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Newcastle Appear Unlikely To Reach Agreement For Maddison With Secondary Options Still Viable



Eddie Howe is still hopeful of a couple of attacking arrivals before the summer window slams shut. The sights are currently focused on James Maddison though there are other routes Newcastle can go down in their hunt for firepower upfront.

Newcastle are waiting to officially hear the fate of their second bid for James Maddison. Though it appears almost certain the Foxes will knock it back with Keith Downie’s revelation that it is closer to £40m than £50m.

Unless Newcastle break character and go beyond their valuation, it appears the playmaker may be yet another bridge too far this window. The owners have stuck to their guns and not caved for their priority attacking targets but so far come up empty-handed.

If the Maddison pursuit ends after two bids, the groundwork has been laid for Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet. The Ivorian has a release clause of £17.5m, though Newcastle have reportedly started negotiations on a structured deal worth slightly higher.

Watford duo Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr are both available for the right price. The pair helped the Hornets down Sheffield United 1-0 last night, with Ciaran Clark making his debut for the Blades.

The price tag may be too steep for Newcastle’s taste. It would reportedly take £25m for Sarr and £20m for Dennis to pry them away from Vicarage Road. Watford would be more than happy to keep them around for their promotion push should acceptable bids not arrive.

Another secondary target is Marseille striker Bamba Dieng, who has been on and off the radar since January. News emerging from France is the 22-year-old has been frozen out at the Stade Velodrome due to excessive weight gain this summer. The report also claims Newcastle are no longer interested.

A player that has not hit our radar who could be a decent option is Inter Milan’s Andrea Pinamonti. Atalanta, our opponents last Friday, have a £15m plus add-ons offer on the table for the striker.

This morning Nottingham Forest have come in for the 23-year-old. Inter reportedly want around £18m for Pinamonti, who spent last season on loan with Empoli scoring 13 goals. He has just two years left on his contract and is an out-and-out striker.

There are decent options available that Newcastle can turn to later in the window. The focus right now is to add bonafide talents like James Maddison or Timo Werner on loan. The jury is still out on whether that proves successful.

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156 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 2, 2022 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #121

    WTF is going on on here. Multi posts about super heros and Batman. What a load of shite.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    The tall stories from the world class golfers and champion cyclists and swimmers on here was better than this recent crap.

    Please let there be a signing to talk about.

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  • valle

    Aug 2, 2022 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #122

    Clint

    Netflix Thor? No, are we talking the Marvel character or the real story about the Norse God?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 2, 2022 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #123

    And a nice first I hasten to add.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 2, 2022 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #124

    Super heros and space cadets………………………………….OOT.

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  • valle

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #125

    ShaytoStay

    I thought the exact same thing about Blade when I heard it was being made. But in all honesty, I have given up hope about anything Disney makes. The guardians of the galaxy are usually fun, so there’s that.

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  • TheDrewid

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #126

    Valle @113

    I wholeheartedly agree with everything you’ve just said. Disney is ruining Marvel and they’ve utterly destroyed my love of Star Wars with the never ending shoe-horning of “woke” ideologies into what are supposed to be escapist, entertaining fantasies.

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  • Wor B

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #127

    Come on Mr Tuff.

    I bet there’s a superhero outfit stashed away in the back of your wardrobe for special occasions!

    😆

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  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #128

    Second bid for Maddison rejected as per twitter

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  • Pat Mania

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #129

    naptoon

    He would excite, for sure.
    I more so meant those in the article. Still a long way to go. And no doubt those behind the scenes are working very hard to progress the club in the best way possible.

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  • Romford mag

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #130

    121st 🙂

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #131

    So my reading of the situation is that our first bid was rejected flat out of hand and was leaked to the press that it was rejected flat out of hand within a few hours. Our second bid (seemingly around the same money but structured differently, but who actually knows?) is speculated to be rejected but as of 24 hours or so of being placed, hasn’t officially been rejected, or at least the press haven’t had wind that it has (Sorry, Bailey of 90 mins doesn’t actually count as an actual journalist)

    So while we’re fannying about, there may be internal negotiations ongoing regarding the 2nd bid as it hasn’t been slapped back and rejected.

    We really don’t need to penny pinch like this though. Granted, it makes a big change from not stumping up £400k loan fee for Hamza Choudary to negotiating for James Maddison, but it doesn’t half frustrate us fans.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #132

    Valle

    Real world, modern take.

    Dark horse are in movies now, aren’t they?

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  • Romford mag

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #133

    theartfuldodger

    Yellow banner SSN

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #134

    Well I’m off too much comic cuts stuff being discussed on the blog now . I’m more for Roy of the Rovers.
    We must have been allegedly interested in about 153 players so far this window albeit most will not be genuine . I wonder who it will be tomorrow when “Maddison fever” has calmed?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #135

    AvP was their idea!?!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #136

    Very odd…

    The number of martoon prediction players who are putting us on low 50’s points…

    We got 49 points last season after an abysmal start…

    And a good few think we’ll only get 50-55 this season?

    I haven’t done my prediction yet – waiting to see if ant new signings before Saturday – but I won’t be predicting anything less than 60pts.

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  • valle

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #137

    Tuff

    I just looked through the entire thread to give you a response on whatever interesting nidbit you had decided to bless the blog with… There wasn’t any. So at least the super hero posts got you out of hiding with a good dose of whining.

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  • Romford mag

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #138

    Bills

    Martoon said we can change it past the start of season if we sign anyone else 🙂

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #139

    Good shout Ruddy . Why Has Hamza Choudray not been mentioned yet. We must be able to afford him now. We could buy him and loan him out to West Brom. Their manager admires the way he plays.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #140

    Mr T

    Feeling left out/behind!?!
    😉

    We could do weightlifting or make up, if either of tgem suits, dude?
    😉

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #141

    West lancs 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #142

    Just jumped back on to say, there won’t be just an offer followed by a refusal etc. the way the papers make out.

    There will be an ongoing period of negotiation, backwards and forwards with both sides trying to get the “best” deal for them, which will ultimately end with a compromise settlement that both are happy with. The process is constant and ongoing not just “here’s an offer”.

    Talk of offers being turned down are journalistic rubbish because they don’t know what’s going on. Discussions will continue until they reach a deal or one of the parties walks away.

    OK, I’m gone. 🙂

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #143

    BSIB Lets hope you’re right then. We’ll all be well pleased if we perform better than expected!!!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #144

    Bills

    In 2nd half of the season we got 38 points when our xPTS (expected points) was 27.33. So suffice to say that we rode our luck in many of those games during our tremendous run 2nd half of the season.

    Not taking anything away from the great job Howe did, but to expect us to simply pick up where we left off from last season isn’t likely. We need to both increase the amount of possession of the ball we secure as well as to create more goal scoring chances before I think we’ll be anywhere near 60 points.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #145

    Well said Cleveleys Bob!!

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  • valle

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #146

    TheDrewid

    You summed it up right there perfectly! That is exactly the way I feel about it as well.

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  • ShaytoStay

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #147

    Avp was dark horses original , robocop 2 was taken directly from frank Millars run. Not sure if dark horse have a movie studio but they should as they’ve got some great stories in the backlog

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #148

    Cbob

    Well it’s a matter of fact that our first bid was turned down so how do we square that circle?

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  • valle

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #149

    Clint

    Sounds cool mate… I will check it out.

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  • ShaytoStay

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #150

    Predator 2 was taken from dark horses story too. Albeit it was an ok story

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #151

    Shay
    Frank is in robocop 2, iirc.

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  • ShaytoStay

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #152

    Didn’t know that, he is a legendary writer , sin city book and films sums up his writing.

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  • ShaytoStay

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #153

    Single handley created the Batman we all like and the daredevil too. Daredevil especially was aweful until he joined

    1
  • SirRhosis

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #154

    Wor B @127.
    Would that be Tuffers Wonder Woman outfit stashed in the back of his closet?

    I’ve got my Broon Bottle outfit somewhere I know. Just can’t remember where I took it off
    🙂

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  • ShaytoStay

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #155

    Super broon.. could have a good ring to it. Drinks shed loads of newkie brown and fights crime while listening to 17 and going under.

    2
  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 2, 2022 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #156

    Shay

    He’s the drug inventor!
    😀

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