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Report – Newcastle After Dynamic Nigerian Forward


A report from the Sun earlier today says that Newcastle are tracking Spezia Calcio forward David Okereke. The Nigerian U23 international is also linked with a host of Premier League and Serie A clubs.

David Okereke – Being tracked by Newcastle among others

David Okereke’s phenomenal performances this season have propelled Spezia Calcio to the playoffs, though they lost 1-2 today in the Quarterfinals to Cittadella. The pacy twenty-one year old has 10 goals and 12 assists in 30 appearances in Italy’s second tier.

Okereke can play both centrally and on the right wing. This season he has had 15 appearances as a striker, 14 on the right, and one on the left.

The academy product is highly regarded in Italy having been linked with Juventus and both Milan clubs this year. A fee of about €8M would be likely enough for the Nigerian.

This player is a very exciting prospect. However we don’t see him as a replacement for either Rondon or Ayoze Perez, if he were to leave.

Okereke is not suited as a target man if Newcastle uses the same system next year. So as a direct Rondon replacement, this move would not make much sense.

As cover for Ayoze, Okereke could be an intriguing acquisition. He would add some pace currently lacking in the side.

If Newcastle are tracking this player, we hope it is to complement the side and not replace any of its stars. We definitely want Rondon and Ayoze up front for Newcastle next season


101 comments so far

  • jordijohnty

    May 17, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #1

    No one at this club is tracking this player. That would assume the club was planning for the future. See previous threads about the clubs rudderless direction

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  • simon376

    May 17, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Be a very good Kenedy replacement. If we got him and he played like Kenedy did last season, would have some player on our hands, though think he would need a season on loan to championship club or just play a bit part from the bench to get used to the English game

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  • RUNAWAY777

    May 17, 2019 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #3

    What a load of shit all these players where after we dont even know if we have a manger for next season Ed whats the point .

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Runaway,

    You do realize that you getting stressed about the speculation is exactly what journalists want and is why they write such stories

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  • RobLeenio

    May 17, 2019 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #5

    jordijohnty “No one at this club is tracking this player.”

    On the contrary, he seems like exactly the kind of player that Rafa would track. I daresay he falls into the Ashley preferred buy category, too.

    Rafa and Ashley are not as far apart as some would have you believe.

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  • jane

    May 17, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #6

    “Rafa and Ashley are not as far apart as some would have you believe.”

    correct

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob,

    That’s a pretty bold statement for this blog 🙂

    (I agree with you BTW)

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  • jordijohnty

    May 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #8

    “Rafa and Ashley are not as far apart as some would have you believe.” poles apart

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  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Johnny,

    If they are poles apart – why are they discussing how to best take the club forward?
    If what you suggest is true…they have nothing to discuss

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  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry…Johnty (my bad for the typo)

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Rafas intention to take the club forward and try to compete is not the same as an owner whose only ambition is to finish 17th in the prem each season and collect sky revenue and advertise his tat. 12 years and counting

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  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Johnty,

    So given that we finished 10th last season and 13th this season – we are already way beyond Ashley’s expectations…..so why do you think that Rafa / Ashley are having any discussions?

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Rafa wants to compete in the cups and aim for top 6 and europe. Ashley doesnt. He is not motivated by sporting success

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  • RobLeenio

    May 18, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #14

    What I meant was that Ashley would like all of our recruitment to be players with resale potential. Rafa would like that to be the case with more experienced players thrown in. Not that different. Rafa would like new training facilities, which was once an ambition of Ashley also. Rafa would like someone within the club (preferably him) to have ultimate control of the transfer policy. Ashley has tried to give control of that to the various (poor choices of) Directors of Football.

    They aren’t far apart at all, they just need to work out the fine details on which one or other can compromise. It could be that we end up with a re-jigged club board structure at the end of this which effectively cuts Barnes and Ashley out of the decision making loop but puts a Director of Football over top of Rafa. However, that would have to be someone Rafa feels he can work with. Such people do exist but may take time to recruit.

    That’s a shot in the dark, by the way, but it is a possibility in terms of how they could move forward and would take some serious discussion over a period of days to agree on.

    Certainly, Rafa isn’t going to pin his future and that of his staff on the signing of a single player, so Rondon will not figure as large as some would have you think, other than as a case study which Rafa can use to illustrate his point.

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Rafa is a world class manager. He has got this team to the dizzying heights of 10 and 13. The next manager will not be as good, to put it simply

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  • RobLeenio

    May 18, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #16

    jordijohnty, I think Rafa knows that competing in the cups and Europe is probably a long-term aim. I think he wants to see progress every year, which he hasn’t seen for the last couple.

    If there’s progress, he knows he can get the club where he wants it over the course of time.

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Who the hell would be the director of football? Kinnear? Wise? Ashley decisions, he made them. It would have to be someone pretty outstanding to be above Rafa or it would end up a mess like in 2008 with Keegan

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Long term aim? Wolves have nearly done it in one season. Just imagine what we can achieve

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  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Johnty,

    I agree with you….Ashley is not motivated by sporting success.

    He is motivated by the fact that he thinks his business practices work (how could he not be – he became a billionaire because of them)

    I’m hoping that Rafa can convince Ashley to bend a little because that will be the best for our club.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 18, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #20

    “It would have to be someone pretty outstanding to be above Rafa”

    Agreed.

    Peter Kenyon, maybe? We know he’s been sniffing round the club but wasn’t able to close the deal. Could he buy in, become de facto Chief Exec but leave Ashley with a majority stake and as Chairman?

    I thin Rafa would be happy with that as he’s a footballing man with a history of success.

    Again, just an example of what could fall out of these chats and essentially change the direction of the club forever. Just spitballing, really.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #21

    I presume jordi jonty is the frog?

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  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #22

    Howay Munster……were having a perfectly calm debate (no name calling or foul abuse)
    Join in….don’t spoil it 🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    May 18, 2019 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #23

    “Wolves have nearly done it in one season” – yes, but sustainably? I’m not sure, we’ll know in a few seasons’ time.

    Fulham shot for the stars and ended up crashing on the moon. I wonder what long-term effect that will have on them?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 18, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Tough on Doncaster tonight, good game though.

    James Coppinger has had a great career at Donny, just goes to show that there is life after The Toon for the rejects.

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  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Rob,

    I think Fulham’s owner can and will absorb the cost……but it is an interesting contrast between them and wolves. They both essentially tried to do the same thing – one succeeded and the other one failed. That’s what makes footy is so exciting 🙂

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  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Bill,

    I haven’t been following it……I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I don’t follow anything outside the premier league

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Wolves might not sustain it over the years. We can

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  • RobLeenio

    May 18, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #28

    NY Mag, I saw your comment re not being sure if folk are interested in your analysis of the club finances.

    I say bring it on, always interesting and often a very different and welcome perspective

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Why am I a frog? Dont geddit. Toon rejects sometimes do alright. That sissoko fella at spuds and that fella whose name I cant spell is doing alright at Liverpool

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Milliner. Is that how you spell it?

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Peter Kenyon as chief executive above Rafa. Now thats food for thought

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  • mindcompressor

    May 18, 2019 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #32

    I think Newcastle should be after Rafa’s signature on new contract. Some people here say that Ash and Rafa are not as far apart… Yeah, common thing they got is ambition. Rafa wants to compete and win things, Ash wants to make money out of NUFC. I wouldn’t say they got similar goals.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 18, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #33

    I picked up “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” 2009 edition” from a charity shop and one interesting fact was about this Chinese man who has been eating live frogs for the last 40 years to cure his coughs!

    Don’t know if anyone should be alarmed about this!

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Peter Kenyon as chief executive below Ashley. Hmmm.. Cant see that working

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  • RobLeenio

    May 18, 2019 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #35

    “Rafa wants to compete and win things, Ash wants to make money out of NUFC”

    Are these two things mutually exclusive? I’m not sure that they are. Liverpool turn a profit and do very well, apparently, in the League and Europe.

    Success on the pitch leads to success off the pitch. Look at us in the 90s if you want an example a little closer to home. It’s a different era, but the same game, at the end of the day.

    The Halls and Shepherd took millions out of the club and sold it for a massive profit.

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #36

    What the hell have frogs got to do with The Toon? Am I missing something? Maybe a punch line. Yes hes been eating them for 40 years until he croaks. I’ll get my coat…

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  • RobLeenio

    May 18, 2019 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Bill, I have a cough and fancy a snack

    😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 18, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #38

    NY Mag

    The 1st team I ever followed was Gateshead, just a short walk from my home but The Toon was the big local club and the natural one for me to bond with. Never regretted it either despite the preponderance of bad times.

    I still try to keep up with the local teams though!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 18, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #39

    jordi

    It might be Wiinyaldium you mean!

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  • jordijohnty

    May 18, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #40

    Rob Leenio. Have you not been paying much attention since 2007? Your logic is what we the punters, other clubs fans and even some in the media have been saying. Ashley is just not interested. He could have made hundreds of millions, maybe even a billion if he had run the club properly. Were still scratching our heads

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