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Newcastle Reportedly Interested In Championship Midfielder



The transfer window opened today as Newcastle continue to get linked with new targets on almost a daily basis. It’s hard to separate the top targets from those further down the list as so much depends on how other clubs react to our reported interest.

The Chronicle is citing various reports that Swansea captain Matt Grimes has been added to Newcastle’s watchlist. The midfielder is also on the radar of Southampton, who look to be close to sealing a deal for another reported Newcastle target in left-back Romain Perraud.

Grimes is an interesting target for Newcastle. He has loads of experience at the Championship level but hardly any in the Premier League. He made a few appearances when Swansea were in the top flight as an upcoming prospect.


Grimes will turn 26 next month and is in his prime years. He’s been with Swansea since 2015 after joining from Exeter City for around £2m. He initially had loan spells with Blackburn, Leeds, and Northampton before solidifying his place in Swansea’s first team.

The former England U21 international is a complete midfielder who can get forward while fulfilling his defensive duties. He has captained Swansea over the past two seasons and currently has 157 appearances including 50 this past season.

The midfielder is entering the final year of the contract he signed in 2018 when Brighton boss Graham Potter was with Swansea. However, the reports have his price tag at £8m which would seem to be a non-starter for Newcastle.

Steve Bruce has limited funds to work with this summer and will have to wheel and deal in order to strengthen his squad. Any permanent transfers he makes will need to be bargains as he simply cannot afford to waste any money.

Newcastle will hit the free agent and loan markets heavily to offset the lack of funds. Bruce should have plenty of targets identified with Matt Grimes likely a little further down the list at the moment.

There is still news trickling out weekly about the Saudi-backed takeover. Once again, an outlet has claimed that Mike Ashley and all members of the Saudi-backed consortium are confident the takeover will happen this summer.

The latest to make that claim is Football Insider who add that the consortium has Rafa Benitez lined up to replace Bruce should it go through. If it does, and that’s a big ‘if’, the Spaniard will be backed big time with transfer funds.

That is all wishful thinking at the moment as it has been for nearly a year now. The likelihood of this takeover getting resurrected should become clearer over the next few months with Ashley’s anti-competition claim against the Premier League scheduled for Friday.

As it stands, the transfer window is now open and Steve Bruce has limited funds to work with. So we’ll see what transpires over the next few months on both the takeover and transfer fronts.


113 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #1

    WE WANT WILLOCK!!
    WE WANT WILLOCK!!

    All together now…

    WE WANT WILLOCK!!

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  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Are we really that surprised with what’s been handed out? We are talking about the PL here and there precious cartel of 6.

    It’s shocking it really is but I’m not surprised one bit

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    The difference between AC and Gayle is that Gayle is a waste of space whereas AC was wasted space.

    What a lot of people don’t get about AC is that he is actually good on the deck and not just an old fashioned battering ram and probably has one of the best left foots in the EPL.

    But he does need to be played to get any benefit from him and not just stupid 5 minute cameos.

    As for him being a bad influence in the squad I think that’s only with TFG, who he’s probably had more than a few words with and TFG doesn’t like it. Hence his lack of playing time.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Bus missed in my attempt to get a Wor B award. I’ll have to resort to a light bulb joke:
    How many psychotherapists does it take to change a lightbulb.
    One, but the lightbulb must want to change.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Grimes looked to me to be a red card waiting to happen in the play off final, don’t know much about him other than that game but I still think we have better in the U23s.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s 25+ on this roof, no shade, nice breeze occasionally.

    I’d get a paddling pool but no way to get water to penthouse roof.

    Things you do to pay the bills.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    So is there going to be panic buying of Halogen light bulbs?

    That’s question and not intended as a joke but if you look at it from a Zen point of view it could be! 🙂

    2
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    No surprises with the PL ‘punishments’ hand out to the ‘big boys’. Complete joke, may as well not bothered.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Not surprised by the leagues ‘punishment’ but still angry and disappointed about it.

    Seeing some fans on twitter telling Newcastle to just announce the takeover and push it through without the leagues permission. As the league will only fine us, right? Just push it through and let PIF pay a £20m fine, job done haha

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  • magscar

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Well I for one am not in the slightest surprised at the let off for the 6 ( i said so at time) – the PL run scared of them and their power

    I doubt their wish for a breakway will go away unless and until the 6 get guarantees that European football gravy train is theirs as a right and not as a competition in which gatecrashers can make it even harder than now

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Why keep Gayle his attitude stunk when he came on second half against Sheffield Utd
    Keeping him and Carroll blocks up two places for new signings
    Oh sorry we are not signing anyone – got our quota !!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    What just read £20 million fine between the six of them £3.5 million
    F**kin’ stinks and that’s putting it mildly.
    PremierSHIT scared
    Arghhhhhhhhhh

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  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #14

    OP

    A nice day on a roof with some sparkling new tools! Ah the life you lead 🙂

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #15

    I didn’t see this part that if any of the 6 say does this again? they will face a 30 point deduction

    3
  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #16

    In the end it could all work in our favour

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Premier League AGM meeting tomorrow, could be interesting to hear any news coming out from that. Imagine the other 14 clubs at the meeting will have some strong words about all of this and you’d hope they rip into Masters and co at the meeting.

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  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Spotify bloke Daniel Ek is looking to buy Arsenal for 2 Billion.

    When you think of how much we are to cost that type of money is crazy.

    3
  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Chelsea looking to buy Haaland and Hakimi

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #20

    EGB; I don’t know anything about Grimes but you reckon we have better players in our U23’s. Who?
    The U23’s finished bottom of their league and gave a poor showing in the pizza cup, which is for the bottom two divisions. You have made that judgement based on watching Grimes play in 1 game. How many U23 matches did you watch last season?
    I would love to know who these top 6 Championship players are in our U23’s.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Rumours of the Reubens and Ashley meeting in France tomorrow, far as I can see the story hasn’t originated from any kind of credible source though. So if there are any ‘plane followers’ on the blog, keep an eye out tomorrow haha. There’s so many rumours right now, wish we had just one that comes from a credible source.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #22

    If the big six had influence over their fines then call me cynical – but does this not point to the fact they had influence over our take over and blocking it!!????

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Charlie

    It doesn’t help their case in saying that they didn’t, that’s for sure!

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  • Solano slice

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    £20 mil fine stinks. They picked their own bloody punishment, how is that even a punishment

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  • Solano slice

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Beers will taste nice this evening OP working in the sun all day.

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #26

    A meeting in Nice

    0
  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Adam

    I thought you didn’t like rumours?

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Next we will have Jail posting Highland Geordies tweets 😉

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Just had an e mail off 1892 pledge saying thanks it’s been received, that was two months ago???

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Next we’ll have Mund posting something factual 😀

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  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    I always do Jail and it’s a lot better than outlandish theories 😀

    3
  • martoon

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Agree with everybody else – a £20m fine between 6 of them is a joke when they are currently making £50m bids for 1 player! Apparently if they do it again they get points deductions but it should have been this time!!!!!

    3
  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #33

    A 20M fine and 30 points deducted

    3
  • Solano slice

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Just had the same jail, pledge nearly up to £100k

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  • carltoon

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Twenty million, between the six clubs,. I’m absolutely fumin, what kind of punishment is that, and people don’t believe they’ve got an agenda. Have the other clubs got a say at all?

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  • carltoon

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #36

    It should be a points reduction, that money is just a drop in the ocean, and i bet they pay it off a POUND A WEEK,

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #37

    So what we want to know is who set the fine? The clubs?

    Or did Masters etc ask the clubs what their punishment should be?

    Very interesting timing just before the AGM as well

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  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #38

    carltoon 😆 a pound a week that tickled me that

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  • Mund

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t know about anyone else but every move the league makes since all this saga started just makes them look more guilty by each decision.

    2
  • Adamn_92

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Mund, I don’t really give them a second thought to be honest. That’s why I followed it by saying I don’t see any credible source though. There’s been so many rumours lately I thought i’d have a look at what’s being said on twitter for myself. There’s certainly no end on there haha

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