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Newcastle United transfer deadline day – This is shameless from NUFC media

10 months ago

So here we are, it is Newcastle United transfer deadline day, or ‘Tuesday’ as NUFC fans are referring to it.

This is day 84 of the 2021 summer transfer window and apart from day 66, it has been yet another Mike Ashley shocker for Newcastle supporters.

Steve Bruce promising at least three or four quality new signings back in May before the window opened, the reality / truth proving to be very very different.

So what can we expect from this latest Newcastle United transfer deadline day?

Well, here are a selection of some of the headlines coming out of the NUFC media with only hours until the window slams shut at 11pm tonight…

‘Midfielder torn after talks with Newcastle United and Leeds, £10.3m could seal last gasp defender deal’

‘Newcastle inquire about international defender’

‘What to expect at Newcastle United on transfer deadline day’

‘Ross Barkley and others tipped to sign for Newcastle United as deadline day arrives’

‘Swedish star opens up on Premier League after ‘holding talks’ with Newcastle United and Leeds’

’19 Premier League deals that could go through on deadline day – including Newcastle move for Man United flop’

‘Newcastle United transfer news: Magpies linked with £14m DOUBLE deal but face Southampton, Burnley and West Brom competition’

Quite unbelievable that the same newspapers who have quoted Steve Bruce saying there is no money available and no chance of buying any players in this transfer window…are also then running stories claiming the possibility of Newcastle United buying various players today.

A lot of this is shameless from NUFC media, the same with high profile loan signings where a significant loan fee would need to be paid and massive wages (by Mike Ashley standards!). There is absolutely zero chance of any of these happening either.

Journalists close to Steve Bruce have even previously reported in the lead up to deadline day, that there isn’t even any money available for the most basic of cheap and cheerful loan deals.

Plus of course, with the NUFC Head Coach set to reportedly name four keepers in his official 25 man senior Premier League squad, due to injury / fitness issues with Dubravka and Darlow, as things stand there isn’t even room in the NUFC squad for any more players, unless somebody moves out, maybe sold…

In reality, we are so far removed from this morning’s NUFC media headlines.

I honestly think the only chance we have of action on this Newcastle United transfer deadline day, is if one of the current squad is sold and used to finance a loan deal.

That is where I really think we are at, with this mental way of doing things under Mike Ashley.

I don’t think it is impossible that for example, Steve Bruce could sell Sean Longstaff for £10m or so, then that leading to a loan move for Hamza Choudhury, the Leicester midfielder who turns 24 in a month’s time and who has only ever scored one Premier League goal (and two assists) in his entire career so far, and that goal was against Newcastle!

Sean Longstaff looked really good in those early days under Rafa Benitez when getting his chance but has since been totally messed around by Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce.

On the pitch he has found himself at times kept out of the team by shocking Steve Bruce signings Bentaleb and Hendrick, as well as having improvement drilled out of him by this NUFC Head Coach.

Whilst Mike Ashley has refused to give Sean Longstaff a proper contract, meaning that the midfielder is on the same money he agreed back at the start of December 2018 BEFORE he had played a single Premier League minute of football. Imagine that, you are playing in the same team at times alongside somebody like Jonjo Shelvey who is strolling around and just dreaming of his next game of golf, whilst you are earning something like 5% or 10% of what he’s getting!

In exactly ten months time, Sean Longstaff is set to be a free agent when this cheap as chips current NUFC contract runs out, so this is another reason why it would be no surprise to see Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce potentially do a Sean Longstaff sale and bring in Choudhury, bigging up the possibility of it becoming a permanent deal for the Leicester player at the end of a loan arrangement.

If indeed this scenario above, did play out, once you factor in the cash from Lejeune and the £6m+ from the Adam Armstrong 40% sell on clause, plus the host of players (Carroll, Saivet, Atsu etc) who have moved out this summer / year and their saved wages, Mike Ashley could even end up making a profit on transfer fees and wages this summer.

Then of course you have the nuclear scenario.

What would happen if somebody did come in on deadline day and put the money down on the table for Allan Saint-Maximin? Can anybody hand on heart say for sure that Mike Ashley wouldn’t sell? Certainly not anybody who lived through the January 2010 transfer window when Alan Pardew promised that Andy Carroll was going absolutely nowhere…


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