Latest Update On Arda Turan Transfer

There are conflicting stories on where the Newcastle bid for Arda Turan stands today, but there are pieces of news our good readers in Turkey are sending to us, which we’ll pass on.


Arda Turan – transfer moving forward? – hopefully yes

First of all there is an official statement on the Galatasaray web-site (, under a headline of A Forced Statement:

“According to various news sources there have been reports regarding Arda being transferred.”

“None of these claims reflect the truth. Arda Turan has a 5 year contract with the club.”

“And him being transferred to another club is out of the question.”

The above is the translation sent to us by one of our readers in Turkey.

The Turkish press today have also said that Newcastle’s initial bid of £9M for Turan has been rejected, because the Turkish club want £11-£13M.

Arda has also been speaking about the transfer to the Turkish TV, and says his representatives have met with officials of Newcastle United, and that a deal is not far off.

A fee of 14M euros (£11.2M) is being mentioned on TV, with wages of £2M a year (£40K/week).

From those comments it looks like Newcastle may have already increased their bid, as they try to complete the deal before the Euro 2008 Championships start on Saturday.

It could well be that Newcastle are trying to seal the deal now, with the actual official signing being at the end of Euro 2008.

That would make a lot of sense from Newcastle’s viewpoint, and it appears that Turan is not against the move to Newcastle.

Finally there is an amusing piece from Yahoo!’s ‘Transfer Talk’ feature which says the following:

Newcastle are thanking their lucky stars that Galatasaray winger Arda Turan is a fan of the film GOAL!”

“In the film a talented but impressionable foreign youngster, who knows no better, fulfills a lifetime ambition by joining the St James’ Park club”

Not sure what they mean by saying “who knows no better”. In the sequel to GOAL, the player (Santiago) goes to Real Madrid, so Newcastle are in good company.

I took my wife to that film, and lo and behold she thought it was a good movie, but because of the romantic pieces.

But it was great for Geordies abroad to see the Newcastle landscape again and watching Santiago eating black pudding (he was told “you don’t want to know what’s in it!”).

Here is a synopsis of the GOAL film for those who haven’t seen it:

Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer.

However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that–a dream.

Until, one day an extraordinary turn of events has him trying out for the famous Premiership club Newcastle United.

We thought it was a great advertisement for the club, and it would be something if it helps to get Arda to our club.

We’ll take anything at all that can help us.

Comments welcome.

OK – we admit we inserted “the famous” in the synopsis of the film. 😀

133 comments so far

  • Azee

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #1

    i wish this is true tht hes comin to newcastle united !!! woohoo go toon army !!!

  • howaytheladsII

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #2

    when will have the official news??

    up to now, there are no official news about Arda Turan

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #3

    where is the quotes from his appearence on turkish TV?

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #4

    SSN Breaking News

    Ronaldo “I want to go to Real”

  • geordie in taipei

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Has the news coming out of newcastle been so bad of late that we have resorted to discussing films with a geordie theme. Well Get Carters decent, and i watched Ant and Decs alien autopsy the other night……its worth a chuckle. Perhaps we should sit potential targets down and get em to watch those films…………they’ll be banging our door down to sign !!!!!

    Just hope no one shows them reruns of quayside or byker grove !

  • geordiewannabefromwales

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #6

    i so hope this transfer goes thru, cos he’s a quality pleyer in midfield who can bring some much needed flair to our midfield, and create chances for our strikers, who imo are some of the prem’s best hitmen.

    i just wish we’d hear all this info on the official site, rather than have to find sites like this to be in the know. all of this news should be in the proper site. Anyway, great transfer if it happens! :]

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7

    sunluns burning.

    those quotes were took from a brazillian website. its probably shite

  • bessi

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #8

    yes finally

  • Davies

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #9


  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #10

    byker grove was quality..

    what about the likely lads.. shot in byker

  • scott9

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #11

    hope this is true.
    i think we need 6 new players as joey is in prison and emre has gone and there are others to follow so i think these players wud be gud signings if we some how pull of they a few shocks

  • ToonKing

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #12

    I really hope we pull this off, it would be a great signing not only in the sense that we get a great player, but financially as well. 12-13M and 40K/week is superb for a player of Arda’s caliber.

    PS: Real are offering Ronaldo 300.000/week !!!!!!! jesus………….the world has gone mad….

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 5, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #13

    they are quotes from the player, you mis quote a player, he will sue.

    he will have said it, SSN wouldnt have reported it if it was unfounded.

    “I want to play for Real Madrid, but only if it is true they are eager to pay me and Manchester United what they have been saying they will,” said Ronaldo.

    ball in madrids court…

  • richie

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #14

    ed i love the site but the articles on the transfers are beoming a bit trivial,,

  • ToonKing

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15,19528,11661_3653355,00.html

    anyone else find this funny as hell ?? they are talking about it so seriously, the fools honestly think it can happen….hahahahahaha Ronaldinho at City … god….what a crazy day again….

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Please God help us sign him!!! We NEED this talent in our squad. If we don’t want to stay behind Tottenham!! If the fu**ing Spurms take him from us I will hate them for the rest of my life.

  • harrier

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #17

    richie, this would be a very empty site until august otherwise

  • Hadrian

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #18

    sick of our years in the prem getting no recognition these days , i mean i know we have fell from grace , but it hasnt been for that long when you consider how long the premiership has been going .
    Goal was made due to the glamour of the club , bobby had us in europe again after keving had us beating barcelona at st james’ park !

    we cant be that far out of peoples minds surely ?
    i was in the epcot centre in florida 4 year ago, and the only football shirts you could find were manure chelsea and newcastle !

    is it going to take a major effort to get some cash comming in from foreign support again ?

  • chennai toon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #19

    any news abt arda in local radio guys…………….

  • C

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Purely Belter is another fun geordie film

  • chuck

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Is this about Ronaldo or Turan?
    Like to see Turan in the team for the upcoming season, only seen clips of the guy , but was impressed at his ability to take on defenders , his passing looked good, plus his ability to play anywhere accross the midfield, would`nt venture to say what his best position would be, Kids also got pace.
    Soh! if the rumors about Duff being offloaded (High wages) which I hope does`nt happen, he will be a welcome addition

  • Faustino

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Toonking – I sense a ‘London Bridge’ style bit of business. Ronaldinho ‘So when do I get to meet zi gaffer and king of Manchester, Mr Ferguson?’ Thakswin ‘yes, yes in good time Mr Dinho just sign here thankyou please.’

    I’d love to see him go to Man City cos theyd be paying 200k a week to have the ‘BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD tm’ get fat, pissed up and take advantage of Manchester’s finest brass.

  • Midjew

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    its a LITTLE depressing that Man City are closing in on 2 Brazillian Amazing Players

    and all we got is turan.


    Why cant we have some RICH RICH guy whos JUST wants to spend BIG on transfers.

    Now that would be fun!

  • richie

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #24

    harrier true, its jus im so eager for an actual signing to happen, the talk is killin me!

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #25

    MH confirmed as the new Man C manager.

    I think it would be interesting to compare two different approaches of transfer policy at the end of the coming season. We are looking for promosing youngsters and they are aiming to sign the best aviliable to them. Namely Ronaldinho vesus Arda, if both transfer go through.

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #26


    This is just a personal opinion. I don’t think foreign fans care too much about our success on the field, but the players. We don’t really have that many international recongnised players play for us now.

  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #27

    i think we need this done before euros also i hate how one day its positive on a transfer then you hear nothing for a while like collocini. when i seen all the hype and the battle of us vs man city i was chuffed but now ive sort of given up on that happening.

    Samba from blackburn should be signed asap, about 4m fee as he would be quality, maybe a punt at pedersen to replace duff. Also we should offer 5m plus duff for mr kenwyne jones to replace viduka.

  • Toonboy

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Loving this news but i’ld still like the deal to go through b4 the euro’s,best things come to those’s who wait ?????

  • GSfan

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Midjew, I wouldn’t say you got him yet :p The only time we can expect solid statements regarding transfers is going to be after the Euros I bet.

    And that’s what I’m thinking your club’s doing. They have been quiet for so long. They might just be lurking out there now, waiting for the Euros to start and see the ‘star’ players for themselves and wait for the right moment to splash the cash on the right player. It’s pretty obvious clubs are going to want to hold on to their players until the Euros end. So maybe, just maybe the reason why your club is so quiet these days is because they ONLY want someone who will shine in the Euros and not some average players who play in average teams. (Exceptions being South Americans, English, African players) So it might be better to wait until the end of the Euros before going in rage mode imo 🙂

    Oh and I hope Ronaldo won’t be too troubled with all these rumours and play in the Euros at his full strength against us. I want to see him tremble in his boots when he sees how great our “defense” (if that’s what you would call it) is… I hope they prove me wrong.

  • tooooooooon fan

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #30

    surely turan will be with turkey preparing for euro 2008?????

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #31

    we can get gazza, instead of aimar, also get razor ruddock for when we loose taylor next week to everton. if we wait a few more years until giggs is 40 we can get him on the left cheap i expect too…
    ronaldo on 300 grand a week at real too. mental man. He is dat if he goes cos for me, even though he is class, he has not reached legend status at manure yet. i just dont think of him in the same way as cantona do you?

  • Chris C.

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Increase the bid!!!

  • macaz

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    check this video if you aint seen this kid play… this would be such a big coup if we can seal the deal.

  • tapir

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #34

    pls sign

  • Tooner

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Ashley, drop 100 million on Ronaldo and then offer him 200k/week.

    No, no! Not the fat one! Stop Ashley!

  • scottish mag

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #36

    from setanta

    Galatasaray midfielder Arda Turan’s agent has refused to comment on speculation linking the Turkey international with a move to Newcastle.

    The 21-year-old is reported to be a summer transfer target of Magpies boss Kevin Keegan, but Turan’s representative says no contact has been made and that will remain the case until the Turkish champions give him the go-ahead to do so.

    “I cannot talk with any club unless Galatasaray say that I can,” said Ahmet Bulut in the Daily Star.

    Reports in Turkey have stated that the Premier League outfit have already placed a £9 million offer on the table for the player.

    However, it is believed Turan’s club are holding out for £2m more than what is being offered.

    so basically turan is denying that we are talking to him, although we could still be talking to gala

  • Broadsword

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Those quotes are a few days old scottishmag.

    Also where on the galatasaray website is that forced statement?

  • neeraj

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Arda scored his first hat-trick as a Galatasaray player against Sivasspor on May 4, 2008. Newcastle United have reportedly lodged a £9m bid to land Turan although his club are supposedly hoping to fetch closer to £11m for the player. In an in interview on Turkish television Arda said of the bid “I am not sure what will happen with Newcastle, they are a great club with great fans but we will have to see what happens. Moving to England is something I would like as it would be a big step for me in my career. I am looking forward to the European Championships starting so I can show everyone what I can do and maybe I will speak to my good friend Emre about it while I am here.” Whether this is a good thing for Newcastle remains to be seen with Emre recently leaving the club to move to Galatasaray’s fierce rivals Fenerbahce.

    from wiki

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Lets face it a number of transfers will be done in priciple, without the player signing. This is all down to the Euros.

    Who knows how many fingers in pies we have, but this does look promising. Just hope the lad can cut it with us. All the doom and gloom around just a week ago, exciting times i think at a club thats being run efficently, not like Chelski or Thaichester City.

  • Davies

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Looks like we can’t even attract local teenagers now. What’s the world coming to?,19528,11678_3654796,00.html


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