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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.


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.

Comments welcome.

183 comments so far

  • Glenn

    May 31, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #41

    I don’t know why some people are getting so upset. Emre is no genius world class footballer, he’s an inconsistent, injury prone player who hardly ever scores and he’s too little and lightweight for English football. He has got talent, but we only ever got rare flashes of it. Just another typical Shephed-era NUFC signing, over hyped and over paid.

  • Davy C

    May 31, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #42

    I don’t normally have any comments against any contributor to this site as we are all entitled to an opinion BUT Toon4lyf how can you give yourself that moniker and then say that it’s getting harder to support Newcastle United? I just simply don’t understand you at all.

    Support for your team surely should not be conditional at all. Football teams are supported through thick and thin.

    What if we had been relegated – would you stop supporting the team? You are not a football fan in my eyes if that’s how you think? How many years have you been going to watch the lads? Not many I bet.

    Now stop talking nonsense and get behind the team you supposedly love or you’ll have to change your name to toonwhenIcanbebothered or toonforabit.

  • Reading Mag

    May 31, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #43

    please rememeber the player wanted to leave, He had a choice.Great lad, but always injured….always remember him for the winner agaist Reading.

    Have faith in KK

  • Jimbo

    May 31, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #44

    toon4lyf i sorry but ur wrong mate. 6 starts and in the games he did start we won ONCE, drew twice and lost three times.

  • Jimbo

    May 31, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #45

    anyway this is getting irrelevant. the point is he really won’t be missed

  • Penalty-Spot

    May 31, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #46


    It’s the 9 times bit. He’s a sick note. Forget him, he’s gone, to a treatment bench in Istanbul. That’s in Turkey btw, where fenerbache play. Just in case you know less about geography than I do about football 😉

  • Davy C

    May 31, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #47

    Jimbo is spot on with his stats!

  • Stephen

    May 31, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #48

    For me we should be getting rid of butt and duff………..

    I think its a good choice getting rid of emre as long as we got a player like asharvin coming in if that doesnt happen i really think our club dont get anything about football………

    Wish sir bobby robson was 20 years younger……..

    its amazing how he got sacked for getting us 4th 3rd and 5th

    wouldnt we love that now?????

    i bet we would

    sounds like a dream now…………

    newcastles best team













    i never forget the feynoord game in the champions league

    best game i have seen ……………….

    and we replace the legend with souness who is a failure

    says it all really about newcastle united

    has to be the joke club of the world and thats coming from a toon fan

  • cooldj

    May 31, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #49

    personally pleased. emre has undoubted talent but i don’t think he was useful for us, especially away from home. would like to see us target someone like michael johnson or someone with some pace in the centre cos butt, geremi and barton aren’t that quick (neither was emre)

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #50

    Screw Emre, he is gone. where is our replacement?

    Only the club know that i supose, but is makes no sense in selling a player without a replacement. A deal must be close, the new regime is not daft, i hope!

  • Ross

    May 31, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #51

    shame to see him go, i was a big fan of emre.
    -Reading Mag, i’ll always remember him for his free kick against sunderland! what a peach that was, i youtube that goal most days,haha.
    wish him all the best at fener, sad to see him go, i just hope we have a replacement lined up, who isnt of half the quality he had.

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #52

    Stephen, i agree, as much as i hate it, i agree mate 🙁

  • Davy C

    May 31, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #53

    Emre had bags of potential but only started 46 Premiership games out of 114 possible games in the three seasons he’s been with us. We got him from Inter Milan for the same reason – he wasn’t reaching his potential and Souness took a gamble on his fitness. He put in some great performances and some indifferent.

    I for one will never forget the goal he scored against the Mackems and he will never have to buy a pint in Newcastle if he ever visits again!

  • Andy1

    May 31, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #54

    As much as I liked him and thought he had potential to be a star player for the team and in the league as a whole, I couldn’t help but think that he just didn’t want to play for us. Little knocks kept him out for months and this tells me his attitude really wasn’t right. We need players who want to play for us and aren’t just going to sit around and pick up 50k+ a week.

    In this sense I agree with Ashley’s policy although I can think of a few players I’d have kicked out before Emre.

    Cacapa, Rozehnal, Smith, Geremi, Duff, Viduka, Shola.

    Out of them Duff probably has the most potential to excel here but I can see him being a permanent sicknote so I would much rather we bring in an exciting young winger, and give Lua Lua a more prominent role.

    When Keegan said he wanted to keep the squad together I thought we would have to settle for 3 or 4 signings, which wouldn’t really do. But, this shows we are prepared to sell the deadwood, and perhaps promises more new faces and more quality.

    If we let any more go we will have the smallest, shittest sqaud we’ve had in ages. We will need lots of quality and more numbers as well. If Ashley doesn’t deliver the players now we are absolutely screwed for next season.

    Also, I would have thought that being such cute businessmen they would have delayed this transfer till after the Euros. Everyone else knows they have to do this to boost the value. Ashley and co. are making some strange decisions and I just hope that Keegan is approving each move we make which concerns the playing staff – If it isn’t the case he’ll be gone.

  • Luke

    May 31, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #55

    Not too bothered about emre leaving, just hope will still have a chance with turan, we need a midfielder he’d be the perfect signing this summer dunno if it will happen now

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #56

    We have FFS to thank for that anyway. I just hope MA is not FFS the second!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 31, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #57

    I think selling players like Emre will have other more ambitious teams having a look at players like nzogbia,milner,martins to name a few.

    I think Ashley must be paying peanuts to the newcastle web people the news broke in turkey this time last night.

    I will always support the toon but want the big signings and excitement..at this rate we will be shite next season as Fat Ash coins it in buying shite and paying shite wages.

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #58

    @Andy1, you are absolutely spot on mate

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #59

    @Sirjasontoon, that is what i am worried about

  • Dave

    May 31, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #60

    Emre spend most of the season injured for us, picking up a good wage. Euro comes up and all of a sudden he is fit and playin for Turkey again, does that not tell you something about the player, did he really want to play for the toon. IMO i would prefer players wo are prepared to give 110% for the club, i dont think Emre did, his main concern was to play for Turkey and not the toon

  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #61

    6 starts he didn start against everton and won us the match

  • Chris F

    May 31, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #62

    christ, you’d think he was Zinedine Zidane the way some of you lot are going on.

    He was nothing special, we’re no weaker from losing him, as he missed a lot more games than he played.

    6 goals in 80-odd games is hardly prolific either for an attacking midfielder.

    hopefully now we can crack on and bring in some fresh midfield talent, which is sorely needed.

    face facts people, he was pretty much dead wood in the squad, taking up money from the wage budget and adding very little on the pitch.

    he seemed a nice enough bloke, but will we miss him on the park?

    that’s the question you should be asking, and frankly the answer is a resounding no.

  • euanpolo

    May 31, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #63

    Is Ashley an co. trying to get us relegated! We’ll need more than “4 or 5 good players” now wont we! What happened to us not selling anyone!? What are they going to do next, transfer list Given, Beye, Taylor, Milner, Owen and Martins and appoint Rozehnal as captain! I’m furious with this, I’ve sat by and watched are best players dissapear for long enough. I thought Ashley would be better than Shepard, but to be honest I can’t see much different at the moment!

  • Davy C

    May 31, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #64

    Just face it ToonforaslongasIcanbearsed you got your facts wrong and are now grasping at straws. What about Owen and Butt in that game? He could be a decent player but he just didn’t quite do it enough. He’s gone and won’t be missed that much.

  • Azvael

    May 31, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #65

    emre will be replace by LuaLua!!! Good ACM in reserve with a lot less wage bill than emre!!!

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #66

    Its getting smaller and smaller. It makes no diference how good or bad Emre is, the fact is we have nobody elce lined up to play in his position. This needs to be sorted ASAP.

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #67

    Lualua is a bairn

  • joe

    May 31, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #68

    toon4lyf – are you kidding? Emre kept us up eh? lol!!! Made me laugh that did!!

    Stephen – that team was decent wasn’t it? SBR had a team with 1 vital ingredient – speed. Fat Sam had us as the slowest, fattest bunch of plodders in the Prem. Hopefully under KK we will put together a team of skilful and quick players who can push into the top 7 or 8 next season. Arshavin first up please!

  • joe

    May 31, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #69

    By the way, the most dangerous player in the reserves is Godsmark. By a mile.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 31, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #70

    Lualua wll be good back-up for the new creative midfielder (emre’s replacement) who is brought in.

  • Penalty-Spot

    May 31, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #71

    Chris F: Yup.

  • Andy1

    May 31, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #72

    I think Ashley is right to be looking to cut costs by getting rid of the money grabbing losers that have undermined the club over the past years. A new approach will hopefully stop us throwing massive amounts of cash at big name players that don’t want to play for the team. I would love to see the youngsters coming through and giving a 100% every time they wear the shirt, than having to endure any more of the gutless performances of the Big Sam period.

    But for me, we have to keep the best players at the club like Oba and Owen, even if they are draining funds because I can’t see us being able to attract anyone half as good, especially if we aren’t going to offer big wages. I can’t seeing us getting much quality in and it will be hard to stop the like of Portsmouth and Spurs running away, spending money on top players.

    Other teams like Blackburn and particularly Everton are in a really strong position having built a good squad without spending a lot. I am sure that’s the model Ashley wants to replicate but it will be a slow and difficult process and will frustrate a lot of fans in the short.

    Even seeing the benefits of such an approach I can’t help but think we have to splash the cash and secure a European spot as soon as possible. That’s the only way to get continued success and make us more attractive to players.

    For I’ll just say Ashley and co. know what they are doing. And cross my fingers.

  • The Entertainers

    May 31, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #73

    Come on everyone, give the club a chance…..yes i’m a little concerned. However i still have faith in the management setup. Do you really think KK would have come back if there was no cash to spend or still be here if he’d been lied to? Do you really think Wise would have given up a promising career in management to become the clubs first port of call in signing players, if all we do is sell?…..We have Jimenez and are on the look out for someone high profile for the academy. These are not the actions of a selling club…..keep the faith!


    May 31, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #74

    Emre flattered to deceive just as he did at Inter.He was never fit enough apart from when Turkey were playing. He never understood the concept of pass and move, pass and standstill morelike.
    The 5.5m-8m will go on a replacement with less wages who hopefully will be fit for most of the season.

  • Geordie Gerrard 7

    May 31, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #75

    GS FAN- what this polat fella have to say about emre then? are you gutted that he has betrayed your team

    Polat’tan Emre yorumu

    Galatasaray Kulübü BaÅŸkanı Adnan Polat, eski futbolcuları Emre BelözoÄŸlu’nun Fenerbahçe ile anlaÅŸmasını ”Hayırlı olsun” cümlesiyle deÄŸerlendirdi.

    Futbol Federasyonu’nun Hukuk Kurullarının merkezinin açılışında basın mensuplarının sorularını yanıtlayan Adnan Polat, eski futbolcuları Emre’nin Fenerbahçe’ye transferi ile ilgili sorulara, ”Fenerbahçe ve Emre’ye hayırlı olsun” diye yanıt verdi.

    Polat ayrıca Sivassporlu futbolcu Mehmet Yıldız için baÅŸkan Mecnun Otyakmaz ile görüştünüz mü ? sorusuna ise, ”Biz baÅŸkanla her zaman görüşüyoruz” diye konuÅŸtu

  • Stephen

    May 31, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #76

    Ye i agree the one thing we had under sir bobby was speed……

    Like portsmouth now alot of pace and physcial stuff……….

    I dont think we get anywhere with the likes of butt and smith………

    Its really sad the way we went………..

    Newcastle deserve to be a team playing champions league……

    But we have no business sense atall

    and im afraid to say its cost us dear and maybe cost us years and i mean 10 years…..

    we have sooo much rebuilding to do……..

    like last season we looked good in our friendlys like against celtic and juventus but when it comes down to it that was just covering up the cracks on an average team

    in my opinion

    big sam aint to blame

    roeder aint to blame

    souness had a top 5 club in his hands and after spending 50 million plus he turned us into relagation candiatates……….

    in my opinion souness is the devil

  • Stephen

    May 31, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #77

    souness ruined us

  • Stephen

    May 31, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #78

    i think most ppl would agree spurs business sense has got them where they are now

    not really a big club but pick up soo many bright stars likes carrick for 3 million then sell him for 17 million

    like i thin every toon fan would love good young players for bargains than superstars like owen cause when u think bout it them players are just going to put us back years than make us a good team..

    thats just my opinion but i prefer the likes of gomes over henry……..

  • GSfan

    May 31, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #79

    GG7 – Well I do feel betrayed of course. Emre kept mentioning about every football player being a professional and how they gotta do their job, but I personally think professionalism should have its limits. We made him who he is right now, it was Hagi that had been his ‘trainer’ who helped him become what he is today. He even spat on the Fenerbahce players and insulted them a lot when he played for us, so it’s going to be rather weird when he plays for Fenerbahce. Like I said… even professionalism should have its limits and this is just silly.

    I’m pretty sure he’s going to play just like he plays in the national team right now for Fenerbahce. A shame he never bothered to do half of that for Newcastle, god knows what was wrong.

    The scariest thing for a Galatasaray fan like me though is not the fact that Fener got Emre. It seems they want star players who won’t take a foreign player spot in the team as well as buying a star foreigner who is “known throughout the world” (which was a transfer policy set by Fenerbahce’s Chairman about 4-5 years ago and they always kept that tradition going). There were reports of them wanting Nihat before but no one believed a word of it cuz Villareal would rather be relegated than sell him (slight exagerration). But now that they have bought Emre and announced a 65m budget for transfers alone I’m rather scared they might get Nihat. If they do, then Besiktas fans are gonna be at an uproar as well, but it would be far worse as they would be buying the best Turkish player in the world as well.

  • Nobby's Dad

    May 31, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #80

    toon4lyf // May 31, 2008 at 20:21

    nearly every match he played in we won

    toon4lyf….you know nowt mate and you’re talking boll** about Emre. We’ d have been relegated without him. WHAT!! Apart from the Everton game where he made a difference he only played a handful of games at home. He played in the 0 – 3 drubbing by Liverpool – he was anonymous. 0 – 2 Man City – 1 -1 Boro 2 -2 with Derby. The only other home game we won with him playing was against Spurs – and we could beat them with 10 Ameobi’s. If your going to make statements….. get your facts right eh!


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