Udinese Label Newcastle Inler Interest As Absurd


There was good news and bad news in the transfer market for Newcastle fans late last week.

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 Gokhan Inler – no approach from Newcastle?

The good news is that we signed 21 year-old Liverpool midfielder Danny Guthrie for around £2M, and after his signing it seems like he could well be a much better player than Newcastle fans first realized – we hope so in any case.

But the bad news that came out last Thursday is that Serie A club Udinese Calcio have denied reports linking their midfielder Swiss midfielder, Gokhan Inler, with a move to Newcastle United this summer.

We’ve been linked with the player for over two weeks now, although it seems longer, so it seems surprising that the Serie A club would not have said something sooner, if it was not true, since it’s been heralded in most of the newspapers since early July.

And the Swiss midfielder looked very good in the Euro 2008 games for Switzerland, and has been in great form for Udinese, since moving to Italy from FC Zurich last summer.

Udinese general director Pietro Leonardi said last Thursday:

“There is no negotiation with Newcastle. This is an absurd story.”

“I have even heard mention of a figure of five million euros – it’s ridiculous.”

“Furthermore the player’s wish, which he has reiterated on many occasions, is to remain with Udinese.”

The 24-year-old missed just one game last season for the Italian club, and is under contract with Udinese until June 2012.

So if we’re not after Inler, who are we after, becomes the real question.  We were interested in Argentine Pablo Aimar, but it’s looking like the player will move to Portuguese giants  Benfica.

Here’s Inler’s playing career so far:

Years 	Club 	          App   Goals 

2004-2005  FC Basel           0    0
2005–2006  FC Aarau          25    3
2006–2007  FC Zurich         52    3
2007– 	  Udinese Calcio    32    3

2006       Switzerland       15    1

Maybe we’re in for another shock shortly, like we got with the Gutierrez deal, and as long as it’s a pleasant one, it would be OK with us.

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86 comments so far

  • kizza

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    wall verginity

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    I want the deal to go through, but I think its hope rather than expectation. 🙁

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  • LondonToon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    It seems that whoever we are linked to in the press, we are not after at all. Maybe sources at Newcastle are leaking names such as Inler, Ferdinand, Aimar etc as smokescreens for the players we are actually after.

    I mean, noone saw Gutierrez signing, and Guthrie was not exactly on the tip of everyone’s tongue either. I’m going to test this theory with our next signing – if it’s another shock, I must be right! Lol

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  • furrygiblets

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    I would love Inler at the club as he is just what we need in the middle of the park but like LondonToon said it’s probably a smokescreen for who we are actually after.

    Off Topic: Do people actually get their rocks of by saying wall “Wall Virginity”?

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  • kizza

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    damn. so if this is the case… who can we get? i want ENGLISH people.

    because i HATE other fans (like liverpool fans) looking at there players for england and seeing them scoring, like gerrard and lampard. or man u fans with ferdinand and rooney.

    all we have is owen (and he is not high in the peeking order with capello). expecially with capello playing a 4 5 1 formation. so yeah we need up and coming english TALENT and to PLAY THEM like taylor/milner

    then maybe soon we can have BRAGGING RIGHTS OVER THE PLAYERS in the england team 🙂

    OPINIONS PLEASE?

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  • Matt

    Jul 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Aimar is too old. If you look at all of what Keegan has said over the summer and before is that we’re going to be bringing in younger players. When you look through the squad it’s a good thing too. I just think we’re in for a couple more shocks but hopefuly Inler will be one of them now.

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  • mushy

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Excellent summary Londontoon. The only players we are going to get are those which haven’t yet been mentioned. So come on lads get your thinking caps on and come up with a few likely signings. Oh no, wait a minute , anybody you list will, by definition, mean we wont be signing them. That’s it I’m going back to bed, my head hurts.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Kizza England didn’t even qualify for Euro 2008 !!!

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  • sweendog

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Not too sure on this guy, but hope theres 2 other big name signings coming .. we need a playmaker and CB .. diego and cuellar .. may as well try for the best 🙂 if we can lure them.

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  • kizza

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    TRUE. but under capello we r IMPROVING and i dont think we have lost under him. so being an ENGLAND fan as well a a NEWCASTLE fan, i want our players to do well on BOTH stages.

    and you cant say gerrard hasnt played well for england, no matter how BORING it is to watch.

    i know this is far fetched but imagin having about 5 newcastle players in the Englands world cup squad and England WINNING getting the country buzzing with a newcastle player scoring the winning goal.

    Imagin how smug we could be 🙂

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    we cudnt afford diego with tight arse in charge

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    kizza- u must watch a different england to me cos gerrard has been poor for england for a long time now

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  • sweendog

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Yep diego may be a nightmare to get .. but a typical KK signing .. KK is being too quiet to not have a big name signing coming .. although how do you get the likes of diego to come to a team not in europe…

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  • kizza

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    but he gets goals, and sets them up which makes england win.

    i would love for newcastle players to do that 4 england

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Inlar would be great but as u said Ed that the next signing could be a shock like Jonas, but it could be obvious like Guthrie, is it just me or how slow was keV with that deal it was mentioned in paper like 2/3 weeks ago. Just hope he’s not another backup player or overated player.

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  • kizza

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #17

    but he gets goals, and sets them up which makes england win.

    i would love for newcastle players to do that 4 england.

    dont n e of you want england to do well with newcastle players, or are u happy watching england fail for major competitions.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    couldnt care less about England, i care about NUFC thats it

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  • toontastic

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    we have 4 wingers spidey, milner (right wing) zogs and duff (left wing) zogbia and duff r gone so we should go for SWP and Mcgeady

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  • 51times

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #20

    kizza – Hahaha, England, ahahaha

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  • toontastic

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    ED HARRISON i got a ploblem when i surf this on my phone and write a comment i have to cycle down the comments which takes 20 minutes to write a second comment. PLEASE IMPROVE this site for phones

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  • LondonToon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #22

    I reckon we’ll be signing someone from north of the border. Remember KK talking about players in the Scottish league a few months ago?

    Players such as Cuellar, Brown, McGeady, S Fletcher have all been linked in the past, but those rumours have died down recently.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if a new signing comes from the SPL, and would be even less surprised if it’s a player that noone suspected.

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  • 51times

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    LondonToon – Those players you listed are pretty much the only good players in the SPL though.

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    england lost to france……

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  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #25

    would definitely take scott brown

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  • LondonToon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Yeah, I was thinking that too! But maybe there are a few youngsters that we don’t know about that KK and DW do.

    Or maybe we’ll just sign McGeady, Cuellar, Brown and S. Fletcher.

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    not that fussed about any scottish players at the minute if am honest…

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  • Leo

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #28

    absurd hahahahahahahahaha

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #29

    does inler actually have a buy out clause in his contract or is that more red top bullshit….?

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  • Si

    Jul 13, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #30

    The only news is coming out of Udinese. Perhaps behind the scenes negotiations are underway and Udniese are shouting loud and clear to the rest of Europe for a higher transfer fee. It’s only a theory.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #31

    no he doesn’t have a buy out clause, do they even have buy out clauses in Serie leagues!?

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  • jules

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #32

    London Toon; absolutely correct, just shows what a lazy crowd the press are. easier to speculate rather than investigate!

    Geordie Nick
    I dont see how you can call MA a tight arse after all the money he has spent on the club including debts. personally I have mixed feelings about signing expensive players as I have not seen any reward for this strategy to date.

    Its important for us to build a team for the future, not a quick fix. That being said we must give these younger players we are acquiring a chance and play them. look at the performances and potential of Taylor, Edgar and I would even have added Ramage prior to his departure.

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  • Leo

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #33

    maybe a smokescreen for signing that complete central midfielder from holland

    who said we have to have a defencive midfielder

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  • faustino

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Picking up a Red Top trick there Ed, para-phrasing a dodgy translation for a headline.

    Same word from the opriginal quote can be translated into ‘unreasonable’ AND ‘unlikely’. ‘Absurd’ is a bit of a hyperbole like.

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  • Hadji

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #35

    I’d say we dump Smith and let Zamblera take his place.He came from the best youth school in Italy.

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  • Bill F Splash the Cash Ash

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Udinese are correct, it is absurd if we think that Mr Micawber (aka MA) is going to buy any player for over £2m. At least that is how it is looking at the moment.
    Go on Mike surprise us, I dare you, in fact I double dare you, in fact I, no I am getting silly in my old age now!!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Bill F – changed the name again!!! totally understand why!!!

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  • Piers

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #38

    I actually figured that something like this would happen. Newcastle is doing an excellent job of concealing their interest in their summer targets. No one knew we were after, with our first two signings. Quite frankly, i don’t see when we are actually going to know whats going on. The next player we sign could be anyone!

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  • dingo

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Bill F… i agree MA has to get his coin pouch out…. cuumon MA hijack the Berba deal… get Shearer down there with another signed shirt for him and ask Oba to swap numbers….. nice done deal… Wisey move over there is a new boy in town.

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  • Bill F Splash the Cash Ash

    Jul 13, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #40

    HPS, pure frustration man, thought it was time to get back to basics.

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