Newcastle United set to see major action in the final week of this January transfer window?

Yesterday brought confirmation that Kenedy had arrived at Newcastle Central Station and will be having his medical today.

The last 24 hours have also been filled with claims of Newcastle United being set to sign a £20m striker.

Clearly somebody has been briefing journalists, as they are all carrying the story and trying  to hint that they know more…

Pete Graves of Sky Sports:

“All Newcastle fans want to know the identity of this striker target, but it’s a sensitive situation.

“Told the fee is 20m, but club determined to keep it quiet till it’s done, to avoid added competition.”

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 we sign a £20m striker then I would be astounded. If we buy a £20m anything, ever, I would be astounded under Ashley.

I reckon Rafa would have £20m at very most as a budget this month/week and that will include paying any signings’ wages for next six months.

Think we will probably sign another similar level loan player on kind of Kenedy level/price and it will be revealed that the £20m bid for anonymous/imaginary striker just failed to get over the line and he needs to stay anonymous/imaginary as we will go after him in the summer etc etc.

In the meantime, George Caulkin of The Times has been digging and following up various names that have been suggested to him.

So far he has investigated as to whether 21 year old Moussa Dembele of Celtic and has been assured that he isn’t a/the target for Newcastle.

Likewise, he has checked up on Kevin Gameiro and has been told it definitely isn’t him. As he turns 31 in May and is a fading force at Atletico Madrid, it would be very very unlikely that any fee for him would be matching the Newcastle 13 year old £16m transfer record, never mind up around £20m.

It is very difficult to believe that any significant/expensive (by Newcastle standards under Ashley) buys will be made this month and if they were, it would surely beg the question as to why Rafa wasn’t allowed to get on with the job in the summer, or at the very latest at the onset of this January window.

Claims of £20m strikers are surely the work of the Mike Ashley PR machine, so let us just hope that the couple of cheap and cheerful loan deals, such as Kenedy, Ashley will allow Rafa, are enough to help avert relegation.

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  • Paul Patterson

    £20m isn’t going to happen. I wouldn’t even think it would be £20m on the fee, the wages and the agents fees.
    I’d be surprised if £20m was the whole budget for the window to be fair.
    Expect a sale or two to go through though, they seem easier to do at this club . .

    • TheFatController

      Also Ryder says the selling club want £20m, not that we have bid £20m…

      • Kneebotherm8

        If they want £20 million, the deals dead…

  • Alex

    They can’t announce it because Mike won’t come out of the toilet to sign the cheque.

    • Kneebotherm8

      He’s a quivering sweating wreck ,at the very thought of it…..

  • Peaky Magpie

    F*****g load of b****cks !

  • DavyB

    Ha ha! £20m? Don’t think so. Not happening. It’s a secret cos it’s made up BS by the propaganda machine.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Does Penfold know any of this ??? Bet the lazy t**t isn’t even up yet and then he has to get the snooker ball oot of his gob and peel his gimp suit off.

    • MadMag83

      He’s got his head stuck in the bowling ball polishing machine.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Aye before it goes up Lardy’s ar………

  • Guest 2

    Willian Jose seems to be doing the round of names. Reports of Rafa watching him early last year also.

  • Leazes.

    The £10, £15, and £20m price tags have always been fictional work of the local press as well as the regimes they supported…. journalists like to talk in terms of what they think are figures to make their readers sit up…. nice round million figures.

    Unfortunately for United fans the figures usually comprise of agents fees, signing on fees, contract salary….

    ….The Chronicle pretend that the regime is serious, they ‘big-up’ the fees to show the club is competing…. it isn’t.

    …. watch.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😁😁

    • briankilclinesfordfiesta

      That’s making the assumption the press are making it clear it’s £20m on a transfer fee alone?

      Mind you, if it fits in with the anti-media narrative you’re pushing then fine.

      To suggest that the press are supporting the regime is borderline David Icke. It seems to me the media by and large are pro-Newcastle success, not pro-Ashley.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        the chron & Ryder do support the regime

      • Leazes.

        ‘94% are right behind you Pards’

  • Rich Lawson

    Totally unrelated I know but I was saddened to see the death of Patrick Cryne at Barnsley. My respects to a proper owner who did it for love rather than money and carried himself well.Lesson’s to be learnt there Mr Ashley.

    • TheFatController

      Very sad news, agreed. But the legacy of the new owners, a stated policy, securing their capable young manager will be his. Plus the Cup win at Wembley!

  • robbersdog

    We’ve been linked with André Schürrle, who would probably cost around the £20m mark.

    He’s not a centre-forward, but he still scores a lot of goals as a second striker or winger.

    • TheFatController

      £150k a week wages at Dortmund….

  • Rich Lawson

    It’s Peter Crouch !

  • Milo79

    The timing seems suspicious. Failure to break our transfer record fee since 2005 has been a key anti-Ashley message over the last few days, now we’re told we are close to breaking it in the next few days. It smacks of bullshit to me. It’s another ‘we tried’ but THAT line continues to elude us.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      everything is suspicious under King Rat

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If they are going for a striker he`ll be 26 or under,
    Company policy was forcibly reinstated last January

  • TheFatController

    Probably the biggest influence in buying any striker (as opposed to bidding below the valuation of the selling club, which is where the Chron tell us we are now) is that we’re a club that have under-achieved for ten years due to an owner that has failed repeatedly to sell the club.

    ‘Where do I sign up?’ said no ambitious striker in the world to an under achieving club. Ever.

  • Ram Kishore

    Is HITC is a football news reporting site or scouting site advising club’s to buy this or that player.?
    All are articles are purely made of this BS

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    are Aarons & Mbemba on holiday, they seem to be missing

    • MadMag83

      Being kept in bubble wrap in case of sale.

  • Ram Kishore

    Now chronicle reports that Al claims that we were trying to sign Hernandez..

    • Leazes.

      Ten goal a season man, but that was in the Bundesliga….. half of that here, suggesting he’s too lightweight for the premiership.

    • Rich Lawson

      2 West ham strikers out injured long term,the’re keeping him for now.

  • Mxpx

    I reckon we’re signing Kennedy on a loan that will be made permanent in the summer and there will be no strikers I think we could probably coax Kevin lasagna if we put down 20 million who I think would be a good buy

    • MadMag83

      Kevin Lasagne? 😂

      • Kneebotherm8

        He’s not a footballer…………..he was in that spaghetti western wi’ Clint Plywood..

        • Peaky Magpie

          The Crud,The Fat & The Ugly……..aka……Penfold,Fatso & Pedro

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂😂……….

      • Peaky Magpie

        Wouldn’t go there he’s well “pasta” his best ! 😁

        • Kneebotherm8

          Pasta joke that,Peaky……🍝🍝

          • Peaky Magpie

            It’s all a load of bolognese mate,it really is.

          • Kneebotherm8

            That’s the Pesto one yet…….😂😂😂😂😂

        • Dillon Tovak

          Will he put penne to paper?

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂😂 ……..they’re gettin’ worse……but funny..

          • Peaky Magpie

            Or cannelloni a few players out 😂😂

  • Leazes.

    A Mysterious striker…. an invisible striker if Charnley is negotiating.

  • NUFCDan

    Willian Jose from Socidedad back on?

  • FatParosite

    The Bishop heralded £20M will be either an inflated estimation based on the selling club or a £6M loan with 100% wage hike for 6 months.

  • MadMag83

    Hang on, Gameiro is 31 and fading? Didn’t Defoe arrive in his mid thirties, from the MLS no less, at the Stadium of Plight and actually go on to score the goals that kept them up for a few seasons?

    We actually didn’t go for him because of his age, perhaps it’s time Ashley dropped the ageism and value for money approach and tried to get quality players through the door that can keep this club in the Premier League. The financial rewards for top flight football would easily repay the lack of sell on fee.

    • Paul Patterson

      He doesn’t work like that though. His outlook is too short sighted and whatever long term planning he has is severely floored.

  • Alan Pardew

    Someone put a £10m price on Bolasie.

    Blimey.

    It needs to be more than double that to get near him.

  • Chris

    We will only sign a £20M striker if we first off-load Mitro for £15M and Gayle for £12M.
    That’s the kind-of business the FCB wants to do

  • Peaky Magpie

    You could start narrowing things down as there’s a 95% chance if he does exist he’ll be Spanish.

    • Leicester Mag

      Julio Geordie to make a comeback?

      • Cockneytrev

        😂😂😂😂..
        perhaps they’ll reopen ” Spangles” night club for him,,,,

  • FatParosite

    This is a Bishop PR exercise to counter Shearer’s damning on MOTD.