Two Newcastle Transfers Are Imminent


Argentinian defender Fabricio Coloccini has reportedly arrived in England, and will be undertaking his medical before signing for the club.

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Fabricio Coloccini – due to sign any day now for Newcastle

But this transfer will have to go down as one of the slowest to actually happen for a long while.  Exactly what the hold up has been, we’d love to find out, but we’ll probably never know.

Maybe it will happen today, and he could then be introduced to the Newcastle fans in the game against Valencia today, which now has a 5:00pm KO, due to the delayed arrival of the Valencia team on Tyneside. The delay was due to unforeseen aircraft technical problems.

With Fabricio, as always over the last 10 days or so, that’s another definite maybe.    😀

But on the other front, it looks like the deal with Everton for Alan Smith, thought to be around £3M, but reported in some sources to be just £2M, looks to go through sooner rather than later, and it may even be concluded this weekend.

A £3M fee would be OK but to take a £4M loss on Alan, in just one year would seem too much. And the report in the Journal today says it’s going through quickly so that Kevin has some transfer money to spend.

If that’s true give us a break.

We’ve brought in £4M for Emre, and around £3M for Rozehnal, and have paid out around £1.5M for Guthrie and maybe £2M at most for Gutierrez, and £1.5 M for Bassong, so right now we’re £2M up in the transfer dealings this summer. That’s before the Coloccini deal.

So if Kevin is waiting to use that money from Smith, it tells us the transfer fund is almost nothing.  Yes we are paying our £10M for Coloccini, but perhaps Kebin has a transfer fund plus the money he gets for outgoing players – so that would make some sense.

But unless we are going to bring in at least one more top signing the transfer funds used this summer will be very small indeed

With the departure of Smith, that means we’ll definitely be bringing in another striker, and we hope it’s 20 year-old 6’3″ Eren Derdiyok, from FC Basel in Switzerland.

The Smith departure will also help the wage bill at the club, since Alan was on around £60K/week, and he just wasn’t worth that much on the field, however much of a great lad he was off the field, and in the dressing room.

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121 comments so far

  • Mikey24

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Fingers crossed!! Hope we can get another player or 3 before we start against Man U!! Give the Premierleague a shock when were riding high in the European spot again!!

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  • autibo

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Coloccini’s barnet makes him a worthy signing!! Plus the fact he’s actually a very good defender

    Now lets add one from Moutinho, Inler, Tymoschuk, Fernandez, Afellay and Baptista, and then get a striker in, whether it be Derdiyok, Ashton or whoever…

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  • LondonToon

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think it’s definite Smith is leaving by any stretch. Keegan said he wanted to keep him and I think it’ll stay like that.

    After Coloccini, a creative midfield player has to be the priority. Then perhaps a striker, a young, hungry one with lots of potential and enthusiasm. And then Nicolas Burdisso, but maybe I’m just getting greedy.

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  • beye the great

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    i think we need 4 players but unfortunately we might only get 3 colo lb and derdiyok we need a creative mid fielder

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  • simon376

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Lets hope at least one of them is ready before next Sunday and maybe another 2 by the end of the month.

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  • dave

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    where on earth do you get 2M for giutarez

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  • Tom Cairns

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    how can you assume that there is next to no transfer funds, we bid loads for modric! plus in the paper today it says ashley has come out and said that keegan has substantial funds to strengthen the team. so we have money but are being careful about who we spend it on, makes sense to me.

    it would be a very successful transfer window if we brought in guthrie, jonas, collocini, bassong, and two other good players. 6 good players in the window wont be bettered by many teams in the league. and considering we havent lost any of our quality from last season we are in a very strong position, we already had a squad that should have been in the top 7 but were underperformimg.

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  • Dave

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Dont think its true that we need the money from Smith for transfers.

    Its been reported on Sky that Ashley is backing Keegan for the right player.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_3954666,00.html

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  • Nenad

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Smith leaving is almost as effective as getting a new player in!

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  • Tom Cairns

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    from the star i know but some good quotes in there that hopefuly will silence some of the doubters

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/football/view/46811/I-ll-let-Kevin-spend-on-big-names/

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  • Tom Cairns

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    sorry didnt realise dave already posted it

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  • D Garew

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    The transfer may have been held up if Wise and the other clowns have tried to do the same as they did over the Aimar and Modric transfers. Both of these deals were in the bag, both fees agreed, both had agreed terms. At the last minute this little cockney tosser and his gang tried to cut the agents out and were told where to go by both players and agents, hence we missed out, this EXACTLY why we didnt get either of these players and it was looking like it was happening again. Has it, has it not? I dont know, but what I do know is if we have missed out on Luka Modric because of some little overpaid squirt trying to penny pinch agents fees (which every club has to pay) then I for one would like to see him set alight and left to burn.

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  • reppin aus

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    anyways have link to game ??

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #14

    If possible I want the club sign Coloccini as fast as possible, maybe tonight at Valencia match.

    For Smith, Both sell or not is fine for me. If he go, We can buy some new prospect striker or chance for our youngster like Carrol, Lualua or Zamblera. If not he’s good squad player. Although he’s XXXX on the pitch now but if he can recover his attitude and instinct, He will be one of our star this season.

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  • 51times

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m sick of saying this, but whatever, here we go again. Burdisso is not leaving Inter. They have too many injured CBs, plus he has already said he would not leave Inter. So stop mentioning him.

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  • Danny G

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Coloccini will be the last defender we buy this summer I think so the other player or 2 will be a midfielder or a striker…Especially if Smith leaves.

    I think (and hope) that the 2-3 million we receive for smith will go on top of any bid we might have already made for Derdiyok.

    Ashley said this morning that Keegan will have the money as long as the player is the right player…I am not worried in the slightest that we havent spent much money because any player worth 15 to 20 million is probably too good (or overpriced) for us anyway!

    Derdiyok and Inler/Larrson/Johnson I think would genuinely make us a top 8 team!

    Especially when you think that Everton and Blackburn are weaker teams now…

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  • Whitters

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Ed, how do you know 2m for Gutierrez?? It seems mighty low..

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  • Fraser 2K8

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m happy to see this transfer is nearly over with, seems to of taken ages, 1 down 2 more to go IMO, definately would like Derdiyok as CF and Fernandez or Afellay at CAM then we would be contending for a Euro spot.

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  • Danny G

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #19

    I have always said that about Ashley…We have money for the right players and we wont be paying over the odds for any player…

    The money is there for the right players…Teams don’t have specific transfer budgets like football manager games…

    I seriously do hope we are after Derdiyok though…I would still love Arda aswell!

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  • JOE

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Reckon Coloccini could be the defender we’ve been in need of since Woodgate left. Plus, he’s not known for gettin injured alot. Don’t think he actually missed a game last season! Touch wood he won’t come down with the curse of the toon ha. As for other signings, I think we’re definately lacking a creative midfielder and possibly a DM because Butt is on his last legs. Think Arda would be a decent bet. Strange there hasn’t been any more speculation about him. That Russian we’ve been linked with would suffice for DM. That would leave LB and Striker positions to fill, especially if Smith leaves. Derdiyok seems a good option and one for the future. Gomez perhaps?

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  • Davies

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree with Tom Cairns. We really haven’t lost much quality in the players that we’ve let go. I liked Rammy, but he was a bit of a non entity after getting injured. Carr was dreadful, Rozenahl, whilst a decent CB, wasn’t suited to the prem, and everbody else that has gone was a fringe player. The only one we could have done with keeping was Emre, but even he hardly made an impact as he was always injured.

    I think our squad, threadbare as it is, already has more quality to it than it did last season.

    If we can get a decent striker in to replace Smudge, say Derdiyok or Zigic, who is already on tyneside for tonight’s friendly by the way, then we’re laughing. Add a versatile midfielder to the mix and we’re looking at top six.

    Ashley has already said that he will back Keegan if the deal is right. Things really aren’t as bad as they looked a couple of days ago. I just want to see Coloccini in black and white now.

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  • Nobby's dad

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #22

    D Garew……..this is exactly why we didn’t……stop speculating you don’t know what goes on so why state ‘exactly’ like you do. The ‘general’ view was that Modric wanted to be in London. Aimar…he wanted the sun on his back – he’d have never come to Newcastle.

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  • Tom Cairns

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #23

    would much rather sell ameobi than smith however the fact is we have a small squad and we shouldn’t be giving any players away anyway.

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  • GraemeR

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Still think EMO should be given this week to sign a contract or moved on. If not he will negotitate a Bosman in Jan.

    Get Derdiyok, Moutinho, Inler & Burdisso

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  • scottish mag

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #25

    2m for gutierrez because he bought out his contract and we signed him on a free but paid him the money back that he used to buy out his contract which was worth 2m

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  • BlackAndWhite

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Well, we can atleast forget about signing Per Ciljan Skjelbred. He has signed a new contract with Rosenborg, ending the speculation that he may end up with us.

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  • Ross G

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #27

    “Fabricio Coloccini – due to sign any day now for Newcastle” brilliant ED how many more times do you think you will be writing this article

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  • autibo

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    its all gone very quiet on arda since the euro’s finished, i though he looked ok in the tournament although not as good as he had been built up when we thought we were getting him. i would like him but wouldnt pay a penny over £10m for him, and i’d still prefer someone like afellay, fernandez, moutinho, or even michael johnson

    D GAREW tells a worrying story about wise, which would not surprise me in the slightest. never liked the bloke and i hate him even more now that he’s being paid £2-3m a year to sabotage our transfer deals!! jimenez and vetere seem to be doing a good job of identifying available players though…

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29

    dave etc………….the guttirez deal was less than two million if you all think back. the player bought himself out of his own contract and it saved us paying anything to his club, we jsut gave him a big sign on fee instead. thats why his old club were dripping on so much. if you all think back you will remember their president saying that porstsmouth had offered over 7 million and they would be trying to get at least that much back – they never did though. i think that Ed is being generous sayign 2 million – i think it was less. I also think that its true we are spending very little in the market – its bloody obvious to all. we are up on how much we have spent to how much we have gained in terms of selling players – Ed is bang on. Once the collo deal goes through that will mean that we have actually spent some money – even then it will not be much as the payment is over two years and not all up front. We will have spent no more than about 4 -5 million in real terms in this window – inc the collo deal. call it shrewd, call it tight, thats the truth though.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #30

    guys can we please STOP with the Coloccini saga, i cleared all this up on a an earlier post

    here:

    Spyro // Aug 9, 2008 at 4:45

    Coloccini has already signed, The medical was the final stage to the transfer process, and this took place on Wednesday. This is confirmed by the official deportivo site. NUFC are just not announcing it for some strange reason.

    Here is some more information about Coloccini gained form the Depor official site:

    – He has signed a 5yr contract at around 40k a week.

    – Deportivo claim that it was Newcastle United who held up the transfer as they waited on our signature.

    – He continued to train with Depor even though he wasn’t required to, “To maintain the pace”, is his own words (to remain fit for when he joined us as he was probably told he will go straight in to the first team)

    – He joined us for 11.5 million euros (£9,015,812) plus incentives. This includes our participation in a future Teresa Herrera tournament.

    – We paid 15% of the transfer that corresponded to the player (Fabricio)

    – He can play in DM but prefers to play at CB as he is more comfortable there.

    – There are no hard feelings between Fabricio and Depor, and they give a glowing review of him, describing him as a hard worker and a true leader of defence.

    – Fabricio gave an emotional press conference on Thursday just before he left Depor as he felt the fans deserved it. This was well recieved by the press and all the journalists applauded him as he left the conference room.

    – He is expected to play in our match against Valencia.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Gutierrez deal was not under 2 million, i think he had 2yrs left on a 20k contract and we paid it off, add that a large signing on fee and it is maybe 3.5million

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  • toon4lyf

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    we should keep smith he was a good player before he joinned us….
    we definetly shuda kept emre we wuda had one of the best midfields in the prem if we managed to keep emre and bring in the likes of riquelme
    we will not don well next year if butt starts he absolute shyt he does nothing accept lose possesiun
    we shud get riquelme,sorin and kuranyi or if wer lucky ashton

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  • Tom

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Riquelme is a spent force unfortunately, and Emre never showed the potential he clearly had, and was injured too often.

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  • Hadji

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #34

    I see a lot of potential on this site,all future MA’s accountants.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #35

    lol @ hadji

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  • Bob

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    Has gutierrez been given a squad number yet? Want to get him on the back of the away shirt but they havent updated the squad list on the personalise shirt bit..

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  • dick

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #37

    if we can pick up 3 more players I think we will be in fairly good shape if we dont pick up to many injuries, maybe we were lucky to miss out on modric don’t think he’s up to the rigours of the premiership

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  • Toon_Under

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #38

    I wouldn’t be worrying about the budget, the money would be there for the right players and i think Gutierrez is an example of that.

    And as for Smith, lets face some facts. First he wasn’t worth £6m to start with but we paid for the ManU tag attached to him, he did absolutely nowt last year, no goals, a few good tackles and some heart. If the toffees are offering £3m I’d snap their hands off. Even £2m I’d take for the wages he draws.

    As I have said previously, we need kids with heart and skill, and Ashley will make the money available for them, it’s just that KK doesn’t trust kids..

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  • gorskino10

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #39

    So far so good i knew they would hold out untill Valencia game to sign him, also its great news as i was getting worried KK would forget the attack and they just cannot score hopefully getting Derdiyok would be a great buy along with Coloccini, next would be getting Per Cijin Skejebred who would 4mill.

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  • simon376

    Aug 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Going to show my ignorance here, is Moutinho a midfielder who would play just behind the front 2? If that is the case, if we got him would he play every game as that was the role Owen was in at the backend of the season. Would be good to have a choice, but what I think we really need is a decent forward to replace Smith and a box to box player to replace Barton.

    Personally I would prefer Barton to be gone altogether, but without getting in to that again, if we do keep him, he’s likely to be missing for a good part of the season, if thats the case, we need somebody to cover that role. Mind you, from what I’ve seen Guthrie looks good enough. What do people think?

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