Premier Teams Pursue American Michael Bradley


Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is hoping to inject some pace and speed into his attack for next season.

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Michael Bradley – played 90 minutes against England on Wednesday

We reported earlier in the week that Newcastle were interested in American youngsters Jozy Altidore (18 – striker) and Michael Bradley (20 – central midfielder).

Michael played the full game for the USA at Wembley on Wednesday night, and he gave an accomplished performance for one so young and inexperienced.

But make no doubt about it that these two are some of the brightest young talent from America right now.

We know a lot more about Jozy, and he’s a big strong lad who just loves scoring goals, and at 6’1” he could do a job even next season for Newcastle, as he learns the ropes.

He’s currently at the NY Red Bulls, but a reasonable fee would see him move to Europe, which is where he wants to play. The youngster has already played for the full US side 3 times and scored one goal.

Bradley has just finished an impressive first season at Dutch side Herenveen and had a good game for the USA in their defeat against England on Wednesday night, where he looked good in the tackle and can pass a ball well.

We think both Bradley and Altidore are captures for the future, and while they could show next season, they will still largely be learning the ropes, but they are the type of player it seems Ashley wants to bring to the club as we build big time for the future.

Both players have come on leaps and bounds in the last two seasons and we’ve got to believe they can make it at Newcastle, and with the transfer fees being relatively low, the risk wouldn’t be that great.

However, as far as Bradley is concerned there are already other Premier clubs seemingly now very interested in the player, especially after Wednesday night’s cultured performance, and Everton are said to be keen to land the youngster.

But both Middlesbrough and Blackburn, as well as Newcastle are reported to be interested in the youngster.

We’ll have to sign our first transfer targets one of these days, and we think if we can get either of these two youngsters, we’ll be in good stead for the future.

Kevin is no stranger to American footballers, since he took American captain Claudio Rayna from Sunderland to Man City in 2003, and Reyna went on to play 77 times for the Manchester Club.

Reyna was USA captain and played 112 times for his country, including 4 World Cup finals and is now at the NY Red Bulls with Altidore.

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60 comments so far

  • Midjew

    May 30, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #1

    ED- WHY dont u do an article about this new policy of having only 5 Foreign players in your starting line up.

    King Kev is quoted in the article.

    HOW will arsenal survive we have to ask

    check this article out:

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_3627664,00.html

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Bradley was rubbish on Wednesday Ed. Id certainly like Altidore and Bradley is normally good for club so id welcome both.

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  • sas

    May 30, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Hang on, this is the same Sepp Blatter, who decided the World Cup should be rotated with each continent. The same Sepp Blatter who had to drop the law, because it’s massively unpopular, there was no common sense involved, and it looks like South Africa are about to make a balls of it.

    The same Sepp Blatter who figured (and you have to give him this one) that women’s football would be better if they wore tighter shorts.

    The same Sepp Blatter who decided international games shouldn’t be played at altitude, which has this week been overturned.

    The man is a walking embarrassment, the closest thing to Freddie Shepherd I’ve seen. Every time he opens his mouth I cringe. He hasn’t got an ounce of common sense, his proposals are illegal, unworkable, and show a shocking lack of understanding of the issue in the first place (i.e. that grass roots levels need to be improved in English football).

    What have these proposals got to do with what Keegan said?

    “As (Newcastle manager) Kevin Keegan recently said: ‘I can only start my season to fight to be fifth or sixth or seventh. It is impossible for me to go into the final four’.

    The problem is not foreign players, far from it. It’s the cartel that UEFA have created with the Champions League. They not only devalued the competition, they also took down the UEFA Cup and abolished the Cup Winners Cup to line the coffers of the top clubs. Now we have this situation where it’s nigh on impossible to challenge the top 4 because of the revenue they generate. Where do foreigners come into this?

    The man is a grade A fool. This proposal won’t last the summer.

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  • Hilly

    May 30, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree that Bradley didn’t have a very good game on Wed. However, I’ve watched him play quite a bit and really like his tenacity and vision. With some further development, he could be a very good midfielder for Newcastle.

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  • Michigan Mark (USA)

    May 30, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #5

    TOM the whole team looked like crap. I have watched Bradley for a while now…kid is the real deal. I would love for Altidore to go to Newcastle. Not only a great player for us, but would open the American market up for Newcastle. Even my American friends that don’t know anything about football (soccer) know about this kid.

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  • ED

    May 30, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #6
  • Danny

    May 30, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #7

    I would take Bradley…he seems a good player and has been awesome on Holland this season!

    He did have a poor game on Wednesday but he was obviously a bit starstruck in Wembley playing against the likes of Hargreaves, Lampard, Gerrard!

    Those guys are seasoned pros and hes only 20….Snap him up! Hes better than Barton!! lol

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  • GSfan

    May 30, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #8

    (I really am sorry to divert the attention again but since this lad’s a midfielder just like Emre it might have something to do with this.)

    :OOOO

    Just saw a ‘breaking news’ thing while watching some sports program on Turkish tv. Says Emre just signed for Fenerbahce… It noted it as official.

    Ye it’s all over Turkish news now. Seems it’s a 3 year contract.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Why would he sign for Fenerbache?!?!?

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  • GSfan

    May 30, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #10

    No idea mate 🙁 Probably cuz they did real well last year in the Champion’s League. Like I kept noting before, Fenerbahce’s a really ambitious club. Says they want Nihat too.

    It pains me to see Emre, a star who came from the youths of Galatasaray, to sign for Fenerbahce 🙁

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  • Martins

    May 30, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Hope it’s bollocks. GSfan, anything said about the fee?

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  • GSfan

    May 30, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Meh I don’t want to believe the news either but now it’s all over Turkish news that it’s official. I’m really hoping it’s some sort of prank.

    If Emre leaves Newcastle though I’m guessing this Bradley bloke really is a target.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Aye, i thoght he was Galatasary through and through.

    Senturk, Appiah and Gonul in a swap deal for him 🙂

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #14

    what is the price

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  • GSfan

    May 30, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Says the fee is 5m euros.

    http://www.fenerbahce.com/haberler/28797.php

    http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/448432.asp

    http://www.kanald.com.tr/haber/haberdetay.aspx?haberId=8696&catId=37

    And there’s many many more sources 🙁 I’m really afraid it might be true.

    Oh and Tom Toon, I’m sure Fenerbahce wouldn’t mind getting rid of Appiah :p He sat in the stands for the whole season and they would open up a foreign player slot. As for Semih and Gokhan Gonul, the fans would probably start a riot if those 2 go off.

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  • toonoholic

    May 30, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #16

    GS fan , go away

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #17

    surely if we wer selling emre 2 a turkish team we wud try and use him in a deal 4 turan

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  • GSfan

    May 30, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Eh?

    Hmm says my previous post is awaiting moderation. Not sure if anyone else can see it but I linked 3 sources there.

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  • toonoholic

    May 30, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #19

    it wld have been over on any rss feed by now

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  • Martins

    May 30, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Please stayhere GS. You are a god when it comes to turkish news 🙂

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  • Midjew

    May 30, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #21

    no cant see links please send again

    any further details about it e.g price etc etc

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  • Midjew

    May 30, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #22

    cant find info about this on any english web site

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Senturk, Gonul, Appiah, Boral for Emre! 🙂

    Think that is a good deal GSFan.

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  • Martins

    May 30, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #24

    The price isapparently 2,75 million.

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  • GSfan

    May 30, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Argh says awaiting moderation again. It’s probably because I’m linking stuff. I’m not sure. Anyways it says the fee is 5m euros.

    And Tom Toon, I sure wouldn’t mind those names leaving Fenerbahce! 😀 Except Appiah, let him stay at Fenerbahce, he didn’t even bother to walk on the pitch all season.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #26

    5 mil euros!?!! You can barely buy a 16 year old kid with that anymore!

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #27

    5mil euros works out at about £3.9m and we only paid 3.8 for emre and hes been crap since he got here so if we hav sold him and got money bak it sounds fair to me

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  • GSfan

    May 30, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Ahah, just came across a phone conversation with Ahmet Bulut (Emre’s manager) on some footie program now. Says Emre hasn’t accepted the bid made by Fenerbahce yet but he didn’t deny the fact that talks are going on with Fenerbahce.

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  • Midjew

    May 30, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone know how much Emre is on a week wages wise?

    Cos that maybe a reason he is being sold.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Less than Smith.

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #31

    would guess at aroun 30-40k per week

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 30, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Keegan is on holiday – which is why nothing has been done with the transfers yet

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  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    May 30, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Gutted, if this is true we are really some fools in the transfer market. I mean 5M Euros? come on!

    Well there goes the last of the creativity, now all we have to do is sell Oba and Zogs and we’ll be playing some real BSA shite.

    Seriously what was the point of fighting off relegation? to become the next Fulham?

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  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    May 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Sorry about the rant…

    I may have reacted unfavorably to that (;

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #35

    nufcfan- keegan isnt involved in the transfers though is he, thts wise and co’s job, keegan has already givin them his targets and then he came out and said he will know nothin about targets until theyre signed

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  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #36

    petworth- do u honestly think emres value has went up since he came here???? cos i dont, i would like to keep him but if we sold him then gettin back our money is all we can ask really and 5mil euros would be about the same as we paid for him, £3.8m

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  • toonoholic

    May 30, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Kevin Keegan is confident that his Newcastle squad does not require major surgery as he prepares for the new Premier League season

    kinda sums up the transfer window for me already.

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  • Toon1978

    May 30, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #38

    More news about players leaving and very little about who’s coming in. When we do hear of something its hard to believe ie ETO.

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  • Ross

    May 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #39

    if emre is looking to leave i’ll be pretty gutted, and that doesnt exactly say much for our chances with turan either.
    its either no news, or bad news.

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  • Toon1978

    May 30, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Toonholic NUFC need a total face lift never mind major surgery. We need to keep Owen, Taylor, Milner, N’Zogbia, Given, Harper, Emre, Martins, Carrol,Enrique, Beye, Butt, and build on them players with more quality ie the likes of Arda, Shorey, Gomez, Gomis , granted these players will be exceptionally difficult to get but if we do not try then we will never know. I know ppl are saying the window aint open yet but the likes of Chelsea and Spurs are moving quickly and Man utd will do in the next few weeks. If we do not move fast we could loose out before even trying on the players i have listed for potential signings. Comon KK and Ashley open the wallet and get shopping.

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