Keegan Wants Riise From Liverpool

Now that it looks like the Emre deal will be tied up within the next day or two, Kevin Keegan is reported to be keen to bring in Liverpool left full-back John Arne Riise.


John Arne Riise – would be good acquisition for Newcastle

One thing about the Emre transfer we find disturbing, is that a fee of £3M is being mentioned a lot. That seems to us very low, and even less than the £3.8M we paid Inter Milan for the player three years ago.

Our information is that the fee is 7M euros which translates to about £5.5M, which would be decent.

However, Emre’s wages were one of the highest at the club and reported to be around £55K/week which is around £2.8M per year.

That’s the wage Fenerbahce are said to be paying him – which is around 3.5M euros/years. Our information says the fee Newcastle will get is twice his yearly wage.

Emre is being offered a 3 year deal.

Kevin Keegan wants to bring in players with Premier League experience, while Dennis Wise and the overall view at the club, is to bring in younger, cheaper players.

Obviously these will be unproved in the Premier League, and would be a bigger risk, so we would think there has to be a balance between the two types of players brought in during the summer.

But we think Riise would improve our squad, and he can battle it out for the left back spot with Jose Enrique, but of course he can also play in left mid-field in a 4-3-3 formation.

We’ll just have to wait and see, but there is news only today that Riise is interesting Roma and a £5M deal is in the works there.

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    no no Mr. KK, forget Riise, go get the greek guy

  • James

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I heard he signed for an Italian club at the weekend.

    I also heard Ashley’s determination to slash the wages has thrawted KK’s ability to sign the players he wants, and he will walk before the summer is over — I believe the first part, but not the second.

  • Eric

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Forget Riise – according to press gossip he is going to Roma for 5m. Pompey are at it again! This time they are after supposed NUFC targets Bridge and SWP. Pompey do not have a scouting set-up. They just look at the gossip columns and then dash out and make an offer. Someone tell Pompey’s staff that Gretna are up for sale – everyone is going! Riise may be a useful addition but he still a reject. Go and get the Greek bloke – adaptable, younger etc.

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Mike Ashley wont give KK the money to buy him cos he is a tight arse.

    He paid off all the clubs debts, yes, but the only reason he done that was to save paying a fortune in interest over ‘x’ amount of years. He wants to cap the wage budget and expect our best player to take a huge wage cut!

    MA is a tight arse who is only interested in making money out of NUFC and he couldent care less how small our squad is.

    We wont be signing any quality this summer unless Tight Ashley shares our views on “quality” players and puts his stumpy little fingers in his fat pocket. At this rate we wont be in Europe next season either

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    how the f**k do you know he is a tite arse? just wait and see man, f**k me

  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    i sadly believe both parts there James. its sad but looking more and more likely.
    If MA put his money where his mouth is what a team w could have.
    Van Der Vaart
    Lua Lua
    Barton when he gets out
    Viduka or replace with Gomez
    Thats one hell of a squad. a first team of
    GK Given
    RB Beye
    LB Enrique
    CB Faye
    CB Colochini
    DM Butt
    CM Van Der Vaart
    CM Turan
    LF Martins
    AM Owen
    RF Gomez
    That would beat most teams in our league!!!

  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Dream signings this summer
    Van Der Vaart
    Colochini (i dont know how to spell it)
    But i honestly think we wont sign any of these unfortunately


    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    ronaldeano I fully disagree with your thoughts and I rather think it is really well done and clever to clear out some not used players like EMRE,DUFF (and hopefully SMITH too!).

    This smooths the wages and there’s no need that a current player has to take a real wage cut I think.

    It is also a smart move becouse we are then prepared to make moves when the transfer window officially opens on 1st of july!

  • Jimbo

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #9

    hahaha yorkie dave that made me laugh! Assuming that eto would even come to Newcastle (of all the clubs around Europe that would be interested??!!) and then saying he wouldn’t even get into the first team!! LOL

  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley is’nt tight at all..What your forgeting is we put a 16 MILLION offer for Modric and another 9 mill for woodgate..

    Even if the wage cap is 80 grand a week only united , liverpool and Chelsea can pay more, and at the end off the day if there interested in the player there going to get him


    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    We really should try to land GOMIS,COLOCCINI and maybe EMANA!

  • mark

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    YORKIE DAVE. Your squad with eto and van der vart made me chuckle.It is supporters like you that give newcastle fans a bad name. Also have you ever seen turan and colochini play? Or are you just hoping they sign because some lazy journos have linked them to the toon. With the amount of players leaving (i reckon owen will follow too) kk will have to bring in around 5 or 6 players just to have a big enough aquad to survive. With the wage cap these wont be the super star players the fans want. Even sunderland look as though they will outspend newcastle in the window.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle’dan 12 milyon euro
    Emre Belözoğlu’nu Fenerbahçe’ye satan Newcastle United, uzun süredir ilgilendiği Arda Turan için Galatasaray’a resmi teklifini iletti. 21 yaşındaki yıldız futbolcuyu mutlaka kadrosuna katmak niyetinde olan İngiliz ekibi, Arda için 12 milyon euro bonservis bedeli ödemeyi önerdi ve fiyatın artmaması için 2008 Avrupa Futbol Şampiyonası başlamadan bu transferin bitmesini istedi. Her ne kadar Galatasaray Başkanı Adnan Polat hafta içinde yaptığı açıklamada, “Gelecek sezon için derinlikli bir kadro kurmayı planlıyoruz. Bu nedenle hiçbir oyuncumuzu satmayacağız” dese de, Newcastle United’ın teklifi, sarı-kırmızılı yönetimin aklını çelmiş durumda.


  • C

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Just what I was going to say John.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    blackburn have et sparky speak to man city

  • Jimbo

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    elfer i agree we could do with strengthening in attack defence and midfield, but 2 of the 3 players u mentioned aren’t in the Euros so there is no need to rush into trying to sign them unless another club comes in with an offer. and personally i cant see gomis leaving ettiene unless a champ league club bids for him.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #17

    ed, you should put an article up about arteta

  • Graeme

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    But why would we want Riise in the first place? He isnt any great improvement on what we have already and I cant see him coming to make up the numbers, not at his age!!

  • James

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    We should have a wage cap, and if any of us owned the club we would do the same. Ashley is the least tightest person in the north east. Nobody in the club’s history has saved our asses more than him, we were in a financial mess when he took over.

    But he’s always favoured the Arsenal approach to running a club :

    1. Have a wage cap

    2. Look for the next generation of talent and turn them into stars

    3. Not be held to ransom by players agents demanding more money

    I much prefer this than spending 100K a week on each player and massive transfer fees

    As for signing people, this period is always the most difficult for clubs, half the players are aware at the Euros, the other half are on holiday.

    At the end of the month there will be a lot more activity

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    An average signing at best, however his adaptability would be welcome.I dont think Riise is any better or worse than Enrique. The other worrying thing is i have a number of friends who are Pool supporters and cant wait to get rid of this guy!

  • Eric

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Got to go with James on this. Has said a lot of sense.
    I also think July 1st is when transfer reality will arrive. By then Spurs and Pompey will be so swollen with media transfers we will get some in.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 2, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    This whole wage cap debate worries me abit. When people talk about wage capping they refer to single players being on no more than 8ok p/w etc. This is not going to happen in this era. What Arsenal do is have a wage cap in general, so the players wages dont exceed 55% of there income for example. This doesnt stop them paying one of there superstars 90k p/w.
    Thats the way i personally think we should do it and ‘IF’ we could ever buy a superstar then pay him the going rate.
    One star player CAN make a huge difference, remember Barca before they bought Ronaldiniho?….ONE player set the ball rolling for that club in recent

  • faustino

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Those who want us to follow the ‘Chelsea’ model and spend huge amounts of money, are being short sighted. There isn’t room to just buy your way to the top anymore and will end in ruin.

    Simple fact is, if Chelsea, for some reason, fail to get into the champions league watch Roman run and the club fall into ruin cos they’re strucuture is f*ck*d. That club is not built to be anything other than top 3 and final stages of the Champ League. Just look at the farse of a chairman they’ve got if that’s waht you want. Manager get’s them to a Champ League final and possible Premiership win on the final day and get’s fired! Does that sound like anyone we know?!?!?

    For one thing, we could spend a fortune and end up with a team who can’t play. The list of big money, big name players that haven’t worked in the Premiership is a long one. If our new billionaire owner spends big and it doesn’t work, he’ll walk. Leaving the club in millions and millions of pounds worth of debt ,possibly docked of 10 points for the adiminstration he’ll allow, to cover his own back and teatering on collapse and ruin. Cos that’s what big business is all about. NO PERSONAL RISK. The fact the big guy is being sensible and thinking long term is flattering, NOT an insult.

    I for one would rather he didn’t use our club as a chip on the roulette table that he can afford to loose. Some people who think you can ‘buy’ success obvisouly do. And are obviously too young to remember Leeds Champions League run and subsequent 3 seasons.

  • Leo

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #24

    we need to reduce the wage bill not increase it

    riise would want hefty wages and would screw that all up i say go for someone like torosidis who has been mentioned because its more ethical for ashleys aims

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    At the moment i think MA is a f**kin tight arse and i dont care what anyone says. I hope we sign all these players that you all are mentioning but for the moment we dont seem to be getting any further forward and im worried that all our targets will be snapped up by other clubs.

    At the start of the new season i hope my mind will have been totaly changed about MA.

  • bessi

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #26

    i don’t know whay to say…just i am dissapointed that we didn’t sign any player yet

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #27

    @The Entertainers

    Unfoutunately, this does happen quite offten in this era. Arsenal is doing well with their wage cap and we should, of course, try to learn something from them if possible. Nonetheless, we can not argue with the fact that huge wages per single player is something that is not unusual in this world. How much is Becks on in the US? What about the likes of C.Ronaldo, Henry..etc?

    80000 per week is about 3.8M pounds per year and I can easily list over 50 players (and there are a lot more!) from the pro sports (baseball, basketball…etc) in the US. Alex Rodriguez is on a 10 year contract with NY Yankees with 275million USD and 30millions bonus if he breaks certain records. The US Major League is big, but it is not as big as the EPL world-widely.

    Having said this, plz don’t get me wrong. I think it is good to have a wage cap for most players. But I am against it when it comes to the very best players. Let’s be realistic, it just can not be done.

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #28

    I hope by the start of next season we will have signed all the players you are mentioning, including Owen.

    Only then will my opinion of MA change

    MA’s intentions worry me a bit atm

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    @Faustino “I for one would rather he didn’t use our club as a chip on the roulette table that he can afford to loose”

    That is what i am worried about atm mate.

    Ashley likes wasting millions in casinos. The money he flutters away in there could pay for the players wages.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #30

    @ Taiwantoon

    I think you may have miss understood my argument. I also agree with what you are saying about individuals earning large wages.

    I think in this era we have to throw large amounts of money at the best players to tempt them to us. However the ‘wage cap’ should be we dont go over a set % from the clubs total earnings.

    This way we can still have one or two superstars and a squad of hungry up and coming youngsters on lesser wages. Prehaps i’m reading too much into Ashleys dealings, but this seems to be the path hes is leading us down.

    I for one would applaud this approach and am still 100% behind MA new way of running my beloved club.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #31

    @ Ronaldeano

    I know alot of fans share your worries, but remember, even if a gambler hes a bloody good one. You dont become a Billionaire by chance.

    Lets face it if his intentions were to run us into the ground or sell us in the near future, like i ‘ve heared some fans saying. Then why would he employ such a high profile backroom team and sell of players.

    I know theres a lot of pessimistic views at the moment, but lets judge at the start of the season, not the end of one.


    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #32

    I just feel he’s over the hill! if he wasn’t Liverpool would be keeping him!! yes he has lots of experience but a high cost in wages!!IMO Bridge would be a better bet! or quality young talent from Europe!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Whts the point in buying a past his best left back for the same price as you can buy an up and coming but already very good more versatile player in Torosidis who will also be on lower wages.

    Torosidis plays mainly RB and LB but can play DM, RW, LW, CB, CM

  • TER

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Ed, I don’t understand why you keep saying Riise would be a good signing for the toon? He is way past his sell by date. I would rather have a young player who can compliment Enrique. maybe someone more adapt at going forward but not someone who is going to suck up big money to run slowly all over the field.

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Lets’s hope Roma do us a favour and get him. Seriously a defender who’s greatest attribute is the fact he can kick a ball real hard is not the answer to our problems at the back. And he’s ginger.


    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Who’s choices are these players…. Riise, Henry, etc?


    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Does KK really want these sort of players?

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #38

    @ The Entertainers,

    Hope your reading into Ashley’s vision is right.
    It would be great if can be done.

    I will personally keep myself distanced from commenting on MA’s vision yet tho, cos I know nothing about what’s on his mind.

  • Jeff

    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #39

    I cant believe how anti-MA some of you are – Ronaldeano especially.

    For christ sake give the guy a break. You should only want the club to spend its own money. If he continually puts his own money in and bails us out then if he left we’d be well up shit creak. He is getting the club into a position where it only spends what it makes which is the only sensible way to run it – no debt and no chance of going bust. HE IS DOING WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CLUB.

    MA is a good thing for NUFC. At the very least he’s better than FS so stop caning him. I really dont understand why everything has to be twisted into a negative. In my opinion NUFC doesnt need ‘supporters’ that do this.

    Of course we have plans in place to sign players in the close season. But so has everyone else so we just need to get the right players when we can instead of paniking and overpaying for the wrong players.

  • Eric

    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Riise is a no goer for NUFC. He sees his wallet as a six-pack and will go for the la dolce vita totty in Rome. He is over the hill and down the road as far as Liverpool are concerned. We need back up for Enrique not some player who will sulk on the bench when he is not in the starting line-up. Get the Greek guy.


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