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Are Newcastle Laying The Groundwork For Superb Summer Signing?



With Jamal Lewis and Paul Dummett very close to returning from their respective injuries, left-back may not represent a massive need in this window. However, multiple reports claim a full-back opposite to Kieran Trippier is on the agenda this month.

Lucas Digne was an early target though the player had other ideas and ended up with Stephen Gerrard at Villa Park. The French international didn’t fancy a move to Newcastle for whatever reason.

There is a report out of Italy that Newcastle may be attempting a marquee signing at left-back. TuttoMercatoWeb is reporting that Newcastle have offered personal terms to Atalanta wing-back Robin Gosens which would more than double his earnings to £57k/week.


According to Salary Sport, the 27-year-old is on only £22,000 per week which seems awfully low for a player of his stature in the game. Gosens is one of the better attacking left-sided players in Italy and is a critical component in Gian Piero Gasperini’s 3-4-3 system.

Newcastle’s approach to Gosens could be laying the groundwork for a summer transfer. Gosens is currently out with a hamstring injury. He’s been sidelined since late September suffering a setback in November.

The report also seems to indicate that talks have not started between the two clubs. Atalanta will not want to lose the productive Gosens, who has 29 goals and 21 assists since joining the club from Heracles in 2017 for a pittance of less than £1m.

Gosens broke into the German national team in September of 2020 and has since collected 13 caps, including 4 starts in Euro 2020. He will likely cost quite a bit, though as evidenced by his low current wages, has had some contract issues recently.

Atalanta triggered an option to extend his contract to 2023 over the summer. After this season, he’ll enter the final year of his contract likely looking for a massive payday that Atalanta (with a 21,000 capacity stadium) may not be able to match.

Atalanta has risen to become one of Italy’s more successful clubs under Gasperini having made the Champions League in the last three seasons. They are currently fourth in Serie A, 3 points with a game in hand over fifth-placed Juventus.

Getting Gosens in, should we survive, would be brilliant. Though he generally plays further forward as a wing-back while Howe has settled into a back four at Newcastle. With his contract running down, Newcastle may be able to get an outstanding deal in the summer.


87 comments so far

  • jane

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #41

    Luton leading leaders Bournemouth 2-0 at half time but Anderson not in their squad.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #42

    Magics spent 500 notes in one nyt on stripper called molly mounts! Lol 😉

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  • Mund

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #43

    Fenham

    Sorry bud was making breakfast and I see a few have answered. Top quality LB mate and would love to sign him.

    Look at these two tho 😎

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FJJVyu2XEAE7ahA?format=jpg&name=large

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  • Mund

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #44

    Seeing a lot of tweets of people telling there story of taking there kid/s to there first game today.

    Love to see that! Fills me full of joy.

    Nothing beats walking up those steps as a kid for the first time and feeling that atmosphere. Stays with you forever.

    Great to see a new generation of fans being born

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  • jimiley

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #45

    If Richie plays fullback I will go into full mackem mode.

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  • Mund

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #46

    Kieran Trippier in the programme: ‘It’s a must-win. It’s the reality of it. Everyone knows that. We need to win. There’s no shame in saying that.’ #nufc

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  • Mund

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #47

    jimiley

    That’ll make a change 😉 jk

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #48

    This guy is good but is he better than Tagliafico? It think we could bring Tagliafico in now. LB is a real weak spot in our team. Lewis may have potential but has not showed enough and only had a promising cameo performance under Howe (still recovering from injury too). Dummet is injury prone these days, can’t rely on him and was never a LB really. Dummet is a CB by trade and concerted to a LB due to lack of options ages ago. He is not a traditional LB that bombs forward and helps in attack. He stays back and is a solid defender. We need a LB that’s equally effective at going forward as he is defending. Tagliafico ticks those boxes and so does this Gosens lad but he has had a serious hamstring injury this season and would be a risk now.

    I say bring in Tagliafico now and we’re sorted at LB. It would give us multiple options there.

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  • Tonyd3b54

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #49

    These next 2 games are so crucial. Watford have us, Burnley and Norwich. They could be out of site beginning of February if we lose tonight. Also a win against Leeds could drag them into trouble. Think we need to get a minimum of 4 points to keep pace but most likely all 6 to give us a decent chance of escaping relegation.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #50

    100 million for grealish?????? Memo to Mandy. Rich clubs get ripped off. Manure get rid of lukaku. 97 million???? Come on man

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  • AncientC

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #51

    So does anybody know when the new NUFC Brewster’s Millions board game comes out?

    I’ve heard a few details about the aims of the game:

    :The majority of the money comes from an investment fund, with 2 smaller investors, all hoping to spend wisely and grow their investment. But there’s a twist in the tale called the delusional entitled fan who controls the wealth of the club… this is where the game begins.

    :Fans start with a book of blank cheques and can sign any player in the world they want, the more money you waste, the more points you get.

    :Buying mercenaries and players with relegation clauses is encouraged.

    :Negotiating transfer fees and wages leads to a deduction in points.

    :Financial Fair Play is deemed null and void, as players of the game can use their blank cheques to sponsor the club.

    :Once the blank cheques run out, players end the game, then move onto a new board game, called ‘Money has taken the fun out of football’. Which will then be followed by the final board game in the series called ‘Isn’t in painful having so many glory hunter fans’.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #52

    Going for 2 goals from Wood today – Toon win.

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  • DeanToon88

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #53

    This guy would be an absolutely unbelievable signing. He is literally one of the top 5 left backs in the world, he can play centre back on the wing he could play in loads of positions he’s that good, I’ve always said I wanted a German playing for us, they are very similar to us English, proper grafters with a strong will to win. He’s playing for a relatively small team with a 210000 stadium capacity. but they are playing well, I’m sure we could pull this off for about 40 million, he’d be worth every penny, I’m sure he’d be attracted by our now mega rich owners and massive ambitions ?

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  • Mund

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #54

    JP

    I wouldn’t grumble at either mate. Good thing about linked players is everyone of them is better than what we have.

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  • August Landmesser reincarnate

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #55

    Gosens is the best full back in the world bar none!

    If I remember right he scored 11 from 32 as a left back and had nearly the same amount of assists.

    Most underrated player on the planet!

    He could play in any team on the planet and wouldn’t look out of place.

    He can defend and tackle as well as any full back, he can dribble cross and shoot as well as any winger.

    He’s dangerous all the time, technically superb with a footballers brain.

    This lad is the pick of the bunch of players linked!

    Dennis Irwin looks average if you watch this lad!

    He’s the Messi of full backs.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #56

    I really want the blog to be buzzing after a win today. If we fail to win it will be toxic to the extreme. I am really nervous for today’s game as it is potentially season defining. Gutted we couldn’t bring a proper CB in time for this crucial game but glad we got Wood in who is always a threat.

    Let’s see what happens and I pray for a positive result.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #57

    Looks as if Lewis may be available today

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #58

    Jane – I just want to see laws applied the same way to a world class sportsman as a normal, average person. Either he should be deported or they change the legal precedent and therefore the law. But I don’t like to see people getting preferential treatment just because they’re rich and famous.

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  • martoon

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #59

    Anybody see the Trippier interview on Football Focus. Good interview and he came across really well.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #60

    DeanToon88 I wish we had a 210,000 stadium capacity

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #61

    Hi M, I saw it, he does come across “not bad”

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #62

    Well, I have to go and buy a garden lounge for “the boy” chat later

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #63

    Jimiley you best start getting into full Mackem mode so…. lol

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #64

    Not long to go now until the lineup gets announced! Lewis was featured in the photos of players arriving at the stadium, on the Newcastle Instagram post. Have a feeling we may see him back in the lineup.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #65

    1 Hour 10 Minutes to KO.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #66

    “I hear you knocking” (Smiley Lewis)

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  • Lord Scatterbrain

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #67

    Keep the ball better and play on the front foot all day and the defence is less of an issue!

    KK’s philosophy…from what I remember it worked quite well

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and roll

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #68

    KDB!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #69

    Got family popping in for a brief visit so probably not on blog for a while, then have to go out. Hoping to see 1st half and leave with us winning!

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  • MAUTITOON

    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #70

    How bad can the toon be 4 nil win for Watford, how good can the toon be 3 – 1 win.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #71

    Dummett returns!

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  • AncientC

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #72

    Neil got his predicted line-up spot on. Dummett in, which I was not expecting.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #74

    Dummett back and debuts for Trippier and Wood. Trippier debut in the league of course

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #75

    Newcastle United: Martin Dúbravka; Kieran Trippier, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schär, Paul Dummett; Sean Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton; Ryan Fraser, Chris Wood, Allan Saint-Maximin.

    Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Mark Gillespie, Emil Krafth, Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy, Joe Willock, Elliot Anderson, Miguel Almirón.

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #76

    Yessss Jimiley doesn’t have to go full Mackem.

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  • simon376

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #77

    Dummet in? Sorted

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #78

    Dummett header for the win from a Trippier corner

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #79

    I thought we’d see Anderson in the squad as he didn’t play last night.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 15, 2022 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #80

    Yes Dummet starts ahead of Ritchie at LB!

    That’s calmed my nerves a bit.

    Dubravka in goal, he’s recovered from his injury it seems. He had better be on the ball today! No silly mistakes please.

    HWTL!

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