So, at 12pm today it was confirmed that we were in advanced talks to sign Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge on loan until the end of the season. Fast forward just two hours and the man who was expected to travel to Tyneside this lunchtime is now set fo a move to West Brom instead.
Not only do we now look set to miss out on a striker who would’ve been capable of firing us to safety (if he stayed fit), but we’ve missed out on him to a relegation rival and Alan Pardew of all people..
We know we’ve went massively downhill under Ashely’s ownership, but moments like this confirm just what a sorry state he’s put us in. Being from Birmingham, Sturridge’s decision may be loosely based on geographical reasons, but still..
Here’s some reactions from NUFC fans following this afternoon’s frustrating news:
We’ve been rejected by Daniel Sturridge for West Brom and Alan Pardew, utter embarrassment.
— Adam. (@SimplyMitro) January 29, 2018
Is there a club that are less competent than Mike Ashley’s Newcastle in the transfer market? Probably not…
— Jacob Jackman (@JakeJackmann) January 29, 2018
The sad thing is I am not even surprised anymore
— Stephen Smith (@stephen382) January 29, 2018
It sounds mad saying it out loud but WBA under Pardew is a more attractive option than Newcastle United under Benitez! ?
I. NEED. A. DRINK! ?
— Clinton Forde (@FordeHaveMercy) January 29, 2018
Newcastle will not break their transfer record, cannot compete with West Brom(!) for loan deals.
This is just another January with Mike Ashley at the helm.
— Ben Spratt (@bensprattjourn) January 29, 2018
Southampton looking at £30m Promes
West Brom looking at Sturridge & Deeeney
Brighton signing £14m striker (& Ulloa)
Stoke agree £15m fee for N'Diaye
All below us in the league but all taking the threat of relegation seriously.
Ashley deserves another relegation. We don't..
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) January 29, 2018
Other teams around us doing business as we continue to stand still. It's not acceptable. Rafa, the players and the fans being let down again and again. What's the point man. #nufc
— Toon Photography (@toonphotography) January 29, 2018
Like the summer, like the takeover talks and likes this deal for Sturridge, it’s the hope that kills you.