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Champions League Star Available At Just £17m – Newcastle Should Make A Bid

Red Bull Salzburg superstar striker Eling Haaland is reportedly available for just £17m this January due to a clause his contract. This revelation comes from the German outlet Bild.

Haaland joined Salzburg last January for the bargain basement fee of £4.5m from Norwegian club Molde, where he was coached by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until leaving to manage the Red Devils in December of 2018.

At Salzburg, Haaland has been on fire scoring 27 goals in just 20 appearances this season. That tally includes 8 goals in 5 Champions League appearances.

Erling Haaland– Newcastle should make a bid no matter how long the odds

As you would expect, a lot of Europe’s elite are interested in bringing Haaland in. If the news of his release clause is accurate, that list will only grow longer.

The strapping Norwegian was actually born in Leeds to former-Leeds defender Alf Haaland. Erling is a self-professed Leeds United supporter. However, the Championship side are unlikely to be able to afford the player even at the reduced price tag.

However, Newcastle could certainly afford to take a stab at bringing Haaland on board in January. While it is highly unlikely the player would choose Newcastle with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, and Dortmund all tracking the forward, it wouldn’t hurt to make an attempt.

Who Was The Man Of The Match At Sheffield United?

  • Martin Dubravka (75%, 1,782 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (6%, 132 )
  • Federico Fernandez (5%, 121 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (5%, 108 )
  • Andy Carroll (3%, 68 )
  • Ciaran Clark (2%, 59 )
  • Javier Manquillo (2%, 56 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 28 )
  • Miguel Almiron (1%, 12 )
  • Joelinton (0%, 6 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 6 )
  • Jetro Willems (0%, 5 )
  • Paul Dummett (0%, 5 )

Total Voters: 2,388

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What Will Be The Result Against Southampton On Sunday?

  • Win (71%, 1,015 )
  • Draw (19%, 277 )
  • Loss (10%, 141 )

Total Voters: 1,433

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52 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #1

    No chance – he’ll be bought by one of the big boys and immediately loaned out for a big fee.

  • Rob1971

    Dec 6, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Best managers I have seen at Newcastle, Keegan, Robson, Cox then Rafa for me, I can’t believe the amount of stick a manager who is no longer here is getting after we won last night, great result but it was awful to watch, Catchy Munster what is the obsession with bringing him up constantly? he is gone let it go

  • Rob1971

    Dec 6, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Also Munster I believe it was yourself who Said Rafa was gone we had to stop discussing him, when are you going to start?

  • G

    Dec 6, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #4

    We should, we probably wont, it would be laughed off anyway. As Rob says, he will go to one of the better clubs.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #5

    G, not better, mate – never better.

    Just have more cash and owners who know how to run a footy club.


  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Munster, Keegan as President? We’d have Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Suarez and Neymar and be bankrupt by Christmas

    Mind, it would be glorious…..


  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I liked Rafa but there is a reason, in my opinion, why perhaps his status among fans is higher than performances and results merit.

    In one word…


    After Pardew and McLaren, and facing relegation, we were all expecting MA to appoint another journeyman manager but instead we got Rafa who created a huge wave of optimism and instant worship.

    The cliff hanging ‘will he won’t he stay’ after relegation and the euphoria that he did and was prepared to stay with us in the Champs further raised the love among fans. Going up as champions at the first attempt really put the silver lining on it.

    But, let’s face it, even in the Champs for all the goals we scored the actual football wasn’t brilliant and neither was it in the Prem the past two seasons although I was happy to settle for that after two relegations.

    When the doubts started about whether he would stay this season the hype went up another notch with many predicting a race to the bottom if he left/ Blind panic among many, especially when he did leave.

    Rafa was good for us, no doubt about that, but IMO there is a lot more to his legendary status with many NUFC fans than just performances and results.

    He represented hope and gave the club and it’s fans credibility.

    Bruce will never match that feeling of hope that Rafa gave us but that doesn’t say he can’t match, or even better his performances and results.

    Time will tell.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Enjoyed the result last night although not do much the game itself – think we seem to be playing closer to our own goal than ever

  • Rob1971

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Bills Son the football the 2nd half of last season was good to watch, the front 3 of Perez, Rondon & Almiron worked well together

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Met this young lad a few times,, he comes from here where I live, OGS did really well with him.

    He comes from Bryne, which is about 10Km from my house, his dad is a really nice guy too, he is one of the leaders at the golf club im in,

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Bills, you and I have disagreed over a range of issues, but I’ve never read a post of yours which I agreed with more.

    I’ve mentioned hope as the reason for the hero-worship of Rafa before and I fervently believe that to be true. I think even more than that, though, was the trust we put in him, to be our ally against Ashley and his minions and to keep our dreams of better days alive.

    I don’t yet trust Bruce in the same way, I never trusted Pardew as he was Ashley’s lapdog and never trusted Allardyce or McClaren either.

    The only other manager since Keegan that I’ve had trust in is Hughton, and look how he was treated also.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Ive always detested negative football and never liked Rafa before he came to Newcastle but accepted his style because I knew hed build a team and slowly stabilise us in the top ten. i always hoped hed steady us then rodgers would take over. If rafa didnt have a proven track record Id have wanted him out. I expressed concerns when he came that he wasnt great at scouting attackers, never played academy players, and was 10 years from being the next generation of dinosaur. All of which seems right. so im no superfan. But when he went on terrible losing streaks I never once doubted hed come good because his record over perhaps 1000 games says he will.

    Bruce is scraping points but Im sure this is as good as it will get with Bruce. we are riding our luck. At the moment hes clearly driving a team Rafa built. its Rafas team playing Rafas way. bruce has never played this way so we all know it cant go on forever. if it was that simple moyes would have just told the man u players to keep playing like fergie did and theyd have kept winning the league. rafas team often outplayed the smaller teams. bruce is just sticking everyone behind the ball and relying on luck. im disgusted we put 9 superior men behind the ball against a bunch of league one players and championship journeymen. I wont accept this crap football from someone with no pedigree. if we are going to be in a relegation scrap at least be a team playing some football so we can hold our heads up high. nothing worse than being s*** and boring.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Crazy that rafa is still the topic, Bruce is doing surprisingly well, still long way to go in season and injuries to Almiron or ASM would really hurt us in breaking quick on counter.

    Ashley will be laughing though, he was paying 6m a year to a manager and now has one who probably earning 600k yet he’s doing the same if not better with the squad.

    Sheff utd have no right to twist about the VAR decision, the whole league knows you play to the whistle, they didn’t and that’s a big error on there part and nothing to do with VAR which worked well as the correct decision was made from a mistake by the linesman

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    I would fcuking love it if Brucie boy get the club to finish in the top 10.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Next mike Williamson

    I’m pretty sure his Hull team played the same formation as what we play now, albeit they went down but I do remember them playing with a similar set up.

    The blueprint is there so why change what’s worked in the past? The big gripe was looking toothless going forward but we are missing big chances and arguably creating more chances under bruce, he has managed to find a system and tweak is tactics to get more out of us in final 3rd which Rafa didn’t.

    We’d probably have a further 5 goals if Rondon was here

  • Our Toon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #16

    As for 9 superior men behind the ball.

    Sheff utd at home this season
    Leicester, southampton, liverpool (keeper clanger), us

    They are the 4 games they’ve lost and we are the only ones to best them by more than 1 goal at there place.

    The only draw was with
    Man utd

    Games won at home:

    They are unbeaten away from home this season in league

    All held to draws, they are no mugs and are where they are based on merit which speaks volumes for the work the manager has done.

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #17


    “ I interviewed a guy recently “




  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    salzburg often find good players and managers. ive been saying for at least five years we should poach their DoF Ralph Rangrick. hed make better choices than charnley and long term wed be a top team.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #20


    wow you give your trust away easy,, Rafa said many times its not about money, he wanted to challenge in Europe. less than 1 week after the season ends, he signs a 12 million a year deal in china with a bang average club that is no where near a quality team, player or prestige.

    another crazy thing you have said

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #21

    sheff utd are good because of their manager. player for player theres no contest. if you switched managers wed have thrashed them.. yet they were the better team no question.

    bruce had played 3 at the back at hull but that defence was far from organised. they leaked goals for fun. hull had no specific style of play. bruce has never been defensive nor has he been.attacking nor counter attacking nor passing. hes just been there, plodding along, hoping for the best, telling his players to work hard.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #22


    Obsessing again. Let it go, we know you miss Rafa and can’t stop talking about him. You really have disconnection issues.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #23

    How’s it crazy? I would trust Rafa with my life. He had the best interests of the club at heart, he had a vision of where he could take it and the drive to do just that.

    Sadly, that vision wasn’t shared by our Owner and Rafa felt he couldn’t stay under those circumstances. I completely understand his decision and would only hope that I could be so principled in the same circumstances.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #24


    If the best you can do is call people retards and pedos, I think that kind of defines you as a tool but not the sharpest one.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #25

    I described bruces style a few weeks ago as plodding along and hoping theres three worse teams than us, then after Villa he actually said himself we have to ‘keep plodding on and hope’ almost using the exact words id used to describe him. Bit by bit we will slowly get worse. Under Rafa bit by bit we slowly got better. Bruces only hope is Ashley and the scouting team find him some gems and Rafas defence holds.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Bruce wont rip up any trees but he’s doing well and far better than I thought he ever would. I’m baffled by some fans on here. Rafa took 12m and went to china, good luck to him and I’ve no doubt he’ll be back in PL by next season at the latest.

    Yes rafa drilled the defence, bruce does deserve credit though, back 5 yesterday played for the 2nd time together in a match as a unit. 1st time was man citeh game.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #27


    If i have one for Rafa,, you seriously have one about me, i have never, not once said anything negative about the person, who he is. I actually like the man, i think he is genuine.

    But this is a footballing blog, where we all have an opinion on what we see on the pitch, how the team plays, I have my opinions, I try and back them up with facts.

    you and a few others,, dont seem to have opinions on football anymore, you would rather spend you time slating people for having an opinion. you back it by saying because i say so, you have an sad sick obsession with me for some very strange reason, you only have personal attacks,, which is not what the blog is about.

    if you dont like what i say,, dont engage, keep the personal attacks to yourself, but if you want to talk football whether we agree or not im more than willing to do so.

    Rafa was just a manager, who by every measure in football, did a poor job at NUFC

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #28


    not people,, Only YOU.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Like many, not a fan of Bruce. No one else would employ him in the Premier League. Our defence is doing well because we have very good defenders. Our defenders are as good as any team in the league. So many CBs to choose from.

    The issue, and it becomes apparent every week is they are drilled what to do when we don’t have the ball. Last night was further proof of this. They all know their job when we don’t have the ball.

    But it is also clear they are not coached at all on what to do when we have the ball. There is no structure to the play. No interplay. No communication at all. Midfield and attack are constantly too far apart and out of position.

    All summed up by Bruce’s “wherever” comment to Almiron a few weeks back when asked where he should play.

    We will stay up with ease, because our defence is rock solid. But until Ashley and Bruce go, we will never see the Newcastle we love to see play.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #30

    So for Sunday’s game should Shelvey be dropped and S Longsatff be bought back in?

  • Tonyd3b54

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #31

    We can instantly get better chances by simply switching almiron and Maxim. Almiron is all left foot and is basically neutralized when you put him on the right. He has no right foot so can’t put balls in from that side. Needs to be played through the middle or left. ASM can do his dribbles from anywhere and I believe may be wrong but is right footed. There’s no plan except for counter and put balls in yet Bruce puts both wingers on the their wrong foot to cross. It’s rediculous.. I can see putting them where they are if you’re gonna have them play more centralized and have movement and runs being made off of the striker with wingbacks overlapping but that’s too complicated for brucy.

    Another thing he can try is taking a CB out and playing almiron through the middle with atsu and Maxim on the wings with Ritchie to spell either when he’s healthy. Tell Hayden just to camp in front of the CBs and play the tiote role.

    Atsu Almiron Maxim
    Shelves Hayden
    Willems CB CB manquilo

    Give shelves license to get forward and tell Hayden to protect the CBs. Don’t think Bruce would do it but it’s possible

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #32

    NY Mag


  • Munster Mag

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Quite an unfair question Rob


    Dec 6, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3
    Also Munster I believe it was yourself who Said Rafa was gone we had to stop discussing him, when are you going to start?

    I made that comment when i went to some lengths to detail where I was positioned re Rafa.
    I am constantly barracked on here about Benitez so I dont see why I should turn a blind eye. Put simply, plenty of other people are not moving on, and it seems every thread has some form of Rafa discussion so maybe you should address your question to all the audience ?

  • Mag :P

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Why all of this hate for Rafa?

    He has set the foundation of a solid defence at this club, he’s the one that got us promoted at the first attempt, he’s the one that defied the odds and got us 10th in our first season back in the prem after little money was spent.

    A complete lack of class from some of you on here, regardless of your own opinions/agenda’s about Rafa, he was a huge success and it’s no surprise all hope was lost when he left, such was the impact he made.

    Now, I wasn’t happy with him being replaced by Bruce, but I’m happy with how he has done so far with our squad. It’s not been pretty but he’s grinding out results just like Rafa did. So I honestly don’t understand why he’s getting support from the people that bashed Rafa for the same thing, furthermore, I don’t understand why the people that hailed rafa for it are now bashing Bruce. The hypocrisy is mental.

    In my opinion, the solid foundation left from Rafa is still having a big impact on our team, Bruce wanted to help make us more of an attacking threat and although it’s not bared fruit yet the stats do say he’s doing that, even though slightly.

    Rafa deserves more respect on his name, he was fantastic for us.

    Bruce deserves the same, his short stint here has been much more successful then most of us expected.

    All this petty arguing over who is better is exactly that, petty.

    Both have done good for us, chill out. Enjoy the season, get over your agendas and move on.

    It’s like a circus on here.

  • Mag52

    Dec 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Bill’s son #7

    Possibly the most sensible comments I’ve read on here about Rafa and Bruce.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Mag : P, well said I agree wholeheartedly.

    Rafa did well, Bruce is doing well. There is no exclusivity required.

  • carltoon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Mag.p. EXACTLY.

  • carltoon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #38

    After all it’s Ashley I want out.

  • Asi Fish

    Dec 6, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Wow, is Rafa back already? I thought it had been decreed that thoust shalt not talk of the one who was gone!!!!!!!

    Anyway, I enjoyed the game overall as we won, ASM off the mark, AC start, VAR ruled our way (clever JonJo) and Wilder lost it on post match interview.
    I would have bitten your mitt off for a draw at the start but fair play we did them (special thanks to Dubs) – they might not recover properly from that.

    Some on here want exciting smash fest football every game where we take teams apart – no respect for the other teams that want to do the same.

    My Son is not the fastest runner but last weekend on Sports Day he tried his best. Head down and run as fast as you can. He came away with two Silver medals because some of the other kids got complacent and some just messed up on the day.
    He doesn’t look at his medals with disgust because they are not Gold, he looks at what he achieved on the day with hard graft and desire.

  • carltoon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #40

    EGB never change a winning team. My man Shelvey stays.


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