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Rising Star Would Be Dream January Signing But Price Tag May Need To Drop



Late last week, Football Insider claimed Eddie Howe had given the green light on a January attempt to land rising superstar Mykhaylo Mudryk of Shakhtar Donetsk. The 21-year-old has hit a number of elite club’s radar since the start of the year.

Arsenal pondered a move while there were reports that Shakhtar rejected bids approaching £30m for the Ukraine international. They managed to keep hold of Mudryk after the summer and his star has only continued to rise this season.

Speaking to Football Insider, former England keeper Paul Robinson backs Newcastle pursuit of Mudryk in the winter window saying:

“He looks like a real talent. To be putting in performances in the Champions League at his age says a lot.

“I’m sure there are a few clubs looking at him now. It is only a matter of time before he leaves Shakhtar. They cannot keep rebuffing bids. There will be a figure that they have in mind. Newcastle would be an attractive proposition.

“I think they could do with another top winger. Obviously they have [Allan] Saint-Maximin but I’m not sure [Miguel] Almiron, [Jacob] Murphy and [Ryan] Fraser are going to get them to where they want to be. Mudryk is a player for now and the future. Howe is evolving that squad slowly. I think they will continue to develop over the next 12 months.”

The issue is going to be his price tag. Shakhtar scoffed at bids in the £30m range, and their director, Darijo Srna is on record saying it would take a lot of cash to land the dynamic winger.

CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs tweeted the following earlier this week about the mounting interest in the Ukrainian.

Mudryk would be a dream signing in January but after parting with £60m for Alexander Isak in August, it could take another club-record bid to nab Mudryk, who has stated it is his dream to play in the Premier League.

Having a player like Mudryk along with Allan Saint-Maximin is likely the priority in future windows. Reports emerged last week that Newcastle also continue to track Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby, who was once a top summer target.

Newcastle were quoted around £50-60m for Diaby and moved on rather quickly. If Leverkusen’s troubled start to the season continues, it may increase hopes of a January breakthrough for the Frenchman.

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34 comments so far

  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Taco time

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  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    my 3rd 1st – woohoo

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  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Pug, I take partial responsibility for turning this into a Pool blog but hey the 3 sports have things in common, played on a green surface and involve putting a ball into a target.

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog,
    I was more referring to the last three results.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    I really think it’s harsh to say the bench is Championship standard though. If you consider our best 11, our bench is likely to have Karius, Burn, Krafth, Longstaff, Wilson, Fraser, Wood, Shelvey/Willock, and Lascelles on. All of which are capable of doing a job in the PL. Ritchie, Manquillo, and Murphy I could agree with…will probably drop a division in the next 2 windows.

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  • valle

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Just tried to get tickets for me and my son for the Brentford game… No luck. I cant see how I am ever going to be able to take him to a game at St. James as things stand.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Tyran21 – you are grossly underestimating the time and effort required to build up a football club’s commercial operation in the way that Chelsea, Spurs, and Arsenal have done. They are all much more attractive to sponsors and global fans than us right now so it will take quite a few years to match them.

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  • valle

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I was in queue from 9 o’clock

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Valle

    Same here, when you live 100’s of miles away, or in another country, in your case!

    Good job my lad ain’t really a football fan.
    Which, in its self, is a pity…but, it is what it is! Still, if i get the chance, he’s going, once!
    Like it or not!!!
    😀

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  • Ronway

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    It would appear that the Premier League consider there are significant failings in the current VAR system.

    The Premier League are set to introduce a major change to VAR as of next season after a successful trial in the Champions League.

    VAR was brought to the Premier League to try and eliminate any controversial decisions. Unfortunately, many decisions are still subjective, and mistakes are still being made by the officials.

    The offside law is ever-changing, and despite the introduction of VAR, decisions are taking vast amounts of time, slowly squeezing the enjoyment out of the game.

    Now, according to The Times, the Premier League is set to introduce semi-automated offside decisions after a successful trial in the Champions League.

    The new system should hopefully eliminate any controversy surrounding offsides in the Premier League.

    Not only that, the most important thing is that the time it takes to come to a decision is only a few seconds, meaning there will be no more waiting two or three minutes for the officials to decide whether somebody’s armpit is a millimetre in front of the defender.

    The proposal is set to be voted on by all Premier League clubs after the World Cup, but it’s difficult to see a situation where any club would disagree with this idea.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning all,

    So we have yet more discussions re VAR this morning. OK here’s my take on it, when I heard the EPL were introducing VAR I at first thought it would be a huge positive for clubs such as NUFC who never seem to get the rub of the green (especially against the so called big 6) from the refs so it would protect us…

    However how wrong was I… Since it (VAR) was introduced it has been most been used absolutely abysmally, embarrassing for the great game in fact. The actual VAR system is good, but only if those operating it use it correctly, fairly, in a manner that it should be used. For me some of the decisions we have seen from VAR have been so questionable, you have to scratch your head and think WHY?

    I really think that VAR needs an overhaul, where we hear the reasoning why decisions are being made. Those who are operating VAR which are making these terrible decisions. Not just for us but for many others need to come out and explain themselves re their decision(s) and therefore held much more accountable. Maybe then they will be a little more transparent, with less mistakes.

    I shall end this post with the Isak disallowed goal against Liverpool. There was something not quite right with that one, as Scott quite rightly pointed out earlier where were the replays?. It showed you one quick snapshot of it. That snap shot (actually IMO) showed that Isak was getting played onside by the defenders boot. Yet it was waved away without the replay’s from different angles and when the ball was played, zero scrutinising therefore they pick and chose when to really scrutinse IMO, that in itself is one of the main flaw’s re VAR and how it is operated… After the game they showed the same inadequate still of the offside. Dodgy shenanigans if ever I saw any was at play that evening, it was plain to see. Otherwise we’d have been 2:0 up and Liverpool would have folded like a pack of card’s…Yes we was robbed for sure in that game and it was hard to bare. VAR is a good system mismanaged or misused. Take your pick!!!!

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Ronway

    Or to put it another way…the fa/pl are niw to be forced to use it in the same way every other league does?

    About time!

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    valle,
    You need to be a member or arrange a member or ST holder to get them for you.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Fenham

    Nothing to add!

    😉

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  • dazzler

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Maxi – Isak/Wilson – Mudryk would be an obscene attacking 3.

    We still need a player in the centre capable of unlocking defences though, unless Howe feels like going two up top with Isak dropping a bit deeper which seems unlikely.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #16

    CLINT FLICK

    😆

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  • dazzler

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    FTC,

    As you have pointed out the problem isn’t the tech, it’s the people employed to use it. The Euros were a perfect example of what VAR should be, and no doubt the WC will be similar.

    I don’t think it’s dodgy in terms of corruption, but sheer incompetence. There are too many examples of things going our way (Trippier’s red reversal, Miggy’s goal, Wolves second goal) for me to believe there is some underlying conspiracy.

    I think the problem is the refs in the back rushing to a decision in a lot of cases – like Isak’s second goal vs Liverpool, or the goal vs Palace. They aren’t taking their time to fully review the footage. Maybe the FA have imposed a time limit for reviews to prevent it impeding too heavily on a game, or perhaps the VAR guys aren’t being objective enough in their review and use it to justify the refs decision. I am not sure on the rationale but I agree that it needs an overhaul as it doesn’t work in it’s current form.

    Perhaps we need a separate body from the PGMOL to have responsibility of VAR to ensure it’s truly objective and impartial.

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  • The Last Jedi

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #18

    If anything var has proved how bad these referees actually are.

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  • valle

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Clint

    It makes me a bit sad buddy 🙁

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  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Valle. You’d need a membership to get a chance of one off game tickets.

    Pre-takeover, it was very easy to get a ticket.

    Once To was done – nigh on impossible… And I didn’t go to a single fane thereafter.

    We even had to buy a youth membership so my mates nephew could come along.

    I’m going to the Brentford game. But tickets sold out in 60 mins. Many want to sit together. Ended up in L7 just to sort it out.

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  • valle

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Nijmegen

    I am a member mate, but even as a member i can only get 1 tricket. I want me and my son to sit together.

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  • valle

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    TOF

    I am a member, but I didnt get a membership to My son unfortunatly. Can you get seats next to each other if we are both member?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #23

    Valle

    Same mate.

    Gutted my boy ain’t chowed, also.
    Ain’t gonna make him, tho!
    Just like i ain’t gonna force a musical instrument on him, but he has took to drums… while listening to jazz, at 11, so… not all bad!
    😀

    Fenham

    😉
    😀

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #24

    Dazzler

    I like the look of Ramos from benfica too.

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  • Tyran21

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    ToonDarnSarf

    I think Newcastle can easily bump their income by at least 50mil with new sponsors, I’m sure will be more. Getting into Europe is the key.

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    valle,
    A way round it would be to buy your son a membership and ask a ST holder to add you to their family and friends and buy you and him one in L7 family area

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  • valle

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Clint

    My son got hooked less than a year ago at 16. I had given up hope, but there you go 🙂

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Hopefully, my recalcitrant gene will rise up against all the arsenal/spurs/et al at school.
    He still says path/bath/pass etc not barth/parth/parss.
    Howay the lad!

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    valle,
    Yes of course, just buy him a membership but you have to buy tickets the day they go on members sale not public sale

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Valle

    Cheers for that…
    A glimmer hope of hope!
    😉

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Sep 20, 2022 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #31

    dazzler

    I fully agree with you that VAR is a great tool if used correctly by people/person’s who know what they’re doing in operating the system correctly and fairly without any biased.

    There far too many human errors for VAR to continue in it’s current form. It does ruin the game, for example players who score can’t really celebrate as they would in case it’s chalked off, same as us the fans, no players or fans trust the current system…

    However, without starting conspiracy theories, you do have to question the huge and totally unacceptable amount of human errors in the VAR operation this season in particular. Some of these errors are so blatantly and glaringly wrong and obvious, you do have to question it’s overall, operations, motives and reckoning. To be honest – With this current EPL set up things wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if they have those operating VAR ears on decision making. However with no proof or factual evidence at all (at the moment) but just clear observations of so many so called human errors, nothing can be proven so it is all a mute point at this time, and just opinios..

    Personally, I do very much believe the VAR in the WC will be utilsed in such a professional manner and in such a correct transparent way, then it will only highlight our terrible VAR system flaw’s even more. I hope if all goes well re VAR in the WC then the EPL take note. The EPL is the best Football League on the planet and the players and the supporters all deserve better. Especially the Toon Army of course 😉

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 21, 2022 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #33

    TESTING

    😀

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 21, 2022 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #34

    😀

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