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Turkish Reports Say Fenerbahce To Sign Emre

8:28 pm, Friday, May 30th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 143 Comments

There is breaking news in Turkey that top club Fenerbahce have agreed terms with Newcastle for Turkish midfielder Emre.

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Emre – reports that Newcastle have agree fee with Fenerbahce?

The Turkish club are hoping to build up on their current squad, and are reported to have agreed terms with Newcastle’s Emre Belozoglu, and with his club Newcastle United.

The Turkish International’s agent Ahmet Bulut has verified the report to be true.

It appears the total cost of the transfer will be about 7M euros to be paid to Newcastle and 3.5M euros per year to Emre.

This is about £5.5M in transfer costs, which is more than the £3.8M Newcastle are reported to have paid Inter Milan for the midfielder in July, 2005.

We do find it hard to believe that Emre will be getting about £2.8M/year at the Turkish club, that sounds unreal. Maybe that amount is over the length of the contract, but we have no idea what the contract length is.

At that time Emre signed a 5 year contract with the club when Graeme Souness was then the manager at the Tyneside club. That contract still has two years to run.

It is also being reported that Fenerbahce’s Chairman, Aziz Yildirim, will announce this transfer during his broadcast on FBTV on June 2nd, which is this Monday.

But we are rather dubious about this report, since there were reports about Emre leaving Newcastle last November.

They came out of Turkey, when Emre was himself playing there for Turkey in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, and all kinds of quotes were being attributed to various officials. and even to Emre himself.

And those reports turned out to be made up nonsense, as we learned later, even though they were widely reported.

They even had Emre saying he wanted to leave Newcastle, and Emre later clarified the situation, by saying he said no such thing, and it was all made up in his homeland.

As far as we know Keegan and Newcastle do not want to sell Emre, and Keegan has said more than once that he sees Emre in Newcastle’s future.

The reports also suggest the signing will not take place until after the Euro 2008 Championships, which to us sounds a little dubious and strange.

Add to that the reports that the Galatasaray club’s board are trying to prevent this deal from going through, and it looks like somebody is playing a joke.

These reports are coming from Turkey, but once bitten twice shy, and if we were pushed we’d have to say we think these reports were made up nonsense.

We want to be signing new players in the summer, and not selling the good players we already have.

But we’ll see – at least the reports are definitely being aired in the Turkish press, we know that.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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143 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon1978 // May 30, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    hahaha no way this is one way to lower wage budget. I hope a replacement soon follows this is madness.

  • 2 bessi // May 30, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    we need a muslim like emre to play for us

  • 3 Hadrian // May 30, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    someone got the wrong memo , we are meant tobe bringing in creative midfielders , not shipping them out !

  • 4 Fener // May 30, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Turkish media are a joke. I don’t think it’s true.

    They’re labelled as QTM (quality Turkish Media) for a reason and that’s because they suck! They make up stories everyday in the newspapers. Not reliable at all!

  • 5 NUFCFAN // May 30, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    dont see what the fuss is about – done nothing and is too small for the premiership without enough pace and hasnt really done much for us.

    – i had high hopes when he signed, which is a shame.

    One of many off the pay roll with a bit of luck.

    we wont even notice him gone as he bascially hasnt been here.

    Bring in the new

  • 6 toonoholic // May 30, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    WALL PUBERTY !

  • 7 Nobby's Dad // May 30, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Well since we’ll have paid him roughly £7 million in wages since he joined…..I’ll be glad to see the back of him.

  • 8 Toon1978 // May 30, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    I’m sure KK has something up his sleeve.

  • 9 toonoholic // May 30, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    toon 1978 , it better be good stuff !

    i am shocked to see we are selling emre ( as good as dead wood) and no the real dead wood ( smith)

  • 10 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    he is always injured therfore we wont miss him

  • 11 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    realistic NUFC first XI in august:

    Given
    Beye-Taylor-Faye-Enrique
    Milner-Butt-Geremi-Lua Lua
    Owen-Martins

    Subs: Harper, Edgar, Carroll, Cacapa, Tozer

    what do u think? realistic or not?

  • 12 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    bessi! can you explain why it is good for newcastle to have a muslim playing for them Surely it doesnt matter!

  • 13 toonoholic // May 30, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    did u realize we dont have cover for midfield ?

  • 14 Toon1978 // May 30, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    toonoholic it has to be mate if the reports are true then KK knows he has to replace Emre. We have an even thinner squad now then what we had at the end of the season. We need a big signing to calm the nerves of us toon fans.

  • 15 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    toonoholic. do you realise it is only speculation that we have sold emre? do you realise that even if it is proved to be true we will sign a replacement? hopefully one which is not always injured or banged up in jail

  • 16 dave // May 30, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    the above is a stupid arsehole.

  • 17 toonoholic // May 30, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Toon1978

    He already has to replace barton
    and now emre too ?

  • 18 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    toon1978, i think all toon fans in general need to calm down. everything that has been on this website since the season finished has been speculation

  • 19 Lew Davies // May 30, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Bessi – A pointless statement!!!!
    Grow up or bugger off. :)

  • 20 toonbarmy // May 30, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Just found this article on a website called Fenerbahce Worldwide. It is dated Friday 30th May.

    http://www.fenerbahceworldwide.org/view/481/Emre%27s_Agent_Says_Fenerbah%C3%A7e_Rumours_Are_Ridiculous/

  • 21 Toon1978 // May 30, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    broon ale you are right and sensible i am just getting a little concerned lol.

  • 22 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    toonoholic, why do we have to replace barton? and why do we have to replace emre. Both are still newcastle players.

  • 23 Spyro // May 30, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    ignore bessi, he is just trying to seek attention

  • 24 toonoholic // May 30, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    i think joey is jailbound .

  • 25 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    dave! i hope that wasnt addressed to me? if look at all my contributions on this subject you will find none have involved language like yours. kettle black springs to mind

  • 26 Toon1978 // May 30, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    UNLESS Arda has a gentlemans agreement to sign for the toon so therefore Emre is free to go ;).

  • 27 Nick C // May 30, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Marati, I think that is overly pessimistic. We will sign players. The question is, will it be the second or third raters we mainly got last summer, or will MA loosen the purse strings a bit more?
    Hard to call….

  • 28 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    anyways, i am off to watch britains got talent. just chill out folks.

    unless something is announced on nufc.co.uk its not woth discussing.

    this website will drive us mad

  • 29 Nick C // May 30, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Regarding Emre. I would be amazed if we could get that sort of wedge from a Turkish club for him. I would have expected 2-3 mill at best. If it’s true, snap their hands off…

  • 30 NUFCFAN // May 30, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Marat 18 – i honestly think your team is retarded. Stop being pessimistic, signings will come.

    Nothing is happening as Keegan is on Holiday.

  • 31 Nick Dryden // May 30, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Perma crock on huge wages. It’s a no brainer. An OK player on rare occasions, but is always injured. Bite their hands off. Now if we could just get rid of Smith and Duff and get Ten Cate in as academy diirector.

  • 32 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Marat – What do you think of Bilyaletdinov, Zhirkov and Bystrov. I think we could use Bilyaletdinov and maybe Zhirkov (left of midfield 3 as he can defend too)

  • 33 Toon1978 // May 30, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    ………………………….Given……………………….

    Beye……Taylor………….A.Ferdinand……Enrique

    Milner………Veloso…….Arda…………….N’Zogbia

    Owen………………Martins

    Very youthful and a canny little team IMO.

  • 34 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Anton Ferdinand?!?!? Take your garbage off this site.

    Taylor over faye? Again absolute Garbage.

  • 35 Toon1978 // May 30, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Well i like it lol Tom Toon do you like the midfield?

  • 36 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    ——————-Krul——————-
    Beye—Faye–Davd Luiz–Torosidis
    ——Hilbert–Inler–Kahlenberg—-
    ——————Owen——————-
    ———-Martins—Pogrebynak——

  • 37 toonarmy08 // May 30, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    There is no way kk would sell emre without having something up his sleve ,as keegan has said before that emre has something that no 1 else at nufc has ,provided he plays.Really good on the ball ,very crative .We just havent seen the best of him .Saw him play 4 inter a few times and he was awesome.I would take Appiah as part ex if he still at fenerbahce ,any ideas tom toon or gg7 if he is there ???

  • 38 Chris F // May 30, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    really, who will notice he’s gone?

    he’s done nothing for us since he signed, is always injured.

    he’s never ran a game from midfield, he’s never been a great goal scoring midfielder, and he’s not exactly created many goals for others either.

    will we miss him? i severely doubt it.

  • 39 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    i suggest every one logs off and comes back in 4weeks so we can all discuss players who have actually come and gone. all this internet and newspaper speculation is making some people sound desperate.

  • 40 Oga // May 30, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Appiah’s contract has been frozen until he fully recovers from injury. Here’s a link that explains his situation in detail.

    http://ghana.worldcupblog.org/player-news-and-rumors/fenerbahce-betray-stephen-appiah.html

    So he definitely wants a move after the way they treated him! And he’s said before he wants to play in England so his children get a British education.

    Would definitely look to get him in some sort of exchange, as he should be fit for next season. Would be a massive signing! Exactly the kind of influence we need in the centre of the park!

    Update on the injury:

    http://www.stepapp.com/latest-blog1.html

  • 41 Ross // May 30, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Tom_Toon pogrebnyak would be a great signing, cant see it though sadly, not after the uefa cup win.

  • 42 broon ale // May 30, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    chris f! Exactly! I agree

    he hasnt even left though. Lets see what happens.

  • 43 scotty // May 30, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    I personally would contribute towards his air fare. He is always injured – apart from when Turkey play.

    Another dead weight that needs to go.

  • 44 Toon1978 // May 30, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    How about this then for fantasy football…

    ——————————Cech————————

    Miguel———Terry————-Toure——-Cole

    Ronaldo——-Gerrard——–Barry——–Giggs

    Gomez Gomis

  • 45 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    yes, it was a pessimistic view. I know that we will sign someone. But you know that passion leads to impatience, and as we all know Toon fans are famous for their passion and they show this passion even when discussing transfers. Supporting Newcastle is all about ups and downs, isn’t it? So, I think there is nothing wrong with being impatient.

    Tom Toon,
    Bilyaletdinov is like James Milner. He has to break into new level, may be this Euro is his chance, may be he has to find a new challenge. But he hasn’t improved a lot in last two years. But he has a talent, that’s for sure.

    Zhirkov – quality player, needs new challenge too. He won UEFA, Russian League titel, Russian Cup 3 years ago, hasn’t been the same player since.

    Bystrov – doubt him. Like they say – he is a quality player at his day, but his day is 4-5 times a year. And he is moaning to much to officials.

    You have to look at Izmaylov. One of the most talented russian players. They say he’s injure prone, but he had a very good season with Sporting Lisbon. Shame he isn’t in Russia’s squad for Euro.

  • 46 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    mine isnt fantasy, perfectly realisitc :)

  • 47 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Hes not very good when i watch him for sporting!

  • 48 Gaz Cuz // May 30, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    I reckon the majority of our summer signings should be proven premiership players mixed with some young up and coming european players trying to make a name for themselfs. For example realistic premiership targets like Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Peter Crouch, all I believe gettable despite the fact we’re not in europe I think the the fact they’ll play regular and infront 52,000+ every other week and of course the top wages we pay will secure there services. Then hopefully Wise and his chums will have found a few good europeans to add to the blend whilst on there jollies across europe!!

  • 49 obamagic // May 30, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Bring in Appiah!! if emre wants to go, let him…i want appiah in exchange…

  • 50 Grant // May 30, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    His high wages are not unreal. He is a god in Turkey so I am sure clubs there will have no problem paying him that much.

  • 51 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Marat – How come Asatiani isnt in Loko’s team, hes always pretty good when i see him.

  • 52 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Chris F,
    why do you all say that after UEFA Cup win we don’t have chances of singing Zenit’s players?

    I say that after UEFA cup win we DO have chances of singing Zenit’s players. Everyone has.

    That was 3 years ago when CSKA Moscow won UEFA cup and Russian League (as Zenit did this season). ANd they simply don’t have enough motivation to play in Russian League anymore. I believe that half of our national team have to be sold abroad! CL title is too big for our teams atm and UEFA cup is already won.

  • 53 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Cannot say, Tom Toon – he doesn’t play and I don’t see him at the trainings.

    But when I saw him last seasons he was mediocre.
    May be when he plays alongside Kaladze in national team he makes him look good?

  • 54 ToonKing // May 30, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Appiah is done, he won’t be playing decent footy ever again. he has no knees.

    Emre to Fenerbache will never ever happen. Emre a Galatasaray legend and life long fan to go to arch rivals Fener ?? !! hahahah bollox, utter bs.

  • 55 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Ive only ever seen him for Georgia and that was with Kaladze injured and he was solid, and he can basically play anywhere in midfield and defence.

  • 56 figsdad // May 30, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    well its all in place for us to get turan now..

    told you so last week…

  • 57 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    figsdad – this means hat turan will mos likely NOT join us.

  • 58 Ross // May 30, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Will we get turan?
    he said he’d love to play in Europe, with his hero, emre.
    if the emre rumours are true, who’s to say turan will jump at the chance to play for us after his hero has returned home?
    for me, this makes our chances of getting turan even slimmer

  • 59 Geordie Nick // May 30, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    broon ale- if you dont want to discuss the transfer speculation why come on and moan all day at other ppl

  • 60 Danish_Magpie // May 30, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Tom_Toon.. you are not serious when you say Krul to start over Harper and Given! I know that youth is good and we all like a young team when playing manager and stuff… but not everyone can do an Arsneal and often fielding all youth is not the best way forward. You need a balance, and in my opinion there is no reason to drop Given or Harper..

    I do think it’s a shame if Emre leaves just cuz I reckon he is quality, even with his problems. If he has been unhappy and wanted out, then 5-6m pounds is not too bad. The money must be re-invested in quality players though.

  • 61 Midjew // May 30, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Realistic Starting Line-up for 2008-09

    ——————-Given———————-
    –Beye—-Faye/Taylor—-METZELDER—–Shorey–
    –Milner–Veloso—N’Zogbia–Turan—
    ————–Martins—Owen/Gomis———

    Thats only 5 New players but 4 BIG Signings

  • 62 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    CB?!?!?!?

    Seriously I think its time for Given to go at least.

    Veloso i doub very much will come to us.

  • 63 Midjew // May 30, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    But BiG signings!!!

    YOU NEVER KNOW!!!!

    It COULD happen :-)

  • 64 NUFCFAN // May 30, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    61 Midjew

    quite like your team – but still want a right winger.

    if one good/high profile signing arrived would more follow? – or just think the player was mad for going to the toon?

  • 65 Geordie Nick // May 30, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    given is the best keeper we have, simple as tht

  • 66 euanpolo // May 30, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    We need to keep Emre, despite his injuries he’s one of the most talented players we’ve got. And anyway, Emre supports Galatasaray, so he’d never sign for their arch rivals Fenerbahce. It would be like Alan Shearer signing for Sunderland!

  • 67 NUFCFAN // May 30, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    or lee clark or Chopra?!

  • 68 toonbarmy // May 30, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Given

    Beye-Taylor-Cuellar-Enrique

    Milner-Sessegnon-Turan

    Owen-Gomis-Martins

  • 69 ToonKing // May 30, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    lee clark came back :D

  • 70 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    i like fantasy football too:

    Beye – Taylor – Mertesacker – Enrique

    ——- Milner — Veloso — Turan ———-

    —– Arshavin — Gomez — Owen ——-

    entertainers?

  • 71 ToonKing // May 30, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    like your team toonbarmy, except Faye over Taylor and a new guy instead of Milner, my dream would be Bentley or Quaresma, but anyone with pace and a decent cross would do, possibly SWP.

  • 72 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Taylor mus be dropped when we get another CB, simple as that.

    Id go for David Luiz (although i lke Marats idea of Mertesacker, but that is just not realistic atm).

    David Luiz will probably become Brazil’s no. 1 CB in the next few years thats why we should get him now. Also he could give Drogba a good kicking. Hes different to others like Cuellar because he has immense ball control and dribbles out of defence and can put a winger to shame with his speed. He does foul a fair bit though!

  • 73 NUFCFAN // May 30, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Bentley or Quaresma – why not both!

    that would certainly be a start – good it would be exciting. Ahh to dream

  • 74 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    http://www.fenerbahce.org/eng/detay.asp?ContentID=1857

    Its official

  • 75 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Question to everyone:
    do you think that EPL is as attractive for foreign players as CL? If not CL, then at least UEFA cup?
    It’s not probably the case for Spain and may be Italy, but Germany? Holland? France?
    And I’m not even talking about Portugal, Russia and Scotland.

    I believe it is. And we can offer EPL to the likes of Veloso, Mertesacker, Arshavin etc.

  • 76 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    If there was any sniff of Mertesacker being available Bayern and a one or two of the top 4 in england would be in for him.

  • 77 NUFCFAN // May 30, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Have often thought that Marat, but i think its with players who arent at a high level at other leagues. and normally disapointing in Europe

  • 78 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    NUFCFAN,
    do you live in England?
    I just wonder is it insider’s view or outsider’s one :-)

    For example Arshavin when he was asked about opportunity playing for Everton said that this is a good variant for him as he is willing to play really competitive matches week in week out.

    So, what’s about Emre’s thing? It’s really official? Any BBC or NUFC links?

  • 79 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Seems emre has joined fenerbahce, gota be one of the strangest transfers for a while.

  • 80 chris // May 30, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    emre will be great next season will turn it around just like Owen the ability is still there lads

  • 81 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    chris, he has gone

  • 82 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    well, at least one positive can be carried out from Emre’s transfer.
    It seems that our board playing with their card closed to the chest during all negotiations processes.
    look at the Emre thing – nobody heard a word about it, and that was about 3-4 hours between the first rumour appeared and the deal was actually done (as it seems from the news from Fener’s official web-site).
    Hope this is the case for all transfer talks between Newcastle and other clubs.

  • 83 wozza // May 30, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/3741/emrebelezoglugb8.jpg

    he’s got there shirt on

  • 84 Gooderz // May 30, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    David Luiz sounds great from what Tom_Toon is saying. With a bit of coaching and experience he may conceed far fewer fouls and become a near perfect defender to partner a big physical defender.

    We really should get Tom_Toon onto the scouting staff, to at least direct attention to certain players who many of us haven’t heard of.

  • 85 JC // May 30, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    At least with emre gone we will definitely be buying an attacking midfield. A good one we hope!!!!!

  • 86 JC // May 30, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Any suggestions on who we should replace him with?

  • 87 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Arshavin anyone?
    Van der Vart is said to be injure prone.
    Diego – may be unrealistic.
    Who else we were linked with?
    Moutinho? not sure – when I saw he hadn’t impressed me.
    NZogbia?

  • 88 NME // May 30, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    get a grip gooderz will you, i think ppl with inside knowledge of football who travel around the world watchin players know a bit more than some kid on here who obviously just drops players names to try and make it look as though he knows everything about football, tom toon changes his mind every other day as to who are class players tht we shud sign, he keeps talkin about this luiz kid last few days as our new cb where as last week it was bruno alves who we shud buy, he talks out his arse mate and ppl like you take it as gospel

  • 89 Midjew // May 30, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Its not officially on any UK site,

    so we will have to wait till 2morrow to see wats going on.

  • 90 JC // May 30, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    OK…..so any REALISTIC targets!!

  • 91 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    van der Vaart is also very unrealistic.

    Moutinho wont suit the prem.

    There isnt too many reall good AMs we could get.

    Id certainly try for Kahlenberg for about 5 mil if we cant get Arshavin.

    Carlos Martins, Tiago (not such a playmaker but a good CM), Kallstrom (same as Tiago).

  • 92 Geordie Nick // May 30, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    its not official anywhere yet, the clubs hav agreed a deal but nothings official, dnt really care anyway he never plays

  • 93 Geordie Nick // May 30, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    tom toon-how do u know moutinho wont suit the premiership? answer- U DONT until he plays in the prem

  • 94 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    I dont but ive seen him enough, you forget who are my naional team.

  • 95 ToonKing // May 30, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    pfff ot does seem like he’s gone….shame really, i liked him, always thought he’ll come good. a very strange transfer indeed, on Newcastle’s part and on Emre’s part too. i have to say i am very disappointed.

    i can’t help it but i have that feeling again, like i had when the Fat One started gettin’ those “just a blip” results, i sense a dark summer coming, we will offload many players and i genuinely can’t see any betters players coming in…….

  • 96 Geordie Nick // May 30, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    ur national team makes no diffrence, uv never seen him play in the prem so u cant judge, nobody can until hes actually played in prem, watchin him in another league proves nothing about how well he’d adapt or even change his game 2 suit the prem

  • 97 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Watch him in the uefa cup or cl against premier league teams, hes absolutely lost. He’d be immense in la liga but he hasnt got the pace, strength or fight to be in the prem.

  • 98 Leo // May 30, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    marat i was thinking the other day about the whole arshavin thing, the fact is he stated that he would be interested in coming to newcastle, this was in january, during a time which we were possible relegation fodder… who says we wont be able to get him now

  • 99 Tam Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Same as Tom Toon

  • 100 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Above is a tit.

    (Oh crap hes gonna say same as Tom Toon, now im the tit) :)

  • 101 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Leo, the thing is – are we really interested?
    Arshavin stated he would come, Arda stated he would come.
    the ball is on Newcastle ground now. We’ll see.

    I just hope that we will not sign some James Harper from relegated team for replacement

  • 102 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    We havent been linked to Arshavin since KK came back sadly.

  • 103 NUFCFAN // May 30, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Marat – Born in bred – but live in London now.

    and with your midfielders agree with Tom Toon – Moutinho isnt up to scratch for the prem.

  • 104 Marat18 // May 30, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Tom Toon, what’s your opinion on Sporting’s Izmailov? I’ve forgot you are from Portugal, so you must have seen him a lot.

  • 105 Ross // May 30, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    canny gutted about emre, i was a big fan of him, thought he’d stick with us through the second era cos he seemed pretty passionate about us.
    but, it looks like its happened.
    Galatasaray fans will be happy to see him kicking about in a fener shirt before the deals even gone through im sure.

  • 106 Tom_Toon // May 30, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Well from England but half portuguese.

    Hes pretty good against the lesser team i.e. setubal etc. But still not spectacular, hes steady against the better teams, when he first joined he was pretty good but he seems to have faded out a bit, but sporting didnt have the best of seasons, till the end at least where he has come back into it again. Hes not a standout performer in sporting but their fans think he is good, i think he is decent, shown some flashes though.

  • 107 Ashton // May 31, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    There is something wrong i think we will lose our best players in the transfer window because of the wage bills bollocks !
    i mean how can we attract good players if we didnt spend nor paid high wages ??
    i think we will get f**ked

  • 108 Tam Toon // May 31, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    I am a tit and half Portuguese too! Wow what a coincidence.

  • 109 vin // May 31, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    Emre is a Gala legend surely? So to sign for Fenerbache would be the equivalent of Lee Clark signing for Scumderland….but 100 times worse…..utter bollocks

  • 110 chris // May 31, 2008 at 12:17 AM

    just been doing a bit of wiki editing on Emre coz Vin he IS gone!!!!

  • 111 Hadrian // May 31, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    cant see arda deal happening then ?

  • 112 Hamas // May 31, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Not a chance in hell of getting Turan now then if this is true. I guess we’ll get the excitement of signing an 18-year-old LB from Romania or something.

  • 113 Leo // May 31, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    yeah we will probably sign james harper instead of someone like andrei arshavin shame really. yeah there hasnt been much about him and newcastle since jan unfortunatly

  • 114 Mark Stockley // May 31, 2008 at 12:30 AM

    2 center mids needed for sure then… but kk wouldnt have let him go if he didnt have a plan…
    emre showed flashes of genuis ( free kick against the scum, great goal against everton this season) but he is very injury prone and lacks consistancy and is very replaceable……..
    doubt he’d leave london but what do you guys think about mark noble maybe?

  • 115 Taiwantoon // May 31, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    The board is certainly dead fast when it comes to sell players.

  • 116 stantos // May 31, 2008 at 12:38 AM

    looks official, the chronicle are reporting it. I think we’ll see things moving, I think the fee will be put towards arda transfer ?

  • 117 Tom_Toon // May 31, 2008 at 12:43 AM

    Nah, Arda wont be coming now.

  • 118 stantos // May 31, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    i would hope so, what gives you that impression Tom Toon ?

  • 119 Nathan // May 31, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    Hey guys, I’m Nathan and I run http://www.fenerbahceworldwide.org – we’re the English-language website for Fener fans. I have spoken with some sources at the club and I’ve been told that it is not 100% official yet, but from what I understand, it’s about 90% complete. My understanding is that Emre will have the final say but that Fener and Newcastle have in fact agreed on a transfer fee.

    Thanks for stopping by our site. I’ll continue posting the most up-to-date news on the situation as I hear it.

  • 120 Tom_Toon // May 31, 2008 at 12:48 AM

    He said he wanted to play with Emre in the premiership, now he has no incentive to come to our club when Everton want him and possibly Spurs, both offering european football.

  • 121 Mark Stockley // May 31, 2008 at 12:49 AM

    2 center mids needed for sure then… but kk wouldnt have let him go if he didnt have a plan…
    emre showed flashes of genuis ( free kick against the scum, great goal against everton this season) but he is very injury prone and lacks consistancy and is very replaceable……..
    doubt he’d leave london but what do you guys think about mark noble maybe?

  • 122 stantos // May 31, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    ah right, didn’t realise that. We live in hope eh. Good this site drives me insane, i tell myself i’ll stay away but……. you know lol

  • 123 Tom_Toon // May 31, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    Same, but you’ve got a computer and you just know its there, you have got to check it.

    Arda would have been a nice signing but not exactly a badly needed one, we need a CB and AM first and foremost.

  • 124 gordond // May 31, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    Wozza that photo looks like it’s been taken from a hotel balcony about 4 years ago with Emre drinking the contents of the mini bar in his room.

  • 125 stantos // May 31, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    I agree, it’s just so easy to get twitchy even tho theres plenty of time. Its just after the years weve had it’s hard. I really do hope this club gets sorted. 1 trophy before i die is all i ask lol

  • 126 Dondatta13 // May 31, 2008 at 1:03 AM

    Glad Emre has gone really, injured all the time, had the odd flash of creativity but not enough for my liking. No time for sentiment in this ruthless league im affraid.I just hope the price was right for NUFC. Shouldnt we have waited till after the Euro’s. If he has a blinder … his price (like anyone & everyone who has a blinder in the tourny) would have gone up.

    ANYWAYS … I dont care what anyone says … Id like a Van der Vaart.

  • 127 GSfan // May 31, 2008 at 1:17 AM

    I wouldn’t cross Newcastle off the list for Arda. Yes he did say that it would be even better if the team he was gonna play in had Emre but he also noted that Newcastle wasn’t a team to be underestimated in any way and that transferring to such a club is rather difficult.

    It’s a shame Emre didn’t play much in Newcastle but when it was the national team in question he would play with 110% effort. If you watch the matches he played this year for the national team you might even tip him for man of the match for about half of the matches. Maybe he really did have some difficulties when he tried to play for Newcastle or… he just couldn’t be bothered. Can’t say really. And ye… every Galatasaray fan is raging at the moment I bet (I’m a bit calmer though :p). But he wasn’t our hero. If we were to make an analogy of Alan Shearar going to Sunderland with something I’d say that would be Hagi or Hakan Sukur playing for Fenerbahce. Now THAT would be a shocker.

    Back to Arda now. Everyone thought Tuncay was going to Arsenal. But what happened? He went to Middlesborough, a team that offered no European club competition at all. On top of that he didn’t even get a consistent spot in the first team. (Not saying he’s bad ofc, he’s quite good imo). I see loads here wanting Arda, but do you REALLY want him? But like I said before, Arda’s potential to play in the Premiership is uncertain. Can he pull it off? Who knows, and that’s what Newcastle would be gambling on just as well as any other team making bids. I’m no scout and I can’t really tell how he would do, if you can do better than me and tell his potential in the Premiership and still want him then that’s good enough :)

    But the most important thing is, don’t panic! And even if he does come, don’t expect him to be a Ronaldinho from day one. If you can squeeze out the potential in him though I can guarantee you he’ll be quality. That ‘if’ provides the uncertainty though… I’ve seen many people here praise KK and I’m hopeful he might be the one who can squeeze this potential out of him should he come to Newcastle.

  • 128 ToonPhill // May 31, 2008 at 2:45 AM

    also, that pic of emre in the fenerbahce shirt is an old shirt, its from 05/06. probs was just havin a laff with mates and they took a pic. then decided to make a few euros sendin it to the press. not as farfetched as it sounds. remember the ref for the barca vs arsenal champs league final?? :)

  • 129 Matt Lacey // May 31, 2008 at 3:10 AM

    If it’s true, has to make you wonder how much ambition the club really has.

    I hate to sound pessimistic but the only things we’ve heard from the club since the season ended are players leaving the club and threats of wage slashing!

  • 130 bessi // May 31, 2008 at 3:11 AM

    broon ale-Lew Davies-spyro- i thougt that we need a muslim not that just if he is a muslim we can be a champion you did me to laugh but i thought that every team has a player that is from usa,china,macedonia, etc countries and why us don’t have a player that we didn’t have ago from country like turkiye ok i think that you understand mee

  • 131 micepie // May 31, 2008 at 3:37 AM

    Well, there’s nothing on the Independent site (no link here – copy and paste!)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/transfer-news-and-speculation-31-may-837471.html

  • 132 stantos // May 31, 2008 at 5:09 AM

    like iv’e mentioned i think this emre move will start the ball rolling. kk would never let a player like emre leave without having made plans. All this talk of trouble behind the scenes is a smoke screen to allow us to do business. We re just not used to it after the fat freddy years

  • 133 The Entertainers // May 31, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    It appears the thoughts on Emre are 50/50. I am in the ‘keep him’ camp. When fit, and i know thats a big IF, he is a very good international player. KK is right Emre does offer us something different, in the creativity department.
    Also if we are to play 4-3-3 at certain times next season then is this not the perfect formation for an Emre type player to blossom in. With Geremi and Butt winning back the ball, this will free up Emre and allow him to find space and time with the ball.
    I just fear with such a small squad, we should be buying players before selling. After all there is no promises that we will be able to buy the players we are after, especially with more clubs appearing to be making initial approaches. Lets just hope Newcastle are also doing this, just instead of doing it through the press like Spurs, are keeping it inhouse fo a change.

  • 134 Midjew // May 31, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    No News this morning on the Whole Emre thing, not even in the Gossip Colums, seems bit strange you would of thought it would be.

    MAYBE its not true?

  • 135 ihope // May 31, 2008 at 8:40 AM

    Ok lads dont laugh me of the site strait away
    but ofr the past 2 weeks there has been a guy on football-rumours (99% rubbish i know) Bu he has been saying Eto to toon for around 15 Mil so maybe there is somthing in this I Hope!

  • 136 Rob Kirton // May 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    RE Emre

    Seems like the turkish press are as bad as their British conterparts. However

    a) I would not be surprised that we do sell him
    b) He will not be a great miss, as he has rarely played and then when picked even more rarely proven to be a match winner.

    Doesn’t make him a bad player, just one who for whatever reason does not cut it in the prem.

    Step forward his replacement…..N’Zogbia.

    He was born to do it. Has done nothing but whinge about playing wide left, even more so when at left back. He came to the club as a left sided CM and has always wanted to play there. His exposure to the premier league has toughened him up. He’s now up to it.

    If Emre leaves we start looking for a wide left player. Make that two. I don’t know if Duff will ever come good in a black and white shirt.

  • 137 leavy // May 31, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    point one we wouldnt sell emre
    point two emre played most of his early carear at galatasaray he hates fenerbache so why would he joined his closest rivals
    u saw when we played them he hates them and they hate him no truth in this at all

  • 138 Geordie Nick // May 31, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    leavy the clubs have a agreed a deal, its only emre tht hast agreed yet so ther is some truth in it

  • 139 Geordie Gerrard7 // May 31, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    no frecking way, i had my presentation last night for footy, i seen my little turkish mate mehmed. he told me that emre was going to fener, i didnt believe it for a second, is tHis true? GS FAN- you must be annoyed mate? that would be like michael chopra playing for sunderland, ohhh wait he is

  • 140 toon4lyf // May 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    the stories bullshit emres an absosulte genuis are most valuable player next season..
    ……………harper……………
    beye….dune..taylor….enrique
    …………..emre…………….
    ..turan…………..nzogbia…
    ………….aimar……..
    martins……….owen..
    we would defiantly push for europe with that team

  • 141 Geordie Nick // May 31, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    toon4lyf- we wont push 4 europe with tht team as emre WONT be here

  • 142 Nobby's Dad // May 31, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Absolute genius!! toon4lyf do me a favour. A complete waste of wages more like

  • 143 Tez131 // May 31, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    toon4lyf – Emre is not a Def Mid, IF he did stay he needs to be allowed to attack and let someone else do the hard work behind him.

    I am really undecided about this, I think I would be sad to see him go. Would love to see him at his best next season. If we did sell we would need to start being in players ASAP to show some intent!!




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