Is this the worst Newcastle transfer speculation story you’ve heard this season?

There is of course some pretty stiff competition but this morning’s latest is surely grasping at very thin straws when trying to come up with an ‘exclusive’.

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Serial offenders The Sunday People are yet again responsible.

Their claim today is that Newcastle could bring in Southampton boss Ronald Koeman in the summer, with the most difficult hurdle being to pay £2m in compensation to get his release.

The ‘exclusive’ reading:

‘But Koeman, who has worked wonders at Southampton this season since joining from Dutch side Feyenoord, has emerged as a leading contender for a number of reasons – despite the fact it would cost £2million to secure his release.

He would have no issue working within the Newcastle business model, in which director of football Graham Carr has a major say.’

The Saints may have struggled in recent weeks but they are still fifth in the table and only two points off the Champions League placings.

Koeman has modelled the best defence in the Premier League with only 20 goals conceded, despite having to rebuilt it after players such as Lovren and Shaw forced moves.

If the Dutchman decided he did want to leave Southampton, there would be a queue of clubs after him and why on earth would he come to Newcastle.

To suggest he would have nor problem working within  the ‘Newcastle business model’ is laughable, a credible manager willing to come to St. James’ Park and given no say on which players come and go, plus having the lowest amount possible spent on the squad to try and ensure survival? Yes, I can see how that job description would grab him.

Koeman has been given £77m (figures from Transfermrkt website)to spend this season on his squad, buying five different players who cost £11m or more, in contrast, in eight years Mike Ashley has not agreed a single player transfer (inwards!) that cost more than £10m, which is what was spent roughly on Cisse and Cabella.

Southampton also spent £35m the previous season, making it £112m investment in their squad over two years, over the same period Newcastle didn’t buy a single player last season and spent around £31m this past season.

Newcastle should be seen as an attractive proposition by a Southampton manager but unless you have been asleep for the last few years then you’d realise that the only Southampton manager we are likely to attract is the sacked Alan Pardew when they were in the third tier of English football.

It would be a dream of course to see a respected manager like Ronald Koeman brought in, given decent money to invest in the squad and the freedom to choose the players.

Back to reality though and before yesterday’s match against Villa, John Carver says he’s already started to plan for next season