Major Newcastle News Stories – 19th June – 2007

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


  • Sam has been talking again about getting David Beckham to Newcastle. While it’s a slim hope it would help to put Newcastle on the football map again – not to mention that David would be good for the team. We have a piece on this – but can you see Posh shopping in the Bigg market?

    David Beckham

  • More news today that we may be close to signing David Rosehnal of PSG. This story has been dragging on for a couple of weeks now – not sure why these moves take so long – but hope David will be joining us.

    David Rozehnal

  • We have brought back our Focus on Youth series today – and spotlight Kazenga Lua Lua. At only 16 years old he’s done very well at Newcastle these last two years. Our first spotlight was on 18 year old Andrew Carroll.

    Kazenga Lua Lua

  • News that Bakari Sagna has rejected a bid from Newcastle in hopes that he will be signed by Arsenal so he can join the French Foreign Legion there. Not really surprising but he’s an excellent right back.

    Bakari Sagna

  • News that Olympique Lyon midfielder Alou Diarra would would prefer a move to Newcastle United rather than Portsmouth – and has asked his agent to contact Sam Allardyce. But this is the same guy who couldn’t get a game at Liverpool – he was there from 2002-2005 and didn’t play a single game for them. So maybe good for our ego but he’s probably not good enough..

    Alou Diarra

  • News that Michael Owen is modeling our new away strip – which looks like some kind of blue arrangement. Now Michael wouldn’t be doing this if he was leaving the club would he? Don’t think so – looking forward to Michael hitting 25 for us next season. (And he could do just that!).

    Michael Owen (cheer up!)

  • Here’s another quote from Bill Shankly and it’s kind of appropriate for what Newcastle players need to do for Newcastle and Big Sam next season.

    “For a player to be good enough to play for Liverpool, he must be prepared to run through a brick wall for me then come out fighting on the other side.”

We’d appreciate your comments on these stories.

13 comments so far

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #1

    “Sagna rejects Newcastle for Arsenal offer

    Auxerre defender Bakari Sagna wants a move to Arsenal.

    It’s emerged today that the France international, rated at £6 million by Auxerre, has already rejected offers from Newcastle United and Olympique Lyon in recent days.

    Those close to Sagna say his dream is to join the French colony at Arsenal this summer. ”


  • Tony

    Jun 19, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Also the rumour-mongers at Tribal Football are saying that Alou Diarra (Lyon) doesn’t fancy Portsmouth and has asked his agent to sound out the Toon after Big Sam showed initial interest…

    …hmm, Alou, you had a whole season on loan with the scousers and didn’t manage even one solitary first team appearance and you are a central midfielder…

    …hardly fitting our wish list profile

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes – I saw both those – think the one about Sagna is probably true – don’t know where Tribal Football get some of their stuff from – but it sounds good for us ?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh – he didn’t get a game for Liverpool – well maybe not good for us 😀

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #5

    i personally would rather see s.appiah instead of diarra at the club (if another central midfielder is to be signed). he’s ghanas captain…played for parma (in their best years), juventus and now for fenerbahce…he’s sth. between vieira, essien and makelele…+ butt is getting old, and appiah is only 27…but i don’t think we need any of them, at least not yet..especially ‘cos our budget is limited and defenders are needed…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #6

    nightfall – agree – we must get defenders in first – what we have for the rest is 90% complete – but we’ve let the defenders we had go – so have to get some in – quickly.

  • Cathal

    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    haha i agree wit u ed about tribal football, some of their stuff is absolutely ridiculous, but they do a lot of coverage on newcastle and maybe thats good for the profile of the club! pity about sagna, hes brilliant and wud b comfortable playing with rozehnal! but will wenger want a right back with hoyte, eboue and gilbert! toure, flamini and gallas can play there as well if injuries strike! i hope the dont bid for him and that newcastle can snap him up! wud b an excellent signing! habib beye would also b a fantastic signing for us from marseille!

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #8

    “Borussia are now reported to have pulled out as they cannot agree terms with PSG”…there’s still God:)

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    nightfall – i saw that – posted a comment on the rozehnal story – looking good !!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Cathal – well it looks like Wenger wants Sagna – but he does appear to be well covered at right full back. Not sure if the news is accurate about Sagna turning us down – hope not – Habib Beye – would be very very good. Also looks like we may have Rozehnal tied up – at long last
    Here’s the link to the sky sports piece
    Seems like it has taken us months – though not official yet 😀

  • nightfall

    Jun 19, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #11
    since when newcastle is interested in Khalid Bouhlahrouz?!?!

  • Cathal

    Jun 19, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    nightfall i must agree, i do not like the look of those rumours on the eurosport site! ed that link doesnt appear to b workin, cud u post it agen plz if u dont mind! cheers!

  • Cathal

    Jun 19, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #13

    oh yes i found it now, sorry ed! its just that there was the word “piece” included at the start of ur link by accident! the link is;


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