At long last, Salomon Rondon is set to join Newcastle United.

The Venezuelan international striker is on Tyneside and has been photographed at the Hilton Hotel on the Gateshead side of the Tyne (see below).

Meanwhile, Dwight Gayle is reported to be down in the West Midlands and set to join West Brom.

The two strikers were each left out of their respective club squads for the games on Saturday.

The transfers have taken an eternity and done nobody any favours, the late nature of the deals undoubtedly contributing to West Brom’s first game loss to Bolton, whilst Rafa Benitez will be handed a forward at last – but one who he has had next to no chance to work with in pre-season.

On Wednesday, Sky Sports said that talks on an exchange deal or player plus cash arrangement had stalled.

However, now they report that the deal will be a swap loan deal plus cash, the two strikers swapping clubs for one year, with the Baggies reportedly banking £2m as well, as part of the swap loan deal.

It is scarcely believable that this is the position Rafa Benitez has fond himself in, selling a striker (Mitro) for £22m (which could rise to £27m), yet having to wait forever for his own signing AND it then being this kind of desperate swap loan arrangement, making it look like we are anything but a club with Premier League level revenues.

Here’s hoping it now goes through without a hitch and that Salomon Rondon can help prove part of the answer to a goal-shy team who haven’t scored in the last almost five hours of friendly football.

The Mag – 1 August 2018:

Just when you think things can’t get any worse, Sky Sports have now revealed on Wednesday morning that Newcastle’s attempts to sign Salomon Rondon have gone nowhere so far.

The broadcaster says that the transfer attempt has ‘stalled’ eight days before the transfer window ends.

Sky Sports say the deal to try and swap Rondon for Dwight Gayle isn’t happening because West Brom aren’t willing to pay Gayle what he is getting at Newcastle United.

Salomon Rondon was a £15m buy three years ago from a Zenit St Petersburg club that paid/pays big money on players transfer fees and wages, so unlikely that Rondon is on any less than the Newcastle striker.

However, it would be understandable that West Brom wouldn’t want to hand out a long-term deal on similar money to Gayle, with no guarantee they will be escaping from the Championship at the first attempt.

The way this supposed transfer has dragged on for so long, didn’t exactly encourage you, though you still hoped that at least once Mitro was sold that it could potentially be quickly concluded.

Newcastle fans though should be rightly allowed to question why Dwight Gayle ever had to be tied into any possibility of Salomon Rondon arriving.

If Newcastle can sell a striker for £22m (which could rise to £27m), why can’t they afford the £16.5m Rondon release clause, or even better, buy a striker for £22m+ with more potential to be able to score goals?

You have to really worry where this will all end.

Actually I can just hear Lee Charnley on the phone now, wondering whether Islam Slimani is available on loan, regardless of whether he is injured or not…



  • Milburn_Taylor

    welcome to Newcastle United, sort your bonus out before you sign

    • phildene

      Yes, the fat man’s at it yet again! no surprise there then.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Oh deal is off… we dont do bonuses

  • Paul Patterson

    Can’t see how this is an upgrade. And still the net spend will be nil.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      i think he is better than what we have, but the bar isn`t high, is it

      • Paul Patterson

        Nothing wrong with Gayle if he gets service..

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      It will be minus nil, although that probably takes it beyond the comprehension of Simon Snyde and his friends at BBC Newcastle Total Sport.

    • Polarboy

      He’s an upgrade because he has a bit of everything. Not that I’m saying he’s a world beater, but he has a bit of pace, Mitro doesn’t, Gayle does. He can hold up the ball and lead the line, Mitro can, Gayle can’t. He’s good in the air, Mitro is, Gayle isn’t. Now finishing is another story but I’d say he’s about even with Mitro with Gayle being a more natural finisher than either. Thing about Gayle in the premier is that he rarely muscles himself into those positions to score. Long story short he’s a more complete striker than what we had. The question will be how many goals can Rafa squeeze out of him.

      • Squintytoonarmy

        I’ve said in a previous post my next door neighbour is a WBA season ticket holder and its Rondons finishing is the problem. However with a bit of decent service I reckon 10-12 goals? Saying that Mitro or Gayle if they played every game could probably match this. It’s all about confidence

        • Polarboy

          I think it’s likely that Mitrovic will score that much for Fulham, but with his lack of pace you lack options with him in terms of tactics, and his temperament is always under question and will be until he proves otherwise. One thing I would say about Rondon and West Brom is, how many chances was he getting a game with Pulis’s super defensive tactics? If you’re a striker and you know that you’re only going to get a few decent chances, if that much, per game, then it could be easy to reach at things and lose confidence. I think if he starts well and gets his confidence up he could be very decent.

          • Squintytoonarmy

            Yep – fair point. The guy above reckons Muto will hit 20! With that, Rondons 12, Perez 10 etc the likes of Monks, that plank Ghost will be jizzing all over the place

          • Polarboy

            I’m looking forward to seeing what Muto is about. Could easily turn out to be a fan favourite with his work rate and direct running. Everything points to him not being prolific, but he could still be very useful.

          • Squintytoonarmy

            Think it’s a case of goals being shared about. Id like a prolific striker but even if I had 30 mill not sure who’d I go for – leave that one to Rafa (not that he’d ever be given that kind of money to take us to the next level)

          • Leazes.

            I think you are confusing him with Suarez.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Suarez has always been prolific though you senile old creep

          • Polarboy

            No just someone who works hard and likes to run with the ball. Doesn’t mean he has to be world class.

          • NUFCLX

            Don’t disagree with “The Man”. Wezza will be on here in a heart beat asking him if u r a troll.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He’s gotta clean his hoop first

          • NUFCLX

            Horrible thought.

          • Polarboy

            Oh, and was Suarez not prolific in your eyes? Because that’s how I described Muto most likely being.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You can’t have a discussion with that one I’m afraid.

            He thinks he’s lord master on here, says something like that then blocks you

            Paranoid weird old man

          • Polarboy

            I’m familiar with his unique personality. I find pointing out the obvious confuses him, so that’s the tactic I’ve been going with.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He probably thinks the Lee brothers shot JFK

          • Superdooperhooper

            Superdes is a childish moron. End of discussion

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That’s really hurt my feelings maximus

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Absolutely broken you & your friends

          • Toonrobbybobson

            After a bit Mitro will die down get frustrated and get himself in the doghouse.

          • Polarboy

            Very possible, I certainly wouldn’t bet against it.

        • Duh

          Don’t worry Muto will hit 20

          • SuperDesHamilton

            On a dart board?

  • DWI

    I really hope we get him, not because I think he is a world beater, but because he is what we will need for the likes of Perez and Muto to work off – Joselu is simply not strong enough to hold the ball up.

    But I am confused with the situation, I was of the belief that he was into his last year of his contract ???

    • Steven05

      I’m confused too

      I was under the illusion that Rafa could have every penny etc

      • Big Hairy Man

        And it will be pennies.

        • Steven05

          Well so far – it’s less than that

      • phildene

        it is an illusion as Ashley never had any intentions of keeping his word – can’t believe you actually thought Ashley would carry this out?!! He’s lied ever since he bought the place.

        • Wezza

          To openly lie like Ashley did and then laugh about it speaks volumes about the man. I really hope we have the last laugh. It’s no wonder he gets so much abuse!

        • Steven05

          I know this mate. My scepticism and realisation of what this piece of scum is is all about has left me an unattractive sense of sarcasm

      • Kneebotherm8

        No………just the one….

    • Polarboy

      I’ve heard a few people, presumably West Brom fans, say that they have the option to extend his contract by one year at the end of his current one, which finishes at the end of the coming season.

  • Billmag

    Rafa his coaching staff and the player’s are the only things that is remotely professional about this club.

    • ghostrider

      The entire club is professional.
      Just because it won’t pay 30/40/50 etc million out for ready made heroes does not mean it’s not professional.
      If anything I’d say Rafa is acting unprofessional with his moaning.
      We’ve brought in more than half a team of signings and people still aren’t happy.
      There could be 1 or 2 more to come but it’s pointless with some, because they won’t have 30/40/50 million type price tags.

      A Fred Bloggs for 5 million is a waste of space to fans. The very same Fred Bloggs for 35 million will be talked about and excited anticipation will ensure.

      That’s the nature of the beast with certain fans, now.
      Even Rafa wants it….or he appears to because he won’t stop whining about what he’s getting.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Have you ever read through what you actually say?

        If so you’d understand you’re coming across like a jilted Ex.

        A take it Benitez is to blame for Brexit, war in the Middle East & famine in Africa according to you

        You basic b****

        • ghostrider

          It seems Ashley’s to blame or everything bad in this world, so take a leaf out of your own book.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Not everything in the world, but at Newcastle however

          • ghostrider

            Ok here’s a question for you. Anyone else feel free to join in.

            Considering the fact that you know where this club stands under Ashley and has done for almost his entire tenure, tell me which club you would most like us to follow in terms of the way it’s run and the owner the club has.

            Pick any club and give reasons for why you pick that club.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            None id like Newcastle United to be Newcastle United. Not sports direct F.C. free from lies or maybe a bit of transparency. Not all the lies & deceit. Hope that answers your question

          • ghostrider

            Good answer.None.
            You know why you answer that and it’s purely because you love Newcastle United and can see exactly what silly money achieves…which is basically nothing in real terms.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That made absolutely no sense whatsoever what you’ve just said. Feels like I’m entering the twilight zone talking to you

          • ghostrider

            Don’t have to when you’ve for arms like these.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Four or fore ? Are you Goro from mortal Kombat like?

          • ghostrider

            Arms.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A bet you’re built like a bus ticket ghosty lad

          • Lord

            I think it’s a fair question so I’ll bite.

            I would look back to where we were when Ashley took over and who our ‘peers’ were. I would say Spurs and Everton could be called out as clubs we should / could be going toe to toe with in terms of success and the transfer market.

            Spurs have never had the sugar daddy bought success of Man City and Chelsea but have brought players through an academy as well as showing ambition in the transfer market.

            Everton had a lousy season last year for the money they’ve spent but over the last 10 years, you can see they’ve had a chairman who cares for the club and have tried to do their best. They are miles ahead of us in terms of squad depth and value and it’ll take us years to catch up, even with a more generous transfer budget than it appears Rafa is working with now.

            Now, even clubs like Brighton and Huddersfield feel more progressive than us, with owners who have a connection to the supporters and are publicly trying to make their clubs more successful.

          • ghostrider

            You’ve covered quite a lot there, including the past and are using the past as the model, which isn’t really what I’m asking the question of.

            I’m talking right now.
            Right this minute, assuming Ashley was to walk.
            Which set up would you take as the way forward and why.
            Now bear in mind that this is still Newcastle United residing at NE14ST.

            Why do I say that?
            Because it becomes massively pertinent when you’re trying to attract bigger players to this neck of the woods, regardless of whether people deny it or not.

            The reason I’m saying this is because in your past, as you mentioned, with Bill Kenwright, Everton buzzed around the outside of the elite on occasions and played yoyo in the top 10. Fair enough?

            That is no good for this club. No good for the fans as it stands.
            It might appear good enough for the time being but soon it would turn to bile and hatred of any owner and manager who cannot better it.

            Basically a similar scenario to what we have right now.
            So on that basis, which set up do we require at this club in order for it to push the boundaries of the elites and how would we keep it up?

  • Big Hairy Man

    I’ve no doubt Ghostbuster, Monkfish et al will be posting soon telling us what a fantastic coup this signing is. Pleased I blocked them. I hope the lad does well but I can’t see him being the prolific striker we need. I didn’t see a queue of PL clubs after his services. If there had been any other club in for him we would lose. We have become the Poundland of the Premier league, a complete joke. 11 years of Fatty has lowered expectations so much that many will see this as progress.

    • Billmag

      And we are never going to get that prolific goalscorer as long as fatty owns the club.

    • Duh

      A very underwhelming signing but I find myself asking why Rafa was so keen on him (I understand budget and all that but I am not sure he was the only such striker available of a similar price and perceived calibre)

      • Big Hairy Man

        There is no need for us to be looking for a similar price, only Ashley’s penny pinching.

  • East Durham Mag

    Sorry but this is underwhelming news.

    • ghostrider

      Everything is underwhelming news to the frenzy of some fans because some fans want records broken with player names they can identify with.
      They want an instant hero.

  • Andy Mac

    How the EFF can this club be scrambling around on the last few days of a window yet we end up with little or no improvement on what we had last season ?

    If he stays, Lascelles will be asking his agent for alternatives which is probably what the Fatman is hoping for ? #kerching

  • skarabrae

    Straight back down. & the club deserves it , what a fecking sham of a club cheers mike , your a fecking star 👍

    Mr Benítez & the rest of the professionals at the club (ie , bsckroom staff & players) good luck & best wishes when you all leave & find yourselves at “real” clubs… rip nufc.

    • Steven05

      R.I.P. NUFC

      We miss you

  • Leicester Mag

    So one average striker swapped for another still 2 out 1 in.

    • Polarboy

      Muto.

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        But is Muto intended as a 10 or as a striker ?
        Either way we still need another forward

        • Polarboy

          He played as a number 9 for Mainz but can anywhere across the front line supposedly. But yes he’s a striker.

  • TheFatController

    He was often seen in the top 50 sky power rankings last season, whereas Joselu wasn’t. So maybe a more effective target man in the squad can’t harm

  • Tony English

    Honest opinion about Rondon?

    Like a lot of you I’ve seen him play, but he’s never excited me…so I honestly can’t remember a single goal by him, or one second of link up play, or an assist or anything – I’ve really never paid that much attention to him…

    …so I have no opinion yet…but I would have said the same thing about Demba Ba before he signed and he did more than ok.

  • Leazes.

    He’s not from Argentina or Brasil….the knacka’s from Caracas…. if you want to see him break Shearer’s record you’ll have to wait about 50 years.

    • Wezza

      Leazes, is Duh, another troll alias?

      • Leazes.

        I blocked him as soon as he appeared…. yup the name tells you that he’s going to antagonise…. its an exclamation of stupidity.,,,’duh’ troll

        • Wezza

          I had my suspicions on that one. The other one is also blocked.

          • Leazes.

            You must be a bit dippy if you were only suspicious.

          • Wezza

            I now see they attempt to fit in so they can use a new alias that hasn’t been exposed.

          • Tony English

            “I hear some of them even take on human form Master”

          • SuperDesHamilton

            😂😂😂

            Master Leazes, what’s an opinion? I ain’t heard a one of those.

          • Leazes.

            I wouldn’t know, I’ve blocked them all.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            It’s a forum, not invasion of the body snatchers you mentalist

          • Ben Jones

            I don’t know whether to be concerned for his welfare or envious of his ganja contacts

          • SuperDesHamilton

            It must be him & Leazes that’s it. Alcoholic maximus maybe too

      • Tony English

        “oh Leazes oh Leazes, please tell us what you have seen sir, is it another troll sir, is it? Is it? Please sir just by his name you should know oh wise one, what does it say in your big book about the nasty brothers from Manchester?”

        …are we in Royston Vasey?

        Leazes Christ.

        • Ben Jones

          The royal pe nis is clean your highness

          • Tony English

            Hahahaha…that would be a head to toe job.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Oh wise Leazes thank you for pointing another troll out, you aren’t a paranoid old man or anything…really!

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Yes sir, Master Leazes sir!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      What does it matter where he’s from? Cordone was from Argentina & Fumaca Brazil, neither scored a lot.

      Strange point, strange man

      Leazes icke

  • Toonrobbybobson

    I dont actually think Rondon will be that bad. Unfair to bash him he should be given a fair crack. His hold up is good. Maybe he’ll get a couple more goals for us with Kennedy, Ritchie. Muto and Perez than he did at WBA. Hes not the prolific striker we want but hes probably a useful member to the team. But Rafa wanted a target man and hes got one who has played in the Prem so maybe it will work out. Better than nowt (Joselu).

  • Wezza

    Does anyone know what kind of deal this is? A straight swap? Swap plus cash for Rondon? Swap and loan? Either way we have made 25M transfer profit and we still won’t spend over 15M or break the 16M transfer record that even Bournemouth are smashing. It is no wonder everyone now knows where the money has gone.

    MA. get out of our club.

    • Stephen Paylor

      Rondon loan, Gayle loan with us paying fee of 2 million. If they both do well expect a permanent swap next summer.

      • Wezza

        Loans! Seriously. 25M profit plus the 126M TV money and we won’t pay for a transfer. This is just an appeasement loan much like Slimani was. Enough is enough Ashley is laughing a thing us all.

    • Leazes.

      Yes he’s a ‘poor’ player.

  • Superdooperhooper

    One in one out and maybe a slight upgrade with a couple of bob spent . Anyone would think we’re the skip divers down the road

    • SuperDesHamilton

      But they wouldn’t though would they? Went aren’t in league one & we don’t have chas & Dave in control just Jabba the Hutt

      3/10 must try harder

  • Atilla McNamee

    The firsy season Rafa won La Liga with Valencia his top scorer only managed nine goals. It’s always been about the team. It’s probably why he fell out with some of the players at Madrid

    • SuperDesHamilton

      And I’m sure it was a midfielder as well either Baraja or Aimar

  • DeadToiler

    I’d rather keep Gayle, get rid of Ritchie and get Townsend in. He would create more chances. I don’t think Rondon will do much. 24 goals in 3 seasons is not that impressive

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Only bad thing is Townsend came out last night saying he wants to stay at palace and a I quote ‘for years & years’ unfortunately

      • mentalman

        He was saying all the things a player says just before they leave

        • SuperDesHamilton

          If he costs any decent wedge it can be a given he won’t be coming here though surely

          • mentalman

            I very much doubt he’ll be coming here, his fee and wages will be way too high

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Yeah not too high for any sort of club who are ran well with ambition. Us on the other hand…

          • BenMagpie

            The stumbling block with Townsend was whether the Toon was assume the cost of his new syrup. Went to the same quack as Rooney and Elton John. Not cheap.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            What’s wrong with these lot & going bald gracefully

          • BanJones

            Crying as you watch it disappear down the plughole is not graceful, I know.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Rafa really likes him and obviously sees him as a huge upgrade on Gayle. My opinion is he offers more all round strengths. Has the pace to run in behind maybe even better than Gayle but can also hold the ball up and be an aerial threat. It is the all round type striker that Rafa likes.

    • Leazes.

      Duh

      • SuperDesHamilton

        What an odious old man you are

        • Tony English

          He’s not a man…he’s a phantom…he see’s everything.

          Rumour had it he can tell your place of birth just by the spelling of your name……

          • SuperDesHamilton

            The all seeing oracle apparently. Can’t debate to save his life but can tell what part of the Brit isles your names from.

            Where is his more foul mouthed aggressive friend Maximus? Must be drunk

          • Ben Jones

            MMM hasn’t been seen (in that name format) since I busted him for also being the poster called ‘soldier'(also not seen since), he was also at the same time offering to fight a valued Mag poster (paul), I quote “anywhere 24/7”

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Knew it! Anytime I posted he got mad (obviously drunk) shouted nonsense then blocked everyone

          • FatParosite

            Why on earth are you talking to Ben Jones..???

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I give everyone a fair chance

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Leazes is losing a few acolytes or should I say, figments of his mind

          • Damon Horner

            Notice “TheNutJob” or even “Jezza” hasn’t posted since either. In their minds in reverse that could be evidence.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Their all figments of Leazes mind them, a bit like the bloke off split

          • Billmag

            They’ve jacked it in Damon saying there’s too many troll’s on here.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            If that’s true, brilliant! 3 less trolls now. Just for a few more and it’ll be fine. I can put up with most them ghost etc…are disturbed but harmless, Leazes etc..are militant

          • Billmag

            👍

          • Tony English

            The wonderful irony is, sooner or later all he will see is BLOCKED USER BLOCKED USER BLOCKED USER…

            …and then he’ll have to make a fake profile to view all the profiles he has blocked.

            Beautiful.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He’s had long enough on this place trying to bully anyone with a valid opinion just different to his.

            His Manchester brother crack is mentally challenged

    • Big Hairy Man

      Shame he doesn’t score many goals.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    whoop de friggin doo… if he can’t score more than 8-10 goals this season what is the point?

    • Ben Jones

      It’s worse than that mate, he hasn’t scored this season

  • Mrkgw

    If he signs, good luck to him.

  • Tweed Mag

    Give the lad a chance. Shame he is not an addition to the squad – one in, one out is daft. But then again, what else do we expect from Ashley and his cronies.

    • Leazes.

      How do you get him off the wage bill?

      I bet that’ll make Lascelles consider his future now…. a club deliberately undermining its Manager and stocking up with third rate players….. Ashley is building a stagnation Squad.

      • Wezza

        I will be more surprised if Lascelles doesn’t go before deadline day.

        • Leazes.

          We know whats coming.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Wezza all over your face?

          • Ben Jones

            Haha

          • Tony English

            If I wasn’t a 47 year-old hetrosexual caucasian…and you a middle aged disco dancing tiger…I would high five you and possibly propose.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Hahaha I’m not that old!

            But come on ‘no pun’ he set me up with that one!

          • Tony English

            Stop arguing about your age, I’ve told you I’m already happily married to a woman.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Haha, It’s safe to say Leazes & the flat earth commitee have took a kicking tonight

            We might be able to have discussions soon!

          • Tony English

            Fingers crossed the online
            equivalent of the Slaughtered Lamb public house from American Werewolf can have a make over soon.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Him & his ilk gone unless they can add something.

            Where is his corporal jezza? I know maximus only comes on here mortal drunk but jezza is quiet

          • Billmag

            Have you not noticed triple M and his mates have jacked it in because of too many troll’s infiltrating the forum.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Good riddance as well. I hope now we can all have a proper discussion without him jezza etc..turning everything into a slanging match

          • Ben Jones

            It’s just not fair at all, I’ve witnessed even anti Ashley angry about the transfer window newbies be condemned because they took a few steps from ‘the path’, for a lot of them it’s their first and last post. Not on

          • Tony English

            …and on that note, the bad moon is rising and I have to go before my hands get hairy.

            See you in London Zoo in the morning.

          • Superdooperhooper

            Well I did warn you about those morons superdes and Ben Jones did I not ?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            What are you on about you runt

          • BenMagpie

            hahahahahahahaha

      • Tweed Mag

        It is not ideal. We all know that. The Manager is continually ignored and all his main targets have been sold elsewhere or not pursued.

  • David2211

    Just like every bit of news since the end of last season, I react the same. “Meh…”
    None of it really matters. It’s ll rubbish.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Meanwhile Bournemouth are signing a defensive midfielder for £25 million….the state of this club is appalling

    • HarryHype59

      Get real bud! You can’t expect NUFC to compete with Bournemouth! A club who attract crowds of 11,000.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Our wage bill is £40m higher than Bournemouth’s. Bang goes the gate receipts and commercial income advantages

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Is it really or is that another lie we’re lead to believe, I believe absolutely nothing this regime says. The man was called untrustworthy in the House of Commons

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’m duplicating the same point to Billmag. We have a £20m provision in our accounts to make our wage bill £112m as a Championship side. If we remove the £20m provision we are still running nearly £20m more than Bournemouth’s.

            Our supposed advantage is having additional income over Bournemouth’s due to us being a ‘big’ club is effectively negated in our large wage bill.

            This in part is because Bournemouth have quickly risen up to the EPL. They were taken over as a league one club and had a wage bill in 2013 of £4m. By luck / judgement, they have not bought duds or not had to realise losses on sale of players, they also have a small squad so they can buy players without the need to move on costly mistakes from previous seasons. Whilst sticking two fingers to EFL FFP rules, they can keep well within the EPL FFP rules.

        • Billmag

          Fiddled wage accounts.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            We have a £20m provision in there but even as a Championship side, our wages were £20m (reported £40m less the £20m provision) more than Bournemouth’s. Our supposed advantage is having additional income over Bournemouth’s due to us being a ‘big’ club is effectively negated in our large wage bill.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Exactly, how can we compete with such a powerhouse

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      So you think we should have bought Lerma?

      • SuperDesHamilton

        I wouldn’t mind him, or another solid quality player for that price who would add to it

  • 52k

    Thought he looked good last season for Baggies. Sure he scored against us. Still can’t help feel underwhelmed so say the least. Can’t help notice the gigantic elephant staring at me(my lass made the tea!?)… Where’s the money gone? The huge amount of efin money wandered? Some boy Ashley mind. What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine…. New kind of robbery that nufc fans just LURV. See you at the game lads…..©

    • Ben Jones

      If you get paid £500 into your bank, £100 goes out in DD, you withdraw £220 from an ATM and spend it, where’s the other £180 gone?

    • Leazes.

      Has he got a goal celebration? How did WBA get on?

    • Down Under Mag

      The money will miraculously appear next summer with a new has-been manager at the helm who the fans are not behind as a big F.U. to Rafa, the fans and anyone who said he wouldn’t give the money. Yes true it will be next season TV money and this seasons will have disappeared never to be seen again but I firmly believe Ashley will make a point to try and make it all Rafa’s fault.

  • lee blakey

    ‘TOON TOON!, YOU’RE NEVER STANDING ALONE, YOU’LL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS, WHILE IN THE NE1 ZONE’ we got the Rondon deal done…

    • Leazes.

      You Are blocked 10 seconds

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Someone’s been trying to contact aliens tonight…paranoid fool

      • Toon River

        That’s all you do you paranoid moron

  • Ba ba.

    Ings next

    • Leazes.

      Scrap-ings

      • Wor Lass

        You`ve still got it!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I’d hope not, he’s over-paid and of dubious quality.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Let’s hope Rafa finally shuts up as six signings in and the protesters can put their leaflets in the bin they are a disgrace to the City of Newcastle. Please stay away for ever.

    • Danimal

      Cretin

      • MadMag83

        He’s a troll mate.

    • Lewis SG

      I hope you understand that whatever Rafa does, it is for the good of the club. If he asks for more signings, it is because he believes, as a professional, as a winner, that the squad needs improvement.

      As for the protesters, they are fans like you, they have as much rights to ask for more quality as you ask for mediocrity.

      • Rob Brown

        Bollocks mate. Rafas fell out with Real Madrid because they wouldn’t get him the players he wanted.
        They won the Champions League.
        For the good of the club, so they can play his way.

        • Lewis SG

          So you are questioning Rafa’s judgement based on your experience in football management?

          You are suggesting that a relegation-battling team is good enough to win trophies and improve on last season’s performance despite the fact that most teams (Spurs as exception) have spent more this summer to improve their squad?

        • Brian Standen

          So Rob. If Rafa went just who exactly would you want in?
          Because any top manager would run a mile!

        • TheFatController

          Ah Real Madrid. A great example of a club who look after their managers. You do well to cite them.

        • MadMag83

          They did awful domestically. Had Barca not capitulated against Roma, they would probably won it. Zidane made a mess of transfers, keeping Benzema and letting Morata go was a poor decision. Now Zidane has gone along with Ronaldo. Benitez likes to think long term.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          Florentino Perez, quite possibly the only other football executive further up his own A$$ than mike ashley

      • fistsofsteel2

        Rafa……persisting with Joselu and treating Mitro like dirt on his shoe was for the good of the club was it? I’m looking forward to the £40million we’ll get for Joselu – based on how highly Rafa valued him above Mitro. lol

        • Lewis SG

          What happened when Rafa gave Mitrovic a chance? He scored and then elbowed Lanzini. Got suspended for stupid reasons.

          Quite sure with your judgment you can do a better job than Rafa eh.

          • fistsofsteel2

            If Mitro played all last season and kept getting sent off – suspended for, let’s say, 15 games – he would have still scored more goals than Joselu (Rafa’s pet).

          • Lewis SG

            How many games can we afford to play with 10 players?

            Even if he scores goals, does that mean we win all of those games?

            You must be Mitrovic’s pet if Joselu is Rafa’s pet.

    • Damon Horner

      When you talk about unconditional support of the club when talking about defending yourself going to the matches or Ashley’s tenure does that support not extend to Rafa then? You’ve criticised all day.

    • Ba ba.

      Rafa has had to moan and groan to get these six… He should not have to do that. Also he wants money for training ground, youth team the whole structure of the club.. Get ya, facts right.

    • Brian Standen

      Hey, I will be going to the games again this season, but if a proper protest is organised including utilising leaflets, I would be happy to print off a couple of thousand to get things going!
      The leaflets will make no reference to players just the fool at the top of the tree and his ridiculous ways!
      You and your 4 mates will be the ones amongst tbe minority’wbo for nonsensical reasons think Ashley is a great man!

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Save your money & put it in a Newcastle united investment trust to buy the club.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          just get 160000 toon fans to kick in 2500, right? SHOULD BE EASY!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Yep, 150,000 would do it, also give a little nest egg fro transfers and give it 6 months, we could get a kick back of up to £960 each.

            Given so many claim to not go because of Ashley, you’ve saved £650 for the last 10 years by boycotting so you should have £6,500 spare.

          • Scott Robinson

            Get 2 million people to put in a pound and you can get Peter Crouch on loan for the season. The stumbling block is his wages and the size of his boots.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ahhh, you think most fans are all mouth and want someone else to spend the money they’d not be prepared to pay themselves.

          • Ben Jones

            The £960 you talk of is obviously 144m ÷ 150k, or I’d be surprised if it wasn’t anyway. 144m is the debt figure isn’t it? I’m intrigued as to how this money would be kicking back after 6 months…

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Well, what we will do is take over the lot to get rid of bad man Mike Ashley. So we need the 2,500 each to buy him out and get him out of our club.

            Then, once we steady the ship and get the fans onside creating a warm feeling around the place. We’re backing Rafa and all that. Lets see what we can borrow on? The stadium, £70m at say 5%. The next £84m is a little trickier to finance but could it be done? more than likely, secure on future income but maybe a bit more expensive, say 7.5%. OK the club will lose nearly £10m a year but have you read in the Mag how much the free advertising is worth? we could sell the advertising space and get £2-3m back so the club would only be £7m worse off than under Mike.

            So yes, we get the £960 back by borrowing the money back for our (the shareholders) personal gain.

          • Ben Jones

            Quite

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Looking at how the club is set up right now, it’s ideal for takeover.

            As I say the buyer can refinance and appear to be generous as the the cash reserves put together by bad man Mike can be released.

          • Ben Jones

            Aye. Perception and narrative. They’ll all buy it n’all

    • Ken

      🤡.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      letting your mask slip again ghost rider/Monkseaton

    • TheFatController

      Yes, you’re right as ever.

      Ashley is in an aggressive bullish stand off with the manager, the players, and the fans, he’s also been in aggressive bullish stand offs with Keegan, Hughton, Kevin Nolan et al,, Shearer,Jonas, the players last pre-season – is there a pattern anywhere developing?

      I give him two more years of stabbing people in the back, usually over money issues, before it implodes and we sink like that other lot down the road.

      Who would have thought a fat insecure man who uses the excessive, obsessive pursuit of money at all costs in his life to cover up his feelings of inadequacy from childhood, would always be falling out with anyone not blowing smoke up his ego, particularly over the one thing he is addicted to, money?

      A money and power addict trying to best top class managers, millionaire footballers and 250k toon fans. Healthy.

      • MadMag83

        I wonder if Benitez can sue him just like Keegan did?

    • Gallowgate Dave

      £50-£60 million NET spend you predicted on here. Just a few days left to spend £70-£80 million then. You must be really looking forward to it.

      • MadMag83

        The only place Ashley is spending that kind of money is House of Fraser.

    • Bowlsey

      “Let’s hope Rafa finally shuts up…” Please, Monkseaton, please just drop dead.

  • Clarko

    Right we take Ritchie to Middlesborough, drop him off, pick up Traoré and drive over to Wolves, they will take care of him, we go to Palace, grab Townsend and head back, hold up in St James’, have a cup of tea and wait for all this to blow over.

    • Ken

      🤡

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I think I’d pick up Traoré and come back to Newcastle. I think he’d be the better of the three, ideally with Ritchie staying too.

      • Ken

        🤡.

  • Leazes.

    Newcastle fans deserve better – and so does Rafa Benitez!

    • ghostrider

      Deserve better as in how?

      • Ken

        🤡

      • TheFatController

        I’ll start the bidding with ‘an owner with sporting intentions of success for his club, instead of retail business success’ …?

        If you were competitive in anything other than the area of your ego ‘besting’ other people as if you’re one up, you’d understand that.

        But because Ashley, like you, uses others to inflate his fragile ego, you only want a world where you can be seen coming out on top. There is no collective mission for you and Ashley, everything is about you getting more than others.

        Why? Because you fear not having – like birds when you throw bread at them, scavenging and fighting for everything because who knows when you next might get something.

        Ashley has never learnt that you have to give to receive. He seems to have a few hangers on feeding off the scraps from the billionaire’s table, but were he to lose it all tomorrow no one would stand by him.

        • ghostrider

          How wrong you are.
          Ashley ame into this club as a club owner, so naive as to be literally green grass looking.
          He came to this club with a mindset of catapulting it into the elite big time.

          Take your hate glasses off and you’ll see that.
          What was his first major problem?
          Yep….he believed the fans wanted their messiah back and he believed the messiah could kick start a new Newcastle United entertainers era.

          The biggest most naive mistakes he has ever done at this club and he has made some mistakes along with many other dodgy things, as well as a hell of a lot of good.

          Ashley came into this club as a businessman multi billionaire and a want to be fan.
          That was his other massive mistake.

          If only is the case because this club could have rolled along on success if his business rolled along with it, because that was his intention.
          Use Newcastle United as a tool to market his other business and in time they will work hand in hand.

          The other mistake he made was in underestimating how many clubs would end up with sugar daddies who were willing to offer blank cheques.

          The rest is par for the course of the aftermath.

          • TheFatController

            Why is he always in aggressive stand offs with anyone who the fans and football respect, and do his club proud? That’s not a good businessman, that’s an aggressive one trick pony businessman (good at tatt retail, woeful at football business)

            Highton, Jonas, Shearer, Rafa – each one there’s a stand off, no middle ground, no conciliation, just ‘I must win, I always do’?

            And why do that with the fans. He’s trying to show us that he always wins. Who does that with their customers? Not quite such a good businessman maybe ?

            His nasty aggressive ‘win and leave everyone else the loser’ mentality would only work with a loyal fan base, and lucking on two amazing managers to get us promoted first time.

            It seems now he can’t count on that fans’ loyalty much longer, and he won’t luck any more good managers after Rafa, so for all you say he’s a genius businessman and just wants to be a fan, he’s about to see the wheels come off spectacularly as chickens come home to roost at last.

            If he was an astute business man he’d have sold it for £300m. When he sells for sub £150m as loyalty to the club and his credibility with football’s Top managers erodes completely, we’ll see if I’m wrong.

          • Toon River

            Troll

          • Ben Jones

            The concept of a football club has gone for these people, they can not separate the owners from the clubs they own, all they see now is ‘owner fc’ , it’s currently ‘Ashley fc’ for them at the moment and when he goes it’ll be ‘new owner fc'(and they better be a good club otherwise ‘the fans’ will actively want bad things to happen to it,relegation etc & enter ‘new new owner fc’ – same rules apply). Way too much talk of money/billionare/businessman/billionaire and money from that poster to suggest he wants anything but a sugar daddy, they never own it though

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            and you’re blocked

          • ghostrider

            First of all he hardly communicates with the fans and everything that comes from the club comes via media and fan speculation.
            And Ashley is nasty and aggressive because of it?
            I don’t think so.

            If Ashley was as bad as people like yourself made out…seriously, the fans would literally desert the club.
            They don’t desert it because he’s providing what the club needs….not necessarily what the fans want.

            There is a difference and most fans appreciate that they get to see their team on the pitch with new additions every season, regardless of price size.

            As for being astute in selling it for 300 million. Are you actually serious?
            Selling it for 100 million less than what he’s asking has to work in his favour, meaning he’d have to sell a few players and keep the 100 million from their sales, then shout out ” ok, anyone comes in with 300 million can take the club over.”

            But what would happen then?
            A new owner would call no joy because he asset stripped…or teh fans would say the same and want him to now sell for 200 million.

            The reality is, if Ashley sold the club on the cheap (let’s say he felt generous) and new owners came in and started systematically destroying it, then Ashley would be to blame for just selling it and running away and just letting anyone take over it.

            But Ashloey isn’t into doing that, is he?
            He’s saying to buyers. “Prove you have the readies to buy the club and also the readies to run it.”

            I don’t see anyone running forward trying to prove that…do you?
            But apparently certain fans are almost begging PCP to take the club on, on the cheap.
            “Sell it Ashley….PCP holdings are willing to buy it if you drop your price, so do us fans a favour and let it go cheap.”

            Come on for crying out loud.

          • Ken

            🤡,

          • Ken

            🤡

      • Toon River

        Leazes is a negative troll mate, just ignore him. He’s clueless

        • Ken

          the troll is you mate and the idiot ghostrider 🤡

          • Tweed Mag

            Correct. The pessimists are on the offensive today I see. Still waiting for Monkseaton to tell us how many matches he has attended – he wants to buy everyone a pint who has been to more. Do you think they have jobs, or a dark little corner at Shirebrook? Expect more ramblings.

  • HarryHype59

    Another loan……better than nothing…but…another loan.

    #wheresthemoneygone?

  • MadMag83

    So we’ve effectively got one striker for the price of three! Armstrong transfer fee should almost cover the £2m loan fee, Gayle goes to WBA on loan, Mitrovic money is nowhere to be seen, and we get a forward who’s just been through a relegation.

    You couldn’t run this club worse if you actually tried. It’s time Rafa walked and left Ashley and Charnley to their fate.

    • Ron

      No, one in, three out, and a bigger lump under Ashley’s mattress.

      • Ben Jones

        So we’re classing Muto and Rondon as one player now?

      • MadMag83

        Question is, what’s the bigger lump? The one on top of the mattress, or the one under it?

        • Ron

          Who would you suggest would take a look?

          • MadMag83

            Perhaps one of the trolls on here might know, they seem to be in bed with Ashley.

          • Ron

            Perhaps I should have used the plural “lumps” not to be confused with Lee Charmley mind.

    • Peter C

      In some sort of perverted way, that’s my same sentiment, but I fear for the consequences of the manager leaving this minute, or very soon.

      Certainly no one would blame him, if he did. We would really be in the [email protected], if he did, and so would be Ashley and Co.

      They most have [email protected] for brains.

      Benitez is the best thing that’s happened to the club, for a decade.

      • MadMag83

        The consequences of Rafa leaving would most likely be relegation. The club has found itself very lucky twice but it’s unlikely we’d bounce back a third time. Then maybe, just maybe, Ashley might start to feel enough pain where it hurts (his wallet) to actually consider selling up for a realistic price. I’d rather endure 10 years in the football wilderness than endure another ten years of Ashley and his lies.

  • Hope Rondon, Muto and Perez score 10 more goals in between them. Gayle and Joss scored just 8 goals between them last term! Surely, Rondon and Muto can do at least 15 which should see us in top 10. What I want is for these new players to win us gea against Burnley, Huddersfield, Brighton and Bournemouth, which we couldn’t last year. I still think Rafa is going for a Left-back and another Winger, and might try to sell/loan out Murphy/Atsu/Aarons for sure.