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Aston Villa Now Want Permanent Move For NUFC Loan Target



The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards reported yesterday that Newcastle would part with the £22m required to get Joe Willock to Newcastle permanently. If true, it would now be up to Willock to determine his future.

That would be a brilliant capture for Newcastle and brighten what has been a dreary window thus far. Newcastle remain the only club yet to add a first-team signing. It’s been the pursuit of Willock that has delayed some of our other business.

Though Steve Bruce has stated numerous times that there are one or two signings bubbling away along with Willock. He’s also indicated Newcastle are at the mercy of the league’s wealthier clubs as he waits on the availability of some of their younger stars.


One of those is Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe. The 23-year-old defender was brought to Aston Villa by Bruce in 2018. Bruce was sacked that October and replaced by current Villa boss Dean Smith.

It appears to be a race between Villa and Newcastle for Tuanzebe. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently revealed the defender would be going out once Raphael Varane was brought in from Real Madrid.

The Telegraph is reporting that Aston Villa are exploring a permanent deal for Tuanzebe which could pose a problem for Newcastle if Solskjaer is willing to sell the defender. Villa have thrown an immense amount of cash around since their promotion back to the Premier League a few years ago.

The high spending has continued this summer with the signings of Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey. Bailey, a dynamic attacker, completed his move from Bayer Leverkusen this morning. According to the Telegraph, Villa are looking to add Tuanzebe as well as former loanee Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.

Aston Villa could have more than enough funds for both players as Sky Sports is reporting they are set to accept Manchester City’s £100m bid for Jack Grealish. Even if Manchester United rebuff a permanent transfer for Tuanzebe, their £5m loan fee could prove to be a stumbling block for Newcastle.

In other news, it looks like newly promoted Brentford are about to land another one of Newcastle’s targets. The Bees recently broke their transfer record on Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer, who was reportedly Bruce’s preferred center-back option.

Now multiple reports are claiming Brentford are close to reaching an agreement for Midtjylland midfielder Jens Cajuste. The Swedish international has been linked to Newcastle over the past few weeks. However, his £11-13m price tag is well outside of this window’s budget.

Brentford owner Matthew Benham is the majority shareholder of Midtjylland. They’ve already landed midfielder Frank Onyeka from the Danish club this summer and have now turned their attentions to Cajuste.

Newcastle are running out of options this summer and it all hinges on Joe Willock’s return. The 21-year-old is considering his options but may not be willing to ditch Arsenal permanently this summer.

It’s an excruciating wait as the season opener against West Ham is just a week and a half away. Newcastle are currently a diminished entity from the one that finished last season.


135 comments so far

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Aug 4, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    If Ashley wants the club to be self sufficient, he should have been collecting money for Gayle, Ritchie and Shelvey while he still could. We could have had 30m. Because of wages I don’t think we’d get a penny for all three now. And none have done much since the times we turned down money for them. Charnley just seems slow and goes for the option that will be less hassle.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Charnley has very little say in what goes on.

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  • Adamn_92

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Gayle’s best return in the Prem is 7 goals one season when he was at Palace. For us his best return in a season is 6 from 35 games (12 as sub) which was in 2017/2018. He’s never been able to cut it at this level and has had plenty of time and chances to do so, he’s not going to be able to do it now. The most disappointing thing last season was whenever he did get a chance, his attitude and effort was unforgivable. I likened it to a kid who’s being forced to play by their dad and I stick by that, it looked as if he didn’t care or want to be there. Giving him a new deal based on his stats and his attitude was and will be a bizarre decision in my eyes. It’s Ashley/Charnley not wanting to spend for a replacement and that’s all it can be possibly be.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry, does it interrupt the daily Mund show???

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  • woodsee

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Car crash of a club
    Desperate times call for actions that will make people sit up and listen
    Hundreds walking onto the pitch in the 14th min,the number of yrs our club has been dying
    Then casually just sit down,what a statement that would be

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  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Ron

    He is Ashley’s spawn he controls more than you think.

    He does have a say but he basically runs the club the way Ashley wants him to.

    Apparently the worst negotiator you could ask for

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  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    ·
    12m
    Tickets for our 2021/22 Premier League opener against West Ham at St. James’ Park are now on general sale.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    “We see through a glass, darkly…”, Mund.

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  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    ·
    1h
    Back in action at St. James’ Park on Saturday in our final pre-season friendly.

    https://www.nufc.co.uk/news/latest-news/norwich-friendly-ticket-news-21-22/

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  • Macas

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Wilson only scored 8 goals from open play last season. Gayle was never used correctly when he played last season, not saying he is fantastic but for a 4th choice striker I think he is decent enough if we play to his strengths.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    As much as I would like Tuanzebe he is really injury prone and that’s the last thing we need right now. Half the team is made of glass already. We need strong players and especially midfielders and attackers. The defense can wait till January or ens of season. Midfield and up front is the priority right now.

    Willock permanent and Abraham loan with option to buy and it will have been a great window under AshLie.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    woodsee,
    Great idea but there would be arguments on whether it should be on the third minute for the amount of top ten finishes, the fifth minute for our highest finish under him etc etc, to the point where there’s a mass argument while fatty sits there smirking.

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  • Adamn_92

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Are those prices on the site really correct? I just looked to see how many free seats there are, randomly selected East Stand section L and 1 Adult ticket would cost £811?! Is that how much season tickets are as that seems like crazy money, is this a normal average price compared to other clubs in the league?

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  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    More problems that solutions.

    Doing nothing results in nothing

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E773G5BXMAEzJsS?format=jpg&name=900×900

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Catchin’ up over the last couple of days.

    Gotta love these accusations by The Teenager-Type Tantrum Thrower of Teesside of others being contradictory and dramatic.

    Irony is obviously still very much a stranger.

    I also noticed my ‘playing with the kids’ line from an earlier poem is still being blamed for one of his hissy-fits.

    There’s a new poem coming up and this time I’m quietly confident I can calm consistent complainers’ concerns over my cleverly constructed but continuously controversial compositions by categorically confirming no connection to kiddies kickabouts to cause a clearly constantly confused Kindergarten Klopp to keep kicking off, continually causing comprehensive chaotic confrontations.

    Dictionary got stuck on ‘C’ 

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  • kimbo

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    So Villa will have £100 M to spend. So Man City can spend unlimited money and nothing said from PL.

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    When Munds contradictions were called into question
    A friend, who’s a shrink, said “I have a suggestion
    “I’ll read through his posts over a period of time
    And prepare a report which you can turn into rhyme”

    A psychological assessment was then carried out
    And when the results were returned he was left in no doubt
    “He’s a full blown narcissist and be under no illusion
    He’s a little unstable and here’s my conclusion”:

    “He has two voices each talking in his head
    Each of them forget what the other one has said
    Each of them believe that what they say is right
    And each know for a certain fact you lot are talking shite”

    #bantaaa

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  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Grealish to be confirmed today for City

    Mental how these clubs who signed up to a super league can go and spend this kind of money but only got fined a few million each.

    Madness

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  • woodsee

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Something big has got to happen during West ham game,that’s got to embarrass the premier league
    Cameras are there,so much discontent,we are heading to oblivion
    Action stations people

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  • kimbo

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Bard that poem is so true.

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  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    woodsee

    Time to be heard and with it being a live game and our opener at St James there is no better time to try and push this into the national media.

    If media companies don’t help demonstrate anything this fanbase does it will just float away.

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  • kimbo

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Question to PL, are you going to enforce Fair Play only for Newcastle United?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Mund

    I am a firm believer that consistent, sustained pressure is the best and most credible form of gaining attention and affecting change. However, we need a concerted concentrated fans movement to do that and the best way of doing this is through the Newcastle United Supporter’s Trust. If you aren’t already, sign up as a member of the Trust, donate to the 1892 Pledge, heck even put yourself up for election to the board next year.

    One-off attention grabbing actions will not move the dial a jot. It divides the fanbase, gains little (if any) media attention, and doesn’t impact Ashley in the least. They’ve been tried in various forms since 2009 – for our relegation, for his treatment of Keegan/Shearer, renaming the ground, poor performances, his treatment of Rafa etc. It didn’t work then, so what makes you think it’ll work now?

    Staveley has already engaged with the Trust on a number of occasions so the potential owners have seen the benefits that can come with establishing good relations with the Trust. There’s strength in numbers mate, and there’s greater strength with greater numbers.

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  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    I am a member and have been for a while but I’ll be honest I don’t think the NUST have done enough. They want to play by the rules but we need to fight fire with fire.

    I don’t see enough change or attempted change within the NUST and I’ve been quite disappointed in the actions they have took.

    I’ll stay a member and hope that with the re-election there will be positive change.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    Mund

    I couldn’t disagree with you more with respect to the Trust. As a former board member I have been massively impressed in the changes I have seen within the NUST. They have moved from an organisation that refused to actively engage with the wider fanbase, had c.1000 members and didn’t put itself out there, to an organisation who is treading the line between activism and diplomacy with great skill. They have c.15,000 members (maybe even more now?) with their 1892 Pledge aimed at fan ownership of the club and pragmatically pushing for fan representation/ownership being a tremendous policy I myself advocated for when I was a board member.

    Their recent statements with respect to how badly NUFC fans have been treated by the PL regarding the takeover have been robust. Furthermore, the way they have represented fans who have been treated terribly by the club regarding season ticket deductions during COVID have been excellent.

    I have been very critical of the lack of action taken by the Trust in the past but they are not an activist organisation, they are a fan representation vehicle and the best one we have.

    But if you’re not happy with the direction the Trust have gone in, put yourself up for election next year, we’re a diverse fanbase and we need diverse opinions reflected.

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  • geordietom

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    IF there’s going to be a protest at the west ham game the fans dont want to kick off and cause mayhem . It needs to be organized properly fans getting the point/points over . The match is on SKY so its got to be done with no violence .

    but you’ll always get a few who want to kick off …

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  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #27

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Well said mate I love the passion 🙂

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    I should add that I am not against direct action by fans with respect to protesting the Premier League’s conduct regarding the takeover.

    Eye-catching, in-ground demonstrations are the best bet, and I hope that Wor Flags are planning something as this was very successful in terms of highlighting fan’s feelings during Rafa’s mistreatment by Ashley.

    Pragmatically, though, we shouldn’t expect these demonstrations to move the dial, rather the expectation and hope should be to maintain a form of visibility of our struggles against the Premier League right through until the arbitration is (finally) heard.

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  • Asi Fish

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Does Bruce even have a list of targets or does he jump onto rumours of players being scouted by other clubs?

    We will just lose out on getting them whilst we reduce the numbers and wage bills in the background.

    Injuries and suspensions will massively hamper our small glass squad causing the normal statistical roller coaster pattern of wins & losses.
    The only goal of staying in the Prem will be balanced on the odd bit of luck along with the fortunes of other teams in and around us in the lower third of the league.

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  • geordietom

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #30

    Asi ….

    bruce wake up in the morning reads the daily papers to see who weve been linked with … he doesnt have a list he makes it up as he goes along

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  • geordietom

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #31

    wakes*

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  • Asi Fish

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #32

    Any action will potentially attract the troublemakers especially if us and West Ham are involved.

    You watch teams like us get hammered should we cause or insight the slightest bit of trouble!
    What happened to the Man Utd fans and England fans?
    We would be made examples of………..

    Meanwhile the super 6 breakaway clubs are still untouchable and doing what they want.

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  • Asi Fish

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #33

    gt – he doesn’t even make it up lol, just steals it off Sky Sports Rumours web page

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #34

    As much as I am critical of Bruce tactically, I get the impression that it would be unfair to target him for criticism with respect to our lack of transfer activity.

    As far as Ashley is concerned, he has sold the club and has little to no interest in putting any more money in maintain the squad. So bargain deals, loan signings, treading water all will be the order of the day.

    Personally, I fear that our squad is too thin, & our manager too woefully inept, to save ourselves from relegation this season. Our only hope is for ASM, Almiron, Wilson and Fraser to be fully fit for 90% of the season as we will rely on these guys to single-handedly win us games.

    Any long-term injuries to any of these guys and we’re in the sh*t.

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  • geordietom

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #35

    ASI …

    right on both counts mate ..

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  • Australian Pie

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #36

    Villa spending that £100mil very well.

    Have been speaking to a Marseille fan today who said Boubakar Kamara is an absolute gem and whoever picks him up on the cheap due to his contract expiring is getting an absolute win.

    Imagine if we showed some ambition and signed both him and Willock

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  • Australian Pie

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    Ruddy

    I think a lot of us though would like to see Bruce grow some bollocks and stand up for the club in the media as Rafa had done.

    It doesn’t help the situation when he shrugs his shoulders and just says we have no money and not a big club.

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  • geordietom

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #38

    IF the Geordie fans kick off at the game , its gonna be highlighted in the news ect ect . some people will go OTT no doubt because of the PL not passing the TO and fans Frustration’s with Ashley .Hope they dont though .

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  • Adamn_92

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #39

    Ruddy

    You’re right in that Ashley is the main one to point the finger at in terms of transfer business, as he has to actually allow funds to be available etc. Bruce isn’t completely free from criticism on that front though, he said we’re adequate up front so not looking at that area, which is ridiculous.

    I’m worried if we don’t bring anyone in, 1 or 2 injuries away from being in trouble again and every other club has strengthened. You have to keep up or ultimately you’ll be left behind.

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  • kimbo

    Aug 4, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #40

    One question to ask, are the PL bothered if we are in it or not. They don’t care about us!!!!!!
    Let us go and join the European Super League and see what happens.

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