Newcastle Unload Fringe Players on High Wages


It is looking like Newcastle United have come to agreement with Fenerbahce for the transfer of Emre.

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Emre – has he played his last game for Newcastle United

The Fenerbahce web site has said such – take a look.

The announcement on their site says the following:

Fenerbahce to sign Emre Belozoglu

Fenerbahce reached an agreement with Newcastle United in order to sign the Turkish superstar Emre Belozoglu and make him become a canary.

Emre Belozoglu is one of the most accomplished Turkish players of all time, and also a member of the Turkish National Team, which he helped to a third-place finish at the World Cup 2002.

We don’t know what the agreed to fee is, but BBC Sports is quoting £8M, but the papers in Turkey last night were quoting 7M euros, which is about £5.5M. We paid £3.8M for Emre from Inter Milan in July, 2005.

If this deal does go through we can only assume Newcastle are willing to let some of their fringe players go.

We think Emre is a fringe player only because he gets injured so much, so he very rarely gets a long run in the side.

But he’s a class player as he showed when he came on with 15 minutes to go against Everton last season at St. James Park. He scored a great goal and then made the winner for Michael Owen.

Not many players can turn a game like that in a short 15 minutes.

The fact he has undoubted class will disappoint Newcastle fans, if these rumors are true.

But this news is now on most sports web sites, although our information suggests the transfer will be formally announced in Turkey on Monday, according to the Turkish reports we received.

Emre is even quoted as giving a farewell interview in which he says:

“Newcastle have good players and finished the season with a good mentality.”

“They are playing football again.”

“When Kevin came to Newcastle everybody felt he had brought something different from in the dressing room to out on the pitch.”

“Everything has changed for the better because of him.”

We’ll have to keep checking www.nufc.co.uk to see if the club have anything to say on this, and we cannot believe that Kevin Keegan can be too happy if this is true.

Comments very welcome.



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31 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #1

    If this does happen then i will be a bit disapointed, but Emres contribution has been limited because of injury. KK will sign a better replacement with a good record of keeping fit. That is what we need, all our best players fit and fighting for a place in the starting 11.

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  • najikhin

    May 31, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #2

    seriously..i want to kick MA, dennis wise and co.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 31, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #3

    @Najikhin, so would i if we dont sign any top drawer players to replace the likes of Emre. He is a good little player when he is fit

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 31, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    if its 8 million – thats great business

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  • Andy1

    May 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ll be gutted if he leaves. Easily our best midfielder if he plays to his potential and I would doubt Keegan would want to let him go. We were already very light for numbers in midfield and with Barton going to miss the start of the season I thought we would definitely hang on to what we have got.

    He’s the only quality we’ve got in midfield. We need so many players to come in now, because there will probably be others to go if we are willing to offload such a clearly talented player. Why couldn’t we just get rid of Smith and Geremi, and even Duff. They aren’t good enough.

    It also makes the Arda stories even less likely and generally adds to the growing pessimism about the place. Just the other day Keegan said he wanted to keep the squad together. Now we need major signings and perhaps it suggests we have some deals ready. Even if this is purely determined but MA’s desire to cut costs – we must have a replacement or two lined up.

    If this isn’t the case, it seems to may like Keegan is having very little say in the transfer dealings and that would be a big problem.

    Hopefully though this doesn’t go through because we should at least hold on to our best players. You can’t just believe these storie because their on SkySports. It’s been a bit dodgy lately. Saying that Spurs have signed Giovani and Capel, well I’m still waiting.

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  • Craig

    May 31, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #6

    If we have sold him for in between 4-6 million then I say that’s a good bit of business from the club. He’s more than likely to be on £60k a week as he was one of the Souness/Shepherd players that was given ridiculous wages.

    I liked Emre when he was at Inter Milan and he always seemed to peform for Turkey – but his contribution in the premiership has been very limited. If we can bring in someone like Arshavin then that would be excellent. If we have let him go then perhaps we have a replacement lined up? We’ll only have Ron Geremi and Nicky Butt as central midfielders – Barton should miss the start of the season – permitting is jail sentence…

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  • Rem

    May 31, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #7

    i dont really believe in “injury prone”, most players are just very unlcuky. like owen or emre. its just been bad luck, plus the fact that they push themselves in games.
    there are onyl a very few players who i would see as “injury prone”. Would you say given is injury prone? not injured for 10 years, then…

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 31, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Not the little turkish midgets best fan and has not lived upto expectation in the years he has been here.
    Still think he should have had another season with us and see if we could work on his fitness.

    Spurs will be great next season..you can really see the recruitment team in overdrive and buying quality..we look like peasant jokers.

    I can’t see keegan tolerating much more of this it is week after week of bad news…I see a sack the board chant on the Horizon as it is just not good enough.

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  • Gary Mac

    May 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    “Spurs will be great next season..you can really see the recruitment team in overdrive and buying quality..we look like peasant jokers.”

    We will still probably beat them twice again, though.
    People should think back to 1996 and trust Keegan to make the necessary signings just as he did after he sold Andy Cole.
    If Keegan is being held back by the new owner to the point where he is not allowed to do his job properly, have no doubt that Keegan will let the public know.
    KK will speak his mind if he feels that something needs to be said.
    Having said that, I dont think that this will be the case seeing as NUFC did offer a lot of money for Modric.
    Rob Lee is right though when he says that Newcastle should get cracking in the transfer market.

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  • toonoholic

    May 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #10

    oh well , it wld be sad to see him go , but atleast now we can offer martins and owen their deserved salary .
    next to be removed from that high salary cap is smith and maybe even duff .

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  • craig chisholm

    May 31, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #11

    as much as i like the little fella i have to say that i am glad he has gone. 8 million, if thats right then i am well chuffed, ha, its not often we make money on a bloody player is it….. i wonder if he has made way to raise finance and salary to bring in another target. lets face it lads, he never played!! it is not often that i get behind our board but this sort ofthign i agree with. you can not have injured fringe players on 60 -75 grand a week. smith and duff must follow cos they are just not doing it anymore. get rid of those dross and get zog a better deal along with talyor and harper, not to mention tying up the captain again. christ, if we get rid of just duff, smith and emre its over ten million a year. that will do me!! see ya emre and good luck in turkey.

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  • chuck

    May 31, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Cant believe 8m. quid, Euros OK, a reasonable price for a sick note who could`nt cut it in the EPL.
    An inconsistent player, too small , no pace, easily muscled off the ball , constantly ran the ball into a crowd.
    Yeah an occasional touch of brilliance, but not enough to make him a keeper.
    Charles N`Zogbia does it much better, so no loss.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 31, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #13

    its done lads, its been announced on our official website. not a rumor anymore. see ya emre!

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  • Toon_Ksk

    May 31, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #14

    A Galatasaray player joining Fenerbahce?

    Weird move, especially from Emre. I thought he is fiercely loyal to Gala.

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  • chris_toon

    May 31, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #15

    well that’s like 3 mill a year less wages to pay i suppose lol now surely we have to find a replacement – 1 can hope 🙂

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  • neeraj

    May 31, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #16

    8mill cool
    use that money for turan

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  • Geordie Gerrard 7

    May 31, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #17

    im sooo dissapointed, i thouht emre would have a big part t play next year, idont think arda will atall come anymore, rather dissapointeing, and i cant also help but think that this deal was done behind the kings back

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  • 9 Shearer

    May 31, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #18

    MA has done well with organising the business part and bringin King Kev Let him sell the club and leave am tired of him

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  • whitey

    May 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    not that bothered. great intially for the first season, but then got marcelinoitis. big earner little contribution, it makes sense to off load him. hopefully smith,duff and viduka will follow emre and carr out the door. it will save the club at least 250k per week in wages

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  • michael

    May 31, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #20

    I have never rated Emre. Never has so much be promised of a player who delivered so little. Unlike Laurent Robert who was our inconsistent “match winner”, he has never produced a run of form over more than one game. So long and good riddance.
    I’d also like to see Ameobi and Cacapa get the boot. Milner and N’Zog occasional show periods were over a month or so they look like they could be world class. Emre, Shola and Cacrapa have never done that and I resent them earning what they do.

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  • dick

    May 31, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Ithink that the only rummor thats true is the one that said toon must sell before they can buy.Getting a bad feeling about next season

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  • The Entertainers

    May 31, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m still worried by KK saying he will ‘try’and buy 4-5 qualitity players. Also KK said there will be no big overhaul…..well if he’s as good as his word we will only have 2 extra players from last season!!!!…….and our squad was pitifully small. However my faith in KK and Ashley is strong, everything they have done so far has been spot on…..keep the faith people. theres time yet.

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  • t-g-w

    May 31, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Not bothered. anything over the 3.8 million we paid for him in the first place is good business in my opinion. Always injured and turned 1 game round in which he played 15 mins. Too many ifs and buts with Emre – he never performed here, he should go.

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  • Leo

    May 31, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #24

    is it official yet?

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  • Seggy

    Jun 1, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #25

    It doesn’t matter how good he is (or thinks he is) if he’s not fit enough to be on the pitch, he’s a waste of a very large salary.

    He’s played about half the games since he signed, the same ratio as at Inter before signing for us.

    As long as we get a ‘relative’ replacement, its very good business.

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  • dave

    Jun 1, 2008 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #26

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about, he’s crap and we won’t miss him one bit, he’s had about 3 good games for us since he signed so any profit on him and we’re laughing.

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  • Tommy

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #27

    I am getting a bit worried that we’re letting players go and hardly a sniff of anyone coming in. Emre is hardly a loss though, never fit for long enough to make a real impact..

    I’ll reserve judgement until the start of the season, and if we haven’t got at least 3 good players in by then, I will start to worry..

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  • scotty

    Jun 1, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #28

    good riddance!!! Can’t remember one game when he ran show!?! Good business from the clubs point of view – if we just bought and bought players willy nilly, then the players who we were trying to off load would be worth a lot less.

    Keep the faith!!!

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  • Rob West Australia

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #29

    I have said for a long time we need to get rid of SMITH, VIDUKA, could some one tell me why we need to keep these two uesless money grabing players.Give SMITH to a second division outfit on a free.He might be noticed more. VIDUKA is just to lazy its good he hss an injury will not make him any better when he comes back.

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  • Momo

    Jun 1, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Viduka has been one of the most consistent strikers this season. If it werent for him we would have lost to Derby again. If it werent for him there would be no striker up front to hold up the ball. He showed when Keegan joined why we need a player like him.

    As for Smith he can leave

    So Rob West Australia. Please think about what you are saying

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 1, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m not convinced by this story. It just seems totally unlike the chap to go to ‘bace when he’s a lifelong Gallies fan. And with Barton in clink (and hopefully fired) I can’t see KK sanctioning the deal UNLESS there’s more to it – like a very dodgy medical report or something.

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