On Monday afternoon the Chronicle have given a big build up to a breaking transfer news story.

When the ‘news’ actually arrived, it instantly provoked derision from Newcastle fans responding.

The Chronicle headline declaring:  ‘Newcastle United eyeing DOUBLE deal this week. Kenedy and they’ve made the first move for a striker who would break transfer record.’

The big transfer news proving to fall very flat.

The Kenedy part of the story was that Newcastle had contacted Chelsea again (for the 536th time) to ‘see where they stand’ on the left sided player.

The newspaper claiming that the deal is just waiting on a ‘green light from Antonio Conte’, which is where we were at throughout the summer.

As for breaking any transfer record….

It really couldn’t be more vague.

The Chronicle stating:

‘We understand that negotiations are underway for a new front man and it is believed that the selling club will expect Newcastle to break their current transfer fee of £16million IF the Magpies can pull it off.

If Newcastle were successful it would at least show Rafa Benitez that Mike Ashley had been as good as his word when it comes to January backing.’

There were vague claims elsewhere over the weekend of Newcastle interest in paying £20m+ for Kevin Gameiro from Atletico Madrid.

He is now unwanted at the Spanish club and turns 31 in May but cost Atletico £28m only 18 months ago, so difficult/impossible to see that one even being considered by Ashley…if we go along with the story…

With the Chronicle not even naming the striker who Newcastle allegedly have made contact for, we are no further forward, even when it comes to simply speculating.

If by next Wednesday night both Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans have found ‘Mike Ashley had been as good as his word’, then it will be truly astounding, maybe even more astounding than Newcastle actually breaking their 13 year old transfer record.

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  • Jezza

    Oh for f***ks sake.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂 Sometimes four words say it all.

  • Clarko

    🤔 🤔 🤔

  • FatParosite

    Shamed into it? Knows it had to happen anyway? We will always bump along the bottom whilst fatty is in the boat.

  • Paul Patterson

    Click bait from the Chronicle then.
    We aren’t going to be paying anything near 20m for a 31 year old.
    Kenedy may come in on loan (not that he’s a priority) and that will be it.
    I’d still like to see Hernandez on loan but even that’s doubtful.
    Expect nothing and we won’t be disappointed next Wednesday as we’ve seen it all before.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Neymar 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • joe mac

    if arbuckle told me it was gonna get dark tonight i,d have to wait and see for myself!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    If we signed Murphy for £12m and Merino for £10m why would it be astounding if we paid £20m for a striker. If Kenedy comes would be another squad player it’s a centre forward and a goal scoring midfielder we need. Think a new keeper would do more harm than good and would take time to settle in. By a week on Wednesday we will no either way.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Kenedy would step straight into the team

      • Paul Busby

        Judging by his performance in the cup the other week, I would tend to agree.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          MoM

          • Martin Rooney

            Yes but dummett’s doing a good job we need a striker

    • RadgePacket

      Agreed on the keeper. Especially one with no past Prem experience. We don’t have the time or breathing room for a new keeper to get a few mistakes out of the way while settling in.

      • HarryHype59

        Agreed, this keeper could be the next Mat Sels.

    • Guest 2

      Which part of Ashley failing to go above the clubs 13 year old transfer ceiling is lost on you?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        With Michael Owen being the record for £16m nothing is lost on me he was not value for money neither a lot of the players we have bought over the last few years wasted money again.

        • Guest 2

          Blame the owner and his successive appointment of morons who selected those players over the last 10 years.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    For the 1st time in 10 yrs i believe the Fat Lad & i think we will sign a striker between £15-£20m.

    • mentalman

      £16million and a penny then he’ll have his PR people at sky announcing how he has smashed our transfer record

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I can hear Jezza laughing

        • Jezza

          Ha ha there is more chance of the club breaking their transfer record for a striker by conning Spurs into paying £36 million for Mitrovic than there is of this proposed signing happening.

    • scotty63

      Quick call the nurse

    • Leazes.

      moron

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

        • Jezza

          All I can say is don’t build your hopes up, marra.

    • Duh

      It’s futile to try to assess anything nufc transfer related at this point in time.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        it`s a guess. if i`m wrong i`m a Moron.

        • Duh

          No more so than someone who thought the whole Staveley thing was a conspired publicity stunt with all parties complicit.

          • Leazes.

            Seen anything to prove it isn’t ….tick tock… window shuts.

          • TheNutJob

            😆😆

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Have you been drinking?

  • Peaco

    But break what transfer record? The record for the oldest forward with the sh!test goal scoring record? …..yes everybody, Mike is dipping his hand in his pocket for Shefki Kuqi

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Ir`s one of 2 things, Greed or Panic with a new Tv deal imminent

      • Jezza

        Or most likely pure and utter fabrication to quell fan unrest and get those renewals coming in.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Yep, that will be it…..grrr

  • S.G.M.

    Reel em in.

  • NUFCDan

    Don’t tell me where finally going to land Mevlut Erdinc after all this time?

    • Clarko

      I hear that we are about to sign Tranquillo Barnetta on loan as well, double announcement?

      • TheFatController

        I have a mate’s Aunt who works at Greggs and she said she sold Das Bost a sausage roll today on Northumberland st.

        Everyone knows he likes a steak slice, so clearly not him.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Who from? Rafa doesn’t even know who we are in for. He will take what he’s given. After what happened in the summer I’ve no faith in anyone decent coming through the door that’s for certain!!

        • Clarko

          I don’t know if you know that I was joking so, I was joking.

          On a side note, Kenedy is on his way for a medical, we are looking to break our transfer record with a ~£20m bid for a striker, the club have refused to dismiss the Sandro Ramirez rumours and everyone “in the know” expect three signings in before the window closes.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Oh. Lol. You don’t normally joke. It’s a side you should show more often.
            Do you think we’re going to make any quality signings? Serious question. I personally think Ashley will gamble providing funds for what he sees as being enough to keep us in the league. I.E. The bear minimum.

          • Clarko

            What’s the bare minimum in your eyes? Put a number on it.

          • Albert Stubbins

            We need a striker above and beyond anything. Decent striker at this time o’s season
            I’d put thirty million as the sum mate. Olivier geroud type player needed and that’s what he would cost I reckon. What do you think?

          • Clarko

            I don’t know how you can expect or say that the minimum requirement for Newcastle, a newly promoted club, in January, is a £30m striker. Does that not come across as absolutley ridiculous? As a bare minimum requirement? Come on. Look at some of your earlier comments:

            “The club had zero ambition”

            “You should know then and there that sweet f a will happen in transfer market”

            “there would be NO money for transfers other than free ones in the January transfer window”

            Do you not see how ridiculous that is? Saying that you expect nothing in the window, then news arises that we are trying to sign a £20m striker only to then say that it’s not enough.

            If we sign a striker that breaks the club record transfer fee and we sign another loan player on top of the new arrival Kenedy, we should be extremely happy with that and it should absolutley be enough to ensure survival. But of course it’s Ashley, so nothing will ever be good enough for this deluded fan base.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I stand 100% behind those comments- All im stating is that thirty million IS an absolute minimum that SHOULD be spent this window- I don’t believe it will. I ve stopped believing in Ashley to back Rafa- why? because he hasnt got the players in he wanted last window- Rafa said he had to buy with what he had been given not who he wanted. The chronicle reported this so it may not be true. so No- I dont expect Rafa to be backed this window but thirty million should be the minimum he is give in my opinion- why? because I believe a thirty million pound striker would keep us up and im giving Olivier Geroud as an example because that was the price the chronicle reported his value last summer.

          • Clarko

            It’s just delusions of grandeur. No other bottom half team is spending £30m on a striker in the January window.

          • Albert Stubbins

            you know why don’t you? because they spent it in the summer like we should have done!! you asked me what is the bare minimum we should spend now and im saying thirty million- we wont of course-Ashley will gamble with our clubs future like he does in an afternoon at the wheels at las vegas- its a gamble worth taking as far as he is concerned. If we go down it only costs him 30 million to get back up into the money again- he’s done that twice now as well so he thinks its tried and tested- the difference is now of course is that even epl teams are spending big to get into the premiership so it might not be so easy this time!! I did actually used to have a bit of faith in him- ask Jezza- but now I have none. I obviously interpret his actions differently to you- I respect your opinion- you should do the same.

          • Clarko

            “you know why don’t you? because they spent it in the summer like we should have done!!”

            Wrong. Below are the spends of each team up until the Jan window:

            Watford €61.50m
            Swansea €50.30m
            Newcastle €49.30m
            Brighton €47.60m
            West Brom €45.70m
            West Ham €45.40m
            Huddersfield €44.40m
            Southampton €39.40m
            Crystal Palace €37.20m
            Stoke €34.90m
            Bournemouth €34.30m
            Burnley €34.04m

            You’re uninformed and delusional.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Im not uninformed as you so eloquently put it- possibly misinformed If I take everything you say as gospel. As for delusional? lol- reality is subjective- yours and mine are clearly quite different- your expectations have clearly been lowered during Ashleys reign- Im assuming this of course as you may well have been a cynic during the Keegan and Robson era- who knows, who cares? I look at these figures you have produced and see something quite differently from your own perspective- where is the spend for Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool- you have for some reason omitted these- why? before your pal Ashley came along we were regularly competing with these in the top 6 of the league but you have left them out- you see Clarko, you are happy for us to compete with teams I view as inferior to us both in terms of historic achievement and potential of the club as a whole. That is MY reality- you view this as delusion for some strange reason- like I say- reality is subjective. I could retort and call you brainwashed and gullible but I won’t as you seem like a decent chap- just a rather negative one that’s all.

          • Clarko

            No, you are uninformed, you stated that clubs had spent money in the summer, money that we didn’t, you were wrong, you were/are uninformed, that’s not subjective, that’s very objective.

            Again, delusions of grandeur, we are not in the Robson or Keegan era anymore and weren’t in that era when Mike Ashley bought the club.

            I have omitted the spends of the top 8 because I do not suffer from delusion. You’re living in the past, it’s just silly.

          • Albert Stubbins

            so History counts for nothing then? what a strange concept. Like I say-you’re very negative- you call it realism I call it being cynical. We are not talking centuries ago here but a decade ago. We should rejoice in our history and we should be doing far better than we are. delusions of grandeur- lol- youve been reading the wrong books- we’re talking about football here not buildings designed by christopher wren- I think your missing the whole point- you are that obsessed by figures your forgetting that football is a game that meant to be enjoyed and theres no greater enjoyment for a fan than seeing his team win- my opinion is we should be doing much much better than we are. If you look at the present moment and not the journey that has got us to this point then you doing yourself and more importantly our great club a massive dis-service – are you really a Newcastle fan? serious question.

          • Clarko

            A “decade” ago? Mike Ashley owned the club a decade ago… You just don’t know what you’re talking about, you just don’t.

            Have fun.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Typical Clarko. You know only too well that I mean the years preceding the decade. This is what you continually do when you try to take control over a debate. Keep accepting mediocrity. IM not convinced you are even a newcastle supporter. You’ll need to provide some more figures but then again you are good at that. Ttfn.

          • Clarko

            This wasn’t a debate, I’m not debating anything, you’re just whinging about past “glories” and trying to apply them to now.

            Me:
            “It’s great that Newcastle are looking to break the club transfer record and bring in a much needed striker”

            You:
            “Pshhh, we had Shearer 20 years”

            That’s not a debate.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Initially you asked me how much I thought benitez would need this transfer window. Everything we gave discussed subsequently has evolved from that. We have different opinions on how the club should be run. I respect that. I don’t happen to believe that the days of pre Ashley wernt that long ago that we can’t expect something similar now. You seem to believe we shouldn’t expect better because we have no divine right. No we don’t but I and many others expect better. That’s not dilusion. We’ve been there before so why can’t we do it again. Why be so dogmatic? Would you put up with mediocrity in your own life? I’m guessing not. Let’s agree to disagree as this is becoming stupid.

          • Clarko

            No we don’t have different opinions on how the club should be ran, I’ve never gave my opinion on how the club should be ran.

            Again you’ve completely disregarded my last comment and just continued to complain again, “I expect better”, “I want better”, “I’m sick of this”, “back in my day”, it’s just silly, you’re not having a discussion, you’re complaining. Every time we interact it goes that way, you make a point, I counter that point and then you talk about the 90s and good we used to be.

            “We’ve been there before so why can’t we do it again”. Money.

            “Let’s agree to disagree as this is becoming stupid”. All your fault dude.

      • Rich Lawson

        Tranquil Barnet,if only we had him when Jenas struggled to find a competent hairdresser on Tyneside.

  • HarryHype59

    Ashley has a canny wedge of this years TV money burning a hole in the pockets of his XXXXL trousers!

    He may allow one or two loan signings.

    • Damon Horner

      XXXXL? Good for him, he’s lost weight.

  • Burt Humperdink

    The only name that matches the profile, wages and we’ve had past interest in is Kevin Gameiro. It is borderline possible he is struggling for a place with all the higher profile options available to Atletico. You have to wonder if we did make a bid and it was accepted why would he come to us? Additionally why wouldn’t one of the top sides looking for a short term striking option like Chelsea jump in?

    • Leazes.

      Just looked up his record…..He was quite good three years ago, scoring against Liverpool in the UEFA Cup final…. since then injury….. and he’s a four goal a season striker, playing 65 minutes.

      • Paul Smith

        12 goals in 31 league appearances last season (appearances not starts). 3 in 7 this season. That’s not bad.

  • Vepr – 12

    I hear Ashley has been to scout out the strikers at Blyth Spartans. But only on a loan deal.

    • Jezza

      Yes but he still won’t pay the 100 quid loan fee.

  • robbersdog

    …and Ashley’s also going to cut down on his drinking and pay his Sport Direct slaves a living wage. #Fantasy

  • TheFatController

    ‘The club tried to sign players, looking to break the transfer record to bring in proven players’ Said an Ashley source

    Bids lodged?

    £20m PE aubameyang
    £20m Sanchez
    £10m + Shelvey for Mahrez

    ‘Sadly we couldn’t quite get them over the line, it’s a tough market and there’s not much value to be had. But the club is proud to announce Doumbia and ferreyra have re-joined the club in last minute deals on loan til the end of the season…’

    ‘The bid for Lascelles was too good to turn down, so good we flew him to Chelsea in Mike’s chopper…’

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Facundo Ferreyra is doing rather well now

      • TheFatController

        He was doing ok before he arrived in fairness to him. Probably wasn’t fit as per the usual for our loan signings from abroad …

        But my sarcasm was just for illustration of likely events.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          i did get that!

    • Jezza

      “United allowed Dwight Gayle to move to Fulham believing they had in the bag only for an unexpected late hitch to prevent what would have been the club’s record transfer being completed before the 11pm deadline”.

      Lee Ryder, 1st February 2018

    • Albert Stubbins

      You’ve hit the nail on the heed there.

  • 5floorshigh

    so excited……………………..oh……oh ………oh………and now I’m not

  • TheNutJob

    Ryder = fake news

    • Duh

      Yeah, you’d get more sense out of Shaun Ryder than lee

      • Peaky Magpie

        It’s about time someone twisted Fatso’s melons !

      • Albert Stubbins

        Ha ha. Class!! Lee Ryder twists my melon I know that!!

    • Jezza

      I never thought I’d ever say this but the Chronicle has gone right downhill since Alan Oliver left.

      • TheFatController

        You mean Ryder can beat ‘Socrates will study at the Uni and thus play for the toon’…?

        • Jezza

          Ha ha yes I remember the Socrates story. In fairness that was at a time when Newcastle in the second division had just pulled off the transfer of the decade by signing erstwhile England captain Kevin Keegan and anything seemed possible.

          There is also as much truth in this story about NUFC breaking the club transfer frecord to sign an unnamed striker as there was in the Socrates story.

          • TheFatController

            Typically of the Chron, they used the Keegan revelation to justify stories every week.

            Remember the one with KH Rummenigge?

            Had us all dreaming of a Div 2 front four of Keegan, Socrates, Rummenigge and Alan Shoulder…

          • Jezza

            Ha ha spot the weak link in that forward line. I could be wrong but I don’t remeber Keegan and Shouldr ever playing in he same team. I think Shoulder moved on when Keegan arrived. To be fair Alan Shoudler wasn’t a bad little player on his day, he did well for a lad signed from non league football. One week he was working down the pit the next he was playing centre forward for Newcastle United. He certainly lived he dream as they say.

          • nufcslf

            Him and Peter Withe, but no KK.

      • kingfisher

        Agreed Jezza.Think he does a column for a Sunday rag (or used to).Sick of The Chronic anyway.It used to be called The NEWCASTLE Evening Chronicle,so why so many articles about Sunderland?. Bar stewards !

      • Albert Stubbins

        I bumped into Alan Oliver in lanchester near where I work a few years ago now. I told him the very same thing. He was still doing a column in the people or something and he’d recently left the chronicle. I told him Lee Ryder was bl****y useless. I was so surprised at how highly he spoke of Ryder saying that he was giving him information on his column for the people!! I find the chronicle has about as much genuine information on the toon as the next door neighbours dog!! Not tomorrow’s chip paper but today’s in the case of the chronicle.

  • robbersdog

    Which Is The World’s Worst Regime?

    * Kim Jong-un (North Korea)
    * Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Islamic State)
    * Hibatullah Akhundzada (The Taliban)
    * Michael James Wallace Ashley (Newcastle United)

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂

      • TheNutJob

        Trump could buy the toon get the Spaniards out Juan by Juan

        • hetonmag

          We already have a clown thank you.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Sid mustn’t have heard anything yet ??

        • kingfisher

          Good one,Nut 🤣🤣🤣

    • Leazes.

      Trump (USA)

      • Lhc

        Tunnel vision

      • Benmagpie

        Without doubt

    • Ram Kishore

      Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi is dead..
      Ashley is the frontrunner ig

      • Paul Smith

        Is he dead ? He’s been reported dead about 15 times and it’s always proven false. Don’t believe everything you read.

        • Ram Kishore

          It was 6 months ago I read confirmed reports lol.. just got back and verified.. u r right

  • Andy Mac

    As I said earlier on Twitter, I think Sam Hepworth is confusing us with a football club that spends money ? 🤔

  • Vepr – 12

    Apparently Ronaldo is looking for a new club. Could be another scoop for the Chronicle and the Ashley meedia.
    Sorry about the spelling I’m still p*ssing myself laughing at the headline.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Reports are coming in the striker we are about to sign is the prolific Japanese frontman…….Neefooka.

    • Tino o

      😂😂😂

    • HarryHype59

      Ha ha like it!

    • TheFatController

      Bids in for Nay Juan from Spain, and a double loan of a German and a Ukrainian from Shaktar: Kuntz, Dalotovya…

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂

      • Peaky Magpie

        Divvent forget Bugga All from The Ivory Coast….

    • Martin Rooney

      Which is it? Neefooka nars or neefooka wantzim

      • Peaky Magpie

        Both,the new Ameobi’s

  • TheNutJob

    Sandro Ramirez, £2m loan fee £100,000 a week salary. Andre Schurrle loan fee unknown, £150,000 a week salary.
    Fatty
    🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈

    • Ram Kishore

      Sandro 100000 week… Wow
      Gods are crazy indeed

  • MadMag83

    Apparently it’s Gameiro from Atletico Madrid, yeah right!

    • 1957

      He hardly fits Mike’s sell on value criteria at almost 31.

      That said he’ll fit in nicely with our policy of not putting too many crosses in the box he’s a statuesque 5’7″.

      • MadMag83

        Ashley doesn’t care if he’s selling up or stopping and getting his greasy paws on the new bumper TV deal.

        Aguero rattled in a hat trick on Saturday evening mate, even a header! And he’s hardly related to Peter Crouch

        • 1957

          No but Man City have a style of play more suited to a smaller striker, we’re naturally more direct because of the gulf in class, one of the reasons I think Gayle struggles

      • Down Under Mag

        Height doesn’t concern me. A certain legendary Mr G. Speed wasn’t exactly a towering figure but boy was he good in the air.

        • 1957

          Gary Speed was just under 6′ tall

  • Alreet

    Omg. What a pathetic excuse of a slug, ash is.

    What a bell

  • Toontone100

    Ashley really needs to stop this now – my sides can’t take any more 😂

  • Paul Smith

    It’s possible we’d have to break our transfer record just to get a decent / proven championship striker.

  • Desree

    Have we sogned Charlie Austin yet?

  • Desree

    The last record signing in newcastle was at the virgin megastore.