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First Newcastle Offer For Striker Turned Down – It Could Become Complicated



Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano is turning out to be quite a reliable source in this transfer window.

And he has just tweeted that Newcastle’s first offer for 19-year-old Reims forward Hugo Ekitike has been turned down by the French club.

Even though Chris Wood is expected to sign along the dotted line today. it seems like Newcastle still want another striker brought in during this January window.

A young striker would be perfect, with Callum Wilson now 29 and Chris Wood, 30 – but both are experienced Premier League strikers.

Here’s Romano’s tweet:

This could become a complicated deal with Reims said to want £30M up front with an additional £10M based on performance-related data at Newcastle.

And they also want a 20% sell-on clause.

If Reims wont let him leave in January, maybe Newcastle can sign a pre-contract agreement, so he comes to Newcastle in the summer?

Newcastle are also after other young strikers, including Torino’s 23-year-old Brazilian Gleison Bremer, who Neil reported on this morning.

News yesterday that Newcastle Chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan held a meeting with Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi until after midnight on Saturday after the ignominious Cambridge defeat.

It appears the PIF Governor agreed to give out more money this month, so Newcastle can get players in to strengthen the squad.

Let’s hope we can get at least a center-back in before Saturday – the game against Watford on Saturday is crucial.

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83 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #41

    It’s strange this quibbling over 5M for Etikite. That’s charnley / ashley behaviour.
    I remember a while back PCP saying they were only going to spend 50M per window. Really hope that’s not the case.

    The payoff of being hated by every other cub was supposedly being cash rich. All for not being taken for a ride but for the sake of 5M Etikite could be worth something massive in a couple of years time.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #42

    Also just to say…. I think some of our fans have too easily forgotten how awful things were under Mike Ashley. If he were still here we’d be gone already, I’m almost certain of that.

    Have a little faith, a little patience and a little heart in the fact we FINALLY have owners who want to see us progress rather than ‘just stay in the league’.

    Each to their own but chin up a bit. We’ve got it better now than we have in the past 14 years… for me, that’s something to be happy about. Everything else will happen with time.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #43

    TDS

    What love does Wood have for Burnley? The guy has scored 10 – 15 goals for them season after season and kept them up only for them to stand still and stagnate. I’d venture his poor scoring record this season (and Tarkowski’s poor defensive record this season) are down to being fed up at being at a club with zero ambition our drive to kick on.

    Granted, it’s literally the worst possible time for them to leave the club, but a footballer’s career is short, so this was likely his last big move to a club going places so who can blame him for jumping ship?

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  • Tyran21

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #44

    He scored more than Martial, just saying……..

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  • Zele

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #45

    Captainmarvel,

    Don’t know about the Haka but I bet the Cheviot sheep are now nervous.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #46

    *their new owners

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  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #47

    JP valid point. But the way we are set up at the minute ASM has been operating more centrally lately, and I think I could live with Murphy out wide and a Cantwell type in behind the striker if ASM were to get injured.

    Murphy is (IMO) playing better than ASM at the minute anyway.

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  • captainmarvel

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #48

    What is needed now is enough to lift the club clear from relegation worries..
    The main purchases will be made in the summer..
    That is clear to me, otherwise you would be paying top dollar and trying to get top players in when we are sitting at the wrong end of the table which only brings more problems.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #49

    Oh… and the answer to the question of “why would any player join Newcastle right now?” is simple, it’s the same reason any player moves to a different club…. MONEY.

    Simon Jordan likes to spout off about how we’re looking to lure with money, there isn’t a player in the world who chooses to move clubs to be on less money! And guess what, you wouldn’t move to a job for less money unless you had a really good reason to. Footballers are no different other than the money we’re talking about it HUGE.

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  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #50

    Rotonda,

    My guess is they know they have to prioritise defence, and an extra £5m wiggle room would be better left for there.

    An extra £5m for a future star could cost us a new starting CB by the end of Jan.

    It’s all conjecture though, really.

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  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #51

    On Wood, it will all be forgotten when he bags a hattrick against Watford and brays the life out of ASM if he carries on not passing.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #52

    Ruddy & Adam – I’m just constantly looking at things from the other side too. I work in sales so that approach really helps!

    My point is, think of the rage that some fans had/have to players like Gini who left us after relegation and went to a bigger club with much better prospects. As opposed to the players who stuck it out and got us promoted again.

    I don’t blame Wood but I can see why some people would feel it’s a bit crappy.

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  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #53

    Linekar talking like a Pratt but didn’t Leicester pay 30M for Slimani and 30M for Perez?

    He needs to wind his neck in

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  • Mag52

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #54

    Niafron.

    Let’s be honest, your countrymen had better be looking for another word to describe NUFC in a few years time.
    In place of ‘pigeon’ I’d suggest ‘falcon’, a bird which has pigeons for lunch, in the same way we’ll be gobbling up any French opposition we play against in the European competitions.

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  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #55

    It’s a bit crappy??

    Some people know nothing of football

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #56

    TDS

    Do you work in sales? I don’t think you’ve mentioned it haha 😉

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  • CJ

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #57

    Sorry to say but I’m certain the Cambridge defeat has impacted our ability to convince and attract players that we are in a good position to beat the drop. Lucas Digne is a prime example as is Wijnaldhum. Mind you glad wijni said he wouldn’t come as I always remember him disappearing when games got hard. Woods may not be our dream player but he’s better than many out there to meet the challenge we have. We still need to find a leader on the pitch. I can remember the likes of moncur and Stan Anderson. Light years ahead of lascelles or Shelvey

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #58

    Anyone following Pod on the Tyne will know from George Caulkin that the peculiar club structure of having essentially 3 line approval process – Reubens, PCP and PIF – means that decision making has been slower than what fans would ideally like to see. Hence the delays in sacking Bruce and appointing a new manager, the delays in bringing in a DoF and the delays in bringing in a full-time Head of Recruitment.

    All of this is not unusual in a situation whereby we have been taken over mid-season in a terrible situation on the field, and a infrastructure that is sadly lacking off the field. It is not ideal, but the new owners are learning as they go and trying to do what is best not just for this season, but in the long-term also.

    Let’s not already have short memories as to how awful things were under Ashley and give the new owners the benefit of the doubt. That may be difficult if we end up having an underwhelming window but look at the immense amount of work that is already going on behind closed doors. We’re being faced with clubs who (understandably) don’t want to sell their best players in the middle of the season.

    Patience, faith and a long-term big picture approach is what is needed in my opinion.

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  • niafron

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #59

    Mag52

    You know, will not prevent them to try to rob you with overpriced players…

    The sade thing is they re a not even good at that.

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  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #60

    Kilcline

    I’d take a punt on Ali definitely mate.

    The lad has talent and I believe he needs a new home to be loved.

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  • Wor B

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #61

    Folk talking about Zorro, did he post?

    I’ve installed mackemblockerplus, seems to work a treat.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #62

    Liniker whinging about Newcastle paying £20million for Woods, and thinks it’s ridiculous and hilarious.

    Leicester paid £30m for Perez.

    He really is small minded,better suited to Gogglebox that MOTD

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #63

    Cantwell, if he comes is surely to replace Shelvey, who sits too deep looking for his 70yd passes. He’s a quarterback, and we don’t need a quarterback.

    Many hoped that Willock was going to be the CAM we needed (he may yet), but with Joe filling the CDM role for now, we need a CAM with pace and who can carry the ball forward to help out the attack. Shelvey doesn’t do this (he can, but doesn’t), Willock is currently disappointing at all levels, so Cantwell is a bit of a No brainer for me, at least for this season and if relegated would do a job next.

    Pragmatism is required. Shelling out £30 -40M+ for unproven continental based midfielders or attackers is simply too big a risk at this moment. By all means shell out for some decent proven defenders, but people like Wood and Cantwell are what we need in middle and up front.

    PS, I’m still hoping that Willock will come good, which is why he’s been in my 2 team selections earlier.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #64

    Adamn_92 – Online blogs are tricky things in terms of mentioning pertinent information. Regular visitors will be fed up it keeps being repeated but less regular visitors will miss important content.

    I work in B2B sales so in terms of negotiation tactics and business, I know a thing or two… 🙂

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #65

    Wood is a fantastic acquisition for us and will help undo the 14 years of neglect Ashley has dumped on us as he enjoyed free advertising of his tat merchandise.
    We will survive relegation with this lad and then build in the summer.
    Do you think he may have saved us £100 million or so by avoiding the drop and if so he will have saved the club £75 million?
    We are feared by the 6 who are desperate to see us relegated and their mouthpieces like Lineker can crack amusing, snidey comments about Wood but deep down they know he is perfect for the toon at this moment in time.
    Don’t pay any attention to them!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #66

    Out of all the better options out there, we go and sign Chris Wood. What an awful signing. Martial and Aubamayang on loan would have been better options. Wood on loan would have been more appreciated. We’re now stuck with him for years and he’ll be in decline like Andy Carroll.

    Eddie Howe is useless in the transfer market. Wastes loads of money on the wrong type of players (Solanke, Jordan Ibe, Mings, Wood etc). He won’t last long here.

    I bet Burnley fans are laughing. Gary Lineker certainly is. We won’t go up the table with poor recruitment. Trippier is Wood s a very poor start to the window. Why are we targeting players in their 30’s?

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #67

    Wonder what lineker would say if it was reversed and we had sold wilson to burnley,similar age,similar goal scoring record for same money…reckon he would say thats a bad deal?

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  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #68

    Kets,

    Did Howe rifle your lass or something?

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  • Zele

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #69

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous,

    It was said in the media some time ago that because the current owners have no experience of football management and the structure of the board there will, as a consequence, not be the same speed of decision making as other more well established clubs.

    Not having a Director of Football together with the club’s current position in the league makes the task of recruitment that more difficult, as we are seeing.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #70

    Kets has finally drifted into the twighlight zone! 😆

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  • BenbulbenMag

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #71

    Unfortunately folks we are going to get more and more lost and confused mackems wandering in here in a futile attempt to wind us up 🙂

    Just remember one of the earliest lessons we would all have learned about interacting with people online : Don’t feed the trolls.

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  • DayvanCowboy

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #72

    Let’s be honest guys, we were all waiting in serious anticipation for kets infinite wisdom on the situation.

    Sod it, let’s get Yedlin and Marveaux back in and bin these 2 useless donkeys we’ve signed, hell sell Joelinton for a bag of licorice all sorts and replace him with Mehdi Abeid while we are at it, we’ll be unbeatable I tell you, UNBEATABLE!

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #73

    Kets
    You myt not of noticed be have been knocked back for quality strikers that the club rate as good quality professionals,p.e.a has a stinking attitude and is on phenomenal money and away with afcon(once out of isolation),probs cost us 20m to loan him,and he wouldn’t be available for 3-4 matches when we need someone now,martial has a rotten attitude as well,i believe has already stated he doesn’t want to join with a load of others,coz of league position…i dont see many out there who have the quality to improve us that clubs are willing to let go without ripping ours eyes out

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #74

    Currently – we are buying players that have a strong chance of keeping us up with the added benefit of being just what we need to get back out of the Championship if results go against us.

    One of the “other 3” clubs might go on a great little run of matches and keep us where we are.

    Football is full of inconsistencies and literally there are a multitude of possible outcomes this season, so having protection against the worst outcome is as important as having a stepping stone for the best.

    Fancy Dan, moody prima donnas are not what we need.

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  • DrGloom

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #75

    At the end of the day we are making signings that we hope can keep us up this season and can also play in championship in case we go down 😀

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  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #76

    A handful of fighters who have the added quality we need to get out of the mess we’re in is exactly what we need right now.

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  • Zele

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #78

    Kets,

    ‘..Why are we targeting players in their 30’s?’

    I suspect it’s because younger players are more concerned about their career and their future prospects which given our current precarious position in the league would require a great leap of faith and risk to jump ship.

    Older players don’t necessarily have those concerns. They may have an eye to the future without a football wage.

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  • Tom

    Jan 12, 2022 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #80

    Rule U.23. in the Premier League Handbook states: “Subject to the provisions of Rule V.1, the deadline for receipt by the Board of all duly completed documents required by these Rules to effect the registration of a Player shall be 12 noon on the last Working Day before the date of the first League Match in which the Club making the application intends him to play, save that the international transfer certificate and evidence of eligibility to take up employment in the United Kingdom (in both cases if applicable) may be provided thereafter (but must be provided before the Player is eligible to play for a Club in a League Match).”

    With Brighton and Crystal Palace playing on Friday night (8pm kick-off), some have interpreted the rule as the last working day before this week’s round of fixtures – which would mean the player would have to be registered by noon on Thursday.

    But this is not the case, as the Premier League have clarified.

    A Premier League spokesperson told The Gazette: “Rule U.23. is specific only to the team itself wishing to register a player, it doesn’t take into account any other team’s fixtures or the match round in which they will next play.”

    That means Newcastle are able to register new signings up until noon on Friday, January 14 in order for them to play against Watford on Saturday.

    A Premier League spokesperson told The Gazette: “Rule U.23. is specific only to the team itself wishing to register a player, it doesn’t take into account any other team’s fixtures or the match round in which they will next play.”

    That means Newcastle are able to register new signings up until noon on Friday, January 14 in order for them to play against Watford on Saturday.

    If a player is registered after that time, Newcastle will have to wait until the trip to Leeds United on January 22 (3pm kick-off) for them to be available to play.

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