Are Newcastle Still After Arda Turan?

There are reports surfacing again that Kevin Keegan is reportedly still leading the race for the signature of exciting young Turkish winger Arda Turan. Let’s say right now that we don’t know if these reports are true, only that they are starting up again and Arda is still at Galatasaray.


Arda Turan – are Newcastle still hoping to sign player?

The 21-year-old Galatasaray midfielder, who can play on either wing, and looked great in Euro 2008, was a strong target for Newcastle before those championships began.

Unfortunately for Newcastle his form in June attracted other bigger clubs, including AC Milan and Juventus, but so far niether has made a strong move for the player, with the hype of Euro 2008, now died down somewhat.

One of our readers sent a note yesterday saying that maybe Newcastle are still in with a chance, since AC Milan seemed to have closed shop for
the rest of the transfer season (allegedly), and Juventus haven’t signed him either.

If Newcastle seriously still want to sign the player, we may well have to pay up to £13M for him, but earlier reports this summer suggest we were unwilling to pay more than around £8.5M, which were reportedly not well received by the Galatasaray President Adnan Polat.

Arda has won 22 caps for his country already (with 3 goals), and looks a potentially great player in the making, and we’d hope his Turkey team-mate Emre, would speak well of the Tyneside club.

We’d love to know what the real situation is right now with Arda, and of course we don’t – but the longer the youngster goes without signing for a bigger club, the better chance it would seem Newcastle have.

Hope so anyway.

77 comments so far

  • Robert from Serbia

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    nahh…he wont sign !!!!there is no hope to bring this player !

  • autibo

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #3

    wikipedia (i know, not the most reliable) but there is a lad on here who has said this for a while…

    we’ve had a £20m bid accepted for villarreal’s matias fernandez, chilean AM C, fantastic player!! please let it be true!!

  • Faustino

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Very much in to the new cautious approach Ed! Enough false hope for one year 🙂

    If he comes great but he aint going to is he?

  • Liam

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    good stuff but i wouldnt be happy playing 13mil for him

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I see McGready has signed a 5 yr contract with Celtic.

    We are running out of options if we are to buy a LW. But then spiderman plays there, albeit rightfooted… is it a RW we need?

    You know what i just havent got a clue anymore, i feel pretty low regarding Newcastle for the first time since Ashley bought the club. I have always tried to remain positive and will continue in this vain, but there are cracks in my armour.

  • agnetha

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Hi guys.

    Sorry dont know how to do a link, but someone posting on THE ORLANDO SENTINAL.COM on news now reckons we have a press conference for monday but its not a player signing.

  • Martins

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Autibo: Where do you find this? It’s not on wiki now.

  • geordiekk

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    agnetha- just copy the address from the page with the article then paste it in the comments box

  • Faustino

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #10


    Hope that isn’t true …a press conference without a signing can only mean one thing – a battering in the press!


    Feel exactly the same just dont tell Chisholm!

  • Davies

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Come along now The Entertainers. This is not at all like you. Remember, the end of August is a long way off.

  • simon P

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    More hot air.

  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13


    why else would we call a press conference?.

    if it was true, the press would know about.
    A press conference is specifically for the press to chanel a message to the public/fans.

    so if the press dont know about it must surely be lies.

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    I hope this press conference, if it happens, involves Keegan.

    I dont mind the club keeping silent regarding transfers, but come on Kev your the face of Newcastle United and i for one want to hear from you.

    Are the preseason transfer targets running smoothly?

    Do you have enough cash to spend?

    Is training going well?

    Are you happy at the club?

    Just talk to us Kev, please. I’ve never felt this distant from the club. Even FF Shepard could feel the mood of the fans and would address it from time to time. Not always wanted and not always needs, but he tried to stay in touch with us.

  • toon fan !!!

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    whatever happened to the rumour that we were after carlos cuellar from rangers (top class defender, still at a good age, and not costing a packet)…..he seems to fit everything in the ashley blueprint!

  • geordiekk

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #16

    faustino look on the bright side at least we will hear fromm kk and find out whats going on

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Davies

    I know i have remainded positive, but am feeling very distant from the club.
    Its not the lack of transfers, its the silence!

    I dont want Ashely to come out and make grand statements like Shepard did with Rooney. But we need to hear from Kev !

  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    i dont mind keegans silence.

    when ever he says something the media give him a hard time over it.

    there wont be a press conference just so keegan can say,

    “sorry i have been on the quiet side, i am happy and i have a few quid to spend so i will try and spend it wisely”

    i think we all need to excercise some patience.

    and i know that is hard as i confess to being slightly worried.

    the other half of me (the sensible half) tells me to wait and see what happens

  • Aussie Toon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    After missing out on Aimar we will be chasing Turan, time for us to pray lads 🙂

  • Broadsword

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    There are no new reports, just a random website dragging its old articles up on a slow news day. Absolutely no reason for this article at all.

    Sorry for the negativity but it just adds to hype.

  • dick

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #21

    £13 million for one player,get real, thats more than toons total transfer budget this season

  • agnetha

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #22

    crap with computers lol. 35 posts down on newsnow at 10;29.

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Wise comments Broon ale

    I too have a split personality regarding Newcastle….ha ha

    I may well be getting carried away and agree i should show more patients.

    Damn i hate the sensible option!

  • Toony

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Broon Ale I like the freudalant slip

    “sorry i have been on the quiet side, i am happy and i have a few quid to spend so i will try and spend it WISE ly”

  • Mitch H

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #25

    why’s everyone asking for a statement from the club?

    It would be bad buisness for the club to discuss transfer targets, how much we have to spend etc.

    That type of buisness was done during the FFS’s reign, & we ended up paying silly money for way too many poor players.

    Were all desperate for signings, but come on lads, stop slagging the club for gettin there game together & keeping our transfer buisness in house.

  • heads23552

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #26

    For once we are not paying over the odds, we are not( so far) panic buying, the press no nothing, we are running like a proper business and building a team carefully, the only problem I see is impatient and unrealistic fans.


    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Come on lads look at things logicaly!! KK wise and co. name targets and the board (derek and MA) take over when it comes down to contracts!! they arn’t offering enough money in salarys for quality to come to the club!!
    the clubs first choice targets have probably went else where so we are onto our second and third options but still have problems with wages!!
    sorry lads but Ashley doesn’t want to spend the money! yes we’ll end up with new signings but what about there Quality!! you only get what you pay for!! can you really see kk being happy? because I cant!! lads although we have over a month in transfer activity realistically we are going to be left behind by portsmouth, villa, even fulham are getting signings!!
    and what are we doing just sitting back and paying our over priced season tickets! its not on! we deserve more!! ashley please sell up soon!!

    heads23552 – watch the club, Yes I am impatient because I spend my money to be entertained!!

  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #28

    i am willing to make a statement to summarise what i think will happen with regards to transfers.

    we will sign AT LEAST 3 more players and the chances are they will not have even been linked with the club previously.

    each signing will appear confirmed on

    more than likely the signings will not be the hollywood signings some of us seemingly crave.

    they may well be in the same catergory of Guthrie and an unheard of Argentinian.

    these types of sinings are more important to us than the likes of Aimar, deco etc etc.

    players who want to sign for us who have their best years ahead of them.

    how many had heard of ginola or rob lee before they had signed. I remember very well how people reacted at the time. we werent doing cart wheels i can tell you but we were content. we were content because we had no delussions of grandear. we had faith in the club and the manager.

    now everyone suspects our owners of having a alterior motive and deep down we worry if KK is the man to bring us success(even though we love the man)

    the 2 things that made us content are missing therefore we are all insecure and it presents itself in such a negatice fashion.

    we took the aimar situation as a disaster but if you look closely you will the man is nearly 29 and his best years are behind him now.

    even if we take the likes of the bobby robson era. how many people heard of charles Nzogbia?

    we may well get more signings, like i say.. at least 3 new lads for definate.

    they might not be the names you desire but just please try and demonstrate some perspective and awareness where newcastle actually stand in the grand scheme of things these days.

    the players we end up with will be the best of what we can get.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #29


    Simple answer then, go elsewhere.

    However, i would bet my last nicka, you dont have & never have had, a SJP season ticket?

    Just a sad little boy, who plays on his mums computer?

  • Broadsword

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Ginola was a huge player at the time, I’m sure he played a star role in the Champions League quarter final win over Barcelona.

    I remember when we signed him that it was a massive coup for us.

  • chuck

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    £13m. ,first he aint worth that amount, second if you have`nt figured out this club is not about to spend any serious money, then you just dont get it.
    Be patient, KK knows what he is doing etc. etc.
    KK himself is probably wondering what the hell is going on.
    Apparently theres going to be a press conference in the near future, it would behove both the PR dept. and whoever is running things to clarify the present situation regading both transfers and managerial decisions.
    It would also be nice to hear what ambitions they have for the club , both present and future,
    I recently read where Harper declared an eighth place finish would be welcome.
    If a club rated fifth in the PL by EUAFA has an ambition to achieve an eighthplace finish, you may ask why ?

  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #32

    we singed ginola coz we took advantage of his situation and offered him a way out of it.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #33

    If there was only a couple of days for the transfer market left, then i could unserstand us all gettin a bit worried, but there is still 5 weeks or so left.

    Plenty of time to bring in another 3-4 new players.

    We gotta trust KK etal to get the right lads in.

  • scoundrel days

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Ok people need to just all chill.

    MA will splash the cash I’m 100% certain just relax.

    Think about it… we were going to spend a hell of a lot of money on Modric and he went to the Spud -U-Likes.

    This cash was not spent and is still there and then some! Just relax, I share your pain trust me come Sunday 17th August when we play the Mancs I’m sure we’ll have some great new faces and we’ll wonder why we panicked so much!

  • Broadsword

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #35

    We still got him though Broon ale and he was a star at the time and had the pick of clubs.

    Plus, why would we offer a huge fee for Modric if we aren’t prepared to spend serious money Chuck?

  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    the modric story has served to provide us with a mint excuse when folks acuse ashley of being skint or tight or both.

    they say,, “we cant be because we bid 17 mill for modric”

    we dont know for a fact that we actually bid for him!

  • Luke

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    is it just me or does Guthrie look a wee bit on the chubby side?

  • Mitch H

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #38

    How can u call a man tight after he spends 250 mill (approx) on our club?

    I think he bought NUFC so he could get involved with a big prem club, that has the potential to challenge the best in PL.

    I might be wrong, but hey, lets not kill the dream before its started.

    We are surely in a much better position now, then when The scrap metal man was in charge.

    Oh ye of little faith ?

  • scoundrel days

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #39

    broon ale pretty sure we did bid for him . Remember Chris Mort being quoted on official site that they were disappointed to miss out on Modric.

  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #40

    mitch, you took me the wrong way.

    read comment 28, (if you havent already)


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