When you look at signings who would/could be achievable, interesting on Friday morning to see a usually credible source reporting that Newcastle have registered an interest in Robert Snodgrass.

The winger/attacking midfielder has regularly been linked with Newcastle and indeed before he moved to West Ham in January, it was heavily reported that Rafa Benitez had tried to sign him.

West Ham were struggling mid-season and spent significant money on experienced players such as Jose Fonte and  £11m on Robert Snodgrass, to try and ensure there would be no relegation.

That second half of the Premier League season saw Snodgrass make only eight Premier League starts (seven off the bench), score no goals and only get two assists.

Hammers journalist Hugh Southon (also has his own Claret & Hugh site) says that West Ham are ready to now sell the January signing in order to recoup most of the money they spent in that last transfer window, as he hasn’t convinced that he will play a part in Slaven Bilic’s plans next season.

Hugh Southon says that the player is available for around £8m and that Newcastle are keen.

Signed by Hull from Norwich for £7m in summer 2014, Robert Snodgrass spent a whole season out injured with a knee injury.

However, after being relegated in his absence, the Scottish international helped Hull back into the Premier League with four goals and seven assists in 21 Championship starts (plus six off the bench) in 2015/16.

The season just gone saw Snodgrass Hull’s best player/hope as he scored seven Premier League goals and got three assists in only 19 starts (one off bench), only for Hull’s owners to take the £11m offered by West Ham in January with relegation looking a certainty.

With the job Silva ended up doing as Manager, you have to wonder if Robert Snodgrass had remained, whether that could have been enough to stay up?

In his time at Hull, he played a part in a remarkable 21 league goals (scoring 11 and 10 assists), despite starting only 40 Premier League and Championship matches.

To get the required players in this summer, Rafa Benitez was always going to have to make compromises somewhere, whether it is an injury record, players who don’t have loads of experience, or ones at the other end of the spectrum who aren’t going to have a big sell-on possibility.

Robert Snodgrass turns 30 in September and would prove a great signing in my opinion, he can play on either wing or behind the main striker and is a very busy hard working attacking player – a bit like Matt Ritchie but a bit more flair in being able to beat his man.

As well as his league goals at Hull last season before his failed move to West Ham, Snodgrass of course also scored the equaliser against Newcastle (see above) in the League Cup quarter-final after Sels spilled a soft shot, He also took the first penalty in the shoot out that saw the Magpies exit.

An interesting possibility and if Robert Snodgrass did sign, it would be further proof of Rafa’s ability to decide his own signings, whatever their age/experience.



  • Toonarden

    Totally underwhelmed if this were true – and for £8m too!!!!

  • Polarboy

    If we’re going to go for another Scottish midfielder it has to be Cairney. Obviously Snodgrass has him beat on premier league experience, but Cairney’s potential is far greater.

  • Steve Smith

    Decent signing in my eyes if we can land him. Snodgrass is a good player but needs consistency.

    Rafa could get that out of him.

  • mentalman

    i would imagine signing him means there is little chance of Rafa going back for Townsend

  • Rich Lawson

    Not Andy Carroll then,that makes a change,but yet another West Ham crock,why ?

  • wishfull thinker

    No thanks

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Now why the f##”k would we want him,
    A promise of Champagne only to end up with Cava

    Nothing changes at NUFC, only the manager

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    When`s Big Andy coming home ??

  • Burt Humperdink

    I would prefer Delph still but I am bored of saying that.

    I have seen Snodgrass play a whole bunch both for Leeds and Hull. I wasn’t even aware he had signed for the Hammers. He looked the genuine article in his Leeds days but since then has had a worrying journeyman type existence despite sometimes playing quite well. As a squad player who can do a job maybe but wouldn’t want to spend too much on him.

    • Whickhamrobbie

      spot on snod is a decent player no more Delph is better IMO but injury is a doubt back up player at most but he is better than gouff

  • 1957

    If that’s the best we are looking at clearly the rafalution has stalled.

    £8m for a 30 year old who couldn’t get a regular game for a struggling WHU, no thanks, can’t see him as an improvement over whats already at the club

  • Grahame Johnson

    Stability look’s the goal for a few seasons, armed police all over Byker at 8.15, Geordie response keep calm and have a Gregg’s the queue was lot the door

  • MadMag83

    He’d be alright as backup but not much more

  • If they are willing to sell for 5Mln I say we go for it, but contract up to 2 years.
    Snodgrass has plenty of experience and quality to offer.

  • Phil K

    Backup and thats it.
    Ask yourself – been at West Ham 10 minutes and they’re shipping him out ? Always a reason

    • HarryHype59

      They don’t think he’s a an EPL standard player.

  • Lhc

    Typical Ashley signing, no thrills! We are going to struggle with our current squad and these level of additions, sorry to kill the mood but I’m a realist

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      ha ha, anything that’s not exciting is an Ashley signing. When is it a Rafa signing?

      • Lhc

        Every time I try to respond to your comment the mag takes it down, so much for freedom of speech! But who a man I trying to kid I’m living in 2017 Britain 🇬🇧

  • Geordiegiants

    A solid hard working Rafa type of player, with a little bit of flair. Would be a decent signing in my opinion, but like everything it’s all speculation at the moment.