Newcastle were interested in signing 24-year-old striker and once capped England International Dominic Solanke, when he was at Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez tried to get him in on loan, but was unable to do so under the extremely thrifty former owner.
Instead, Dominic finally signed for Bournemouth in early January 2019 on a long-term contract: the fee was said to be around £19M.
Since then Solanke has played 139 times for the Cherries with 49 goals and 20 assists.
The last two seasons have been in the Championship, and his record in that division is 88 games played, 44 goals scored, and 18 assists.
In the Premier League he played 42 games for the Cherries with 3 goals and 2 assists.
Not so good.
And one of Newcastle’s top priorities this summer is to bring in forwards who can score goals – that was a big weakness this season for us, especially with Callum Wilson being out injured for four months this year.
French outlet, Jeunes Footeux, are reporting that Bournemouth will not sell Solanke for anything less than €45M (£38.5M).
Eddie Howe will know all about Solanke since he was the Bournemouth manager when Solanka arrived and he managed him for 18 months in the Premier League until the Cherries were relegated in 2020.
We don’t think Howe will be interested in Solanke at close to £40M, and of course this summer all transfer prices quoted to Newcastle will be (extremely) high.
But the new owners showed in January they will not pay outlandish over-the-top fees for their targets, such as Manchester City and Chelsea (and others) have done in the past.
So we’d be surprised if Newcastle would pursue Solanka this summer, unless Bournemouth reduce their asking price quite a bit.
What do you think?
22 comments so far
May 11, 2022 at 12:19 PMComment #1
May 11, 2022 at 12:19 PMComment #2
Or good afternoon
May 11, 2022 at 12:19 PMComment #3
It’ll be ekitke + a top striker
May 11, 2022 at 12:20 PMComment #4
We need a proven striker! Nothing less
May 11, 2022 at 12:21 PMComment #5
Most likely schtick
May 11, 2022 at 12:21 PMComment #6
And a young one
May 11, 2022 at 12:22 PMComment #7
Still have Wilson who is excellent when fit
May 11, 2022 at 12:23 PMComment #8
Maybe talk of nketiah instead of ekitke, pardon the spelling
May 11, 2022 at 12:29 PMComment #9
That’s were you’re not seeing the bigger picture.
Man City got it wrong in the beginning and to them a season or two to get the formula right. Our owners will of scrutinised every detail of Man City and were they have come from to what they are now. They have spoke a lot about City and how they are operating now and we aim to be the same. It’s years away before we can say that but the owners will achieve it quicker than City IMO as they have seen the mistakes they have made and with with others clubs and won’t make the same ones.
Bills Son Is Back
May 11, 2022 at 12:30 PMComment #10
On the Longstaffs
They were both way overhyped because they were local players.
Sean did OK in that first spell under Rafe but nowhere good enough to spark a reported £25M bid from Man U – I said at the time I’d have snatched their hand off.
Matty, like Sean, has no pace at all and runs around chasing shadows in the Prem. His goals overshadowed his glaring weaknesses. Giving him a £20K/week contract was done purely to appease the fans who would have roasted Ashley for selling ‘an exciting Geordie prospect’. He wasn’t, isn’t, and couldn’t cut it in the Scottish Prem. Mansfield is probably his level.
Sean, like many players in the Prem making a name for themselves, get extra attention from other managers and players. They sharp worked out Sean doesn’t like to be closed down quickly and if he doesn’t have time on the ball he loses possession or rushes a pass all too easily. That’s why his form has dropped, he’s been found out.
Sean will be the easier to move on as he is on a free. Matty at £20K/wk will be far harder. A loan again for him next year.
May 11, 2022 at 12:34 PMComment #11
Perfect analysis Bills.
Raj of Hailsley
May 11, 2022 at 12:38 PMComment #12
What a lot of people tend to forget is that Man City had been taken over by that Thai gangster/Prime Minister a couple of years previously, he bought a mish mash of highly paid stars including Kompany and Zabaletta, the circumstances of our takeover and theirs are completely different added to the fact there was no FFP then.
Raj of Hailsley
May 11, 2022 at 12:41 PMComment #13
What did Man City do wrong in the beginning, the first guy did by throwing stupid money at a ridiculous mish mash of players. I could be mistaken but I don’t remember the new owners getting much wrong, did they not win the league within about three seasons.
May 11, 2022 at 12:48 PMComment #14
Got to remember prices were different back then too. For example one of Man City’s first singings and biggest ones after their takeover was Robinho. Cost around £30m and on reportedly 92k a week.
Imagine how much signing him at that age and point in his career today would cost. Probably looking at double or even triple the transfer fee and the wages.
May 11, 2022 at 12:48 PMComment #15
I’d rather get the snip than debate with you
Talk to someone who cares 🙂
May 11, 2022 at 12:52 PMComment #16
Man City finished 5th, 3rd and 1st in the 3 seasons after their takeover.
May 11, 2022 at 12:53 PMComment #17
Well I’m definitely deluded,I don’t want Lingard anywhere near the Toon.
I would have liked him on loan in Jan when we were in the mire mind.
He can’t get minutes in that shit show at Old Trafford,I think he has played 354 minutes all season…
Somethings afoot ffs!!
Essex Geordie Bill
May 11, 2022 at 12:54 PMComment #18
If Sean comes into training and says to himself he’ll never be as good as some of the other players there then he should indeed move on!
Essex Geordie Bill
May 11, 2022 at 12:55 PMComment #19
Solanke would be a fantastic signing, can’t see it though!
May 11, 2022 at 12:59 PMComment #20
I wouldn’t lose any sleep over Lingard not signing, but it is Luke Edwards reporting it and he is just jumping on what Keith Downie was saying a few weeks back.
A 34-year-old Mata and a 20-year-old Elanga kept him out of the team so his one good season at West Ham isn’t enough for me.
May 11, 2022 at 1:08 PMComment #21
Maxi, exciting though he can be, should be one to go this summer to help raise funds for better players.
After setting the pl alight when he first arrived over here, it hasn’t taken long for managers and defenders to suss him out. He’ll set off on a run somewhere just inside the opposition half, attract two or three defenders to him, either attempt to beat them all and lose the ball, cut inside with a view to shooting but will be stopped from getting a half decent pot at goal, will misplace a pass to a teammate having created space, or will pass it back to more or less where he started from. During one or more of these manoeuvres, he’ll end up on his backside and make out he was fouled.
There are few better dribblers than Maxi, but a host of better forwards than him. We need an upgrade next season.
Cool Hand Luke
May 14, 2022 at 4:50 PMComment #22