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It Looks Like Only Two Players In And Five Out – Including Youngsters Sorensen and Roberts

It’s looking like Newcastle will only bring in two players in this January transfer window with just less than an hour to go in this window.

They are Atlanta playmaker Miguel Almiron permanently on a record £20.5M deal and Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca on a loan deal until the end of the season with an option to buy him in the summer.

Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca – in on loan

It looks like the other two potential loan deals for 29-year-old holding midfielder Andreas Samaris of Benfica and 24-year-old left-winger Anthony Limbombe of Nantes will not be completed.

With Samaris not coming in Isaac Hayden will stay at Newcastle through the end of the season.

Here’s what it looks like at the moment assuming the loan deals for Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons go through.

Antonio BarrecaLoanMonaco
Miguel Almiron£20.5MAtlanta United
Transfer Fees paid out£20.5M
Cal RobertsLoanColchester
Elias SorensenLoanBlackpool
Liam GibsonLoanAccrington
Jamie SterryLoanCrew Alaxendra
Josef YarneyLoanChesterfield
Jacob MurphyLoanWest Brom
Achraf LazaarLoanSheffield Wednesday
Rolando AaronsLoanSheffield Wednesday
Transfer Fees into club£0
Net Spend£20.5M

The transfer table does not include loan fees.

Comments welcome.

104 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #41

    People keep mentioning lb can’t bet for Barreca but I think he will be first choice if we continue with the 5 at the back.

    At least I can’t moan anymore about needing a number 10 which has been a priority position for me for years!

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #42

    Lb cover*

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #43

    There really should be an edit function on comments lol.

    Mind you Online Guy would be going back years and editing his comments to say he called it correctly so maybe not!

  • lukes26

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #44

    im surprised how many people want to put Barreca in their starting 11 when he couldn’t even make the bench in a side facing elimination in Ligue 1

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #45

    1 signing and 1 loan on the last day and MA is now forgiven? Don’t get it. All hail MA for signing someone, I guess if you starve someone long enough scraps are a 5 course meal.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #46

    We certainly can look forward to some brighter performances I think. It’s been a right old slog supporting the Toon this term, but these two lads will likely give us the spark we have sorely needed.

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #47


    Typical fan not taking into context at that “elimination facing ligue 1 team”

    Not that I don’t disagree, not even seen the lad play

    No need to write the lad off before he’s played a game

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #48

    In the end chuffed we finally beat our transfer record on Almiron that looks like the livewire number 10 we’ve been craving. Glad we sorted the LB position out too but feel we missed an opportunity to bring more depth in the wing and for Rondon. But all in all pleased with the window as a xouplw of days ago I wasn’t expecting anything from Ashley. Shamw we couldn’t get that direct winger from Nantes but pretty happy anyway. Now I cannot wait to see Almiron play, at least 10 days wait for his work permit papers to clear.

  • 9

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #49

    Of course it’s good to have competition for every position, and it’s unbelievable we haven’t had cover for LB for years (remember the ginger one a couple of years ago, anyone?) but, in fact, there’s nowt wrong with our lad Dummett Just saying.

  • wynsleap

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #50

    kc2012 – Why do you think Murphy going to W. Brom is “a brilliant move for his development”?
    He’s going back to the championship where he starred last time and which was why we bought him. If he stars again, (not guaranteed), will that make him better when he comes back to the Premiership next time?
    Some players (Gayle?) can do wonders in the Championship but just can’t cut the mustard in the top league.
    I’ve got a feeling Rafa (if he’s still here at the end of the season) will cut his losses and let him go in the summer transfer window. We may have seen the last of our non-exciting, non-productive winger.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #51

    Barreca certainly makes my starting eleven quickly, so we can have a look at him. He went to Monaco as a top young player, but Monaco are a club in disarray, and it hasn’t quite worked out for him, so quite probably not his fault, and because Dummett isn’t a wing back, and Ritchie a stop gap in the position.

  • lukes26

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #52

    Armchair… I don’t know either… just found it odd.

    Its possible he’s better than his game time suggests, Thierry henry wasnt a very good manager

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #53

    Well given the fact that Richie is suspect defensively (although I think he’s done a great job overall) and Dummett is completely useless going forward I think barreca has to start surely ??

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #54

    No fan of Big Sam but I think he hit the nail on the head when he said giving Rafa his long term target Almiron may now make it difficult for Rafa to leave if we stay up. If Ashley is serious about selling the Club June/July would make sense . He now needs to set up some sort of report with Blank in Atlanta and ascertain if he is genuinely interest in bidding for NUFC. In the meantime he must work closely with his manager who has made him millions and worked miracles with such limited resources.
    With only two players in and five out Ashley must have at least balanced the wage bill which it appears is starting to become a problem even with the Top Six clubs when players are being bought for £50/100M with wages approaching £500/800,000 a month. No matter how big the club is if these players don’t perform they quickly put pressure on the finances.

  • kc2012

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #55

    I agree with the comments on Barreca. I hope he’s a good player but until we see him play he’s surely back up for Dummett. His reports from his time in Italy look very promising and some players just struggle at certain clubs for different reasons which could be the case at Monaco, so he has a clean slate here and all the best to him.

    Also someone mentioned Ritchie would struggle to get a start now, how and for what reason? There’s absolutely no chance Ritchie is getting dropped. He’s a hugely important player for us.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #56

    Yeah, decent window if you take the view it’s improved us in two of the right places, placated Rafa a little, and perhaps even makes a sale more probable.

  • Toonces

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #57

    With Murphy gone we have to rely on Yedlin to provide the attacking width on the right. All the other “wingers” on our books are lefties. None of them can get to the goal line and cross. They all cut in on their lefts when they play on the right wing. We’ll see how it goes. Not so fussed that Murphy was loaned out just that we don’t have another right winger besides Yedlin and he is not a true winger.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #58

    I think it was a decent window, nothing more. Almiron is a quality player but unproven in the Prem, Barreca promising but with doubts over his quality at the highest level. I trust Rafa’s judgement and expect both to do well, so I’m happy as far as they go, but why do we need to take a punt on unproven players when the money we have generated over the years and not spent could have bought proven talent.

    There are other issues – why the delay in our attempts to sign a defensive mid? It was obvious we’ve worked hard to get one in the last 48 hours, but why not sooner? Where’s the striker replacement for Joselu?

    Fat Ash should not be let off the hook. One swallow does not make a Summer and one decent transfer window does not make a Premiership competitive squad. A lack of investment in the Summer and we will be back to square one, but potentially without our World Class manager.

    On Rafa, I expect him to sign a new contract now. Almiron is obviously his first choice Number 10, he has apparently been trying to sign him for over a year. There is no way on this World that he lands his man on a 5.5 year contract and then abandons him a couple of months in. I think he’ll sign in the next few weeks.

    On paper, we’ll have nothing left to protest about, but we should not let up. We need to keep the pressure on, make sure the fat one knows he needs to treat the club and Rafa with respect and allow NUFC to actually spend every penny that it generates. It’s what he promised after all. It’ll be difficult to build any momentum, however.

    Good luck to the lads who have left on loan. Still a fan of Murphy, think Cal Roberts could be excellent for us in the future and Lazaar… well, maybe Sheffield Wednesday can be the making of him.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #59

    Ritchie’s place must be under threat, good player though he is. We have been playing 5 at the back with wing backs, and two attacking mids either side behind Rondon, quite successfully. Ritchie’s a winger, and a makeshift wing back with defensive frailties. Barreca is a specialist left wing back, and Almiron an attacking midfielder. Unlees we start playing four at the back and wingers, both Dummett and Ritchie are in a proper battle to play.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #60


    It’s such a shame everything always in cycles. We struggle, we complain and rightly so, we look down and out, we sign some good players, do well, sell them, struggle, go down, buy players, bounce back and realest.

    I’m very pleased with the window. Good business in getting in two key players. Rondon staying fit is important but we have enough in that area to cover us if he has a short absence in my view.

    I just wish we did this consistently. It’s all we ask. We don’t demand top 4 or tittles, just keep us in that middle bracket by buying at the right time, not only when we get every last penny from the deal.

    I’m more than happy for us to be buying the cheaper players we get as long as they are supplemented with the odd quality buy like Almiron. I’d be even happy with players like Brooks at Bournemouth or Maddison at Leicester. Decent young players, slightly pricey, but plenty of potential. It’s not too much surely.

    Anyway, as I say, I’m pleased our business and think we’re even more likely to stay up now.

  • chicousa

    Jan 31, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #61

    Rob @58
    Fair and measured summation. Big questions: was this window’s transfer effort ambitious enough for Rafa to sign a new contract? Is there actually any real hope for a takeover on the horizon or was Ashley simply doing just enough to ensure that the club stays up for another season, so he can continue to milk the club?

    For me there are still more questions than answers and I’m still firmly in the Ashley Out, Rafa In camp!

  • Oldgit1

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #62

    @ toonces, wasn’t Townsend a left winger that played for us on the right side so he can cut in. Same applies to our other left wingers. Don’t think we will have a problem mate.

  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #63

    But didn’t Rafa say he’d submitted a list of targets he wanted in early?

    Hasn’t it been suggested that Ashley wouldn’t want to buy Rafa’s targets in case Rafa walked and his successor may not want ’em?

    Almiron’s widely reported as being a talent and thus, an easy player yo sell – at a profit. That’s why he’s been bought – because the club’ll get its money back, and more.

    And, as for the bank,arrangement that’ll mean pay back is guaranteed for prize money that’s due soon? In reality, he’s done what he criticised Shepherd for – borrowing against projected income?

    So, where’s the money gone? If the club’s running on a daily cash basis, why aren’t there any reserves that should’ve been accumulated?

  • ToonRich

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #64

    I’m surprised at how many people think Barreca was loaned as a backup! IMO Rafa wanted these players to improve the squad and be in his 1st 11…

    I’m happy with the signings, but certainly not ‘all is forgiven’ with MA in this camp!!

  • toon22

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #65

    For me it wasn’t perfect but a decent window
    We got people we needed in
    And got rid of a few we didn’t use

    A step in the right direction for once

  • toon22

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #66

    Sadly the most important signing wasnt made


  • NY Mag

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #67


    There’s still time for Rafa to sign!!!

  • NY Mag

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #68


    You seem to have some concerns over this bank loan…..all clubs do it, why the worry?

  • chicousa

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #69

    lesh @63
    “So, where’s the money gone?”

    Huge question: can’t wait for the books for the 2017/2018 season to come out this spring! When they do, I hope NY Mag (or some other accounting literate blogger) goes thru them and can shed light on that question! 😉

  • NY Mag

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #70


    You’re right…..they’ll have to be interesting (because there’s too many things that are unexplained)

  • chicousa

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #71

    NY Mag
    I’m putting my trust in you mate, to make sense of the books! 🙂

  • Blofal

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #72

    Look I understand we broke our transfer record signing Almiron but we had the money to buy him and more. By no means did we break the bank this window. I would argue that we still didn’t give Rafa every penny the club makes.

    The advantage Rafa has now is that when he negotiates a new contract he can demand more in terms of transfers or walk. They need him to stay so he will have leverage.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #73

    Genuinely excited to see Almiron playing for the Toon. I know I shouldn’t expect too much right away, but he could really be that player who gets people up out of their seats by doing something magical on the ball. I loved Ben Arfa’s skills, but absolutely hated his work ethic and general attitude. Such a waste of natural talent. Almiron seems to have the ability and the drive to fight for the team. Really hope he starts against Spurs. Amazing for him to debut at Wembley 🙂

  • NY Mag

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #74


    That may well be a very bad move on your part 😀

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #75

    Really hoping Will Grigg’s transfer to the Mackems falls through at the last minute. That’ll make for some great entertainment in the second series of their Netflix show. Watching them running around like headless chickens behind the scenes only for it all to fail miserably in the end. It would be the cherry on the cake of a pretty good transfer window for me.

  • chicousa

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #76

    How strange: on NBCSN transfer show they have labeled the Almiron to Newcastle deal to be the biggest deal of the closing day! Good to see Newcastle getting some respect for once!

  • Oldgit1

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #77

    @ toon 22. Respect mate for not posting your protests during the last few days and letting people enjoy the win against Man City and the signing of players.

    However. You can now continue your protests against Ashley, I’m with you on that.

  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #78

    NY Mag

    I’m not unduly concerned about borrowing from a bank to tide over on a temporary basis. My concern is that there should surely have been cash in reserve, cash built up over income received and not spent on players, the training facilities and SJP which by all accounts looking tired through lack of maintenance.

    Has income been used for the day-to-day running of the club while SD has been getting free advertising, preferential terms on merchandising and probably other benefits?

    As you know, the accounts are presented in a way that they don’t show such detail hence the question, where’s the money gone?

  • Oldgit1

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #79

    Ashley has never borrowed from a bank until this transfer window, infact when he bought NUFC he paid off all the bank loans resulting in our debt. Ashley has screwed us over and has taken some of OUR clubs money back to repay himself.

    He was left in a bad position where he realised there were no money to pay for players, hence the reason for the bank loan.

    He did not expect Rafa wanting to leave and I believe, he was seriously worried that he may walk, that forced him into the position of getting some money in to cover the shortfall, which he himself caused.

    Ashley could quite easily have bankrolled the club using his own money which he has done before, thus increasing the debt, it would only have been a couple of weeks before we get the rest of the sky money of £55m and then he could have repaid himself.

    For him to pay charges to a bank for the loan would suggest there Maybe-something going on for the sale of the club. I live in hope.

  • Dondatta13

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #80

    @Lesh… We received £55M TV money this month on top of the record revenues last year of £170+M


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