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Newcastle close to completing deal for Chilean international

Mauricio Isla in action for Chile at the 2014 World Cup

Isla – Reached the Last 16 of 2014 World Cup with his nation in Brazil

According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, Newcastle United have reached an agreement with Juventus over their Chilean full-back, Mauricio Isla. For many of you that watched the 2014 World Cup in-depth, you will have recognised his name, and more than likely, will know him from his endeavours with the Italian champions. The news breaks from a Chilean paper in a report which they claim Newcastle have agreed a $14m fee (£8m) for the 26 year-old and barring something spectacular, he will sign the dotted line on Tyneside in the coming days. The news comes out of nowhere in fairness, and I am not sure how reliable that particular media outlet is, however, we do know that Newcastle were keeping tabs on him, before they eventually completed a deal for Mathieu Debuchy’s replacement, Daryl Janmaat.

The news of his transfer is noted on the front page of El Mercurio which would suggest that it is not only an exclusive, but something which they are confident is going to happen.

Personally, I find it a little hard to believe considering we recruited Janmaat, but perhaps, just maybe, Isla is a long-term replacement [Read on →]


Jack Colback is not ahead of Vurnon Anita in Newcastle’s pecking order

Newcastle's Vurnon Anita celebrates after scoring against Hull

Anita – Celebrates after scoring a rare goal in a 4-1 rout of Hull City last season

While in my usual routine of browsing Twitter (@KevinDoocey if you’re not following!) I noticed a large number of Newcastle United fans detailing out their preferred starting eleven ahead of the upcoming Premier League season. Most people had a similar forward featuring the likes of Rémy Cabella, Siem de Jong and indeed Emmanuel Rivière. However, when it came to our midfield line-up, there were a few differences. What caught my eye was the quantity of people who had Jack Colback starting ahead of Vurnon Anita in a holding position. Firstly, when Colback made the short trip from Wearside to sign the dotted line at St. James’ Park, the majority of Newcastle fans were not impressed. They claimed he wasn’t any improvement to the current line-up, although, admittedly, a superior option to the departed Dan Gosling. So, when I sifted through my timeline and saw Colback’s name of Anita, it not only confused me, but surprised me.

Jack Colback is a player that I rate, no doubt about that. Under the correct coaching he could be a very efficient holding midfielder, and he is naturally left-footed which is a rare commodity to have among English players nowadays. At just 24 years-old, plenty of Premier League experience, and a free agent — it made perfect sense for Newcastle to sign him up.

Colback is used to a relegation battle. He has played everywhere from centre-mid, left-wing to indeed left-back in his days in red and white so again, he is a versatile option to have. However, from those relegation fights, Colback hardly [Read on →]


Andy Carroll is not the forward Newcastle United need

Andy Carroll in action for West Ham

Carroll – Linked with a move back to Newcastle United in past 48 hours

Newcastle United have made a blistering start to the summer transfer market with 6 new quality signings. Mathieu Debuchy completed his long-awaited move to Arsenal on Thursday in a £12m move, as Newcastle announced his replacement, Daryl Janmaat, simultaneously. One World Cup finalist out, another one in. With the club have completed the signing of a much-needed creative midfielder in Siem de Jong and indeed Rémy Cabella – the attention now turns to a key striker. Emmanuel Rivière signed the dotted line at St. James’ in recent days however, it is unlikely that NUFC want to settle with him, an injured Papiss Cissé, and an untested summer recruit, Ayoze Perez as their main options up front this season. We need a marquee forward so to speak, and although I am not who lives for big money transfers, we will need to stump up a solid wad of cash if we want to sign a standout forward. First things first – Andy Carroll is not this forward.

Many of us will remember the day Andy left for Liverpool in a staggering £35m move. Newcastle were left with a swollen bank account, but had to continue on their season with Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands up front, aided by the occasional goal from Shola Ameobi. The team coped well without Carroll, but he was loss, no doubt.

Fast-forward to 2014 and Newcastle are again being linked with a move for the England capped forward. The 25 year-old completed a £15m move to West Ham just a year ago and despite the large outlay from the London [Read on →]


Newcastle United ‘agree deal’ for Rémy Cabella

Rémy Cabella in training with France at the 2014 World Cup

Cabella – Reports from France indicate the sides have reached an agreement over fee

Finally, after several bouts of negotiation, it appears that Newcastle United have at last, agreed a deal for Montpellier’s Rémy Cabella. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to St. James’ Park since last year, and this is not the first time that NUFC fans have been assured of a move, however, the difference this time, is that there are a number of reputable French sources claiming that the son of Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin, Laurent, has confirmed that the two sides have reached an agreement over the transfer of their key player. The breakthrough is hardly mind-blowing after almost a year of tussling between the two teams over the fee, but it seems that Newcastle have come close enough to the €15m valuation placed on the 24 year-old by their owner. Such a move represents the biggest fee paid for a player under Mike Ashley since they dished out just shy of £11m for captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Having signed Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez, and indeed Siem de Jong, the prospect of Cabella in the same side is an exciting one for Toon supporters, even the most pessimistic of fans will have to be rather pleased with the apparent clear mandate in the transfer window this time around.

The ever reputable Mark Douglas of The Journal, and The Chronicle has said that he is confident that NUFC will manage – or rather plan to [Read on →]