Rafa sees something in the striker, and Rondon could well do a decent job for us on Tyneside, and he is more than an adequate target center-forward.

But he doesn’t score a lot of goals.

He’s played 60 times for Venezuela with 19 goals,

Rondon could be a good signing for us, but we need another striker brought in too – maybe Danny Ings from Liverpool?

Or Rafa may see Dwight Gayle benefitting from having a big striker up front to knock balls down for him.

We have an inkling that Rafa thinks Dwight can still score goals in the Premier League and he certainly seems to want to keep him at the club for next season.

What should help Newcastle in their search for a striker is the club are willing to pay the fee up front in cash for the right target.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

107 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 4, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Good article about Ed and his illness, a lot of background info with so many if only’s in there.

    Nice to see Ed the person rather than just a name at the top of the page.

    Just keep fighting Ed, we’d miss you and the blog.

    One minor mistake in the headline, the blog is a lot more then a Toon Transfer website.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 4, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #3


    A couple of cushions and it’d be perfect!

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 4, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Just seen that, cheers Jib. Never seen Ed before, doesn’t half remind me of my dad!

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 4, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Keep fighting it Ed, we’re behind you 100%.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 4, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Put a fire underneath and it’d double up as a barbie.

  • kc2012

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #7

    £26m is not a lot for a decent striker nowadays it’s just an average transfer fee, well for a ‘massive’ club like let’s say Wolves or Fulham anyway. Choosing Rondon over Plea is just trademark Newcastle and imo a shockingly bad choice. Rondon is an ok striker at best, not as good as Mitro anyway and 6 Years older so what’s the point selling him just to fund a move for a downgrade in Rondon.

    As for Danny Ings, he’s like a poor mans version of Daniel Sturridge, injured constantly and not as good as the real thing. Again an ‘ok’ striker.

    £26m for Plea is a steal, playing style very similar to a prime Loic Remy but a lot faster and Remy was some player. Get him signed, it’s not like we actually can’t afford him.

  • Diddly

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t often post but read every day and enjoy the banter. Well most of it. but I’d like to say great article Ed keep strong. We need you.

  • kc2012

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #9

    And a mention to Ed. Keep fighting mate, you’ve got a lot of people backing you and wishing you all the best. Top bloke

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #10

    And over 180 million comments during the time Ed has been running the blog, that’s bloody amazing.

    Wonder who the biggest commentor is.

    On pure verbiage I’d reckon Bobbybee.

    On quality comments probably me! 🙂

    On rubbish comments, lots of contenders!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #11

    On that same link to Ed is another link to Alan Shearers comments on the Colombian tactics, lots of swear words involved.

  • jakesome

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted but crunched the numbers on Plea, he’s scored or assisted once per 152 mins for his current club. Dennis Wise would think he’s a good finisher like.

  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #13

    On Independence Day you would expect
    the Yankees to win – no matter how Brave
    the opposition

  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #14

    I see the young canoeists are practising
    Eskimo rolls in Cullercoats bay

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Danny Ings was just potential when he signed for Liverpool his poor finishing actually contributed to Burnley going down that season before he was sold missed some amount of chances!

    Hes been injured for near enough 3 seasons since so he hasn’t had game time to improve so we shouldn’t be looking at him !!

    Its looking like the links we are getting is Rafa wants a strong physical striker who is good in the air but also has good movement something which Mitrovic doesn’t have as he is far too static !

  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    ED’s article something of an inspiration for those of us and I think there’s a few on here in the same boat so to speak at varying levels. If you’re over 40 lads get regular checks and PSA tests down at the Doc’s. If this beggar is lurking around then nip it in the bud which is sort of what they do.
    Mackems and Smoggies as well – 1 in 4 of us is at risk and it’s not choosy.

    What bothered me about the article was that looking at the photos Ed’s team were hard done by for a pitch. A scrap of waste land opposite the Civic Centre where they eventually build the University Theatre was no way a decent playing surface – Rafa would have insisted on at least a 3G pitch for you ED.

    Keep fighting like the Toon. It’s the only way.

  • c-dog

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Mitrovic over Rondon any day

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Plea is definitely the better option as it says above Rondon is not a prolific goal scorer. Remember You pay for what you get. Pay peanuts get monkeys !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Mitro is history at the club by the look of things, if his comments that have been reported came from the horses mouth he wants away as well, people are going to have to get over it, Rafa is more important to us than any one player.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Looks like the Toon are looking at relegation teams to bring in new players
    If you had to take a player from each team who woul it be???
    Swansea – Ki
    West Brom – Chadli if could keep him fit
    Stoke – Shaquri
    For starters

  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Newcastle United fans are reacting on Twitter to news that one of their youngsters will leave them for nothing this summer, and reports of interest from Glasgow Rangers.

    According to the Chronicle, talks between Newcastle and Alex Gilliead have reached an impasse, with the Magpies opting against submitting a revised offer and Gilliead claiming he could not see a path to the first team – all of which is said to have piqued the attention of Rangers’ new manager Steven Gerrard.


    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Plea looks a bit special in my humble opinion. Kenedy, and Shelvey to supply the ammo.

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Rondon would be another Joselu or Slimani. Why would Rafa bother, unless he is just going to bring in back-ups rather than first teamers.
    But wait, all the NUFC dead wood will have to be sold before NUFC buys, so buyers will wait for the end of the window when Charnly will be desperate to sell. That will leave no time to buy, and anyway, last minute prices to buy will drastically inflate for NUFC. “We will try again in the winter, if value is there” will be the answer from the head office.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Has the heat affected everyone’s thinking ?
    Nowhere is there any evidence that NUFC are showing interest in Rondon.
    What is reported and evident is that his Agent in an attempt to big up his commission is touting him around like an auctioneer to the biggest clubs he can name to recoup he hopes the biggest fee.
    Leave him to smaller clubs like West Ham or Everton as I’m sure the Mirror will report.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Reading Eds experience you appreciate that although time and a hard fight against an implacable foe are weighing against him, he hasn’t loud-hailed his plight but kept the best NUFC blog going as his passion by whatever means with dignity and constancy. Speaking as someone who has lost a kidney to this horrible disease and continues to stave off regular scares of its return, and with friends currently going through the horrible chemo and immunotherapy regime it really helps to galvanise the appreciation that this blog is still here to this day for the purpose of allowing us to throttle and beat each other with virtual fists over this vain cause that is Newcastle United.

    So I don’t ask forgiveness from anyone if I deal out scathing rebukes to the intellectually- infringed and ill-mannered ingrates who come on here to complain about the quality of “journalism” of blog articles. There is a standing reply awaiting those who rail against Eds talking – points: if you don’t like them, don’t tell us, just go elsewhere, stay away, do your own blog.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh and for the record, please just sell Mitrovic this whole saga is life-sapping.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #27

    I go on newsnow every day, as I’m sure the majority of you do too. The amount of none starters we’re linked to every day is risible. Like Loch I despair as to why anybody even considers them likely to be true.
    Rafa tends to keep his targets close to his chest because he knows that under Ashley, he can’t afford to get involved in a bidding war.
    The Juventus player Sturaro is a classic example. Almost a done deal if you believe the bumf. Fortunately it appears there never was any interest.
    What tends to happen is that we’re allegedly linked to a player we have no interest in, who then signs for another club and the headline is “Newcastle miss out on another target”, resulting in a meltdown! 🙂
    Like KSY, we’ll likely only know when the deal is done.
    The exception may be Kenedy, because we know Rafa wants him back here, but I doubt he’d pay £30m for potential. Imo Chelsea have little hope of getting that much for a player with the limited experience he has.

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #28

    If Rafa now settles for Rondon it will be a huge disappointment! Like he himself has said in the past, “ I asked for a sofa and they gave me a table lamp!”
    Come on, we need a top striker and I’m sure Rafa will get one this time around! If we get 20 million for Mitro we should be able to afford Plea!

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Well said Tsunki. Ed’s a legend.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Swansea – Ki
    West Brom – Dawson
    Stoke – nobody

    Southampton – Gabiaddini
    Chelsea – Kenedy and Loftus-Cheek (loan)
    Alasana Plea
    Palace – Townsend

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Moonraker, problem is we won’t get that money for a while due to Mitro being on holiday following the WC. And Rafa won’t sell until he has a replacement through the door – catch 22.
    The result is he’s having to juggle with incomings and outgoings. An unenviable job with little help from above so far.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #32

    “Helllo Mike? Chutney here. Oh damn that G2. Now I’m calling myself Chutney. Anyway Mike I have a question. What happens if somebody actually accepts one of my lowball bids? I mean it probably won’t happen but sti… Mike: Chutney damnit don’t bother me with trivial questions like that. If a bid gets accepted you immediately withdraw it and submit a lower one. It’s obvious isn’t it? Harrumph!”

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #33

    I believe we’re actually in a Catch 23. We have and idiot for an MD and an even bigger idiot for an owner. What would Joseph Heller say about that?

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #34

    I see Maradona was whining that Columbia were robbed last night. 🙂 He was even wearing a Columbia shirt to watch the game. Can you ever imagine an England legend like Keegan wearing a Scotland shirt? Why he even thinks anybody gives one about the opinion of a coke filled cheating balloon who lost all credibility years ago I have no idea, but you can’t help but laugh at the clown.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Actually just found out that Lee Chutney didn’t win Premier League Managing Director of the Year Northeast Division. I’m having beermonkey look into who actually won. I thought Lee was a shoe-in in the Northeast Division….Harrumph…

  • Belfast

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Rondon is another big lump who doesn’t score enough goals. Don’t know anything about the other lad but I’m guessing he’s the new French Messi and the next big thing ? Meh!

    It’s a no from me.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #37

    More rumours that Rondon is going to turn us down for lacking ambition. And he wants a 100K a week. He’s one of the finest strikers in the world who didn’t score 8 goals last season so I can understand his feelings.

  • Belfast

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #38

    I think he’s into the sleeping pills these days Bobby to be honest. Sleeping pills and sausage rolls.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #39

    You’ll be happy to hear how Rondon feels about us then Belfast mate.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #40

    And I can hardly blame him. Any striker who gets 7 goals for West Brom deserves a big, big payday.


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