Newcastle Interested in Kuyt – Hope Not

Reports in today’s Daily Mirror suggest that Newcastle United are keeping tabs on Dirk Kuyt at Liverpool, and may make a £8M bid in the summer.


Dirk Kuyt – Newcastle interested in him – hope not

The Dutch striker has had a poor season to date and was recently dropped form the Holland squad, because of his unimpressive form at Liverpool. Kevin Keegan is reportedly interested in offering Liverpool £8 million for the 27-year old, but we have no idea if this is true.

We’d rather see Keegan go after Peter Crouch at Liverpool, even though he would probably cost more than Kuyt.

Kuyt has made 56 appearances for Liverpool and scored 15 goals since joining the Reds from Feyenoord back in 2005, but this season has been disappointing for him, to say the least.

At Feyenoord his record was much better with 83 goals in 122 appearances for the Dutch club, but there’s a huge difference in class between the Premier and Dutch leagues. From 1998 through 2003 Kuyt played for Utrecht and appeared for them 184 times scoring 66 goals.

Bottom line is we’re not sure Kuyt is good enough, and certainly not for £8M.

There just have to be better strikers available than Kuyt in the summer and we should go after them and give Kuyt a miss.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

95 comments so far

  • scott9

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    please please please please nooooooooooooo this we dont need dirk kuyt he is just not good enough i remember when we were after him last summer when roeder was in charge i was quite gutted we missed out on him but after seeing him play for 2 seasons im glad we got martins instead theres no comparision between them he is better than smith mind but still not good enough how he gets a game over crouch ive no idea rafa must be on medication

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Last thing we need is another reject from a top 4 club. Lets find someone not living on reputation. Our scouting needs to be better than just what for sale at bigger clubs.

  • Robert from Serbia

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #3

    go for Nilmar,Moutinho,Luisao,Eduardo Ratinho and Arshavin….

  • scott9

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    moutinho would be an outstanding signing but it will be a while beforewe can attract that sort of player and even then alot of them want to live in london

  • Davies

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Bit of a worry if this is a taste of what we’ll be going after in the summer.

    We have an abundance of strikers at the moment, some of them younger, and less experienced than others, but there is definitely good quality there.

    Proceeds from Smith, Barton (if anyone will have him), Ameobi and possibly Viduka might make way for another senior forward, but we should be giving more time to some of the reserves, as a lot of time and effort has gone into developing them.

    Carroll seems to be blossoming and I’d be interested to see what Zamblera can do as well. He may only be 17, but let’s remember how old Owen was when he started getting first team action.

    Also Lualua has shown a lot of promise when he’s played in the first team.

    Shouldn’t we be concentrating on a more creative midfield and bolstering our back line?

    P.S. Kev, I’m not saying that your dream of getting Thiery Henry back into the premier league is a bad one, I’d gladly have him. But if you’re insistant on buying more strikers, let’s be more realistic shall we.

    Oh, and ditch that yellow card magnet Licky Butt. He’s shite.


    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:27 PM

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  • Ben

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I am a Liverpool fan I am really hope that this is true and goes through! I fear Rafa may hang onto him unless he gets specific offers of a decent amount which this would be. If true I cannot have anything but sympathy for Newcastle fans. You spend money, but often just not very well. Kuyt is a decent bloke who works hard, but then I can do that too! He is also pretty gormless and just not up to it. He will probably impress at first with his work ethic and may well score a goal or two as new signings often do, giving a false sense of what’s to come. But ultimately he would just be another flop at St James’! This is not to have a dig at Newcastle, but just to wonder aloud how warped some of your purchasing criteria and actions are!!

    Have to agree with Scott about Kuyt getting in the team ahead of Crouch – madness!!

  • scott9

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #8

    i disagree with ameobi being a possibility up front he shouldnt even be considered in my opinion cause hes sh*t and milner is not to slow i think hes just reaching burn out from playing so many games but even then i diagree with saying hes to slow hes just as fast as duff maybe faster

  • LFC supporter

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #9

    we will offer you kuyt on loan for shall we say 4seasons if it does not workout and you try to send him back to us we will deny he was ever our player
    in the first place

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    If we sign Kuyt or Crouch i will kill myself!

  • ToonKing

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    oh god no

  • Paul

    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #12

    You have never won anything and have delusions that you are a big club. Let me tell you, you are far too small for Kuyt, Dream on!!!

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Yemozone, only 11 players are allowed on the pitch! we NEED 12 on at the moment but its against the rules mate!!

  • iraqi_geordie

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #14

    He is crap and we don’t need another shiti striker ffs !!

  • Dragoner

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #15

    “If we sign Kuyt or Crouch i will kill myself”

    this is the problem with newcastle fans. Some of you still seem to think we are a successful club and we should be getting better than these two, WE AINT! we are have been shit for years and these lot wont want to come to us. I dont like Kuyt as a striker but as an attacking mid he is decent. he cant shoot but is useful as he works hard, passing aint bad and is a pain in the arse for defenders. Crouch is a very good striker known for his threat in the air despite this being the weakest part of his game. He is most lethal when the ball is played to his feet. We need a player like crouch right now.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #16

    We need a crouch-like player as viduka doesnt live up to his name no more. and we need a fast, COMPOSED striker as Owen doesn’t live up to his name now either. Midfield needs to be completely changed and we need a specific playing style so that players always know where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to be doing.

  • Ant

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Kuyt would fit well into the team at the moment. passing is shite, cant score and no confidence.
    But even on form i wouldnt want to see him playing for us.
    i would much prefer crouch if we were going to buy one of the two.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #18

    our defence is fine, once there is less pressure on them they will come good i am pretty sure of that

  • Dragoner

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #19

    kuyt passing aint that bad ant

  • ChrisL

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #20

    I like Kuyt. He’s a hard working link up striker & that means he doesn’t get that many goals (like Pedro), but the team benefits.
    But I think £6m would be a decent price.

  • rem

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #21

    ronaldeano he meant either ameobi or martins! lol thats what the slash is

  • Nicky Butt is crap!

    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #22

    dont rate kuyt at all! i agree we cant attract massive players at this moment in time, however we can do better than this. if we take 8 million we could defo spend it more wisely. what we need is someone who can hold the ball up, has a bit of strength and is young, hungry and will improve us………. DEAN ASHTON!

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #23

    YEMOZONE have you ever been involved/played football I don’t think so you know nowt about it

  • scott9

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #24

    yes ashton would be a great signing

  • scott9

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #25

    i think this should be our team for rest of season.
    beye faye taylor enrique
    lua lua/milner barton emre zog
    martins owen
    i thnk lua lua should get a few games even if hes just comin of the bench

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #26

    If the line-up same as the banner, I will be very happy.

  • Brian

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Kuyt had a very good first season at Liverpool, but this year he has been s-it. If he leaves Liverpool i dont thing he will go to a weaker club in england, maybe spain or italy is better for him. He lost his father this year and he thing himself it has influince this seasons performance.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #28

    OUR DEFENCE IS FINE! How many goals have we conceded this season Dragoner? They wont come good cos they are shit, we need a new defence

  • Leo*

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #29

    kuyt has been played in a role which is unfair to look at his goals tally. look at the work rate, and what he produces for his team, i dont think we should sign him because he probly isnt the best we could go for.

    crouch would be a good signing though.

  • Ian

    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #30

    We do not need him, he is no better than Smith at the front, in fact Alan Smith is better in my view, neither have scored goals.

    Djibril Cisse is the man we need to partner Martins, even Bobby Robson thinks that Owen is past his best so Cisse and Martins for me, Cisse is tall and one of the fastest strongest strikers on the planet, he is direct and agressive, with all of the technical skills thrown in.

    With Martins and Cisse the oppositions defence will have to stay back or they wont be able to get back and defend quickly enough against those two.


    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Djibril cisse is is april 1st already
    Some one will suggest danny shittu next

  • Cockney Magpie

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #32





    This team could and should be able to beat anybody! KK needs to plays this regulary and this team will come good

  • Cockney Magpie

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #33

    N’Zogbia could become our box to box mifdielder like the Gerrard role

  • Dragoner

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Ronaldeano you aint got a clue. Goals conceded have come from the overall team playing poor. There isn’t a defence in the world that could keep a clean sheet with our midfield who constantly give the ball away and dont perform their defensive duties. get a good midfield and our defence will show that they are good


    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Milner Barton Emre N’zogbia
    Owen Martins
    Subs: Harper Cacapa Duff Lua Lua Carroll

    Totally the most balanced and pacy team with some passing, creative and tackling ability in the midfield

  • Andy1

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d like Crouch. His goal record is pretty good and he deserves to play a lot more. Kuyt is shite. One of the biggest flops in the last few years. He is just like Liverpool’s Alan Smith – doesn’t score – so plays in midfield – offers nothing – but continues to get in the team for work rate. No Thanks!

    We should get rid of the likes of Butt and Smith and bring in someone who can play football and isn’t just a Big 4 reject. We don’t need another one.


    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Dragoner if our best back four were injured we’d have :

    Carr Ramage Cacapa N’Zogbia

    Still think we dont need to buy defenders??

  • Andy1

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #38

    CRAIGG – that’s the safest line up. We have to play it. All the best players in the right positions and we should have enough to stay up. I think it will be a while before Duff returns to his best and there is no point wasting Zog in the mean time. I liked the idea of playing N’zogbia in the middle but i don’t think he has the confidence and understanding of the role. At this time in the season he needs to play where he is most comfortable so we get the best from him.

    His passing was not up to much against Bolton and with none of the rest of the team makin runs he just ran with the ball. This is why Emre has to play – he is the only player who wants the ball and knows how to move it quickly and look for it again. Without him there is no passing game.

    The rest of the team thinks the idea of keeping the ball is to fanny about in our defensive third and put the keeper under pressure. If Owen and Martins are playing the midfield needs to be right on form an want to get the ball off the defence and each other because long ball isn’t an option. We made life so difficult against Villa by keeping it in our half and not playing throught the thirds. Villa showed how effective long ball can be and made us look stupid.

    Defence need to clear their lines quickly but at the same time we need to keep the ball – midfield can’t be scared to get hold of the ball and run the game – EMRE MUST START.


    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #39

    andy 1 Thats my point barton and emre can keep us the ball if Man utd dont have the ball they cant hurt us!!

  • Ian

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #40

    craigg – Djibril Cisse 25 years old, 26 in August, 6′ tall, scored 14 goals in 26 games in 2006/2007 and isnt getting selected very often, which is why he will move at the end of the season.
    24 international caps, 9 international goals, and he is on form now, not another crap player who has ‘potential’ or will return to his old winning ways of the late 90’s, he is exactly the type of player we want, all of the ability and goalscoring capability we need and out in the cold wanting back into the premiership.

    Is one of the quickest players I have ever seen, he can run faster with the ball than most defenders without, excellent player.

    He is the type of player Newcastle need to partner Martins and Nzogbia if he stays.


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