Newcastle Likely To Bid For Henry In Summer


Spanish giants Barcelona will reportedly talk to 30 year-old Thierry Henry if they receive any offers for the unsettled Frenchman this summer.

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Thierry Henry – target for Kevin in the summer? – we think so

Newcastle and Spurs are said to be among the clubs reported to be interested in former Arsenal striker Henry, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Newcastle make a bid for the player in the summer.

Keegan told Radio Newcastle when he first arrived back at the club:

“I would like to fetch Thierry Henry back to England,” “He’s the best player I’ve seen in the Premiership.”

“When you’re pitch-side, what I’ve seen him do to good players has been incredible. Sometimes you can take advantage of a situation and get what I call lucky.”

“I’d like to do what we did last time and surprise people. It would be nice to break a world record,”

“Why rule it out? I’d like to bring players here that amaze people and we stop just talking about being a big club – but, with our actions, we show that we are.”

“Sometimes people limit themselves by saying, ‘we can’t do that’. You say ‘why not?’ and they don’t give you an answer.”

Barcelona are said to be frustrated with Henry’s performances this season, but Henry has still hit 7 goals in his 24 appearances this season. It’s hard to be at your best when you’re unsettled, and Henry has never really settled in Spain.

A Barcelona source told the Daily Star recently:

“We have not opened the door for Henry and we have not closed it. If we receive a proposition then we will speak to the player,”

Whether Kevin can entice him to come to Tyneside is a massive question mark, since we don’t even have any European football to offer. However, if we can keep winning games through the end of the season Kevin may have a chance to show Thierry that Newcastle can be great again, and challenge for the Premier league in a year or two.

Thierry Henry played 254 times for Arsenal and scored 174 goals, and he has so far played 98 times for France and scored 44 goals. A world class player indeed.

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72 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    hmmmm this is all repetitive from when keegan joined i feel… he really wouldnt be worth signing to old and would see it as a step down not up…

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  • scottish mag

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    why dont we go for ronaldinho as well if he is willing to speak to man city

    just imagine henry and ronaldinho playing the bblack and white stripes, amazing

    dont think it will happen cos chelsea have made an approach but its good to imagine it

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    I think there is fire in his belly still but it cannot be easy missing your family

    i doubt if nobby had stayed he would have been the same player either as his family was elsewhere

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  • Hadji

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    He wont come here,he wants London.

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  • steve

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Henry’s passed it – he’s out injured a lot and has lost a bit of pace – would be great on a free though

    although if we pay 5 million for buck tooth and get Henry for nowt I’ll be well chuffed

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Steve that sounds like what people were saying about Owen two months ago and look at him at the moment

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  • steve

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    @craigg – fair point but I wouldn’t want to be spending millions on him – I’m more than happy to offer him a pay as you play deal – if he don’t play he’ll have to claim sickness benefit

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  • HeronMag

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Henry’s past it!?

    I’ll not lie, he’s not going to be the player he was in his mid-20s, but he is still a world class, outstanding player. If Keegan manages to sign Henry every person on this sight would be texting their mates like a frenzied teenage girl.

    CAN YOU IMAGINE OWEN AND HENRY UP FRONT!?

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  • daniel

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    NO CHANCE, HE WILL WANT IMMEDIATE SUCCESS. In three years he’ll be 33 anyway and by that time he’s pace is likely to be pretty average.

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  • HeronMag

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    I know it’s unlikely but KK has surprised us all before.

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  • stk

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    somehow i see reyes coming over henry, but you never know, as kk says, never say never

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  • stk

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    i’ve already texted several mates in a frenzy!!!!

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  • walker

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    can you rephrase that stk (childish i know). would love to see him at newcastle.

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  • steve

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Alright he may not be past it and could defo offer something to the team, however I wouldnt like to see us spunking all our money on him then he spends all his time on the treatment table

    It’s funny that when he left the Arse all the players were saying how they felt a weight had been lifted and they could play with more freedom

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  • HeronMag

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Unlike Wenger Newcastle fans love a striker focused game – Cole, Ferdinand, Shearer, Owen/Martins/Viduka!

    Henry would LOVE IT here

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    He’d be worth it in terms of outlay, just for the shirt sales. But then – is Henry really the sort that the Toon Army would actually like?

    I’m not convinced – but look at it this way: if he’s coming back to the premiership, would you rather he was playing against us again?

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  • SydneyToon

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #17

    I think that there is no doubt at all that Henry will be bid for. I also believe that Henry will want to come…and he will be fantastic.

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Ronaldinho wont go to chelsea cuz last year he called them cheats and said he would never join along with messi.

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    We will NEVER EVER GET RONALDINHO OR MESSI!!!!!!

    That is dreaming way beyond our capabilities. We could snap up Henry, but it’s for all to see that his best years are past him. Arsene Wenger doesn’t offload his star players for nothing. Wenger saw at first hand that Henry was in decline and his form has dropped alarmingly. Yes he has been unsettled in Spain but he had a dip in form before going to Barcelona. He is nothing like he was years ago when at Arsenal. It is worring to know that Keegan still fancies spending a fortune on a aging player who is on the way down! Definately a step backwards instead of forwards. We should do an Arsenal and sign the next Adebayor for example!! What about D’ Allesandro, Arshavin, Diego, McGeady etc. Those are the sort of players we should look into.

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Henry is not worth it anymore, he was a couple of years ago..but not now!

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  • Eric

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #21

    We need to create a team that is too good for Henry to get into! We do not need fading stars so I agree with JP from the rock. We do not need somebody elses “names” let NUFC create our own. We have got some already let us go and find and make the rest. Some players come with baggage we know – but please, no more bibs, buggies, dummies, and soft toys flying round the dressing room!

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  • sam gardner

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    henry is one of the best players in the world without a doubt he always was he always will be if u would not take henry to newcastle u must be stupid henry is class

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  • clinta

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #23

    I hope we don’t go in for Henry as I don’t think he’d be good value for money factoring in his transfer and huge wages compared to goals scored.

    he’s not the player he was a couple years ago…

    ‘newcastle can be great again and challenge for the premier league in a year or 2’ -come on ed you really think the gap is that small?

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  • PK

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Well, far as i can remember beardsley didnt have much pace either and was quite old when Keegan signed him last,yet he was success and played damn well under KK,as we know KK knows to get the best out of the players..i think Henry would be a great signing for us IF we get him.Right know he looks as owen and duke was for 2 months ago…look at them now..

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  • hanzemre

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    i don’t mind if he is coming even it’s a bit stepdown as his performance of late suggested that this aging player in Henry was in decline and alarmingly. But all know that Keegan still fancies spending a fortune on a big name. He’d be useful as link-up player in Owen’s place if Owen is to play upfront with Viduka/Martin. Hope for Arshavin in that place.

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  • Mr T

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #26

    if we signed him it would be bad business, even if he may do a job.

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  • scott9

    Apr 8, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #27

    keegan u r definatley dreaming u hav gone to far but i do love ur optimism king kev
    deco possibly but unlikely but henry no way as he said we do need a holding midfileder so i wonder if we will actually go for veloso would be a great addition

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  • Nobby's dad

    Apr 8, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #29

    We need to be signing stars of the future not stars of the past!

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  • steve

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Actually, lets get some aging stars in and win something as quick as possible – we’ve been “building” for the future for the last 40 years with nowt to show for it.
    Time to build for now and worry about the future later

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  • Southside Jordy

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Hay can we all get our head’s outta of the clouds please!!! What is wrong with the forwards we already have?? We only need a strong CB a creative midfield player and a few utility players!! Henry in deed……..hay why not go for kaka and ronaldo as well ay!! F**k me pink!!

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  • ToonRich

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #32

    I rate Henry as a wolrdclass front man, but you have to question why Arsene let him go in the first place. I read earlier in the season that the Arsenal doctors knew he had a back problem which wasnt going to get any better than it is, hence why they let him go. This, the same back injury that kept him out for at least a month earlier this season.

    Saying that I’d still love to see him in the black & white, he could be the man to put us back in to europe.

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Nobby’s dad, i agree.

    Henry ? Well he was excellent for the Gooners but I cannot see him playing with either Owen or Oba tbh.

    I would much rather watch Oba tbh and would prefer maybe someone like Crouch, a bigger stiker to work with the two ( or one from two) smaller strikers.

    Reyes, Henry and Ronaldinho not that impressed with any tbh, I know they are/have been excellent players but I just can’t see them in black n white and playing for the Toonarmy just my opinion.

    One player I can see playing for us and has talked about NUFC before with respect is Drogba, what a class goal scorer. How about Joe Cole too! Cole’s been under the shadow of the over-rated Lampar for years.

    I’m happy with KK deciding and the future certainly looks bright.

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  • wsq

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #34

    been there done it no appetite.. not the sort of player you’d want.. the intensity of the premiership will result in him being on the injury list more often that the first team list

    enough of this bs. he was making a hyperbole in my opinion

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #35

    If Henry is in his prime, we stand no chance whatsoever to sign him. His dip of form actually produce the chance for us to sign him at at lower price. I know he will never be as great as 2 years ago but with his quality, he still stand much above the rest.

    Henry experience will be invaluable, as he played for top clubs in champions league, world cup holder, and had played for Arsenal and playing for Barcelona, where both teams play the most attractive, attacking, passing football.

    His signing will be a major boost for us to acquire youngster, who has him as idol. If we stand a chance to sign him, please, please, go with full force!

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  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #36

    He’d have to wait for Dukes and the boys to drop in form before getting a run out! SELL SMITH!! Someone make a bumper sticker!!

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  • ScottyT

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #37

    im sure we could get him if we say offer smith shola carr and rozehnal in exchange for him. that offer would surely be accepted… lol

    i doubt very much hed come here at all but for the people who say hes past it howay man. hes still a quality player but i agree we shouldnt be spending over the odds for him (e.g. shevchenko)

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  • AZ

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Yes Henry probably would be a great signing but, I think we would be better off spending the money it would cost to buy him on two or maybe three other class players, such as Gudjohnson etc…..

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  • Bill F

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #39

    No definately not, for most of the reasons already mentioned. The only ex Arsenal player I’d feel reasonably happy to see us sign would be Viera, he’s beggining to show some of his old form now. He wouldn’t be top of my wish list though.

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  • HeronMag

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Come on Bill F!

    This is Thierry Henry. The man single handedly won Arsenal the title.

    He may have problems and I agree I wouldn’t pay over the odds for him. But I’d easily gamble £8m on Bafe Gomis, why not a similar figure on guaranteed talent?

    I’m a fan of Vieira too. Awesome players. Class is permanent.

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