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Ajer To Brentford ‘Complete’ While The Foxes Have Bid Accepted For Another NUFC Target – Report



Last week, Brentford reached an agreement with Celtic over the transfer of Newcastle target Kristoffer Ajer. The Bees’ initial bid of £12m plus add-ons was rejected but they went straight back in offering £13.5m, which was accepted.

Earlier today, Sky Sports reported that the 23-year-old center-back had completed his medical with just a few small details left to iron out.

It appears that everything is now complete with just an announcement pending. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is claiming that Ajer’s move to Brentford is now done.

Newcastle never officially entered the race for the Norwegian though he was considered Steve Bruce’s preferred option. Celtic were ultimately able to get good value for the unsettled 23-year-old. Newcastle were hoping for a summer steal at half of this fee.

Bruce is hoping to add a young center-back and two midfielders this summer. Joe Willock and Conor Gallagher appear to be his midfielders of choice at the moment. Newcastle are reportedly in discussions with both Arsenal and Chelsea over loan moves.

With Ajer snapped up, Bruce will have to move down his list of center-back targets. Though he could find it difficult with a measly £10m to work with unless Ashley raises the budget.

Recently it was reported that Schalke had reoffered Ozan Kabak back to Liverpool for just £8.5m. The Reds had declined their £18.5m purchase option on the 21-year-old who spent the second half of last season on loan at Anfield.

Now The Sun is reporting that Leicester City have had an £8m bid accepted for Kabak with some final details still to be sorted. That is a tremendous buy for The Foxes if true.

They could take their summer spending close to £50m as they push for Champions League football after two straight fifth-place finishes.

As for Newcastle, Bruce stated on Sunday that there are one or two signings ‘bubbling away’ in addition to Joe Willock. Though he added that nothing is particularly close as the clock ticks down to the start of this season.


216 comments so far

  • martoon

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #161

    As I’ve said it before toon22, although repetitive, does a good job exposing Ashley’s shocking neglect of nufc. However where he loses credibility is when he accuses other posters of being PR or Ashley supporters just because they look for a positive!
    Also as bad an owner as Ashley is, and there are plenty of things you can choose to pick on, when you start making stuff up such as “he’s used the transfer budget to buy a new shop” then it doesn’t help your case!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #162

    Wor B

    Good to know. On a lighter note I have never been fortunate enough to have a lady in my life who a) even likes football and b) supports NUFC. Mind you, more than enough misery in one household with just me being a NUFC fan, let alone 2. I envy my pal who is a west ham fan. His good lady goes to all their home matches with him.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #163

    Martoon,

    With respect is there one single NUFC fan who isn’t 100% aware of Ashley’s shocking neglect of nufc.

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  • TheTinman

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #164

    RH, test cricket is a saga, best enjoyed via radio 5 live commentary whilst going about your everyday life. I love it!

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  • martoon

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #165

    RH @163 – Fair point!

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  • TheTinman

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #166

    RH, I will never be surprised by the ignorance of people.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #167

    I think even though we all are more than aware of Ashleys neglect of the club over the years, toon22 repeats his messages to make sure we don’t forget or get sucked in to believing different. Even though I do personally believe this takeover is different, if it did (big if) end up being another Ashley stunt, then that’s the kind of thing he warns us about is not to keep being fooled by him. I think he just has a really strong hatred for what Ashley has done to the club and wants him gone, so drives that home repeatedly. I get how it it winds people up and seems like repetitive drivel though. He goes a bit too far into conspiracy theory territory sometimes but I think he’s a passionate fan who wants his club back and we’ll see a different toon22 if Ashley does ever leave.

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  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #168

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    Wishing all those who are celebrating around the world a wonderful and blessed Eid Al-Adha.

    #EidAlAdha #EidMubarak

    Strange one we don’t have any Muslim players and this isn’t something the club normally does.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #169

    So, how about some transparency from the club then?

    What are the short term plans going into the new season?

    When will we see the full range of new kits?

    What can fans expect when they return to St. James Park?

    Or should we presume there will be no further comment at this time.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #170

    nadj

    The club will probably use the excuse of waiting to see what happens with the takeover for as long as they possibly can to avoid doing anything.

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  • Ace50

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #171

    @Scythe – not sure if you will pick this up, but the high PM alert is a result of the fires in Canada. And you’re correct, the colour of the sun will be related to the higher particle count in the atmosphere. All signs that we need to start taking care of this little 3rd rock from the sun very soon, or we (or our kids, grandkids, etc…) won’t be able to enjoy it

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  • simon376

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #172

    Mund
    Is that not just for the fans and giving them some acknowledgment, really club should do that for all fans, dont think its take over related at all unfortunately

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  • anxer

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #173

    I see there is an article on The Athletic by Caulkin and Chris Waugh, which says that the Saudis are the ones holding the deal up and both sides are struggling to get information from them?

    I haven’t got a subscription so could only read the first few lines, perhaps someone who has one could give a précis?

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  • Ace50

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #174

    You can see the dilemma the current owners have, wanting to spend as little as possible to keep our heads above water whilst hopefully selling the club for the most money ASAP. However, it’s our club they are gambling with. I don’t see any reason why they can’t sort out bank loans (against club assets, using catheter club’s monies) so if we get sold, the new owners take that on, but if we don’t get sold soon, we are still progressing forward. We all know in this league, if you don’t do anything to improve, you go backwards.

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  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #175

    Simon

    Clutching mate 🙂

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  • Ace50

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #176

    Not sure how the word ‘catheter’ was used? Was just meant to be ‘the’

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #177

    Apparently a group has bid 400mill for West Ham

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  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #178

    Rejected wasn’t it Aces?

    Promising to pump loads of money in if successful apparently.

    It will fly through just like Burnley’s.

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #179

    No current players mund but we had Cisse Demba and Tiote. Hamza choudhury might be so maybe we signing him lol

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #180

    Yes rejected but they’re determined to buy West Ham. They dont even own the stadium. Disgrace it being paid by public funds when they get 100mill tv money. Corrupt uk gov

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #181

    Count

    It’s funny people get very defensive about spelling. I look at it the other way. If you’ve been blindly missppelling something for a long time, like in my case 60 years, I would appreciate someone putting me right so I wouldn’t remain in ignorance of the fact any longer.

    As well as

    you are
    you’re
    your

    you have

    they are
    they’re
    their

    For me there and their, wrongly used, are the worst you see.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 21, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #182

    Anxer

    I don’t have a subscription sadly, that’s an interesting current view on things though which is different to most of the noise we’re hearing at the moment. Caulkin doesn’t really say much on the takeover and will happily say nothing if he’s unsure. So it’s very interesting if the news is coming from him that it’s PIF that are holding things up for both sides.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #183

    The alternative viewpoint from Yousef Hatem.

    https://true-faith.co.uk/takeover-the-legal-position-its-meaning-and-where-it-goes-now/
    ————————————————————

    What with the issues with disclosure in bothe cases, this TO may stuggle to be completed before the end of next season.

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  • Wor B

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #184

    Ace50

    Congratulations! You’ve won today’s award for accidental use of a medical term.

    Actually, you haven’t, I’m just taking the p.

    (see what I did there)

    😉

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  • geordietom

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #185

    Who are the group thats trying to buy West Ham ????

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  • Not another deJong

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #186

    Unify the Toon@ToonUnify

    Delayed Arbitration Thread Thread
    7:06 pm · 20 Jul 2021·Twitter for iPhone

    1/ There’s always been a trepidation around arbitration and the feeling that there’s even the smallest possibility it could have been an unlevel playing field.

    2/ If there’s two paths ahead of you and you feel that one of them cuts back on time but holds some form of risk then naturally, it makes sense to take a slightly longer route with a minimised risk to reach your destination.

    3/ This is far less a case of PL agreeing to deferred arbitration, and more an acceptance from them that the club will not let arbitration run in private before having their public day in court. We’re seeing a tactical NUFC delay this time.

    4/ The statement from NUFC was short, succinct and relatively calm in tone. The previous statements have been emotive and lengthy. If this was a case of even more PL tactics then that statement would surely have exploded into anger, frustration and blame.

    5/ The club gave PL every opportunity to agree to a public arbitration right up until the eve of arb. This was always a clever hand which was held back and played last minute to tip scales back into club’s favour – referenced since by people close to the deal.

    6/ The CAT case could actually now come quicker than originally hoped for and it will all be played out in public – which is what all parties on buyers/sellers side are championing. They wanted a transparent process and that’s what’s prominently on the horizon now.

    7/ There’s probably some awkward conversations to be had by the PL with BeIN, executives at the so called top 6 and other officials who may have exerted their influence over this potential takeover from it coming to light in April last year.

    8/ There’s every chance that some less than desirable evidence may be presented against those bodies at disclosure and that evidence will be in the public domain for the first time. If anything iffy did exist, then they won’t want that at all.

    9/ A few people at PL HQ – and beyond – might just be sweating under the collar now. For the immediate future, they’ve lost their biggest ally in privacy and a sympathetic arb panel.

    10/ If ever you were going to see an out of court settlement, this might just be happy hour. However, the PL have been resolute in their approach up to now and they’ve stood by their poker face approach.

    11/ For the time being, this takeover is relevant again beyond our fanbase alone. Staveley, the fans (through protest) and the media have whipped this back into relevance and suddenly any Tom, Dick or Harry can tune in and watch live when the CAT case kicks off.

    12/ In the short term … yes, it is damaging to the team. To the club. To the fanbase. But if this is what our best shot at change is then I’m happy to wait that bit longer. #nufc #nufctakeover

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  • toon22

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #187

    Ronda

    Your happy being delusional
    That’s fine by me

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #188

    Few on here suffer from that common ailment epididymitis.

    Normally what they post is a load of bollix.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #189

    Ok, so lets not abandon all hope. But what about the club not abandoning me as a supporter with a desire to see my team compete and not be embroiled yet again in a relegation battle.

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  • anxer

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #190

    Yeah Adam it is interesting if that’s what he’s saying. It was referred to in another article I was reading though so can’t say if it’s correct, that’s why I wondered if anyone here has read it.

    Then again, if the Saudis think they have already provided cast iron proof on separation, as the consortium stated they have, what more can they do?

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  • toon22

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #191

    As far as Jabbas concerned we’re doing great
    Good chance of selling some player while loads of cheap bargains about
    Tv money rolling in
    Not his fault the non sale as per usual

    Another year of scraping 17

    Job done

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #192

    Looking at the clubs short statement again, it does use the term ‘regrettably’ when talking about the arbitration delay. If this was a tactic by the club and the legal team, would they say that it’s ‘regrettably’ been delayed? Wouldn’t they just say it’s been delayed without the need to say ‘regrettably’? If the league were scared of the CAT case too then wouldn’t they have not wanted arbitration to be delayed and appealed the delay potentially?

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  • Wor B

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #193

    Tuffers

    Good try, but today’s award was for an accidental use of a medical term. (Hope it clears up for you soon).

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #194

    Anxer

    I still think out of all the journalists and itk’s, Caulkin is one to pay most attention to. Like I say he doesn’t comment on it just for the sake of it and often holds his hand sup and is happy to say he doesn’t know anything. If PIF have given everything they feel necessary, then it is interesting how they could be delaying things as what else could they provide? Unless it’s not documentation regarding separation and it’s other things such as if the league have requested any evidence of MBS’s meeting with Boris Johnson and stuff like that for example.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #195

    Alternative view:-

    AJ @nufcaam
    If – IF – the club lured the PL into arbitration, put the CAT case behind it to “add pressure,” timed it so they ran back-to-back, and then pulled the rug from under arb leaving the PL no time to do anything about the public CAT case.

    It’s a master stroke. #nufc #NUFCTakeover

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  • Ace50

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #196

    It’s just a big game of poker at the minute Adam and everyone is trying to read into every single cue (e.g. the club’s statement) far too much. There are positive and negative arguments for everything coming out at the minute and it just depends on what lens you want to use. I have my opinion, but I can’t influence anything so am trying to busy myself with other stuff till we get some formal update.

    At least there’s another target being talked about so we can tal football, instead of TO: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-chase-jens-cajuste-21104334

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  • carltoon

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #197

    If The Saudi’s are able to invest in any sporting organization, any Government projects, invest in Man United, invest in projects in any part of the World, and been accepted with the information given, what the hell is it that’s holding the EPL from allowing them to buy our Club. Why should they give the EPL anymore than they give Golf Motor, racing, boxing, government deals. Just let us all know what it is, because why is it wrong for NUFC!

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  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #198

    Not another deJong

    @186

    That post reads like a summary of Keith Patterson’s recent broadcast with Wraith.

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #199

    Have the fonts changed or is it my old age

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #200

    Ace,

    I agree, it’s interesting to talk about though and there isn’t much to talk about surrounding the club right now. Transfer targets are just rumours, chances are we won’t sign anyone till near the end of the window, won’t sign many players, not got much news coming out from the club and so everything other than the recent takeover update is cold surrounding the club right now.

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