Newcastle Close To Turan Deal – Be Wary


There is some additional news today on the proposed transfer of Arda Turan to Newcastle.

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Arda Turan – Newcastle still interested

We reported last week that Newcastle had already bid about £16M for the Turkish 21 year-old, and that they were wisely trying to get the deal completed before the European 2008 tournament starts.

And, not surprisingly, Galatasaray would prefer a deal after the tournament, when the boy’s value could be much higher.

The Turkish international has already played 66 times for Galatasaray and 16 times for Turkey, and the club would be reluctant to move one of their prized assets on so early in his career.

A club source revealed to The News Of The World today:

“The club want to at least wait until Euro 2008 is over.”“The offer will be considered and they will sell.”

“ They have to be seen to try to keep their best players or the club’s fans will go crazy.”

Newcastle are reported set beat Middlesbrough to the signing of the Turkish winger.

Coupled with this, it is being reported the transfer will mean the end of Damien Duff’s career at Newcastle, but we don’t believe one word of that.

Gone are the days when you sign one player in a certain position, and another player in that same position has to leave.

It’s all about building a strong squad of players, and Kevin has already said he wants to keep everybody he has right now. The truth is we still have a very small squad and we’ve already lost Ramage, Carr, Troisi and Diatta, with Ameobi also odds on to leave.

It would be stupid of us to let Damien go at this point, in our view.

Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut confirmed there is a club interested in securing the transfer of Turan, and we‘re sure that club is Newcastle United.
Bulut said:

“One club is talking to Galatasaray and asking them to name their price.”

“If Galatasaray’s request is met, the transfer can happen.”

But this is also very similar to the situation with Luka Modric, when Tottenham came in at the last moment to sign him.

Unfortunately, we think there’s a chance his agent, and Galatasaray are hoping a bigger club will come in for the player – so let’s no get our hopes too high right now.

Newcastle should get in quickly and make the deal, or get out.

But they shouldn’t let things drag on for a few days, which only lets other clubs come in and make their own deal.

Speed is of the essence here.

But Turan would certainly be a great signing for us.

Comments welcome.



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174 comments so far

  • NUFCFAN

    May 18, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, could you do an article of just votes, on what positions people want filled up and on the same page have a list of players in each position that we have been linked with. Would be interestng to get a overall perspective of everyones transfer opinions

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  • Toon1978

    May 18, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #2

    M.Ashely and crew should move fast get this sorted NOW i hope things have been learned from the MODRIC fiasco. Comon get this sorted out now, not tommorrow NOW.

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  • Bill F

    May 18, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    16m, you can’t be serious.

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  • Parky93

    May 18, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    yes if we get this guy it will start the big names coming in. he is a top quality player in Turkey and has what it takes to make it in England. Hope we get this guy

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  • alex

    May 18, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #5

    i would like this fella but if his club are reluctant to let him go until after the euros its gonna be difficult to land him.

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  • Andy1

    May 18, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #6

    If we want to sign top players like this we need to act fast, and in this case before the Euro’s where his value could go up dramatically. However, I think this is probably just an attempt by the club or his agent to look for a move. We always get caught up in this sort of thing, with players the scouts haven’t even had a look at.

    Having said this, I hope we are interested in this sort of player. We missed out on Modric but it shows ambition to be looking at the best young talent in Europe. I don’t really know what type of players we are looking for because there has been, as always, so much ridiculous speculation. From Thierry Henry to Anthony Gardner it’s hard to know what is realistic for us right now.

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  • scottish mag

    May 18, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    i thought it was $16m(dollars) in a previous report but today they are saying

    £11m is what they want for him

    http://goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=700707

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  • Andy1

    May 18, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s 16mil in euros I think, that’s about 11mil – the figure quoted in the stories I have read today.

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  • spen27

    May 18, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    how close is close? i cant wait! its all about decent wingers i so miss laurent robert i dnt care he never tracked backed we finished 4th 3rd and 5th with him in the sqaud and he bagged some screamers and sh*t loads of assists milner and zog are good but we all no not good enough.turan can play on both wings happy days! duff will be missed but he’s allways injured and he’l never produce his best again a shame i no but true. snap up turan fast mort

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  • Leo Smith

    May 18, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #10

    $16m not £16m, so it’s about £8m. Sounds good to me if he’s as good as everyone’s making out.

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  • Marat18

    May 18, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    hope this is true.
    if this kid turns us down and chooses, say, spuds – then we will be a complete laughing stock.

    next our transfer should be done whatever the price. the more we fail, the more difficult it will be to attract better players.

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  • Nick Dryden

    May 18, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #12

    fantastic if it meant the end of Duff but for 11 million, couldn’t we just keep N’zogbia instead?
    Our 4-3-3 worked so well and was unbeaten until the useless Smith came in for Viduka.
    All we would need to do is put Milner in for geremi on the right , and move Zogbia to the left and push Barton in the middle of them as Butt isn’t getting any younger.

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  • Toon1978

    May 18, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Andy1 that is why we need to sort this signing out sooner rather then later, im sure SPURS will be watching closely. If they come in for him then it will be pure spite.

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  • Bob

    May 18, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=3CFrSq1azq0

    There’s a clip of Turan vs. Liverpool in 2007 around 1:10

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  • CRAIGG

    May 18, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Still more concerned about CM and defenders

    Although this lad does sound quality.

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  • scottish mag

    May 18, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    i starting to think spurs use this site as there scouting programme im sure there is probably one reading these comments now

    ( its me ) lol joke

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 18, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Doesn’t look likely that we’ll get the deal done before Euro 2008, if at all. I hope we can get the lad in but I’m not getting excited.

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  • spen27

    May 18, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #18

    omg i wana get to excited but just watched that clip on youtube bit of a steriotype but the next ronaldo just wot we need! creamin in my pants!

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  • Marat18

    May 18, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #19

    just a couple of clips:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=CAgopa_7VN8&feature=related
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=7U7pneLIY68&feature=related

    he seems to have a very good attitude (not gonna dive after first contact) – first clip.
    and has a short fuse – second clip.

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  • Toon1978

    May 18, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Spen27 dont cream just yet mate you know what NUFC are like, they are like a beautiful woman only for that woman to let you down and dump you in the end, once he signs the dotted line then do the creaming lol. I got excited about the MODRIC saga but was GUTTED beyond belief when he went to SPUDS.

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  • Jeff D

    May 18, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m more excited at the prospect of signing Turan than i ever was about mordric. This lad is absoloute class!!! He won Galatasaray the turkish title in much the same way as Ronaldo did for Man U. I may get slated for this, but. i think he will prove to be better than Ronaldo. I just hope Newcastle pull out all the stops to get him.

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  • scottish mag

    May 18, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #22

    that youtube vid is quality on 1.39 he skins gerrard and leaves him standing

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  • chennai toon

    May 18, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #23

    by seeing the video he looks a class act…………who needs modric if we can get a player of turan’s quality………….he will be an excellent signing…..
    common nufc please get this lad………………..

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  • Toon1978

    May 18, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    hmmmm Jeff d RONALDO is the best player in the world mate i like the look of ARDA but he aint a patch on RONALDO imo.

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  • Jeff D

    May 18, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon1978. I agree with you at the moment… What i said was he will prove to be better.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #26

    i think we are in for ginola!!

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  • spen27

    May 18, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #27

    i just cant help getting excited he is just wot we need i have only seen tht clip and thats all iv seen of him but in that clip alone you can see how well he reads the game and the natural talentmight be a blessin missin out on modric and landind turan

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 18, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Jeff D – Don’t be silly, what has he done to warrant such praise?

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  • Jeff D

    May 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #29

    10 goals in his last three games for galatasaray two of which were hatricks and a brace against Fenerbache. Yes i suppose i am being silly!!!

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  • KKK

    May 18, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #30

    _________________Harper/Given____________________

    Beye/Geremi____Taylor/Dunne_Faye/Veloso__Enrique/Riise
    _______________________________________________

    Milner/Arshavin__Barton/Butt__Emre/Veloso__N’Zogiba/Turan
    _______________________________________________

    ___________Carroll/Gomis_____Martins/Owen___________

    Would love that to be our squad next season.
    Just let me dream.
    What you guys think? Possible?

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  • spen27

    May 18, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #31

    thats from a 21yr old winger that is class evry1 can accept tht

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 18, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Jeff D – I agree that he is quality but until he does that in a big league you can’t really compare the two.

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  • spen27

    May 18, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #33

    but he ran circle around liverpool 1 of the best teams in our league. not many players perform like that against our big 4

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  • Jeff D

    May 18, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Again i said he will prove to be better than Ronaldo. I accept he hasnt done it in a big league, i also accept that hes not there yet.
    What he has achieved at 21 for galatasaray, and the impact he has had at international level is very impressive.

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  • azim

    May 18, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Bafetimbi Gomis has been selected for France ahead of David Trezeguet….so we wont miss him for African Nations Cup…GET HIM NOW

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  • Marat18

    May 18, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #36

    KKK
    this team looks good, also don’t forget Edgar.

    But we have to move quickly. All players you mentioned are available and want to move (except Veloso).

    But I’m afraid we are not after Arshavin, otherwise I don’t understand what are we waiting for.

    But hope there is a lot of work is done behind the scene.

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  • Jeff D

    May 18, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Spen i was talking to a scouse mate who was at that Champions league match. ( is that a big league Hamas?) He said that Turan Frightened the living shit out of them when he came on and nearly nicked it for them. He was only 19 then.

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  • Tom

    May 18, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #38

    who cares if duff goes??? hes paid far more than the likes of nzogbia and milner, does far less on the pitch, and could be replaced in the squad by lua lua

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  • KKK

    May 18, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Marat18 – i don’t think we are waiting around at all. The club have been very quiet over the past week or so. They will be working flat out to get these transfers through. Especially with Turan and Veloso going to EuroO8 their values will probably double.

    As for Arshavin, you never know, all this speculation about Turan has only just came out so who really knows who else we are after other than Keegan and co.

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  • KKK

    May 18, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Sorry guys completely off the subject here but just wondering if anyone knows when the new away kit is being released?

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