Newcastle Too Late For Stephen Appiah?

One player we are hopefully pursuing with some urgency is 27 year old Ghana captain Stephen Appiah, who has been a free agent since he left his last club Fenerbahce, in August.

Stephen Appiah – would be good acquisition for Newcastle

And of course Stephen has been linked with a number of clubs since then, and he will be playing for Ghana tonight in a friendly against Tunisia – when a host of clubs, including Newcastle, will be checking on him.

With Newcastle short of midfielders and Barton now injured and out for 8 weeks we need a strong midfielder like Stephen, who would cost us nothing.

It’s a bit of a surprise to us that we haven’t checked him out earlier, when Kinnear said he had checked out all the free agents and nobody suitable was found from those ranks.

Stephen told Sky Sports today:

“I am training with Brescia at the moment,” “I am happy with my form but I need to get the match fitness, apart from that I am fine.”

“I would like to thank my national coach for giving me the chance to play the game against Tunisia.”

“I heard there will be scouts from Germany and England, I need a football club and very soon I will sign, very soon.”

Stephen earned the nickname of Tornado, simply because he is dominant in midfield and a very strong player. A combative player, Appiah has a strong engine and good tactical awareness, and is a good all-round box-to-box midfielder, who is able to defend as well as create and score goals.

Doesn’t this sound like a player we need at Newcastle?   And his transfer price is also good – nothing.

He’s played 53 times for Ghana and scored 13 goals, and previously played for Juventus, Brescia (loan), Parma and Udinese before signing for Fenerbahce in 2005.

But we may be too late now that other clubs are after him. Why we haven’t been after Stephen over the last few months is a mystery to us.

Comments welcome.

198 comments so far

  • Mark-o

    Nov 19, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #1

    No truth in this just the same 3 guys on this blog who’ve been saying we should get him for the last 3 month.

  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 19, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #2

    i hope we get him! PLEASE!

  • Xisco Stu

    Nov 19, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s a very good player; nobody can question that. However the injuries he’s had are a major putoff to clubs.

    If he could prove his fitness then he’d be worth a contract to the end of the season with additional year(s) if he proves his fitness and form during that period.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #4

    He may be holding out for a silly salary, as a lot of free agents do. Given our need to cut the wage bill, this may be a factor – along with that injury record.

    The last thing we need is another perpetual crock taking £80k a week for nowt.

    Xisco Stu’s idea of a contract to the end of the season with an extension is probably best.

    BTW – good scoring stat at national standard for a midfielder. Almost Gerrard-like…

  • Big Dave

    Nov 19, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #5

    But can anyone really believe he would come to the Toon considering the soap opera we have going on. I really do hope we get things sorted out asap i cant wait till after the chelski game to see if anything is going to happen, you never know we might even get a club statment ??? well i can hope anyway

  • keith

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    would make sense if we went after him considering jk wants a centre mid and if ma stays on i can ony assume he wont have much cash to spend

  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #8

    my comment isnt coming up


    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    i,ve watched stephen many times,and i rate him.
    but you have to ask the question of why he cannot find a club?


    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #10

    newcastle club statements from this era will be sought after on the antiques road show in years to come.


    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #11

    It boils down to(as always) the money.
    We all know the policy in place, so forget about it.
    Even though we desperately need someone of his caliber to survive.
    And dont start getting your hopes up about new signings of any substance during the upcoming window, it appears MA is more interested in asset stripping than adding to the pay roll.
    A foolish policy that he will come to regret if the sale of the club does`nt go through, which at this time does`nt look that likely.

  • james L

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #12

    lets get him. simple as.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Players to sell

    Geremi (only if we get rm cover)
    Butt (if we get another cm)

    Enrique would be on there but i beleive he’ll improve even if we get Warnock!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Sadly, not even this will happen.
    Its a sad state of affairs when your club isnt organised enough to sign a free agent.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #15

    if we sell those it will give us some money and we still have money from the Milner sale!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve been going on about him since mid-summer, and as recently as a couple of days ago I was saying he is a must-signing.

    Where else do you get that sort of quality, experience, physical ability, hard work, good distribution and ability to dominate the engine-room? And for free?? Yes his wages will be pretty big (read: similar to Barton’s) but he is worth it. Bring him in!

  • kk forever

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    dont u mean ashley got the money from milner

  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #18


    Too early to say sell Xisco, surely? I am not in the camp that thinks he should be starting and stuff right now, but I think he has really good potential; tall, pretty skillful, pretty fast and has a decent goal-scoring record. People at Deportivo were very sad to see him go. I would see keep him around.

    Get rid of:

    Alan Smith (No comments necessary. His best position is striker and he cannot score.. Sell.)

    Geremi: (Never liked him for us. Would be a decent RB cover, but he is on big wages etc. Sell.)

    Viduka: (Good player on his day, in fact the best at the club at what he does. However his injury record is absolutely dismal and he is on huge wages. Waste of cash. Let his contract run out.)

    Butt: (Awful distribution. A dominant figure in the dressing room it seems, but just not up to snuff anymore. Let his contract run out.)

    Cacapa: (Looks like he may never settle in the Prem. Was a good player in his day, but isn’t worth keeping around. Let him go on a free.)

    Edgar: (Will never be quite good enough for NUFC. Sort of a Peter Ramage story. Let him go and get football somewhere else for a small fee.)

    Duff: (Most difficult one since he is arguably very talented and in his prime was a real mennace. However, he is not getting younger, stands in the way of N’Zogbia, is on a reported 80k a week, and doesn’t create or score enough. Sell him.)

  • canada willie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Typical useless management, Kinnear and Wise should have had him on the radar but apparently have been asleep at the wheel.

    The sooner we get real professional in the better

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #20

    danish –

    Do you remember Gary Speeds 1st season? he was awful and the next he was a star player! Thats why i’m saying keep Smith!

    We will probably be Vidukas last club so we can let him retire here and pass on his knowledge to the club, the only reason i’m saying keep him is he is a good player but he can also help Ameobi!

    I’m saying Keep Geremi, but only till we get rm cover! Geremi isn’t a bad player but nowhere near Newcastle standards we can keep him as cover but nothing more

    Edgar – had his chance

    Cacapa- i agree with you

    Duff is in the best form he’s been in for years, if we sold him it would lead to a massive gap left for young Nzog
    I still think Duff has at least 5 years left of football and he will come good!

    Butt is an experienced player who’s seen it all and a player like this can really help us, i never knew about his freekicks and if we develop them he can still be useful

    all we need is a long throw expert and we’re sorted for me as we have

    Martins’s spring
    Owens great headers
    Ameobis height
    Smiths good headers
    Vidukas height
    and Xiscos Xisconess

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 19, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #21

    We should take a chance on him because he is quality when fit.

    If we have little money in Jan we could get Binya from Benfic for about a mil.

  • ed_speed

    Nov 19, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #22

    The referee’s a catholic! Get him out of here.


    p.s this is a warning message to the ref, anyone else needn’t worry, although you may worry if you want to.


    Nov 19, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom Toon
    If all of the players you have mentioned are as good as you claim and available for the low amounts you quote.
    The tell me how come they have`nt been snapped up by bigger clubs.
    Are you suggesting you are a better judge of talent than the proffessional scouts employed by Europes best cubs.
    Or is it only a hobby and opinions?

  • Tom

    Nov 19, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Definitely worth a shot. When he is fit he is a fantastic player!

  • cause I got the girth

    Nov 19, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Where did this come from like Ed, you bored or something??? No doubt, and as everyone who has seen him play has said, he is a great player, and at nowt, would be a decent bit of business!!! But as you said Ed, free agent since august….and you think we will go for him now because??…..????
    Just a bit too far into the realms of fantasy for me, the club has openly stated it youth policy, as well as taking into account the small issue of being in administrative turmoil, this wont be happening!!! The only thing that WILL be happening on the player front from now until Jan (or when we know until JFK will be in charge) is the scouting and the hopeful recruitment of young players. Carry on I say to Mr Wise!

  • ed_speed

    Nov 19, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #26

    THere’s a sale on at aldi. Better tell the mackems, a favourite pass time of theirs (shopping at aldi)


  • JOOO

    Nov 19, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Don’t bring him in but bring in


  • hitman

    Nov 19, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #28

    ed the unwashed arnt rich enough to shop there.

  • ed_speed

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #29

    good piont, Hitman. By the way, you are an outstanding film, and jason statnton is awesome in you.

    I toast to your film making skills, you are an honer to your country.


  • hitman

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #30

    shite film,great name

  • toon toon

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #31

    jonas just had an assist for argentina!

  • The Alchemist

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #32

    lol Ed Speed you crack me up..Good to have a jester in these troubled times.

    My only problem with this ‘why doesn’t he have a club already’ which must point to fitness issues. So i would say get him in on say 10k a week basic and massive appearance bonuses (improved play as you play). If he can prove his fitness then award him with a full contract in the summer. Hopefully by this stage we will have been sold and the owners will want to buy even better players!

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #33

    What ones did I say would be cheap.

    Binya would be cheap as he is 3rd back-up at Benfica and a good player, i never said e was brilliant.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Is Colo playing?

  • hitman

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #35


  • Rob Lee

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Would anyone on here be interested in buying an original match worn HSV Hamburg, signed Kevin Keegan shirt? I am looking to sell but ideally I would like the shirt to go to a geordie who will look after it like I have as this is very rare and special shirt…Anyone?

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Just seen the argentina goal. brilliant little lay off from gutierrez in the box for rodriguez. cool touch and just a touch on, great goal.

  • ed_speed

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #38

    hi Rob(lee)

    How did you get that? and what sort of money are you looking at for it?


  • reillers

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Just for anyone who cares, Ireland are behind 1-0 at half time.
    Shocking defence, nothing Shay could do, it was a good header..appauling defending though. Given didn’t look to pleased. LOL!!
    Folan and O Shea just looked at eachother.

    But Given’s made a decent save but other then that has had nothing much to do, Ireland really should be ahead, which brings me to the next point..Duff.

    Eh, he’s missed a few wee sitters. There’s calls for him to be taken off. He’s a wee bit shocking to be honest.

    Hopefully they’ll turn it around though. Doyle’s set Duff up a good few times but nothings come of it, hopefully that’ll be solved at half time.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #40

    good Colo isnt playing and the same for Martins, Bridge looks to be limping a bit 😀

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