Keegan Wants Some Good Youngsters Too

Kevin Keegan’s thoughts are starting to turn to the summer transfer window.


Kevin Keegan – 4-5 senior players and some youngsters

Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I’ve said all along I would be looking for four or five players,” “That’s all we need, but those four or five will have to be top quality.”

“That’s the priority in terms of strengthening, the very top end of the squad, but if we were able to do that, maybe we could also look at bringing a couple of youngsters in.”

“It would be nice to balance our squad that way, and that’s the two different angles we’re going to be looking to address this summer.”

“You’re not going to be looking at the massive turn-over the club saw last summer. It’s going to be a case of making a few quality signings and a couple of younger faces who are more for the future.”

There are a number of youngsters we have been linked with. We reported yesterday that Keegan seems interested still in 19 year-old midfielder Giles Barnes, who would cost around £3M from Derby County. Derby will presumably need to unload one or two of their players when they drop down to the Championship for next season. Barnes has only recently undergone knee surgery and will be out until the start of next season.

We’ve also been linked with Real Madrid’s exciting midfielder Esteban Granero, who is just 20 years old, and our readers in Spain have said this boy looks really good, even though the transfer fee is said to be around £10M.

We’ve also been linked with 21 year super kid Joao Moutinho from Sporting Lisbon who has already played for his club side over 170 times and is an extremely skillful midfielder.

Moutinho has just signed with Israeli super-agent Pini Zahavi, and Zahavi has strong links with the Premiership. It is understood that Sporting would allow him to leave Lisbon for less than his current £20M buyout clause, and again £10M is probably close to the fee Lisbon would want.

We are also very interested in 6’1” Bournemouth 18 year-old striker Sam Vokes, and to say Sam is dying to join the Tyneside club is a bit of an understatement. Bournemouth are still in trouble and latest group said to buy the club pulled out yesterday. However, Newcastle have already decided to wait until the summer for Vokes.

Keegan is pleased by the experience and leadership in the squad he inherited.

“I’ve got about five leaders in my team – Nicky and Michael, Geremi’s fantastic, and Habib Beye and Faye,”

“Viduka is quite experienced as well. So I’ve got a lot of good men who can lead the team.”

So if we get 5 quality players and a couple of very good youngsters into the club, that will make the squad look a lot stronger than it is now. Kevin will also be told the target for next season will be to qualify for Europe, so we expect Kevin to be backed fully in the transfer market by Chris Mort and owner Mike Ashley.

It certainly promises to be an exciting time for Newcastle fans during the summer, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • chappa

    Apr 15, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Joao Moutinho looks an excellent player
    would bring a lot of creativety 2 the squad in my opinion
    bring him plz KK 😀

  • YongMalaysia

    Apr 15, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    i just think we need some top youngster to push up and get into UEFA Cup in next 2 years, don buy old star like Deco…. Waste $$$$$

  • Eric

    Apr 15, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Vokes seems a good proposition, as does Barnes, to come to us as ones for the future. KK says balance and I think he is right. Our older players if they get injured will take longer to get back to fitness. Goes with the years and bones I suppose. If KK wants about 5 or 6 and we let only a few go there will be intense competition. That will not do some any harm at all.

  • Chris F

    Apr 15, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    every time moutinho’s name is mentioned, all i can think of is ‘hugo viana’

    as much as i’d like to see him in a toon shirt, it’d be a big risk, not many portuguese players have adapted to the Premier League very well over the years, Ronaldo being the exception rather than the rule.

  • nikki

    Apr 15, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    wouldnt it be worth taking the risk incase we find the next ronaldo thow, just because we had a bad experience with one young portuguese player it dnt mean they all gonna be the same, look at manure they found another future star in nani.

  • chappa

    Apr 15, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #6

    nikki spot on m8

  • Bmore

    Apr 15, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree Nikki – we have to move on from the Viana transfer.

    In terms of youngeters, I would like to see us make a move for the youngster Ramsey at Cardiff. He is only 16 and looks quality, as does Vokes.

    But Barnes? I am not sure, 2 major knee injuries at his tender age? I think 3m can be better spent elsewhere.

  • Leo

    Apr 15, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    hugo would have been a good player and was playing good football, when he got the shoulder injury he lost it all… people obviously again have short memories. it must have taken alot out of his already vastly unphysicle game play…

    moutinho does look like him a bit though, make the risk i think he would be worth it. also i think that arshavin would defo be worth a punt.

  • Tripp

    Apr 15, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Stay away from the double knee Barnes. I agree that we have to take risks unless we want to shell out massive amounts of money for a proven quantity. We’re really not in a position to do that so we’re going to have to make acquisitions based on the best info available…

  • DC Magpie

    Apr 15, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Barnes is a tit, the next Dyer.

    No thanks!

  • clinta

    Apr 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Derby have just signed Ruben Zadkovich from Sydney FC so a good chance they’ll off load barnes as Zad is also an AM.


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