Lovro Majer was on his way to Sampdoria.

The Serie A club having agreed to pay a reported £7m for the attacking midfielder, plus additional payments depending on hitting targets, as well as a 20% share on any future transfer price.

The exciting young player only turned 20 in January and has been the star player for Lokomotiva Zagreb in the Croatian domestic league, scoring 11 goals in 30 appearances from midfield.

However, despite Sampdoria seemingly having the deal all but over the line, over in Italy Calciomercato’s exclusive now says that Newcastle United have come in with a much improved offer.

Instead of £7m up front, the Italian media outlet says Newcastle have offered £10m, with also an improved wage offer for the player which is over 50% higher than the Serie A club’s offer.

In total, Lovro Majer has made 34 appearances this season for his club, scoring 14 goals and grabbing five assists.

With Rafa Benitez set to have another restricted transfer budget, to bring in the better quality is always going to be difficult.

With Mike Ashley seemingly not allowing big wages for older players on big wages who wouldn’t have a resale value, younger players could be where Rafa has to gamble.

Last summer 21 year old Mikel Merino and 22 year old Jacob Murphy were two of his three biggest signings (along with Lejeune), so maybe we will see similar this summer.

Lovro Majer was named young player of the year in Croatia and has already played for the senior Croatia national team.



  • Mayor Vaughn

    Price fits the bill for us, also potential for a massive profit. Perfect storm.

  • JonMag

    In Murphy & Merino we already have 20 odd million on the bench, we don`t need another 10 mill added to that. Rafa must get up in the mornings have a quick look at Nufc targets in the papers and say to his dog, who the [email protected]@k are these players, In Spanish of course

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Or uncle Mike asks Rafa who they are? Maybe his dog picks them.

      • JonMag

        na, we`re talking Benitez not Redknapp

        • Lostprofit DBC

          You have to admit, there have been some good ones lately. We should snap up Kenedy.

          • JonMag

            Ashley won`t pay the money, 4 mill for Dubravka was his sort of deal

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Agree sadly.

    • Leazes.

      You’re in luck his market Value is £2.25m

      • JonMag

        i had noticed that, i just wonder who is actually dealing with the transfers, i know it isn`t the manager

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Hope it’s the same person who picked the Lejeune and Dubravka, Kenedy as well of course.

          • JonMag

            3 out of 12 isn`t very good odds, is it

          • Lostprofit DBC

            We are slowly getting a very good first team and that’s what counts. Kenedy with a new striker and one or two back ups would do me. Even King Kev got a lot of transfers wrong and scrapped the reserves.

          • JonMag

            No we`re not, 2 or 3 injuries to key players & it`s hello to the championship again.
            Injured Lascelles, Shelvey, Dubravka, who replaces them ?

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Agree you can’t just rely on the first 11. That’s why I made the point about King Kev scrapping the reserves, to our cost. To answer your question Clark, new signing or Merino, Elliott who I think is capable.

          • JonMag

            Merino won`t be here & put Clark and Elliott in both are poor compared to Dub & Lascelles

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Hopefully Merino will be replaced by quality (I say hopefully). On the others, I agree they are excellent and excellence is hard to find on the bench. Look at Liverpool when the lost Salah, the game changed.

          • JonMag

            Told you who he`ll be replaced by Loftus Cheek if he`ll come

          • Leazes.

            Excellent reasoning…..except there’s no sign of Kenedy or a forward….

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Haha spot on!

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Don’t know this lad but he seems to be typical of the type of player we go for. Has a good track record but his league isn’t the best.

  • Leazes.

    Who?… oh its a squad player!

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Maybe. Or a replacement for Merino?

      • Leazes.

        An expensive squad player or a cheap replacement?

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Exactly, maybe both!

          • Leazes.

            The club released 22 players I expect most of them are squad and youth. The press and bloggers dont know the difference and present all replacements as first team.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            As long as the replacements are picked by the same person who spotted Lejeune, i’ll be happy. You are right though, anything for a bit of news.

          • Leazes.

            Croatian League to Premiership nah…. but monitored by Sampdoria, I’d say Italian football was his best bet.

          • Mxpx

            Yes and no that’s exactly what I said about Martin dubravka

          • JonMag

            the lad may be a good player but at his age can he step straight into a Premiership side,

          • Leazes.

            Yeah but he’s an outfield player…. Keepers are very much at home anywhere if they’re good enough.

          • JonMag

            what if it`s the person that picked Joselu

  • JonMag

    Ryder reporting, i use the term loosely that Newcastle are after Loftus-Cheek again
    my guess is he`ll flog off Merino for 10mill bring in LC and pocket the money

    • Leazes.

      Have a look at his injury record….Groin, thigh, ankle…. something is working its way towards his toes!

      • JonMag

        iv`e seen it, doesn`t look good for the future

        • Leazes.

          Out for 18 games…. its all muscular problems

          • Lostprofit DBC

            A lot of that come from being a bench warmer in his previous life. Why not take the chance, we did with Slimani? Joking

          • Leazes.

            A loan is probably all that will be sanctioned maybe that’s why Rafa is constantly targeting players who have come through injuries…. trying to get a cheap quality player for a season without a load of risk…..that still doesn’t explain Joselu though!

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Or he’ll get Marcelino finger.

  • JonMag

    you could improve the first team no end with just Kenedy & a good striker

    • Leazes.

      ….and keep Lascelles…. that’s quite an important bit as well.

      • JonMag

        got to keep Lascelles and Shelvey

        • Leazes.

          Goes without saying really, don’t know why I said it.

          • JonMag

            as i said before, take out Lascelles, Dubravka & Shelvey and we`d have major problems

    • Geordiegiants

      That’s exactly what I have been saying a left winger and a decent striker and we would be ok, injuries permitting that is.!

  • panther

    So they’ve done a deal on shelvey

  • Tino11

    There are only two ways to get rid of Ashley;

    1) A full SJP, BUT with masses of negative banners and flags, not about
    Ashley, but about Sports Direct, mentioning everything that is toxic
    about his favourite business, from zero hours contracts to a female worker
    giving birth in the toilets. Do that every home game, continuously and
    both he and SD’s shareholders would soon be sick of the negative press attention,
    which could go worldwide and would dwarf any positive brand image his stupid
    SD stadium signs generate.

    2) This could work on its own or in connection with option 1. Load up your
    TOR browser and navigate to the Dark Web. Enlist the services of a well
    known hacker or hacking group and pay them (wouldn’t be much) to
    disable the Sports Direct website with the various options such as a
    DDos Attack and replace the home page with a message simply stating the
    website attack will be stopped when Ashley sells up.

    I have already priced up option 2, the price obviously depends on how lomg you want to take the site down for, but just for a couple of days you are talking about £1000.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      There is a 3rd option but like your 2nd, it might be illegal. At least you are thinking constructively.

      • Leazes.

        You mean kidnapping Ashley’s kids and holding them for ransom here now don’t you? Perhaps tied up to a pillar In some dark rat infested cellar fed only on rolled up newspapers.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Take it you are not too keen on him? I don’t know if we can joke about this but he doesn’t seem popular on this site at all. Better spell it out that we we are just having a laugh.

          • Leazes.

            I’m not….I know where they all live!

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂

          • Leazes.

            I’d better but in a caveat…

            Its a joke right…nobody is going to kidnap and torture …..

            Matilda Elvira Ashley
            12 Shafto Mews
            Knightsbridge
            London

            ….Just behind Harrods Department Store, Quiet cul-de-sac, dimly lit, with cover of Parked cars. Green door left of garage.

          • TheNutJob

            better safe than sorry

          • Leazes.

            Don’t want to give away the plan

          • TheNutJob

            😂
            the cunning one

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Just get the deal done .. looks a talent

    • JonMag

      chances are it`s more fake news

    • Jate Legend

      Agree, this would be a good signing and realistic.

  • TheNutJob

    Hola, if you want to watch Engerland in 4k go to iplayer beta on Monday it`ll be streamed live.

  • TheNutJob

    Frogs v Socceroos, do i not like that. rubbish