Are Newcastle Really After Nigel Quashie?


The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Nigel Quashie of West Ham United may be on the verge of becoming the latest bargain buy at Newcastle, since the Tyneside club seem to have no money to spend in January.

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Nigel Quashie – are Newcastle interested in this player?

Scottish international midfielder Quashie, who is 30 years old, is approaching the end of a three-month loan spell from West Ham United, where he couldn’t get his game, to Championship side Birmingham City.

Quashie’s loan expires after this coming weekend and Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear is said to want the midfielder for around £500K, which will hardly excite the Newcastle fans, who were looking forward to getting quality players arriving at the club in January.

It looks like Birmingham City’s Scottish manager Alex McLeish had wanted to sign the combative midfielder but Quashie wants to return to the Premier League and presumably would jump at the chance to join Newcastle United.

But this has to be seen by Newcastle fans as a signing to fill up the numbers and when you think we were after players like Luka Modric, Andrey Arshavin and Arda Turan last year, this has to signal a massive reduction in player quality the club is pursuing.

Looking on the bright side, maybe Joe can see something in Quashie that Newcastle need, and probably that’s some bite in midfield. And he certainly comes at a decent price, and maybe he could do a job for the club over the next two or three years – but that’s looking on the very bright side of things.

Born in the London borough of Southwark, Nigel has played for a number of clubs in his career, starting at  QPR, and then moving in order to Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth, Southampton, WBA, West Ham and recently Birmingham City on a 3 month loan, where he played 10 times for the Championship club.

The 5’9″ midfielder has played for Scotland 14 times with one goal, and qualified because his grandfather was born in Scotland, although he also played 4 times for the England Under-21 side and once for England B.

We have no idea if this story is true, but we don’t think signing Nigel Quashie will make Shay Given or Michael Owen think that Newcastle are headed anywhere exciting in the next few years.

Let us know what you think – is Quashie a better player than we think?

Comments very welcome.



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50 comments so far

  • bobby_ollox

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    oh for christs sake

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    no hes not, i hope all you lot who said ashley was good for this club are starting to realise the error of your ways, i mean if you think not giving us any money and us having to go for the type of players we are going for is good for the club then theres something serioulsy wrong with you, get fat ashley out and take joe kinnear with you cos from the players hes looking at hes mkaing the club even more of a laughing stock

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  • Ericles

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    This is a Mirror wind-up so forget it. Nowhere near the type of quality NUFC must recruit. If this really is a Joe target then we are in deep shite.

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    What the XXXXing player !!? If the story is true, I don’t know why we want to waste money for him ??

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  • Darling27

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    I bloody well hope we’re not after him. I’d rather see Lua Lua given a run out. Why are we so reluctant to give the youngsters a go!!! It’s always the same. No faith in our younger players.

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  • magpies1

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    you cant blame ashley or kinnear yet because we have NOT signed these players were being linked for because they ares shi* and we wont sign them

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  • arctoa

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    No, no, no. Pretty-much every Premier League club he’s signed for has gotten relegated in the same season. Coincidence?

    Darling27 – It’s all well and good giving youth players a run-out, but we don’t seem to have any decent central midfielders coming through and playing them out of position at that age wouldn’t be wise.

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  • Raffo

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    anyone remember david craigs comments?

    ‘ashley is on the verge of signing a world class CM which will make people stand up and know he takes it seriously’

    Quashie anyone!?!?!?

    What a joke if this happens

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Can you just imagine a CM partnership of Quashie and Ferguson with Lovenkrands on the left wing LOL, surely this report is utter nonesense. Anyway why all of a sudden are we being linked with so many SPL, ex SPL and Scottish players, they’re all Sh@te.

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  • Fostino

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #10

    i think the daily mirror are genuinely taking the piss with this story!! they have it in for us sincee joe’s attack on them!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Shocking if we sign him.

    Quashi-Modo..the bells-the bells !!

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  • Kash

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Kay Sera Sera, we’ll be back in Division Three. Will never get to Wembley, Kay Sera Sera!!!!

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  • batty

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    nick 69 ur spot on mate

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  • Neil A H

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    We need the numbers but this would not be a welcomed signing. I agree with giving the likes of Lua Lua a run out. Quashie is worse than what we have at the moment.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    PLEASE NO!

    Quashie = Relegation.

    He has been relegated 4 time,s he is the most relegated player in prem history!

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  • batty

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16

    dus any 1 know if AO has been banned

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  • arctoa

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Shot Bru – They’re all Rangers players and that’s ’cause they’re skint at the minute; Lovenkrands was meant to be going on trial with the gers but there was no way they could afford him without offloading some players first which is why he’s here instead.

    Personally I think Lovenkrands can do a decent job as a squad player for us but I worry about his recent injury record… typical Newcastle signing in that respect, hah.

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  • Prince Bassong

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Squashie would be a waste of money at £500k.

    We’d be much better off gambling on a player like Anthony Annan from Rosenborg. He’s also combative, very fit, but can actually contributeto the attacking side of the team too. Alright, he may cost a bit more (say £4m or so) but with better quality and being a lot younger he’d represent the kind of player this club was meant to be looking towards to be successful and secure in the long run.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #19

    ashley does not care who we get in as long as they are free or less than 30 quid. he has never and will never invest in newcastle united football club. he is nothing more than a greedy fat cnut that is defo taking us back to the fizzy league and then down even more. i hope his private plane crashes and takes him out! the fat fcuk! we are doomed. the window is half way through and nothing, zip. only players linked with leaving really. the dross that he has us linked with coming in is very very scary and embarrassing for a prem team. the shit he wants could not even get into a good fizzy team ffs.

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  • Fostino

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    the man is a jinx………….west ham must be praying someone will take him!!

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Please say this is bull.

    I’m tempted to completely disregard this story cos its the Mirror but the way things are going you can’t help but worry!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Batty-In think he has been banned.

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  • Darling27

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah Anthony Annan is a quality young player.

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Arctoa it’s not just the Rangers players we are being linked to, its also the likes of Boruc, McGeady, Driver, Obua, Jonsson maybe Wise is in Scotland for his holidays.

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  • Brettoon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #25

    God no!!

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #26

    nigel quashie, hmmmmmmm no thanks

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  • GSfan

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey lads! Don’t be surprised if a deal is struck between Nufc and Besiktas for Geremi these days. According to loads of sources, negotiations are at the final stages for both the transfer fee and Geremi’s wage, and Besiktas still hasn’t denied any rumours of their interest after 1 week since the first rumours cropped up!

    So ye in other words, go get that CM you guys need!

    P.S: This login stuff seems fancy. However, I ain’t used to stuff like this =( I got a freaky password that I gotta copy paste lol. How do I change the pass?

    Cheers.

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  • tino97

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #28

    I hope this is just rubbish from the Mirror. They are trying to make fun of us with this one. But now Sky are running with story. Newcastle linked with most relegated player in premiership history. If he signs for us, I’ll be shocked and be getting ready for life in the championship. I just hope its a rumour. But shows how much things have changed, we used to be unrealistically linked to great players, now we are unrealistically linked to poor players.

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #29

    i pray to god NO , i dont want any1 tellin me his an international for scotland he is dog shi*t, some 1 told me his the most relegated man is that true?

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Guys !!! Daily Mirror report – enough said !!!!

    The brief at all tabloid ‘newspapers’ during the transfer window is :

    ” Lets see how many shi*e players we can link with Newcastle”

    The winner gets a prize of a weekend for two at Butlins – Bognor Regis !!!!

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  • Fostino

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #31

    we’ll hear from joe in an hour or so on SSN…………………..i for one am looking forward from hearing from him and nipping this quashie story in the bud!!

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  • Nick D

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #32

    If I was Kinnear and I was hamstrung with finances, I would rather promote some youngsters than throw away whatever pittance we have on one of the worst players the EPL has ever seen in Quashie, the perennial relegation mascot.

    Same with Lovenkrands, as injury prone as they come.

    If it’s a case of padding out the squad, then surely Lua Lua is a better option. I am not a huge Carroll fan, but look at what it meant to him to score. Other clubs bring the kids through, why not us ?

    Kadar is a class act as is Krul. Tthey don’t need to be protected or held back any more. All the fuss over a left back. Enrique is getting better all the time and we have Tozer to step up, why hanker after Riisse and Shorey on stupid wages.

    Most of all we need to unleash Ranger. At Arsenal or a properly run, progressive club, he’d already be well on his way. Where is Spear? Rooney was playing at 16. We have all these promisong kids who offer us far more hope than sicknotes Viduka, Smith, Cacapa, Barton et al.

    We need to get to the end of the season and get in a Van gall, Advocaat, Houllier, Ranieri type. Not the top I admit, but the top won’t come and they would all be a definite improvement on Joke Kinnear and his dark age rhetoric.

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  • Fostino

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #33

    ya….he’s been relegated with 4 different clubs!!

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  • Micky Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #34

    GSFan – Click on your user name above the box where you type in your comments and scroll down that page until you see the change password area. Type in your new password there.

    Nice to see everyone getting wound up about this nothing story. Why does everyone take what the papers say as gospel? Calm down, have a cup of tea and realise that we aren’t signing Queasy . I know some of you would love it if we were signing players like this as it would validate everything you think about the people who are currently in charge of the club. But think about it. JFK may not be the best manager in the world, but he isn’t daft. He knows what kind of player the fans want and god knows ashley does, so don’t expect to see Queasy in the B&W of NUFC.

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  • the holy grail

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #35

    craig s chisholm
    are you for real, ashley is now only worth 800mil (i say only because he was worth 1.6bil), so now that means more than a quarter of his overall wealth is in nufc as HE HAS PAID OFF OUR DEBT so why tyhe f**k would he want us to get religated, really are you mad???

    and as for “the dross that he has us linked with coming in is very very scary and embarrassing for a prem team” HOW THE HELL CAN HE HELP WHO WE ARE LINKED WITH its the papers who dont belive we have much money (has anyone actually said we have no money, and do you know anyone elses budget in the prem league NO SO WHY THE HELL WINGE BECAUSE YOU DONT KNOW OURS)linking us with players who they belive are in our price range, man city are in the same boat (the papers belive they have unlimited funds available) and link them with kaka, messi and buffon yet they are bidding for parker and bellamy?????

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Man City are looking at signing Kaka.

    We get linked with every piece of Cak Ka on the market !!!

    LOL 😀 thats the tabloids for you !!!!!

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #37

    id rather barry ferguson than nigel quashie, and thats saying something lol

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  • Matthew Tom

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #38

    This is THE most depressing thing I’ve heard in years about the Toon, and that’s saying something.

    This better had be total rubbish made up by the papers. It’s bad enough if that’s all it is – not even the Mirror would stoop to such insults in previous years.

    NickD – completely agree with you, bring on the youth rather than spend money on low grade has beens.

    We have to recruit quality, young or old, anything but more mediocre garbage.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #39

    What does depress me about these risible rumours is that even though that’s probably all they are, we’ve clearly sunk low enough that a journo (?) is able to print that with a relatively (!) straight face and have people talking about it both here and elsewhere with some sincerity. Instead of people ridiculing the journo for writing such garbage it seems it’s not so far-fetched after all. Is that just how far we’ve sunk or how far we and others think we’ve sunk? God forbid there is even the tiniest grain of truth in it…..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #40

    RyanToon – Barry Ferguson is the pits but Quashie is worse!

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