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Newcastle Linked With International Defender As Crucial Summer Looms



Newcastle have nine games remaining to salvage their place in the Premier League. The only remit now for Steve Bruce and his squad is to outpace Fulham over the campaign’s final two months.

If accomplished, that would be a massive relief for Newcastle supporters. However, unless the club is sold, it’s hard to see how next season will be much better.

The poor state of finances at many EPL clubs could see limited movement in the transfer window. Newcastle reportedly have been hit hard due to the restrictive Covid measures that has prevented any fans from attending games this season.

If Newcastle do survive, and Mike Ashley cannot resurrect the takeover, or find another buyer, there could be a relegation battle repeat next season. We could see Bruce still in charge with barely any funds to improve the squad.

Though if Ashley comes to his senses and brings in a better fit at head coach, Newcastle could be ok even without massive improvements in the team. The squad is decent enough for a midtable finish with a few additions.

Another striker is definitely a priority. Both Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll are in the final months of their contracts. The loss of Callum Wilson has hit this squad hard as he has no replacement in the ranks. Strikers cost money, so Newcastle will have to be creative in finding a suitable backup for Wilson.

The midfield is also an area that could be improved, especially if Joe Willock’s loan spell can’t be extended. Though maybe a new head coach can get the best out of the Longstaff brothers, whose careers have stagnated under Bruce.

Newcastle also need to get younger at center-back. Jamaal Lascelles is the youngest of the group at 27. Both Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez are in the final years of their contracts, though it has been reported that Newcastle have options on both to extend for another year.

Kelland Watts is likely another year away from impacting the first-team. While he could possibly do a job as cover, it may be best served for him to spend another year out on loan, but this time in the Championship.

The Mail is reporting that Newcastle are lining up an £8m bid for Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer. The Norwegian international will have just one year left on his contract in the summer.

The 22-year-old reportedly wants to test his mettle in the Premier League after five seasons in Scotland. He’s made 170 appearances at Celtic with 6 goals and 5 assists. If Newcastle can find the funds to bring him in, he would be an excellent capture over the summer.

Celtic rate Ajer at closer to £35m. However, with his contract talks stalled, Celtic may have to sell their star defender to the highest bidder. There will be competition for the 19-time capped Norwegian from other Premier League clubs in the mix as well as some from Italy.

These are the types of deals Newcastle need to make this summer. Getting excellent value for the limited money available. Newcastle, of course, must first do whatever it takes to retain their place in the league over the next few months.


68 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Mar 27, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    as i said on previous thread …

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  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Can’t see why you’re concerned that some of our senior players are getting on a bit.

    Ashley’s got a solid development programme in place and younger players, having been groomed by Bruce and his coaches, are ready to succeed older players. It’s all finely tuned and has been since Ashley saved the club from mediocrity.

    Innit.

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  • Just a fan

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail
    Yes but it’s a bit tenuous surely the bulk were bought by Rafa.
    I mean Bruce doesn’t need made up stuff to hang himself
    Ps
    I believe Hanley scored the other day

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Jaf,
    Clark, Gayle and Ritchie were bought when they were 25 year olds and were most definitely earmarked for upgrades. Shelvey most certainly wouldn’t still be here and Carroll wouldn’t be anywhere near the club.

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    That really is something. Laying the blame for an ageing squad on a manager that left two years ago. Dear me!!!

    14
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    The blame lies on Ashley, Churnley and the recruitment teams door but Bruce is the manager, if he wasn’t just happy to keep his job he might go in and demand that these ageing players were upgraded, but he won’t because his patsy like attitude has kept him in a job.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail, i know you can’t help but argue, as OLG comprehensively chastised you for.

    I never put miggy down as a rafa bad buy.

    He had other rubbish purchases, but miggy wasn’t one. He lacks certain things as a player but his energy is wondrous.

    If we get Wilder, an ever bigger misery than Bruce, down in the championship, it will test all of our interest levels and love of nufc. He’s an awful sack.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon 22

    Many thanks for bringing the Sports Direct issues to our attention.

    The plight of those customers is unbelievable.

    Take Ms Kerr for example – who obviously has issues with hearing AND eyesight, and confuses the latter with the internet.

    This has clearly led to her implicit use of Sports Direct and the result is the use of an archaic word for a dead body in “corse” which as she rightly states, causes much undesirable disdain.

    Cindy Kerr
    Never order from hear the disclaimer on there sight means they can send you anything they like and it will cost you to return and they won’t give you back the original postage please warn everyone as it can corse a lot of hassle and lost money

    5
  • Australian Pie

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail

    100% those players now 5 years or so on should have had their replacements in and amongst the squad for a couple of seasons now but nothing.

    Imagine if instead of Joelinton we had bought 3 x £15mil up and comers across various positions.

    1
  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Just a fan

    Id guess youve left a canny few positive reviews for the turds tat shops on trust pilot recently

    Its tough defending the turd aint it

    10
  • Australian Pie

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I have conceded to the fact we are relegated and I really hope we make 5 x 5-15mil transfers this summer bringing in hungry talent.

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  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Tackle from behind

    Makes you wonder how those tat shops with such terrible customer servies managed to get 4 stars on trust pilot

    Its as if hes paying people to get positive reviews

    LOL

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  • Tackle from behind

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    These people that choose to shop at Sports Direct have a choice of over 100 other options, they opt for SD due to it’s money saving offers and speed of service and delivery.

    They expect a level of customer satisfaction that is almost alien to the provider.

    They are the same people that have their celebratory anniversary dinner at Wetherspoons, and then complain that the food and service were not to the Michelin Star level that they expect from any restaurant.

    The same people that take up the offer of a free ticket to a Premier league football match at St James’s Park and complain that the team in monochrome did not perform to their satisfaction, but they are prepared to return the following week to heighten their chance of appearing on live TV.

    14
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Munster,
    Why do you keep bringing OLG in to anything I say to you, he’s irrelevant to mine and your discussions. You did have him down as another poor Rafa purchase until overwhelming opinion on him made you change your tune.

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  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Munster

    Its never the turds fault

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon 22

    I’m with you mate – no way they get more than a 3 from me.




    Those views are subject to change pending the receipt of a cheque to the value of £8.20 for a 4* review and/or £11.75 for a 5* review.

    0
  • Tackle from behind

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Clickbait is morally harmful.

    Heart this post if you agree.

    9
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Tfb,
    When we were handing out leaflets on Northumberland Street in Bruce’s first season at a pre season friendly. Some guy in a Wonga top sneered at us and walked straight in to Direct Rots, this is what you’re up against.

    7
  • Just a fan

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Toon22
    Big sigh
    Pleeeeeese get your facts right or the respect you have garnished will dimish faster than the News of the world did.
    Making stuff up will do you no good and downright lies will be caught out eventually.
    With respect
    Colonel moustache from tunbridge wells.

    5
  • Just a fan

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Toon22
    Ps
    What is trust pilot.

    2
  • Toon Tang

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Is this international defender gonna wanna play in the championship?

    0
  • Tackle from behind

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail

    He probably had that top printed for him, but they misspelled the word.

    This is indeed what we are up against, there is a large group of people, known as the ignoramus who walk among us, sharing our oxygen and light, but lacking the intellect for a selfless thought.

    He was probably in a hurry to get home and watch Love Island.

    5
  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Just a fan

    Reputation management

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reputation_management

    The turd dont pay much for anything it seems

    😉

    3
  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #24

    And

    Ohh

    Im sure your able to use google
    LOL

    1
  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Quote

    Creating fake, positive reviews of the individual or business to counteract negative ones.[31]
    Astroturfing third-party websites by creating anonymous accounts that create positive reviews or lash out against negative ones.[31]

    Specifically

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Nonsense Jail, i went a bit cool on miggy for a while because of his poor finishing and awareness but I could always see his positives and never dissed bebitez for the signing. There were others to knock him for, not miggy. Mind you, at the time that wasn’t allowed. Thankfully that has changed.

    9
  • Munster Mag

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Magc, sorry Munster game is at 5

    1
  • Just a fan

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail
    I wasn’t laying the blame on Rafa. Just pointing out that Bruce did not buy them.

    8
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Ha ha, “thankfully that has changed” 😀 Aye, there’s people just teeming out of the woodwork right now to tell us how poor Rafa Benitez was, where’s catchy btw

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Jaf,
    Bruce signed Carroll, oversaw new contracts for Ritchie and Shelvey and makes no noise at all on the recruitment side of things. He’s just as culpable as Ashley and Churnley.

    16
  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #31

    LoL

    2
  • Just a fan

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon22
    Telling me about reputation management does not release you from implicating me in your fabricated nonsense. Mud sticks. I wish you a good day
    Colonel moustache.

    1
  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Hiya JIB

    😉

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #34

    AP,
    Sorry, I haven’t got my glasses and your avatar is very similar to Jaf’s. Yes, of course they should have been upgraded. It obviously couldn’t have been done in one preseason but all those players leaving for free could have fetched decent fees had an organised recruitment policy been in place.

    1
  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Froggy

    Speaking of reputation management, it’s been noticeable that jane seems to have been referring to the length of time the takeover’s been in progress.

    Has he joined you in casting doubt on Ashley’s intentions? If so, getting him on board been a shrewd move on your part.

    A marriage made in heaven.

    9
  • Just a fan

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail.
    I think your missing the point
    I no longer wish to go round and round I’m getting off the roundabout
    The witches hat looks a better ride.
    #smiley face park rides

    14
  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s obvious the club needs to act
    It’s been needed since the start of January
    The international break would have been perfect to get rid of the idiot in charge

    But it seems they ether can’t find anyone stupid enough to do the job
    Or they just don’t care

    We are in real trouble as s as club
    The owner seems to not care

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  • Tackle from behind

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve just left a really scathing review on the NUFC trust pilot site.

    That should put a rocket up Steve Bruce’s backside.

    12
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Jaf,
    I’m not sure what point I’m missing. My views are very clear.

    0
  • Tackle from behind

    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #40

    LOL

    I made that up about NUFC trust pilot site – then I looked and there actually is one.
    It has only 5 reviews, but still records 100% bad feedback.

    https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/nufc.co.uk

    I have a feeling this site might get abused soon. 🙂

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