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Newcastle Linked With Two Internationals At Cut-Rate Prices



Newcastle have been linked with two sensational moves for current internationals in the foreign press. Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Dortmund winger Thorgan Hazard are both available at cut-rate fees with Newcastle said to be lurking.

France’s L’Equipe, by way of Get French Football News, claim Rabiot has hit Newcastle’s radar after asking to leave Turin. He is entering the final year of his contract and could find his place at risk as Paul Pogba makes his return.

There is plenty to be skeptical about with yet another link to Rabiot, who has been named as a target since news of the takeover was made public. The 27-year-old earns between £175k and £225k per week from the various reports I could track down. This report states he is one of the top earners in Italy.

Newcastle are not likely to blow up their wage structure to add the French international despite him being available for just £13-17m. Chelsea and Manchester United are also credited with an interest, which seems like more viable destinations.

Sport Witness has cited a claim from Germany’s Bild that Thorgan Hazard has emerged as a target and that Dortmund would consider selling the 29-year-old for around £12m. Newcastle are after a wide forward with Moussa Diaby priced out of a move.

The Belgium international’s contract runs out in 2024 but he is coming off two underwhelming campaigns. Hazard has just 9 goals and 7 assists since the start of the 2020/21 season compared with 19 goals and 26 assists from 2018 to 2020.

Outlets from Europe don’t seem to have grasped that Newcastle are not going to pull a Manchester City and buy immediate success. Bild states Hazard earns around £113k per week and that is ‘peanuts’ compared to what he would earn at Newcastle.

Newcastle also want to decrease the average age of the squad. So a player approaching 30 on bloated wages doesn’t fit the agenda this summer. While Hazard is versatile and talented, he’s likely not a serious target for The Magpies.


162 comments so far

  • coming home

    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #41

    Welcome Taco

    You’ll fit in well there’s a few cheesey dips on here
    😆

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  • coming home

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #42

    Arsenal are doing some good business we’ll have to hunt Manure down next season

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  • The Taco Taker

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #43

    Thanks Coming Home, feels like a good group.

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  • coming home

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #44

    Taco

    It is mate good football talk and some good banta

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  • The Last Jedi

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #45

    We should get Bruce Buck or Marina as ceo. Id prefer Marina

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  • coming home

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #46

    Dubious Micky

    Looks like your advised bet of 14/1 to sign Bale isn’t looking too good he is 20/1 now

    Not a chance

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  • coming home

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #47

    Bookies still fancy us to sign Ward-Prouse

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  • martoon

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #48

    Evening all – I think some are getting carried away with where we’ll finish next season. For me finishing in the top ten would be steady progress and a realistic target. I’m not fussed about getting into Europe yet as I think, at this stage, it would overstretch us and actually be detrimental to our progress. However the season after next should be a definite possibility and it would be great to get European nights back at SJP.

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  • coming home

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #49

    Martoon

    But surely it depends on who we sign
    If we go as we are top 10 would be good but if we sign a few quality players then Europe should be in our grasp

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  • The Taco Taker

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #50

    Martoon, technically I said Europa League would be ahead of any realistic schedule, not convinced it would be detrimental though as it would be the season after the upcoming one when we would have to play in it which is a long time from now and if we did qualify it would be on merit so we would be reasonably ready.

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  • coming home

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #51

    Let’s say we sign Botman, Ekitike, Paqueta and Diaby then surely we could go for top 6

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #52

    We finished on form as a top four team with the squad we have now…

    Take away the 5 new signings it’s the same exact squad that played so horrifying under Bruce…

    Top 4 form!

    Add to what we have with quality additions…

    Then I say dare to dream big

    HWTL

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  • martoon

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #53

    coming home – I’m basing it on the types of player we are being linked with i.e. young and upcoming players. As we’ve seen with Chelsea and Man City you can’t buy instant success – you have to build and evolve to improve steadily.
    TTT – you make a good point it would be the season after next so probably Europe would be OK but I’m not sure we’ll qualify next season!

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  • coming home

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #54

    Martoon

    Fair point and it does appear we will be building with the future in mind but I think we will sign 1 or 2 quality proven players who can hit the ground running
    Only time will tell

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  • The Taco Taker

    Jun 21, 2022 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #55

    I do think Europe is a “stretch goal” for next season but I think it is one the owners will be quietly going for and Howe will be too, while also pointing out internally to the owners that it is a huge challenge! If they don’t make it as long as Howe continues to progress the team in the manner he has so far I dont think anyone who is realistic will complain.

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #56

    I’ve never rated Rabiot. I have no clue how he gets into that French team so often, above other players.

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  • The Taco Taker

    Jun 21, 2022 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #58

    According to that article we are going sign Paqueta in order to reunite him with…. Paqueta!

    FFS – that is the standard of transfer gossip we will continue to be faced with. Get used to it. It’s the new normal!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #59

    I don’t think we can equate last season to next season. If we don’t strengthen, I can see us finishing about 10-12th. To kick on we need a few very good players. Arsenal could be very impressive next season if they get those two. Not sure why we can’t try for Raphinha?

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  • Scythe

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #60

    Rabiot isn’t an Eddie Howe kind of player. His character wouldn’t fit into what Howe looks for in his players. He’d be a bad fit for the current squad even without taking into account his high wages.

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  • Scythe

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #61

    Heard Spurs were trying to hijack that Jesus to Arsenal deal. They have Conte and Champions League football to offer him. Not sure if he’d be back-up to Kane to help take the pressure off, or play him in the same eleven with Kane. Arsenal have lost strikers so at least Jesus will be a guaranteed starter there.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #62

    Dan Burn’s probably the worst centre back I’ve ever seen at the club. Marveaux was class, but under-utilised because of Ben Arfa.

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  • Scythe

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #63

    Kets

    Dan Burn is worse than Marcelino, Cacapa and Bramble? I could name plenty more who are far worse than Burn. He had a few cracking games for us last season, and the odd off one too, but I’d say he certainly played his part helping us stay up.

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  • Scythe

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #64

    And regarding Marveaux, he never played for a ‘big’ club. Are you honestly saying he was THAT good but never caught the eye of a quality manager at a bigger team? Not a single one of them?

    He played for Rennes, us, Guingamp, Lorient and finished his career over here at Charlotte Independence.

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #65

    Essex

    @96, previous thread

    Thanks for the update about your son’s success in developing himself into a position he’s happy with. I do remember our conversation and am sure that he’s succeeded as a result of his determination. Well done to him and you and Mrs EGB for the support and encouragement you’ll have provided.

    I do hope he enjoys his work and does so as a considerate human being whose ambitious but not hell-bent on succeeding at the expense of others.

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #66

    With all this talk about finishing top six and/ or challenging for Europe in Howe’s second season, I’m confident that our owners aren’t aiming so high so early but are being realistic. Harbour such lofty ambition by all means but to set them as targets so early could lead to much disappointment.

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #67

    Essex

    @65

    Whoops,

    ……. being *who’s* ambitious……

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #68

    G’night or depending where you are g’day all.

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #69

    Scythe you fell into his trap rather easily there!!

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  • Scythe

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #70

    Rob

    I absolutely fell into it knowingly 🙂 I’ve got most people on here pegged at this point but Kets still has me guessing for some reason. He’s a strange duck…

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  • check the toastie

    Jun 21, 2022 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #71

    Its a tough league but we need to be around 6th-9th all season. A good start will see us have a good year

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  • Wor B

    Jun 21, 2022 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #72

    WHU seem to have taken over our old pre-season fixture list…

    12 July v Ipswich Town
    12 July v Boreham Wood
    16 July v Reading
    23 July v Luton Town

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 21, 2022 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #73

    To say we had top four form this year doesn’t tell the full story. Our new look team didn’t play everyone twice so teams didn’t know what to expect. The one team we did play twice, Everton, who were bloody poor beat us the second time round. Dream big all you want but let’s have some realism as well on our conversations. You can’t rule out a top six finish but I doubt anyone is planning on it. I think having to deal with an EL/CnfL the season after next is a step too far, we just haven’t got the squad for it and won’t have in three windows time.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 21, 2022 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #74

    Munster,
    Why do you get down playing the owners ambition, of course they’re going to strengthen, why on earth would they not.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 21, 2022 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #75

    *why do you keep

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  • Wor B

    Jun 21, 2022 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #76

    With the transfer window open till September 1, there’s still time for those 15 outgoings as predicted by some.

    Thing is with those numbers we’ll need around 11 – 12 incoming to put out a 25 squad.

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  • Wor B

    Jun 21, 2022 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #77

    Does the lone arranger get any holidays this summer I wonder?

    Maybe Tonto is covering atm? We’re used to being run by cowboys so why not let the Indians have a go.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 21, 2022 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #78

    Wor B,
    My nine factored in the four already top heavy and another five incoming (including a GK)

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 21, 2022 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #79

    Wor B,
    He’s been given Peter Ramage as an assistant, I think after Ashworth’s appointment so he must be on board with that.

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  • Wor B

    Jun 21, 2022 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #80

    Be interesting to see the attitude of those on Prem wages who aren’t getting a squad place but struggling to get a level transfer.

    Human nature dictates that they’re not gonna take a pay cut so we’ll need some ingenuity and flexibility from the club to get things moving.

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