Yoan Gouffran is still deliberating whether to stay at Newcastle United or not.

The local media on Friday morning says that Rafa Benitez remains in the dark after offering the 31 year old to respond to a contract extension offered two months ago, with a deadline set to end on Friday night for the midfielder/winger to give his decision.

This is possibly not where most Newcastle fans expected/hoped to be at this stage…

Thursday brought news that Liverpool had knocked back a loan offer for Sheyi Ojo, a winger who has played only a handful of first team games at Anfield and he didn’t even make a Premier League bench last season, plus at international level he has made only one start and a few sub appearances at Under 20s level – with both Adam Armstrong & Freddie Woodman far more established at that level.

It may not be time to panic but we can’t live in a bubble either, protected from and ignorant of what happens elsewhere.

As Newcastle wait for Gouffran, someone who has shown nothing in the past three years that he has anything to offer in the Premier League, both Bournemouth and Huddersfield have smashed their transfer records by some way. The pair of them on Friday morning concluding deals which see them commit £30m in transfer fees, before you get to the wages.

Nathan Ake has joined Bournemouth for a widely reported £20m (now the 11th Premier League club to have paid £20m+ for a player), whilst Aaron Mooy has signed a permanent deal at Huddersfield for £8m plus £2m when he makes a certain number of appearances.

I have to say, both players would definitely have enhanced Newcastle’s team, Ake is a 22 year old Dutch international centre-back and looks a class act, whilst Aaron Mooy was named in pretty much everybody’s team of the Championship last season.

As for Yoan Gouffran, the fact he was offered a new contract is depressing enough in terms of indicating how limited Rafa’s budget may be BUT for the former Bordeaux player to then be still thinking about it some seven or eight weeks later, adds insult to injury.

Bournemouth also concluded the ‘free’ signing of Jermain Defoe on Thursday but have had to commit a reported £20m in signing on fees and wages to land the player.

Whilst a £10m deal for experienced keeper Asmir Begovic is also set to be formally announced by Bournemouth.

News of this transfer activity has seen local north east journalists question both Ake’s transfer fee and Defoe’s wages – but if Bournemouth hadn’t paid up, somebody else would have.

The total now stands at 21 Premier League transfers for this summer window that have been confirmed so far and around £300m in transfer fees.

These are the 21 Premier League transfers agreed (two of them announced as early as March, during the season) so far as confirmed by BBC  Sport:

22 March

Elias Kachunga (Ingolstadt – Huddersfield) £1.1m

31 March

Tom Cleverley (Everton – Watford) Undisclosed

19 May

Pascal Gross (FC Ingolstadt 04 – Brighton) Undisclosed

24 May

Christian Atsu (Chelsea – Newcastle) Undisclosed

26 May

Bernardo Silva (Monaco – Manchester City) £43m

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City – West Ham) Free

30 May

Dominic Solanke (Chelsea – Liverpool) Compensation

1 June

Darren Fletcher (West Brom – Stoke) Free

6 June

Sead Kolasinac (Schalke – Arsenal) Free

8 June

Ederson Moraes (Benfica – Manchester City) £35m

14 June

Victor Lindelof (Benfica – Manchester United) £31m

15 June

Davy Klaassen (Ajax – Everton) £23.6m

Harry Maguire (Hull – Leicester) £17m

Jordan Pickford (Sunderland – Everton) £25m rising to £30m

16 June

Mathew Ryan (Valencia – Brighton) Undisclosed

22 June

Mohamed Salah (Roma – Liverpool) £34m

23 June

Laurent Depoitre (Porto – Huddersfield) Undisclosed

24 June

Will Hughes (Derby County – Watford) £8m

29 June

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland – Bournemouth) Free

30 June

Nathan Ake (Chelsea – Bournemouth) Undisclosed

Aaron Mooy (Manchester City – Huddersfield) £8m



  • rob taplin

    Why is everyone so hung up about what other clubs are doing!! We will do our thing as and when it’s done, that might be next week or end of August. As long as we stay in the league this season and progress year on year then who cares about anyone else!

    • Alex

      I think your sentiments were in the 5-year plan that was announced 10 years ago.

      • Scooter

        we are now into the 3rd 5yr plan

        • Alex

          No, since they keep on failing, we’re in to about the 27th 5-year plan.

          • grantham mag

            There is no plan.

      • rob taplin

        That may be true but we are where we are so people either like it or lump it. Seems more people are interested in being negative about everything instead of looking to the season ahead with an open mind and seeing we have 2 months of the transfer window still open!

    • imrevaradi

      dead right.. we got whole of July yet.
      more negativity from the mag & it’s obsessions about other teams, managers, ex players bla bla bla..
      can’t remember last time I read a decent article on here..

    • Pelican

      “Why is everyone so hung up about what other clubs are doing.” Because we have to compete with those other clubs.

      • rob taplin

        OK, but does the club panic because another team has bought such and such a player? No, we have a game plan and we stick to it so we don’t care what else is happening. People expect us to competing with the big teams but we won’t. We just need to stay up this season, that’s the main objective!!

        • GToon

          And with our current squad we won’t achieve that lofty ambition of staying up.

  • Jimblag23

    He’ll be like a new signing.

    • Scooter

      i hope not

  • Shipcote Willy

    The speculation at the of the end of season was that Rafa would have between 70 and 100m to spend. Some pundits said it would be higher but most fans knew better. Reports in the local rag say that the Lejeune deal is being held up because Ashley wants to make staged payments, something the club has never done in recent years, so as not to blow a hole in the budget. If correct this suggests a very small budget as does the futile attempts to sign kids on loan. I am surprised that Rafa would stay under these circumstances as without significant strengthening this squad will struggle. I read fans saying wait till the end of August to see who we have but all the signs suggest no ‘marquee’ signings as the hapless Carver claimed and indeed no signings with Premiership experience as the prices are way too high for Ashley

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    What’s the point in crying now, if by the end of the window nobody has signed then have a massive cry and stamp your little The Mag feet. Until then try acting mature, this website is so juvenile it’s untrue!

  • TheFatController

    So the transfer window is a race ?

    • Paul Busby

      Well I think the concern is that without suitable training ground time, the players wont necessarily be ready for the squad.
      I totally agree though, people are getting far too worked up over it.

    • GToon

      No, but it is a competition.

  • magpiejack

    As much as I feel Gouff is a decent pro lost for words that we are hanging on a decision from him. If this goes on like this will Rafa walk….can I get a refund on my season ticket!

  • Scooter

    when you re sign a player as useless as Gouffran it makes you wonder just where the club is going

  • lukegte

    Gouffran wasn’t guaranteed a place in the starting XI in the Championship. He knows this and will likely be debating whether to be a back up at NUFC or go back to France and start every week. I trust Rafa’s decision to offer him a new deal. Maybe he knows something we don’t, his character may be a positive for the rest squad for example. If you look at the list of Premier League signings already made, not many clubs have signed more than NUFC at this stage. Everton, knowing they are going to sell Lukaku, have gone for it so the transfer fees they pay aren’t inflated by other clubs’ knowledge of their swollen kitty. Bournemouth have signed players that were readily available. Other than that… it’s early days. Relax

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    there`s plenty of time to recruit players but to offer Gouffran an extension beggars belief

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    We’ll not spend more than 30 million this summer on players you’ve never heard of! Ashley will only splash the cash in January if we’re in the shyte.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Charlie Taylor tribunal fee to be just 5 million? Why are we not trying to do that deal? Young, English, powerful, technically good and an upgrade on any left back we have at the club. Why are we not doing this deal?

    • GToon

      And we should have gone for Will Hughes too. Total and utter lack of ambition from Ashley as usual.

      • anyobrien

        Will Hughes lmfao….. Very very overrated… My Derby County season ticket holding neighbour will tell you that.

  • Delashio

    Plenty time left