Newcastle United Transfer Reliability Guide

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is often accused of lacking the necessary ambition that’s needed to get the club competing in Europe.

This is reflected in the transfer market as they’re not usually very active when it comes to recruiting talent capable of playing for the first team.

However, with that said they’ve managed to survive in the Premier League ever since Rafael Benitez helped them to promotion from the EFL Championship in 2017.

Let’s now take a look at the dependability of the club’s journalists and media sources when it comes to transfer news.


Newcastle transfer tier of reliability

NameMedia Outlet / CountryTier RankingReliability Rating
Official Club Sourcewww.nufc.comTier 0
BBC SportUnited KingdomTier 1
George CaulkinThe AthleticTier 1
Chris WaughThe AthleticTier 1
Craig HopeDaily MailTier 2
Pete GravesSky SportsTier 2
Alan NixonDaily MirrorTier 2
Keith DownieSky SportsTier 3
Lee RyderThe ChronicleTier 4
Simon BirdThe MirrorTier 4
Luke EdwardsThe TelegraphTier 4
Mark DouglasChronicle LiveTier 5
Louis TaylorThe GuardianTier 5



George Caulkin – formerly of The Times – has been reporting on football within the North East region of England for a very long time.

His coverage of Newcastle transfers can be trusted, along with BBC Sports as well.

Chris Waugh also features in tier 1.

I’d highly advise to stick to those in tier 1 as there’s usually a lot of smoke when news about incoming signings gets out.

This is because Mike Ashley is normally accused of feeding false transfer stories to the media as a way of keeping the fanbase happy, especially whenever news of takeover bids falling through come to light.

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