The Newcastle transfer speculation reached a new low at the weekend, with only three weeks left until the Premier League kicks off, the newspapers couldn’t even be bothered to make up any new NUFC transfer ‘targets’.

Monday morning though sees two transfer stories circulating which sums up the desperation of the papers to get attention, they don’t even make any sense – especially when you put them together.

Tracing them back, they both appear to have originated from The Sun, but countless others are now running the transfer tales a definitely/probably/possibly going to happen.

The first one sees them return to the Sheyi Ojo (pictured above) one with claims that Jurgen Klopp has given Championship clubs permission to talk to the 20 ear old winger for a loan deal – but if it is Newcastle, he will only sell to NUFC and the price will be £10m.

As a 17 year old, Sheyi Ojo made the bench twice (but didn’t get on the pitch)  for Liverpool in the Premier League in 2014/15, before heading off to Wigan for a half season loan. The young left winger didn’t score any goals as he started seven Championship games and came off the bench twice.

Then in August 2015 it was straight off to another second tier club for a half season loan, starting five league matches and coming off the bench 12 times for Wolves, scoring two goals.

Recalled to Liverpool in January 2016, Ojo managed some Premier League football, with five starts and three sub appearances but no goals. Then last season saw the Liverpool player ruled out early on with a back injury but once back fit he didn’t even make the bench once in the Premier League, his involvement restricted to one start and one sub appearance in the FA Cup.

Exactly how he would then be rated at £10m based on that, is anybody’s guess.

The other Newcastle United transfer story doing the rounds, is one claiming that NUFC are going to move for Sam Clucas and Hull would be willing to sell him for £4m.

Hull have already had a massive clear out and banked over £25m with 11 players leaving who were at the club last season, many of the big earners shifted off the wage bill.

Manager Leonid Slutsky has only brought in four replacements so far and has stated that no more first team players will be leaving the club.

Sam Clucas was Hull’s biggest success story last season, starting 36 of the 38 Premier League matches (plus one appearance off the bench) and won the club’s player of the year award. With reports also claiming that Gareth Southgate was having him watched for a possible England call-up.

So the question is, why would Hull be so keen to sell arguably their best player after such a clear out, and why be happy to take only £4m, which is a pittance in this market – especially for a player who has already impressed in a full Premier League season. The previous year as well, Sam Clucas played in 47 of Hull’s 49 Championship games and was a key part of their promotion.

Maybe The Sun and others should at least try and get their figures the right way around when making transfer stories up, as £10m for Premier League proven Sam Clucas at least makes some sense, as would say £4m maybe for Sheyi Ojo who has shown/achieved nothing really.

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  • Desree

    We are that desperate for transfer news, that this is the only news. Whats sad is 52,000 turning up to fund this mess.

    • David

      Yeah. Really sad wanting to go and watch the team you’ve loved and followed since birth. It isn’t an option. It’s our heritage. Our birth right as a geordie. NUFC will be here when Cashey isn’t. Support the team.

      • dillon

        What division though?

        • David

          That’s my point. It doesn’t matter. I wish we were top and winning. But it doesn’t and never will matter that we aren’t. It’s in my blood. Prem or Rymans. Loyalty is not transferable. I love watching NUFC. That doesn’t make me a sheep or a fool. I was there in the 80’s when crowds dwindled mainly due to violence. Yo yoing between prem and championship not going to stop me. Hopefully the future is bright.

          • Albert Stubbins

            The 80’s were great- plus we had a couple of decent teams in the 80’s- the 83/4 team and the 86/7 team. great times as well.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The gazza team was great to watch

          • Desree

            What do you reckon to the atmosphere David. I used to go in the 80s and 90s and loved it. I took my boy to tge Sheff Wed game on boxing day. My boy asked me at half time Dad when does the real game start? When I told him this was it he asked to go home. There was no soul or spirit at SJP that day. And that is what is sad. I admire the loyalty of the fans. But the money you are being asked to spend vs how you are treated in return is appalling.

        • Stephen Paylor

          who cares? If we go down twice you can just switch to man Utd, job done dillon

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I’m getting £100 towards my season ticket next year

      • Desree

        The bet was £50 Mike Ashley, sorry Bobbi. Now I know how that poor investment banker feels!

        Reciting the words of a desree song is not a binding agreement.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          So we shake on £50?

  • csh

    Surprised the Mirror or Mail hasn’t cooked up any more “Rafa to quit” headlines for a few days. That’s becoming the norm isn’t it?

  • Toonrobbybobson

    To be fair I think Clucas is in the last year of contract.

  • Mrkgw

    It just seems to get worse this. Rafalution? I’m losing faith by the day. Ashley out!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Well but him out then

  • Mark C

    A lot of clubs are in the same position. The big clubs spend big the others sweep up the rest on offer.

  • Stephen

    One word sums up this type of journalism.

  • Steve Pearce

    Well this is what you get when you have one of the most close mouthed and secretive managers leading our club. Rafa keeps his mouth shut until the deal is almost done so he can operate under the radar and find the best suitable players for the least amount of money. I don’t think that this has a lot to do with Ashley but its his philosophy at work. Surely the time has come to place a maximum limit on transfer fees and players wages and allow all clubs, no matter how rich or poor equal share of new players. Or one day there’ll only be three or four rich clubs in an ever more boring Premiership….

  • LeroyGibbs

    Think Ojo might have been an option before we signed Jacob Murphy. But not now. We don’t need any more wingers!

    • Correction, we don’t need more unproven wingers. Could have went for Arnautovic and Mahrez, paid what was asked and we would surely be battling for a top 10 spot. Now both lost to us(Arnautovic signed and Mahrez wants only Arsenal)

      • Jezza

        I would have liked to see us go for Arnautovic but it was never going to happen. It’s a sad state of affairs that Ashley has reduced the club too when clubs likes West Ham are signing players we can only ever dream about. It’s one thing not being abale to compete with the Arsenals of this world in the transfer market but West Ham is a step too far. I mean it’s not that long ago that West Ham were signing our cast offs now they are signing players that are light years out of our range. Something is far wrong.

        • HarryHype59

          Too many of our less enlightened supporters can’t this.

        • Problem is not the transfer money, but the insane wages. Who really deserves more than 100,000 a week? I can name maybe 30-40 footballers who actually deserve that and they are the best in the world.
          Besides them, nobody is worth that much money without proving himself in your team. Chicharito for 140,000 a week is insane, not because he’s a bad player, but because he’s nowhere near much better than Gayle.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Have you seen a football team managed by Rafa before?

          • Jezza

            There you go again with the abstract replies that have got no connection whatsoever to the comments you are responding to. In any case, just to humour you, yes I have seen a team managed by Rafa Benitez. Newcastle United on a number of occasions.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Would Rafa include Arnautovic or a player like him in his side?

          • Jezza

            He’s a decent player so I don’t see any reason why not. In any case going back to my original comment, I was merely using Arnautovic as an example of how far NUFC have fallen behind in the transfer market under Ashley when a club like West Ham are pulling off the calibre of signings and paying the size of fees that are nothing more than a pipedream for our club.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Arnautovic is a good player but I don’t think he’s a Rafa style of player. There is no point getting angry about a player that Rafa would not pick. If that’s your beef, you may as well which to get another manager.

          • Jezza

            You’re still not getting it. I said:

            “I was merely using Arnautovic as an example”.

            My beef is that clubs like West Ham are now able to pay fees of £24 million to sign players of proven Premiership quality while those deals, both in terms of calibre of player and size of transfer fee, are an impossible dream for NUFC under Ashley. While other clubs have moved forward we are being held back by an owner who is only interested in bleeding every last penny of profit out of the club while also using it as a huge free advertising vehicle for his core sweat shop business.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            West ham are doing this as they have had a season’s worth of premier league money as well as a decent about of money from Marseille last year.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Rafa would not buy Arnautovic, you & I would get Haten Ben Arfa but Rafa will not, live with it.

  • John F

    Clucas is said to have a relegation clause in his contract, where he can leave for around £4m – Sign him up!

    • Albert Stubbins

      CLUCAS is s***- i’m sorry to be so blunt but if we are in for him we’re fu****.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Clucas is ok, he can play centrally and wide and even up top. But he’s no better than we have

  • Down Under Mag

    There’s a few good players who are available of free’s that would really add some experience to our team BUT would probably cost way more than Fatty is willing to sanction in terms of wages. While I have nothing against the players we are signing, it is worrying that we just aren’t even bothering trying to secure any proven players.