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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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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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16 Mar 2017 14:02:36
Thauvin in the france squad.

Was he really not good enough or was he just not given enough time?

{Ed002's Note - Thauvin is a good player that won't be playing for Newcastle again. I think he took a while to settle in England and he now has that return to form.}

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17 Mar 2017 15:50:57
Thauvin is good player. But I think he was not cut out for the speed and physicality of the premier league very much like cabella.

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17 Mar 2017 16:17:04
Not given a chance by what now is obvious pooor coaches
HBA and now this lad in French squad says it all really.

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04 Mar 2017 23:09:31
What a difference when the tactics passion will to win and skill come together as they did today.

Hard fought and deserved 3 points

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04 Mar 2017 20:34:43
That was the best first half performance this season and exactly what I gave been bleating on about.
We performed with aggression passion Skill and a plan.
Murphy to start against Reading and 2 wingers again.

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20 Feb 2017 22:03:00
Not convincing but job done, we grew into the game once we went 1-0 up. Villa played very well defensively in first 40 mins sitting back and frustrating us. But overall deserved.

Lansbury scoring an own goal as well, couldn't make it up.
Even though gouffran got the goal, atsu definitely needs to start against bristol at home, that dangerous cross he put into the box was more than gouffran created in the whole time he was on. Wise of rafa to put diame in instead of perez, I don't think he would have got the better of jedinak.

We go again.

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21 Feb 2017 00:39:08
Diane did nothing NO end product
The lack of passion is worrying and the team look at times lathargic and a couple of mistakes by Dummet could have been fatal
Bristol is a must win because the next 3 games away against the chasing pack will be hard and any points critical.

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21 Feb 2017 01:30:35
Lack of passion? Sorry but can't agree with that art.

But yes next 3/4 games are massive and could be season defining.

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21 Feb 2017 15:32:55
As long as your happy that is all that counts
Personally I am not and the Richie interview after the match seemed to agree

We carry too many players in each game and I for one will be glad to see the backs of Dummet Colback Anita Perez Sells Diame Guffron and Mitro
They have all played a part but there are much better players we could and should have had in January, but having said that if we are promoted it is all water under the bridge.

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21 Feb 2017 17:28:55
With Gayle likely to be out for a few games it's mitro's last chance for me. When he came on he looked lively fired up and full of running but didn't have a great deal of opportunities, he needs to show that same sort of hunger in the next few

Against Bristol Perez and Atsu need to come back in but Gouffran and Diame would be more reliable when we play huddersfield Brighton and reading which will all be massive 6 pointers.

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21 Feb 2017 20:14:53
These are the only players we have and that is the sadness of it
They need a rocket up their asses and get their heads down and ensure they put a shift in.

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22 Feb 2017 05:23:15
Maybe they all know Rafa will be off in the summer as Fatty is up to his old tricks again.

Lets face it the cause of the caustic culture at the club is down to Ashley. Rafa can only work so much magic.

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22 Feb 2017 19:38:23
That telescope must reach a long way Des, even you can see it from all those miles away

Like you I never feel safe when Ashley is around.

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23 Feb 2017 19:28:09
To be fair to the club they've improved a lot in terms of PR and communication with the club. I don't know how much you read into the toon des being in Australia, but the clubs have got much more involved with the community this season and so has Rafa, also with making NUFCTV free and posting full 90 minutes of games is great. I want to say the club is changing for the better and hopefully will stay that way but what threw me off was the January transfer window. But who knows maybe Ashley just wanted to wait to allow Rafa to spend big in the summer?

Ashley will know that the club will implode if he doesn't give rafa the tools required and the reigns to control this club. He knows that it will be the last straw for many of the fans, it won't just be Rafa who walks away, it will be the fans as well. I just don't know why Ashley would want that. Or maybe he just does like being the bad guy so he can make the headlines of newspapers.

{Ed001's Note - one thing you can never fault Rafa for is his work within the community. He is a genuinely nice guy who will go out of his way to help others when he can. I really hope he is given the tools he needs, as he deserves the chance to build.}

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16 Feb 2017 23:42:07
Perez was our best player v norwich, he needs to carry it on the next few games, fed up of his inconsistency. Such potential and attributes to be a good number 10 but he needs to start doing it most weeks not once every month.

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17 Feb 2017 15:49:18
NOW it is push comes to shove and Perez and a few more need know there is no hiding place.

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