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Newcastle Again Linked With The Next Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


All Nigeria Soccer is reporting that Newcastle are in the race to sign Spezia Calcio forward David Okereke.

We were first linked with this player in the middle of May this year.

He had a great season last season in Italy’s Serie B helping his club to the playoffs, but Spezia were not successful in getting promoted.

The speedy 21-year old center-forward had 10 goals and 12 assists in 33 appearances in Italy’s second tier.

Okereke can play both as an out-and-out striker up front or on the right wing.

The academy player is highly regarded in Italy and some top clubs there have been watching him including Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter-Milan.

He has often been compared with former Newcastle transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (now at Arsenal) because of his similar style of play.

Spezia Calcio forward David Okereke

This latest report has his representative, Ben Itorho confirming that Southampton, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle United are all trying to sign the player.

This is what he said to All Nigeria Soccer:

“Southampton, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle are showing interest, but there are other clubs who want him.”

“Club Brugge, Genk and Sassuolo have a strong interest in him.”

“They want Okereke in the Premier League, but the player has to take a decision with his footballing future in mind.”

This lad looks like a good payer who we could get for a reasonable price.

If the takeover goes through we, expect one of Rafa’s first signings to be Salomon Rondon from West Brom.

But this lad would also be a good signing for us.

Comments welcome.


34 comments so far

  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    What’s Platini been arrested for?

    Just heard on the radio but it didn’t say why.

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  • DavidKelly9

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    George Caulkin
    There are at least two bidders who claim they’re in advanced negotiations. But there’s no exclusivity and the formalities of completing a deal can take weeks. And none of that means something will definitely happen.

    The one thing I will say, every local reporter are still going with this another bidder and all do not seem to think BZG are as far down the line as we hope.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    OO, just a wild guess mate, but the FBI were investigating corruption within FIFA, so it may have something to do with that?

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Bobby

    Please please please let it be that.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    OO couldn’t agree more mate, the whole lot want taking down. If it is that, he’ll be spilling the, beans as we type.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Time to get off the “linked with player” merrygoround.

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  • Sheik-en but not stirred

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Oo it’s about the awarding of the world cup to Qatar!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Jimiley, not yet, I predicted 300 links, we’re not quite there yet 🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Repost from previous – apologies

    Some terrible players listed. Diego Gavilan, anyone?

    However, as I prefer to be positive, how about your favourite journeyman player who became a fan favourite?

    I’m going with Peter Lovenkrands, although Kevin Gallagher is in my thoughts also.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Sheik-en, so, corruption within FIFA then? Get in! Not before time either.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    I HATE FIFA!! 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Peter Lovenkrands – I’ll agree there Rob. Great servant to the Toon without a doubt.

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Playing been arrested in connection on suspicion of corruption in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Rob

    Scott Sellars or David Kelly for me, I wouldn’t be cruel enough to call them journey men.

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Platini…..obviously

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Platinis going down
    Platinis going down.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer man

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  • Sheik-en but not stirred

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Bobby… Apparently he took bribes for Qatar to get the world cup….. I highly doubt someone at FIFA would do that!!!! It’s an upstanding organisation Haha..

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  • toon22

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #18

    There must be a way MA is involved somehow
    For the love of god

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  • Diddly

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    John burridge. And as a mongoose but always 100%

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  • Sheik-en but not stirred

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon22

    Jabba and FIFA would be a match made in heaven!!

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  • JohnReese

    Jun 18, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Rob at the mention of Peter Løvenkrands, I actually played with his brother Tommy for a brief period back in the early 2000’s. Admittedly with me as part of the reserve team. Very similar player but he just never made the step up like Peter did.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Toon 22

    If only

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  • TheDrewid

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Guiv’arch was truly appalling. There have been plenty of contenders for worst player ever at SJP, but my vote goes to Andreas Andersson. Think he scored one goal which rebounded off his arse.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #24

    From Michel Platini’s Wikipedia page:

    Following the ongoing corruption case, and after his announcement that in July he would run for FIFA president, Platini was also involved himself in the case. Swiss prosecutors accuse FIFA president Sepp Blatter of making a “disloyal payment” of $2m (£1.6m) to Platini. Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, stated: “We didn’t interview Mr Platini as a witness, that’s not true. We investigated against him in between as a witness and an accused person.” Both Platini and Blatter were placed under formal investigation by FIFA’s independent ethics committee in late September 2015.

    On 8 October 2015, Platini was provisionally suspended until 6 January 2016 from any football-related activity. On 21 December, Platini and Blatter were both found guilty of ethics violations and barred from the sport until 2023. The committee said Platini “did not show commitment to an ethical attitude” and lacked respect for laws and regulations of the organization.[46][47] Platini boycotted the hearing, and said he planned to appeal the decision, declaring himself “at peace with my conscience.”

    Platini was also involved in the Greek public polemica[vague] regarding the 2015 Greek football scandal.

    In April 2016, Platini has been named in the Panama Papers.

    On 18 May 2018, Platini claimed that the 1998 FIFA World Cup draw was fixed to ensure France and Brazil could not face each other until the final if both teams won their groups.

    The man is a bent as a 9 bob note, I hope he ends up going away for a long, long time. FIFA’s refusal to allow the World Cup to come back to England, the country which invented the game, since 1966 is a disgrace. It’s to the credit of the FA that they have obviously refused to play FIFA’s games and bribe their way to hosting it.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Sheik-en, I agree mate. Hard to imagine anybody in FIFA acting in a corrupt manner. Must be a mistake. 🙂 Let’s hope he grasses up the main man.

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  • hibbit

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Toon 22

    LOL 😛

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  • martoon

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27

    It was so obvious that the award of the World Cup to Qatar was corrupt. I remember when they visited SJP for the England bid there needed to be detailed reports on the accommodation, transport infrastructure etc. Yet somehow it was only after Qatar were awarded the WC they suddenly realised it was going to be too hot to play in the Summer – I mean wtf!

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #28

    John Reese, that’s quite cool – St Johnstone? Must have been agonising to get so close to being a pro footballer but not quite get your break.

    Do you still play?

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  • JohnReese

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #29

    Yeah that’s the one. It was gutting but injuries did me in. Tore my right ACL at 16, didn’t fully recover, tore it again at 18 and I was half crippled. I could get through a game but couldn’t walk afterwards. Scrapped on for a couple of years as a reserve player whilst I started taking my badges.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Sheik-en but not stirred,
    There was an excellent Panorama doco about it a couple of years ago, it was an old one updated. It was astonishing the corruption, it wasn’t so much the direct bribes they were taking as that would be too traceable, it was allowing all the FIFA members to help themselves that ensured Blatter got re-elected and therefore ensuring he stayed in his $6M a year salary job with all first class expenses included while sitting in his ebony walled offices in Zurich.

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  • Return of the Geordi

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Hope Platini goes down and takes UEFA and FIFA with him, two rotten organisations with no accountability to anyone.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #32

    That’s what boils my pi$$ about the financial fair play, thought up by men who were more than likely being bribed by the games elite to stop anybody else crashing in on the party, if PSG weren’t part of it M City would have been crucified.

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  • Sheik-en but not stirred

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail,

    I’ll have to look it up as I haven’t seen it… But I’m glad they will get done for it!!

    Australia got screwed with that bid and should of got it but the tossers at FIFA were all taking bribes

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  • Phil K

    Jun 18, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Didn’t Platini’s son get an overpaid “consultancy” as part of the deal to give Qatar the World Cup ?

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