Jewell Says No To Newcastle

Newcastle seem to be having no luck in the transfer market, as the verbal bid for 19 year-old Giles Barnes that we made yesterday, was turned down today by Derby County.


Giles Barnes – Newcastle bid rejected

There was a hint in what Derby manager Paul Jewell said, that a better bid would be entertained, so we don’t know if Newcastle will go back with an improved offer.

The highly-rated 19-year-old has previously been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, but Jewell revealed Newcastle are the only side who have made a bid for the player.

Paul Jewell said today:

“They (Newcastle) did come up with an offer yesterday, a verbal offer, but it was nowhere near our valuation.”“When I see other players leaving for £4million or £5million what we want for Giles Barnes is not unreasonable.”

“He is not going to leave here on the cheap because he is a player we would like to keep.” “But if Giles wants to go and play somewhere else, he wants to play in the Premier League, we won’t stand in his way, as long as that is right for the club.”

There’s still time for Newcastle to do something with Barnes, but things are certainly looking to peter out in January. There’s still an opportunity of bringing in Czech 20 year-old midfielder Lubos Kalouda, who we feel would be a good buy for the club.

We are concerned that if we cannot bring players in during January, the same thing could happen this summer as last, and we could be getting 6-7 new players in, some with no Premiership experience. They will then need some time presumably to gel together into a stronger team.

Of course that wasn’t the case with Manchester City and Sven Eriksson this season, who brought in 8 players and nearly all of them have performed admirably for the club.

So maybe it has got something to do with the manager too.

Comments welcome.

84 comments so far

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #1
  • indian toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    i dont see him as a first teamer at newcastle. maybe a good cover or a sub.! btw hopin to watch the match live at 1:45 am in the morning here!!!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Not to bothered, rather has Tissone for 300k, both similar players.

  • milner fan

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    I think the bid should be upped to £4m with extras for appearances.

  • Mehzeb

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #5

    We know, Ed. Sad, but true.

  • broon ale

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Tom_Toon – where does it say we have bid for Tissone?

  • ToonKing

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #7

    it will probably be raised.

  • Staffsmag

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Face it Jewell you scouse tosser – he will leave in the summer when you get relegated any way !!! Lol

  • Craig F

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #9

    I like barnes but i agree with indian toon – i can’t see him be a permanent fixture in the 1st team!

    Off topic but i’m moving to Oz for 8 months in March anyone know where i can catch the toon matches while im over there – i’ll be based in Sydney most of the time!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #10

    I just heard it on here, im not saying we have bidded for him but if we have 300k is a steal.

  • Chicken

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Haha – when I first read the headline I thought we’d asked Jewell if he wanted to quit Derby to become our vice-Chairman or something.

    Wouldn’t bloomin surprise me at present.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Kalouda & Barnes would both be decent buys for us but i doubt we will get either. I think the Tissone deal is nearing conclusion aint it?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Hope so Dragoner but if we get those 3 players then we have 3 of the exact same players!

  • broon ale

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #14

    no one has even mentioned tissone other than us lot on this blog! how can it be nearing completion

  • micepie

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Surely Barnes would be about potential? In other words, he gets sub appearances and if he gets that much better (which he might well do) THEN he plays in the first team.
    2M is crazy though. If someone offered 2M, or even 5M, for Zog – for example – we’d immediately say get outta here!

    I’m hoping that we continue adding promising youngsters to the squad.

  • Tom Cairns

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #16

    I think 4m would still be a good price for barnes considering his talent and promise he has showed this season. I was very surprised by only offering 2m.

  • cooldj

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #17

    unsure about barnes. 3-4 million he’s worth a shot be he hasn’t looked that good yet-i may be wrong though!

    kalouda sounds v.good on skysports though if juve want him then maybe he’ll move there.

    who the hell is tissone?

  • canuck toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    where can we watch this game in london tonight?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20


  • John

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    just seen it..thats what i thought WHO?

  • micepie

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #22

    I take it that others have seen this? Probably just more speculation though but…

    Levante are willing to sell the player for €3 million (£2.22 million) and The Magpies have set up a deal to bring the Brazilian to St James’ Park.

    The Spanish side are having financial problems and have decided to cash in on the 28-year-old centre back.

    Keegan has not had long to stamp his influence on the squad on Tyneside after his sensational return to the club but he lost out to Tottenham in the race to sign Middlesbrough’s Jonathan Woodgate.

    The former Real Zaragoza stopper is good in the air and should help stiffen a Newcastle backline that has looked less than secure recently.

    Alvaro is believed to be travelling to England in a bid to discuss personal terms and the move to the North East, which would see him become Keegan’s first major signing since his return to the game.

  • Leo*

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #23

    its hotting up all of a sudden, we get some new guys in the coaching staff and all of a sudden players are coming again… strange… barnes is a top quality player and would get into the team i think.

  • Kash2

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Alvaro must be a scouted player. If he was no good, then I don’t think KK would sign him considering we’ve got loads of CB’s! I was hoping for a midfield signing!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #25

    I was gettin excited that we were going to get a half decent young 21 year old midfielder in Tissone on the cheap and now we are in to sign a foreign 28 year old centre back from a struggling club…hmmm.. why are they struglling? defence anyone?

  • Kash2

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #26

    He was sidelined for nearly 2 seasons because he tried to forge a EU passport! This better not be another Marcelino. I hope he’s good though. I have faith in KK. We could do with a couple of midfield recruits maybe Tissone and Kalouda, I’d take Barnes too!

  • Chicken

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Utter bollox. Not gonna happen. Setanta aren’t even journalists are they? Where would they get that sort of information?

  • carl

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    is the game on sopcast tonight anyone??

  • valle

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    And so the panic buys appears…

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #30

    its on fox soccer on tvu.

  • nufctj

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #31

    I do not see how us not getting players in the January transfer window will affect our ability to attract players in the summer. Historically it is alwasy harder to get players in January.

    I am very impressed with the hiring of Dennis Wise and the other two appointments, to me it shows a commitment to the long term development of the club, and shows that MA and CM get the big picture.

    Things are looking up for the Toon!

    howay the lads!

  • ToonKing

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh right, yes, wohoooo Alvaro is coming!!!!…………………………………..
    Who the flying fook’ is Alvaro ??!!
    no pls

  • Tom

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Tom_Toon I’m sorry but i think its time you get real and stop making up stories about these obscure players who nobody’s heard of. I’ve heard of making suggestions but the way you rant on about “Chikhowi” and this Tissone fella, its like youre their bloody agent. I think its highly unlikely we’ll sign these players and if they are that good surely we’d have heard more about them?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #34

    You can say i make up stories when you see them play, because they are actually pretty good!

    ‘if they are good surely we’d have heard more about them’…? Are you thick? I guess you heard of Fabregas and a lot of Arsenals players before they signed them? Ye right did you. They are all good and would be considered obscure by you. Think before you type.

  • Jamie G

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #35

    we paid £5.5 million for jenas, and £8.5 million for viana and this like 5 years ago. surely we can pay around 4-5 mil mark which im sure jewell would accept. I think barnes looks a better player than jenas was at that age and hes proved he can also knick a goal or 2. definately a good buy if we sneak him for 5 mil or so. i personally think if we cant get a centre back in we should go for a right back, and play habib beye in the middle, he looks a top class defender.

  • Shaun Dean

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Im sure Tissone plays for Atlanta in Italy he is about 21/22 and can play center or right midfeild. He is Argentinan but has a second nationality of Italian. Ive heard nothing about him either.

  • Power

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #37

    É realmente as coisas estão complicadas para o nosso NUFC, o espanhol Levante é o ultimo colocado da liga, este Alvaro eu conheço e não tem condições de vestir a camisa do nosso time, assim como Caçapa, penso em algo maior para o nosso glorioso MAGPIS.


  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Power, so you think hes not for us? echo your opinion.

  • Tom

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #39

    erm, translation anyone?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #40

    He basically said that Alvaro isnt for us, he isnt good enough to wear our shirt and we should be aiming for better.


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