Major Newcastle News Stories – 30th May 2007


Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.

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  • Dreaded news this morning that some secret friend of Freddy Shepherd is apparently willing to pay ₤1.25 a share for the Newcastle United club – or more importantly – for Shepherd’s shares. We are running our own story and analysis on this – looks like Shepherd is determined to mess things up – again.freddy-shepherd-21.jpg
    Freddy Shepherd
  • News that 33-year-old Sam Hyypia of Liverpool has been reassured by Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez that he has a future at Anfield. Sam is apparently willing to remain there – so any reported move to Newcastle will not happen. But Sam is apparently still trying to bring him in – we need an experienced center back who can help our youngsters – Wigan and Fulham are also interested in the other Big Sam.
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    Sam Hyypia

  • With the Hyypia situation as above – the Journal claims that Allardyce will increase his efforts to capture centre-back Tal Ben Haim who is out-of-contract this summer.

    ben-haim-22.jpgTal Ben Haim

  • The Manchester Evening News is claiming today that Sam Allardyce will make a move for Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton – and as we reported yesterday Newcastle captain Scott Parker will be leaving Newcastle for West Ham in an £7m move. These two rumors are coming from different quarters now – so have to think they are more true than not. It will be interesting to see how fans take to the Barton move – certainly his character and reputation are less than stellar. The Barton fee is said to be £5.5M and that United would face competition from both Middlesbrough and Everton for the 24-year-old. We think Joey would want to join the Newcastle revolution – but he better behave himself!

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    Joey Barton

  • We haven’t much followed the story of the potential of David Beckham coming to January on loan – but yesterday we researched the situation a little – and have our own Why David Beckham Could Join Newcastle United of the story. There’s a chance – if Ashley assumes control – of David coming for a three month loan in January.

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    David Beckham

  • Sam Allardyce returns from holiday today armed with a treasure chest of Geordie cash to spend, with Leighton Baines a Newcastle target – and thought to be around £4.5M. Baines is certainly worth that – sign him Sam!

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    Leighton Baines

  • Various news stories that Newcastle are indeed after Ghana International Derek Boateng – which we covered yesterday in this article

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    Derek Boateng

    Let us know your thoughts and opinions on these stories.



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48 comments so far

  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    SAMI HYPIA FOR NEWCASTLE ?
    i think we need some experience at the back as said before for a example sami hyypia,he would be just the man to sort out the back line at newcastle.
    sol cambell,soon as he went to portsmouth he sorted out the back line.you see do you think (ben tal haim)will be good enough to put in the back four?

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    who ever thought my thoughts were good replie,and say what you think.

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  • Aaron D

    May 30, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    yeah i agree with having someone experience at the back, some one like Sol Campbell or Sami, i think Taylor would be able to learn alot from them, look at the improvement in Linvoy Primus since Campbell arrived. Ben Haim would be a good signing as he is free, can play anywhere across the back and Big Sam has worked with him before. Baines would be a great signing, plus another RB as Carr isn’t up to it. I like Urby Emanuelson of Ajax.

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  • Alan Hunter

    May 30, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I first went to see Newcastle when I was 3, and I’ve followed them ever since even though Sunderland used to let kids sit on the ground at pitch level just behind the touchline.
    I’ll be 60 this year. I’ve stuck by through all kinds of rubbish and a few ups but if they acquire Joey Barton that will the end. Bowyer came close but this is just a step too far. Its not what I want to be associated with. I’m well aware that there are real human beings who are often very different behind the public images but football supporting is about the myths and icons and Barton’s persona does not measure up.
    The idea is especially galling at a time when it looks like we might get organised, something I’ve been saying we needed for the last 40 years at least, it finally happens and I’m ready to give up – that’s got a horrible inevitability about it hasn’t it.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #5

    joel – Sam Hyypia or Sol would be good – and Sam does like experienced heads. good comments from aaron above – think our defense next season – for once – will be good. Young Steven Taylor can be like John Terry for us – a young boy made good – he’s only going to get better.

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  • darren

    May 30, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Urby Emanuelson is a class player and is young but he is a left back so we would still have the hole on the right we should try and get Senderos from arsenal as he is supposedly unhappy and can play centre or right back as well as an out and out right back such as Miguel from Valencia or Glen Johnson from Chelsea or John Heitinga from Ajax or Justin Hoyte from Arsenal.
    Collocini could also be worth a bid as he can play both centre and right back. I agree with Leighton Baines coming, he looked good when I saw him play. Ben Haim on a free would also give cover to all of the positions across the back

    Barton and Boeteng in the middle would lower the wages and give extra strength in depth if we can offload either dyer or parker. We should also look at putting in a bid for Dimitri Payet instead of trying to loan of Beckham as he is young and an amazing player. Also trying to get Sissoko from Liverpool would be a good move as they have about 5 dm’s and he is said to be unhappy about the lack of first team opportunities following Mascheranos move.

    Up front we could do with 1 or 2 even if we do keep martins and Owen,
    Gudjohnsson would add height and power to the attack, similarly with crouch which we have been lacking this season. If Martins or Owen does leave then Defoe looks like an ideal replacement although he might want European football which we can’t offer him but spurs can he would be given a chance to play every week which spurs won’t offer with Berbatov and Keane playing so well together. Arouna Kone may also be tempted to come to us to play in a more competitive league although he again could want European football.

    I hope the news about shepherd is being made up as we would surely go further forward with Ashley’s billions than Freddie’s thousands. Freddie’s lost the fans support and makes bad decisions at bad times and won’t be able to give us the financial support that the clubs needs to get back to challenging for the champions league spots.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #7

    darren – going after Sissoko is a great idea.

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  • Soren

    May 30, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Sissoko would be an interesting signing. Never thought of him:) But I can’t stress this enough, BUY BAINES!. Baines would be so ever excellent at left back which we haven’t had much succes with in a few years. Ben-Haim also good/versatile signing and for free. Boateng sounds interesting though have never seen him play. Barton would be a gamble! He could either screw up the squad, or if he’s changed his ways and are willing to work hard, he could be an excellent fighter in the midfield.

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  • Jeff

    May 30, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Sol Campbell should have been here last season he was crying out to come but Roeder didnt want over aged players,he may have still been in a job if he had taken him on..Baines is the player we need but then again we need players all over the pitch here’s my list of players Id allow to leave

    Harper ….Been at the club to long must make way and let Krul Step up as no 2
    Babayaro… Simply not interested & not good enough to wear the shirt.
    Carr…. See above
    Moore….Already gone
    Bramble….As Above 3 seasons to late though
    Gooch….was never going to make it
    Dyer…A waster,His pace is the only thing he has and that wont last forever cash in now..His goalscoring ratio for an attacking midfielder is shocking
    Parker…Although I like him,I think when your captain reacts to the crowd the way he has he needs to move on..
    Butt….Although he had a good season…we need to look to younger fitter players now,Top sides wouldnt sign him so why should we keep him if we want to improve.
    Sibierski….Gone….Had a good season but as with Butt Top teams wouldnt Have him..
    Luque….Confidence shot to pieces with Roeders bad man management, tried to make Luque an example of previous managers big money flop signing..Type of player Big Sam could get the best out of.
    Ameobi…Again a player top teams wouldnt have in their team…has had plenty chances,plays the odd decent game but still isnt good enough

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  • darren

    May 30, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    too early for krul although he looked good against palermo it was only one game and doesn’t prove he is ready to be no. 2 i would loan him out for a season and bring him as no. 2 next season
    i would also keep butt as back-up aswell as one of parker / dyer
    if we got rid of ameobi who would we get of similar quality/potential for the £2m (or whatever we get for him) who would be ok with not playing week-in-week-out

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  • Evan

    May 30, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    If we buy Barton, we’ll just be taking another risk with another decent player. I say no. His temperament and behavior is clearly sour, as exposed in recent events. This wasn’t the only incident, however. Joey Barton, as talented as he may be (which I don’t even think is significant), will only pull Newcastle further down, and it would be the worst decision possible. If Allardyce signs him, I will question his common sense, not to mention his business skills. There are multitudes of similar players to Barton that could become available, and it would be less risky to buy one of them. The only thing that I think is necessary for an attacking midfielder is previous Premiership experience. The prospect of Derek Boateng is exciting, but I am not convinced that he will perform well right off the bat. So, I don’t think he’d be worth it. I think that we should keep Scotty Parker, as he still has potential. Remember, he received the PFA Young Player’s Award in 2004… only about three years ago. I think that selling him to West Ham, even at 8m, would be a stupid deal. I would, however, offload Dyer and Butt and buy Sissoko. Whoever mentioned his name above is spot-on. He would be a fantastic holding midfielder, and would allow Scott Parker to roam a bit more freely.

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  • Aaron D

    May 30, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree with Jeff with the players to off load, i would keep Butt though as he has passion, had a good season and would only get £1million for him. Plus maybe Duff and Emre too, both are injury prone and have had only a handful of good performances.

    If the rumours are true that we are going to have £300 million to spend over the next 3 years, money will not be an issue although, we can’t go over the top.

    Viduka would an ideal replacement for Ameobi, if money was an issue, i think Sam should go abroad and find another Berbatov, Alves at Heeveren looks good.

    Agree that Krul is too inexperienced at the moment and a loan move would do him good, look whats its done for Ben Foster.

    Maybe give Luque till January, with Sam’s past record for getting the best off of forgein players worth a shot, he was amazing in Spain

    Boateng could be a good move, never heard of him, but i’m sure Sam’s spotted something in him, never heard of Meite, Faye or Ben Haim before they signed for Bolton.

    What happened to Freddy Adu, man utd have seemed to cool on him, Newcastle should go for him, is only of a small wage as they have a salary cap in the MLS. He could learn a lot from Martins and Owen.

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  • Cathal

    May 30, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13

    darren-i reackon thats i gud idea about sissoko, nice thinking but wud liverpool allow him to go, cos if shephard f(*&^ks off, and leaves ashley give big sam some real cash, we cud b in competition wit liverpool for the 4th champs league spot!! optimistic i no but our club is huge, surely its only a matter of time!! finnan wud b a fantastic signing! best right back in the premiership but benitez seems to prefer a spanish right bakc, hes already tried josemi and arbeloa and even a dutchman in kronkamp!!

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed harrison & aaron d- thanks for comments , heres another question i want to ask you,do you think joey barton would be good at newcastle.
    Aswell do u think that he would be a good repalcement for scott parker as he wants to to west ham?

    please if anyone can read this please can u answer it? thank you.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Joel – while Joey Barton will be a risk for us we have enough confidence in Sam to think he will be able to handle him – so for the money he could be a great buy. If it was another manager we would have bigger doubts – but the way Sam has handled El Hadji Diouf makes us think he can handle most players.
    But we’re not surpirsed at some of the comments here – that say keep well away – given our past.

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  • darren

    May 30, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #16

    steve finnan could also be a good signing if daniel alves goes to liverpool although he might want to stay as second choice to be in the champions league with a chance of winning things.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Aaron – not sure Freddy Adu is coming through as a great player that people had thought – he is now 18 – so if he’s as good as they said – he should be making waves with his play – and he isn’t.

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  • Aaron D

    May 30, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Barton is a quality player no doubt about it, and would be a ideal replacement for Parker in terms of ablity, but i wouldn’t want him at NUFC, he’s a bad influence and we’ve had many problems with players like that before. Would prefer Nolan or Momo. But i think Van Der Vaart would be amazing in the Preimership i know he’s an attacking player but Butt is defensive and Emre likes to sit back a bit as well.

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #19

    might have done few spelling mistakes try and under stand if u can.
    thankz.

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #20

    good comments on the last ones i now know what you mean.
    now name all the players that we could get at nufc.(that we could get). i will name mine first and then you will name yours.
    sami hypia
    joey barton
    derek boateng
    ben tal haim
    nigel-reo-coker
    leighton baines
    shaun.w.phillips
    d.beckham(doubt)
    curtis davissol cambell
    mikrosko klose
    ediur gudjohsson
    we could even go for,and this is what i just herd is that juventus are sale-ing trezagate for 15 million,if we make a 16million bid we might have him.
    i know he mist the penalty in world cup final,but he is still qualtiy.

    please answer my question at top and bottom of my paragraphs.thankz

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  • Cathal

    May 30, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    i say we keep parker!! he may have had a row wit d fans but hes totally committed, and barton wud just make the farce in the dressing room worse!! i say given in goals, coloccini at right back, adrade and ben haim at centre back wit taylor as back up, left back baines, right wing dyer (he may b injury prone and over paid but hes d best player in england on his day, a player hu can beat people), milner whos young can be cover, left wing-duff(same as dyer but not as much so, pure class), nzogbia whos young can be cover, centre mids parker (butt as his back up), and one of emre, barton possibly or reo coker?? wud it b very optimistic if i said riquelme or one of those-you never know wit ashleys cash!!! and up front owen and martins (we shud at least give it a try-their both sheer class) wit mayb ameobi whos still young as back up!! we may be short in attack a bit but id still prefer cash spent on defenders rather dan strikers!!

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    can someone answer my questions.the one before this comment now please,thankz.

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #23

    good comments on the last ones i now know what you mean.
    now name all the players that we could get at nufc.(that we could get). i will name mine first and then you will name yours.
    sami hypia
    joey barton
    derek boateng
    ben tal haim
    nigel-reo-coker
    leighton baines
    shaun.w.phillips
    d.beckham(doubt)
    curtis davissol cambell
    mikrosko klose
    ediur gudjohsson
    we could even go for,and this is what i just herd is that juventus are sale-ing trezagate for 15 million,if we make a 16million bid we might have him.
    i know he mist the penalty in world cup final,but he is still qualtiy.

    please answer my question at top and bottom of my paragraphs.thankz

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #24

    can someone answer my questions

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Alan – keep the faith – we are about the same age – all will be well and Newcastle might actually win something – before we kick the bucket. 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Joel – did you mean David Trezequet?
    He’s good but not sure he’s worth 15M – would much prefer Gudjohnsen for 8M.
    Also – looks like Sam is bringing in quite a few players for almost nothing – if he brings in Boateng and Ben Haim for less than 1M – that would be great – then we would have only 44M left to spend 😀

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #27

    ed harrison and aaron.d—david trezagate for juventus is on sale,do you think we could get him because there sellin him for 15million.would he be good at newcastle.

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #28

    you are right

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  • Aaron D

    May 30, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Joel, doubt we could get Klose as he is wanted by Bayern, and is playing champions league with Werder Bremen. Probably could get any player in the Dutch league and French league except some of Lyon’s players, any premiership player that isn’t in Tottenham’s, Liverpool’s, Man U’s, Chelsea’s and Arsenal’s first team. So there are so many players we could attract.

    Personnally i would go for:
    Andrade of Deportivo,
    Baines of Wigan,
    Ben Haim of Bolton,
    Metszelder of Dortmund,
    Petri Pasanen of Werder Bremen,
    Kompany of Hamburg,
    Van Der Vaart of Hamburg,
    Babel of Ajax,
    Huntelaar of Ajax,
    Avles of Heerveen

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #30

    ed-harrison–but gudjohnsson’s father said he does not want him returning to the premiership because him and his family are settle down in spain,also his father told him if he were to move he would move some where else in spain.

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #31

    good choices aaron.d
    i like ur thinking.

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #32

    did you read what i just said,say what you think about that ?were screwed about getting qualatiy players!

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #33

    ed are you still there

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #34

    aaron.d-from the comments today who do you think would be the best sighing for newcastle

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  • Aaron D

    May 30, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #35

    I think Baines will be quality, it’s been a long time since we have had a quality left back, can’t even think who he was.
    If van der vaart can settle in the premiership him! I would also like to see some quality,young and skillful brazilians come over.
    Who would best signing? and do you think we should keep Owen and Martins?

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Joel – we saw that about Gudjohnsen’s father wanting him to stay in Spain – but he’s a big boy – and apparently Sam still wants him – so it’s still possible we can get him – he would be great at Newcastle – we haven’t seen the best of him yet.
    Been busy putting a story up on Alan O’Brien – who we want to stay at Newcastle.
    http://nufcblog.com/flying-irishman-obrien-worth-a-new-contract-at-newcastle/

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #37

    aaron – think the right answer to your question is we should keep them – but only if they want to stay. If Owen is really thinking of leaving – becasue the club isn’t good enough – or whatever – we should ship him out asap. Think Martins will stay – he’ll be great under Sam’s guidance – and he probably knows that alrady. Apparently Sam has already talked with him following the Watford incident.

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #38

    i think we should keep martins,but owen i dont know

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  • joel gledhill

    May 30, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #39

    ed harrison-how did u right up a story
    could i be able to do that

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Joel – not sure what you mean (?)

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