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Report Names Potential Free Agent Targets Should Newcastle Survive



Newcastle’s uncertain future has impeded their summer recruitment plans according to recent reports. But what is becoming quite clear is that there will be very limited transfer funds available in the summer window which will come as no surprise to anyone.

This season has seen no fans attend St. James’ Park as Newcastle have had to issue refunds to season ticket holders. The summer transfer budget is where the bulk of that lost revenue will be felt.

Newcastle will have to get creative to strengthen the squad this summer should they beat the drop. However, if it’s another relegation, we’d expect a fire sale as many top earners don’t have relegation clauses in their contracts.

The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle’s tentative preparations for this summer heavily involve players who will be out of contract. They’ve drawn up a list of four potential targets, a couple of which Newcastle fans are very familiar with.

In Mark Douglas’s report, he names former Magpies Jetro Willems and Andros Townsend as summer targets. Jetro’s story is well known to Newcastle fans. The 27-year-old would likely be a Magpie now if not for the knee injury he suffered in January of last year.

Steve Bruce opted against bringing in the left-back this January as he hadn’t played since his injury. That remains the case as Jetro has still yet to play for Frankfurt this season. He turned down a contract extension so will become a free agent this summer.

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend is in the final year of the contract he signed when he unceremoniously departed Newcastle after our last relegation in 2016. He made 13 appearances with 4 goals and 2 assists in his half-season on Tyneside.

Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram has rejected all contract offers and is set to become a free agent this summer. The 27-year-old has started 21 games for the bottom of the table Blades after a very good 2019-20 season in which he scored 5 goals.

Finally, West Brom center-back Kyle Bartley was identified as another pending free agent target. However, this makes little sense as he’s 29 and Newcastle need an injection of youth at the position. Incidentally, West Brom narrowed their deficit to Newcastle to just 7 points with a 5-2 win at Chelsea this afternoon.

While we’d welcome Jetro Willems back with open arms, we’re not sure how much the other three would really strengthen this squad should we survive. Newcastle may be better served to try to offload some players and going for Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer.

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42 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Op,
    It’s a nice looking dog.

    5
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Nufc looking at free transfers, hadaway and shite.

    5
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Can I vote for how Newcastle will do after the match?

    I’ll probably still get it wrong

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Brilliant we’ve gone from looking at M’bappe to freebies, lowered expectations for us delusionists!

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Didn’t know Hadaway and Shite could play, but probably better than what we’ve got 😉

    2
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Cartoon in a jail cell,

    Dog with pringles in it’s mouth makes a good point there, I’m sure black raven, lighthouse and Bobby’s statue all agree.

    The only person who you can call by their avatar is probably Regan.

    What’s next – addressing Magicmac as Bloke with red face and dodgy moustache

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe Neils the PR?

    2
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #8

    C/Bob

    We’ve got Joelinton – juts need Hadaway now.

    5
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Man groping another man

    Well explained

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think Magic deserved that 🙂

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Tackle @8 agreed.

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #12

    OP

    I really should change my avatar.

    2
  • Regan

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Where is young magic today…

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Come on, admit it, how many are trying to come up with a name for my avatar?? 🙂

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Tackle

    I think I may prefer to be called “Dog with pringles in mouth”

    Makes me sound like a native American Indian

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Regan, think he said he was busy with family duties today.

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Coloured clusterfluff

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #18

    OP

    Like the joke “Why do you ask 2 dogs f**king”

    3
  • Regan

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Bob…
    You’ve got to admit it mate…

    There’s a bit of a wobble going on there like..

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #20

    dances with wolves , for you OP 😀

    2
  • Regan

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Cheers Bob…
    Seem to remember him saying now…

    0
  • geordietom

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #22

    ”He Who Screams At The Moon ”

    0
  • geordietom

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #23

    or howls at the moon …

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #24

    I know! Downloaded a painting app once and messed about with it briefly. Created the associated mess and decided to save and use it. If I was called Picasso it’d be worth a fortune, as it is clusterfluff does it. 🙂

    2
  • toonluvva

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Just watching the Leeds / Blades match. During a stoppage in play my mind turned to old exam questions for some unknown reason.

    Compare and contrast two northern teams Newcastle and Leeds, one which plays attractive attacking football is coached by someone with a decent grasp of tactics and has ambition, and of course Newcastle.

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Right, off for a while, behave you lot. Back later.

    3
  • Carson80

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Cleverslybob you should call yourself Long John Silver because your avatar looks like a map of Treasure Island.

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #28

    “In the canyons of your mind
    I will wander through your brain…”

    1
  • Regan

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Aye..
    And I’m gonna find this bloke on Twitter with the big lugs..

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #30

    I was just about to call you Picasso Bob, you ruined it 😥

    2
  • Carson80

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon22
    Mund only spat his dummy out because I had it in me gob first, got to be careful these days with Covid and all that.
    Oh and by the way if you get me ma Carltoon all upset again I’ll be round to slap you silly.

    4
  • toon22

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #32

    From Mbape to the bargain bin in less than a year
    Jetto was a good player I’m sure the clown will be happy enough if he can hobble onto the pitch occasionally

    5
  • toon22

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Carson

    Bring yer cabbages

    😉

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #34

    “I’ll be round to slap you silly”
    Oh dear 😕

    9
  • Carson80

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Why are the Chinese crap at cricket
    Because they eat all the bats.

    4
  • Carson80

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail am having a bit of banter with Toon22.
    Lighten up man.
    Not as if I’m calling him nasty names.

    4
  • Carson80

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon22 will Anna be there when I come round.
    😉

    1
  • toon22

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Don’t not know who Anna is
    Best bring yer blow up doll just in case

    LoL

    4
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 3, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon 22

    Michael James Wallace Ashley
    Spouse: Linda Ashley (m. 1988–2003)
    Children: Oliver Ashley, Matilda Ashley, Anna Ashley

    Anna is his youngest daughter

    1
  • toon22

    Apr 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Ohh
    Ok
    Can’t see why it’s relevant in any way though
    I’ll just got back to not caring as it’s got nowt to do with the toon

    🙂

    2


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