Newcastle Reported Close To Signing Barry Ferguson


It appears that Joe Kinnear, according to the Newcastle Journal today, may be closing in on Rangers and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson, whose price has been cut by Glasgow Rangers to just £3M.

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Barry Ferguson – on his way to Newcastle?

It appears that Rangers just have to slash their wage bill in January, and their captain is one the top wage earners north of the border on £40K-a-week.

As the Journal points out this morning, Ferguson hardly fits the club’s transfer strategy of signing young players (cheaply), who have yet to develop fully as footballers, and then developing them at the club – Sebastien Bassong is an excellent example of that.

But Ferguson is very experienced and will add to the competition for places in the Newcastle midfield. The Scotland captain, born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, has played close to 300 games for the powerful Rangers side in his two stints there, and played around 36 times for Blackburn, when he was there from 2003-2005.

Ferguson has just returned from a long term injury, and his form has not been too good in Scotland, but maybe more games will bring that back, although he was hardly a resounding success at Blackburn Rovers.

He wouldn’t be a great signing for Newcastle, but at £3M he’s probably a decent signing for the money, and will help to deepen the squad in an area where we are very weak indeed – central midfield.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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106 comments so far

  • Rollo

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    He’ll be a lost cause as Boumsong etc. Name me one player who have come out of the SPL to the PL and has done great? What a waste of money

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    We are going down 🙁

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  • xisco biscuits

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    is he better than butt? yes
    is he better than guthrie? probably
    is he better than barton? no

    overall i’d say a solid, if uninspired signing IF it comes off

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    See how this one rolls out and take it from then on!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Hes an average player and nothing more than a squad player.

    Apparently we are ater Givet. Worst thing is any reason we are going to get him is Blackburn want to offer him a trial, and we dont. We are going into the bargain bin big time!

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  • Who is Derek Llambias?

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    rollo.

    Carlos Cuelluer (cant spell it) its absolute class

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  • I dont think Ferguson would join us for several reasons:

    1) He is at the club he supports and is the captain.
    2) His previous stint in England with Blackburn.
    3) We are hardly a attractive propisition to any potential signings.

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  • StevieA

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Well I was right about Guthrie being a good signing and I will say that Barry Ferguson will be a good signing for us too. I think he is in his prime and has something to prove.

    Watch him improve us, mark my words. 😉

    Plus it’s a bargain at 3 or so million. How can it not be?

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s 32 next month – what’s the point in signing him at that age? Surely there are young, better options available in leagues other than the Mickey Mouse league?

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  • sweendog

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    for the Love of God .. NO…
    Butt is better and his legs are gone.
    Theres far better championship or youth players out there so unless Kinnear is completely mad this is a non starter.. mind you kinnear is mad .. oh f**k

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  • All of you are talking about it being a done deal if we have had a bid accepted. What if Ferguson doesnt want to join?

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  • Really shocking if we are chasing pap like this.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Decent signing would be someone for 700 k-1.5mill……but for 3 mill-getting injury prone player when at top of his peak couldn’t handle the EPL while in Blackburn,probably will be on 50k pw at least……..thats a disaster signing Ed.

    For 3 mill you could get Nenad Milijas from Red Star Belgrade who plays CM & DM….but mostly DM,scored 38 goals in 112 games and 50% of them were from 2o meters or more.

    Now i see how pathetic we really are.

    ASHLEY OUT

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  • Who is Derek Llambias?

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    rollo.

    Mikel Arteta
    Henrik Larrson
    Gary Macallister
    Van Hoidonk

    there’s definitely more but I cant think of them off hand

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Relegaton here we go. It/s the first time I open my eye and know the how bad we are now.

    Newcastle is not club on high level and no ambition anymore. FuXX !! how the shame !!

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  • Darling27

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    So much for the youth policy then.

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  • brownrob

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #17

    I know, but Ed… if you sign only kids… well you know what they say, you never win anything with kids 😉

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  • Who is Derek Llambias?

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    good shout on Milijas Partizan

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  • Nick C

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Edd, he is 30 at the moment. 31, next month according to wiki. My mate in Glasgow, a Rangers season ticket holder loves him. However, I can never remember thinking “WoW”

    However, one thing I will say. Its easy to make judgments on players you have never seen kick a ball live. Non NUFC supporting friends of mine used to bang on about what a great player Dyer is. My point is, sometimes players get a rep one way or the other undeservedly.

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  • The Game

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Who is Derek Llambias?- You could add Viduka to that list.

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  • Chizzy_Toon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #21

    What an absolute joke! If Ferguson signs I will be putting on my boots and going to SJP to try and get into the team.

    I have said all along i dont rate Kinnear at all, and i think all he will do is sign a lot of old has beens and renew sh1te players contracts, and let all the half decent ones leave.

    He will be selling Oba soon and buying Henrik Larrsson 🙂

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  • G

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Viduka did alright in the prem, sadly, not for us tho.

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  • StevieA

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #23

    32? He’s only 30 so why even say that?

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  • neeraj

    Jan 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #24

    considering its jan and the way the market is inflated

    he can be a good squad player……

    has the experience at champ league and uefa cup….
    with barton and guthrie the regular starters

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  • tyneside tommo

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #25

    Rest easy chaps. This is another nonsense story. Rangers chairman Sir David Murray has said in the last 24 hours that Bazza won’t be sold and will be offered a new contract to keep him at Ibrox for the rest of his career. Pity the story in today’s Glasgow Herald wasn’t picked up to avoid unnecessary alarm among the Toon faithful.

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  • The Entertainers

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #26

    If he comes he would be a good squad player.

    My fear is that Ashley will bring him in on low wages and then sell Barton who will be on almost double that Fergie will be on!

    Then all of a sudden Ferguson is no longer a squad player….scary!

    Again IF we do sign Ferguson then he is a product of our dreadful summer spending spree.

    If only we had signed in depth, with promising younger players, even from the lower divisions, we wouldnt be scrapping around the bargain basement for cheap has beens.

    Harsh, but true.

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  • nuf-C you in the Championship

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #27

    Enough said in 1 paragraph of Ed’s post:

    “Ferguson has just returned from a long term injury, and his form has not been too good in Scotland, but maybe more games will bring that back, although he was hardly a resounding success at Blackburn Rovers”.

    What a disaster!!

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  • Sir Erec

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Rollo, a certain shay given came from the SPL to the premier league and he’s done well

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  • The Game

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Lads, Lest you forget that the signings that were made during the summer window were out of the blue (bar Coloccini). We were never linked with Jonas, Guthrie or Bassong prior to their signing were we?

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  • scottishmag

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Ferguson would defo do a job. He is a winner, won 13 medals so far, you can knock the spl all you like but it takes a certain character to captain Rangers.

    He has vast champions league experience and captained the team to the UEFA cup final last year. How in the position we are in can we turn down a player like that?

    Its all opinions but I am sure Ferguson would do well for us!

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  • joe

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #31

    At least he’s competitive in midfield, which wouldn’t be the case if we have to play charlie in cm. We don’t have a strong cm at the club and butt looks finished. The sooner Barton gets fit the better.

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  • tyneside tommo

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #32

    I should also have pointed out that Sir David has always insisted that no other players – sucgh us Mendes and Bougherra – will be allowed to leave if the Kris Boyd deal goes ahead.
    So I guess JFK and Wise will need to look for bargain basements elsewhere. Expect a rash of Celtic stories.

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  • Darling27

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #33

    Moussa Sissoko and Sambou Yatabare are up and coming midfield stars.

    We’ve been linked with them and i’m sure the limited transfer funds we have would be better off spend on them.

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  • Ian

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Rollo how about Stan Petrov

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Just for the craic –

    There are plenty of players who have been in and around the top flight in Scotland and then been a success down here and in Europe. I have no qualms about signing players from there if they’re the right kind of player.
    However, to put a bit of perspective on it, let’s look at players NUFC have signed directly from the SPL:

    Paddy Kelly
    Jimmy Crawford
    Stephen Glass
    Jean Alain Boumsong

    Our form is not good so far.

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  • nuf-C you in the Championship

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #36

    Paragraph 2 (Another unsubstatiated rumour of absolute bull5hit…!)

    http://www.rangers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,5~1512208,00.html

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #37

    This is in recent years mind, just to qualify that last post……

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  • BOBBY_9

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #38

    think it would be a good signing, i saw him at blackburn couple of years ago and he was the best player on the park, and as for players coming outof scotland rollo, VIDUKA, he was awesome, gettin on now like but still, and what about larsson at man utd!

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  • Tom

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #39

    Utter waste of money. Couldn’t cut it in the premiership with Blackburn when he was at his best, and now he is even worse.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #40

    My mistake, he is only 30, but 31 next month.

    I just think there MUST be better and younger options.

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