Duff In Part Exchange Deal For Anton Ferdinand?


The People are reporting today, that Newcastle United are willing to offer Damien Duff to West Ham in a player-plus-cash deal for 23 year-old West Ham defender, Anton Ferdinand.

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Anton Ferdinand – is Keegan really interested in 23 year-old

They must be kidding, and if they’re not, they must be smoking something not good for their health..

Since when did Anton Ferdinand become a better player than the 68 times capped Irishman?

And the new management at Newcastle is certainly not naive enough to execute a deal like that, which would not go over well with the fans, one little bit.

The People report that Kevin Keegan is still keen to get Ferdinand on Tyneside, and re-create his England Under-21 central defensive partnership with 22 year-old Steven Taylor.

However, we must say that the times we saw the two perform together for the England Under-21 side, they seemed to play extremely well and had a good understanding with each other, and looked a good twosome together.

It seems like Tottenham have also registered some interest in Ferdinand, but neither club has come close to the Hammers’ £6M valuation. The People are quoting that valuation at £10M, but we just don’t believe it, and even £6M seems too much.

Luis Boa Morte and Matty Etherington are both likely to leave Upton Park this summer, so West Ham manager Alan Curbishley would like to bring in a left winger, and he seems to like the look of 29 year-old Damien Duff, which doesn’t surprise us, because the Irishman is still a good player.

We think Duff may well leave Newcastle in the summer, but that depends on who else we can get into the club, but Newcastle would want, at the very least, the £5M they paid Chelsea for the player two seasons ago.  It seems like a straight swap would be closer to the valuations of the two players right now.

Duff was signed by Chelsea for £17M, from Blackburn Rovers, in 2003 (another case of Chelsea way overpaying for a player), and then moved to Newcastle two years ago, but has surprisingly failed to hold down a regular first-team place.

We think Kevin will be bringing in a couple of wingers this summer, and has already signed Argentine International, Jonas Gutierrez, who operates on the right hand side.

If Charles N’Zogbia moves on, which now seems likely, given his pronouncements of last week, we expect Kevin to bring in a top class left winger too.

Comments welcome.



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118 comments so far

  • toonoot

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, I don’t agree with you on this one. This would be a great deal! Can’t see it happening though.

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  • toooooon fan

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    stick smith in there as well

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  • WIGAZ

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Wouldn’t mind seein SWP in for wings! could play left or right! i’d not be that bothered with anton comin in like, would rather see experienced CB come in & Evans for the future! Anton too much of a big time charlie for my tastes! we should go for o shea, he’d be good but can play either CB or DM! or maybe we could also go for Hypia? fair play his legs have gone but be good experience next to Taylor or Evans! i think it’s pretty much 99.9% sure duff will leave!

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  • Davies

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Please let this be some sort of sick joke.

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  • LondonToon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    No way. Ferdinand is NOT what we need. And I reckon Duff will be a lot better next year.

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  • dave

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    if you think duff is a good player then your as stupid as ever.

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  • Chris F

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    unlike others on here, i think anton ferdinand is a decent player.

    he’s not exceptional, but then he is still pretty young.

    and you’re right, Ed, him and taylor had a cracking partnership for the u21 side, but the Premier League is a different kettle of fish entirely.

    I don’t believe we’d be offering duff in p/x even if we are after him.

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  • toooooon fan

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    didnt here this one in the meedou

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  • The Entertainers

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    I wouldnt mind Ferdinand at the club. I think for his age hes one of the best out there. But we also have Tyalor and both these players need an experienced CB next to them.

    As for Duff i would not be too disappointed if he left, the same goes for Zog (at my wits end with that lad).

    So would love to see a couple of left midfielders come in, particularly Arda.

    So Ferdinand and Duff swap, even for a little cash as well, i for one would be happy.

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  • Danny G

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    I would swap Duff for Ferdinand….

    Not that I think he is a better player, I just don’t think that Duff has been good enough for us since we bought him!

    Tell Charlie N’Zogbia that he will start every game next season on the left wing and give him the number 11 shirt and he will stay…Then we will can Duff go!

    Makes sense to me…

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  • Egar

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    2 LOL, toooooon fan. 🙂

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  • toooooon fan

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    WIGAZ
    swp will be coming coz i heard him in the restaurant remember

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  • toonoot

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Duff is a one trick pony. Ferdinand will grow with KK. If this deal is on offer, I’d go with it.

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  • AussieToon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    is it true that it was seen duffs house on sale?

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Yes, Duff’s house is/was up for sale. I know that for sure.

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  • GM

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Duff cant beat his way out of a paper bag, get shot and free up the £60k/pw he is fleecing the club for. I though the dog lover wanted him to join the mackem gypo club?

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  • AussieToon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    GM- wats the mackem gypo club

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  • furrygiblets

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #18

    While Anton is not the best, if we could get rid of “past it” duff and his 70k wages this might be a good deal imo

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    AussieToon- he means sunderland lol!!!!

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  • kizza

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    i dont think Duff was over priced at Chelsea. He played awsome and we all loved it when he signed because he was so cheap and so good

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  • homas

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Actually I hope this happens, Duff is over the top and will be nothing more than an average player at best for Newcastle. Ferdinand still has potential and might take a step forward under KK.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    And GM, I think you are correct, it was either Mcgeady or Duff for the mackems i think, obviously no progress though. 🙁

    I just want him gone.

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  • Nathan

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Anton Ferdinand is horrifcally overrated, he’s a meer shadow of his brother and his brother is the only reason he gets any hype at all

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  • Chennai Toon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    not a bad deal………….ronaldeano in his last post said that his mate saw anton in sjp few days back……..might be true………………..

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  • robertsa

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    maybe duff and smith for cuellar. that would suit me. no money spent and one player off the wage bill.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    i am better than damien duff. he is a horrendous player!

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  • Matt

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Anton Ferdinand is a bad defender. That’s basically all that matters here. We shouldn’t be interested in him even if he came in on the free. I think we should get rid of Duff soon ish though, he’s starting to lose his pace and touch. Think he’s got one good season left in him at most.

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  • Archie Brand

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Anyone who has watched Ferdinand play for West Ham must have noticed how well he would fit into our back four – in exactly the same way that Bramble did.

    Ferdinand is a liability. It doesn’t matter how young he is – he’s either good enough or he’s not. In this case – NOT

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  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    we would be lucky to get 5 million for Duff as he hasn’t performed since arriving, we are more likely to get around 3.5 million or something

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  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Archie brand

    “Ferdinand is a liability. It doesn’t matter how young he is – he’s either good enough or he’s not. In this case – NOT”

    whats your opinion on steven taylor then?

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  • reillers

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    I don’t like wee Ferdinand. But Duff will be better this season, he takes a while to get over injuries. He’ll have threat to his position, especially at Ireland, where he never did before, with the likes of Hunt and McGeady floating around the place.
    I see him well I hope I do, being the old Duff that we all used to turn and look, at this season. He had a game for Ireland there not so long ago and he was good, did a lot of work. Looked really good at times.
    Duff hasn’t got the chance he’s needed yet. This lad takes a while to get over injuries, I think he has now and I think he’ll prove himself.

    I want wee McGeady though, but when it comes down to it, Keane always has more to offer, he’ll always attract the Irish lads. He’s a smart lad as well, he’s about to swoop for Cork City’s David Meyler, he’s a bloody good midfielder and David Mooney, he’s on some form at the moment, 11 goals in 6 games. They’d be good buys but God forbid we’d ever have a look. No, no instead we buy the wee lads with the big names, the has beens.

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  • whitey

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33

    duff is shite and has been since we signed him. a swap with ferdinand would be the only way to shift him. whos goin to pay 5m for a head down pass sideways player? hes behind zog and actually prevented sum of zogs development. i think ferdinand would be a good buy for the toon. english,good young centre half, hungry to play and would cost about half duffs wages per week.

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  • Chennai Toon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    @aussie toon
    have you seen mark milligan in the A league…wats your opinion about him………………

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  • nicky nicky

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #35

    where is this news in people?? i do not wath that

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  • AussieToon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #36

    chennai toon -yes mate ive seen him in the aleague an u 23 player ull see in the olympics. but no way is he premiership standard wen he was linked with arsenal every single aussie were like wtf is goin on here. his a league 1 player and if luckky wen i mean if lucky im bein generous he d make championship team. im a sydney fc fan (team milligan plays for ) so i have no grudge on him , yet again his only 21-22 but if newcastle bought him id shoot myself

    check this link out from aussie sport blog site
    http://forum.sportal.com.au/yaf_postst27363_Mark-Milligan-.aspx

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  • broon ale

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #37

    duff hasnt played a single good half of football nevermind have a good game for newcastle.!
    he has been a flop.

    those of you saying he will be better this yearhave clearly not been following his progress since he arrived.

    he will not get his game this year!

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #38

    Ed you really, really need to get over this Duff thing. The guy is all head down, all one foot, has lost a yard of pace, is nearly 30, is incredibly injury prone, is on 70K a week and keeps NZogbia out of the team. What purpose can Duff possibly serve? Truly one of our worst ever signings. We have NZogbia, Milner and Gutierrez.
    I’m not a huge Ferdinand fan but I would snap West Ham’s hands off for a 23 YEAR OLD IN EXCHANGE FOR AN OVER THE HILL, OVER PAID HAS-BEEN. And no we did not all love it when Duff signed. He wasn’t particularly cheap and he was on huge wages. I can’t remember him having one good game.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #39

    i agree with you nick!

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  • Toon1978

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Chennai toon i really think Owen needs a reality check i would swap him my job for his job for a month then he would run back to football with his tail between his legs. Not happy at taking a wage drop is beggars belief i mean what the hell does he spend all that money on, it really is beyond me. GREED has taken over football. People like Owen dont realise how lucky they really are if he wont take a drop then he should go else where. Some working men will never get that sort of money in their life time never mind in a week. If Owen is unhappy then F… OFF else where greedy self righteous w…er.

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