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18 Jul 2017 16:17:18
Manquillo's next through the door. Fresh start for him let's see if rafa can work his magic on him like he did with clark and yedlin. 5 more signings left to be made.

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18 Jul 2017 16:17:18
Manquillo's next through the door. Fresh start for him let's see if rafa can work his magic on him like he did with clark and yedlin. 5 more signings left to be made.

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17 Jul 2017 17:09:04
Finally another breakthrough at NUFC. Jacob Murphy flying to Dublin with rest of squad after £12.5million bid accepted.

Young, hungry and fast wingers very much needed in the prem. Very pleased. Striker, holding mid, left back and a number 10 needed along with possibly a goalkeeper.

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17 Jul 2017 23:10:08
Charnley and Justin Barnes, Mork and Mindy negotiators my bottom

Yes another 4 players of quality at least needed, to have any chance.
But the ball is rolling
Next Please!

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18 Jul 2017 09:29:04
For sure out of the 150 names
4 decent signings if Manguillo and Murphy sign
But we were never going to spend 20m on one player
DMF Striker and cover 4 Shelvey vital.

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18 Jul 2017 10:59:33
Add a left back that's competent at going forward and back there art.

Not sure about Manquillo, he's done sweet FA last 3 years, although age is on his side. Perhaps rafa thinks he can get something out of him, like dare I say ciaran clark?

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18 Jul 2017 11:01:14
Don't want us to break our transfer record just for the sake of it art. Has to be the right player we need that is actually within a reasonable asking price.

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18 Jul 2017 18:24:36
When the widow closes say your piece because you will know then.

It is plain to see Rafa knows there are limits, yet the players so far will do for me and a Striker and Strong DMF along with a few others will surfice and we can attack mid table.

Rafa knows what he is doing doesn't he? I hope!

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18 Jul 2017 22:55:40
You like the players we've bought in so far art?

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19 Jul 2017 12:08:46
Not that different to the year we bought de jong. Bargain basement buys that we were all trying to be positive about. I seem to recall me commeting that the Facundo bloke looked a decent player! And Rivierre was the next Thierry Henry. We are mugs. Although Jacob Murphy looks a better player than Townsend so I think that could be a good bit of business by Rafa.

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19 Jul 2017 12:13:22
Yes JT tgey are good and will ptove to be good signings
I think Rafa is beginning to stir and perhaps another 4 players will appear soon.

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19 Jul 2017 13:59:24
Des Rafa states we have to manage from what we have to spend and he accepts that, I think we also have to because Ashley will not provide any pesonal funds, and yes we are going to be looking to survive at best for the first season.

But then with a windfall from doing that, providing fatso allows him Rafa will step up.

So it is a waiting game for us fans I'm afaid and some embarresing times, but there is still time for us to bring in 4 Quality players.

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14 Jul 2017 10:16:43
In a way. I can see why the club and others clubs are struggling with transfers. I think we can all agree the fees are ridiculous atm. I want us to get players in but at the same time I don't want us to be ripped off or bring in players that are no better than what we already have. Huddersfield for example have bought in 9 players, would we take any of them? No. None of them are better than what we have, they're sighing cheap foreign players. Same with Brighton, I think majority would be hugely underwhelmed if we signed some 30 year old Austrian left back from bundesliga and some German CM no ones ever heard of.

Everton asking 25m for McCarthy, no way do I want us to spend that amount on a player of his quality, same with Swansea with sigurdsson, good PL mid, but no way is he worth 14m more than James Rodriguez, stoke wanting 30m for the Austrian balotelli with armautovic, the world has gone mental.

Rafa knows this but is clearly frustrated and wants deals done asap, a striker, winger, number 10, holding mid, left back need to be sorted within next 1-2 weeks otherwise he will walk. Charnley needs to stop dossing about.

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14 Jul 2017 14:16:29
Not Charnley's fault he is a boy doing a mans job and has NO experience
Ashley makes the decisions and NO one else.

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14 Jul 2017 19:03:24
Completely agree with you jtoon. We've got to be very astute and get the right player for the right price. We've been there and done that spending ridiculous money and getting second rate performance's.

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17 Jul 2017 21:38:39
I agree with Vida. Mike Ashley is in control. He is sticking and hoping we get 17th. How come no one is offering crazy money for any of our players?

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18 Jul 2017 10:32:34
They are Des but nothing above 1m is really crazy money
Behind the sceans Rafa is saddled with mediocrity and players Ashley sanctioned

Rafa wants Quality and we may see that in Striker and DMF but we need get a move on.

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23 Jun 2017 17:49:05
Abrahams guarenteed first team games at Swansea something Newcastle would not do and they were absokutely right.
Last striker player we did that with Rossi hardly got a game.

Decent player Abrahams but has a long way to go and playing week in week out was never an option for Rafa

Upward and onward!!

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28 Jun 2017 11:10:17
To be honest what I've seen of Tammy Abraham I'm not impressed. shocking penalty.

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28 Jun 2017 23:03:06
Yep agree he has his moments but week in week out no chance
6/ 7 players not to far away
A lot of business yet to be done
In and out.

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29 Jun 2017 09:54:56
I'm hearing come July it's all going to kick off transfer wise. Both in and out. Let the chaos begin.

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29 Jun 2017 15:38:35
Yes and we will be amongst it all
However the quality of the players we bring in will show exactly where Ashley has his head looking at the Sky or up his ar$e

No comment from Rafa has surprised and confused everyone.

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29 Jun 2017 18:59:55
Hopefully rafa will get us some quality. Let's face it rightly or wrongly we cannot compete with man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, etc etc. But after them we should be able to compete with anyone ie. West ham, Burnley, Stoke, west brom, Southampton, .?

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01 Jul 2017 09:18:47
Think the reality is, the teams mentioned are way ahead of us as are the 3 relegated teams and Rafa knows that
4 Quality first team players will make a massive difference and another 3/ 4 who can work their socks off to replace the outgoing players will give us a chance, but I think we struggle to make mid table, hope I am wrong.
Things can only get more positive after a dismal few months.

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06 Jul 2017 20:36:45
Come september it will all kick off at NUFC.

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09 Jul 2017 14:00:48
Does it not kuck off in August.

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09 Jul 2017 19:53:58
Des give it a week or 2 see what unfolds Heard it will get better
And as we know it needs to.

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19 Jun 2017 10:59:19
Florian Lejeune expected to join later this week after 8.7m release clause has been met.

Various other deals on the table apparently however due to players being on holiday they are refusing to make a decision until they get back. Caballero currently has a choice of starting for us or sitting on the bench at chelsea, with an 80k a week contract being offered. Reina wants to stay in napoli, but isn't being offered a new deal over there so could still be a possibility.

Rafa keen on Calum Chambers, Lucas Leiva, Tom Cairney, and still in talks with Tammy Abraham who is still yet to decide between us and brighton, but rafa will want another striking option with mitro leaving being a possibility. Batshuayi, Iheanacho, King and Gray will most likely be on the shortlist I imagine.

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19 Jun 2017 13:16:48
Add to that there's reports saying we are in negotiations for Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar who was on loan at Beskitas last season for a £10million deal. While linked defensive midfielder Afriyie Acquah from Torino says a deal to a club in england is "90% done"

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20 Jun 2017 18:56:37
Some people believe anything that is what keeps journalists in a job
Unfounded speculation.

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21 Jun 2017 12:26:41
Nobody came on the 9th art. what happened?

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21 Jun 2017 13:22:28
Almost came and stopped
Ashley hedging his bets, read the media a few on the way but not all that are being talked about.
Rafa needs be involved as our negotiators are amatures.

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21 Jun 2017 15:47:09
Name names art. Put us out of our misery. Sick of reading about this player that player and that player.

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23 Jun 2017 12:52:17
There are paid professional out there why would I help them
Names No player is actually ready to sign but will and soon
Gibson would be great but 30m don't think Ashley would agree

Our problem is we can not compete for ANY top plyers
We need make sure we can bring in players that can get us to mid table
That is how it is now and will be as long as Ashley owns NUFC.

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23 Jun 2017 15:20:53
I'm not not saying I'm believing everything art, just posting what's been said in media on here to see people's opinions.

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23 Jun 2017 17:43:49
Yes realise that JT
It would be considerate for the club to have a liason person for good bad and up to date news who we could believe
Job 4 you JT you could do a lot better than this lot.

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15 Jun 2017 03:27:52
G’day Ed,

I was just reading about this possible Newcastle takeover or investment and would like to know your thoughts if any on it? Have you come across any information regarding potential investors.

If reported and it is some China-man it could go one or two ways (really well or really terrible) but to see the back of Ashley they may have to take the chance on any willing consortium.

For me it has been a long time coming that this club get the top investment it really deserves. This club are a huge sleeping giant and with the right direction can really challenge at the top in my view.

{Ed002's Note - I can't really help. Clubs have got a bounce in value this year due to the start of the new TV deal. Perhaps you don't understand about the limitations on investment and to be fair Mr Ashley has hand in his pocket a lot.}

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15 Jun 2017 07:49:49
Ed002 we both know whatever Ashley has put into this club he will get back and then some. There is always ways around these "limitations" Chelsea and especially Man City can attest to that.

You did say a few years back that in 2017 some big clubs may change hands. I always thought you may be have been talking about the Glazers but maybe big clubs like Newcastle can be just as an exciting project for some individuals.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure about the Chelsea or Manchester City references. Since FFP came in Manchester City have been sanctioned and Chelsea has stock=pile money from sales. 2017 was always going to be a big chance of a sale year - the Galzers would sell but the value is so high it would need a floatation and the exchange rate is against them.}

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15 Jun 2017 08:22:12
Jesus Ed if the Glazers went ahead with a floatation in the current climate it would be one hell of a risk. Do you think these guys like the Glazers and Ashley have just had enough with Soccer clubs or are they just happy to make a healthy profit before the bubble bursts?

{Ed002's Note - It would need to be managed for the Glazers to sell and discussions held with institutional investors.}

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12 Jun 2017 21:31:33
Chinese takeover?

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14 Jun 2017 12:23:20
If its going to happen then it needs to happen now otherwise its going to mess up transfers.

£20m bid turned down for cairney, surely cairney will actually try and force it through because they're not going to get any more for him.

Abraham is stalling so time to move on, any of iheanacho, batshauyi, king or sturridge would do me.

Looks like this Florian Lejuene could be on his way but I don't know what the hold up is. Now it seems like Reina is interested in a move.

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14 Jun 2017 13:59:19
Stark reality so farAshley has done so much damage
Playing in front of 50k plus every week or sitting in the bench shows hi the mighty have fallen

Lots of time but we will be screwed over big time and the only person who can change this is Benitez

We are cursed with Ashley andI hope he sells up and soon.

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20 Jun 2017 22:31:28
Back again Vida. Same post as usual! As bad as Ashley is, he ain't the baddest or the stupidest owner out there. I am focussing on the team for a change. Its pointless talking about the owner. We all know he will push Raffa out somehow. I am just enjoying being back in the PL, being champions and dreaming about big games.

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04 Jun 2017 07:41:33
Whose coming on the 9th art.?

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04 Jun 2017 22:30:13
Certainly 2/ 3 players we are inked with so all the pre negotions are invaluable
7/ 8 even 9 new comers in this window
Tammy off to Brighton unless Atsu can convince him to come to Toon
All exciting stuff awaits.

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01 Jun 2017 11:33:42
Pepe Reina agreed personal terms to reunite with rafa.

Thoughts on this lads?

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01 Jun 2017 16:07:04
Would be an excellent signing. top class keeper with valuable premier league experience.

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01 Jun 2017 16:28:33
Also portugese reports saying we've had €14m bid accepted for Lisbon centre back Ruben Semedo.

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03 Jun 2017 02:19:17
Well Reiner ain't coming but signings set up for thr 9th June
Will happen.

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03 Jun 2017 10:39:24
All silly rumours Newcastle don't tell you anything until there nearly signed good young hungry players is what we need.

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19 May 2017 18:06:45
Awful lot of ckearing out to do
and top 10 teams have quality in depth and without it you
will struggle

Some big decisions to be made
cincerning Mitro Perez Shelvey Mbemba ladwho will only besquad players

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22 May 2017 11:59:21
shelvey will be a starter next season but he needs competition and we need more creative players in the team.

Really don't know about mitro, I love his passion but he simply hasn't scored enough goals, he's good at link up play but that's about it. Perez deserves a chance next season imo, and i'd like us to keep mbemba, they both have potential.

At least 7+ signings needed tho.

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24 May 2017 16:09:30
Yes all of them I think it gives us 15 squad players and we need top up with 10 quality players
including GK 2FB CB DMF Striker and Creative midfield and Winger.

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14 May 2017 11:12:42
According to northern echo Joshua King is Rafa's top attacking target in the summer, the striker now has 16 premier league goals this season.

Tom Cairney also a top target for competition for Shelvey but Fulham could want up to £20m especially if they are promoted

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15 May 2017 19:31:10
Perhaps 50 names coming up the ganes have begun.

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28 Apr 2017 12:43:55
Been a hectic week after promotion, typical of newcastle to have some sort of success then have to balance things out by doing something ridiculous, the hmrc investigation just sums up how this club has been run over the past few years, bunch of frauds running the club, although not looking like any points deduction now, just hope it doesn't come back to bite us in the a*** in the long term.

Although rafa's press conferences looking generally positive about talks with ashley, looking like he will be backed and given the reigns, just hope it stays that way again.

Very slim chance we'll win the league now, would be nice to but can't say we deserve it when we've been bang average to poor in the second half of the season. New signings in january would have changed that, but rafa dealt with it well.

6 first team signings needed in the summer with potentially 2 more for squad depth in my opinion.

Players that need to be shipped out:
Krul
Sels
Anita
Gamez
Hanley
Haidara
Colback
Diame
Gouffran
Ameobi
De Jong
Vuckic
Riviere
Murphy

Think with the money brought in there, and with the profit made last season, i'd say it would be fair for mike ashley to back rafa with a decent budget of around £70million+

Positions probably needed, probably, right back for competition with yedlin, an experienced centre back, a decent left back that can defend and attack, a proper holding midfielder than can also distribute well, a creative number 10, 2 new wingers with pace and hopefully work ethic, and a pacey proven goalscorer up top.

Hope everything is well vida, art, des, plunjar

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29 Apr 2017 21:24:56
Everything is well jtoon. Agree with above. 8 quality players needed.

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01 May 2017 11:20:23
Thanks JToon, all good down under. Thankfully got to see only the good games beamed live. Leeds 1-1 was a great game.

On signings, we could really do with a whole new team again. That is not a wise idea as this squad is just getting to gel. So only a few first team additions for me. That would be a striker to replace Mitrovic, a leftsided winger and a holding midfielder. Clarke and Mbemba could be a great partnership in the middle. I do wonder why Mbemba could not play defensive midfield.

We should sell everyone you mention, but perhaps not in the summer.

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01 May 2017 12:34:38
Bet you're buzzing especially des, can watch all our games now we're in the prem.

Bit ironic that villa after all that's happened between us and them could be the ones to help us win the league.

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02 May 2017 05:31:31
Twas a struggle even for the optimistic
PL a new dimendion and hopefulluy a prick of concious for the prick who owns this football club and instead of being compared with Burnley we can be compared to the top 6 clubs in the PLand with Rafa we have a chance of that.

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02 May 2017 10:09:14
Indeed, I don't see how the fat man can't back rafa. Give him some dosh and control.

The figures of 100-150mil being bandied about is deluded and OTT, judging by previous promoted clubs netcsoend being around the 20/ 30 mil mark, I think any thing about 55mil plus would be fair for Ashley to back Rafa with. I'm sure we'll start seeing more fantasy football wish lists on who we'd like to sign for us in the summer but truth is no one knows who rafa wants.

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02 May 2017 14:24:31
Was it not 85m spent bringing Ginny and co to the Toon
Very interesting when you consider 40/ 50m being thrown around for one player by the top clubs.
Never mind we can always dream.

{Ed007's Note - You stole Ginola from under Celtic's nose and just so you know I'm still holding a grudge against the whole of Newcastle for it! ;)

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02 May 2017 16:05:17
£80m spent on Mbemba, Thauvin, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Shelvey, Townsend, Saivet, art.

Ashley backed with the cart but bolted on the wrong horse (aka a donkey in mcclaren)

He now has the right horse and needs to bolt on the cart

I reckon there will be some shrewd signings by rafa, some that no one may have heard of, through his large list of contacts around Europe. We have a good young british spine that we need to retain for next season, it's the players around them that need to be improved on.

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02 May 2017 20:28:09
And 50m being spoken about for Van Dyke
We either sign players others can't or don't know about or be left behind
2017/ 18 will be the largest spend ever it will be interesting to see how we fair.

Saving grace could be Rafa knows his players and can persuade players to sign only obstacle Ashley.

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02 May 2017 20:00:23
Aye Ed what a move could have become another Jinky Johnstone there again no one could emulate the Wee man.

{Ed007's Note - He would have tore it up in Scotland, it seems like a lifetime away now when Celtic could genuinely compete for a signing of Ginola's quality.}

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24 Apr 2017 23:15:49
Welcome Back Will Be Glad To See You

All At Anfield Next Season

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22 Apr 2017 17:51:05
Stage is all set for Mitro to go and get the winner on Monday night in front of the gallowgate.

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24 Apr 2017 00:25:55
Anything can happen we have made a mountain out of a molehill
Any tactics of negativity will expose Rafa Benitez
Having said that 3-1 to the Toon I hope.

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