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Newcastle’s Dual Mission Now Half-Accomplished With Wood’s Imminent Arrival

With Crystal Palace at Brighton scheduled for Friday night, Newcastle must have Chris Wood registered by noon tomorrow for him to be eligible for Watford. All indicators point to that not being an issue as he is presently undergoing his medical.

The Magpies have moved quickly to nab the 30-year-old from relegation rivals Burnley. If Wood can hit the ground running, his goals could be the difference between survival and relegation.

This marks the second breakthrough in what has been a window of toil. Newcastle are struggling to bring in any of their center-back targets with moves for Sven Botman, Diego Carlos, and Benoit Badiashile hitting stumbling blocks.

A few alternative targets in Feyenoord’s Marcos Senesi and Torino’s Gleison Bremer were linked on Tuesday. However, a report from Italy claims Torino are close to agreeing on an extension with Bremer which would significantly raise the 24-year-old’s price tag.

Senesi, who partnered with Fabrizio Coloccini at San Lorenzo, would cost around £18m according to Sport Witness, who cites numerous Dutch reports about our interest in the Argentine.

A popular option could be Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic. The imposing Serb was reportedly offered our way recently. Fiorentina are hoping to cash in before the 24-year-old’s value sinks due to his contract expiring in 18 months.

Newcastle set out to add a striker and a center-half this week. The mission is partly accomplished with hopes practically vanquished that a defender can be brought on board in the next few days.

Newcastle are also set to miss out on Everton left-back Lucas Digne. Aston Villa have reportedly reached an agreement on a permanent transfer for the 28-year-old. It doesn’t appear he was open to a move to Newcastle.

Once Wood is signed, the focus will be fully on Saturday’s six-pointer against Watford. Then early next week Newcastle must make inroads on a center-back. There are numerous targets but sealing a deal has proven a very difficult task.

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67 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #41

    If the Chris Wood affair has thought them anything, they need to start asking around all the agents to see who has release clauses. It seems to be the way forward and probably the only way we’re going to have a decent CB in before Noon Friday.

  • Reilly

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #42

    Newcastle are trying to pull off an ambitious move to sign RB Leipzig central midfielder Amadou Haidara.

  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #43

    Age? I would even sign Zlatan doyouthinkiamretiriringyetavitch? and the youngster @ 36 years old who is #7. Short term get out of Jail.

    Oh and happy birthday

  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #44

    Tom, please do not post articles that make everything clear, we prefer muddy waters so we can argue 🙂

  • Wor B

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #45

    Always good to have a Hairdria in the dressing room, ask Fergie.


  • magpie6699

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #46

    I’m joining the Kets bandwagon. We should never have let Shefti K and Fitz Hall go. And I bet Mirandinha could still do a job for us !!

  • ¥

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #47

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:38 PM
    Comment #10

    The link provided makes you think what the hell is going on at Burnley? Sounds like an Ashley type of situation. i.e. knowing the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

    “Ashley Barnes hasn’t played since the end of October with a thigh injury and is still ‘weeks away’, Matej Vydra has a groin/hernia problem that requires surgery, and he tested positive for Covid last week, and Jay Rodriguez is without a league goal since February. Add top scorer Maxwel Cornet being away at the Africa Cup of Nations, and they are crying out for options up front.”

  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #48

    Why did we let Kevin Scott go to Spurs? oh yes, I remember now.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #49

    Premier league teams don’t want to sell to us but we get round it by finding the release clauses so there is nothing they can do about it GENIUS!!

  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #50

    Mind you, did Barca just sign someone and they put a release clause in his contract at Euro 1 Billion. yep, not a mistype.

  • check the toastie

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #51

    Should sign Cabella, Thauvin and Joselu. Proper players them.
    Howe out.

    Joined the Kets (short for Ketamine clearly) Revolution.

  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #52


    Pocket change to the toon that.

  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #53

    Wor B, isn’t that Sir Fergie? I thought he got the Grand Order of the Boot

  • IrishRob

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #54

    Why are so many people still suggesting Eriksen? It would be a PR nightmare if anything happened him. But mostly because he’s never going to be the same in the head ever again.

    Think about it if you died on the pitch, it’s always going to be in your head not to strain yourself, you’re always going to hold back a little, no matter how determined you might be, the thought of dying again and leaving his wife and kid without a husband and father will over rule any motivation he has to try play to his previous abilities.

    Then there is a distinct possibility his heart will have suffered damage and even if its only 5-10% that’s that’s huge margin for a professional athlete.

    All clubs and medical staff will know this, Very hard to see him being brought in by any club at an elite level or even Championship level.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #55

    Would Eriksen even get insurance to play in the premier league?

    Highly doubt it

  • kilcline

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #56

    Amadou Haidara is in the AFCON, doubt we will go for him?

  • Wor B

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #57


    Ah yes, Fergie became Sir Alex in 1999.

    For sevices to red nose day.

  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #58

    Haidara will cost £60m and wants £160k a week, it’s a non-starter. Haven’t we already said we won’t mess with the wage structure at the risk of destabilising the dressing room.

    That comes in the summer…

  • DayvanCowboy

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #59

    Amadou Haidara?!?! No chance, he’s away on international duty at the AFCON and even then he’d cost us well over £50m, RB are no mugs, you need look no further than the money they squeezed out of Liverpool for Naby Keita, apparently he has a buy-out clause of £33m (Only becomes active this summer) so maybe if we stay up then yes I think we could go sniffing around him, but even then I think bigger clubs would have stole a march on us at that fee.

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #60

    On Erickson and Targett, both playing at 80% are still better than what we have at 100%.
    I’ve always loved Erickson and how he plays, Targs has been a steady pro for years and both would be a great addition for the club so we can stay in the league and move forward with the owners five year plan.

  • TheTinman

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #61

    Aaaaaa maaaaaa
    Doo doo doo
    Pushed pineapple
    Shake the tree

    Ama doo doo doo
    Push pineapple
    Grind coffee

    To the left to the right…

  • fairscup

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #62

    Get Dele Alli in – touch of class in front of goal, he would excel here where he’d be loved if successful.
    Probably got a release clause.

  • IrishRob

    Jan 12, 2022 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #63

    Lee almost certainly not, but ask yourself why that would be the case, because there is far more risk involved with him than Joe public would even stop to consider.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 12, 2022 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #64

    Romario would be a good coup.

  • ottawageordie2

    Jan 12, 2022 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #65

    It’s a laugh these idiot pundits saying we paid to much for Wood. It’s not their money. They’re just angry because every step we’ve taken in this window has been positive and a move in the right direction to stay up. They will say nothing good about us because their jealousy is consuming them.

  • HobokenToon

    Jan 12, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #66

    From the picture it looks like this guy enjoys his pies. Hopefully it’s just the photo

  • 9

    Jan 12, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #67

    Wood is a perfect signing. One other goalscorer would secure our attack – Cavani/PEA/ Tammy


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