Is John Arne Riise Being Lined Up By Kinnear?

The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear is ready to give former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise, now at Roma in Serie A,  a chance to return to the Premier League with Newcastle.

John Arne Riise – ready to come to Newcastle?

Before Joe Kinnear left for London today, for tomorrow’s tough game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle.

“I have already got my shortlist ready and I will be giving it to Mike. We need two players in as soon as possible and I have them in mind.”

“One is with Roma and he is not in the team at the moment and the other is a player who has already scored against us this season.”

“I know their agents and what they would be is loan deals from January until the end of the season. I already know that the player in Rome would cost us £2M to bring him over here.”

“But we need to strengthen the team and the squad and if we can get them they would be a big boost because both are top-class players.”

Note that Joe never mentions Riise by name, but it’s a good bet that’s who he is talking about, and he is Serie A, which Joe said this morning he had two players that were keen to come to Newcastle, initially on loan.

We wonder who the other player could be, who has already scored against us this season, but there’s quite a few who have done that. Let’s see now – has Ronaldo scored against us this season?  No – well that’s a pity.  😀

Hey, didn’t Titus Bramble also score against us last Saturday?

Other useful players, who may be good for our squad, and who have scored against us this season include 20 year-old Denilson (Arsenal), Samba (Blackburn) and 24 year-old Darren Fletcher of Man United, who would be great at Newcastle.

But we also wonder if any this has been cleared with Mike Ashley, or is it something that Joe, possibly with Dennis Wise, has been lining up?

Riise joined Roma from Liverpool for £4M in the summer, after Newcastle had reportedly been interested in the player, but the Norwegian International has made just five starts this season.

John Arne Riise said today:

“I got some games wrong, but I know what I am worth. I don’t feel like a third choice and I think I am quite a good player.”

If we can get Riise in January, that would be good, and as long as he performs well through the end of the season, making the 28 year-old a permanent member of the squad would be a good deal.

He’s better than any left back we currently have at the club, and very experienced, so he would strengthen the squad – so let’s get him.

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • nate dawg

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #1

    scored against us this season? that narrows it down lol


    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    do not need another cast off from another club.

  • Joseph

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Titus bramble……………………..

  • stuart

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    This is a anal Oliver story!!!

    He hasn’t gettin anything right about ncl for 2 yrs!!!

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Written on a previous post by myself:

    Alright Lads. Just ran out for some quick lunch in town was running past St James Park when I nearly got knocked down by some suit in a silver Merc coming out of the ground by the multi story happened to catch that he had a passenger beside him whom I met eyes with – Gerard Houllier. No Bull. Everyone to Ladbrokes???

  • JKPY

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    lol titus bramble.

    That would just buff up stuff again.

    Would have him just for the sh*t he’d get, good laugh at least.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    He wouldn’t be the worst signing we could make but £10m I don’t think so.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Now if he is talking about Rossi!!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #9

    He could be talking about Tonetto or Antunes too.

    Please, if there is a God let it be Antunes.

  • thai bride chris

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #10

    nah the other websites rekon its denilson from arsenal!!!! id have him! personally think we need someone more attcking in centre mid! but what do i no!!!

  • Karltoon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #11

    “do not need another cast off from another club.” – Are you for real? We’re sitting 4th bottom cause of goals, with a poor squad.. Now’s not the time to be proud!

    And it doesnt say he’s one of the £10m ones does it?

  • Karltoon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #12

    So who was houllier meeting at the ground, being that all the board work from london?

  • kevin Nichol

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    We should have signed riise before he went to roma in the first place! A Quality player with proven premiership pedigree who would also offer us a threat from set pieces! I cant remember getting excited about free kicks from 20=-25 yards from goal since robert left!

    Lets just hope that this is true….but he is clearly not the 10million pound player the tabloids suggest…

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    lads here is a list of who scored against us this season

    fletcher-wouldnt come

    scott dann-wouldnt want him
    c morisson-wouldnt want him

    van persie-would not come
    denilson-a possability some one said on a previous post it was him

    king-i havent seen a lot of him

    michelle-doubt it

    ohara-would probs stay at spurs
    pav-same as ohara

    cruz-doubt blackburn would loan him out
    samba some1 mentioned him on a earlier post

    arteta-wouldnt loan him out

    ireland-doubt it
    robinho-no way

    cisse-mackem scum
    richardson-mackem scum

    miller doubt it

    murphy-would we want him
    johnson-they would not loan him out

    bramble-if its him they should pay us
    taylor-dont know alot about him

    sorry if i have got some of the scorrers wrong

  • Lasse

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Riise has been crap lately. 4th choice at Roma, and was terrible for Norway V Ukraine.
    Don`t want him!

  • Whumpie

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d love to see Riise here, because we’ve all seen what he can do. People like him don’t become talentless overnight, and I think a decent manager will get him back up to speed. And he’s only 28, so plenty left in him.

    The main reason I’d like him is that we need someone who can really wallop the ball from long-range, and a dead ball specialist, which we lack at the moment. Riise has hit some stunners in his time.

    As for the others: surely some of the stattos out there must be able to work it out:

    – Serie A
    – £10m-ish value
    – Scored against us this season (therefore ex-premiership)
    – Not currently holding down a place

    Someone must know!

    Not that it matters much – it’s probably just a story to keep us off the owner’s back for another few weeks now that the ‘d-day’ story is dead.

  • ditto

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #17

    great point karltoon…hes talking out his arse as usual lol.

  • ditto

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #18

    is baptista in the roma side atm?

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Who knows although Dennis Wise has been round an awful lot lately and it wouldn’t be hard for Big Ash himself to jump on a plane and get up here same for lamb arse. All i’m saying is his minder nearly ran me over coming OUT of St James – suppose he could’ve been doing his Xmas shopping at Eldon Square

  • princemeister

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #20

    could it be joaquin did he moved club over the summer?

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #21

    lasse perhaps he cant adapt to the italian league and when he played for nrway he was short on confidence

  • brownrob

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Other players to have scored against us… in friendlies?




    Hertha Berlin

    Hartlepool! 😀

    Elliott 😀

    Woulndt mind Joaquin or Suarez like 😉

  • tyneside tommo

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #23

    I claim first prize for spotting today’s wind-up merchant … Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

  • Who is Derek Llambias?

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Sounds to me like Houllier couldn’t get out of here quick enough

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #25

    i’d absolutly love Denilson. I cant see arsenal getting rid of him though. Also, the fact that this is an Anal story doesnt help, as has already been stated, he hasnt got a thing right about us for years.

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    What, Wise Xmas shopping in Eldon Square? Who for.. can’t imagine his Xmas card list being very long!!

    But, why shouldn’t he be in Eldon Square? After all, he was brough into scour the world for talent !!!

  • Lapu kia

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #27

    I think is denilson.
    But is he worth 10 mil?
    All the scorers scored against us don’t worth 10mil
    Those who worths 10mils won’t come.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Fact is Riise was shoxking in his last 2/3 seasons at Liverpool.

  • rooks

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Kinnear is full of sh*t, what’s with the cryptic clues, he sounds like a kid in the playground. surprised he didnt add ‘and his name rhymes with pizza’.

    almost everything he says turns out not to be true.


    Nov 21, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Agree wth Tom Toon, please we got all the Pool rejects we need.
    Rational= he has PL experience plus he can wallop the ball from a distance, could say the same about Bramble.
    Nope ! not a good buy.
    C`mon TOM TOON, tell them who we need.


    Nov 21, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #31

    john arne riise would be another signing of alan smith propotions.
    he is another player who come with a reputation but do nothing for us,and pick up wages.
    these are the type of signings that have us where we are today.
    i bet the only reason we would ever sign him is because he will come cheap.

  • micepie

    Nov 21, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #32

    So strange how things are now to pre-JK days where we heard nothing from the club for months on end! I don’t think JK can resist talking very openly about everything but it’s probably just ethusiasm and there’s nowt wrong with that.

    I see an article headline in the Daily Mail (on News Now) about JK being a Victor Meldrew type. The only thing Victor Meldrew is the Daily Mail itself, dreary and unimaginative rag that it is. Complaining about referees is just zealous enthusiasm too.

    Anyway, Riise would be okay though not especially exciting. Denilson would be great!
    I hope we don’t let many players go, if anyone.

  • van la xavier

    Nov 21, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #33

    autunes is too risky imo.
    But just a loan, why dont have a try?
    As so with Riise, his have PL experience may help Jose.
    I know he was bad, but form is not permenant.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 21, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #34

    We should know Newcastle by now

    Massive rumour (eg Xavi is coming)

    We sell a good player (milner)

    Evrything looks promising (spanish striker!)

    We get a player about half as good (Xisco)

    We’ve heard it all before lads, Rilse would be great but its a bit too good for Newcastle!

    Well we did get Owen 😀

  • David_Barber

    Nov 21, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #35

    At least ED has a sense of hummer (List-what list?)! Ash the cash is not interested! We need to be sold-before we can go down that avenue!

  • iain

    Nov 21, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #36

    “john arne riise would be another signing of alan smith propotions.
    he is another player who come with a reputation but do nothing for us,and pick up wages.
    these are the type of signings that have us where we are today.
    i bet the only reason we would ever sign him is because he will come cheap.”

    quoted for truth.

    how feckin stupid do managers of nufc repeatadly need to be ??????????????

    how many top 4 rejects do we need ??

    at this rate why might as well try and sign up the likes of cantona.

    theres a reason liverpool let him go and now roma will let him go and its not because hes a top quality player.

    smith/geremi/cacapa/butt/duff/ all bad buys imo.

    who came of the best when we spent 5m on duff and everton spent 5m on lescott, bare in mind at the time we had no left back.

  • Whitey

    Nov 21, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Cud it not b philliepe mexes?
    they have bin lookin 2 offload im and he is worth closer 2 10 million then Risse

  • kk forever

    Nov 21, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #38


  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 21, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #39

    One thing is for sure i would rather have Riise LB than Enrique!

  • JOOO

    Nov 21, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Kinear wont be manager in January so who cares. The new manager will want his own players.


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