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21 Jul 2019 01:56:52
SKY are reporting we've been offered Aaron Ling from MLS. Anyone heard of him.


1.) 21 Jul 2019 11:09:20
Morning Mark think it's Aaron Long a 26 year old defender playing with the New York redbulls he appears to have been around a bit and has played 76 games for the Red Bulls

Personally would have thought on his experience he wouldn't be up to PL standard but who knows.

2.) 22 Jul 2019 00:48:23
Looked him up - looks good but more importantly, wonder who is leaving? Know reid was considering retiring not that long ago.

3.) 22 Jul 2019 06:50:25
I wouldn’t be disappointed to see both Reid and Ogbonna leave.

In the last couple of friendlies I’ve also noticed Declan Rice has been used as a central defender, perhaps he is being looked at as a “back up” choice to cover Diop and Balbuena with another defensive midfielder sitting in while he covers.

4.) 22 Jul 2019 12:27:20
@die-4, I just posted something similar on the banter page. I think Reid and Oggy are both past it.

Pulgar I believe would be perfect for us him and Rice would make a solid partnership. Ball winner with a great range of passing. Wonder if there is any genuine interest in him? Like you say would also three up Rice to cover CB we wouldn't miss him as much in the middle if we had pulgar as opposed to just Noble and Sanchez as DMs.

5.) 22 Jul 2019 16:49:52
Long is no where near good enough for our squad. Even if its just adding depth. Would much rather us try to develop youth at the back or spend elsewhere. 100% not worth it.

6.) 22 Jul 2019 16:56:27
The talk around Reece Oxford seems to have died down as well. I saw somewhere that maybe he had turned himself around, but this is all guesswork at this stage. I am not a fan of moving your best players around just because they are good enough in other positions. For me, your best players have to specialise in their positions because that is where they will be better than the opposition. Phil Jones is a classic example, he was a great CB as a young kid, but at Man Utd he player more positions than John O'Shea, and not he is average at a few positions rather than great at one.
Interesting that we have not seen Cresswell, Oxford, Holland or Xande Silva in pre-season much.

Oggy did ok last year, but that's all he is, OK.
Reid is on a long contract still, and if he could come back to where he was that would be great. But there are still questions on whether he can play MP's style of game. I'd love him back. Dec would be our best 3rd option at CB still, but that leaves a huge hole at DM where we have nobody who can be even half as good as him.

Pulgar would be a great addition to play as backup or alongside Dec. We NEED a solid player here because if Dec is injured then we really will struggle based on what iv seen of Sanchez. Sanchez is coming back from a very bad injury now, so he might not even be as good as he was before he came to us, and we don't even know what level that was, so it is a risky gamble. Nobes is too slow Personally I am really interested to see where he fits Fornals in, because he looks like a player that plays higher up (like Wilshere and Lanzini) when we need someone with legs next to Dec to give us a balance in CM. I don't know him well enough though, so he may be the answer. Pulgar would be a decent signing for me.

7.) 23 Jul 2019 09:04:58
Xande Silva is recovering from a serious illness.



13 Jul 2019 09:17:26
It appears we've made contact with Haller and Rondon, and to throw a spanner in the works we've been offered Marega! It could only happen to us. Buying all 3 would cost approximately £90m. 1 we will buy, 2 possibly, all 3 unlikely. Personally I'd go for Marega and Rondon, both tried and trusted, plus the pair would cost approximately the same as Haller, so we get 2 for 1.What does everyone else feel?


1.) 13 Jul 2019 09:55:37
Haller and Rondon.
Rondon knows league and Haller is best striker from this trio.

2.) 13 Jul 2019 10:58:09
Iagree with Tulen, Haller can take us to the next level. Rondon has Prem. experience.
Haller and Rondon have Pace and strength ideal for the Premiership.
Lets hope we can pull it off.

3.) 13 Jul 2019 11:17:53
Marega and haller awesome.

4.) 13 Jul 2019 12:01:58
To many links and speculation as normal . I will wait and believe it when I see one or more of them in the shirt or signing on the dotted line.

5.) 13 Jul 2019 12:47:25
Having looked at the stats over the last few weeks it would be Seb Haller and Moisa Marega for me Haller played outstanding last 2 seasons at Frankfurt as part of an attacking 3 and Marega has an outstanding return per game would remind me of a Hartson and Kitspn partnership

Not so excited about Rondon but he does have Premier experience - all 3 would be amazing.

6.) 13 Jul 2019 13:21:58
If haller is to sign then for my best guess look for a free agent to come in as the number 2 striker, don't Wright off Mario for that slot, you just never know.

7.) 14 Jul 2019 21:46:13
Don’t think Haller will sign - maybe a pessimist but don’t see it happening.

8.) 14 Jul 2019 23:59:34
Totally agree Sdl. COYI.



10 Jul 2019 22:31:57
Keeping Chich may be a good thing. It'll cost approximately £7m in wages, but if he scores 8-12 goals it could be worth £120m regards to staying in the league, therefore a no brainer.


1.) 11 Jul 2019 06:19:14
Mebe but he didn't work hard enough when he didn't have the ball[which was a lot of the time] Once he looses the ball his shoulders drops and complains the ball to him wasnt good enough. He will always have fans on his back if he doesn't work. He does have a lot of talent and is good in the box but for me his work rate is not good enough, but as u said 7M isn't a lot in todays market.

2.) 11 Jul 2019 06:57:52
Markwhu, agree with your reasoning about Hernandez, if he does score that amount of goals it won’t be through his own workrate that’s for sure. Bideford is bang on with his assessment of him, his work rate is appalling, non exiistent off the ball, you can’t consistently afford to have non contributors in our league or team! If he bangs them in, then all will be forgiven, he is on £140k to do just that, but for me an anonymous squad player!

3.) 11 Jul 2019 09:13:09
Chico can't play as a lone striker as he needs someone who will do the work for him, at this point I wouldn't sell him though as we have no one else.

4.) 11 Jul 2019 12:49:14
We might as we have kept Perez he actually scored almost as many goals as chocaritto and was only on the pitch half as long.



15 Jun 2019 18:36:56
IF we get Gomez and Jordan then someone will need to go to balance the books. Personally I'd sell Wiltshire, if someone were willing to take him. Build a squad that is fit.


1.) 15 Jun 2019 18:58:05
Looks like Gomez prefers Valencia as he wants to remain in Spain. gutted.

2.) 15 Jun 2019 20:50:19
Champ league football is a big draw, but it's not done yet either way.

3.) 16 Jun 2019 07:22:42
Hammers fan, is that really a surprise? I wonder what the percentage difference is between British moving to Spain or vice versa, he’s not struggling for options?

4.) 16 Jun 2019 09:16:23
True, MarkWhu, but it doesn’t have to be a midfielder. If, for example, a deal is done with MU for Diop, then we buy Maripan, there will be a significant profit.

5.) 16 Jun 2019 16:59:11
sorry mate i would keep Wiltshire for this season just to see if he stays fit, if he does get back to anywhere near his best it would only make WH stronger.
Only time will tell, but let's give him a chance/
Remember Snoddy everyone wanted him to leave [includeinng me] but Pel. saw someting in him and kept faith
Pel. signed Wilshire so let's give him a chance.

Lets wait and see he's only 27 and i hope he does make it.



27 May 2019 17:23:13
We've had a bid of £18m turned down by Barcelona for Gomez, who want £25m. Just pay the £25m before Everton do 😤.


{Ed002's Note - You appreciate it is not quite as simple as that?}

1.) 27 May 2019 18:04:30
I have read we are looking to raise our offer is there any truth in this Ed? Obviously competition for him will be tough but I think it would be a great signing if we can pull it off. What worries me is if he is thought to be a main target does that mean the likes of chicharito and arnautovic going to be staying?
I’d definitely want to replace chicharito if I had the chance.

{Ed002's Note - I really don't know but the player will want to understand what options are available to him - particularly those that may include Champions League football.}

2.) 27 May 2019 17:39:05
We're interested in him all the time season tickets are up for renewal. After that, we'll be back to scouring the Turkish leagues and players from relegated clubs again.

3.) 28 May 2019 07:30:18
Well said Billy😂🤣😂🤣 Not to many of us fooled by that rubbish talk! I read all this but completely dismiss it until we have done the business, ridiculous talk!

4.) 28 May 2019 11:19:50
As always, we will just have to wait and see.

Having said that, how many genuinely thought we would actually sign Anderson when the rumours first surfaced?

5.) 29 May 2019 12:52:37
Our board need to make a STAR signing. Something similar to when we brought Phil Parkes and broke the record. The players we are after are good players, but not the sort to entice other ‘names’ to join. The fans deserve it. They’ve been loyal through some pretty average times. If the board really wants to put us on the map then please do so.

6.) 29 May 2019 23:11:21
Mark why I agree with you mate. It’s been almost 10 years since Gold and Sullivan took over. Although they cleared the club debts and got us on steady ground, I can’t help but feel that they have milked millions from the TV rights, gate takings, merchandise and selling our beloved Boleyn ground. Hearing that a wealthy Dubai based Billionaire was looking at taking over Newcastle for £350m filled me with envy. I wish we had a suitor of a similar ilk who would take ownership of our club and that Gold and Sullivan would walk away. At least then we could compete with proper investment and when we wanted a player, we didn’t fanny around with low balling on offers.

7.) 01 Jun 2019 21:45:52
The answer to your question mark with this board is they talk high but aim low and before everybody jumps on the bandwagon and say we spent 100 million in last teaser window with outgoings it wasn't anywhere near that . COYI.




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23 Nov 2019 18:23:54
Haller and Anderson do not look £40m players, more like £40 players!

Antonio ran at the players and un kettles them. Why can no one else do it?

Why did Anderson not shoot when put through at 0-0?

I think change is required: Benitez, Wenger, Poch, Gerrard, Dyche. all gettable.

Final point. is Roberto the keeper we've ever had?


1.) 23 Nov 2019 20:44:15
Roberto does not look anywhere near EPL level. Martin must wonder what is going on.



11 Nov 2019 20:35:02
Time for Pellegrini to change formation. Try 3-5-2.

1. Martin

Ogbonna, Diop, Rice

Fredericks, Snods, Noble, Anderson, Masuaku

Haller, Antonio.


1.) 13 Nov 2019 09:21:23
Wouldn’t play Diop at the moment, if you look at all the goals we have conceded this season he is out of position for most of them. He is having that second season issue so many players have and Anderson is pretty much in the same boat.



02 Nov 2019 15:55:50
It's half time and we're rubbish. Take off Rice and bring on Lanzini. Also sub Diop and replace with Ogbonna. How are we not 4 down?


1.) 02 Nov 2019 16:04:02
Wow Yarma and Noble off - I’m guessing 1-4 but hope I’m wrong.

2.) 02 Nov 2019 22:46:10
I've said it for a long time our defensive midfield bar rice needs replacing nobles legs are gone and the rest ain't good enough I feel for BALBUENA as he hasn't been a regular this season ZABALETA thanks but he has to go and AJETI has to come on in 10 minute cameos and is expected to shine come on I've said for a long time our next big significant singning has to be EDDIE HOWE.



02 Nov 2019 11:44:50
If Pellegrini wants the best Haller he needs to change to 3-5-2.

Ogbonna, Diop, Balbuena

Fredericks Noble Snods Rice Anderson

Haller Yamalenko.


1.) 02 Nov 2019 14:07:59
Basically the same starting line up as last week No Ogbonna or Frederick's and Andy Carroll on the bench for Nrwcastle6.



27 Oct 2019 09:17:19
Is Pellegrini proving any better than Moyes, Bilic and Alladyce? I think not. We get knocked out of cups by major clubs like Wimbledon (who were bottom of div 1) and Oxford. Pellegrini has had the biggest transfer budget in our history and one or two decisions are proving questionable.

I think see how we do in the FA Cup and whether we come 7th or 8th at end of season. If neither show progression then a change could be had.

Shame Redknapp's not a few years younger. He'd sort our playing style out!


1.) 27 Oct 2019 13:46:26
This is a good opportunity to throw a few names out there if and it’s a big IF the manager was changed, I will throw a couple of names out there; Dyche and Howe, would that be acceptable to you guys or would it seem like a backward step, be interesting to know your thoughts?

2.) 28 Oct 2019 10:28:41
Very interesting point, but personally I do not think we consider this unless we have a TERRIBLE season, which is very unlikely. Bottom line remains that we have been knocked out of a cup early (but the players that day were the problem, not the manager) and we have faded in the league (so far) . However, we are not likely to flirt with relegation, we play good football now, and the team is also still improving and transitioning. I'd say that we are still making progress, albeit slowly.
I do not think we can compare MP to Moyes or Bilic. I loved Bilic, but the move to the London stadium and all the negativity around the club that came with it killed the momentum from the unforgettable final Upton Park season (not to mention Payet) . IMO we could have had Klopp or Pep in charge that season and they would not have done much better. He is proving he is a good manager now at West Brom. Moyes never really had a chance to build a team, he performed a rescue mission, not a building operation. Although signing Hugill did not help him.
MP is not perfect (I too question some of his subs), but we should not be questioning his position at the club right now. The players up front need to gel, and most importantly they need to be more clinical. If they HAD done this, then we would have beaten Palace and Sheff Utd, and would be sitting clear in 5th, just 2 points off 4th. It is a very fine line in the PL, and we are not far off where we want to be. 10 games in and I think we have only been the worse team TWICE (Man City and Everton) Had we taken our chances we would all be happy with our start.

3.) 31 Oct 2019 11:03:26
How fickle fans are in general. A story went around a few weeks ago about MP not getting anew contract yet and the owners saying we will wait till later in the season. Social media was in uproar with the noisy kids ones saying the owners were wrong, give him an extended contract, and basically saying the owners didn’t know what they were doing. Some of those same people are now calling for MPs head. I think if we are going to grow as a club we need some patience.




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30 Nov 2019 07:34:28
Dyche would be my choice. He always does well with limited resources, and is a southerner who may like to return home after 7 years in Lancashire.




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01 Sep 2019 09:03:09
Agree Markro, Krul was amazing yesterday. Team appeared to be balanced. I think we look stronger with Ogbonna, he tidied up for Diop, plus being left footed helps.




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03 Aug 2019 18:43:53
Noble has never had pace, he reads the game, therefore he can be a move in front of the opposition. Sanchez struggles at Villa.

I feel Noble could play just in front of our centre backs.

Who will take penalties if Noble does not play?




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25 Jul 2019 11:16:21
Personally, I’d prefer Mata or Erickson.




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23 Jul 2019 08:44:28
Iwobi would be a good buy. I mentioned him some time back. When he played for Arsenal against us, he and Laccazette caused us problems. Iwobi’s final ball is poor, but his national side play him down the middle. I believe Arsenal would sell for £20m, and at his age he’d be a good buy. Plus he’s never injured.





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02 Nov 2019 17:22:06
Mourinho is a serial winner, Pellegrini is a very nice man. If the fans want trophies then Jose is the man.




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27 Oct 2019 09:05:51
Why did Pellegrini sub Snodgrass? He scored our goal, hit the post and put 17 crosses in the danger area.

Haller needs to liven up. He’s technically a very good player, yet was bought to score goals. He’s generally 2/ 3 yards out of position when we attack and rarely on his toes, he appears very flat footed.

Anderson was involved in 2nd half, yet was subbed, another odd one.

If Pellegrini wants to win he should have removed Noble n Rice and replaced with Fornals and Lanzini.




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06 Oct 2019 21:36:12
I say Snodgrass as he is similar to Yamalenko, being that he’s left footed and full of energy. It would have maintained balance. For a 75th minute sub he’s not bad.

I agree that Haller needs support, badly.




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06 Oct 2019 21:33:16
I agree referring Antonio. His strength and pace are badly missing. surprisingly so.




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05 Oct 2019 19:40:32
Difficult game as I said.