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Pope Arrives For Medical As Two Sensational Claims Hit The Headlines



Nick Pope has arrived on Tyneside for his medical ahead of a £10m move according to multiple outlets. We should see signing number two confirmed by the weekend.

Pope is an outstanding signing at the fee mentioned. His shot-stopping is elite while his distribution should improve under the tutelage of Eddie Howe. The 30-year-old will provide Martin Dubravka the competition he needs.

It’s not all roses in the headlines today. A couple of reports are putting a damper on the breakthrough for Pope. The Mail is reporting that Chelsea and Tottenham have enquired about Allan Saint-Maximin.

Newcastle set a price tag of £40m for the 25-year-old which the two Champions League clubs balked at. In the process, Saint-Maximin’s head was turned by the higher wages on offer at Chelsea and Spurs.

The crux of the report is that Saint-Maximin wants an improved contract on the one he signed in October of 2020. Newcastle are currently unwilling to enter talks with the Frenchman. We’ll see if anything comes from these claims.

90min is reporting that Newcastle have walked away from a deal to sign Hugo Ekitike due to his representatives’ excessive demands. The report claims personal terms have been agreed with the 20-year-old but additional fees to his agents have complicated matters.

Newcastle, however, remain interested in the Frenchman but will not come back to the table until his agents change their tune. They are reportedly now concentrating on other targets.

I take both of these reports with a healthy amount of skepticism. They have yet to be backed by other outlets so time will tell how accurate they are.

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118 comments so far

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #81

    G, we all know Wilson will make 16 games max. So we we require someone on his level.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #82

    Maybe swap Wilson and (TBC) striker every other game to keep both fit? just a thought from a Pug….

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #83

    Medical for a goal keeper…. Can you see that spherical object in front of you and stop it going past you? The Puglet is available for all football medicals.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #84

    16 games max??? Care to bet on that.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #85

    I’m so baffled FIFA haven’t done something about agents in the game. They need to be regulated.

    I used to work in talent agent land (not football but film and TV based) and the way it works there is it’s the CLIENT ie. actor, writer etc who pays the agent NOT the production company.

    Rule of thumb is they charge 12.5% of their earnings to the agent and in return the agent gets them jobs, negotiates fees for them (making it more in their interest to get a good one as they get a cut of it) and negotiate all the legalities of it.

    This is how it should work in football. Not these parasites who sign players when they are kids and sponge off them for the next 15-20 years claiming HUGE fees for doing very little. It’s essentially the agent part owning the player is how I see it which FIFA should outlaw.

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  • Tyran21

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #86

    Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Impossible, momentum means a lot for a striker.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #87

    Jail yes 16 League games. Starting, coming off injured or just substituted does not count. So 16 Starts

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #88

    Tyran, I understand that and it is a very good point. However, if they know that they play every other game, that still is momentum but protects the guys who score.

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  • Tyran21

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #89

    SuperShearer

    So let say the player decide to join a club, what chance the agent have to stop it? What’s your input on this?

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #90

    If Wilson could do a whole season, he would be #9 England. Kane would be #10 if you are asking

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #91

    Tyran, in this case the agent is his brother. Regardless, the agent should be working for the player not in his/her self interest.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #92

    Personally, If we can get 16 Prems starts from Wilson, I will be happy

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  • Tyran21

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #93

    Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    I meant if the player already decided to join, doubt the agent can do much to stop it.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #94

    I have some business to do. Back later. But Jail….. We have a bet 🙂

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #95

    oh, I know I have said I never bet. That is vs the bookmakers. one to one is fine

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #96

    I think Karl Darlow will become first choice keeper for next season. Pope and Dubravka will be fighting it out for the second choice spot.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #97

    Tyran, my point. Walk away from Palindrome and Cyberman

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  • Romford mag

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #98

    Bookies have us at 6/4 now to sign eriksen !

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #99

    I don’t think Wilson will play more than 8 games next season. It’s time to get rid and sign 4 decent strikers.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #100

    I love Kets! simple fount of humour

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #101

    I’d take £60m for Saint-Maximin, but not £40m

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #102

    Replacing Saint-Maximin with Raphinha could be a good move. Raphinha is more of a team player and has more end product.

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  • fairscup

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #103

    simple – yes
    fount of humour – no

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #104

    Supershearer

    Beginning to sound like to an Anelka situation, family members as agent, touting them every which way.
    Made loads but wasted his talent, really.
    Sad!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #105

    Hayley Mcqueen is perfect. Phwoar.

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  • Pottsclock

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #106

    If Maxi wants to leave, then he should. He’s not irreplaceable, even though it would be a shame to lose him. More importantly I don’t think the club should start renegotiating contracts mid-term just because we now have super rich owners. Things should take their natural cycle of review unless there are exceptional circumstances otherwise it will cause discontent. But we should give the squad an excellent financial incentive for finishing higher in the league next season.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #107

    Kets, you’re an absolute whopper, mostly entertaining, never informative, but boy you’ve been consistent.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #108

    Right Pugalot,
    £20 to the SBR that Wilson starts 17 games or more.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #109

    Not a sausage on bufc.com about Etikite’s agent or ASM being touted/wanting a move. Until Niall and Biffa report it, it’s horlicks 😀

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  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #110
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #111

    Jail, will check asap but could be tomorrow as have to bring wife to hosp in Dublin. Thanks for considering us, very decent of you.

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  • Vask

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #112

    Just been on BUFC.com also. You can buy it for $30000.

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #113

    Munster Mag

    You can get return flights from Belfast to Newcastle from anything between £40 to £70 mate, if memory serves me right my flight over to the match in January was £70 if that helps with taking you and your lad over this coming season mate? HWTL

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  • Davas

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #114

    That Daily Mail report about maxi looks like a nothing story. Nothing substantial in it at all.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #115

    Jeez Mund,
    That’s another one you’ll have to educate/put right on FFP and how it doesn’t affect us.

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  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #116

    Don’t think I’ve ever said FFP won’t effect us…

    Keep twisting the night away tho 😉

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jSoPeZMHMf4

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #117

    If Conte thinks he can make ASM into a top player by increasing his work rate he’s got another thing coming! Like HBA he’s a show pony! Sell him on !!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 23, 2022 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #118

    Ben Arfa was better. Had more end product. Better skill and shooting/finishing ability.

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