Major Newcastle News Stories – July 1st – 2007

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

The news today is that we are after Maceo Rigters – the NAC Breda and Dutch Under-21 striker. Presumably Newcastle have already lodged a bid for the striker.

His contract is said to allow him to go for a nominal fee – a few hundred thousand pounds. We also expect the Edmilson deal to go through in the next day or two since the Newcastle medical team are now satisfied the Brazilian’s knee will recover 100%.


  • We report today on the news that Newcastle (and Blackburn Rovers) have lodged bids for Dutch Under-21 striker Maceo Rigters of NAC Breda. Celtic had initially been thought to be favorites to sign the 23 year-old but may now miss out. We update the story from a few weeks back – but are not sure why we would sign Rigters. We assume this is a back-up position for Owen or Martins leaving. Since Sam has already stated he thinks Owen is staying then if Martins is leaving. However – we expect Sam to press both of them next week on their intentions at Newcastle. That can help Sam stop some wasted tracking of strikers if indeed they are staying. We hope that is what happens

    Maceo Rigters

  • We have an update on the Edmilson situation and report that a Newcastle contingent will again meet with Barcelona officials to tie up the deal with Edmilson imminently. The news is that the Newcastle medical team have reviewed Edmilson’s medical situation and records and believe he will be fully fit in November. Newcastle will either sign him now or arrange to get him on January 1st at a lower fee. However the fee is though to be in the ₤1.5M – ₤3M mark or even less.The excessive wage demands of Edmilson reported last week seem to be a little unfounded in that he is supposedly already getting 80K/week at the Nou Camp. We think this one is almost in the bag barring unforeseen events.


  • People Sport have conducted a lengthy interview with Sam Allardyce and we express our own comments on what he had to say. Naturally Sam is asking for patience from everybody at the club – but unless we get some signs that things are on the right path that may be difficult. Newcastle fans are not known for being particularly patient after so many years on non achievement. But it’s a good interview and – as usual – Sam makes some really good points.

    Sam Allardyce

  • We also run a piece from several interviews Sam has given on his training methods and the Little Benton world class training facilities. Sam also also talked about Kieron Dyer and blasted rumors that Dyer will leave the club. Hope Sam can now get the best out of Dyer – someone needs to – and Kieron owes Newcastle big time – and he knows it.

    Kieron Dyer

  • Finally here’s some quotes from the football world to lighten up the day. 😀

    ‘He went through a non-existent gap.’ – Clive Tyldesley

    ‘The Dutch look like a huge jar of marmalade.’ – Barry Davies

    ‘Goalkeepers aren’t born today until they’re in their late twenties or thirties.’ – Kevin Keegan

    ‘When I’ve got nothing better to do, I look down the league table to see how Everton are getting along.’ – Bill Shankly


    Kevin Keegan

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

12 comments so far

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 1, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    is there any source that says we were definetly one of the prem clubs to bid for rigters. edmilson is class but i hope we get gudjohnsen aswell. also i think martins will leave nad we will get defoe and hopefully sell ameobi

  • chris

    Jul 1, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2

    i want us to get motta, he says he wants to leave barca for the premirship, and we all ready have representives out there so, who knows? and we need somone to partner barton in the center

  • Shaun

    Jul 1, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ll be happy once the defence is sorted, as for Ameobi we should see how he fairs this season (injury free).

  • jeff.

    Jul 1, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d gladly swap oba for Defoe,that would be the deal of the close season for me.

  • jeff.

    Jul 1, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Barton and Motta! it’ll be like a tag team.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 1, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    LiamBirchy8 – I don’t think so – the NAC Breda official has refused to say who the two clubs are – not sure why – maybe that will happen soon. Surprised one of the clubs bidding wasn’t Celtic – since they’ve trailed him the longest.

  • Nicci

    Jul 1, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Well it seems that Owen is now staying. I personaly would like to see Martins stay too. I would like to see Sam buy Gudjohnson and move Ameobi on. Ameobi has has numerous seasons with us, given 100% but his goal rate is very poor. Nice guy though, maybe we could put him on loan. Sam seems pretty keen to keep a player who hasn’t even given 10% in Dyer…………why? I agree with Shaun, i wil be hapy when the defence is sorted, we don’t need Carr or Babyaro anymore, get rid.

  • nightfall

    Jul 1, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    if martins leaves we should get tevez or lita….forget gud, smith, etc.

  • Watson

    Jul 1, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    We’ve got bugger all chance of getting Tevez, not while Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid….. are in the picture. Again like everyone else I hope the defence is sorted out a.s.a.p and am slightly worried about the lack of transfer links with defenders. I say that even though I’m full aware weve been linked with what seems like every fullback from the pontins league up, but it will be such a relief to fix the back line which has been looser than a vietnamese prostitute for far too many years. I think Wayne Bridge would be a good call for left back and maybe Nicky Hunt from Sams old club as right back?

  • Greg B

    Jul 1, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Curtis Davis any good? Not seen much of him myself but Allardyce was sniffing round him when he was at Bolton.
    Davis wants to leave the Baggies, we could do with another decent center back. Maybe a bit inexperienced for the Prem but still, if the price is right could be a good option?

  • Greg B

    Jul 1, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #11

    BTW looks like Geremy is up at Newcastle tomorrow (Monday) to discuss term (also maybe a medical?).
    Sam said he wanted to sort this particular one quickly and if this is true Geremi would be a quality signing!

    Personally Id play him at right back and then if need be as defensive midfield.

    Geremi. Taylor. Rozehnal. Babayaro
    Milner. Dyer. Barton. Emre
    Owen. Martins
    Subs. Harper. Solano/Ramage/Carr/Huntingdon. N’Zogbia/Edgar/Pattison. Butt/Duff. Viduka/Ameobi/Carroll

    Looking better already 😀

  • Greg B

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #12

    It being reported that only Norwich are rivaling Celtic for Rigters with the SPL champions ‘way ahead’ in the race for the Dutch u21 forward.
    The fee being mentioned is 400k which to me sounds like a bargain.
    I think we should grab this lad, definatley one for the future and at 400k is a win win situation.


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