Major Newcastle News Stories – 2nd August – 2007

News today that we may be very close to signing two players. At the same time Kieron Dyer will at some time today or tomorrow join West Ham United as we had expected – following his friend Lee Bowyer there   😀

The two players are Claudio Cacapo, the Brazilian center-back who was the Lyon captain for the last five years – and Alan Smith may also join us – as a fee of ₤6M has been agreed with Manchester United for his signature.

Smith and Cacapa are both at St. James’ Park today and are working on personal terms with Newcastle and their representatives. If we can also get Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic of Seville to sign within next day or so – a single press conference to introduce all three would go over very well with the Newcastle faithful. Maybe just before we take Sampdoria apart on Sunday.

That will be three players for a total cost of around ₤8M as Cacapa is a free agent and Drago is thought to cost around ₤2M.
If those three come in Sam will have brought in six players for about ₤13.8M and let two go for ₤13M – not bad business by Super Sam.


  • We take a long hard look at the Daily Telegraph article today on the finances of Newcastle and just how much Mike Ashley is willing to invest in the transfer market and the club in general. We make our own judgements and don’t feel the news of being limited to ₤10M has any truth in it whatsoever. We think it’s just hype that helps to sell newspapers. We looked at everything Ashley and Chris Mort have done and to us it make perfect sense. The only question is if the debts are higher than they thought – which they are – does that mean the transfer funds will be dramatically reduced. It doesn’t follow they will – which is what some papers have assumed. We don’t think Chris and Mike are that naive and wonder what the real problem is. Maybe the problem is that not enough newspapers are being sold    😀

    Chris Mort – Newcastle Chairman Will Run Club Professionally – nothing wrong with that

  • News that Kieron Dyer will be moving to West Ham as finally Newcastle have agreed a fee for Kieron. Good piece of business by Sam gets us ₤6M for Kieron and we wish him all the best down south and the rest we say in the article.

    Kieron Dyer Will become a Hammer

  • An excellent interview in the Newcastle Journal this morning with Luke Edwards getting a long and valuable interview with new Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort. After writing the article on Mike Ashley and Chris Mort above it was refreshing to see Chris talk some plain sense and there is no hint in his comments that Sam is being restricted in any way. All Newcastle fans should read what Chris says – it makes a whole lot of sense and good news for manager Sam Allardcye.

    Sam Allardyce - Transfer fee restrictions overblown 

  • Great news in the transfer market is it looks like we’ve captured former Lyon captain and center-back Claudio Cacapa on a free transfer. We are also in talks with Alan Smith having agreed a price with Manchester United. We like the Cacapa deal better because he is sheer class and exactly what we need in the center of Newcastle’s’ defense. We’re still not sure why we want Smith because we’ll have to play him in midfield and we feel there are better midfielders out there – but if he’s signed we’ll trust Sam’s judgement.

    Claudio Cacapa – great track record of success

  • News from the Telegraph that we may be after Greta Steinsson of AZ Alkmaar and Iceland. We’re not convinced this would be a good deal  for Newcastle at a fee of about ₤4M – which is far too high. In fact we don’t think this deal will be completed because Greta is a wing back and we feel Sam is looking for a more defensive-minded full back. Greta plays on the right side as a winger or full back.

    Greta Steinsson – not a good deal for Newcastle

  • The game last night against Hull was very much an anti-climax once we saw the team sheet. Sam started about seven of the youngsters mainly because a lot of our top players had niggly little injuries which he puts down to them not being as fit as they should be. For those of you who missed the game here is the Hull City – Newcastle Highlight Video. Hull won 1-0.
  • Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “I think football would become an even better game if someone could invent a ball that kicks back.” – Eric Morecambe

    “What a debut for the young goalkeeper, as a striker.” – Peter Drury

    “If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.” – Bob Paisley“The Italians are hoping for an Italian victory.” – David Coleman

    “30 minutes to go, and it’s still 1-0 apiece.” – A confused commentator


    Eric Morecombe

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34 comments so far

  • reggie22

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #1

    i think us bringing in cacapa will be instrumental in the capute of edmilson as they had a very decent partnership at lyon for years
    as for dyer if we kept titus dyer would still be here they r bum boys trust me they live within a stones throw of each other they do everything together read my comments on dyer artical today !

  • Karl Fraser

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #2

    If we get the hard Serb as well it will be 3 terrific additions. Just a couple of full backs to go.

  • george t

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    if thr three signings mentonied above ie smith,cacapa and the serb guy all come off it will be a super bit of buisness by big sam and just what we need…..two more and things will be looking good

  • Robert-from Serbia

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #4

    hey,Ivica Dragutinovic is great player,and he used to play on the left back. I was watching him live on stadium Marakana in Belgrade.Hes awsome!!! and he will bring order to newcastles defence.Plus,ive menaged to speek with while he was playing for Borac Cacak 😛

  • ToonKing

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I love those funny quotes Ed.

  • ToonKing

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Check this out :

    It’s Cacapa’s last game, he was a legend there, fans absolutely loved him, Sam just keeps amazing me, signing a player of this caliber for free.

  • apan

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Six players for about ₤13.8M and let two go for ₤13M – not bad business by Super Sam- superb just marvelous, now we are really gonna assault the top 6 spot yes i think we are ready!

    Actually we already have more players that we have last year, we released players only bramble have a part a bit while the others like moore only played a handful of games while pavel snircek camoe and bernard didnt have any part at all in our team last year…so we sold parker, now we sellin off dyer so in total we only lost 4 players and 2 wage picker

    Now we have superb players, we got barton, rohzehnal, viduka, geremi already more than the previou squad and now adding cacappa and alan smith so now we got 6 and all are capable of playing and fighting for the first team, see the plus and positive side? compare the players and u will agreed that we gain more than we lost, and yes get ivan from sevilla and now we are euro spot contenders for sure! howay the lads!

  • apan

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Ivan – ivica hehe sorry i spell it wrongly fuuh im so fire up for the new season!

  • bigpeaovweab

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #9

    a think smiths not a gud singing but that brazilian a cant prononce hiz name will be a gud deal for the toon

  • Dinko

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #10

    To ti sad frajer jel? 🙂 Salim se Roberte, jel stvarno dobar?

  • Dinko

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m sorry,that is for Robert.-on serbian.

  • bigpeaovweab

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #12

    cacapa there haha am no gud a spellin but if hes done well for the french champs he will do for me

  • Graham

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #13

    With Dyer off to the smoke for around the same amount of cash we bought him for all those years and only 180 odd games ago – the best bit of business in nufc history for many a year – not hard i know. And hopefully a couple of decent players in for reasonable fees – what was all the panicking about?

    just dont let Barton & Smith too close to each other after a shandy or 2 though!

  • nightfall

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #14

    one question:
    whay do we need smith?
    M: milner, solano, barton, butt, emre, n’zogbia, duff, luque, geremi, pattison
    ST: viduka, owen, martins, ameobi, carroll, (luque)

  • Zebra

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Pattison is terrible mate. Sorry.

  • nightfall

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #16

    fine…pattison out…still 9 left…

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    I hope we complete signing of Alan Smith. I would also be pleased if these palyers were signed :-Ivca Dragutinovic,, Papa Bouba Diop and Nicky Shorey.

  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Nightfall – Luque is not a Midfielder.

    Duff is buggered until at least November, Pattison is way too young & Emre is only good for 1 or two games a season…

    i really hope we Sign Papa Bouba, strong attacking midfiedler is what we really need.

  • Midjew

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #19

    nightfall –
    Midfield Situation:
    I believe if we get Smith it will be Atacking Md or playing JUST behind Strikers, but if u look at wat we got we could do with him:

    Milner: LM or RM
    Solano: RM or RB
    Barton: CM or AM
    Butt: DM
    Emre: CM
    N’zogbia: LM
    Duff: LM
    Geremi: RM or RB or CB

    So we have:

    LM = 3 AND REMEMBER Duff is out till Nov
    RM = 3, though only 1 is an out and out (solano)
    CM/AM = ONLY 1 now dyer has gone but 2 if A.Smith Comes
    DM/CM: 2 (butt/emre)

    So we DEF need another AM which Smith could play cos we cannot reply JUST on Barton and Emre for that CAN WE????

    So I do agree there could be a better AM to sign BUT he IS needed.

  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Midjew, id rather have Papa Bouba Diop than Smith… i think Smith gets knocked off the ball too eaisly… i wouldnt grudge signing him because he plays with passion which is also what we need since we are getting rid of the money laundering pre-madonnas (Dyer).

    I really hope we sign Papa 🙂

  • Midjew

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Probably would be a better signing ESPECIALLY considering he is HALF the cost of A.Smith.

    Even Baptista would be a better deal he is only 6m as well, he is younger and is ALOT happier playing the AM role.

  • nightfall

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #22

    luque can play as AML ,n’zogbia can also play as AMC and geremi can play as DMC…
    so…do the math…(at least) 2 players for each position…
    MR: solano, milner
    ML: duff, luque, (n’zogbia)
    DMC: butt, geremi
    AMC: barton, emre, (n’zogbia)

  • nightfall

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #23

    and n’zogbia MUST play…

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Smith will be great and will prob play AM plus i think it is good to buy players from teams that are used to winning. Isnt Boupa Diop a defensive midfielder, that even plays in defence sometimes?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #25

    and also do not forget how well smith and owen link up for england! 😉

  • apan

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #26

    I think it would be great to sign alan smith, michael owen is uncertain for next season so if he do leave we already got a good striker and attack mid in form of alan smith, its mouthful to watch plus


    Martins & Geremi would not be available during that tournament in january, so now u guys know why we are signing alan smith right? Analyze the intentions first, there must be a reason for the signing, BSA knows what his doing lads!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #27

    wow look at this on cacapa they really really adored him at Lyon, this gave me goosbumps! they love him nearly as much as we like Shearer (not quite as much tho) i cant wait to c this man in stripes.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #28

    i meant love shearer like seems such a weak word to use for such a god

  • Mart

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Well things are looking up a bit ….. Here’s to a few new signings in the next couple of days. Three or four new players would be even better.

    Still not sure about Smith – he’s a bad tempered niggly player who from what I saw of him last season spends half his time trying to wind up the opposition rather than concentrating on the football. Nothing against being hard mind, but not at the expense of getting on with the game. I’d rather put that £6m towards the elusive left back. Maybe it was Shorey who turned us down I dunno.
    But I’m impressed by the other defenders named above who would be good additions to our squad.

    SO goodbye to KD – I wish him no ill but let’s hope he doesn’t realise his potential after all these years of trying here, while we waited far too patiently for far too long. As fast as he was and great on the ball ,until it came to getting near the opposing box or shooting, his main fault was the lack of a ‘football brain’ like e.g. Beardsley or Gazza. For all the running there was rarely an end product to his mazy runs. Finally a word of warning to Kieron – there’s a lot of people in the capital who will be only too willing to help you spend your inflated wages. You promised much here but will end up not being missed at St James.

    Once again a plea to Zog to stay. If I hadn’t been kicked out of the class at school I’d say it in French ! Why on earth he would want to go to Fulham is beyond me – hope its not true

  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Apan, Owen cant leave now. His clasue is null and void after July 31st, and even if it wasnt no team in their right mind would pay 9million for him when hes currently injured!

    and we are all getting a bit ahead of ourseles, we dont know for sure whos going to the ACC wether it be all our African players or none of them, we shall have to wait and see, one thing is for sure we wont be hit as hard as Chelski, ahlf their team is African….almost.

    i think we should concentrate on august the 11th and forgot about the ACC until december!!!!

    im getting happier by the day!

  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Found this on about Drag, supposedly taken from the Guardian:

    When an aged César Cadaval, one half of Spanish comedy duo Los Morancos, friend of president José María del Nido and a famous Sevilla fan, visited the club after training one day, he spent his time cracking jokes and messing about with the players. Which was all fine and dandy until, giggling unwisely, he foolishly patted Dragutinovic on the arse. The Serbia and Montenegro international responded by chinning him, bringing up a monster black eye.

    hmm…. if we dont do well in the prem we can always enlist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship with players like Drag & Barton 🙂

  • darren grech MALTA

    Aug 2, 2007 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #32

    i’m a big supporter of newcastle utd from MALTA.the best signing newcastle made so far is when they bring SAM ALLARDYCE to our lovely gordie land.he’s the best england maneger.he allredy made good signings and i’m sure he will bring 4 more good signings.i think smith and cacapa will do great job at newcastle and then all we need is 2 good full backs.i think bupa diop will be good signing for the left back.but thanks god big sam is our maneger now and he knows exzetly what we need.LOVE YOU FROM MALTA

  • apan

    Aug 3, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #33

    Rich – yup i know owen cant leave this season, but next season i reckon if we dont get the europe spot, thats where alan smith fits in, cheers mate 🙂

  • Rich

    Aug 3, 2007 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #34

    ^^ i see what you mean Apan, but i think that we should get a european spot with the team we have but even if we dont i have a sneaky feeling Big Sams Toon Revaloution will make players like Owen want to stay. i hope!!!


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