Newcastle Decide Against Signing Cho Jae-Jin

Newcastle United officials met with South Korean International Cho Jae-Jin, a 6’1” striker yesterday, but decided not to proceed with the signing of the 26 year-old after all.


Cho Jae Jin – Newcastle decided yesterday not to go ahead with the signing

Cho had traveled to Newcastle yesterday in an attempt to cement his transfer to the Magpies. Jae-Jin had made no secret of the fact he wanted to join Newcastle. But it was not to be and Newcastle will not be signing the South Korean in January, as first reported yesterday.

Newcastle had been hoping to lift some of the gloom at the club with the news of a decent signing.  Cho Jae-Jin did have a medical at the club yesterday, but after lengthy talks, the club decided against signing the Korean international from J-League team Shimizu S-Pulse.

That’s one we can cross off our list, but it will be interesting to see just who Sam will bring into the club next month. That decision will not detract from Allardyce and Mort’s strategy of trying to strengthen the quality of youngsters immediately beneath the first team, and we still expect a crop of youngsters to be brought into the club, starting in early January.

Exactly which players will be brought into the first team squad will also be interesting, but we certainly don’t expect any defenders without Premier League experience to be coming to the club in January.

What do you think – comments always very welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Indian toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    this means sam is not getting sacked in january.

  • carl

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    we already have a 26 yr old 6ft1 striker in amoebi?? why get another, not so heard of?

  • Rob

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Giles Barnes looked good last week

  • Craig

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    ‘this means sam is not getting sacked in january’

    If Allardyce wanted the player and he was in the country discussing personal terms and suddenly the deal is dead, don’t you think this means he MIGHT get sacked?

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Re comments to date: Giles Barnes and dare I say it Ameobi would be better bets if prem experience is what we are seeking. I would expect Barnes to move on in the Jan Window. His value will plummet by time the next window opens when Derby are down.

    Also if Mort pulled the plug on this one, it would raise questions about Sams future

  • malaysian youngster

    Dec 29, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    OMG that korean. is one of the player who will put 110% in his game. which is more commit to alan smith. now i got no mood to watch tonite game.

  • Eve

    Dec 29, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Ya, why would we want a very highly rated striker. Honestly.

    Why can’t we try to sign someone like Stephen Hunt (even though I doubt he’d leave Reading, very happy with the other 2 Irish lads) anyway, you want commitment look at him, you actually would fail to find someone more committed then him. Oh and he’s a bloody good player, every time he gets the ball he does something with it. (I’ve a soft spot for Reading, don’t ask me why) But he’s a bloody good player. He’s be someone to look at.

  • Coolsmurf

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    he is crap, worse than the one at boro

  • Dragoner

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    i wonder why this has happened. Maybe someone better has now been lined up. I dont feel Sam is getting sacked though (thankfully). Malaysian youngster what do you mean 110%, i read up on ths guy and apparently he can be quite lazy

  • Leo

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    it was a stunt to get newcastles name heard in asia… we probly will sign someone eventually from there, it makes business sence, if they get even a small percentage of fans to support newcastle over there then that will be a huge boost to our finances.

  • Hammy

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d go for his team mate Chow Mein..
    looks tasty, on paper at least.

  • Moy

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Quite a pity. I quite liked Cho Jae-Jin actually.

    However , if he wants a Asian who can sell shirts and can do the job , he should look no further than Celtic Playmaker Nakamura , which is what we need , or Park Ji-Sung. They’re prolly the best East Asia has to offer , and are what Newcastle need.

  • Moy

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #13

    I quite like the guy Cho Jae-Jin actually , but I’m not sure if Newcastle needs someone like him. Wouldn’t mind him , but if we want Asian talent who can do a good job for us , I’ll be looking to Man Utd’s Park Ji-Sung , who can give us some much-needed energy and creativity or Celtic’s Shunsuke Nakamura , a real master of set pieces and is creative.(Naka’s contract is ending soon.)



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