Newcastle Are After Andrei Arshavin

Good news today, as news in the Daily Mirror and various other sites, report that Newcastle United have made an offer for Russian captain Andrei Arshavin.


Andrei Arshavin – would be great capture for Newcastle

We had reported only yesterday that Arshavin would stay at his home town club Zenit St Petersburg, if no bids were received for him before next Friday, 20th June.

But there is news today that Dennis Wise, who will be handling all transfer negotiations for the Tyneside club, has met with the Russian’s agent.

This is good news because Andrei was aware of the Newcastle interest last January, and seemed keen, and even anxious to make the move to Newcastle.

At that time Manchester City were also interested, and the fee was around £8M, but we think £10M is what it will probably take now, to get Andrei to St. James’ Park.

The 26-year-old Russian captain highlighted his abilities with a great performance in the 2-0 UEFA Cup final win over Rangers at Eastlands in mid-May, but there will be other clubs interested in him, we’re sure of that.

Arshavin has previously claimed he would be open to a move to St. James’ Park as he said last December:

“Of course I would like to play in England,”

“In Russia as well as England they are talking about Newcastle being interested in me and there has been no concrete offer.”

“In principle if they made an offer I would be interested.”

And what we’ve seen of Andrei, for both Russia and Zenit St. Petersburg last season, he’s an excellent player and would be great at Newcastle.

Andrei was born in May of 1981 in Saint Petersburg, (then called Leningrad), and is a top player for the Russian Premier League team Zenit St. Petersburg.

He can play both as a midfielder and as a striker and has played 34 times for Russia scoring 11 goals, since making his debut on May 17, 2002 in a match against Belarus.

He has captained the Russian side in their successful quest for European qualification under manager Guus Hiddink. Arshavin has played for his club side Zenith 211 times and scored 44 goals since making his debut in 2000.

He is suspended from Russia’s first two games in the current Euro 2008 Championships.

Andrei is just short of 5′ 8” tall and is an attacking player in midfield or can also play up front, supporting the strikers, in the role Michael Owen played towards the end of last season.

Comments welcome.

68 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 14, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    hope he and turan both come, will be great and we will be a force to be reckoned with.

  • meiny_obano9

    Jun 14, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    great news this lad is a cracking player we need to get him come on wisey work ur magic

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 14, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    wisey? MAGIC??

  • Matthew Tom

    Jun 14, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Maybe if we get him everyone will stop calling Wise a cock-eyed cockney and start trusting him to do his best for our club.

    Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was a horrible little tw*t during his playing career, but he’s ours now. We got behind Bellamy didn’t we?

  • Davy C

    Jun 14, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    He was instrumental in Zenit’s success and hopefully this news of an offer of £11m is true and not just paper speculation.

    I’m getting fed up of hearing of penny pinching tactics which have now denegrated as far as saying that the players have to pay for their own suits now. I have to buy my own suits for work so why shouldn’t they? But it’s the fact that we are becoming a laughing stock at the minute that’s so annoying.

    He will be a great signing and I would also go for the Rat from Romania at left back. He looks good and we could get him cheap. Arda Turan would be a great signing as well but I want to tie up deals for Owen and Milner sharpish as well!

  • Davy C

    Jun 14, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    And I totally agree with Matthew Tom as well!!!!

  • meiny_obano9

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    its worth believin that wisey can do somthin gd geordie gerrard7. if he manages 2 pull this transfer off he will b a legend

  • Beastie

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    come on wisey get turan and arshavin signed up!

  • Ross

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Big fan of this lad, he was one of if not the main reason they won the uefa cup, tore rangers to bits that night.
    cracking player, can only hope its true and that we’re willing to shell out for turan too.

  • Chris

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    I really hope this ones true. Ashavin is a class player and he’s worth £11m no problem. He’s certainly a Keegan type player.
    Please sign him NUFC!

  • deano

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    by the way
    emre ran to turan when he scored
    they look good mates lets hope emre tells him to go to NEWCASTLE UNITED


  • craig chisholm

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    wisey a legend for helping to sign arshavin.. why? wise has done nothing yet lads, lets not build our hopes up o n this deal either. man city or in for him too…thats serious competition and we coudl easily not sign arshravin. Dont forget wisey was suppoased to have turan in the bag too, turan even said he wanted to come…nothing too. now just a few days agao he was supposed to have tied up this wonder kid from down south, the 15 year old…….now that has gone cold too. to date, wise has done nothing and thats a fact.

  • Hammy

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m not to dismayed at what’s happening at the mo…. it looks like we are doing our best to get rid of the sub standard shit that clogs up our squad although Shola is hanging on like a cat at bath time….. I think we are gonna see some real action in the next two weeks as KK will want most of the new signings’ for the start of pre-season although hopefully we’ll be getting some players from the Euro’s so they’ll need a break first. CHAMPION.

  • Hammy

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Must admit Craig, would you leave your football superstar kid alone with Wise?? he looks a right nutter.


    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Hope we can get him! it would be a good signing, with turan and a few more? would put some belief in getting back up there fighting for some silverware!

  • xfer

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Agreed with Matthew Tom. But we got behind Bellamy cos hes commited to the club, and we can see what hes doing on the pitch, and whenever he does, he gives his all and perform well. Wise might be with us, but we dont know what he has done behind the scene, will wait to see.

    Good piece of news though, hopefully its true.

  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    i think its all wishfull thinking i would love this lad to come here but he has champions leauge next season and i think it will take alot more then 11 mill to lure him away

  • ALEX, the Israeli toon

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Will believe it only when i will see him holding the shirt, but hope is a marvelous thing 🙂

  • Marat18

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19

    let’s just stop all these talks about Wisey etc.
    he may look like a nutter, but you never met him and he may be a great negotiator.

    just let’s wait and see.
    btw, this rumour is probably true.

  • Oba

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Good target, but I wants VDV! 😀

  • meiny_obano9

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #21

    how can u say its probably true Marat18

  • Neil Snowdon

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Dear Ed,

    As I’ve said before, Arshavin is the nearest to Peter Beardsley I’ve seen. Perhaps Denis should have a video of the wee man in his presentation and tell Arshavin that could be you.

    The mouth waters at the prospect of his slide rule passes allowing Owen to sit on the shoulder of the defender.

    I know it’s not a done deal, but we are allowed to dream.

    The cost cutting is fine by me, as long as we are prepared to offer sensible wages to our star payers.



  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    to be honest with ya, i like wise, i always have. my old man is a cockney, and s’ported chelsea all his life, only one of my family that int from toon.

    but i used to go watch chelsea at the bridge with him when i was younger, and he was such a nasty bastard but also a very talented player. he puts 100% into what job he is thrown into, i think we just need to be abit patient and if he doesnt bring to the table what we want, then start slagging him off.

    Also mike ashley is cutting the phone bills and stuff in order to keep our players feet on the ground, we have been run as a sham club for many of years, im just happy now with all mikes ideas tbh

  • nomis_jade

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    i dont know if any of you guys saw some of the post match bbc chat woth Hanson, Shearer etc.

    Martin O neill, made a really good point about how good it is to still see players dribbling past defenders. I think he was talking about Robben at the time. He said those players are worth their weight in gold!

    I think KKs exactly the same. He loves those players that bring a bit of magic and can beat a man. Ginola, Beardsley, etc.

    I really think we wil get a couple of players like that this summer, wether its Andrei, turan, Van der Vaart etc whoever.

    I really cant wait to see who we will get and i expect more activity when KK returns from hols.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #25

    off topic but why didn’t we go for him ?? he went to Wolfsburg for god sakes…,19528,12875_3686809,00.html

  • Marat18

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #26


    I read it in russian newspaper, well it’s not BBC, but not hte sun also.
    previously they posted the news like “The team A is interested in Arshavin blah-blah-blah”, “The team B’s representatives will see Arshavin against blah-blah-blah”, now they posted some concrete news. “the bid is accepted” and “DW is negotiations with AA’s agent”.
    that’s why.

  • xfer

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Any idea when exactly is KK returning?

  • meiny_obano9

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    cheers marat18

  • nomis_jade

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Why dont we go for that lad D’Alessandro, that was at Portsmouth a while back. He is playing in Argentina now and would surely love a move back to the Premiership!

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    that rat was alrite 4 romania last neet. i hope we get him aswell as turan a dont really like nickey shorey though a cant wait until we do sign someone am sick of waitin.

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #31

    arshavin wud be a gd signin like 🙂

  • Leo

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #32

    A AA B marat, im

    andrei would be another good signing, the last couple days have put a bit of faith back into my head although this may be all because they season tickets arnt going back to st james quick enough

    arshavin kapo larrson turan

    these are all top player which the toon would benefit from having.

    all these players are fast and can run with the ball and pass, i dont think that we have many players like that at the moment

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #33

    skysports news is always on in my hoose nd they neva come up with stories like this. they neva talk aboot who we r lookin at or owt its all man utd arsenal chelsea liverpool.

  • Jon Carver

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Andrei Arshavin is perhaps the best signing we could make this summer. The goldfish bowl wouldnt put him off as he is a very big fish in mediocre sized pond. The weather wont put him off as he has obviously put up with Russia winters. He is absolutely world class and as per previous comments made his slide rule passes for Owen will bring plenty of goals. If he comes, settles in and has an injury free season I seriously see us winning 5th place he is that good. check youtube out on him for a taster of what we could see if Wisey does the business.

  • sas

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #35

    Cue bid from Spurs in 5, 4, 3……


    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #36

    fantastic news, but ED I see him more like a left winged playmaker! and it would be an absolut stumming fantastic addition for us, let’s just hope we can get him quick enough!

    with him we could also let DUFF go and easy our wage structure again a bit, would be very geniously!

  • Toonboy

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #37

    @ sas

    You’ve jinxed us now lol


    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Wise and co. will be in contact with I hope a great deal of players with Keegan in contact with NUFC through his mobile!!while on holiday!! with our crap going out we will need probably 9 or 10 new player!! hope we can pull of some great signings to make the press and other media eat there words and sand up and listen

  • LyNx18

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #39

    Get him! Get him! Get him!!!!!!!!


    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #40

    hawa lads lets get behind our club! and forget about the likes of spurs, city, everton etc and back the club! if things go wrong then we can cut of Ashleys dangley bits! If the club targets are inthe Euros we are going to have to be patient!


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