Keegan On Transfers – We’re In There Pitching

Kevin Keegan has talked today to Sky Sports News on his summer recruitment plans for Newcastle United.


Kevin Keegan – on transfers – we’re in there pitching

Kevin sounded quite upbeat in his interview with Sky Sports News today and we have to think the meeting tomorrow with Mike Ashley will be a positive one.

We expect it will end up with all three participants (Kevin, Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise) agreeing on exactly which transfer targets we will aggressively pursue over the summer.

Keegan has made it very clear that his aim over the summer is to strengthen his squad, to meet the demands of the top flight football in the Premier league.

Kevin told Sky Sports News:

“You need to have a strong squad and you need to have a few replacements because injures do happen, suspensions do happen and players lose form,”

“That’s why you need a bigger squad and you have to try and think, not what’s going to go right, but what happens if something goes wrong.”

“We’re still looking and still trying to assess what we need and what’s available out there.”

“Sometimes in football a player becomes available that you never thought and there might be a rush to get him and hopefully we would be in that rush.”

“We lost out on one player recently (Luca Modric to Tottenham), but that’s not unusual, so we’re in there pitching and if you’re in there you might get them in.”

That last sentence suggests Newcastle are already pursuing other targets and we feel two targets they are after right now, are Miguel Veloso of Sporting Lisbon and Sol Campbell of Portsmouth.

We think those two players would be great signings for the club – for different reasons.

Sol will be great and add so much experience at the back, which other players can learn from, and he is expected to see out his career with a two year contract.

At the very least he is a great player who youngsters at the club can learn from – but we expect Campbell to play quite a few first team games next season, that’s for sure.

On the other hand young 21 year-old Veloso is a top class talent already, who will only get better, and Miguel will be offered a 5 year contract.

But whether we can attract him to Newcastle has to be a major question mark.

But we hope we can do it – fingers crossed.

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • iffy

    May 8, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    i hope so

  • iffy

    May 8, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #2

    we should also try 2 get kompany if we can

  • iffy

    May 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    sol campbell would be good shame hes old now couple of years left in him but nonetheless we should get him

  • neil009

    May 8, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Lads and lasses. Man City are apparently in pole position to sign Giovani Dos Santos according to his father and they won’t even have a manager in a fortnights time!! Reports suggest a tranfer fee of 7.8 million or a season long loan. Any chance of Newcastle being interested??

  • Tom_Toon

    May 8, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Neil009 – Lets hope not.

    Id like to see Bystrov the russian.

  • neil009

    May 8, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Whoever we sign in the summer its certainly going to be interesting, not necessarily good, but certainly interesting.

  • Leo Smith

    May 8, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #7

    The media will totally gloss over this and try to convince us that the talks are “showdown” or “crunch” talk with an “angry” and “furious” Ashley. more fool them.

    The meeting’ll be one where Ashley says – “just so you know Kev, there’s a blank chequebook for you to sign whoever you need”. Ashley said a couple of weeks back he was looking forward to sitting down and talking with KK to discuss the summer. Gotta love selective journalism tho!

    The fact we bid £16m for Modric tells us there’s money to spend – so many people seem to have glossed over this and bought into the media hype that it’s all doom and gloom and that KK is angry that there’s no money… actually, he said in the press conference on Monday that “I’m not at all saying there’s no money to spend” (more or less direct quote – it’s on

    Rumours abound of bids for Diego and Veloso. The former may just be hearsay but it wouldn’t surprise me. As KK said, we won’t get all the shells on the beach, but we wont get if we don’t try. Veloso seems a good bet – KK’s watched so many Sporting games! I’d be delighted if we got him. Still like another great midfielder (Diego, Arshavin, van der Vaart etc) and a big CF (Crouch, Ashton, Gomis etc) and a couple of good CBs (Cuellar, Dunne, Campbell, Metzelder). Add in those and we’d be in an extremely good position to challenge for 5th.

    On a slight side note, I think Liverpool are there for the taking. Only a slump in Everton’s form(due to injuries) has prevented them from chasing Liverpool all the way, and there’s so much unrest at Anfield I can see a lot of dodgy business done over the summer. With the above signings (optimistic I know) we’d be far stronger than Everton imo. Why do I have to be so optimistic?!

  • neil009

    May 8, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Now that Viduka is facing 6 months on the sidelines, another striker is paramount. Strolla and Smith aren’t the answers. At least Ali Dai was found out after a 15 min subsitute appearance. Smith has managed to keep it up for 8 or seasons!! Luckiest “footballer” alive!

  • Kristofer

    May 8, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Eidur Gudjohnsen would be a great signing for us. We’ve been linked to him over the past and barcelona have said they are willing to sell him.

    He also has prem. experience which is good so he would fit right in.

    He is a brilliant player who can create and score goals. His best role is between midfield and the strikers. Sort of a link up between the midfielders and the strikers. Simular to the role Micheal Owen has been playing at late.

    He would be a brilliant signing!

  • Richard

    May 8, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Sounds good. When players come to see us should get Michael Owen to act like hes just there at the time so he can greet the player casually n just walk off! might just make them think wow i cud be playing with owen. anything to get them in!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 8, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Richard – good thinking – we need to tell Kevin that 😀

  • e

    May 8, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #12

    “Get Oleg Huysev from Dynamo Kiev” tom_toon mate stop kidding your self, you aint a professional scout, how many times have u came up with players names that no one has heard of and you claim they are better than most prem players like you know it all,
    40 e // May 8, 2008 at 18:21

    You may click on your name and/or comment to edit.

    lets get Mehhembubula Tamokilaidolk from Fc Creeta, he is only 14 and has great speed and and can play GK, CM, and LB, get him now before Halifax snap him up, hes better than gerrard

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 8, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #13

    They read out my e-mail on North East Tonight…

    “These “crisis talks” are simply more hyperbole from the southern press, Keegan is going nowhere. We already have to deal with the journos in London stirring trouble, we don’t need local news doing it too.”

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 8, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    e – You’re full of sh*t, there are many players out there who are better than over priced and overrated premiership players. Get over it.

  • Toony

    May 8, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #15

    TOM_TOON –

    AH BYSTROV! He`s pure gravy he is!

  • Ian

    May 8, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Buy Djibril Cisse for £5-6m before Man City get him; with him and Martins at the front you will need the slow motion to see how the ball ended up in the net, they would be just a blur on the pitch!
    Over 6ft, excellent scoring record for minutes on the pitch, bit of an oddball but who cares. Go for a player we can land first, if he thinks he is second choice he wont come here.

  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 8, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #17

    yea i dun care this kid tom_toon givez us good insight on alot of players… i quite like da kid.. He knows his stuff. i reckon hez btr than some of the scouts we hav in nufc. =p ha so if he sayz oleg huysec or wuteva i dun really care all as long as hez btr than a certain guy named SMITH

  • Tom_Toon

    May 8, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Great for a family dinner!

  • Mark

    May 8, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #19

    hamas, e didn’t say there weren’t better players outside of the EPL, he just ripped into tom_tom for suggesting a player he thinks no 1 knows abouts.

  • e

    May 8, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Tom_Toon, how do you watch football from like the russian league, croatian ect..? i know ther are alot of players out ther but thats for people who watch them every game of the season to know, i jsut dont get how tom toon gets all this from, i got nothing againstd him cause hes puts a good controbtuion to the site but i am jsut cruious how you know of so many players from leagues that i dont think are even on tv in england

  • geordie nick

    May 8, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #21

    e- its called the internet, you can watch pretty much any football match tht is being played anywhere in world

  • Obafan

    May 8, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Just wanted to mention some tragedy news from the football world in Belgium.

    Francois Sterchele, the 26 year old striker from Club Brugge (former club of Rozehnal) died last night (around 3.00 Belgian time) due to a car accident (smashed against a tree).

    I don’t know if any of you knew him, but I can remember his name being linked last summer with the Toon.

    Last year he was topscorer in Belgium and he made 4 times the national team. He was a very talented player.

  • e

    May 8, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #23

    alot of good players better than prem players*

  • Toony

    May 8, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #24


    I really hope we sign this kid….lol…just for his name alone. I can see the banners in the crowd already, priceless, lmao I dont think his Mam would let him play Sunday lunch time games though!

    Almost as good as that scandinavian striker we had about 10 year ago…now what was his name?

  • e

    May 8, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #25

    so you watch whole matches from these amature class leagues, almost everyweek? or watch jsut the goals over youtube?

  • Geordie Matriarch

    May 8, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #26

    What gets me annoyed, Hamas, is that these journalists get paid a fortune for coming up with this tripe.

  • Bill F

    May 8, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Just watching the Argentinian football, there are loads of players who would slot straight into the EPL. I won’t even attempt to name any but their league has a similar tempo and intensity to ours and you only have to look at the likes of Tevez and Mascherano to see how they would cope. Many of them could be signed for much less than their European counterparts and they would jump at the chance to come to us. I would hope that the R-squad are already scouting out there.
    Most of them have better technical skills than our home produced players and you get more to the pound. (sad to say but true)

  • Tom_Toon

    May 8, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    I dont watch most of them regularly, but some i do. I have just seen full games where ive seen the people I mention have played in and impressed me.

    Most of the players i name have been in the uefa cup or champions league recently, i watch most of those games.

  • Bill F

    May 8, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #29

    A lot of foreign footy is shown late night on CH5 terrestrial, although admittedly sometimes only highlights but that is often enough to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of teams and players.

  • valle

    May 8, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Toony… Actually it could be two ;)… Andreas Anderson or Jon Dahl Tomasson… The latter actually got reasonable success after Newcastle playing for PSV & Milan as well as being topscorer in the Danish national team, he was used as a lone striker for the entire season he was with us, tho his position actually is in the hole behind a front man.

  • Toony

    May 8, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Valle…..just kidding it was Jon Peanus and he had a mohican haircut…anyone remember him?

  • e

    May 8, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #32

    ah right, well i didnt mean anything in my other comment i thkn so people took the wrong way, jsut wanted to know bout how you get ur info

  • Patrick

    May 8, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Geordie Matriarch – journalists do not get paid a fortune. i am one. however, i do agree, the whole keegan vs ashley saga has been created by dim-witted gossip queens from the Mail and Sun. i don’t understand how the press can keep on saying Newcastle aren’t a big club when clearly we are…If we are a small club, how come we continue to dominate the back pages – however trivial the story? On the transfer front – It’s worth “pitching” for Veloso as we may as well aim for that calibre of player. It also conveys the right message. Think how upbeat everyone on this forum was when we nearly snapped up Modric. Whats to say next time, we go that extra mile and sign someone that good. As Keegan echoed earlier, we ARE a big club, with huge fanbase and should be challenging for fifth next season. We need a surpremely creative midfielder (Arshavin), a defensive midfielder in the mould of Veloso, a striker that is powerful and can hold up the ball, a commanding centre back and some hot prospects. We can forget bout the likes of Huntelaar, VDV, Diego etc but we can aim for the tier below that. Lets be enthusiastic – despite this week, it seems the club is finally going in the right direction.

  • valle

    May 8, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Toony… Hehe ok, cheers mate

  • chuck

    May 8, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Yup! Miguel Veloso could be just the player needed, an engine room, could be the Roy Keane of Utd. grab him!
    Sol? bit long in the tooth, dont get me wrong, great player, but think cuellar could be the answer here.

  • e

    May 8, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #36

    new roy keane? dunno bout that they dont like to tackel much abored:L

  • e

    May 8, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #37

    tho he can be moulded into a player of that caliber

  • Tom_Toon

    May 8, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Miguel Veloso = Hargreaves but Veloso is the better passer.

    Miguel Veloso = Emmanuel Petit

  • e

    May 8, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #39

    Tom_Toon do you know anything on Adriano of Sevilla, i ant seen him play since last year eufa cup final when he scored

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 8, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #40

    e. adriano is still good, lightning quick and is out of contract in next summer


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