Monday lunchtime brought news that Newcastle were set to sign Daniel Sturridge.

The Liverpool striker moving on loan to Tyneside after Mike Ashley refused to meet the asking price for Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen.

George Caulkin of The Times broke the Sturridge story, with George not being one for idle transfer speculation it looked positive.

Caulkin said a £1.5m loan fee and £120,000 wages were to be paid by Newcastle.

However, now The Guardian have revealed that West Brom appear to have beaten Newcastle to the signing.

The Guardian:

‘Daniel Sturridge is expected to join West Bromwich Albion, not Newcastle United, on loan until the end of the season. The out-of-favour Liverpool striker has attracted interest from several clubs in this window including Internazionale, Sevilla and Newcastle, but Albion are closest to securing his services on a temporary basis.

Liverpool’s FA Cup conquerors are understood to have agreed a loan fee of around £1.5m for Sturridge, who has not featured for Jürgen Klopp since the Champions League rout of Spartak Moscow in early December. He has made only five starts in all competitions this season.’

In response to The Guardian update, George Caulkin appears to confirm the bad news….

“Newcastle were expecting Sturridge to travel north this lunchtime. He hasn’t.”

The combination of undermining the manager and sheer incompetence under Mike Ashley, is quite breathtaking.

Rafa Benitez had given Ashley and his minions the list of players he wanted back in December and stated he wanted all signings made ideally by 15 January and by 20 January at very latest.

The penny pinching and risk taking by Mike Ashley is unbelievable, ignoring the advice/opinion of a respected manager who has been there, seen it, done it.

No need either to remind anybody either as to who just happens to be manager of West Brom now…



  • Peaky Magpie

    It’s not a shock at all ….not one iota…..

  • Bowlsey

    Beaten to another transfer by mighty West Brom eh? Wow…just wow. Can this transfer window get any more pointless or depressing for us? It’s actually gotten so bad that it’s becoming humourous in a darkly comic way.

    • robbersdog

      I know what you mean. Living under the Ashley jackboot is actually becoming a kind of grim version of funny.

  • robbersdog

    For f*ck sake…the Jorgensen deal is off and now we’ve been mugged off by Pardew. Can it get any worse? Oh yes!

    • Jezza

      Yes we’ll probably lose out to a Championship club before the window’s over.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I’m getting to the point where I frankly just couldn’t give a toss anymore….

    • Bowlsey

      Join the club. This is like some kind of mental torture.

    • Jezza

      Me too. I’m am rapidly losing interest.

  • NUFCDan

    We probably never ever had a bid in for him. Or it was another PR stunt and we offered half what West Brom did.

    • Jezza

      Precisely.

  • Kev-82

    Says a lot about where we are now as a club if players are turning down the chance to play for Benitez & Newcastle in favour of Pardew & West Brom.

    • Alex

      Yes, but don’t forget that WBA have the pulling power of the “Best Coach in the Premier League”.

  • Jimmy_toons

    Can’t say they haven’t been trying, can we. Can we?
    Oh yes we can. Had since summer transfer deadline to work out who was needed and how much they’d cost, and the manager provides them with what he wants and when, over a month ago. We’re now scratting around as per usual with just 50 odd hours to go before transfer window closes.
    It’s all so very predictable.

    • Jezza

      It’s effectively only 24+ hours before the window closes because history shows that NUFC virtually never sign players on deadline day under Ashley. Two loan deals for players who played a total of around 14 minutes of football between for NUFC in 21 transfer windows, the last one 7 years ago is the sum total of deadline day signings since the fat one took over. Don’t hold your breat on Wednesday.

  • Tony Mann

    The only thing shocking about it is…… It’s not a shock.

    • len robson

      He knows he has the team already for next season whether we are up or down and 50,000 will turn up to watch god help us.

  • Bowlsey

    Gayle, Joselu and Mitrovic (if he’s not sold and is ever allowed off the naughty step) are going to have to find goals from somewhere because they’re all we’ve got to keep us up. No pressure, lads!

  • Derriq Nu Cato

    It is pretty simple,he wants to play for an English Manager who will give him game time.

  • Salty

    REad an article this morning someone from Birmingham tried to put a £4K bet in Sturridge joining WBA. Bookies smelled a rat as he’s from Birmingham. Looks like someone was in the know.
    Looks like it’s Slimani or Ileanacho now or we’re Donal Ducked. Jorgensen surely can’t be worth £20m

    • Bob

      “Looks like it’s Slimani or Ileanacho now”

      As if we’ve got a chance with either. Besides, Leicester just let Ulloa go, can’t see them letting another striker leave on loan.

  • Bob

    you have to question why he has joined west brom.

    They are below us in the league, a lower profile club, an inferior manager, arguably worse players around him.

    It really only leaves two things 1) Location – closer to liverpool and he is a birmingham lad originally 2) Money

    If the reason he rejected us is money then Ashley and co should hang their heads in shame, a decent striker could be the difference between stopping up or not. Going down will cost far more than a new striker in the long run.

    • Jezza

      It’s down to money pure and simple. Newcastle will have been haggling over what percentage of the player’s wages Liverpool were going to pay during the loan period and West Brom came in and offered to pay the lot.

  • Antenociticus

    Sturridge hasn’t had the best of luck with injuries, working with Pardew and Carver is the last place he should be. WBA lost 3 players to hamstings during their win at Anfield in the cup. Their track record of crocking players has followed them from Newcastle.

  • 8prestondave

    This is how bad it is for us now. We cant even attract mediocre players for a few months. Not wanting to pay the going rate has caught up with the club and its below average team is the result you see now. We are doomed. Signing for a team worse than us because they have demonstrated to potential players they are prepared to spend to stay up whilst we can only demonstrate …………. Hang on Ill think of something. Back in a bit.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    we won`t be signing a striker or anybody else for that matter, lie after lie played out in the press, if Rafa has a modicum of self respect left he`ll walk after Wednesday`s match.
    if he`s still here then he`s as good as complict with the Fat Lad

  • Jonas1495

    What makes it worse is that West Brom are direct rivals and this will improve them, all the other sides are improving.
    its as if Rafa is trying to keep us up and the owner is trying to relegate us.

  • wheyayeman

    Ashley can’t compete against the least powerful clubs in the Prem and in fact I doubt he could oversee another promotion push against ambitious Championship clubs. I can’t work out whether I want to see us stay up and be served more of the same or whether I’d enjoy seeing the whole thing go down in flames and to see him hand over the crumpled wreck which is left of NUFC for peanuts – today I’d say it’s most definitely the latter.

    • TheFatController

      It’s 100% the finances. Apologists may say the debt is Ashley’s so not a problem, but the fact is that a man justifying spending frugally being the way forward to prosperity must be judged on how well costs are being controlled.

      Well, if debt has increased from £70m to £140m, that means in his decade he’s lost £7m per year that he’s had to cover.

      So where his reputation for ‘running a tight ship to be able to reduce debt and then progress’ comes from I have no idea? Well I do, actually, it comes from Ashley apologists. Deluded.

      • wheyayeman

        Well said

      • HarryHype59

        Fatso has picked up two lump sums of the this seasons TV money, in addition to numerous monthly payments! The money there but he doesn’t want to spend it!

    • Bob

      Sky sports reporting a source saying Sturridge chose WBA for family / location reasons. Not defending Ashley here but given Sturridge is a birmingham lad, it is possible he wanted to get back there.

      • Nut

        Yep that and Pardew in his ear whispering when I am England manager I will play you every match boy.

  • nevfur

    Here’s hoping that the injury record we all were worried about strikes true at West Brom instead of here. Btw didn’t I read somewhere about them having worries about FFP because of their wage bill?

    • mus

      rafas been well and truly pardewed !!!!!

      • HarryHype59

        More like Ashleyed! Lied to and deceived!

    • Nut

      Given the injury record of our players under Pardew and Carver I would expect any niggle there to show itself. Pardew workso players and doesn’t really do recovering from injury.

  • magpiefifer

    Thank goodness the Pantomime will end on Wednesday night!!!

  • JonMag

    the shock would have been if he`d actually signed, Penfold makes an idiot look like Albert Einstein

    • Kneebotherm8

      Every move he makes is orchestrated by him who must be obeyed aka …….Jabba the Hut………

  • Tony Mann

    OK – I admit it – this following post is a merciless rip off from a ‘Blackadder’ scene.

    Penfold : Generalissimo Ashley has come up with a brilliant new plan which involves leaving everything to the last minute on deadline day.
    Toon Fans : Would this plan involve losing out on everyone of our transfer targets and also selling Lascelles?
    Penfold : How could you know that? – It’s Classified !!!
    Toon Fans : Same sort of plan we’ve used before – and the 10 times before that.
    Penfold : Exactly – BUT – Because we’ve done it 10 times before, they won’t expect it and we can catch Southampton, West Brom and Swansea off guard.
    There is, however, a small problem.
    Toon Fans : We get relegated every time.
    Penfold : That’s right – and Generalissimo Ashley is worried about his SD share price… err…. no….. err… not that …not his share price – he’s worried about the fans – that’s it – The Fans – so he’s looking at a way of cheering them up !!!
    Toon Fans : Resignation and suicide would do it .

    • RAFmag

      If I wasn’t laughing, I would be crying.

  • Dave H Leazes

    If Ashley doesn’t sell the club and Rafa walks, he doesn’t seem to have factored into the situation that the clubs name will be absolute mud and the only managers and players NUFC will be able to attract in the future will be 2nd rate journeymen. Serves the greedy get right if that happens.

  • kingfisher

    What changed in the time that George Caulkin said he was on his way up here to sign? Surely a well respected scribe such as him, wouldn’t go to press unless it was a 99.99% certain thing. Mirrors and tricks, guys and gals, mirrors and tricks. I smell a rat !

    • Steve Smith

      Could be an attempt by Ashley to poison the well.

      Misinformation is his game and it doesnt serve him at all for the fans to have an actual credible source to anything.

      • Tony Mann

        The well was toxic a long time before today.

  • Voice of Reason

    Only took the prospect of a meeting with Charnley to persuade him to go West Brom…

    • robbersdog

      Maybe Sturridge was excited by the thought of being coached by John Carver?

      • Kneebotherm8

        Best coach in the land he is……….according to him like..

      • Voice of Reason

        Very good point. Who wouldn’t want to learn from the best coach in the Premier League?

    • HarryHype59

      😂😂😂

  • anyobrien

    Who will defend Ashley now?
    Cue the buffoons

    • HarryHype59

      No doubt the usual inane nonsensical excuses, will be trotted out by he deluded Ashpologists.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Rafa must surely be on the verge of walking now …..

    • TheNutJob

      I`d be running Peaky
      🏃🏃🏃

  • Kneebotherm8

    Well Penfold…..that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into……

  • Nut

    The offer was made loan fee and wages to be paid in full, it was accepted by Liverpool and we we given permission to meet Sturridge, he was meant to come to us for a medical but then Pardew got wind and matched the offer with West Brom, having a straight choice between two clubs in similar situations Sturridge then opted for West Brom due to it being close to his family in Birmingham.

    Of course he wants to make his mark to get in the England team and likely he see’s Pardew as a prospective future England manager (I sincerely hope not) but no doubt Pardew phoned him directly and whispered sweet nothings in his ears telling him he would be the next England manager and if he came he would be his pick every match when he got the job.

    Either way he has gone to West Bromwich and Pardew. We have been Pardewed yet again!

    Were Sturridge really thinking with his head then he would have not snubbed us and he would have realised that his chances of getting on the plane to Russia would be far more likely playing here under Rafa a world class manager rather than some wannabe such as Pardew.

    Alas this reveals a telling bit of info about Daniel Sturridge, namely that he is thick as two planks with nothing in between.

    Sturridge had done here exactly what Loic Remy did only most folk don’t seem to see what’s actually gone on.

    • robbersdog

      Who’s this Parker fella?

      • TheNutJob

        Lady Penelope`s driver

      • Nut

        Pardew, my bloody tablets changing everything I type.

    • Jezza

      I think you’ll find West Brom were prepared to meet the loan fee and the player’s wage demands and Newcastle weren’t.

      • Nut

        No Jezza, Liverpool has agreed for him to come and speak with us, it came to a straight choice between 2 sides and he opted for West Brom for family reasons.

    • grantham mag

      May be he has heard of Ashley and he thought FFS I am not going any where near the place.

  • TheNutJob

    being coached by Geordie John must have swung the deal

    • Paul Patterson

      He’s the best coach in the Premier-league you know..

      • Coble’s Return

        Used to work with Sir Bobby Robson!

      • TheNutJob

        Carlsberg`s top coach

      • 1957

        And he worked with Sir Bob…

  • TC Toon Army

    Liverpool to Birmingham is a two hour drive. Don’t know where he lives but could mean he doesn’t have to move house, or stay in a hotel. Tammy moved down the road instead of Newcastle. Same distance between clubs.

  • Westdentoon

    My 6 year old son came running to me all excited this morning after overhearing Sky Sports News stating we were going to sign a new striker. ‘Dad!’ he shouts, ‘we are going to sign a new striker!’. The excited look on his face was the same look I see on Xmas morning..
    If only he knew what a fat waste of air the owner was!

    • Coble’s Return

      This is what crushes me more than anything. Ashley still, after 10 years has no idea what this club means to its fans and to the city. I will never forget the day Keegan signed as player – what the hell to the bairns have to get them excited about now?

      • Albert Stubbins

        Cod. Ww11. Even I’m thinking about buying it and burning the s.ticket!!

      • Westdentoon

        Exactly mate. There is every chance a whole generation of young fans in Newcastle will grow up supporting City and the like. I see it now at junior football level, possibly 2 out of 3 bairns sporting Spuds, Manc and Chelski strips!
        I will keep pushing him to support the toon, always, but I’m finding it hard now under this ownership!
        Our club has shrunk at an alarming rate over the last decade, yet still people have the audacity to defend Ashley??

        • Jezza

          Excellent comment. A generation of kids growing up in Newcastle supporting London, Merseyside and Manchester teams will be that fat greedy parasites rotten legacy.

          • Westdentoon

            Sickens me to the core. Such potential, wasted. The most short sited business policy in the history of mankind!

        • Bowlsey

          It almost feels like child abuse trying to get a kid today to support the Toon. My family moved away from Newcastle when I was 7yrs old but I’m a Geordie by birth and love the city and football club with a passion. My beloved nephew supports Man City, much to my chagrin, but in all honesty, after Ashley’s destruction of Newcastle and it’s ambition over the last ten years, how can I blame the kid?!

  • 1957

    It was reported on the radio Pardew has gone for a loan with an option to buy if WBA stay up, we were only interested in a loan until the end of the season.

    Don’t know if that’s a factor for him but that, him being from Birmingham and the fact he wasn’t our A list target and probably on the C list might have swayed his decision

    • TheNutJob

      if an England striker isn`t on the A list, then who is, Ronaldo

      • 1957

        A 27 year old Dane plying his trade in the Netherlands apparently

        • JonMag

          he`ll be plying it there on Thursday as well

          • 1957

            Having watched some of Feyenoord game yesterday at £20m he will be for the foreseeable future…he looked no better than Hoss

          • TheNutJob

            i watch him as well only for 15 mins, wasn`t impressed

      • Martin Rooney

        An aging out of form foreigner, probably

  • HarryHype59

    Let’s face it , Sturridge would have got injured until May if NUFC had signed him. Time to move to the next loan target e.g Iheanacho! As for buying someone , forget it! Too late now!

  • Paul Patterson

    Anyone know what Shola is doing these days?

    • Coble’s Return

      Just passed him on the A1 heading North with Sammy riding shotgun.

      • Paul Patterson

        Was that not Nile Ranger WITH a shotgun?

  • Nut

    Well at least this would be a good smoke screen whilst we go in under the cover of darkness to bid for our true target only to be told they want 3x more with the press occupied by this.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Quelle surprise! !

  • Martin Rooney

    Not gutted to be honest

    • HarryHype59

      So then, who do think the club should attempt to sign, bearing in mind the window shuts in around 54 hours time?

      • Martin Rooney

        Er not sure there anyone under fifty mil I’d want that hadn’t moved already. Of those who have ulloa of Leicester hughill from Preston we should have been in for shocking we weren’t Mitchy of course would do. Then again I’d of bern playing mitro and we’d be a few points and places better off and thinking of spending the big cash in the summer.
        Sorry dreaming not thinking

    • Jezza

      No you’re not because you are not a Newcastle supporter.

      • Martin Rooney

        Yawn

        • Jezza

          Get back to Old Trafford.

          • Martin Rooney

            Still yawning

          • Jezza

            I’ll say this for you, nobody could ever accuse you of being original.

          • Martin Rooney

            Bloke with billy the fishes hairdo bites like a guppy

  • ghostrider

    Never mind.
    A loan would have been acceptable but it’s not the end of the world.
    Rafa might end up being forced to play Mitrovic who he should have been playing ages ago.
    Still time for a loan signing or two but I’d still love Mitro to get his go if he’s not getting sold.
    I think Rafa should have his aris kicked to all hell for doing this to Mitro mind.

    • NUFCDan

      If you think Mitrovic is the answer to our problems your about as deluded as I thought (actually maybe more).

      • ghostrider

        I didn’t say he was the answer to our problems. I said he is better than what we’ve been trying to buy, in my opinion and he can do a job for us if played correctly and nurtured under a manager that is capable of not being a pet lip merchant.

    • JonMag

      the brain surgeon really [email protected]@ked up your operation

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂

      • ghostrider

        Or did he/she?

    • Paul Smith

      Yes but you also defend Mike Ashley at every opportunity… There’s clearly something wrong with you. This is his doing and it was his doing that in so many other January windows we haven’t signed someone.. It isn’t happening by bad luck. It happens due to the way he decides to do business.

      And yes there is still time to get some cheaper loan options in (although i’m very sceptical that we will due to the clubs past January record)… and those are the only 1s that might get done because we sure as hell aren’t going to pay the loan fees or wages of anyone half decent.

      • ghostrider

        Loans are what we need. Don;t let Rafa loose with outright buys. It’s criminal.
        I defend Ashley because I do not think he deserves the bile he gets.
        Fans want the odd present but think they’re entitled to one amid the bile aimed at Santa.
        Have a think about it and put yourself in Ashley’s shoes.

        He’ll run the club as he sees fit. We may not like it ands we all want more.
        To get more requires more risk and a contingency plan in case of it that an owner can have to bail us out to live to fight another day.
        I think Ashley would attempt this but certainly not while fans are spewing bile at him all the time when they have no clue what’s going on behind those scenes.

        Rafa is just nilking it because he knows he’s in a win win situation as it stands.
        How about you tell me where we can compete under Rafa and with what kind of money for him to achieve this with the disgusting football he sets us out to play.

  • hetonmag

    We’ve had a whole month to get a striker in only now with 2 days left, Ashley’s merry men are starting bull shitt everyone into thinking they are doing something about it. What a bunch of deceitful misfits we have running our club.

    • JonMag

      i prefer the phrase lying scumbags

      • Peaky Magpie

        I much prefer f****ng c***s !

    • wheyayeman

      Whole month? I’m still waiting for Andy Carroll to be replaced

      • hetonmag

        True unfortunately.

  • bob0411

    Disappointing? Yes. A shock? Not at all. The real shock will be if we actually sign any players, even a loan or 2 would be good at this point. Striker, playmaker as a bare minimum.

  • TheNutJob

    diven`t worry lads, he was only cover for the Hoss

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂🤣😂🤣😂

      • TheNutJob

        🐴 🐴 🐴

        • Peaky Magpie

          The useless t**t would be nailed on to fall at the first in The National.

  • mactoon

    No doubt it was the exclusive from reliable source Caulkin that tipped Pardew off

    • Tomb

      We keep being told he is reliable despite constantly running exclusives that end up to be b*****ks

  • Martin

    Come on lads, stop concentrating on the negatives.

    • East Durham Mag

      Right you are Martin
      Erm, erm, aggh, erm, hmmm, anyone no? Come on lads erm. Ok f*ck it.

  • GToon

    WBA have also negotiated a deal with a defender. So that’s two players in one day. I think if Charnley had to negotiate two deals in a day he would actually go into some kind of meltdown.

    • Peaky Magpie

      I wish some bugga would melt the useless t**t down !

      • GToon

        I was thinking about it today. I was imagining the unlikely scenario that we had three offers accepted and it was just up to Charnley to get the paper work done before the window shuts. Not a chance. He’s a cretin running at half the speed of a normal person in his position. Unless of course it’s a sale. Now that’s totally different!

        • Peaky Magpie

          100% correct on all points there.

    • Alreet

      Hmm that would be sub of the day and a meal deal from greggs.

      • Tony Mann

        Think you may mean ‘Dregs’.

    • Jezza

      I wouldn’t be too sure of that. He won’t have any problem negotiating transfers for Shelvey and Gayle on Wednesday.

  • Cheesed Off

    The conspiracy theorist in me thinks it was Fat Mike who had 4K on Sturridge to sign for West Brom!

    • TheNutJob

      he doesn`t need the money, so it`ll be Penfold

      • Jezza

        He doesn’t need any more money but he’s certainly greedy for more.

  • Alreet

    Poor form again. Was nice to hear our name on the radio being linked with some one i knew the name of for a change.

    Looking forward to getting Juan sanfreshco from the spanish 3rd tier and dimitry subisovalot from the czech premier league.

    Ash you really are a true waste of a w**k.

  • TheNutJob

    Kelechi Iheanacho`s your man

    • Paul Smith

      Can’t see them letting him go. He scored a couple of goals in their previous game. Also there’s no way in hell we’d pay the loan fee or wages required to get him.

      More likely to get Ulloa or someone of that stature… if anyone (im leaning towards us getting nobody).

      • Dillon Tovak

        Thankfully he’s gone to Brighton.

  • TC Toon Army

    Anyone on here good at scoring goals? It’s the only resolve I can think of.

    • Peaky Magpie

      There’s a couple of kids playing on the field over from me now I could go ask one of them if you want ?

      • TC Toon Army

        Might as well. But Ashley wouldn’t pay for the happy meals.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Ok,I’ll just leave it then……🤣

  • Cheesed Off

    Just read on a site we’re signing a Dutch striker on loan, budget van rental. Apparently £200 a week until end of season but has to go back with a full tank.

    • Tony Mann

      Along with his brother Hertz.

      • Dillon Tovak

        We’ve just bid for
        Manis Ntreal.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Get in !! Him and Neefooka from Japan up top and a CL place beckons…..

          • Tony Mann

            We have to get rid of Cill-ee-Koont first.

          • Dillon Tovak

            I thought he was the foreign investor considering paying for the club at Ashley’s valuation.

          • Tony Mann

            BREAKING NEWS !!!!
            We are in the hunt for Oleg ‘stumpy’ Noleg from Comparethemeercat Academicals. Only problem is that he’s a bit ‘one footed’

        • Tony Mann

          And another bid in for Lysan Untroothz.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Well now they’re lining up a 10.30pm bid on Wednesday for an Irish striker Bodum O’Barrell.

    • TC Toon Army

      Hear he’s better then van dijk

      • Tony Mann

        You’re thinking of Vincent.

        • Benmagpie

          You’re thinking of Van Gogh

          • Tony Mann

            You got me – It was the starry, starry night that confused me.
            Just heard, though, that we’re in for a Manc player of Dutch descent . Along the lines of Robin Van Persie – He’s called Salford Van Hire.

      • Peaky Magpie

        We would end up with D I C K Van Dyke….🎵🎵 Me Old Bamboo…..🎵🎵

  • mactoon

    Don’t worry, once Sturridge fails the medical we will be back in for him

  • Burt Humperdink

    To be fair in this instance we matched his wages, were willing to pay the fee and got in before West brom. Just seems to be that in this case he wanted to go there for geographical reasons. Not everything is Charnley and Ashleys fault, but they may use it as an excuse not to sign anyone else.

    • Mike

      garbage how far is the town from liverpool? private jet or Bentley ?

      • Tomb

        He is a birmingham lad his family are there

  • Rob

    Another couldn’t get him over the line story.

    Writings on the wall. The rest of the season will be depressing to watch.

  • Paul Smith

    It’s hardly a shock. I’d have been more shocked if he actually came here. I’d be less shocked if Guffran ended up coming back as our new striker.. It’s like this every window. I doubt we will pay up for Jorgenson either. We will end up with a much cheaper loan option or someone on a nominal fee due to their contract ending in the summer (or we wont sign anyone).

    • East Durham Mag

      The latter.

    • FatParosite

      Shefki Kuqi was seen along Rutherford street at the National Express bus depot.

    • Jezza

      We won’t sign anyone. I said that back on 1st September, I said it at the start of this window and I’m sticking by it now.

      • FatParosite

        Big show off… just because you’ve got history on your side….

      • Martin Rooney

        But we’ve signed Kennedy?????

  • Peaky Magpie

    One of my dogs is good with a ball.He’s got close control,very fast & direct,strong & he’ll have yer bloody legs off if you try to tek it off him !

    • TC Toon Army

      I worry about the safety of those kids, with your dog about. Keep him on a tight leash……. then you can rename him Rafa.

    • Paul Patterson

      Is he called Suarez?

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂🤣😂🤣 No but a good choice of name.

    • Albert Stubbins

      sounds like an upgrade on oba femi martins- bring him doon on wednesday.

  • FatParosite

    Bishop has no idea how damaging to the morale playing the Sturridge card is. The need to be seen doing something or forcing Feyenoord’s hand just makes us, him and Ashley look very amateur & will be detrimental to Wednesday.

  • Jimmy_toons

    Anyone know which letter we are now at on the list?

    • Peaky Magpie

      English alphabet passed now mate,half way doon the Greek

      • Tony Mann

        3000+ in the Chinese alphabet – as Tom Petty said ‘free falling’.

        • Jimmy_toons

          Working their way through all the language alphabets across the world then, and we have 1 loan signing? That was arranged last summer? Well you can’t say they’re not trying…the disastrous duo are so very trying.

  • kingfisher

    I don’t know what’s worse : No reports/rumours at all in the media that we are after various players and the transfer deadline is of little or no interest, or being linked with players like Sturridge and losing out ! Could be M.A mind games !

  • MadMag83

    Pards will have him playing at right back.

  • goggsy

    I presume the word “shock ” in the headline is sarcasm.

  • Mike

    class we cant compete against ANY team in the prem. Thanks Cashley u scum. GET OUT OF OUR CLUB

  • Salisbury_Mag

    After 10 years of Ashley.. how is this shocking?

  • Peaky Magpie

    Do any of the shopping channels do strikers ??? QVC etc…..

    • Tony Mann

      It’s those little jewels – we’re just about to sign Cubit Zirconium from some non-descript foreign league division 12

  • zidangus

    Fatty will not be happy until the toon are down again.

    • Peaky Magpie

      You’re right,he’s doing it to p**s us all off,he knows how much we f****ng hate him and this is his way of getting back….next stop for him is when Rafa walks…mission complete.

      • Tony Mann

        Peaky – I’ve thought this for a while – This club is a plaything to him, costs him nothing, free advertising for SD.
        The c*nt CAN afford to keep it.

        • Peaky Magpie

          You’re right,and in the grand scale of things when you’re a billionaire does it really matter what league you’re in ??

        • Jonas

          something has to be said to highlights this to authorities (football, local MPs, journalists, media (but no sky sports direct obviously) by better, more eloquent people than myself. This can’t be right.
          Its one thing to be the worst owner in Christendom
          but this is sabotage

  • Andrew

    Sturridge not signing for us on loan but signing for a team in the bottom 3 is a sure sign no striker is coming or wants to come. Maybe he knows something we don’t. Not a good look for the rest of the season , but we already know that when the funds promised in the summer never turned up. If a builder tells me my roof needs fixing & tells me how much it is to fix & I say I’ll pay him & then don’t & try to sell my house with a dodgy roof that no one wants to buy then the roof falls in & I’m still trying to sell it for the same price & still no one wants to buy it MAYBE I SHOULD SPEND THE MONEY ON THE ROOF BEFORE THE WHOLE HOUSE FALLS DOWN.
    Just a thought.

    • Tomb

      Theyre only a few points behind us

  • GToon

    I’m not sure about this and I could be wrong but maybe it would have been better to try and sign a striker in the summer when we first needed one. I could be wrong of course and will stand corrected along with the other 52,000 fans + Rafa when Ashley’s latest relegation gamble pays off.

    • mactoon

      We’ve needed a striker since we sold Demba Ba

    • Paul Patterson

      Thing is, if we do scrape safety he will be vindicated in his shoddy running and his gamble.

      • Albert Stubbins

        it wont vindicate him though as we should be nowhere near the relegation places- he’s put us in this situation and whether we survive or not it will NEVER clear his name in the manner in which he runs our club.

  • JonMag

    Rafa`s been done more times than a Bangkok lady boy by fatso

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    If there is a silver lining here then it has to be that Ashley’s days in Professional football are coming to an end.
    The latest snub by Daniel Sturridge to choose West Brom over Newcastle only goes to further fortify the view of everyone in football that Ashley is now a pariah who no one wants a bar of !

    I have said it for long enough on different blogs that Ashley’s antics would lead him to boxing himself into a corner with nowhere to go.
    His attitude and business practices have finally caught up with him and it was inevitable.
    He will definitely have to sell the club sooner rather than later because it is now completely useless to him.
    The penny has finally dropped within media circles of how pathetic this bloke is when it comes to the world he has decided to involve himself in.
    Less and less people are wanting to deal with him and the word is finally out now by some of the idiots who had the gall to call Geordies ungrateful to that ingrate !

    • Jonas

      sort of agree, just can’t see how he hasn’t fkd himself now, as well as everybody else. The club is only on a downward trajectory now – as long as he’s here its only going to be worth less
      which is some consolation
      (and staying up with Ashley is totally unappealing so that’s no loss either)

    • Tomb

      Bit harsh on west brom theyre still a famous club with a long run in the top division. If hed picked sunderland over us then …….

  • Leicester Mag

    That a C.F. doesn’t fancy the 9 shirt at Newcastle and favours the Silver shhthead over Rafa shows what a toxic cess pit and a laughing stock Ashley has made us.

    • Paul Patterson

      Until he goes this is the norm.

  • mus

    just heard on ssn that he put newcastle under lyme in his sat nav

  • StevieB

    It really is getting to the point where the 52,000 have to stay away , I’m really starting to think now that we need to plunge our own club into complete crisis , I mean real crisis where no one attends games and makes his asset worthless under his ownership. I know we say it’s his toy but no one can afford to burn a 140m pound asset to the ground for fun…..certainly not him anyway.
    The problem is that the Saturday home fixtures are part of people’s lives, I mean a big enjoyable part of them as well, fathers who take there sons on a weekend , husbands and wife’s use the Saturday as a bonding hobby , and lads just enjoy the p**s up in the bars before and after watching there beloved team.
    The point I’m making is we all know what needs to happen but no one wants to alter there lifestyles to make it happen and I can understand that , but more hurt fully he knows that . Glasgow Rangers done a good job on him but he still really won that battle eventually with them also .
    I’m really hoping PCP are waiting till May cause I’m not sure how many more men against boys performances like sundays I can watch.

    • Malcolm Fisher

      Your absolutely correct.I’ve said this for yes,but it will never happen, just like lemons they go because their mates go. Stop for a month, see the outcome. Don’t renew season tickets,and IF you must go pay per game,plenty of seats will be available.

    • FatParosite

      All been said before. Happy clappers that still go just as much to blame for Ashley’s mess.

    • Tomb

      Will never happen. Majority happy just to be part of the premier league party.

  • steve

    If you were Sturridge looking to secure a world cup spot would you want to play under Rafa? Isolated up front with no support or service as 10 men sit behind the ball.

    • Tony Mann

      Sturridge would probably want to play in your sci-fi team of super hero’s where the goodies save the world..

    • Jimmy_toons

      Compared to playing under Pardew and the best coach in the business? There’s surely no competition who you’d rather play for, is there?

      • steve

        In Sturridge’s position I think playing under Pardew in an attack minded side is the obvious choice.

      • Tomb

        Do you mean carver or rafa

        • Jimmy_toons

          Self designated best coach in the Premier League just under 3 years ago when he was put in charge of United was John Carver. Neither him nor Pardew are fit to tie Benitez’s boots.

    • mus

      it was actually who got rid of him at chelsea

  • Hughie

    I don’t believe the Sturridge story was any more than fake news by NUFC to make fans think they are doing something.Watch Rafa walk after Burnley.

    • Albert Stubbins

      agreed-move was never on imo.

      • Jezza

        The sad reality is that there were only ever two strikers NUFC had any intention of doing transfer deals for this window:

        Dwight Gayle and Aleksander Mitrovic.

    • Tomb

      Why would he walk for one thing he will have to pay off his contract and another he wont be suprised by another failed window.

  • thewildchimp

    Well, to be fair, our respective FA Cup performances might’ve played the part. If Ashley had gone for Sturridge earlier, we would’ve probably signed him. But after witnessing such dejected display against Chelsea – I would go to WBA as well!
    So I think he’s only 90% to blame, lol.

    • Jezza

      Newcastle did go for Sturridge earlier. They opened talks two weeks ago but were messing about haggling to get Liverpool to pay a fair chunk of his wages during the proposed loan period.

  • Blackburn1066

    Well it is where he comes from it’s like Sheerer coming home!

    • Dillon Tovak

      A Newcastle fan with Blackburn in their name and you spell Shearer wrong. Haha

  • fistsofsteel2

    Ashley is the root cause of the club’s woes; but Rafa’s stubborn refusal to give Mitrovich a run has to be questioned considering the absolutely abysmal performances of Gayle and the even worse Joselu (is he really a footballer?).

    • Natturner26

      I almost feel bad for Gayle. He was so effective last season. This year he dives every game desperate to make an impact.

  • Alan Pardew

    This is a big coup for us. He has fantastic talent.

  • Albert Stubbins

    was this the famous 20 million pound striker then? ive lost count-hands up those who thought he was coming here? tut tut- never in a million years.

    • Jezza

      The campaign of deliberate deception coming out of St James’s Park this tansfer window has been disgraceful.

      • Albert Stubbins

        There cant be anyone who’s still fooled by these jokers left surely? its gone like a dream for Ashley once more- a b***** dream- a nightmare for the rest of us though jezza.

        • Jezza

          It’s not over yet, marra. Expect some breaking news of a record signing in the offing around Wednesday lunchtime designed purely to quell any fan unrest and hostility at the Burnley game before it turns out be be yet another one they couldn’t quite get over the line.

  • toonterrier

    A good player when he’s fit but his sickness record makes him a liability. Spend some money and get one of Rafa’s first choice players then it will be money well spent.

  • Down Under Mag

    So now West Brom are a more preferred destination than we are…no disrespect to the Albion but how the once mighty have fallen eh? Not being deluded here but there was a time when we competed with some of the top clubs in the country, now we can’t even compete with other relegation candidates, that is basically how handcuffed the club has become under the Ashley tenure.

    I also don’t think anyone is under any illusion that this has nothing to do with “going home”, it is purely that we wouldn’t pay the full wages or the fee and WBA would.

  • Mrkgw

    If reports are to be believed, then Sturridge has made a mistake. Pardew over Benitez? Hawthorns over St James and 52k supporters at games (no disrespect intended Baggies)?

  • Tino o

    Well we are stuck with a striker who the manager refuses to play another who has a phobia of premiership football and another who is a donkey! Oh the joys of supporting this club its💩

  • John

    Everyone’s slagging WBA but the league table doesn’t always tell the whole story.. they’ve drawn a LOT of games. They haven’t been bad, just had a bit of a lack of goals. Whereas we have been awful at times, 6 points in 2 games from set pieces props us up.

  • Desree

    Has Rafa been Pardewed

  • huntforbeer

    I take it as a personal affront when a player chooses another club over NUFC,but Sturridge is regularly crocked so it might be no bad thing

  • Tomb

    If anyone is actually shocked after ten years of these couldnt get over the line transfers then they need their heads examining.
    All of these ‘reliable’ george caulkin articles have been wrong.
    And yes we are a bigger club than west brom but theyve been a more consistent team than us over the last ten years