Newcastle Fighting Aston Villa For Striker

We reported this morning on the great youngsters we have at the club and how they are starting to perform so well for the Newcastle Reserves side.

It looks like we are after another promising teenager.


Sam Vokes – 18 year old 6′ 1″ Welsh Striker

The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are ready to do a £250K deal for Bournemouth’s teenage striker Sam Vokes.

Apparently negotiations are at an advanced stage and Newcastle hope to get the youngster to the club, and then let Sam stay at Bournemouth until the end of the season.

Aston Villa are also after Vokes but Bournemouth, managed by former Newcastle Assistant Manager Kevin Bond, are in administration and a quick cash deal for Vokes would help them out a lot. Newcastle are trying to do exactly that.

Vokes has scored 10 goals for Bournemouth in 24 starts this season, and he also has six assists. He was born in Lymington, England in October, and has dual nationality. He is already a Welsh Under-21 international, and scored in his International debut after just 36 seconds with a goal in a 4-0 victory over Northern Ireland – way to go.

Sam has played 45 times for Bournemouth since his debut in 2006 has 14 goals to his credit. Since debuting for the Wales Under-21 side he has played 7 times and scored 4 goals for the Under-21s.

He made his debut for Bournemouth on 5th December 2006, against Nottingham Forest and his first goal for Bournemouth came in the 1-1 away draw against Gillingham on the 16th December 2006.

This morning we had an article on just how uplifting it is for Newcastle fans to see some of our teenagers starting to play so well for the Newcastle Reserves side. They have now gone 8 games with just a single defeat.

Our Youth Strategy will ensure out future is bright whatever happens this season. It’s been a great move by new Chairman Chris Mort, to his credit.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Ste

    Mar 13, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Glad to see an old newcastle boy helping out! Thanks Kev

  • tdt

    Mar 13, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2


  • valle

    Mar 13, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #3

    perhaps it would be an idea to start looking at promissing defenders and midfielders, it seems like we only buy strikers

  • broon ale

    Mar 13, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    i doubt kevin bond would want to us any favours. he took us to court following his sacking.

  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 13, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    We need people who are going to be at this club for five years or longer.

    When we sign these big money players like Luque, Boumsong, Owen, Martins, Smith, Enrique and Duff, we know that either one of two scenarios will await us.

    The first is that the player will do very well for us, in which case he will become a prime target for a bigger club and leave after one or two seasons.

    The second, more likely scenario, is that the player will flop and we will have to sell them, making a loss, or they will end up rotting in the reserves and blocking the progress of the youngsters we have at our disposal.

    At the moment we have too many players who don’t want to be at this club and we have players who we are doing a favour, rather than the other way round.

    Owen for example. He never wanted to sign for us but we gave him £103,000 a week and allowed him to fly up from Cheshire and gave him the first team football he needed to be sharp for England…while he was fit.

    A transfer that should never have been allowed to take place.

    We need to sign players who are more in tune with where we ARE as a club not with where we think we are.

    Players who are making a step up in their career and have yet to peak, not those who have done all there is to do and are coming here for one last final pay day. Patrick Kluivert for example.

    Otherwise we are never going to progress as a football club.

    Why sign the Duffs, Geremis, Butts, Owens of this world? If they aren’t good enough for the teams like Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea they shouldn’t be good enough for us if we want to get into the top four.

    I’d rather see us get players from the Championship and abroad who have their best years ahead of them. At least then there’s a chance that one day one of them will be good enough for the big boys.

    Anyway apologies for the length of this article, just a few things to get off my chest.

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 13, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Charlie Bucket gr8 post mate. Spot on with everything. Too often have we signed players that aren’t good enough and are simply here for the money. Now we just need to survive relegation and look to building for the future with players that want to play for the Toon.

  • Leo

    Mar 13, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #7

    i would rather newcastle will be fighting on the field rather than off it at the moment.

    that dud bond will unlikely have any choice whether he comes to us or not, and i doubt whether he would have animosity towards mikeashley and the toon army….

    it will be in the hands of the creditors and the administrators whether he is sold, and ususually it will be to the highest bidder, but because its a person they are using as an asset then they will have to take into consideration his wishes and then decide.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 13, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Ta for cheering me up, Ed. You’re right – the season may be utter pringles now as far as the 1st team are concerned, but the prospects for the future are vastly improved over last year.


    Mar 13, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    At least if worse comes to worse we will have a good divison 1 team.Hope we never find out though.

  • ScottyT

    Mar 13, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    good to see us still ploughing ahead with deals even though the t/w is closed

    he looks good with his scoring record being quite impressive and only 18 id snap him up right now hopefully he’ll become a good striker for the club over the years and if not we can sell him for a profit like wenger. spot on.

  • Stami

    Mar 13, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #11

    i wish people would get off Owens back! what does he have to do to prove that he is happy and committed here at NUFC!!!!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 13, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #12

    score an acceptable number of goals.

  • CcB

    Mar 13, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #13

    …and he would if we had a midfielder that could pass the ball!


    Mar 13, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #14

    right o great point charlie bucket agree wit everything u said and plz stop blaming owen wat more he has to do to prove himself, the fact of the matter is that our side is just not good enough for him he has always been a poacher, a player dependent on good service not like oba who can create something out of nothing. we dont have a single player who can pass or cross the only one is perenially injured, still he has scored goals he needs service
    living in india i am surrounded by fans of the big four my frndz are really mocking me like hell its embarrasing hope we stay up and build next season personally i think we will stay up as there are poorer teams
    always toon

  • Toon Al

    Mar 13, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Charlie Bucket – the bare fact is, firstly with one of our examples in michael owen, that if he didnt get injured – which yo cant blame him for – he would have kept puttin the goals in for us and regardless of his price-tag, wages or the fact he flies back to cheshire would have bothered you in the slightest because we would have had one of the most clinical finishers in the world at our club.

    Martins secondly is only 22, has said he wants a new contract with us, and i cant see him not stayin with us for years unless he isnt given minutes on the pitch.

    Enrique again a young player who, if given minutes on the pitch will develop into a quality player and be with us for years..

    to be brutally honest about your post, i think it’s deffinately not players we need that are in tune with where we are as a club – its the fans, you say if players arent good enough for the top 4 theyre not for us..

    where we ARE as a club is falling into a relegation battle, but we THINK we’re in the top 5 in the country.

    no-one call me negative, i’m not, i’m just not blind

  • GP

    Mar 13, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah, after the last few seasons nobody can say we’re even a top 10 team.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Mar 13, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s all down to bad decisions and bad timing.

    Year after year every manager and Fat Fred ALWAYS made really poor decisions. For example sacking Bobby Robson after 4 matches into the new season when he just took us to the Champions League twice! WTF was that all about! Allowing Roeder to carry on as manager when he was only meant to be part-time. Sacking Allardyce when he was still getting to know the club and having no replacement in place. Bringing back home Keegan only to give him 2 weeks in the transfer market when he still didn’t know what we needed in the team. Those are just a few of the SHOCKING decisions that have gone against us over the years. The first ones that sprang to mind. We must stop this terrible habit if we ever want to progress. I haven’t mentioned anything about bad signings because then this post would be endless. It sickens me to know that we now finally have a great board, a great manager and a decent team. But sadly and worryingly we find ourselves at the foot of the table looking at the Championship straight in the face. IF and only IF God helps us survive this season then we will be heading towards the top 5 again. Right now all we have to do is SURVIVE!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 13, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Well said Toon Al!..
    …It’s pointless saying stuff about players when ya’ haven’t took into consideration things like, games played, injuries, etc…

  • daiv

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #19

    This club hasalways made bad management decisions. keegan was geat mid 90s but got rid of reserves. Then we had a succession of managers who were useless apart from Sir Bob who became too old. Then we appointed KK in january..totally the wrong time. Is it any wonder we are sliding towards relegation. Lets sell Dyer, Bellamy, Jenas (early to mid 20s) and replace them with Viduka, barton, Butt and Smith. Oh yeah really clever in the transfer market!!!! it goes on and on… the old Welsh guy with the tash(another Scouser..forget his name) for Ferdinand Etc Etc. Total ineptitude and we are supposed to be a top team. We are massively supported (but not for much longer), but the club has been and is still run by idiots. A good businessman (MA) does not mean a good football owner. This club is heading downwards and I hope it stops at the Championship. It last won the league in 1927. a massive club??? Lets get real.


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