Keegan Hands Transfer List Over To Dennis Wise

Kevin Keegan has recvelaed he has already met with Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley and Chairman Chris Mort and has handed his list of transfer targets over to Dennis Wise and the Recruitment trio of Newcastle Executives.


Kevin Keegan – has handed over his list of transfer targets

Kevin talked about the type of players he can get to the club in the summer:

“It’s nice because people believe we can get big-name players, but we have just got to keep it real and not let people draw us down one-way streets.”

“But there’s no point parking players here who are squad players. A few people rang me and said they had really good squad players, but we have got enough squad players here.”

Kevin has already talked with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and chairman Chris Mort, and a list of the players Kevin wants at the club has been created in an attempt to land the three or four top-class players Kevin wants to bring in during the summer.

The process of attracting those men to the Tyneside club will be the responsibility of Executive Director of Football, Dennis Wise, Vice-President of Player Recruitment, Tony Jimenez and Recruitment Technical Director Jeff Vetere.

It looks like our trio got off to an unfortunate start with failing to convince the great Luka Modric to join the club, but there are other players available, who could really improve our squad.

Keegan continued:

“We had a meeting a couple of weeks ago. We really put our two lists together because they have got a massive expertise in Europe.”

“While we on our list have got all the top ones, they are looking at the ones who maybe you can get who will be the next top ones, but are younger.”

“When we out them together, it was quite interesting.” “That’s it now. If someone asks me how we are getting on with our targets, I can honestly say, ‘I don’t know’ because I am not party to that.”

“But I will know the minute they are complete or have failed, I guess.”

We know Kevin knows about Luka Modric now, because we failed with that specific target – unfortunately.

But it’s got to be upward and onward in the transfer window for Newcastle this summer.

Comments very welcome.

105 comments so far

  • mtsang

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #1

    yeah, go get some quality players in this summer. 🙂

  • big pea ov the weab

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #2

    lets hope theres some decent transfer requests on there fingers crossed

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #3

    i can honestly say im not that bothred, i feel withdrawn as the one player i wanted, we let slip from our grasp, not even signing someone like van der vaart could honestly cheer me up atm, im sure quite a few feel the same.

  • Taiwantoon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes, we should get real. Diego is certainly out of our reach as his father has just recently said that he is not happy with the situation at bremen and his son is dreaming of playing in the Champs league.

    Van der Vaart is also very difficult, but I feel there is a slight chance…well compared to the signing of Diego at least. After all, he shocked the football world when he went to HSV. Okay, I am dreaming but I need to do this to recover from the hang over this morning…

  • Bobby Ollox

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    we are going to struggle to get really big players in next season – no european football, and no guarrantee of it the year after either.

    The players we will get, will be those who can maybe sense something happening at Newcastle and want to be part of it. Will be a real test for Keegan to persuade talent here, rather than Spurs, or Villa. I think he can do it though – he is certainly more of an attraction than Big Sam ALardarse.
    an interesting summer ahead

  • chuck

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Soh! too bad about Modric, especially loosing out to Spurs, ah well!
    Never mind aint the end of the world, just hope the team can attract a few top class names during the transfer window.

  • Proud to be Black & White formaly know as John

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    our biggest signing this summer will be jimmy billard…how crap is that


    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I hate Billard and Bullard aint much better either!

  • Proud to be Black & White formaly know as John

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #9

    that actualy cheered me up a bit ..cheer craig..ha ha.

    ( gutted about Modric )

  • benboy

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #10

    will we keep Zog now spurs have signed modric??

  • Proud to be Black & White formaly know as John

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    benboy..Why keep a player that does’nt want to wear the jersey…

  • benboy

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    true I agree but who else might want him, really dont think the talk of Arse wanting him is that true, even if Wenger rates him.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #13

    nzogbia is a good player wich i feel could be a realy top class player but if he dosent want to play then we have to get rid


    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Stevie Watson scored for Sheffield Wednesday today he deserved to wear the shirt not N’Nobbia, Well dont Stevo

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Geordie Gerrard, are you mad?

    van der Vaart is so much better than Modric.

  • Thomas

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah felt really gutted watchin modric sitting in the stands at whl. And that too after KK’s comments of not competing against the big 4 but everyone else.. Thought he would be better prepared after the woody episode.. bloody spurs done it twice now!!

    As someone said it aint the end of the world so cmon KK show them wht they missed being part of…

  • scotty

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Here, here Tom Toon. Van der vaart far far superior!!!

  • Jack

    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #18

    and thats the difference, we had a chance of getting modric, we’ll never get van der vaart

  • daiv

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Who wants N’Nobbia if he does not want to play for us. he is not a top 4 team player and none of the big 4 will bid for him. Why? Because he’s a dribbler but has no vision. His head is down all the time watching the ball and he is not aware of the killer pass. A good dribbler with a gooo dshot (when its on target) is not good enough for the very best. he is not the veru best and we should get rid of the pain if he does not want to play for us. Apparently he is awkward with all our managers. S.d off.

  • Nick C

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Lads, do you not feel we will struggle to attract the top top players due to the fact we are not even in the UEFA cup? Geography doesn’t help either but there is nowt we can do about that.

    We need a few proven premiership performers to get us back up there challenging for Europe. I think Ashton would be a decent place to start…

  • boater

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #21

    What about jefferson farfan.. I know an old toon link but has continued to blossom at psv and would bring pace, spark and creativity behind the strikers or down the right!!!!?

  • Rich

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Craigg, Gary Speed had a great day too. Don’t think he could quite cut it in the PL nowadays, but we shouldn’t have ousted him when we did.

  • daiv

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #23

    We cannot attract the very best because we are not in the Champions league. We can afford them and pay the wages.Forget the EUFA Cup. Do you think the very best are bothered about playing in little villages in Israel and norway and the like. A big game is against Fiorentina or some other rubbish team. We can’t fill our stadium for such rubbish and we’re not that interested til it gets to the semis.. The Uefa Cup means very little to the top players. They want Champions League and a team challenging for the league. We are still a million miles from that and will only attract old stars who are past it. But we will get there because we will make progress in the next few years. We will not be top 4 next season but perhaps in 2 or 3 years.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Katsouranis, enough said.

  • spyro

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #25

    i think we have to step up our chase for Veloso now we have lost Modric. He is the only player i feel we could get who is similar enough to make up for it

  • Leo

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

    who the funk is n’bobbia?

    ya surelly mean n’zogbia?

  • Leo

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #27

    from now on i am determined not to get sucked in by transfer rumours etc… and just comment on whether they may be good,

    not get excited until they are wearing the newcastle shirt.

    although i do have a picture somewhere of berbatov in a toon shirt 🙂

  • adam

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #28

    they say there going to smash the transfer record this summer and spend big cash on up and comeing and world class players but also players wih experiance then you should go for these players.
    Ricardo Quresma £15m
    Ledley King swap for Charles N’zogbia
    Rafeal Van Der Vaart £15m
    Ruud Van Nisslerooy £10m
    Phillip Lahm £8m or possible emre swap.
    = £ £48m
    get rid of these players
    rozenhal £3m
    duff £4m
    smith £6m
    diatte free
    carr free
    ameobi £3m
    = £16m
    works out at NUFC spending £32m

    tottenham have hinted ledley king can leave and knows owen , milner , s. taylor , barton and butt.

    ruud van nisslerooy is not enjoying life in spain at the moment and might come back and have one more crack at the premiership. he knows owen , butt , van der vaartif he came to NUFC. and smith if he stays.

  • Nick C

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #29

    So Daiv, as you say we might get to the promised land of the champions league in 2/3 years. Fair enough, but what are we gonna do between that time? Our best bet is the Uefa Cup, surely? Modric seems happy enough to play in it next season.
    Also, as a fan I would snap your hand off if we could get back there next season. Some of my favourite away trips were at Roma, Marseille, Lisbon and Alkmaar. Unfortunately we got humped in all of them but it got me out of BABYJAIL for a few days!!!!

  • craig chisholm

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #30

    look lads, you are all kidding yourselves if you think we will be getting any big names in. mort says he wont be splashing big cash and if you read the above quotes in this blog you will see that wisey and co’s list was full of young unknowns…….cos they are cheap. there will be no big names coming or thats what i keep reading into it.

  • spyro

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #31

    you mean you have a picture of him HOLDING a toon shirt.

    Leo i can tell the Modric collapse has really disappointed you. I think we should put more effort into the Veloso deal now that we have lost Modric. They are similar in terms of workrate, passing ability (Yes i know Modric is a bit better in this field), and shooting. The only thing is Veloso cant really use his right foot that well. However, Veloso is better defensively, which is just what we need to replace Butt

  • Nick C

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Tom Toon, I am intrigued. Who would you go for? Let’s be realistic about it. I mean, I would have Gerrard but that aint gonna happen.

    Also, I always preach buying players with Prem experience, whether foreign or British. What do u reckon to this?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Id defintely go for Bruno Alves (CB) and Katousranis (CM) but i dont know who else.

    The available people n the prem are either crap, past it, overrated. They are normally overpirced and overpaid too.

  • Ashton

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Aquilani is available he worth a cheeky bid imo
    he would be the perfect replacement for geremi

    Amoribieta will improve our defence he is smart and strong he is like laurent blanc!

  • sebum gunter the primeape hunter

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #35

    i caught a gorilla but it was actually emre and ameobi going at it in a monkey suit.

  • Nick C

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Tom Toon, I love reading your assessment of a lot of foreign players I have often never heard of but as a season ticket holder of 20 years I have only missed a handful of games and I could give you a pretty long list of Foreign Failures against those who have made it. Do you see my point?

  • Taiwantoon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #37

    European football is a bonus, but I do not think it is the only factor. Van der vaart joined HSV in 2005, and they provided no European footy. I am sure there are plenty of other cases and lets not kid ourselves, it’s important but not everything.

    We just need to show ambitions and directions. Ronaldhino joined Barca when they were in crisis. Okay, we are no Barca, but we are certainly bigger than HSV, aren’t we?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Not now. He joined there to develop in a harder league He turned down man u, real madrid and inter milan.

  • sebum gunter the primeape hunter

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #39

    craig chisholm how about you grow a beared and stroke it then lick my middle finger and say it is nice cos ur comment is crapage to the maxage ill send u a package to give you a slapage to the front door of your cottage along with john ramage. in other words fooook oooooof

  • daiv

    Apr 26, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Nick C
    My point is that the top players could not care less about the Uefa Cup. I was answering somebody else about attracting players with Newcastle offering Euro footy. It has to be Champions League to get the best. Uefa footy will not. Enjoy your future trips to Bergen and Cyprus but the best stars will not be going. They’ll stay at Milan, Barca etc until we can offer them the San Siro.


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