The case of Alphonse Areola is a really strange one when it comes to Newcastle United.

There have been claims for months that a move could be on for the goalkeeper to Tyneside but none of it makes much/any sense.

The 25 year old French international became number one at PSG last season but is now widely expected to move on.

Why that club should be Newcastle is a mystery.

After winning the French league and competing in the Champions League last season, you would imagine if Alphonse Areola did move on it would be to another club competing for trophies and competing in the Champions League.

As for Newcastle, they appear to have struck gold with the loan deal turning permanent for Martin Dubravka, who has excelled so far at St James Park.

Unless Rafa Benitez has found out where Mike Ashley’s secret magic money tree is at NUFC, why would there be any interest in paying top dollar on wages and transfer fee for another goalkeeper?

Despite this, the claims of Areola moving to Newcastle have continued, especially in the French media.

The player was on the bench as France beat Australia at the weekend, whilst claims today that Gianluigi Buffon has actually completed his move to PSG, to potentially be their new number one.

To this backdrop, France Football claim that not only are Newcastle still supposedly interested in Alphonse Areola, but that Rafa has also met the goalkeeper a number of times to talk about a transfer.

The story gets even more bizarre as they say that Newcastle are prepared to pay up to £18m for the goalkeeper, despite having Dubravka recently signed up.

Newcastle fans dream of breaking the 13 year old club transfer record of £16m for a new goalscorer, never mind the idea of paying that for a goalkeeper who would struggle to get a game!

Last summer the net spend allowed by Mike Ashley was less than £18m so just how believable is it that this amount would be allowed to be spent on yet another keeper, one of the few areas not in need of urgent strengthening?

Maybe the bottom line is that these particular transfer stories are written for the (French) home market and it doesn’t really matter to them that it leaves Newcastle fans even more bewildered than they usually are, when it comes to transfer rumours.



  • Paul Patterson

    Not even a remote chance . .

  • SuperDesHamilton

    We’ve got 42 keepers already

    • Peaky

      😂😂…..and 38 wingers…

      • TheNutJob

        LOOK, a squirrel. 39
        😂😂 😵😵

      • SuperDesHamilton

        And none can still take a man on 😩

  • Tony English

    Areola? Sounds like a bit of a tit to me.

    • Wor Lass

      I thought it was a bit of a mouthful!

      • Dillon Tovak

        You’re milking this.

        • Tony English

          Last season he was very prominent in the cups. He’ll probably join Brest.

        • Wor Lass

          I`m a sucker for this sort of stuff!

    • Mike D

      Loves the cold weather though.

  • TheNutJob

    £18m for a keeper
    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Fireman Sam

    The only way this will ever happen is if £10m of the transfer fee ends up going to sports direct.

    • TheNutJob

      and still no word from HMRC after well over a year

      • Fireman Sam

        The longer he owns the club, the worse the total damage he will cause.

        • TheNutJob

          never a truer word said

  • jack

    Why would we waste 18 valuable million on a keeper , when we have a good one , spend it on something essential

    • Peaky

      Like a new helicopter…..
      🚁🚁🚁

      • TheNutJob

        forget siri, use Google assistant

      • East Durham Mag

        Preferably a faulty one.🔥⚡

        • Mike D

          A faulty hitman?

          • Dillon Tovak

            Sounds like a cartoon, sounds quite good 😂

          • Mike D

            Netflix Original

          • East Durham Mag

            No mate a faulty helicopter. 🚁😏

      • jack

        Or a hitman

  • TheNutJob

    Sels, no movement. Mbemba, no movement, Mitro, no movement.
    Fatty`s priced them out of the market, he wants other clubs to foot the bill for his mistakes

  • TheNutJob

    Google assistant reporting Sturridge won`t be leaving Liverpool for Nufc
    Benitez not interested

    • Kneebotherm8

      Thank the Lord……………or the messiah………….according to you know who……….👻🏇

      • TheNutJob

        👍.

    • Peaky

      Good.

  • Awaymag

    The Mag are reporting an incoming transfer to Newcastle United – very dubious

  • Big Hairy Man

    Bit of clickbait me thinks.

  • Steven05

    It makes total sense. We are in absolute dire need for a couple of strikers – so let’s get more goalkeepers

  • Steven05

    Mike Ashley makes Mike Bassett look too good for us

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Am i the only one apart from the Pie Man that thinks the close of the transfer window can`t come quick enough to do away with all this nonsense.
    We know how it`s going to end, badly

  • Peaky

    🐷🐷🐷 OOT OOT OOT….
    🤓🤓🤓 OOT OOT OOT….

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      wonder how many times Fatso`s used Fireman Sams.
      Look it`s a Squirrel on Rafa
      😂😂

  • HarryHype59

    Non story…NEXT!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      that`s the problem, there will be another 100 nexts.

      • HarryHype59

        At least!

  • robbersdog

    The ‘Areola’ is a small circular area, in particular the ring of pigmented skin surrounding a nipple.

    Well, anyone who believes this story is a bit of a tit.

  • Alreet

    Confirmed bids. Accepted bids. Talks. Interested in… we need another angle. Hows about heres a list of the players being punted around by agents this summer. We might be in for a few but not get any!

    Done…..untill they hold the shirt and are claiming the love of toon and the big club yarn.

  • Big Hairy Man

    Does this fairy story come from L’Equipe? They used to be reliable but now they are no better than the Mirror or the Chronic. Anyone who thinks Fatso would sanction £18m for any player let alone a keeper needs medical help.

    • Desree

      Le Rydere is the journo at l’equipe

  • grantham mag

    Can he play centre forward, as a no10 no I didn’t think so.

  • Desree

    Transfer rumours used to be fun. Now we are used by agents every as publicity for their clients. I think it is a two way agreement. Agents create the illusion that NUFC are active, in return the agent can start a bidding war.

  • Down Under Mag

    I’m just switching off until the window closes. I remember a time when we used to be able to get excited about new players, transfer gossip and the new season. Now we seem to be on every agents hitlist as a way to kick off interest in their client when the likelihood of our interest is fairly minimal even with a massive suspension of disbelief. I mean another keeper?? Not worth my time or effort paying attention anymore. Will see everyone after the World Cup :)

  • NUFC9

    Agree with the writer. Can’t see us spending 18m on a keeper we don’t need. However, with us often relying on loans with Benitez not being backed to buy……..
    If the loan has an option to buy at a pre-agreed price (Dubravka, Merino, Atsu) and the player does well enough during the loan to push his value above the agreed buying price, we might as well buy the player even if we don’t need him. We can immediately sell on for a profit.

    Even if we didn’t need Dubravka or he didn’t want to stay it would make sense to sign him at 4m. He could be sold immediately for double that. Both NUFC and player make money. Obviously we need to keep Dubravka, he’s just an example. Look at Wolves’ option to buy Afobe for 10m than sell him on to Stoke for a profit. .

  • panther

    non story