All Quiet On Newcastle Transfer Front

There’s just 4 days to go until the end of the January transfer window and with the breakdown of Jonathan Woodgate’s transfer to Newcastle, it could be that we’ll get nobody in during January.


Chris Mort and Kevin Keegan – no movement in transfer market – yet

We of course have been linked with many different players but Keegan has already said that he will only bring in players in January who have the experience to play immediately in the Premier League.

One player that fits that category and we are said to be interested in, is Pascal Chimbonda, the Tottenham right back. However, with Stephen Carr playing well, and Habib Beye, our number one choice, coming back from the African Cup of Nations, that acquisition wouldn’t seem to strengthen the squad too much.

What we do need is a good creative central midfielder and perhaps a striker who can put the ball in the net. We hope the rumor that we’re after Giles Barnes from Derby County is true, and there are a few strikers still available who could strengthen our squad, including West Ham’s Dean Ashton.

But we are very surprised that nobody had come into the squad yet, since it’s 11 days since Kevin took over as manager of the club.

We’ll just have and see what, if anything, happens through Thursday evening.

What do you think – comments very welcome.

96 comments so far

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jan 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Right person at the right time. It doesn’t matter if the transfer isn’t happen few days back. Be patient, and we shall be rewarded. 🙂

  • Graeme

    Jan 27, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Dean Ashton would be a good buy, as would Baptista. Dont think Barnes would make the impact that Baptista would, assuming we could get him of course.

    Sell/ swap Owen, Strolla, Bring in a good CF that can open up the game for Martins and the Midfield to score as well

  • leavy

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #3

    omg!!!! no signings i cant believe it
    the fact that woodgate wont come to us shows were in decline.
    We needed a midfielder and yet no ones arrived, typical of newcastles recent transfers name me the last good player we brought who has genuinly made us a better team owen no martins no duff no
    the best players we brought were n zogbia and milner and they were an age ago!

  • Ashton

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #4

    We dont need any players for now
    some of you may say we need a creative midfielder but we already have one agood one EMRE !

    i think when all players are fit KK will play with 4 4 2 formation

    ————— Given
    Beye — Taylor — Faye — Enrique
    ———-Barton — Emre
    Duff ————————– N’zogbia
    ———- Owen — Martins

    this is a strong attacking team imo .


    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m pretty dissapointed that no one has arrived yet.
    But like the Keegan appointment – you never know what will happen do you??
    Gutted about Woodgate – but I don’t believe the Shearer story. He will be at club in some capacity. Could be that Spurs can offer him UEFA cup football this season and next (assuming Chelski finish in the top 4!)

    You never know though – the Woodgate saga could yet have another twist – we’ll see.

  • toonoholic

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #6

    bye bye january

  • Hadrian

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #7

    gutted we dont seem to have the pulling power we once did , only one option , sign some phat cheques .

  • paddyq

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Im sorry but ashton would NOT be a good buy. hes overweight, untalented and slow. He fits exactly into the allardyce mould of players, therefore that says it all.

  • pete

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #9

    never mind the strikers we need defenders and a decent midfielder with vision and skill to give the strikers the sort of service they deserve.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #10

    If KK is only looking in the prem, we are royally buggered. There is no1 good, available and/or would come to us in the roles we need need: defensive midfield and attacking midfield.

  • chickensoup

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #11

    typical newcastle, our hopes are built up with talk of Deco, Micah richards, Arshavin and Berbatov. In hindsight probably unrealistic, but the club allows the fans to ride the wave of expectation and now we are back down to earth with a bump. Giles Barnes is about as exciting as we are going to get. And the prospect of a dull finish to the season with nothing to play for and nobody with that spark, able to create goals and start us playing the Keegan brand of football we were all looking forward to seeing again. Revolution on hold until the summer!

  • James Oliver

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #12

    We desperately need Emre back. Nobody in our current midfield can play a chance creating pass. Zog has great control but his passing is horrible.

    Look how great Fabregas spread the ball out and through our defence. That is the kind of passing we need for the strikers.

    Also I think Owen has totally lost his speed which is really his greatest strength. That worries me alot.

  • leavy

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #13

    yes emre is our only creative talent
    i used to watch newcastle train in the holidays and he is our most creative talent hes a genius
    if he was consistent we would be flying

  • joe

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I still think that we will make a very large offer for bentley. Blackburn can say what they want but hard cash is hard to refuse especially for a 1 million pound player.


    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Dont want barnes.Doubt there is a midfielder in this country who would fulfill our needs.The only person i have seen who fits the bill is arshavin from zenit st petersburg but being foreign keegan wont be keen.
    If shearer does come to the club the signing of ashton would be good. shearer could mould him to be his long term successor

  • Ryan Syahril

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Why don’t we close one eye and just splash some cash to bring Deco or Requelme to SJP?
    That’s all what we need since the transfer ‘deadline’ is just around the corner.

  • toonoholic

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #17

    no signings


  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    We fookin NEEEEEEED new players, if we get nobody, were FOOKED, simple as that.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Break the fookin bank, get Van Der Vaart!!!!!

  • nufc ...thailand

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #20

    we need
    need: defensive midfield and attacking midfield.

    defensive midfield = Carrick

    attacking midfield= Deco or Diego

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #21

    How bout Mozart from Spartak, brilliant passer and defensive midfielder.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Not Mozart, his music is shit!

  • micepie

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #23

    I wasn’t expecting anything to happen now. Personally I’m not miffed or anything. I don’t think KK should rush signings.

    One site mentions that Bentley may sign for us after all, though. I wondered why we didn’t sign him cheaply when he was available before he joined Blackburn. Didn’t he used to be a winger? Does he have the quality we need in central mf??

  • micepie

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #24

    p.s – I’ve heard that Rimskykorsakov may be available at Zenit St. Petersburg!

  • Bonkers

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t really see anyone coming in now. As someone said, we’re not even close to having the pulling power we once had. We’re a mid table team at the moment, without any prospect of qualifying for european competitions this season. We’ve been told we got a crapload of transfer funds, however that’s obviously not enough always. We’ll see in the summer

  • Martins

    Jan 27, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Riquelme has already rejoined Boca Juniors.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #27


    Im being serious, Mozart is a good player and a realistic, good option. Tough tackler and great passer, therefore better than Butt.

  • howway geordies

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Mozart and his Magic Flute could be handy – the pied piper leading the way through opposition defences!

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    In Keegan I trust….

    Whatever player Keegan signs, he should have full faith in that player. That player should fit into the scheme of things at SJP. I sincerely hope and trust that Keegan wouldn’t and shouldn’t be pressurized into doing something rash,for he knows what NUFC needs better than us.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree Butt is shit, but we need an attacking midfielder more than any other position at the moment

  • Gooderz

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    I hope that KK, Mort and Ashley are looking at the players on the edge of class who aren’t playing for the biggest teams in the biggest leagues. Elmander, Arshavin and Appiah could come in straight away and do a good job. Elsewhere there are players who could develop and we should look to snap up soon before they go to bigger clubs. Defour and Biglia who play in Belgium both have a good passing range and sensible heads on their shoulders and would make good signings if the bank isn’t broken for a world class player like Diego or van der Vaart.

  • cloudstrife

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #32

    our biggest need is Defensive Midfield. Butt is shyte n we got no other options. though if no-one comes in then we could play Faye there, though he’s our best CB. for AM we got Emre, (or Smith if we got desperate). i believe Emre can unlock defences like Fabregas.

    we really need to look further than the premiership for quality. though i’d rather have no buy than a panic, fan appeasing buy.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #33

    I disagree. Hear me out.

    With a good defensive midfielder Emre or Zog can concetrate on attacking (therefore they will do better), or even better with a good defensive midfielder who can pass, they can be even more dangerous.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34

    KK has MA millions to spend, he shud be offering Van Der Vaart a bigger contract than Owen has! GET VAN DER VAART!!!!

  • toon1978

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #35

    mincepie which site says Bentley nay join the toon

  • toon1978

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry micepie not mincepie hahaha sorry

  • Taiwan Toon

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Van de vaart would be a very very good signing, although not likely. After all, he did go to Humberg several years ago(fook my spelling)! So we might just have a chance if we try.

    I suppose the first signing of King Kev’s has to be a massive one to assure future potential signings that the club means to do it with ambitions. Well, we, as the fans, need it too.


    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #38

    No ones coming,read the signs there giving out!

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Van Der Vaart is coming, have faith man!!!!

  • toon1978

    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Dont be so negative Andy Glos toon you never know


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