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Fulham’s Strategy To Sign Newcastle Striker Revealed

The Mirror are reporting today that Fulham have lined up Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle as a replacement striker in case they cannot get a suitable deal to take Aleksandar Mitrovic to London.

Mitrovic is supposed to return to training tomorrow from his summer break after playing in the World Cup for Serbia and wanted his future sorted out before now.

But unless there’s some quick movement this week, he may still have to report back to training on Tyneside.

Newcastle want £20M for Mitro, but he’s the striker Rafa would like to sell, and he would rather keep Dwight Gayle on Tyneside for next season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic in action in World Cup for Serbia

Mitro scored 12 goals in 20 total appearances for Fulham while on loan this year and helped them to a 1-0 playoff win over Aston Villa at Wembley in May.

Aston Villa are now a club in serious financial trouble before starting their third season down below.

Fulham have wanted Mitrovic on a permanent move for months now, and you would expect some type of early agreement to have been reached on price – but you never know with Newcastle.

Our procedure in the transfer market are archaic at best and it something that seems to rile Rafa because they move so slowly.

And it doesn’t look like Rafa is happy at having to wheel and deal this summer with little money available.

This is the fourth transfer window where Mike Ashley has withheld funds from the manager.

And Ashley expects Rafa to sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle?

Comments welcome.

103 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    What is ridiculous about that statement, are you happy with the way the club is being run. It has been like this for years now. Ashley wants a mid-table finish with the odd relegation battle for his kicks and to avoid Europe at all costs. Rafa Benitez wants top half and above finishes and cup success. He has been frustrated in the last four transfer windows since achieving what Ashley wanted him to do yet you are saying Rafa is not blameless. Would you rather that he signs a deal that would allow this footin circus every single transfer window.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m confused why fans on here are concerned or not happy with what the MP has done by raising the issue of Ashley as an unfit owner. Also why is the fans forum statement being belittled?

    Any explanations?

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Our Toon

    You’d be pushed to find any plausible justification for the indifference or opposition of some!



    I think you might find that SD’s big, institutional shareholders weren’t too impressed when Parliament got involved. SD shared took a hit!

    There’s some publicity that’s not good, not a lot but some can have an effect

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s funny how with all his alleged untouchable ”wallpaper” money, ash can still seem to be able to pull off other unrelated football business deals with minimum fuss. Yes running a club is expensive, so in that case sell for a fair price to someone who can afford it. It’s toxic having someone who wants out but is so greedy and resorts to acting like a spoilt child having a petulant tantrum and forever lie-ing his head off.

    How is rafa being stubborn exactly? He is not a joke z lister like McCardew, he has ambition and just wants some guarantees in place, given Ash’s track record on being truthful.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5


    For to long in the press we’ve heard of how Ashley essentially saved nufc, he’s not a bad owner apparently and all the bs PR stuff that’s come from his interview with craigy. It’s about time ppl from the north east actually highlighted the truth and I’m happy with the MP and the fans forum for speaking the truth.

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    How many more freebies we going to get what a laughing stock of a club we are and I can’t believe the people on here defending Ashley and you call yourselfs fans what a joke all I can see now is 2 more players to come in tops Reyes from Porto for free u have to laugh the kid couldn’t get a game for Porto and rondon if mitro leaves so net spend will be 4 million what a joke yet the people on here that defend Ashley they must be something wrong with them

  • jazzyp

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s called choice mate whether you choose to give up ya seat in SJP.I have been going for nearly 30 year and will be giving one more season while Rafa is here and that’s it.
    For me saying one good signing will change opinions is something that Ashley relies on and if that is your way of thinking then Ashley has already won.Ashley has admitted lying to the fans the media and the club.He has admitted he will not put any more in to the club.And then has the cheek to say there is no more money in the coffers due to us suffering relegation…And who’s fault does that squarely lie with??Usually something that is owned and broke gets fixed by the owner,Sadly Ashley does not see it this way because he knows fans keep turning up season in season out

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    No wonder Ashley won’t sell cos the fans will take what ever he does he nos they will be 52000 crackers there

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    I love Rafa but it won’t make any difference if he stays or goes cos Ashley will still be here so stop going

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Reyes will be a 3rd/ 4th choice defender. I think he’s a good signing for that level. We should think about selling Clark too. He seemed sloppy for this level.

  • Sav

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle are United . Thanks to Mashley. – Bo***x.

  • Mag52

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    There will always be folk who, while seeing a problem, will complain, wring their hands, but be unprepared to do anything about it.
    All credit to the fans forum.
    Incidentally, regarding Reyes, I’d be a bit worried that his right leg is a whole lot thinner than his left. Just a thought.

  • Ben Afri

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13


    People have every right to choose whether they want to support their team, their manager, or their football club by either attending the games or not. Each to their own. You picking on supporters who do not support your view on how to protest against Ashley does not mean that you are right, or wrong. It just means that you feel you are above them all… all 52,000. Only person who sounds more dictatorial than that is Ashley himself.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Fulham have a strategy to sign Mitro ?
    What a joke.
    He’s agreed terms apparently.
    They’ve agreed a fee with NUFC, apparently.
    Strategy ?
    Sign the bloody papers.

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyone remember the early rounds of Tory privatisations of the UK’s state owned institutions and untilities such as BT, water, electricity etc?

    A Tory lord, The Earl of Stockton, formerly Harold McMillan, likened privatisation to ‘selling the family silver’ and begged the question, where are we with nothing left to sell?

    Now that’s not far from where NUFC’s going under Ashley – when he’s sold all the best players, top assets and replaced them with poorer quality freebies and loanees who he can’t sell or give away, where does the club get its money from? SD advertising in the Championship?

    What he’s done and continues to do to our club is morally and financially indefensible!

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    #ifrafagoeswego has been organised to show how much we support the manager, how much we need the manager to stay and ultimately the extent we will go to if Rafa was prevented from continuing as manager at NUFC.

  • JDdubai

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #17

    The only reason i can see the Mitrovic deal dragging on is that Charnley doesnt want fo seel him too far before the deadline or he will be expected to reinvest the money.

    Leave it as late as possible and then say we couldn’t get someone in before the window closes.

    Always so frustrating under Ashley, we are just a top CF and no10 away from challenging for 7th

  • toonincheek

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #18


    Maybe the £20M is agreed but when push comes to shove,
    they want to pay in instalments over 5 years.

    I could well understand that being rejected and Fulham going
    for a more expensive striker with payment over 5 years.

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Ben afri but that’s the point the fans are the problem they won’t stop going yet they are the same people that come on here and winged about it but at the same time do f1ck all about it they just accept it

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20


    Ashley to be subject of parliamentary petition by George Caulkin

    Mike Ashley’s contentious stewardship of Newcastle United and his lack of backing for Rafa Benítez is to be raised in Parliament today, as a supporter campaign against the club’s owner gathers pace.

    Chi Onwurah, the Labour MP and shadow minister for industrial strategy, science and innovation, whose Newcastle Central constituency includes St James’ Park, will introduce a petition in the House of Commons stating that Ashley has failed to invest in “players, training facilities and community engagement.”

    Onwurah, a lifelong Newcastle fan, whose petition has the support of fellow North East MPs Ian Mearns, Mary Glindon and Ian Lavery, told The Times she wants to “give a voice,” to supporters who feel powerless at Ashley’s 11-year tenure of Newcastle, which has included two relegations and numerous off-field controversies.

    Trust between Benítez and his employers has eroded, with the manager reluctant to extend a contract that is entering its final season after three successive disappointing transfer windows and Ashley refusing to sanction significant spending on the first-team squad unless the Spaniard commits his future.

    At the end of last season, Ashley said he would “continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to [Benítez],” but so far this summer Newcastle have generated a profit in their transfer dealings. Last week, Benítez admitted he would have to “wheel and deal” to bring in new players.

    The impasse has led to the formation of a social media movement called ‘If Rafa Goes We Go’ and a Twitter site of the same name has already collected nearly 13,000 followers.

    With Ashley refusing to either invest or sell-up – despite the club officially being on the market – supporters are concerned that Benítez, one of the most celebrated managers of his generation, who took Newcastle to promotion in 2016-17 and then to tenth place in the Premier League, will leave. “We have had such an opportunity,” Onwurah said and the fear is that it is being squandered.

    Newcastle’s official fans forum issued a statement yesterday saying it is “deeply concerned with current events,” at the club and that it “fully supports Rafael Benítez in his right not to sign a new deal until he’s seen sufficient evidence to support his and the fans’ ambition.”

    Onwurah’s petition states that “football is an integral part of Newcastle upon Tyne’s social, economic and cultural wellbeing; notes that fans of Newcastle United are heavily invested both financially and emotionally in the success of the team; further that the current manager Rafa Benítez needs the support of both fans and the club’s owner; further that this support should include investment in players, training facilities and community engagement; and further that the owner Mike Ashley has not made this support forthcoming.

    “The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to take action to prevent unscrupulous football club owners from exploiting the clubs, their fans and local communities, with particular reference to Mike Ashley and Newcastle United FC.”

    Onwurah was a leading critic of Newcastle’s previous sponsorship by a payday lender. When she attempted to engage with Ashley four years ago by inviting him to tea at the House, she received a reply from Lee Charnley, the club’s managing director. “Mike Ashley must politely decline your invitation and I would kindly ask that all future correspondence be directed to me here,” Charnley wrote.

    Ashley has not issued any public comments about the petition.

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Tooincheek it dosent matter how the mitro fee is paid the money will go back in Ashley pocket and Rafa won’t see a penny we will get another freebie or loan just take a look at what we’ve brought in and what we’ve spent tells u all u need to no it’s no brainer really

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22


    If Reyes’ right leg is a whole lot thinner than his left it’s likely his legs aren’t the same length. Most people have legs of different lengths and that, I was told, is fact.

  • ToonRich

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Does anyone here think Ashley would pass the fit & proper test these days??

  • Ben Afri

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24


    The fans are not the problem. Take a look at Sunderland. I’m not for an instant saying that it’s all the same. But what I am saying is look at how the loyalty the fans have in conjunction with us having Rafa and honestly tell me that we wouldn’t have attracted the Ritchie’s, Gayle’s, Diame’s etc that helped us not only get promoted, but stop us from dropping down even further. They have every right to complain. Complaining about your country makes you patriotic because they, you and I love the club.

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25


    If that story’s hit The Times (part of Murdoch’s empire as is Sky), it’s great news and very encouraging. Have the media got the balls to go for Ashley’s throat? We can but wait and see.

    In any event, I’m hopeful that the bastard’s exposed for what he really is – a greedy, socio/ psychopathic man, an embarrassment to the human race.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Great article by Caulkin, very considered and hopefully the first steps towards really exposing the truth. I would personally really like to see an independent investigation of the NUFC accounts to highlight how much money is actually being leached from English football as a whole.

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #27


    Yes he would pass the FandPP test – it covers at the very least only finance related criminal convictions, being struck off as a company director and any personal insolvency issues. The test doesn’t cover business ethics – unfortunately.

  • JohnJ

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    It seems to me to be unstated but as well as the 52300 in the ground to see our team there are “Thousands & Thousands” of fans who would love to be part of the crowd on match days but are unable to get to St James’ Park for a multitude of reasons.

    I’m one of those fans! I care deeply about Newcastle United! I read this blog every single day and leave posts now & then.

    But…… I won’t buy and have not bought anything from Sports direct for many years. In fact even if the owner goes from NUFC his shops will still be a total no go area to me and always will be.

    The treatment Mr Ashley is showing our manager is a total disgrace – what a total pile of dogs poo Mr Ashley is!

    The sooner he is gone from our club the better for all concerned – tomorrow would not be soon enough!

    In Rafa we trust! Haway the Lads!

  • Ben Afri

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #29


    I didn’t mean to understate that. But I am one of those fans who can’t see a game from the stands

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Lee Charnley is a weird one, whilst being one of the lowest payed chairmen he does not take his annual bonus because it would be difficult to explain how the club has no money. It makes me wonder how is the bonus generated and is he actually declining it because of his guilt about allowing the club to be pillaged.

  • Ben Afri

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #31


    If that’s true, it makes it that much harder to vilify him. I suppose I’ll just have to dislike his ineptitude instead.

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Jiblets/ Yorkymag and others

    Maybe you’ll now accept that the Fan Forum members’ statement and Chi’s petition to Parliament may prove useful in tackling Ashley’s behaviours?

    If you’re not willing to support those initiatives then your loyalties to the club must beg questions.

  • mac the jaffrey

    Jul 24, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Lindisfarne @26

    Couldn’t agree more, Coventry City for example have been bled dry of money from the club and they are now barely existing. They’re not the only one by any means. Football is and has always been for the fans, generations upon generations of fans, and that it’s having money leached out of it at so many fans’ expense is an absolute atrocity.

  • JDdubai

    Jul 24, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #34

    Fulham bidding for Willian Jose will be interesting, see if all of a sudden the delay for Mitro is fixed as we face the prospect of not selling him after all. am sure Fulham are playing hardball or just have more ambition than us and want to have 2 20m+ strikers at their club..

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 24, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #35

    Murdoch loves a witch hunt, but if he starts going for billionaires/ big business he could lose a few of his sponsors. Murdoch’s style is to witch hunt the common man fighting against the billionaire. I’m sure his papers condemned the West Ham fans and got most of us to hate those fans when maybe we should have shown solidarity. If we do the same as West Ham, what do you think people will say? “stupid geordies thinking they’re a big club“ etc etc

  • Our Toon

    Jul 24, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #36


    Yesterday you were against the MP for highlighting the issues of Ashley but today you are advocating an investigation into accounts of the club.

    Does this now mean you have changed your stance?

  • Wayayman

    Jul 24, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Our Toon @36 – fair play to anyone who changes their stance when presented with evidence to the contrary. Open minds are welcome.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2018 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve got till tomorrow to cancel my ticket before a direct debit comes out

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Keep it

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Cancel it


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