Takeovers and transfers – Fake news?

There has been little recently reported on the club takeover, but it’s been suggested over the weekend that ‘would-be’ buyers the Bin Zayed Group were struggling to cough up the cash needed to complete a deal.

You couldn’t make this stuff up – especially when there’s been almost two months of unanswered speculation suggesting they were all set to seal a deal.

Are these really the prospective owners we need at NUFC? Has there really ever been a serious buyer? I don’t think so, and I think Mike Ashley has realised this to.

Rafa was never going to remain at the club where the aim season after season is to try to simply survive and, to be fair, neither was any manager of any stature with any genuine ambition.

Alan Shearer hinted that his friend Steve Bruce may have been 4th or 5th choice. First, second and third choices were possibly those with serious ambitions and fully aware they were never going to fulfil them at St James Park.

Moving on, we’re now just a few weeks away from our first game of the season (scary I know!), but we’re in desperate need of new signings – but where are they?

How often has it been suggested that we were splashing the cash, but the signing of that elusive player never gets across the line? 

Don’t buy it! We’ve been conned season after season.

I’m sure the clubs media strategy is to feed us some mouth watering names, but the negotiating strategy is to steer well clear of making  a serious offer. I read just yesterday that we wanted Burnley’s “£30m-rated” winger Dwight McNeil – yet we are prepared to pat just £15 (half their asking price). That probably sums us up.

Several days ago many media outlets indicated Joelinton was almost a done deal at £36m. Almost a week on and it’s still not happened. It might, but this proves how long we seem to take to get deals done – even the ones we’ve apparently had in place for months!

Generally, our market place is loan signings, free transfers and unknowns for under £10m, that is reality. Andy Carroll is a possibility, if paid on a game to game basis. He could be a good super-sub, like Peter Crouch did on so many occasions, but he’s not the answer, is he?

He is however not a signing for any Premier League club with ambition.

As I see it at present, there are only two clubs in the Premier League with less spending capacity than Newcastle: Norwich and Sheffield United and there lies the three favourites for relegation.

The speculation on transfers and takeovers will continue but ‘fake news’ is something we as Geordies are only too aware of.

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10 thoughts on “Takeovers and transfers – Fake news?

  1. Olly, BZG have the money and are willing to buy, the trouble is that the price keeps changing and is totally unrealistic.. only Man U have ever sold for more than what the fat man wants. Even City and Liverpool were bought for less. No way are we worth £350m in our current state. The fat bas.tard knows it. This is why we are not being sold.


  2. DT: Liverpool were bought for a bargain price because of a loophole in the financing that a hedge fund took advantage of. Their estimated value now is about 2 billion. Chelsea have the same estimated value. Spurs just spent 1 billion on a new stadium

    I think your comparisons for valuations are out of date.


  3. Dubai Toon:
    Only Man U have ever sold for more than what the fat man wants. Even City and Liverpool were bought for less.

    None of this is the least bit relevant.

    When Liverpool were sold 9 years ago their revenue was around 150 million Euros, and Man U 13 years ago were earning 210 million quid a year.

    What makes a club profitable? It took Shk Mansoor 7 years to make a profit with City and we’re already there.

    Considering the revenues that can be made now Newcastle are a better investment than City, United or Liverpool were.


  4. When BZG made their announcement they referred to the fit and proper test as being “so-called”.
    I suggested at the time that they were concerned that they’d fail the scrutiny.

    In their last statement released by social media they said that both they and Ashley had put a lot of effort into it and if the deal didn’t go through it would be the fault of neither party. Again this is them pointing the finger at the FA. Who would make a statement like that unless they knew the deal was going to fail. And the fact they did it on social media – a huge step down from National Papers suggests them just slipping out the back door.

    My logic, with 30 years experience in the Gulf, tells me that the FA have decided that BZG are either not fit and proper, or do not have sufficient funds to purchase and run the club for a year, which is the requirement. Hence they are sniffing round US Hedge funds for support.


  5. Same old bull**** from Ashley again,linked with this and that player,takeover,all in the close season,then reliable excuse,we tried but couldn’t get the deal over the line,as for Bruce,think he’s got his 1st taste of how much crap Ashley talks,were gonna break our transfer record,this is a tight fisted no ambition goal post mover,who thinks everyone will fall for it,season after season.


  6. Lots of rumours and news all put together shows Ashley keeps moving the goal posts in any sale of the club….Conclusion: He does not want to sell until someone gives him a huge profit.

    We must chase this greedy cuckoo out of our club…..


  7. He’s going to be here till he shuffled of this mortal coil!! Just have to hope it’s sooner rather than later boycott boycott boycott ashleyoot


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