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Report – Medical Scheduled This Weekend For £22.5m Forward


Football Insider had an exclusive this morning that Newcastle had reached a breakthrough in their pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Ademola Lookman. The specifics of the breakthrough were not detailed. However, it is likely to be concerning the permanent transfer fee for the 22-year-old.

They are now reporting that Lookman will undergo a medical this weekend. The details of the deal are that it is a loan until the end of the season with an option to buy. The amount of the fee was not disclosed.

The Northern Echo had a report this morning stating that Newcastle would have to insert a guaranteed £22.5m purchase clause in a loan deal for Lookman. However, there was nothing in the report confirming that an agreement had been reached.


We think bringing in Lookman on loan with an option to buy, even at £22.5m, is a low risk deal. However, making it guaranteed gives us some pause.

Jarrod Bowen could seemingly be bought for that amount this winter, and we think he could prove to be a better signing. Bowen has also played as a striker for Hull this season and done well. So bringing in Jarrod for around £20-25m and then getting an experienced striker on loan is an option we think could work.

However, that doesn’t take into consideration Hull’s flat refusal to sell Bowen this winter. If that is the case, then getting Lookman is a solid alternative. Though, the Northern Echo seems to think Hull would let Bowen go if Newcastle met their asking price.

The claim from Football Insider is that Lookman will be in for a medical this weekend. So we don’t have too long to wait to find out how accurate their source is.

If the Lookman deal does happen, then that is some unexpectedly swift business from Newcastle for a winter window.

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49 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 9, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Beat you to it Neil.

    Ha ha ha

    1
  • fairscup

    Jan 9, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Good addition to the squad but nowt special – loan with OPTION to buy is good business

    1
  • bill

    Jan 9, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Does he score goals?

    2
  • seantoon

    Jan 9, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #4

    20-25million for Bowen when his contract runs out in June is steep. I’d have thought he’d go for 10-15million with maybe addons based on if he does well

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘the pr”!! Silly frog got shown up for talking crap by Lil last night

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #6

    And as for my position on rafa, there is no contradiction re Bruce. Rafa should never have been above criticism. And neither shud Bruce. Simple, even for an amphibian.

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 9, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7

    In purely functional terms, i.e. improved goal difference and points return, rather than say looking to the future or entertainment value, I think our most productive 11 could well be something like….

    ……………….Dubravka.
    ………Scharr….Fede….Lejeune.
    Manq……Hayden…..Longstaff…Willems.
    ………..Muto…..Carroll…..Gayle.

    You’d get more goals from that front three, Hayden and Longstaff giving solid protection to the back three, and Scharr and Lejeune hitting the advancing Manquillo and Willems with pinged cross field balls to initiate the quick counter.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Swap Lascelles for Fede, Yedlin for Manq, Ritchie for Willems if you prefer.

    1
  • G

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Or longstaff for longstaff Nicky?

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #10

    “Entertainment value”. Mmmm. What’s more entertaining than shots on target, goals and points. Nothing really. At the end of the day you want to be celebrating goals and results.

    3
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Munster – I agree nobody should be above criticism buy why keep bringing it up, he’s long gone so you may as well criticise Pards, Carver and McClaren and any other past manager – Bruce is the current manager so is the one who should be discussed – Rafa, Carver and McClarrn ain’t coming back although I wouldn’t be surprised if Ashley offered Pards a route back at some stage

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  • G

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope youre wong on that last bit mindshaft

    1
  • G

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #13

    *wrong. Bloody fat fingers and small phone

    2
  • kc2012

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #14

    But that front 3 has 0 goals lol

    ASM and Miggy in for Muto and Gayle

    Shelvey in for Longstaff.

    3 players who have actually scored

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Well you can’t score if you don’t play. I’m not saying it’s a good side, just perhaps our most functional 11. Our attack just doesn’t score, with half the season gone.

    1
  • c-dog

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Scharr….Fede….Lejeune

    Lascelles or Clark start and leads the three as primary pick

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  • Mirandinha

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Lookman seems to be an upgrade on Atsu and at that price he should be putting pressure on Max and Miggy. Time will tell.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #18

    That’s a fair point mindshaft but u shud ask the tsunki etc why they keep bringing the R word up too. Rafa was the only one who cudnt be criticised. And to say he was criticised is a stretch. Any negative comments were shouted down. Alex Ferguson wasn’t treated like this I’m sure! Cue abuse from the high priests of rafadom. Anyway, I’ll try to abstain again but Jail was talking horlicks about Rafa to Lilongwe last night and I felt I had to dispute some of the shite Jail was spouting. I’ll try harder next time to abstain Mindshaft.

    1
  • Mirandinha

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Mindshaft – I think even Party-line Pards was sick of Ashley by the time he left!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Scharr and Lejeune for their distribution, Fede or Lascelles to marshal the back 3 defensively. Clark’s good, but doesn’t have Lejeune’s distribution. Can’t hit Manquillo on the break near as well, or at all, which is important in the side I’m suggesting.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Any decent insight on Lookman by guys in the know?

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Lookman won’t put pressure on Miggy
    He’ll allow Miggy his preferred central/free role where he can be
    more effective

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Nick I’m not wild on that central mid :(.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib is Lookman left or right wing?

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Lookman is only so steep because he is English, I personally am hoping its option to buy for about 15 million and he would have to really impress to warrant full purchase… Talking of such things I am starting to think we will lose Willems! Massive miss if we do he is such a natural talent… I can see why he was tried as a central midfielder

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  • Mirandinha

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #26

    You think Bruce will change formation, Jib?

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeah, not much going forward, but will protect the back 3, will give and go. You’d be looking to get the wingbacks on the ball in advanced positions, swinging them in, and Muto and Gayle feeding off the second ball from Carroll’s challenges. or on the ball between the lines. Hayden and Longstaff were very good for us in tandem second half of last term in a similar set up, but of course the front three was Perez, Rondon and Almiron.

    1
  • jane

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #28

    “Blessed with great pace, balance and agility together with a desire to take players on as well as an ability to play anywhere across the forward line, Lookman promised to be an exciting addition to the Blues’ squad. Two-footed and with an eye for goal, it was no doubt hoped that as he developed, he could provide a reliable source of creativity and goals in a team that once relied heavily on Romelu Lukaku’s impressive strike rate.”

    https://www.toffeeweb.com/players/profiles/Lookman.php

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  • jane

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #29

    “Though a live-wire going forward, Lookman found consistency in his game hard to come by in his first few months with the club and his defensive defiencies made him a tough sell as a starting player in Koeman’s line-ups.”

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Ademola Lookman | 6 moments that changed my life

    https://youtu.be/ZiZTUzOUGoE

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  • Jib

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    ASM and Lookman can play either wing
    Many Evertonians I know preferred Lookman
    to Theo Walcott

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Ademola Lookman’s Style of Play:
    Counter attack threat
    Likes to dribble

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Mirandinha
    Definitely but gradually

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #34

    He has to change the team set-up to get the best out Joelinton

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Thanks lads, I have the young fella on the laptop investigating too. He may prefer Liverpool but he still calls nufc ‘us’ and “we” etc. 🙂

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Great video here NUFC goal of the decade, some absolute crackers in there.

    https://youtu.be/Om21f2W7lNI

    I’m surprised the Perez lob Vs Leicester isn’t included.

    The two that stand out for me are the Cisse goal against Chelsea and the Cheick Tiote volley against arsenal. Unbelievably good, both of them.

    3
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #37

    1.30 mins in 5 goals, both feet and quick to take the shot.

    https://youtu.be/maSwOrCuej8

    1
  • jane

    Jan 9, 2020 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #38

    seems really nice. i’m sold.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 9, 2020 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Yeah, he does need to change the formation at some point. Three at the back, and wing backs may still suit the group en large, but it doesn’t best suit the three young attacking players we’ve paid 70 million plus to acquire, nor this 22 million we are apparently willing to part with for Lookman.

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 9, 2020 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Cisse goal was for me a fluke, the Cheick Tiote was goal hit with venom and the whole of Newcastle took off brilliant. God rest his soul for that memory.

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