NUFC ‘line up’ Joelinton & Saint-Maximin – New boss to have no transfer control – Dubious Report

According to the Mirror’s Simon Bird, Newcastle chiefs will push on to sign players their scouting team have identified – despite the fact the club has no manager as things stand.

The two players mentioned in the North-East reporter’s latest piece are Hoffenheim striker Joelinton and Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin – with both 22-year-old’s likely to fit perfectly into Mike Ashley’s buying policy.

With us manager-less as things stand, this sounds bizarre to say the least, however it has been reported earlier today that any new ‘boss’ would NOT have control of signings and would take up a ‘head coach’ role instead.

This doesn’t justify this baffling approach from the club, but given Mike Ashley’s strict transfer blue print, the fact Joelinton in particular was reported to be a player the CLUB wanted (not Rafa) and the claims from France yesterday stating we were ‘in talks’ with Saint-Maximin, there may just be something in this.

Here’s a snippet from Simon Bird’s new piece for the Mirror:

‘Despite being without a boss, Newcastle chiefs will now push on with signing players they have lined-up with their scouting team, and Benitez was not keen on.

‘Hoffenheim’s Brazilian striker Joelinton is a £30m-plus target. Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin has also been looked at, and would cost £25m.’

As I said earlier, it would not surprise me if the club decided to go off and make their own signings.

After all, managers before Rafa Benitez often had little control on the transfer front, so we may see a return to the old ‘Graham Carr-approach’, with current head scout Steve Nickson being the main man putting new players to Lee Charnley.

The Chronicle have insisted for some time that Joelinton is a player the CLUB would like to sign (with him no doubt having big sell on value in their eyes), while freports in France claimed just yesterday that Nice star Allan Saint-Maximin was ‘close’ to agreeing terms with the club.

It’s bizarre, baffling and makes little sense when compared to a sustainable and secure recruitment process Rafa Benitez could have offered, however it would not surprise me if Mike Ashley is deciding to do it his way – despite the fact we have no new manager in place.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

5 thoughts on “NUFC ‘line up’ Joelinton & Saint-Maximin – New boss to have no transfer control – Dubious Report

  1. I notice you neatly miss off their transfer fees – something that doesn’t fit the Ashley model.

    If true – and I take it with a large pinch of salt – but if true, that surely puts pay to any takeover. Not renewing Rafas contract and recruiting players isn’t the actions of someone on their way out.

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  2. Sharpy17:
    I notice you neatly miss off their transfer fees – something that doesn’t fit the Ashley model.

    If true – and I take it with a large pinch of salt – but if true, that surely puts pay to any takeover.Not renewing Rafas contract and recruiting players isn’t the actions of someone on their way out.

    Fair point, but the Chronicle were adamant that the club were prepared to pay big for Joelinton.

    As for £25m for ASM, I don’t think that’s a huge fee in this day and age..

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  3. Seems a load of Tosh as usual, why would they start paying all that money after the manager has gone? Doesn’t add up and seems like its just rumours and figures plucked from thin air.

    Have either of these 2 been seen chatting with anybody from Newcastle?? its all hot air.

    £25 million isn’t 😕 a huge fee these days but to MA it is and to pay it 3 times in one season for 3 players has never been done in 12 years so a Big pinch of salt on this one. More likely Mourinho joining.

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  4. If this is true it means that the club is either A) looking for some publicity to get some fans back on side or B) the take over isn’t happening therefore they have to spend some money

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