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23 May 2022 12:04:14
Hi Eds,

Would you mind giving a breakdown of summer transfer targets/plans?

I’ve seen the forward options you detailed back in April but I’m interested in a full scope!

Thanks and appreciate the great work.

{Ed002's Note - I am not providing any huge lists.}

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23 May 2022 13:51:41
Ok thanks anyway ED002

I’ve always found those lists so insightful and a main reason I visit these sites compared to mainstream rumour sites!

But I’m sure you have your reasons.

Respect and thanks for the unrivalled great work!

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20 Apr 2022 09:52:06

hope you are all well and enjoying this season!

with summer looming and the excitement building, are there any main targets Newcastle have in their sights for a potential ST

Hugo Ekitike?

{Ed002's Note - My understanding from talking to the scout in Germany is that it is something like this:
Duvan Zapata (S) Atalanta are open to a sale - Newcastle have enquired. The problem the club will face will be persuading the player that the project is good enough for him to join. Want some sort of “get out” clause, but something may be possible.
Hugo Ekitike (F) Versatile forward has done well in the few months playing in Ligue 1 but nothing like enough to earn a step up two the Premier League. It is unclear who recommended him to Newcastle but they will offer well over the odds to sign him in January. West Ham have sent scouts. This could go horribly wrong as it is a significant step up - but I suspect something may well be possible for Newcastle.
Taiwo Awoniyi (S) Newcastle has an interest. Of interest to Southampton and Newcastle. aught by the WHU scattergun as well. Again, something may be possible for Newcastle.
Andrea Belotti (S) of Torino is out of contract in the summer and will move elsewhere, regardless of the interest of Newcastle.
Anthony Martial (F) Was offered to Newcastle. Seems unlikely.
Patrik Schick (S) Bayer Leverkusen do not wish to sell but know the interest of Manchester City, Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus could see the price rise significantly. Interestingly, whilst all have a declared interest, none have him as their first choice. West Ham and Manchester United have both sent scouts to watch him although seem unlikely destinations. Newcastle's scout in Germany has added him to the lengthy list he is creating. It is very unlikely that he would be interested in a move to Newcastle.
Gaetan Laborde (S) Newcastle keen but he only joined Rennes in the summer and they will not want to sell.
Youssef En-Nesyri (S) Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle have approaches to ask about availability and price for the player who is inconsistent. Makes little sense.
Bamba Dieng (S) Availability of the player was asked about by Newcastle during discussions over another player. I suspect interest has moved on.
Gianluca Scamacca (S) Milan and Juventus interest is sustained and Paratici may well have taken his prior interest to Spurs as a viable alternative if they are to lose Harry Kane. Inter, if they were to lose Martinez, could look to him. Newcastle and Fiorentina have both been scouting the player but neither have a realistic chance of signing him.
Darwin Nunez (S) Newcastle have enquired but there is no chance of him making such a move.}

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11 May 2022 16:11:32
Thanks for the update ed!
very grateful for your time and effort.
hope all is well your end.

up the mags!

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04 Jan 2022 22:11:19
Realistic chance on botman?
any other names building momentum either?
Can't stop checking all the sites, what a time to be a toon fan and enjoy the transfer window haha!

Cheers guys

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27 Dec 2021 20:00:04
Ed002, could we please have a list of targets like on the Arsenal page? Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - It is something like this but changing rapidly:

It is difficult to explain the situation at Newcastle given the lack of structure with no Director of Football in place and the scouting system in turmoil. The owners will be learning a tough lesson in the coming months whilst they will be pushed by agents hawking players around and “advisors” looking for commissions. Having now appointed a “Transfer Advisor” they should be able to let go of others, but they have not done so yet. From a negotiation standpoint they lack experience. From a financial standpoint they still need to comply with FFP but Mike Ashley left them in a very good place financially from a transfer perspective that they should be able to fulfil the immediate needs of RB, CB (maybe two) and CM For January and possibly an upgrade on Joelinton. The summer will see more significant changes.
Odysseas Vlachodimos (G) At the right price Benfica will sell. Lille were keen but no agreement and turned elsewhere. Newcastle and Arsenal have a declared interest. Newcastle should focus on getting him signed – he is a very god option – but the club need to clear the decks of what they have. A good chance for the summer if the club press for him.
Dean Henderson (G) Manchester United want to keep DH but he wants guarantees with Borussia Dortmund and Spurs considering their options. Newcastle may offer an immediate solution. Common sense dictates keep Henderson, but I suspect the club think otherwise. Perhaps a loan again. A move to Newcastle seems unlikely.
Sam Johnstone (G) Will not be sold in January, but Spurs, Newcastle, West Ham and Southampton may look to offers in the summer. Other sides will be more attractive than Newcastle.
Kieran Trippier (RB) Atletico will sell. They are likely hoping for Arsenal or Everton interest as well as Newcastle and Manchester United - but Everton interest may have left with CA. Makes no sense to me but something may be possible.
Sven Botman (CB) Milan or Newcastle could look to him. Will be available, but perhaps not until the summer, and many PL clubs have been scouting Lille. Emerging as first choice CB for Newcastle. I think something could be done.
Duje Caleta-Car (CB) Newcastle and Wolves have approached Marseille about a January transfer. There is sustained interest from West Ham with ex-scout Georges Santos joining West Ham.The player sees these clubs as a step down and want Champions League football. Would need a hard sell of the Newcastle project. Marseille are keen to move him on. A maybe for Newcastle.
James Tarkowski (CB) options are Newcastle and Wolves. One for next summer perhaps or a fall-back position for the preferred choices. Advice would be wait for preferred choices and don’t buy for the sake of it.
Tosin Adarabioyo (CB) Newcastle has a long-term interest and that has not changed with the ownership. Fulham will not sell until they know how they stand for next season. Very unlikely for January.
Abdou Diallo (CB) Newcastle have a declared interest - PSG will be willing to sell. Milan will offer a loan with an option and that might be more attractive to Newcastle.
Ben Mee (CB) Again there is interest from Newcastle. Would be well down the list.
Niklas Sule (CB) Tuchel is keen on the player but would need to convince others at the club. They will look to a new contract else a single payment cash only sale. Newcastle provides an option but I cannot see the player being interested.
Nathan Ake (CB) Time to move on with the player expressing an interest in a return to London - West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace may offer solutions.
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) Bayern Munich put in an offer for KK that was much less (about half) than Napoli's valuation of €50M in the summer. The interest of Liverpool, Everton, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United has likely gone due to his age and whilst there is no doubt about how good he is, €50M for a 30 year old would not seem like good business. Perhaps at half that price he would be a good solution and financial issues may see Napoli reduce their asking price and to ask for offers from elsewhere. Milan has a declared interest. It has been suggested that Newcastle may be interested, but if they start buying without the right structure in place it will go horribly wrong. I hope not.
Nathaniel Phillips (CB) West Ham interest remains and an enquiry has been made by Brighton who are seeking a CB addition in January. Perhaps a consideration for Newcastle but certainly not first choice. If not over-priced he should get a move.
Joe Rodon (CB) Down the list for Newcastle. Should be at the bottom of the list.
Marcelo Brozovic (DM/CM) a Free Agent in 2022 and will possibly be sold if a new contract cannot be agreed by January - both sides want an agreement. He becomes attractive to Newcastle, PSG and Spurs if he becomes a Free Agent. An agreement to stay may be reached but Newcastle become attractive because of the money - but they are unattractive as they are not building the management structure correctly. I doubt a move to Newcastle.
Boubacar Kamara (DM/CB) is doing himself no favours by not commiting to a new contract. Bayern Munich are still keen and may well have a pressing need to replace Marc Roca in January. Marseille have been approached by a third party on behalf of Newcastle, but they will be seen as a less than attractive option. Milan may just bite and look for a pre-contract, but Marseille could look to a January sale with ex scout Georges Santos joining West Ham and recommending the player - but he would probably be a Declan Rice replacement if anything were to happen, so it is unlikely. Interest of Chelsea has shifted elsewhere but Barcelona remain keen on taking Boubacar Kamara and a member of the Marseille staff. The member of Marseille staff says she is still hopeful that agreement can be reached to extend his contract. If there is no decision by the end of December, then Marseille accept he will move on - possibly as a Free Agent. Manchester United have spoken with his agent, which would be as a Matic replacement. Manchester City, like Chelsea, have a preferred option now. Newcastle need to sit down with the lady from Marseille and make a cash offer in January that will keep Marseille happy as he will not be leaving as a Free Agent – with permission to speak to the player they can then sell their project to this significantly talented youngster. Something can be done.
Gonzalo Villar (CM) It has not worked out for the player in Rome and his agent is being asked to find him a new club. Tentative approaches have been made to a number of mid-table Spanish sides but they have no interest at a €12M asking price for a player who would largely be a fringe player. This has prompted the player being offered to at least Newcastle and Everton in the Premier League. I suspect he will stay in Italy – and I would rule out a move to England.
Aaron Ramsey (CM) will be 31 by January and has been available for a while. Juventus are willing to release him from his contract at any time and his agent and a better known third party are working hard to find him a new home - the problem will be agreeing a salary package for a player who is now become a bit part player at Juventus. He may well have proven to be a reasonable Wijnaldum replacement at his best but those days appear gone and I am not aware of Liverpool looking to him but the supporters keep asking. May be difficult to find a home for but Juventus had hoped Paratici would be interested in taking him to Spurs - but that was not the case. There was an enquiry from West Ham, possibly at the prompting of his agent. His agent has more recently spoken with Everton who are hovering around FFP issues and need to reduce the wage bill and utilise the cheaper or free options available to them (like Begovich, Townsend and Gray this summer) and face work to extend contracts of some of the 8 who will out contract in the summer. If something could be done to keep the wages reasonable, he may provide a solution for them in midfield. Newcastle have been approached by his agent but have no need for such a player although if they still fear losing Sean Longstaff in the summer. Juventus were quoting €10M for him in the summer - now they want his wages off the books. If they cannot find a club to pick the player up as a Free Agent, they could end up negotiating to buy him out of the rest of his contract and he could end up in a similar position to Jack Wilshere. This is exactly the sort of transfer Newcastle need to avoid.
Toni Kroos (CM) Offered to Newcastle. I understand that there is no interest from the club.
Adrien Rabiot (CM) The third of the midfield misfits that Juventus are pushing to move on in January to fund and replace with perhaps two of Tchouameni, Kessie and Pogba going forward. Will, like every other player, be offered to Newcastle. A third party has been instructed to find him a new home – I don’t see Newcastle biting.
Youri Tielemans (CM) will not sign a new contract so will be available in the summer at a reduced fee. His agent confirms that there is interest from Real Madrid who are looking for a Luka Modric replacement and that he has been approached by a third-party representing Newcastle and is aware that other clubs, including Bayern Munich and Liverpool have scouted the player. It would be a coup for Newcastle if something could be done – but unlikely.
Dele Alli (AM) PSG were open to taking him on an initial loan last January - Spurs wanted him to see out the season and had no intention of letting him leave on loan. Spurs have been open to selling since the summer and would not accept a loan with an obligation to buy to ensure he moves on. It is difficult to see any side taking a risk on a straight loan with an obligation to buy - if it were an option then perhaps Aston Villa and Newcastle might provide options. I don’t see it as a progressive move for the club but those making decisions at Newcastle may see otherwise.
Florian Wirtz (AM) has admirers in Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Newcastle have a very experienced third party scouting players in Germany for them and have also looked at Wirtz. Has signed a new long-term contract but is playing well and Bayern might well look to an offer in the summer. Bayer Leverkusen will not want to sell and will point to the length of his contract. Will not move to Newcastle.
Jesse Lingard (AM) Needs to move on. Everton, Newcastle and West Ham may offer options. If Newcastle were to push something could be done.
Antonin Barak (AM) West Ham see the player as an option to Jed Wallace and Jesse Lingard. Newcastle has an interest. I expect him to stay in Italy and perhaps Inter Milan would offer a good solution.
Philippe Coutinho (AM/CM) was available in the summer and was actively being offered around to English, Italian and German sides - but the clubs approached like Spurs, Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester Liverpool and Everton had preferred options or no interest and would only look to him if options dried up and if a loan to buy option were available - but Barcelona ideally wanted cash and still do. Italy may provide an option on loan but that won't suit Barcelona which might well rule out Lazio. Milan would not be a surprise at the right price. If Barcelona cut their losses, then they may look to an exchange and might see who clubs like Juventus have available. Kia wanted to get him in to Arsenal ahead of Odegaard or Aouer - but that came to nothing. Kia will knock on Edu's door again in January and try and strike a deal - but with Odegaard signed it is hard to see where he would fit in without Smith Rowe departing. Kia will likely try Spurs again, who do have space in their squad but unless they soon turn things around their focus might be elsewhere. A deal involving Ndombele may be suggested. Kia has approached Newcastle, but they have no immediate need for a superagent and need to resolve other issues before buying players like Coutinho. I expect Kia might now get his way and get the player in to Arsenal.
Nabil Fekir (AM/F) Real Betis were happy to sell Fekir who they saw as not contributing enough in terms of goals although he has had a reasonable season last year. However, they want €35M - may be tough to find a buyer. Fekir is keen to stay at Betis. His agent spoke with Everton and West Ham over the summer and has recently approached Newcastle. The player will try and focus and stay where he is.
Luis Diaz (LW/LM) Porto rejected an offer from Spurs in 2020 and Mr Mourinho is thought to be keen on taking him to Roma and moving Justin Kluivert on permanently. Spurs do remain keen. The player has been offered to Chelsea and Everton and has been scouted by Newcastle, Barcelona, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at the behest of his agent. His agent would like to organise a move to Real Madrid. No chance of a move to Newcastle.
Jed Wallace (RW/AM) Rangers have an advantage as they can negotiate his signing as of January when West Ham and Newcastle will need to wait until he leaves Millwall in May. An interesting option if the club is building for the future rather than buying for the present.
Ismaila Sarr (RW) Still of interest to Liverpool. Offered to Newcastle but I understand there is no interest. Will be available in the summer.
Eden Hazard (LW/RW) Real Madrid have problems one way or another with all of their wingers and there is no guarantee any will be at the club next season. He will be another that Real Madrid listen to offers for and has been offered to several Premier League sides.
Ousmane Dembele (LW/RW/F) Klopp's interest does not seem to go away but the attraction will be that he is a Free Agent although his preference is likely to be elsewhere unless Salah or Mane were to leave. He will be a Free Agent in the summer - Barcelona may try again with a new contract or a January sale but his agent is offering him around now - looking for a large signing on package from the usual suspects. Barcelona may spring a surprise in January and look to see if something could be done with potential targets at Juventus or Milan to reduce the price. They may also look to an exchange with Chelsea for Rudiger but the Chelsea interest is elsewhere rather than Dembele. With Sancho arriving it is hard to see interest from Manchester United although they have been approached. PSG are seeking a French player still but have a preferred option as a Mbappe replacement. A discussion has been held with Newcastle. I suspect he will sign a new contract but the arrival of others may need to be taken in to account first. Injury concerns, inconsistent form and high wages must be considered by any potential buyers.
Eden Hazard (LW/RW) Real Madrid have problems one way or another with all of their wingers and there is no guarantee any will be at the club next season. He will be another that Real Madrid listen to offers for and has been offered to several Premier League sides .It is difficult to talk of the timings of transfers but Hazard is, like all of the wingers at Real Madrid and Chelsea, potentially available for a transfer. Whilst there is some support from someone senior at Chelsea, others are not keen to pay €50M for a 30 year old or exchange players. Has been offered to Newcastle as well. I suspect a move elsewhere as part of a part-exchange is favourite.
Anthony Martial (F) Could be let go to raise funds after the arrival of Ronaldo. His agent has spoken with Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, Juventus, Sevilla and Arsenal, no doubt amongst others. Lyon remain a club looking for a striker so a deal may be possible. Sevilla offer nice weather and that may be enough to attract him there.
Gabriel Barbosa (F) Agent has been doing the rounds in England offering the player on a loan with obligation to buy deal to at least Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham. Now being offered around mainland Europe - most sides still see the risk as high.
Wout Weghorst (S) Mr Mourinho is keen to take WW to Roma to replace loanee Borja Mayoral who hasn’t worked out. A senior and trusted third-party scouting Germany for Newcastle has highly-recommended WW to the club and he would be a significant upgrade on Joelinton, but Wolfsburg do not want to sell before the summer unless their efforts to sign an American youngster come to fruition very soon – and it won’t. Could be a good addition at a reasonable price.
Gaetan Laborde (S) Newcastle keen but he only joined Rennes in the summer and they will not want to sell.
Edin Dzeko (S) Someone asked the other day about ED to Newcastle. It makes no sense for club unless looking for a short-term miracle - maybe if relegated.
Odion Ighalo (S) 32-year-old stop-gap offered to Newcastle. Makes zero sense for the club.

Difficult to say as little interest is being shown in Newcastle players. However, those where interest has been shown by other clubs or they could be leaving:
Expect I or 2 GKs to move on.
Matt Ritchie (RB) Wants guarantees of game time as age is catching up with him.
DeAndre Yedlin (LWB) Galatasaray are keen.
Paul Dummett (LB) Out of contract in the summer.
Fabian Schär (CB) Out of contract in the summer.
Ciaran Clark (CB) Could make way for an upgrade.
Federico Fernández (CB) Could make way for an upgrade.
Sean Longstaff (CM) Out of contract in the summer – I expect a new one may be agreed but Nottingham Forest are keen.
Jonjonjo Shelvey (CM) Will likely stay for now but a decision will be made – useful cover.
Dwight Gayle (S) Won’t survive the cull.
Joelinton (S) An upgrade is needed as soon as possible.

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28 Dec 2021 17:47:21
Thank you Ed002! Wishing everyone on here a Happy 2022!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome - and you have a great New Year.}

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13 Dec 2021 23:03:47
reports trippier deal is done to Newcastle in January? Any truth?
His name seems to of disappeared from the bookies odds aswell.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any “done deal” but Newcastle are one of the interested sides. I would be fearful if the club pay over the odds to secure him. The club need to get the structure right and take a sensible approach based on the knowledge of football people - and it remains a worry that is not the case.}

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06 Dec 2021 12:27:59
Hi Ed,

hope you are all well,

as January transfer window is closing in on us massively, is there any updates on who Newcastle are targeting and the likely hood of a large budget?

or any other information at all?


{Ed002's Note - Mike Ashley left Newcastle in very good shape financially so budget is not an issue. Newcastle have been taking advice over potential targets but January is not a great time to buy and clubs should not be buying for the sake of it. Regardless, they have had a very experienced third party scouting players in Germany including Florian Wirtz but they are far from attractive at this ime. It is a great pity that the club have yet to find a suitable Director of Football. Aside from the numerous players that are being suggested and offered to the club (misfits like Rabiot, Coutinho, Dembele etc.), Newcastle need to make sure they are addressing the on field issues they have and need to look to adding a new first choice goalkeeper, a CB, CM, AM and a S as a minimum before the start of next season. They need to keep away from the older players being offered around like Koulibaly, Ramsey, Hazard and Kroos. They have declared an interest in Odysseas Vlachodimos (G), Duje Caleta-Car (CB) - and Newcastle have approached Marseille about a January transfer, Abdou Diallo (CB) and Ben Mee (CB). Ross Barkey and Lingard have certainly been considered and the club are keen on Gaetan Laborde (S) and Gonzalo Villar (CM).

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05 Nov 2021 23:37:50
Are you able to give transfer targets for newcastle in january, as it seems there are quite a few big names being mentioned like ter stegen and coutinho

{Ed002's Note - I spoke with someone who is advising the board and was told the club are being overrrun by agents and other clubs offering players. The issue is that the club has not built the structure and confirmed a Director of Football and then a manager so they will need to continue to take advice. You are right that ter Stegen (G) has been offered to them. James Tarkowski (CB) and Niklas Sule (CB) have been offered up as possible additions. Marcelo Brozovic has been discussed but is likely heading elsewhere. The likes of Aaron Ramsey (CM), Toni Kroos (CM), Adrian Rabiot (CM), Ross Barkley (AM/CM), Jesse Lingard (AM) and Philippe Coutinho (AM/CM) need to be avoided. Newcastle have a very experienced third party scouting players in Germany for them and have also looked at Florian Wirtz (AM) but he would not be open to a move. A major signing might be someone like Ousmane Dembele (LW/RW/F) or Eden Hazard (LW/RW) but taking advice and looking at perhaps Ismaela Sarr (RW) might be a better solution.}

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09 Nov 2021 00:26:52
Thanks for the reply ed, I think we all saw this coming, Newcastle owned by consortium which includes PIF, every club that is not state owned will throw their average player for sale for the price no other team will pay.

Didn't the same happen when man city got taken over with them buying arsenal players every transfer window, till they could buy better players.

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30 Nov 2021 10:52:45
Newcastle need to think in stages and buy accordingly. So, stage 1 is to avoid relegation this season, stage 2 is to do enough next summer to mean that relegation is not a risk next season and midtable is a possibility, stage 3 (for season 23/24) is challenging strongly for top 6 and so on.

Bearing that in mind, top players are not going to be interested in signing for Newcastle for a few years yet (unless they are on the way down and interested mainly in money), and hunger and desire to improve is going to be a priority.

And, looking at the current squad, they need at least one central defender, one midfielder and one striker - and maybe one full back and another midfielder - this winter.

I quite fancy Nat Phillips at Liverpool as the central defender. He does not have pace and is a 'keep it simple player of the ball', but (a) he is a real defender and (b) I think he'd respond well to being challenged to "improve and keep improving if you wish to be on this journey long-term". Probably wouldn't cost much more than £15m and is gettable now.

{Ed001's Note - he is surprisingly good on the ball Nat, he came on in leaps and bounds last season. I really like him and he is certainly good enough for the Prem.}

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13 Oct 2021 10:15:48
Heya Ed, regards takeovers in general. What do their groups consider before going in to buy a club? Like what was it about Newcastle that the Crown Prince decided this was the club to buy?

{Ed002's Note - It is a consortium that has devcided to buy the club and they would condider growth potential and opportunity and conduct due dilligence.}

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11 Oct 2021 23:06:35
Bruce appears to be heading out the door, Newcastle any closer to finalising a replacement? Who would Newcastle fans like to see appointed?

{Ed002's Note - I understand that they have spoken with Lucien Favre and Frank Lampard and are pondering approaching Leicester over Brendan Rodgers.}

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22 Oct 2021 16:36:45
Do you have any updates on this Ed? Things seem to have gone quiet on bothe Favre and Rodgers.

{Ed002's Note - Fonseca has been in discussions and I am told there are two issues to resolve but everyone is hopeful it can be done. I would rather they would have appointed a Director of Football first. They are taking advice from at least one third party. It needs a top-down approach or a creative approach. I hope it works out, I think the Newcastle fans need a break.}

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22 Oct 2021 23:29:47
I totally agree and was wondering myself which members of the consortium would be selecting the head coach. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - The club are taking advice from at least one third vparty and will have agents knocking on the door to do the same. There will be an interview process involving members of the board but after strarting in the right direction (lookming for a Director of Football or a Sporting Director), they are now heading down the road of manager/coach first - which is wrong.}

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09 Oct 2021 23:07:58
Ed2- hypothetically, could Newcastle spend a billion in New players this Jan and be within FFP?

{Ed002's Note - No. Newcastle can spend their rolling profit plus up to the full FFP losses limit. Anything beyond that needs to be offset against additional income from match day, commersial (e.g. sponsorship) or broadcasting. They can request to be allowed to add to that as new owners - but that seems unlikely.}

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10 Oct 2021 09:24:46
I heard on the bbc that Newcastle have turned a profit of 100million over 3 years coupled with potential “acceptable” losses of 105 million of the same period means they have 205 million which they can spend and not fall foul of FFP, I am led to believe.

{Ed002's Note - Yes that seems broadly correct.}

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10 Oct 2021 10:59:57
thanks ed! another question - what controls / measures are in place to prevent sponsorships where there may be a conflict of interest between the compony providing sponsorship and the owners of the club. For instance, if Crown Prince has a bet mate who own a multi-billion dollar empire decides to sponsor 1 billion dollars for their name on the shirts. What is in place to prevent that? Is this similar to the issue that City came across?

{Ed002's Note - The UEFA Club Financial Control Body are responsible for ensure losses are not reduce by by more than allowed under FFP for club owners or by any "excessive" commercial sponsorship from businesses in anyway related to the owners.}

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13 Oct 2021 10:46:06
thanks for the replies ed.

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07 Oct 2021 21:19:39
Hi Ed002,

With the takeover now having gone through, it seems like it is a case of when, not if, Bruce will leave. Do you know who the managerial targets are for the new leadership?


{Ed002's Note - Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Group has continued to push ahead with the purchase of Newcastle with the backing of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, the chairman of which is Mohammed bin Salman who is heir apparent to the King of Saudi Arabia. This put the Premier League and the Government in a difficult position regarding the "fit and proper persons" test given that he has been involved with significant civil rights concerns, repression of women's rights, war mongering, diplomatic issues with numerous countries, mass executions and specifically the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Pressure has resulted in the UK Government and Premier League shifting their stance slightly allowing the sale to go ahead based on a rather subtle argument that the consortium and the Saudi state are separate entities.

However, in terms of funding they need to comply with Premier League rules and with FFP, and when the qualify for Europe, UEFA FFP. As such, they can make an initial investment as new owners (there is a process they need to go through including making a request before December 31), but they cannot simply poor money in to transfers.

Previously the consortium had addressed the key issue of brining in a Director of Football as part of the bid process, and they approached a candidate that would have been innovative and I expect successful and he would have defined the working structure of the football side of the club. But he wasn't interested although he advised them that they need to either bring in a DoF and empower them to define a structure and make sure roles and responsibilities are true, rather than simply looking to through a different manager/coach in to the mix. A former Newcastle player was suggested but he was happy to work as an advisor but had no interest in working with the owners. At that point they had spoken with Andre Villas Boas and Rafa Benitez. The key thing for me is the DoF role, building the whole structure (including integrating the academy), filling the roles and planning the way forward over say five years - setting reasonable targets - and sticking to it. I don't know Jason Wilcox, but he is well repected for what he has done at the Manchester City academy but this would be a huge step up and they should bring in someone with experience of building and integrating (in the same way the likes of Brands, Zorc, Wenger, Campos and Begiristain have done).

In recent weeks there have been discussions with ex-Blackburn player Jason Wilcox who has been in charge of the Manchester City academy and I understand they are confident he will join as the Director of Football (Technical or Sporting Director). As for Stev Bruce, I suspect he will not have a long-term future at the club and clearly their is fan pressure as well. I am pretty sure that no decision has been made yet but it is easy enough to come up with options from those available (Conte - I very much doubt he would be interested; Lampard - I think he would be interested if asked; Eddie Howe - lower profile but well liked) and those who are perhaps looking to step up when the opportunity arises like Steven Gerrard. If they want to take a sensible approach, then perhaps they should look to Brendan Rodgers.}

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08 Oct 2021 10:31:31
Thanks for all the information Ed going to be interesting to see how it plays out.

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08 Oct 2021 21:23:01
Thank you for the detailed reply Ed002, have a good weekend.

{Ed002's Note - And you. Thanks.}

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09 Oct 2021 11:35:19
Suddenly the Newcastle pages have become very interesting.

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11 Aug 2021 14:43:04
will there me any more business for the toon ed? or is the willock deal the only one for us?


{Ed002's Note - Nat Phillips (CB) is of interest, as is the less likely Jens Cajuste (DM/CM). A striker could be added.}

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13 Aug 2021 10:49:31
thanks ed.

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06 Jul 2021 00:22:43
If ed 002 about , what is your take on the group headed by Amanda Staveley trying to buy into Newcastle. Is it dead in the water

{Ed002's Note - Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Group is still trying to push ahead with the purchase of Newcastle with the backing of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, the chairman of which is Mohammed bin Salman who is heir apparent to the King of Saudi Arabia. This has put the Premier League and the Government in a difficult position regarding the "fit and proper persons" test given that he has been involved with significant civil rights concerns, repression of women's rights, war mongering, diplomatic issues with numerous countries, mass executions and specifically the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

However, in terms of funding they need to comply with Premier League rules and with FFP, and when the qualify for Europe, UEFA FFP. As such, they can make an initial investment as new owners, but they cannot simply poor money in to transfers.}

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06 Oct 2021 21:44:29
So much for the human rights concerns by the sounds of things.
It’s looking like the takeover may well go ahead, have you heard anything Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I am told that most of the concerns have been addressed and it should go through soon.}

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21 Aug 2020 10:11:12
True we are in for Batshuyai and Barkley from chelski?

{Ed002's Note - Michy Batshuayi (S) Chelsea had no interest in letting him go in January when clubs were pushing but Chelsea will want a sale this summer. Crystal Palace may offer an option - Marseille would do but they have FFP problems and other issues to deal with first. Fenerbahce and Atalanta will look to a loan to buy or a very cheap buy. Leeds, Aston Villa or Newcastle may provide a solution and all have made general enquiries regarding availability. His agent is working hard to define the options.

Ross Barkley (CM/AM) Chelsea will look to move him on but the enquiry from Newcastle was some months ago - I am not aware of anything recently.}

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21 Aug 2020 13:34:22
Nice one champ.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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23 Apr 2020 11:13:29
Hi eds,

With the impending takeover almost complete, I was curious to know how this affects Newcastles transfer plans? Who is of interest to the club and who may well leave?

Cheers, and hope you're safe.

{Ed002's Note - If it goes ahead there needs to be a complete review of plans. Right now:
Danny Rose (LWB) Steve Bruce wants to make the loan permanent but much will depend on whether Maouassa can be signed.
Faitout Maouassa (LWB)
Lewis Gibson (CB) A couple of minor injuries, game time has dried up and without some sort of road map for his future, so the player has to consider options away from Everton. This may be a loan or sale which include old club Newcastle, Southampton, Ipswich, Brighton, Rangers and possibly Celtic. Feyenoord, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hoffenheim and AZ Alkmaar all offer options a little further afield. I think unlikely so scratch him.
Benoit Badiashile (CB) Chelsea are interested in taking Badiashile in the future but also interest from Wolves, Newcastle and Spurs. However, he would never achieve Home Grown status in England, so it makes a move less likely for now and he has signed a new contract. Forget him for a year or two but I am advised he is potentially a huge emerging talent.
Boubakary Soumare (DM/CM) will push in the summer assuming the new regime does not clear the decks completely or look to flip the club.
Franck Kessie (CM) could end up in the other changing room or move to England with interest from Newcastle, Wolves and Arsenal having watched the player. Discussions with Napoli over a part exchange have also taken place.
John McGinn (CM)
Rafa Silva (AM) the club are keen.
Valentino Lazaro (RM/RW/RWB) want to take up the option to buy him but will the new regime
Alexander Sorloth (S) on loan until June 2021 from Crystal Palace and Trabozonspor who have an option to buy the player so any move to Borussia Dortmund as a Haaland replacement is unlikely - Manchester United, Newcastle and Bayern Munich have looked at the player.
Karl Toko Ekambi (S) Newcastle would not commit to a loan with an obligation to buy and lost out, to Lyon who will commit to the obligation to buy him in the summer.}

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23 Apr 2020 13:41:56
Cheers Ed.

And outgoings?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of the plans.}

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