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Rafa Seems Keen On Signing Impressive 23-Year-Old Turkish International Midfielder


We had an article out five days ago that an unnamed club had put in a €7M bid to sign Turkish International midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz, who plays for Turkish powerhouse Besiktas

According to a report from the Daily Sabah earlier this year, his value in the transfer market was rocketing up (at that time in early March it was €3.5M).

The 23-year-old defensive midfielder has just completed an outstanding season with Besiktas and with Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame both likely to leave Newcastle this summer, Rafa could bring in the twice-capped Turkish International.

Tokoz seems to have all the attributes of a top holding midfielder as he reads the game and is a good tackler.

23-year-old Besiktas holding midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz

He only turned 23 last Tuesday so he is also young and could learn a lot under Rafa Benitez on Tyneside.

21-year-old local lad Sean Longstaff is likely to be the starter in the attacking central midfield position after his fabulous debut season when he was keeping the experienced Mo Diame, Ki, and Jonjo Shelvey out of the side.

However, Besiktas want a lot more than just €7M for him with the latest reports being they value him now at €20M

There are several clubs interested in the player including West Ham, Watford, Genoa, and Atletico Madrid.

He looks a good signing, but €20M may be a bit high for a player who has effectively just emerged on the scene last season.

We’ll trust Rafa’s judgment on this one and if he really wants him, let’s hope Ashley doesn’t stand in his way, as he’s done too many times in the past.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


30 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 24, 2019 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #1

    €20m?

    As far as Ashley’s concerned, he’ll be Tokoztly!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 24, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #2

    toon22

    This is probably the most sensible comment you’ve ever made on the blog, i’m up for it,well done!

    toon22

    May 24, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #81
    Maybe we should arrange a seance on the blog
    With the help of an ouija board we might call out to the long list legends of the toon to point the way in our hour of need
    Spelling out who might be our savior

    2
  • Mindshaft

    May 24, 2019 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #3

    20 million – no chance

    3
  • toon22

    May 24, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #4

    You think Rafa got 20 million spare to buy the guy ?
    Who was it that said Rafa should buy the players himself again ?

    0
  • Mindshaft

    May 24, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #5

    We effectively don’t have a manager, Rafa may even be telling Charnley players Newcastle should sign as until 30th June he won’t walk away, clearly Charnley will just ignore it.
    In my opinion talks are over with Ashley ignoring Rafas demands and will simply let his contract expire

    11
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 24, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #6

    We were exactly the same last Summer’s window, taking forever to get some new players in, but we probably ended up having the best window of all the EPL teams.

    The only pity was that they came in too late late to really get up to speed, shirley it won’t happen to be a last minute dash again.

    2
  • ashleysmate

    May 24, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Who the hell is Shirley?

    2
  • TomaKaThor

    May 24, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Another pointless article along the lines of ‘Rafa interested in’. Says who? some random journalist.

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 24, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Some billionairess who aint buying the club, I think!

    4
  • Munster Mag

    May 24, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Some knob called Michael Collins (cue some of the thicker audience members like Panda spitting his likely Irish heritage ) has been banned for 5 years for abusing lack Liverpool players.

    0
  • Jib

    May 24, 2019 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail
    That yacht owning millionaire knew sfa about footy
    I bet you got on really well

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 24, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Jibbers,
    Do you honestly think we got to meet the billionaire that owned the boat you drunken bum 😛

    6
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 24, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Lesh
    Tokoztly. Very good. If I knew how to do a thumbs up emoji, you’d see it now.

    4
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 24, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Munster
    Yeah that guy got banned for 5 years.

    Newcastle though I read actually have banned him indefinitely.

    2
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #15

    In my never-ending search to find billionaires who aren’t interested in buying wor club I’ve come up with a brilliant one. Here he is lads: Chip Wilson! Yes the old Chipster! He founded Lululemon if you’ve been off-planet for a few years so the club could get it’s yoga gear on a deep discount. I will contact Chip and see if he’s changed his mind aboot buying us. Stay tuned.

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #16

    I love that Tokoztly comment as well. Beautiful example of deep humour. Please accept this Huzzah! lesh….

    1
  • toon22

    May 24, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #17

    I think he should pretend to sell to someone with comedy value

    Frankie Boyle

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #18

    The only problem with Lululemon gear is that under certain light conditions it’s see-through so god help us if Ashley starts wearing it…..

    0
  • toon22

    May 24, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Im sure he is insulting enough to keep the pro MA brigade happy

    😉

    4
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Question: Is that the Grand Canyon over there?
    Answer: No that’s Mike Ashley bending over while wearing his new Lululemon gear…… Aggghhhhhhh!!!!

    3
  • toon22

    May 24, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Or if your after someone with real money how about Nat Rothschild

    Although i doubt he will have enough cash to temp MA

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #22

    ronaldo I like your work on here. Kudos to you….

    1
  • toon22

    May 24, 2019 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #23

    The people who bought Man City didnt have the dough and they are apparently a nation state

    2
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Chumpley: “Hello Rafa mate? It’s Lee Chumpley again. How are your hols going?”
    Rafa: “Is thees another one of your obscene phone calls Lee? I’m getting ready to hang up….”
    Chumpley” “errrm no no mate! This is more serious. I’ve got another offer from Mike to present. He’s decided to let you choose the tea cakes for the office staff next season! Now don’t tell me that’s not a wildly generous offer mate.
    Rafa: click…..

    2
  • the ledge

    May 24, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #25

    They ban the fan that racially abused liverpool players which is 100 % right, but take years to do anything about beardsley odd situations alright.

    7
  • jane

    May 24, 2019 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #26

    “Gateshead have been suspended from the National League and refused a licence for next season.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48398640

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #28

    This just in! Mike Ashley has decided to exchange his interest in wor club for an equal interest in Lululemon! He loves his new little black stretchy pants. Lasses are screaming at him everywhere he goes in them! Chip Wilson here we come!!!

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #29

    That’s not exactly new. We’ve known Rafa wants control of the transfer budget for months if not years by now. It’s what kind of compromise can be made that will be acceptable to both parties…..

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    May 24, 2019 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #30

    I would prefer we were owned by Emily Magda Rothschild Freeman-Attwood. She knows a lot more about footy (i.e. almost nothing) than Mike does.

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