Newcastle and John Arne Riise Still Linked


There is continuing news that Newcastle United are interested in Liverpool’s left back, John Arne Riise.

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John Arne Riise – moving to Newcastle?

News today that Newcastle United Football Club are plotting a £3M raid on Anfield for the Norwegian International.

It’s common knowledge that Kevin Keegan wants to improve his back four and bring in a new experienced left back, and most of the players he wants to bring to the club in the summer will need to have Premier League experience.

It would seem to us that Riise would fit the bill, and then he’d have to fight it out with 22 year-old Spanish Under-21 International Jose Enrique, for the left back spot.

But of course Riise can also play on the left side of midfield, and so could also replace Charles N’Zogbia, who seems to want to leave the club for London in the summer.

Liverpool’s Spanish manager Rafael Benitez was asked if he would let Riise go in the summer and he said:

“He is still our player at the moment and he knows if we receive a good offer – good for him and the club – it could be,”

“But he is a fantastic professional.”

Seems to use that Benitez wants to sell him, with a comment like that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Fernando

    May 11, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    we don’t have a good enough offer for him, thank wage caps.

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  • toonlover

    May 11, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    mint if we get him. Id love to see him in the black nd whites.

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  • Eric

    May 11, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    He will want the LB all the time for wages that will be excessive. Give Tozer a run out first and go from there. As the National Press has hijacked all negotiations, and NUFC transfers, it looks as though we will have to wait to see what the Daily Mail and NOTW say in the coming weeks.

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  • toonlover

    May 11, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    we may have to forget about keeping micheal owen he is fed up i think. so lets get riise then get a replacement for owen quickly. i suggest:

    mohammed zidan
    andrei arshavin

    but we probly will get:

    darren bent
    peter crouch

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  • Leo

    May 11, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    well as cover for both charlie nzogbia at left mid (he wont be leaving) and cover for enrique at left back for 3mil its a good deal and rafa seems like he wants to sell

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  • Luke

    May 11, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d take him for his versatility and his left foot

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Dont want him.

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 11, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    No please!..

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  • moe

    May 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    how about Mohammed Zidan guys

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  • Tom

    May 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    i hope we sell duff to be honest. he’s overpaid, overated, and frankly, a waste of space.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    No, crap at a bigger clubs.

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 11, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    We really shouldn’t be buyin’ players who can’t get a game for the top 4…
    …I’d sooner buy someone that hasn’t had a chance at a big club & we would be a step up for them & they’d wanna prove themself!..

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  • Bill F

    May 11, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13

    If we got the best out of Riise I think he would be a good addition to the squad, he certainly gives 100+% effort and we know he has the legs (stamina speeed and skill) for the EPL.

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s true Bill but wouldn’t he wanna play every game & therefore stunt Enrique’s growth, not to mention some of the kids comin’ thru?..

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  • seetow

    May 11, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #15

    look at this guys.. i wouldn’t mind paying 3-4mil for a 27 year old seasoned premiership player who isn’t asking more than 40k/week and could cover for us anywhere along the left flank.. he could be another source of goals for us, instead of just relying on the front 2 or 3.

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  • richie

    May 12, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #16

    sign him defo, good all round deal for us if he comes t sjp

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