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Jordan Lukaku Unlikely To Be Long-Term Solution For Newcastle



Jordan Lukaku will have his medical today at Newcastle, and if all is well, he will sign on at the club and be our first signing of the January transfer window with only 6 days to go before the window slams shut.

It’s left-back Jordan Lukaku, and it’s being reported that there is an option to buy in the loan contract of £19M.

But that seems a little ludicrous for a player who cannot get his first team place back at Lazio after finally recovering from injury.

Hopefully, that is an inaccurate transfer fee.

The player would have to be registered by noon today for him to be able to participate against Watford in the FA Cup 4th round tie tomorrow, but we don’t think that will be a priority for Rafa Benitez.

Jordan Lukaku – to have medical today

Newcastle have two tough Premier League game coming up next week against Manchester City at home on Tuesday night and Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.

We expect Lukaku to be in the squad for those two games and if Dummett is still unfit, he could start one or both games.

The 24-year-old left-back is the younger brother of Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku, and he should be a good loan signing and help us survive in the Premier League this season.

Rafa has wanted an attacking left back in for over two years now, and we finally have one but whether he is here long term remains to be seen.

We cannot see Mike Ashley paying a record fee of £19M or a left-back.

Rafa has his press conference today for the FA Cup game against Watford tomorrow, and there will be questions about his future.

Reports this week have suggested he’s at his breaking point with the intransigence and seeming lack of interest from owner Mike Ashley to get players in this month.

If Rafa sticks to form – he will refuse to talk about the transfer window and his own future.

And any potential takeover has seemed to fizzle out over the last week or so.

If we lose Rafa and there is no takeover, it will be a complete disaster this summer.

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18 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed

    I also read about the £19 million fee but I am sure someone else on the blog found it to be a lot cheaper, was it £5 -6 million or something.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:27 AM
    Comment #169
    If Ashley was serious and genuine about selling which I think we all know isn’t true , why could he not come to an arrangement with Kenyon’s investors to pay the shortfall in instalments. It has been suggested previously that he is open to this as I’m sure he is but only when some mug allows him to retain the free advertising and revenue streams.
    If the letter that was leaked is to be believed then Ashley has had serious buyers trying to buy. With two willing participants deals get done it’s that simple.

    If the club isn’t sold again due to Ashley’s greed then he really deserves all that I hope is coming his way.
    If the club’s PR are reading this please go back and tell Mike Ashley that the fans of this club and the Geordie nation have well and truly seen what Ashley is and what he’s doing to our club.
    We are heartily sick of this greedy, horrible, selfish, uncaring man owning our club.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d like to see Lukaku against Watford but would be concerned about him having his debut vs Man City. They would know he doesn’t yet understand Rafa’s defensive patterns and would target him relentlessly, whereas a more established player, even played out of position like Clark, would be more likely to stay solid and disciplined.

    3
  • ToonRich

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Perhaps a cup run (trip to final) could open the eyes of a few more potential buyers and for them to see what we’re really about. Only problem could be that MA might see another opportunity to milk us for more.

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    The Italian media say he already has a buy-out clause in place
    for €7.5M

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    So it makes perfect sense to have a look-see
    for a few months before invoking the buy-out

    3
  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    He’s come through the Belgian National level
    from U16 to full caps.
    Rafa loves buying players who have good playing
    habits inculcated from a young age

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    People suggest Rafa should prioritise the FA Cup ahead of fighting relegation. He won’t, purely and simply because the first relegation belonged to Steve McLaren, but if we’re relegated this season it will go on Rafa’s own CV. That’s despite the fact we all know he’s had his hands tied and been hamstrung by the chubby one.

    If he feels his reputation is at stake and he could be looking for a new job imminently then we can’t ask him to put it on the line for a one off cup win, no matter how amazing it would be.

    4
  • Genjikai

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib i understand what your saying about loan signing there.
    I think if we spent on 5 quality signings (money in my eyes Rafa has earned).
    Then we can proceed with this stupid way of loan signing with the view to buy with maybe the odd player bought.
    Sad but life under ashley ( except for the bit where he splashes some cash the club has earned and is in desperate need of)

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    That’s probably why he gambled on Joselu who
    shone at youth and “B” team level at Real Madrid.
    More often than not , it pays off.
    Unfortunately with Joselu his time in Germany and
    at Stoke he went backwards.

    1
  • Genjikai

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Relegation last time did screw us over with ashley like.
    He daid over 10 years ago when he bought the club he was willing to put 20 mill a year of his own money in.
    But because of the hull protest that time he will not be investing no more of his money.
    Over a decade ago he said that peolle call him a liar hes true to his word there.

    4
  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Lesh from previous…….. An open letter to Ashlie might help and bombarding all the social media of SD regularly and in numbers will certainly help as it disrupts his business, especially but I think if enough people sent him mails of discontent to his personal email then he would be disrupted considerably.
    Of course he could change his email address but this isn’t always practical and would be an added embarassment.
    I think it was Dubai Micky that posted his email address on here a while back. Maybe he could oblige again.

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib

    Wow! Are you going soft?
    Thanks for the merit mark.

    2
  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    RobLeenio

    I look at it slightly differently.

    A cup run with this team would be seen as an achievement given we’ve not made the 5th round for 11 years. If, and it would be a big if, he made the semi final and got a trip to Wembley, that would be a big achievement for him.

    You also have that if we go down, he’ll have a perfect excuse that he was not only not given players he wanted, but totally undermined.

    His reputation is so high that there won’t be a shortage of suiters no matter what happens.

    Also, and this is a point often lost in the media, having a cup run does not mean relegation. It’s not a binary choice between the two. A cup run can give confidence and motivate players to do well so they get to play in the latter stages of the cup. It can also be physically tiring players so it’s a balance.

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  • Genjikai

    Jan 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Betty i think youve got that spot on like.
    The Geordie nation know exactly what ashley is.
    Us Geordies are a cush man, chilled people until provoked.
    Ashley could of been part of it a jolly fat rich fella that brought the good times to the toon while getting super rich on the back of it.

    4
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 25, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    On Tuesday at City (!) we are just as likely to win from a Lukaku Thunderblast than anything else. With better finishing Murphy could have won/drew the match last season.

    Play Rondon in the FA Cup is not prioritising, it is more about maintaining confidence by extending our current winning streak.

    1
  • Geordie-john

    Jan 25, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t care who he is related to, He isn’t worth £19M Fat Lad won’t even pay that for a striker never mind a left back.
    It’s all BOLLOCKS !

    0
  • bill

    Jan 25, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Journalists on transfer fees. Think of a number and multiply by the next bus number going past the window.

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