Dyer’s Newcastle Career in the Balance


Newcastle are preparing to receive offers for Kieron Dyer this week from West Ham, Tottenham and perhaps Manchester City.

It is unlikely Newcastle would turn down an offer of £5M or more – but with West Ham bidding silly money this summer – it could well be the offer is more than £5M.

Dyer is also on £80K/week wages at Newcastle and it looks like West Ham would be willing to match that – since that’s the wage they are reportedly paying Craig Bellamy – another former Newcastle player.

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Kieron Dyer

It appears that Dyer and Allardyce have both now reached the same conclusion over the last several days – that Dyer may be better off leaving the club he has been at since Ruud Gullit signed him for £6M in 1999.

On Sky Sports over the weekend Sam said he didn’t want to keep anybody at the club who didn’t want to fight for the shirt – and we can only assume that was a reference to Dyer. What Allardyce did not say was that he was determined to hold on to the 28-year-old regardless.

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is obviously interested in Dyer and was quoted yesterday:

“We have not made any contact with Newcastle and I understand Sam has said, ‘There is no smoke without fire.’

“Perhaps he [Dyer] wants to leave. I would not rule out a move for him because I think he is a very exciting player.”

Sam has indicated that Dyer hasn’t said anything to him so at the moment it’s all rumor and innuendo – which is never good. Much better to talk to each other and see where things stand. We would expect that to happen today or tomorrow and if Dyer is put up for sale we would expect Sam to put that news out.

This is difficult for Sam because we have just lost another midfielder – Joey Barton for 6 weeks – and Sam wanted to bring players into the club – not lose players. Sam needs a bigger squad to ensure injuries don’t decimate the team for a third season running. While he doesn’t want to lose any of his current squad – we just cannot have players at the club who don’t want to be here.

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22 comments so far

  • dougy j reay

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Am I the only person feeling a bit gutted this morning?
    Injury curse strikes again, one of our best midfielders clearly not interested in staying, and we continue to grind to a halt in the transfer market…
    What risk Man City now overtake us the way spurs and everton (and arguably even blackburn) have?
    Three or four years ago, we were shoo-ins for the champions league. How can one club throw it all away so quickly and so stupidly?
    My god I need a drink… (which cant be a good thing, given its 9.30 on monday morning).

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  • Paul Devine

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    I am I the only one glad to see the back of Dyer? He has been nothing but a playboy, talking the talk but not walking the walk. I never laughed so much when he said he could be the next Paul Scholes for England – what a joke!

    Don’t get me wrong he’s quick but he doesn’t have a footballing brain to do something with it once he’s ran the distance. Takes on too many players, can’t pass and an attacking midfielder that doesn’t score goals. Dyer should go now and take with him the guy that agreed to his contract extension and pay rise.

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  • Kash

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Dyer is not our best midfielder!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Kash

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Nowhere near!!!!!!! He only plays well when he feels like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Baz Nixon

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    I only hope and pray that this story is true. to get rid of one of the most big headed and posinous players ever to wear a newcastle shirt will start my season off in the best possible taste.

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  • Doctapaul

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    At last we have a manager who tells the press what’s really going on.

    As the Sam says: “I don’t want players who don’t want to wear the shirt.”

    Dyer has probably got the best (last) chance in his blinging-laden career to sort out his health and fitness under BSA. Who better?

    If he turns his back on NUFC, it’s because he wants to carry on his Hummer lifestyle.

    It’s called a personal self destruct system. We all have it. Some of us choose not to let it control us, the rest of us wrestle the serpent.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    dougy j reay – think we all feel a little perplexed – but all it needs is a couple of good signings and one good shock singing for us all to be back feeling a lot better.
    Signing Baptista and Hengeland would be good – plus a very good full back. As for Dyer – if he leaves us he’ll go down as someone who never give to Newcastle what the club gave to him. He’s had all the support in the world at Newcastle but chooses not to try to make amends (if he leaves that is). We should know within next 24 hours.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Doctapaul – agree

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  • Nick

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Well that is completely true Kash! Well I guess they should just cash out on him the sooner the better that would mean funds to get another player who is really interested in playing and competing. Of course Dyer could stay to prove his worth but I really doubt it. Anyway it is good that the dead wood is leaving and I guess maybe … just maybe we will be a force to be reckon within the PL as well as qualify of CL next season. 😀

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  • dougy j reay

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Wrestle the serpent?
    But I guess you’re right, he is an @rse. Just think he has the goals in him and the pace and skill that some of our other midfielders don’t have.

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  • Ryan

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree, he is clearly not our best midfielder per se, he is just a player who’s ability to run at pace with close control and occasional through ball genius has carried him for years.

    When tested in centre mid over the years he has consistently let us down as did JJ. His best role in my humble opinion is either at full back in an overlapping capacity or in the Rooney role behind the main striker.

    That said he is still hellishly inconsistent which was acceptable 5 or 6 years ago but not now as he becomes a senior.

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  • Nick

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Well I guess at the end of the day he should have been sold off a long time ago. When he did not want to play out of position for Bobby Robson.

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  • col

    Jul 23, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    i will not be dissappointed if dyer goes, having said that, i think he is a good player who would be an asset to any club. but at the end of the day, if he wants to leave, it shows lack of committment and anyone who is not committed to newcastle, who may i add are more than generous in terms of wages and contracts, are welcome to leave…..as they say..no one is bigger than the club.

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  • Kash

    Jul 23, 2007 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    What part of his 8 years at Newcastle has Dyer ever shown he has been an asset to Newcastle? I remember when he looked like he was a hungover headless chicken when we played Barca in CL, and we got trounced because Dyer hardly tracked back all game leaving Xavi to run riot. If he couldn’t raise his game for a CL game against Barca at home, then how is he an asset to a top football club?!

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  • Ivan

    Jul 23, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    buy deco please, then we can let dyer go.

    or we can also buy other good mids.

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    get rid ov dyer his name says it all pure dyer av never liked him hes a lazy playboy hes only interested in geting payed n getting layed he has been nothing for this club get rid sam n bring baptista in

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  • derek mooney

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Dyer is the last survivor of the gang that cost sir bobby his job. Bellamy, Robert, Bramble, Jenas.
    Robert aside – they all treated bobby with contempt behind his back, and the club HAS to be better off without this sort of player.
    A few million in the bank and 80 grand a week wages to play with will get us a better option that won’t break down three times a season.

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  • evil dick

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18

    I say cash in, I want strong, passionate players at the club. I want a team of warriors!

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  • Rich

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #19

    i say cash in, but only if we can get some replacements in.

    i mean, look at the Hammers, their new winger Faubert crocks it and immediately they are looking for a new siging to cover… compare that to Barton breaking down at the weekend… are we just going to try and wing it with Emre & Butt for the first month :-\

    i was really looking forward to the coming season but over the past 2 weeks that hope has suddenly changed to undeniable gloom.

    no new signings, injuries galore and more players going to teams we are going to be competing against. can things get any worse?

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  • Andy H

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #20

    There is no way we should be letting Dyer go until we have brought in a replacement because without Barton we could go into the new season with a weak midfield – the part of the team that has always been strong.

    Have to get in Baptista and Hangeland who are much stronger players in first. But Dyer’s versatility – he could have played left, right, centre, off the striker or right back – will be missed. Because of this I think we will definitely need to sign a right back because Solano or Geremi will now be needed more on the right wing. Carr is not good enough.

    The ideal transfers this week would be if we could hijack Boro’s bid for Young – they agreed a fee on friday but still haven’t signed him AND stop Baines from going to Sunderland – he is quality and even if he is short it is not just height that makes a good defence. They need organisation above all and taller midfielders would give a huge advantage on setpieces in defence and attack. Other people consider Lahm and Shorey for the position but neither of them are tall either. Baines is the youngest, has most premiership experience, and will be in the full England squad soon enough.

    More than just strengthening the squad we could piss off evertone else in the north east and prove beyond any doubt that we are the biggest team. This would send out a real message that we mean business, because the lack of success in the market has been totally frustrating and a bit embarrassing. Big Sam act quick to gve us the best possible start to the season.

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  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 23, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #21

    I agree with most of the sentiments written so far . Dyer has been one of the real disappointments of the past few years . Time for him to go doesnt have the passion for a black and white shirt . Big Sam is absolutlet right . Those who want to play for the club can stay and fight for the cause the rest can leave . I t what has been missing for a long time a manager who tells it as it is and by culling the dead wood he will end up with a squad singing from the same hymn sheet and our results will speak for themselves . Top 6 and Europe this season I reckogn with out the likes of Dyer et al

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  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 23, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #22

    I would like Shorey and Baines as LBs. I dont know why BSA doesnt rate them ?

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