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Price Remains An Issue In Search For A Wide Forward



Newcastle had identified Moussa Diaby as a priority target soon after the season ended in May. However, interest soon cooled after learning about Leverkusen’s valuation of their star winger.

The Sun is reporting that Newcastle were quoted £50m which forced them to quickly drop the subject. They have since been linked with alternatives such as Brighton’s Leandro Trossard, Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, and Leeds’ Jack Harrison.

Newcastle haven’t made an approach for another wide forward as the focus continues to be on Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman. Those two sagas are heading into yet another pivotal week.

Ismaila Sarr underperformed this past season as Watford dropped back into the Championship. The Hornets still want around £30m for the Senegal international. There is little chance Newcastle will part with that much for the inconsistent winger.

Jack Harrison is an intriguing option as he has proven he can put the ball into the back of the net. However, The Athletic claims Leeds manager Jesse Marsch rates Harrison highly and will only consider bids too large to turn down.

Harrison has just two years left on his contract. A decent offer could put pressure on Leeds if the 25-year-old fancies a move to St. James’ Park. He would be a decent signing but only for a reasonable fee.

Leandro Trossard is entering the final year of his contract with Brighton. Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with the Belgian. His contract situation should lessen his price tag but the competition will be stiff for his signature.

Moussa Diaby is a player who could be worth every bit of £50m. Newcastle have to work within a strict budget of around £80-100m. Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman would take up a large chunk of that should they be signed.

A player like Diaby, who is now being courted by his former club PSG, is a rare talent that would instantly transform Newcastle. It could be worth signing just four players this summer if he is one of them – Matt Targett, Sven Botman, Hugo Ekitike, and Moussa Diaby.


101 comments so far

  • Tyran21

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #41

    Thanks for the links

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #42

    its a canny business really just pushing money around. say you buy Everton for £1bn. then get them to get a loan of £1bn to give you your money back. you then use the £1bn they have given you to get players they couldn’t normally afford via a loan and hope the club can succeed and be value at £2bn. magically you have made £2bn with zero risk…until the wheels come off and you club gets relegated or the players you buy are rubbish.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #43

    Tyran

    I’m just going on what’s already put the red flag up.
    Whether they’ll even be investigated is not up to me. Bfc and wfc are asking questions that’ll need answering, or at least swerving.
    Time will tell.

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  • Tyran21

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #44

    CLINT FLICK

    Thanks for pointing to Swiss Ramble.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #45

    Tino

    Exactly!
    Gaming the system?

    Loop holes ‘left’ in place for the privileged to profit from is nothing new, hey?

    Who knew?
    😀

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #46

    Tyran

    Cool mate.

    They are the best out there, to my knowledge.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #47

    Tinos Vinos,
    I think that Moshiri has actually spanked a great deal of his fortune and is more than likely seriously out of love with football.

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  • Tyran21

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #48

    CLINT FLICK

    Yeah, definitely what I was missing.

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #49

    Clint i seem to remember in the late 90’s both us and leeds gained a loan based on future ticket sales. The only difference is we built SJP as you know it now with the money and Leeds bought players pushing for the CL. we all know how that ended up….

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  • Wor B

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #50

    Mrs Wor noticed this morning that she had an uninvited hitchhiker from our Cumbrian yomping at the weekend. 😳

    Ask me anything you like about ticks and tick removal tools. Wonder if they gave her the antibiotics you can still have a glass of wine with as it’s her birthday today?

    Another Gemini!

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #51

    i think Moshiri is a front for laundered Russian money Jail. and that has dried up 🙂

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  • Davas

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #52

    Been following the ffp/Everton discussion as it’s interesting and thought I’d check out the Swiss ramble link suggested. Makes interesting reading. Moshri apparently has provided almost 1/2 billion in funding since he arrived.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1510856945019801600

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  • Davas

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #53

    Correction over 1/2 billion

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #54

    Davas,
    If it isn’t a money laundering front then that’s an awful lot of money spent on getting them from being shite to even shiter 😀

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  • Davas

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #55

    Haha well put Jail

    😀
    😀

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  • Davas

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #56

    Interestingly, his 250 million interest free loan isn’t counted as debt in their accounts.

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #57

    £8m interest payments is spookly the amount at the time expected to be paid on £200-£250m…….just saying Davas…. £500m for a new Stadium( outside of FFP to be fair)…..raised by more Debt…..they are in the shit big time if they cant raise that money and looked at servicing their debt through more seats and better sponsorship. Its another leeds all over going for the CL with very weak financial foundations

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #58

    Rino

    Good point, wrll made!

    Bricks and mortar, huh?

    This is what I’m liking about our new overlords…building bottom up…not, seemingly, going for speculative, instant glory.
    This is why Eddie and not ‘big name’ money splashers trying to buy a team.
    Build a team.
    Way more satisfying!

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #59

    Wor

    Lymes check up, just saying.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #60

    Sorry *tino

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #61

    Clint the big difference is our overlords are “the Bank ” 🙂

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #63

    Tino

    …and more importantly, have an acumin for biz and a strategy.

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #64

    There will be some redevelopment for sure or why else would we have the Reubens? it will be planned and hopefully executed in a prudent way.

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  • Wor B

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #65

    Clint

    Thanks for the heads up but know all about Lyme’s disease.

    The daughter had it about 10 years ago, she got the classic bullseye ring around the bite.

    The consultant at the RVI infectious disease department was beside himself with excitement, got every student in the hospital to look at it!

    She was poorly for quite a while, ended up being blasted with the strongest dose of antibiotics.

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #66

    Tino’s

    I don’t even think we have grasped the plans the owners have in place. We will see each brick laid and see the foundation be built on our way to the top but I think the owners also plan to improve the surrounding area of Newcastle and across the North East.

    Say in 10 years time everything will look a lot different.

    Onwards and upwards

    HWTL

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #67

    CF,
    I used to think The Mag was a decent read, I don’t think I’d even look at it these days unless someone posts a link. They must be really short of contributors to pass some of the stuff they do.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #68

    Tinos Vino,
    The Ledge posted an excellent article when the TO first happened from a middle Eastern business specialist. He talked about them building a super port, expanding Saudia and making the NE the wind farm capital of Europe. Very exciting plans.

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #69

    On this day in #NUFC history back in 2002 Newcastle United agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon to sign the most expensive teenager in British football history at the time Hugo Viana.

    Never lived up to his potential sadly.

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #70

    Yes Mund. Whilst turning a £30m loan for our Amanda into £100-£200m cash ( if the saudi’s buy her out later at £1-£2bn valuation)for her would change her life significantly it doesn’t touch the sides for the Reubens so they will be in it for something else. Most likely large scale redevelopment opportunities is what they are here for

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #71

    If the club are looking for a wide forward I think I could be the man for the job……I’m definitely wide and have never been backward at coming forward.

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  • Romford mag

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #72

    Happy birthday Mrs wor B 🙂

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #73

    Tinos Vino,
    The Ruben’s seem to be in it for the buzz as well, what they’ve done for that Wor flags is incredible.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #74

    I think the Everton owners are using the George Reynolds process for developing a new stadium.
    The new Everton stadium is obviously not fit for purpose, far too expensive and will ultimately bring the club to its knees.
    Much like Darlington FC.

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #75

    Howay Jail i thought you were the cynical type 🙂 they need to redevelop lots of projects in the north east. Tax deductible donations for Wor Flags and the food bank doesn’t hurt their PR when they go for these deals aganst their competition( focused on the north etc) 🙂 however i agree they could still have not done it and i am glad they have

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #76

    Tino

    Completely agree mate and that’s how I’ve always seen it. Most certainly the Reuben brothers are in it for that exact reason and ofc to give Jamie a role at the club who is more of the face of the Reuben’s share than his father and uncle. I gave this opinion that this would be the case before the takeover was announced as I didn’t see the Reuben brothers being invested in running a football club and always had the opinion the role would be Jamie’s when the time come.

    It’s a perfect partnership pal

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  • lesh

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #77

    Wor B

    If you and your wife are worried about the wisdom of her/ they having some alcohol when she’s on antibiotics, I’d err on the side of caution – you have what you think she might drink to celebrate her birthday.

    And when you sober up…….

    Happy birthdays Mrs Wor

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #78

    i mean if you were a developer and you had chance to work with the Saudi investment fund……need i say anymore 🙂

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #79

    Tino

    No mate you don’t need to say anymore 😉

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  • Wor B

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #80

    Thanks Rom and Lesh

    I’ll pass on your good wishes when she gets home from work.

    I’ll see if I can source some jellied eels in case she can’t raise a glass. That should soften the blow. 😆

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