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Report – Newcastle To Make First Summer Signing


Back in April, there were reports that Newcastle were lining up local lad Mark Gillespie as a free agent this summer.

The 28-year-old had become a free agent are leaving Scottish Premiership side Motherwell. He joined them as a free agent from Walsall in 2018.

Gillespie is a Carlisle Academy product but was born in Newcastle. His move to his hometown club had been in the works before the coronavirus and Newcastle’s takeover threw it into doubt.

However, Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie is reporting that the goalkeeper has agreed to join Newcastle on a three-year deal. He will replace Rob Elliot, who will depart Newcastle after nine years at the club on June 30th.

This has to be a dream move for Mark. Though he will find it a challenge to get much playing time with Martin Dubravka the clear number one at the moment.

However, if this report is accurate, then we are thrilled that Newcastle have added another Geordie to the ranks.

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493 comments so far

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Gillespie on a free transfer? This is the marquee signing the Saudis have been waiting for before they make the announcement.

    Erm so yeah… Fakeover anyone?

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 27, 2020 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Another homegrown player, planning for the CL already i like it.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 27, 2020 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    KV

    Who said the Saudis would make a marquee signing? Proof please, not a quote from a reporter as we know they tell lies… 🙂

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 27, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #4

    KV

    Im just playing dont worry 🙂

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  • Darnik

    Jun 27, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Harrogate
    Was just me and the wife so never got out of the pubs, Her fault of course 😉

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  • jane

    Jun 27, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Who said the Saudis are buying us? Proof please, not a quote from a reporter as we know they tell lies…

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #7

    GP

    Your first contribution gave that away 😉 dead in the water now if this is true. This signing has Mike Ashley’s signature written all over it, in orange crayon, and with a crudely drawn wanger and 2 hairy balls underneath.

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  • Harrogate mag

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Of course mate..did you ever go in oasis bar

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Nice to see the club is building for the future, though. Always smart to be prepared.

    Shame that “building for the future” in this case means “bringing in players who won’t jump ship if we get relegated”.

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  • jane

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #10

    “However, if this report is accurate, then we are thrilled that Newcastle have added another Geordie to the ranks.”

    totally agree Neil

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    KV

    Not at all, no reason this has anything to do with the takeover, its a 3rd choice keeper for squad depth who realistically wont even play a game for us, hardly a decision the new owners would really care about.

    It is technically an Ashley signing though so maybe the Saudi’s marquee one is just waiting in the wings…

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardon me for not being thrilled with this signing. Another indicator that the deal has been scuttled.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Novo

    which keeper, who would be happy to be third choice in the squad and realistically wont get any game time, would you have preferred us to bring in?

    Takeover or not, we need 3 senior keepers at the club.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Novo,

    He is a geordie though. Maybe the Saudis just want to play on that sense of local pride. Get 11 geordies out there and see what happens.

    I wonder if Ant and Dec need any work. They’ve built a pretty solid partnership over the years, could make a handy pairing in midfield with the way they play off each other?

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  • jane

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #15

    3rd choice? he played every game for Motherwell this season who finished 3rd behind Celtic and Rangers.

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  • giimps

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Im sorry but this is like groundhog day starring Boris Johnson, get taken over….do t get taken over , its definitely on…its definitely off, were in for this player and that player, we cant make any signings. The human rights issues will stop the takeover…. the human rights cant affect the takeover, the Saudis have nailed the piracy since the wto report, …the saudis started closing things down in August…….no information is coming out of the club, the prem or the buyers….nobody knows anything unless its reported directly( which it hasn’t) so until it has been announced it is bot happening and not happening, neither answer is correct or incorrect….IMHO

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17

    More people getting their panties in a twist, this was lined up a while back no doubt.. Elliot out and Gillespie in.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #18

    GP

    I see what you’re saying about him being a third choice etc but if we’re about to be taken over, why is anyone concerned about that? It should be so far down the list of priorities that I just can’t see the club making a move at this point. Who’s decided to put club time and money into this when there are probably a hundred other bang average keepers out of contract this summer and plenty of this standard for £1m or less anyway? I can’t see this as anything other than a statement that we are stuck with MA for now.

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  • jane

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Boro 2 up. didn’t take long for Neil Warnock to work his magic

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Jane

    That’s still probably a lower standard than Freddie Woodman’s been playing at with Swansea. Scottish football is a two horse race and both those horses have one eye and three legs.

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Gillespie is exactly the sort of signing you would expect
    in the limbo we are in at the moment.

    A 28 year old quite experience free-agent who has one of the better records
    in the Scottish Premiership.
    Cracking piece of business
    Well done Steve Nickson

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    No news is good news, if it takes loads more time, I’ll wait.

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  • jane

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #23

    i can’t argue with that 😐

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  • Mund

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Why don’t anyone understand that the would be owners do not have the keys to the building and even tho they are confident of that happening there is the possibility it won’t so end of the day right now it’s business as usual.

    If the clubs were to sign someone outright with a fee then that would be more concerning but as of right now Ashley is our owner

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  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Couple of free transfers and the 2nd worst manager in Prem history
    Just think of all that cash the turds going to rob from our club

    #cans

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  • Mag52

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #26

    K.Vegan.

    There’s no way the Saudis would want to make a marquee signing of a goalkeeper.
    We already have one of the top goalies in the PL in Dubravka, and a pretty good back up in Darlow.
    If they do complete the takeover, I imagine there might be a marquee or two coming in, but it won’t be in the goalkeeping department.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #27

    I deffo trust nickson Jib, hope we keep him after the takeover

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  • Mund

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #28

    counts as HG as well what don’t people get he will be 3rd choice

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  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Mund

    They have agreed a fee and paid a deposit
    Apparently

    Any liability,even wages,would have to be ok’d by the buyer
    Or why would they bother even looking at the accounts ?

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  • Mund

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #30

    If the club were to sign someone tomorrow for 5 mill then i’d be worried

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #31

    and he’s a Geordie, probably more than happy to settle back down in his homeland.

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  • Mund

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #32

    22

    they don’t have the keys mate they as of right now have no say.

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  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #33

    So they are buying us but want to wait till the turds signed a few players ?
    Exactly what I’d do if I was buying the club
    Sit back n watch while he saddles the club with players you’ve had no say in

    It’s utter nonsense

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib

    I agree, he’ll be a really useful signing once we’re back at his level in the championship in 2021, and Dubs has gone to Leicester. Can’t wait to see what he can do for us there after a year out of the game. I’m so glad this is the level of player we’re looking at, too. Who said we weren’t a big club? Look out Liverpool, we’re coming for your title (the title of “bin dippers”, not “PL champions”).

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  • jane

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #35

    ” there is the possibility it won’t”

    what so the takeover might not happen?!

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Toon 22
    a keeper leaves a new keeper joins, hardly a change in the accounts status
    Just housekeeping by the club.
    They probably didn’t even have to ask Jabba

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  • Mund

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #37

    This transfer has been lined up for a while it isn’t something out the bag.

    like i said mate if they go out and pay a fee in the millions then i’d be concerned but not deals like this

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  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Mund

    They had their accounts looked at agreed a price
    Paid a deposit
    If it were true he would be contractually unable to do any of it

    It’s not even debatable

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Mag52

    Don’t worry mate, I know. Sense of humour seems to be failing me today but I was joking 🙂

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  • Mund

    Jun 27, 2020 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Vegan

    drop your expectations what’s wrong with ya you don’t even believe in takeover so this is just a normal Ashley signing you’ll have to get use to it because you think we are stuck with him

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