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Newcastle Make Preliminary Contact For Portuguese International But Price Is High – Report



A report last week claimed Newcastle were preparing a £15m bid for Manchester United’s Dean Henderson. The 25-year-old has been the only goalkeeping target to hit the headlines in recent weeks.

However, claims are emerging from Portugal of another potential contender. Sport Witness has compiled a few reports that Porto’s Diogo Costa has hit Newcastle’s radar.

The 22-year-old wrestled the number one gloves from Agustin Marchesin last summer after a couple of years as his backup. He was outstanding for the Liga Portugal champions conceding just 22 times with 15 clean sheets in the league.


Costa has risen through the Porto ranks to become one of their stars. He broke into the Portuguese national team in October and is their current number one with 4 caps, including a 1-1 draw at Spain on Thursday.

There is one glaring issue with this link. Costa has a €60m release clause and signed a new contract to 2026 last fall. Newcastle have made preliminary contact with Porto but they are unwilling to come down from his high release clause.

Costa is probably a player Newcastle are keeping track of. Henderson is the number one target should Newcastle try to add a goalkeeper this summer. That will depend on whether Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman can be offloaded.

Mark Douglas reported yesterday that Newcastle are currently targeting four players in Hugo Ekitike, Moussa Diaby, Sven Botman, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. A deal for Ekitike is very close.

There is work to do on the other three with Calvert-Lewin looking like a very distant prospect. There is also a claim from calciomercato’s Daniele Longo on Twitter that Botman prefers AC Milan, who will decide next week whether to bring him in or allocate funds elsewhere.


96 comments so far

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #41

    I can see why we rested Broad vs Aus and West Indies. Obviously not very good as KETS would say

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  • jane

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #42

    “Weather looks to be improving”

    warm in Yerevan

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  • jane

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #43

    Armenia v Republic of Ireland 2pm

    Ireland never won a Nations League match but unbeaten in last 8 matches and have some good players coming through.

    Armenia unpredictable lost 9-0 to Norway last time out but beat Romania and Iceland in WC qualifiers last year.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/61675560

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #44

    Not looking good for England cricket. Just taking New Zealand apart with new ball. Anybody thinks how many our top 5 can get? Cloudy and humid. so will lose

    I reckon 180 ish

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #45

    Still, takes my mind off Mund sitting in a bar with a tropical shirt and budgie smugglers

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #46

    Weather got better here. Now have to go to BBQ I don’t want to go to

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  • jane

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #47

    “so will lose”

    thanks for the tip

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #48

    Peter,

    Such a low scoring game, when NZ were 132 all out I thought we weee gonna walk it especially when we were 50 without loss.

    Is the pitch not good for batting, but good for bowlers?

    Strange if so as Lords has always been a good wicket to bat on?

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #49

    “We weee”. In my last post there 😆

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #50

    Demba Ba: “We were about halfway through the first half and Yaya Toure ran past me, stopped and looked at me and said: ‘Demba, speak with Cheick!’ Yaya is a beast himself but Cheick was giving him a really hard time on the field that day.” Speaking to
    @MsiDouglas

    https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/newcastles-humble-gladiator-cheick-tiote-remembered-five-years-1664920

    One of our most loved legends.

    Gone but never forgotten

    Always be a black and white Knight

    RIP Check

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #51

    Random but just seen a licence plate saying Big Tug 😆

    Didn’t know you were down our way Rombo lad 😉

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  • Tyran21

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #52

    France u20 vs Argentina u20 in about 4hrs time I think. Ekitike is in the squad but not sure if starting. Started first game against Panama u23,ended 0-0 with France u20 losing the penalties. Was a sub last game when France u20 trash Saudi u20 5-0.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #53

    TDS,
    It will depend on whether we are restricted by FFP or not. If not then getting value from transfers is irrelevant. If so, then we need to try to largely (although not exclusively) stick to players we can profit on. If FFP say we can only spend 200m, and we intend to stick to those rules as I’ve heard some suggest, then if we get one or two sales in the 100m region, we can increase our budget. I wouldn’t suggest this method if we had rubbish scouts as they’d just throw away any profits, but I’d have faith in our scouts that if we sold a half-decent English player (Grealish, Maguire type) for 100m that we would end up with two players of similar quality.

    Although I suspect we will cheat the rules, until told otherwise I’ll go off us following them so don’t want us splashing out huge money on older players just yet. Reading between the lines of the transfers so far, they don’t seem like they’re worried about future ramifications. Wood at 30-40m including wages as a 3-months stop gap suggests they’ve got frightening amounts of money to burn.

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #54

    Ends on the 12th doesn’t it Tyran?

    I doubt we will see any movement on him until tournament is concluded

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  • Tyran21

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #55

    I’ll see if theres any video coverage to keep an eye on Ekitike later……

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #56

    Within a couple of years our u18s and u21s are going to be interesting. Imagine going down to Little Benton and watching future stars like Ekitike strutting their stuff.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #57

    Mund.

    Number plate big tug wasn’t on a truck recovery vehicle was it, sure I’ve seen it 😉

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #58

    Fenham

    Nah mate just a little banger. It had lady garments all on the back shelf so wondered
    If Rombo is up North 😉

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #59

    Don’t believe this one…

    Nicolò Schira
    @NicoSchira
    #ManchesterUnited and #Newcastle have shown interest and asked info for Adrien #Rabiot with his mother-agent Veronique. #Juventus ask €15M to sell the french midfielder. #transfers #MUFC #NUFC

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #60

    Mund,

    😆 were the undergarments still attached to a washing line and did The driver have a disguise of a medical mask and a pair of knickers pulled over his head?

    If so Rom is in the North East on route to the toon to meet Ashworth and Eddie to explain the Benefits of garden fence/hedge hopping washing line knicker thieving can do for players jumping abilities in the box on set pieces.He will teach the under 16’s the new training methods It’s the new craze down the south Conte has rolled it out at spurs

    Mister Tuff who is the original expert of this fine art, came down south back in his Sunderland days and taught Rom all he knows apparently. It’s gone on from there. So The Tuff will be so proud it’s gotten this far 😉

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  • Romford mag

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #61

    Mund

    You’re just jealous coz your reg say’s L177LE TUG 😆

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #62

    😆 touché my mate

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  • Romford mag

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #63

    😉

    1
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #64

    😆 😆

    1
  • DrGloom

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #65

    Pretty sad that people on slagging jail off when he’s not even on the blog … some people need to get a life

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  • Romford mag

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #66

    Wasn’t me 🙂

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #67

    Shuddup Gloom ffs

    Always you isn’t it and never when it’s the other way round

    Does my tits in

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  • lesh

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #68

    Tom

    The way I read Jail’s post was that he offered to pay for NY’s game tickets ‘though it could have been read as flight tickets.

    Whatever, I’d suggest that NY wouldn’t have gone to FL if he didn’t want to meet up.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #69

    DrGloom

    Who has slagged Jail off is that since this morning? I’ve not seen it at all, what have I missed?

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #70

    Fenham

    Nobody has mate but that’s Gloom for you pal

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #71

    I’m picturing Hangover 4 – Jail & NY do Miami. NY Mag can be Stu, and Jail can be Alan.
    😉

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #72

    I prefer when people slag me off when I’m not around. That way I don’t have to read it. So any beefs with me, leave them until after 4pm. Cheers.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #73

    Mund,

    How bizarre to say that. It’s been peaceful banter is all I’ve seen, unless I’ve missed something. DrGloom has not responded to my question so God knows what he is getting at strange behavior though. Doctor Strange more like is DrGloom now Doctor Strange…. Benedict Cumberbatch ?

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #74

    Fenham

    No slagging off whatsoever mate.

    Gloom has always been a drama Queen and a one way street

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  • DrGloom

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #75

    The Mund and Fenham show in full swing

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #76

    Awww bless you Gloom

    Sweet lad aren’t ya

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #77

    Jeez, that Jail is a right arse.

    There you go Gloom, a get out of jail (!) card, because u needed it… Nobody speaking harshly that I can see, and I’m not either.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jun 4, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #78

    Gloom,

    Wtf you on about? Explain what people have been slagging Jail off. Also explain how he has been getting slagged off.

    You’ve made a statement, so I’m asking you (again) to explain yourself please, or are to thick to put your strange post into explanatory words??

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2022 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #79

    Fenham

    That’s what he does mate and then runs off

    Mental

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  • coming home

    Jun 4, 2022 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #80

    Aye Gloom is normally like that once a month
    (;)

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