Newcastle Transfer News on Barton, Viduka and Rosehnal

There is news that Joey Barton has been in Newcastle for the last couple of days working out a deal with Newcastle and this afternoon underwent a medical.

Although we still have competition from West Ham we expect Joey to be a Newcastle player before the end of the week. It is still rather unusual for a player to undergo a medical while he still has to talk to another club – we find that rather odd.


Sam Allardyce – Negotiating Deals


Joey Barton was on Tyneside the last two days and has had discussions with Sam Allardyce on joining Newcastle and news is that the 24 year old has undergone a medical at St. James’. It would be good if we could tie up the deal right now but Joey has an agreement to travel to London to meet with Alan Curbishley. It is rumored he will be offered ₤60,000/week by West Ham.
However we understand that is about what Scott Parker was on at Newcastle – and also Joey’s first choice is Newcastle – so we must be in with a good chance with Barton. It will be a disappointment now if we don’t get him. Manchester City issued the following statement on the matter:

“We can confirm that Joey Barton has requested permission to speak to two clubs.
“Newcastle and West Ham have submitted bids of £5.5million or more for the player’s services.”


Mark Viduka the Aussie striker has now officially agreed in principle to join Newcastle United. There are still rumors making the rounds that Birmingham would like to sign him – but we think Mark’s in the bag and will be a good signing for us. So after trying to sign Mark at least two times before – it’s third time lucky for us.


David Rosehnal has expressed his desire to play for Newcastle United and we think this one is all but in the bag also. David played center back for the Czech Republic on Saturday against Wales with Sam Allardyce in attendance. David has been very good for PSG these last two years and Newcastle upped the price offered to PSG by₤1M to ₤3.3M to get Borussia Dortmund out of the race. We will be able to offer David good terms also – so we expect the 6’3” Czech to be arriving soon. This is what his spokesman Eliot Vantil told BBC Sports today:

“David would love to play for Newcastle,” “He knows manager Sam Allardyce was also a centre-back and believes he can learn from him.”
“Allardyce was keen to sign David back in January for Bolton and I know he came to watch him play against Wales.
“David has played for one great club, PSG, but would love to come to the Premiership and play for another.
“PSG are holding out for the right offer for their player.”

If we had to offer you an opinion – we’d say all three will be at Newcastle soon.

Then we need to get Ben Tal Haim and Leighton Baines tied up – and we’ll really be on our way.

Comments welcomed.

20 comments so far

  • J.Cushing

    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Great signings

  • ross

    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Three excellent buys if we get them. Maybe we should put a bid in for Heskey to see if West Ham do to.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Things are looking good 🙂

  • Karl Fraser

    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Have to say, i’m impressed with Sam’s dealings so far. If he keeps this up we should really be able to kick on next season. Interesting to see if EMO will commit to the club now. If not, best shot of him.

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #5

    congratulations Ed 🙂

  • Yes things are looking good if we get them.
    Big Sam can do good things for NUFC.

  • Jam

    Jun 5, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #7

    I think he is right with David Rosehnal. Could be a great signing. Hopefully Joey Barton will come good too and Mark Viduka is always a handy Striker to have no matter what club you are. I think these are pretty good deals but would like to see a couple more quality defenders and perhaps a midfielder with loads of flair. We see players like nani and anderson go to man u, we need to scout around for these up and coming international players. Look at Ronaldo at Man u, he has come on leaps and bounds, i don’t like the fella, but you have to admire how myuch he has come on! NUFC are good enough for these players!

  • Aaron D

    Jun 5, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Just look at the OPTA report on Newsnow, on how Joey Barton compairs to our current midfield and he out performs them all by a distance too. Could be an excellent signing only time will tell.

  • carl

    Jun 5, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #9

    well weve got barton,signed a five year deal and didnt even go to west ham for talks.good lad!

  • Ross G

    Jun 5, 2007 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Three good signings, and it ha just been confirmed that Barton will sign a 5 year deal for us. I think Ben Haim will follow but it is naive to believe that these are to the standard that we should be looking. I think they are all good players but the should only be a start. With both Rozehnal (3m), and Ben Haim(free) we will have 3 very good CB, but I still think we need one more quality player there, but we are worryingly still linked with average players like Capaca. Jaures(free) would be a good back up LB to Baines(5m) and move on Baba. I think Coloccini(6m), Davies(8m), or Andrade(8m) are major targets we need to bring in. Then with maybe Ebondo(1m) as back up to the quality Auxerre right back Bakari Sagna(6m) we will have a back line in the budget of around 25m. We have made a 2m profit in Barton, and with Viduka free we have spent 23m on 9 players. We then can use the other 20m on attacking class as well as any sales we make. Lets hope we make quick moves, i am delighted that we have made this progress, and Sam can get some credit

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 5, 2007 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Aaron – that’s a good point – Sam looks at the stats of the players – that’s part of the science.

  • Steve Mills

    Jun 5, 2007 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #12

    He’s started rebuilding the back 4 which is good. Three excellent signings and with parker going we’re in the green. If we can indeed get Ben Haim, Baines and some other reserve full backs we’ll be ok for centre halves. We’ve still got some great young defenders to come through. Viduka is a good signing, we needed a powerful striker and he fits the bill. If we can keep him motivated he’s a great foil for owen or martin. Barton will add some creativty and drive from midfield, which has been lacking all last season. Lets see who else comes and goes, fair to say its going to be interesting.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 5, 2007 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s signed – great. So he decided not to goto West Ham to talk to them – once they get a medical – they pass – and that’s it! That’s what was strange about the medical – that he had agreed to talk to WHU. Now I suppose Scott is on his way? First one through the door. 😀
    Now we have to believe he’ll behave himself – no doubt he’s a good player.

  • Outlaw

    Jun 5, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #14

    If Viduka comes then I hope it’s jus for a season. We could have invested in a world class striker but as usual we dnt do the right thing.

  • kieran

    Jun 5, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #15

    how can yu say viduka is not a gr8 player (does 19 goals a season ring a bell)
    he did better than any of our strikers, i would onli sell him if was a pile of ****

  • LewDavies

    Jun 5, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Evening all, Just been reading the Opta Stats on Barton, and you have got to be impressed. Outshone Parker Butt and Emre put together in every department (shots on target, passes and goals). – Except discipline. 10 yellows and 1 red last season. If BSA can sort this out then we may have got a bargain. He seems to be motivated and with a little luck will be out to prove all his critics wrong. Good luck to him and BSA but more importantly COME ON NEWCASTLE.

  • Blair

    Jun 5, 2007 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #17

    I am quietly chuffed at the signing of Barton. If he puts his head down and concentrates on onfield matters then he could turn out to be a great signing. Those opta stats are interesting, being that he is far superior offensively to Parker and even Emre. Even in disciplines Parker was not far behind on 9 yellows, admittedly without a red though.

    Outlaw, I think viduka a great signing, should it go through. We already have Owen and Martins (assuming they stay), why would we got spend another 10-20 mil on a ‘world class’ striker and ignore the real problems like we have always done, when that money would be far better spent on 2-3 outstanding defenders.

  • Outlaw

    Jun 7, 2007 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #18


    Even if we have Owen Martins and Viduka, I don’t think Newcastle would be able to challenge the top 4. I can’t see it. We need a striker who would score on a reg basis like Henry when he is fit. Owen get’s injured, Martins has an odd game and I can’t see Viduka pounding them in week in.

    Just my thoughts.

  • matt w

    Jun 10, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    owen is a consistent goal scorer when he is fit too Outlaw!! henry jus scores quality goals, owen scores tap ins and half chances; a true goal poacher. whether owen can do it next season will be interesting to see indeed. a agree about martins, really a goal every 5 games really, Viduka more of a goal every 3. not a bad front 3 though. believe ameobi shoudl go, get in somone to cover Vid or somone better to replace as he is 31 (i think)

  • Anonymous

    Sep 26, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #20



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