Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.
We have almost signed Joey Barton – which is the big news today – but we also think there will be a flood of players arriving at Newcastle within the next week.
- The big news today is the almost complete transfer of Joey Barton to Newcastle. Joey chose Newcastle over West Ham and will be Sam’s first new signing. We also think there will be 5-6 new players flooding into Newcastle over the next week. Good deal for us as long as Joey behaves himself.
- One of the players we think will be here very quickly is center back David Rosehnal of PSG and ther Czech Republic . A story is in SkySports that a deal may be imminent. It’s our understanding that Newcastle are bidding â‚¤3.3M and that David is only too keen to join Newcastle so this may be Sam’s next deal. His agent indicates that the deal is hours rather than days away. We also believe deals for Mark Viduka, Tal Ben Haim, Derek Boateng and Leighton Baines will not be far behind.
- News today that Sam Allardyce may be thinking of playing Kieron Dyer at right back next season. Not sure if this is true but we give our own analysis of this today. If the story is not true we think we should let Dyer go for â‚¤10M – but we think he would be good at right back.
- An unfortunate story on Sibierski today which says that Sam Allardyce wanted to keep him at the club (not surprising since Sam was going after him at Bolton) but that Freddy Shepherd reneged on a two year contract offer that had been agreed between Antoine, Shepherd and Glenn Roeder. We think Antoine would have been good for another two years but Freddy’s suspect character rears its ugly head once again. Antoine speaks very well of the Newcastle fans who had a great relationship with him. We’ll always remember his 8 goals – they were really needed at the time.
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