Newcastle Inler Signing May Be Imminent


After missing out on midfield stars Steve Sidwell and Didier Digard recently, Newcastle United are reported to be at an advanced stage of talks with Switzerland midfielder Gokhan Inler, and we think the signing is imminent, and could even be announced on the Newcastle United official web site very shortly.

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Gokhan Inler – Newcastle about to sign him?

The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle have almost reached an agreement for the midfielder, who was impressive during Euro 2008, and who only signed for the Italian side Udinese Calcio last seaso, from FC Zurich.

Inler stands 5’11” and was born in Olten, Switzerland, but is of Turkish descent, and is reported to have a £5M buy-out clause in his contract.

His club Udiense are said to be unhappy their star player is set to move, and are said to be trying to keep him at the Spanish club with an improved contract offer.

But it looks like the Swiss international wants to move to the Premier League, and Keegan and Newcastle are willing to pay the transfer fee of around £5M, which would be a bargain, and hopefully we can satisfy Gokhan with a decent wage package offer to the player.

Manager Kevin Keegan wants to bring the the gifted attacking star to Tyneside, and if we can get him for around £5M, we think that will be two excellent buys for the club within the last 10 days or so.

Argentine Jonas Gutierrez was a great coup for the club, and Inler would be another good addition to the squad, and both would presumably go straight into the starting eleven at the club.

That’s exactly the type of player Newcastle need to improve their squad this summer, and it’s something that Kevin has talked about a lot.

We are hearing rumors from inside the club, and that’s all they are right now, that we may be announcing a signing today, but we have no idea if it will be Gokham, since we are also interested in Seb Larsson of Birmingham. We don’t even know if that rumor is true of course – but we’ll see.

We have already made a formal offer for the Swedish International, who turned 24 in mid June, and yesterday his agent said that it’s the only offer Birmingham have received for the player so far, and Seb wants to play in the Premier league.

However, his agent said yesterday that while Newcastle were the only club to have made a formal offer for the player, he hadn’t heard from the Magpies for a week, so we think the signing, if announced, is unlikely to be him.  That could also be a ruse to give the clubs time to reach a deal.

Back to Gokhan Inler – and he can leave the Serie A club after just one season, because of the fixed fee in his current contract.

We do think that Inler would be another very good signing for the club to go with the coup we seem to have pulled off for Jonas Gutierrez.

We’ll be checking that www.nufc.co.uk site a lot today.   😀

Comments welcome.



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103 comments so far

  • Hadji

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed…..Have you had your coffee yet mate 🙂
    Its Italian side not Spanish.
    Cheers

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  • John

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope your right Ed…Would be nice to get a signing today…Calm us all down a bit…

    Been honest , I was’nt overly impressed with him in the Euro Tournament but seeing some off the comments that have been posted about him People seem to hold him in high regard … 5 mill doe’snt seem to much either

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  • autibo

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    get him signed – great in euro’s, but i though he was more of a holding midfielder i.e. butt’s successor…

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  • domtoon

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Comaannnnn!!

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  • Brownrob

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Wall virginity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, once again Udinese is in Italy, not Spain 😛

    I really hope we do get this guy in, we need to seriously revamp our midfield, and for 5M that would definitely be a great buy.

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  • Tom

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Would be a great signing for £5m, him or Sidwell for about the same price… no contest really, Inler will be what we’ve been looking for to partner Butt or Butts replacement.

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  • andrew huish

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    hope we do. come the toons

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  • Danny

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully the £5 million will be put to good use for this player, cause we really dont know too much about him do we? He is still a youngster, but then again, did Keegan ever buy a bad player?
    Looking forward to the official announcment, if there’ll be any 🙂
    I also think the swede will be the next one in, they’ve just put him on hold until the Inler deal is done.

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  • Brownrob

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    I dont rate him. I would prefer albelda, palombo or ernst. I remember man yoo signing podolski after a good tournament and he was a flop.

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  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    I got the impression from what had been said before, and from the vague recollections of the Euro’s, that Inler was a DM not AM?

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  • andrew huish

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    hope so .ed

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  • Leo

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    hope h is we need a signing

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  • Spyro

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #14

    He is a CM, i dont believe this news, it sounds like the daily mail are just making stuff up because we aint telling them anything

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    wow, when i seen his quality in the euros i asked TT if we could get him and he said maybe for 8-10m. 5m is a bargain for a top player like inler but i dont think its a done deal yet, i am definately not getting to excited incase the worst happens.

    Any swiss fans got news from over there?

    and Ed i hope your source is a good one

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  • Patrick

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Will it be a double-deal? 😀

    I am just hoping for one or two more fullbacks joining the club!

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  • steve

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    We could do with some good news this week – Don’t really know the player that well but from what everyone says on this blog and others he’s twice the player Sidwell is and is well worth 5 million.

    However a word of caution – The Daily Mirror seems to visit this blog and then link us with players who we’re asking for! hope I’m wrong tho and we announce signing today

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  • Fernando

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    how good is he?

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  • tapir

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    go away fernando…feed ur black sheep

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  • Spyro

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #20

    EVERYONE: ignore Fernando, he is a Spurs fan

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  • Chris F

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Danny, he bought plenty during his first stint.

    Paul Kitson anyone? 🙂

    as for the Inler news, i’d be wary as it’s in the Daily mirror, so don’t get your hopes up too much.

    Personally, i hope it’s true all the same.

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  • Patrick

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #22

    *silent*

    let’s talk about transfers!

    … again, maybe it is going to surprise us based on our “Jonas’ Miracle.”

    Heading to my bed, and hope for some good news after waking up!

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  • 51times

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Would be a great signing, hopefully the papers are right this time.

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  • Hadji

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Inler is such a cold blooded player,the way he was playing on Euro 2008 you’dd think that he won 2 world cups allready.
    That is exactly what we need,someone who is not affraid to hold the ball in his feet.

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  • valle

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Dosnt Toonking work in Schweiz?

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  • Danny

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Chris F, thats not what i wanted to hear 😛
    I see we’re linked with Dawson again aswell, he’s a decent player, or atleast he was before he went to Spurs…Offloading 16 players, 1 month before transfer deadline, good luck, or not…

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  • Chennai Toon

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #27

    hope we sign him today………….

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  • toon-munch

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Steven taylor interview on setanta saying keegan is not in newcastle today and “maybe he will come back with some new signings”

    Heres hoping larrson , inler and evans would b nice

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  • 9 Shearer

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #29

    It would b a good signing i would like him. I like him i know its 7 weeks 2 go but Spurs ve made so mony signings and now am getting scared i neva want those guys 2 finish ahead of us ever again we are competing for the same place remember But I trust KK.

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  • Nick

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #30

    im not sure what role hes gonna have. attacking midfield or holding? his positon various in each story about him in the papers.

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  • Jim

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #31

    Newcastle seem to behaving very cannily in the transfer market this season with a ‘steal’ here and a £5m clause there. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about these signings to get excited.

    Does anyone remember the January optimism regarding transfers?
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/01/18/sfnnew118.xml

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  • Ericles

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Hope Inler is bringing Derdiyok with him too.
    A good signing for NUFC. Let us wait and see. KK knows what he is doing.

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  • NUFCAl

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Haha, I’m sure Ed’s done that Udinese Spain thing before – he’s blatantly on a wind-up this time! Cheeky!

    Let’s not get too excited now, this is the Daily Mirror and I haven’t seen anything anywhere else that would indicate we’re on the verge of signing him but I still hope to God that it’s true.

    Anyone doubting whether he’d be any good, don’t bother, bloke’s absolutely class and I can’t believe what a steal he’d be at 5mil.

    Seems too good to be true somehow that other clubs’ ears won’t prick up at such a low price though. If we are trying to sign him I don’t like that it’s all over the papers as I’d rather be surprised and not risk losing out on his signature just for the benefit of foresight.

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  • Davies

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #34

    Most of us agree that he would be a good signing, but we all know what the Mirror is like.

    Does anyone think that Seb Larsson’s agent is using our good name to up his value by any chance?

    Or do we think that we might actually land him as well?

    Has anybody heard anymore about Derdiyok?

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  • valle

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #35

    9 Shearer…

    Why would you be scared of Spurs?… Allot of clubs will be making good signings and where they finish will be up to those signings combining with the current players, their managers success and so on… Everton have used nearly no money at all, yet they are always lurking around the top 4 and that should teach us all a lesson… I truly hope Spurs use 50 million more, it will make it that much sweeter when clubs such as ourselves and Everton finish above them by only using a friction of that.

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  • Anders

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #36

    inler is a holding midfielder

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  • Kash2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #37

    @Hadji – I felt he was quite a force in mdifield. He looked the only decent player for the Swiss, who were very very poor. He outshone that Barnetta!

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  • Kash2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Spurs will be running out of money. They’ve agreed a deal for Luis Garcia of Espanyol for £12m! Thats why there’s rumours of them selling players.

    If Robbie Keane becomes available I would take him!

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  • valle

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #39

    The official site links the Inler rumour themselves on their rumour page… But when i think back, i cant remember them ever Linking us to a player we got?

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  • Spyro

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #40

    looked the only decent player for the swiss?…Behrami? Gelson Fernandes?

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