Aleksandar Mitrovic has now left Newcastle United.

Late Monday afternoon seeing official confirmation from NUFC that the 23 year old has joined Fulham after a long protracted process (see below).

With only 10 days until the transfer deadline comes around, Newcastle fans hope Rafa can now bring in the striker(s) he does want to play.

The clock is ticking…

Newcastle United official statement:

‘Aleksandar Mitrovic has completed his permanent move to Fulham.

The forward joins Slaviša Jokanović’s side for an undisclosed free, bringing an end to his three-year spell at St. James’ Park.

Twenty-three-year-old Mitrović signed for Newcastle United from Belgian outfit Anderlecht in July 2015, going on to make a total of 72 appearances for the Magpies, scoring 17 times.

The Serbia international spent a spell on loan at Craven Cottage during the second half of last season, making 17 appearances and scoring 12 times as Fulham won promotion from the Championship with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the play-off final at Wembley.

The club wishes him well for the future.’

The Mag – 28 July 2018:

Aleksandar Mitrovic has flown back to the UK from Newcastle’s pre-season trip to Portugal.

Only minutes before the friendly against Porto, Sky Sports have broken the news that Newcastle United have accepted a Fulham bid for the striker.

A deal was expected to be concluded straight after the World Cup but things have dragged on.

Both Fulham fans (see below) and Newcastle supporters anxious the deal would end up not happening.

Fulham because they want the forward to continue his Championship form, whilst Newcastle supporters want Rafa to get the funds to buy a striker that he does want to play.

No news as yet on what the agreed fee is.

The Mag – 26 July 2018:

Aleksandar Mitrovic is still in limbo.

Despite much speculation and claims of yet more ongoing talks, he remains a Newcastle United player.

Most Fulham fans thought it was a foregone conclusion that he would be signing after the World Cup but over four weeks after Aleksandar Mitrovic exited this summer’s tournament, still nothing agreed.

Not surprisingly, the Fulham fans are getting a bit anxious with only two weeks to go until deadline day.

The London Evening Standard reported today that Mitro has now agreed personal terms with Fulham and all that is waited for is the two clubs agreeing a price.

With Fulham reported to be only willing to pay £16m and Newcastle holding out for more (between £18m and £20m depending on what you read), interesting to see what fans of the West London club are saying.

The odd one is saying let Newcastle sweat but the vast majority, as you can read below, are wanting their club to just get the asking price paid ASAP.

Comments from Fulham fans via their top FulhamWeb message board:

‘We must stop squabbling over Mitrovic money and sign him!!!

Schurrie is a good player, but he isn’t a striker to guarantee us 25 goals. He could score up to 15 going from his stats.

That is why Mitrovic is so important to us. Mitrovic will get his goals from set-pieces and corners, and he will do the donkey work and occupy 2 defenders, and that will enable or wingers to do their running etc.

With Mitro in the team, it is possible that Sessegnon and Schurrie will hit 15 goals plus.

Mitrovic is key to our final jigsaw, and we just need to sign him whatever. Benitez knows how dangerous Mitrovic is, and he will not have forgotten Newcastle’s defeat to Fulham without Mitrovic.

We must go Cap in hand with a 20 million cheque to Newcastle, and sign Mitrovic. Everything will fall into place then, and we can get on with our season.’

‘If the money we are talking about is a discrepancy of 4 million at most? 16-20? We shouldn’t need to hold out for the best deal.

Saving 50p and collecting points on a Tesco club card is a different ballgame. We have some, not all the play-off funds available to us. It would be a shame if we lose Mitrovic for the sake of saving a few million quid. I am positive that most Fulham fans would be fuming if we lose Mitrovic because of this.’

‘I cannot believe that we are haggling over paying £18mln for Aleksandar Mitrovic, someone that has proven himself at Fulham, loves playing for us and will be necessary to increase our fire power. Please get this resolved asap.’

‘Have to agree. We need a settle team by the start of the season.’

‘We don’t know what’s been said or agreed. maybe there’s a point of principle Fulham want to make.

Remember, Newcastle would probably have sold Mitro for £12m only 6months ago.

Also, was there some gentleman agreement on what Fulham would pay should we want to buy him.

Also, given we are buying players in the 20-30m bracket, maybe we are really looking for someone even better than Mitro – maybe Mitro wants a guarantee no.1 status. etc etc.’

 ‘Newcastle need a replacement which is going to cost 20 million, Ashley hates putting his hand in his pocket.’

 ‘Mitro is worth every penny of the £20m so for gods sake pay the money and lets get him prepared properly for the new season as we can’t afford to have a bad start like last season.’

‘We should get a big discount for making him into a £20m player, after all Newcastle paid £13m for him and he has been a failure for them, so much so they loaned him out to us a Championship team last January .

FFC should play hard ball with Ashley or go for someone else but please not Gayle.’

‘I believe NUFC are jetting off to Portugal today. They need to make a call if they take Mitro with them or not. If they do, I suspect the deal will not happen and we will go elsewhere. if they leave Mitro behind, means they will want to do a deal with Fulham.

The other scenario is if Mitro refuses to travel…while I think professionally it would be wrong for Mitro to do that, but it would be interesting!’

‘Earlier in the year Mitro was valued around 12 mil. Then he started scoring for fun, did sort of OK at the world cup and suddenly, because we “need” him he’s worth 20!

There are other needs in play here, Benitez needs money before he can buy and everyone knows he doesn’t want Mitro. So, wait patiently, let them sweat, turn up the heat.’

  • Damon Horner

    So we now move on. Best of luck Mitrovic.

  • Leicester Mag

    Love to know how many times we have sold a player for more than our record fee paid. #assetstripping

    • Damon Horner

      It’s a fair point. Sadly we’re now a selling club.

      • ghostrider

        All clubs are selling clubs, otherwise they couldn’t buy in to replace.

    • Jezza

      It’s a sad indictment of how far backwards Ashley has dragged our club that we’re selling a player to bleeding Fulham of all clubs for more money than we could ever dream of actually spending on a player ourselves.

      • Soldier

        we all know where the fee will end up

        • Ben Jones

          We all know where morons like you will say it will end up

    • Ben Jones

      Easy enough to find out, to be honest it sounds like you’re just plain lazy

  • Mrkgw

    Absolute idiots selling him. Especially to a ‘rival’ Premiership club.

    • Leicester Mag

      He’s certainly better than any other forward we currently have in my view at least

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Finally! Can we now stop talking about him? I’ve never heard us go on about a player so much who contributed so little

    Of course the money won’t be reinvested

    • Mrkgw

      A Serbian international who at only 23, was afforded few opportunities throughout the last two seasons. Instead we turn to Rondon who at 28, frankly looks little better than Gayle. And you think thats good?

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Where did I say Anything about it being good you bed wetter!!

        Read before you comment

        I was simply stating the amount he’s talked about is ridiculous. For the record those opportunities he squandered

        • Mike Adam

          Take a deep breath Des.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            This is what everything boils down to on here arguing. This lad obviously holds a candle for Mitrovic

          • Mrkgw

            No, in actual fact, I don’t hold a candle for him. I rate him as a player and feel that his potential has been overlooked. But, if the best that you can do is to hurl insults then I rest my case.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You made an assumption to try get likes, congrats.

            Maybe if Mitrovic stayed on the pitch we could see about his potential

          • JonMag

            super [email protected]@kin des the troll who always makes a c nut of himself. a$$hole

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Difference of opinion = troll.

            You not got a wife to beat up or something tonight?

          • Jezza

            He’s a troll, marra. Nobody to bully during the school holidays so he comes on here to abuse people. Just block him.

          • Damon Horner

            I don’t get the troll accusations I really don’t. Happens far too much and it’s usually because people disagree.

          • Mike Adam

            I don’t either Damon.

          • Mrkgw

            Calling someone a ‘bedwetter’ is hardly a decent way to behave. I wouldn’t do likewise on this site nor, do so in public in general conversation. Sorry fellas but it says a fair bit about someone to me,

          • Mike Adam

            I agree, Des is too quick to throw out names and insults!!!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That’s because If you dare have a different opinion on a forum your a troll.

            So says the embittered lot like jezza, his wife and kids bombed him out & we have to bare the brunt of it

          • Billmag

            He’s the leader of the pack Damon.

          • Mike Adam

            I don’t really see any abuse in his opinions. Maybe you and others should just take your troll comments when someone has a different opinion and be accepting of all opinions on here. Oh that’s right you have me blocked too, because I am a Lee brother or something. What RUBBISH!!!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Mike Adam stop talking so much sense this is wrong place for that

          • Mike Adam

            Yes, you are right Des.

          • Mrkgw

            Cheers matey, have done so. Thanks for the heads up.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Mmmm jezza let me taste what you had for dinner!

            Grown man listening to his internet friends 😂

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Marra, that’s disgusting. Sounds like you were born the wrong side of tyne.

          • Superdooperhooper

            Childish name calling is all superdes can do . Just wants a reaction . He’s the only person I’ve blocked on here though I’m thinking of blocking Ben Jones as well . That troll is really starting to get on my nerves as well

          • Mike Adam

            I rate Mitro as well, he is talked about and splits opinion for many reasons that we have all discussed in depth before.
            Let’s wish him well no matter what anyone thinks of him and HOPE Ashley gives Rafa some money to spend!!!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I wish him all the best but it’s been done to death Benitez didn’t want him but Chanpions league winning managers like Mrkgw know better.

            Let’s all move on him & us. And come on we both know that’s going to fatty 🙈

      • Mike Adam

        Well put!!!

    • ghostrider

      Why? It has been before but certain fans choose to bypass that and concentrate on the times we don’t spend as much as they think should be spent.
      As for Mitro contributing so little. It’s hard to do when a stubborn manager prefers to play Joselu over him…or any other player instead of him…and yet Fulham feel he’s worth 22 million with potential add ons to take it to 27 million.
      Why would a club pay that if he wasn’t good enough?

      They pay it because they had faith in him and he repaid it and will again.
      I just hope he doesn’t come back to haunt us but I do hope he goes prolific in this league.

      • Mike Adam

        Fulham actually trusts him!!!

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Was it 2004 or 2005 you won the champions league?

        Think I’ll take Benitez judgement over a fat balding middle aged man who’s wife utterly detests him.

        Shocked you could take your tongue out of Ashley’s hoop long enough to write this

        • Mike Adam

          Be nice Des.

        • ghostrider

          I’m socked you could actually reply whilst still holding onto Rafa’s skirt.

  • TheFatController

    Who knows what might have been with mitro up front and Gordon strachan as manager?

    Maybe when Rafa leaves, and we have some not-up-to-standard tin pot yes man manager for the 6th time under Ashley, we can buy him back for a championship relegation battle ?

  • Paul Patterson

    £22-27m Mitrovic
    £10m Merino
    £8m Mbemba
    £4m Sels
    So £40m has been received.

    As yet we have spent less than £7m, rising to around £17m if/when Muto signs and we are struggling to afford Rondon unless we flog Gayle as makeweight. We also help other clubs by giving money away for a player outright, but only receive money in in stages.

    This owner is the enemy of Newcastle United.

    • Damon Horner

      I’m curious what it’s all about, is it because the managers leaving or to reduce his debt? Like Rafa says if you do the maths the money’s there.

    • Blackburn1066

      The only way all this will change is if we go down again and raffa goes , then the price of the club will drop like a rock.

      • Ben Jones

        That’s what you want isn’t it. Another relegation

    • HarryHype59

      There is also £10m transfer instalments from the Sissoko and Wynaldum deals, that should be added to the transfer war chest.

      This money, along with last year’s TV dosh, has gone of course into Mash/St.James accounts.

  • Tino11

    Good luck to Mitro, I do think he is better than our current strikers, ability wise, but I don’t think he will ever be more than a 10-15 goal a season striker in the EPL, which again is still better than we have.

    I don’t think Rafa doubted he would score goals, I think Rafa knew he had a degree of ability but Rafa plays a certain way, every player has their orders and if the team is to do well, every player has to follow their orders as close as possible. Some players don’t like to play that way and some players lack the enthusiasm and commitment to play that way.

    I think Rafa just didn’t trust Mitro to follow the game plan for the full 90 minutes and perhaps he doubted Mitro could hold his temper whilst following out the orders at the same time. I trust Rafa’s judgement, I also hope Mitro does well, apart from 2 games a season of course.

  • Tony English

    Alekwhatsit Whosovic? Never seen him play for two seasons, and rarely mentioned on here. Can we spend the money now please?

    • Mrkgw

      Rarely mentioned on here? Where have you been?

      • JonMag

        he`s a Troll with the IQ of a budgie

        • Tony English

          Don’t even know who you are mate, and with such an unoriginal name and avatar, can’t really do a search on you, I’m easy to find and verify on social media.

          You’ve certainly never had a discussion with me to ascertain either my IQ or troll credentials.

          I’m just sick and tired of the Mitro discussion. Let the season play out and we’ll see, either way he didn’t fit in Rafa’s preferred team shape and work ethic so good luck the lad.

          Is he so good it’s was worth changing our team to accommodate? No.

          Remember, we did get relegated with him playing up front.

          • Billmag

            Well said I too am sick of reading about him on here, and why would anyone wish him good luck he’s at another club now in opposition to us. And I really believe that some on here would jump for joy if he scored against us.

      • Tony English


      • gold coast mag

        it’s called sarcasm

  • 1957

    The Mitrovic ( and probably Gayle) discussion will probably be with us for a while yet depending on whether Rondon (if he is Benitez chosen one) and/or Muto hits the ground running and has outscored Aleksandar by Xmas.

    I find hard to believe they can considering Diame is already talking about parking the bus and the mighty Hoss will out perform them in training, follow instructions well and be Benitez first choice.

  • HarryHype59

    Good luck Mitro!

    Ashley can now add his £20 fee to the £10m received from the Sissoko and Wynaldum instalments and let Rafa bring in a £30m genuine E PL quality striker.

    Meanwhile hell freezes over, before this happens!

    More bargain basement bin dipping for Rafa.

    I don’t want Ashley to spend his money, I just want him to let Rafa spend the club’s money.

  • Down Under Mag

    Was never in Rafa’s plans an he was hardly prolific for us. If he goes on to score a hat full for Fulham then all the best to them…he was clearly in the Jon Daal position of wrong club at the wrong time.

    I just worry about us selling players when the manager is likely to leave at the end of the season. Right now we seem to be shuffling the deck, happy to sell players and try to get loans, frees or bargains in to replace them and the standard doesn’t seem to be shifting all that much.

    I’m not someone who subscribes to more money = better player all the time. We would be shopping in an area of the market that they are still gambles but big ones. We are getting players in who I believe can do a good job for us.

  • Geordiegiants

    Thankfuck he is gone. I wished he had the talent to match his passion and fan expectation.

  • Desree

    Remember when we sold Peacock, Kelly and Quinny. Wasn’t such a big deal when Cole and Beardsley banged in 60 goals. Condom and Mutant will manage 20 if we are lucky!

  • Desree

    I was more excited when we signed George Riley and Tony Cunningham