Kevin’s Six New Players For The Summer

Kevin Keegan will sit down early next week for talks with Newcastle United’s Billionaire owner Mike Ashley.


Kevin Keegan – 6 new players for the summer

His first priority will be to settle on a new deal for his captain Michael Owen, and tie him down for another four years at the club. Kevin will also list the players he wants to bring to Newcastle United in the summer.

Keegan thinks the England striker is only too willing to commit the rest of his career to St James Park and now wants Ashley and Newcastle chairman Chris Mort to act.

The Newcastle deal for Owen is likely to be worth around £20M for 4 years which is similar to the deal he is already on at the club. But Keegan is adamant he wants Owen to sign his new deal before the club starts to bring in up to 6 new players in the summer.

Kevin told People Sport today:

“The Michael Owen signing will be done,” “He is the first big signing.”“It’s important to get quality.”

People Sport is saying that the six new players on Kevin’s list are Wes Brown, Richard Dunne, John Arne Riise, Aaron Lennon, Aiden McGeady and Jose Antonio Reyes. We have been linked with all of those players in the past.

Reports today also suggest that Lennon is not wanted by new Spurs boss Ramos and could be bought for as little as £4M, but Ramos is not interested in a swap deal with Charles N’Zogbia. But we think £4M is just too low a price for a player of Lennon’s caliber.

But those 6 players look very good to us. But we also need an out and out striker to that list and we think that could be Peter Crouch or Bafe Gomis. We also think we have interest in midfielders Mbark Boussoufa and Joao Moutinho.

But obviously Newcastle will have an A list and an accompanying B list, so it’s probably true that we have already registered some interest in all these players.

We’ll have to wait to see who we can get to the club in the summer.

It certainly will prove to be an exciting summer for the Newcastle faithful all around the world, as Kevin constructs his new team on Tyneside.

We just cannot wait. 😀

Comments welcome.

107 comments so far

  • Egar

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #1

    There has been several speculations on KK’s in list. Guess there are many anxiously waiting for some firm revelation next week.

  • wwe

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    yyasss i made the first comment

  • wwe

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #3

    damn i was second

  • iain

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #4

    seems like whoever we are after the positions the players we are looking at adding to are…

    a target man striker, a creative cm, a wide player that can play wide in a 433, a center back and a left back.

    and maybe a squad utility player or young player.

    i actually think some players being looked at are possibly replacements for current players who keegan doesnt rate and keegan is hoping he can persuade ashley to really splash the cash not only on additions but if possible improving on what we already have.

    some people forget how ruthless keegan can be and i think even he would way up the pros and cons of selling the likes of martins/milner/viduka/emre should the right offers come along as long as the money was there to bring in better players and add to the current squad.

  • craig f

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Wes Brown – Not a bad player, better than what we’ve got already? not sure..
    Richard Dunne – A rock in centrel defense. Will he come? not sure..
    John Arne Riise – Not the plyer he was a few year ago
    Aaron Lennon – To play where? and instead of who?
    Aiden McGeady – Havent seen him play tbh, but heard alot of good things about the young lad. and no, not off champ man! Swap Celtic for the Toon? of course u wud
    Jose Antonio Reyes – To play where and instead of who? Too much of a whinger and a puff

  • Benn..Geordie Down South

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Whoever We get We Need To Sort Out Deals Before The Transfer Window Opens.. So They Can Be In Newcastle On The First Day. To Give Keegan And His Staff The Most Time With Them..

  • daiv

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Never buy a Man U player. They have all seen better days and left their legs at Old T. Wes Brown is their weakest defender, but still looks Ok in a good defence. he would be poor for us.

  • wsq

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8

    c’mon be realistic.. where are we going to get 60mil from?

    to get quality that’s atleast 10 mil for each quality player. the very least. anything below that is for a player with questionable quality and a risk.

    Are we really going to splash 50 odd million. If i was a prominent lawyer turned CEO of a private company i’d advice against that.

    That is why KK has repeatedly told the press he wants to question how bad MA wants to win something in the next three years!

    “How bad do you want to win, Mike?” asks Keegan.

    50 mill plus wages with no european football.

    CM retorts “build sustainably, that’s what the Newcastle supporters want.”

    Therefore, we’ll get half of that 60mil i.e. 30 mil and will end up with a mediocre set of players satisfying the likes of you guys with questionable characters like RIISE, BROWN and all the shitty players you’ve mentioned.

    Next year you’ll end up having a argument over we must give riise or brown more games etc, just like butt he is still adjusting, then they move on on loan to some team facing relegation.

    If you want keegan’s magic stop conversing in SAM ALLARDYCE”S tone, bringing in 2nd tier players who’ll end up just like Alan Smith. Ridiculed for not being able to offer any quality.

    If we do get 30 million. Spend it wisely, spend it on quality, real quality! Spend it breaking a transfer fee record! That’s the Newcastle WAY The Keegan WAY. Spend it on One player, who’ll inspire others already in the team to step up their games.

    Then we can make more 10mill additions slowly.

    Buying a hoard of players at 60mil at one time not only demoralises the current batch of players.

  • iain

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    i think the actuall list of players since keegan came back that the papers make out he wants is …

    crouch, gomis, arshavin, fletcher, bentley, riise, pennant, mcgeady, s.brown, cuellar, amorbieta, lennon, henry, deco, moutinho, veloso, bousaffa, bridge, w.brown, dunne, richards, metzelder, gudjohnsen, torosidis, nolan, howard, modric, pienaar, davis, cisse, nasri, fabiano, prieto, mbia, beevers, vokes, diego, shorey, insua, ashton, bent, chimbonda.

    basically what the papers know isnt worth knowing.

  • Ross G

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think those players are incredibly special. Keegan wants to bring only top quality players to Newcastle im sorry but half of them are not top quality. Although useful neither Wes Brown or Richard Dunne are players we should be looking to fill in that top CB spot. Metzelder would be fantastic, if we get them cheap fair enough but its setting targets low. I personally think these players should be the 6 we get. Riise for extra LB (Bridge if not). Metzelder/Barzagli – commanding top top CB. Gomis – this guy is special. Gudjohnsen – midfield creator/striker can play where owen currently does. Veluso – plays very much like a Carrick/Hargreaves basically great passer with a tackle to play deep. Then we need a top CM like Deco. I think pace is a big point to strengthen however and maybe after unloading the likes of Carr, Cacapa, Emre, N’Zogbia, Ameobi, and maybe Duff then bring in two quality fast wingers that can take players on. Lennon is good but no end product like Pennant and Wright-Philips. Boussoufa is actually a left winger/striker so he would be worth the LW/S place with in my mind the best available realistic RW is Quaresma. My Team then (4-3-3): Harper/Given, Beye, Barzagli, Taylor, Riise. Owen, Veluso, Deco. Quaresma, Gomis/Gudjohnsen, Martins/ Boussoufa with a bench of: Given, Faye, Barton/Butt, Milner, Viduka

  • scottish mag

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11

    i watched the saint etienne match highlights( full game) and the commentator said there was scouts from england watching, so does this mean that nufc were watching gomis , he only played the last 27 mins but looked good and maybe he didnt start because etienn knew nufc were there to watch gomis and etienne dont want us to have him but he is currentle third top goalscorer in ligue 1 behind benzema 17, niang 15, gomis 13

  • Jonny T

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Would be good signings. Not sure about riise and reyes tho! Ed’s right. we need a striker in too!

    What we definitely need is some who can take a good set piece! More often than not when geremi takes a set piece it will go to the front man. This needs to be sorted out! We had over 10 corners against pompey with every single one being cleared by the first man! If someone decent was taking a corner maybe we might have had a few more chances at goal or possibly even snatched a goal!

    sort it out kev!

  • wsq

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #13

    I think, Keegan will ditch 4-3-3 and opt for 4-4-2 and find quality to fill in those positions. Yesterday it didn’t work very well some players were a bit hasty in putting balls into the box, but there weren’t enough players in the box to put the ball in the net.

    To get goals from crosses, we need 4 to 5 players joining up the attack in the box. This is why man u gets so many goals. Their wingers cross in full confidence of someone getting on the end of it.

    Daiv agree with you. How much better is brown to ramage and carr.

  • daiv

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Most of these players are rejects. Lennon and Risse cannot get in their first teams. Reyes could not make a go of it at Arsenal. Brown is Man Us worst defender. Why are we buying second rate? To achieve what? Top 10? Top 6? You do not but rejects for top 4 surely. A disappointing list of names. If we cannot afford the best in the Uk, we should be buying abroad. Come in Mr Wise. Just what are you doing working from home in Bucks?

  • Marguerite

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Completely agree with wsq and Daiv. I am totally underwhelmed at this list of players. We do not want the big clubs’ rejects, a definite receipt for disaster. I cannot see what Brown, Dunne, Risse, Reyes and Lennon could bring to the party except inflated wages. I exclude McGeady as I have seen too little of him, albeit he is the right age.

    I agree if we cannot afford top class English players (or they will not come due to lack of Europe) we have to look abroad and the sooner we can get them on board the better.

    I see we have been linked with Fenando Amorebieta – now that is interesting.

  • Nick Dryden

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #16

    very very disappointing unambitious list of names. let’s hope they are a blind for ” real quality ”

  • clinta

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    please Gomis instead of crouch! Riise’s not the player his was either?

  • Nobby's dad

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #18

    The players listed will not be Keegan targets IMO. It’s speculation.

    Why out of our 6 targets would 3 be wingers ? (Lennon / Mc Geady and Reyes).

    Added to this Reyes disliked England / London. He complained about the food and the weather – so it’s a non starter him coming here – plus he was apparently disliked in the dressing room according to reports on Talk Sport when he was leaving Arsenal

  • leavy

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    at this stage we cannot know what kind of players will be coming in we only know what positions keegan is likely to strengthen
    a replacement/ understudy for the ageing and injury prone mark viduka, faye has looked poor at the back recently i feel and he isnt the kind of player who gives me confidence he must be replaced i reckon we need a betterleft back
    i know many people on here like enrique but hes not very good at all for 6 million i was expecting more from a man dubbed the bull (sh*t)
    lastly a whole range of attacking midfielders are needed butt is ourdefensive midfielder and still has fire in his belly barton is good but geremi in open play is shocking as are his corners, emrewho is my fave player is constantly injured
    and n’zogbia is likely to leave, leaving us with a slow midfield.


  • jacob

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t want to dampen anyone’s fire with regards to transfer speculation, as I also love to speculate who will be brought in as well as to dream about the dawn of a spectacular season ahead…but a word of caution…Ashley has spent now’t on the playing side of this club. OK he has spent a bit on new players, but let’s not forget Allardyce had a net spend of around 9 million after being told to sell before buying. We are already hearing words like ‘caution’, and phrases like ‘ players for the future’ being bandied about by Mort, and I expect that to continue. Kev needs money to compete in today’s league, and sadly I for one don’t believe he’ll get it. It’s time to stump up the cash Mr Ashley…9 million is 3 times less than Sunderland spent and a whopping 6 times less than Sven…Please prove me wrong Ashley/Mort and give Keegan the money he needs to make this club great again!

  • Marguerite

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Re Jacob (17) Surely KK would not have signed up if he had not been given categorical assurances that he would have money to spend to strengthen the squad. I sincerely hope you are wrong.

  • wsq

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #22


    better than lennon better than milner.

    I don’t care what you say about europe or Newcastle has more to offer the way i see it.

    Sidwell must be full of regret.

  • wsq

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Big Sam not MA’s appointment KK is! His appointment therefore he wants success no question about it. Trust in keegan he does and he will deliver.

  • ToonJon

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Totally agree wsq.
    Bentley is the man we need.
    Put in an offer that blackburn cannot say no to and do it early so other bigger teams dont get the chance.

    I think KK will suprise us all with one known superstar.

  • jacob

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Marguerite, I sincerely hope I’m wrong…you don’t support Newcastle for 25 years though without some pessimism rubbing off! The club has been known in the past to promise ‘big signings’ and fail to deliver big style: Lee Bowyer on a free ring any bells?? – this was after Shepherd ‘promised’ Rooney AND an in-form Rivaldo!!

  • karim

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Why have i heard no news about us being interested in Bentley the boy is young amazingly talented and english what about these players in:Bentley, Kompany, Van Buyten, Crouch and Van Der Vaat. Team for next season: Given, RB-Beye, LB-Riise, CB-Van Buyten, CB-Taylor, RCM-Bentley, CM-Barton, LCM-Van Der Vaat,LF-Martins, CF-Crouch, RF-Owen SB’s HARPER, Kompany, Viduka, N’zogbia, and Emre.

  • wsq

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #27

    chelsea making 100mill loss every year..,19528,11661_3417656,00.html

  • Toon1978

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Players we should bring in or should be looking at are ……..

    3.Henry(long shot but you do not get if you do not ask)
    4.M.Richards(another long shot)
    6.Theo Walcott

    I know the probabilty of us getting these players is very slim but if we want success then this is what we should be aiming for players of this calibre but without european football it will be difficult to persuade these players to come to Tynside if we did get these players my lone up would be


    Beye Richards Metzelder Riise


    Bentley N’Zogbia

    Henry Martins


    I know alot of you will laugh in disbelief at my line up i do know the chances of that 11 is slim to nil but it would be nice to see that after all if any fans deserve to see this it is the geordies.

  • toon4lyf

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #29

    julio arca
    peter crouch
    lucho gonzales
    wayne bridge

    that team would challenge for 4rth

  • Jack

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #30

    To be honest, among the 6 mentioned, only Aiden McGeady and Richard Dunne excite me.

    I wouldn’t be too pleased if Reyes and Wes Brown come actually. Brown is the weakest link in the Man Utd defense and Reyes is quite a whiner.

  • Hadji

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #31

    How about a swap with N’Zogbia+5mill for Morten Gamst Pedersen.

  • Toon1978

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #32

    toon4lyf i have to dissagree with that line up mate i know that is you opinion but Arca,Faye,Emre will not get us anywhere near Europe or the top 4, Faye made a few suicidal mistakes yesterday and EMRE is never fit to play as with ARCA spent more time in the treatment room then on the pitch. We have had our fair share of injury prone players we do not need anymore.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #33

    I like Ovidiu Petre, i know ToonKing will disagree with me but i think he is a very good dm.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Sorry WSQ just to quote a little

    “If we do get 30 million. Spend it wisely, spend it on quality, real quality! Spend it breaking a transfer fee record! That’s the Newcastle WAY The Keegan WAY. Spend it on One player, who’ll inspire others already in the team to step up their games.”

    I think this has been the problem with NUFC for way way too long, we have been throwing money at big names just to keep a section of the fans happy and where has it got us????

    I think we will have probs getting any real big names to come in as we have nothing but wages to offer at the minute. We need to look at this as a couple of seasons building not a quick fix, as that has never really worked in the past.

    We improve the squad a little and with a lot of luck we can be in Europe next season, always bearing in mind there are another six or eight clubs pumping BIG money into their squads with exactly the same idea, that’s not counting the top four. So six to eight clubs spending big to get one of the remaining two European slots means six are going to be unhappy.

    I would be more that happy with squad improvement and a solid top half finish next season then a squad improvement and a top eight fighting for Europe finish next and a top six the season after, then the bigger names will be willing to come as we can offer quality entertaining football in Europe as well as wages then we can look to challenge the top four.

    This is progressive building and is a lot more sustainable than your idea of a big money signing, we have a long history of spending big and getting donkeys, we have been consistently one of the biggest spenders in the prem and have got nothing to show for it, it’s about time we learned to ignore you fans who demand the big names now and move away from the big headline buys.

    NUFC appear to be doing the right thing now we are picking up young players that are showing a lot of promise but not costing the money that you want to throw around, we work with them and feed them in slowly forming a solid base to build from I suppose you could say Arsenhole style. Why spend 30 mill on a big name when giving time and patience we can produce our own big names????

    In 1990 the England squad had Beardsley, Waddle, Gasgoine, Bryan Robson as captain and Sir Bobby as coach all came from the north east and we could be back to producing the likes of these but not if we hold on to your idea of lets spend 30 mill on a big name and break the transfer record. That’s it lets just keep the reputation of being the biggest spending underachievers in the prem.

  • Jonny T

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon 4 lyf, Lucho Gonzales is a striker!

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Lucho is a box-to-box cm.

  • arnie

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Well said cupidstunt. The papers can speculate and we can dream, but why should ambitious players join Newcastle now? Were not in europe, we havent proved anything for the many seasons – except having a chairman (fat freddy) doing and saying silly things. We need results and stability that will make ambitious players trust us, not only being a club where you can get great wages. Buy players who are a bit better than those weve got, hopefully we now have a recruiting and scouting network in place that can manage that. That will bring us into the top six, not has beens and so called big names. From then on we can challenge for the really big players.

  • wsq

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #38

    weary of listening to the likes of u i dun even bother to look at ur name..

    when have we signed big name players.. i dun see any big names in newcastle team!

    huhu so suggesting that we have gone after big name players is a joke!

    what a joke. michael owen and who else? huhu

    haha michael owen and who?

    bull crap.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #39

    I dont like having big names, i prefer quality, understated performers. Thats why half the players name many havent heard of.

  • arnie

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Instead of comments like “bull crap”, wheres your answer to the main question wsq? Why should ambitious players join Newcastle now?


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