£7M For Reyes Would Be Too Risky For Newcastle


We probably shouldn’t be too surprised that the Sunday Sun today are reporting that Newcastle are putting together a £7M bid for former Arsenal star Antonio Reyes.

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Antonio Reyes – Newcastle readying £7M bid?

Reyes is now at Atletico Madrid and Newcastle are said to be ready to make their move, according to Spanish sources over there.

Reyes’ career has gone downhill after he spent a year on loan at Real Madrid, from 2006-2007, but the Madrid club didn’t take up their option to buy him from Arsenal last summer.

Instead, he ended up at Atletico in an £8M transfer, and played 26 times for the Spanish club last season, but surprisingly wasn’t able to score a single goal.

And there were always stories at Arsenal that Reyes couldn’t settle in London, so we cannot see how he’d be happy at Newcastle, unless he likes a swim in the cold North Sea.

The former Sevilla player is well known by Jeff Vetere, the Newcastle Director, who recommended that Real Madrid sign him last summer, but we guess the club didn’t take his advice.

We’re not at all sure Reyes would be a good signing for Newcastle, it just seems far too risky at £7M.

Comments welcome.



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34 comments so far

  • i toon

    Jun 8, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #1

    i hope to god not

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  • adam - tottenham 1 -4 newcastle!!!

    Jun 8, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    i would hate to see him diving in a toon shirt

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Jun 8, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #3

    At least it would be a new player in and I thought he looked OK in the Arsenal team.

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  • carl

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    i for one rate reyes, 7m isnt too bad or too much of a risk, lets wait and see

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  • fernando

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    turan didn’t play for turkey kewlll

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  • euanpolo

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think its that much of a risk, £7m with Reyes. There are players I’d rather have like Arda Turan etc. but he was quite good at Arsenal.

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  • MarK

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #7

    wasnt one of the reasons he left le arse, the cold weather?

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  • geordie in taipei

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Buy him, buy anyone….just please let us start buying soon

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  • Obafan

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    And doing nothing is also a risk on losing out on targets or losing players who see no activity on getting a new contract.

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  • clinta

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    he was alright for arse but I feel he’d be a luque if we signed him and i don’t really think we need his type of player anyways?

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  • braithy

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    we dont want to buy players just for the sake of it as reyes i would leave well alone

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  • Leo

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    well outside today it was recorded by my car that it is 25 degrees!!!!!

    so not too cold i guess

    how on earth has he not scored this season? has he been recieving tips from alan smith?

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  • nate dawg

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    doesnt fit were would he play, he is one of those who is ok on the wing and ok up front and can da job. bit like duff. would prefer zog on left and one ot martind viduka and so on up front

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  • GraemeR

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    I like the way Reyes plays – with pace and can run with the ball. Unsure of his prowess in front of goal but buying him would at least show some commtment in the transfer market

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  • 51times

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    It was too cold in London for him, how will he manage up here?

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  • micepie

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t really understand this – why a) he’s lost his form so much and b) why we wouldn’t want him at that price. I feel that KK has the right managerial qualities to re-inspire Reyes.
    There were some occasions when he looked great for Arsenal, he just didn’t find consistency there.

    I’m not sure where we would play him though, plus – yes – it’s hard to imagine him settling at the Toon long term. If his career got remotorised he might then choose to rejoin one of the top clubs.

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  • scott9

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #17

    i hope this isnt true because i think that wud mean no arda turan and i wud much rather hav turan

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  • M. Stockley

    Jun 8, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #18

    turan pleaseeeee!
    id be v against reyes, he is a moaner… im sick of moaners, big heads, bad lads and below par players being here over the years.
    lets go for ambitious,young, hungry players who just want to play football for this club yeah?!

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  • Eric

    Jun 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Same rules apply. We will not see Reyes at St james next season.

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  • chennai toon

    Jun 8, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #20

    why arda didnt start yesterday……………………is he not upto international standard?

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  • Russ

    Jun 8, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Arsenal fan here in peace. I don’t think he would be a good buy for you. He started well at Arsenal but his form really dipped as I don’t think he could hack the physical side of the premiership. He’s also a diver and prone to lashing out after being fouled. I always felt some of the senior arsenal players picked on him a bit though. He was homesick and didn’t like the weather so went back to Spain but still didn’t really make it at Real or Athletico. If he couldn’t settle in London and hated the weather he’s probably not going to settle in Newcastle. Cheers.

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  • Hadrian

    Jun 8, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #22

    @ chennai toon

    he’s kinda just breaking into the national squad atm really , which does put the 11m+ pricetag into question a bit i guess .

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  • Joe

    Jun 8, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Could be mutually beneficial in the short term, if anyone can get the best out of him Keegan can!
    He comes gets his career back on track (you can’t doubt his talent) we end up back in Europe (meaning we can challenge for players again) and he can leave to go back to Spain or Italy for a handsome profit in a couple of years!

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  • scottish mag

    Jun 8, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    the reason that arda didnt play is because the turkey manager doesnt like him and says that he has weaknesses, but all the turkey fans are really angry that he didnt play and want him in the next match.

    or maybe……. newcastle have told them not to let him play so no one else can see him and we get a clear run in buying him with no competition.

    also i think reyes could do a good job for us but not for £7m maybe £4-5m

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  • robertsa

    Jun 8, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #25

    much rather pay 7million for him then cuellar

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  • HATE PRAWN S'WICHES

    Jun 8, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #26

    MORE BULL S**T!!!!……I was looking through the bbc teletxt football headlines and come across this!, Page 303 Sunday’s gossip column….
    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been advised by his key aids to drop Kevin Keegan and apoint Dick Advocaat as his new manager!!! (sunday Express) can’t find link!!!
    Im sick of all the c**p that is printed and posted of gossip and speculation on what is happening at the club, and how many more players have we been linked with now!!! its just getting silly!

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 8, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #27

    robertsa- why u comparing reyes with cuellar????? ther is no comparison, one is a CB and one a LW/CF???? makes no sense to say ud rather buy him than cuellar

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 8, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #28

    I dont think this would be the greatest of purchases.
    He showed signs of a great player at The Gooners, but was very inconsistent. Even worse at Real and by all accounts worse still at Athletico !! Next stop SJP???? Hope not

    When there is talk coming out of Spain that Valencia are willing to sell Villa and Silva, i would rather be looking at these guys, wheres our Spainish scout when you need him?

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  • jules

    Jun 8, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Stick with KK’s policy of “if they are not better than we have dont buy them”.
    better to have a virtual unknown with commitment and potential than another Paycheck charlie!

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  • deano

    Jun 8, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #30

    sell milner for 7m
    get reyes for 7m

    reyes is much better
    milner is shite always has been fair enough he trys his heart out but hes just not good enough
    runs down the sides a eva loses the ball r puts a shite cross in

    lets go for diego capel steal him from yids

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  • NUFCFAN

    Jun 8, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Capel is a great shout, more exciting, and more future than Reyes

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  • chrisb

    Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #32

    7mill risky! not for a player of that calibre…..thing is he wouldnt come to the toon

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  • scotty

    Jun 9, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #33

    Too much of a gamble. We need some stabality – he is one of these players who constantly talks to the press about his future – before he talks to the club!!!

    If he didn’t settle at arsenal he certainly 100% will not settle here. Plus, the fact he has scored no goals in 20 odd games is a bit worrying.

    Verdict: avoid like the plague!!!

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  • Chennai Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #34

    capel will not come…he will go to spurs to link up with ramos …………….

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