Sam Wants New Players In January

It is not too clear this morning, what situation Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is in, for the upcoming January transfer window.

Some papers, such as the Daily Mirror, are reporting that he can’t have transfer cash for signings in January when Newcastle lose four stars to the African Nations Cup.


Sam Allardyce – would like to bring in some players in January

But this is based on an interview Chris Mort gave to the Sunday Sun last weekend, when he said he didn’t think bringing in one or two more defenders would help.

But we think if defenders such as Manchester United’s Wes Brown and even Tal Ben Haim came available, Sam would be allowed to bring them in. But Chairman Chris Mort is right to say this has to be meshed with whatever transfer business they expect to do in the summer.

The Newcastle manager has revealed he wants to bring in at least one new face, to ease the problem of losing Oba Martins, Abdoulaye Faye, Habib Beye and Geremi to the African Nations Cup.

Sam signed three of Newcastle’s four Africans in the summer, and is calling for a two-week Premier League winter break to take the pressure off those clubs losing key stars during this busy period.

Sam said today:

“We’ve got four going and we’ve got to try and do something about it in January, to bring somebody in to help out the situation.”“Losing players then is going to be a big problem for me and for everyone else in the Premier League.”

Mort said over the weekend:

“We had nine new signings in the summer. I think part of the difficulty we’ve had, particularly in defence, is getting those guys working together.” “I’m not convinced adding another two names in defense is necessarily going to be the solution this season.”

“If I made any signings in January, they’d be young guys who I could see staying for a very long time – not immediate first-team regulars.” “Sam’s not pitched to me that we need to sign players because of that tournament.”

“If I was going to sign anyone it would be with a much longer-term view than January and February.” “We’re looking to build a first-team squad capable of competing at the top level, but we are also looking to improve at youth level and make signings there.”

“That’s an area which Newcastle United, historically, hasn’t worried too much about.” “But Arsenal are the classic club to look at, and see the value of making very smart young signings and developing players.”

We’ve been linked with some top young players in the last couple of months and expect 3-4 of these to be brought to the club in January. But we also expect at least a couple of experienced players to be brought in, and wouldn’t be at all surprised if these are back four players.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • George

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Sam is not the only person who wants new players in in january, so do we the supporter. But please Sam buy players who we are not going to lose for six weeks through playing for their countrys

  • Leo

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    we need a young defender, who we can develop. that the best way to get a good defence, get a player in who can gradually get his place, working with the other defenders and learning how they play. rather than bringing them in at the prime of their career and having to have them adjust…

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    i think we should be atleast given money to but edmilson brown and arshevin then we can concentrate on bringing young players in the reason arsenal can do it is because they always have a quality first team we need to concentrate on our first team before anything so we can push for europe dont miss the chance to get brown edmilson and arshevin

  • Ryan

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Hmm,if we can purchase David Villa. We certainly can sell off Owen. But, dream on.

  • paul p

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #5

    sams not going to be given any money after reading all reports this morning. mort has come out and said that. he says it would be more benefical if we got young kids in and develop them through the acadamy ranks like arsenal. so what about when the we lose geremi, beye, faye and martins for the african nations. what happens if we pick up injuries. we will have a depleted squad. to be honest its not loads of numbers we need. its actual quality that we do need. 3 signings for me would be great. woodgate, diego and shorey, I would be happy with. Arshavin also would be great. Or is it that the board are not backing sam as they are going to get rid of him and appoint some one of their choice!

  • Arthur Prince

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Ben Haim
    Wes Brown
    and bring back Andy Carroll from on loan . shouldnt cost too much and improves the squad

  • Obafan

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Mort has got it completely right by saying we need to work on buyin players for the future, but he also needs to be aware that we still need players for our first team this season (not only because of the African Cup of Nations but also because some of the players don’t have the EPL level).

    Go for:
    -Arshavin; is young, so Mort will encourage this one
    – Edmilson: we need an experienced good players who is technically also able to build up an attack, not like Butt (who is only a destroyer of the opponetns attack)
    – LB: cause Enrique is one of those IMO who does not have the EPL level.
    – Attacking midfielder
    – Striker

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    i think what mort means by yougn is from 17 to about 22 arshevin is 26 as much as i would love him i think mort looking for younger players then him

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    if i had the choice to get any player in january that were intersted in it would be arshevin we need the creativity and we have no chance of getting diego

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #10

    anyone seen sam has said on that he will not make an aproach for edmilson in january because of his injury but will be going for him in the summer as him and cacapa are great mates and want to play on the same team as each other

  • Bill F

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #11

    A chance for some of the reserves to step up to the ockey perhaps. Otherwise why have them.

  • iain

    Dec 11, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #12

    interesting to see what kind of funds mort means for young players.

    ie does he mean 25 million quid for the best young players like brazilians lulinha and augusto or 50 ooo quid for some eastern european kid who will take 5 years to get near edgars ability never mind taylor.

    anyway the young players we should go for imo if we want real quality like arsenal and not some average european nobody…


    if we want british then theres only really gosling/dyer/lafferty/maynard any good outside the pl.

  • rich

    Dec 11, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #13

    i hate the press so much.

    Sky Sports news have a headline:

    No More Cash For Sam In Janruary,19528,11678_2960156,00.html

    But when you read the article Mort doesnt say anything like that, just that ‘Sam has not asked about buying any new first team players in Jan’

    how can that be translated into the headline?!??!?

  • Hadrian

    Dec 11, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #14

    i think mort just worded his interview carefully .
    were not going to go all out and buy players just for the sake of the african nations cup , we will however buy young players with a view to the future in january , and some of those will be good enough to cover .
    thats what i thinks going to happen .
    just set your sight’s high please sam/mort.

  • Hadji

    Dec 11, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Arshavin IN

    Duff OUT

    I think that the balance between the INNS and OUTS should be no more than 50mill.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 11, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #16

    i think we should just go for some free transfes i he is not prepared to release money (where did i come up with that idea ;p)

    Cho Jae-Jin
    Manuel Iturra

    They are going to be free agents in Jan, worth the risk, Iturra is a good player, havent really seen Cho Jae-Jin but he quite a strong striker compared to most of the other Koreans so he might fit in.

  • Bosck

    Dec 11, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #17

    hadji – allardyce will not sell on players he signed in the summer only a couple of months later. Plus doubt he’d sell duff without giving him a good run in the side to see if he can rediscover the form. owen we should give the end of the season then maybe think about selling on, but how stupid would we look selling him just as he returns to fitness in january and then he scores 10 goals for someone else before the end of the season.

  • Sean

    Dec 11, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Alex da Silva
    Renato Augusto
    Omar Esparza

    😀 imagine our youth team

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 11, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Omar Esparza os actualy a player id like to see along with Jo, both realistic targets for us and what we need.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 11, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Also some good norweigan talent: Fredrik Gulsvik – Our possible young target man, 18 years old and scored two goals already thi season and only been on the pitch for substitue appearances adding up to under 60 mins and apparently and from what ive seen he possibly has the most powerful shot in the world ever! Even more than riise.

    Hes a tall striker and still has growing tie i think he is 6ft 3/6ft 4 atm.

  • Pete

    Dec 12, 2007 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Heitinga, brilliant center back thats young…problem is, he is quite small for a center back……But still, sign him i reckon, and whilst we are on the matter of Ajax;
    Buy huntelaar on a swap deal for owen…im sure huntelaar and martins will work fine together

  • Zero Cool

    Dec 12, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m ALL for developing young talent, but we all need to be very honest with ourselves. 90 percent of the Geordie Faithful aren’t going to give Sam the time to develop young players. we give up 3 goals in a game and we’re calling for his head. Young defenders give up silly goals, its what happens. We can’t have it both ways where we want young talent to develop but we also want clean sheets every week. Just can’t happen.

  • Shiftythemag

    Dec 13, 2007 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Not too sure who he needs to buy in Jan but we will need re-inforcements come then. Hopefully a couple of bright young lads to put some pressure on the likes of Geremi and Barton who haven`t really set the world alight. I think a top forward as well then hopefully sell Owen in the summer……hopefully anyway

  • Len

    Dec 13, 2007 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Two players we can have for free are Andy Carroll and David Edgar. If Lil Mickey plays thats effectively a free transfer from England. Arseshavin and Wes Brown look like good long term acquisitions. You dont give a player a 4 year contract to cover 4 weeks.


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