Things have been hotting up in Newcastle’s transfer market, at least in the media, with an incoming bid for Aleksandar Mitrovic and outgoing one for Nicolai Jorgensen.

When the dust settled, by Tuesday it was then universally reported that Newcastle’s bid for the Feyenoord striker had been turned down because the Dutch club saw it as a derisory offer, whilst Newcastle’s description of Brighton’s bid was that it was ‘paltry’.

The Nicolai Jorgensen offer had been hyped up by Mike Ashley’s PR people from the start, briefing the media with claims that they were going to smash the club’s existing 13 year old £16m transfer record, by signing a mysterious unnamed £20m striker.

The secrecy claimed to be needed so that other clubs wouldn’t come in and compete (though no explanation as to why they were feeding the media this transfer story in the first place then, if they wanted it to be secret..), in the event Newcastle are reported to have actually offered £12m…

As for Aleksandar Mitrovic, hopes that a conclusion had at last been reached – appeared to have been dashed, with Chris Hughton’s bid said to be £8m at best, around half of what Newcastle are demanding as a minimum, with others reporting that the bid was actually significantly less than even that £8m figure. A desperate situation really, where you have a player who needs to play and a manager desperate to sell to fund signings of his own, but a price tag that has so far made it impossible to sell Mitrovic over a number of transfer windows.

However, there was then what looked a breakthrough on Tuesday night, with Newcastle fans on social media rapidly spreading the news that Brighton had now bid £15m for Aleksandar Mitrovic, the source appearing to be pretty good with it being The Guardian.

With the Serbian’s departure seemingly inextricably linked to Rafa’s ability to then bring in a striker of his own, such as Jorgensen, at last movement in the log-jam.

However, on closer examination of The Guardian piece, it appears that the news was indeed too good to be true.

The Guardian – 24 January 2018:

‘Newcastle United are attempting to prise Nicolai Jorgensen away from Feyenoord after Mike Ashley indicated he was willing to break the club’s transfer record in an attempt to help Rafael Benítez’s side avoid relegation.

Negotiations to reach a compromise are ongoing but, should they founder, Newcastle will turn their attention to the Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, who is also priced in the £20m bracket.

Benítez will be expected to recoup some money by offloading a striker, most probably Aleksandar Mitrovic. Brighton have made a £15m bid for the Serbia centre-forward and are awaiting developments.’

The casual reference to the ‘£15m bid’ for Mitrovic looks as though it is just a lazy reference to the original bid for the striker which everybody had reported, rather than a new bid, Brighton having actually made an offer of £8m (or less) for a striker Newcastle rate at £15m.

Maybe in these days of ever increasing transfer fees where £20m is the new £5m, some journalists forget just how out of step Newcastle and Mike Ashley are to dealing in the transfer market.

If indeed any realistic chance of Rafa Benitez landing a decent striker at modern day prices, relies on getting £15m for Mitrovic, then I think we have been well and truly duped yet again by Mike Ashley’s PR machine trying to get another transfer window to pass by with minimal/no action and deflection of blame for the club’s owner.

Rafa has once again went public in telling everybody that Mike Ashley has promised to back him this window, after breaking his promises in the last two, will it be third time lucky for the Newcastle manager?

With 25 days now gone and not one player bought, and only six days until the window closes, the clock is ticking. Fans and Rafa Benitez have every right to ask that if we are to believe Mike Ashley was intent on backing his manager, why didn’t he do this ahead of January so signings could be set up (indeed Rafa went public in December, saying he needed all signings made by 15 January , or at very latest by 20 January), rather than these final days of the month?

As for the idea of Mike Ashley agreeing as an alternative to bid £20m on Islam Slimani who turns 30 in June…



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Smoke & Mirrors once again from the Pig & his Minions, there will be no striker brought in unless one goes out, it won`t be the woeful Hoss so that leaves Gayle & Mitrovich.
    If anybody knows why Rafa puts up with this schitt please let me know

    • Mitros gotta start

      120k a week will have a lot to do with it

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Maybe, maybe not, but he has to walk in May if this window goes pear shaped

        • Mitros gotta start

          He isnt walking anywhere….he will be on the hook for the compo to the fat slug…..unless a team pays it for him he will be fattys b!tch untill his contract runs out

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Well put, almost poetic

          • S.G.M.

            West Brom. will be looking.

          • FatParosite

            Rafa’s contract restriction runs out in June. He can walk out with any penalty then. Whether he wants to turn his back on £120k a week is another matter.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Says he has 18 months left

          • Rich Lawson

            Apparently don’t apply once he is in last 12 months ?

  • Mitros gotta start

    Dear god is this what we are reduced to?
    Thanks you fat shyte….you have took a once proud club and turned it into the type of tat you peddle in your bargain basement jumble sale shops.
    Hope you die of something horrible very soon you ugly cockney slug

    • FatParosite

      A bit on the nose that, but I understand and empathise with the sentiment.

    • MadMag83

      😂😂😂

  • ghostrider

    Let’s assume it to be true. Regardless of ifs and what nots with price, clubs are wanting Mitrovic.
    Why?
    Why would anyone want Mitrovic?
    I thought he was lazy in training, wasn’t he?
    Wouldn’t work for the manager, right?
    Far too slow for a striker….right?
    Got a red card every time he ran onto the pitch…..right?
    So why would any club want him to spearhead their attack?

    Rafa Benitez, if you are reading this, how about you stop being a pet lip sulky git and play Mitrovic for Newcastle United. A player that literally loves the club and wants to play for the fans and the club.
    Stop hunting about for strikers that can’t lace his boots.

    • DC1964

      I agree. It’s the same with the keeper situation, we don’t need a new keeper IMO.

    • TheFatController

      I don’t think Brighton putting a sub £8m bid in is strengthening your argument that ‘other clubs want him proves we should be playing him…’?

    • MadMag83

      Perhaps Brighton believe he would fit in with their system. He doesn’t fit in to Rafa’s. Simple.

      • ghostrider

        Perhaps Rafa should fit him into a system then.
        Let’s face it we are in relegation trouble so his system isn’t exactly top notch, is it?
        No normal manager would leave players like Mitrovic out in the cold in favour of players that aren’t cutting it.

  • ghostrider

    I’m a bit puzzled over this part.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    “Rafa has once again went public in telling everybody that Mike Ashley has promised to back him this window, after breaking his promises in the last two, will it be third time lucky for the Newcastle manager?”
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Breaking his promises in the last two transfer windows?
    Rafa was backed in the last two transfer windows, so what is he talking about, or did this not come from Rafa and is just paper talk or fan talk?

    • mus

      no but it could be third time unlucky for ashley if rafa walks

    • Damon Horner

      You know somebody is anti-Rafa Benitez when they say he was backed in a transfer window where no signings were made.

      • ghostrider

        Before this window opened there was the summer transfer window after promotion and the winter January transfer window in the championship.
        The January transfer market is only one where we didn’t buy, so where do you get the last two transfer windows from?
        You say he wasn’t backed.
        He was backed.
        He might not have bought in January but then again we didn’t require anyone. We were top heavy and needed to trim a little with loaning out players.
        That doesn’t mean he wasn’t backed.
        If Rafa had asked for a certain player that he needed, I’m sure he’d have got that player, albeit he might have had to offload one to compensate given the wage bill or squad depth.

        Basically Rafa has been backed.
        What Rafa hasn’t had is the expensive players that he’d really like.
        I think that’s what a lot of fans are classing as not being backed, as well.

        This club is a crawl before you walk before you run before you sprint set up. It has to be or we will die a death.

        The problem is in trying to run after managing to walk from a crawl, because we generally end up walking again.
        Trying to sprint by buying in big with wages to match in a one shot hit and hope will ensure we have a sprint but also more than likely see us back to crawling after everything collapses.
        that’s my thought process and you’re welcome to yours…including your mindset that Rafa doesn’t get backed.
        I’d say Rafa will get backed if he’s trusted to show he’s worth what he asks for ….and to be quite honest, I’m not impressed with what he seems to be asking for.

        • TheFatController

          I’m going to go away, being a reasonable man, and consider before I make a decision.

          But currently, and as a knee jerk reaction on reading, I think that’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever read as a theory based on the evidence I myself have of a situation.

          I won’t say what my views are on whether Rafa has been backed or not, and whether signing players that cost more than £10m is a step too much for the club, but they’re not even close to what your saying, sorry.

          • ghostrider

            That’s fair enough. We all have our opinions that we believe are more valid to our thinking.
            To all be flies on the walls of what we debate about will render the art of debate a dead stick.

          • TheFatController

            Well, take the walk before you run, even Ashley himself said ‘you can’t have a 5 year plan’ as football moves too quickly.

            We need quality, experienced PL players. They cost money. Rafa and those wanting money spent just acknowledge we’re well behind the competition. Something Ashley has alluded to in his comment above.

            I don’t think £20m for a striker and MF is running before we can walk. We’re playing catch up, we don’t have time to do it incrementally. No five year plans in football, as Ashley himself said.

          • Jezza

            Some facts you need to know about ghostbuster:

            He is not a Newcastle supporter.

            He has been trolling this sites under various ID’s for years alongside his brother.

            He is from the Manchester area.

            He works in a S****s D****t shop.

            He is a season ticket holder at Old Trafford.

          • ghostrider

            To be honest it’s impossible to have any future plans. the game goes from the ridiculous to the mind numbingly pathetic and so on.
            Years ago clubs built from the bottom and brought through talent.
            Now everyone is near on bullied into spending stupid amounts of players with wages to match.

            AS for Ashley’s 5 year plan. I think that was more for stabilising the club in order to move on but, as we all know it all went pear shaped for reasons we all know and have all debated about over the years.

            I don’t know what the answer is to fix everything with Newcastle United. I wish I did.
            Spending large amounts to keep up is not the answer for this club. Seriously it isn’t.

            Ashley will not put the clubs future in doubt on the spin of a coin but will have a go as long as there’s a contingency plan.

            He’s proved he’s willing to have a go and he’s proving he’s willing to keep nibbling away until something clicks.

            I might not be too keen on Benitez as it stands but he was lured to the club after McClaren in an attempt to have another go with different set up.

            He backed McClaren and he’s backed Benitez.
            The nitty gritty is this window and what we end up with in terms of what Rafa wants in and what he gets.

            The major point is “trust”…and it works both ways, not just with Ashley…but with Benitez.

            I’m not expecting anyone to agree with me in any way shape or form…but that’s how I see it.

        • MadMag83

          Hang on. Rafa said before the January 2017 transfer window that he was hoping to bring in a few signings to bolster the squad for the Championship run in. Fatso decided the squad was good enough. Thankfully it was good enough, however the fact still stands that Benitez asked to be backed in the transfer window, yet Ashley did nothing. So no, he wasn’t backed at all, he was over ruled.

          • ghostrider

            We had more than enough to get promotion to the point of leaving out many players that Rafa had bought.
            What good would January buys be when we had enough to do the job?

            Come on mate, you have to admit that Ashley and co called it right.
            Call it luck or whatever you want to with Ashley but you can’t expect to add to a saturated squad if you don’t offload.

          • MadMag83

            I’m not denying he called it right. Just stating the fact that Rafa asked for players but didn’t get them. I have a feeling the squad won’t be good enough to achieve survival though, so he needs to invest this time around, might not get so lucky.

          • ghostrider

            Rafa asking for players he doesn’t need didn’t is Rafa’s issue not a problem of Ashley’s refusal to back him.
            Ashley simply says, sell if you want to buy.
            Replace as you sell.
            Simple and the same applies as we speak.

            Ashley gave Rafa money to spend in the summer and Rafa bought everyone except the players he actually required and then at the last minute goes and buys a Spanish cheapo striker then Ashley gets the blame when that cheapo misfires.

            Imagine if Joselu had turned into a prolific striker. Just imagine if he did.
            Who’d get the credit?

            You’d get people saying ” ahhh, that’s why Rafa bought all of those players and left it till late to buy a striker, because he knew what he was doing.”

            Or something like that.
            As it stands it’s ” look what Ashley’s done to poor Rafa only allowing him 5 million for a striker and he’s had to scrape the barrel.”

            It’s strange how the fickleness works.

          • MadMag83

            If I asked you for £10 and you said no because you thought I didn’t need the money, you’d still be refusing me the money, regardless of whether I needed it or not.

            I have a sneaky suspicion that Joselu was probably signed as a back up striker, and that the club were working on bringing in a new main striker with Mitrovic and Gayle being sold. Gayle was almost out the door to Fulham remember.

          • ghostrider

            Ashley didn’t refuse the money. He merely said sell to buy in.
            That doesn’t mean he had to sell and only get the selling price for a player. It meant trim the squad to add.
            We’re not going to sell our players for peanuts just so we can replace though. That’s why Gayle and Mitro are here.

      • Jezza

        He is anti Newcastle, marra. He is a troll who posts here under various different ID’s, works in a S****s D****t shop and is a season ticket holder at Old Trafford.

      • Big Al 1967

        And then still claims Ashley backed him and it was all Rafa’s fault as he did not do enough to get rid of players!

        • Damon Horner

          True. Despite not being the one to negotiate the fees and transfers, he knows who he wants but the board do the deals.

    • Milo79

      The thing that puzzles me most is how Ryder has been employed as a journalist all these years. ‘Rafa has went’.

      • ghostrider

        Can you elaborate on that a little bit?

        • Milo79

          My mistake, I thought you were quoting Lee Ryder for some reason.

    • Big Al 1967

      Can you elaborate as to how Rafa was backed in last January’s transfer window please?

      • ghostrider

        Simple. He was told he could sell to buy. He didn’t sell so he didn’t buy.
        He had a overloaded squad, many of them rarely getting game time.
        Ashley backed him but Rafa didn’t do the necessary work to ship out who he didn’t want.
        Cake and eat it comes to mind.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    It`s all down to Peaky sending Rafa youtube video links on players
    😂😂

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂 Right on cue

  • Peaky Magpie

    What’s happened to the supposed chronic bad back ??? Would he pass a fitness test ??? This club is sinking in its morals quicker than Merson’s vodka bottle.😡😡😡

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he`s fitter than a butchers Dog

      • Dillon Tovak

        He looks like he eats as many snausages.

  • S.G.M.

    I wish the Mag would disclose the article author before you have to open it. It would save me a lot of time. I have never known anyone to write such dross.

    • Rich Lawson

      Woeful journalism and he never seems interested in debating his ”points” on here.just picks up his cash per post !

  • Jezza

    There is no way Newcastle have offered anything like £12 million for Jorgensen. This move is just a publicity stunt. We are not going to get a new striker. Fatso will not make the funds available.

    • Milo79

      As someone else remarked, the team we have now is the team we’ll have in seven days’ time.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Sadly I agree.

        There are things the ckub could do but under Ashley never will.

        Season ticket renewal anyone?

        Same tricks by Ashley time after time.

        • Milo79

          For all the smoke and mirrors, it’s really not that hard to figure out what he will and won’t be doing.

      • WrongToon

        No no no no… There’s ALWAYS a chance…

        … that we’ll sell someone on the final day without replacing them. Shelvey > West Ham anyone?

    • Peaky Magpie

      As all your predictions appear to be coming true Jezza can I have the Euro Lottery numbers for tomorrow night please ???

      • Jezza

        I can’t foresee the future, Peaky, I just learned long ago exactly what to expect from Fatso every time. He never changes.

        • Peaky Magpie

          And he never will,the day that poison leaves our club will be a day of mass rejoice,I don’t buy into the “better the devil you know” with this horrible excuse of a human being,yes it maybe a risk with new owners but it has to be a risk worth taking.

  • FatParosite

    Once again the Comical is being used as a mouthpiece quite willingly whilst trying to assuage any blame through their laughable “Everything is Black & White podcast” This production needs to be heard to be believed. The most recent deflects any blame for doing Bishop’s dirty work because “they would not get stories from them if they didn’t”.

    So journalism these days means being on the end of the line when Bishop is trying to undo the damage that Shearer did on Saturday night, is it? By pumping a story which is self evidently about breaking the transfer barrier a direct rebuttal of Shearer’s complaint regurgitating the story over and over and over like lies waterboarding we are to believe that Ashley has pulled out the stops?

    Bishop’s ar§e tunnel is winning the war if you read the second last paragraph of this article. Porter’s assertion that we don’t know whether to believe Ashley or not means that Bishop is the only over-achiever in Ashley’s employ at NUFC.

    • Jezza

      Excellent comment.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Strange as it seems £15m for Mitrovic is about right as the market has moved since we signed him. Rondon for £15m says it all. Unfortunately that is also the case with who we sign. Any owner with a small amount of foresight would have signed the right players a few years ago to stay in prem and be On the right side of it with players that had doubled in value. Not getting the right striker a few years ago is going to haunt us. Another mess Ashley has caused.

    For me the first thing id do is negotiate Shelvey for Hernandez at west ham. Then negotiate from a better position for another striker. Sell Gayle and get Cairney to replace Shelvey. If in dreamland a bit longer id go for Schurle on loan and then the link ups of the new strikers with Cairney and Schurle should make us tick going forward. That is the most cost effective way the club can deal and improve the squad for survival.

    • Paul Patterson

      I’d take Cairney and Hernandez in place of Shelvey and Mitrovic all day long.

    • FatParosite

      Your plan has a bit of a flaw when it comes to firstly the money for players sold and what we could feasibly get the ones mentioned for. The size of that deficit is the size Fashley is unwilling to pay. The second flaw comes in the little fat hamster doing the negotiating.

  • Rich Lawson

    Is Glen Murray putting up the extra money for the increased Mitro’ bid ?

  • Toontone100

    “Baldrick ….. I have a cunning plan … ” … its just possible this player isn’t the one they want for £20m …. but then I woke up ! Whoever he is & however good he is (yes I have seen the videos) its probably an improvement to what we have in terms of finishing…. if we get him.

  • Mxpx

    We clearly haven’t learnt anything from cabella and thauvin sold both for a loss with neither being given the time needed both showing potential and getting back to France and smashing it… Mitrovic is going to do the same of course there is luuk de Jong seydou doumbia facundo ferrerya who we’ll never know if they could have done a job for us and maybe add saivet krul Santon and mbemba to the list too all have shown evidence that they can play but we don’t pick them it’s not just a rafa problem looks dodgy to me diame and joselu on the other hand have done nothing to suggest that they can do a job for us but play most weeks

    • FatParosite

      People who run car showrooms are rarely professional drivers.

  • Viru leckworth

    Interesting advert at the front of this article: WE BUY ANY BIKE.

  • We have to be realistic and let Mitro leave for anything above 10m and we shouldn’t sell to PREM rivals unless they really step up the bid (16m or more).
    Hopefully, we can get strikers through the door and let Mitro and Gayle go.

    • Mike Adam

      Why not to a PREM rival?

      • Would be suicide in January to bolster other teams with your own players, especially when your valuation is not even near the asking price. Maybe if Brighton or whomever comes with a 15m+ bid we’ll sell, but this case is highly unlikely.

        • Mike Adam

          Why he can’t be trusted and can’t score goals, worse than Joselu. How would it bolster another team? In fact the other team would be playing with 10 men every game he played, right Rafa?

  • Philippines

    I have heard we can Mitro on a ‘free’……. oh, er………