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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

  • GSfan

    May 31, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #81

    Oh as for what Polat said on the thing you quoted he just says he wishes the best for Emre. And on the question if he wants Sivasspor’s forward Mehmet Yildiz and if he had been talking to the chairman of Sivasspor about it he replied “We always talk about stuff”.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #82

    im gutted for you you didnt get emre, i feel disgusted. it would be like pedro beardsley going to sunderland. i dont think we will get arda now, wich is gutting, but i do think we have something big going on, if we got in this emana, i will be soo underwhelmed if it is our first signing.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 31, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #83

    Aye, Emana is just a runner, little creativity, but a few goals and some pace, a huge improvement on duff, smith and geremi though. But id still be hugely underwhelmmed.

  • ED

    May 31, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #84

    I’m now worried about the amount of players KK siad we need to bring in – 4 or 5 doesn’t seem enough to me if we allow players like Emre and Duff to leave. I’m hoping for closer to 7/8 established players, and then a few younger ones with potential.

    Although i really wouldn’t mind Smith/Ameobi leaving…

  • Ross

    May 31, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #85

    to be honest GG7, i’d love to think someone exciting s coming in to replace emre, someone who would make us think
    “ok emre’s gone, but thats irrelevant now, because look at who’s gonna slot into our midfield to replace him”
    but i just cant see it happening, gutted eh 🙁

  • GSfan

    May 31, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #86

    Of course you can still get Arda. There are many answers that can be given to arguements presented by some.

    “He doesn’t want to come because we don’t have Emre”

    – Of course he would. He wants European football, especially having a chance to play in the Premiership. He also complimented Newcastle United as a club in his last interview. He wouldn’t throw all that away just so he can play with Emre. He’s going to be doing that a lot in the national team anyways.

    “We don’t offer any European club competition, he would rather go elsewhere”

    – Of course not. Tuncay went for Middlesborough and was even ready to not be guaranteed a spot in the first team. These guys never see themselves too good for a club cuz the Premiership is their dream experience.

    Arda won’t be like Emre if he comes to you guys. He was like him before. But now he plays with passion ever since Karl Heinz Feldkamp got him sorted and I’m sure KK can do the same and make use of his potential just like Feldkamp did if he’s a good coach as everyone makes him out to be.


    May 31, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #87

    exciting times – everyone wanted the clearout, and now that its happening you dont.

    i have dreamed of getting these players out – they contribute nothing – dont understand your logic toon4lyf, (let alone your comments!) never played, so not really a miss. Gid rid of the rest.

    Have a feeling we could do the Man City of last year and bring in alot of new this summer.

    The youths come through as bench and subs. Kadar, Lua Lua, Goodsmark, Carrol, Tozer. They are going to be subs who wont complain and are going to be so hungry to get on, full of energy, and god knows how many millions cheaper.

    Next Week, there has to be news on replacements after the Emre sale – however whats more likey to happen is more poor journalism with regards to Transfer Rumours.


    May 31, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #88

    GS fan, your absolutey right. Not many players get to play in front of 52,000 fans reguarly, and against the top teams and players in the world.

    Euro football is a big factor but lets be honest playing in UEFA cup on the whole is probaly easier than the premier league

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #89

    I did not want a clearout, i wanted the team yo play football. Now that we have KK we are playing football the way the game is meant to be played. What i diddent want is our squad to be smaller and sell players that would benefit us when they are fit.

    Having said that, there is plenty of time for us to replace the players we lose. I just hope we do it quickly so we dont miss out on the quality players that we have a decent chance in signing.

    Arshavin, Veloso etc

    And the long shots like Van Der Vaart, Diego etc…

  • Rem

    May 31, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #90

    reasons why i hate that everyon is panicking:

    1. Window hasnt opened yet
    2. if you argue some clubs already made signings, only 3 major signings have occured
    3 . its euro 2008, it would be stupid for a club to sell a player before this, cause they would get less
    4. the worst thing KK and the scouting staff could do is come out with targets etc, at least it shows they are workin!
    5. Majority of signings occur in august

  • ED

    May 31, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #91

    NUFC fan, i’d love an overhaul, but everything KK has said has gone against that…




    May 31, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #92

    ronaldeano – have read your posts but cant remember what you said.

    When you say players that would benefit us are you talking just about emre or others too?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #93

    i think also with turan, emre has alot of friends up thre and will be telling him how much he liked newcastle as a place, i really am gutted but wish him all the best, real shame he didnt go to you guys, but i think this was a money oriantated move for him, also such a shame for us, as he was great mates with oba.

    hopefully we can get arda, but im gunna miss the little turkish fella.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 31, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #94

    Rem, you can sign anyone any time.

  • Midjew

    May 31, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #95
  • Tom_Toon

    May 31, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #96

    Cos his wages are stupid, his transfer fee will be stupid and he has no end product?

  • Bosck

    May 31, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #97

    I’m sorry i know this site is for people to express their opinions but i wish the people saying this is a terrible sale and backward step for the club would shut up.

    We are set to make at least 2 million pounds on a guy who has taken big wages off our club and rarely if ever produced a run of displays that justified his fee, or showed any sign that he was desperate to do so.

    I was a supporter of emre for a long while and you cannot deny he is a technically gifted player, but for the last 3 years for newcastle he has been a waste of space and wages.

    if we want to match the big 4 like so many claim then getting rid of dead wood is exactly what we should do, ferguson shipped on kleberson and djemba djemba as soon as he had decided they would never make the grade, he didnt just keep them cos he wanted to have a certain number of midfielders, what a joke, you need people who can actually do a job there consistently not just have the squad number and title of midfielder!!!

    Finally i have said it before and i will say it again, for those slagging off mike ashley as tight, he has cleared the clubs debts for one thing and there is most of the transfer window still left to sign players. if at the end of the window noone has signed then fine you can feel disgruntled then, but the idea of buying expensive players or keeping underperforming ones just for the sake of it is ridiculous and clearly shows the people who wouldnt have a clue running a football club; a claim which they constantly level at mike ashley.

    anyway rant over, or nearly people should start supporting mike ashley trying to turn our club around rather than attacking him for not acting like the ridiculous previous regime!!

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #98

    the player i am talking about is Emre. He has been a very good player for us even when he has came on as a sub. We now have no first choice AM’s apart from Lualua who is still very young and inexperienced, and i am doing my heed in thinking who we can bring in to fill in that position. We need someone with a good fitness record who is reliable, young and proven on the big stage

  • Tom_Toon

    May 31, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #99

    Kallstrom, Kahlenberg – Both realistic.

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #100

    @NUFCFAN, we should keep every player we have got left apart from Smith. Our squad is tiny, id rather have mediocre players than no players at all. When the better players are signed up, thats when we should be selling the overpaid ones who make little contribution because they are dodgy with their fitness

  • daiv

    May 31, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #101

    Great news.
    Get rid of Smith and Duff as well.
    Whatever we buy will be cheaper and cannot be as bad as these over paid muppets.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #102

    get rid of smith and duff, would be great, always should of kept emre

  • GazzaToon

    May 31, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #103


    totally agree with you these guys need to stop moaning. i bet for half of them the nearest thing they get to knowing any thing about football is playing football manager! how do you guys kno exactley what we have to spend and who keegan is or isnt going to spend it on all your hearing now is reports but not facts! just wait until the new season starts b4 u start questioning any signings not being made.

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #104

    GG7, i agree, when Emre is fit he is class. Smith is an overpaid muppet who, even when fit, is shite.

    They are the players we should be selling, not Emre

  • daiv

    May 31, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #105

    Geordie Gerrard 7
    Emre was always injured. Good player but not up to the physical demands of Prem. Only started 8 games last season. Always fell down holding leg when tackled. Good busines to get rid of him. Prob great in France or Turkey. Injured in Prem. Good business. Now to get rid of Smith and Duff. And then buy big.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #106

    it does annoy me, everyone speculating, thinking bad stuff constantly. but even rob lee is getting frustrated

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #107

    and he cribbed john eustace in the stoke game, was qaulity. i hate john eustace

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #108

    @Gazzatoon, im just fustrated and impatient mate!

    I want to see us show a bit of ambition and sign some quality ASAP!

  • ToonKing

    May 31, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #109

    i was having a debate on one of the forums about how useless Milner 😀 is, when i suddenly realized that Emre had 1 goal and 4 assists in 14 games this season, which is pretty decent.
    as i said before my brain is at peace with this cause he is injured all the time and has high wages but somehow my heart is sad to see him go, you could always see the potential in him, i wish the Turkish Maradona all the best.

    we don’t need an overhaul but i think we will eventually come to realise that we just had one.
    Ramage gone, Shola almost gona, Emre gone, Duff, Carr 99% gone, Milner and Viduka could also possibly go. I agree with all of these, they are not helping us one bit, they are all average players at best, except Viduka.
    However thats 7 players from an all ready very thin squad and we’ll need to buy at least 8-9 players to strenghten and deepen our squad.
    MA will not give money to buy 8-9 very good players. we will buy average again.

    We will have an overhaul and yet…..we won’t have one…….

    hope i’m wrong though.

  • sas

    May 31, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #110

    I think it’s great business. We’ve got a lot of players on Shepherd wages, and we’ll find it hard to sell a lot of them. To make a profit on an injury prone player who has missed as much football as Emre has over the last 3 years is fantastic.

    Maybe he wasn’t happy, who knows? But if there is a target spending on wages, it could free up some cash to give Owen, Martins, Taylor the contracts they’re looking for. I’d at least hope for some good news on that front next week.

    It does leave us lacking a bit of creativity in the side, I’m sure that’s something Keegan will have noted, he knows the value of creativity (Beardsley, Ginola, Gillespie). I’d have faith, and see where we’re at on September 1st.

  • Tam Toon

    May 31, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #111

    Bosck and gazza toon, cracking comments. What do you think Tom Toon?

  • GazzaToon

    May 31, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #112

    also @ toonking how can you say milner is awful hes one of our brightest players and the only bit of flair we now have in midfield so i cannot see us getting rid of him! imo he should be in the starting 11 everyweek when hes fit as he can go past opposition players with ease and has a great future ahead of him

  • Beardsley8

    May 31, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #113

    I’m concerned about our transfer policy this summer. We haven’t had a decent sized squad for several seasons – and now we’re letting player leave before we’ve signed any replacements. Given our recent failures in the transfer market (Modric, Woodgate, etc) I would be concerned that we may let too many players leave only to find we can’t sign adequate replacements.

    Emre was no world-beater, but I would have liked to have seen us at least complete a transfer or two before we authorised any departures.

    Maybe there’s activity behind the scenes? I hope so.

  • Chris F

    May 31, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #114

    Tom Toon will no doubt disagree, and say we should sign someone no ones ever heard of except him and his vast knowledge of football (manager 2008)

    i really don’t know why everyone hangs on his every word. i’m sure he’s a decent guy, but he isn’t the word of god when it comes to football.

    i think everyone on here needs to stop moaning and slagging the club off. It’s not even bloody June fer christs sake!

    If you look at seasons past, there’s never a vast amount of activity during a close-season where an international tournament is scheduled.

    All the movement will come after Euro 2008, or the most of it will anyway, as that’s where all the managers, scouts and agents will be casting their eyes for the next month.

    Not to say we won’t sign anyone at all until then, i’m sure we will, but June will be a slow month.

  • t-g-w

    May 31, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #115

    I would just like to congratulate the board on this new policy – getting rid of players who don’t contribute much on the pitch and pick up enormous wages. In my opinion, that is exactly how a football club should be run. That’s life – if you don’t do your job properly, you should go. That’s exactly what has happened here. Well done Mike Ashley. I am certain that we will bring in someone better than Emre. It won’t be hard.

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #116

    Milner is a class little player with a good attitude

    If we sell him, i recon everyone on this blog would be p**ed off

    just like me!

  • ToonKing

    May 31, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #117

    i had this conversation all day GazzaToon, i’m not gonna start it again.

    all i’m gonna say is : look at his statics. 2 goals (one pure luck and) and 2 assists. That’s far from being enough for a winger. he has no end product.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 31, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #118

    Well considering i havent ever been on football manager its quite hard and i wouldnt be able to describe the players if i havent seen them.

    Tam Toon is just a pss take.

    I dont mind Emre leaving, and i’ve patience but its just that our club has shown little or no signs of intent to sign many quality first team players. Im all for developing young talent but we need a fair few first team players. I feel KK is being undermined somehow here.

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #119

    Well said Tom-Toon, my thaughts exactly

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #120

    If KK is being undermined, he cant be the successful manager he was last time

    He was given a lot of money last time and when he took charge, i thaught he would be given money once again

    By a billionare of all people!


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