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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

  • Leo

    Jun 1, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #161

    yeah i agree tam toon is just trying to rub you up the wrong way tom toon because you contribute to the site and people converse with you alot.

    see we only have 4 midfielders if its true that duff is gna go and smith isnt a midfielder emre going to leave

    nzogbia butt geremi milner


  • nufc kev

    Jun 1, 2008 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #162


  • nightfall

    Jun 1, 2008 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #163

    Tom Toon – we have one of the best goalkeepers handanovic (23) from udinese…he class, there are big hopes for striker tim matavz (19, hereenven, was also wanted by fiorentina, chelsea, tottenham), and kronaveter (19), wanted by milan and he’s a AMC..
    there are several youngsters who play for benfica, roma, inter, milan…they are all still very young (15-17), so we’ll just have to wait…

  • tapir

    Jun 1, 2008 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #164

    well if high wage earners shud be out
    now eMRE
    to follow DUff, Smith, Ameobi
    and wuld also be Owen, Vids,Martin..

    and wuld be coming in
    Harper and all relegated team player

    what a cost saving team!!!
    the future is black and white
    no the future is all black!!!!!!!

  • Hadrian

    Jun 1, 2008 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #165

    getting these players off the books is fine , but it looks like they wont be replaced with anyone as established as the players heading out .
    we will become a feeder club untill we can break the top 4 and hold onto our players , but we will forever be relying on prospects to get us there .

  • bessi

    Jun 1, 2008 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #166

    “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.”
    if nufc has agreed a terms with turkish team why we are trying to say that maybe emre will not go….its understand that KK doesn’t want him even we want him to play for us next seasson

    how is going things next seasson we will play with these player:

    ——————–Given—————————————–Beye——Edgar—–Faye——-Enrique———–Geremi—–Butt——–Lua Lua—–N’zogbia——————-Carroll———Viduka—————

  • bessi

    Jun 1, 2008 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #167

    canA caNA cANA CANA and just LORIK CANA can replace him who can go and say KK oh his ear plz plz plz plz plz fans wants Cana…

  • toptoon

    Jun 1, 2008 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #168

    not to dissapointed, another nearly player in my opinion, would place him in the same bracket as dyer and bowyer etc.. lets hope milner and n,zogbia realise there potential. Rob Lee has worried me a bit, he said KK usually had all his signings wrapped up by the end of May. I know times have changed but it does bring the pesamist out in me.

  • jeff

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #169

    I cant believe some fans are unhappy & gutted that Emre is leaving….What has he actually done in his time at newcastle??He was bought as being the Turkish Maradona…..I never saw anything to put him that catagory….Yeah at times he showed glimpses of a good player but never done it consistantly…These are the types of players we need out of the club.Players on high wages who are just fringe players..Another thing people keep going on about Emre being this Attacking creative midfielder,well Im sorry like but he always looked more defensive than attacking the only thing he attacked was a player who fowled him…Trim the wage bill with these types of players to be able to keep our top players….Anyway with Emre gone maybe just maybe we might see the best out of Nzogbia,because he is a much better attacking midfielder….

    Howay the lads

  • Midjew

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #170

    Well this morning we are being linked with Crouch in an 8m Move.

    i would LOVE this to be true, he is JUST what we need.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #171

    i wonder what rubbish will be thrown around today. i hate that goofy twat modric, a fee got accepted by us so it wernt our board, it was him rejecting us for european football. hope he is the biggest possible flop

  • Mehzeb

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #172

    I’ll be very happy if the Crouch rumor turned out to be true. He could really add height and strength into our formation, and Owen & Martins could play off him. It would be an excellent acquisition if we landed Peter Crouch. Plus, £8m is good value for an established England international.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #173

    GS FAN- whats the general feedback from the turkish fans about emre, comments and stuff on websites. I should imagime it has many people raging, unless he does something like weari gala shirt to training or something

  • Tommy

    Jun 1, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #174

    Lorik Cana could be a good buy.. Looks like a right hard so and so..


  • The Entertainers

    Jun 1, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #175

    Theres a lot of doom and gloom around at the moment, what with all the departures and talk of many more to follow. However on a contradictory note by the top brass, we did put a sizable bit in for Modric. Modric is one of the most up and coming players of his generation. There was also a £8m bid in for Woodgate. So i believe that we may be clearing the decks at the moment and the wage bill, there will be bids for top, top players in the near future. Lets just wait and see. If criticism is deserved, then lets save it for the first game of the season, when we can see the blu-print for ourselves.

  • Graham

    Jun 1, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #176

    First of all i have my spleen to vent… I cannot believe some people on here, especially ronaldeano accusing Mike Ashley of being tight with his money. He is the bloke who saved this club from oblivion. We would not be here today if it was not for him. £250m being tight? FFS lets run this club proffessionally for a change (as Ashley looks to be doing) and ronaldeano go and put your dim witted remarks on another site!

    secondly I would just like to wish Emre all the best for the future. I’m a bit sad to see him leave but can understand him going. And who could forget his free kick against the mackems? Worth the transfer fee itself!

  • Kenneth Bassan

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #177

    Chill down. Emre was maybe a quality player, but we hardly ever seen it in the newcastle shirt.
    And relax we will sign someone. Just be patient.

  • MarK

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #178

    no lets get angry! and panic! and turn on the board for not signing anyone in may! they must be tight with their money!! kevin keegan must be kept in the dark! the euro champs has nothing to do with players not signing for teams! ermm what else 😛

  • Johnboy

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #179

    Emre was never consistant enough. he came from inter with a big rep’ but never proved himself as a class player. i wont be sad to see him go. i think we can do better. Sure, he had a few good games, but so have alot of players who have flopped in the past… If we get 3m plus for him, id be happy.

  • Paul

    Jun 1, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #180

    I’m not sure that the Emre transfer is a “done deal”. Can someone verify that this deal won’t be finalized unless he comes out of Euro ’08 with no injury problems? I have seen rumors to that effect.

  • gas fan down under

    Jun 1, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #181

    Transfer will be officially announced tomorrow in an address to fener fans on fener tv by fener president Aziz Yildirim.

    He will be paid 3.5 million euros per year – gala could not get close to that figure. Emre will also play champions league football at fener.

    This transfer is the most topical issue in turkey at the moment – emre has divided the nation.

  • Richard

    Jun 1, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #182

    I dont understand why people care so much about receiving good price for a player and lowering wages. this is not our problem its mike ashlys all i care about is bringing the players in.

  • Nobby's Dad

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #183

    Richard………I know you’re only about 5 but try and follow this.

    If you get a good price for players sold this will mean as a club we have more to spend (see gibving them away would not be good). Lowering wages means we get rid of Chelsea / Man Utd reject’s who are on massive wages and can look for up and coming players who will be hunger and will play for less.

    It’s not rocket science son! It’s not Mike Ashley#s problem – it’s an issue for all who live the their club – ask the Leeds fans if you want confirmation.

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