Newcastle Offered German Torsten Frings


The Evening Chronicle has a report today that Newcastle United have been given the chance to sign top German midfielder Torsten Frings.

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Torsten Frings – German International offered to Newcastle

We’re always suspicious when we are offered players, and Frings is not the type of player the club is trying to sign this summer.

He turns 32 years old in November, but there’s no doubt he’s still a first class player, and while we are generally after younger players, he could well do a job for us these next 2-3 seasons.

It’s hard for a young side these days to do really well in the Premier league, and maybe Kevin needs to sign one or two older players, for short term use, if we are really after 5th place next season.

The Chronicle is reporting that Frings’ agent spoke to Newcastle’s Executive Director of Football Dennis Wise yesterday, and offered him the 31-year-old Werder Bremen star, who can operate anywhere across midfield.

Frings has played 77 times for Germany, so he’s obviously a good player, no doubt about that, but we feel the sticking point, even if Kevin wanted to sign him, will be his wages.

It’s exactly what owner Mike Ashley has said he doesn’t want – older stars coming to the club and getting huge wages, while they’re in the twilight of their career, and have already had their best days.

That’s one way to look at it – the other is that our youngsters can learn from somebody so experienced, and he could do a job for us in the next couple of seasons.

We don’t have the time to wait until our young players develop, which they will, if we want to get straight back into Europe.

If we were pushed on this, we think Newcastle will politely decline the offer, and that may be the right decision, given the emphasis on reducing the wage bill.

However, there is also a decent case to be made for getting him on-board at the club, unless we are confident there are other good players we can bring in during the summer.



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113 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Frings isnt on ‘huge’ wages, sign him! He is awesome.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Frings isnt on ‘huge’ wages, sign him! He is awesome.

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Mixed feelings he is a good player but not worth much due to his age.
    At 32 he will join Butt,Geremi type of players which is NOT what we want we need young fast players all of what Frings isn’t also i feel he would command too much wages so not worth it,but if we sign other young players like another 3/4 and then sign him and he is willing tobe on 30/40 k then thats an ok signing but dont he play Jonas Guhtierez posision??

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  • harrier

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe we are in contact with Werder about another player of theirs 😉

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  • Faustino

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    dude played with a broken rib didnt he? He’s a geordie…sign him!

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  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    The chance to sign a player who is capped 77 times for Germany doesn’t come very often. Would love to see him in black & white if the rumour is true, but doubt it.

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  • reillers

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #7

    What?? Sign him!! He was good for Germany in the Euro’s he’s kept them in so many matches they should have lost.
    I don’t care if he’s not a wee lad, he’s a bloody good player. He’s good and has the experience to go a long with it. When will this club ever learn that you can’t get cheap, experienced, very good young players, they don’t exist, and the one or two you might find would be with the likes of Man U. We’re not going to get any better then Frings. Sign him.

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  • indian toon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #8

    CAN SCORE LONG RANGE GOALS ! SIGN HIM !! 🙂

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh i hope were in for Boubacar Sanogo or Petri Pasanen or Ronaldo Rodrigues AKA Naldo.
    Ive looked around to find his wages and aint seen much on it,

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  • neeraj

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #10

    man if there was ever a player after ballack that i would love newcastle to sign
    it would be frings
    great player can cross well, is tough, good at long range shooting and defends well

    dont care if he is 32
    germans last upto 36-37
    ex- matthius, schnieder, effenberg etc

    so please sign him

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  • valle

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #11

    He is a really good player and if it is true that we rejected him then we truly are run by a bunch of abes.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Seb Larsson has supposedly hit out at David Gold (Birmingham chairman or something like that) for saying he wouldn’t be allowed to move. Could show that he wants to move to us after all?

    Also Sunderland’s bid for Dorin Goian has supposedly broken down, and we’ve now been linked with him. 6ft5 centre-half, could be the physical presence we need in the centre of defence. However at 27, may be too old for Keegan’s plans…what do people think?

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  • beye the great

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    i cant believe we rejected this player not only is he a committed defensive player but actually not bad at attacking either so what if he is nearly 32 though whilst i am 100 % behind the youth policy there should be exceptions to the rule especially as we need to do well now and it will take a while for the young players to be good enough to help us get where we want to be

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  • agnetha

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Frings- one of germanys top players at the euros. If he is being offered to us, he will be getting offered all over the place. Agents still think that we will pay top wages and transfer fees so throw there players at us. Long gone are those wonderful days and now i wake up to signings like guthrie and average players rejecting us for shite teams in crap leagues abroad.

    To top off my anger my spud supporting mate has just text me to say they are in for Arda.

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  • WesToon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Good,solid player,too injury prone & too old for Ashleys taste,im sure!!

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  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #16

    alan oliver story,, therefore load of bullshine.

    if we were offered him how would that slack jawed buffoon know about it.

    why would the club allow him to print the story and run the risk if allerting potential suitors!

    he done the same thing last month by saying we were offered baptista!

    absolute load of border dash!

    alan oliver is a mackem

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  • Chennai Toon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Class player………great addition to our team……

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  • Shwanufc4life

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Another showing on how pathetic Ashley and co have become. Refusing to sign a world class player because he is 31, yet we have no problem playing Nicky Butt in midfield.

    The clubs a joke at the moment. And you say our target is 5th? HAHAHA. top half would be an incredible achivement.

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  • Michael

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    I bet this isn’t true.

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  • agnetha

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Christ wigan have just had a bid for andy jonston rejected by everton. Where did they get the sudden cash windfall from?

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  • Dondatta13

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #21

    too old ….

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  • scotty

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #22

    we will only be gazumped by a bigger club so don’t get excited – he still is a quality player though, and if you asked me to choose between frings and aimar – i’d choose frings everytime….

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  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #23

    We are idiots regecting him!! He is imense and give our youths someone to learn off and help develop!! Who cares he is 32?? Paul Scholes is older than that and does a great job at united!! Wot an idea…. Scholes anyone?? 😀

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  • ACD

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Probably another bullsh*t story but would be amazing if we could get him !

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #25

    broon ale, do you mean balder dash? 😛

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  • figsdad

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #26

    well wait and see…

    agree anal does talk shite…

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Of course it aint true why would Werder let him go, all i know is he knows hes on his last legs and his contract is up in Jan 09 where he sign for free so they are trying to offer him to any kinda big clubs and ask for like 7 million or something stupid.

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  • micepie

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #28

    I can’t remember EVER a club being “offered” a player and that club taking up the offer. I don’t see why they shouldn’t, necessarily, but that always seems to be the way!

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  • agnetha

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #29

    micepie- middelsboro were offered emerson and i remember alan sugar was offered klinsmann. theres 2 off the top of my head.

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  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Sign him up!

    gorskino10 – frings is mainly a CM, Gurittez is a winger

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  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #31

    aye,, balder dash! to be honest. i pinched the saying from mario from big brother. never heard of it before that so had know idea what it meant or how to spell it.

    it sounds funny though..

    for those of you saying the club are mugs for turning him down.

    Alan oliver made that up, just as he did with baptista!

    i am sure the club would welcome frings and baptista if they were actually offered to us on reasonable terms!

    when was the last time oliver had a quote from a current newcastle player.

    he copys stories from the official website and rings rob lee and john beresford for quotes.

    he has no access anymore and therefore has no idea who newcastle are after.

    there no chance on earth the club would allow him to print that story!

    they give him nothing!

    he shat on his own doorstep a long long time ago

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  • agnetha

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #32

    wonder if anal oliver is on facebook? might waste half an hour!

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Frings is the very last thing we need. At 32 he’s a very short term option and I thought short termism is something we are trying to get away from.
    Very, very worried if we let Krul go. He could be the best keeper in the world. Even at 20, he is far better than Given and Harper put together.
    I hope Given doesn’t go on too long like Shearer di after his best years and block a promising youngster coming through. Krul is the real deal.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #34

    aye alan oliver is on facebook under the name of agnus oliver.. there is a picture of him wearing a ladys frock made from blue owl feathers.

    just felt like being rabdom there!

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #35

    It is bollocks, the email was sent to John Gibson offering him a fringe. Tis all a load of border dash.

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  • neeraj

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #36

    @ Nick Dryden

    he has solid 4yrs left in him

    no body will say that abt ballack
    he has been the best player of his club both in prem. league as well as cl at 32

    and he is not that far behind him

    he plays in a more attacking role for his club
    and he is very good

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  • broon ale

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #37

    john gibson has had the same hair since 1936!

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  • Stayed Toon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #38

    I think this would be a great signing but in ddition i think we should go for players that are not on the main stream radar. For example players like Steven Defour, Axel Witsel ,Per Ciljan Skjelbred, thomas khalenburg etc… because these sort of players would be more likely to come to Newcastle.

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  • Neville Brewis

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Very good player but needs a short back and sides.

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  • Ross

    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #40

    paper talk, wont beleive a word of it.
    if it was somehow ridiculously true, then i’d say we were idiots for turning him down because he’s a great player, a real engine.
    but, i just cant beleive a word of it.
    i will laugh off pretty much every single article with anal olivers name on it these days.

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