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Newcastle Make £25m Move To Provide Howe With More Attacking Firepower – Report



Just days after reportedly sounding out Atalanta left-back Robin Gosens, Newcastle have made a move for his teammate Duvan Zapata according to Ducan Castles in The Daily Record.

While there have no reports of a bid for Gosens, Castles states that Newcastle have offered £25m for the 30-year-old striker. Zapata, like Gosens, is entering the final 18-months of his contract.

Atalanta are reportedly open to selling the Colombian, who has played for various Italian clubs since 2013. Though they value him at around £38.5m so, if this report is accurate, could reject Newcastle’s opening bid.


Zapata joined Atalanta in 2018, initially on a two-year loan, from Sampdoria. The move was made permanent in the summer of 2020 for just under £10m. He has bagged 78 goals in 156 appearances for The Goddess.

His strike rate for Atalanta notably exceeds his output from his time with Sampdoria and Napoli, who he joined in 2013 from Argentina’s Estudiantes. The Colombian also had a stint on loan with Udinese.

Zapata has excelled as the spearhead of Gian Perio Gasperini’s 3-4-2-1 system over the past three years. During his time in Italy, he has scored 123 goals in just over 300 appearances.

According to Salary Sport, he’s on £57,000 per week which Newcastle could significantly bump up as a final payday for the striker who turns 31 in April. He reportedly is keen on the move should a fee be agreed.

After our dismal display against Cambridge, Newcastle reportedly decided to target two strikers in this window. They landed 30-year-old Chris Wood on Thursday and have been negotiating for French teenager Hugo Ekitike of Reims.

However, Castles believes Zapata is being pursued as Newcastle have been priced out of a move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, who is valued at £50m. Newcastle have had to move on from a few of their top targets due to overinflated quotes on fees.

Like Wood, Zapata could be an excellent stop-gap signing over the next few years. He would provide another option upfront to Wood and Callum Wilson when he returns from his injury.

If Newcastle can land another experienced striker in January, it would signify the club are determined to have enough firepower to help get the goals that can hopefully stave off relegation.

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142 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Not sure how well he’ll adapt to PL, but we need some attacking options.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Zapata has been on fire for them this season and is a regular starter, one of their most important players. It’s going to take a huge offer and convincing for them to sell him. Unless Atalanta have some financial issues?

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Gawd darn you G 😕

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    I suppose it’s a massive plus being able to offer players the same wages even if we go down, can you imagine the team we’d have in the championship if the worst happened 😀

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Do we think Wilson would stay?

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Here is a question. Are the Harrisons WUMS or Mackems?

    Headline in Times today.
    West Ham 2 -Leeds 3
    Harrison scores hat-trick

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  • cyprus

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #7

    RK
    Had to look that up to follow you. It’s all Greek for me.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Always suspected Milo

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Is that Bereton-Diaz an out and out striker or a Bowen type.

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  • Mund

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Weird having a bloke obsessed with me for so long 😳

    Should be flattered I suppose…

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    August Landmesser reincarnate

    Jan 17, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #53

    That is terrible news and sadly more is to follow for many more families very soon.

    Blessings to you and your family.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Mund,
    Get back to work, we need those two CB’s and a DM!!

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  • barkel

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    If he’s anything like the last Columbian we signed from an Italian side I’m all in!

    Still a little surprised that we haven’t seen any outgoings

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  • We're FuQuinn Doomed

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Adamn I do agree on the VAR debate with you but then alot of other clubs have had some shocking decisions as well. VAR is like that for a good reason in this country because it adds to the drama of the game, it adds controversy and it adds eyes and what do eyes make more viewers which makes more subscriptions. If that wasn’t the case referees would be going against the majority of VAR’s decisions and standing by their own first opinion.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #15

    BSIB

    The Shelvey comment was spot on and exactly how I see him, I really don’t see why some on the blog give him so much stick.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #16

    ITUNDERASHELL,
    Can I ask why you reposted that and is it a copy and paste or is some of it your own work?

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  • Mund

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #17

    😆 he has Mundrettes

    Silly old man

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    This guy would score the goals to save us no doubt! Really good player. Doubt he’ll come here though.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #19

    What we need……..

    A hypnotist.

    Someone to convince the entire team they are World beaters!! 🙂

    Be cheaper than bringing in a whole new team!! 😀

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  • Lord Scattercash

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Adam…you keep on saying we’ve improved…but what are your measures or key performance indicators that you’ve benchmarked when Bruce left and seen an improvement over the last 9 games.

    The facts are the facts and the data shows we are no better.

    We’re not defending better, we’re not producing more crosses, we’re not producing more chances, we’re not scoring more goals, we’re not winning more tackles, we’re not completing more passes, we’re not retaining the ball better.

    I’d love to know by what measure you believe we’re playing any better.

    Fans of every team that goes down say they’ve been unlucky…but the underlining reason for all teams that go down is they’re simply just not good enough…bar very very very few exceptions.

    In our current form, with the players in our current squad and with our current manager, we’re simply just not good enough…and what’s even scarier is…we’re showing NO SIGN OF IMPROVEMENT

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  • Pat Mania

    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t see any truth in this one
    I think a younger up and coming guy is more likely

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  • Mund

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Sparky

    I agree with a lot of that mate.

    I don’t see big improvements either. Once I’ve took my black and white glasses off worh just trying to see the positive and then look at the games and the way we’ve played I don’t see any major changes that we hoped for.

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  • Mund

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #23

    I’ll hold my judgment tho until we bring players in and then see what changes.

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  • Pat Mania

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #24

    We appear to be really struggling to get deals done. Just goes to show how difficult the January transfer window is. And compounded by our dismal league position and form it’s proving impossible.

    The Wood signing I believe was driven by these difficulties

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I presume we are deliberately linking ourselves to other players in order to keep the price inflation down.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #26

    TDG,
    Gawd knows if any of the links are true and we aren’t seeing direct quotes from players who are or aren’t interested either.

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  • We're FuQuinn Doomed

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #27

    We’ve got the same squad pretty much that we were promoted with, to keep relying on those same players with a smattering of new signings to keep us up year after year is absolutely insane. When does it begin to take a toll on you and start to think bollicks to this I can’t be arsed with another season of fighting relegation, has the club got somebody who works on the mental side as well as the physical?

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  • kilcline

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #28

    We need a CM badly, Shelvey and Longstaff are not even championship standard.

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  • Lord Scattercash

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #29

    The way I’m feeling right now having watched a game v a team that had lost their last 6 games on the bounce before playing us off the park on Saturday, and with the home team producing ONE shot on target all game…I’m think we’ve got the wrong manager.

    Maybe the Bournemouth job had much less pressure or maybe a different type of pressure he was comfortable with, being a club he pulled from the brink of Div 2 up to the premiership in 4 years, and kept them there for 5 years I think, he wasn’t managing any big name players, just journeymen that were suitably impressed with they type of football he wanted to play, no big ego’s in the squad to manage and very few that had shattered mindsets…and he was able to build slowly and sensibly and at a pace the suited him, the owners and the fans.

    The Newcastle job is a very different job, and the circumstances surrounding his appointment are also very different. He’s parachuted himself into a very different scenario here…everyone presumed playing a better style of football and with a different style of coaching with the same squad would be enough…but clearly it isn’t…the results show he’s doing no better than Bruce.

    There’s no signs of any improvement, and yet very few are questioning his ability to keep us up.

    Just seems very strange to me that no-one is challenging what’s going on.

    Will three or more players of a better calibre than what we have now result in us staying up? Should we be buying three or more players in this window and also replace Howe at the end of the window.

    What is the answer…because I have no idea!

    All I do know is continuing to do what we’re currently doing ain’t gonna work.

    Discuss

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Lord S

    All I can reccomend is going back and watching the games this season with Bruce in charge. Remember the comments we were making on here. Hoofball, no movement, no passing, no fitness, no closing down etc.

    Then watch games since Howe arrived. Less hoofball, more passing, more energy, more closing down, better fitness. Then remember comments we were saying to start with. Pointing out how much fitter our players looked, that we looked a bit better defensively (yes we were saying this in his first few games including stating how we looked better against Arsenal and even against Man City and Liverpool). We actually look to try and play out from the back and try to build attacks. Then you look at the individual improvement in Joelinton too. Not to mention that he’s only lost games to teams way above us in Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester. Then look at games we lost under Bruce.

    If you don’t think there’s been improvement since Howe arrived then I honestly don’t know what to tell you or show you to change your mind. Just because results haven’t gone as well as we hoped doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a general improvement. We’ve actually been in games, missing out on wins narrowly. How often did we feel that way before Howe arrived?

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  • The Ledge

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #31

    https://twitter.com/Other14The/status/1483007967846969346?t=XzWTq7fVerwzkxtSKSrIBw&s=19

    Trippier and Big Joe doing well in the tackling and interceptions even Longstaff is on the list.
    No sign of Shelvey though

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #32

    I can’t believe some fans honestly think we’d be no worse off if we kept Bruce and that we haven’t improved.

    Blows my mind.

    If you can’t see it or what Howe is slowly trying to get us to do, please rewatch our games under Bruce and then rewatch under Howe. Some people expect instant success. Even the owners have said slowly but surely countless times.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Also we are having better possession stats and are completing more passes on average.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Then let’s look at this:

    Howe : P10 W1 D4 L5 GF8 GA21
    Bruce: P9 W0 D4 L5 GF10 GA19

    So we haven’t improved even though already that’s a better points total. Even though Howe’s 10 games included Manure, Man City, Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal and still only has a goal difference marginally worse than Bruce.

    How do you think the stats would look if we flipped what games the managers were in charge of?

    I understand frustration that we haven’t got the wins we were hoping for, but to say there’s been no improvement is just not true.

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  • Pat Mania

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Our football has definitely improved under Howe. We lack cutting edge, ball winners and leaders. Trippier is of of course an excellent signing. Wood remains to be seen what he can offer is. We are desperate for real quality.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36

    GUARDIAN – Uninspired Toon give Howe little to work with

    Newcastle have played 10 games under Eddie Howe, winning one, drawing four and losing five. The latest, a damaging home draw with Watford, emphasised the manager’s need for not only at least one new centre-half but a defensive midfielder able to shape and control matches. With the £25m striker Chris Wood virtually anonymous on his debut, Newcastle needed a wonderful solo goal from Allan Saint-Maximin to go 1-0 up but their longstanding inability to retain a lead soon resurfaced, permitting João Pedro to register an 88th-minute equaliser. It was a gut-punch for the St James’s Park crowd, though Howe may draw some consolation from the returning Paul Dummett’s intelligent marking of Emmanuel Dennis.
    Louise Taylor

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  • Lord Scattercash

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Just for the avoidance of doubt I’m not suggesting for one second we should have stayed with Bruce…the man is a dinosaur and not fit for purpose even though he kept us up for the previous 3 seasons…this season was a season too far due to lack of investment and the new owners also thought a ‘better” coach would put is a bette replace…but alas it hasn’t.

    What I’m asking the blog is…do you all think Howe has what it takes to keep us up…subject of course to 3 or 4 new players being acquired before the end of the window.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Lord scattercash
    Agreed.
    But I cannot say too much stuff like that coz I get called a mackem.
    It’s ok on here to criticize certain players but not the manager.
    I wanted Gerrard or Fabre and it’s on record. I was also underwhelmed with a Bournemouth manager who was out of work for getting on for 3 years with a crap defensive record. But he has to stay until the summer to prove himself or otherwise. Desperate for him to keep us up and I. I amerong

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Zapata is amazing but again who is providing him with the chances?

    Be better off looking at Atalanta central midfielders all of them are quality on the ball and have decent pace

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 17, 2022 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #40

    I’ll stop now but suggesting Howe hasn’t improved us in the slightest is being incredibly harsh. Only lost to teams way better than us, been in every game we’ve drawn and been very close to winning but for individual errors, panic that’s been in our players for about 2 years and poor finishing. Give the man a break for crying out loud he isn’t a miracle worker. It’s going to take time and so far we haven’t lost to any teams around us and been very close to winning games against those around us. We’re close to getting there and a lot closer than we were before he arrived.

    Let him have a chance to actually be able to turn things around with a squad we know are in general very average and had defensive techniques drilled into them.

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