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Little Chance of Newcastle Attracting Deco

6:48 pm, Sunday, January 27th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

The Mail on Sunday is reporting that Barcelona’s Deco says he wants to leave the club in the summer, if the club doesn’t win any trophies this season.


Deco – little chance of Newcastle getting Portuguese playmaker

However, 30 year old Deco has not been used much this season by coach Frank Rijkaard, and it may be best for Deco to leave in the summer, whatever happens.

Deco has acknowledged his days at Barcelona may be coming to an end when he said:

“It’s not a question of whether I feel valued or not, it’s because I want to win.”

“If I can’t help the club win, perhaps I should leave.”

There will be a number of clubs interested in getting Deco in the summer, and it’s already being reported that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, as well as Newcastle United, may be interested.

But to be realistic here, we don’t think Newcastle will stand too much of a chance of luring the Portuguese midfielder, since we’ll not be able to offer European Football, let alone the Champions League next season.

So we’ll not build our hopes up, but there are a number of other playmakers that seem good and are available, such as Russian captain Andrei Arshavin, amongst others. With Joey Barton out and Emre suspended, it’s been obvious that we need more creative drive in central midfield, to allow us to play the way Keegan’s want the team to play.

It’s just a pity we couldn’t get a playmaker in during January. The more we get in now, the less risky it will be, because they’ll have time to settle in before the start of next season. The coming season has to be a key season for us, after the bitter disappointment of this one for Geordie fans. 🙁

But how many times in the past have we said that?

If we don’t sign anybody in January, we’ll need to sign quite a few players in the summer, so we hope we’ll do that early on, to give the players more time to bed in, before the season starts in August.

We are disappointed that we haven’t done more in the transfer market, although we were warned that if the right players are not available we’ll not be signing anybody. With losing yesterday, and Woodgate deciding not to come back to Newcastle, we need something positive to lift the spirits of the Geordie fans.

A win on Tuesday night would do that – however unlikely that may be.

What do you think about all of this?

Comments very welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 scottish mag // Jan 27, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    we should at least try to get players like him


  • 2 Braham // Jan 27, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    I think not just a little chance, but no chance.

  • 3 Ross // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    if a premiership team is going to attract deco, it will be a uefa cup/cl competing team, and thats not us.
    we’ve been linked with bentley today but there’s no way he’ll come to us either.

  • 4 chuck // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Forget him! thirty + players are no way to build a team. Prefer an Arshevin and a Bentley, young and the proven article.

  • 5 David // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    is it just me, or is the optimism fast disappearing from the tyne? such as certain reports in the papers here, transfer targets lack of belief in the club and results, personally i think newcastle cant be expected to beat teams like arsenal anymore, and we are truely a mid table team now, this is obviously gonna effect transfer targets. we need to start aiming for what we are, we cant compete with people like chelsea, man yoo, arsenal etc for players cos we arent them…. we need to have a long rebuilding plan built up, and not expect to be in europe year after year, we need to get a bit of perspective, we havent won anything in a while, why would the worlds best players jump at the chance to come here….

  • 6 Tripp // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    We shouldn’t even waste our time. We should be after players a tier down who can still contribute a great deal and get us moving in the right direction. We need to build carefully and with very specific goals in mind. Let’s face it, to get someone like deco we’d have to pay outrageous sums and that’s NOT the way to build a team for the long haul. We need to be patient. Maybe next year we can challenge for a UEFA slot. That should be our goal for next year. If we don’t get it, oh well. Once we can get regular UEFA football then we can worry about world class players and making a challenge for the CL. But we’re not gonna get players with CL ambition right now. If we bring in players like deco it means that they’ve decided to write off their careers for a lorry full of dosh. That’s not the kinda players we need here.

  • 7 Phani Tikkala // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Doesn’t look like we’ll be getting anyone in until the summer. Looks like KK is going to have to work with what he has at the moment, he is going to have to work his magic and instill some confidence in his team.
    But with the Africans back we should be OK, I think Beye and Martins in particular will blossom under Keegan. Personally I don’t think we have a bad squad just a bit thin in numbers and lacking confidence.

  • 8 bod // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    chuck Arshavin proven article?

  • 9 M. Stockley // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    linked with leroy lita today, dont get me wrong, good player but is he really the calibre of player we need??
    personally but please feel free to disagree with me, id make blackburn an offer they couldnt refuse with bentley, i would go as high as 15 million, he class, young, proven, hungry… ok a question for you guys who would you keep out of owen and oba?

  • 10 Hadrian // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    seem’s as much as people are trying to shut out the press , they keep knocking away at us and one by one kick the hope out of each fan .
    time to break out the cheque book and offer some serious cash to players to get them here .
    if were to compete we are going to have to scale the wage structure anyway .
    i refuse to let the press’s negativity get to me ,we are a club that can attract big players , it just depends on how much we want them and the lengths we will go to get them .

  • 11 David // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    bentley would be a touch of class!

  • 12 ToonKing // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    no contest – Oba.

  • 13 Dragoner // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    i would keep Martins, he is younger, and he jus needs to improve on certain asects e.g. first touch, awareness, accurate shooting. lol. He will be great if he improves on these areas Owen however, is a has-been, getting old, wages too big.

  • 14 M. Stockley // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    i agree, oba is class! lets f**k owen off and buy someone that cares about the club and will score goals and not get injured when someone says boo!

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Chikhaoui, playing now 🙂

  • 16 Hadrian // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    that manucho is sick !! , what chance have the toon got when fergie and the rest can pick up unknown players like that whenever they feel like it .

  • 17 ToonKing // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    yeah Hadrian i was thinking the same thing myself. and he won’t even play for a couple of years. sad.

  • 18 craig chisholm // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    we will have to get english players as many of the ones from outside are only looking for the top teams and only want the glory of playing for teams in euro comps. we need english who know all about what we are about and have a genuine desire to play for us for who we are. there is no doubt about it, we desperatly need a prem win as i can not hardly rememeber the last one now…….and thats a bad sign in my book. i am not even thinking about arse as its a cert we will c0me away with a draw at best and even thats if we get a miricle. the next home game though is critical in my book. woody not coming now eh.. bollocks to him then. i do not think that spurs are as big a club as us at all and i bet if the league average was to be calculated out since the begining of when we went into prem mode then we would be higher. at the minute spurs are around about where we are in the table too so why is he not coming to us? damn shame as he is very good when not lying on his back in the docs – which is always half a season at least.

  • 19 Tom_Toon // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Chikhaoui, back to his best for this game, playing well!

  • 20 M. Stockley // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    im just worried…. worried that we cant attract top players, players distance themselves from us when even linked with the club ( eg richards). Dont get me wrong kk hasnt had much time to think about players, but unfortunatly when you come in as a manager and only have a couple of weeks of window left and your squad is under par and thin and you have a owner with lots of money, you should just go for it… atleast try and lure players. if woody was the only bid he made then he has failed to understand that.

  • 21 Obafan // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    This is what will happen;
    1. KK will learn which players he has at the Toon now
    2. KK will sort out who he needs and who he doesn’t need
    3. KK will sell his not needed players in the summer
    4. meanwhile KK will start to search new players to stengthen his team. He will contact them and persuade them in the summer.


    Let’s face it, the players we have now are not bad, they just need to be played in their right positions and KK willgive them the confidence which SA did not give.

    Beye – Cacapa – Faye – Enrique
    Duff – Butt – Emre – N’Zogbia
    Owen – Martins

    SUBS: Harper – Roz – Taylor – Milner – Viduka – Smith – LuaLua

    That is a good team if they all play with the confidence….

    Now we have to be patient!!!!

  • 22 Ben // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    If we are in need of a winger, which i think we do, then Zé Kalanga of angola is very good,at only 24 plays for Boavista and just watche him in the acn and hes a typical winger,runs fast, hogs the line and has great delivery.

  • 23 heads23552 // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Lets get real, Ashley and Mort are business people they will build slowly. KK is in place to do that, thats why we have signed nobody. Thats why we are signing young talent like Kadar etc. You better get used to midtable for the next few seasons with few signings only youngsters, its a good plan and the only way into the top 4. I suggest if you cant stay with this come back in 3 years.

  • 24 bod // Jan 27, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    obafan i agree mostly with u however u say keegan will play players in there right positions so why u got duff on the right in your team he is one footed left winger?

  • 25 awc88 // Jan 27, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    man city attracted the big players and finsihed further down the league than us last year, why cant we even attract woodgate?

  • 26 big pea ov the weab // Jan 27, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    @ oba fan i agree with ur team choice but am still a bit dubious about keegans appointment

  • 27 ToonKing // Jan 27, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Ben, Ze Kalanga is on loan from Dinamo Bucharest so no way can we get him, and although he had a decent game today, he’s quite a shite player usually.

  • 28 Tom_Toon // Jan 27, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    and usually plays on the left which we dont need.

    Bring in a player like Toulalan in jan and we are set.

  • 29 Ben // Jan 27, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Toulan?position?Oh so my scouting mission of trying to un earth a hidden gem has not gone too well!worth a go though lol!

  • 30 Tom_Toon // Jan 27, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Toulalan is a defensive midfielder

  • 31 Mehzeb // Jan 27, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    We can’t attract any real talent because we are now truly a mid-table side. The best we can do is scour the world for rejects, and for outcasts of the top sides. Or, we could try and lure players from the Championship (something which is not a good idea, e.g. Fulham). The sad part is that Keegan won’t even plug the inherent gaps in midfield. He is happy to sit back while Butt scores an own goal, makes a mistake every few minutes, and displays to us the embarrassing first-touch, and his truly appalling short-passing. No use arguing. The best we can do now is probably, Giles Barnes from Derby. But even that’s doubtful, as Villa, and West Ham have long been interested in him.

  • 32 Tom_Toon // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Chikhaoui having a blinder, take note 🙂

  • 33 Tom Cairns // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Mehzeb (and some others)- why are you being so negative? Im not having a go or anything but some people see to have come off the whole getting keegan high pretty quick and now seem to have dropped into a similar state of depression as before.

  • 34 Edd Case // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    If we were ever going to sign Deco, it should have been 10 years ago when he was 20.

    We should be looking at world class players in their early to mid 20’s with plenty of time to play football still. Players who are younger, hungry and willing to fight for their team.
    Deco was once like that, sadly, he is no longer – and I do know this, I watch him almost weekly and am actually going to the Camp Nou next weekend.

    There is a never ending stream of talented, young athletic players coming through, all with the potential to be world class.

    Take Giles Barnes for example. He is a player I’d love to see nurtured by Keegan – and he’d cost far, far less, still have an immediate impact and could play for another 10 years.
    Yep, Deco’s proven quality but certainly not in the Premiership…

    There’s players out there, we may not get them in January, but we will in the summer.

    Woodgate, Deco, Edmilson etc, 28, 30 and 32 respectively – expensive, injury prone, sulky and hardly the long term future of Newcastle United…

  • 35 Black and White Blood // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Tom Cairns – I agree, why buy if those who are avilable are not as good as the players we already have in the squad. Come on give KK a chance and allow him to do a job – Like I said when I returned last night, we were outstanding in the 1st half and the begining of 2nd half, unfortunately, Arsenal scored and our heads fell.. Be real KK’s had 9 days with SA players and made such a difference already…. He’ll buy the right playes at the right price when the time is right… Seriously, anyone who watched the game on TV last night don’t be fooled, we were 10x better [BRILLIANT] then highlits showed us to be in the 1st half..!

  • 36 ObaFan2 // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    “the only way we’re going to get into Europe is if we get on a ferry.” KK’s words not mine.,19528,12876_3083188,00.html

  • 37 I HATE THE YIDD // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    I’ts simple why would anybody want to sign for nufc, Fans that are negative not a chance of a trophy, poor players a owner whos scared to spend his cash, a chairman who is a lawyer who has no clue about football and signs players, a manager never seen a football match in years

  • 38 keegan 1 // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    i would go for giles barnes shaun wright phillips wayne bridge all good english players. and get rid of owen milner smith and butt

  • 39 Phani Tikkala // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Hello B&W Blood.
    I wasn’t there but listened to it on the radio whilst decorating my House and I can tell you from the commentary (maybe biased admittedly) we sounded very good. In fact I can’t remeber being that excited while listening for a long, long time. I really thought we where going to do it which I can’t say I have thought for some time.
    Well done to everyone who were there, I could hear the army blasting out and out singing the arsenal. All that is needed for the time being is our Africans back and a healthy dose of Keegan injected confidence.
    I am still very optimistic, taking BSA team to the Emirates after only 9 days in charge and still giving them a go (first half I suppose) is improvement indeed.

  • 40 Zx // Jan 27, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    All I can say despite the negativity surrounding the club, I’m still optimistic. Splashing the cash is not the solution, definitely not in this transfer window. Save the cash for the summer, we will rebuild and shut the mouth of those doubters.

    I have faith in the club, the owner, the chairman and the manager, all the way down to the tea lady. Things are about to change, trust me! Howay the lads!!

  • 41 Tom_Toon // Jan 27, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Easily the man we need.

  • 42 Black and White Blood // Jan 27, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    You know I can see what people are referring…. KK’s been in a job 11 day’s and already I can see a good few of you getting on his back – I know you all have a right, but for god sake lets put thins into perspective 9 days at the training and all ready we are seeing a huge difference – Some of the name we are expecting to sign, remember little chance of Europe next season, therefore MAY not wish to come – Personally, I would like us to hang fire and assess what we need and where we need it…. come on no more rushing in. Where in this for the long haul.

    @Phani Tikkala – Our fans were brilliant never sat down or stopped singing from start to end – must be said there fans were crap, not a whisper even at 3 up, in fact we had to sing a song for them!!!

  • 43 Bakerman // Jan 27, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    I seriously hope that Keegan doesn’t make any panic buys as I much rather see him concentrate on motivating our current crop.

    The only place I see where we need DESPERATE improvement is Defensive Midfield. Butt is useless and we don’t have another specialist in that position.

    If, as everyone on this forum seems to believe, that we are having a problem attracting top players – I hope that KK starts targetting the cream of the crop from the 1st division. Look at how thats turned out with players like Lescott, Dawson, etc

  • 44 Black and White Blood // Jan 27, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Sorry guy’s every post I’ve made today, I’ve either put the wrong word in or missed words out – SORRY, hope you can all interpret what I mean – Was a very long day yesterday obviously!! [post 40]

  • 45 Sleazy McSleazington // Jan 27, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    I have a theory why top talent are not interested in Newcastle ATM.

    1. No European football

    2. Constant instability, caused by a. mismanagement by the Newcastle hierarchy, and b. the fickleness of Newcastle supporters.

    3. Newcastle isn’t exactly the French Riviera. London and Machester (& surrounding environs. ) hold greater appeal for overseas stars.

    Despite the fact we’ve got a billionaire owner its going to be difficult in the short term to achieve success. I can’t believe that there is ALREADY a portion of supporters starting to turn on KK.

    The cold hard fact of the matter is that we’ll miss out on the majority of top transfer targets but may sneak a really good one (perhaps a Pandev for egs.) attracted by a bigger salary.

    It seems as though the club really needs to invest in untried young talent ala Arsenal if we want to achieve sustainable success…

    We’ll only attract the big name types once we’re in the Champions League and that aint gonna be easy with competition not only from the ‘Big Four’ but with Tottenham, Man City, Aston Villa, andPortsmouth who are all cashed up too…

    I think Everton would be a good example to follow for a club that has become very successful without being able to attract superstars, through some pretty shrewd purchases over a period of time.

    So basically we need to collectively reasses our expectations in the short term. Cause we aint gonna break into the top 4 anytime soon…It is a much more difficult environment to operate in then when KK was last in charge.

    These are tough times which call for innovation and persistence. Two qualities this club seems to lack ATM…

  • 46 LondonMag // Jan 27, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Agree we need to build slowly. There was an articlei in one of the Sundays stating we are taking one of Real Madrids world scouts. Now thats the way forward. How many brilliant young South Americans have they signed in the last few years.
    Please have faith. KK realises he made mstakes the last time he was manager, in neglecting youth. He won’t make the same mistake again.
    He will be given time, and he will get it right. But
    Howay the lads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • 47 UTD111 // Jan 27, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Not sure I’m bothered about Deco actually – now if it was Anto and Deco that would be different (as long as there wasnt a phone-in involved :o) )

  • 48 thelongshanks // Jan 27, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    lua lua,carroll,troisi,kadar,tozer, baheng, donaldson, edgar,marwood,krul, doninger 11 youngsters on our youth team that are ones for the future and should be good back up till the summer.I would love to see a new attack mid come in but hopefully emre back soon we have a good enuf team to get up the table. ameobi,carr,barton and smith to go in the summer 12m for the lot.

  • 49 scott9 // Jan 27, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    yes tom_toon i seen toulalon play and hes qaulity he would be great for the dmf role were missing

  • 50 Punk Skunk // Jan 27, 2008 at 11:24 PM

    Shit!!!…PATIENCE!..Please stop believing every piece of speculative shite in the rags!..& the ‘Oh wow, KK’s back, we’re gonna win the league, cl etc. next week, oh shit, the league doesn’t end next week, right, i’m gonna slash me wrists then ‘cos we’re a mid-table team brigade’,…GET A LIFE!..It ain’t gonna happen over night, no matter what the me, me, media want you to think!..
    …Howay the Lads!..No matter how long it takes!..

  • 51 Jim // Jan 27, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Tom_Toon & scott9…

    Do you trust this woman?

    The author of the piece on “toulalon”

  • 52 Tom_Toon // Jan 27, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Dont need to trust her when you’ve seen him in action.

  • 53 Mike // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    What this team needs is creativity and skill in the midfield…. once we have that we will be able to incorporate our good wingers and quick strikers…. rights now with players like butt and smith we just end up bypassing them with the long ball and put too much pressure on our wingers…

  • 54 ende // Jan 28, 2008 at 2:56 AM

    An opinion being reported as news.

  • 55 zfz // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:33 AM

    I want Top class defensive mid. Butt is very old.
    An example makoun and Tymoschuk

  • 56 chennai toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:03 AM

    keegan promises one signing…which will be a surprise…………..

  • 57 joe // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    I remember david moyes finishing 17th once. The next season they got into the champs league was it?

  • 58 Mehzeb // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:17 AM

    That’s a nice sentiment, joe. That’s my hope for Newcastle as well. Mid-table this season, but CL next season. But what we’ll probably get in reality is: Mid-table this season (12th place finish), and Mid-table next season (11th place finish). Yes. That’s how bad we are.

    Arsenal will destroy us next game as well. 3-0 anyone?


  • 59 Chicken // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    From the BBC website…

    Tottenham are set to complete a £16.25m double move for Rangers full-back Alan Hutton and Newcastle centre-back Jonathan Woodgate. (Various)

    Well at least we’ll get something out of the Woodgate fiasco then! 😉

  • 60 ELFER // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    first of all DECO really isn’t our problem solver and we should not be after him (he would only come to earn money for his retirement). no no no.

    what makes me think positive is the targets KK had with BENTLEY and WOODGATE.

    Unfortunately we did not get one of them, but the targets where absolutely the right ones!! So I guess these positions will still be improoved first in summer and that’s what makes me confident! A lot more money then available and a lot more prospects for players to bring in.

    So forget about january transfer rushes. Play the season down ok and then go for it!

  • 61 Graham // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Chennai toon – Read that article again my friend. At no point does Keegan promise anything – least of all a wow signing.

  • 62 hanz-emre // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    yea am with Edd Case, we must opt a policy of we’d only sign some good young CMs in their early 20s with the like of e.g. Deco, Cristiano Ronaldo’s skills & nurture them.Never mind this season we’d finish mid-table..just trying the best possible combinations/players in all positions as well as using existing youngster we already have.. it’s next season we’re trying to start very well.

  • 63 jj // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    I really think that the keegan appointment was the wrong choice! If we are such a big club, why cant we attract top managers i.e hitzfeld, mourinho, van basten? The sooner we realise where we are and the reasons being maybe we can let a manager get on with his job, and when he says we need a 5 year plan, give him at least 3 to make improvements! As keegan is at the helm he should be looking at players like SAMIR NASRI from marseille, he is clearly 1 of the best young talents in europe! I agree with the choice of arshavin, he is an established international player and will be availiable and willing to join. As for a striker IVAN KLASNIC has declared his interest in moving to england from werder breman, he again is a top class performer at club and international levels. DEAN ASHTON is the perfect choice for me, he is young fit strong and has a heart like a lion. He is the closest you can get to the legand that is big al and i think he’d jump at the chance of playing infront of 52,000 daft geordies every week! I really think that cacapa, faye, beye and enrique can come good as a back 4. A defensive unit can only become that if the play week in week out! I think N’ZOGBIA is a talented player but he’s gotta work on his 1st touch and final delivery if he really wants to featur in kk’s plans. Milner must do the same! Even though Keegan was not my choice i’m 100% behind him and will continue to go to the match every week. Haway the lads!

  • 64 wobby_head // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    I remember the 1991 NUFC Annual. Ossie Ardiles claimed he was going to make us a great team. What happened there?!!
    Mind, they say football is all about opinions. Thank the lord for that eh?! Maybe NUFC could be the first Democratically run football team. After all, we know best eh? Of course we do – it was in the papers, so it must all be true. Ooooh – And them players that the scouts have never looked at – They’re mint them you know. I’d get rid of Milner – Whats he ever done eh? He’s not got a future. And Butts experience doesn’t take the fact he’s ginger away. My fingers are knacking cos I’ve wrote 61 comments. If I don’t do more than 70 in a day then how would we get into the Champions League? It is important that we all suggest players, just in case Keegan happens to read and think ‘Sh*t! He’s right!! Why didn’t I think of him’. He said he reads the blogs you know. He said on the radio the other day. Have a look at yourself and ask – is it worth it.

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