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Newcastle May Now Be Losing The Race For Two Early Targets



Just before our season finale at Fulham, there were reports that Newcastle had identified two targets to get done and dusted early in the window. There were Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer and Wigan youngster Kyle Joseph.

Newcastle had been linked with the duo for weeks and appeared to be in pole position for their signings. Ajer, a 23-year-old center-back entering the final year of his contract, could be had for half his value with Newcastle being long admirers. Joseph is a promising young striker who would only cost a compensation fee.

Earlier this week, the news remained quite positive on the duo. In fact, a report claimed Ajer would become our first signing once the window opened with Newcastle having agreed on a £6m deal. Local reports had Newcastle still in the driver’s seat for Joseph.

However, what a difference a couple of days makes. Ajer’s representatives have been shopping their client to other clubs around Europe and met with Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend.

The Northern Echo is reporting that Leverkusen are growing increasingly confident they’ll win the race for the 6’6″ defender. They have recent experience with Celtic as they signed right-back Jeremie Frimpong in January.


Wales Online is reporting that Swansea are now in advanced talks with Wigan over Kyle Joseph, who is out of contract at the end of the month. The young striker has been offered a new deal but looks to be on his way this summer.

Newcastle have been linked with the Scotland U21 international for months. We were reportedly willing to pay a little extra in compensation to ensure the lad comes to St. James’ Park. However, it could be Swansea who end up landing the 19-year-old.

Swansea see the youngster as one who can develop into a first-team player. Newcastle have similar aspirations for the teenager, who will turn 20 in September. With the Academy being gutted earlier this week, the Magpies really need to be adding youth prospects. That is especially the case at the top end of the pitch.

If these latest claims are accurate, then Newcastle may have lost out on two of our top targets. What compounds the frustration is that they were identified as quick deals to be completed early in the window.

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117 comments so far

  • Adamn_92

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #81

    k

    3
  • Mund

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #82

    Credible? He is just a fan who has been on Twitter a long time. If we are talking 100s of thousands then maybe.

    We follow each other and we’ve interacted quite a lot and all he is is a fan with an opinion he doesn’t back his opinion with anything solid.

    We could post post positive and negative tweets on the takeover all night long if we wanted to

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #83

    Signing Rose would just validate that Ashlie hates us!

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #84

    EGB,
    That was validated 13 years ago.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #85

    Portugal removed from the green list, apparently.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #86

    Ron,
    What does that mean?

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #87

    Aye but that would validate it even more!

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #88

    Jail

    Travellers are advised against going to “amber” countries, I think.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #89

    Don’t reckon that we are even on the starting line for transfers, never mind losing the race!

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #90

    Even tho some dodgy things happened before the end of the 11/12 season, that for me was the one I knew he couldn’t care less about building anything with this club

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #91

    EGB,
    I think foisting Steve Bruce on us was the mother of all validations. The capo di tutti i capi in the validation stakes 😕

    4
  • Adamn_92

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #92

    EGB, I think we always trip out of the blocks and get a sympathy medal at the end just for being there.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #93

    Ron,
    We’re not going anywhere this year, can’t be bothered with the paying for tests and possibly quaranteening when we get back if they announce it.

    0
  • lesh

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #94

    Greggs have announced it intends to introduce home deliveries – by drone.

    Pie in the sky?

    14
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #95

    Funnily enough I think he was up for making a go of getting behind the team to start with, but something upset him and it’s been downhill for around 12 of the 14 years he’s owned us.

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #96

    Same here, Jail.

    1
  • DrGloom

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #97

    whoops, brothers friend just booked his stag do in portugal for next month – lucky I hadn’t bought my plane ticket yet

    1
  • Adamn_92

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #98

    Jail Ron

    Think it goes Amber on Tuesday, advised not to travel though and have to quarantine for 10 days when returning back to UK. Same goes to those who are out there at the moment if they came back after Tuesday. Think that means there’s now no green listed countries to travel to from the UK but don’t know for sure.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #99

    Adamn_92

    And all those football supporters who’ve returned from the CL final…

    1
  • Adamn_92

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #100

    Ron

    There’s going to be some mad scrambling from Brits in Portugal to get flights back before the 8th I know that much…

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #101

    According to the Grauniad, they’ve detected a Nepal coronavirus mutation in Portugal.

    2
  • JohnJ

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #102

    lesh

    Comment #94

    Greggs have announced it intends to introduce home deliveries – by drone.

    Pie in the sky?

    Or maybe a roll a sausage one!

    1
  • DaveD1000

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #103

    I wish you would all buggar off. I’ve been trying to put this fence up for months. Postcrete is good but it still needs to set before all the jumping on and off

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #104

    Ron,
    Jeff Stelling kicking off at fellow journos for printing that, he reckons they’re scaremongering which in turn has brought out the CT’?ists rallying to his call which is not what he intended imo. It’s a mess.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #105

    Did I spell quaranteening correctly, it doesn’t look right 😮

    0
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #106

    Jail – that’s the one knacker with going over in the summer, with it being off season for the games. The first game I took my missus to was when we got bladdered by Liverpool and Gerard scored two I think (around Christmas 2008) so then I promised her that we’d go back over for a game I think we’ll win.

    We went back the following Christmas when we played Boro in the Championship and luckily we won (Shola scored one of the goals I recall) and that was the last game I went to, so it’s been a while!

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #107

    Took her on the stadium tour as well and bought myself a nice warm padded adidas manager’s coat. Still got it to this day and it’s great for the harsh winters over here.

    Won’t be buying any tat from the fat bar steward when we next go over though, that’s for damn sure.

    0
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #108

    lesh – do you reckon a drone can make it across the Atlantic? I suppose there’s only one way to find out…

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #109

    quarantining!!

    0
  • Just a fan

    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #110

    My fence is bigger than your fence
    Hope I don’t fall off it.

    3
  • John Tudor

    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #111

    Get off yer arses and boycott the fat mans toy aswell as his shops

    2
  • Not another deJong

    Jun 3, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #112

    I’ve got a hedge, therefore all bets are covered.

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Jun 3, 2021 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #113

    Susie Dent@susie_dent

    Word of the day is ‘spuddle’ (17th century): to work ineffectively; to be extremely busy whilst achieving absolutely nothing.

    5
  • Not another deJong

    Jun 3, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #114

    I hope there is is some kind of outcry when other clubs who are already in debt (and not wiping their own nose), start spending more than us this summer. Or are we already ‘all cried out’?!!

    2
  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 3, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #115

    Hahahahahaha. Losing the race? We were never in the race. We’re absolutely hopeless under Ashley. Would we have been a been team with Ajer and Kyle Joseph? Who knows? Joseph would be in the development squad and they often disappear without a trace. We’ve been through this so many times. I don’t fall for it anymore.

    1
  • Not another deJong

    Jun 3, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #116

    bus

    0
  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 3, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #117

    Ashley spuddles around again. Well said Ron.

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