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Newcastle Summer Target Arrives In England For Possible Move

The Sun have a report out today that Loris Benito is in England to seal a possible free transfer to a Premier League club. Benito has been linked to Newcastle recently.

Loris Benito– in England ahead of possible move

Loris Benito is a left-back who has made 42 appearances for BSC Young Boys this past season. His contract has run out this summer and the report claims that he is in England right now to complete a move to the Premier League with Newcastle being mentioned as his most likely target.

Benito may know a lot about Newcastle as Young Boys right back is none other than former Magpie Kevin Mbabu. Kevin has had two stellar seasons in Bern since leaving Newcastle. So much so that he will be joining Vfl Wolfsburg this summer in a €9.2M transfer.

We always rated Kevin Mbabu very highly but it was his trouble with injuries that was his downfall at Newcastle. During his first season at Young Boys, Kevin was able to complete a full season relatively free of injury.

However, this past season saw the injury bug hit Kevin quite a few times. He still was able to impress and now will get a chance to prove his worth in the Bundesliga. We wish all the best to Kevin Mbabu.

We do think Loris Benito would be a very good signing as a free transfer, even with the current uncertainty around the club’s ownership. He would provide excellent cover at left back, a position in which we are very much lacking.

43 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #1


    Check the group that sent the tweet.

    Dubai wrote about him before and seemed quite happy.

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry statement

  • magscar

    May 27, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Repost – forget we can buses at night


    Not worried as such and as I said there are creative ways to circumvent the rules over time.

    I was reacting to some thinking sky is the limit is all.

    My main concern is will it happen ? – not quite the drawn out publicity of Stavely and Kenyon but it’s all too one-sided at moment for me to be totally convinced.

    Once bitten and all that

    Nothing to do but watch and wait

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #4

    @RobLeenio if they are not the same it’s a massive punch for your freaking media, including Sky Sports for not checking their facts. The reason I got excited was because I expected they took their time to make sure there is substance in those early reports. But not doing a relatively quick check who this guy really is is a major blunder.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 27, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, that’s where I’m at at atm, they released a statement, club confirmed it. Anything else is just filler. Bank holiday and all that.

    We’ll get more real info tomorrow hopefully.

  • IrishMagpie

    May 27, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Well that was nice while it lasted. A rate few hours of excitement and positivity as a NUFC fan. You’d think after 26 years I’d know better.

  • NY Mag

    May 27, 2019 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #7


    Yes….it’s seems to be one step forward one step back today.
    Not getting too exited, just waiting to see how it pans out

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #8


    I expect more info tomorrow not much but a conformation the deals being thrashed out or the Prem are looking into the prospective buyer.

    I doubt the deal is very far off being signed if both parties have let their own cats out of the bag.

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #9


    You checked how much dollar this Sheikh has?

    I could only find $15b but that was 2011

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Rob lol that was for Ron

    I should just type Ronaldo

  • martoon

    May 27, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #11

    KevinHann I wasn’t having a pop at anybody in fact it’s nice to have some new names on the Blog and see some old ones returning.

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 27, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashleys in the Black Garter refreshing these comments and having a right old belly laugh

  • RobLeenio

    May 27, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #13

    OP, yeah I know Micky mentioned the guy before, I guess I just have my cynical head on suddenly – just the website doesn’t look great, the quoted MD’s profile on LinkedIn is a bit crap, then the guy seems to have different spellings for his name.

    Probably worrying over nowt.


    May 27, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #14

    When this story first broke i said to take it with a pinch of salt till its official,but i have to say that this it seems to be a lot more substantial…so unless the pile of goo plays silly buggers and shifys the goal posts…im more confident then b4….but i myt kicked in the teeth

  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye I just left him in the garter chatting away to Ophelia Balls.

  • beefman13

    May 27, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #16

    If MA has sold, what a 12 years that has been, obviously a very stressful time for many, two relegations with imo very decent players, still can’t work how we went down.
    But coming up to the tenth season in the prem all together.
    No great ambition is the hurter in all this of course and Mike’s “unique way of working” winding us up”
    The hate won’t ever go for the fella for the masses, no doubting that.
    F c u k knows how the mackems must feel, £250,000,000 million spent in the same time.
    In division one, “worth tuppence happeny.”
    I felt the pain like everyone else, hurt like hell.
    We have what is thought to be by many to be one of the best ten managers in world.
    Magnificent stadium, supporters second to none.
    A beautiful clear state of affairs If we get took over.
    I am not wishing for anything.
    But we have a canny team to start of a new campaign with, our time hopefully is coming.

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #17

    @martoon nor did I take it that way, apologies if my reply conveyed the wrong message!

    Okay folks, seems the biggest concern right now is who Sheikh Khaled actually is. I’ve done a quick google search and it does appear very likely he is NOT related to the royal family and the Manchester City owner. It’s a different name. Hence there could be truth in the reports expressing doubt or suggesting Man City denied any ties.

    However the crucial point for me is, is this the same Sheikh who attempted to purchase Liverpool? Wasn’t he presented as royal family back then, too?

  • TheDrewid

    May 27, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #18


    I think they are the same person. The name on the family wiki page is spelt slightly different, but lists him as being head of the Bin Zayed group. If you then look on their website, it seems to be “our” guy at the helm.

    If this is a hoax, full marks for elaborateness.

  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Has the fat guy sold the land behind the Gallowgate because it makes mega sense to expand the ground to 65K.
    I read he sold it for student flats for 10 million. A joke. Selling the crown jewels. But typical.

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Do we actually know what this Bin Zayed Group is, how trustworthy they are and at what scale they operate? Apologies if DubaiMicky posted something about them yesterday, I could have forgotten/missed it in the general shock of the very news breaking out.

  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Lets put it this way… the guy cannot put less money into the club than Ashley so he is welcome.

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #22


    Are we looking at the same pages?

    “Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan is an Emirati member of the Al Nahyan ruling family of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Khalid graduated from the American University of Sharjah (BSc, International Relations) and from King’s College London with a PhD from the Department of War Studies in 2014.”

    Bin Zayed Group Chairman’s Profile:
    “Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan is a pioneer extraordinaire; a graduate in Business Administration from Boston University; has completed his PHD course work in Finance from Michigan State University.”

  • NY Mag

    May 27, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #23


    It’s difficult to know what he’s worth personally – but the families wealth is obscene

  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #24

    In the Telegraph
    Newcastle United remain privately sceptical that an offer from Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan will lead to the sale of the club as Mike Ashley looks to bring an end to his 12-year reign at St James’ Park.

    Although there was an initial wave of excitement on Tyneside after the Bin Zyayed Group released a statement confirming they had “agreed terms” the optimism was gradually replaced with familiar misgivings. This will be the fifth time in 11 years that Newcastle have supposedly been on the verge of being sold by Ashley, but on each occasion the talks have collapsed and there are growing fears this will follow suit.

    Telegraph Sport understands that although a price has been agreed with the Al Nehayan, the United Arab Emirates based businessman is yet to provide proof of funds with sources indicating there is a long way to go before a deal is concluded.

    Manager Rafa Benítez has also been told it is business as usual as no takeover is imminent. Other interested parties are also adamant claims Newcastle are on the verge being sold to Al Nehayan are completely false. It is also understood that a report stating that papers have been submitted to the Premier League to ratify the takeover are also inaccurate.

    The statement said: “We can confirm the representatives of his Highness Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan are in discussions with Mike Ashley and his team about the proposed acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club.

    “We view it as an honour to have the opportunity to build on the strong support, history and tradition of the club.

    Mike Ashley smiles
    Hopes that Mike Ashley is seemingly on the verge of selling Newcastle for £350 million have been tempered by the club’s scepticism CREDIT: PA

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    “We have agreed terms and are working hard to complete the transaction at the earliest opportunity.

    “Best Regards, Midhat Kidwai, Group Managing Director, Bin Zayed Group.”

    According to reports in the Middle East, Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan who is a distant relative of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has also promised to keep manager Rafa Benítez and provide money to improve the squad in this summer’s transfer window.

    However, sources closer to St James’ Park insist nothing has been finalised and privately, senior figures, including managing director Lee Charnley and manager Benítez, were as surprised as anyone to learn the club was on the verge of being sold on Sunday night and have been trying to seek clarification from Ashley before they make any official comment.

    That will inevitably raise fears that this is just another false dawn, with all the claims and counter claims reminiscent of so many previous unsuccessful takeover attempts at St James’ Park.

    Ashley has tried and failed to sell Newcastle several times since he bought it for around £140m from former owners Sir John Hall and Freddie Shepherd in 2007. Some have even questioned whether he has ever been serious about selling given his inability to find a buyer.

    Mike Ashley
    Ashley ultimately dismissed Amanda Staveley’s ‘bid’ as a waste of time CREDIT: MARTIN RICKETT/PA WIRE
    “The first aborted attempt came in 2008, shortly after Kevin Keegan had resigned as manager in protest at boardroom interference in recruitment.

    Ashley also put the club on the market for just £100m in the summer of 2009, following relegation to the Championship. On both occasions, there were strong reports a sale was close to being agreed, only for the talks to collapse and Ashley to remain at the helm.

    The club was put up for sale again two years ago and once more deals were supposedly in place for him to sell. Financer Amanda Staveley claimed she was close to completing a takeover in December 2017 only for Ashley to dismiss her attempt as a “complete waste of time” a few weeks later.

    More recently, former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon announced he was trying to buy the club, but although he was given access to the date room for due diligence before Christmas, a bid never materialised.

    Al Nehayan has previously failed in a bid to buy Liverpool, with the Merseyside club pulling out of talks in August last year when he was unable to provide proof of funds or pay a £25m deposit.

    Crucially, this time, the Sheikh is not the only interested party who has been locked in negotiations with Ashley, which increases the chances of a successful takeover taking place.

    Telegraph Sport has been aware of talks taking place under strict rules of secrecy for some time. Interestingly, Ashley insisted he would walk away from any deal if details were leaked before an agreement was in place, as he was tired of people using the club to boost their profile.

    Indeed, sources close to those talks have reacted with scepticism to claims Al Nehayan has beat them to it, with two well-placed figures dismissing claims Ashley has sold the club as “bulls—t” and “complete b——-.”

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  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #25

    It seemed too good to be true.
    Ah well… he will leave in a box .

  • RobLeenio

    May 27, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #26

    KevinHann, no idea who this @TheDrewid guy is but he’s either thinking along the same lines or reading this blog.

    I’m concerned that there’s some false representation going on somewhere. But if so, how has it not been picked up by the Press?

    Hopefully Dubai Micky can shed some light tomorrow.

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle United remain privately sceptical – how is that private if you share it with the media?!

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #28

    I am worried because there doesn’t seem to be any attempt to clear up the confusion from their side. Assuming you are a prominent figure in that society and you get confused with a royal family member, who must be higher than you in the social chain, wouldn’t you hurry up to make it clear you are a different person (while in the same time highlighting you are not a nobody)? Isn’t that a matter of self-respect and also respecting the actual royal member you are being confused with all over the world?

  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Would we be going after a freebe full back if a Sheikh was buying the club this week?

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh no not the Return of the Fake Sheik!

    Fake fake fake fake
    F-f-f-f-f-fa-ake Sheik
    Take or leave it
    But no frogs believe it
    We ain’t never gonna be saleable….

    Mel & Kim classic.

  • NY Mag

    May 27, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #31


    Yes, the strawberry place land has gone.
    There has been a new company setup for the development :-

    Strawberry place developments Ltd

    Which seems to be a group of people mostly from Marrico asset management (the property developers) plus a property developer from Durham and a lady (who seems to be in the hotel business)

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2019 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Mackem pranksters i tells ya………

  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #33

    I reckon there may be substance to the Mexican olive oil owner buying us.
    He might bung us 50K.
    I thought it was strange there was no mention at all on Sky sports news tonight, They know they have been had.

  • mac the jaffrey

    May 27, 2019 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Wow this really would be some hoax. The club even stated the Sheikh statement was genuine.

    Best to sit n wait n give it another couple of days.

    What a 24hours though….

  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #35

    NY Mag
    But it does not matter anymore.
    This club will never be sold. And it really does not matter much who the manager is. A good one will just about keep us up and a poor one will get us relegated. A dance of death

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2019 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Fakers gonna fake fake fake fake fake it on
    Papers gonna take take take take take it on
    Sheik it off, Sheik it off
    Sheik it off, Sheik it o-o-off

    I can see your feet tapping……

  • jimiley

    May 27, 2019 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #37

    It is not private because the club is telling everyone that its all bollox

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #38

    If Lee’s regular Tuesday morning delivery of 25 kilos of flumps and a crate of banana Nesquik turns up at the SJP “goods in” door tomorrow, it’s a hoax. Mark my words.

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #39

    That’s why I would like to know if it is the same guy who was after Liverpool. I don’t remember how that one unfolded but was he ever distinguished from the Royal guy?

    The fact everyone got mixed up in the name similarity does not necessarily mean Bin Zayed Group is not a prominent entity with the resources to buy and maintain a Premier League club.

    However I’m surprised I’ve been able to track down several discrepancies over a few minutes with a couple simple google searches and the media has been biting to the same rehashed story that broke out all day long. Apparently not only Bulgarian journalism is at a low 🙁

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #40

    I fear our amphibious resident will appear tomorrow with an extra spring in his hop. Oh well.


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