Keegan Wants Three Top Players in January

Kevin Keegan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning, and said he wants three quality players in January, but it’s uncertain whether he will be able to get them all.


Kevin Keegan – wants 3 top players in January

It’s never a good time to bring in top players in January, but we have at least two things going for us to attract players now:

  • Players will likely want to join the new Keegan revolution at Newcastle
  • Ashley has deep pockets to persuade clubs to part with their players – even in January

Kevin told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I’d like three players, I’ve got the three I’d like in mind, but I might not get them because this is a difficult time to do it,”

“We need general strengthening and to bring in three people in the next two weeks would be fantastic, because we’ve not got a big squad.”

One of the players we have already covered a couple of times is Dundee United’s Barry Robson, who we think is wanted by Kevin and will cost only around £1.5M.

Dundee United’s manager Craig Levein said last night.

“Someone has told me Newcastle are interested,” “I’d love to keep him here forever, but if someone makes us an offer, we’ll discuss it. Until then, I don’t see the point.”

“He’s our player and we’ve got a match against Kilmarnock next week. He’s a good player and he has done well to maintain his focus despite the speculation.”

But Keegan will not be deterred, and he is expected to press ahead with his plans to make Robson his first signing and it may be that Barry has played his last game for Dundee United – against Aberdeen on Saturday, when he scored two goals.

Maybe we can get him tomorrow?

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully: (unlikely)
    Vuokojevic – DM
    Bentley – RM
    Chikhaoui – CAM

    I think our defence is ok and will be good with better cover from midfield, hence the Vukojevic signing.


    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    99percent of scottish players playing in premiership are hopeless what makes Barry Robson different? Balls Flat!!!

  • Kris

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    At least he knows what players he wants,hope mort is working on this full time,come on kev pull a new elano out the bag were desperate now. P S Please dont play shola ! !

  • sparetheman

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #4

    I hardly think Keegan will be signing any of these obscure European players you bring up, Tom_Toon.
    A) He’s already said he wants players ready-made for the premeirship;
    B) You think he’s been sending scouts from the soccer circus to go watch these players for the past three years or something?

  • tdt

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    e knows what e’s doin, i tlly trust im. i doubt robson will be cumin, more like two thirds of spl players strugle in the prem, this guy duznt sound too bad, i doubt it tho. the really good players like SWP etc is what we shud be aiming 4…

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    we need a massive quality mid field player and a top right back. any other player would be great too such as SWP etc. i agree, most jocks are shite in the prem so why should this one be any diff, i hope its not going to bare fruit, besides, keegan likes proven big names by nature. i am sure we will not be dissapointed either. the rest of this season though he will just make a couple of buys and aim to steady us mid table to stop the slide, then the real building will come at the end of the season. i think that next season we will see the new newcastle, not this one.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    diego could be our new pedro .

  • Luke

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    barry robson my arse!

  • paul p

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9

    we defo need 3 quality players brought in if not more. we are been linked with everyone today. bentley, campbell, richards, robson, berbatov, van buyten, wheater, woodgate, deco, shorey, hutton. i would have all of these players, better than what we have in my view. but its getting them to sign.

  • tdt

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    this summer is gona be great, i can see it now, all the massive signings like wen shearer came, cant w8. but 4 now, ye stability and a cuple of good january buys will be perfect. try n push as far up the league as possible and hope 2 nick a uefa cup spot.

  • simene

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #11

    richards, hutton and berbatov! 😉

  • Chicken

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    More likely to be Berbatov, Carrick and SWP (not that I think we have much of a chance of signing any of them this Jan, or anytime soon).

    Definitely not Eddie Eastern European, Johnny Foreigner and Thingybob Whoareyavic though.

    Honestly, some people on here seem to think it’s a competition to find the most random footballers on the planet – get real.

  • lee

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13

    we need a top quality cb someone with pace as taylor sometimes struggles against fast opponents a right back though beye isnt to bad i still think we need someone else and someone in centre midfield like (lol) deco he probably wont come but might as he is out of favour

  • Marguerite

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14


    Just been watching the Barca match. Deco could not find a fellow Barca player in the whole of the first half, his passing was awful. He is definitely NOT match fit, and I doubt he would be prepared to handle the premiership.

  • Micky C

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Don’t want Deco I’ve seen him play and he’s not much different to Emre in stayle and size. Why not try and get a good winger like SWP, Bentley and play Milner and Zog in the middle they can both play the killer ball Milner has done so time and again to England.

  • Femi Lena Lover

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    I think we should buy Andy Obrien

  • Femi Lena Lover

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    and Marcellino

  • Femi Lena Lover

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #18

    and Nicky Hunt

  • Kein

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t know about that Robson guy, but all the other players linked are great..Berba, Carrick, SWP, Bridge and even Campbell and Shorey..They all would make the team stronger. Although it propably is just paper talk..

    Keegan seems to want players with EPL (or SPL) experience so that rules out Decos and Arshavins..

    Marguerite – I also watched the Barca-Racing game and Deco was quite good shot and passing % maybe 40..I doubt that he would make it in the premiership. He’s a terrible diver and whinger and his temperament is too much. With little intimidation he would kick an opponent to the head or something..!


    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #20



    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #21



  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    TOONNUTTER – Those comments suggest your name is apt!!!!….lol

  • Oba Martins

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Ferdinand, Ginola, Asprilla……..


    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #24

    CARRICK and SWP (maybe BRIDGE)

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Beardsley, Albert n Shearer 😀

  • Southside Jordy

    Jan 21, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #26

    * SWP
    * ROBSON
    * BRIDGE

    Would be a shout?!?

  • catchy

    Jan 21, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #27

    why not pele,roy kean,toony adams,, he wil buy 3 good players but not great pleayer,,, not many great players will move in january,,, most are still involved in european football,,, he wil sing barry robson though.

  • Leo*

    Jan 21, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #28

    spot the different…


    robson robson, who the f is robson

    a nobody, maybe he will be good but i doubt it, his age and stature aint great

  • Bill f

    Jan 21, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Iv’e never been a Deco fan, reckon we have him already in Emre. therefore don’t need him. Still like Junhinho though be worth paying over the odds to get him. MO would score shedloads with him as provider.

  • Bill f

    Jan 21, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Incidently all of the great teams always had Scots in them, and the ones in the EPL are doing OK as individuals even if their teams are not.

  • scott9

    Jan 21, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    i no nothing about robson heard a few reports but can he cut it in the premeir league and what type of plaer is he anyone now if there is a compilation of him anywhere cant find one on youtube

  • Rich

    Jan 21, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #32

    scott9 – robson is a central midfielder, a playmaker who can also play on the right side of midfield. Hes very skilful, has good vision and an eye for goal, not the quickest though, a decent squad player no more.

  • gonufc

    Jan 21, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Robson actually sounds/ looks quite good, whenever i’ve seen him he looks quite impressive. Please dont get Deco, he’s not the player he used to be, and his attitude seems awful- go for diego from werder bremen!!

  • Greg B

    Jan 21, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #34


    Lets just give Bayern 10Mil for the pair 🙂

    Maybe some truth in the CARRICK rumours too.

    Them 3 would be a good start in my eyes, Im not a Carrick fan (possibly because of who he has played for!) but I think he would do well up here.

    Anyway, untill we hear something official we could sign more or less anyone (aside from the Ronaldo’s/ Terry’s etc)

  • michael

    Jan 21, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Ronaldo and Ronaldhino, they’re going to be known as the 2 ronnies.

  • michael

    Jan 21, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #36

    We’re going to sign the Russian captain so our midfield will read:
    Arshavin Butt (huh huh, cool Beavis)

  • roscoe

    Jan 21, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #37

    van buyten

  • scott9

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #38

    i think we should get a qaulity cm player and that robson just so he can cover till the summer so then we can get another qaulity cm unless he ends out really good.

  • marcus owen

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Buy heskey.

  • Dayat_shearer

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #40

    can he just start buying rather than talking..
    helloooooooo…february is fast approaching…


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