Back in January we were surprised to learn Mike Ashley had promised to back Rafa Benitez with a £20m striker.

The story appeared across much of the media at the same time, suggesting that Sky Sports and the newspapers etc had been fed the story by Ashley’s people.

Needless to say, Newcastle United/Mike Ashley didn’t spend £20m on a striker, in fact Ashley didn’t let Rafa spend a penny on buying one (or indeed anybody else in that window).

Instead, Rafa Benitez was left with the real dregs.

Newcastle couldn’t even get a deal done for Sturridge on loan and it ended up with the very bottom of the barrel scraped, as on deadline day Rafa was handed an injured Islam Slimani on loan.

Newcastle fans ending up watching a magnificent 130 minutes of the Algerian in between injuries and suspension.

So what about the £20m.

Well, it turned out that Nicolai Jorgensen of Feyenoord was allegedly the £20m striker Mike Ashley was willing to fund for Rafa Benitez and this succession of quotes from Pete Graves of Sky Sports summed up this £20m striker chase rollercoaster…but at least we could look forward to that £20m being spent this summer…

Pete Graves (21 January 2018):

“I’m hearing some very positive vibes (on January signings) yeah.

“But I’ve heard them before.

“I’ve said all along, they simply HAVE to give Rafa significant financial support.”

Pete Graves (22 January 2018 – Morning):

“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. Meanwhile awaiting Kenedy announcement. Straight loan.”

Pete Graves (22 January 2018 – Evening):

“Kenedy signs for Newcastle on loan.

“Next on the list is a striker and a goalkeeper…. but hearing tonight it’s been a frustrating day on both fronts.

“Work to do.”

Moving forward to early July, just before season ticket renewal deadline, an exclusive from Sky Sports saying Mike Ashley has given the green light so Rafa Benitez can land £20m rated Alassane Plea from Nice.

That story is kept going for a number of days in the media, until after deadline for season ticket renewals, Alassane Plea signs for Borussia Monchengladbach for over £20m.

Media claims that Newcastle actually made a bigger bid than the German club but the striker wanted to sign for them.

So we still have that £20m to play with…

Hmmm, funny that now with just a shade over eight days to go until transfer deadline day, Rafa is £35m up on transfers so far this summer (£25.5m once Muto’s work permit comes through) yet we are still struggling to buy anybody, never mind a £20m+ striker.

Since promotion, these three transfer windows have seen Mike Ashley refuse to let anybody be bought for over £10m. Newcastle not even making an offer to buy Kenedy, despite his form at the end of last season.

So Mike Ashley, what next for this £20m that is still floating around unspent, which mythical striker are we going to (not!) spend it on next?

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  • Tino11

    Even if it wasn’t fed to the papers by Ashley’s minions I wouldn’t believe anything on the back pages of newspapers unless it is confirmed elsewhere. At least articles in the front of papers have to be careful (to a small degree) about what they print, especially around quoting people. The back pages just print any old rubbish and get around the quotes bit by saying ‘An inside source confirmed’.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Dear Mr Ashley,

    Leave.

    Regards.

    • kingfisher

      P.S
      And take Charnley and your other servile,fawning,ingratiating,subserviant, sycophantic underlings with you.

  • Wezza

    We won’t be spending £20M on anyone. We never have and under Ashley for sure, we never will.

    • Danimal

      You’re not suggesting he’s a liar are you? Blobby Feckless, Clarko, Harry Potter etc will be most offended by that.

    • Jezza

      We won’t even spend £20 million gross this summer regardless of all the money coming in.

  • Paul Patterson

    THERE WILL BE NO NET SPEND! END OF. Loans and cost cutting will do.
    8 days and counting . .

    • Jezza

      Our summer transfer business will end with the completion of the Muto deal. All that’s going to happen between now and the deadline will be the sale of Jamaal Lascelles. This window will see a record breaking transfer profit for Fatso. Enough to fund his upcoming high street department shop investment with a tidy sum left over to slip into his back pocket giving him a nice little bonus on top of all the television money.

  • Jimblag23

    Please don’t call him Mr. There is a degree of respect with the title.

  • 1957

    I doubt they will even spend £20m on anyone while big Mike rules, but on the bright side let’s be grateful they didn’t accept Charnley’s lower offer for Jorgensen. The Hoss would have had a new permanent stablemate, a donkey.

  • TheFatController

    Well, you know what they say…

    ‘Fool me once? shame on you. fool me twice? shame on me. fool 52,000? That’ll be newcastle united unhappy with their owner-ish, sort of, well maybe next year if it carries on being bad’

    ‘Can’t be that bad? 52,000?’ Say the watching football world

    Barcelona fans just use white hankies. Doesn’t get them relegated and falling apart, but the again they have elections I suppose …

  • Whitehurst

    Anyone for a bit of Keith Bishop spin? 🤨

  • TheNutJob

    the Fat Gringo should spend some money on better scouts because from what i`ve seen of the nanes they supply most of them are rubbish, someone is on dope laying out £10m on a Japanese striker with a record like Muto & next up could be Rondon. they also dodged a £20m bullet on Jorgenson

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Isn’t Gringo Spanish for foreigner? So he’s a fat Foreigner. You’re letting him off light id call him a Maricon

      • TheNutJob

        it`s a person of non hispanic origin, you are are thick as a plank.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          So a for all intent & purposes…a foreigner.
          Are you of Spanish or Latino origin?

          If you aren’t then saying it is completely redundant.

          Why the hell would you call him that as some sort of derogatory term, goodness you’re absolutely thick as a whale omelette

        • Soldier

          block the idiot, he`s a crass fool

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m an idiot because he’s calling someone a fat white man…goodness me no wonder you couldn’t get a normal job you utter moron

          • Coble’s Return

            Yeah right, because we really don’t need fellas like him do we? The despots and maniacs of the world could all be stopped in their tracks by you and your well worn keyboard.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            What like the British government propping up American lies & sending troops to Iraq to invade a country totally destroy it’s infrastructure, make a pigs ear, disband the army, find no WMD’s, no oil treat the locals inhumanley then just up & leave…those kind of despots? Innocent shepherds and that, yeah huge dictators those lot

            Don’t dare say Sadam hussein either when Britain licks up to people like King Salman, you can’t pick & choose which one you dislike most, their all bad

          • Lhc

            Says the coward who hates anything British and openly shows support towards the ira. He does a job that deserves abit respect your a disgusting human being. Honestly mag why don’t you block people like the sad sap which is superdes.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A take it you’ve had a bad afternoon then?

  • Soldier

    apart from not spending anything i think the chance of relegation is just a few injuries away, it`ll be another season of a rearguard action by Rafa

  • Toontaff

    The home games v Bournemouth/Watford/Leicester/Everton/Citeh – 5 defeats, followed by Brighton/Swansea/Burnley – 3 draws – A 3 month period that had been consigned to history, due to the way we ended the season. A run like that is just around the corner.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Hello, Mike Ashley here…….in answer to your headline question………..No you can’t………eff off ………

    • Toontaff

      It’ll not be Mike, he’s not paying for a phone call from sunny shores………..

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Is that a reverse charge

      • Kneebotherm8

        Definitely……..😂😂

  • Toontaff

    I think we need another Das Bost article, pronto!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      The Ronnie gall only knows three players Dost Carroll & Townsend

  • ghostrider

    Too many fans moaning for no real reason.

  • Paul Patterson

    That £20m went on Debenhams. The Mitrovic £20m will be on House of Fraser..

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Did it? any evidence of this?

  • Big Hairy Man

    Dear Ashley. How about using some of the £120m TV money for it’s intended purpose?