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Newcastle Have Made Inquiry About Coventry’s Young Midfielder

Sky Sports have an update on their Transfer Centre report about Coventry midfielder Tom Bayliss and interest from Newcastle United.

This what they are reporting on the youngster:

Coventry are resigned to losing 20-year-old rising star Tom Bayliss if a club matches the £3m buy-out clause in his contract, Sky Sports News has learned.

A number of Premier League clubs have made inquiries about him including Newcastle and Sheffield United – though none have made a formal approach so far.

If Newcastle have looked into the player that could be good news as they are the biggest club in the hunt for the U19 England international. The other two clubs that have been mentioned as having an interest in the midfielder are Aston Villa and West Brom.

Bayliss had an outstanding season for the Sky Blues in their return to League One last season. He appeared 41 times for the club with 3 goals and 3 assists.

Tom Bayliss– young midfielder available for low fee

The Daily Mail’s “The Secret Scout” did a feature on Bayliss during the 2017-18 season when he was just 18 and playing in League 2 for Coventry.

Here is a little of what they wrote:

“He still caught the eye with a couple of forward runs and now, at League One level, he has progressed. In the same position in a game this season he was marked by a tough midfielder, but still managed to free himself to make early runs in possession.

“He is comfortable moving forwards and showed deft footwork to sidestep one especially fierce challenge. At about 5ft 10in with a slim figure, he gives the impression he will broaden out and with greater body strength will pick up more power, strength and pace.

“I was looking to see some creative passing, but that appears to be something he might need to work on as I didn’t see him pick out a single pass under pressure.

“Despite a quiet game he did spring to life with a brilliant forward chip that held up and deceived the goalkeeper, who rushed out and conceded a penalty.

“Bayliss’s team lacked rhythm on this occasion but I saw enough in his general play to be sure that with more constructive players around him, he could flourish.

Bayliss extended his contract last September to run through to 2022 but due to the buy-out clause, he will only cost £3m.

We hope Newcastle look this summer to bring in some quality youngsters and Tom Bayliss seems to fit the bill for a very low fee.

124 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice. Nice and cheap. Lovely jubbly

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #2

    First, yesssss!!!!

  • IrishRob

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Third, hard luck Munster

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #4

    We should do everything we can to get Biesla. He’s one of the best managers in the world and Ashley would love his record developing young players.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #5

    sort of player we should be buying and loaning back to improve

  • Tatforsale Mikey

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Wow how exciting

  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #7

    So if supposed transfer targets already lined up.Does that mean any incoming Manager has no say again on players???
    So who the hell is making these decisions

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t get your point, are you saying that we’d not be much better off with Rafa if Bruce got 10 points less? If Bruce is given 90M with a view of just to survive then why on earth was Rafa not given 90M to spend on who he saw fit for us to push on, if Mike Ashley was really serious about selling then it wouldn’t matter at all to him if Rondon was worthless in three years time having scored over 40 goals and propelling us up the league, surely a more attractive prospect to a potential buyer than Steve Bruce and a squad full of players that managers like Steve Bruce can attract, unless of course the palyers aren’t attracted by a manager, playing style or ambition and will coome here just for a move elsewhere, which as we all know too well gets you relegated in the end.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #9

    The next Mike Williamson,
    The game is up for Mike Ashley and world class mangers, his modus operandi has been well and truly exposed and even FSA is turning his nose up.

  • jon

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Bear with me, had a scoop or ???

    So, been talking to a uk md of a German company, everything peeps have said about tw@t moving goal posts, spot on.

    Tw@t will wait until the deal gets to a certain point, then demand more, usually dosh, it’ll cost more for the buyer not to pay tw@t’s demands, cost this guy 10k.

    There’s another post coming, but need to regroup to post.

  • Return of the Geordi

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry Captain Amerimag I haven’t been around this week to help you fight off the blue meanies, I’ve been off fighting the dark side. But I’m I’m back now to use the power of the force to awaken the Positivity Club. I will also be harnessing the power of the force and channelling it into the voodoo doll on Sunday night. Patience my young padawan the dark lord will be vanquished. nuff said

  • TomaKaThor

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Any half decent players with ambition who pays attention to what is going on here are going to come, manager or not. I am a fan and i wouldnt want to go and play for us right now, the club oozes a toxic and depressing vibe.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib@10 previous

    Don’t give up your day job ffs
    You’ll make nowt as a comedian

    Ffs it’s no laughing matter, it’s a tragedy, aka Hamlet or the Scottish play

  • Just a fan

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Just as an aside.dont know how true it’s is.
    His doctor said to Sinatra .you drink twelve double jack Daniels of an evening how do you feel in the morning
    Sinatra’s reply.ive no idea I don’t get up until the afternoon.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #15

    The really annoying thing is under Rafa with the current squad we would have been setup to bring in quality youngsters from foreign leagues this season as we have a great team spirit with leaders in the dressing room to help bring them on!

    Ashley and whoever is giving him advice are obviously thick as pig shit when it comes to building a club or could it be that they want to go back using Mondial for EVERY PLAYER AGAIN!?!? Backhanders galore for Ashley , Carr and everyone else involved!

  • jon

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #16

    This one, I couldn’t believe, but probably should……

    So, same guy/company would buy 10 containers of merchandise from the tw@t, however, only 9 contained the product they would want, the 10th was “lucky dip” (WTF!!), sometimes they would get a gizamillion white “sport socks” or other such tat, occasionally they’d get a container full of Nike gear. If tw@t felt he was being a bit harsh (what a effing joke) he would sweeten with a little backhander to ensure they kept buying, this guy hasn’t dealt with him for 5 years or so.

    Why would you ever!!

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #17

    From previous #31

    Rafa could’ve gone to China 2 years ago and again 1 year ago but wanted to stay and try to fulfil some potential at the biggest sleeping giant in world football!
    It’s not by accident that world class managers who have won every honour in the game, get offered huge contracts, it’s because they bring you success!
    Why would he hang around a fckin dead head like Ashley and Charnley, who pricks like you deserve to have as their owner?
    You’ve shown you true colours lately that’s for sure.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Just read that Peter Crouch has retired, damn we can strike him off our potential signing list.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #19

    For Gateshead that is! 😉

  • Shire Toon

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Peter Crouch could be our new Head Coach 😳

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Its sickening we had a great manager for three years and didn’t give him any money. One good budget and benitez could have set us up for years. Instead we are going to spend the Newcastle way by employing a has never been and giving him 100m to spend, same as we did with McLaren and souness. Two decisions that set us back years. Its like saving up for years then giving the money to gazza or Paul merson to look after it.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #22

    My point is Rafa walked away from a reasonable next step in our progression. If he was offered £50m plus player sales, which Bruce or whoever will have instead with the same level of control, then how many points do we add as the Rafa-difference compared with a given manager under the same circumstances? What if eventually we see that self-defined – you can choose it, that’s all I’m asking – difference would have us comfortably top 10 and on the verge of challenging for Europa League, can we conclude Rafa could have stayed?

    Quite an easy question, but awkward for those who cannot entertain challenges to their dogma, as seen by there been no answer and just insults and accusations thrown my way by respondents.

    If it’s Bruce then given how people have spoke about him on here and Twitter I’d say the Rafa-difference should be a minimum of 15pts.

    I’ll revisit the question when we know our new manager.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #23

    This is as infuriating as given Bobby Robson little to spend then rewarding Souness for Robson’s success with 100m. It looks like Rafa is going to be sandwiched between two British dinosaurs who were allowed to spend big and failed.

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #24

    The coach / manager is irrelevant whilst we’ve got Ashley and Charnley.
    We don’t support a football team we support a money generating club for one man’s benefit.
    The guy at Leicester city who was tragically killed in the helicopter crash has achieved more since he died than Ashley has all last season!
    Behind the deceit is the ridiculous loan that the club has to pay thanks to his incompetence in not doing due diligence.
    We’re supposed to have a transfer fund of £90 odd million; let’s see how much has been spent by August!
    Fckin hell he’s arguing over compo for SB never mind transfer fees!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #25


    How do we know he was offered 50 million plus player sales? All we had was Charnley’s interview where he said it would be 50 million over two windows!?

    50 million as well with our creative accounting will only get you 2 or 3 players if you are lucky because of all the wages etc baked into the deals!

    One of the main issues Rafa had was that Newcastle would never commit to a budget they would tell him to contact players to see if they wanted to come and then they would consider it with a lot of deals falling through at that point because of Charnley’s weird valuations…. Must have been soul destroying for Rafa to have to deal with that when you consider the professional clubs he has worked for!

    In other clubs players were picked for Rafa such as Higuain but I don’t think Rafa would object to having that kind of player with Newcastle its more than likely going to be some cheap player that is not going to be ready to go into the first team!

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #26

    so Hail – that’s 19 points next season (34 this year) and relegation – sounds about right

  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Thanks for your kind words
    You miss my point like a Joselu shot on goal.
    All I said was , if he wanted out as far back as
    end of May or early June why not tell the fans ?

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Black White

    Thanks for the forthright, straight answer in giving your prediction. At least somebody has the balls!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #29

    NDA’s you thick oaf/simpleton.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #30

    moonraker – to be fair, it shoud be Shef Wed paying us for taking tatty heed

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Last year I has Hoser down for top scorer with 2 – was going well till we got a certain loaner in.

    This year I will struggle to name a striker (of course striker and hoser is a very loose connection)

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #32

    The lads aren’t in any panic at all – Rafa warned them of this exact situation in May.

    Odds are, he’s told them all to play for their career here until they get a move as ASHLEY FC has no ambition.

    If Bruce comes in it’ll be self sabotage as they’re all in Rafa’s camp and they will still play with him in mind

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Like a really bad (I mean catastrophic) comparison of the Clough and Revie situation

  • giimps

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #34

    According to a quote from a friend of Rafas , there was dialogue still going on between him and the club until the last week of June, he did not trust the slug but was still waiting for confirmation that some of his requests would be granted before signing……the confirmation came before the last week of June that the slug had ended negotiations stating BZG did not want Rafa…..Rafa then took up the offer he was considering (as anyone who is a contractor would do) as soon as the contract with the club expired……all down to the slug, Rafa has undoubtedly done well and is in a much better footballing environment now but IMHO, if Rafa was given assurances from the slug Rafa would still be here and we would not care if the club was taken over as Rafa would have control and money to spend…..rather than being linked with Sham,Brucey et al

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #35

    HWA, Rafa said he wanted a project and to win things. If he had signed the contract on offer, he would have had no control over who was bought in. Ashley looks only for value in the transfer market (sell on potential/end of contract/out of contract/buy out clauses/bad boys etc) and has little care of where they fit into the footballing side of things. I believe even under these conditions Rafa would have slowly improved the team’s standing. But IMO it would have been 1 step forward 2 steps back, as soon as big money was offered, the best players would be sold and replaced with more ‘value’ players to continue the cycle. The team would never really challenge under these conditions and Rafa knew this. I am sad to see him go, but understand and respect his decision. Let’s just see how much we spend in this transfer window.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #36


    How do we know? We don’t, but we’ll see if the reports and what the accounts should have generated as calculated by others and myself are true in time.

    How do you know all the nonsense you asserted?

    I’m sure you’re in a position to have that level of insight.

    In any case, the exact amounts don’t matter for this particular experiment, were trying to isolate the Rafa effect in the opinion of others when compared to whoever our new manager is and whether that difference would prove to have put us in a position which we could call definitive progress under Rafa.

  • Online Guy

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #37

    About 7 months back I was asked by someone so close to Ashley and working on the sale to Kenyon at that time, Would your friends in the (………..Royal family be interested ? ) This after I told him we had discussed it and they were well aware of Newcastle United and up for sale and they would make representation via their own Lawyers if they were considering making a bid,

    I know this because I told them .

    Now if you understand that what you have just read above is one million percent correct as it happened ..live …then you will see where my belief came that Ashley was really selling up .

    It was Genuine.

    Why am I telling you this now ? Well I am now hovering between the negative camp and the positive camp that Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce were red herrings ..and we are still in negotiation with BZG or Jim Ratcliffe or both entities as new owners .

    Praying !

  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #38

    We have been told countless times that visas
    for China take time (esp if you are going to work there)
    So the time frame doesn’t hang together.
    Rafa could have easily spilled the beans but put his
    feud with MA before the fans.

  • Cathedral on the hill

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #39


    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 would ask the club what his budget was so he could speak to player’s and agent’s and get deals lined up. But the club would 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 anyone else. 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. How on earth in this market do you improve a club on a negative net spend?

  • jane

    Jul 12, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Sheffield Wednesday (Shef Wed as the locals say?) have 2 friendlies tomorrow:

    away to Lincoln at 1pm and away to Stocksbridge at 3pm.

    wonder if Steve Bruce will be there !



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