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Report States Priority Target No Longer Taking Newcastle’s Calls

One of the most frustrating aspects of this window is breaking news from reports that directly contradict each other. Newcastle’s pursuits of both Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman have been rife with pendulum swings.

Again this morning there are disparate claims regarding Hugo Ekitike. Lee Ryder reported that talks have progressed between NUFC sporting director Dan Ashworth and Ekitike’s agent over the past few days.

He added that staff was on standby for the player’s arrival should a breakthrough be reached. The hold-up is down to agents’ fees. By Ryder’s account, the 20-year-old is pushing to get the deal sorted.

The latest from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards paints a far different and darker picture. Edwards is reporting the lines of communication have gone silent with no contact in the past week.

There are fears inside St. James’ Park that the Frenchman doesn’t want the move as calls have not been returned. Newcastle have, however, reached a full agreement with Reims for an initial payment of £12m rising to £26m.

The update on Botman is only slightly less worrying. Lille have refused to come down from their increased demands. A few weeks ago, Edwards revealed Lille raised the asking price to £37m after weeks of negotiating a £30m fee.

Botman, who is also on holiday, is keen on the move. AC Milan have not even matched Newcastle’s offer of £30m so appear to be out of the running at this stage. Botman is currently waiting on a bid to be accepted.

There are claims from France that Lille’s owners have grown frustrated with the lack of player sales. This has put president Olivier Letang’s job in jeopardy. Whether this impacts the club’s stance on Botman’s valuation remains to be seen.

Newcastle have now moved on to other options at both striker and center-back according to Edwards. They simply cannot expend any more energy on these two targets with preseason just around the corner.

Time will tell what happens moving forward. As Mehrdad Ghodoussi tweeted to a frustrated fan last week, ‘Patience is a virtue’.

172 comments so far

  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #41

    football quiz question
    what match is being played in Reykjavík at 2pm this afternoon?
    1 point for the teams and 1 point for the significance
    cheating allowed

  • Toon Sufferer

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #42

    Some “journo” says Et the teacake is willing to cut his hols short to sign and another says “no no he won’t pick up the phone!” Make ya fricking mind up maaannn!!!

  • The Last Jedi

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #43

    If we sign Pope Cornet etc I can just see likes of Merson etc laughing we were hyping big signings but ended up with relegated players from Burnley.

    We obviously will have last laugh and finish top 4

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #44

    If we’re getting anyone else from Burnley after Pope, I’d like to see McNeil

  • Wor B

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #45

    Thanks for your kind words Hibbitt, should have gone into Keswick for shopping and a beer, I’ll listen to her next time instead of traipsing up that fell. 🙂

    Scott, no firm date for FPL start, but the estimated likely start is between 27.6.2022 – 12.7.2022.


    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #46


    Jun 21, 2022 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Precisely good sir, a settled family man of good character with a burning desire to wear that shirt in Qatar. Great shot stopper and cross stopper who commands the box. Also rated as a very good sweeper who will add a new dimension next season.

  • Toon Sufferer

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #47

    I think McNeil is pretty good but I’m greedy for Cornets goals. Wish we could get both but not at the detriment to getting Diaby coz he’s got more goals and assists in him.

  • Toon Sufferer

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #48

    Has Merson ever been right about any of our signings before? Actually I couldn’t give 2 monkey’s ducks what that degenerate thinks or says haha!

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #49

    Strangely, I’ve got the phrase “patience is a virtue” going around in my head to the tune of “Rhythm is a Dancer”

    Try it, you can get as bonkers as I am. 😀

  • geordie157

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #50

    Bored of the Botman and Ekitike talk.

    However, Pope would be a good signing, would really intensify the battle for no.1 shirt. Sounds like Darlow might be off to Boro and Woodman is off to Preston. So Gillespie 3rd choice.

    Like the Cornet comments but I’m hoping we get Diaby, if we don’t then Cornet would do nicely.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #51

    Patience is a virtue,
    Having none will hurt you,

    Etc. need the Bard to flesh it out 😆

  • hibbit

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #52

    Bob i asked the wife and she came up with this !!

    Everything comes to those that wait,
    If they wait patiently…
    If not on time, it may be late,
    But comes eventually.
    Of course, I may be wrong on this,
    Completely out of tune…
    But wouldn’t it be total bliss,
    If SOMETHING happened SOON! ?
    Time’s getting on, it’s flying by,
    It’s here and then it’s gone.
    In time, it’s bound to make us sigh,
    As it goes on and on…
    A minute here, a minute there,
    An hour fast departs!
    That’s quite enough to cause despair
    And chill the warmest hearts.
    I’d like to think that we’ve a chance
    To get things right somehow…
    Instead of this sad song and dance,
    Why can’t we get it NOW! ?
    Is it too difficult a task?
    So hard it can’t be done?
    Be PATIENT! ? That’s too much to ask!
    Am I the only one! ?
    Wake up! Get up and on the move!
    Sort out this ghastly mess!
    Unless we see that you improve,
    How can we say, ‘God bless! ‘?
    Snap to it! Please! Just sort it out!
    There’s no time for mistakes!
    If you don’t start, I’ll SCREAM and SHOUT!
    So that YOUR patience breaks!

    Denis Martindale

  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #53


    You’ve got serious completion.


  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #54

    Brilliant Hibbit.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #55

    For any that don’t know what I’m talking about, listen to this,


  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #56

    Ear worm – it’ll be there for days…….. beware!

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #57

    Must be Tuesday afternoon, it’s as quiet as a Nuns confession on here.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #58

    Is there something good on the telly I’m missing?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #59

    Pope would be a decent signing for £10m. He has six good years left in him. Wood was an awful signing at £25m. I would get Cornet for £17.5m and play him at left wing back ahead of Matt Targett.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #60

    Tell you what, I’ve been loving Stranger Things series 4, almost every episode is movie length, bloody brilliant.

    Part 2 starts next Friday (1st July) can’t wait.

    Oh, and I was right about the massacre @ Hawkins. Got the outcome exactly right, much to Mrs C’s annoyance. 😆

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #61

    Bloody hell, Kets with a flying tackle! 😉

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #62

    Tom, hope you’re OK, give us an update when you can.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #63

    Going to change my avatar to Ketsbaia9, then go for the record 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #64

    I’ve been very religious lately, I managed to get God, Jesus and Angel Gabriel into one post yesterday and have managed the Pope and Nun’s today.

    I think I’ll burn in hell. 😀

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #65

    Carltoon and all the St Cuthbert’s cast offs will be after me later 😉

  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #66

    everyone’s googling my question.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #67

    Jesus, I’m boring myself now, and I’m so self absorbed, that doesn’t happen often.

    I’ve got more attention from the Sky Community Forum. 😀

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #68

    Hello Jane, I’d forgotten about that, never looked it up as I expected an answer before now.

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #69

    Is it the, Cod Wars 50th Anniversary Cup?

  • Adamn_92

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #70

    If anything summed up football journalism, it’s this Ekitike saga.

    ‘Constant talks and cut holiday short to sign for us’

    ‘No contact for weeks’

    Those conflicting reports sum up the media perfectly 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #71

    FCI Levadia v Vikingur Reykjavik is at 8:30pm so it can’t be that one.

    Champions league qualifier.

    This afternoon has La Fiorita v Inter Club des Cales, or something similar, also a CL qualifier, La Fiorita are 1-0 up at the moment.

  • dazzler

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #72

    Do Ryder and Edwards hate one another? One is saying the kid has his flights booked to come over and the other is saying the opposite.

    Also happy with Pope, but would prefer Henderson.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #73

    Do I win..??

  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #74

    yep it’s the first match of the 2022/23 Champions League
    S.P. La Fiorita (San Marino) v Inter Club d’Escaldes (Andorra)
    being played in Iceland!

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #75

    Welcome back everyone, I was getting a bit lonely for a while there. 😉

  • niafron

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #76


    San Marino vs Andorra? Exciting…

  • The Prince's Mate

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #77

    Ffs guys, c’mon let’s walk away…this is becoming ridiculous and we’re starting to look desperate and silly

  • jane

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #78

    “Is it the, Cod Wars 50th Anniversary Cup?”

    that’s next week in Grimsby.

  • TOM

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #79

    Not long back from hospital thanks to everyone for their concern .

    As i said yesterday i had blood in my phlegm , they put me thru loads of tests XRAYS blood tests they found out i have a blood clot on my lung due to having covid . they have put me on Warfarin to thin my blood to get rid of the clot and im also on Amoxicilin and Prednisone ( steriods ) . i was worried sick in the hospital but the nurses doctors put me at ease so hats off to the health workers.

    so im gonna go to bed for a few hours never slept a wink last night

    and thanks again to all for your concern .

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #80

    Dazzler/Adam, it’s just rival papers seeing who can out lie each other the most, and when the dust settles they’ll have a pint and laugh about all us idiots that clicked on their every word.


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