Keegan Starting To Think About Summer Transfers

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan wants to pair Michael Owen with England strike partner Peter Crouch next season, according to today’s Sunday Mirror.


Kevin Keegan – starting to think about summer transfers

The Newcastle manager will soon be sitting down with Mike Ashley and Chris Mort, and probably the Recruitment team led by Dennis Wise, to discuss which players he wants to bring to the club in the summer.

He will also want to ensure he keeps key players, so some contracts will need to be signed with captain Michael Owen and young local boy and England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor, top of the list.

Keegan is said to want Owen to sign a new four-year deal at Newcastle that will make a statement to Peter Crouch and other top Premier League stars about Newcastle’s ambitions.

Kevin said:

“Michael Owen is the first big signing we have to make. I am sure it will be done. He is totally committed here. I see it every day.”

“It sends a message that not only we are looking for quality but if we have quality we want to keep it.”

We think Peter Crouch is hugely under-rated at Liverpool. Not only is he good in the air, but suprisingy skillful with his feet and he also has a good attitude.
Crouch may reject the offer of a new contract at Liverpool and has said he wants to play more football than he is getting at Liverpool. It’s going to be difficult for Peter to get too many games there with Fernando Torres now probably one of the best strikers in the world.

But Keegan knows he will face very stiff competition from Portsmouth for the £10M rated player, who has played under Harry Redknapp at both Portsmouth and Southampton.

Redknapp even believes that Peter sparked the money that allowed Portsmouth to move on as he recalled:

“We bought Crouchy for £1M from QPR and later sold him to Aston Villa for £5.5M.”

“He did a great job for me, but the money we got for him helped finance bringing in players who helped us win the Championship title and move on in the Premier League.”

Keegan will hold transfer talks this week with Ashley and Mort, and he will find out exactly how much money will be available to him. When asked how much money he had to spend Kevin added:

“I can’t answer that until I sit down with the owner and chairman. You don’t go to Harrods if you haven’t got any money.”“We couldn’t have those conversations until we were safe.”

“The big message we are sending out is that we mean business. We want to keep our best players and we want to attract others of the very highest quality.”

It’s certainly going to look like a very good summer for Newcastle fans, and some news may even leak out this week if indeed, Kevin will be meeting with Chris and Mike, to discuss the summer transfer situation.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • scottish mag

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    looks like boussoufa is staying at anderlecht,19528,11678_3416274,00.html

  • Ian_McP

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d like to see Peter Crouch come in, but I think Harry will probably have the edge due to their history. Having said that my 5 are:
    Brown/Van Buyten/Huth
    Also very keen on Bullard/McBride if Fulham go down, maybe Diouf if Bolton go down or Zarate/De Ridder if Birmingham drop.

  • scottish mag

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    my team for next year would be:

    gk- given or harper not bothered both gd
    rb- beye or diogo from zaragoza
    lb- enrique or risse
    cb-faye or taylor
    cb-lucio free from bayern or metzelder from madrid

    dm- veloso( not sure we would get him)
    mc/am- lucho gonzalez from porto
    mc/am- arshavin from zenit or aimar of zaragoza

    st- owen
    st- diego milito from zaragoza
    st- martins


    given or harper

  • Guinea Mag

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    KK know’s he has to keep his better players, but if we get a great offer for Owen (12M+), I expect we’ll let him go. Owen is a quality striker and has few years left and reason to say he’ll leave if he get’s the chance to play Champions League football next season.

    Either way, NUFC comes first and if Owen stays (and I hope he does) or goes, we need to buy quality players and not just squad members. Players who will come straight into the team like a big/dominating central defender, big central midfield player, creative midfield/striker and big center forward. Wheater, Carrick, Arshavin and Crouch to start…….

    Wheater (Boro) maybe young but think got a great future. Also need to keep on buying the best youngsters from around the world!

  • wsq

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    WTF! BS!

  • wsq

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    all of you guys listing these players.. im so futching weary of u types! all bull crap talking from ur arses

  • toon4lyf

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    julio arca
    lucho gonzales


  • daiv

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    scottish mag,
    Stop dreaming and get in the real world.
    My team would be Kaka, Ronaldo, Gerard etc etc. Total garbage. Lets wait and see who Kevin signs and not create fantasy lists.

  • scottish mag

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #9

    well sorry daiv, just saying the players i would go for nd thats not against the law is it

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10

    my dads a mate of dennis wise, and ive heard stuff
    im not aloud to say anything obviously, but i can say
    think out side the box, all these names are too small the owner want big names and it apears like hes going to get them

    all i can say

  • daiv

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Scotish mag
    No offence but you see lists and lists of players on this blog and it is just names for the sake of them. I’d like to see the Man U team in black and white stripes but so what? There is no chance of it happening and no chance of your picks coming to NUFC.

  • clinta

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #12

    not crouch please no, i’ll sleep easy though as it’s the mirror.

    KK i thought tourists with no money were the only people that shopped at harrod’s??

  • Spyro

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Crouch cant head a ball properly to save his life, he would score much more goals if he learned how to header a ball properly with his forehead and not the top of his head.

    He is a much better player when the ball is played to his feet

  • Rob Kirton

    Apr 13, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #14

    @Spyro: With you there. Crouch is far less dangerous in the air than Owen, Martins or Viduka. The guy is good with the ball to his feet, the problem lies with the fact that there is a temptation to just lug the ball up to a big front man to knock down.

  • Geordie Joe

    Apr 13, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #15

    scottish mag – if lucio is free than we should definatly go for him.

  • Leo

    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #16

    crouch is sooo funny. haha. loved the robot dance, but he is good and can inter play very well. deceptively clever feet on a lanky so en so

  • marcus owen

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Save the money.Try Carroll first.We can’t afford to loose another quality youngster.

    Furthermore,Viduka is enough for next season.I suggest KK subs Viduka at 70min for Carroll from now on.

  • clinta

    Apr 14, 2008 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #18

    marcus agree, would much rather rely on Viduka with cover of Carrol then bring in someone like Crouch, save your money MA!


    Apr 14, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #19

    to buy CROUCH would be the biggest mistake ever and we will be laughed very VERY loudly – and we would deserve it!!

    Oh no, if KK talks about few players like 3 or so and maybe 2 youngsters, it would be wasted money to spend for CROUCH who by the way isn’t underrated at livpoool – he simply isn’t even 4th choice there!!!

    would make much more sence to bring in GOMIS – he can be our future with martins up front there!! OWEN and VIDUKA as well as MARTINS and GOMIS = fantastic and they will fight starting places out!

  • nate

    Apr 14, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t rate Crouch that much, I certainly think Viduka, when healthy, is a better player. The fact is that Crouch isn’t going to come unless he is basically assured of a first team place, else why would he leave Liverpool. But that would mean we would bench Viduka.

    Instead of Bullard or McBride how about Clint Dempsey?

  • Hulio

    Apr 29, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Surely there is only room for one more strikers with three already in the side? somebody to play alongside owen with match fitness would be ideal. Also I feel that money needs to be spent on the centre of defence to back up Steven Taylor and in the centre midfield. We have struggled to match the class of other teams centre midfielders since the days of Rob Lee and Stuart Pearce.


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