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Reports Names Top Targets Ahead Of Transformational Summer Window

Newcastle are planning up to six additions in the summer according to the latest from Chris Waugh in The Athletic. On the agenda are a left-back, a right-footed center-back, a defensive midfielder, another number 8, and two versatile forwards.

The top target remains Leicester City’s James Maddison, who could potentially fill the number 8 or versatile attacker roles. Newcastle are expected to make a serious push for the 26-year-old this summer as he enters the final year of his contract.

Other familiar midfielders Waugh cites are Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, Ajax’s Edson Alvarez, and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, though the Ecuadorian is considered a longshot with other top clubs in pursuit.

Three left-backs are also named with Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney seemingly the preferred target. Howe reportedly is a long-time admirer of the Scotland nternational. Fulham’s Antonee Robinson and Nottingham Forest loanee Renan Lodi are also thought highly of.

Up front, it appears Howe wants some more young hybrid wide forwards à la Anthony Gordon. Athletic Club’s Nico Williams is high on the list. In fact, he was considered during the January window. The 20-year-old has been watched extensively in recent years.

Newcastle have also watched Sheffield United attacker Iliman Ndiaye in recent weeks according to The Sun. The 23-year-old has had a standout campaign for The Blades, who are second in the Championship.

Internal discussions are at an early phase while Newcastle try to secure a European place. Seventh should be enough to seal a ticket to the Europa Conference League with Howe hoping to have plenty of squad depth for his second full season in charge.

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184 comments so far

  • ottawageordie2

    Mar 15, 2023 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Good day all.

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Mar 15, 2023 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Funny old catch up yesterday with the Dayvan/Fenners h2h carrying over into the a.m. and then the menacing, “Are you there?????” comment from Fenners in the evening.

    Anyway, let’s have a sing along with Glen Campbell….


    I’ve been reading this blog so long 
    Where some can’t see that they’re wrong
    I’ve read all the craic and all the well worn cliches
    Where banter is the name of the game
    And some posters get shouted down again and again 
    There’s trouble on the horizon
    Which really ain’t surprisin’
    Cos there’s a man who’s calling it out for what he sees
    He’s the Dayvan Cowboy
    Serving it up to Fenners better than anyone I’ve ever known
    He’s the Dayvan Cowboy  
    Getting hearts and plaudits from people he don’t even know
    But not from yer man Coming Home

    How will Fenners now take the strain
    Will he want to go fighting again
    He’ll take you down if you yank his chain and don’t see it his way
    Will he decide now to offer you
    A high noon meeting and most likely a taste of his shoe
    There’ll be no more apologisin’
    He’s a thug and there’s no denyin’
    So Dayvan, I’d watch my step if I was yee

    He’s the Dayvan Cowboy….

  • ottawageordie2

    Mar 15, 2023 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    We need someone and a few more to keep pushing upwards. Maddison is a start.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Should have waited for the bus!

    Someone asked about the young lad who figured for us in pre season friendlies and I wrongly said Lucas De Bolle, it actually was Matty Bondswell who I believe is still with us in the U21s.

    Well done the lasses!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Summer window opens in June so plenty of time for rumours and speculation.

    I’ll be surprised if we sign any of those mentioned in this thread! 🙂

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6


    Yeah it was me who was asking about Bondswell! Thought he looked decent in pre season and assumed he would be getting loaned out this season?Haven’t really followed his progress so difficult to know if he is going to develop further

    You know the more I think about it I bet the Tierney rumours have something about them Howe did try to sign him when he was at Celtic but he didn’t want to move to Bournemouth

    But for me his fitness issues are always a worry

  • Adamn_92

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7


    My karaoke song of choice, very good! 😀

  • ottawageordie2

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    A big No to Scott McTominay. Too slow and we already have as good/better. Not sure about Kieran Tierney. Good player but seems to spend a lot of time injured. There is no rush except to sign good players before someone else does imo.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    In amongst all the trashy, banal, brainless and sh-te reality TV nonsense and pulp, how refreshing to see was the last episode of Endeavour. Off topic but had to be said, absolutely stunning piece of TV drama.

  • WLtoon

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10


    Here is a link for anyone wanting to buy tickets for the Nufc womens game v Bradford on Sunday 16th April,2PM k.o. tickets are half price £3 if you buy online.

    My apologies for the previous link, totally useless .

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning all, Bard, how do you do it? Another quality offering in rhyme.

    Rotunda, agreed they saved the best ’til last. Did you see the documentary that followed the news? “Morse and the Last Endeavour”, a fantastic watch. Available on itvX.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda. Agreed.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    I am sure he had a murder on a football field, in a Cowley, far far away ….. so counts in football blog.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    WLToon #10 Ref tickets. Does that mean I can buy that ticket then sit there for next home game?

    Never seen a time limit on when you have to leave the ground 🙂

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyway, PMQ followed by how much more tax I have to pay. If he puts more on petrol (currently 80% tax then 20% VAT on the tax…).

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Not sure how you’re supposed to read with tears in your eyes 😀

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Can’t get that out of my head now !!!!


  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18


    No I didn’t. I’ll give it a look. Thanks.

  • DayvanCowboy

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Bard, consider me honoured haha

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #20


    Must say I preferred Inspector Morse rather than Endeavour. I think thar John Thaw had much more about him.

    Anyway, just to show that it’s top dog in producing drama, I’d imagine you’re delighted that the Beeb’s giving us Death in Paradise and its sequel Beyond Paradise on the same night.


  • magicmac54

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #21


    Bill i know your the go man for expert knowledge on the Newcastle under age teams, so can you let me know how young Alex Murphy is performing and the type of progress he is making?

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #22


    Another gem that highlights the reality of a certain poster’s behaviour over the last 18 or so months.

    But having been doled out some of his own medicine, he had the nerve to cry foul. Then to top it all, he pops up to ask whether Dayvan’s around to continue their exchange!

    Has the man no shame, no self awareness?? Clearly not.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Lesh, did someone mention Top Dog?

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #24


    Speaking of Too Dog, did a Pug feature among the Crufts honours this year.

    A lot of the folk seem to view the breed with contempt and that’s such a shame.

  • WLtoon

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #25


    That is wishful thinking im afraid

  • DayvanCowboy

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Lesh, have I missed something, where did he pop up asking if I was around?….. Living in his bawldy head rent free it would seem, I mean, I’m sure I’d made it pretty clear that I’m not into meeting up in random car parks for a fumble about, I’m an open minded chap, but dogging in dimly lit carparks doesn’t do it for me, but hey whatever floats Fenners sinking boat.

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #27


    @24….. Top Dog

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #28


    Here you go…..


    Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 14, 2023 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #75


    You out there, I couldn’t really engage with you today as I was on site most the day. You there ?????

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #29

    He has no problems, fantastic Puglet. Lucky to have him. Sourced from a private breeder who already had 2 Pugs. Wanted to keep him but husband said no. So I saw his mother and 1 from earlier breed.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #30

    And Puglet does have a kennel club name/license.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Worth a try 🙂

  • DayvanCowboy

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Lesh, awww bless him, nice to know I was on his mind all day while he was slaving away at work, but I’d say that kind of proves the point regarding him being “un-satisfied” at home doesn’t, if the poor chap has clocked off work and the first thing he’s done is stumble onto the blog looking for yours truly, any normal person would kick their shoes off, kiss the Mrs, grab and drink and get settled in for night ahead, not old bawldy heed though, you’ve got to feel sorry for him really.

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #33


    We’ve a nearish neighbour who has a Pug and it’s a normally a crusty little thing when faced with other dogs. But, when he comes across our Cavalier, it might as well be rolling on it’s back.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #34
  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #35


    But you must feel chuffed to be so adored.

    I hope that someone’s around to check his work if it’s not getting his full attention.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Thing about a Pug. Don’t feed it! too much.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh dear…now we all know that Fenham will be on soon throwing insults around at the people who mentioned him above. Then those people will defend themselves, insult him a little more, his buddies will defend him and insult others, and the blog descends into a mess…

  • DayvanCowboy

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Lesh, hmm not really, I’d be jumping for joy if I was adored by models and smoking hot movie stars, but some angry little flagshagger? No, that doesn’t exactly get the blood flowing for me I’m afraid.

  • DayvanCowboy

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #39

    TDS, welcome to groundhog day…..

  • DayvanCowboy

    Mar 15, 2023 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #40

    TDS, but honestly, I’m going to leave it there now, we’ve all had enough of the same tiresome rigmarole, from both me and him, that I can fully agree on, even I’m bored of it, so consider it a closed chapter from my side.

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