Are Newcastle After Michael Carrick? – Hope So!


The Daily Star is today saying that Newcastle United are set to launch an £18M bid for Michael Carrick of Manchester United.

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Michael Carrick – local lad said to be target of Newcastle United – great!!


The midfielder was born in Wallsend, and played for the famous Wallsend Boy’s Club, and was capped for the England Boys’ club side at that time. At that time he was a center forward but he then moved to West Ham United in 1998 at the age of 17. That’s when Michael started to play in midfield.

Alan Shearer was of course another player who left the area for another club, Southampton, after also playing for Wallsend Boy’s club, and he even had trials at Newcastle too. 🙁

Carrick moved from West Ham to Tottenham Hotspur in 2004 for £2.5M and then moved to Old Trafford in 2006 in a huge transfer from Tottenham Hotspur, said to be around £18M. His first season saw him surprisingly establish himself as a part of the first team lineup at the Red Devils.

But this season has not been so successful due to injury and also the acquisition of Owen Hargreaves has seen him in a rotation system.

He still may be too important to Alex Ferguson, and as such any potential bid from Newcastle would have to be a good offer. But we think Newcastle would be willing to splash the cash to bring our local boy back to Newcastle United. Carrick is a perfect midfielder that can fit into Kevin Keegan’s free flowing style of play.

We also think Michael would be excited to come to Newcastle, since he was a youngster who watched the club when Kevin Keegan was last at the club.

While at West Ham Michael was part of the Hammers’ Youth team, which won the FA Youth Cup final in 1999. Michael helped West Ham to a 9-0 victory over Coventry City at that time, scoring two goals himself. Joe Cole was also in that side. Michael made his debut for West Ham in August, 1999 at the age of 18 and stands over 6’2″ tall.

Carrick, 26, has 13 caps for England and took part in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Moving to Newcastle United would also only help his chances of playing more for the England team.

But here is a perfect example of how the club have let many of the top North East youngsters leave the area for other teams. Chairman Chris Mort is determined not to let that happen in the future, and the fans will be very pleased to hear that.

Michael played 136 times for West Ham United scoring goals and played 64 times for Spurs scoring 2 goals. Michael has so far played 51 times for Manchester United scoring 3 goals.

Comments welcome.


101 comments so far

  • Indian toon

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    we need playmakers not holding midfielders. we already hav smith, butt, rozehnal ( oh yeah , he did play well ysday) , geremi, barton,

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry guys.. Where’s the value with someone like him? I just can’t see this guy being worth $18mil+.

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  • ToonRich

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Could be a decent signing, if we could off load a couple of players to recoup part of his fee, as it’s been said, 18m could be used better, but I think get rid of perhaps Emre, Geremi and maybe Butt/Smith then Carrick would be a great 1st team player.

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  • AlexW

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    would love to see it happen, but it aint gonna….

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    as kids , carrick had loads of dribbling ability , always assumed he would grow into an attacking midfielder and not a holding one .
    sometime i scream at the TV , take him on for god sake carrick !!!! .
    but on the other hand he’s grown into a very intelligent footballer , one pass straight into his forwards all the time , its great to see . but dont write him off as being just a holding midfielder , he’s got alot more under the hood.

    then again , english players are FAR to expensive its crazy .
    it’s roman at chelsea i blame , he drove the price of them up sky high in an attempt to bring in a majority of british players so his takeover of the club didnt look to much of a foreign invasion on a london club , shame arseanl didnt take note of that eh .

    and that should be played AT the famous wallsend boys club ed .
    hundreds of 5 a side teams there not one club in itself .

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  • Victor Meldrew

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    If this happens I’ll show my wotsit in Fenwicks Xmas window. For tickets see Skybet. For full story see evening comical “VICTOR’S IN THE FRAME” by Anal Oliver.

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  • AlexW

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/7195390.stm

    have you seen this, looks like we will find out at end of week about shearer 😀

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  • adam

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    even if we bid for him and dont get him, it will show we mean business and are willing to spend a small fortune to get what we want.

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Need a midfielder that can hit a target from 30/40 yards out.. Nothin’ like seeing the Keeper plucking it out of his net from a blinder.. If only Laurent Robert was 5-6 yrs younger 😉

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  • Number_7

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #10

    who writes this crap?

    carrick in his best form since he signed for us. going nowhere, f**k off newcastle.

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  • Indian toon

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    if we can get wright phillips from chelsea, it will be a majaor coup. fantastic player , he and zogbia can link up well on the flanks !! fantastic. zogbia is keegan’s fav player after the way he was shouting charlie charlie all the time!!!

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  • mark

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Wont happen, get in Deco, Woodgate/Van Buyten and world renowned player, up the toon!!!

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  • scotty

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    I would rather KK go and buy Sissoko

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    I was just thinking that scotty..

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  • scotty

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Adam – but it will also means that we will pay well over the odds for the players we need.

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Hope Scotty was joking there about Sissoko.

    I’d like Carrick but I’d seriously doubt someone getting in Man Utd’s first team more times than not would leave at the moment.

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  • Stami

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    i have seen Carrick hit em from range! i think he could develop his attacking ability under a manager like Keegan! he is an all-round class footballer! would be an excellent addition to the team! 18mil…think we would end up spending more than that on him, Sir Alex rates him very highly!

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  • Leo*

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    would be unbelievable if we could get

    kompany
    carrick
    juninho
    ashton

    spend the money and get the players we need

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  • scotty

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Sissoko would be a great buy!!! Big, strong, fast, good in the air, can score goals and can run at defenders – correct me if i’m wrong but are we not lacking in this department at the mo?

    We looked like a team of midgets yesterday, especially in CM.

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashton is overrated for me and West Ham would probably demand a large fee anyway. Isn’t Juninho like 35 now?

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  • ADAM

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    carrick would be a fantastic signing plus he has always wanted to play for us.
    given – keep
    harper- keep
    carr -go £1m
    enrique – go £6m
    rozenhal – go £3m
    emre – keep
    cacapa – keep
    barton – go £5m
    martins – keep
    owen – keep
    duff – keep
    n’zogbia – keep
    milner – keep
    smith – keep
    gerimi – go £2m
    beye – keep
    ameobi – go £2m
    a. faye – go £2.5m
    ramage – keep
    s. taylor – keep
    edger – keep
    carrol – keep
    lua-lua – keep
    krul – keep
    = £21.5m + £30m mike ashley has give him =£51.5m
    Players to bring in:
    woodgate £5m
    van buyten £5m
    w.bridge £4m
    alan hutton £8m
    s.w.philliphs £14m
    m.carrick £ 18m
    scott brown £4m
    d.ashton £10m
    = £68m an sure mike ashley will spend more if needed.
    coaching staff
    k.keegan
    a.shearer
    t.mc dermott
    l.clarke
    r.lee
    g.speed
    team :
    given
    hutton s.taylor woodgate bridge
    milner carrick n’zogbia s.w.philliphs
    owen (c) ashton
    subs:
    harper , s.brown ,van buyten , martins ,beye, butt.

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  • scotty

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #22

    I can’t understand why people also think Ashton would be a good signing? He is so slow. I’d rather go and buy Beattie or Bent.

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Thanks Stami. It’s not that I don’t wanna see a Geordie midfielder. He just needs to be the right man for the job. If it means that we have to pay (Gerrard/Lampard) dollars for him then,so be it, as long as he can just hit one from distance once in a while and thread passes that provide for the wingers a the guys up front then it would be worth it. But not if he holds the ball.. a creator is what we need.. and 2 of em if possible 🙂

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  • scotty

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #24

    PS would like SWP but did he pick up an ankle injury yesterday?

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  • carl

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #25

    look carricks much better than emre,geremi,butt,smith, they are all dead wood, just let king kev do as he pleases, id love to see carrick, van der vaart, swp in our midfield.

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    We are lacking CMs, I agree. I’m just not convinced by Sissoko. Maybe if we can’t find any else because I do think he’s better than the current CMs we have (not saying much), but from what I’ve seen he’s not got the all-round ability you say he has scotty. Strikes me as more of a battler, rather than a player who takes people on and scores. At least he can tackle though unlike Smith and Butt.

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  • scotty

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    AdamCF – i agree. Sissoko and Deco, flog emre and sack Barton and testify against him……

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Adam, would keep Enrique and Rozehnal, but wouldn’t go after Woodgate. Shoulda kept him when we had the chance, but the offer was too good at the time I guess. Would leave N’Zogbia on the left wing also, maybe play milner more central and have SWP on the right wing.

    But otherwise, good suggestions 🙂

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #29

    i would love it if we get him, love it.

    As Hadrian said, he’s no simple holding midfielder, he’s a much more complete player. He’s great going forward to not just defending, has great vision and can pick that final pass for us.

    I think he is a player that we definitely need right now. He can really make the midfield work and help out both in attack and defense.

    As for the price, 18Mil, well that is a little expensive but it’s the same ammount Manure paid for him and if we are to get somewhere in the future were gonna have to start paying these amounts. +Mike has more than enough money. 😉

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Scotty.. gone are the days of 5 foot centre mids.. wingers only.. 6ft plus now is necessary.

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  • Leo*

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #31

    i dont mean the juninho that played for middlesborough he plays for lyon

    great dead ball skills

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  • Indian toon

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #32

    viera anyone

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #33

    At least now, we won’t be losing the Carricks etc with a much better set up ‘Department of Youth’.

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  • carl

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    just let keegan splash the cash, by the sounds of it hes got an abromovich size transfer kitty – no limit.i loved it when he said were guna( have a go)

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #35

    I also meant the Juninho from Lyon. I’m pretty sure he’s getting on in his 30s.

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  • scotty

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #36

    indiantoon – Viera = Sissoko 🙂

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Who are you people mentioning Sissoko ???? do you watch him ???? his terrible, a horrific player. He makes so many mistakes i can’t even count. Forget him, fast.

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  • Leo*

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #38

    yeah ur right mate he is 32

    doesnt look it

    maybe go for nakamura of celtic. saw a fair bit of him, he looks very good

    or at a push diego of weder bremen

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  • carl

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #39

    given
    beye taylor campbell bridge
    swp carrick deco nzogbia
    owen martins
    that would do me until the summer

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  • scotty

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #40

    Toonking – everyone entitled to their own opinion……

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