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Newcastle Behind In Chase For Left-Back As Another Nervous Summer Awaits

There was a recent claim that Newcastle were not looking to bring Jetro Willems back this summer. The 27-year-old will become a free agent after his deal at Frankfurt expires later this month.

However, a left-back may not be on the docket this summer at St. James’ Park. If Matt Ritchie remains a Magpie, then that would give Bruce two excellent options at left wing-back with the 31-year-old battling it out with Jamal Lewis.

While Ritchie will turn 32 in September, he was outstanding in our final 9 matches where our season was turned around. So having his passion and leadership around for at least another season would be a popular outcome.

If Ritchie does end up moving, as he almost did in January to his former club Bournemouth, then left-back comes into play as a priority position. Though, we’ll likely have a replacement already brought in before a move away for Ritchie would be sanctioned.

Willems would be welcomed back with open arms. However, he’s not kicked a ball competitively since suffering his knee injury in January of 2020. Due to stringent post-Brexit transfer rules, the Dutchman could find it difficult to acquire a work permit.

Newcastle should have targets identified for the different scenarios that could play out this summer. That’s where a report from L’Equipe becomes intriguing. Get French Football News is citing a claim from the French outlet that Brest left-back Romain Perraud (pictured above) is being tracked by the Magpies.

The 23-year-old is coming off a stellar season for Brest, who just avoided relegation from Ligue 1 with a 17th place finish. The former Nice Academy product had 3 goals while providing 7 assists in 36 appearances.

In January of this year, he signed a new contract to 2025 which gives Brest some security should any club come knocking. According to L’Equipe, Newcastle, Leeds, and Southampton are all very interested in Perraud with the Saints reportedly leading the chase.

The problem for Newcastle is Perraud would cost a significant fee in the £8-12m range. Even if Newcastle sell Ritchie, the fee brought in would likely cover less than half of that amount.

With such a limited budget this summer, Newcastle will have to get creative to bring in any quality signings. It may also serve the club well to retain as many players as possible for at least next season.

Based on the following departure list published by the Premier League, that could be what Newcastle have decided to do. According to this list, the only senior players who won’t be retained are Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu, and Henri Saivet.

While it’s not official, Newcastle may be keeping Federico Fernandez and Dwight Gayle around next season. Both players are on contracts that expire at the end of the month while it’s been reported that Paul Dummett and Fabian Schar both have had year-long extensions triggered.

It could be another conservative window for Newcastle with the only hope of change coming by way of a successful resurrection of the Saudi-backed takeover. Though Mike Ashley’s pending dual legal battles could extend well into next season.

However, a source within St. James’ Park has revealed that our want-away owner remains convinced he’ll be vindicated in his attempt to get the takeover resurrected and even completed this summer. That is at least what Ken Lawrence claims in an exclusive in the The Sun.

In his report, Lawrence has published the following quote from a ‘source inside the club’:

“Mike Ashley is certain he’ll win his case.

“He has told the consortium to have their money ready to complete in a month.”

Hope springs eternal though after what we suffered through last summer, our optimism remains quite low. We’ll hopefully find out more in the coming weeks with Ashley’s anti-competition case against the league scheduled to get underway next Friday.

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395 comments so far

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 5, 2021 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #41

    Novocastrian66 agrees with me and that’s just on this blog. The other 50000 fans probably feel the same. Would you rather have Willems or Van Aanholt at left back instead of Dummett?

  • WLtoon

    Jun 5, 2021 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #42


    Yeah Beresi was probably the best ever , i too am not old enough to of seen Bobby Moore live but by all accounts he was a class act, he floated around the pitch so effortlessly apparently.

  • WLtoon

    Jun 5, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #43

    I would rather have Willems than Dummett as a left back for sure, i am not comparing them, i am saying Dummett is a good defender.
    Would you rather have Willems as CB over Dummett?

  • WLtoon

    Jun 5, 2021 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #44

    Is there anyone on here who thinks Van Arnholt would make a better CB than Dummett? i doubt it.

  • dabassman

    Jun 5, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #45

    I rate Dummett He will be fine as CB and back up lb I don’t think we need an additional LB We might need an additional CB if Florian or Clark decide to leave or Bruce decides for them
    Pity Matty can be converted into a box to box midfielder I really hope Willock returns on a loan because I have a feeling that it might be a second season syndrome for him. Opposition players will be watching him and learning his ploys It will be interesting if he will be the same player if the goals dry up
    We do need a back up striker though We saw what happened when Wilson go injured.
    I think we need 3 or 4 I would like to see Willock an additional striker and maybe another midfield player
    Overall the current team when fit will keep us safe and maybe with a few additions a top 10 side
    Even if Ashley doesn’t sell
    I don’t believe a word or letter from the Sun

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #46

    The club has gone so far backwards it amazes me we are still actually a PL club.
    In the season Asley bought Nufc Bournemouth were in division 1 and Leicester had been relegated to division 1.
    Now we allegedly are trying to buy there cast offs pal…The club is a joke.
    And to add salt to the wound Ashley mouths off we close to being sold and fans still fall for it.
    Role up role up its season ticket time suckers…Hahaha hahaha gotta love it

  • WLtoon

    Jun 5, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #47


    Totally agree about the club going backwards, it will continue under Jabba until eventually we are relegated once again., i doubt we will come straight back up, even if the Champo is pants.
    Anyway, my good lady here and it is time to party at the Costa Del Hebburn.

    Adios Amigo`s

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 5, 2021 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #49

    While I agree with Kets to a degree I doubt you will find another 50k agreeing. As a full back Dummett is poor. You cannot separate his defending capabilities from his attacking attributes when playing as a full back. He has to be judged on both as a whole and his is limited.
    He is a capable centre half.
    Worthy of a place in the squad is about it.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #50

    At no point during Rafa’s time in charge has Mike Ashley allowed him to invest any money into the squad. In his first summer in charge, Benitez made a £30 million profit on transfers.

    In his second summer, Benitez spent £43 million, and roughly received £25 million on transfers. Last summer, Benitez spent £22 million and received £44 million in sold players, with Newcastle pocketing £22 million overall.

    Subsequently, Benitez has a total net spend of -£34 million. This is despite the fact that Mike Ashley assured Rafa, live on TV, that he could have “every penny that the club generates.”

    Yet people still fall for Ashley and his cronies antics on lies and deceit through the papers and media to suit his own agenda.
    Hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha hahaha SUCKERS

  • Australian Pie

    Jun 5, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #51

    The thoughts of takeover complete, Rafa returns, sign Willock and a big name central midfielder as an impact signing from the saudis.

    Would be so good

  • Mund

    Jun 5, 2021 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #52

    If fans want to go to the match or renew season tickets that’s up to them.

    After the year we have just had and I can’t blame any fan for wanting to be a part of that St James crowd on a match day

    Nobody is a sucker

    Doesn’t matter as it’s the end of Ashley and the abuse he has put us through the last 14 years

    The club will get its soul back and the fans will find there loudest voice once more

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #54

    I said a sucker for believing his lies through propaganda through his media circus.
    As for the crowd Mund..It is non existent, Every game is like a pre season.No atmosphere,No leadership from the top of the ladder to the bottom.
    Perez was bang on the button on why he left because the club has no ambition.I followed the club through thick and thin for nearly 30 year travelling thousands of miles..Even through 2 relegations under Ashley.
    But no more sunshine will I be fooled by his lies and bullshit rhetoric and if you fall for it then more fool you

  • Mund

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #55

    What lies?

    You say Fakeover but that’s BS lies

    Nobody is a fool for seeing things differently.

    We all have our own reality but that doesn’t mean my reality is yours and vice versa

  • toon22

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #56


    What are you on about >?
    Are you trying to say the turds not lied to the fans ?

    Really ?

    Have we been sold yet
    Has he lied to us, proven in court to be so


  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #57


    I’m not gonna become another one to argue with ya .If you wanna believe the Fakeover that is your choice pal.
    Me personally will not fall for any of it like last summer when I got SUCKERED in with the crap that was served up

  • toon22

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #58

    You sure we are gettin sold
    Wernt we defo sold by the time we were mathmatically safe ?
    Kind of rememmeber that
    Then it was the end of the season
    Rings a bell
    Now its June/July

    Who knows

    Fact is we havent been sold and you baseing your belief on it from sources who are paid by the turd and Twitter

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #59


    Bobby bee use to say on here 14 years ago we will get the soul of the club back and the fans will find there voice again…Hows that panned out??

  • toon22

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #60

    Im sure he will shift loads of STs
    Im glad they are going

    But id like for people who read this to have a bit more of a ballanced view of things than wishful thinking

  • Paul141726

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #61

    Whether we get sold or not, it certainly is what we want as a fan base.
    I realize that Mund is very optimistic to say the least, and if it happens he might be buying drinks for all! (sarcasm, lol).
    Mund, I really like that repost about Benitez. I know he was not every one’s cup of tea, but he also had his hands tied by AshLie.
    Anyway, I have just been lurking here and will probably continue to do that until things heat up in the transfer season. Here’s hoping, but deep pockets/short arms owner more than likely will not spend.

  • Not another deJong

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #62

    I would appreciate seeing a blog vote on ‘Are you buying a season ticket- yes/no’?

    It would be very indicative of the day to day mood.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #63

    Not another De Jong.
    I guarantee mate if no Fakeover happens he will be giving 10,000 tickets away again because everyone has had enough

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #64

    On Soumare.
    Unfortunately it can never be proved whether they seriously thought they could sign Soumare for £35/45M. I am basing my opinion on it being a publicity stunt on 14 years of lies and deceit and other fake bids we’ve had in the past. Also if there was £35/45M available why didn’t we get anybody at all. There was £35M spent the following summer, so that was the “Soumare” money, so then where did the rest of the transfer budget disappear to.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #65

    What happened to the poster Paulie? We’ve lost sheet loads of posters this last couple of years.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #66


    Probably fed up of all the Arguments mate

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #67


    I hope that you are not insinuating that the Nufc Hierarchy have fooled the Nufc fans and suckered us in to believing lies and more lies????

    How dare you have that opinion hahaha

  • jane

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #68

    “In the season Asley bought Nufc Bournemouth were in division 1 and Leicester had been relegated to division 1.”

    these teams were in the Premier league:

  • jane

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #69

    that point wasn’t to defend Ashley but we can’t cherry pick teams that have done better in the last 14 years to support our argument.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #70


    I chose them two teams as a representative of us linked there 2 cast offs.So please explain how that’s cherry picking??
    Or are we not linked with Choudray and Josh king??

  • Mund

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #71


    Be another one to argue with me?

    So if we don’t agree we are arguing? That the craic? 😆

  • Mund

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #72

    We are also linked to another 30 odd players

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #73


    No mate,I’m simply going on the weekly fall outs you have on here bud,I just didnt want to become another statistic.
    So that is why I said what I said because it looked like that’s where we were heading.I was on your page last year if you care to remember but I wont be fooled again

  • Mund

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #74

    The weekly fallouts? What are you talking about?

    What has that got to do with the price of bacon?

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #75

    Jane, yes, none of the 8 teams that finished below us in the EPL in 2007/8 (we finished 12th) are any longer in the EPL and most have not been for some time with the exception of Fulham who’ve had a couple of stints. Unfortunately outside of the top six and Everton there’s been a lot of volatility, just shows what a tough league it is.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #76

    I’m trying to reason with ya bud as a debate,Not an argument

  • Mund

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #77


    If you were mate you wouldn’t be bringing arguing into it.

    Bit of a cliche and a cheap shot when in fact it had now to do with it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #78

    Well twitter has certainly taken that report in the Sun with a quarry full of salt 🙄

  • Harley

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #79

    Oh I want to join in on the Dummet debate.

    I think he’s invaluable to us. He’s the best defender at the club and has pace. Obviously he’s not that great on the ball, but that’s why he’s with us. If he was as good attack wise as Willems he’d be playing for a top 6 club.

    I prefer van anholt to willems. I just think he’s the safer option with injuries.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 5, 2021 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #80

    Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is in talks with Stade Brest over the signing of left-back Romain Perraud this summer, although they are set to face significant Premier League competition.


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