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Newcastle Linked With Top Young Uruguayan Striker

Newcastle’s priority in January will be to strengthen the backline. The porous defense has been the primary culprit for the disastrous start to this season, which The Magpies are already almost a third of the way through.

Most reports have Newcastle looking to bring in two center-backs as well as a creative force in the midfield. Though a lot will depend on how we fare in our remaining 8 matches until the window opens.

One area that could be a ticking timebomb is at striker. Callum Wilson is our only reliable source for goals. With Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton deployed on the flanks against Brentford, that may be where Eddie Howe sees the pair going forward.

That would leave just Dwight Gayle as cover for Wilson, who has had his share of injuries since joining Newcastle before the start of last season. It remains to be seen if Howe can get Dwight firing away in front of goal.

However, another Wilson injury could be a lurking disaster in a season where Newcastle cannot afford any more missteps. So a goalscorer could be on the agenda during the winter window.

Sport Witness has cited a report from Portugal’s Record that Newcastle are one of a number of clubs who could make a move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez (shown above). The Uruguayan international has 8 goals in his 15 appearances this term.

The 22-year-old joined Benfica from second division Spanish club Almeria for a club-record £21.8m in 2020. He’s since made 55 appearances with an impressive 22 goals and 14 assists.

The 6’2″ striker’s contract runs until 2025 and he has a mammoth release clause close to £130m. While Benfica don’t want to lose their young star, it could come down to a bidding war with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Newcastle all in the mix.

Newcastle, at the moment, don’t have the pulling power of those other clubs. So it will be a challenge to land someone of the caliber of Nunez, or Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

Though if Howe can keep Newcastle safe this season, we’ll stand a much better chance of landing some of these world-class players in the summer and beyond.

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90 comments so far

  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #41


    Should be a good shout for manager as his football knowledge and tactical knowledge is second to none.

    Shame as I hoped they would keep doing crap

  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #42

    Jonjo Shelvey:

    “The first week we’d train and I’d be in bed by 8pm I was knackered!

    But for fitness and sharpness he’s given us an extra 5% and a rocket up our backsides.

    He’s been spot on.”

  • SholaShow

    Nov 25, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #43

    So are we all not bothered about Wilson’s yellow card status or, has it already been discussed when I wasn’t here?

    Seems to have been met with a blog shrug.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 25, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #44

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday Ed!! Hope you have a great day.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 25, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #45

    Happy bday ed

  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 25, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #46

    Happy Birthday Dr. Harrison.
    Being an expat living here in the states I do love letting all my American friends know that they are welcome that the British gave them Thanksgiving. So to me it’s a British Celebration to.
    Now for this weekend Thanksgiving, I give thanks to Newcastle beating Arsenal this weekend.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Nov 25, 2021 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #47

    happy birthday ed have a cracking day, divint gan drinking to many cans alreet the wife may give ya an ear bashing 🙂

  • Tim the toon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #48

    Happy Birthday Ed – have a magic day!

  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #49

    Happy birthday to Ed, have a great day. I hope you feel the love coming your way.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #50

    He’ll just have to be bloody careful.

  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #51

    In his prime he was one of the best English midfielders around

    Stu’s Football Flashbacks
    26 years ago today,
    scored this superb solo effort vs Leeds at St James’ Park.

    The many twists and turns from Lee here leave Tony Dorigo on his backside, before a clinical 18 yard finish.

    Like John Motson says on comms, “This guy is such an underrated player.”



  • hibbit

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #52

    Happy Birthday Ed from what is a very cold North Yorkshire

  • Regan

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #53

    Have a great birthday Dr ed..

    And a great thanksgiving to all our American cousins. .


  • Pain in the Blog

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #54

    Happy birthday Ed. Have a good one. Orrabest.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #55

    Wor B,
    Bottled it and brought in James. Boring 😕

  • geordietom

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #56

    Happy Birthday to ED ,

    Hope you like the song


  • TheTinman

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #57

    SholaShow, you do realise anything slightly tactical is very rarely discussed here?!

    Just give Wilson a stern warning and tell him to ease off the press.

    His yellow cards are all just from stupid fouls clashing with defenders. Trying to out macho them. It’s been getting quite annoying anyway, so hopefully he will sort it out.

    He’s just the player we need up against White. Toney bullied the Arsenal defence in game 1. I think ASM up front would be a mistake and play into their hands.

  • TheTinman

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #58

    Happy day of Birth Ed me old mucker.

  • TheTinman

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #59

    I don’t think we can afford to play a single game without Wilson. We desperately need a win. Arsenal can be beaten.

  • TheTinman

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #60

    Jail I think Chilwell will drop Maximum 0.1m

    He will be red flagged today or tomorrow and price locked I think

  • TheTinman

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #61

    Jail, I actually think Alonso is a better pick. Chilwell out till at least New Year, possibly whole season.

    Chelsea have 1 recognised LB fit now.

    Busy festive period, James will get rotated with the able Azpilicueta and Hudson Odoi, Alonso should be fresher and need less rotation. That’s my theory.

  • TheTinman

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #62

    And that’s a 5 o clock double hat trick. Get in

  • Macas

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #63

    Happy Birthday Ed, have a good one

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #64

    Sorry if this has already been posted but really interesting interview with Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow on TalkSport (yes, I know, they are terrible).

    He talks at length about the Newcastle takeover and essentially comes down on the side of “it’s fair game” – but that he also agrees that the PL has to be stricter on these sponsorship deals that allow clubs to circumnavigate FFP. Which is hard to argue with.


  • DrGloom

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #65

    Happy Birthday Ed, hope you enjoy the day

  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #66

    Newcastle United FC
    “Everyone’s bought into what he wants to do.”

    Jonjo Shelvey on the impact of Eddie Howe and his coaching staff ahead of Saturday’s trip to Arsenal.


  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #67

    Happy birthday Ed!

    In other news, I didn’t know about Chilwell’s injury until I saw it on this blog. Looks like I’ll have to make a transfer then!

  • lochinvar

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #68

    No Bruce on boxing day unless he’s the manks water boy

    Ralf Rangnick: Manchester United set to appoint German on six-month contract

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #69

    I wonder if we approached Ragnick?

    Great move by Man U to be fair.

  • FloridaToon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #70

    Happy Birthday Ed!!!

  • WLtoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #71

    A quick post to wish Ed a Happy Birthday, and a thank you for giving us a great football blog.

    Oh and i hear Ralph Raggyneck was 2nd choice behind Bruce, who refused the job as he has had a better offer from Greggs.


    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #72

    Happy Thanksgiving to all our American cousins/fans!
    All the best!


    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #73

    Happy birthday Ed!

    Thanx for all your excellent work, mate!
    Arl the best!

  • DrGloom

    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #74

    Will be interesting to see if Rangnick can get that lazy bunch of solo players to press as a team …. Man U have hired a bunch of mercenaries and it’s biting them on the nose – long may it continue 😀

  • lesh

    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #75


    Enjoy what is a special day. Be happy, lucky and safe.

    Here’s looking forward to hearing of your next birthdays.


    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #76

    Did Ragnarok go to manure?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #77

    Now to debate who to replace Chilwell with…

  • snowdone

    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #78

    Froher Geburtstag, Ed! I’ve never thanked you for running this, the most authoritative and interesting blog on twitter etc. It is my go to source for all things Newcastle. I hope you are in good health and it is good to see you posting again.

    Rangers has a 6 month contract as interim manager. He will be hoping to prolong that. He did marvels with RB Leipzig and I wouldn’t have minded him here. But onwards and upwards.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #79

    The Tinman,
    I thought about that it just seems crazy to not own James.

  • snowdone

    Nov 25, 2021 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #80

    That did read Internet. I’m not even on the twittersphere!


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