Newcastle Transfer Update – Geremi

The news today is that Newcastle will have to battle with other clubs to secure the signature of utility player Geremi from Chelsea. Aston Villa have let two of their full backs go in ex-Newcastle player Aaron Hughes – to Fulham for ₤1M, and Jlloyd Samuels – to Bolton on a fee transfer.

It is reported today that Geremi is within their sights and will provide a real threat to Newcastle in their efforts to capture the Cameroon International.



The last we had any news on Geremi was last Wednesday when Sam Allardyce spoke about the potential deal. This is what Sam had to say at that time:

“Geremi is something we would like to pursue, but many other clubs in the Premier League will be doing exactly the same thing as Newcastle.

“Hopefully we can persuade him – if we get the opportunity – to join this football club and not the others who will be chasing him as well as us.

It is a long way from done, but there is an interest there and hopefully we can progress it over the next few days.”

Let’s hope we have made some progress with the Chelsea utility player (full back, defensive midfield) because the news is that Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner will be jetting in from the USA to assist Martin O’Neill to wrap up a couple of signings as soon as possible. Geremi is definitely one of their targets. Both Aston Villa and Newcastle have Billionaire owners in Lerner and Ashley -so it will be a fight to sell the vision of the club – plus what each club can offer in terms of wages. Geremi’s contract runs out today we understand and he will then be a free agent.

We’re not sure if Sam has talked directly yet with Geremi – certainly he hadn’t by last Wednesday. But maybe by now he’s at least managed to get to Geremi via cell phone – Geremi was said to be on vacation last week. One advantage we do have is that he enjoyed his year long loan deal at Middlesbrough and really likes the north-east area. Hopefully he’ll also enjoy playing in front of 52,000 fanatical Geordie fans at each home game – and that might just do it for us (crowds at Villa Park are still surprisingly weak).

But it’s a good way to judge the attractiveness of Newcastle under Ashley and Allardyce – to see which club Geremi finally chooses. We must still be in with a good chance.

Some playing information on the Cameroon International:

Geremi was part of the gold medal-winning Cameroon team at the 2000 Summer Olympics and also represented Cameroon at the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 and 2006 African Nations Cups.
Prior to joining Chelsea in 2003, Gérémi played for Cerro Porteño 6 games 0 goals), Genclerbirligi (57 games 9 goals), Real Madrid (45 games 0 goals), and Middlesbrough (on loan – 33 games 7 goals).

He was Middlesbrough’s player of the season for 2002-03 and then in 2003, Geremi was taken to Chelsea by then Blues manager Claudio Ranieri after Chelsea agreed a ₤6M fee with Real Madrid.
He will be 29 years old in December and has represented his country Cameroon 60 times scoring 6 goals – and made his debut for them in 1996 at the age of 17.

In short – he would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle United’s squad and we can only hope Sam’s persuasive powers can win the day for us.

Comments welcome – as usual.

11 comments so far

  • david

    Jun 30, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #1

    If Sam really wants Geremi, I think he will be able to persuade him to come to Newcastle. I hope he does.

  • andy

    Jun 30, 2007 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Geremi would definetely be a good addition to the squad, but still i feel that if ashleys ambition for the club are as he says they are (huge), then geremi would/should only be a second-choice option… (though a great one at that)

  • Martin DE

    Jun 30, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Geremi, will be an excelent signing! For Us! Up The Villa! And the MON, Randy Lerner revolution!

    By The Way, the season ticket sales a Villa Park are at record level! So whats that supposed to mean with “supprisingly weak crowds”!

    But otherwise, I do like Newcastle Utd. And I think you have a great manager in big Sam!

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 30, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #4

    andy – 2nd choice to who? please explain.
    Yes he will make a good squad player, and may or may not start every game. but isn’t that what we need? An experienced player pushing others for a starting place. A good utility player when needed. Sounds ok to me.

  • Soren

    Jun 30, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Geremi would be an excellent signing. Key words are experience, Proven in the premiership/european matches and utility. Sure his freekicks aren’t bad either 🙂

  • jacobmannjones

    Jun 30, 2007 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Lew, I’d second your puzzled response to Andy as well. Not sure whom Geremi would be 2nd fiddle to. It’s not as if Big Sam is looking for him to be in the starting XI each match, but rather to push others and be able to step on the pitch in a pinch if the injuries countinue to mount next term…

    Geremi has alot of value to NUFC, but as the author points out they’ll have some competition to gain his services. Hopefully the Toon can acquire his talent in the end, the price seems reasonable as far as wages in what is being reported in the press.

  • LALA

    Jun 30, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #7

    You’ve not mention anything about Maceo Rigters from the recent quotes from NAC breda we can glean the fact that Blackburn and Newcastle are the two premiership clubs pursuing him.

    None of our current players except for our forwards are wanted by other clubs. I think Sam wouldn’t mind letting go of Carr. With Rigters in I wouldn’t mind seeing the backside of Oba and the no.9 untouched.

  • Outlaw

    Jul 1, 2007 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Geremi would be shite. I never see him have a game at Chelsea. Does anyone else?

  • Martin DE

    Jul 1, 2007 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #9

    In some of the Champions League games he was brilliant. When Chelsea had so much trouble at the back with Terry and co injured, Geremi and Essien pretty much held the team together.

    When Cavalho and Terry were back, Geremi and Essien pushed up in mid-field and Chelsea looked much more dangerous.

    Geremi, like Essien is a very talented and versatile player. Both can play in defence or midfield.

    Of course, I hope he comes to Villa Park! But whoever gets him, wont regret it!

  • andy

    Jul 1, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    what i meant was that we should be looking for a 1st-choice rightback, not that geremi would not be no.1 in the current squad.. i just think that sam should “aim higher”

  • Beastie

    Jul 2, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    geremi is a quality signin, experience, ability to play in different positions, dead ball expert, premiership proven and 2million is nothing!!! would love us to get miguel from valencia but wont happen! well done big sam 4 great signings so far more to come me hopes!!!


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