Reports That Newcastle Closer To Inler Deal

The Mail today are reporting that Newcastle’s move for Swiss International midfielder, Gokhan Inler, is getting closer to completion.


Gokhan Inler – Newcastle getting close?

We had reported early yesterday that Dennis Wise had visited Switzerland to talk about a deal for the impressive Swiss International Gokhan Inler.

Today the Mail is adding to that, by saying the Dennis Wise has indeed had talks with Inler’s agent, Dino Lamberti, and that Newcastle are getting close to signing the midfielder for around £4M.

Middlesbrough are also said to be interested in the Swiss Euro 2008 star, but the Mail is  reporting that Newcastle are in the driver’s seat.

There were multiple reports in the Swiss newspapers yesterday that we reported on, and the fee in those reports was said to be around 10M euros – which is around £7.9M. That amount was said to be in the release clause of his contract.

That did seem a lot of money for the 24 year-old, but £4M also seems, if anything, too little, but it would be a great deal for Newcastle if they could get him for that amount.

His club is Udinese Calcio in the Spanish league, and he’s been there since last summer, and played 32 times for them last season scoring 3 goals. Inler was at FC Zurich before joining Udinese.

We stress that we cannot confirm this news to be true, but we hope it is true, and that we can indeed get the 6 ft Swiss midfielder, who is from Turkish descent, for around £4m.

That would be another excellent deal for the club, to go with our terrific recruitment of Jonas Gutierrez yesterday.

We do expect at least one new signing before next Monday, when pre-season starts at the club.

Comments welcome.

176 comments so far

  • 51times

    Jul 3, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Serie A Ed, not La Liga 🙂

    I’d be very happy with this deal…hopefully it’s not just media b*llocks.

  • ende

    Jul 3, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Keep bringing ’em in!

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Udinese is in Italy, not Spain 😛 Also love the photo you chose, great way to endorse our next potential signing 😉

    Would love it if we manage to sign this guy, he’s the central midfielder that we really need to get in…

  • robertsa

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #4

    nope not for me

  • matty_g

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Really hope we get him, looked awesome in the Euros for someone who is still quite young.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Inler is a DM, how can you talk about preferring CBs over a DM? Are you saying the signings of either are mutually exclusive? 😉

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Absolutely amazing DM, £4mil, is that a joke, hes worth 10!

  • Ally

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Whats he like i have seen very little of him?

  • toon4life

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #9

    robertsa mate just to confirm hes a midfielder not a centre back so he wouldnt be like boumsong or rozehnal.
    great potential..iliked him at the euros would be a steal at 4mil 🙂

  • looney_toon

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #10

    i never heard of him till yesterday – wot type of midfielder is he – a DM or AM or box-to-box player?

  • matty_g

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #11

    off topic – but apparently an unnamed English club have made a move for Pavlyuchenko -according to Setanta sports news.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I see you’ve changed your post now robertsa 😛

  • Ross G

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #13

    OMG – Udinese in Spain do you actually read before you print. You certainly prove your extensive knowledge of football, im glad this blog has such an expert behind it.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #14

    looney_toon, do you read the rest of the posts before you write something?

    around 3 people, including myself, have mentioned that Inler is a DM

  • Davies

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Looked good in the Euros, but I don’t really know much about him. Great picture though.

  • Bob

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #16

    The Mail is crap….I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Wezside

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed – don’t listen to these people that try slag you off, honestly – hes doing a great job on this site, and you just seem to take for granted the effort that is put into a site like this. Ed keep up the great work!

  • Ross

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #18

    cant say i’ve seen enough of him to comment.
    a spanish italian defensive midfielder centerback?
    sounds impressive, for 4mil with maybe another 7.9 or 10 added on there? sounds like a superhero, and we’ve signed spiderman yesterday, so why not 😀
    haha, seriously though, i cant remember seeing him play so i cant comment, seems to get a pretty positive reaction around here though!

  • scott9

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #19

    bloody hell iv been away for 4 days not heard anything as i aint been on a computer came bak today were signing some great players get in up the toon

  • Hammy

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Well said Wezside, Ross G may be a tad harsh on Ed there. You don’t develop a site like this from scratch and achieve over 5 million hits in just over a year by being a mug……which Ed certainly isn’t. This is the one stop shop for Newcastle blog and it’s that good we even get rival fans on spouting their crap.
    Praise Ed.

  • Neil

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #21

    I can’t believe we’re still getting these stories here. Why would anyone pass any mention of what the Mail had to say, especially given yesterday’s happenings.

  • Danny G

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Should be a good deal for either 4 million or 10 million….

    As Tom_Toon said hes worth 10!

    A pretty dynamic midfielder who can also pop them in the top corner too…lol

    I like it when we are linked to genuinely good players and not just journeymen from the big clubs…

  • Davies

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Ross G, don’t be a knob all your life.

  • Spyro

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #24

    its a great feeling when it happens like that huh Scott9

  • Danny G

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah Ed I love this blog mate….it’s been bookmarked for months!

    Keep up the excellent work….

  • Hadji

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed don’t worry my dear friend,sometimes i get blocked and i actually forget my real name 🙂

    I’m sure that with all these fast activities which we’ve been ocupied in the last 2 days made you mix the Calcio with Primera.
    Good job Ed,i spend almost 30% of my time visiting your blog,

  • GraemeR

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Inlar and Derdiyok and my weekend would be complete. Then theres Manures Evans – its starting to look up and SpecialK will be able to weave his magic once again.

  • Mad_Magpie

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Agreed, this site keeps me sane through the day.

    As for Inler, he would be a steal at 4 million, but a link to a Turkish site someone posted earlier mentioned something about Barcelona, and if they’re really interested it would be a blow.

  • Matt

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Not a bad goal if anyone’s interested. He looks pretty handy.

  • Spyro

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #30

    i like Inler, but i dont think we are really after him, i think NUFC are simply inquiring about loads of quality players so that the media cannot figure out who we are really after. That way tottenham, portsmouth, villa and everton can’t snatch them just before we sign them.

    Probably the best way to throw the media off is to inquire and let them link us to everyone, then when they get complacent we swoop in for the kill

  • david gordon

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #31

    u bein serious they signed mad_magpie

  • keith

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Just for the record great site, nearly broke my heart when it was down as i though work had blocked it on me! Dont have time really at home with the little kid and the misses so my work life gets affect! But its worth, Yeah he looks like a good buy and IF the I Aimer deal goes through we would have a good midfield pairing their

  • ende

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Inler is a terrible goalkeeper!!!!!

  • sirjason(happy)toon

    Jul 3, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #34

    More more more Mr Ashley..the way you started spending people will think you are made of money
    : )

    Much better signals coming out of the toon…really got my excitement levels up..can’t wait to see more now players signed…sirjasonhappytoon

  • waddle'smullet

    Jul 3, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Why is taylors house up for sale???

    Not leaving i hope

  • Marc Hottiger

    Jul 3, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d also like to praise Ed for his dedication as well as the majority of the posters on this site for the banter, discussion and general good humour. I spend a lot of time on this site and I prefer the message boards on here to the ones on the BBC website.

    To respond to some criticism of myself earlier today I can only apologise if some of my posts have grated, a lot are written spur of the moment like the one where I thought we’d signed Aimar. In future I am going to be more careful and read through what I write before I send it.

    Keep up the good work!

  • euanpolo

    Jul 3, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #37

    I’ve heard that newcastle have lodged a $6.8m bid for Pavluychenko. On Setanta Sports News it confirms that an unamed club are interested in him. Hopefully it is us! It also sais on there that Aimar’s agent is waiting for a phone call from an unamed club. Lets hope that is us as well!

  • xfer

    Jul 3, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Great technique in that youtube link.

  • Terry

    Jul 3, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Ross G is right. Ed does a good job but he screws up nearly every article, I’ve told him a million times to proofread and he still doesn’t do it because he’s too obsessive over putting up as many articles as possible no matter how crap they are, and getting as many hits as possible.

  • harrier

    Jul 3, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Terry it has nothing to do with hits – Ed is giving us a service that bridges the gap between gossip columns and official news, its a free service and he obviously spends a lot of time in his day doing it. I like it because it gives us newcastle fans a common place to discuss the gossip and rumours and news as they break. Respect Ed! 🙂

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