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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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15 Apr 2020 11:53:42
Do any of the Eds have any info on the proposed takeover of NUFC?

{Ed002's Note - Amanda Staveley's PCP Group is pushing ahead with the purchase of the club on behalf of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, the chairman of which is Mohammed bin Salman who is heir apparent to the 84 year old King of Saudi Arabia. This could put the authorities (Premier League) 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.)

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18 May 2020 11:46:18
How on earth can they pass the β€œfit and proper persons” test.

{Ed002's Note - I completely agree Patrick.}

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20 Aug 2019 08:13:26
Although i'm a big glasgow rangers fan of many years, newcastle utd have always been my favourite english team. I have many good friends i've met by going down to newcastle as regularly as I can. I have also been to a good few nufc games, at the superb st. james' park. The toon are an incredible, very passionate support and the best supporters in england bar none. Very loyal supporters you guys and deserve so much better regarding the owner mike ashley.

I as a going rangers fan, have seen at first hand, that ashley is no good for your football club and ain't interested one little bit. I back you guys all the way, in your fight against him, being the owner of your superb football club. Wish he would do one, sell up to a proper owner that the club and the newcastle utd supporters, most definitely deserve. The potential at your football club, you don't need me to tell you, is enormous, given the right owner!

This football club has the potential to become another man city within several years, under a new owner who will invest and run the club properly. I wish nufc, all the newcastle utd supporters all the very best wishes for the future. A magnificent football club you have, getting ruined by an absolute parasite of a man.
The best of british 'toon army'.

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19 May 2020 11:04:35
Right owner?

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01 Aug 2019 20:35:55
Ed002. You mentioned interest in Amadou on another page. Do you have any idea what stage Newcastle are at with him or any other clubs for that matter?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know what you mean by "stage". Newcastle have had an interest in the player for sometime (when RB was in charge) and wanted to take hime on loan in January. Seville don't want a loan, already have a replacement but are asking (€15M) than Liverpool wish to pay.}

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02 Aug 2019 19:30:31
Thanks. Have Newcastle made any approach to the players reps or had any contact with Sevilla regarding a permanent transfer?

{Ed002's Note - I am not ionterested in giving any blow-by-blow updates.}

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10 Jul 2019 10:30:22
Hi All

Any news on any manager for Newcastle as yet?, I from West ham rumours and have been following your progress. or lack of it for a while

I do have a soft spot for Newcastle. every time I go up there I find nothing but loyal friendly fans whose whole round football knowledge is 2nd to none, and feel very welcome,

Im gutted for you all with the hand you been delt with. I don't know how or when but the sooner Ashley goes the better so football can breath again in the city.

Newcastle fan base is absolutely massive, is there no business people up there that can build a consortium, I know Β£300m is so much money but it has to be an investment in the long run what with TV money and fan base. Even if you had to go mediocre for a few seasons as long as u stay in the Prem it no different than you have now,

I can't believe no one has just came in paid the price to own NUFC, If I had the money it would be a no brainer. but would you want another Cockney in?? :)

Wishing you all the best

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09 Jul 2019 15:58:30
do you have any potential news/gossip on Newcastle's transfer targets ED?
I know its asking a lot, being a Newcastle fan isn't easy haha!
any sort of news is good for us
cheers mate

{Ed002's Note - I have explained what I know.}

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17 Jul 2019 16:28:20
News has appeared that joelinton is on his way to the toon? apparently left out of hoffenheim game today. now bruce has been announced signings will start to come about i'm guessing? or is this just paper talk

cheers ED mate.

{Ed002's Note - The club has been working on Joelinton for a while - Wolves are also keen. It is unrelated to SB.}

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18 Jul 2019 22:16:59
Thanks for the speedy responses Ed πŸ‘πŸ½
Guessing the take over is off. Same old Ashley.

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28 Jun 2019 20:01:37
I know it sometimes requires a crystal ball when it comes to NUFC but I was wondering if any of the Eds could shed any light on

a) Who the club are looking at as a manager/head coach?

b) Which clubs have expressed an interest in Rafa?

{Ed002's Note - A tough question JimTim. There is a significant complication that concerns the efforts to get a takeover across the line. The two previous attempts at takeovers were, like it or not, well defended by Mike Ashley. One would have seen profiteering after a couple of years and the other would have simply seen the club flipped. Now there is some light at then end of the tunnel which I hope can work for Newcastle. All of this is why the club only wanted to extend Rafa by one year which was key to his walking away with dignity. Ideally the club would like to take someone on with a one year deal only - it gives time for a takeover and then the new owner will look to bring in a new coach. So it would be wrong to mention names right now - I know of one who has had a conversation but it will be tough to take on a one year deal. I could suggest someone but right now we should wait a little bit.}

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29 Jun 2019 05:20:10
Thanks Ed002. It's reassuring you see a a light at the end of the tunnel with regards to the takeover.

{Ed002's Note - Let's hope so.}

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02 Jul 2019 15:32:00
is there a time scale on which both parties are trying to get the deal over the line ED? and does this mean mike ashley isn't prepared to invest in summer signings.

{Ed002's Note - It takes time and Ashley has always allowed investment in players - perhaps not enough to the liking of the fans.}

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08 Jul 2019 12:22:54
Any further developments Ed002? Or is it still just a case of being patient?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware.}

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10 Jul 2019 19:33:31
Rumours today suggesting that Ashley has contacted Steve Bruce.

That would just be so wrong on so many levels. Firstly, I don't think he's good enough to work miracles under the financial constraints that Ashley supplies, and secondly, he used to manage Sunderland, and therefore everyone is going to want his head before a ball has been kicked. Thirdly, why would he jump ship from his job at Sheffield Wednesday for a 1 year contract at Newcastle where he'll be hoisted if there's a takeover?

It has shambles written all over it.

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27 May 2019 08:50:48
Do any if the Eds know if Newcastle United has been sold by Mike Ashley?

{Ed001's Note - not yet, not as far as I am aware of speaking to members of the family said to have bought it anyway. They say talks have taken place but Ashley is not easy to make a deal with.}

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27 May 2019 10:18:54
Top bloke Ed thanks πŸ‘. Seems to be some conflicting reports floating around.

{Ed001's Note - people are just hoping to be right and be the first to say it, so are jumping in ahead. Sheikh Al Nehayan is desperate to own a Premier League club and will keep trying until he does own one. I would not be surprised if he is also one of the parties involved in talks over Leeds.}

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27 May 2019 10:47:01
Interesting. Way to rain on a parade but again thank you.

{Ed001's Note - I wouldn't lose hope, the Sheikh would prefer Newcastle over the other potential options, so it is just about Ashley.}

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27 May 2019 11:08:05
That's the problem Ed πŸ˜‚.

{Ed001's Note - sadly that has been the problem for a long time. He says he wants to sell but he keeps finding obstacles to ensure he doesn't.}

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27 May 2019 11:23:05
I agree comepletely with that. Well from my viewpoint at least, if he is serious, he surely won't get a much better chance than this.

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed he decides to sell this time. Football would be a much better place without him involved.}

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27 May 2019 11:23:05
I agree comepletely with that. Well from my viewpoint at least, if he is serious, he surely won't get a much better chance than this.

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed he decides to sell this time. Football would be a much better place without him involved.}

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28 May 2019 08:54:01
Hey Ed001

How do you see the level investment being?

Will this be to the scale of Man City with training complexes and regional investment? Or more like Wolves, Everton and Leicester?

Also how will FFP impact? Seems like they wouldn't have same opportunities as Man City and PSG to over invest to catch up with all the changes.

Always thought the Citeh owners should have bought Newcastle.

Makes for a very competitive league.

{Ed001's Note - they will follow a plan similar to City I would expect. It is the way they work, planning for the grandkids futures rather than their own. So it will be very long term. However I don't think the potential in the area is quite the same as Man City to regenerate around the ground. I should say I don't know if it is rather than don't think. I don't know how much of the surrounding environs they would be able to get control of and rebuild. So it will probably end up being somewhere in between City and Wolves type of investment.}

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28 May 2019 10:28:57
Going to be really interesting to watch play out.

Also with City, PSG plus others benefiting from Pre-FFP rules on over investment it will be interesting to see if this is challenged. Definitely makes it harder for them to scale as quickly as those others and protects the status quo (which ironically includes City) .

{Ed001's Note - I wouldn't get carried away yet, this announcement is more about putting pressure on Ashley than it is about it being done. Though it does seem Ashley has met his match this time, this guy does not mess about.}

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28 May 2019 13:41:47
Fair point, I'm genuinely interested in how it plays out.

Would be interested in if thrle fit and proper person test (has anyone failed? ) would be an issue with the human rights issues and amnesty international's comments around sports washing.

{Ed001's Note - honestly there is far too much made of this through ignorance. Every country in the world, just about, has human rights issues. There is no such thing as clean money.}

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22 May 2019 07:27:45
Eds is there any interest in Longstaff? Saw Ed001 saying he was a good player to watch out for, so was wondering about it.

Hope he stays in Newcastle to develop!

{Ed001's Note - I don't expect him to go anywhere this summer.}

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22 May 2019 15:05:13
That's great Ed! What do you think of the young lad?

{Ed001's Note - excellent young prospect. Should be on the fringes of the England team in my opinion.}

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24 May 2019 03:44:58
Fingers crossed for him! Hope you're doing well Ed!

{Ed001's Note - he is defo one to watch out for in my opinion mate. You could see him growing as a player by the game. Sometimes even within a game. It will be interesting to see how he deals with this first set back though, as it is those that define careers.

Good thanks mate, you?}

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16 May 2019 20:24:25
Ed002 can you see Rafa leaving? Any truth in him going to Celtic

{Ed002's Note - Benitez has a number of options but I would not hold your breath abouth a move to Celtic as he would need a great deal of persuading. }

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16 May 2019 21:51:08
Thanks for your reply Ed002 its anyones idea who'll end up at Celtic I just hope they don't go with the easy option.

{Ed002's Note - The easy option remains the most likely - the good option was put aside.}

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17 May 2019 06:35:02
I'm intrigued what would you say is the good option? Or would you not like to delve deeper.

{Ed002's Note - This is the Newcastle page.}

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17 May 2019 10:56:37
No worries Ed thanks for your time anyhow.

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17 May 2019 14:13:54
Ed002, Do you know of any player Newcastle will be interested in this summer window?

{Ed002's Note - They have been looking:
Kenny Lala (RB/RM) - signed a new contract so looking unlikely
Rogerio (LB) a lot of money for an unproven player
Tom Cairney (CM)
Nicolo Zaniolo (AM) no chance
David Brooks (AM)
Ryan Fraser (RW)
Kenedy (LW) Chelsea open to sale but Kenedy is not so keen
Daniel James (LW) seen as an option to Kenedy
Dwight McNeil (LW/F) Newcastle are likely not attractive enough to attract him
Tammy Abraham (S)
Duvan Zapata (S) player was not keen on a move to West Ham in January and the €50M asking price has already scared of Newcastle and Inter Milan - WHU could return

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17 May 2019 16:45:50
Thanks a lot mate. You nailed it last year with a few off your list being eventual signings so here's hoping for a few of those πŸ‘.

{Ed002's Note - At lot will depend on what happens with the coach.}

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23 Jan 2019 15:05:08
Questiom for ed002 if you have the time?

Is there any truth in newcastle signing martens, or is it th3 normal paper runbish?

{Ed002's Note - There have been discussions and it has not worked out well at Atelico, and could happen if a loan fee can be agreed.}

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23 Jul 2018 19:37:23
Evening Ed002, just a nudge to see if you could squeeze in that Newcastle update? Much appreciated if you can, no drama if you don't have time yet. Cheers either way.

{Ed002's Note - I thought I had done it already? Let me know if you can't see it.}

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20 Jul 2018 21:14:01
Hey ed's just wondering if you could give an update on any incomings and outgoings at Newcastle. Cheers ed.

{Ed002's Note - Ask on Monday and I will try.}

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23 Jul 2018 01:13:53
Hi Eds. Any updates on the incomings/ outgoings? Really appreciate your inputs, Eds.

{Ed002's Note - Sorry about this, time has been an issue. I have not checked to see if there are any very recent updates but my existing notes say:

Martin Dubravka (GK) - done
Karlo Letica (GK) – moved to Brugge and I would say the goalkeeping buy of the summer – one you will hear a lot more about
Ryan Fredericks (RB) – moved to Spurs
Kenedy (LWB) – arrived on loan
Federico Fernandez (CB) – discussed at the same time as Sung-yong Ki but came to nothing, NU may return but Schar is first choice right now
Kasim Nuhu (CB) – seen as too expensive and looking likely to join Hoffenheim
Fabian Schar (CB) – will arrive to replace Mbemba if RB gets his way
Mikel Merino (DM) – done but sold on
Sung-yong Ki (DM) – done
Thiago Mendes (DM/CM) - put off by Lille's €25M asking price
Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa (DM/CM) – kept watching him last season but nothing will happen now
Valon Berisha (M) – opted for Lazio instead
Kasey Palmer (M) – loan wanted but not allowed
Mario Goetze (AM) – no realistic chance of him moving to NU
Stefano Sturaro (CM) – interest has gone
Lovro Majer (AM) – a wildcard option it may be worth keeping an eye on for the future
Andros Townsend (RW) – wanted but Crystal Palace will not want to sell
Carlos Mane (RW) – I expect interest has gone
Yacine Brahimi (LW) – in talks with another side and covered by arrival of Kenedy
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (M) – loan wanted but not allowed
Divock Origi (F) – remains possible but NU would only want a loan
Quincy Promes (F) – very, very, very, unlikely
Alassane Plea (S) – headed to Borussia Moenchengladbach
Yoshinori Muto (S) - may be a WP issue in England and if Gayle stays it would be unlikely
Salomon Rondon (S) preferred choice

Jesus Gamez (RB) - gone
Massadio Haidara (LB) – gone
Stuart Findlay (CB) – gone
Curtis Good (CB) - gone
Mikel Merino (DM) – moved on for purposes of profiteering
Jack Colback (DM) – loaned to NF
Chancel Mbemba (CM) – Porto would like a deal
Aleksandar Mitrovic (S) – will head to Fulham I would think
Dwight Gayle (F) – expected to stay

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23 Jul 2018 23:42:09
A million thanks to you, Ed02.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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26 Jan 2018 01:11:41
Looks like another pointless year supporting NUFC.

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16 Oct 2017 17:06:04
Newcastle officially up for sale, Ashley wants it sold by Christmas

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16 Oct 2017 19:13:41
Hats off to Larry we can all smile again.
There can be no negatives only joy and a chance to re establish Newcastle United.

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