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.
- 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.
Steven Taylor – James MilnerIt 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 ParkerMore 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 BartonUpdate 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 BainesStill 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 BoatengMichael 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.
Comments always welcome.