According to some pretty unbelievable claims the Daily Mail, Mike Ashley is now ready to sanction a £36m move for Hoffenheim striker Joelinton.
The same report also claims that he wants the deal to be completed quickly so the club can announce the arrivals of the Brazilian AND Steve Bruce ‘this week’.
Don’t be fooled by the fact this story has come out on EXACTLY the same day the club have announced that season tickets have gone back on general sale. Coincidence? I think not.
Joelinton has been talked about for some time now – and it’s perhaps key that he seemed to be someone that CLUB wanted more than Rafa Benitez – but I’d still be shocked if A) we paid this sort of money and B) he was happy to join Steve Bruce’s barmy army!
Here’s a snippet from the Daily Mail’s latest piece on the 22-year-old forward:
‘Newcastle United have revived their bid to sign Brazilian striker Joelinton but want to get a deal agreed this week.
‘Mike Ashley is prepared to release £36million for the powerful 22-year-old Hoffenheim forward but wants to avoid more protracted negotiations.
‘Newcastle first made their interest in Joelinton known in January and have maintained interest though Hoffenheim have been pushing for £40million.
‘Ashley is hoping to conclude talks with Sheffield Wednesday for Steve Bruce and his coaching staff today and ideally would like to present his new manager with a striker to replace the departed Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon.‘
This is clearly a ploy to get fans back on side, with many refusing to renew their season tickets and even more set to fume at the potential appointment of Steve Bruce.
We must NOT allow this to tempt us back into turning up at St James’ Park should this deal go through, however.
No amount of signings can make up for the shambolic summer we’ve had. Our lack of communication on all fronts, failed ‘attempt’ to keep Rafa Benitez and refusal to sign player of the season Salomon Rondon have been absolutely unforgivable – not to mention that the appointment of Championship manager and ex-Mackem Steve Brcue would be another huge slap in the face.
A signing like Joelinton may be what’s needed to give the team a boost, with relegation seeming a matter of time without the arrival of goal scorers, but it must not allow Mike Ashley to get back into anyone’s good books.
I’ve said it once today and I’ll say it again – Mike Ashley has allowed the walls to crack and the paint to chip off at St James’ Park without any TLC in return, so don’t let any last minute sticky plasters sway your decision (to boycott) as we approach the new 2019/20 Premier League season.