Turan Would Love To Play in England – UPDATE

Sky Sports is reporting today that Arda Turan would love the chance to play in England.


Arda would love to play in England

But, contrary to recent reports, his agent Ahmet Bulut says there has been no offer made by Newcastle or any other club.

As we reported yesterday the Evening Chronicle has said that Kevin Keegan is not interested in the player, but we don’t know if that a ruse so we can still secure his transfer.

The 21-year-old left winger already has 16 caps to his name and he is very highly-rated by his club Galatasaray.

Bulut told skysports.com today:

“He has three-years left on his contract and any club interested must make an offer, but that has not happened yet,”

“If any club found an agreement then we would have to talk, but if Newcastle reached an agreement than Arda would be open to such a move.

“He would love to play in England – that is not a secret.

“We know there is interest, but I have not heard from anyone – just what I have seen in the newspapers.”

“Arda is doing wonderfully well – he loves Galatasaray and is playing well,”

“He is the best player in Turkey, there is no doubt about that and he will continue to show that this summer.”

“He is looking forward to playing in Austria & Switzerland [Euro 2008] and I think he will have a big tournament.”

Typical words from an agent who wants to get the best deal for his player.

There’s also news that Newcastle have been told they will need to pay £13M for the player, if they want him now, and out information is we may have tabled around £8M.

It could be negotiations are still going on behind the scenes, but this shouldn’t drag on too much longer, otherwise one of three things could be true.

He either doesn’t want to join Newcastle, Galatasary want too much money, or it’s all rumor mill, one of these three is probably true.

Comments welcome.

Late Update: One of our readers in Turkey, Sirvren, is informing us the Turkish newspapers are confirming an £11M pounds bid for Arda from Newcastle.  The Galatasaray board are said to be considering the offer, however Galatasaray fans are totally against the sale, and the price is not enough to convince the supporters.

46 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    what are we waiting for?

  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    We are waiting for him to shine in the euro cup and then be muscled out by the likes of tottenham, villa, everton, man city and even portsmouth

  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Too late as usual

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 20, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    It’ll probably drag out until it’s too late and he signs for another club. Prepare for comments from Mort about bright lights.

  • Leo

    May 20, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    this should have been completed ages ago

  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Still angry about the Modric carry on, I think this will happen time and time again in the next few months

  • The Entertainers

    May 20, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    One thing about King Kev since his return is his refreshing truthful attitude when it comes to targets. The ones doing the rumour mill in the daily rags are very quickly dismissed by the gaffer. However a resiliant silence has remained over Arda, so hears hoping no news is good news. For a short while anyway!

  • toonarmy08

    May 20, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    his agent has said that no club has bidded for him as yet,but i thought we bidded 8mill the other day.Just dont ever know what to believe .Hope MA puts his hand in his extremely deep pockets and buys this guy QUICKLY before spurs hear about it and buy him lol!

  • C

    May 20, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Just sign someone!

  • ToonKing

    May 20, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    i hear Spurs want Duff too…..lol they can’t have enough of the Toon.

  • Eric

    May 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    ED, I agree. Probably a combination of all three.

  • Rem

    May 20, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Were probly not after him. i dont trust his agent.
    We were probly never that serious about modric or not even after him.

  • toonoholic

    May 20, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    if we dont sign arda turan ,
    then ashley is a mackem .

  • emantoon

    May 20, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    kaman scouters! faster plz..

  • nomis_jade

    May 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    i dont reckon we’ve made a bid i really dont. They say there hasnt been a bid, and KK says he isnt interested either. I reckon maybe we just sounded him out to see what their reaction would be.

    I hate all this waiting around, i wish we would just sign someone!

    In all truthfulness though i dont mind as long as we dont do what freddy shep did and spend loads on players that turned out to be poor.

    All those saying we are losing out on all these players for taking to long are stupid. They know what they are doing, they know who the good players are, and they know what they are worth. So let them do their job!

  • Tim_Toon

    May 20, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    If we don’t manage to sign one of Veloso, Turan, Gomis or Gomez then this club will be doomed to mid-table mediocrity for much of the foreseeable future.

    All we need is one then the rest will follow. I don’t particulary care if we pay over the odds for these players, just as long as we sign one of them.

    Ashley- Splash the bloody cash you cheap bastard !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    ed when did you add the update bit mate? has it been on here since the begining of the article and am i missing out on something here?

  • toonoholic

    May 20, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Keegan told bid for Turan is £4.5m short

    GALATASARAY president Adnan Polat has told Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan he can sign Arda Turan tomorrow if he tables a formal bid of around £13m.

    Polat has held a number of preliminary discussions with senior Newcastle representatives as he attempts to tackle his club’s debts of more than £45m.

    The Turkish chief has admitted he is unable to hold on to Turan, a creative left-footed midfielder who is one of Galatasaray’s leading lights.

    The 21-year-old is almost certain to leave Istanbul this summer, and Newcastle are hoping to complete a deal before Polat joins up with the Turkey squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

    However, the Magpies are yet to table a formal bid and Galatasaray officials are growing increasingly frustrated with their reluctance to raise their valuation of around £8.5m.

    That still leaves them £4.5m short of Galatasaray’s asking price, and Polat is adamant if Newcastle want to beat off competition from a number of leading German clubs, they will have to table an increased offer.

    “We have not received an official offer,” said Polat.

    “But if Newcastle were to make an offer like this (16m Euros), I would let Arda go.”

    16 m euros is good stuff for that kid. i think we might bid for him by this weekend .

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #19

    im not getting excited. MUCH. im like a little kid again when we were going to sign god shearer

  • toonoholic

    May 20, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    there were no blogs then ,were there? geordie gerrard?

  • t-g-w

    May 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #21

    One positive we can take from the new regime is that we at least seem to be trying to sort out our transfers and targets quickly. This hasn’t happened ever as far as I can remember. There are plenty of good players available and I’m convinced we will see some big signings this summer. Still getting frustrated though.


    May 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Wait for it Spurs agree £13m fee for Turan.

    Ashley more interested in Fray Bentos Steak and Ale, Than Signing anyone KK wants unless Googly eyes Wise (That rhymes) gives him permission.

  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23



  • KKK

    May 20, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #24
  • John

    May 20, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #25

    poeple seme to forget Ashley wiped out our debt off 100 mill…

    give the guy some credit

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #26

    az- well arent you in the optimist mood this afternoon

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Spurs target keen on England- shit myself when i seen this, i thought it was about turan declaring he would like to come to england, but it was about that moreno fella

  • rory

    May 20, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Just wondered everyone having a pop at ashley,mort,wise etc for not signing players wehat about woodgate and modric we bid,offered wages more then tottenham in modrics case and still it’s there fault. at the end of the day if a team wants to hold out for a higher fee or a player wants to go somewhere else it’s hardly there fault?


    May 20, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    I do give him credit and i like the new strategy on youth development, But the more we prat about over a couple of million here and there on players like Turan and Modric the more teams like Spurs, Villa, Everton and Pompey are going to add to their already much stronger than our Squads.

    We cannot mess about with players that will improve us and will join us, We cannot pick and choose like we could under KK and Bobby in the past as we arent as attractive anymore to players in England or Abroad.

  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Your right geordiegerrard7 but we haven’t exactly got a lot to shout about at the moment have we?
    I agree with what your saying about MA but he expects us to make europe next season but so far hasn’t strengthened the squad!!!

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #31

    dont worry az, we will be strengthening, quite abit. dont you think king kev would have walked if we didnt have the cash to splash.

    also about the wage cap, thats the best idea thats come out of the club in a while, i think mike is doing well in running the club so far, he has set the foundations. lets just see what happens, barton has been jailed for six months

  • steve

    May 20, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #32

    I’d imagine a lot of players / agents are mentioning any interest from the toon to see if they can get another club to bid that can offer european football and with any luck in London so they can easily pop home after the game.

    sad but true – it makes a big difference to foreign footballers, you can fly from gatwick/heathrow direct to almost any city

  • danuneek

    May 20, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33

    We wont sign anyone this summer! Doesn’t look like anyone is working at Newcastle, other than KK and the newspapers.

  • toonultras

    May 20, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Why are people impatient about signing players?

    The transfer window hasnt officially opened yet and it’s only been a week since the season finished.

    Get a grip.

  • ToonTex

    May 20, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #35


  • Leo

    May 20, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #36

    for christs sake will people stop licking mike ashley up the hole, the fact that he wiped out 100mil pound worth of debt doesnt mean jack sh1t

    he did that for himself, he made a mistake investing in newcastle he didnt think the debt was there, so he pays the debt off so that he can run the club as a profit making facility, putting all this money in the club means nothing just makes his investment more secure…

    im glad he did it however because we were close to folding however i feel that he will take advantage of us and we will not like the outcomes…

    mike ashley is known to be very cut throat in business which is how he got where he is, when we were on holiday when he bought the club i told my dad while he was bathing by the sea and he told me everything about his past exploits

    i will not trust him until i have reasons to

    his net outlay if joey barton goes back to mancity is -£800k therefore he has brought in less than spent…

  • Steven1979

    May 20, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #37

    if we dont give 14 million for TURAN today after Euro have to pay 24 million or more..and it will be impossible for us to buy a Euro-star..respect spurs.. 16 million for MODRIC they paid and it was a smart investment..but we wait till it becomes impossible..this players like TURAN or MARIO GOMEZ we can buy only if we be quick and pay good..dont forget that we dont play CL or UEFa cup next year..

  • tapir

    May 20, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Just sign someone!
    Just sign someone!
    Just sign someone!
    Just sign someone!
    Just sign someone!

  • Obafan

    May 20, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Patience people, we will sign players, but not that soon. The leagues are just finished so it takes a little time to get into touch with the clubs and players. I think in a couple of weeks things will change very quickly.

    I think it is better to do it in a patient way than to throw away the money and giving buy out clauses in the players contracts. That is a sign of not a good contract. Things need to be sorted out and I would prefer this to happen:
    1. Owen signs extended deal
    2. Martins signs new 5-year deal without clause
    3. NUFC is going wild on the transfer market

  • Owen_10

    May 20, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #40

    someone please clear this up for me, when does the transfer window actually open? is it already open?


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