Major Newcastle News Stories – 4th August – 2007


Just a fantastic day for Newcastle United in the transfer market yesterday when we signed two players and agreed the transfer of two others.

Big surprise last night was that Kieron Dyer’s deal with West Ham fell through at the last minute when Newcastle wanted ₤8M rather than the ₤6M the deal was based on.

Not sure why unless this is linked with the Barton news of yesterday.

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  • Newcastle had a phenomenal day in the transfer market signing two players (Smith and Cacapa) and agreeing deals for two others (Ivaca Dragutinovic and Jose Enrique). Total cost to Newcastle of the four deals is estimated at ₤10.5M. Smith is ₤4M, Cacapa is a free (what a deal), Drago is ₤2.5M and 21 year-old Jose is ₤4M. The article suggests this is probably a record for Newcastle – agreeing four deals in one day and completing two of them. That’s what we call speed in the transfer market – which is what Super Sam has ben asking for. Think we’ll see a much happier Sam tomorrow and a smiling Chris Mort beside him.
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    Alan Smith – one of two signings at the club yesterday – we think for ₤4M
  • Seems like Newcastle are still not finished in the transfer market and from our calculation we think there is at least one more signing to come. Not sure who that will be – but we take a stab and say it’s Papa Diop for ₤3M from Fulham. There may be a major surprise next week after we tie up Drago and Enrique – because Sam may even have another two at the club before next Saturday’s game at Bolton. Looks like Smith and Viduka may be starting up front for Newcastle tomorrow against Sampdoria – an old Leeds striker formation – so at least they’ve played together before.
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    Ivica Dragutinovic Will sign next week for ₤2.5M

  • Now that Claudio Cacapa has arrived at the club we look at him as a potential Newcastle captain for this season. Certainly he has the experience from his 5 years as captain of Lyon – who won the French league almost every year he was there. Claudio has also played over 30 games in the Champions league and brings a winning mentality to the club. We think Claudio will make a good captain for the new regime under Sam. Let us know what you think.
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    Claudio Cacapa – Next Newcastle Club Captain?

  • A real surprise last night was that the Kieron Dyer deal to West Ham United has been called off. Kieron had already passed a medical and terms had been agreed with the player. Reports suggest Newcastle stepped at the last minute and upped the price from ₤6M to ₤8M. We have no idea why this happened but do suggest 3 possible reasons. However, one of the best reasons from our readers suggests the Barton affair has made Sam nervous and he wants to keep Kieron at least until January. But if that’s the case why not say so – why raise the price by ₤2M? Take a look at the article – any ideas what’s going on?   The story put out makes no sense whatsoever.
    LATE NEWS: The Hammers have revealed Ashley believes they spoke to Dyer before they had permission – something the club deny – and suddenly the fee was hiked up by £2m late yesterday afternoon. Sources in London have revealed West Ham boss Curbishley was beginning to feel uneasy about the transfer in the face of criticism from a section of Hammers fans.
    Doesn’t look good for Dyer leaving – at least to West Ham.

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    Kieron Dyer – What’s going on with his transfer?

  • News today that Leighton Baines may sign for Newcastle from Wigan but we’re not sure this is not just a regurgitated story. We think we have put in a bid for Leighton (₤5m)but with the Jose Enrique deal being agreed and with Drago also able to play left back we don’t think we’ll need Baines. We think he will end up at Everton.
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    Leighton Baines – think he will end up at Everton

  • Great interview today in the Newcastle Journal with Alan Smith. A must read for all Newcastle fans. Never realized Alan had such a great attitude – but he does – and is going to be a big favorite with the Newcastle faithful. Certainly Sam seems to think the world of him – just look at the picture below.
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    Sam and Smith – both seem very pleased with things

  • Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day   😀

    “As long as no-one scored, it was always going to be close.” – Arsène Wenger

    “Our goalkeeper didn’t have a save to make in 90 minutes, and yet he still ended up conceding four goals.” – Joe Royle

    “A lot of hard work went into this defeat.” – Malcolm Allison

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    Arsene Wenger – is it close when nobody scores?

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102 comments so far

  • DC

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Baines is in talks with us & Everton today. Shorey has rejected a new contract – both could be here next season, but who? 😀

    Yesterday was a dream, 4 signings were agreed, 2 conpleted. Compared to last weekend, i am confident about the team now, and especially the left back position/centre.

    Smith and Cacapa are excellent signings for us atm, and hopefully we can push for atleast Intertoto next season!

    And finally, apparently we’ve put in a £16million bid for someone, but when i asked no-one knew who for. Maybe another surprise? 😀

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #2

    dc we’ll do more than the intertoto we’ll get in to the the ufea (6th place bang on the dot)

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    16 million bid ??? which site states that ?

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #4

    we might try too highjack chelsea by getting daniel alves before they do (16 million) whhhoooo

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  • PM

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    i think that newcastle could be in the running for 4th place this year but it may be to soon for champions league so i think it would be a decent season if we got 6th or above in the Premiership and a good run in the cups. I also heard that the 16 million bid is for the combination of deco and gudjohnsen from barcalona.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    DC – where’s the 16M bid?

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #7

    dc are you lieing

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle and Everton in talks with baines http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_2640553,00.html

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  • Nguyá»…n Tiến Hải

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    dc we’ll do more than the UEFA. we’ll get in to the the C1 (4th place bang on the dot). Let’s dream.

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    i have a feeling he might go off to everton as thats his boyhood club 🙁 wonder whats happening with drago though

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #11

    drago is the best choice as he is already in our arms

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  • Nguyá»…n Tiến Hải

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #12

    right-back ??? Carr, Ramage or Taylor. Don’t OK

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  • ASROMA

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #13

    right-back ??? Carr, Ramage or Taylor. Don’t OK

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  • Murvar

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #14

    I read somewhere today that Baines wants to stay in the north west because his wife wants to. So Everton are favourites to sign him. And unless he’s grown 4 inches in the last fortnight I didn’t think he would be of interest to BSA.

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  • goal

    Aug 4, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Cái con mẹ thằng quản trị này, mày muốn chết à

    F(*&k you !!! >_

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  • bw positive

    Aug 4, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #16

    We NEED an attacking midfield playmaker. Without it, we will be short of ideas with little rhythm. I was hoping if we get a big name before 11th Aug, it would be in this position. Riquelme, Deco, De Le pena etc

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  • TOON1

    Aug 4, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    What site about the 16m bid ???This is amazing how slow the transfers were coming in ,in the last fews weeks.But big sam has kicked morty up the arse and he seems to be eventually getting the cheque book out.Baines to Everton isnt nailed on yet boys ,dont forget how persuasive B.S can be .And looking from that point of view Newcastle seem to be going places with all the new arrivals.Hope we get him.Drago and enrique .DEFENCE SORTED!!!!!

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  • TOON1

    Aug 4, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Nothing on wigan website!

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  • Kevin Hann

    Aug 4, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Alright guys, let’s see what we have currently and then start thinking of which areas in the team need improvement or some squad depth.
    First of all, the GK position seems secure with Shay, one of the best keepers in the league. Although I am a little unsure of Harper. He indeed lacks match practice and this reflects on his confidence and football, but yet we do have to consider this when looking at our goal line. We all remember Given spending two lengthy spells out of the field and Harper not always able to put in the best performance. Don’t take me wrong, he is a good goalie and I deeply value his loyalty to the club. But the real question is could we end up in a situation during the season in which we need a quality keeper on the line and don’t have one? If so, wouldn’t it be best to try and avoid the possibility of such a situation now?
    Now we get to our biggest problem during the past decade or so – the back four.
    Currently we have three solid first team central defenders – Cacapa, Taylor and Rozehnal. Including the support from the young lads they should be enough to carry the season on their shoulders. If we accept Taylor and Rozehnal’s injuries are minor and don’t repeat too often.
    Our right back is currently occupied by Steve Carr. Geremi could fit in as an emergency RB, but it is not his preferred postition – and I don’t want to see him play there – so we do need at least 1 RB before the season kicks off or at least before the window shuts. Contrary to general belief, Carr can do some job, he has the inner desire to play, to tackle and get the ball. We need players like this and I don’t understand why this quality often goes unnoticed. Of course, he isn’t Daniel Alves, nor a world class player – but with our poor convincing position, with all due respect to Sam, best we could hope for is sign a good RB and keep Carr as squad player.
    The left side seems even more problematic. I don’t remember seeing Babayaro play. And he is the only LB I recognise in the squad! Taking into account his ongoing injury problems we simply can’t expect him to perform this season. Now the gossip links us with three LB’s – Dragutinovic, Enrique and Baines. I think we should sign two. Not saying anything new with Drago and Enrique, but still the first comes from a UEFA winning team (and a close title contestant) and the second is a young lad of undoubted potential, recognised at international level. If these transfers materialise, there is no place for Baines at Newcastle. I doubt he would be satisfied with a squad player status. Though keep in mind if this is simply gossip and any of these fail to occur, we will be a LB short.
    Now let’s turn to the midfield. Many specialists consider our strikeforce the best side of the team, through good and bad times. What I noticed during the Sir Bobby era though was that we had an extremely strong attacking-minded midfield which supplied the goals of Shearer and Bellamy. So let’s not underestimate this side of the squad – last season it was exactly the midfield which made our football boring and blunt.
    At the right flank we have Milner, Solano and possibly Geremi (again his second preferred position though). Milner is awesome, yet young. I wouldn’t count on him to play 40+ games this season. Solano is aging, but still reads the game well, gives extraordinary passes and creates good goals. He could put some games under his belt this season, but restricted as a backup. So we could consider a new RM – not that urgent, but let’s think about the squad depth we were talking about – what if, god forbid, we get two of these players injured?
    The left flank is occupied by Duff, N’Zogbia (who I really prefer to see in the center, but he is good here as well) and Luque – the only part I can see this guy play would be as a LM, I apologise, but with Martins, Viduka, Smith, Owen and Ameobi all competing for 2 spots I can’t see a player struggling to regain his full fitness and casting doubts over his motivation to step in and fight for a place. Now Duff is injured. It would be unserious to head into the season with only N’Zogbia at the left flank, fit and available for selection. So we need to consider a backup left winger.
    Central midfield seems alright, at first sight. The likes of Barton, Emre, Butt, Dyer, possibly Geremi, Smith and N’Zogbia secure plenty of competition for 2 spots.
    But Dyer seems to be leaving, and if he doesn’t, he has already torn the connection with our football club irrevocably. Emre seems unable to keep himself fit. Barton might get in jail and miss the next 5 seasons. So we need at least one new central midfielder. I hope the Diop rumours are true, because he has carried Fulham on his shoulders the past couple seasons and is exactly the player with physical presence we need – imagine Baptista in a Premiership-proven form.
    And in attack… well we could always use the other Alan, but apart from that, I see no room for improvements. If we sign another striker I will get seriously worried. I am a bit in a doubt over the Smith move, if Sam is to play him as AMC, don’t you think Gudjohnsen would have been a better option? He has some clever passing, creates and scores goals. Yes, Smith burns in the game, but coldminded thinking and flair might prove even better. How many openings have you seen Smith create?
    Saying this I mean I wouldn’t be disappointed to see Eidur join us even now, don’t take it as criticism of our new Alan boy.
    So let’s draw the line and see what we have for consideration: if we get into the new season with the current squad (considering we get 2 LB’s in), at some point we might end up needing a GK (unlikely, but possible), a RB (we need at least one immediately, maybe even two), a CB (not very likely, and we have decent backup from the young lads), a CM (must get at least one, maybe even two, especially if we sell someone), a LM (backup for Duff and N’Zogbia), a RM (with Dyer leaving and Solano getting old it is an important position which no one thinks about) and a striker (ok, I am kidding here. It just won’t be fair if we end up with all our strikers injured with the numbers we have available atm)
    So the transfers we must do until the end of August, excluding the 2 LB, are one RB, one RM and one CM. The other positions we might consider adding to are another RB and CM, a GK and LM. This makes three players minimum and seven maximum. The GK and the second CM could be considered cosmetic and we shall leave them for January if they turn out more important than they are right now.
    So let’s look for some appropriate players on the positions I mentioned, what do you think? 🙂

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  • Bev

    Aug 4, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Interesting news from Vital football… A lot of news outlets are incorrectly reporting that Baines would move to Everton because he is an Everton supporter, he is in fact a Liverpool fan and used to stand in the Kop as a youngster… are they a reliable source???

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  • StevieA

    Aug 4, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Baines supports Liverpool and used to stand in the Kop as a young un’

    I don’t know where people get there info but he is a Liverpool fan.

    Everton or Newcastle.. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! 😛

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  • StevieA

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #22

    The link for your proof is below. Not sure how old the interview is but he comes across as a very honest lad. The press is wrong again! (surprise surprise)

    http://www.fourfourtwo.premiumtv.co.uk/page/TheBoys/0,,11442~587312,00.html

    I think this would give us the edge personally. Plus working with Sam and being part of a the revolution must be appealing to a young footballer. 😀

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #23

    i reckon we should just keep to the the target that is more likeley going to happen and for shaw we will get Ivica Dragutinovic !

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/221083907?-11058

    anyone with me?w/b

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  • PM

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #24

    i think that newcastle could be in the running for 4th place this year but it may be to soon for champions league so i think it would be a decent season if we got 6th or above in the Premiership and a good run in the cups. I also heard that the 16 million bid is for the combination of deco and gudjohnsen from barcalona..

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  • iluvnufc

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #25

    This is the link about Baines being a Liverpool supporter

    http://www.wigan.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=76543

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  • scotty

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #26

    alreet chaps. Be a bit more optimistic – hows 4th sounding??? It’s defo there for grabs. Can’t wait for home game with villa!!!

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  • StevieA

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Yes I am with you but get them both! Drago can play centre back when needed. We need strength in depth. We will probably sign Enrique too because that would cover us at both the left back position and centre back.

    Ideal really! 😀

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  • StevieA

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #28

    If Enrique could use both feet then that would be perfect. I have heard that Baines is very one sided although this was years ago and he might have worked on his right foot over the years.

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  • TOON1

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #29

    StevieA-Baines is very left footed,but a sweet left foot at that!!

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  • Dinko

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Please don’t call him Super Sam. It is very supid name. I hope that you will not get angry to me,but please just stop doing it.

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  • Dinko

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #31

    supid=stupid 🙂

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  • stk

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #32

    whos the 16 mill player? can w get a link to that site?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #33

    what is this 16 mil player 😮

    Im not to keen on Baines id rather seal deal for Drago, Enrique and Diop and then spenf that money for a RB.

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  • StevieA

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Putting 2 + 2 together doesn’t always make 4 but..

    http://goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=341928

    It’s around the correct price and it would make sense because he is an attacking winger. I won’t believe it though until I hear anything official because this is just a guess by myself. Liverpool had £13 million turned down a few days ago too!

    We have always tracked him over the years too.

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  • StevieA

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #35

    My guess is Ricardo Quaresma by the way.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #36

    I dont think we will get Diop and BBC Sport have written an article including the fact that Newcastle have admitted defeat to signing Baines, id rather have a natural defender and someone much stronger. Drago, Enrique a RB and a versatile midfield playmaker like Sneijder 🙂

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  • michael

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Any body else a wee bit gutted that we won’t see Dyer vs Bowyer take 2. Or superfight 2. Guess we’ll have to wait intil Hatton vs Mayweather.

    Lets relive the glory days under Souness
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSHxsklbkhE&mode=related&search=

    And a proper fight!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1-25s4uwFQ&mode=related&search=

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  • StevieA

    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Then again the Brazil link with Alves might just swing it for us! 😛

    Who knows, it’s all speculation at the moment so not going to get too carried away. It doesn’t hurt to discuss it though.

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  • Tez

    Aug 4, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #39

    What about Robben? We seem to have a track record of buying chelsea players!!

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  • Tez

    Aug 4, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #40

    I personally dont want him – N’Zogbia and Duff are good enough and the priorty is a RB….. (As long as we do get Enrique and Drago for the left)

    Alves would be amazing and would rub Chealsea and liverpools nose in it!!

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