As Newcastle fans wait with fading hopes of Mike Ashley allowing Rafa Benitez to bring in any signings this month, a bizarre transfer exclusive has appeared.

It is claimed that Newcastle are willing to pay £10m to land Pepe Reina.

This story is ludicrous on so many levels.

I can’t see Mike Ashley allowing £10m to be spent on anybody, let alone a player who turns 36 in August.

Obviously Rafa Benitez was heavily linked with his former goalkeeper in the summer but Ashley put the block on his manager signing any experienced keeper on big wages, even though the Newcastle manager was desperate for a new number one.

His fears have proved correct as Rafa has been forced to drop both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow this season, as they have predictably shown themselves not to be Premier League number ones.

At the Napoli end the story makes absolutely no sense either. Back in the summer there was no guarantee of Pepe Reina being their first choice keeper but that’s all changed.

It is 28 years since they last won the league and this season looks by far their best chance in a long time.

Napoli top the lead by one point from Juventus and they are nine clear of Inter Milan in third.

Pepe Reina has been first choice in both the Champions League and Serie A, starting 19 of the 20 league matches.

Quite why he would fancy a relegation struggle instead of possibly winning the Serie A title (and in the 32 of the Europa League), is anybody’s guess.

The transfer claims in The Sun also claim that Mike Ashley is also willing to allow a loan striker to come in this month, with wages of £100,000 a week set aside to land the right one.

They claim that sources have said Newcastle have only a 10% of landing Danny Ings on loan and that David Moyes has no interest at all in a Chancel Mbemba swap for his striker Diafra Sakho, a story that ran on Saturday.

Newcastle are now into the 14th day of the transfer window and in December Rafa Benitez said ideally he wanted all signings to be in by 15 January (tomorrow!), or 20 January by the very latest.

Yesterday’s poor display against rock bottom Swansea once again exposed the lack of quality, with the need for more star quality up front especially clear.



  • Paul Patterson

    A goalkeeper isn’t priority. £10m won’t be spent and I can’t see £100k a week being spent on anyone.

    • East Durham Mag

      Other than Fatties pies.

    • Steve

      Not a priority, yet a top quality keeper would not have given Ayew a second pop at that header yesterday.

      • joe mac

        are you joking?….his save was incredible!….just unlucky he pushed it straight back in his path!

  • Peaky Magpie

    FFS stop showing photos of the fat t**t in our B & W shirts with that self satisfied sneering smug look on his face,it means totally f**k all to him !!!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Needs a XXXXL instead of that XL he’s wearing…………..mekks him look a fatter twt than he is………….and he is one fkn fat twt.

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

      • kingfisher

        Surely you missed “tight Cockney” out of your eloquent discription of our esteemed owner? 👍😁😁

        • Kneebotherm8

          Yep that’s a fair comment………

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Firstly Mike Ashley spent £12m on Murphy and a total of nearly £50m on players in the Summer window none of which started yesterday. This is Rafa s choice to play Diame instead of Merino not Ashleys. It is Rafa who took Shelvey off and not Diame destroying the little creativity we have in midfield. What is the point in giving Rafa £50m if he does not start with any of these players.

    • GToon

      That is a fair point.

    • hetonmag

      Merino can’t do a defensive midfield role he isn’t strong enough and not can Shelvey.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Hayden can

        • hetonmag

          Fair enough Hayden but not the other two.

    • StevieB

      Fair point, his list of horrendous buys is mounting up like , Murphy was a disaster at 12m, throw in Hanley , Diame, Joselu, Sels and his decision to get rid of Daryl Murphy ( I’d pick him over Mitrovic and Joselu put together by the way)
      His decision to not chase Kieran Gibbs at 5m and there’s been some boo boos dropped by Rafa this past 24 months

      • HarryHype59

        Heretic! Do you not worship at the alter of St. Rafa?

        • StevieB

          Oh I’m certain he is quality, and he is easily the best we could get , but the fact is he’s had a few bad buys since he’s been here, I mean by the time he bought Murphy he would have been suspicious that Ashley was gonna restrict the funds cause the summer spending had become a disaster…..so if he knew he’d not have much then why waste 12 of it on a young unproven potential talent from the championship?? I’d rather he spent that 12 on a package to get Reina from Napoli personally or bought a striker for 17 mil instead of Joselu 🤔
          Coutinho and Mahrez’s goals should have both been saved and would have been saved by someone like Reina and those goals cost us 4 points. My point is he got done by Ashley yeah no doubt, but he hasn’t spent what he did have wisely in my opinion. But I’m still a big fan of his .

          • HarryHype59

            Rafa spent around £44m last summer! Atsu at £6m and Merino at £7m were decent buys! The rest including Murphy are no better than players already at the club! Rafa could have bought a decentish striker for the £30m spent on Hoss, Manky, Lejourne and Murphy!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I think Murphy is improving and starting to prove a good buy. However, you are right, Rafa is choosing the side from a pool of players that are mostly hi shoes.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        My main gripe is playing Diame a head of Merino and Haydn and Shelvey. When the fans on this site say Ashley has given Rafa no money in the Summer just fifty million to buy five players and not one started against Swansea yet Diame plays the full game.
        If I was Ashley would I want to give Rafa another fifty million pounds in this window only for him not to play any of them and start with Diame.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Players like Slomo aren`t even good enough for the bench

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          For some commentators on here, facts are to be ignored.

          It certainly questions why Rafa makes comments like Ashley knows the squad needs to be improved, yet ignored £59m of his buys.

          • GToon

            So what would you do now if you were Ashley? You are a multi billionaire , you own a football club that is in a very lucrative league but there’s a chance they might go down. Quite a good chance. The manager wants more money to improve the team. He wants a forward and a keeper by all accounts. You have seen that the forwards at your club don’t seem to be able to score when presented with decent chances. Do you just tell him to get on with it or back him?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Well, I believe part of the problem is FFP and the players on big wages taking up space and wages.

            In an easier world, I’d allow the manager to buy. However, my understanding is the takeover is very close. I understand a price has been agreed (but not signed) for the sale.
            – Staveley’s clients have offered to loan £30m for transfers now, provided the deal is signed before the official transfer of ownership goes through. However,
            Staveley wants a relegation clause of £50m. Not surprisingly, Ashley’s view is that they pay the amount and get on with it.

            I thinks this is brinkmanship, if they are keen to buy, Ashley thinks the ability to play the transfer market is an incentive for them to speed things up. If he’s playing out their strategy now, there isn’t the incentive to speed up the deal.

          • HarryHype59

            Is this the same takeover you claimed was going to occur on 6th of Jan?

            If the club is almost maxed out on FFP due to high wages as you claim, surely a prospective buyer can wait for the fiscal meltdown arising from a third relegation!

            Ashley will be lucky to get £100m for us!

          • Kneebotherm8

            He knaaas very little just like the rest of us.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            We’ll see the the takeover.

            The wages should be a little lower in 2017 but we had more players and less ‘other’ income.

            The prospective owners do not want a Championship club so no, they don’t want to wait.

          • GToon

            If we break the ffp rules is it a fine or points lost.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Points with possibility of a fine.

          • nufcslf

            Exactly. Cashley knows sweet fa about football and proves it the longer he carry’s on destroying his club. Total clueless moron. Anybody who would want to be that horrible fat c**t, wants there head examined.

          • StevieB

            Good point . It would be interesting to hear his answer to that 🤔

      • HarryHype59

        Murphy could end up being a decent prospect when he plays for us next season in the Championship!

        His EPL contribution of one assist this season, has been a poor return for £12m.

    • HarryHype59

      I think your beloved Ashley is the main problem at our club. However, it was notable that not one of Rafa’s £37m worth new summer signings started yesterday.

      The club could have bought an EPL quality forward for that money!

  • Leazes

    This club is drowning in fake news, is it any wonder when the Chronicle leave the taps running.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Drip,drip,drip,drip……………….Chinese torture……..

  • GToon

    The funny bit is “Mike Ashley is willing to pay”. The rest of the sentence is irrelevant.

  • Phil K

    Absolutely ridiculous from every level

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    It’s unlikely to be Mike’s problem in a few months so as long as the buyers are happy with Rafa’s buys, he’s happy. Personally, I’d not be sanctioning Reina if it were my money.

    • HarryHype59

      Buyers!….what buyers Walter?

  • Lhc

    Rafa will end up at arsenal maybe, can’t see wenger being there much longer.

  • Paul Patterson

    I think the game is up regarding the takeover. The evidence is that no money is being spent. If money was being spent it would indicate one of two things- Either Ashley has agreed to the sale and will be paid back for this month’s spending or he’s agreed to protect his investment buy spending anyway.
    Either way, no spending means he’s not bothered and will risk relegation to roll the dice again next season.

    • nufcslf

      So much to look forward to. Won’t even bother watching at all if he still around next season. It’s already a waste of 2 hours on a Saturday as it is now. Trying to find Championship matches here in Vancouver is like pulling teeth at the best of times as well. Can’t believe fatty has got me to a point where match day just isn’t a priority any more. Never thought it would get to this and won’t change until the hideous cancer is gone.

  • Andrew

    After the Bournemouth result we looked doomed. Can’t see where the next 3 points will come from with our remaining fixtures

    • GToon

      A draw at home v Huddersfield, Burnley and West Brom I would think.

      • Andrew

        Yes
        27 points would be enough to get us playing Sunderland next season & many more to come

        • Paul Patterson

          Even if we get relegated we won’t be playing S********d next season. 😂😂

          • robbersdog

            That’s true!

          • Andrew

            No it is true as they will make an almighty effort to stay up so they can get 6 points off us 😭😭

    • Lhc

      Your kidding! Burnley Huddersfield wbrom s/ton home, palace Leicester Watford Bournemouth away. No excuses with those lot.

      • Andrew

        I hope your right but with no proper info on incoming targets + nothing from Mr Ashley himself + was so sure we would have got a win yesterday. Feels like we’ve been down this road before

        • Lhc

          It’s the flip of a coin if we stay up imo! I hope it’s not down to the final day against Chelsea scenario, we go down again I think it will be a hard slog to get back up, none of this down for 1 season and straight back up, it would be tough getting back up.

        • Lhc

          Also I honestly don’t think we will sign anybody this month!

        • nufcslf

          I cringe at the Mr. Ashley reference. He is nothing but a bit of filth that earns no respect for running this club into the ground for 10+ years.

      • HarryHype59

        If we couldn’t beat rock bottom Swansea at SJP, I can’t see us winning at home against the teams you mention!

      • nufcslf

        No kidding with the comment above. Have you been around for 2 wins and 3 draws in 16 matches. Doesn’t fill me with confidence at all. Fatty must go, fatty must go….hello….hello….

  • robbersdog

    Any money we have should be spent on a centre-forward; and if there’s any spare cash after that…another forward.

    A new goalkeeper should way down the list of priorities.

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed!

  • Down Under Mag

    I admit I don’t get this obsession with getting a new keeper. Perhaps the ones we have do make the odd mistake BUT not enough to warrant making a replacement a priority. Given our so-called strikers couldn’t hit a cow’s a**e with a stringed instrument without 9 chances per game i’d say a clinical finisher would be a higher priority.

  • nufcslf

    Mike Cashley simply equals laughable all the time.

  • John Oneil

    Hahaha… as if he would give up 10 million Greggs pasties….!!!