Keegan Said To Be Keen On Everton’s Mikel Arteta


There have been a few reports over the weekend, that Kevin Keegan may want to bring Everton’s midfielder Arteta to St. James’ Park.

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Mikel Arteta – great midfielder and excellent acquisition by David Moyes

The problem we have with the story is we cannot see why Mikel would ever leave Everton.

The Liverpool club have been doing extremely well these last couple of seasons, under Scottish manager David Moyes, so why would he want to leave for Newcastle?

At least Arteta is getting regular European Football with Everton, and they are probably the best based team to break into the top four eventually.

There were some rumors last month that Arteta may want to leave Everton, but that’s been patched up with manager David Moyes, and as far as we know Mikel is happy at Everton.

However, that’s not to say we don’t think Arteta would be a great capture for the Magpies, if we could pull it off, since we think he’s a first-class footballer.

The Spaniard was born in the Spanish Resort town of San Sebastion, and started out with Barcelona in 2000. He played for a couple of seasons on loan at PSG (31 appearances 2 goals).

He then moved to Glasgow Rangers in 2002, where he stayed for two seasons and played 50 times for the Glasgow club, scoring 12 goals.

Mikel moved back to Spain with Real Sociedad in 2004, for a season, before joining Everton in 2005, initially on loan.

He’s not a full Spanish International, rather surprisingly, but he did play 7 times for the Spanish Under-21 side, and has so far played 92 times for Everton, scoring 11 goals.

Keegan has said he would like to buy proven Premiership players and Mikel certainly fits the bill.

But we’d be very surprised if anything comes of this, even if it’s true that Keegan likes the player.

Comments welcome.



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128 comments so far

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    not goin to happen

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #2

    No chance, why would he move to a lesser team.

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  • Midjew

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #3

    IF we got him WHAT A PLAYER!!

    BUT MA is good friends with Evertons Owner.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    ha ha ha.

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  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Would love to get him but not a dogs chance

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Cant see it happening, but glad to see we are being linked with top ceative midfielders, rather average left backs.

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  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Tom Toon do you really think we are a “lesser team” …

    Everton hardly set the world alight….IMO were by far a bigger club than them with regards to our turnover and size off our facilities…I garuntee they could’nt offord an 80 grand a week player….No chance..Uefa cup or not

    We can quite easily catch them next year with the right guidance

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #8

    qaulity player, very underated by the spanish national side, deserves atleast a sqaud place

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #9

    i definately agree with you there john.

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  • Ian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    good player, but his scoring is slightly lower than we should be aiming for, ideally we need no less than 6 goals per season to improve on Milner, Zog and Duff, we have to pay heavily in the midfield, I cant see us picking up anyone of quality for less than £11m each. Or we have to chance players close to retiring for less. Sibieski scores regularly and would be cheap as one example if we arent going to pay big money.

    Without a quality scoring midfield we will not move up the table.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Everton are far better than us, they play european football every year.

    If didnt support the toon i know who id rather play for.

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  • Jamie G

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #12

    John, u say we are a bigger club in terms of turnover an facilities. at the end of the day…what do you think is going to be more important to arteta….european football next year, or the size of support he plays infront of. I think us toon fans cling on to this tag of being a big club for too long now and is perhaps a reason for our poor performances over the recent past.

    bottom line, arteta will only leave everton for a bigger team WHO CAN GUARENTEE at least uefa cup football next season.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #13

    I can’t see how he will give up European football for us.

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  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Well said John.
    If not next season then definately the one after.
    Remember KK got us promoted then finished 3rd in PL the following season. a different prospaec now with the “top four” seemingly untouchable.

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  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #15

    ya they play European football every year and get to the last 32 WOW …..They have never threatened to win that tournament….

    There a complete medoicre team in the Uefa cup..

    Can’t beleive you actualy think Everton are a bigger club than us….

    Does our history count for anything?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Not now, not when the proper history was half a century ago.

    People need to realise, we are a: MID TABLE TEAM, at the moment and probably will be next season.

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  • C

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Agree with Tom_Toon, it’s where you are today that counts.

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  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    your such a shite sopporter…..

    So it counts for everton to be in the Uefa cup and do shite but when we have qualified for champs league, Beat Barcelona ( asprilla Legend ) , went to the san siro should off won not so long ago, also got to the quart finals off uefa cup few years back..

    Its not like Everton are miles ahead off us like the top 4 ….We only needs a couple off special players and we’ll have em next year..

    You have no optomism

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #19

    The present day is what a prospective footballer will care about.

    MID TABLE TEAM, i have optimism but not to the point of delusion.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Is any one else fed up with this “Premier League experience”? The reality is that if you only ever look o sign Premiership players then no new players will ever enter the league. I understand why some people feel it important but surely a good player will adapt to play in this league. We have plenty of Premiership experience in the side, they will help any new boys adapt to it. The other problem is what quality Premiership players do we stand a chance of signing? Very few.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree with you SuperShearer, its been annoying me for a while now. You only have to look in the right places and players with the right attributes which we havent done so successfully before but should now. Afterall we have a new scouting team.

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  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #22

    so you actualy think King Kev is delusional then? thats he’s aim next year..5th ….

    I for one with the right players signed we could quite easily achieve that…

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #23

    We couldnt easily achieve that even if we singed quality players.

    Yes if thats KK aims i do think hes being delusional.

    We can get top half, maybe 8th but not more next season.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #24

    abit off topic but….man city have basically got hughes, fair play to him. he has done well, but i thought he should have stayed at blackburn and have waited for the united job.

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  • craig chisholm

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #25

    ed, this article is pointless and has not a shred of evidence to suggest anything from what i can see. there is no news here is there. is there one single quote from anyone either at our end or at everton? cumon, we have to better than this, its as bad as the bloody tabloids. i know we have nothing going on at the minute but there is no point in just churning out unfounded stories just for the sake of it.

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  • Eric

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Nice one if we can get it. Liking or wanting a player is different from getting him. Anyway wait and see.
    Mark my words Portsmouth and Spurs will be after Arteta tomorrow now.

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  • BOREDOM BOY

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Look, at the end of the day ALL ALL ALL speculation!!
    Players simply will not move now reasoning:

    Clubs will not sell till after Euro 08!Period…
    Why??? fluctuation in value (Players values will only go up), if clubs sell their players before who arent even at the EURO’s, potentially their players who are might want to move on if good offers come in, leaving clubs short of players!!

    But also, with players returning to training early July, they are all on Holiday.

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  • aqmin

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #28

    if we get him, we’ll get a passport to heaven as present for our ticket season… NOT GOIN TO HAPPEN AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i’ll kill myself if it does… oops… i mean kill my cats though..hehe..

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  • Davies

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Sorry John, I’m inclined to agree with Tom_Toon. Everton have been better than we have over the last few years. Arteta won’t be looking at our history, or the size of the St James’ support, he’ll be looking for success, and at the moment, it’s not something we can offer.

    Fair enough, Keegan wants fifth next season and, though unrealistic, if anyone can, Keegan can. I want to see it happen before I brag about it though.

    That doesn’t make me a shite supporter, but an honest one. I will support the team wherever they finish next season, even if it’s in the Championship.

    Perhaps you are a little delusional.

    Maybe that’s where we get our reputation as fans from.

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  • mark

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Everton are a much bigger team than newcastle on past history and the present day team. There must be a lot of schoolkids posting on here as i cant believe some of the crap people write.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #31

    John, wake up to reality.

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  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Davies my argument is’nt about whether we would get Arteta or not . Its that I dont look at Everton and think there a bigger club than us.

    The difference between the clubs is that we have gone through massive transition period with new owner and 2 new managers. Where everton have had years off stability..

    I think our club is in much better state than it was last year and when we get rid off the dead wood ( which is starting to happen) we should be in a position at the start off this year to mount a serious challenge for Europe….I dont see why not? If The King thinks its possible why should’nt I

    You and Tom-Gloom might think its delusional but I look at it more off being optimistic

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  • scott9

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #33

    NOT A CHANCE

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  • scott9

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #34

    NOT A CHANCE

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  • Jimbo

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Of course Keegan is going to say in the media that he hopes for 5th place and that is where he will aim, because at the end of the day if he told everyone he was aiming for mid table we would be questioning the clubs ambition.

    It is not delusional just common sense to say that.

    But JOHN, he doesnt have any reason to EXPECT 5th place next season, nor do any of us. There are plenty of teams around us with money and better infrastructure now that will compete for 5th

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  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Jimbo never said we should expect 5th . ..Just said Challenge…Big difference

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  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Is it a crime to be a Newcastle United sopporter and be optimistic at the same time…Or should we hope for mediocracy next year….

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  • TER

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Who comes up with this speculation? Do we have to report on every piece of crap that comes along? Can we not think for a second about what is truth and what is not before we post this garbage?

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  • Jimbo

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #39

    u seem to think it will be easy as long as we get 2/3 good players in. It wont

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  • steve

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Never gonna happen – If I was a top class footballer ( I wish ) and wasn’t born in newcastle there’s no way I would join the toon when I could be playing european footy every year.

    People going on about our history must be ancient – we aint won nowt for 50 years!

    We need to face reality and realise we are a mid table team in a one club city which is as far away as you can get from London without being in Scotland.

    I’ll be happy with top eight place next season and safe from relegation by Jan.

    That will be great progress!!!

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