Sam Allardyce has been asked about the possibility of Aaron Lennon moving to Newcastle United.

Thursday had brought a transfer story from ESPN, claiming sources had told them that Rafa Benitez was interested in signing the winger.

Sam Allardyce somehow fluked the Everton job as they struggled for a Ronald Koeman replacement, Watford refusing to allow them to approach Marco Silva and Fat Sam the beneficiary.

I bet he can’t believe his luck, Allardyce having already been given £50m to bring in Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott in recent days.

On Saturday Sam Allardyce is up against another chancer in Alan Pardew, with West Brom visiting Goodison Park.

At the pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Allardyce was accompanied by new signing £20m+ Walcott.

With the two latest additions, the Everton boss admitted that with now 33 players in the first team squad, he would need to now offload some.

Aaron Lennon is out of contract at the end of this season and with Walcott signing and Bolasie back to fitness, is a natural player to lose.

Asked about that Lennon to Newcastle transfer story, Sam Allardyce said ‘I’m not sure’ and then deflected the question by claiming that it would be in the hands of Everton’s Chairman and Director of Football.

Sam Allardyce

“I think for us, if he (Theo Walcott) repeats what he did even this year with his short appearances, he’s got goals.

“For us that’s a very important ingredient, where we are short in terms of creating goals.

“The squad is too big.  There are 33 players in the first team squad.  Moving  a few players on now is the order for us.

“I’m not sure about Aaron Lennon to Newcastle.

“That lies in the hands of the chairman and Steve (Walsh) the director of football.

“They handle all that side of it, those negotiations, if and when they go on.

“The squad is getting stronger & hopefully bigger. We need to turn our results around, starting with Saturday.”

The Mag – Thursday 18 January:

Aaron Lennon has been linked a number of time in the past with a move to Newcastle United.

Now with 13 days to go until the closing of the January transfer window, it is reported that Newcastle are once again looking at a possible transfer.

The winger was allegedly offered to Newcastle back in summer 2014, Lennon moving a year later to Goodison Park.

There are clear reasons as to why Everton may be keen to move the winger on now.

Aaron Lennon turns 31 in April and sees his current contract end in June.

He has no chance of being offered another one and with Bolasie now coming back to full fitness and £20m+ spent on Theo Walcott, the writing is on the wall for the former Spurs player.

ESPN say their ‘sources’ have told them that Newcastle are considering making a move as Rafa Benitez looks desperately for value for money signings who could make a difference in this relegation run-in.

Lennon has done ok against Newcastle in the past and scored for both Everton and Spurs against the Magpies.

However, with Ritchie, Atsu and Murphy all contributing to varying degrees this season, maybe Newcastle fans wouldn’t see another winger as a key signing to make, especially if any budget is tight.

Aaron Lennon has actually featured in 15 of Everton’s 23 Premier League matches with nine starts and six off the bench, although he hasn’t contributed any goals or assists.

He always has looked a ‘busy’ winger, seemingly set to do something but not rarely producing a great end product. However, his pace and trickery can often unsettle teams.

As off the pitch problems also contributed, the winger only managed six league starts and five off the bench last season, scoring no goals but getting one assist.

Newcastle are desperate for extra quality to be added, especially going forward, but it remains to be seen if Rafa is actually backed to bring in any signings.

What does look for certain is that any signings will have to be more bargain basement than the ones Everton are making, Fat Sam already splashing out around £50m on Tosun and Walcott.



  • Peaky Magpie

    Fat Sham should be asked one question only “how many backhanders have you taken over the years ? “ Crook.

    • Phil

      Bet he’s dished out a few backhanders to his wife as well. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover BUT he looks the type!

      • Wor Lass

        Moron.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Still sticking to 24th minute mate if you know what I mean ?

          • Wor Lass

            Yep – 14 for me!

  • ghostrider

    Aaron Lennon?
    Seriously?
    The need for strikers and we are looking at wingers again.
    Aaron Lennon is not better than what we have and will also be on ridiculous wages.
    He’s in and out of the Everton team and Rafa wants him?

    Honestly, I think Rafa is taking the peas.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yet again you’re willing to believe this probable non story and have a shot at Benitez………….

      • ghostrider

        I’m having a shot at Benitez because I don’t trust him to do anything at this club.
        His football is sickening.
        His players are going backwards.

        • Kneebotherm8

          You’re one of a very small minority………and the transfer is like 99.9% of the transfer stories we’ve heard these past few weeks……….it ain’t gonna happen…………..in fact I’ll be surprised if your hero gets any signings “over the line”.

          • ghostrider

            I’d like to think Rafa would walk or be sacked so he can’t get any signings and leave it up to a manager coming in to maybe add a striker or simply play Mitrovic and co in a better balanced set up.

          • Kneebotherm8

            What’s your managerial qualifications?…..you know nothing of the goings on inside the club with players attitudes,fitness,capabilities within certain playing systems etc….etc……..

          • ghostrider

            I know plenty of what’s going on on that pitch and I can see Rafa’s silliness as can most others.
            The man is playing silly games and killing the passion.

          • Kneebotherm8

            As I said you know nothing of what’s going on inside the club,just like me and most others,no silly games going on and the 11 players he puts on the the pitch know their jobs and they play with a passion which was certainly never seen under Mclarens tenure.
            Mclaren was unable to motivate his expensively assembled team and that was an absolute pain to watch was it not?What team were you picking for the manager in those days?…….you seem to have all the managerial answers.

          • ghostrider

            I detested McClaren. I was begging for him to be thrown out. I hated his smarmy smirking attitude when he consistently tried to make excuses for us getting a battering.
            Rafa is a different case but nonetheless as irritating in terms of the way he sets his teams out and also leaving out players that could very possibly make a real difference at times.

            And stop going on about the team playing with passion as if that’s all you need.
            A non league outfit play with passion.
            The difference is, a non league outfit doesn’t have a 5 million a year manager who is deemed world class with a team that’s far better quality than is being allowed to be set out.

            That’s all this man has to do. Play the players at his disposal and balance his play instead of playing a lopsided defensive/cautious game 90% of the time, home or away against top quality or mediocre quality.

            5 million a year. Get your act together Rafa of sling your hook.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Is the team far better far better quality than is being allowed to be set out?…only your opinion on that.
            He does play a defensive/cautious game as he’s done all his career….he hasn’t done badly with those tactics has he?
            That system works very successfully with better quality players,even capable of winning trophies as he proved.
            We’re a difficult team to beat unlike the McLaren year where we were a clueless shambles of a team who played with no passion for the shirt,utterly gutless,passionless,shambolic ,tactically clueless,performances if I remember correctly.
            Rafa’s doing a whole lot better than the previous incumbent given the backing he’s had in the transfer market compared to McLaren.

          • ghostrider

            Clearly we aren’t a difficult team to beat. 3 points above relegation tells you we aren’t a difficult team to beat.
            We are a difficult team to hammer each week, not beat.

          • Kneebotherm8

            We’re a helluva lot more difficult to beat than Mclarens all stars,games were normally over for us before half time……..as I, and plenty others,say this squad is well below par and how we’re not in the bottom 3 is down to Benitez………….

        • nufcslf

          Unlike your fat leader that has taken the club bavkwards in 10+ years. Feel so sorry for you and so many others that don’t know sweet fa about football and still think Cashley will change.

          • ghostrider

            He’s your leader as well if you follow the club.
            You’re stuck with him until he decides to leave, whether you like him or not.
            He’s not as good as some owners but a million times better than many others.
            I thank him for saving the club, amid all of his errors.
            He’s done a lot more good than harm in terms of getting the club into a strong position financially.

            What he hasn’t done is provide trophies and European champions league….or are you going to say that top 10 every season would stop people moaning?

            FICKLE FANS.

          • nufcslf

            Not my leader, because every decision he makes has f**k all to do with football, only his back pocket. Can’t think of the last time we have gone into a match thinking, ‘We can win this’. Tomorrow’s final score is going to paint a very clear picture of how bad this set up is. Not fickle, but very honest.

          • ghostrider

            Back pocket my aris.
            If it wasn’t for his pockets we would have been in serious trouble .
            Only then would you realise what failure means.
            As for your matches, blame Rafa for that with his garbage mindset.

        • Kneebotherm8

          As I said,probable non story Lennon is signing for Burnley………….too quick to pull the trigger where Rafa’s concerned.

          • ghostrider

            I want Rafa out. I’d accept him getting sacked after the Man City game.
            I want him gone.
            5 million a year on this waste of space.
            I’d also like him to prove me wrong by giving us fans something like entertainment by trying to score goals throughout the game or sink trying.

            As far as Lennon goes. It’s all speculation and

          • Kneebotherm8

            and………what?

  • Rich Lawson

    Lennon’s best days are well behind him,barely Championship level now,we’d be better off trying to get Big Dunc’ back off them !

  • Cockneytrev

    How far we have fallen,,
    The are getting proven players and we get their cast offs,,
    Might as well sign John Lennon

    • Peaky Magpie

      Just “Imagine” that, it’ll be “Just Like Starting Over”……🎵🎵🎵

      • Kneebotherm8

        “Watching the wheels” come off…..thanks Mike..

        • Peaky Magpie

          We need “Instant Karma” to sort this “Jealous Guy” or for hope we could all “#9 Dream” for a “Working Class Hero”.I for one am sick of all these “Mind Games” but hey “ Whatever Gets You Thru The Night”….”Power To The People “ I say cos “Nobody Told Me There Would Be Days Like These” We are all on “Borrowed Time” so for goodness sake just “Stand By Me” and “Give Peace A Chance “and if Fatso has gone by December it really will be a “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Nice one….😂

          • Cockneytrev

            😂😂😂😂

          • Rich Lawson

            Top one mate and don’t forget the ”Cold Turkey” in Jan'(transfer window)

          • Peaky Magpie

            Thanks,had to tread carefully and made sure I didn’t creep into Beatles territory as “The Quick To Correct You Brigade” might have been watching if you know what I mean 😉😉😉

  • Kneebotherm8

    Everton got 33 players in their squad????……….according to one or two on here we’re top heavy with our squad and can’t buy until we reduce our numbers………What about Huddersfield,Palace etc signing players this transfer window…..they must be short of a full squad are they???……….any excuse by some on here as to why we are unable to sign new players………. anything to back up the Ashley regime………..total bullsht….

  • mactoon

    He’s gone to Burnley

    • anyobrien

      Hilarious 😂
      We couldn’t even attract a burnt out nut job

    • Mitros gotta start

      Good….wouldnt want to waste 1 of our 2 loan signings on a winger that isnt as good as aarons anyway

    • Rich Lawson

      And will now presumably play a blinder in our next home game ?

  • anyobrien

    Brighton about to break there transfer record.

    • Rich Lawson

      Comedy Gold,you just couldn’t make this stuff up !