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Newcastle Given A Clear Run At Experienced Free Agent Defender This Summer

There were reports in January that Eddie Howe wanted to bring Burnley defender James Tarkowski to Newcastle, but it seemed he was not available.

Tarkowski has played 192 Premier League games for Burnley with 7 goals and 11 assists.

He will become a free agent in the summer after 7 seasons at Turf Moor, and a telling development is that West Ham were interested in the player, but they have withdrawn their interest since they believe he will be signing for Newcastle.

That’s according to a report today from the Mirror.

Eddie Howe has been a long-term admirer of the twice-capped England International, and reading between the lines it looks like Newcastle have gone in quickly for the Manchester-born defender, who started his career at Manchester City back in 2008.

Tarkowski is reported to earn £50K/week at Burnley and Newcastle are willing to offer him more than that to join the Newcastle revolution evolution on Tyneside.

If the news is indeed accurate, it would be good for Newcastle to announce the signing quickly because it sends a message to other players that Newcastle will definitely improve the squad for next season.

And it doesn’t need £100M players to do that – not yet anyway.

The 29-year-old Burnley defender is very experienced in the Premier League and makes very few mistakes at the back – he’s an Eddie Howe type player.

Newcastle will likely be given around £60M upfront to spend this summer, and Eddie Howe in addition can use any money obtained from outgoing transfers to bring new players in.

So the gross outlay on transfers could be over £100M.

Howe can sell players like Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis, Dwight Gayle, Federico Fernandez, Matt Ritchie, Karl Darlow, Jeff Hendrick, and Freddie Woodman this summer.

Don’t forget, it’s not the size of the fee that’s important with transfers – it’s whether they are the right players who will improve our squad.

And Eddie Howe knows that all too well.

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50 comments so far

  • SholaShow

    May 13, 2022 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #41


    Who would sell Saint-Maximin if that was contingent on us getting Raphina?

    I would without a doubt. ASM 11 goals in 3 seasons vs Raphina 10 in just this one, both in struggling sides.

    Raphina used to training and playing high intensity under Bielsa too.


    May 13, 2022 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #42

    Burn is defo not a big upgrade on Fede.
    He’s been injured, apparently!
    But, as a pkayer, na…Fede’s the best CB at the club, then schar.
    I think it’s just that people think someone younger to grow with us.


    May 13, 2022 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #43


    Raises hand…Raphinha, more product.

  • Wor B

    May 13, 2022 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #44

    Remember when the Friday night before FA Cup final day was like Christmas Eve? Hardly able to sleep because your favoured team had an injury doubt hanging over their star player.

    Saturday morning, running downstairs to switch on the TV at 7:30, so the valves had warmed up for coverage of breakfast with the teams at 08:00.

    Pointless interviews with the reserve goalie’s Aunty Mary.

    Hoards streaming down Wemberly Way.

    Those players suits with lapels the size of a cheese board, strolling around the pitch prior to ko.

    The knowledge that you could rob a bank at 3:05pm and no one would notice because the whole country was glued to the box!

    Happy days.

  • Sparky

    May 13, 2022 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #45

    Ive been advocating (not avocadoing) we sell ASM since well before Eddie came on the scene…and even eddie cant make him see the light.

    Time to sell IMO…plenty wingers out there who are nowhere near as skillfull as ASM but have a better end product and who contribute to defending instead of being sat on your arse waving your arms in the air and then get up limping til the ball comes to him again.

    Does my swede in !

  • Davas

    May 13, 2022 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #46

    Wor B

    Used to love FA cup final “day” in those days. Didnt matter who was playing.

  • SholaShow

    May 13, 2022 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #47


    Aye, he’s a more intelligent, less selfish player and that leads to better personal output also, something ASM doesn’t seem to understand. If you pass-move – you might just get the ball back in a better position to score 1-3 passes later.

    Raphina and Trips down the right wing would be excellent.


    May 13, 2022 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #48


    Really, is that what it was like?

    Never really been chowed about the fac up.
    Glad we’ve won it a few times, and would love to see us win it a few more before death. But, the league is whete it’s at, for me.


    May 13, 2022 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #49

    Shola bus

  • Ketsbaia9

    May 13, 2022 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #50

    Dan Burn was an awful signing. He’s actually much worse than Fernandez and Lascelles. If Fernandez would have played throughout the season, we’d probably be above Man Utd now.


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