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Newcastle In Pursuit Of Malian Goal Machine

Foot Mercato are reporting that Newcastle are pondering whether to activate Porto forward Moussa Marega’s €30m release clause. They report also that West Ham are also looking at bidding for the player.

There are a couple of issues with this from both teams’ perspectives, however. First, West Ham have recently bought French Striker Sebastien Haller from Frankfurt for a club record £45m.

Are they really going to spend close to £30m on another forward? While Marega does tend to play in more of a withdrawn role and is certainly not a like for like with the classic centre-forward Haller, that would be a lot of money to spend this summer in the attack.

They have also bought attacking midfielder Pablo Fornais from Villareal for around £25m this summer.

Moussa Marega– will Newcastle trigger release clause?

The issue with this player from Newcastle’s perspective is the transfer policy under Ashley. The player is 28 years-old and would presumably fall outside of Mike Ashley’s age range for transfer targets.

That would especially be the case for a player who would cost as much as Marega. Ashley reportedly balked at buying Salomon Rondon at 29 years-old for £16.5m. So would he really sanction the purchase of a player for close to twice that amount who is just a year and a half younger?

Marega is certainly an exciting talent though. This past season he scored 21 goals with 11 assists in 47 appearances. While the year prior he scored 23 goals with 8 assists in 40 games.

He is generally deployed behind the centre-forward but can also play the lead role or out on the right. He is very good in the air and a clinical finisher. He would be a great addition to Newcastle’s squad and would really be an exciting player.

However at twenty-eight and for €30m, we just don’t see this one happening. Though we would be pleasantly surprised.

19 comments so far

  • TheJimBelow

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #1


  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Dead story!!!!

  • giimps

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #3

    I believe we are being linked with him……that’s it though,

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #4

    I believe we are being linked with him……that’s it though,

    you said the same about Almiron and Joelinton

  • outside the box

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    i would prefer bowen or wilson …… maxim as a poster pointed out on previous blog reminds me a lot like adama traore …i know im repeating myself from earlier posts but a left footed left back and goalscorer should be priority.

  • 9

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t be silly, Neil.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Imagine if his first name was Bob…Malian.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #8

    NUFC’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson plays careful attention
    to a potential signing’s attitude and character, which would give
    the club pause for thought in any move for Allan Sainte-Maximin.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    pays even

  • jon

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Caught up on the blog by 2, lost all track after that, so settling down for as few pre sale celebratory pints with the Mrs.


  • Asi Fish

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Enjoy jon although I think your pre-sale celebratory pints are going to turn into one marathon session – you’ll be drinking for years my friend ha ha.

    Half an hour left in the office and then it’s beer’o’clock.


  • giimps

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Yeah jib, that’s 2 out of the 4000 players we’ve been linked with since the slug took over, nice creative accounting there,

  • jon

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh, I am enjoying.


  • jon

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #15

    And I don’t do marathons….knackered knees, and 1 hip on the way out, they won’t replace cos I’m too young! Great, ffs.

  • giimps

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Its absolutely lashing it down here, so do I take the washing in or leave it for an extra outside rinse…….decisions decisions

  • PotugueseTOON

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Hi Jib
    I hope it s just a rumor…

  • Reilly

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Tabby Kinder
    Sports Directs results were delayed because of a notification from the Belgian tax authorities about a tax bill that came in *yesterday*
    Tabby Kinder
    The tax bill, which Sports Direct found our about yesterday, is for 674 MILLION EUROS

  • jon

    Jul 26, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Bus has moved on peeps!


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