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Journalist States Pursuit Of Ekitike Is Not Over But Other Targets Now In Play



Luke Edwards has taken to Twitter in the wake of a report that Newcastle have moved on from Ekitike. Edwards believes there is still some lingering hope an agreement can be reached but for now, other options are being looked at.

The obstacle appears to be solely down to Ekitike’s agents. 90min’s Graeme Bailey reported this morning that the striker’s representatives are seeking excessive fees. He claimed Newcastle have walked away but are willing to return should they soften their demands.

There isn’t much more in these recent updates from Edwards’ report earlier in the week. The move has been stalled by Ekitike’s agents, who are looking to cash in on the transfer of their client. They’ve not have much success with Newcastle so they are shopping him around Europe.

Ekitike appears keen to make the jump to Tyneside. If nothing develops in the next few weeks from other clubs, it will put pressure on his agents to return to Newcastle and reach an agreement.

On a brighter note, here is a smiling Nick Pope arriving for his medical at Newcastle.

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159 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #41

    dazzler,
    That’ll reach the 100’s 😀

    239
  • SuperShearer

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #42

    @Tyran21 – from previous post… If a player wants to change clubs then the agent shouldn’t have a say in that! You think otherwise?

    If said player is under contract that’s where the agent earns their money, because they go and speak with other clubs and find out a) what they might pay said player and b) what they would be willing to pay to buy out the player’s contract.

    Perhaps I’m missing your point sir but it seems as if you agree that agents in football are doing right by the game… PLEASE tell me I’ve missed the point.

    1
  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #43

    The Chinese, Korean and Japanese championships are playing now… Mid course, so they got a reversed season… wonder why…

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  • dazzler

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #44

    Raj,

    My guess is it will slow down now I have pointed it out. I thought the bloke was banned for his shenanigans many moons ago, it’s a little sad he’s back. I can’t wait for “Pushy Howe” to rock up, and was he also under the name “Carl”? (not Carltoon!)

    6
  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #45

    Dazzler and Bills,

    You’re snapping (elite teams’) hands off for ASM at 40 million, while it is much better teams than ours, full of star players which are enquiring.

    That alone should tell us something. If he was as crap as you portray him could their coaches, scouts be so wrong?

    For me, “not for sale” sign. Can unlock the best of defences? Yes. Can he find a pass? Yes, when he decides to ;). Can he score? Sure. Is he the BEST dribbler in Europe?

    Give the lad a chance. He’s like 24, the world literally at his feet.

    4
  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #46

    I see the poll on this thread where Neil is asking who will be the no 1 keeper follows my prediction.

    70% or thereabouts think Pope will be the no 1 keeper. My faith in the Toon supporter being well informed and knowledgible remains intact.

    Viva the Toon connoisseur and knowledgible supporters.

    4
  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #47

    They also play in Brazil… but well, they always play in Brazil….

    From January to April, they got ( depending of the state ) approximatively 20 games in local championships, then, from May to December, the 38 games of the Brasileirão ( national championship )….

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  • Davas

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #48

    Niafron

    Many moons ago, I played in a league in the Outer Hebrides, and it used to be played in the summer because, if I remember correctly, the pitches were too wet in the winter.

    2
  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #49

    @Davas

    Well, the Hebrides… indeed, it seem reasonable to avoid outdoor sport in Winter…

    3
  • dazzler

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #50

    Cyprus,

    In real terms why would Spurs want him? Conte loves a 532, so where would Maxi fit in?

    Chelsea are the type of team to spunk £40m on a bench warmer.

    All it tells me is that they rate him higher than their second string in both cases.

    You use a lot of “can he” about him but not a lot of “does he”, that’s the problem with him for me. The potential and ability is there, but he hardly shows it as he’s too busy showboating to the idiots who get a chub on over a few step overs and 90% of the time he runs into bother and concedes possession.

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #51

    Dear me, he’s been back five minutes and the blog has gone heart crazy 😀

    3
  • Davas

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #52

    Very true Niafron 😀

    1
  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #53

    The system is even more strange in Argentina.

    They got a championship with 28 teams and only one game against each opponent ( so 27 games ) in summer AND a tournament with two group of 13 team, and again one game against each opponent of the group and then quarter final, semi final and final, so 15 games more… in Winter…

    2
  • dazzler

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #54

    Raj,

    Do you think yours hitting 200+ is to prove a point? Like the blog equivalent of a horse’s head.

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #55

    dazzler,
    Gawd knows 😕

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #56

    Hahahaha – the blog hearter strikes again. Who predicted this -mmmmm the evidence points in only one direction.
    Has the phantom hearter been unmasked.

    2
  • dazzler

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #57

    Anyone wondering, here is the fun you can expect from conversing with Ian Toon. See comment 52 onwards:

    https://www.nufcblog.com/2012/12/04/latest-update-on-injuries-to-tiote-santon-and-ba/comment-page-2/#comments

    Man literally catfished himself.

    5
  • dazzler

    Jun 23, 2022 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #58

    Tuff,

    Yes – it’s quite clearly Ian.

    5
  • Tyran21

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #59

    SuperShearer

    I meant what you think of the report as a former talent agent? Player agreed terms and want to come, but agent fees not settled. How much power the agent holds to delay the transfer, if the player really agreed the move already?

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #60

    Blow me down, it appears that Ekitike’s cousin/agent is prepared to stuff his career in pursuit of a bigger slice for himself.

    Talk about killing the goose and all that.

    These guys are bonkers. Get him signed and for doing virtually nothing over the next 5 years you could be getting 12.5% of a £100k per week minimum. £650k per year before tax for sitting on your arse, but he’s not happy!!!

    Get that into your heads guys.

    11
  • dazzler

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #61

    cleveleysbob,

    That’s just for one player, imagine if he looks after a few more at the same time. Pure insanity.

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #62

    dazzler
    Post 50 through 70. Legendary blog comedy gold. After months of accusations of him using alts he goes and does that.
    The blog still suffers from the great alt trials of the mid tensies 😀

    5
  • magicmac54

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #63
  • Romford mag

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #64

    I wonder who else ashworth has lined up if the ekitike rumours are true ?

    0
  • Toon fans bad

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #65

    Neil,

    You need to sort that poll out pal, add another name for wor Kets 😆

    1
  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #66

    @magicmac54

    Sad, the lad is gifted… but it was time to put an end to this comedy.

    3
  • Tyran21

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #67

    Romford mag

    There are many alternatives from Ligue 1, surely scouting team notice some while tracking Ekitike.

    1
  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #68

    @Tyran21

    David would be a good choice, but considering how harsh were the discussions with Lille in the Botman’s case… and anyway, lot of good clubs are after him.

    1
  • Toon fans bad

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #69

    I wonder if the heart manipulator(s) think the 1st post game and the consecutive post game is childish.

    1
  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #70

    Our transfer business has been disappointing so far. I’m not fussed on Pope however he is an upgrade on Dubravka. The Botman and Ekitike transfers are a waste of time and are reminiscent of the transfer dealings we had under the previous regime; drag on and end up fruitless.
    Hopefully we see some movement next week.

    4
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #71

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Ian Toon wasn’t behind that account morrocco1 or whatever. Using exactly the same wording as me. He dome the same with Sack Llambias before it was obvious it wasn’t me then absorbed him in to one of his everyday accounts 😀

    2
  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #72

    Yeah, totally agree. Can see us getting relegated if we don’t make any decent signings. Thought we would’ve signed some quality players by now.

    1
  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #73

    Novo

    The transfer market is open until end of August, we’ve signed 2 players in the first 2 weeks of the window being open who both materially improve the squad. We have a world-class Sporting Director in charge of negotiations who has been in situ for 3 weeks or so.

    Patience is a virtue bud.

    12
  • Romford mag

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #74

    Tyran

    Maybe a few from different league’s aswell ?

    1
  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #75

    We’ve just signed a half-decent keeper and an average left back who is an upgrade on the useless Paul Dummett.

    3
  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #77

    A move for Martin Terrier could be a good idea as well…

    0
  • onmeedsun

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #78

    Niafron
    Did anyone reply to your cricket query?
    We’d need all day to explain all the nuances of such a fine game.
    Perhaps we could ask the Harrisons for a cricket article and for the blog to be just for cricket comments all day.

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #79

    Must be a slow news day when grown men are talking about hearts… 😳

    3
  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2022 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #80

    niafron

    What do you think of Jordan Veretout?

    Roma just made him available

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