Fenerbahce and Newcastle Officially Agree Emre Deal


Newcastle United have today confirmed on their web site that Fenerbahce and Newcastle have agreed a deal for their Turkish International Emre.

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Emre – now discussing terms with Fenerbahce

The statement on the Newcastle web site is as follows:

Newcastle United can confirm that they have agreed terms with Fenerbahce for the transfer of midfielder Emre.

The Magpies have also given Fenerbahce permission to talk to the player to discuss personal terms.

We broke the story last night when we were alerted by our readers that Turkish newspapers were saying there was a deal between the 2 clubs and today Fenerbahce announced the deal on their web site.

But note the deal is not complete and Fenerbahce have still to agree terms with the player, and we believe Emre was getting a good wage package at Newcastle United.

But this action by the club does show that Newcastle seem to be willing to let some of their fringe players, and we think it’s almost certain that Damien Duff will also be allowed to leave.

Fenerbahce had previously announced the deal was in place, and now Newcastle have confirmed, as we expected, that the move is close to completion if the Turkish club can agree terms with Emre.

We don’t know if this move was sanctioned by Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan who is looking to build his small squad over the summer, but we have to believe he was OK with the deal.

The 27-year-old Turkish International joined Newcastle from Inter Milan three years ago, when Graeme Souness was then Newcastle manager, but he has struggled, mainly through injury, for consistency while on Tyneside.

But the player has always been well liked by the Newcastle fans, because of his enormous skills.

By our reckoning he made 80 appearances for Newcastle with 63 starts and scored 9 goals.  But last season he started only 8 games, mainly because of several injuries he had during the last campaign.

Emre is currently with the Turkish squad ahead of Euro 2008, but we’ll have to wait and see if signs a three-year contract with Fenerbahce, which is what the Turkish club are offering.

Emre played for Turkish rivals Galatasaray from 1996 to 2001, and appeared 102 times scoring 14 goals before he moved to Inter Milan for a 4 season stay. He signed for Newcastle in July, 2005.

Our information is the fee is around £5.5M, which is almost £2M more than the club paid Inter Milan for the Turkish star. However BBC Sports is reporting the fee as high as £8M, which would be a great deal for Newcastle United.

So far this summer, Newcastle have allowed Ramage, Diatta, Carr and Troisi to leave the club and it is also expected that Rozehnal and Ameobi will also be on their way, in addition to Emre, if the Fenerbahce deal goes through as is expected.

But Newcastle have yet to announce any new arrivals at the club.

However, these moves certainly lighten the wage bill at the club. The total wage costs were over £70M last season, and too high as far as owner Mike Ashley is concerned.

We think the Newcastle squad will still be small for next season, but we fully expect some top quality signings before August 31st rolls around again.

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183 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    May 31, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #1

    GUTTED!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • richie

    May 31, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #2

    dont get this transfer?should we not be buyin not selling??

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  • wrighty

    May 31, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Fantastic business – what has he actually done in the 3-4 years that he’s been here. Good player, very talented, but coulod have and should have done more in his Toon career.
    I wish him luck in the Euro’s and at F’bache.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #4

    i truelly am gutted. annoyed as hell

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #5

    How do we know KK was ok with this deal???

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  • Toon1978

    May 31, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #6

    RICHIE to me keeping your best players and letting the weaker players go makes sense. It only makes your squad stronger and Emre fits into that catagory of a good player we need to keep. Unfortunately Ashley thinks different he is earning top dollar so get rid granted Emre has had many injury problems but that is not his fault. I am sick of hearing people go and i hope i am wrong big time to think what i am thinking now about Mike Ashley.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #7

    We now have NO attacking CM’s at the club now. What are we going to do about it???

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  • dick

    May 31, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Ithink the only true rummor so far is the one that said toon must sell before they can buy

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  • Toon1978

    May 31, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #9

    haha to think we were after Eto what a joke!!!!

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  • johnny

    May 31, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #10

    good player but he did nothing last season,lets get the money invested in someone who can play more than 10 games a season.

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  • toonjon

    May 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #11

    i think we have signed another midfielder because kk said he didnt want to sell anyone, so there is no eason to sell him unles we have brought a backup. watch this space i say.

    also didnt really think he did enough for us and always seemed to be fit for turkey but never us

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  • Toon1978

    May 31, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #12

    KK needs a miracle to deal with Ashley, he’s keeping his money to stuff his face with mince pies and ale.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Mike Ashley is a tight arse cockney who buys us drinks in our pubs to make us like him.

    All he wants to do is spend little and win big.

    That is not going to happen in this day and age.

    If he dosent put his stumpy little sausage fingers in his fat pocket and replace the players we sell, we are doomed, big time. 🙁 I dont give a shit what anyone says.

    What are you doing with our club Mike?…

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  • GazzaToon

    May 31, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #14

    why are you guys moaning emre hardly ever plays anyway! admittedly he is quality when he does play but i doubt he’d get in the side much next year anyway with milner, n zogbia, barton, butt and gerimi ahead of him and theres a good chance we will sign another good midfielder aswell. so imo its a quality bit of business by newcastle

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #15

    He wants to spin all his cash on the roulette in the casino rather than buy players to make us into a top 6 team!

    MA, if you want a toy to play with, go and buy Spurs!

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  • Toon1978

    May 31, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Would love to hear tonight that we have replaced EMRE with say Turan or Arshivin or Bentley or all hehehehe.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #17

    @Gazzatoon, if we dont buy a BETTER replacement when the window shuts, we are f**ked mate 🙁

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  • Ashton

    May 31, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Im really pissed off i think we will replace him with the likes of james harper etc ..

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  • Jimbo

    May 31, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #19

    if the bbc is right 8 mil for emre is a hell of a deal. doubt it would be that much but i hope this is a sign that keegan wants to get a new midfielder or two in

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #20

    @Toon1978, we probly wont hear nowt mate!

    Im sory to be so pessamistic, but im pissed off ATM, Im worried about my club!

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  • Toon1978

    May 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Ashton now you say that it looks like we are replacing good players for average players all because of wages.

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  • Toon1978

    May 31, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #22

    ronaldeano i know how you feel just keep ya fingers crossed there may be a top signing around the corner but not Harper please.

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  • Macas

    May 31, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #23

    As much as I like Emre we have the chance to reduce the wage bill and add to the transfer kitty. His injuries were the only problem I had with him as I thought he was a cracking player, but we can sign a younger, better, less injury prone player and take the cub forward now. I’m sure there will be deals in the pipeline but the club are determined to keep things under wraps until any deal is done. Keegan has never been afraid to sell players if it was right for the club and I’m positive there will be a few nice surprises before the season starts. Now all we need is to get rid of Duff, Smith, Rozenhal and Ameobi and I’ll be happy. Ok we have a small squad to start with but we can generate valuable funds from these players to transform things around and bring in better players.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #24

    That is the case! MA wants success on the cheap and he is not going to get it!

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  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #25

    aww im soo pissed off getting harder to support nufc every year instead of buying good players wer seliing our good 1s emre is a genuis a really felt he would regain his fitneess and be fantastik this season we wont buy a player have as good as him

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  • Penalty-Spot

    May 31, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Toon1978, ronaldeano & toon4lyf

    Think about it just for a minute. We like Emre but will we really miss him? Of course not. Generally injured. Lacks effort when fit. Can’t pass well enough for a creative midfielder. Huge wage bill and we’ve just made a bloody great profit on him.

    Good business decision and good football decision.

    I can’t believe you’re getting on Ashely’s back either. The transfer window isn’t even open yet, all the clubs are relatively quiet. Things’ll happen. Ashley is rich because he’s not stupid. He’ll come good for us, I’ll bet mi left leg.

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  • Penalty-Spot

    May 31, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #27

    well said macas

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  • Taiwantoon

    May 31, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #28

    I like Emre’s style of play and his vision, but I am not really that concerned just yet. Emre is certainly a player with great ability and potential, but injuries has limited him a great deal in the last 2-3 years. A fresh start might be just what he needs.

    From our prospective, it’s not really the end of day, is it? We still have time to correct it. No, I am not going to lie and say that the future look great. I am actually very worrying by what MA has done so far, but we can now only hope that a great replacement has been lined up.

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  • Toon1978

    May 31, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Penalty-Spot you say the window is not open yet, yes you are correct but why are other clubs making signings NOW and we are sitting idly watching the world go by. Spurs have signed Modric and now Dunne is on his way there, Man utd will spend big in the next week or so yet what are NUFC doing absolutely nothing so you can understand why some of us are getting a little anxious.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Keegans comments after the Chelsea game were spot on. MA disagrees.?

    What the f**k is he playing at?

    Why appoint KK if you are not going to back him.

    We all thaught the reason FSA was sacked was his style of play and he wasent MA’s appointment. So MA employes KK, HIS MAN.

    Why is MA not backing his man? It seems he wants to do an Arsenal! Its just not going to happen!

    We need signings, quality ones, before they go to other teams

    Get your cheque book out MA, before it to late!

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  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #31

    penalty spot
    u actually no nothing about football
    lacked effort? passing not good enough? hahaa
    if it wasnt for him we would have been relegated this year

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  • domtoon

    May 31, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #32

    oh for god’s sake give it time people. this is MA’s regime’s first transfer window. we finished 12th in the premier league with 43 points. that is pretty shocking when you think about it, and if we did get anywhere near 8 mill for Emre, then in my eye’s a good deal for a player who’s played about 10 games for us last season. you don’t know what is going on behind the scenes, and i’m not saying it’s all rosey, but for pete’s sake give em a chance.

    i really do hate to say it but sometimes i think other club fans are right when they call us delirious, over-expecting fools. we are not (!) gonna get arseshaving, mcgiddy or vw touran, or any players of their calibre this season, nor probably the next unless the team pull their thumbs out of their arses, get some passion back into their game, and take us right back up the table (and i’m talking UEFA) where we belong, what with the big bucks we’re spending on player salaries. i believe that is why kk has said he wants to keep as many of the current squad as possible and build from there (but with emre it’s a bit different cos he’s hardly ever fit).

    if we get any one of the above mentioned players, i will be incredibly surprised (and equally ecstatic). fingers crossed for signing at least 1 real quality player this summer.

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  • Penalty-Spot

    May 31, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes, there are afew deals being done but I’m not sure if they can get finalised and signed off till it opens? Is that right? Anyway all I’m saying is have alittle faith. It’s the first full season of the New Era. New owner with His new manager, there WILL be some good new players I’m sure. I’m off to buy a tin of silver polish…

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  • Jimbo

    May 31, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #34

    haha toon4lyf. he made 6 starts this year. definitely the reason we aren’t in the championship! LOL

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  • Penalty-Spot

    May 31, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #35

    toon4lyf

    I don’t, don’t I? Ha! Without Emre we’d be down! That’s cheered me up man, thanks for that.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 31, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Penalty-Spot, you are wrong, you can get them as they say: Signed, sealed, but not delivered before the transfer window opens.

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  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #37

    nearly every match he played in we won

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Domtoon, i have spent thousands following NUFC since i was a kid, and we have been under acheving for to long. With a billionare at the helm now, i expect a bit of investment in the first team and for the club to be run properly for once. That is what i expected when MA took over, but the lack of activity in the transfer market and all the talk of contracts and failed signings (Modric), has done my heed in mate. We need something to look forward to next season, and all i see at the moment is a tight fisted owner, a chairman who’s days are numberd and a mediocre squad thats getting smaller. I hope things change soon

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  • Penalty-Spot

    May 31, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #39

    TomToon, OK, didn’t realise that.

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  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #40

    jimbo- played 9 times 7 assists 1 goal and i dunt think we lost when he played

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