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Newcastle Line Up Free Agent For This Summer


Rob Elliot’s contract runs out this summer, and it will not be renewed, so he will become a free agent and off the wage bill at Newcastle: Rob joined Newcastle back in August 2011.

So the club needs at least one new goalkeeper brought in the next transfer window, whenever that will begin.

And the current backup to Martin Dubravka is Karl Darlow, and he only has one year left on his contract at the club.

So it’s not too surprising that Newcastle have been linked with a goalkeeper for the summer – and he’s playing in Scotland – Motherwell’s Mark Gillespie.

Mark was born in Newcastle, and he was on the club’s books as a youngster from 2000 until 2008 when he left to join Carlisle United.

The Daily Record is reporting today that Steve Bruce is targeting the 28-year-old Geordie, and he is a free agent this summer.

Gillespie (shown above) seems a decent enough keeper and made 38 appearances for Well this season.

Freddie Woodman will return from his season-long loan at Swansea, and he will have a year left on his contract.

But we honestly are not quite sure what will happen with the England U21 International, but he wants first-team football next season for sure.

He’s unlikely to get that at Newcastle with Martin Dubravka in such scintillating form.

So it wouldn’t be too surprising if Gillespie arrives at the club this summer.

But if we have new owners by then, which now seems likely, our transfer targets will shift to other targets – that the new manager will want.

And we’re reasonably sure that will not be Steve Bruce.

But we’ll just have to wait and see – as always.

Comments welcome.


254 comments so far

  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Bus moved

    Hibbit

    LOL
    Yeh im feeling it this time, if it goes south from here theres going to be ructions

    My song to the blog

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKvmlj2k_fM

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  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Honestly someone spending mega money would be nice
    But in reality id be happy for the club to spend within its means
    Invest in the youth setup
    Build a team gradually
    Have a plan that you can see working, like while Rafa was here

    See the club reach out to local schools and have a local scouting network
    Fund an academy thats not an utter embarrassment, but actually play people that come trough it
    Look at City and the kids they have, nee point as none of them ever get a game

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  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Turki Al-Sheikh is an adviser at the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia under the rank of Minister and the current Chairman of General Authority for Entertainment.
    He’s also owner and chairman of Spanish 2nd division club Almeria.
    I could see him taking a seat on the NUFC board

    2
  • GeordieinOhio

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Good Morning from Ohio!!!! I hope you are all well!. I have not been around for sometime I just got tired of the same fake take over news, and Fatboy the final straw was letting RAFA go…..I have still followed the lads hoping for a special day…..dare I say it seems very close today!..

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  • geordiemark

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    did I mention my 3 players id like they are as follows mpabbe think his name is and messi along with nymar am not that greedy pmsl

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  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #6

    JIB

    If this goes south this time i think we might see some drastic action taken by a whole lot of people
    Do you think he might be that stupid ?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Someone’s just sent me a vid on Whatsapp of the ” Oh Mandy ” song attached to pics of the club with Rafa, SBR , Mandy herself etc.
    I can’t get it to download on here but it must be on Facebook or Twitter by now, It’s very well put together and quite emotional.

    3
  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Toon22- so glad to see you positive and a happy frog now. Nice gravatar btw. I would love to see us soend big on star players asap. Get rid of the constant deadwood in the team and replace with pure quality. Then once that is done invest in the youth team, the training facilities etc.

    The future certainly is bright if this goes through, i am seriously struggling to contain my excitement.

    3
  • The Wife

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    toon22,

    I love your new avatar! Well done! 😀

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  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #10

    just about every news outlet in the gulf is now running with this as there main sports headline https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200415-saudi-takeover-of-newcastle-united-nearing-completion/

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  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    The WIfe

    Cheers
    Will do as i said so long as hes gone, right out the door, as far away as he can muster

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    I just see Bale, although probably past his best, as the type of player you need when starting a revolution in the ethos of a club starved of success. Experienced, high profile winner who would be available – not many of them around. Statement signing and invaluable to a dressing room of younger talented players in cultivating that winning mentality – need a couple of those.

    He’s only one example, not got any tunnel vision for him, just best example I can think of for that type of player who would be possible to acquire in the early days.

    At least we’re now able to talk about such things within the bounds of realism 🙂

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  • Paul141726

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Hey there Geordiein Ohio. I know we are all hoping and waiting for our resurgence. Me, one state over from you.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #14

    how can i find bettyswallocks vid any suggestions Please !!!!

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  • geordiemark

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #16

    hibbit

    what video is this

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  • GeordieinOhio

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Paul141726 Pennsylvania or Indiana? either way I hope ya safe…..everyone is going stupid here and breaking bank websites lol I guess the stimulus money hit!!

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  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #19

    *************geordiemark**************

    bettyswallocks

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7
    Someone’s just sent me a vid on Whatsapp of the ” Oh Mandy ” song attached to pics of the club with Rafa, SBR , Mandy herself etc.
    I can’t get it to download on here but it must be on Facebook or Twitter by now, It’s very well put together and quite emotional.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib interesting point. Although once they have ambition and communicate properly I’m OK.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #22

    No squabbling on the blog this afternoon! Peace and harmony. If the powers that be scupper this on us you’ll need to send some hard lads from Byker or somewhere to sort them out.

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  • geordiemark

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #23
  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Could be loads of games on bein sports Far East sports channel ,you get it on fire stick ?

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Tear in the eye to see Bobby in that vid. And no cans in me yet! Tks Jib.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Hibbitt, hope you enjoyed it fella. Its brilliant. We need to serenade this lady.

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  • Paul141726

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Geordiein Ohio

    Pennsylvania here. Hit pretty hard with the virus in South Central part of the state, Lancaster especially. Just fine here, but damn, I will be thankful when people can congregate again. Toon followers few and far between here, but been a fan since mid 90’s and had the pleasure of a Christmas and New Years to remember in the Toon 2004-2005.
    Toon Toon / Black and White Army!!!!

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  • geordiemark

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Paul141726

    you had a 6.5 earthquake last week or was that 2 weeks ago, are you anywhere near the madrid fault line by any chance or how far are you from yellowstone

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Jib

    Wow that’s sooo emotional. Not a dry eye when SBR’s pic came up

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 15, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Feck I’m getting emotional watching the ‘oh mandy’ video! Soft Munster man! It’s mint though.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Well done Jib…… I can’t stop playing it. There’s a song that’ll be getting sung at the match after a few tweaks.

    3
  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #32

    thanks jib
    i loved it munster

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Geordiemark, loved that, going to get twittersphere buzzing despite probably not meaning anything to do with us.

    Still excited though, hope the PL don’t take too long.

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  • geordiemark

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #34

    cleveleysbob

    you never know though, if its going anywhere it be one of londons airports I reckon

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #35

    yes got it on constant replay !!! Feel 13 years pain rolling away

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Bloody hell jib, doing that Mandy vid after yesterday’s “local hero” from Edinburgh Tattoo, I’ll be an emotional wreck if you keep this up.:)

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #37

    If wor Mandy can establish herself in the same category as SBR , Shearer and Rafa then she’ll go down in history with those guys that really cared about this club. Howay Mandy lass ye can dee it pet.

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  • Paul141726

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Geordiemark

    No where near Yellowstone. Actually East Coast, about 100 miles from Philadelphia is where I’m located.

    2
  • geordietom

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon22 …

    have to say good choice of song …

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  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 15, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #40

    I bet sports direct And the rest of the crap he owns will not be cheap anymore

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