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Conflicting Reports On Whether Newcastle Want This Top Free Agent

Newcastle United can get their chance to sign Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck this summer when he becomes a free agent.

It did seem certain he would be allowed to leave the Gunners but news over the weekend that Arsenal are offering him a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

But the deal is with reduced terms from what he’s currently getting.

There was news over the weekend in the Mirror that Newcastle were interested in signing the player.

Rafa Benitez is a long-term fan of the striker and was interested last summer in signing him for around £10M.

Rafa wanted to sign the player and Newcastle still need some extra scoring power up front.

Danny Welbeck – do Newcastle want to sign him?

It’s been another disappointing season and we have only scored 36 goals in our 36 games.

Last season we scored 39 goals in 38 games so nothing much has improved on the goalscoring front this season.

Welbeck has been out injured for a few months now but is now said to be fit and ready to play.

There was also news from the Chronicle over the weekend that Newcastle will not be interested in trying to sign the 28-year-old former Macnsheter United striker.

The England International does have a history of missing games through injury and he’s getting on a bit in age – well as far as Mike Ashley is concerned – so maybe Newcastle will pass on the player?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

120 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 29, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Even if we want him, I will bare my arse in Fenwick’s windows if we do.

    Salary way too much, signing on and agent’s fees at least £15m. When is a free transfer not a free transfer?

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 29, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh, and he’s too old.

    ashLIE will work this out as a (say) £15m initial cost, then wages of £7.5m a year for 3 years and with no sell on value. So he’s a £38m purchase.

  • c-dog

    Apr 29, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Welbeck would only be back up to Perez or Rondon

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #4

    I wonder if, after twelve years of taking the pi$$ Ashley realises he’s got our measure, he knows that if he just ignores Rafa and lets him slip away in to the summer that ST and gates will be down, he’s faced it before, he’ll think he’ll just give the shortfall away so it doesn’t look bad on tv and the storm will weather and people will start coming back thinking that their staying away is pointless as the ground is full. Maybe he has got our measure and we’re just gifting him a free ride.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 29, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #5

    “Give the new manager a chance.”

  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 29, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail #4,

    That is a distinct possibility.

  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Brummy Andre Marriner is ref for Saturday

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 29, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley will rinse and repeat.

    Why would he change?

    Is there anything in it for him to change his strategy, he’s known all along the clubs potential.

    £££££££ is all hes interested in, unless he sells or hes serious about selling nothing will change!

  • norfolknhope

    Apr 29, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Poor league, but there really is a few promising players in the spl at the moment, a young lad at Motherwell, David Thompson we should be seriously looking at, he I think will end up a really class pro, along with Ross mccrorrie at rangers, good holding player, Lewis Ferguson at Aberdeen, and Greg Taylor at killie. Would fill up squad, all young, promising and honestly pretty cheap. And fit the bill. Could get all 5 of them for about 20 mil.

  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Good thinking
    Hull signed Andy Robertson as a 20 year old from Dundee
    for £2.85M
    Two years later LPool paid only £8M for him.
    Arguably the best left back in the EPL now

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Jib

    Blas Riveros could be a good LB purchase – Plays for Basel, Paraguayan, attacking LB could be bought for about £5mil

  • Bambams

    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #12

    How crazy is our owner ! Still no planned meeting with Rafa and we have two games left.

    Does he actually practice at being incompetent along with his flunkey, Mr CharnLIE

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #13

    @ Bambams

    Ashley is either playing brinkmanship with Rafa or hopefully he is in the process of selling NUFC!

  • beermonkey

    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #14


    i am not sure there is that much to discuss ever since rafa joined he has been saying the same about the training ground and academy upgrades
    its the same with moving quicker over signings

    most if not all of what rafa wants he has mentioned more than once over the last 3 years

    also not long after ash arrived we had new plans for a new training ground if back then they met the grade why did they commission someone to design it here we are years down the line and they think it is adequate

  • toon22

    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #15

    MA won’t talk to Rafa before his contract ends

  • Sad Frog II

    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #16

    MA won’t talk and Rafa s gonna walk. Thank you Rafa!

  • toon22

    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Hiya JIB

  • lochinvar

    Apr 29, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Does he actually practice at being incompetent along with his flunkey, Charlie

    No need to practice he was born that way

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2019 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #19

    It is seriously looking like he isn’t even going to talk to him, surely if it pans out that way it will be the tipping point.

  • c-dog

    Apr 29, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Ashley has treated Rafa with the utmost disrespect

  • Bambams

    Apr 29, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #21


    Cheers for the replies.

    I just cant fathom him out, we have the chance to attack the top 6 !

    If he hasn’t got the minerals he should sell up to someone who has.

    But like so many have said, £140million each year from PL

    Just so frustrating and to an extent I feel sorry for Ash, he could of had legendary status for the right reasons – he just cant see what’s in front of him.

  • clinath@ed

    Apr 29, 2019 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #22

    I can only assume MA does not think it worth the risk of extra(?) investment, compared to the rewards that could be achieved.

  • Bambams

    Apr 29, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #23


    That’s our problem mate, he buys us only as a neon advertising board for his company and not as we all hoped – to challenge in the league

  • geordietom

    Apr 29, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #24

    TOON22 …

    if your around by any chance did you get a reply back off the F.A… ?

  • dig-n-dig22

    Apr 29, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Lovem or Hatem 13

    If Ashley is playing brinkmanship , then he started it way back in the Championship January window when we were looking good for promotion.

  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Metro off until tomorrow

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 29, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t see there being a big backlash when Rafa leaves. There’ll be days of anger and internet rage but will blow over after a couple wins and some signings. Couple months into the season you’ll see the narrative of supporting the team and hope to avoid relegation, people who want to do something about it won’t have enough numbers or will be ridiculed.

    They say Rafa leaving will break the camels back but in my opinion, it broke long long time ago. There may be some that leave but I think there will be enough that replace them. There are going to be many fans too that don’t like the situation but will still go to games and support the team as that’s how things are for them, just a part of their dna.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 29, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #28

    No last straws either, we ran out of them many moons ago.

  • ben.g

    Apr 29, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #29

    The thing that annoyed Ashley most was protesting at/ and disrupting sports direct.

    The rest is pointless.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Rafa will stay you depressing bunch. Save this comment in your little sad archives you like to use. You won’t get to throw it back in my face.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #31

    ronaldo 27

    I think you are right, I thought the fans would have increased the pressure on Ashley after twisting his arm up his back and forced him to sign Almiron . I thought it would have made sense to refrain from purchasing STs and club kit in solidarity before Rafa’s contract was sorted one way or the other but Ashley knows that fans who buy STs will turn up regardless.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #32

    I prefer his sister Mildred Wellbeck. Said to be a fine striker in her own right and a lot younger and cheaper!!! Mikey will love her!

  • bill

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Danny Welbeck is a very under rated player. I was disappointed when he was sold to Arsenal. He may not get huge amounts of goals but he puts a shift in. I like him very much. A definite plus to any side. His injury record is a bit worrying.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Not a chance we’ll buy him. He’s the wrong side of 26 and would still command a decent wage, which Chumpley has already pointed out we don’t like.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #35

    What aboot a nice charity benefit to raise money for poor Mikey? We could bring in all sorts of amazing talent who would obviously perform for free when they realize the sad state Mikey is in….

  • Online Guy

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Lesh , Jib ,

    Kevin Ayres gone lads .

    Part of the Canterbury scene Sid , Wyatt, Eno, all that genre ..that time .


  • Online Guy

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Geordie two

    Are you aware that Alan Shearer has been taking his pet Ferret to matches ?

  • Online Guy

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #38


  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes OG, Alan and I agreed he could bring his pet Ferret Nibbles if he promised not to eat my pet Gerbil Norman (Nibbles that is not wor Alan).

  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #40

    That’s nowt – Ashley gets his weasel to run the club. 😐


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