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On Again, Off Again Move For Left-Back Now Dead According To Local Journalists

It appears that at least one more target has gone the way of Diego Carlos and Sven Botman today. Both Craig Hope and Luke Edwards are reporting that a move for Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker is back in the off position.

Edwards also has added that the Jesse Lingard chase could also be over as Manchester United have not walked back their extreme demands. He also believes Newcastle hope to add two more signings after Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes by deadline day.

The move for another left-back was always a luxury in this window. Howe is flush with options in Jamal Lewis, Paul Dummett, Javier Manquillo, and Matt Ritchie. Newcastle may have decided to focus on adding a center-back and another attacker.

The club also have to keep in mind that for each new signing someone in the 25-man squad will have to be either offloaded or left unregistered. So for a multitude of reasons, the move for Bakker can likely wait until the summer.

The situation with Lingard is almost infuriating. The powers that be at Old Trafford are for whatever reason not willing to be reasonable. They will end up losing Lingard for nothing rather than accepting a substantial loan fee.

It’s the extortionary £12m survival bonus that remains the barrier to this deal getting done. Unless Manchester United lessen that demand, it appears Lingard will rot on their bench for the remainder of this season.

It’s interesting to note Lyon wanted a similar clause of £6m in the deal for Guimaraes which Newcastle have accepted. While the details of the two moves are vastly different, Newcastle are willing to accommodate reasonable demands.

Newcastle will have to turn their attention to another attacking option. The Athletic’s Chris Waugh doesn’t believe that will be Tottenham’s Dele Alli, however. He reported earlier today that Howe may not rate the 25-year-old writing:

Dele Alli, who is surplus to requirements for new coach Antonio Conte at Tottenham, has been floated as a back-up option, but Howe does not appear as keen on the 25-year-old former England regular, who has struggled for form in recent seasons.

It’s shaping up to be an eventful remaining four days of this window. The imminent signing of Bruno Guimaraes certainly makes this window look much brighter than just a few days ago. Hopefully, he’ll be joined by at least two more by Monday.

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31 comments so far

  • Wor B

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Shirley Knot

  • barkel

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    cleveleysbob (from previous) – I like how you’re thinking but more likely to do with Brazil having a game on Tuesday

  • Wor B

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Is 1st fatigue a thing?

  • Goofy

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t shoot me but Bakker doesn’t look that impressive, albeit only seen YT vids but didn’t excite me.

  • Romford mag

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Only if you’re getting on a bit 😉

  • scott

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Read a report about Bruno being a model pro!
    Doesn’t drink, eats ultra healthy, is a fantastic trainer & goes to bed early EVERY night!

    Just seen a picture of his girlfriend & the early nights are explained!

    Wow!! The boy done good! 😉

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Wor B,
    Until you’ve felt what you feel you’ll truly believe that there’s nothing so blind as a deaf man that cannot smell.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #8


  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9


  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Barkel, where better to be if you want to talk to Brazilian (or other S American) players away from the prying eyes of the European gravy train of agents/press etc.

    Possibly reassuring a body or 2 about the Summer or there to finalise another that we don’t know about.

    Or perhaps just scouting for his future “lists” 🙂

  • Toon Tang

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Scott, a couple nights up Bigg Market’ll knock that right out of him ahaha

  • Black'n'White'n'BroonAllOver

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #12

    On the ‘pact’ discussion. It’s been fairly widely reported and, in light of the undoubted hostility to the TO, with clubs imparting sponsorship restrictions and calling meetings without us etc, I don’t see why this is difficult to believe.

    Yes, of course it’s petty, rooted in jealousy and panic, and denies any clubs involved in an alleged pact short-term fees from dealing with us, but I’d imagine that their reasoning is that any delay to us challenging them in the upper echelons is to their long term benefit.
    Greed is not just about taking every penny now, but also about consolidating power so that the long term financial prospects remain.

    IMO it’s easy to believe, without it being an unreasonable or paranoid belief, that a pact exists. How long it will last is another question.

    And pacts, corruption and conspiracies, while related, are not the same thing. It’s possible to believe that one or more exists without believing or rejecting all.

    Corruption is rife and widespread, plenty of examples to show this to be the case. The ‘pact’ has been widely reported and seems believable and logical enough to me. Conspiracies seem far fetched to me, but if folk want to believe in them that’s up to them.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t see Bruno playing next Saturday unless Brazil release him for him to join us early.

    Best case scenario, he plays for Brazil on Tuesday then boards an overnight flight into U.K.

    Due to time differences etc. earliest he’s going to be @ Benton is Thursday Morning.

    Can he be assimilated into team with 2 days max training?? – unlikely, maybe makes bench.
    Miggy in same position, probably not available. Good reason to chase up a couple of European based players before Monday night. 🙂

  • Yorkfan

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Kets, you are literally the only fan I know is even close to calling for Howe to be sacked.

    Give it a rest misery guts.

  • simon376

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #15


    The game is on the Tuesday night, 8th so hopefully be ok

  • Yorkfan

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    I really hope we don’t get Deli Ali. His heart doesn’t look in it for me.

    Football equivalent of Lewis Hamilton. Spends to much time on social media and worrying about his hair/what to wear.

  • Adamn_92

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #17


    Nixon is out there so he’s close by to also wrap up a deal for River Plate striker Julian Alvarez of course 😉

  • zargothuk

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Ketsbaia9 scumbag mackem. Not a fan.

  • Adamn_92

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Nixon? I mean Nickson!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Luckily we’re not playing till the Tuesday night which gives plenty of time to get any new players bedded in.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Munster Mag isn’t calling for him to be sacked but he’s hedging his bets with enough ‘critique’ to throw in I told you so bomb if it does go t!ts up.

  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Bob we don’t play again till Tuesday February the 8th @ 7-45 ko
    and i believe its live on sky,


    Jan 28, 2022 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #23

    I hope this Nketiah loan to the toon is wrong, why would we want the England under 21 captain at our club. Cannot see him being able to link up with Bruno or Trippier passes.
    It would be a disaster if the toon went out in the summer and hoovered up the so-called creme de la creme youth from around the globe.

    Amanda, show some ambition babe!

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Bloody hell, must check fixture list before writing garbage, thought our game was Saturday!

    Sorry all and thanks for all the corrections. 😉

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Jan 28, 2022 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    catching up here….but last again

  • Wor B

    Jan 28, 2022 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #26


    If you read back you’ll find your ‘last’ posts have been trumped by unscrupulous bloggers!!!


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 28, 2022 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Why would anyone want to be last?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 28, 2022 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Tell Tale! 🙂

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