Major Newcastle News Stories – July 10th – 2007

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

The highlight for us today is that it would appear that Oba Martins is close to leaving Newcastle. Sam has talked one-on-one with Oba but has yet to get any assurances that Oba wants to stay on Tyneside. Couple this with news that Wenger is about to bid the ₤13M that will trigger the release clause in his contract and it doesn’t look good.

We are also linked with a mystery central defender who Sam held talks with yesterday. We don’t know exactly who this is but he is being described as high profile. Sam hopes to sign him by the end of the week for his 5th signing at Newcastle – keep going Sam.


  • Sam is being linked with a mystery defender today and has personally met with the player yesterday to persuade him to join Newcastle. Sam is reported to have left the Austrian training ground on Sunday to discuss terms with the player yesterday. We can only assume that Sam can weave his magic and the player will be signing for us before the week is out. Who the player actually is we don’t know – but it could well be Habib Beye of Marseilles – at a guess.

    Sam Allardyce

  • It looks like Oba Martins could be leaving Newcastle shortly – probably for Arsenal. Sam has had one on one talks with the player in Austria but Martins has yet to commit to a Newcastle future but Sam nevertheless wants to keep him. News today that Arsenal are ready to trigger the release clause in Oba’s contract for ₤13M – and if that happens it is likely Oba will move. We could then bring in Eidur Gudjohnsen so we don’t think this is all bad news. We think Eidur will be great on Tyne-side.

    Oba Martins

  • We have a piece on Steve Sidwell who elected to go to Chelsea when he became a free agent in the summer. Newcastle were at once thought to be in the driver’s seat for Steve but it was not to be. However, we feel that Steve may be having second thoughts about Chelsea. With all the talent they have in central midfield it’s going to be very difficult for Steve to break into the first team. So here’s another fine English player who will not be playing regularly next season. We think Steve should have signed for Newcastle where he would have got a lot more games and increased his chances of making the England squad – but there again we are completely biased – as usual.

    Steve Sidwell

  • One of our initial targets Bakari Sagna of Auxerre has just signed for Arsenal for ₤7.5M. Sagna is an excellent French right back who just made the full French squad in the summer. He would have been a good acquisition for Newcastle – but Bakari in fairness always said he wanted to join the French Foreign Legion under Wenger – so it’s not really a great surprise. Next on Wenger’s list is said to be Oba Martins – who Wenger has always admired. Let’s hope he doesn’t come asking for young Charles N’Zogbia as well.

    Bakari Sagna

  • Craig Bellamy has finally signed for West Ham for a club record fee. The 27-year-old Wales captain has signed a five-year deal at Upton Park after scoring nine goals in 42 appearances during his one season at Liverpool. Since he left Newcastle in January 2005 he has played for Celtic, Blackburn, Liverpool and now West Ham.

    Craig Bellamy

  • Here’s some funny (or even stupid) football quotes for today – again from commentator John Motson – this is to lighten up the day 😀

    “The match has become quite unpredictable, but it still looks as though Arsenal will win the cup.”

    “And what a time to score! 22 minutes gone”

    “Not the first half you might have expected, even though the score might suggest that it was.”

    “The World Cup is a truly international event.”


    John Motson

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

23 comments so far

  • Rick

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Kevin Motson? You mean John Motson yeah?

    I’m sure it said Kevin Motson yesterday too…

  • P.collins

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Can anyone tell me why players have contracts they are not worth the paper they are wrote on they might aswell sign there name on a sheet of Andrex it will be easier to tear up. Players sign deals extensions etc and no sooner has another club come in for him there off all for more money or a better chance of glory does loyalty in the game no longer exist.

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    £13m for Martins bite their hands off, he can’t trap a ball and has the touch of a rapist. He may be fast but Malcom MacDonald he isn’t. With that sort of money we could buy Gudjohnsen & a top defender.

  • Sean

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    So Motty is called either John or Kevin, must be complicated for him…

  • Kash

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Sam is doing a fantastic job. He has achieved more in the transfer market in 2 weeks, compared to Glenn Roeder. I think the signings of Deco and Raul are ambitious and slightly contentious, but comforting to think that we possibly have the pulling power to sign such players once we’re back into Europe.

    The defence seems to be taking shape hopefully we can sign the solid left back we crave. The signing of “Fanni” seems interesting, as he has been labelled the new “Thuram”. I hope we sign Gudjohnsen, who is great and elegant player to watch and have. While I find myself questioning Owen and Martins commitment, I’d rather see Martins leave and replace him with his compatriot Yakubu, who in my opinion is a better all round team player.

    I am very hopeful of the coming season, and I can’t wait for our away trips in London. Howay the Lads, Mon the Toon!!!!!

  • Doug

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    I think selling Martins is one of those deals that is almost certain to come back to bite you in the behind, he’s lacking bits and pieces at the minute but he’s still young and can learn so while £13m sounds like a lot, and it is, something tells me if he moves to Arsenal, he’ll be worth a lot more than that in a few years. Who knows though.

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Take the £13mil for OBA, he scores some fantastic goals but he’s not gonna be great, no real first touch, passes go astray more often than not. Gudjohnsen is an all round footballer, great touch, passes and football brain, all that for £8mil. Take the £13mil now Sam, it’s too good an offer to turn down….

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Rick – think you’re right -so little time – so many mistakes 😀
    I corrected it for today and yesterday.

  • Kash

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Doug, you do have a point, as Martins have masses of potential. But how many players have we seen that have come to Newcastle with so much potential but they end up buckling under the pressure or personal problems etc etc. Any player with some potential will flourish under Wenger. For us, Big Sam has to decide whether selling him now gives us more of an opportunity to bring in someone who will have more of an impact over a couple of years. Plus he’s gonna be missing over Xmas due to African Nations, which is usually a very busy period and a good chance for us to make up ground in the league.

  • Wizdomite

    Jul 10, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #10

    The decision on Martins leaving is up to him alone, (if the 13M bid is made) and will probably depend on how much cash Arsene will give him, and whether he reckons the gooners are set to stay in the top 4 or are on a downward spiral. On one side he might reckon Wenger will leave by the end of this season, but on the plus side for Oba, they play the kind of football that he can excel in. Imagine that you see Thierry Henry leave a club and then their manager comes in and says: I want you as his replacement. That is some statement. Will be a shame to see him go…. IF its true!!!

  • paul p

    Jul 10, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #11

    If Arsenal want Martins, then I would say to them, well you give us Gallas and 4 million and you have a deal. Our centre of defence would be sorted with him there. It just means we need to sign a top quality forward then. Samuel eto-o.

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 10, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #12

    i say sell martins and replace him with defoe for 8m. defoe is only 24 and would fit into our team well

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Sean – yes 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Wizdomite – good post – i think it’s true – but the question is – as you mention – will he say yes. Wenger may not last more than one more season – before he’s off. Still hope he stays quite honestly….he may be a lot better next season than he was last season.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Kash and Doug – that’s why it’s dangerous to let a player so young leave – when you already know he has potential. Quite honestly if a manager like Wenger likes him – there’s probably more there than we’ve seen from him. But credit to Sam – who seems to be doing his utmost to keep him.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Kash – we agree with you. think Sam has done just great since he arrived – and you cannot say he isn’t a hard worker – good example to his players when they ply their trade on the field next season – they better work their butts off – Sam does. 😀

  • Andreas

    Jul 10, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree with the people who say Martins isn’t world class – yet.

    However, I think Martins do possess the “raw ability” to become a world class striker in a few seasons. The major difference between Martins and other former players we have had with “huge potential” – such as Viana et al – is that Martins have already proved he’s a “good PL striker”, hence it’s highly unlikely he will not be better and better over time. Things like first touch and similar can be imporved way easier than lightning pace and fierce shooting ability.

    Nonetheless, if Martins want to almost double his wage to commit to NUFC then he should be kicked out to whomever first meets the buy-out clause.

  • Carl Armstrong

    Jul 10, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Id say get in there for Heinze, if he can stay fit he’s a brilliant defender. I’d like to see Martins stay though, that goal against spurs HELLS BELLS!

  • Andy T

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Interesting question to spark some debate.

    If Martins signs a new deal without the minimum fee clause or a significant increase in his wages (say 5-10%) should he start ahead of Owen?

  • Outlaw

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Id be gutted if Oba goes. Why should he deserve an exit? Wasn’t he the highest scorer last year for our team?!..

  • Chris

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Agreed Doug; if we sell Martins and see him develop elsewhere it would be awful, it would be a case of “Look what you could’ve won”. For that reason, I’d rather he went abroad (not that the club will have any say in the matter).

  • sam gardner

    Jul 11, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    one team has agreed a fee of 5.5m for freddie ljungberg if we offer a bit more maybe we can catch the deal

  • sam gardner

    Jul 11, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23

    long life newcastle fan born in newcstle played for newcastle before moving going to sunderland for 5.5m (its chopra)


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