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Newly Reported Asking Price For Midfielder Could Be A Cause For Concern



Steve Bruce mentioned ‘one or two things bubbling away’ on Sunday after the York City friendly. His reference to being very short in the midfield hinted at other midfielders in addition to Joe Willock being targetted.

There have been reports since the weekend that Newcastle are in discussions for three midfielders. Conor Gallagher is a loan option with him not ready to break into Chelsea’s formidable midfield.

The other two targets would be permanent signings. Jens Cajuste is a Swedish international playing for the Danish club Midtjylland. The 21-year-old fits Newcastle’s profile but would come at a steep price.

French club Rennes have already had a £10m bid knocked back forcing them to move on to other targets. Midtjylland are holding out for around £12-13m for their defensive midfielder with five Premier League clubs including Newcastle on his trail.


Last night, news surfaced that Newcastle were back in for Southampton’s Mario Lemina. Newcastle exited talks last month after Mike Ashley refused to sanction a cash deal for the 27-year-old.

The Mail claimed The Magpies are in discussions over a £4m deal while offering Lemina a three-year contract. However, The Athletic is reporting that Southampton want £8m for the player they paid over £15m for in 2017.

That could change everything Lemina is no longer a bargain at that fee considering he has just one year left on his contract.

This is a distressing update for a club that has made no first-team additions ahead of next season. If Ashley is willing to part with £8m for Lemina then great. Watford and Nice are also in the running so the competition could keep his price tag higher than initially reported.

This higher fee may only serve to delay Lemina’s departure. He has not been handed a squad number at St Mary’s though has been involved in training. Maybe Newcastle can split the difference with a £6m offer to get Lemina in quickly.

The Chronicle claims Bruce is confident of two or three signings within the next couple of weeks. But with the window open until August 31st, Ashley may be tempted to wait it out to see if he can lower the price tags of some of his targets.

Whatever the case may be, nothing seems imminent at the moment.


102 comments so far

  • Anglosaxon

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    RE post
    And OP you have TOM singing from the rafters regards his granddaughters great news, and you get a BELL END coming at him with abuse, think you need to look at your so-called mates.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #2

    I can’t remember too many people being happy when SBR got sacked except that vocal minority that were calling for it. I hope they’re still living with the guilt.

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  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Football Law
    @TheFootballLaw
    ·
    11m
    Interesting to see
    @tracey_crouch
    ’s interim findings in respect of an independent regulator and its remit, which would include ‘revised separate tests for owners and directors of clubs’.

    Would this take such tests entirely away from competitions (e.g. EFL and Premier League)?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E65VtERXoAgivvP?format=jpg&name=medium

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail……. What are your thoughts on the state of play re this CAT situation today??

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Good letter that from Tracey Crouch, what she wrote about the need for an independent Regulator for English Football is promising. Especially this part:
    ‘The related requirements are likely to include cost controls, real time financial monitoring’ which sounds like future owners like Ashley would be under the microscope consistently.

    Not too much said on transparency unfortunately, mainly mentioning fan engagement between club and fans and club transparency. Briefly talks on football authorities needing transparency:

    ‘This lack of transparency also extends to football authorities. I therefore intend to explore measures to mandate greater fan engagement, and in particular measures that will seek to provide for fan consultation on
    key issues.’

    So hopefully more is looked into transparency between footballing authorities and fans down the line. Overall it sounds promising if some of the changes can be put into effect though.

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail
    Correct re SBR.
    I remember some boos as the team did their apathetic lap of SJP on last day of season as we’d finished 5th. Of course this was on the back of 4th and 3rd place finishes in the 2 previous seasons. We were all disappointed but not a reason to boo or sack SBR. Fat Fred was just another idiot running our club. Where was the succession plan for a manager in his 70’s.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Swallocks,
    I’ve just got up, turning round on to days. What’s happened.

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Souness did say he wanted anelka and boa morte instead of owen and luque. But the most unforgivable was falling out with Bellamy. Top player who always gave 100% and had winning mentality

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    onmeedsun,
    Because SBR never made a fuss about it, people forget we were really bad with injuries that season. Only Drogba stopped us getting to a UEFA final. I wasn’t at the last game but was at the 2-2 with Norwich the season after just before he got sacked. A disgraceful turning point in our history and helped pave the way for Mike Ashley 🙁

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Think the biggest damage was by Dalglish that pr*k

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Watch a fantastic 1 hour video interview with the excellent Henry Winter about Newcastle and the takeover situation.

    https://youtu.be/hLfmO4a8tao

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  • Wor B

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    onmeedsun

    It’s shameful that plans/arrangements weren’t made at the time when SBR’s powers were on the wane. He should have become part of the club fixtures and fittings via a director of football role, overseeing the brightest young management talent.

    🙁

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  • Not another deJong

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Robson had lost the respect of the dressing room, or at least a proportion of the dressing room and things were only heading in one direction. I actually think the decision to move him on was not flawed. Just the way that it was done and the catasrophy that resulted was absolutely horrendous and avoidable if done with greater consideration. However, this was the noughties and the culture left a lot to be desired.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail……. They reckon all our eggs are in the Cat basket now and it should happen soon.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Wor B
    I think FFS didn’t reckon on everyone turning him down, Souness was about 6th down the list wasn’t he? Paid Blackburn for his services who were about to sack him 😳

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    WorB
    Anyone who has been involved on any business knows it’s all about good decision making, and in a people based business like football, most of those decisions relate to hiring and firing and organisational structure. Our record on this pre and post Ashley is shocking. We will never punch our weight until we get this right. It starts at the top.

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    NADJ
    If he’d lost the dressing room I’d have expected Shearer, Speed and Lee to knock some heads together. They all failed SBR.

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  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #18

    DeMarco likes the findings of the fan led review.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Whether people agree with his sacking or not, there’s simply no denying that it set up a situation that see’s us still suffering 17 years later because of it. It was handled disgracefully and as I said, it paved the way for that tw@t Ashley to takeover.

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  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Would of loved to see what could of been if SBR wasn’t loyal and joined Newcastle after KK left, but he was a man of his word and Barca ended up footing him over anyways.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Swallocks,
    The quicker each and every sticking point is out of the way the better.

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  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #22
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #23

    I wonder how many starts Gayle will get this year.

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully not many

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s going to be very interesting to see what type of reception the Bruce gets, especially if we get turned over again.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #26

    I think we might hear a few “Cheer up Stevie Bruce” renenditions tomorrow night 😕

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  • Macas

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Gayle gets a lot of stick on here but I don’t think he was ever used correctly last season. He was either played as a wide forward or an attacking midfielder, when he is basically just a goal poacher. We know he’s not good enough to regularly start games, but I don’t have a problem with him being in the squad as a fourth choice striker to throw on at the end of games when you need someone who can potentially slot the ball in the back of the net.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Some interesting (although nothing “in stone”) developments for football in general and NUFC in particular these last 2 days.

    (1). Court of Appeal, effectively tells PL that their disputes with Clubs should be open and transparent as it’s “in the public interest”.

    (2). Fan led review going to recommend an Independent regulator over football governance.

    (3). Fan led review going to recommend that fans get a “golden share” so that in future “heritage” decisions by clubs could be stopped (in our case we could have stopped sale of Strawberry Place).

    All we need is for CAT to rule they have jurisdiction over PL and We’ll be off and running.
    Everything crossed on this decision now. If it goes in favour of PL, we’re back to waiting for arbitration next year. Nothing that has happened over the last few years (apart from letting Rafa walk) has been as important as this pending decision. Hope it’s soon 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Is it just me? I’m struggling to get interested or involved in player decisions when the whole of the clubs future is dangling in some sort of legal no mans land or purgatory.

    I know the most loyal match going people will say forget that, there’s a team to get ready and support, that’s what’s important, but I just can’t get into it, sorry. 🙁

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  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Great round up Bob 🙂

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  • Swanny

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Australia beat Argentina 2-0 in Olympics

    Respect

    2
  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #32

    The amount of older, crap players who are rapidly deteriorating is a massive worry. Bruce shouldn’t be allowed to bring any more in.

    2
  • onmeedsun

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #33

    CBob
    I feel the same but as I have a season ticket I desperately don’t want to witness another self inflicted relegation or season of struggle that has us just surviving. I come away depressed from too many home games, and that’s been the case for years now. I sat next to a lovely bloke in the East Stand about 8 years ago. He told me he had early onset of Alzheimer’s. I wasn’t sure if he was joking so I told him he was the lucky one. Poor taste joke when I reflect on it but borne out of having to endure too much dross. I hope he was joking.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Imagine if Willock goes to Leicester as part of the deal for Maddison..Holy shite batman, Tin hat time

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  • Romford mag

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Jazzy

    Noooooooo 🙁

    2
  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Rom

    Think that would finish a lot of fans off mate.And we will end up with his long estranged mate Ni fu ck In one

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  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #37

    “Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?”

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  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #38

    “Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

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  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #39

    We have 14 players over 29 with a combined sell on fee of about 25m. Wilson, Lejuene, Schar, Dummet, Dubravka are probably the only ones I’d keep.
    The other 9 are almost worthless as nobody would pay their wages in the championship.

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  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Cleveleysbob

    Your summary of Crouch’s very positive interim findings and recommendations pretty well hits the spot.

    Intimating that her review and recommendations should cover football at all levels – including the EPL- it’s interesting that she’d invited the FA to review governence etc and suggestions for improvement. Among other things, the FA review suggested removing club directors from the boards of the various authorities. Perhaps I’ve missed it, but I don’t think it mentioned the EPL specifically. I think I must’ve missed that reference, real or implied.

    There were some discreet but powerful swipes at the EPL and in particular its handling of the proposed but thwarted (“for now”) ESL.

    What I found surprising was that this interim report was produced in a matter of four months, it was clearly written without fudge and it makes practical and deliverable recommendations.

    Whether Dowden picks the report’s recommendations up and runs with them’s another matter but I can’t see Tracey Crouch let her committee’s work be brushed under the carpet or kicked into the long grass. Good for her and let’s hope to see the reforms and changes we’re all hoping for when we see the dawn of a new day, a new life for NUFC.

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