The updates on Newcastle’s dual pursuits of Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike have been less than promising. It’s still very early with months to go before the window slams shut on September 1st.
There have been some promising signs of transfers at the youth level. Alex Murphy will officially come aboard in July while it looks Newcastle have won the race for Kilmarnock’s Charlie McArthur.
Yesterday, it was reported that Newcastle have agreed on a fee and personal terms for the 17-year-old. He should be next through the door as the Academy rebuild is off to a decent start.
Sport Witness has cited a report from Portugal that a bid is still being prepared for Braga’s Roger Fernandes. The 16-year-old is a highly-rated winger who already has 10 appearances for the Portuguese club.
Unlike McArthur, who will cost £350,000, a significant investment is being prepared for Fernandes. The offer could eventually reach over £20m, though will likely be heavily laden with future bonuses.
Newcastle may see Fernandes as worth the risk. He showed glimpses of world-class ability this past season. His pre-match preparations even shocked his manager Carlos Carvahal, who has since moved on to Al Wahda.
Carvahal, who has managed Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea, said the following after a match this past October:
“It was unbelievable. I know football. This is not normal.
“I asked him the next day, ‘Where did you learn this? Who taught you? This is a complex position.’ He told me that he watched all of Braga’s games and when he had been told that he would play as a left winger, he spent all that day watching videos of Galeno (the injured player he replaced).
“He had studied his movements in the offensive phase, defensive phase and the transition.
“Wow. At 15 years old, this was something special. The modern young player does not like to watch full games but this boy had done all that he could to learn this position.”
75 comments so far
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:01 PMComment #1
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:01 PMComment #2
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:01 PMComment #3
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:02 PMComment #4
Would be an amazing signing
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:02 PMComment #5
I’m going to get in to my freezer now,I may be some time.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:03 PMComment #6
Looks like Phillips is off to City
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:04 PMComment #7
Cool cigar box geetar!
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:06 PMComment #8
This would be an intesting transfer. It would be great to see if we could actually spot a future superstar. I cant remember that we have been succesful with that in recent history.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:06 PMComment #9
Check this gob iron!
And it also refers to people having issuses with the other half.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:07 PMComment #10
Cannot believe the hystericals on here are now slagging off Etikite and Botman.
Nobody really knows what the exact position is with them both yet the hystericals are wetting their knickers and screaming like petulant schoolgirls.
If they do not fancy coming to SJP – it’s their choice – move on.
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:09 PMComment #11
Newcastle are also starting at ground zero especially with young players some players will go for the project
But some players will see project as a risk we have no track record of coaching young players to be successful just the promise that we are going to do it right from now on
Then we are up against teams like PSG and Milan who already have reputations it’s a leap of faith for some players
Good that we are trying for players of this calibre we only need to get 1 or 2 of these guys in
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:09 PMComment #12
Don’t blame the owners. If the players are waffling after they have agreed to terms etc (according to the press) they have the egg on their face as being untrustworthy. And if that is true then we shouldn’t continue to go after them. IMO I think there are things going on that journos are totally unaware off and we will suddenly be surprised.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:10 PMComment #13
Be careful as apparently I’ve made all that up 🙄
You should be safe tho as you ain’t the target 😉
the crown princes nashers
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:10 PMComment #14
like ive said a good few times we need british based players id stay well clear of europe and build the squad up with home players players like philips ect ect
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:10 PMComment #15
Cool cigar box guitar indeed. The way he played’s very much in the style of John Lee Hooker – foot tapping the rhythm and stretching the strings.
Oh, an CLINT, two things – thanks for the Captain’s track and I trust your littleun’ll be right as rain soon.
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:13 PMComment #16
The only way for us to properly move on as a club is to have a successful season
Would do wonders for Howes reputation in Europe if he could get a Europa league placing but it might be that we still need a few players of Targett and Burns level this season with 1 or 2 Bruno levels
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:13 PMComment #17
For the hystericals previously mentioned – please get some of these – you know it makes sense.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:13 PMComment #18
I’d love to have quality British players come through the door but tbh they could prove more difficult than bringing in Botman and Ekitike and not to forget the inflated price
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:14 PMComment #19
Stuck indoors babysitting on the hottest day, when could be getting an allotment tan… F.U.N.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:14 PMComment #20
A then aspiring Jesse Fuller…… clever
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:14 PMComment #21
Pads for men 😆 😆 😆
Ffs I didn’t even knew they did those 😳
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:15 PMComment #22
Newcastle are preparing a £20m bid for Braga’s 16-year-old Portugal star Roger Fernandes.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:15 PMComment #23
It hasn’t taken you long to get to your odd tastes.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:17 PMComment #24
Did ya check the Leadbelly docu that was on tv recently?
the crown princes nashers
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:18 PMComment #25
id forget about the dutch and french lad if they were coming they would have demanded a transfer from there clubs, its our clubs faults with home based players mund they have allowed them to much scope, they have allowed them to dictate and that is the biggest mistake, now days there to over rated and paid an absolute fortune and demand excessive transfer fees, so all in all its the clubs fault in allowing it to get like this
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:19 PMComment #26
Clint / Lesh .
thought you would would like that guitar and the god iron
and that beefheart track cheers for that really enjoyed it mate
The Prince's Mate
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:19 PMComment #27
We really DO need to walk away from Ekitike/Botman and their cowboy agents…its becoming embarrassing now
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:20 PMComment #28
We don’t know what’s going on tho mate and everybody seems to be jumping to conclusions and their own theories.
We can’t take positive or negative reports serious. Trust in the process and the owners and the rest will be history.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:23 PMComment #29
Sort of signing we need to make, we have to beat Liverpool and Spurs etc to these type of signings as we can’t compete with them in the short term.
Hope it comes off and he becomes world class
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:24 PMComment #30
Players in France will know Bruno well and what his standard of play is. Him signing for us will increase his high standing in the world and must make other French players explore what has occurred and wonder if they themselves can do it.
Niafron could probably tell us whether it has been widely publicised in the French media about Bruno’s reception.
Re Etikite – he is just a young lad – big move moving out from home – where I have no doubt his mother will do everything for him. Big move moving out.
At that age there is always the chance that things could not go well – like rutting around and being a nightclub resident.
Years ago all young lads at the Toon were put in lodgings and the matriarch of the houselhold kicked arse.
Nowadays they will be buying multi million pound houses.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:26 PMComment #31
Seems like he’d be a good signing but we must’ve run out of ink for the quills if we are still just preparing a bid.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:26 PMComment #32
Lesh – give it a rest and get your pads on. Matron should be doing this for you.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:27 PMComment #33
always played this in my youth and now of course
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:28 PMComment #34
god iron wtf
A Geordie Mongrel
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:29 PMComment #35
Tom, Clint, sorry to hear of your stricken loved ones. I hope they make a swift recovery.
Now then, there has been some serious negativity this morning. Based on “reports”! Even the most reliable sources have got things wrong and we know that most is made up for clicks or agents angling for a more lucrative deal. When the reports state X player is in town for a medical that will get my attention. But I won’t get excited until the club makes an announcement.
To the voices of reason out there, thank you. 🙂
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:29 PMComment #36
My bad, I’m sorry to suggest you trust the report. I’m just trying to say put more faith in the recruitment team, including Howe’s judgement in players and believe he would have thoughtfully discuss with the recruitment team before going in for any players. The way you conclude with the report it have to be Howe’s sole idea going for lesser players makes me feel that way.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:40 PMComment #37
Yup, I did see the Leadbelly doc and there was a helluva lot in there that was new to me. I didn’t realise he was involved in so much. I used to have an LP of his songs for kids – another piece of vinyl that disappeared into the ether.
Anyway, back to Hooker and there’s a good DVD that shows him with other guitarists it’s well worth the watch.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:42 PMComment #38
Tyran… No problem mate, lets just chalk it up as a misunderstanding on both sides. We All want what’s best for NUFC in the end, we need to remember that… It makes the weeks so much better when we win.
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:42 PMComment #39
Trust Downie over them all
Personal terms are close to being agreed with Hugo Ekitike ahead of his proposed move to Newcastle, according to
. If teems can be agreed it’s hoped he can travel to Tyneside for medical & to complete move next week. Ekitike currently having some time off #NUFC
Jun 17, 2022 at 12:43 PMComment #40
I have no right or in any case to judge the report true or false. I merely choose to believe Newcastle more than the media. I choose to believe Howe had discussion with the recruitment team before going for lesser players in the report we talking about. Am I wrong or misunderstood that you choose to believe the media stating it is solely Howe’s idea going for lesser players?