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Aston Villa To Beat Newcastle To Another Target



Telegraph writer Sam Wallace has confirmed via Twitter that Aston Villa have agreed a deal with Southampton for English left-back Matthew Targett.

This is what he has just tweeted:


Yesterday there were reports that Aston Villa had in fact made a bid and it looks like the bid has been accepted by Southampton

We have been linked with Matt Targett for over two years since Rafa Benitez tried to get him on loan in 2017.

This is the second reported target of ours that Aston Villa have signed this summer. Earlier this month, they signed Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge for £22.5m.

As is the usual case with Newcastle, the clubs around us are making big signings while Newcastle dawdle about.  This year, however, it is even worse as it looks likely no manager will be on board until at least July 17.

We don’t know if this will stall all transfer activity until the appointment of a new manager because this club is not run like proper clubs.

Newcastle could well be working on transfers we suppose since the next manager is likely not to have much of a say in any case.

Though they are likely not working on anything at all.  Newcastle United is just “meh football club” to Mike Ashley who couldn’t really be bothered after all.


210 comments so far

  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    BZG & Jordi Alba for us anyway

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Not the first or the last time this will happen.

    I see theMag is asking all the players to put in a transfer request – cant see it happening, but would love to see it.

    Even better on day 1 they all have a niggling injury (AKA as Marcelino) during the warm up – game abandoned ? or do we forfeit the game?

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Neil but IMO your comments on appointing a manager are sensationalist.

    Nottingham Forest aren’t in takeover talks so why compare us with them?

    Why would we appoint a new manager now on a long term contract if the takeover is still on?

    Why would a new manager take the job now when they could be dumped in days/weeks by a new owner?

    If, as I believe, BZG were given a two week deadline to put up or shut up a week ago and that deadline passes I think we’ll see a new manager appointed sharpish.

    And, I have no doubt, behind the scenes there is already a shortlist.

    Painting MA and Charnley as utter clueless buffoons might go down well with the masses but it is sensationalist at best and lacking in common sense at worst.

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Captain when u write things like that It makes and think you’re taking the Piss out of us tbh.

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Nicky, LCBP

    Now alots been made of this 61 plus sales transfer budget comprising of the 11 million from last season and then the 50 million thats left over after all outgoings have been accounted for. But the reality is there is no budget.

    Rafa wanted to know his budget so he can speak to player’s and agent’s and get deals lined up. But the club say you have no budget, you come to us with a list of the players you want and a decision will be made on a case by case basis. So just because they have the money to apparently bid for plea, they dont have it for rondon. So if rafa wanted say 6-7 players he has no idea how many of those players hes actually going to get.

    Every deal has to be financially conducive from three perspectives :- wages, transfer fee and agents/signing on fees. Rafa’s found ever since hes been there they agree to two and then say no to the other and he feels the club make excuses not to do the deals he wants. Club says they dont have the resources other clubs do so every deal has to be financially just right.
    The club have put names to rafa, but hes not interested, he wants his own players. Wont be part of a transfer comitee. When club say we can get this player in for you he says no as he wants his own names.

    Rafa wanted control over the budget and how its spent, to build the team and squad the way he saw fit. Rafa had the final say on incoming transfers but no say on outgoing transfers. Hes told hes got to sell before he can buy, but didn’t trust the club to replace the players that left.

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Me think*

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Just a joke Rob (the Jordi Alba bit I still believe BZG are taking over)

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Bills son

    So you don’t think that ashley and penfold are “utter clueless buffoons” then? That’s farcical at best and just negligent at worst.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #9

    If they aren’t clueless, then it’s even worse they’re malicious.

    It’s more believable that Midhat is having a WhatsApp party than portraying Ash cloud and the tea boy as poor misunderstood geniuses who are too good for us mongol hordes.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Bills
    I agree with Neil; Ashley and Charnley ARE utterly clueless.
    They could be presiding over a top world class institution in Nufc instead of a club devoid of ambition with its loyal supporters praying for someone to takeover the club and likely to be relegated again next season!

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  • Jib

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Cathedral on the hill
    That’s farcical at best and just negligent at worst.

    No it’s not

    Calling them that is childish and over-simplifying things
    and in Neil’s case probably just playing to the gallery

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    t 11:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Lee Charnley hopes to have a new manager appointed by the time the team leaves for the Premier League Asia Trophy, which begins on July 17. Thats if we have a team i have a feeling when they report back for traning their will be more then just a few transfer requests going in .

     

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  • oldarse

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    The fat slug is going to get the biggest shock of his life shortly I’ve been told that it’s all happening they will stop games home and away some brilliant ideas just waiting for the no deal and they’re off. And don’t ask me what just wait.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib
    How would you describe Ashley and Charnley in a single phrase referring to their management of Nufc ?

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Agree with billson and jib. Yes we should not have lost rafa, completely crazy, but assuming Ashley stays, he us the owner and its his rules, not rafa’s that count. And wishing he was murdered as a child is just plain offensive and people staying that kind of thing shoukd get a ban. Correct we are not comparable with nittm forest and their appointment of a manager 20 mins after a sacking due to player power looks daft. And we may be subject to a change of ownership. So fair points from billson and jib

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib
    Maybe “prudent and within our means”
    Lol

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    JIB

    There you go again, defending MA
    Not even trying to hide it anymore?

    They are s bunch of muppets who’s only drive is to make MA money from football

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Munster
    Ashley’s plan is working according to your comments.
    Ie all the inactivity is down to the impending takeover!
    He wins again !

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Why are we talking about transfers, nowts going to happen until theres some sort of manager in place.

    Other than greedyguts selling the quality core of the team Rafa put together.

    ManUre have just paid out £50m for a full back and want to buy an even better prospect from us for half the price and GG will probably agree to it.

    Just fornicate offward GG.

    And Howay The ToonHeed.

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Munster

    You seem to love MA and are too defending him

    The fans hate him
    His employees hate him
    Other business hate him, Debenhams would rather go bust than deal with him

    But you, JIB and a few others seem not to mind him

    😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Will someone give the turntable a kick, the records got stuck again! 🙂

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Prudent and within our means?

    Just wow!

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  • davo

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #23

    You’re spot on Toon 22,keep up the good work.
    Maintain the rage!

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24

    When do you think MA will come back from current hidey hole ?

    Says he’s some kind of hard man, runs away and hides every time

    😉

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Less than a week since Rafa was pushed under the bus by this odious regime and opinion against them is apparently softening already!
    Only at Newcastle!

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  • davo

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Defending Ashley =shill, Mackem or Wum.
    Take your pick.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Cathedral on the hill

    When you’ve built a business one tenth the size of Ashley’s and have one tenth of his wealth you might have the very slightest grounds for calling him clueless and a buffoon.

    Until you have, saying he is a clueless buffoon is, in your words, farcical at best and just negligent at worst.

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh the rage will follow

    Just wait till the team starts to struggle

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  • Jib

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Jib
    How would you describe Ashley referring to his management of Nufc

    Bought the club on a whim for the wrong reason
    Early doors taking advice from the wrong people
    Too eager to please by sacking Sam and appointing KK
    When he decided to have a shot at running it properly
    he used the wrong business model
    When he mused about bringing other people in he should have either
    brought in investors who knew footy
    OR
    did what SJH did and have a public share issue.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Agree with bills, Jib and Munster, can’t call Ashley and Charnley buffoons it’s absolutely wide of the mark

    One is a cynical greedy pig and the other is a subservient yes man who does his master’s bidding without guilt.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Droppy

    I hope you realise I was being ironic not serious with my comment at #16

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    davo,

    I’m no shill or MA defender.

    Just telling it as it is without seeing everything through $hit coloured Ashley glasses.

    Try it, you might see the wood from the trees.

    1
  • geordietom

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    woe woe and thrice woe…

    1
  • geordietom

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    hope to f..k we get sold so the old turn table will have nowt to spout on about…

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib @29
    Thanks! You’ve just described “clueless”!

    It’s good to get your approval !

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Close jib but you lose out on the cigar.

    Ashley told SJH he specifically wanted NUFC to market SD and get his brands pushed out to s wide audience. Even after 12 years many still don’t understand what that means, even after the way he has got rid of Shearer, KK and Benitez (who expressly didn’t want the club to be a treadwater advertising mule) some fans still don’t understand what he’s using the club for.

    Clue: not to be a proper competitive football team or to represent the Region and it’s proud aspirations.

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s never MAs fault JIB not ever , not for you
    He’s a business genius who has mugged off lied and bullied his way to the top

    We don’t admire the guy we hate him

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #38

    Geordietom is that a funny dig at pessimism? Have you got an optimistic view you’d like to share that would help?

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Ashley’s playing an absolute blinder. Tick

    Club right on track to be sold at the very, very last possible minute. Tick

    New owner ready to ride in, appoint pistol of a manager, and sign 4 fresh out the box champion footballers. Tick

    Pigs fed, watered, saddled and ready to fly. Tick.

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #40

    We’re going to make his life as fun as he has made ours
    We’re going to try and hurt his business as he has hurt our club

    Enough is enough

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