Sky Sports are reporting on Sunday afternoon that their information is that West Brom are trying to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The broadcaster says that their ‘sources’ tell them that Alan Pardew has picked out the Serbian striker as his number one target to help cure their striking woes.

Only Brighton have scored less Premier League goals than West Brom’s total of 19 from 24.

Since Alan Pardew took over in late November, the Baggies have only scored seven goals in the 10 PL matches under him.

With winning only one of those 10 games under Pardew, West Brom find themselves with only Swansea below them.

When he was appointed at the Hawthorns, it was claimed that Alan Pardew had been promised money to spend.

However, to go for his top targets this month, Sky Sports also claim that a buyer for Jonny Evans will have to be found first.

A number of clubs are reported to be interested but Pardew claims nobody has put an offer in yet.

Rafa Benitez clearly has no interest in keeping Aleksandar Mitrovic, last season the striker was only given 11 starts in the Championship, then this season it has been not a single one in the Premier League.

His 89 minutes of PL football this season have come in brief substitute appearances and the last of those was against Leicester in early December.

Rafa Benitez repeatedly said that it was a small back problem that had sidelined the former Anderlecht striker but then Mitrovic gave an interview last month when back home in Serbia. In it he claimed that he had never felt fitter and was desperate to be playing football again, saying he needed to find a new club this month.

No sign of Aleksandar Mitrovic at Manchester City yesterday but it is expected he could/should be involved next Sunday when Newcastle play Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Whilst Rafa has no use for him, it would still be a big call if he allowed Mitro to move to one of the handful of clubs who are below them in the table. Just maybe it could be a possibility if it then enabled the Newcastle manager to bring in a striker that he does want – NUFC having scored only three more goals than West Brom’s total of 19.

Rafa Benitez has confirmed over the weekend that Mike Ashley has said he will back him with transfers this month but fans will believe it when they see it.



  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    good. maybe he’ll get sent off a few times for the baggies and we might actually use the cash generated to buy a striker Rafa will actually play.

    • JonMag

      Hoss mark 2

      • Kev Newcastle England

        If this happened and Mitro kept West Brom up and sent us down I would apportion huge blame towards Benitez

        • Damon Horner

          In that scenario you’d have to. I can’t see him moving there though.

  • Damon Horner

    Wouldn’t wish Pardew on the lad.

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂 He’ll play him at left back !

      • Damon Horner

        Elbow in the gut and Pardew’s head straight down the toilet if he did that!

      • JonMag

        we can chuckle, Rafa will end up with about 5 left backs & 6 wingers

        • Peaky Magpie

          Aye,Kenedy should be a total non starter for me,don’t need him,takes up a loan space when it’s bleedin obvious where we need strengthening.

          • mentalman

            Kenedy can play in midfield and atsu can move to no10, solve two positions in one go.

            If we sign him before the cup match we won’t have to watch him rip yedlin a new one

    • Peaky Magpie

      But mustn’t forget the best coach in the PL,Geordie John will turn him into Harry Kane overnight !

      • Damon Horner

        Easy. PL goals record in two years is the target!

  • JonMag

    that`s a cracking idea, sell a striker to one of our main opponents in the relegation battle, having said that he`s top of Rafa`s schitt list so he`ll grab Pardwho`s hand off. give them Hoss as well that would really [email protected]@k them up

    • Mike Adam

      Why would it matter, according to Rafa he is not worthy of playing in our lineup. Sell him to West Brom why would that be a problem, he won’t help them, right? Get 10 – 15 mil and use it to buy someone Rafa actually likes.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Aye….mats sels #2 from one of the weakest leagues in europe and sandro……god help us

  • JonMag

    here`s another one, we have a striker that never plays but Rafa won`t sell him until we get a replacement who may not play either. funny old game isnt it

  • Megatron1505

    Nice lad, clearly loves the club, shame he isn’t very good at football.

    • Mike Adam

      Scores a goal every 220 minutes played in the Premier league better than anyone Rafa plays.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Shhhhh….you will have the Rafa sheep on here foaming at the mouth….the lad is shyte….Rafa the liar says so

      • Megatron1505

        Overweight , immobile and predictable. Daryl Murphy was a better player at 33 years old.

        • Mitros gotta start

          And yet the best goals to games ratio at the club…..crazy isnt it?

          • Megatron1505

            Says a lot about how bad everyone else is, also says a lot about him that he still can’t get a game. What’s the alternative here? That Benítez is part of some crazy plot to get the club relegated by not playing the best players?

            Get your tin hat out pal 👍

        • Mike Adam

          Opinion, opinion, and opinion. Opinion. At least I have stated facts.

          • Damon Horner

            What’s also a fact is Rafa is the most decorated coach he has played under and he isn’t keen on him.

            This debate has been done to death. Most fans would have given him a shot, some would not hold their breath he’d do the business but the manager doesn’t rate him so none of it matters. It’s just idiocy or strange placing of loyalty to want him to do well at a relegation rival.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Yeah because our decorated tactical genius couldnt spot a footballer if his life depended on it….sels? Manquillo? joselu? diame? lazaar? I dont blame ashley for not trusting him with pots of money, his track record for buying shyte in the wrong positions is staggering.

          • Damon Horner

            Fair enough mate. Your opinion. Don’t think many others would back Ashley’s stance though.

          • Mike Adam

            Coaches don’t perform on the pitch and either do the strikers Rafa puts out onto it. So it is just idiocy or strange placing of loyalty that Rafa doesn’t play his most successful scoring forward, who scores a goal every 220 minutes played in the Premier League, those are the facts Damon. You would think that you and the others would want to at least see if he could help our pathetic goal numbers and help earn points towards avoiding relegation. It is insanity not to at least try your most successful EPL goal scorer when you keep playing strikers who cannot score.

          • Damon Horner

            Every 220 minutes looks a little frequent at a glance. What’s your source for his goalscoring ratio?

            I’ve said many times providing his professionalism was there I’d have played him by now this season. Joselu isn’t exactly playing like Shearer either.

          • Mike Adam

            Look it up yourself, there are tons of sites that have goals and minutes played. In the EPL he has played 2,206 minutes and scored 10 goals which is every 220 minutes over two seasons. In comarison, Joselu scores every 320 minutes played in the EPL.

          • Damon Horner

            I don’t care enough to look. You just had to name your site.

            As long as we stay up this year I don’t care if he plays Dummett upfront.

          • Mike Adam

            Exactly Damon, so why are some NUFC fans so against giving this guy a chance to see what he “might” be able to do? It can’t be any worse than the rubbish strikers played every match! Is it because Rafa doesn’t rate him? Well, Rafa also starts and plays Horselu.

          • Damon Horner

            Don’t think many are particularly against him mate. Just don’t think some fans rate him as highly as you and some others. I’m on the side of “we need a new striker”.

            Personally, I look at his style of play, the team around him and the fact his goal/minute stats were in large when playing with a more attacking side and I feel he’d not hit the mark.

            If I was Rafa and he told me he could have an impact I’d have let him do his talking on the pitch by now.

            Again though, assuming he has gone about things professionally.

  • HarryHype59

    I am not a massive Mitro fan. However, he did score nine goals in his first season. Can anyone see Hoss or Gayle, getting anywhere near that number this season?

    • Peaky Magpie

      Nope,not even between them at this rate.

    • Rich Lawson

      Nope and Perez neither,ffs give Mitro’ the game against Chelsea and lets see what happens.Nobody is expecting a cup run and giving him a start in this comp’ doesn’t affect our prem’ standing ?

  • Peaky Magpie

    Eleven points separate the bottom eleven,what a scrap this run in is going to be.

  • Peaky Magpie

    The Hoss isn’t even a footballer never mind a striker,totally contravenes the Trades Description Act,needs to be investigated.

    • fistsofsteel2

      I think he’s one of Rafa’s nephews….

  • Paul Patterson

    Sell him for £15m and bring in a couple on loan is what the owner will be instructing Charnley to do . .

    • fistsofsteel2

      How can Newcastle value him at 15mill…..Rafa clearly thinks he’s a waste of time, he hasn’t played, doesn’t even get on the subs bench, and if we value Mitro at 15mill – what does that make joselu and Gayle worth…..25-30mill. Lol.
      The whole mitro situation has been terribly managed. Rafa has, by his treatment of mitro, devalued him in the market.

      • thewildchimp

        Indeed. At least give him an odd game or two, if you want to get rid of. If Rafa is still here at the end of the season and Mitro is up for sale – our best bet is the World Cup. Especially because Serbia plays Brazil in Moscow and scouts are gonna watch that one for sure. Like we did with Sissoko. If Mitro scores, he’s guaranteed to go for 15-20m.

        If we are smart, we won’t sell now. Unless we get a good offer, that is. But it’s still gonna be pocketed by Ashley at the end of the day.

      • Paul Patterson

        He was bought for £12m so I can’t think Ashley will settle for less.

    • Big Al 1967

      And this is the key for me Paul. I truly believe that if any signings do come in they will be funded by player sales, hence the reason no one has been signed yet and we are now passed Rafa’s January 20th deadline

  • fistsofsteel2

    I hope mitro goes to West Brom and starts banging goals in for fun. And then our managers pig headedness will seem pretty stupid. Canny move by Pardew if it happens – stealing our best striker.

    • Damon Horner

      Really? And if it relegates even better(!)

      • Mike Adam

        “And if it relegates even better(!)” What does that mean? They are already in 19th, so what is your point?

        • Damon Horner

          Relegates “us”.

          Sorry missed a word out.

          If he bangs them in we could take their place or do we hope Newcastle get relegated because of how much love there is for Mitrovic?

          If he or anybody else moves to a rival I hope they flop mate.

          • Paul Patterson

            I don’t get the treatment of Mitrovic, especially when things aren’t working, but when he goes I hope it fails miserably for whoever gets him. To wish a rival well is barmy.

          • Damon Horner

            We just won’t know what’s going on. Could be financial, Mitrovic’s application, tactical or Rafa.

            I agree though we can’t wish him well to a rival

  • toonterrier

    I’d be even more happy if fatty bought West Brom.

  • Keeganontherebound

    Could make for interesting training sessions – Would love to see Pardew try to headbutt Mitro…

  • thewildchimp

    Well, to be honest, I won’t believe it when I see it, only after I pinch myself. It would be more likely that somebody spiked my booze…

  • Buck Blacket

    It does worry me that Mitrovic would be a good signing for Pardew but I completely understand Rafa’s unwillingness to play him. I think the Lanzini elbow was the final straw and a complete betrayal of trust. We were winning 2—0 at the time for heavens sake and he was lucky not to be sent off. What can you do with a player like that? The guy is an absolute liability.

    • Mike Adam

      Rubbish! Barely more of a liability than Gayle, look at the facts/cards over the same period of time. And of course much less a liability than Shelvey who continues to start and play. So this liability/trust thing is just a lame excuse.

      • Buck Blacket

        Where are you getting your facts from? Mitrovic has missed 10 games for us through disciplinary bans compared to Gayle’s zero games missed! Lol

    • thewildchimp

      F’k trust, we need goals to survive. He’d knock in at least one of those headers per game. Gayle and Joselu attempting to play forwards is costing us. Perez is miles ahead of them right now but he can’t play as a lone CF.
      All of them really need to get their sh’t together.

      • Buck Blacket

        A goal a game eh? In two and a half years at the club he has hardly been banging them in has he? Not even in the Championship when he did start. Even when he got games under Maclarren his finnishing was poor and hardly scored. You must have been watching a different player to me.

        • thewildchimp

          Mate, I’m not saying he’d score every game. I’m saying: if he had as many headers as Perez, Gayle or Joselu were getting lately – he’d bury at least one per match. The rest of them couldn’t work the keeper, let alone score. That’s the difference that might have brought us points.
          Just google his WCQ goals and you’ll see the striking similarity between situations where he scored and our other players missed.

          Please enlighten me what Gayle and Joselu bring to the team at this point that Mitro can’t.

    • Big Al 1967

      The only reason he got the ban was entirely down to Match Of the Day highlighting it and saying he would get three games. Their agenda is clear as was the elbow by Wayne Rooney on Matt Ritchie which the same programme did not even mention. Hypocrites the lot of them

      • Buck Blacket

        I thought it was Richard Keyes…..

        • Big Al 1967

          Phil Neville was the one. I don’t think the Neville brothers have ever forgiven us for that 5-0 spanking

  • Mike Adam

    The craziest thing here is that supposed fans of NUFC don’t want to give one of our own players playing time to see if he can do what the current stikers who play every game cannot do, SCORE GOALS that lead to earning points which keeps us in the PREM, that is complete INSANITY!

    • Buck Blacket

      Maybe us “supposed fans” trust Rafa’s judgement because how could we possibly know more than him? A world class manager who works with the players day in and day out. Mitrovic has almost become a mythical player to some deluded “fans”, despite a dodgy temperament and a lack of goals when picked you’d think Rafa was refusing to pick Super Mac. It’s comical.

      • Mike Adam

        Yeah he also works with Horselu and some others “day in and day out”, how are they performing on match day mate??? And it is not my delusion that says Mitro is the best Premier League goal scorer we have, it is the facts clown. You clowns keep throwing out temperment/trust rubbish, look at the facts in that area as well, he barely received more cards than Gayle over the same time period and has way fewer than Shelvey who continues to start and play, so that excuse doesn’t hold water either.

        • Buck Blacket

          Listen you deluded buffoon (you started the ad hom) Mitro and Shelvey have missed exactly the same number of games for disciplinary bans, 10 games each whilst Gayle has missed none so your desperate attempt to draw comparisons between them is ludicrous. Given the amount of game time Mitro has had in two and a half years, to be banned for 10 games during that period is almost unbelievable. As for Shelvey, he has had more of an influence on many of the games he played in and plays in a different position anyway so….

          Let’s talk about Mitrovic’s goal scoring talent. In a squad that was far more superior to the current one, he hardly pulled up any trees did he? His conversion rate was poor and fans were questioning his finnishing, though no doubt you’d conveniently deny that. Put Hoss in that squad and I bet he would have had double figures by now. The difference between the two players though is this, Hoss puts in a shift every game where as Mitro would leave his foot in on someone every game. Almost every game there was a nagging feeling he could and would be sent off every game. That’s why he doesn’t get picked.

          As for my concern comment, I would worry about ANY of our players joining another EPL club.

          • fistsofsteel2

            You’ve got to be having a laugh.

          • Mike Adam

            LOL

          • Mike Adam

            Discipline includes all bookings you clown, so let’s look at the facts. This a comparison over the last 3 seasons where Mitro was with NUFC. Gayle 6 yellows and 1 red, Mitro 7 yellows and 2 reds but I will count the bogus third that was brought to the FA’s attention by the pundits(they should do that for all players like Kane and Alli who get away with murder but I suppose that is because they are English). Shelvey 17 yellows(10 in one season) and 3 reds. So, my statement was his discipline record is not much worse than Gayle’s and better than Shelvey’s, FACT.

            “Put Hoss in that squad and I bet he would have double figures by now”. Who is deluded now, I would take that bet anyday. He has never scored double figues in any season anywhere!!! He has 8 goals in 2562 Premier league minutes which is a goal every 320 minutes. Mitro has scored 10 goals in 2206 Premier League minutes which is a goal every 220 minutes played. Those are the facts clown.

            “The difference between the two is Hoss puts in a shift every game where as Mitro would leave his foot in on someone every game”. Hoss is fabulous you are so right, great shift against City and in many other games this season! “Mitro would leave his foot in on someone every game”, again false. The difference between the two is that Mitro has scored against teams like Man City and against Arsenal in the Champions League.

            If Mitro is what you say you should want him to go to a relegation rival right! He will assure relegation according to you.
            The sad truth is that for some reason some fans of this club don’t want to give a striker who “might” (and that is all I have ever said might be able to help us score goals) be able help the team score goals when our others strikers who the manager puts out every match don’t. Why is that wrong in some of your minds? Because Rafa says? Neither Rafa or you know whether he could score goals for us enless he is played. But to me it is “insanity” not to give him a runout to see what he could do at 23 years old. Einstein’s definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results. And this season continuing to send Hoss out is insanity. So lol all you want.

  • Desree

    Sell Mitro, don’t buy a forwars, Mitro helps west brom stay up at newcastles expense.

    Fatty gets the ultimate slap for being just what he is. Poetic justice!

  • Down Under Mag

    Dangerous if true. Rafa clearly doesn’t think Mitro will play well in his formation which I have no problem in backing. I have always liked Mitro’s enthusiasm but he has repeatedly failed to produce the goods and is more a liability than asset when playign for us. Just because he does it at international level it doesn’t mean he will do it in the Premiership in our current side. So on that note, if we choose to sell then i’m on board with that. No doubt it will be done too late to allow any of that money to be reinvested though and we will be worse off squad wise than we are now. However, the biggest issue is selling to a potential relegation candidate which could send us down should he slot into their squad and score a few important goals. I know he has goals in him, just probably not for us…but we definitely don’t want those goals to come against us or for a team that is battling the drop. Would be just our luck.

    • Mike Adam

      If he cannot score for us, then why not sell him to West Brom? “Just because he does it at International level doesn’t mean he will do it in the Premiership in our current side.” Nothing to fear, right, Rafa won’t play him so why have him, hell he doesn’t even make the bench most matches. And besides we have Joselu.

      • Taz

        They are both shit3 :-)

  • Richard Braverman

    How about a player who can create goals by himself if given an opportunity…
    Hatem Ben Arfa

    • mentalman

      he would sit and rot on the bench after the first game when he didn’t stick to the plan