Newcastle Already Out Bid For Some Targets


Joe Kinnear is not too good at keeping secrets, and with any luck, within a couple of days we should know exactly who Newcastle are going after in January,

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Barry Ferguson – Scotland captain is another Magpies target

Joe let it slip today that he’s after Scotland and Rangers captain, Barry Ferguson, as Joe is obviously committed to improving his squad before February rolls around.

30 year Ferguson has just 18 months left on his contract at the Scottish club, but Kinnear says he has made an approach for the Scotland international.

Ferguson, not one for the too distant future, was at Blackburn Rovers from 2003-2005, but then returned to Rangers, after a less than convincing stay in the Premier League, where he appeared only 36 times for Blackburn. He’s also had his fair of injuries in his career.

He’s appeared over 270 times for Glasgow Rangers and 44 times for Scotland.

Barry did not play until November last year after undergoing an ankle operation. However he seems to have recovered well enough this season and Joe Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I have enquired about Ferguson, but we will wait and see what the outcome of that is.” “We are finding it difficult to bring certain players from clubs.”

“Our bids haven’t been accepted so far. The problem is two or three clubs are in for the same players.”  “At the moment, there could be teams bidding more than us.”

“It would help if I could move on some of the players here and get the finances in that way.” “But we’ve had no bids for them.”  “There have been no bids for any of our players – no enquiries and no bids.”

“The January transfer window is hardly ideal,” “We have a lot of players missing at the moment who are out for six weeks or more.”

“That means it’s tough – if we pick up more injuries we are in trouble for West Ham next week.”  “We really need to get some bodies in. We need versatile players who can play in a number of positions.”

“We’ve got injuries all over the pitch, but we have to grin and bare it.”

That’s not good news that other clubs have bid more than us, because that means they will not be coming to Newcastle.

Hopefully we’ll find out the calibre of players that Joe is after sooner rather than later, but we cannot just wait until the summer, because we just must get some good players in during January.

The very last thing we want is to get relegated, and we don’t subscribe to some Newcastle fans’ view that that would be the best thing.

Going down to the Championship cuts off so much money, it makes it difficult for clubs to build up their squads.

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57 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Good point about the Championship Ed.

    Lets hope that NUFC as a business does everything in its power to avoid relegation.

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    obviosly one for the future !!!!!

    He couldnt hack it at his prime – why try again

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  • StevieA

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t see us getting Ferguson. He is a Rangers nut and was constantly home sick at Blackburn and couldn’t wait to return.

    I would prefer someone younger like Sissoko unless we can get him for 5 million or so of course, then it would be good business.

    Good player but as you say he had problems settling at Blackburn. He might have matured now but still have some doubts, who knows he might be a bit unhappy with Rangers accepting bids for players etc.

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  • Toon 85

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #4

    not better then what we have in reserve i.e. geremi, but we do need numbers

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I get a very bad feeling about this transfer window (should be used to it I guess), Llama wanting bargain basement players, the darf off selling the rest of hte squad and Ashley getting ready to cash in on as many players as possible without any decent replacments – I guess he thinks if he cnat sell the club he will take as much out of it as possible – before the final Woolies like closure

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  • DanToon

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    joke

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  • tino97

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #7

    True Ferguson struggled in the premiership. Though he did have problems with injuries and is still injury prone. Do we need anymore injured players? I’m sure he is a strong character and has his strong points. But not sure about him or Bougherra ( don’t know too much about him tbh).

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Bougherra – sounds too like Boumsong to me.

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  • dougnufc

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    NUFC: Shay Given, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Michael Owen (c), Andy Carroll
    Subs: Steve Harper, Geremi, David Edgar, Xisco, Kazenga LuaLua, Tamas Kadar, Jonas Gutierrez

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  • dougnufc

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Why the F*** is Jonas on the bench?

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Whys Jonas on the bench?? With Carrolls height he needs crosses !!!!

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  • bod

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #12

    what a joke kinnear too left side players on the pitch jonas on the bench

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  • Ally

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #13

    we cant afford to leave our best player on the bench

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  • toonarmy 08

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #14

    To be honest lads ,jonas has been shite ast 2 games ,maybe a change of formation is what we need lol ,unless hes carryin a knock .

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  • Stuart

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Can understand that we are being outbidded by other clubs.

    We are probably only bidding 1m quid for everyone. Wouldn’t expect Mr Pound Land to spend anything

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  • tino97

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Maybe he wanted to rest Jonas. He is not used to playing so many games. We can’t afford for him to get injured, so not a big problem.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Chill on the team its only the Fa cup which we have no chance of winning!

    Got the doom & gloom is rubbing off on me today!

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  • StevieA

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Carroll over Xisco?

    🙁

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  • toonarmy 08

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Stuart -mr pound land -priceless mate !!!!ha ha

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  • geordie jock

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Jonas needs a break he’s not playing as well as he was earlier in the season.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #21

    He must really think Xisco is Shi*e! He just can’t get a game can he?

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  • StevieA

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #22

    F’n hell I haven’t played football for about 8 years and I am still better than Carrol. My god I am glad I am not poor Xisco sat on the bench, check the lad for razor blades!

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #23

    CArroll and xisco up front with Mickey Mouse in the hole – hoping he picks up a long term injury today as the little money grabber will not sign on – after a hatrick of course

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #24

    I heard we bid a million for a leeds player and man city bid 10 million haha
    Even early doors I can’t see any decent players coming in..just being honest and trying not to be negative.

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  • Tommy_PA

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Of course we can afford to leave him on the bench, rest him.
    Why we have Given, Taylor, Enrique, Bassong, and Collocini on the pitch is questionable, surely this is the time to start Harper, Edgar and Kadar if the West Ham game is so important.
    You could look at it either way, if there are some wantaways, why risk injury or cup tieing them?
    Personally I would be giving Xisco and Lua Lua a start as well.

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  • StevieA

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Is it something to do with Spanish players and fitness or what? Enrique took ages to get up to speed and he still isn’t quite there now is he? Although I admit he is getting a little better each game.

    To spend 7 million on Xisco and play Carroll ahead of him is crazy though. How does the coaching staff know that Xisco won’t score 1 or 2 and get on a bit of a roll? He might just need a goal or 2 to get his confidence up.

    Madness.. it must be down to fitness that’s all it can be surely.

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  • JonnyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Carroll looked good against Wigan lads, im glad hes getting a chance today.

    Xisco can come on as sub

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  • StevieA

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Carroll causes problems but he is not a goal scorer and probably never will be. He is an Ameobi type (yes after his career threatening injuries!)

    Why not give Xisco or Ranger a chance for that matter? I even rate Donaldson as a better player than Carroll. He hasn’t progressed at all since his debut.

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  • fostino

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #29

    happy to see carroll get a chance, but xisco should get a run too. ameobi seems to be always getting minor injurys whatever wrong with him!!

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  • StevieA

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s good to see we are trying to sign a good quality midfielder though. If we don’t sign Ferguson then we will sign another defensive midfielder so that is a good sign at least.

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  • mr se7en

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Listen guys, the whole of england knows that newcastle have great support and deserve better but the truth is that your club is not as big as you think it is. just look at you team at the moment, its borderline shocking… i know you have had your problems with bad management on and off the field but the only way to where you want to be is to back your management, i know its not going to be pretty but you tried to turn your backs on them and it got you knowhere . im a stockport fan and if we get beat 5-0 we all do the konga and sing even louder this way the club and players know how much they let us down, rather than turning on them… if you boo them all they want to do is leave and get more money… good luck with the rest of your season.

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  • mr se7en

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Listen guys, the whole of england knows that newcastle have great support and deserve better but the truth is that your club is not as big as you think it is. just look at you team at the moment, its borderline shocking… i know you have had your problems with bad management on and off the field but the only way to where you want to be is to back your management, i know its not going to be pretty but you tried to turn your backs on them and it got you knowhere . im a stockport fan and if we get beat 5-0 we all do the konga and sing even louder this way the club and players know how much they let us down, rather than turning on them… if you boo them all they want to do is leave and get more money… good luck with the rest of your season.

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  • Ross

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #33

    jason toon-probably delph. they said they wouldnt let him leave unless they got a stupid money offer they couldnt refuse. apparently we bid for him in the summer and we were “politely told to reasses our bid” lol. or something like that. apparently our bid was just an insult to leeds and the player. so i wouldnt be surprised if city had given them that stupid money bid.

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #34

    mr se7en, another person that buys in to the media,s newcastle big club rubbish.
    we never go on like that so you should get your facts straight.
    i love the way fans from other clubs come on here as if they know whats going on ffs.

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  • wsq

    Jan 3, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #35

    ASHLEY OUT!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 3, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Yeah Ross it was Delph : )

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  • StevieA

    Jan 3, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #37

    It doesn’t mean our bid wasn’t pretty high by the way. It could just be Ken Bates playing silly buggers for all we know, he can be very awkward to deal with when it comes to transfers.

    I would imagine the initial bid would have been at least 4 or 5 million. Leeds either snap your hand off or want more, they obviously want 10 million so I would look elsewhere this time. Perhaps a cheeky bid for Jenas or Elano instead.

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 3, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #38

    it does not bode well if we are getting outbid for a 30 year old in the spl and some dross in the fizzy league eh!! what do we have to spend, about 30 quid or something??
    also, i do not agree with ed that it is a bad thing to get relegated – why is it exactly. you can not say its cos the cash available for investment would be less………cos he has spent nothing anyway. from what i can see it would be good. we would get rid of all the people that play for us but only want the money and not the badge plus it would stop ashley in his greedy little tracks raping our club and sticking it up our arse at every given chance. i hate this fat shit, i hope he goes bust, looses everything and ends up a street bum getting gang raped up the arse by a bunch of makems.

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 3, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Barry Ferguson when in his early 20’s was a fantastic footballer who like many other Scottish players could not cut the premiership! Why on earth would we be after him now? McKeady would not cut the prem either! But they both might help us in the championship if we gan doon!

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  • Jamie G

    Jan 3, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s funny the way english people are so against the SPL. Yes I agree the EPL is by far a wealthier league where there is a better standard of football, but the SPL does create some good players.

    I agree Ferguson didn’t have the best time at Blackburn but he’s consistant and he’s a grafter (a bit like Scott Parker)

    It’s humourous the way people say ‘oh i dont want ferguson, not mad keen on the spl, their players cant cut it in the spl..’
    Look at the crap english players newcastle have signed from other english teams like Carl Cort, Titus Bramble, Alan Smith etc.
    James McFadden is a very good player, who did well with Everton and is still the best player in the Birmingham team. Lorenzo Amoruso did well for Blackburn when he signed from Rangers. Gary McAllistair another good player.

    McGeady is far better than any England U21 winger.

    Rangers are skint right now, and Smith has been told he needs to move around 8 or 9 players out this window.
    We could get Ferguson in for less than £3M, and Bougherra would probs be £3M as well. decent business. Mcgeady for 7 (to replace N’zgobia) and i would be happy with the january business.

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