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Another Former Target Reportedly Under Consideration For January



In July of 2020, Newcastle’s takeover had stalled and would ultimately collapse by the end of the month. Up until that point, the club had two separate transfer lists – one for the disaster that came to be and another one containing top stars for a new era at the club.

Fast forward to October of this year, the takeover finally came to its rightful conclusion. Since that date, Newcastle have been linked with a galaxy-load of players. Some of them were reported targets before the takeover’s momentary demise.

Back in July of 2020, ESPN named American international Weston McKennie as a target. USA Today’s Kristian Dyer followed up that by writing that McKennie to Newcastle was one to watch.


The midfielder was with Schalke at the time and the club was heading into a season of toil and misery. They didn’t want to sell their young midfielder but financial difficulties had them set a price tag of around £20m.

It was Juventus who came calling with an initial loan and an option to buy. The 23-year-old became the first American to play for the Italian giants. He was an integral part of the team making 46 appearances in all competitions.

Juve triggered their purchase option and McKennie has featured regularly again with 8 league starts so far. However, The Mail’s Simon Jones is reporting that Max Allegri is open to selling the youngster in January which has alerted Newcastle.

It seems that Allegri is trying to offload some midfielders to bring in money to make his own signings. Both Aaron Ramsay and Adrien Rabiot have been named as Newcastle targets recently that could become available in the winter window.

A recent report in The Times claimed Newcastle would look to Italy for targets in January. Though another report emphatically stated that the club will target players with Premier League experience.

Time will tell which way Newcastle go. As far as McKennie is concerned, he certainly ticks a few boxes for Newcastle. He is very versatile and can even play center-back if needed.

While the Texan is contracted to 2025, Juventus could be open to an initial loan deal with an option to buy. They would likely require a significant loan fee which won’t be much of a deterrent for Newcastle if they truly covet McKennie.


131 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #81

    Bill Bryson wrote “War and Peace?”

    Did not know that.

    On football, I’m surprised our best CB isn’t getting a look in. Hope it’s not something childish like an argument with the coach.

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #82

    BOB. Absolutely correct. Must have covid brain fog!!!!!

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #83

    Galileo’s Daughter was a good book

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #84

    Surrealism lives! 😉

    Specially on here.

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  • ottawageordie2

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #85

    Peter:I have read The Chronicles of Thomas
    The ending was not the best but I enjoyed the series as a whole. LOR my better (read that in my 20s)

    Loved the Beano and the Dandy as a lad.
    Now it’s Peter Robinson, and the like.

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #86

    Galileo’s Daughter was a good book.. dava sobel also did Longitude, Harrisons maritime clock. Good for this blog.

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #87

    Beano over Dandy but Victor was best. Atchung!

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  • Jessie

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #88

    cyprus,

    I didn’t think I needed to qualify “War and Peace” with the author’s name, but looking back, I can see how that might have been confusing for the lay person.

    😉

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  • niafron

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #89

    @Ron knee

    No unfortunatly, got to fix that… Is it good?

    Do you know the book also inspired a song of The cure?

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #90

    Who would have thought that the NUFC Blog could literally be litterey ?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #91

    Yes Victor was best. Eagle was pretty good in its time, couldn’t beat a bit of Dan Dare.

    Scariest part of LotR? Have a go. I started but there were so many scary bits I gave up.

    The whole Moria bit, from entrance to escape has to be up there?
    Shelob’s Lair?
    Weathertop & flight to Fjord?
    The Path of the Dead?
    Cirith Ungul?

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #92

    oops just proved it can’t

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #93

    Yes, I think so, niafron. I watched it 50 years ago though!

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #94

    BOB, Shelob if my wife’s nickname!!

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  • cyprus

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #95

    You know, he’d do an amazing “war and peace” if he came out of retirement, better than the one you’re reading 😉

    “History of nearly everything” should be taught in schools, as well as the book you mentioned.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #96

    Is that Litterey as in where the cat pees? 😆

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #97

    Exactly!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #98

    Bill Bryson wrote War & Peace?

    Dis I miss a wind up..

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #99

    Peter, you’re never escaping then are you? 😉

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #100

    I will stack an alley in there sometime

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #101

    Bills, Of course he did, just after death and loathing in LA

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #102

    Nope, no escape

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #103

    Fear and loathing, will get there

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #104

    Bills, welcome the the Tuesday afternoon NUFC Blog book club review.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #105

    Cyprus, I agree on the History in schools bit. No where near enough taught, that’s why so many now think nothing of tearing down or defacing statues, or renaming streets, they just don’t know the history. If they did they’d maybe have more respect.

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #106

    and yes it was Las Vegas

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #107

    I sense Bills is rushing through our previous chat lol. He is going to be so disappointed.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #108

    Bob, re comics etc, I recently showed my son a picture of Fireball, from one of the comics. He was a tough guy with Bell bottoms and a race. Bit like me now then! The son howled, the little git. I had the Fireball pendant and all! PS5? Hmph!

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #109

    Bobs, if you do not learn from history, you repeat it.

    I just cannot believe that Jan Mayen Island is allowed to keep its name.

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  • niafron

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #110

    Having a wife with 8 hands could be interesting in some circumstances!

    Or four two handed wives perhaps…

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #111

    Clevelseybob

    Longbenton – yes, pull it down and turn into greenfield sit Traing and Academy.

    Site must be huge so probably still room for some extra housing the periphery unless Bellway move in and turn it all into housing.

    Probabky owned by HMRC but could eSilt be sold to Reubens or PIF.

    Wonder if Reubens acquired the Odeon site in town.

    All makes sense to me.
    Whether or not others such as the Council /Planners have the vision for this who knows?

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #112

    As for Great Britain…… Never about being “Great” it was the enlargement of Briton when Scots, Welsh joined. So Greater Briton

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #113

    niafron, a very good point, well made. It is 🙂

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  • Jp Mayor

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #114

    Is it too early to start getting excited about the Arsenal game? Feeling rather optimistic myself. Think this will be a 4-2-3-1 with dubs back
    Dubs
    Kraft -lacelles-schar-manq
    ———Hayden-shelvey
    Joel—-willock—-st max
    ————Wilson

    Think schar needs a run of games. Hayden to protect the back 4. Willock further up. Clark and darlow benched. Wonder if he’ll try and get Fraser and Richie in though?

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  • Peter

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #115

    I am off, walk Sir Pugalot whilst it is still light.

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  • Mund

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #116

    I imagine a few players done this after seeing the place 😆

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NoContextKeaneo/status/1460610735663419396

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  • cyprus

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #117

    Jessie
    You could easily write war and peace.

    Just copy paste any few hundred pages of this blog.

    Instant best seller, and full of intriguing characters.

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  • cyprus

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #118

    Or, would that be
    Confederacy of dunces?

    Joking, before anyone jumps 🙂

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  • Jessie

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #119

    cyprus,

    😆

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #120

    Well if we’re on a book recommendation day, I just finished Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein – enjoyable read – about to start Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

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