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Report – Newcastle Join Race To Sign Top Young Greek International


There is a report in the Portuguese outlet OJogo that Newcastle is tracking Greek international goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos. Vlachodimos had a tremendous debut campaign for the Portuguese champions this past season.

Odysseas Vlachodimos– in demand Benfica goalkeeper

Odysseas Vlachodimos joined Benfica last summer in a €2.4M move from Greek club Panathinaikos. He made 50 appearances for the Lisbon club and kept 15 clean sheets in total.

Newcastle, as well as many other clubs, were linked to the shot-stopper in September. According to the reports from last year, clubs like Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Arsenal were interested in him.

Vlachodimos is a German-born Greek international who has 3 caps for Greece. He came through the academy at Stuttgart, his place of birth, before joining Panathinaikos on a free transfer two summers ago.

This past season has seen the twenty-five-year-old blossom into a top goalkeeper. His transfer fee is believed to be £13.2M.

The futures of Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow, and Freddie Woodman still linger in uncertainty. All three have just a year remaining on their contracts.

There is a recent report in the Chronicle that Freddie Woodman is none too pleased with not being loaned out this past season. So it is highly plausible that he will see out the remainder of his contract and leave Newcastle next summer on a free transfer.

We would hope that his Newcastle career can still be salvaged but the club did not handle the youngster properly and could pay the price.

Odysseas Vlachodimos is exactly the type of promising goalkeeper we should be tracking this summer. We also like the look of Walter Benitez the Nice keeper we were linked with last week.

While Martin Dubravka is the clear number one, he needs to have competition for his place. We’ll see if Rafa can bring Odysseas to Newcastle.


62 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #1

    And look at that I triggered a new thread!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Odysseas Vlachodimos, a name that will be a commentators dream. 🙂

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  • magscar

    May 29, 2019 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Bill

    Enjoy

    Night 🙂

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  • beermonkey

    May 29, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Genjikai

    i would think it would take alot of investment before we fall fowl of ffp

    if you think with new owners advertising will be paid for
    money from merchandising and what gets spent in the stadium

    plus i would imagine there will be some new sponsors as well

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #5

    That Odysseas, one Hell of a journey he’s been on.

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Beermonkey,
    Even better we get to spend more.
    Maybe ashley has done us a favour.
    Say if we had 5 years of excessive spending before ffp came sniffing normally.
    12 years of ashley maybe gives us 20 years pf free spending.
    Just going to sit back now and wait for toon dominance of the world.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #7
  • woodey

    May 29, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #8

    GS, here is a cut and paste from G2. he seems reasonable to me? sound reasonable to everyone else?

    GeordieTwo

    May 28, 2019 at 7:35 PM
    Comment #140
    “Good for me GS? You are a strange one indeed. Focus on something or someone else for a change. It will help you with your mental health issues.”

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Genjikai

    I had to come off the mountain top cos some idiot was flying a Bald eagle around my head!

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #10

    I would take a spurs or dortmund model. For progressing the club. Would love it if the toon became world class for developing top players. Giving the young ones real hope of actually making it maybe not at the toon but making it.
    I would love for the toon to be electric in attack once more.
    The addition of almirion has improved us dramatically
    Adding a purple in each position would make us top 6.
    Having a squad full i can only dream.(hopefully not for to much longer).

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  • beefman13

    May 29, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Chronicle, shields gazette know nowt, scare mongering by Craig Hope as well, sounded like a right bitter macken tonight on the news, negotiations would have sped right up after we staved of relegation.
    Good things come to those!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 29, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, the club so often trotted out FFP to justify the lack of investment. Massively galling of course considering the owner didn’t pay for advertising for over ten years and has essentially done nothing at all to increase any other revenue streams, and relatively speaking diminished them markedly with his negligence. We got the failed under 25’s policy instead. Ah, but perhaps all that will soon be behind us.

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Bill that was beautiful on that note ill end my peace with the ether for the day. Side note that no one will care about. Ive been having the maddest dreams lately, got dropped off in the ocean by a flying disc.
    Another side note, i was late for work yesterday, couldnt sleep because of this take over news. Had to be up for 4. Didnt get out of bed till 530am. Had to make the time up.
    Will all be worth it in the end. Night all.
    Ps rob just to tease like everyone else, what Ashley said will blow your mind.

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Nicky.
    Yeah such a shame, could of been all different. It wasnt move on ash, we want different.
    We want a sheikh!

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Bill maybe stay away from them mushroom patches at the top, the tea is delicious but i told you last time its no good for a mere mortal like me.
    Take a hit on optimistics magic pen, discrete tokein at its finest.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Genjikai, one question then.

    Would Rafa have been surprised by the news that broke this week re the potential Arab buyer?

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Rob,
    To answer your question it is mike Ashley we are dealing with.
    Olg special leave the blog on a riddle.
    Put it this way i hope i wake up tomorrow and the toon has been 100 percent confirmd sold.

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  • toon22

    May 29, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #18

    OLG has been saying we’re being sold since the blog started

    It’s always utter bollix

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Rob

    Rafa has been rather enigmatic for some time now so I’m pretty sure he’s been in the loop!

    5 Planes at Newcastle airport, now if one of them is the Sheikh and his team, could the other 4 been part of the price Ashlie is asking for.

    Any one got any thoughts of what could be in those planes?

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Cheers, Genjikai.

    I think

    😉

    I’ll hope for the same, then.

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  • Thump

    May 29, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #21

    @GS: Honestly, we don’t need to mate. Type this into Google:

    site:nufcblog.com intext:”GeordieTwo”

    There you go. That’s everything G2 has posted, every reference to his handle. Coincidentally this is what Jib uses to bludgeon people with when it turns out that he was right, and it was the trumpet Solano played and not the Saxophone*.

    That said – and I’m glad you asked – my favourite post from G2 involves pink thongs.

    I also learned G2 has been here since 2014, and even with my rudimentary understanding of mathematics and statistics, can fathom that in all that time, with all those posts, he has said something that was worthwhile. From personal experience I have absolutely had great discussions with G2 on many an occasion. Yes, he can be a bit annoying with his “harrumph” at times that do not sufficiently call for a good old “harrumph”, but that’s just part of what makes him an old hand posting rubbish on the internet like the rest of us.

    Plus it’s getting really dull: we’re all in takeover mode! Come back to us with some data and we might consider presenting it to Ed (with Jib and Jail as representatives for their respective sides) to analyse, and lead a healthy “town hall” like debate.

    To summarise: less natter, more patter.

    *Not an actual conversation. Any similarities to an existing conversation with any aforementioned parties or topics are entirely coincidental.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Evening toon22, Tsunki says we have to be nice to you, so hows it going mate had a good day I hope.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Bill, I did wonder of one of them was for Kylian Mbappe.

    Maybe the others are for Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Peter Kenyon / Arsene Wenger…

    😉

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #24

    RobLeenio

    With a name like Odysseas, he’ll be welcomed at Homer with chants of ‘Howay The Iliads’. Let’s hope he doesn’t turn out to be a tragedy!

    🙂

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Toon22 gotta have a tiny bit truth behind this one?
    Just seems a bit out of the blue but not?
    As if maybe waiting for prem safety was the catalyst to the sale coming to fruition.
    Maybe the sustained pressure did work.
    Applause to all who contributed.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Genjikai

    In fact I have been drinking Hemp Coffee lately, very calming and many health benefits!

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Bill go for the full health benefits. Make some rick simpson oil. Cure yourself.

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  • Genjikai

    May 29, 2019 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Must go to sleep in exactly the same boat as last night thinking about the take over.
    I am so going to be late for work again, and i have a perfect record blemished by yesterday.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #29

    Rob

    I was thinking perhaps some very attractive camels, but your suggestions make more sense!

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #30

    lesh, it’ll take a Herculean effort for him to displace Dubs. You might say it would be a cold day in Hades before that happened. It’ll be a Titanic struggle between them to decide who gets to be first choice. Hopefully all these rumours won’t come to Argo-naught.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #31

    Thump

    Very interesting bit of info, and yes I agree most of the posters on here can and do post some interesting stuff throughout their blog lives along with some absolute drivel at times, we are all guilty.

    If that is in fact what you were saying!

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #32

    Attractive camels, Bill? You may be on to something.

    It’s a strange day on the blog when you can’t decide what’s more likely to arrive in Toon between 5 plane loads of camels and Kylian Mbappe.

    😀

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #33

    Rob

    You do come up with some a Mazeing quips.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #34

    Rob

    I’d be very happy with Gareth Bale coming of the plane on a camel, be good competition for Paul for that left back spot!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2019 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #35

    Wheres the rest of the night shift, not running out of steam due to the excitement of the last 36 hours?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 29, 2019 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #36

    You guys need to not pay attention to that gs character. Amateur wum not even fit enough to clean wor jarra mick’s keyboard and not even in the same league as catchy. The Sunderland of wummery if you will.

    GS only comes on, finds a target and just attacks. No football or nufc related business. Just ignore.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 29, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #37

    Don’t know anything about this keeper but I agree about woodman, came up the other night and I gave my take on his situation. He’s just going to ride out the last year of his contract and leave after that and I don’t blame him. Shame.

    This keeper though, if he’s good bring him in. Always need 2 keepers competing and ready to come in. Woodman I like but very inexperienced in league games. Darlow I don’t have confidence in. Will keep dubravka on his toes at least and who knows, if he gets injured we need someone ready made to come in.

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  • NY Mag

    May 29, 2019 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #38

    Bill @35

    I think we’ve ran out of things to talk about re: this possible sale

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 29, 2019 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #39

    Or have we nymag… 🙂

    Anyone have LinkedIn?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NUFC360/status/1133519626145554432

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #40

    ronaldo I have LinkedIn. Some very interesting comments on that thread.

    From the MD of a Kuwaiti printers:
    “Congratulations for the rest of the month, we consider the Newcastle issue to be finished God willing I am an old fan of the team and waiting for the news on hot coals”

    From the MD of Bau Holdings Asia, which has interests in Solar Energy, pre-fab construction and investment banking
    “Congrats Midhat”

    The original guy on your link Gavin McCully is a Contract Manager for Bechtel in Saudi Arabia

    Interesting….

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