Major Newcastle News Stories – June 5th, 2007 – Viduka on Way

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

We have agreed in principle to sign Mark Viduka – which is good news for us today.


  • Almost official news today that Mark Viduka will be joining Newcastle. icteeside reports that Mark has agreed in principle to join Newcastle and we understand Mark isd still in Australia. This is good news because the more players Sam can sign early will be ready for pre-season training which will be important because of all the new signings expected.

    Mark Viduka

  • Both Antoine Sibierski and Titus Bramble signed for Wigan yesterday on free transfers. While Antoine will remember his season at Newcastle with some pride along with his 8 vital goals – Titus did not have a happy time at Newcastle during the 5 years he was with us. We hope both of them do well at Wigan Athletic next season.

    Antoine Sibierski

  • News that Kieron Dyer is in line to play right back for England tomorrow against Estonia. Right back is not an unfamiliar role as he made his England debut in that position back in 1998. Nobby Solano also went back to that position for Newcastle last season having previously played right back for Boca Juniors.
    Also to put some reality on the England game against Estonia tomorrow – which is said to be vital for McClaren – Estonia are ranked 110th in the FIFA rankings to England’s ranking of 8th. Estonia in European Qualification have played six games, lost six, scored no goals and conceded eleven. If England cannot beat this team then McClaren should be sacked immediately – and if we win it’s no big deal – unlike what’s being reported. To read the reports you would think Estonia was actually a good team.


    Kieron Dyer

  • News on the NUFC official site has Steven Taylor talking about the upcoming European U21 Championships in Holland. Steven thinks England can win – and with a bit of luck we do too – although Italy will be a tough team to beat. England have some good players in the squad – so it will be interesting watching their progress – it’s about time we won a Championship like this. We’ll be following the U21 Championships on this site (and our own Milner and Taylor’s participation) when they get under way shortly.

    Steven Taylor

We’d appreciate your comments on the above news stories.

14 comments so far


    Jun 5, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Viduka will be a quality signing,

  • Aaron D

    Jun 5, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Dyer would be a good right back at Newcastle, the games he has already played there for England he looked good. He would add pace to the right flank, not sure if he’s up to the defensive part though? But having him in at RB would mean that a RB wouldn’t need to be purchased, as have Carr and Solano plus Ramage and Taylor can play there too.

    Good luck to Sibierski and Bramble, i though Bramble made countless mistakes but he did have some good games, i think this is a great move for him to prove himself, there will be less pressure at Wigan. Sibierski will do well at Wigan too, he play well for us last year and there definitely wasn’t going to be room for him this year.

    I hope all this so called imminent transfers (Barton, Rozenhal, Viduka and Ben Tal) come together asap, so other moves can be made. And hurry up and make a move for Baines, OPTA rates him better Cole, Bridge etc. 92% tackles success, loads of passes, crossing.

  • O.L

    Jun 5, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Is Viduka out of contract, or will he cost us anything? Agree with Steven here, and we need strikers as it seems as both Martins and Owen are leaving us…

  • Tommy

    Jun 5, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Just found the site through newsnow and will be bookmarking it for sure!

    Seems like we’ve definitely got Viduka. Good buy in my opinion, and if Big Sam can work his magic and get him performing at peak potential for the next few years then he’ll be a favourite with the stands. Was a little bid upset to see Sib go, purely because he is a bit of a battler and seemed to understand what playing for Newcastle was all about.

    Would like to see Barton here as he has got quality and a bit of a nasty streak too. Obviously he comes with a bit of baggage but give the lad a chance, he’s only 24, and I bet half of the folk having a pop at him have done worse things in their time. If he cleans his act up off the field and plays like we know he can on it, then we’ll have a cracking player in the side.

    Not too wised up on Rozenhal, so I can’t comment really, but there’s a lot of good reports on him.

    Also hope we get Baines and Haim, a new RB and an extra CB and if we manage to keep hold of Owen and Martins, get the best out of Dyer then I’ll actually be looking forward to this season. Think we need a new winger too, someone who can play on both flanks. We’ve been linked with that Turkish guy but have never really heard of him (I’ll have a look on FM 2007 🙂 and he seems to fit the bill..

  • andy

    Jun 5, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #5

    if dyer got asked to play right back his bottom lip would be tripping him up , even when he plays right midfield he goes in the huff

  • reggie22

    Jun 5, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #6

    viduka will be a great signing long have we lacked a attacking player with a clever brain able to make a 3 yard pass instead of a 50 yard pass we will be great with both Owen and martins and possibly both things are starting to look brighter everyday keep em coming Sam we need plenty more to have a squad that can last a whole season and challenge for cups its about this time of the year we all think come on please lets just win something this year ! good luck lads give all the old Newcastle boys 1 last thing to cheer about we have been waiting so long for 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 5, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Aaron – good point about Dyer at RB for Newcastle – we thought that last year – and he would be good – but bit of a waste of his other play – and speed. Not so with Solano – who is older.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 5, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Aaron – had put this in another comment – but here’s who we think will come and go at Newcastle – before training starts early next month.
    Coming – Baines, Ben Haim, Boateng, Barton, Viduka, Rozenhal and maybe Jagielka.
    Going – Dyer (definitely if we can get 10M for him though not sure what Sam thinks of him) and maybe one of Carr or Babayaro – let’s say Babayaro. That’s in addition to Srnicek, Onyewu, Bramble, Sibierski, Bernard and Moore.
    That would be 8 out and say 7 in. So Sam – once the Ashley thing is done and dusted – could then go out and buy another 4-5 players – some of which would be world class. That sounds like a good scenario with most of his transfers in before the training starts early next month.

  • Andy T

    Jun 5, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Viduka can work well with Owen or Martins. I think its good to get that competition up front as well.
    Wigan will be fighting relegation next season. I hope they dont go down because I like what has happened there – the new Charlton. I thnk they will struggle without Jewell and with TB in defence.
    Dyer would put his pinney on and play tea lady for England – shame he didn’t have enough respect for one of Englands greatest managers to play in a necesary role when his club needed him.
    Despite all of the “The premiership is bad for english football yada yada blah” we do have one of the best u21 sides in the world. – Wonder if that could be due to all of the fantastic talent our youngsters are being exposed too in the premiership!

  • Aaron D

    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    i think our youth needs some investing as well, we have Taylor, Krul and Milner that are U21 internationals but other than that, no other internationals, from the england U16 up to U21 no one, when most other premiership team have 2 or 3 on average.

  • Soren

    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    According to Chronicle Sports Barton has medical at Newcastle this afternoon!
    Sounds like he’ll be signing for us this week? He’s bit of a gamble, but his footballer skills are very good.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Soren – yes and we think Joey’s preference is Newcastle rather than West Ham – they’re starting to roll in !

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Aaron D – hopefully we will have young Andrew Carroll on the England under 19 team shortly. Huntington captained the England under 18s – but you’re right – he is not involved with any England side right now.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 5, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #14

    OL – Viduka is out of contract – a free agent – and will cost us nothing as far as the fee goes.


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