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Stoke’s Actual Bid For Ritchie Revealed – Townsend Not Too Expensive

If Sky Sports are correct, then Andros Townsend is not that expensive and two years after we sold him to Crystal Palace for £13M Palace want £17M for him.

That would be an excellent deal for Newcastle – just a premium of £4M after two years.

And we know the England winger will be able to slot right into the way Rafa wants him to play.

Matt Ritchie – Stoke bid £11,5M for him – turned down

Here’s the tweet today from Sky Sports north-east correspondent Keith Downie on Ritchie and Townsend:

If that’s true, Newcastle haven’t turned down a bid for Ritchie from Stoke for £15M as recently reported.

But rather, it’s almost the same fee we paid for the Cherries winger two years ago.

It seems that if the Potters raised their bid to a little over £15M then Rafa could let him go.

But before Matt leaves (if he does) Rafa will also want Kenedy into Newcastle.

However, the reports are that Chelsea want £30M for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who did so well for us on loan this year.

But we seriously doubt the fee is that high – and maybe £20M is more realistic?

It would be a coup for Rafa is he can get both Kenedy and Townsend into Newcastle this summer.

If he does then it could mean the likable Matt Ritchie is on his way after an excellent two years at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

172 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 7, 2018 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #121

    southgate was a cultured defender who used brain more than brawn. i guess in england that makes you a nerd. i guess benitez is a nerd too, studying all those stats.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2018 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #122

    To the tune of Cushy Butterfield
    “He’s a big lad and a bonny lad
    And he’s from Korea
    And they call him Ssi Ki Sung Yung
    We’re delighted he’s here”

    Ssi is Korean for Mr
    Ki is his family name
    so Mr Ki in Korean sounds like SSeeky (long s)

  • cyprus

    Jul 7, 2018 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #123

    Douglas Costa was their best player. So I looked him up. He wears black and white so a switch for 30+ would be easy. Then I saw which black and white that team is.

    So, back to the real world. We must not sell Mitro till we have a replacement of the same or better quality. We can’t start this season with Gayle Joselu, surely. That’s just asking for trouble.

    Same, but not as crucial, for Ritchie. Unless Townsend is secured 100%, don’t sell man.

    Final point: we should hold on to players like Ritchie. We should try to build around our better players, otherwise we’ll constantly be stuck at the first stage of construction.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2018 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #124

    It occurs to me that the delay in contract signing
    must be on the advice of Rafa’s legal folk.
    He achieved 10th last season with a low scoring
    fairly ugly dour defensive side.
    After the turn of the year Kenedy showed what
    heights could be attained with the introduction
    of top class flair.
    If they’ve made Rafa a good offer now
    imagine what he could squeeze out of
    Ashley in Feb if we are still in the cups
    and sitting in the top 4/5

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #125

    8th this season if we buy well and everton dont. Leicester will be much better this season for.not having Shakespeare… what happened to all the people slating ritchie last year? not many stood up for him if i remember right. ritchie perez and diame all finished strong, but over the course of the season youd have to say on average they were average. perez is youngish and adapting to a new role and diame had been playing in a position hes clearly not suited for so they both have excuses. btw i wasnt one of the posters slating ritchie, but i now think it could be time to cash in. 30 is over the hill for a winger and townsend would create more and score more. or traore who has the potential to be worth 80m or so.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #126

    Next season will be very similar to this season gone in my opinion. We will battle hard and be in most games competing, but we will lack first 11 quality to really be able to challenge much more than than 10th Place. You have to account for other sides strengthening quite considerably at the very least in squad depth, which is what ultimately we will have to settle for. We quite obviously don’t have the budget to really improve the first 11.

    Rondon looking increasingly like our core striker target, and he’s a bang bang average prem striker. He won’t score many more than Gayle and certainly not enough to elevate us above that 8th – 10th gap. But he will help our overall squad quality level to hopefully more easily cement that 10th place.

    I’m hugely worried about losing Ritchie as well, if we had the money and it was an easy upgrade then fair enough but he’s so important to our team character and battling spirit and that’s worth more to us than his ability. We won’t be able to much improve upon his ability so why risk losing that leadership quality?

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #127


    Finishing mid-table is job done for Ashley.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #128

    cyprus, Mitro is gone, he was a bit player for us last season, and as a striker he scored a solitary goal for us in the PL last season, (against West Ham in August), quite why anyone would think that was worth keeping is deluded.

    Joselu scored 4x as many!

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #129

    Now heres the thing

    Yesterday Mark Carney the governor
    of the Bank of England addressed the
    Northern Power House Business Summit


    He was in Newcastle 8 days ago to look around

    Why ?

    I do know the Bank of England has to approve of any large foreign acquisitions !

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #130

    He was there last Thursday the same day as Rafa turned up

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #131

    my dream attack would be traore, forsberg, Kennedy, mitrovic. and we could use the rest of the money to buy dawson

  • cyprus

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #132

    Respect for your position but maybe it’s also a tad delusional to equate an international striker with an unwanted CF.

    I’m not campaigning for Mitro, BTW. Just saying we need a very good replacement. You’d probably agree 🙂

  • cyprus

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #133

    Traore. Yes. Definitely.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #134

    You accuse me of spouting drivel? Yet you come on here complaining that we can’t shift dead wood who’s contracts have actually ran out and have left the club, you state that we wasted half a window chasing a player who signed for Swansea in June, you call him Tammy tap in despite having never seen him play due to your commitments in the kitchen and other household chores. It is plain for the eye to see Jesper that every time you post these days it is an out pouring of pure drivel.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #135
  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #136


    Mark Carney’s a closet took fan who’s had a week at his caravan at Sandy Bay and was given a tour of SJP prior to deciding whether or not the Bank of England would be our sleeve sponsor.

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #137


    * a closet Toon fan…….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #138

    Have you seen the video doing the rounds of Neymar rolling down the motorway?

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #139

    Nicky @105 – You were asking about emojis – this might help

  • lochinvar

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #140

    Mark Carney was only here for one thing in relationship to Ashley’s transfer policy and that was to sanction loans at extortionate interests rates for the benefit of the Chief banker…..

  • Offkey

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #142

    Mark Carey was here because

    ‘City Delivery Partners including Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Gateshead College and NUFC are also providing vital support for Great Exhibition of the North.’

  • lochinvar

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #143

    Not sure the Nymar clip works as you may have to sign into The Sun , no doubt someone can fix that if they can be borthered

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #144

    Offkey @141

    And there’s Jib working up a fantasy and you rubbish it. Killjoy!

  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #145


  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #146

    thanks martoon could never get them emojis to work

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #147

    Jib very interesting ‘re Carney. If I’m not mistaken he’s also soon to be the ex governor of the bank of england. Presumably if he was to take his money back to Canada he would be liable for tax so he’ll have to invest it here somewhere to avoid that

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #148

    Now count what we can spend, Mitro 20, Mbemba 7, Merino 10, Sels 2, if Ritchie 15, Gayle 12 than we have 66 from sales to 70 because Colback, Saivet…now 40-50 and we have nice 110-120 millions budget…we will need fullback, cb, 2 wingers, striker and no.10…fullback I would take Mojica from Colombia, cb I would take 4 option someone like Clarke…This is 10-15 million both…Townsend 18-20, Kenedy 20, Plea 27, Rondon 16…thats 98M… and plus adds on and Ki that may be 110M plus Dúbravka 115M spend total…we will look like This
    Gk: Dúbravka, Darlow, Elliot
    FB: Yedlin, new LB, Dummett, Manquillo
    CB: Lascelles, Lejeune, Clarke, new CB
    CM: Shelvey, Diame, Ki, Hayden
    WG/AM: Kenedy, Townsend, Perez, Murphy, Atsu
    SC/FW: Plea, Rondon, Joselu
    Thats 23 man squad I think better than last season…our core stay strong and Rafa will bring players that will contribute in His system…This team can compete for 7th place with Rafa

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #149

    Hibbit no problem – most of them work on the blog although a couple of them don’t – I particularly like mrgreen :mrgreen:

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #150

    Twas ever thus
    people missing the point
    Carney was at the GE of the North
    yesterday 6th July

    Those pics of him at SJP are dated 28th June , the Thursday that Rafa
    rocked up at SJP out of the blue.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #151

    Wow – Carney at the Toon checking the books before an international takeover. Must be top international investors for the top man to do the checking of the books.
    I can only assume all the underlings at the Bank of England were not available to do this work – probably on days off – so Carney stepped in to get the job sorted.

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #152

    Jib – Interesting theory on Mark Carney but surely one of his minions would handle something like that – not himself personally?

  • lochinvar

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #153

    This England match is causing havoc for many folk, not least of those getting married. Good to know that English humour is alive and well, wry smile.

    “Then there is Luke Murray, a magician who is booked for one of his friend’s weddings, who said: “I have offered to make myself disappear at 3pm only to reappear at 5pm, but they won’t go for it.”

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #154

    I’d add Clark and Atsu to your list toonfan and use that money to buy Dawson. I’d still like to see a number 10 brought in too. Since we’ve got Shelvey pulling the strings from deep there is less need to have a maestro in the 10 role. Someone big who can tackle would be ideal saying as the rest of our attackers are small then we won’t have to play a sh*t defensive striker. Poulsen is big and Forsberg can graft. Either of those would do if we can’t find the new Iniesta. Isn’t Carzola for Sale? He could be like Beardsley when we got promoted in the ninties.

  • Offkey

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #155

    Jib – the great north exhibition started 22nd June

  • jane

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #156

    today’s predictions
    Sweden 0 England 1
    Russia 2 Croatia 2

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #157

    It was meant to be a bit tongue in cheek
    Interesting but unlikely
    An attempt to lift RobLeenio’s spirits.

    but then

    the blog plug Mr Tuff has it go
    WHOOSH right over his head
    and decides to scoff at something
    that was meant to be light – hearted
    in the first place.
    There again what can you expect from
    a Marylin Manson groupie

  • Offkey

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #158

    Bank of England NE
    A few highlights from a brilliant day @getnorth2018 with our Governor Mark Carney in Newcastle yesterday. Special thanks to @NU_Foundation and @wylambrewery for hosting our roundtable events and the many other people who countributed ??

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #159

    Carney didn’t address it until yesterday

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #160

    Rafa was at SJP on Tuesday 26th June not the 28th.


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