On Sunday night Sampdoria beat Benevento 2-1 in Serie A and Dennis Praet was the subject of interest for Newcastle.

According to Italian media, NUFC representatives were in attendance to watch the attacking midfielder ahead of a potential late transfer bid.

The player was linked with a possible move to Tyneside back in February 2016 (see below) when he was still at Anderlecht, then on Friday it was claimed that there was interest in the player once again, a year on since his £7m move to Italy.

Dennis Praet played the first 84 minutes of the game as Sampdoria came back from conceding an early goal, with two from striker Quagliarella winning the game for the home side.

The WhoScored.com ratings system gave Praet the fourth highest marks of the 28 players who got on the pitch, the midfielder rated at 7.4, with only double goalscorer Quagliarella (7.9) and Ramirez (7.7) rated higher on the winning side.

Sunday afternoon’s defeat at Huddersfield showed a real lack of inspiration in midfield and whether Dennis Praet is a serious target and could raise that quality, remains to be seen.

The Mag – 18 August 2017:

Dennis Praet is a target for Rafa Benitez according to reports on Friday morning.

The 23 year old is an attacking midfielder and moved from Anderlecht to Sampdoria in summer 2016 and made a fairly successful transition.

Sampdoria finished 11th last season in Serie A and Dennis Praet featured in 32 of their 39 league matches, 19 in the starting eleven and another 13 from the bench.

However, Il Secolo XIX are reporting in Italy that Newcastle have registered their interest and see the Belgian international (one full cap and a regular for Under 21s) as a player who can add something to their squad.

Praet cost the Italian club £7m last season and whilst they are looking to raise cash for their own signings, it is unclear whether they are happy to let the former Anderlecht midfielder move on.

A former teammate of Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic at Anderlecht, Dennis Praet scored 18 league goals in his final three seasons in Belgium, though managed only one last season when stepping up into Serie A.

A player who can use both feet and play across the midfield, could he be seen as a viable Rafa Benitez target?

Back in 2016 former Anderlecht manager Johan Boskamp warned a then 21 year old Dennis Praet against a move to Newcastle.

Johan Boskamp speaking to Het Belang Van Limburg (February 2016):

“After the criticism of President Vanden Stock, Dennis Praet replied with his feet.

“It is important for Dennis Praet to now find the right club to join.

“If he chooses the Premier League then he must sign for a team with footballing abilities, NOT for teams like Sunderland or Newcastle because they are going under (struggling and potentially relegated).”

A compilation of his goals and skills below, from his time at Anderlecht.



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Instead of looking at an experienced premiership player to enhance the midfield Nufc are once again looking on the continent at relatively cheap options, they still haven’t learned from past mistakes
    that team yesterday is relegation Fodder

    • Steve Smith

      Mooy had no premier league experience and he made our players look like children.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        that doesn`t take much doing does it

      • Jezza

        Yes but Mooy came with an £11 million price tag. NUFC can not compete with that kind of spending. Rafa has been left to scrape around for players costing £5 million and under.

        • Geordiegiants

          Murphy

          • Jezza

            I believe the fee for Murphy was £8 million with add ons to eventually take it up to a possible £10.5 million.

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s reported in the media to be 12m, as ever it’s a big secret, but we paid around the same for him as Huddersfield paid for Mooy.

          • mentalman

            certain posters on here don’t let the facts get in the way of their attempts at criticising the club

          • Jezza

            What facts would those be? The fact for example that NUFC have spent less than Huddersfield or even second division Middlesborough in this summer’s transfer window? That is a fact that I am happy to discuss all day long. The truth is that “certain posters” are not letting the facts get in the way of their constant defence of Ashley.

          • mentalman

            maybe the fact that Murphy’s deal is 11-12m yet you don’t think it is so it isn’t, Huddersfield officially announced that they have paid 8m for Mooy which may rise to 10million so we’ve spent more on murphy than mooy, as for scraping around for players under 5m there’s only manquillo who was under 5m. As for spending less than Boro we spent more last season on players than 11 premier league teams

          • Jezza

            NUFC did not spend more than anybody last summer. NUFC spent MINUS £40 MILLION which ws the lowest net spend of any club in the entire country. Stck to the facts please, I said “£5 million and under”. Joselu certainly falls into that category and as for Merino, remind me of the size of his transfer fee. You brought up the subject of facts but you are also the one constantly ignoring facts to push your agenda.

          • mentalman

            you talk about net spend to slag off nufc and then cite Middlesbrough who in your eyes have spent more than nufc in a lower league but have in fact got a net spend of just over £6m so are we using net or gross spend as facts?

            if we are sticking to facts i’m going to be slightly pedantic here as Joselu’s fee was £5.07m so over your 5m marker, i wasn’t including Merino as its not a permanent signing but £2.5m isn’t bad for a loan fee.

            I’ve asked you in previous threads how much money did the club actually receive from the transfers last season?

            Also please enlighten me on what my agenda is and the facts that i’m ignoring?

          • Jezza

            The club received around £90 million from transfers last season.

            Your agenda is to defend Ashley and the facts you are ignoring is NUFC’s chronic under investment in playing staff ever since Ashley took over.

          • Jezza

            As you say the Murphy fee has not been officially revealed but I just can’t see it being anything like £12 million to be truthfull. NUFC simply don’t pay those kinds of transfer fees any more. Huddersfioeld’s tansfer outlay this summer has been more than Newcastle’s both gross and net. There is something far wrong with that. There is no way Huddersfield should be comfortably outspending a club of our stature.

    • Leazes Ender

      We are in the process of doing a ‘Sunderland’ ….. large numbers of cheap players….. who don’t raise the quality of the squad…..

      …. it is a squad of relegation fodder.

      • East Durham Mag

        The only difference seemingly they bought a class proven Premier league striker who kept them in the division for a couple of seasons. Why can’t Ashley and Penfold see what we can see?

      • Albert Stubbins

        Doesn’t sound as glamorous as doing a Leeds that like!.

    • Ken

      Diame was a premiership player with experience and look what we got. Cheap imports cheap premiership players just the same

      • Tom page

        But he was rubbish at Hull as well! They were glad to see the back of him. Who signed him again???

        • Ken

          More than likely Carr and Charnley.

          • Tom page

            Could be. There again it could be someone called Rafa.

  • Leazes Ender

    Dennis Praet featured in 32 of their 39 league matches…. tell them how many games he was substituted out of those 32…..

    A: TWENTY SIX

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      “something is wrong with everything, all the time”

      -Leazes

      You’re not wrong (this time), just annoying

  • Paul Patterson

    The time taken for this club to make a bid, from the original scouting mission takes forever and ends up costing the club double the money.. Farce!

    • Jezza

      Yes, they probably won’t even inquire about the player till next summer’s transfer window.

  • East Durham Mag

    What’s the criteria for acquisition of players now? Cheap as chips, lowest wages possible, English Premier league experience not essential and pray they come good then they will be moved on for eye watering profits.

    • Jezza

      Cheap cheap cheap. That’s the only criteria. We’re just filling up our squad with the next batch of Rivieres and Colbacks. Players we won’t be able to move on next summer after relegation.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I recall these pages being very happy Jack Colback was recruited 2 years ago. Did you say that he was no good then?

        • Jezza

          There you go again, trying to completely change the subject for the purposes of starting an argument. If you want a sensible debate stick to the subject under discussion.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The subject being the recruitment of Jack colback 2 years ago, the majority on these pages thought it a scoop (he was one of Sunderland’s best players). As yo are being wise after the event, did you complain that he’d not fit in to NUFC? Did you say he should have a shorter contract, after all, why would you not give a 5 year contract as the player had moved for free because Sunderland had only given a short contract.

          • Jezza

            I’m not going to rise to it. If you want to engage people in debate stick to the subject under discussion which in this case was NUFC’s player recruitment during the summer of 2017.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            where you introduced the acquisition of Jack Colback and implying it a waste of money / poor acquisition.

          • Jezza

            You are wasting your time. I’m not going to rise to it. In fact I’m not sure I’ve got anything at all to say to a so called Newcastle supporter who hates Alan Shearer and thinks the sun shines out of Mike Ashley’s backside.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            You raised the subject of Jack Colback, I’m just asking you a question.

            If you want all your statements to be unchallenged, I’d suggest a debating forum is not the place to post your opinions.

            FYI, I neither hate Alan Shearer nor think the sun is Shining out of Mike Ashley’s behind. I take a practical view, Mike Ashley is the owner, of you want him not to be an owner, you have to come up with an alternative.

          • Leazes Ender

            Did you ever get past the title of Denis Cassidy’s book David?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Yes Wayne, which bit did you miss?

  • East Durham Mag

    Oh yes forgot to add the profits will not be put back into the club.

    • Jezza

      Yes they will…..the giant S****s D****t signs all over St James’s Park will be getting a fresh lick of paint.

      • East Durham Mag

        How many times are the happy clappers going to believe the lies and deception peddled by Fat [email protected] and Penfold?

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Where is the money going if not back into the club?

      • Leazes Ender

        Sports Direct and MASH holdings ltd.

        • Jezza

          You know the score.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I wish we could score.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Yo can show that to be true, can you?

          • East Durham Mag

            Perhaps you know where it’s going cos it isn’t being ploughed back into buying quality players.

          • Leazes Ender

            Go buy a keyring in the club shop and look at the address on the receipt….. its going to a place called Shirebrook.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Yes, we know, it’s outsourced.

  • Milo79

    Sick of seeing the words ‘will add something to their squad’. The squad is bursting at the seams; it’s players capable of going straight into the First 11 we need.

    • HarryHype59

      Spot on!

  • mentalman

    I see a lot of people on here commenting about another cheap import, i would say someone who is playing regularly for sampdoria is probably an upgrade on diame or perez at No10 or if you disagree please feel free to make some suggestions.

    For me i would personally get elliott to stop aimlessly kicking the ball as far up field as he can as gayle is never going to win aerial battles like that, if he’s going to do it then he needs to get the ball in the space behind the defence and the goal keeper, same goes for our defenders.

    I would also either start aarons or murphy out wide and use ritchie as a number 10

    • Milo79

      I’d prefer someone already plying their trade in the Premier League for a change. That way, we can be fairly confident that they won’t be a total waste of time and money. Agree they can’t do much worse than Diame or Perez though, and also agree that Murphy needs to start. We are desperate for some pace. Why have we bought him for £12m we can ill-afford if he’s only going to start on the bench. Benitez is far too unadventurous at times. And also, what’s the point of having Aarons when it seems like he’s never going to get his chance?

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        The question is who? Wilshire is available but injury / wages are issues. Sigurdsson’s transfer fee tells you the prices clubs are charging for premier league players.

        • mentalman

          there’s not a lot of premier league experienced players in that position, Barkley is available but that is just fantasy land stuff

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Exactly, the top 6 have some to spare but the wages are going to be silly. Below Everton and they are not going to sell to a competitor

          • mentalman

            Diame and colback have bags of premier league experience

        • Milo79

          You’re not wrong and the price tags are completely ludicrous…but players like Chicarito who we know can pose a threat in this division have been up for grabs, and as far as I’m aware there wasn’t a sniff from us. I don’t know what the answer is, but I’m sure it isn’t blowing £40m on players we know nothing about.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I don’t think Chicarito would have worked any better than Gayle.

          • Albert Stubbins

            He’s proven at this level. Gayle was mainly an impact sub at palace. The little pea is and will continue to be a more effective player than Gayle. Why? Because he is tried and tested. A steal at 13 million.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Didn’t do well in a very good man yoo team. OK in an uncompetitive German league

          • Albert Stubbins

            He did better for man yoo than Gayle did for palace. He also scored twice on Saturday for a team with ten men. He will score double the amount Gayle will this season in an ordinary West ham team. We should have had him imo for the prices quoted.

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