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 NewcastleÂ wanted â‚¤8M rather than the â‚¤6M the deal was based on.
Not sure why unless this is linked with the Barton news of yesterday.
- 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 â‚¤10.5M. Smith is â‚¤4M, Cacapa is a free (what a deal), Drago is â‚¤2.5M and 21 year-old Jose is â‚¤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.
Alan Smith – one of two signings at the club yesterday – we think for â‚¤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 â‚¤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.
Ivica Dragutinovic – Will sign next week for â‚¤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 andÂ 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.
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.Â Reports suggestÂ Newcastle stepped at the last minuteÂ and upped the price from â‚¤6M to â‚¤8M. We have no idea why this happened but do suggest 3 possible reasons. However, one of the best reasons from our readers suggestsÂ 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 â‚¤2M? Take a look at the article – any ideas what’s going on?Â Â 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 theÂ fee was hiked up by Â£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.
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 (â‚¤5m)but with the Jose Enrique deal being agreedÂ and with Drago alsoÂ able to play left back we don’t think we’ll need Baines. We think he will end up at Everton.
Leighton Baines – think he will end up at Everton
- Great interview today in the Newcastle Journal with Alan Smith. A mustÂ 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.
Sam and Smith – both seem very pleased with things
- Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the dayÂ Â 😀
“As long as no-one scored, it was always going to be close.” – ArsÃ¨ne 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
Arsene Wenger – is it close when nobody scores?
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