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Newcastle To Announce New Deal For Striker But Future Still Unclear – Report



On Friday, the Premier League released clubs’ departure lists. Newcastle had three senior players on that list in Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu, and Henri Saivet. Atsu had already sent his farewells while Newcastle had been trying to offload Saivet unsuccessfully for years.

Without an official announcement, this list isn’t conclusive. However, it’s an unceremonious way for Andy Carroll’s potential departure to become public. It could be a situation where some communication lines have been crossed but Carroll and Newcastle fans deserved better and hopefully, the club will make amends with a more fitting announcement soon.

In the end, none of those three Magpies leaving is much of a surprise. What could be most illuminating is the names not on the list. Both Federico Fernandez and Dwight Gayle are in the final weeks of their contracts and could be free agents by July 1st.


The Chronicle is reporting that Gayle has been handed a new three-year contract which will be announced shortly. While this was initially reported earlier in the year, it had gone quiet recently but Mark Douglas reckons it will be announced soon. The Chronicle also reports that Fede Fernandez is very keen to stay on Tyneside and could also get a new deal.

However, despite Gayle getting an extension, he still may not be a Magpie at the start of next season. In Mark Douglas’s report, he claims Newcastle see the striker as one of their most saleable assets due to his goalscoring prowess in the Championship.

So Newcastle could be inking Dwight to a new deal only to sell him shortly after. Fulham is reportedly very keen on signing him as they hope to bounce back into the Premier League once again.

The other players Bruce could look to offload are Freddie Woodman, Florian Lejeune, and Yoshinori Muto. All three were out on loan last season with varying degrees of success. Both Lejeune and Muto are entering the final year of their contracts and won’t fetch much in the transfer market.

Freddie Woodman still has two years left on the contract he signed last summer. He could command a decent fee both this summer and possibly in the future. Newcastle would almost certainly add a sell-on clause in any deal for the 24-year-old much like the ones inserted when Ivan Toney and Adam Armstrong were sold.

If Newcastle do end up cashing in on Woodman, that could be a decision that lacks foresight. He’s got the potential to be our number one for a decade in the very near future. So if he does leave, hopefully, it will be for a significant amount of money.

As for Gayle, if Newcastle are able to sell him and Carroll also departs, the need for another striker becomes paramount. Gayle could bring in a decent fee though nothing like the £12-15m he would have commanded a few summers ago.

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38 comments so far

  • jane

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    day 423 of the takeover.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Well, I woke up this morning, and I got myself a beer
    The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near…

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  • jane

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    “Aston Villa have announced a financial loss of £99.2 million for last season’s Covid-hit campaign.”

    “Thanks to the clubs owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens “the operating loss and all capital investment has been funded by shareholder equity” and “Aston Villa remains debt free”.

    what is shareholder equity? free money?

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-financial-results-nswe-20353613

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  • onmeedsun

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Jane
    Shareholder funds in the form of equity is not repaid unless the club is sold, unlike a loan which will have a repayment term. It also sits at the bottom of the balance sheet, as opposed to being shown as a liability and offset against club assets. So equity investment helps the club have a higher net asset BS position which is good. It’s what all these wealthy investors should do if they’re in it for the long term.

    2
  • martoon

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Jazzyp – if I remember correctly you used to travel up with another poster for the home matches? I understand why you are disillusioned but I think those of us who still go are not mugs but we just like the match day experience and supporting our team no matter how cr*p we are and there is still the odd high when we have beaten, say, Man City or such like.
    I think you might be surprised by the uptake of ST’s next season because a lot of us opted for the credit option so next season’s ST is effectively costing us nothing!

    5
  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Ashley must be super confident of the Takeover now he’s tying down one of the Prems most useless fowards.

    Colback carrol and now Gayle, WASTE of wages and squad places.

    10
  • onmeedsun

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Villa following the Leicester model of buying quality players without all the fanfare, although it may mean they’re about to sell Grealish. If Ashley serious about the takeover happening in the next year, now is not the time to play it tight in the transfer market. We got away with it last season, but way too risky to expect the same result again. We should have a net spend of circa £35m, which given sales of say £15m would give us £50m. One top quality player, with a couple of players with potential.

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  • jane

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    thanks for such a quick helpful answer. does that mean somebody will have to pay more for Villa now if they want to buy the club i.e. buying this debt?

    i presume Ashley’s loan is a liability in the balance sheet?

    at the end of the day is there much difference?

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  • toon22

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    onmeedsun

    Hes been playing it tight in the thransfer market for 14 years
    7 million net spend in the last 10

    He is asset stripping us to fund his tat shops

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Wheres the money you ask?

    In the pockets of players who barely featured for the club whilst on silly wages.

    8
  • jane

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    we have bought a quality player the last 2 summers (and Joelinton) so we seem to be going to down this route although teams like Villa and Leicester have bought more than 1 quality players. i expect we will buy another quality player this summer as they have seen that quality players make all the difference.

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  • toon22

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Jane

    7 million net in the last 10 years

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Ibizatoon.
    Wow 2 days on the trot..We are privileged.
    Wasting ya time with Jazzy mate,Tried to debate with him many times and got me nowhere

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  • toon22

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    OP

    Our wage bill is 13th in the pre, last year
    https://www.totalsportal.com/money/premier-league-wage-bill/

    Im guessing it was far lower over the last 10 years

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  • toon22

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    16th in 2019

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Jazzy used to travel to matches with Shire until the debating got to much.

    Now Shire walks to Newcastle for the peace

    5
  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 6, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Jazzy…Come on now, don’t be defeatist. You’re starting to sound just like Jazzy!

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  • onmeedsun

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Jane
    Doesn’t really make much difference. New buyers would value the club as less, but would then need to repay the loan. So same cash outlay as if the loan was converted to equity. But would help the club borrow short term off a bank if there are no investor or other loans on the balance sheet. In our case the club is worth £200m (compared to the £120m Ashley paid), but then Ashley’s loan of £100m would also need to be repaid. So £300m cash outlay for consortium. I think the Villa investors want to show their commitment so call it equity, whereas Ashley has been able to hold his interest free loan over us as a reason why it’s been ok not to pay for SD advertising until last year. None of this affects FFP though which looks at profitability.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Martoon
    Apologies for if I made you feel uncomfortable and yes I’ve travelled thousands of miles up and down the A1 for nearly thirty year supporting the club that became my life,And still is to an extent.
    And yes you and everyone has a choice to go or not to go to matches.
    But if ya still trying to tell me it’s a great day out now then I’m afraid we will have to agree to disagree.The Atmoshere in the ground is non existent now and more like a friendly.And I find it quite embarrassing when what once was a fortress of noise is a ground now to listen to the away fans chant all game

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    OP

    Shire couldn’t handle the conspiracy theories from Jazzy After all he hears voices in his head which worried Shirebrooktoon.

    2
  • jazzyp

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #21

    OP

    You destroyed any confidence in mankind when you failed to meet Shirebrook for a pint at the ground simply because ya dog had put his testicles through the cheese grater

    8
  • onmeedsun

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Jane
    We have started to spend more, and Ashley is being true to his word in investing every pound generated by the club back into it. Taken 2 years post promotion to repay short term relegation loan from Ashley, before funds became available. Hence Bruce got to spend whereas Rafa had zip. The difference between us and Villa/Leicester is that they have a better hit rate of getting a player who’s value rockets. We still buy duds. Our recruitment is hit and miss, but no surprise given how much we invest in out recruitment team compared to other clubs. Leicester will always sell their better players, but at a huge profit and only once they have a replacement sorted first.

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  • onmeedsun

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Jazzy
    Correct on going to home matches. I too have been doing 600mile round trips up the M1 for the past 15 years and I can count the truly uplifting experiences at SJP during that time on one hand. It has been like a slow death following this club with absolutely no joy or anything to genuinely look forward to. And as a consequence the atmosphere has been non existent. Not helped by the lopsided nature of SJP. The only positive being the pre match pub meetings. If this doesn’t change soon I fear permanent decline just like our cousins down the road.

    9
  • toon22

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #24

    But apparently we are being sold
    Arnt we ?

    #CANS

    I’m sure the Saudis are desperate for Gayle to sign a new contract

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Mmm, Rafa wasn’t too happy about Ashley taking his 30 million back, meaning he had to do without. Ashley I suppose figures the club has to clearly understand that it can’t rely on him to bail it out, conveniently forgetting that his policies got us relegated in the first place of course.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #26

    Rather keep Carrol than Gayle, more than capable of scoring 15 to 20 goals in the EPL or the Championship someone will take a gamble on him.

    Think Gayle has lost his mojo and won’t do very good at any level.

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  • toon22

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #27

    After all the hope
    All the promises of the last year

    Another non sale will be devastating
    Being stuck with the turd and the clown for another year is too much to bear

    4
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Doesn’t the purchase of Buendia contravene some aspects of the Fair Play rules.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #29

    toon22 your waffling last night was one reason I didn’t bother coming on to the nightshift, surely you need to get some sleep!

    1
  • toon22

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    Essex

    You mind me but not Mund ?

    Stay positive
    This years the year
    Defo

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  • jane

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #31

    re. Gayle he has a young family his daughter is probably starting school now so he probably wants to stay in the area so she can be a geordie. there comes a time when you don’t want to trek round the country on loan and would rather take a cut in your wages for quality of life. he has achieved as much as he can.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #32

    onmeedsun

    Like you mate i have met some truly great people through decades of travelling around the country following Nufc. But what i have found is the travelling contingency have dropped away . If you live around the city it still is an easy fix or afternoon out for the family. But when every game you attend costs around £300 pound..That buzz soon disappears when you see what we have to look forward to

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  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #33

    Apart from being in a position to put a fee on Gayle, if anyone wants to buy a thirty odd year old injury prone striker, why would we give him another three years – to sit on the bench or the treatment room?

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #34

    Onmeedson

    When Ashley has finally left the building and we are all back in the place we love it would be a pleasure to meet up for a pint mate

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #35

    I’d much rather keep Carroll too, but mainly for sentimental reasons. However there’s no point in fielding Andy Carroll unless you play to his strengths.

    Interestingly, with 3 cb’s and Ritchie and Murphy pushing up and swinging the ball in over the last ten or so games, and Willock getting into the box, we were playing to his strengths, and I don’t think he even got on the pitch.

    He’s gone though, and that’s the got to be the sensible move, and Gayle should go too, because the side desperately needs one or two of better quality in the right positions to realistically stay out of the bottom third next term.

    Gotta shift him. Crazy that he’s still with us, approaching our fourth season back, and having contributed so little.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Jazzy

    Mankind?

    The dogs gender neutral I’ll have you know

    1
  • onmeedsun

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #37

    Nicky
    Bang on. 2 relegations have cost the club at least £200m, which otherwise could have been invested in facilities and players. Ashley’s fault due to poor decision making and not investing in a proper competent management structure to run the club. Beggars belief that Ashley thinks the club is worth what he thinks it. He’s taken a sure top half team and turned them into a relegation battle team. But he refuses to take a loss when selling, which is why he’s still here 14 years on. He just will not invest in the club, but those around us do, which just pushes us closer to a 3rd relegation.

    5
  • Wor B

    Jun 6, 2021 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38

    Rom

    Gonna have to up your game mate.

    As well as being able to quote classical history and obscure poetry to match the mood on here, our resident literacy guru can also turn his hand to song lyrics.

    Take the knee for Ron Knee.

    🙂

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