Five weeks ago Aleksandar Mitrovic said he had to leave Newcastle United this month.

Now on the last day of the January transfer window he appears to have got his wish.

Sky Sports are reporting that their information is that Anderlecht have agreed a loan deal with Newcastle for striker.

The broadcaster saying that Newcastle’s number 45 also had a choice of Bordeaux and Hamburg amongst other clubs.

Rafa Benitez having said he wouldn’t be allowing Mitrovic, or anybody else, to join any of Newcastle’s rivals, after Brighton reportedly made a bid last week.

Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester as a replacement for Mitrovic is said to be the move Newcastle are trying make. However, a number of factors could potentially stand in their way.

West Ham are also reported to be interested, whilst it is also claimed that Leicester only want to sell the unwanted striker.

Then to cap it all, Keith Downie who covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports, has now reported that Islam Slimani has picked up a thigh injury in training which is expected to rule him out for at least two weeks.

That would appear to effectively rule him out, if Newcastle did sign him, of the next three matches, meaning there would be a maximum of 10 Premier League games for him to be involved in, as he also wouldn’t be able to play in the Leicester away match, unless it was a permanent deal immediately…

Rafa Benitez spoke to Mike Ashley on Tuesday and you can only assume that this intervention by the manager has sparked some very belated action and surely if Mitrovic is heading off, there surely must be a striker coming in, whether it s Slimani or whoever.

A number of media are now reporting the Slimani deal is now close, though no news yet on whether there would be any permanent clause attached – the Algerian international turns 30 in June so little wonder if Leicester will try to insist on an eventual permanent transfer.

Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogason was mentioned as a possibility as well this morning.

As for Mitro, he said in that interview (read below) five weeks ago with Serbian media that former club Partizan couldn’t even afford him on loan, Anderlecht should be able to cover that but difficult to see any potential loan deal turning permanent, as the striker’s wages are far beyond what Belgian clubs can afford.

Matz Sels became the highest paid player ever in the Belgian League when joining Anderlecht on loan last summer for the season.

The Mag – 27 December 2017:

Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to Zurnal in Serbia:

“I patiently waited for the chance in recent months and I did not welcome it (not being given any starts in the Premier League).

“I’m sorry, as after all I love Newcastle, but…it’s time for me to look out more for myself, to find the best solution for my career.”

‘Do you feel a little tired?’

“No, on the contrary, I have never felt better,

“I’m physically in flawless form, I cannot wait to play.

“The most important thing is to find a club and finally get a chance on the pitch. I have not forgotten football, nor how to score goals. I earned much more (at Newcastle) but …

 “I do not have much to look back on (and regret).

“I tried to be honest with myself and my teammates in every training sessionand match.

“And the fact that I did not get a chance is simply not down to me. Everyone knows that I was left in the dark.”

‘Do you know which club you will be with in January?’

“Not for now. There is no concrete offer.”

‘Do you stay in England?’

“I do not have a special desire (preference), the chances are I will leave (England).”

Is there a chance to return to Partizan?

“No, it’s an unrealistic story ..

“I think my arrival would be an expensive investment for Partizan. Totally unrealistic at this time.

“For my price, black and whites (Partizan) could cover reinforcements in several positions … For now that’s the situation, but you never know!”



  • Paul Patterson

    This is why you sign players earlier in the bloody window. More games to play in and a greater benefit to the club. Grrrr!!!!

    • Peter Stabler

      On the face of it but he could have got injured training here after signing so we would be no better off – injuries can happen at any time in football.

      • Ram Kishore

        Nothing can be done about that..

        • Peter Stabler

          Exactly

  • DC1964

    You couldn’t make it up!!!

  • Peaky Magpie

    Dubrovka already a Newcastle keeper according to Wiki ???

  • Peaky Magpie

    So that’ll be our 2 PL loans sorted then…..still time to spend that £20m overseas then……😂😂😂

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Rafa is a spiteful clown … he picks his tactics and try’s to adapt the players he has to them rather than get the best out of the squad he has by adapting the tactics to suit the personnel… the reason Swansea have fires of late is precisely because their manager has looked at the squad he’s got and set the team up to suit their attributes… And he’s been positive… Rafa is the most negative manager in our history and his man management is atrocious!

    • Paul Patterson

      Quite clearly you are too young or have forgotten the Scottish duo – Dalglish and Souness.
      Gullit slated Alan Shearer and didn’t give Rob Lee a squad number. The football under Allardyce was abysmal and negative. Pardew’s ‘style’ resulted in record runs of defeats.
      Rafa just needs a clinical striker . .

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        I’m old enough to remember Jack Charlton and that’s as bad as it gets … but Rafa is as bad … we have no creativity and set up to play negative ugly football .. all the managers you mentioned were truly awful .. but were at least called out for their turgid mind set .. Rafa seems immune somehow… the cry of Attack, Attack.. Attack Attack Attack .. was used to show our displeasure at their dross … I’ve only heard it once under Rafa and we’ve played some absolute garbage with him in the dug out.. his substitutions are baffling, his man management deplorable and his post match excuses laughable… he’s getting away with murder and the only reason is Ashley is taking all the bullets (deservedly) … Rafa has to at least share a portion of the blame though surely !

        • Paul Patterson

          He’s baffled me on more than one occasion but let him build a side and we will be fine. People need to keep saying to themselves ‘This is a Championship side’. Only four players are anywhere near/passable as Premier League quality.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            But he’s bought a lot of these players .. he failed to build a style of play that translated to the premiership.. even in the weak championship we were poor AND after outspending everyone else AND already having a better quality squad than everyone else … we are no further on than the season we were relegated .. Rafa has yet to stamp an effective style on the club .. as I’ve said .. he imposed HIS tactics regardless of the personnel he has to work with rather than playing a system that best suits the players he has .. Swansea are a prime example of a manager adapting his tactics to the squad he’s inherited .. Rafa is negative to the core and every club he’s been to has tired of it.

          • mentalman

            but he’s the best manager we have ever had and the best we could ever get

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            I very much doubt that .. he’s not even in our top 5

          • mentalman

            he’s risking his reputation to save our club, a club that he has no actual affiliation with

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            His reputation? … he’s been sacked by a lot of clubs because of negative football and dressing room discontent.. that’s the reputation he has!

          • mentalman

            he’s fighting the regime

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            You can’t fight the regime and play decent football or make sensible substitutions or treat players fairly or pick tactics that suit the players you have then is that right?

          • Paul Patterson

            We haven’t many decent footballers.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Certainly not playing the style we do

          • Paul Patterson

            Look at the side he built at Liverpool. It finished 5th, 3rd, 3rd, 4th and 2nd, while winning the Champions League, FA cup and Super Cup.
            Give him time and a bit of money, the current reflection of his PL time at Newcastle is grossly unfair.

          • hetonmag

            Yes he bought a lot of these players and was also promised an upgrade when we got promoted, why don’t you stop living in the KK and SBR, era football has moved on.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Don’t be so daft .. football is football .. good managers adapt their tactics to suit the players they have not the other way around .. Keegan and Robson proved that after taking over poor squads and improving performances just by understanding football is about footballers before tactics

          • Paul Patterson

            They also both spent money.

          • Viru leckworth

            And there were plenty dissenters over sir Bobby too. One of our best ever managers.

          • Buck Blacket

            How dare Rafa, the manager of NUFC, impose HIS tactics on the NUFC team? It’s outrageous, the players should be allowed to choose the tactics and play 1-1-8 like you want them to…

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Are you thick? …you have to adapt your tactics if you don’t have the players capable of deploying them … look at the record Rafa has trying to put the cart before the horse

          • Buck Blacket

            By your logic, we’d be playing without a striker because we don’t have anyone “suitable” you pillock!

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Logic? Don’t use words you don’t understand.. just keep baa baaing and repeating “in Rafa we trust” as the worst run of results in our history and wasted opportunities to win valuable points gets bigger and bigger … he’s mismanaged the squad he has because he can’t stop thinking about the squad he wants !

          • Buck Blacket

            Utter tosh. You are either a troll or you haven’t a clue about football. Name me another manager who has masterminded a victory from a 3 goal deficit in a champions league final? He is recognised as one of the most tactically astute managers in the game as testified by players like Gerrard to name but one. Here’s the best bit though, you think you know better than him lol. You must have a continental pro coaching license and immense experience at the highest level? You do right….?

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            You are a fan boy .. Rafa is as exciting as a cream cracker and his negativity has lost us points all season … you should re watch the champions league final you are talking about .. Liverpool were destroyed in the first half and lucky in the second … Milan still should have stuffed them even after it was 3-3 .. freak result !

          • Buck Blacket

            Look at the quality of the squad and tell me who would have done a better job with a predominantly Championship level team. Don’t give me that old pony about buying poor players either, he has spent minus £20.5 million on player sales. Not by choice but by the fat man’s double dealing. Look at all the so called “big clubs” struggling in the Championship at the moment. What we are witnessing this season is the consequences of a complete lack of investment in two transfer windows. I think we would be rock bottom if Rafa had tried to play the kind of football you appear to be advocating with that squad. Just as well he’s the manager and you’re not ;)

          • Paul Patterson

            He’s only had six months.

          • nevfur

            I bet a few championship clubs would like to be so poor that they win the league

          • Kneebotherm8

            Every club tired of the trophies he won with the same tactics……….only difference was the quality of the players they had compared to us..

        • TheFatController

          So it’s almost universally agreed that for once we have a squad that aren’t just picking up the money, are motivated and have team spirit.

          Then you come along and say the coach’s man management is deplorable.

          I leave it to the reader to make their own conclusion.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Team spirit ? … the dressing room has to be split given the treatment of some of the players who’ve been ignored despite performing while others are constantly getting included despite churning out garbage performances over and over again… Rafa’s record and tactics speak for themselves

          • mentalman

            the ones on the schitt list aren’t in the dressing room and the rest won’t say jack in case they end up on the list

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Was at the pre season friendly against Sheffield United when the seven thousand home fans started singing Charlton out. The two hundred Sheffield fans joined in with the chant and so he walked.

    • hetonmag

      Swansea played a similar set up to Newcastle last night against Arsenal, 27% possession and win 3-1 is it not just possible they have better players than us, is the Swansea manager negative and positive with 27% possession. To call a manager of his stature spiteful and a clown just shows your level of intelligence.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Better players than us? Did you watch them when we played them … when they won possession they committed far more players forward on the counter attack than we do .. Rafa won’t alllow our players off the leash even on the break

        • hetonmag

          Hey dummy did you see the Wet spam game and how many players we had in there box when we scored, the thing is you can’t do that every game unfortunately with the we’ve got.

          • mentalman

            you can do it quite easily every game, you’ll get beat off the better teams but we did playing defensively and you can give yourself a better chance of beating the teams around you. There have been so many games this season where if we’d actually attacked a game like the west ham game we would have won

          • hetonmag

            You could be right I can’t argue against that assumption, but Rafa is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn’t play the way some people want him to play, and who’s to say we wouldn’t be in a worse situation than we are now playing a more expansive game.

    • Megatron1505

      Ah, here comes Captain Assumption, I believe this to be the case (despite having no knowledge), therefore I am correct. Yawn…..

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Shut up Marxist IRA supporter

        • Megatron1505

          Up the revolution 😂

      • mentalman

        there’s a few like that on here and i’m not talking about the handful of users who are the same person

    • bob0411

      Sigh, another bloody troll…

      • Wor Lass

        No, it`s the same one. He`s just using another moniker.

        • bob0411

          Ah, that makes sense, I should have guessed by the self satisfied assumptions! Easy enough to block.

          • Wor Lass

            No need to block anyone. Just take the mick and enjoy it.

          • bob0411

            Oh I did that at length last night on another article, he got pretty wound up with me haha.

        • Kneebotherm8

          He or she?

    • thewildchimp

      Mostly I agree, but he hasn’t been properly backed. It’s a reasonable thing to do, as only fools and criminals do not help their managers AND leave them in charge.

      That’s Ashley’s fault.

      Rafa’s fault is in the fact that he must’ve realised what Ashley’s doing (he is highly intelligent) but did nothing, except provoking him. At that point, he had two good options: leave, there’s always a club who’ll buy him out, or stay, change how things are working, and try to salvage the season. He chose option 3: stay and change absolutely nothing.

      1. I don’t care he doesn’t rate Mitro. He is our best striker at the moment. Scored more than twice Prem goals in his first season in England as a sub than our other strikers, who’ve been playing all season, have at the moment.
      Build offence around him. Instead, we get the opposite.

      2. Change the setup. Our players aren’t comfortable with it, you won’t have better players for the remainder of the season – you have to do it. The reason he plays stiff football in every single match isn’t because he likes counter-attacking. It’s because he doesn’t have confidence in his players. Might not have guessed that if I haven’t seen it at Newcastle United.
      That only leads to players loosing confidence in themselves. Or becoming rebellious.

      3. Plays favorites. He’s like a mam feeding the best to her beloved ones and scraps to the others. What happens when neglected kids grow up? They leave the house at the first opportunity. It’s not just Mitro, I’ve covered him already. It’s like that for all of the positions. Granted, Benitez’s not the only one like that. Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp – all of them are the same. But they have the flow of players coming in and out. We don’t. Favoritism is dangerous in our situation.

      I could go on, but there’s no need. It’s tiring really. When all comes to end, it’s around 75% Ashley’s and 25% Benitez’ fault we are in this predicament.

  • molend

    Reply to Peaky below: According to Wiki he plays in the centre circle

    • Peaky Magpie

      Not another Hoss 🤬😡🤬

      • molend

        Big Hoss or Short Hoss?

        • JonMag

          Kart Hoss

          • molend

            Wasn’t he Hitler’s deputy?

          • Paul Patterson

            Rudolf Hoss?

          • Peaky Magpie

            🤣😂

          • Tony Mann

            Rudolph the Red nosed…….?
            Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza ?

      • thewildchimp

        Rather: another Mitro. But if you thought that one is slow, you are in for a (unpleasant) ride.

  • Leicester Mag

    So we sign an injured player on loan? An average one at that. Forgive me for not [email protected] myself in excitement. Good old Mikey always on the cheap

  • JonMag

    A comedy of errors to say the least, lead by the chief clown Penfold.
    i wouldn`t send the stupid [email protected]@ker for a loaf of bread.
    Newcastle`s a revolving door of shyte going out & schyte coming in

    • Kneebotherm8

      Gizza job I could do that……

  • superalansuddick

    All these loans going on maybe we should get W***A back as sponsers.

  • StevieB

    Never really seen Slimani play so I’ll hold off judgement for now, but I have to say …we could have got Sturridge if they “really” pushed him, Keegan and Robson used to travel to targets houses and talk to them face to face and sell our great club to them and I can’t recall many they went for and didn’t get ??
    It seems it’s all done via email to club secretary and bottom line wage price now which I hate !!
    These loans though to me still all point to a sale of the club come May .
    I believe Mike rejected Staveley’s offer of a January loan in Ernest of a takeover to maintain power at the negotiation table.
    The flip side of that is that he then has to fund January himself which he obviously won’t like the sound of as he deep down he knows he’s out in May .
    So the next best option is to get loans in to keep the spending down but it gets Benitez off his back till May. That’s my take on it anyway 🤔

    • bob0411

      Hope you’re right!

  • Wor Lass

    It`s a no-brainer, really, isn`t it? Can`t score goals, can`t buy a decent striker – or even a Krap one. So, what do you do? Ah, yes! Loan out the only decent prospect you have who scores regularly at international level and who has scored once every 129 minutes this season compared to Hoss`s 363 or Perez`s 362. My main problem with Rafa, that!

    • Mrkgw

      Agreed. I like Rafa but this reeks of his being pig headed. Unbelievable.

      • Wor Lass

        There has to be more to it than Rafa just doesn`t fancy him.

        • Mrkgw

          Does make you wonder. Problem is that we hear very little from St James with their closed door policy.

  • Mrkgw

    Mitro’s proposed move should be blocked. 100%. But then, this is Newcastle United under Ashley. Disgusting.

    • thewildchimp

      I would allow it, if only for the lad’s career.
      Yet, I don’t see any point in replacing him with injured Slimani. Just play him instead.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Rafa never played Mitro nor will he so what has this got to do with Ashley.
      If the price of bread goes up in Tesco you blame Ashley pathetic.

      • Mrkgw

        One of few Ashley apologists. Your own argument is pathetic -wake up man.

  • Leicester Mag

    So one in one out the Titanic deckchairs shuffled again. Then what can we expect from a knuckle shuffler extraordinaire

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Slimani cost £28m so must have something about him with other clubs after him as well. Better to get loan deals than waste £25m on a forward who might not do it. So that is two of the three players we wanted just waiting on the third. This site said we would get know one in but have two all ready and Rafa will have sanctioned it. Win tonight and at Palace get him in the team and it’s looking good. Despite getting a £28m forward you lot still not happy. Ashley promised you three and you will get three.

    • thewildchimp

      In that case, Mitro is worth 25m. Maybe 30, because he is young. Add 5-10m to that, depending on how he performs in the WC.
      Unrealistic? Totally.

    • bob0411

      Troll off!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        This site has been moaning on all week about getting a striker now you have one still moaning and now having a go at Rafa. Is this a manic depressive club the Mag or does anyone ever smile. At last we get some good news and you still doom and gloom. When we get a third player in as promised you will be in a right mood then.

        • Wezza147

          Bore off drone. Why do you keep making excuses for Mike Ashley? We still haven’t spent a penny on transfers (except loan fees, etc)
          Third player? We are signing cast offs who couldn’t make male it at stoke, Leicester? Where’s the transfer record broken eh? What’s your excuse for that?

      • Mrkgw

        Well said that man.

      • Geordiegiants

        Block him!

    • Colin Brumwell

      His strike rate is on a par with Joelu and Gayle

  • Damon Horner

    If Slimani has signed are we not going to give the lad a shot then? His International Goals record (which is all I read about Mitro) is impressive and he has banged them in when playing the Portuguese league, granted he hasn’t set the world alight at Leicester.

    He is good in the penalty box, good with link-up play and good in the air, he sounds like Mitro and more. Let’s see how he plays before we judge it to be bad business.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Agree and a much better route to take than the Dane in Holland imo.

    • mentalman

      at least rafa may play him

      • Damon Horner

        That’s all that matters, we aren’t counsellors really so whatever is going on between them will either be resolved or not, we just need goals and wins, not a squad of smiling faces.

        • mentalman

          to be honest i don’t really care who plays up front as long as they score goals and so far none of the strikers are really doing that so i would have given mitro a chance, even if he’d only scored 2 goals so far this season they could have got us an extra few points

      • Colin Brumwell

        At left back

  • Ram Kishore

    Work permit or loan fee is very high..
    I hope this won’t be the reason if we fail to land him

    • Damon Horner

      I think the Work Permit should be fine since he was granted one for Leicester and generally has the required international pedigree.
      Loan Fee and Wages are always a sticking point with us though!

    • 1957

      Doesn’t need a work permit if it’s a loan deal the Leicester one goes with him, a thigh injury is more of a concern. Let’s hope this deal doesn’t turn into a debacle like the one for Stephen Ireland. Only if we were to sign him permanently we’d need to apply for a new permit

  • mactoon

    According to reports Slimani has arrived at Newcastle airport to have a medical and the deal is thought to be £2 million now with the rest payable in the summer and we pick up his wages which would break our transfer record. Problem is he has a thigh injury which will sideline him for up to 2-3 weeks which means he could play as little as 10 games. Good capture though

    • Andy Mac

      Sorry Mac but are you nuts ? A £2m loan fee and he ‘ll miss 3-4 games ?

      • mactoon

        It’s a staged transfer not a loan. He’s here permanently so we are paying 32 million for the rest of this season then buying him in the summer. I’m looking at the longer term, I really rate him.

  • S.G.M.

    I would like to apologise to you (Mitro) on behalf Rafa, for not getting a fair crack, I think you deserved more, Good luck in the World cup marra.

    • Geordiegiants

      Not getting a fair crack???? He is pure shyte!

      • S.G.M.

        If he’s in the “Pure Shyte” bracket where do you put that Donkey Hoss?
        he’s not even good enough for Blackpool beach.

        • Geordiegiants

          Both of them are shyte. There isnt a lot between them, Mitro has got better with every game he hasn’t played.

  • Rich Lawson

    Lower headline says Mitro has gone on loan to Sky Sports ? Got to be better than the pundits they have now,look forward to him chinning the rest of the couch.

  • Andy Mac

    Out for two or three weeks during which time we play Burnley, Palace and Bournemouth plus the Mancs ???????

    • Damon Horner

      he’ll be back before Bournemouth unless it’s a worse injury than reported. He’d have never played tonight even if fit so misses two games.

      • wheyayeman

        Surely you don’t actually think we are going to be as extravagant as to literally loan a player on deadline day prior to relegation 3 do you?

        • Damon Horner

          Maybe our respectable owner and his beautiful assistant are tied up and Rafa and Jamaal are running the office, strangely though they want him at the game tonight… I wouldn’t depress the lad!

  • Tony Mann

    Anyone remember the Mission Impossible TV series from the 60’s?
    The intro featured an explosive fuse which burnt down as the iconic theme music played.
    ” You’re mission impossible Rafa, should you choose to accept it is to persuade Fat B…rd to part with some cash”
    It followed up with the warning that “This message will self destruct in 10 seconds”
    Well, It looks like Rafa has partially succeeded, maybe just not enough to halt the self destruct button.
    Time will tell.
    Fingers crossed.

  • Mxpx

    Lets ship out our only premier league striker great call

  • mactoon

    The thigh injury picked up by Islam Slimani this week is not as serious as first reported & there is outside chance he could make NUFC bench at Crystal Palace this weekend, although home match v Man Utd a week Sunday more likely

  • HarryHype59

    Mitro deal is off according to Total Sport.