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Current State Of Newcastle Transfers – Three More Signings Needed

Time is beginning to run out at Newcastle as the transfer window closes a week today at 5:00pm.

So we have less than eight full days to go until the end of the window.

We still need a left-back, a top striker and a winger brought in – at the very least.

There’s news today that Lee Charnley is in France trying to close the deal for 22-year-old Nice winger and second striker Allan Saint-Maximin.

It looks like he could be a good signing for about £22M, which would be our second highest fee ever paid out.

And the top three, if this one is successful, will have all been paid out this year.

Lee Charnley – in France right now

But as usual, the ultra-careful Charnley and company are making signing players look to be a complicated task to accomplish this summer.

We hope we can get the French lad to Tyneside, but there are a few questions regarding his potential disruptive behavior.

However, we fully expect Steve Bruce to be able to ensure there’s no adverse effect on Newcastle’s fantastic team spirit.

We are assuming the transfer fee for Joelinton was around £36M so Newcastle are currently making a profit of £3.5M.

This summer s looking a bit like the summer of four years ago in 2015 when Mike Ashley had a positive net spend in that transfer window.

Here are the incomings and outgoings so far.

Kyle ScottFreeChelsea
Jake TurnerFreeBolton
Jetro WillemsSeason loanEintracht Frankfurt
Allan Saint-Maximin£16.5MOGC Nice
Emil Krafth£5.0MAmiens
Andy CarrollFreeWest Ham
Ludwig FrancilletteFreeUnattached
Transfer Fees paid out£57.5M
Mohamed DiameReleased Al Ahli Doha - Qatari
Cal RobertsReleased
Ayoze Perez£30.0MLeicester City
Joselu£2.5MAlves - Spain
Liam GibsonLoan - JanuaryGrimsby Town
Dan BarlaserSeason loanRotherham United
Freddie WoodmanSeason loanSwansea City
Nathan HarkerLoan - JanuaryBlyth Spartans
Jacob MurphySeason loanSheffield Wednesday
Transfer Fees into club£32.5M
Net Spend£25.0M

With time running out, Lee Charnley and company need to get a move on – and sign some players.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 1, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Mund – good to see you around again. You hadn’t posted much these days.

    I agree £15m for Gayle is a great price but do you think we would have enough time (or desire) to replace him before the window shuts? Gayle is quite an enigma to me, he’s a natural goalscorer in the Championship yet in the EPL he misses sitters and hardly is a threat. Don’t get it. The goals the same size. He is quick and a tireless runner that can also work the channels so it is quite frustrating that he can’t replicate his form in the EPL.

    If we sign Saint-Maximin I’d be very happy as we would finally have an exciting winger that can open up defensive doors ala Ben Arfa.

    But if we could add the solid composure and play of Harry Wilson too imagine what a boost that would give to everyone. Him and Longstaff could develop together into a formidable force. He can also replace Atsu in the starting eleven. Okay I am dreaming again.. let’s get this Saint-Maximin guy signed first and then see what happens lol

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 1, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh a firstie! It’s been a while, feeling quite proud of myself now lol

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 1, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Here’s a summary of Saint-Maximin

    Allan Saint-Maximin – the most frustrating French prospect since Hatem Ben Arfa

    On the pitch, the Frenchman is as flamboyant as a winger can be. There is probably no trick that he does not have up his sleeve and he tries to put them all to good use, often to the chagrin of his team-mates.
    Despite this having been his highest scoring season ever, Saint-Maximin only scored six times and assisted just thrice. This is perhaps indicative of the player that any side would be getting – an infuriating inability to finish or to make the right decisions in the final third.
    In the image of former Barcelona youngster and Wolverhampton Wanderers star Adama Traoré, Saint-Maximin racked up the second most number of dribbles in the Ligue 1 this past season – 4.2 per game and that is only second behind the influential Hatem Ben Arfa. At the same time however, he also had the third most bad touches per game statistic last season.
    Saint-Maximin sometimes only threatens and almost always fails when there is a chance to play a final pass or an opportunity opens up to shoot.
    He is often seen taking shots from long distances and that does not help his team create more clear cut chances. He is not someone who will hug the touchline and put a cross in for the striker. He likes to cut inside and have regularly off-target pops at goal. He had the lowest number of contributions to goals and assists combined in the list for the top 20 Ligue 1 players who attempted the most numbers of shots per game. 
    It is worth noting that Saint-Maximin usually struggles to contribute tangibly in a 4-3-3 shape and is more effective when played in a narrow position. It just shows that he is better off playing closer to goal than away from it, especially because he has a clear distaste for tracking back.
    If you are looking for flair, to make your fans excited if your team otherwise intends to play defensive football all season, then ASM is your man. If you want results, look elsewhere.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 1, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Could be interesting

  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #5


    Ive been around mate posted here and there but recently came back more just through acceptance nothing is going to change short term so my focus is on the team and hopefully doing well.

    Gayle is an enigma to me as well cant quite figure it out but dont think he can cut premiership level so id like him replaced whether they do or not is anyones guess.

    Im excited about getting saint max in and hopefully thats announced over the nest 48 hrs. Thinking of Wilson is a pipe dream for me id love to sign this lad he has got everything to be a great player and at the reported 25 mill is peanuts for a player of his quality. If you can risk 40 mill on a brazilian from germany then 25 mill on Wilson is nothing.

    Lets just see what happens in the next 7 days if we can get the likes of these lads signed up then it could be an intresting season but its a big if.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    If he’s mentioned in the same breath as Hba I’d take him! FFS we’re talking about £20 million not £100 million.
    We need to make a statement and this would lift the players like nothing else!
    Get him in! I’ve seen the video he’s made for Newcastle!

  • Graeme

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    The kid obviously has talent – but he’s no Ben Arfa!! Is he what we need, given the players we already have??

  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #8


    100% he is what we need

  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Mind shaft
    Where did you read that ?
    Only one opinion but he sounds like all the bad bits of HBA without the flashes of class .
    Will be interesting indeed

  • geordietom

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Mr not so TUFF …

    are you sure or do you want to hear when we went to Petra …

    or when we cruised the Nile down to Aswan or the Temple of Kom Ombo …

    really think you would like to hear a running commentary …

    or sitting with the egyptian fans watching their team win the A.F.C.ON. think you would of enjoyed it …

  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11


    Being such an expert on matters French, you’ll know that jambe noire translates into…… scab, blackleg

    You’re a disgrace

  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #12

    4 doon for the Aussies

  • geordietom

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    just read our next signing will be in the next 48 hours …

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #14

    If Charnley comes back from France having signed this kid I will be amazed but delighted!
    Jib, your owners taking a hit you’ll be in trouble! Lol

  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #16


    It’s not Jib’s owner who should take the hit, it’s the animal itself that deserves a good howkin’.

  • SwissSte

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Considering we’ve a net spend of £3.5m (low net spend – again!) and we’re prepared to blow £22m on a volatile French player, then why not sign a homegrown player, either Bowen for £20m or Wilson for £25m, as their value will go up once they start maturing more.
    If we sign St Max, what’s to say his problems don’t continue, then we need to offload him in 2-3 years in disgrace for £15m or so.
    The decisions of this club are absolutely baffling sometimes.
    Actually no, every single decision is baffling.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #18

    For me a transfer is like a war, you put in your bid and then they either surrender or fight back.

    Looking at the picture Ed or Neil showed of Penfold, if your in a bunker and you turn to your left and see him looking back at you, you know at that split moment your going to die.

  • oldarse

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Transfers been pretty thin this window keeps prices down

  • ArtyH

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Ben Arfa is still a free agent…..So is Carroll…..Probably not for the starting eleven but impact subs on a pay as you play deal could paper over a few cracks again…..The subs bench looks pretty low on quality……

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #21

    That’s true he’s a fckin 100% scab. Anyone who gives a modicum of support to the fat capitalist pig needs a kicking!

  • Goofy

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Charney in France they say!! I feel more confident all ready.. that’ll collapse, guy’s got as much charm as Steve Bruce.
    Couldn’t get him over the line blah blah blah. When they keep using that same line it only makes them look more incompetent, every other club is bish bosh deal done but not our lot. Club’s became an absolute farce.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Gayle got injured and lost confidence cos of it, that’s my take on his performances, a full season in the EFL with lots of goals has probably done him the world of good.

    We might yet see a goal scoring EPL player in him but not sure it’s going to be with us.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s a nice thought but we’ve already got too many passengers signed on long contracts as company policy by Ashley with the intention of selling on for a profit. Another big mistake!

  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Swiss stu
    Klopp seems to rate him too

    Back to signing as the stepping stone club again .
    Old man Carr back in the hot seat it seems .
    Toon 22 get looking mate see if fatso has any fingers in Mondial

  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #26


    A £3.5m net spend this window? It’s not closed get and we’ve still got the money Ashley promised for this window. So, we could either blow £64.5m in the next few days (£50m +£11m + £3.5m) or £114.5m in the winter window.

    Or, better still, we could hold on to that £114.5m and add it to next season’s kitty to strengthen for our assault on the Champions League.

    Oh yes, I’m now convinced of Ashley’s ambition. It’s getting better and I’m so convinced that buying a season ticket for the family’s the way to go, I’ve lashed out for a box.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #27

    If Charnley’s in France it’s a done deal! He never leaves Newcastle normally apart from his holidays at Butlins, Skegness.

  • magscar

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon 22

    Repost my Internet has been down and couldn’t tell whether new thread or not

    Toon 22

    I respond simply because you again posted direct to me. You said


    Aug 1, 2019 at 12:48 PM
    Comment #16


    It’s the fans and a few minority views

    Guess what side you are on

    How arrogant of you to assume that you know enough about me or even appreciate what i have written on here for more than 5 years to pose such a one dimensional question.

    You in fact have highlighted exactly what i have been saying and your McCarthyite approach to Blog is a blight and not conducive to fan opinion of quite wide ranging view not being allowed to breathe .

    Carry on in the deluded belief that you are fighting the good fight on here against the imaginary hordes of shills and the not so proper fans.

    Better here than the real world out there where TMG is trying to determine how to engage with ALL fans not those who currently are active or they have managed to address.

    Behave like that in a TMG meeting and you would be told to shut up and allow others to speak whether or not you or they agree with them.

    I suppose you think the Blog is not the real world and be abused as you see fit as others cheeron from the sidelines.

    I want Ashley out , do nothing to support him, support TMG’s actions and do not believe there are any shills on here.

    I began to believe there was a sale ONLY becuase respected posters on here had information indicating that there was a chance – you’re repeated ” no sale” mantra was neither original , prescient nor true throught out period. You know nothing of accountancy, HMRC but I do and need not take lectures from a a poorly researched imbecile about such matters.

    Likes of NY Mag and others have a far better grasp of such matters – just doesn’t suit your agenda though.

    The tried and tested response in both far Left and Right of politics is to seek to shut down discussion and repeat nonsense as you do in putting down of a variety of views that are posted in genuine hope of expression on NUFC by all ages, backgrounds. creeds and colour on a Blog set up for that exact purpose.

    It is pointless seeking to chat with you further as you have no appetite for it.

    So I am simply laying out my frustration with how the Blog is descending more and more into a place of little discussion just a billboard for promoting action and calling out others and no haven for views that aren’t as strident as many hold but are sincere and surely allowed to be held.

    I don’t have a problem with disclosure of TMG information etc on here just want Blog to be about OUR views as well .

    Still feeling depressed but as Tsunki seems to think if you disagree with how Blog is then get out of the kitchen and all that – very adult and welcoming but not unexpected.

    In summary the Club is and has always been clearly a informal grouping of people of different ages, backgrounds and beliefs ( both ouside of and about football itself) and conflicts do arise but all are generally tolerated because of their shared if differently expressed love of NUFC – is it too much to expect the Blog to be similarly eclectic?

    Oh!! the question

    – it’s easy i am a fan of more than 50 years but with what some seem to regard as a minority view.

    Ok if i believe what I am saying and I do – then I for one accept myself for what I am

    a true fan with a currently minority view on here as defined by a frog

  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Whoops, correction to @25

    So, we could either blow £61m in the next few days (£50m +£11m) or £111m in winter window. 😐

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Oldarse, I’m not trying to take the piss out of you, but I am genuinely surprised you don’t get that Milton Jones joke that jib repeated.

    I’m not a big Milton Jones fan and as jib said it wasn’t a huge belly laugh more of a little giggle.

    Humour is a different thing to different people, jokes often sail right over the top of my head, I don’t take offence if they do though, life’s to short.

  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #31

    I just see that pic and think of droppy in Wallsend caving in his skull with a big spoon

  • #BleachTheLeech

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Group collective release statement on plans to #BoycottArsenal


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33


    Holier than thou and sanctimonious are how I read many of his comments.

    But he aint going to stop so best to just ignore him.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyway back to the cricket, haven’t seen the 4th wicket go down, recording it!

  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Won’t update you further bill
    Will let you enjoy ” live”

  • oldarse

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Essex don’t want to start all that crap on here mate enjoying the peace and crack but honestly, I have a sense of humour and to say that was a joke is a joke my friend now please just let me enjoy cheers.

  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Hoist by his own petard

  • magscar

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38


    I know and I rearely engage with him ( or vice versa) but I have posted today of my genuine confusion as a fan of how to move forwrad.

    I haven’t followed friendly matches, haven’t begun to think about Joelinton or future signings and coming on here just makes me more lost as to how does a “proper fan” who is against Ashley and previously just got on with it now function in a Rafaless world with Bruce in charge.

    I’ve always overcome previous disappointments like a true NUFC fan used to the fairground of rollercoaster and merry-go rounds like in the Spanish City as a kid but am definitely struggling with the growing feeling on here.

    I have had breaks before and perhaps that may be best – could just have ben catching up on about 4 days of posts that drove me deeper down 🙁

    We’ll see 🙂

  • geordietom

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Newcastle splashed the cash to sign striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim earlier this summer and the player’s agents ROGON are set to do further business with the Magpies.
    Steve Bruce’s side are now close to landing 22-year-old Saint-Maximin from Nice for a fee of €22m plus bonuses, according to French outlet SoccerLink.fr.

    Newcastle have held extensive talks to try to get a deal over the line and now look to be on the verge of succeeding.

  • geordietom

    Aug 1, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Newcastle on verge of confirming €18 million deal for Nice star Allan Saint-Maximin

    Newcastle United are reportedly closing in on the €18 million signing of Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin.

    12 min ago
    RMC Sport claims that the Premier League side have sent a delegation of representatives to the French city to finalise the transfer.

    Newcastle will pay €18 million up front and a small amount in bonuses for the 22-year-old, although the final details still need to be agreed before the deal is confirmed.

    Saint-Maximin, who can play across the forward line, scored six goals and provided five assists in 34 Ligue appearances last season.

    The Frenchman had also been linked with Watford this summer but now appears set for a move to St. James’ Park.

    Newcastle have made the club record signing of Hoffenheim Joelinton for £40m this summer, and Maximin would be the Tynesiders’ second signing of the summer.


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