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Newcastle Tracking Attacking Fullback Wanted By Serie A Duo



Newcastle have been linked with an interest in Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa. Sport Witness has cited a report from Germany’s Bild that the 24-year-old has hit Eddie Howe’s wishlist.

Sosa is one of the Bundesliga’s best full-backs. The Croatian’s claim to fame is his prowess on set pieces and crossing ability as evidenced by his 31 assists in 96 appearances in Germany. He would perfectly balance the Toon attack opposite the eminent Kieran Trippier.


Newcastle are currently stocked at left-back with Dan Burn starring in the role during the magical run up the table. Last season’s star Matt Targett was signed permanently over the summer. Howes’s attacking option, Jamal Lewis, has featured sparingly.

Sosa is signed until 2025 though is reportedly keen to move on having been at Stuttgart since 2018 when he joined from Dinamo Zagreb for around £5m. He would command a much larger fee if Newcastle were to make a move next year.

Any interest in Sosa, who has 8 caps for Croatia and is in their World Cup squad, is likely for next summer. Eddie Howe has fashioned a close-knit group with Dan Burn and Matt Targett key factors in the cohesivity.

Serie A’s Atalanta and Inter Milan are also tracking the assist machine. Newcastle will have money to spend next summer and adding an attacking left-back could be on the agenda with Sosa a superb option.


73 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Raj – I’ve no idea how he got found out after all that time but surely people close to him would know about it. I’d imagine the FA had to compile some evidence and then get a court injunction to get hold of the proof before charging him? So that would take a while to do. But I bet it would have been spoken about by people truly ITK within football for a while. Teammates, managers etc.

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  • niafron

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost

    Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs!

    I suggest as the PL we take a break…

    Ok, i know, this one suck, but this is the world Cup!

    You know, there’s eleven players in a football team, and eleven important events in my own life.

    Two of them are the births of my little princesses the nine others are the world cups i seen ( starting with 86 in Mexico when i was five years old ).

    So come on guys, i know it’s quiet sad this year, like a christmas during a war, bu t let’s try to enjoy even if it flies in the face of everything.

    0k,let’s start with prognostics… according to you, which nation will rise as world champion?

    ( almost said NEW world champion, but i still hope it could be STILL world champion! ).

    ALLEZ LES BLEUS! ALLEZ LES BLEUS! ALLEZ LES BLEUS!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Niafron – I’d go with popular opinion that Brazil are favourites but there are quite a few teams capable of winning it so hopefully will be an exciting tournament!

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  • niafron

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    @TDS

    The germans seem pretty confidents.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Tickets on sale for Bournemouth League Cup game now on sale to season ticket holders

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Sure Toney is guilty of breaking rules, but not guilty of any real unethical behaviour.

    Too much made of some of the gambling stuff. Not like the 70s when the boro keeper and centre halfs were gambling to throw games..

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Niafron

    Hey!

    Who’s in it?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Check

    That’s what i was thinking…has it compromised anything?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Niafron – the Germans always seem pretty confident. They’re certainly in with a shout!

    England have a chance too but I think they’re under more pressure than any other team. From what I’ve seen and from talking to fans of other countries, our fans put more pressure on our team than anyone else. It doesn’t matter what our team do, there will still be loads of criticism and they’re just going to have to block that out. Imagine if Saka or Rashford have to take a penalty after the racist abuse from missing the ones in the Euros?

    That is one reason why I think it’s important to have a very steady England manager. Just focus and concentrate on doing the job rather than getting carried away. If many England fans had their way, England would play attacking full backs and about 6 attackers!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Check – you serious? I don’t know the nature of the bets but it casts doubt on every game that he’s been involved in, not to mention providing inside information to place bets is against the rules. Imagine if everyone did that?

    It’s over 200 bets FFS! It’s a simple line drawn for professional footballers and one he crossed over 200 times. They get paid a hell of a lot of money to play football and adhere to the terms of their very lucrative contracts. He deserves punishment and he’s also lucky enough to have a union that will get him any help he needs to break any addiction. Unlike average folks who would just be sacked for breaking the terms of their contract 200 times…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Don’t know why people think footballers should be put on a pedestal and treated differently to you or I. If I signed a contract that prohibited me from placing bets on a related field (i.e. insider training in Financial Services), and I did it 200 times, I’d expect to be sacked immediately, blacklisted, and could even be sued or charged with a crime.

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  • Red615

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Good morning from the US. My first post. Been reading the comments for awhile now. Proud to be a long time supporter of the Toon. Looking forward to the WC but can’t wait until the break is over.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    31 in a 30mph zone is ‘breaking the law’.

    Off with their… license?

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  • hibbit

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    check/clint
    how do you know he’s not guilty or guilty for that matter of any real unethical behaviour.
    according to every report I’ve read this morning the evidence is still being collected and he’s only been suspended not charged pending further inquires,

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Clint – no. Because there’s a tolerance level, because you can accidentally creep just above the speed limit, and because it’s once. 37mph in a 30 zone over 200 times, off with their licence.

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  • Harley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    On topic.

    Howe clearly doesn’t rate Targett. They dithered quite a lot before buying him l, after trying unsuccessfully to get 2 different left backs in.

    Then he’s playing a centre back in his position.

    I love BDB but I feel we lose so much going forward without a specialist left back. Great defender, but to improve we need a top left back.

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  • Mort

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Maybe posters argue with Raj because Raj starts it? Didn’t that enter anyones mind? If certain posters are common denominators in arguments with different posters then that would explain it. Raj Taco TDS argue on here everyday. The Village Idiots.
    Siiiiiuuuuuu

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Hibbit – some people are just weirdly anti-authority. I mean, I don’t like being told what to do but some people just seem to defend individuals against authorities almost no matter what they do. This guy is a millionaire who has been accused of breaking the rules over 200 times and people are defending him? Weird.

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  • Mort

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Bruno injured by bindipper Fabinho

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Mort – I discuss things with people on here regularly and some times we’re disagreeing. There’s a tiny minority of people I get in an argument with and those same people are the ones who resort to insults and argue with MANY people. So maybe you should name them too…

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Hibbit
    We/i don’t… just saying: “has it compromised anything”?

    That’s interrogative!

    Can’t bust me for asking.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Mort,
    You have been making regular snipes at me since you’ve started posting here a few months ago. I have in the large ignored you. My views on anyone wanting Ronaldo here are obviously now well known, my response to you on the matter were a consequence of you baiting me for the last few months. Don’t try and play the innocent here and play to a few others narratives, you’ll be invited to a what’s app group soon enough.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Anyone wanting Ronaldo at the Toon is an idiot or a troll. There, I’ve said it.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Tds

    Please stop with your conflating what people ‘ask’, with what you ‘suspect’ they mean… to suit your argument/take, on stuff.

    There’s anti authority, then there’s attempting being an authority…on everything!
    Pointless authority needs questioning!
    😉

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Tds
    Well, there’s a tolerance on betting then.
    Numbers of times means jack… it’s what the tolerance us about.

    31 mph every single time…off with their license?

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  • Mort

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Raj give me examples of how I’ve baited you? I don’t remember

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  • hibbit

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Jib

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #28

    Clint – don’t start twisting things. I answered the question you asked already, which was a dumb question to compare allegedly breaking the rules over 200 times with betting to creeping over the speed limit by 1mph. You’re not stupid so you knew that was a facetious argument.

    You think it’s pointless authority to prevent footballers from betting on football? There you go…please answer that question.

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  • Mort

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #29

    TDS I did name them. If people having an opinion is trolling or being idiotic then it looks like too many golf balls have landed on your head instead of in the hole

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Clint – you know full well that the tolerance on speeding is down the the measurement of the devices and potential error. A bet placed is a bet placed, it’s a deliberate action, creeping over the speed limit could be an accident, a mis calibrated speed sensor or a mis calibrated speedo in the car.

    A better example would be driving through a red light. The amber light is there as a warning, there’s no excuse for driving through a red light. And if someone did that 200 times, 100% off with their licence.

    Someone driving through an amber light 200 times is like someone logging onto a betting site or filling in a betting slip 200 times. They did nothing wrong. But they had a choice to stop or take it further.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Tds

    Yo’ the master of logical fallacies, mate.

    It’s an observation, not a criticism!

    You’re doing it again… You said x200, I said dies it comprise anything… interrogative, not statement. If i go, however many mph, above the limit x200… Etc etc?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Mort – no, you didn’t name them at all. How about naming the people that regularly try to start arguments with me, Taco, Raj, and many others? Please do name them…

    As for having an opinion, that’s fine, but if your opinion is that Ronaldo would be a good signing for the Toon then my opinion is that you’re an idiot. My actual opinion is that you’re a troll and just looking for attention, which is working as some people seem to think you were serious…

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #33

    So, what’s the complete and utter laws on betting as a sportsperson…?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Clint – YES. If someone was found to break the speed limit (say 36mph in a 30 zone) once, then they might get away with it with 3 points and a fine. If they did it 200 times, then their licence would be taken away! It’s really quite simple. Same thing for going through a red light 200 times.

    If Toney had placed 1 bet, he might just get away with a firm talking to, but it’s over 200 bets.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Clint – Googled it and this is from the FA site:

    “No Participant can bet on a match or competition in which they are involved that season, or which they can influence, or any other football-related matter concerning the league that they play in. Participants are also prohibited from using or passing inside information for betting.”

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  • phy

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #36

    What fantasy league is being used for the world cup?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Why 36?
    I purposely gave no definitive number.
    You entered one to suit your claim.
    I gave an example of ways we all break rules and you twist it to mean something more.

    The number of times we ‘work” within tolerances has zero bearing on weather we’re busted for it.
    It’s what effect it has and are we beyond tge tolerance.

    Anyhoo… to reiterate, i only asked if it compromised ‘ANYTHING’?
    I neitger condoned or condemned him for whatever he’s done, ‘cos i, personally, have not enough info…and to be perfectly frank, was just conversing, wuth somebody else about a football related topic on a daft football blog, for kicks.

    I’m not here to be arbiter on all things.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #38

    Clint – I posted you the FA rules. He allegedly broke them over 200 times so that is what is being investigated. There’s also precedence of punishments for people breaking the rules so that’s crucial too.

    The tolerance level is crucial for the reasons I explained above (and you ignored). Tolerance level applies to breaking speed limits but not to something that’s black & white (like going through a red light).

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #39

    We’ve had strange alts frequent this place
    But this latest one is from outer space
    Who is the poster Mort I here you cry
    Well he was formerly known as The Last Jedi

    😉

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 17, 2022 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    * hear

    🙂

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