Tuesday was another roller coaster ride for the Toon Army. News broke that an agreement in prinicple has been reached for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. The 30-year-old is expected to wrap up a £10m move later this week.
On a sad note, Freddie Woodman has officaly departed his home of nine years. The 25-year-old has joined Preston North End on a permanent transfer which is an excellent opportunity for the young goalkeeper.
Some potentially worrying news comes via an update on Hugo Ekitike from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards. He revealed calls to the player’s representatives have not been returned for the past week.
The 20-year-old is currently on holiday with the move to Newcastle in his agent’s hands. An agreement has been reached with Reims but the striker is being shopped around Europe.
While concerning, this may be the work of his agents trying to get the best move for their client. They could also be looking to cash in on lucrative agent fees which reportedly is a cause of contention with the Newcastle hierarchy.
France’s L’Equipe, by way of Get French Football News, are reporting that Newcastle remain in pole position to land the striker. However, there is growing concern due to the interest of some elite clubs in Europe.
PSG have been linked in recent weeks though they are in the process of poaching Christophe Galtier from Nice to be their next manager. They may not be ready to make a move until the managerial situation is sorted.
L’Equipe also claim Real Madrid see Ekitike as a future star and are considering making a move. Real Madrid have just added Aurelien Tchouameni of Monaco to their impressive group of Frenchman – Karim Benzema, Eduardo Camavinga, and Ferland Mendy.
They also claim Bayern Munich could pounce for Ekitike. Newcastle had seemingly fended off Borussia Dortmund, who have added Karim Adeyemi and are now going for Ajax’s Sebastien Haller, only to now see Bayern move into the picture.
Bundesliga writer Manuel Veth is confirming the interest from the Bundesliga champions. However, it could hinge on Robert Lewankowski landing in Barcelona.
Interesting story in L'Equipe regarding Hugo Ekitike to #Bayern today. As reported, #NUFC have a deal in place to sign the Reims talent but the deal has been stalled.
Source suggested to me that if Lewandowski gets sold to #Barca, Salihamidzic might go all in sign Ekitike. ? pic.twitter.com/UxmFWL5hWY
— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) June 21, 2022
This potentially sheds light on why the move to Newcastle is being delayed. Ekitike’s representatives are exploring all options which may end up with Newcastle moving on to other targets.
318 comments so far
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:42 AMComment #201
Jun 22, 2022 at 7:02 AM
Everton is now apperently very worried that we will pay 85 million to take their injury prone above average strikker DCL away… Sigh
I can’t see NUFC paying that kind of money – They have behind the scenes oil cash but they won’t be held over a barrel…..
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:43 AMComment #202
I think Newcastle should avoid dealing with Ekitike’s agent. Can see him pushing a move or a big pay raise every two seasons.
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:44 AMComment #203
Watch that NUFC360 link I put up this morning mate.
Romano speaking about how the owners are approaching our transfers deals
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:49 AMComment #204
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:28 AM
It’s still r & r time for players mate… it’ll kick in soon.
So which alt account did you think you were logged on as? 😉
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:51 AMComment #205
If you’re about, how long til kick off mate?
It should be around 45 days now, eh?
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:53 AMComment #206
Too long but also not enough time to get all our signings in.
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:53 AMComment #207
When does preseason start? 1st July?
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:54 AMComment #208
Looking forward to the training pics.
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:54 AMComment #209
Looking forward to hearing about our new training ground.
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:55 AMComment #210
Mund , just watched that link – didn’t really say owt we don’t already know – its been said many times we won’t pay toon tax and we’ve known about the rest for what seems like a lifetime .
Anyway, pope in, botman in , striker , RW and hopefully an AM and I think our business will be over
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:55 AMComment #211
And seeing the pics.
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:57 AMComment #212
Just nice for a reminder now and then mate.
I agree all that and our business will be done bar a few youth signings like Roger Fernandes…
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:57 AMComment #213
If Ekitike really wants to join us and the clubs have already agreed the deal, then he should change his agent, if the deal is stalling because he is demanding silly agent fees or whatever.
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:57 AMComment #214
Vask – re: training ground – was just thinking the same myself
Jun 22, 2022 at 8:59 AMComment #215
To he who shall not be named
I mentioned your name in defence of myself rather than unprompted, surely that has to be allowed within the terms of the ceasefire.
As for the two knuckle-dragging idiots last night, it is sad that homophobia is still so rampant in 2022 and that calling someone ‘sweetheart’ is a supposed indicator of one’s sexual preferences but there we go. The blog, for as amazing as it is, can be so very disappointing at times too.
The Pope deal is every fan’s ideal transfer – go in under the radar without any ITKs having a clue, slap in a bid that’s promptly accepted, deal done and medical arranged a few days later. Simply lovely.
Raj of Hailsley
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:01 AMComment #216
I think they’re going about their business quietly and assuredly, nope, you’re right, not the most exciting strategy for fans but it’s what has happened come September that matters. It looks like Pope is a done deal so that’s £25M spent. Under Ashley and with a popular manager like Eddie H that may well have been it for the summer.
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:01 AMComment #217
Ruddy, for the sake of the blog, let’s not start the whole thing off again
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:02 AMComment #218
Pope is a good bit of business
the crown princes nashers
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:02 AMComment #219
morning ladies and gents a lovely sunny day 🙂
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:02 AMComment #220
Keep my name out your posts unless it’s to me but seeing as we are tying to ignore each other I suggest not using it at all, ok?
I’m sure you can find a way of making your point without using my name. Surely you are intelligent enough to do that
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:03 AMComment #221
Did TDS leave with Peter ?
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:05 AMComment #222
Again, I didn’t use your name to make any point whatsoever. CH made reference to you in a direct conversation to me, so it’s got nowt to do with crafting a intelligence argument.
Let’s leave it at that.
Raj of Hailsley
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:05 AMComment #223
There’s been a bit of negativity to Pope but 14K votes on twitter and 95% yes’s. Says something.
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:05 AMComment #224
Will be interesting. It’ll also be interesting to see how we fare with injuries with our upgraded training facilities.
It seems like Burnley are quite easy to deal with.
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:07 AMComment #225
You used it in about 4/5 posts ffs.
Like I said keep my name out your posts. If you want to be seen like you are ignoring me like you suggested then ffs do it…
It’s not hard is it…?
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:07 AMComment #226
My suspicion is that Pope must have had a relegation release clause otherwise they’d surely have gotten more for Pope – England international, highly rated etc.
Granted, they are in a financial mess as well so perhaps they’re just desperate for any and all income. It’s sad that the Burnley takeover was allowed to happen. They’re lumbered with debt they didn’t have before the takeover, much of which is repayable now they’ve been relegated.
Raj of Hailsley
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:08 AMComment #227
Last Word Syndrome 😀
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:10 AMComment #228
Wet fart syndrome
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:11 AMComment #229
I guess that’s why they’re easy to deal with. The Pope deal is fantastic. Actual real strengthening signing. Its weird.
I watched England outside of a major tournament earlier this summer cos trips was starting. An actual toon player getting a game for England. What I concluded from that is that Engla d needs more toon players. 🙂
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:11 AMComment #230
It was 3 times, and all in reference to a false accusation levelled against me from which I was defending myself.
Go well marra, I’ve no interest in another argument with you.
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:12 AMComment #231
Clinath is also called clint, mate.
So it was directed at him.
Yea, could be true about Raphinha, just wondering?
I don’t think he has an attitude, personally.
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:13 AMComment #232
There is no argument.
There is me asking you and Adam to keep my name out your posts.
Clearly not intelligent enough to do that 🙄
It’s not like I’m asking for much, is it…?
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:13 AMComment #233
Popecorn anyone? 😉
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:13 AMComment #234
I only use my alternative persona’s irl, bro’.
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:14 AMComment #235
There were others suggesting that we should look at Cornet or McNeil from Burnley but outside of Pope (and perhaps Nathan Collins) I don’t think I’d be interested in any others.
As for England needing more Toon players – that has always been England’s issue 😉
All kidding aside, there is a problem at left-back, which I know Trips filled in for, but if Targett can keep up his performances, no reason why he can’t force himself into WC contention. Imagine Pope, Trips and Targett at the WC!
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:14 AMComment #236
Could be a long day.
Raj of Hailsley
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:15 AMComment #237
I don’t know how it works if there’s no relegation clause. How come Mane and Sterling are touted so high with one year left, is it down to a player not prepared to sit on the bench and leave for free, so basically letting the buying club know that if they don’t pay they’ll sign a new deal. Complicated business.
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:15 AMComment #238
Raj of Hailsley
Lol, you felt left out?
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:16 AMComment #239
I’ve asked you twice now to leave it. I’m not getting into it with you. I’ve given my explanation yet that’s still not enough.
Jun 22, 2022 at 9:17 AMComment #240
Can’t fault them so far with how they’ve approached transfer dealings…
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Pope c. £10m
#NUFC are extracting superb value in the transfer market, despite the “Newcastle tax” applied by teams at home and on the continent