Even the Premier League move to an earlier transfer window closure hasn’t totally saved Newcastle United fans.

Despite not being able to buy anybody in these last three weeks of August, with Newcastle players still able to be bought/loaned by foreign clubs, as well as loaned by lower league English clubs, NUFC supporters are still being tortured by media speculation.

Fair enough when there is any kind of logic to it, such as the likes of Aarons, Lazaar and Saivet who have to find new clubs, or else be totally sidelined and train with the kids.

However, there are Newcastle first team squad players currently being the subject of transfer story claims, at a time when Rafa Benitez has a small enough squad as it is, and can’t now replace anybody if they did leave.

Bristol Live is part of the same company that owns the Chronicle and they claim that Aston Villa could take Ciaran Clark on loan.

Any number of reasons why this is total garbage but  for starters, with Lejeune out long-term, it was Clark who started on Saturday against Spurs.

Fernandez may well in time go in alongside Lascelles but it is all a bit mad to even then suggest Rafa would then allow Ciaran Clark to go out, especially on loan, what would be the point in that?

Fabian Schar is another option at centre-back but you need at least some kind of depth in your squad, plus Clark is the only left footed defender who can fill in at left-back for Dummett.

The Mirror are notorious for feeble transfer speculation and they claim  Isaac Hayden could join Stoke or Aston Villa on loan.

Once again, a loan deal makes absolutely no sense for a player Rafa will use at some point this season, Hayden is the only defensive holding midfield cover for Mohamed Diame at the moment.

Hayden did try to leave this summer to get back to Essex/London for family reasons but Stoke and Villa are hardly on his family doorstep as well.

If the midfielder was going to be allowed to leave, he would have been sold and a replacement brought in by Rafa Benitez, not loaning out one of the few decent back-up players the manager has.

The sooner this month is over with, the better it will be. Bad enough in normal transfer windows but at least it isn’t quite as bad when you can still daydream Newcastle could sign somebody decent, rather than this situation where players can only be sold or loaned out by Newcastle United.

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  • FatParosite

    Nothing makes zero sense in Ashley’s SDFC….

    • Mark Potter

      So you are saying something makes sense.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    That’s about Hayden’s level, complaining championship plodder

  • Leazes.

    What is worse….transfer speculation….. or repeating that speculation under the guise of denouncing it?

    An Author called ‘Bennett’….. another in the series of names whose paternal ancestry comes from the west and south….. Pardon me isn’t that just another bit of fakery? A single prolific author who has created a bucket load of nom de plumes without realising that three quarters of the names he’s chosen couldn’t possibly have arrived on Tyneside until after the second world war, when we live in an area which has had an outward migration since then.

    If you must denounce stories as being rubbish or fake Simon at least do it under your own name or a single pen name from up here….

    ps Not all Geordies are called Armstrong and Robson either.

    • mentalman

      We live in a transient nation so what does it matter where a persons name originates from

      I’ve asked you on numerous occasions what your surname is without response, what do you have to hide

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        It’s O’Really. It translates to No, he makes it all up.

      • Ashley-out

        His privacy

        • Ben Jones

          His privacy, have you seen the searches he does on people? I suspect he doesn’t give his surname because he thinks there’s people like him about.

          • Ashley-out

            i doubt that

          • Ben Jones

            Of course, with the bar so low who hasn’t

          • Leazes.

            If its me…. yes…the two are blocked.

          • Ashley-out

            Mentalman & Jones, i thought you had, they worry about the searches you do.

          • Leazes.

            Tell them not to worry.

    • Carverlier football

      My surname comes from the North West. A quick survey of the 50-60 people born and bred in the North East in my office has maybe just over 1 in 5 with a NE (or widespread) surname – there’s actually more Scottish names in here, but also North West, Yorkshire, and to a lesser extent Midlands, Southern, Welsh and Irish. Probably not a big enough sample to draw any solid conclusions, but my point is these days you’ll find a range of surnames wherever you are, and even if there are more local ones than anywhere else they’ll still not be close to an overall majority…

      • Leazes.

        That’s a good sample…… and is spot on….. Normal for Tyneside is Reiver, Northumbrian, Scots, and Irish….. which will account for the Majority… by far!

        Normal for the Mag is Devon Gloucestershire and Cheshire….

        Do you understand the laws of probability? What are the odds of the majority of writers whose paternal lineage goes back to the south west or Cheshire and emigrating in modern times to a region of high unemployment and all deciding to write for the Mag?…. nil….fake!

        • panther

          mines Norweigian, Im the only one who can spell it

          • Leazes.

            Its not Jensen then.

          • panther

            not even close

          • Leazes.

            Long shot…. Knut

          • panther


          • Leazes.


          • panther

            halt, youll never get it

          • Leazes.


          • panther


          • Leazes.

            …. really I just looked that one up….. there are lots of Elsenders in Newcastle, Scots variant of Alexander.

          • panther

            its origionally Norweigen, my dad says we were from Scotland but came to Northumberland as we were witches, just what he says, he did the family tree, dont know how sober he was

        • Carverlier football

          Just playing devil’s advocate (and yes I have a very good grasp of the laws of probability), just as my office may not be entirely representative (given it’s mostly professionals who are likely to be from families who were more geographically mobile than average), people who are disposed to write articles may not be entirely representative either. Especially as there are no restraints on where they can post from. Though that gets into a different debate upon which I’m ambivalent, as on the one hand I firmly believe you should support your local team, but I’d find it difficult to criticise a non-local for genuinely supporting Newcastle. Well it’s not like they’re a glory hunter anyway…

          • Leazes.

            No I’m not having that you’re now suggesting large scale northward migration in modern times for people who came here to work in offices bypassing Manchester Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham……and got the job over local people…. (where do you work…. Longbenton?)

            …. and their descendant all decided they would write for the Mag to the exclusion of locals…what are you suggesting…we can’t bloody write?

            Give me a few of the names that you think are Southern English and I’ll tell you’re right…you might not be!

          • Carverlier football

            Like I said, I’m just playing devil’s advocate, I’m not necessarily saying you’re wrong about the writers. Plus my North West parantage, Scottish birth and Newcastle upbringing inclines me to be a bit contrary on the matter… And obviously I’m not saying anyone whose great grandfather was born here can’t write. And no – Gosforth, not the ministry. I’d be interested to know if you think I’m right on the names (I love a bit of provenence…) but I’m not particularly comfortable identifying colleagues on a public forum without their permission, so you may have to work on the assumption I’m wrong. Fairly confident though. The south was the smallest group as you’d expect.

          • Leazes.

            Fair enough, Names ……well Wars, Tyneside set up Irish and Scottish Brigades….. The ‘Tyneside Cockney’s’ were notable by their absence!

            Migration to the Conurbation such as ours was firstly from the onset of Industrialisation, and the main cities drew from the immediate countryside, then the large scale event such as the Irish Famine, highland clearances and rural poverty.

          • Desree

            Is this clarko?

          • Carverlier football

            How very dare you…

  • Hayden I can understand as we now Have Ki and Longstaff to cover for Shelvey/Diame. Ideally, we would want to have another backup. Hayden hasn’t been stepping up to the Prem challenge, and I would let him go, as would Rafa, but he knew he wasn’t getting another player in, so opted against to keep the lad.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    I can see Hayden moving but I thought he wanted to be in London. Stoke & Villa may be a bit closer but Stoke is still an hour & half by train, Brum not much better.

  • Ashley-out

    all of this is feasible when you look at who`s running the show, it certainly isn`t Rafa & they`ll be looking to further cut the wage bill, they aren`t running it as a football club so common sense goes out the window.
    Ashley must be driven, by car,helicopter or hearse.

  • heretickle

    Could Rafa use and get the most out of Hatem Ben Arfa?
    Could Hatem Ben Arfa cooperate and maximize his potential with Rafa?
    Would Mr. Sports Direct ever sanction it?

    • Foggy

      Based on ability, I’d love to have Ben Arfa. Not going to happen as he’s a whinging spoilt little git who is a waste of space and should be shot for wasting the talent that he has. Or probably had is closer to the truth.

  • Down Under Mag

    Hayden wanted to leave so I would suspect in light of no permanent move he would be granted a loan. Clark is required at the moment though for cover. However, givent he owner and the trained chimp he has in charge of transfers nothing would surprise me.

  • Mr wobert

    All speculation,Get a grip gentlemen please.
    Let’s play the usual game of wait and see.