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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

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #161

    Just sent the following email to Masters.

    Dear Mr Masters

    I do not wish to be insulting or abusive to you regarding the failed takeover bid of Newcastle United, I realise that much of that has already happened.

    I would simply like to know why the procedure has taken so long to complete and what reasons have caused this unnecessary delay.Thank you 

    I realise that hat it will probably be binned or that any reply will be meaningless but I just wanted to help to overload his in box. 🙂

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #162

    One thing overlooked in all of this.

    In October last year David Pemsel was announced as thew PL boss. Then the Sun printed a story about him which forced him to resign in November. After he resigned they issued a full apology saying their story was a lie.

    He is a Chelsea fan.

    Richard Masters (5th choice for the role) then stepped into the role in December.

    Would Pemsel have waved this takeover through?

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #163

    How did the buyers know anything?

    They are not in close contact with the league. They have to relay questions via seller then to buyer then back again with the answers.

    How would they of known this when all questions were asked and they have been in the dark waiting.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #164

    Harrogate *159

    Thanks for that image mate, not! 🙂

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #165

    Masters had no legal grounds to reject the takeover. Hence why he didn’t.

    He also had no grounds to reject it based on Owners and Directors test. Hence why he didn’t.

    He gets paid £1.3 million a year to make decisions.

    But he sat on the fence and threw insults instead.

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  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #166

    I’ve hearted that one bill

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  • Northumbrian

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #167

    Ewww a big fat blob of lard bouncing up and down trying to catch a minor.

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  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #168

    N orthumbrian..glad I didn’t say that mate..pmsl

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  • lesh

    Jul 31, 2020 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #169

    Jamesthefirst

    @146

    If reports of substantial investment in regional and business support initiatives are correct, yes, I’d imagine government to we very concerned that the EPL seem to have done it’s best to scupper the takeover. If that is the case, pressure will be piling onto EPL to find a way of bringing the consortium back to the table, pronto.

    If silence prevails for a few weeks, I think it’s safe to say that things have died.

    Has anyone managed to email Amanda at PCP, the PIF and the Reuben brothers offering the geordie nation’s support for the takeover? If so, it might be helpful to post relevant email addresses so we can let the consortium know we’re with them.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Jul 31, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #170

    @lesh

    £250 million was just for Newcastle area. £65 billion was for all of UK. Businesses and arms deals. The Crown Prince was seen with the Queen in relation to this. That is how much the Saudi’s are part of the UK economy.

    It is the number one trend on Twitter and her husband has been tweeting how much he knows the fans are hurting from this.

    I firmly believe if this had been a long standing PL chief who had sanctioned other takeovers this would have passed in April. Masters, new to the job, wanted the fame. His first takeover and he couldn’t have made more of a hash of it. He was questionable and controversial when appointed, and his behaviour over the last 4 months has proved what a terrible choice he was for the role.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Jul 31, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #171

    It is not a morality check. If it was most of the PL owners would fail.

    It is an Owner and Directors test and Saudi’s passed it in April.

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  • JohnJ

    Jul 31, 2020 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #172

    Mund at 17

    I’ve emailed him. rmasters@premierleague.com

    For the attention of Richard Masters.

    Hello,

    As a lifelong Newcastle United to say I’m disappointed with yesterday’s news is a massive understatement!

    The chance for Newcastle United to move forward with hope has now, it would seem, gone. I would also wish to say that there are many, many, thousands of other fans of NUFC who feel exactly the same way that I do.

    I’m in my seventies and the only silverware that my team have lifted was the Inter Cities Fairs Cup back in 1969 however I do recall how Newcastle United were everyone’s second team when Kevin Kegan took us so close to winning the Premier League and also Sir Bobby Robson who also came very close to winning the first top prize (1st Division/Premier league) since !926/27. That’s a long, long, time to wait!!!

    I feel you owe it to the fans, not just of Newcastle United to all football fans to explain why you were unable to make a decision since the application was lodged with the Premier League and please don’t talk about confidentiality because in this instance it just does not wash.

    With great sadness

    John J

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  • JohnJ

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #173

    If you haven’t signed already please do so

    17216 have at this time 17:22

    https://t.co/Qw6wz7YI5L.

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