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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