Major Newcastle News Stories – July 20th – 2007

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

In reality it’s been a very slow week for news and not a good one in terms of signing the defenders we need.

We expect Sam to step up his activity to get into the club the 3 defenders we need. Once we have them we will have a very good squad that can do battle until January – when additional transfer targets will likely be pursued.


  • Surprising news from last night that Newcastle and N’Zogbia have been ordered – by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – to pay compensation to Le Havre for the transfer of N’Zogbia to Newcastle nearly three years ago. It turns out Newcastle have so far paid nothing to Le Havre so the £200K they have been asked to pay is very reasonable. The player himself must pay the Ligue 2 club £440K – which seems to us a little ridiculous. But Charles is very well paid at Newcastle so we think he can afford it – but why he has been penalized is beyond us. We are looking forward to Charles rekindling his magic this coming season for Newcastle.

    Charles N’Zogbia

  • News today that West Ham would like to sign Kieron Dyer from Newcastle. Alan Oliver also had this story in yesterday’s Evening Chronicle – but we think it’s nonsense to even think Dyer will leave Newcastle. Sam Allardyce is just too upbeat about the possibilities with Kieron – and we feel the two of them have already formed an excellent working relationship. Next season could be a career season for Dyer with Sam coaxing the very best out him. No way will Sam let Kieron go.

    Kieron Dyer

  • A very good interview with Michael Owen yesterday. It’s obvious that Michael would really like to be Newcastle captain this coming season. He would take it as an honor and we think there is a chance he could indeed be selected captain by manager Allardyce. Michael seems confident again – and very fit – and just cannot wait to start the season and knock those goals in for the Magpies. Michael has always been a great goal poacher and could help us to get many extra points next season. Go for it Michael.

    Michael Owen

  • A good interview with Sam Allardyce talking about his Newcastle squad. While Sam says it’s already strong – he reiterates the need for three strong and experienced defenders. We agree – so what’s the hold up in bringing these players to Newcastle? The sooner we can get them in the better for the squad. There seems quite a few players available that fit Sam’s profile – Franck Queudrue, Luke Young, Nicky Shorey, Sami Hyypia, Curtis Davies, Gabriele Heinze, Wayne Bridge and Leighton Baines. If we can capture any two of these it would be a good start.

    Nicky Shorey

  • Here’s some funny football quotes for today. This is to lighten up the day. 😀

    “Now we’ve got Southgate” – Bobby Robson, on signing Jonathan Woodgate

    “He’s the only man I know who could start an argument with himself.” – Bobby Robson on Graig Bellamy

    “I was inbred into the game by my father.” – David Pleat

    “Without picking out anyone in particular, I thought Mark Wright was tremendous.” – Graeme Souness


    Graeme Souness

    We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

23 comments so far

  • Ian

    Jul 20, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    It is really puzzling that a club like Newcastle has not been linked with anyone for over a week. Clearly Sam would like to bring in a number of defenders before the transfer deadline, and I wonder if his comments about the slow actions of the new regime are hiding a more complicated behind the scenes struggle.

    It is to be welcomed that the club is no longer throwing money away on the types of foreign mercenaries we’ve seen in recent years, but when are we actually going to see any of Ashley’s millions being spent. The arrival of a new manager/owner and four new players had created a great buzz about the club, but I fear that this momentum is being lost, with the toon’s net pre-season spending being the lowest of any Premiership club.

    I only hope this situation is rectified soon, because a couple of early injuries in the wrong positions will see Roeder’s Youth Team being played again.

  • George

    Jul 20, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #2

    I totally agree with what Ian says, however, i would go a little further and say recent events have not helped.
    We now have this police raid on the club the other day. What have we actually been told! NOTHING. All we are getting is speculation from the press, and we know how they like to exagerate.
    How must SA feel when after the John Stevens enquiry, another club he is with is under the spotlight for the wrong reasons.
    Talk of Keiron Dyer going must be infuriating having just put the Michael Owen saga to sleep. Personally i don`t mind if Dyer goes, because his attitude in the final game of last season was an absolute disgrace, but, would he go to a club were there are two players he has had bad fallings out withwhile they were at Newcastle!.
    If there is one problem i think can have a major impact on our beloved sport it is the Tevez situation. There is something sadly wrong here and not only have the Premier League committee tried to hide from it, the FA and now UEFA and FIFA are trying to escape responsability.
    if this player is owned by his agent West Ham should be relegated. The Premier League committee should be sacked for not responding and acting accordingly within the rules as set out. And UEFA and FIFA should hang there heads for trying to avoid conflict.
    If money in the game is to blame for this problem, then i feel that our football is going to suffer a lot more than it did in Italy during the late 80s and early 90s. And look at it now, so corrupt and even look at the mockery they made of punishment last season for match fixing. We need strong leaders who love the game, not greedy individuals who only want a bigger bank balance.

  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    The whole transfer market in general has slowed down. I think this is due to other commitments with pre-season training and friendlies/tours. We’ll see things pick up next week hopefully, as well as the week before the season starts. Another busy period will be the week before the window slams shut. Alot of players will become available as they’ll know whether they feature in there team plans. A long way to go, and it’s a business at the end of the day with all teams looking to compete and get the best deal.

  • James

    Jul 20, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Get a move on Big Boy Times running Out

  • Davey G

    Jul 20, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    The list given in the column is of course merely a wish list by the author i believe?? Or I hope, as here are my thoughts on the list Franck Quedrue-too many red / Yellow cards spends most of season banned.Luke young-do we need another right back (Geremi/carr/nobby) Nicky Shorey-good call, will reading let him go?Sami Hyppia, cant get into the team we hope to be battling with next season so why? Curtis Davies 10m + for an untried untested CB???Gabriele Heinz -Barca/Milan/Madrid??Wayne Bridge- Cracked pelvis, out for at least 3 Months, leighton Baines – Decent player but a little lightweight as per BSA.
    I am afraid Sam will have to widen his net and this is why, I presume, there is such a delay!!
    Decent priced CB maybe Kompany/Van Buyten/there’s about 10 decent Italians (Born to defend)!!

  • Rich

    Jul 20, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    yes, we nede t least a LB & CB at the very least.

    Sam if your reading this look up Royston Drenthe!!! LB & LW! under 21, amazing player!

  • paul p

    Jul 20, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    the clock is ticking, 3 weeks to go and we have not got a defence. surely he must no it will define our season, lets get shorey or baines bought, nelson, luisao, luke young, gallas, king, kompany or davies, antonio lopez for cover at left back, then we are sorted. oh and if tottenham get wright phillips if we dont buy him, we should get aaron lennon because it is likely only one of them will play. lets have your thoughts please.

  • TOON1

    Jul 20, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #8

    what about collucini from deportivo?,he apparently wants to leave,and wuld cost around 4m.Regular for argentina ,any thoughts ed

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Ian – good points

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    TOON1 – we like Coloccini – he’s good value at around 4M.

  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Apparently we’ve bid £7m for a TOP defender according to Alan Oliver. But Alan Oliver is a wanker, so not sure if it’s true!

  • paul p

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    he’s a good player yes and I would have him or andrade from deportivo. any of them 2 would be great signing for us. We do need players who are going to take us forward and closer to man, arsenal, liverpool, chelsea. am hoping that we have a season where we just come from nowhere, like we did in 2001/2002, like we did in 1993-1997, its got to happen at some point surely.

  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Andrade signed for Juve!

  • paul p

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    breaking news. according to the evening chronicle, we have a 7 million bid in for a defender. but no names have been branded out. any idea’s??

  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Beat you to it!

  • paul p

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #16

    was a bit slow of the mark wer’nt i mate!! ha!!! and yeah i agree, oliver says out, how many of his stories have come true… not many…. but lets hope this is the start of top players coming in now.

  • TOON1

    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #17

    I have a feeling the 7m bid is for heinze,as liverpools 6m bid was rejected ,and i read a story that mike ashley was willing to go slightly higher.Hope so he would a great signing .Problem would be for toon would be getting the player himself to agree to join.

  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe Barzagli for £7m?????

  • paul p

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #19

    canavarro for 7 million., gallas for 7 million i have heard a rumour, but i dont believe that for one minute!!

  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t rate Gallas, too many mistakes for a supposed world class defender! He’s not very commanding either!

  • paul p

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #21

    better than what we have at the minute mate, but we will have to wait and see. could be someone else totally.

  • StevieA

    Jul 20, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Gallas is one of the best defenders in the league. I am hoping for Heinze to take the left back spot because that way we could play Heinze, Taylor, Rozenhal, Geremi across the back for the time being. Much stronger than last season!

    Although we still need another centre back and for the time being I would be happy with Hyppia. That way we can be in a good position at January and invest more in the squad then.

    We are not far away from having a definate top 6 squad in my opinion. Too many goals in the team to not have a good season.

  • Josh

    Jul 20, 2007 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #23

    DID anyone hear???
    Yesterday it was reported that Cannavaro has just turned down a move to chelsea.

    Does this mean a possible move to Newcastle i really hope so!


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