Geremi Signs for Newcastle United for ₤2M

The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle United have clinched the signing of Geremi from Chelsea. We understand the fee is ₤2M – but it is now clear that it is a signing on fee paid to Geremi – presumably to ward off the competition. That’s a lot of money!

Whereas we would have been wary if this news had come from the Mirror, Sun or other non-reliable source – we trust Lee Ryder so think this is the real deal.

Lee is reporting the player has passed a medical at Newcastle and therefore will join fellow new boys Mark Viduka, Joey Barton and David Rozehnal at St James’ Park next season – and will be ready to start training this week with the Newcastle squad.



The competition for Geremi was with Aston Villa but it looks like Allardyce has moved quickly to sign the Cameroon International – we feel this is another top signing by Big Sam and good news to start the week off. This is what Sam had to say just last week on the Geremi situation:

“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.”

The previous news was that Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner was jetting in from the USA to assist Martin O’Neill to wrap up a couple of signings – and Geremi was definitely one of their targets. Geremi’s contract ran out on Saturday and he was then a free agent.

We said on Saturday it was a good way to judge the attractiveness of Newcastle under Ashley and Allardyce – to see which club Geremi finally chose – and at that time we said we were in with a good chance. It looks we have won the race and Geremi is another good defender and good buy at ₤2M (signing on fee – wow) – that Allardyce has signed.

Some playing information on the Cameroon International from Saturday’s piece:

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 has played over 70 times for Chelsea and scored 4 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.

He will be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle United’s squad and we see that Sam’s persuasive powers have won the day for us – again.

Comments welcome – as usual.

20 comments so far

  • mickC

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #1

    good signing if it’s true. I hope sam is still looking to buy top class defenders.

    We still need recognised full backs(both positions) not centre halves who can play full back. we’ve got enough of them already. Is there any more news on Gudjonson? he’s the type of player i would like sam to bring in. Not to sure on Edmilson though, do we need another crock at SJP.

  • Ben

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #2

    hahaha yer im not sure on edmilson either…..he’ll give experience -no doubt about that……but for some reason i don think he’ll give his all??? maybe another bramble??? playin for money not pride eeh??? i hope not!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    mickC – a little hesitant to put this one up – but looks good for us – something may happen today on Edmilson – since we are in Barcelona meeting with him – and from what Sam has reportedly said – that too is a lock for us.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Ben – not sure Sam would sign a player like that – plays for money and not the team etc – but we’ll see.

  • andy

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5

    it has been reported that newcastle have agreed a fee with fcb, and wages for the player but he will not sign for us until jan 1st

  • Doctapaul

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d welcome anyone’s views who has seen Geremi play a few games.

    He’s not really a player that’s mentioned that much. If I have seen him play, I can’t recall him standing out (good or bad).

    It’s useful to have a utility player. Is he good enough to get in the starting line up? Maybe at right back?

  • StevieA

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Geremi is a very under estimated player. He covered the right back position/wing back position for Chelsea but played his best football at Middlesbrough on the right wing.

    I would like to see him going forward more on the wing as he is talented. People under estimate how good of a player Geremi is because you haven’t seen him much. I think he will be a great signing for us, finally we have someone who can play right back or on the right wing.

    Edmilson will be outstanding for us, I don’t see why people can’t see that. Another Bramble? :/

  • jim

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    I wpuld like to see Geremi at right back, he is a good worker and can get up and down the pitch. him at right back with Milner in front of him can surely cause some damage. People are always talking about defenders overlapping and I think those two would make a great combination. I also agree that we do still need to buy natural defenders for set positions rather than versatility. Dont get me wrong versatility works when you are down on your luck with injuries but with any luck we wont have as many of these this season. I think a lot of last seasons team need to prove themselves this year because they let us down big style. (Emre, Solano, to name a few) get rid of babyarro and carr who are both a waste of time.

  • Ian

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Whether Geremi signs or not, isn’t it good to see we now have a manager with a little bit of transfer experience. If Geremi signs on a free, then that’s four international players signed for £700k less than Albert Luque!!!

    I have actually met Glenn Roeder and he is a smashing man, but I don’t know if her could persuade me to play for the toon, and its always been my dream!

    Now that Owen appears to be staying, and no one’s making a bid for Martins at present, I appreciate the toon now have 5/6 strikers. However, I would love to see Sam make his move for Gudjohnsen, as I think the man’s pure class and would transform the team. The Daily Mail suggests we will make a move today, but I feel this is unlikely unless someone leaves.

  • Craig Fisher

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree Geremi is more than good enough to play right-back for us – he’ll be perfect playing with milner/dyer/solano/whoever plays right-wing because he’ll help support the attacks and can actually deliver a decent pass at the end unlike Mr Carr. People might say that could leave us vunerable but just look at G. Neville for the mancs, he’s made a living from leaving them vunerable at the back!

  • Stephen

    Jul 2, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Very good signing for us.Does anyone know how much we bought him for i thought it was a free but Sky Sports said it was for 2 million its abit strange because i thought he was out of contract????

    Big Sam is doing a very good job not like Roeder last season who waited to the last minute to buy players and failed with the likes of Woody you can see Big Sam means business and not just with transfers he is doing good stuff with his backroom staff i am very impressed.

    Need a left back now i go for Bridge if not him Nicky Shorey prefer him to Baines ii anyone saw Shorey for Reading last season he has class and has alot of energy like Reading didnt stop to the last minute i think Baines is abit over rated but would prefer him to Babayaro anyways ha

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 2, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Ian – well said – just reviewing all the info out there on Gudjohnsen and to us it looks like Sam wants him regardless of whether Owen or Matins will be leaving. We think both of them will stay. And in Martins case he should stay – because Sam can do a lot for him – given his tendency to go off track a bit off the field. He should have a talk with El Diouf.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 2, 2007 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Stephen – said to be a free ever since it was first mentionbed a couple weeks back. He signed for Chelsea in 2003 – and we assume it was 4 year contract. However – I just looked back on the news when he signed in 2003 – and it says he signed a 5 year contract so maybe there’s a small fee for him – and of course Chelsea would want to get something for him now rather than wait next year.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 2, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s a ₤2M signing – have updated this piece a little – he had a 5 year contract he signed in July of 2003 at Chelsea – always wondered why his name came up only around mid-June this year if his contract ran out in 2 weeks …

  • StevieA

    Jul 2, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #15

    £2 Million is a bargain for Geremi. Boro fans have been hoping to see him back at Boro as they love him there. He played very well for Boro and I think people have a short memory when it comes to football (except me!) 😛

    He played full back for Chelsea but his more Natural position is on the right wing or even centre midfield. He is full of energy, a good free kick taker and very creative. He also scored 7 goals in around 33 games for Middlesbrough so potentially he could score 10 goals for us – depends on his position of course.

    I would like to see him play on the right wing but I have a feeling he will be right back until we sign someone or Edmilson becomes fit again. We will see..

    Exciting times mind 😀

  • AndyT

    Jul 2, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #16

    A very good buy I think. With both Shearer and Robert leaving we were short on quality set piece takers (Solano is good but a bit patchy – likewise Milner). People are talking about positional versatility for injury cover, but it can be really important during a match as well. Having players who can switch positions to cope with different scenarios during a game is huge. This can be really important for killing off a game you are winning – something we are always bad at. People like Barton, Geremi and even Edmilson and Gudjonson if we get them are the kind of players who can change a 4-4-2 into a 5-4-1 without the manager having to change the players on the pitch – while still keeping the atacking threat through their creativity to mean that the opposition have to think twice about overcommiting.

  • Jon c

    Jul 2, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #17

    I find it very interesting that Big Sam appears to be collating a squad of forwards and “utility” players. From Sam’s preperations from his Bolton days I can understand the different types of forwards he would want for different opposition and am very intrigued as to how the midfield and defence will line up. He could play 3,4 or 5 at the back, 3,4 or 5 in midfield and 1,2 or 3 up front and whether he plays wingers or not as well as having the option of changing formation without using subs. If, as anticpated, another centre half and left back come in on top of the present 3 mentioned I would suggest we have a very strong squad but would like to see real quality at CB and LB. Woodgate and Drenthe maybe.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 2, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #18

    It looks like the 2M is a signing on fee paid to Geremi – wow. Probably to ward off competition – but he gets 2M and he hasn’t kicked a ball for the club yet.

  • StevieA

    Jul 2, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Money well spent 😉

    Yes probably to ward off competition, Geremi is a very loyal player and I think he will be at the club for at least 3 years. He may even finish his career here.

    I think he will do very well. You might be suprised where Sam decides to play him though.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 2, 2007 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #20

    StevieA – let’s take a guess – midfield.


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