Major Newcastle News Stories – July 23rd – 2007

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

Things are not looking as cool as they did a couple of weeks ago with Joey Barton confirmed by the club to be out for 6 weeks.  News in lots of newspapers today that Dyer may be leaving Newcastle. The truth is that Sam has not spoken yet with Dyer yet – and Dyer has said nothing about leaving to Sam – so we’ll see what happens.

But we expect to know within the next 24 hours. Clubs are lining up to bid for him and we hope West Ham come in with a stupid bid for him way over the minimum £5M suggested.

We have been linked over the weekend with Brede Hangeland – of FC Copenhagen for around £2.3M – and also with Brazilian Julio Baptista (£6M), who was at Arsenal last season on loan from Real Madrid.

Sam Allardyce has again expressed his frustration at being unable to bring in new players to Newcastle – for a variety of reasons.


  • We run a story this morning on new comments Sam has made about his frustrations in the transfer market. Certainly looks like he has one or two deals in the fire – but for one reason or another has not been able to complete the deals. His aim this week is to sign two new players – and as we’ve mentioned before we need a break-through in the transfer market – especially for defenders – but Julio Baptista would be a popular signing with fans – because he would give us something different in midfield – a big scrapping attacking player who can make his physical presence felt.

    Sam Allardyce – transfer frustrations

  • The club – via their official web site – have announced that Joey Barton will have an operation on his left foot today and is expected to be out for about 6 weeks. That will take us into September so Joey is expected to miss at least the first 4 league games and of course the rest of pre-season. It could have been worse – it could have happened during th season when he would have missed a lot more games – so we’ll try to look on the bright side here.

    Joey Barton– out for 6 weeks

  • Lots of news in the papers this morning suggesting Kieron Dyer may be leaving Newcastle. West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester City (Sven Erikkson) are all interested – and these clubs seem rich enough to come up with a good fee and pay Dyers large wages – so it may happen. Let’s hope one of them comes up with an exorbitant fee if indeed Dyer wants to leave – they are all capable of that. It is all dependent on what Dyer wants to do. If he wants to move on Sam will not stand in his way – and it appears like a lot of Newcastle fans will not be too upset to see him go.

    Kieron Dyer – may leave Newcastle

  • A refreshing story from this morning’s Journal on what Nobby Solano thinks of Sam’s new training methods. Nobby is now a big admirer and is already thinking of extending his career. If Nobby has a good season that could well be at Newcastle – where he has a one year contract he signed in the summer. Nobby says he has never been fitter in his professional career – quite a compliment to Big Sam’s training methods. We’re just waiting for the new Newcastle to grind one or two teams into the ground next season because of our superior fitness and 100% effort – we just cannot wait!

    Nobby Solano – extended career?

  • Sam is full of praise this morning about Charles N’Zogbia’s performance at left back on Saturday. Sam suggests that Charles may be the best LB at the club right now – not a good omen for Celestine Babayaro who is still out injured. Obviously with his experience on the left wing Charles will be good coming forward – but Sam stresses that his play was first rate as a defender.

    Charles N’Zogbia – best position left back?

  • Here’s some funny football quotes – this is to lighten up the day. 😀

    “Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older.” Bobby Robson

    “I would not say that he (David Ginola) is one of the best left wingers in the Premiership, but there are none better.” Ron Atkinson

    “He’s not only a good player, but he’s spiteful in the nicest sense of the word.” Ron Atkinson

    “Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.” Ron Atkinson


    Ron Atkinson

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

17 comments so far

  • aaron d

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    injurys and players being sold not good news for NUFC. Only 2 1/2 weeks till premiership kicked off, and still no new signing. i’m getting a little worried, but i’m sure sam knows what he’s doing.

  • nightfall

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    i think Sam is after:
    – Baptista (he can play as DMC, AMC, ST)
    -defensive pair…1 an established PL defender, who will help his friend from national team to settle in : Riise – Hangeland or Heinze – Coloccini
    -and hopefully Lahm (if possible)

  • Kash

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    I really think the £7m on the table is for Riise. Liverpool are doing all they can to sign Heinze, and they’ll probably sign Chiellini too. If that’s the case, then Hangeland could be a possibility (good point nightfall).

  • gordon

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    The journal,chronicle and sunday sun are garbage i have never read a decent article in there for ages.olivers rubbish about transfer activities and the rest waffling on about training methods,captincys and what ifs.

  • joel gledhill

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    by the way everyone what happened with the investagation on the police going around the stadium

  • Kash

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    We’re being linked with Zheng Zhi, the chinese bloke who missed that sitter for Charlton last season. I read somewhere that he’s “The best chinese player of his generation”. Could be squad and marketing purchase as he very versatile and captain of China!

  • Josh

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Where did you hear about Zheng Zhi if we get him i think i will cry that is moving in the COMPLETE wrong direction unless Big Sam wants to get us relegated!

  • nightfall

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    we also need fast defenders…’cos playing against the likes of man utd, who are putting everything in speed (rooney, ronaldo, tevez, nani, anderson,etc.) can be disastrous… they will destroy everyone from counter attacks… yes…you need strong, big players, but if you don’t have speed in your squad, you sink…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Kash – if Baines is worth 6M then Shorey is worth 7M – it could be Nicky Shorey we’re after too. Hey – either one would be good.

  • DC

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Zengh Zhi:

    He said he’d be interested to join newcastle.. the other suitor is Birmingham..

  • Josh

    Jul 23, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #11

    HOW can we be intersted in him??

  • Ivan

    Jul 23, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #12

    omg, i cant take it anymore.
    please dont sell dyer, whos gonna play in midfield??
    i thought we ve been linked with deco like a couple of weeks ago, what happened to that?

  • Greg B

    Jul 23, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    The writing is on the wall for Dyer Im afraid, Allardyce’s latest comments regarding wether Dyar had played his last game for Newcastle speak volumes:

    “Kieron Dyer hasn’t said anything to me. We’ve got no bid. If we do get a bid, then it might be his last game for Newcastle but we’ve got no bid.”

    In other words if either Spurs, City or West Ham cough up £5mil then Allardyce has all but said Dyer is on his way. I like NUFC.COM’s take of this:

    From our own perspective, we’re happy to see him go. Quite simply, eight years of unrealised potential for whatever reason is just enough for us – if someone is prepared to pay his daft wages and give us a fee, then good luck to them.

    The alternative prospect of two more years as he sees out his contract and becomes eligible for a testimonial is deeply unpalatable.

    So much of what can be termed “the old guard” at SJP has been swept away by the massive off-field changes in recent months – for us, the departure of Dyer is a necessary part of the onfield revolution.

    -:above comments taken from NUFC.COM:-

    While my heart is loyal to Dyer and I dont really want to see him go, as I truly believe that he is a top class attacking midfield player, if we can get a decent fee for him and get him off the wage bill I would, as was the case with Parker, see it as a good bit of business as long as, and this is the thing, we replace him with an equally good, preferably better player – IMO Baptista fits this bill.

    However my personal preference would have been either Wesley Sneijder or Rafael Van Der Vaart. Both these Dutch internationals are pure class, however they are unproven in the Prem which may be why one of the big 4 havent shown an interest. Also Sneijder has just pledges him immediate future to Ajax.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 23, 2007 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Greg B – well said – good summary on Dyer at Newcastle.

  • TOON1

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Barton-gutted 4 him
    big sam -times ticking 4 new signings
    solano-2 good years left yet [nobby is a geordie]
    dyer-wants to leave?let hm leave
    n’zogbia-give him a go at left back

  • Chris

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #16

    If Dyer does go at least the pedestrians around the Tyne Bridge will feel safer, but what sickens me is the “we’ll get some money and not have to pay his wages” as though we would have cheaper season tickets without him here.

    We don’t pay his wages, Sky Sports do

    I would like some more players, mainly in defence, but also a creative goal scoring midfielder. Ljundberg has just went to West Ham and really I can’t think of many more realistic prospects.

    It’s a pity this isn’t Football Manager as we could cheat and get the best players then…oh that’s what West Ham did wasn’t it?


  • Mats

    Jul 23, 2007 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #17

    heard rumours that Shorey is on his way to West Ham…. Shorey is someone that I thought NUFC would be after? Disappointed…


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