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Squad Overhaul Planned In January As English Defender Named Top Target

On Friday, it was revealed that Newcastle’s new board would target players with Premier League experience entering the final years of their contracts. Their plan was to supplement these more economical signings with a few marquee names.

The list of targets has been plentiful over the past 48 hours with a handful of stars touted as being the new regime’s first big signing in January. We’ve already had Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly cited as top winter targets.

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has pinpointed Burnley center-back James Tarkowski as the likely choice to become one of the first players to spark Newcastle’s revolution. The 28-year-old certainly meets the criteria with 166 Premier League matches under his belt while in the final year of his contract.

Edwards reports that Tarkowski is very keen on the move. While Burnley boss Sean Dyche would love to keep his star defender at Turf Moor, he can do little to stand in his way as they could risk losing him for nothing next summer.

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard is also of interest to Newcastle. Like Tarkowski, the 28-year-old’s contract ends next summer. However, his interest in coming to the North East is uncertain.

Lingard recently rejected a new deal at Old Trafford and has only had only one start this season, which was in the Carabao Cup defeat against West Ham. He spent the second half of last season on loan with The Hammers where he scored 9 goals and provided 5 assists.

Edwards also reports that the new owners believe every area of the pitch needs new blood. He says in addition to Tarkowski, a full-back, center-forward, central midfielder, and a winger could be targeted in January. That would, of course, mean a lot of the current squad would need to be moved out.

This winter we could see a grander version of 2013 when Newcastle added Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, and Kevin Mbabu to the ranks.

149 comments so far

  • SholaShow

    Oct 9, 2021 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #81

    Toney is going to be a future England ST, probably near future.

    Should be all over resigning him, developed into a really well rounded player with great physicality and seems laser focused on being the best he can be.

    Plus, if we’re targeting Europe in a couple of years, we’ll have to make that quote of players trained at the club which I believe he just qualifies for with us given his age when he first arrived here.

    Likes of Dummett and Woodman aren’t going to cut it.

  • JohnJ

    Oct 9, 2021 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #82

    Forward Slash Percent Percent Forward Slash /%%/

    Is that you Jail?

    I would have thought

    “Freedom from Jail” may have been better?

  • JohnJ

    Oct 9, 2021 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #83

    Or Freedom for Jail 🙂

  • SholaShow

    Oct 9, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #84

    quota* damn it

    Just checked, I don’t think Toney does count as homegrown for us actually, arrived here at 19yo. Thought he was a bit younger when he signed.

  • Mund

    Oct 9, 2021 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #85

    A good watch with a Man U fan who gets it

    United View
    Manchester United are amongst several Premier League clubs that are reportedly upset with the recent takeover at Newcastle United.

    Flex pointed how the hypocrisy of United complaining after they were one of the founding members of the Super League.


  • /%%/

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #86

    Yes it’s me, I’ll have name sorted by the Spurs game.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #87

    Karen Brady at West Ham.
    Another morally bankrupt individual mouthing off about the takeover of NUFC.

    Her Co Directors made their fortunes in sleazy porn.

    Her club has been funded by dubious financial arrangements for their stadium.

    These people need to give their mouths a rest.

    True West Ham fans will never forgive her for what’s happened at their club.

    She like Levy and others would have jumped at the chance of selling up a d missed the bus hence the whinging.

    Methinks the lady doth protest too loud.

  • /%%/

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #88

    Sorry but this is important, do you think my membership money went to the new owners?

  • jezza442

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #89

    I Aso thought the FFP has been suspended because of covid,to allow money from the big 6,err I mean 7 to trickle down the leagues to rebuild monies lost during the pandemic

  • wynsleap

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #90

    Karren Brady getting her lipstick and knickers in a twist because she’s no longer Top Lady in English football. That’s our Mandy.

  • jezza442

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #91

    Would anyone buy Jordan Pickford and put him in the reserves ? lol in fact send him on loan to a little club like Darlington, Sunderland or spurs ha ha this is mint!

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #92

    My favorite pic from the posted training session shots.yesterday….
    Going through Haydens mind….”what are you doing out here on the pitch now.”

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #93

    Or this one….https://www.nufc.co.uk/media/61170/training034b.jpg
    “I’m taking these two balls with me”

  • jezza442

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #94

    Any toon
    And kieran Clark is thinking,FFS how much longer lol

  • SholaShow

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #96

    Hayden is one that can stick around, see how he fares with better players and manager for a few years.

    Top pro, very dependable and will at the very least be a good squad player for a couple of seasons.

    Shelvey is the opposite. Pretty much epitomises the ‘ticking over’ happy to scrape by, zero drive culture of the last decade. Hope he’s sold by next summer.

  • Wor B

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #97

    Thanks for not relegating us in your first 2 seasons Steve.

    Just take the £8M and retire.

    If you need someone to make up a 4 ball…

    Coming Home, onmeedsun or Moonraker are probs a better bet.


  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #98
  • sparky55

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #99

    Steve Carney’s smirk…now that takes me back…Steve always has and always will be a Newcastle legend in my books…in the good old days when defenders were allowed to tackle…Carney was up there with Chopper Harris, Terry Cooper and Norman Hunter…but as the title suggests…when he saw a bad tackle on one of our own, he smirked, and within 5 minutes the offender was left on the floor in a different world of pain.

    If we ever have a Hollywood style hall of fame in the pavement outside SJP, then Steve Carney is one the first people who should honoured in that way.

    Love the man!

  • toon22

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #100

    Id take Ralf Rangnick if it meant Klopp followed him next summer

    You never know ……………..

  • bill

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #101

    I seem to remember I was at a game at Shrewsbury when Steve Carney head butted a player and was sent off. Terry Mac also got his marching orders. Those were the days. KK playing as well as Waddle and Beardsley if my memory is correct.

  • ¥

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #102

    Jail, what’s the panic about your money for membership? Who else can It go to? It goes to the club. Ashley has nothing whatsoever to do with the club any more. He’s sold. I know it is a bit of an odd concept to get used to after 14 years. He has no claim whatsoever on the club or it’s affairs.

    Also, the matter of Sports Direct signage will be settled with Sports Direct, which isn’t Mike Ashley either, though he is a majority shareholder. Their signs will stay up for as long as currently contracted unless they are paid off.

  • Darnik

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #103

    Not to mention the fact that manure were recipients of Saudi money in the form of sponsorship

  • /%%/

    Oct 9, 2021 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #104

    Just a bit worried that details like accounts haven’t been sorted yet, would hate to think he was getting his hands on that.

  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #105

    Scotland 3 Israel 2
    The support and euphoria is unbelievable ….the jocks are on the same level as us…what support

  • Wor B

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #106


    I enjoyed your robot phase.


  • toonbrother

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #107

    Lingard is a decorated England international and a Manchester United
    Tarkowski is a journeyman who plays for Burnley
    I and other Sane nufc fans know who we want joining our club

  • toonbrother

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #108

    Just read a comment saying lingard is too old but tarkowski is of decent age
    Lingard is actually younger than tarkowski
    Incredible the way people contort themselves to justify their biases

  • Brucie is a Joker

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #109

    Lewis dunk anyone?

  • phy

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #110

    Typically clubs jack up prices when they know a cash rich buyer is interested in their players. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if we already had agreements in place to buy certain players prior to the takeover? Might also be another reason for all of the twisting going only clubs now the takeover is announced. Probably not but would amuse me lol

  • TomaKaThor

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #111

    Lingard half a good season..no thanks lol….the only reason he has some England caps is the same reason Tom Cleverly and Phil Jones etc have England caps….the Man utd effect….average players playing for the big teams (for a while) untill it’s realised they aren’t good enough and get sold or rot on the bench

  • sparky55

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #112


    I got sacked for taking my company car to a Shrewsbury away game (Ford Fiesta 1.0 Pop 🙂 )

    don’t remember anyone getting sent of though!…must’ve been a different game…but it was defo 1982!

  • check the toastie

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #113

    Reckon Graham Carr would have been class with some money. Was all over PEA as a young un. Good at spotting a player who could get goals or create em.
    Made. pardew look like he almost knew what he was doing. I hated Pardew so much

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #114

    Weirdly, I knew Karen Brady in the early 90s, she was shagging one of her dancers in the Ann Summers Stripergram stuff they did at the time, lived in Croydon.

    She was off her head on goodness knows what, I think it was Speed and Coke (not Cola), trying to think of her boyfriend’s name, worked for Canon in SE1 at the time, it’ll come to me.

    He was dumped then they started to be respectable.

  • check the toastie

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #115

    Lindgaard is a terrible signing and wouldnt be anywhere near England if he wasnt on Man Utd’s books. Southgate is a nice guy but useless. Will be sacked quickly whenever he moves into club management. Which will be after we play conservative garbage when he has endless brilliance at his disposal in Qatar. Declan Rice is awful an all and is a handbrake to any team. Makes David Batty look like Gazza

  • /%%/

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #116

    Not sure how you can say he’s useless, a semi final and final, he might even win the world cup.

  • coming home

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #117

    Wor B

    Count me out of a Brucey 4 ball

    He got banned from my golf club
    Apparently he left pasty flakes all over the greens

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #118

    Joker…I’ve got dunk in my FFL team….where did all the FFL talk go 😉

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #119

    I’m thinking Ragnarok and Favre would be my choice.

    Ones available, one seems to want to come and bring about the destruction of the PL cartel.

  • coming home

    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #120

    Yeah Rafa can’t be held responsible for Mbabu’s departure he got involved with a lass connected to a west end family


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