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Report – Newcastle One Of Three Clubs Waiting On Prized Free Agent’s Decision

Yesterday, the Shields Gazette’s Liam Kennedy teased a transfer story for this morning. He hinted that a two-year pursuit of a target could be coming to a fruitful end.

Today, he’s put out his exclusive that Newcastle is soon to hear if they’ve won the race for former-Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.

The Scottish international has been touted with a move to Newcastle for some time. However, links to the winger increased this past spring when it seemed certain he would leave Bournemouth on a free.

Kennedy writes that Bournemouth expected a move to be made last summer to bring Fraser to Tyneside but it never materialized. Newcastle also tried to get the 26-year-old on a pre-contract in May, but he opted to keep his options open instead.

Fraser was one of the few players to not sign an extension with their clubs to stay until the belated season ended on Sunday. He played no part for Bournemouth in the post-lockdown matches, a stretch that saw the Cherries unable to beat the drop.

It is believed that Fraser’s decision will be between Newcastle, West Ham, and Crystal Palace. Under the current circumstances, we think he would be a decent signing despite his poor final season at the Vitality Stadium.

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173 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #81

    Jail for Ashley
    You really are a footballing numbskull

    I try my best

  • The Prince's Mate

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #82

    I am wondering (hoping) that the Saudis were ‘stamping their feet’ yesterday and after they’ve cooled down may come back with new offer????

  • RIP NUFC - shut it down

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #83

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – Change petitions have no legitimacy in our democracy. The only time they make an impact are on national issues where the petition quickly rockets towards 1m signatures and then the gov gets wind of it and realises they need to address whatever the content of the petition is. Acting as an indicator of a major error in policy choice.

    The legitimate petitions to use are the official Parliamentary petitions. If those reach 100k signatures Parliament is legally obliged to debate the subject of the petition.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #84

    I made it clear when debating favourites-gate with BSIB that I said Bruce would get away with it this year and avoid the drop and not many at all predicted relegation at all, yet Jiblets, like a bumbling fool posts a long list of those that did with figures he didn’t understand, he should get a job in Westminster.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #85

    You only need on ”at all” 😮

  • Shoulders knees

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #86

    If Fraser signs
    We’re DOOMED

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #87

    Ok Jibbers, just don’t do it again.

  • Basogeordie

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #88

    Tsunki your right, you have to consider they genuinely want out due to reasons suggested. However the league has treated as us all with contempt. Its not on. Yes or No that was the job. We should have protested, safely already and still can. I’m in if any movement gets going.

  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #89

    Whether you believe the petition will do any good or not what’s the harm in signing it??

    Doing nothing is unacceptable, at least we feel we are doing something.

    Sign petition and pass on

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #90
  • Basogeordie

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #91

    When you think of what we have contributed as a club and fans, and i mean that seriously excluding the Ashley era, to make this league the best in the world it sickens me more that they dragged it out not caring about the club or city. In that i also mean them not saying no to allow the club to prepare.

  • geordietom

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #92

    still gutted never slept a wink last night …

    last night i put the tv on and looked at Sly Sports News. the was a presenter on going on about Khashoggi he went on and on about what happened to him then he brought fa into it done my head in .

    the FA is a football Institution not a political party or a human rights party , its all about us Geordie’s , them people want to keep us down in bargain basement for us not to rise and put pressure on the top 5 or 6 clubs at the top of the league , its like a gentle mans club us Geordie’s aren’t allowed to join it …

  • IrishRob

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #93

    The HUGE problem I have in all of this is the PUF walked away, that seems strange to put it mildly.

    Why would you walk away knowing the pl AT SOME POINT HAVE to make a decision, they can put it off but cant ignore it forever. Meaning if its eventually passed then they are in, and if its eventually failed then they bring it to court and they WILL win and they are in.

    Ontop of this they loose 17M by just walking away, they loose nothing by just sticking with it no matter how long it takes.

    What difference does it make if they are forced to wait another 6 months or even a year, Newcastle just keep plodding along and they can invest when they finally get in.

    One thing I dont believe from them for sure is the statement they made saying they are now concerned it wont be a profitable investment. If this were true why on earth would they buy Carnival they arent going to even see business in the next year nevermind make a profit, and they bought them at the height of the pandemic.

    I’m clinging to the hope that they walked away to try create a perfect storm and force the PL to expedite a decision either way, but this seems like a very very messy way of doing business, but people need to prepare for the worst because if this isnt what they are doing there can be absolutely NO DOUBT that they dont want to buy Newcastle for whatever reasons there can be no doubt about their intentions IF it turns out this isnt a ploy to light a fire under the PL’s arses.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #94


    I feel this is where we really see what Bruce is all about as it stands we have won what 5 out of 20 games? Relegation form and we have not done well against teams around us apart from a couple of games

    The luck we have had against the top 6 in terms of points gathered will not continue through to another season so we will need to be able to beat teams around us which I am not confident about

    He needs to 100% push for the players we need which has to be a proper striker and we need left back and central midfield upgrades as well as wide attackers

  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #95

    PIF Walked away because they were getting the piss took out of them from a corrupt league. They got assurances that it would be approved and then they allowed outside influences to cause delay.

    I’m telling you now the opposers have stuff on this league or people within it

  • IrishRob

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #96

    Hibbit why are you seeing a different number to me in regards to who’s signed the petition I’m seeing over 11k for the past 2 hrs and as we speak I’m seeing it almost at 12k

    Is there two petitions?

    This is the one I’m seeing https://t.co/Qw6wz7YI5L

  • jonnyshaw85

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #97

    Mund: I could be wrong but I was listening to TalkSPORT earlier and I thought they said Man U & Man City hadn’t gone against the proposed takeover?

    I don’t think PL will give any comment about it, it’s been ‘no comment’ all the way through stating it’s a confidential process so why would that change?

    I’ve signed the petition btw.

  • Paul141726

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #98

    Irish Rob @ 93-

    Had to heart that. I think your reasoning is impeccable.

  • IrishRob

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #100

    No Mund just no, that’s a ridiculous assumption, I’m willing to believe they walked away to light a fire under the PL and try get it resolved but if that turns out not to be the case you have got to be an idiot to think they wanted to buy us, coupled with the utter stupidity of what they have done in the last few weeks in regards to re-banning beIN and appealing the WTO decision.

    However I’m happy to go along with the more positive look on it for the next week or two. But people need to prepare themselves that this may not be what’s going on, Hope is wonderful but false hope or naivety is far worse than no hope at all.

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #101

    The link you posted is a Change.org petition which is a waste of time
    Neil posted a link to a Parliamentary petition which has to be taken
    seriously if it reaches 100K

  • IrishRob

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #102

    Cheers Paul.

  • magscar

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #104


    2 things

    Are PL guilty of brining game into disrepute if it can be demonstrated that they had signalled they wouldn’t sign off or reject deal

    And as well as petitions why not hit the PL by all NUFC fans who have Sky and/or BT sports packages look to cancel asap – I am sure that those who do have and who have long advocated boycotts and don’t have ST’s will have already done so anyway.

    If all is to be believed it’s PL in way of the deal

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #105

    Yes I thought the Toon would get Relegated as we had sold Perez and didn’t renew Rondon contract
    20 goals shy couldn’t see where we would get he goals.
    Maybe we should of got relegated then the Premiership could not of blocked the deal- I think this is what they were hoping as it took the decision out of their hands.
    Another question if we had got relegated Saudis bought the club would other Premiership clubs tried to stop us coming up for having too much money and……
    …..leading on from that is it the rules of the Premiership that clubs can block takeovers due to the owners having too much money
    If it is then any team/supporters could try to block another club being taken over!!!

  • IrishRob

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #106

    Jib if you Google change.org and the whole 100k thing where parliament have to take note you will see it’s not true. Getting to 100k does not guarantee it will go to parliament. But thanks for clearing it up, I’ll go sign that one there now.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #107

    Well, this is certainly looking like a coordinated move to put put pressure on the PL. I suspect you won’t be able to find any adult diapers available within a square mile of PL headquarters. The boys at the PL although they wield a lot of power, they only really pull the levers for other truly powerful cabals. They themselves are highly expendable and if it comes to damage limitation because of some corruption exposure, it is they who will be thrown under the bus, ending their own little personal gravy train as well as the risk of prosecution, depending on what is exposed.
    We have groups of very powerful people; Qatar and PL club Owners and their silent backers pushing for the bid to fail and on the other side with have KSA and the British government. The PL, IMO, is rife with money laundering and illegal payments and is not alone in this respect. The city of London and Wall St would collapse without this kind of money.
    I don’t know how this is going to play out, but it looks like a mexican stand off: “Do you want to let us in or do you want to run the risk of having a gravy train or two derailed.”
    There have been a few stories already today (I am only up to 1108am blog time as I type this) which are trying to bury this angle under other ‘plausible’ reasons. One such story which is very plausible to us fans is that Mikeyboy moved the goalposts. Obviously some truth to it, but not the angle of the story that it’s all Mikey’s fault. It even forced the club into making a statement FFS. That is HUGE!
    Let’s keep UNITED, let’s help our potential buyers in any little way we can. Let’s keep the pressure on the PL.

  • RIP NUFC - shut it down

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #108


    Simple, they wanted to gain control well before the season starts, to put the structure of power in place, appoint personnel to those positions and invest in the team.

    The risk of gaining control with us in trouble and the potential embarrassment of relegation, trying to sort out the predicament in a hurry just isn’t the type of risk they’re going to take. Especially when you consider their motive for wanting buy us. They want to project power, pride and popularity to the world to enhance their reputation.

    With crowds not coming back anytime soon and the prospect of gaining control of the club when in the midst of relegation battle, I think they had little choice.

    A facotr being overlooked, however minor, is the current oil price too is still very low (Shell have just revised their assumed average price for a barrel down to $35 for the next 12 months from $60.) and they’ve been tightening their belts with domestic policy reforms.

    Imagine if they bought us and we were relegated. Now playing in the Championship for at least a season, not being beamed around the world under the PL brand. The ridicule we and by extension they would be subject to – the exact opposite of what they want.

    If this is to have another chapter, don’t expect to hear anything until about the same time next year as when the story broke this year.

    Change and Parliamentary petitions are too separate things ffs.

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #109

    How petitions work
    You create a petition here on the UK Government and Parliament site. Only British citizens and UK residents can create a petition.
    You get 5 people to support your petition. We’ll tell you how to do this when you’ve created your petition.
    We check your petition, then publish it. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the standards for petitions.
    British citizens and UK residents can then sign your petition — and can only sign a petition once.
    The Petitions Committee reviews all petitions we publish. They select petitions of interest to find out more about the issues raised. They have the power to press for action from government or Parliament.
    At 10,000 signatures your petition on the UK Government and Parliament site gets a response from the government.
    At 100,000 signatures your petition on the UK Government and Parliament site will be considered for a debate in Parliament.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #110

    If Staveley was going to keep Bruce and let him waste the money, we’d have been screwed anyway. He’d have blew the lot on former superstars and we’d take years getting back into a position to spend big.

  • peter5199

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #111

    2 blockbusters here.

    #1 Martoon’s wife had us down for relegation. I will have words with my sister!

    #2 Saudi pulled out of deal due to human rights issues. They toured the SD warehouse and could not believe what they saw (thank you to a manure supporter for that one)

  • IrishRob

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #112

    RIP they took that very risk already though, when they first started this there was a genuine possibility we could be relegated. Also if they are worried about possible relegation down the line then pull out then.

    If they really want Newcastle you would imagine they hold on and if they cant again control this summer then they wait until the next opportunity things wont change that much and even if they did, THEN pull out. Pulling out now stinks to high heavens of one of two things to me trying to force
    the PL’s hand or they never wanted to buy Newcastle, dont ask me why they would go this far along as I’m not gonna bother speculate there could be a million reasons.

    I’m just putting it out there, it’s my opinion and no one is going to be proved right or wrong for a while yet, so its pointless arguing about it.

  • Assassins Inc

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #113

    I wonder is there also a fit and proper test for the Premier league, aka Masters.
    Third choice for the job, no one wanted him to get it. So I wonder if he now has to answer to someone?
    If I worked for the premier league I would be ashamed how masters has turned the league into a joke.
    Who’s really paying you masters?

  • IrishRob

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #114

    Jib the key word in the last sentence of your post is “Considered”


  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #115

    Two seasons of Bruce is too much. He played dreadful football. 90% of the fans hate him. Does Ashley think that will sell tickets? Come watch some guy you hate playing the dullest football you’ll ever see in your life and pay hundreds for the torture. It will be even worse now people have less money because of the pandemic. I’d be asking for a refund if Bruce stays.

  • AshLIE is a Joker

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #116

    So no resurrection of the deal, another season of Steve bloody Bruce and Joelinton up front………awesome.

  • RIP NUFC - shut it down

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #117

    When the ball started rolling we were sitting comfortably mid-table and had no reason to assume we couldn’t continue picking up points at the same rate.

    Relegation wasn’t a realistic threat in March, only those of the most nervous disposition were harping on about needing a records points total to stay up, misunderstanding the distribution of points at the time meant it would likely be the opposite, a historically low points total would be enough and so it turned out to be the case.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 31, 2020 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #118

    Whenever you feel down, like right now, just be grateful that life hasn’t reduced you to being so sad to the point of making a list of people who said we might get relegated last season and then even manage to cock that up, as per.

    Also be grateful that you don’t just happily settle for terminal mediocrity.

  • The ledge

    Jul 31, 2020 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #119


    Please sign any true Newcastle supporters that haven’t already .

  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #120

    peter5199 before you put your head on the block with mr martoon (your sister) i would ask her what her prediction was, as Jib’s list is total inaccurate, in other words he’s dropped another clanger !!!!


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