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Wide Range of Players Could Arrive in Summer

1:47 pm, Monday, February 18th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

Kevin Keegan has told his Newcastle players to secure their Premiership status quickly to allow him to start overhauling the squad.


Kevin Keegan – who’s on his transfer list?

Newcastle United have not won in the league since mid-December when Joey Barton scored a penalty in the 92nd minute at Craven Cottage, with just 20 seconds before the end of the game to beat Fulham 1-0. Were we lucky? You bet we were, since we gave a poor performance and didn’t really deserve the win. We’ve had 9 league games since then and collected 3 points and haven’t had a win since then. :(

Kevin talked about the league position recently :

“First we have to get the players to ensure our safety because we’re not safe yet,” “We need a win. That’s all we lack at the moment.

“Then, when safety is assured, we have to start thinking about pre-season and then in the back of our minds there are players whose contracts are up.

“Then there are players we are looking to in terms of thinking can we get a wish list and can we get people to go and watch them?”

It’s always interesting to try to guess which players could be coming in the summer or even which players would really strengthen the side.
Well, here’s a first pass at various player lists:

Players who we would see leaving:

Player        Club      Fee

Shola Ameobi  Norwich   £2M
Stephen Carr    ?       contract up
Peter Ramage  Norwich   contract up
Alan Smith      ?       £6M

Players we’d like to see join the club:

Player           Position     Club         Fee

Wayne Bridge     Left Back    Chelsea      £7M
Wes Brown        Center-back  Man United   free
Giles Barnes     Midfield     Derby        £3M
Lubos Kalouda    Midfield     FC Brno      £2M
Andrei Ashavin   Midfield     Zenit *      £7M
Steward Downing  Winger       Middlebrough £9M
Peter Crouch     Striker      Liverpool    £8M**

* Full name of club – Zenit Saint Petersburg
** Could be free if he buys out his contract

Other players who are possibilities in the summer:

Player           Position     Club        Fee

Nickey Shorey    Left Back    Reading     £5M
John Arne Riise  Left Back    Liverpool   £5M
Goran Pandev     Striker      Lazio       £8M
Dean Ashton      Striker      West Ham    £7M

There seem to be quite a few good players that could really strengthen our squad. But we’d also have to ship some players out.

Looks like we could bring in around £8M with the players moving out, but that would also relieve the wage bill. One unknown is whether Charles N’Zogbia will want to move on, and if he does, that would increase our coffers by another £10M.

The first list of those we’d like to bring in, would cost us around £36M, so if we got £16M into the club in outgoing transfers, and lost Charles in the process, that would be a net outlay of £20M – not too bad. Of course, the transfer amounts are just best estimates.

Of course there are players in the second list, who may also be targets, and we’ll just have to see who we can attract to the club. It would help if Alan Shearer was Assistant Manager by then.

What do you think – and who are the other players we should go for.

Comments always welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cooldj // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    wall virginity –> he’s back with a bang!

  • 2 ObaFan2 // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Downing has just signed a new contract at Smoggies.

    Brown is average at best (and he’d be another top 4 reject!)

    Crouch will depend on his new manager (If Rafa goes)

    Players we should go for : gonna have to wait for the end of the season and see who’s available and for what prices, crazy trying to draw up a list now unless we begin again with D Duck !!!!!

    No football = press making up stories (about takeover atm) and endless lists of players lol

  • 3 steve // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    I’d like to win the lottery and play centre forward for the toon on champs league final.

    Whats the point of this speculation, we’re not even safe in premiership yet – doubt any of these players will come if we get relegated!
    lets keep speculation and wishful thinking for the summer when the transfer window is actually open

  • 4 Ed Harrison // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Steve – we’re not safe in the league yet – you’re right. Maybe we should lay off this until we get some more points on the board – but it’s interesting – that’s all.
    But of course none of this will happen if we end up in the Championship :(

  • 5 Kimbo // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    You would LIKE to see Downing join the club for £9m???? We should steer clear of Wes Brown aswell.

  • 6 cooldj // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    we need players who are hungry and with a point to prove not players moving for £££££.

    Therefore from that list i would only be truly happy with crouch, barnes, kalouda (if hes any good!) and maybe bridge (though he could do a duff and get nowhere near his potential!)

    anyone know anything about Luka Modric?

    Is he good in comparison with current prem midfielders? would he come/where is he going? and what sort of price?

  • 7 CRAIGG // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    ED ive been showing a list of ours and the mackems remaining fixtures maybe you could do a list of us and the teams belows remaining fixtures so we could see who has the best chance of staying up and the ammount of points those teams would have to gather

  • 8 Dragoner // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    we wont attract anyone with our 16th place finish

  • 9 cooldj // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    ed writes good articles but as far as i’m aware he can’t predict the future…

  • 10 ObaFan2 // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Wide Range of Players Could Arrive in Summer.

    Yep! lol

  • 11 Rich // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    CRAIGG- Id be up for an article on that also!

  • 12 Nick C // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Supercooldj, where you been?

  • 13 slick // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Wayne Bridge & Wes Brown -
    it should be policy never to buy an ex Chelsea/Arsenal or ManU player again – they are always shot by thetime we get them
    Wes Brown is a joke and would be another huge misfit in our defence

    Giles Barnes – something to work with
    Lubos Kalouda – no idea
    Andrei Ashavin – again havent seen enough but looks lively
    Steward Downing – I like him
    Peter Crouch – would do a good job
    Nickey Shorey – not good enough
    John Arne Riise – consistent performer
    Goran Pandev – risky
    Dean Ashton – too slow?

    Another name banded about is McGready of celtic- i dont follow the scottish game much but wondered if anyone elese does?

  • 14 Paul P // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Afternoon all. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

    Potentially, anyone in the world could end up at newcastle. money talks in football as well as the want to play for a club. In 1992, when we nearly got relegated, we should not have been able to attract players to our team, what happend, we got venners, beresford, rob lee, bracewell, cole, sellers, robinson and look what happend, we took off, and i think it will take off again, but the main thing is like we have already said is to obtain the points to stay in the divison. all these stories of mike ashley wanting out, absolute non sense, if that was the case, would he go to every home game also sit with the fans away from home. we will see in the summer what happens, but it should be a very exciting one. tell me what is wrong with goign for players like ronaldinho, beckham etc, this just shows the ambition of where kevin keegan wants to be, surely that is a plus for us.

  • 15 Tez131 // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    I cannot see any team pay £6mil for Alan Smith as you have stated.

    Alan Smith ? £6M

    Unless he actually stated to score some goals and cut out the stupid tackles. Commitment is one thing but he needs to use his head sometimes (and not to headbutt others!!!) .

    I would also rather us try our best to convince N’Zogbia to stay than sell him and buy downing. I am a big fan of the french man. He is currently our best winger, Att Mid and is not a bad LB either!!!

    We need a solid spine of a team to build round look at the top teams:

    Arsenal – Toure, Gallas, Cesc Fab, Adeybouyor
    Man Utd – Rio, Vidic, Carrick, C.Ronaldo, Rooney
    Chelsea – Terry, essien, Lampard, Drogba
    Liverpool – Carragher, Alonso, Gerrard, Torres

    Then look at us

    Taylor, Faye, N’Zogbia, Owen

    The other teams have quality around there spine.

    Any Thoughts??

  • 16 Zx // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Going by today’s market, I think Crouch and Pandev are seriously under-valued by 25%.

    Its crazy times for football…

  • 17 valle1 // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    I sure as ¤%#& dont hop your right with those signings with the exception of Bridge… We lack flair and creativity and al the players you list are direct and physical, perhaps with the exception of Barnes both that would be way to much to put on his young shoulders. You also list Downing as the wingerould get when we alrdy have Duff and Zog for the left side, our right side is much more of a problem since we only have Milner and he aint good enouigh as it is.

    I would like to see the following

    LB…Bridge: 4 mill

    CB…Dunne: 8 mill

    CM…Poulsen: 7 mill

    CM…V.D. Vaart: 12 mill

    RW…Bentley: 10 mill

    Att… Cant think of any, but someone with flair and skill.

    OUT: Zog, Smith, Ameobi and Roz for a combined 20 mill+

    That would leave us on a net spend of about 30 mill, but hopefully we will be closer to the 50 mill with a couple of backups arriving to and a star to attract other players… This might be dreaming, depends of how much we actually have. This summer will tell if MA was full of hot air or if he delivers.

  • 18 mark // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Ed – are you rich? being an executive et al?

  • 19 Gooderz // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Bridge is worth 6m of anyone’s money and it’s also Chelsea who don’t have to sell.

    Dunne is worth 8m, but we should bid less. If he’s interested, Man City will either have to accept, risk the final season and negotiate a contract with him, or he can just buy out his final year and we’d reimburse him for that (which would be good revenge for paying Barton’s loyalty fee).

    Van der Vaart apparently has a £1.1m release clause in his contract for this summer. I don’t know how true that is but if that is so then Ashley, Mort, Keegan and Jimenez should be straight over the Hamburg at the soonest possible chance.

    I’d prefer Carrick as a holding midfielder. He’s good enough, he’s English and he’s a Geordie.

    We could even try and get Alex Song in that role or to add a bit of quality to our defence.

    McGeady or Arshavin should be sought after to play as an AM or possibly wide right if needed (although McGeady could cover the left as well). and provide some much needed pace and creativity.

    Upfront we should take a chance on someone like Jo. He’s tall, quick and skillful and is still only 20 years old, and he should really enjoy showing that and scoring goals in front of the Gallowgate.

  • 20 cooldj // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    where have i been?

    dunno really-here and there-spent some time at home but i s’pose becasue we didn’t have a game last weekend i kinda drifted away but no fear-i’m back and hopefully here to say.

    btw no-one know anything on modric then.

  • 21 ELFER // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    well don’t get me wrong, the player’s mentioned are good but I can not see any outstanding players there…so why should we improve with these players? Don’t want another “safety first season” next year!!

    So we really need to settle that back four problem with some one like DUNNE!! BROWN for right back and BRIDGE or SHOREY left and then we should definitely be competitive if we manage to add 1 or 2 young and hungry creative midfielders!

    Concentrate money to the right players and do not buy silly one’s anymore…but I’m sure this won’t happen anymore with such quality in the board!

  • 22 cooldj // Feb 18, 2008 at 2:55 PM


  • 23 Irishal // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    £8m for Dunne, by all means your entitled to your opinion but i think the is a lot of money for an average defender, does anyone know when his contract is up, this season or next, remember sven talking about being confident he would get it resolved, if its this summer then £8m is a lot

  • 24 CRAIGG // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    I personally think we should keep ramage as backup he can cover right, left and centre back and he loves the club. He is the perfect defender to have on the bench

  • 25 CRAIGG // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    dragoner are you always so positive?

  • 26 Bosck // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    changing subject a bit, but seeing as there is no thread on this already this is my predictions for the league table at the end of the season:

    Pld GD Points
    1. Arsenal 38 55 94
    2. Man Utd 38 61 92
    3. Chelsea 38 34 81
    4. Everton 38 29 72
    5. Man City 38 16 72
    6. Liverpool 38 29 69
    7. Aston Villa 38 25 68
    8. Tottenham 38 21 62
    9. Portsmouth 38 19 62
    10. Blackburn 38 2 58
    11. West Ham 38 5 53
    12. Middlesbrough 38 -21 40
    13. Newcastle 38 -24 39
    14. Bolton 38 -23 31
    15. Reading 38 -34 30
    16. Wigan 38 -33 29
    17. Sunderland 38 -37 29
    18. Birmingham 38 -23 27
    19. Fulham 38 -32 24
    20. Derby 38 -69 10

    So we’ll only pick up 11 points between now and then but that will be enough to keep us in 13th thanks to the league fixtures of the teams below us. the smoggies will have the bragging rights for this season but we’ll be safe which is the main thing. thats what i reckon anyway!!!!

  • 27 neil preston // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    the banner looks sweet now. well in.

  • 28 Leo* // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    how can peter crouch buy out his contract?

  • 29 Punk Skunk // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    New rule for giants!..

  • 30 Punk Skunk // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Na, sorry, i think if ya’ 28 & in the last year of ya’ contract, you can buy y’self out or the buying club can pay the end of ya’ contract!..Somethin’ like that…i’m sure someone on here knows the exactitude tho’!..

  • 31 CRAIGG // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    I really couldnt care where boro finish as long as we finish above sunderland. Why do the smoggies think there is a big rivalry between us and them as far as im concerned they are a shitty yorkshire club and the media are the only ones who make out its a massive derby

  • 32 valle1 // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Gooderz… Agree about Carrick, he would be better as the holding player since he can make sweet passes… Poulsen could still fit in the squad tho, but just imagine a central midfield of Carrick and Van Der Vaart… SWEET (drools)

  • 33 ToonJon (PSN ID: jnufcuk) // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    all it will take is one big signing then more players will think about coming. If Carrick or a world known player comes first then hopefuly i can see more better players coming.

    Also what about Miguel Veloso?

  • 34 cooldj // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    i think your drool just dripped onto toonjons post.

  • 35 Hadrian // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    people saying wes brown is average at best , you watched him this season? gary neville wouldnt get in the first 11 if he tried with wes’s current form .
    ill put money on it that capello will have him as his right back consistently .
    carrick , well , the way some of you talk about brining him home you’d think we had another shearer on our hands .
    micheal is no shearer ! , and he’s english so your looking at 20 mill when a similar foreigner would cost us 10 .

  • 36 cooldj // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:48 PM


  • 37 scott9 // Feb 18, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    realistickly i would like to see the following players of this qaulity come in the summer.
    mgeady 9m
    song bilong swap for zog
    toulalon 9m
    scott brown 9m
    arshevin 8m
    top class cb however much he will cost i dont care we need one
    dean ashton 10m

  • 38 Rich // Feb 18, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    slick: You asked about Aiden Mcgeady, im a scottish adopted geordie and watch a lot of the scottish games. Honestly Aiden Mcgeady would be an immense player for us, hes only 21 and has fantastic skill, tricks, vision passing ability and pace. He has everything you would want in a winger and is improving all the time. He also produces in the champions league and tore Ac Millan to pieces last time he played them. He can play LM, RM or as an attacking midfielder would be a great addition to the squad, realistically would be hard to sell him the toon but his mate Duff might help him and he would cost£12 million i would think!

  • 39 cooldj // Feb 18, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    great! now that we’ve got that one sorted out are there any croatian geordies out there who can shed some light on luka modric???!!

    -suppose if he does well at euro 2008 then maybe a european club will be in for him

  • 40 GP // Feb 18, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Modric is probably going to move to one of the top European clubs. Don’t think we can get him.

  • 41 Leo* // Feb 18, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    this would be my absolute dream team, never going to happen unfortunatly


    Beye faye kompany Enrique

    Bentley carrick diego nzogbia

    Berbatov owen

  • 42 MichaelAwin // Feb 18, 2008 at 5:08 PM




    Wes Brown
    Richard Dunne
    Wayne Bridge
    Urby Emanuelson
    Van Der Vaart

    If only that could be done. And in one summer :( Has anyone else got to the point now of not even celebrating when we score? – because you just KNOW we will concede inside the next 10 or 20 mins? Its got that bad.

  • 43 Tom_Toon // Feb 18, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    The only players id defintely buy off your list are Pandev and Bridge, maybe Arshavin and Crouch at a push.

  • 44 leavy // Feb 18, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    i really think we should go after diego he can run at players cut them open with his passing and score good goals he is also a fantastic set piece taker.i am a big fan of emre but he hasnt produced the goods.

  • 45 Bucks1985 // Feb 18, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    This is my prediction for the summer… with limited bias of course…



    What I would prefer…


    Van Buyten

  • 46 Geordie Joe // Feb 18, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    We should bid for carrick. They may be willing to sell with scholes anderson and hargreaves all ahead of him.

  • 47 chuck // Feb 18, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Butt Given
    Carr Brown Taylor Dunne Bridge
    Owen Bently Arshevin McGeady Duff
    Viduka Huntelaar Martins
    Geremi A team with pace,skills & youth


  • 48 ADAM // Feb 18, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    carr free
    enrique 6m
    rozenhal 2m
    duff 5m
    gerimi 2m
    smith 6m
    ameobi 2m
    emre 5m
    cacapa 2m
    carrick 16m
    henry 25m
    bentley 10m
    riise 6m
    shaun wright philliphs15m
    total = 62m
    sw philliphs

  • 49 Ben // Feb 18, 2008 at 10:03 PM


    N’Zogbia (if he wants to go)



    In reality we’ll probably end up with the average players listed and have to build over the next few years. A lot like Keegan did in his first stint

  • 50 Tom_Toon // Feb 18, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Start with a central midfielder like de Zeeuw.

  • 51 Len // Feb 19, 2008 at 1:46 AM

    Looking through these posts I only notice one which talks about our young talent and that was about Ramage. There are hundreds of ideas for wasting tens of millions on high profile high risk big names. I say give Zog Taylor Edgar and the rest a chance and keep our money for players who will bring something special.

  • 52 Mehzeb // Feb 19, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Realistically, I’d want. and we’ll probably get the following:


    1) David Bentley
    2) Giles Barnes
    3) Lubos Kalouda
    4) Goran Pandev
    5) Nicky Shorey


    1) Stephen Carr
    2) Shola Ameobi
    3) Charles N’Zogbia
    4) David Rozehnal

    I’d also like to see Alan Smith, Nicky Butt, and Claudio Cacapa leave the club, but that may not happen.

    Alot of people have mentioned Wayne Bridge, and Stuart Downing, but we could not attract them even if we seriously wanted to. The trouble lies with their respective ambitions. I’m even confused regarding Bentley, would he join the Toon Army? Hard to say, but lets hope for the best.

  • 53 Mr T // Feb 19, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Signing players is like a domino effect, if we sign one key one, then it’ll be far easier to sign more as good with the whole potential hype of the keegan effect. As mentioned several times, drawing up a list now is a waste of time in effect. but me personally would like to us bring in:


    And we should not lose Emre!!

    Smithy should go though

  • 54 CJ // Feb 19, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Craigg-Are you serious keep Ramage he is in my opinion the worst player at the club by a long way as soon as the ball gets at his feet he panics like Rozenhal just not good enough prob won’t even end up in the Championship.

  • 55 Nufc_mad // Feb 20, 2008 at 3:04 AM

    Were just awfull it seems like a new manager every 6 months sam even said it would take a couple of years to transform us and if we aint patient were gonna end up going down :-(

  • 56 richie // Mar 3, 2008 at 1:47 AM

    4th from bottom this season will do



    bridge..yes 5 defenders

    owen garven (young ipswich mid)
    van der vaart

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