Major Newcastle News Stories – 31st May 2007

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


Lots of news today on potential new signings for Newcastle. If you believe all the stories of the last few days we’ll be bringing in Lucas Neil, Curtis Davis, Leighton Baines, Tal Ben Haim, Joey Barton, Derek Boateng, Jermaine Defoe and Mark Viduka.

At this time of the year the papers always have a field day with Newcastle – but it does appear that Allardyce is working hard to bring in some key players very early – which is good. There seems to be some truth in all the above and looks like Viduka will be signed this week.

  • News that Mark Viduka has chosen Newcastle over Middlesbrough and of course is a free transfer. Good signing for Newcastle because Mark has lots of experience.

    Mark Viduka

  • As expected both Steven Taylor and James Milner will be in the England Under 21 squad for the upcoming European under 21 championships in the Netherlands. Here’s the piece on the NUFC web site. They have both made it to the final group of 23 players. The tournament starts June 10th. Milner so far has 23 appearances for the Under 21s and Steven has 14. Both are expected to be starters once the tournament proper gets underway.
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    Steven Taylor – James Milner

  • It certainly looks like Scott Parker will move back to London with persistent rumors that Alan Curbishley wants him at West Ham. Here’s the story on West Ham’s web site – and the price is a nice $8.5M. Reo-Coker is moving and it could be if Scott moves he will become West Ham’s captain. No word from Big Sam on his view – but since he seems to be moving for at least two midfielders in Boateng and Barton – Sam will have to unload at least a couple of midfielders. We think those two will be Parker and Dyer. It’s a pity because Scott is an excellent player. We’ve run our own piece on this and there’s even talk today that Luca Neil could move in the opposite direction.

    Scott Parker

  • More news on the Joey Barton saga but it is becoming clearer that Sam really wants him at Newcastle – and he would cost only $5.5M – a good buy for such a good player – and he can score goals too. Obviously he has a character issue – a big one – so we hope Sam knows what he’s doing. Manchester City want the fee paid up front in a single lump sum payment – so if we sell Parker to West Ham – that would be possible. Late news is that Aston Villa are also in for Barton – which is the piece we are linking to..
    It’s looking more and more likely that 3 players are on their way to Newcastle soon – Barton, Ben Haim and Derek Boateng – all good buys – and all for about $6.5M
    Ah – what to do with the other $38.5M 😀


    Joey Barton

  • Update on the Leighton Baines saga – (we need to sign some of these quickly – otherwise everybody will join the race) a piece from the Evening Chronicle says that Liverpool are interested – but if Leighton is sensible he will see he’ll be a bit player (at least initially) at Liverpool – and would be better off at Newcastle where he would start every game. It turns out that Leighton was a Liverpool fan when growing up and also joined the Liverpool academy before eventually joining Wigan.The other piece of news is that David Whelan doesn’t like Mike Ashley – and therefore the deal could be stopped – but we don’t think so.

    Leighton Baines

  • Still news stories that Newcastle are indeed after Ghana International Derek Boateng – we thjink he may be with us by the end of the week – with Sam now back from holiday. BTW – this is the real photograph of Derek – the other one was apparently not him – but we’ve now updated all articles with this photo of Derek.

    Derek Boateng

  • Michael Owen talks to the NUFC official site about Allardyce – and he speaks well of Big Sam – saying he will shake things up at Newcastle. This seems like a positive statement from Michael – but we still don’t know what he’s thinking about – with respect to his career at Newcastle. We still think it’s weird that he’s saying nothing.

    Michael Owen

Comments always welcome.

13 comments so far

  • joel gledhill

    May 31, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    i disagree with most of u about j.barton i think he could be a good backbone for the midfield,basically a young nicky butt(when he played for man united).I’ve seen him play he is quite quality,he scores goals,and he is manchester city’s key player.i know he has bad temperments on pitch and off pitch,but thats what we need is just a bit of ruth-ness in the mid-field. thats what most of the fans what to see,some one who doesn’t back out of a challenge and some one who gives the opasition a scare because they know about his tempers.

    write back to say what you think about my paragraph.thankz.

  • joel gledhill

    May 31, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    is well what does everyone think about mark viduka?

  • Adam Hall

    May 31, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    I think that Barton will be a quality signing, however is parker not of a better standard at playing the holding role which we seem to need at the moment… To clear things up where does boateng play? is he more of an attacking or defensively minded player?? We need a bit of grunt in the middle of the park and i think that Barton (aided by allardyces ability to get the best out of tearaways) will be superb.

    I think Viduka will be a quality player to back up martins and owen… that is if they are both staying!!

    What do people think about ben haim? is he all he is cracked up to be?

  • Pete

    May 31, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Can you fix your blogging software to put £’s instead of $’s – it is really irritating!

    Vidukas is not a bad signing, but we need defenders – tons of them. Ben-Haim and Baines would be ace but we need another wing back and at least one other central defenders for cover.

    A proper defensive midfielder too.

  • Aaron D

    May 31, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #5

    I know Viduka is proven in the premiership, but would prefer some one coming in a bit younger, maybe good for a season maybe two. I can’t see us signing another striker now unless we sell Martins or Owen. With Owen, Martins, Viduka, Ameobi and Carroll, pretty well stocked.

    Selling Parker is only a good thing if he isn’t happy at £8.5m too thats a £2m profit. Dyer will probably leave too. There replacements Barton and Boateng not really a step forward.

    Ben Haim to come in also, but Baines looks like he might be going to Man Utd or Liverpool.

    So far Newcastle have been link with players that are costing less than £5.5m, with the sale of Parker that will cover the transfer fees of Ben Haim, Viduka, Boateng and Barton, with £2m left. With the amount of money we have to spend £45m plus sales. Why aren’t we being linked to big money signings.

    Only Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd, can offer as much in wages as us, alot of players can be tempted by money.

    Look at Inter Milans strikers Julio Cruz, Lambros Choutos,Hernan Crespo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Adriano , Goran Slavkovski surely one of them would rather play for NUFC then sit on the bench all year. It goes for a lot of big teams too.

    Champions League is not every thing, attracted Owen, Parker, Duff, Martins, Luque with out it.

    These signings are ok, but not for a club wanting to be in the top 4 and back in europe.

    Doesn’t any one else want to see some big names?

  • Jeff

    May 31, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    AARON D …The Toon sign big named players often and to be honest alot of them dont produce or live up to the big name tag…..Id like to see a change to that and get players in who are willing to graft for 90 + minutes and sweat blood for that shirt..

  • Jeff

    May 31, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone know the situation regarding Luque’s loan move?Roeder was the manager who sanctioned it but as we all know he has left the club so is Big Sam allowed to cancel it if he feels he could work and get the best out of Luque?Roeder’s man management skills let him down badly regarding Luque,Roeder was making an example of how Luque was the pervious managers big money flop….But since Roeder has left the club he states some of the games he enjoyed most were ones in which Luque scored….Palmero…..and The Mackems…..It was a disgrace the treatment Roeder Dished out to Luque….Against the Italians he hung Luque out to dry…..Played him up front on his own Luque scored and next game was completely dropped from squad….players play by confidence and Roeder completely shot Luque of any….I think Big Sam could work with him after all he’s a quality Spanish International….Just needs to know he is wanted and to be given a proper chance….Something Roeder was never prepared to do.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Joel – we have to think Sam will be able to handle Barton – but it’s not a done deal yet with Martin O’Neil coming in for him also.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Jeff – don’t know – but think it would be hard to go back on the Luque deal – it’s a good question for Allardyce – who would be the person to decide if he wanted Luque. Would love to see how Albert would play under Sam – probably very very well

  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Jeff – good comments in your first piece. Playing 11 men who give 100% will be a big change and big improvement over the last few seasons. Just doing that will put us up the league – never mind any new signings.

  • Jeff

    May 31, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed….Aye thats what I think as Sam is known for getting the best out of players…….Hope we start making signings soon so we can prepare early for next season

  • Outlaw

    May 31, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Aaron – I for one want to see a couple of big names in the squad. Im hoping Newcastle would pursuit a bid for Torres but having said that Defence remains a priority. Im happy with Ben Haim and Viduka (being that he’d be a great addition for back-up) but still I want to see some quality “young” players coming through.

  • Aaron D

    May 31, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with the young quality players, have tried in the past though look at Hugo Viana. N’Zogbia looked quality season before long when he had that long spell in the team, but looks a different player nowadays.

    Quality youth is the way forward, Man utd have got it in abundence and have just signed Anderson and Nani. Chelsea have Mikel, and others. Liverpool quite few. And Arsenals and Tottenham 1st teams are made up of young players.

    We only have Milner,Taylor and N’Zogbia. The other young players are good but aren’t going to be premiership stars. (maybe Huntington and Carroll).


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