Newcastle Try To Buy Out Lucas Neill Contract


Surprising new being reported by the Evening Chronicle today is that Newcastle have lodged bids for West Ham’s Lucas Neill and French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who we were interested in during the summer.

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Lucas Neill – Newcastle trying to buy out contract

According to the Chronicle the club are hoping to come to an agreement with West Ham to buy out the remainder of Neill’s contract – which has six months left to run – much like they did to get Real Mallorca’s Jonas Gutierrez.

Joe Kinnear confirmed last night, probably to cheer fans up after the terrible defeat tp Hull City, that funds had been made available by owner Mike Ashley and that the two £4M bids for Mbia and Ebondo have been lodged.

Kinnear said today:

“We’ve bid for two players and we have tried our hardest to get them both here at Newcastle United.”

“One of them plays for Cameroon – he’s a decent player and is very powerful in the air.”

The Chronicle is reporting that, after assessing their options for right-back and given that the cash-strapped West Ham club are desperate to reduce their wage bill, Newcastle have cooled their interest in Toulouse right-back Albin Ebondo for now.

But how can that be the case if we only lodged our £4M bid for the player yesterday?  Both these things cannot be true, unless Toulouse have already come back and either turned down the bid or asked for more money.

Bafetimbi Gomis was a target of Newcastle back in the summer when he played for France in the European Championships, but at that time the fee was as much as £10M, which seemed far too high.

However, the striker may have already gone off the boil a little and while he scored 16 times in 35 French League games last season, he has only scored 4 goals this time around, so if we could get him for a reasonable fee, that could turn out to be a good deal for the club.

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Bafe Gomis – 23 year old St. Etienne striker

The 23-year-old 6’1″ striker, who has played 4 times for France with 2 goals, would give Newcastle more options in attack right now, with Michael Owen our only fully-fit striker, and with the likelihood the former Liverpool striker will leave in the summer on a free transfer.

We’re not too sure about Neill, since we’ve never rated the player too highly, but if we can get him for a good deal, like we did for Gutierrez last summer, that might be worth it, but the Aussie will be on a massive wage, and is probably not worth those high wages.

Of course on the positive side, Neill has lots of Premier League experience and can play almost anywhere across the back four so he could be a decent buy for Newcastle, if only because of because of his flexibility in defense.

Lucas is apparently very keen to come to Newcastle, but that’s probably because he’ll get a signing bonus since no transfer fee will be involved in the deal. The fact that Dennis Wise knows West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola quite well. could also help us in the negotiations.

Of course his Ausie team-mate Mark Viduka is already on Tyneside, although out injured yet again, and with no likelihood of  earning an extended deal in the summer.

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238 comments so far

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Lucas piggin Neill thats all we need another big waged mercenary. I’d rather have the young lad from Tolouse thanks…….as for Gomis I’ll believe it when I see it much like M’Bia

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    i am aussie, i hate him he is dog sh*t, and is a money hungry freak newcastle dont sign him. and as for gomis his ok but hasnt played well of late i thnk

    NO to Neill

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  • lesh

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Has he any baggage to bring with him?

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  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Underwhelmed. Probs like most of you…

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  • jimiley

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Just the sort of layer we need. Good and experienced and will take the club forward at no cost. Get rid of the mercenaries like Owen and Nzog and replace them with freebies like Lowenkranz and any other cheepies we can get. We can build from the bottom again and bank the money for better days.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah Lesh lots of Louis Vuitton

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #7

    There was a lad on teamtalk banging on about Gomis being nailed-on to sign. I have to say I don’t rate Neill very highly and he’s a horrible get. I bet Wise is a fan of the studs down the calf, two-footed, elbowing approach to full-back play. He’d bring guarantees of ill-feeling, yellow and red cards and average performances in my opinion.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, not Neill, old, rubbish and a mercenary.

    M’Bia will be double what we bid, we are just making bids to say, ‘look, we tried’.

    As for Gomis, one-season-wonder, he has been really poor this season.

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  • Flan

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Ah!! so thats where Geremi’s huge wage is going to go…into Neills pocket. I’d rather we took our chances and played Beye on crutches at RB rather than that waster.

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    What we gonna do when Beye returns? Put Neill on the bench? Nice little earner that lads eh? Toon_Sydney – nail on the head mate

    I tell you what else I’m getting sick of and thats Kinnear running to the press everytime there’s a whiff of interest in someone – 2 loans, 2 french signings, Neill and Gomis?? How bout you just shut it until they’re signed and delivering

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  • Brettoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Hmmmmmm
    Cynical me

    Don’t know really bout this

    In all honesty we have no idea about who’s coming in. My mate who works for Sky Sports News told me that most of their news is fishing around crappy newspaper gossip.

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  • Nick D

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #12

    aging, injury prone, mercenary and just not that good any more. Where have we heard that before. Viduka, owen, Smith, cacapa, duff, geremi, barton anyone.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #13

    West ham cash strapped yet state dont have to sell any players and keep turning down x million for players. Aye right.

    As for no cash yesterday morning and have to sell first, then its now cash to splash!!

    MA – if you need your manager to tell you to release funds an how bad it is then you aint doing yourself any favours to take the club forward are you.

    If we get religated – we are fckd and will probablyt never return and have to play 48 games a season!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    So I think L Neil get’s a big thumbs down….NEXT !

    Off topic the Kaka Man City deal is looking more possible today.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #15

    he may be a money grabbing w4nker, but lucas neill has lots of prem experience and is exaclty the type of player to help us out of the relegation battle we’re in, at the end of the day with no money to spend we cannot expect anyone better

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  • Fostino

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    joe aka Mr. forget what i said yesterday is probably trying divert our attention from these loan signings so that we waffle about these 4 million bids…………….does he think were stupid!!!!

    he clearly said these loan signings were 48 hrs away,…….we deserve an explanation!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    48 Hrs haha Keegan was using that line loads last window.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #18

    joe kinnear is a useless w4nker like i said from the start, when most on here were praising him for the fantastic job he was doing

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Nick 69,
    I agree JK is shocking…Football Dinasaur..but he makes a great Puppet for Mike Ashley.

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  • Flop

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Hmm don’t really want Neill, but I’ll judge him on performances. Why haven’t we tried for Finnan, he’s on his way to Hull for 1.5 million.
    Gomis well we will need another striker at least in the summer with the depature of Owen and Viduka.

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  • DJG

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Hope we don’t get either,

    Neill = old, slow, mercenary

    Gomis = A cross between Martins and Owen, but with their WORST bits! Too overrated and valued.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #22

    The Sunderland Echo is reporting:

    £4m – Bafetimbi Gomis
    £4m – Stephane Mbia

    Interest has been dropped on Ebondo, saying Neill’s Premiership experience is key.

    So with my maths thats 3 players there, plus Lovenkrands = 4!

    Not bad Joe, now get their signatures on the dotted line!!!

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  • DJG

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Because Finnan is 32/33, = mercenary

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #24

    We must be the hardest fans in the world to please!

    We moan when we don’t buy anyone and we moan when it looks like we will buy someone.

    I personaly think Neill is a reasonable player and would be good cover for Beye and at centre half

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  • valle

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #25

    If we’re going for West Ham players we should start with Upson, he would be great alongside Bassong and then Colo could play at right back where he plays so often for the argies.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

    valle – Coloccini plays right CB in a 3-5-2 for the Argies.

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  • valle

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #27

    stuart79… I kinda agree, those players would be great for us and we shouldnt complain… I still think Upson is the best buy from a cash strapped West Ham tho.

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  • DJG

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    valle, Thats an idea but would cost too much.

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  • DJG

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Also Upson is slightly overated these days….where was he when Andy Carrol scored.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Stuar79, I always try to look on the bright side of life but I see Lucas Neill as another Stephen Carr waiting to happen. I rarely comment on other speculation mainly because I know sod-all about the players being mentioned but given what I’ve seen of Neill playing, I don’t rate him and definitely don’t like his style of play.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m a bit miffed about this whole “We’ll kow more in 48 hrs.”

    Although we all know these things never run like clockwork, Joe should have realised that the fans would hang on his everyword. Particularly during this depressing period.

    As for bids of 4 million each for M’bia and Gomis…….bloody brilliant……oh hang on werent both rated at 10 million in the summer ?

    Niell would be a decent player to have in. Yes hes a greedy fool, but when he plays hes tough and commited. I wish we had more like him in the squad.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32

    lads lucas neil would be a decent signing, you need to forget about signing the best players in their position in the world

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Shame Givet went to Blackburn on loan, he sounded half decent.

    Then again if Fat Sam rates him, he may be rubbish

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #34

    They can’t be that cash strapped, they keep turning down bids fro Parker and Bellamy from City.

    I think we need to realise we are no longer shopping in Harrods. Were in Morrisons at best, and more likely Aldi!

    And as the saying goes – ‘ You can’t buy champagne with beer money’

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Ryan we don’t want the best in the world..those dreams died many years ago..we want committed proven professionals that can graft.

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  • Tom

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #36

    I would rather sign Albin Ebondo without premiership experience than Neill who has bags out of it. I don’t rate him as a player, and he is far too mercenary.

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  • Flop

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Totally agree Upson is overatted no better than what we’ve got. Like Colo he seems to struggle in the air.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuart
    And as the saying goes – ‘ You can’t buy champagne with beer money’
    Wise words : )

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Don’t rate Upson..they would want around 12m or more.

    They are asking silly money for bellamy and parker as well.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #40

    lucas neil is a hard working proven player so i dont understand why people moan all the time, they say they want signings then when we look like getting people in, they then moan, it angers me!

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