Newcastle Launch £15M Bid For Eto


There are reports from Spain today, that are suggesting Newcastle United are ready to bid £15M for Samuel Eto, the Barcelona and Cameroon striker.

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Samuel Eto – will be leaving Barcelona in summer

Newcastle have done precious little in the transfer market so far this summer, and Kevin Keegan has said he may try for one or two big players this summer.

But we cannot see how we could make a good case for 27 year-old Eto to join Newcastle, unless he fancies the weather in the North-East of England.

We have to understand that we cannot give any top player, European Football at least next season, and the only other way we could attract them is via a massive wage package, but Mike Ashley, quite rightly, is trying to get the wage costs at the club under some kind of control.

It may be true that Newcastle will bid for Eto, and there’s also quite a few other good players at Barcelona we could do with at the Tyneside club, such as Eider Gudjohnsen and Deco, so maybe Newcastle are negotiating in some way with the Spanish Powerhouse for some of their players.

With a new manager coming in, it stands to reason there may be a clear-out this summer, and they have some very good players on the fringe of their team, that’s for sure.

Kevin Keegan is very impressed with the four African players who are currently at the club in Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye, Oba Martins and Geremi, and maybe Geremi, who is with the Cameroon side right now, could persuade Samuel that joining Newcastle may not be as daft as it first appears.

But it’s a long shot, to say the least, and we’d rather get some decent players who are now available into the club, before they are all taken.

It looks like Richard Dunne will be moving to Tottenham and we really cannot understand why Newcastle haven’t been more aggressive in the transfer marker this season – like Tottenham for example, who are certainly not letting the grass grow under their feet.

The longer the transfer season goes on, the higher the transfer fees seem to be, so it means good business to move swiftly in the transfer market.

But then again we suppose patience is a virtue, well that’s what we’re told in any case.

Eto has played 108 times for Barcelona since 2004 and scored a phenomenal 77 goals. He’s also played 64 times for Cameron scoring 19 goals.

He is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the African Cup of Nations, with sixteen goals; and Samuel is also the record holder in the number of appearances by an African in La Liga with 271 appeaqrances.

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168 comments so far

  • irish_al

    May 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    i’d rather loan him for a year for a fee of a couple of million or so with an option to buy at the end of the season

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  • HeronMag

    May 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Now this is a signing that would put the toon back on the European map.

    Not to sure I could see him coming though.

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  • meiny_obano9

    May 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    how good would it be to have owen, oba nd eto’o up front. we would be unstoppable. cmon the toon

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    This is a joke!

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  • Chris

    May 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah! Wall virginity!

    Absolute rubbish! there is no way we will get Eto’o. Besides, it’s midfielders we need not strikers! If we pulled it out the bag and actually signed him, it would be purely for the money and I can see another Kluivert

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  • Chris

    May 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Maybe not wall virginity then… Damn my slow internet connection!

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  • Slam Dunc

    May 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Whats he done in the last year?

    There is clearly great tensions behind the scenes at Newcastle which is probably why we are doing nothing in the transfer market. I understand Keegan wanted Dunne but Mike Ashley didn’t:

    http://www.trophy4toon.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=207.0

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  • Paul R

    May 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Just dont think there is any chance … with no european football. But 4 sure he is such a talent he would be worshipped if he came here mind where would he play and at whose expense ?? Viduka ??

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  • irish_al

    May 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    we have priorities in other positions, mainly midfield, then defensive backup, then maybe a striker, eto’o is similar to what we have so i would rather a target man, but if we could broker a loan deal i would be impressed

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  • Dan

    May 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t kid wselfs, we’ll never ever get Eto’o!
    Btw, where have you got this source from Ed??

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  • Leo

    May 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    i simply do not believe it

    for 8 mil compare to 15mil i would rather get cisse at least he has prem experience

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  • Dev

    May 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    We said before “how good would it be if we had Kluivert and Shearer”. It happened and ended up just being a costly waste of time.

    If Toon go for Eto’o it’s for one reason only and that’s to fill the coffers of Sports Direct though shirt sales.

    The only way he would sign for us is for huge amounts of money. What’s the point…rather see us go for Gomis or another striker who is on the up.

    There are better options than Eto’o.

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    slam dunc- wats he done this year? he played 24 games for barca and scored 20 goals!!!!!! a lot better than any of our strikers

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    leo- cisse has prem experiece but he was crap in the prem

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  • broon ale

    May 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed, maybe we have done “precious little” in the transfer market due to the transfer window being closed? Just a thought!

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  • Rem

    May 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    LOL, he is arrogant, big headed and loves himself. Hell think he is to good for anyone apart from the massive clubs. He would never come to us, (or spurs).

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  • reillers

    May 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #17

    What a waste, Keegan is doing what I was afraid he’d do, what every other manager we’ve had has done in the past years. Bought wee have been players who once upon a time were good but now just go on reputation. The only reason this might turn a few heads is because he has a big name.
    He’s a has been and I don’t know, maybe we’d be better off spending our money on someone who’s worth 15 million.

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  • John

    May 30, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #18

    More papaer rubbish as usual…Can’t see it happening…

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  • broon ale

    May 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    slamdunc. the way you write your posts is a very similar writing style to Alan Oliver.

    Are you Alan Oliver is disguise.

    this remark is particulaly similar to anal Oliver.

    “I understand Keegan wanted Dunne but Mike Ashley didn’t”

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20

    why are people saying they wouldnt want him. some of you make me laugh. we are showing ambition and your still slagging the board off. not a chance with eto though, him and ibra are meant to be swapping, oh yeah, reports are saying milan want dos santos, i hope they get him just to f**k off spurs

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  • Marat18

    May 30, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Etoo? is that the same player who was unhappy because Barcelona is underachieving finishing 3rd in Spain and CL semifinal?

    Can see him moaning at the Toon 24/7

    but he used to be a quality player, not sure about this past season

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    broon ale why do u keep talkin about the window being closed, everyone else in tryin to do deals now and so shud we be, unless u want us to wait til the window open wen all the good players have been signed up or their prices have doubled due to a gd euro champs, think about it mate ffs

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  • Kash2

    May 30, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #23

    It wouldn’t make sense, considering many reports suggest we’re wanting to sign younger players that won’t command massive wages, with a good resale value.

    I really don’t want any big names coming to us! I would like to see young, hungry players that KK has picked out. He did it once before, and know he has even more resources to do it again.

    Don’t expect any signings until after the Euros!

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  • Nev

    May 30, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    unrealistic …but i wouldnt mind him lol

    maybe geremi can have a say in things hahaha

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  • broon ale

    May 30, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #25

    reillers- so your actually taking this Eto story as gospel even though it came from a newspaper.

    To make matters worse you beleive that the newspaper is stipulating the transfer intentions of kevin keegan himself and therfore you insult him by saying “keegan is doing what I am afraid he would do”

    no mate. the newspapers are doing what they have always done! make shite up!

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #26

    reillers- he score 20 in 24 apps this season, is tht sumeone whos a has been? no its not, hes only 27 yrs hes in his prime mate

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  • broon ale

    May 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    geordie nick!! you think about it “mate” !!!why would newcastle conduct their transfer activity through the media and newspapers. Why do you assume that we are doing nothing just because the papers are linking other clubs with different players. ? The transfer window is closed and the only speculation you hear is exactly that!! SPECULATION!

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  • Ian

    May 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #28

    this would put us on the map- as the premiership nuggets again. Cant see it happening.

    Unless a striker is leaving which i hope they arent we only need a striker who is capable of scoring 8-12 premiership goals and is proven.

    WE NEED TOP QUALITY MIDFIELD PLAYERS not flaming expensive strikers.

    Top quality midfielders will cost us over £13m each and we need three.

    we also need ideally about three good defenders a couple of which can score the odd goal, they are going to cost too.

    a cheap striker Cisse or Kitson will do, both of whom are proven premiership goalscorers and both will put in 8 plus premiership goals if played all season, Cisse is capable of much more.

    Priorities please, we should have reports of us looking at 10 plus quality midfelders and trying to narrow it down.

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  • bailey

    May 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #29

    I cannot understand the reaction to losing Dunne. Who cares. If NUFC lose out to some of the other much better rumoured potential signings then fair enough.

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  • reillers

    May 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Nick..I didn’t know that, sorry. But I don’t like the wee lad, I never did. Seems to, I don’t know, up himself.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #31

    What a waste, buy some bluddy mdfielders!

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #32

    broon ale- wen did i suggest doin our transfer activity throughthe media??? thts right i didnt, u seen 2 think tht we cant make any moves cos the ‘window is closed’, so wat, other clubs hav players signed and so shud we, u seem to forget tht we hav nothing to offer good players so we need to get in quick and get the deals done b4 other clubs come in for them, if it was up 2 u wed wait til julyand end up with the same kind of sh*t we signed last season

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  • matthew

    May 30, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #33

    if you dont rate eto’o you know nothing bout football

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  • Davies

    May 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Won’t get him. Not fussed.

    How about a nice midfielder to cheer everybody up.

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #35

    reillers- thts fair enough mate, ur entitled to ur opinion and if u dont like him thts fine, i just think hes better than anyone we hav currently, evryin is sayin no as we need midfielders, i think kk might also know tht we need midfielers. wat difference wud it make if we signed a striker then midfielders, insted of midfielers 1st

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  • JJ

    May 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Biggest load of arse story all season. Eto is too good for the Toon at the moment.
    He would never come here. Hopefully we are negotiating a deal for Eidur. (4M) would be good great buy.

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  • HeronMag

    May 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #37

    I agree Ian that we need midfielders but come on! Don’t tell me signing Eto’o wouldn’t make your day. He’s an awesome player.

    I agree that we need to improve the midfield first but if the opportunity is there to sign Eto’o (and he was actually willing) I’d snap him up straight away.

    It would be a gamble but an understandable one.

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  • Oba

    May 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #38

    Thought I’d mention a couple things I’ve heard today;

    – – Was just watching SSN, and it had an interview with Modric. He was saying how he loved how Levy (Spurs chairman) made an effort to travel to Zagreb I think to snap him up. Clearly we couldn’t be arsed, which is a bit annoying.

    – – Dunne is available after rejecting a contract from Man City (BBC Website). We need to move for him before the transfer window actually opens or else someone else will (like Spurs).

    It’s all well and good using the excuse ‘transfer window hasn’t even opened yet’ but if we want to get the best players to our club to take us forward then we need to do so as quickly as possible.

    Ramos and Levy are doing a great job as Spurs and are clearly good businessman, hence why they look likely to complete 3/4 signings before the transfer window, therefore getting there before us, and others you are too slow to agree terms with players.

    Also, in regards to this. Eto’o?!?! Absolutely no chance, honestly.

    EDIT – Spurs have just snapped up Bostock from Palace. Another signing before the window has opened.

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  • broon ale

    May 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #39

    Geordie Nick! utter bollocks. as i said, dont assume we are not busy just because you dont hear about it. As for missing out on Dunne! Who says he has signed for Spurs? Oh yes! a newspaper!

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  • zhun

    May 30, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #40

    supposed to be interesting, but now i think this is BORING..
    utter bollocks

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