Deal For Liverpool’s Riise Already Sealed By Newcastle?

There are reports today that a deal to take Liverpool left-sided defender John Arne Riise to Newcastle United in the summer, has already been made.


John Arene Riise – deal already struck with Newcastle?

John Arne Riise was unfortunate to give away an own goal in the final minute of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. And as it turns out that goal cost Liverpool another Champions League Final appearance, and was the turning point in the tie that saw the Blues through to the final in Moscow, where they will meet Manchester United.

Newcastle’s Kevin Keegan is looking to rebuild his side over the summer, and in particular is looking for a quality left-back, who can challenge young Spanish star, Jose Enrique, for the starting position at the Tyneside club.

There are some reports surfacing that a £4M deal was already struck between the two clubs six weeks ago. The reports go on to say that the Norwegian International will sign a three-year deal worth around £30K a week with the Geordies.

We suspect Riise would be a player that would attract Kevin, if only because of his attacking tendencies and he is also a proven Premier League player, and these are the players Kevin wants to bring to the club in the summer.

Riise has had limited playing time at Liverpool this season, and has already suggested he may need to leave Liverpool for first team footnball next season.

However, if a deal had been made, why wouldn’t Newcastle have already announced it?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

86 comments so far

  • Spyro

    May 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Riise, Bent, Dunne…after all the players we have been linked with we are probably going for players like this. I hope it is just blind speculation. i hate this ‘premiership experience’ crap the managers spew, it just shows a lack of global knowledge on players.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    This does not quite fit with Martin O’Neil saying yesterday he had been offered Pennant, Riise and Scott Carson as part of the deal for Gareth Barry.

    That said, Keegan has said he wants to sign a left back and Riise is certainly in the mould of full back he likes, the John Beresford of old.

    But a £4 million fee for an aging left back is ridiculous, we’ll never pay that amount.

  • Taiwantoon

    May 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    I am truely getting worried. Lack of action with Owen’s contract, continously connected with top four and Spur rejects…etc. I now hope Ashly saves his money of buying everyone a pints on new players.

  • Hadji

    May 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Spyro..Couldnt agree with you more.But lets wait and see.I’m really worried about Owen’s and Taylor’s contract.Something’s not right here i can feel it.Maybe i’m being paranoic but time will tell.

  • ToonDaft

    May 4, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #5

    we need things to start and happen – Tayls and Owen’s contracts should be tied up NOW, BEFORE the season end for crying out loud!

  • Warwick Toon

    May 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope not – the guy’s not good enough.

  • Hadji

    May 4, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    With these contract delayings we are sending a clear message to the other teams which means”Come and get me”

  • GraemeR

    May 4, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Why does this not excite me ????

    Oh yes – hes well past his best, lost his pace and will no doubt be on a forture (see also Carr)

    Come on Newcastle we are better than this !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • figsdad

    May 4, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    no thanks stay away he’s on the slide and liverpool know that…

  • Leo

    May 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #10

    i thought MON had said that he was offered some random players basically. i heard they were not them though.

    30k a week in a 4mil pound deal isnt bad i suppose compared to a while back when it was 60k-80k at 6-8mil

  • Punk Skunk

    May 4, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11


  • Gooderz

    May 4, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    He’s only 27 so he’s not that old for the experience he has. And if 30k is what he’ll be on then he has taken a paycut to join us.

    Remember the end of last year where one of his payslips was found on the web, revealing he was earning about 35-40k a week.

    I don’t think TomToon is going to be too pleased if this move comes off.

  • ToonKing

    May 4, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    bloody hell ….. april fools day is long gone yet i am seeing joke’s today. Riise ?? Bent ?? F**K OFF
    We can get better players then these for god’s sake…….

  • robertsa

    May 4, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #14

    im not that bothered to be honest rise is not brilliant but he is not useless at the end of the day it was euther rise or bridge. Id pick rise. hope this is true.

  • Faustino

    May 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Words now fail me…. waht a miserable bunch of players to be linked with of a Bank Holiday weekend!

  • RayNUFC

    May 4, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #16

    He won’t make or break our season but would be a good addition to the squad. We’ve paid more for unknown donkeys who’ve done nothing.

  • RayNUFC

    May 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #17

    He won’t make or break our season but we’ve paid more for unknown donkeys who’ve done nothing at the club.

  • Toon1978

    May 4, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    The thing is we need to be realistic here, we are not going to be in Europe so we ain’t going to get the likes of VDV or ARSHIVAN,HUNTELAAR or any players like that why would they leave their respective club who are playing in the CL and have a chance of winning their domestic league for a club that ain’t in EUROPE or in the top 4. As much as i hate the players we have been linked with today ie BENT and RIISE i have thought about this properly and come to the conclusion we are lucky to have a chance to be signing the likes of BENT and RIISE because look at their clubs in CL and UEFA competitions. What have we got NOTHING at all no attraction what so ever. We need to start somewhere and if that is signing players like BENT and RIISE then so be it. WHEN we are in the CL then we can look at the VAN DER VAARTS and the ARSHIVANS,GOMIS and players of this calibre but at this present time it is not possible. We need to get behind KK and respect the acquisitions he makes and be realistic. HUNTELAAR lovely jubly if you are MANURE,CHELSEA,LIVERPOOL but not NUFC we have no chance why leave AJAX for us where is his ambition if he does you cant blame the lad for not being up for NUFC or any player like that. Being in Europe is the only time you can sign big players and even then you need to have a chance of winning it. BENT , RIISE not huge names but why not we need to start somewhere and maybe its a step in the right direction because after all its better then SIDWELL,NOLAN who Big Sam was keen on.

  • robertsa

    May 4, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #19

    hit the nail right on the head toon1978. riise aint perfect but he is better than enrique for now anyways

  • Tom_Toon

    May 4, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Hopefully not.

  • toonlover

    May 4, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #21

    this deal is cool. just get cuellar and our defence will be

    beye cuellar taylor riise

    i like the look of that

  • figsdad

    May 4, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #22

    is he hell enrique miles better than that ginger wannabee scouser….

  • geordie in taipei

    May 4, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Think 4 million alittle bit much for Riise, but hes not a bad player and with Enrique being very young, good to have an experienced left back – of course we dont want lose Enrique so to have an older left back who may just be with us a couple of years and who would create good competition , may not be a bad idea. Also we have to look at our buys being to get us back to Europe – and then we can continue to build on them, with better players. I still expect Keegan to pull at least 1 pretty top draw signing out of the bag !

  • Marguerite

    May 4, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Underwhelmed again. I would much rather have a younger hungry player who would die to play for the Toon not a scouse has been.

  • Sean

    May 4, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #25

    I think enrique is a better defender than riise, so i wud play riise in midfield coz we all know hes a better attacker than a defender. Cum on Riise whack a few thunderbolts next season! Also i’ve herd valencia are willing to sell david villa for £16M cud be the big summer signing we need.

  • Frankieboy

    May 4, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Would be happy enough with Riise but don’t want Bent he is shite.
    His time at Tottenham tells you that.They paid £16m for him and want to offload after one season, that tells its own story I think.
    Been on SSN that Cuellor was Rangers player of season.

  • Midjew

    May 4, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    I think Riise is a good player.

    Maybe not AMAZING but come ON, we are not amazing at the moment.

    He will be a good buy, and 4m aint that much for 27 year old.

    ALSO… Everyone is comparing him to this years peformance which isnt really fair as he aint been playing that much, same senario as Crouch.

    WHEN they both played regular they seemed to REALLY perform.

    SO get him and play him regularly and i reckon he will win the Geordie Crowd over.

    Also i go with same reasoning for Darren Bent.

    GET THEM!!!

    GoOD PL Players

  • Toon1978

    May 4, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Well said Midjew i had my reservations when i first heard of this about RIISE and BENT but givin our current league position and have nothing to offer ie EPL title or CL football we are lucky to be linked with these two players after all they are at clubs offering CL and UEFA cup football so maybe we need to put our feet on the ground and forget all these super stars. I believe Geordie fans deserve to see these big players more then any other fan but its not to be ATM KK go us promoted with players NOT with super star status ie CLARK, KELLY, FOX, PEACOCK all these players were not big stars but KK took his time and eventually brought big names through the door. We need to be patient and let KK do what he does best and hopefully WISE and co can bring in quality youngsters unknown like Arsenal seem to do. If we can get the best out of strengthening the first team AND young blood from around the world then we wont go far wrong. We need to spot the VAN DER VAARTS of this world at 15,16,17 years of age bring then in and watch them grow into world beaters, ARSENAL are the best at doing this.

  • Midjew

    May 4, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Toon1978 – I AGREEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • micepie

    May 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #30

    I have to say that I’ve only seen Huntelaar and Van de Vart play a couple of Live games on tv. I wasn’t especially impressed with either. When I saw Daniel Alves play a live televised game – another highly rated player – he wasn’t much cop either (constantly gave the ball away).

    Most of all, I hope we keep Owen and Martins and take it all from there. That is very important. And I’ll trust in KK’s choices after that.

  • geordie_jordan

    May 4, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #31

    these players we are linked with are not that bad.
    1) riise: we need someone to challenge jose, who won’t be seen as too much of a threat by jose. a 27 year old experienced lb who can also play lw? doesn’t sound too bad to me even if he is past it, he can do a job if jose is knackered
    2) bent: good player (his goal against us is evidence) his premier league goal scoring ability is documented but where would he fit???

  • Dom4Toon

    May 4, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #32

    i like riise, i know many people say he has lost it and is crap these days, but if you have talent then you never lose it

  • ObaFan2

    May 4, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Riise,Bent,Dunne and Smith all in the same team……… WOW

    Lose Owen and Oba along with Zog n Duff ……. more Wows.

    I’m generally not interested in all the speculation but it seems like April 1st atm.

  • roy morten

    May 4, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #34

    i come from norway and i know all about riise,he is so hated in norway and not only because he is playing for liverpool… please don`t buy that guy.

  • Paul

    May 4, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Riise at that fee and salary OK
    He must understand tho that he will only get the odd start and will be Enrique’s stand-in.
    If he can accept that fine-if not there are others out there

  • lee

    May 4, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #36

    all these people that doubt risse it was only a year go when he was absolutely brill a liverpool friend of mine says he was the best left back in the world fair enough ,was, but that was only a year ago and at the age of 27 he cant be passed his best if anything he should be coming in to his prime and arent we forgeting the most important thing whoever keegan signs will be absolutely fantastic can you ever remember a manager so good at bringing in players to take a team in to the next level

  • ArtyH

    May 4, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #37

    At least Riise is an established fullback, and would slot in if Jose got injured. Unlike now where we have to have a CB or youngster drafted in. don’t forget we NEED a few more squad players! Given our public humiliation this last few years really do you think any self respecting “Star” is going to want to come to the toon now??? I don’t think so , unless we pay extortionate wages AGAIN for some money grabbing mercenary who will be on the physio’s table ala Luque/Marcelleno/Babayaro et all.
    Give Keegan time to build his own side, his way like he did first time round, and when/if he does, hope he will extend his contract, cos at the moment I think it will take more than three years to get us within touching distance of European football. I have to say, I hope I am wrong there and we make it next year or the year after, but how long have we been saying THIS???

  • ObaFan2

    May 4, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Don’t get me wrong, I think Riise is ok player and would be a good stand-in for Enrique especially for the wages mentioned.

    Just dissapointing that Oba and Owen have not had negotiations yet (or so it appears) and the players mentioned are like a side-step rather than a step forward.

    I am one that has and will have faith in KK, just after reading this blog news today it seemed a little dissapointing.

    Bent for £12 million is a joke tbh and reminds me of SBR worst buy!

  • Toon Al

    May 4, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #39

    i’ve said for a while i thik riise would be a good addition to the squad, think of it like this…

    Geremi and Beye on the right hand side provide a brilliant partnership as they both have the ability to play as cover for eachother in a game situation. the reason Jose Enrique hasnt been setting the world alight this season is because he hasnt had a left sided partner who is descent at defending to over-lap with meaning when he does go forward he can get cuaght out of position… people say he dosnt get forward enough then when he does they say how he always gets caught out of position. with Riise there to work in the same way geremi does in midfield we’d have a really balanced side

  • liam

    May 4, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #40

    If true a think its a good buy. And a good start to bringing in top premierleague players

    now lets try and rebiuld a good top class team ready for next season- so optimistic cant wait

    haway the lads for tomorrow


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