Update On Newcastle United Transfer Status


With just 10 days left in the transfer market, it’s time for us to see where we are in getting the requisite number of players through the door, so we have a decent chance of staying in the Premier league this season.

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Stephane Mbia – this is the player we want through the door in January

Today we signed our first player in Peter Lovcenkrands, and as a free agent we think he’s a very good deal for the club, and since he has speed up front, he can add something to the team.

Joe Kinnear has again said he wants to sign a defender within the next couple of days, so that could well be Finland U21 left-back Jukka Raitala, who is currently on trial at Newcastle for this week. Sign Jukka this week and we may even have some momentum going for us.

There are various reports that we have been turned down for our striker targets today, but with Oba coming back in a week, Michael Owen fit, and young striker Andy Carroll showing some good form, and even Mark Viduka threatening to play again, then we hardly need reinforcements up front. Let’s leave that until the summer, when we’ll know if Michael Owen is leaving the club.

If we can get young Raitala into the club, by the way he’s said to be a very physical type player, then the very least we need is another defender and a central midfield player – and then we’ll be in decent shape, although we’d still like more players through the door.

We can still bring in two loan signings, and presumably we will return Ignacio Gonzalkes back to Valencia, since he’s injured until mid-March at the earliest.

We were told loan deals had been agreed for two loan signings, and that they were not cheap as both were around £500K, so we assume they are being held back to see what Kinnear can get into the club permanently for the £10M, that is currently burning a hole in his pocket.

We’d still like the club to go back for Stephane Mbia of Rennes, since he seems a great young player in the making, and even if he had a bad game with Joe watching, hey everybody has bad games.

He’s be worth getting in now for £7M to £8M, because lots of other clubs will be after him in the summer. Just today the Newcastle Journal is saying that Kinnear could still make a move for Mbia – let’s hope so because that would go down very well with most of the Newcastle faithful.

At least we’d like to see the £10M spent on some decent player(s), and then with the two loan signings – in addition to Lovenkrands and Raitala, we could still be in decent shape by a week come Monday.

We also think there’s still a chance of the club selling Shay Given to Manchester City and since time is running out, and we couldn’t buy new players with the money, we think Newcastle would do a swap deal with Given going for Michael Johnson and Nedum Onuoha in part exchange, and perhaps a little cash from City in addition. That would be a hard deal for the club to turn down, but whether City would offer the deal is debatable.

We seem to have done very well in our recruitment of younger players, which of course is Ashley’s strategy for bringing top class talent to the club, and not having to pay £100M for one player, as is the strategy at other clubs.  😀

We have so far captured 16 year-old youngster Haris Vuckic, from NK Domzale in Slovenia. Harris is the youngest player ever, at 16 years old, to play in the Slovenian First Division (SFD), and is an attacking midfielder.

Newcastle United are also said to have captured promising young Brazilian forward, Caio Ferreira, an 18 year-old, and the last we heard he was waiting for his Portuguese passport, before coming over to Newcastle to finally sign the deal.

And we still have a number of youngsters on trial at the club, including 18 year old Hungarian midfield starlet Andras Gosztonyi, from MTK Budapest, over for a week’s trial this week.

And today we hear that Newcastle have bid for Swedish starlet 17 year old winger Samuel Adjei, from Swedish club Jonkoping Sodra, and the lad is getting the attention of a number of bigger clubs including Newcastle United and Porto – but he is more than keen to come to Newcastle.

So all in all, if the club are thinking along the above lines, we could be fairly well off, but the Board  must execute this time, and not leave things until the last couple of days, when all kinds of things can, and usually do go wrong.

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166 comments so far

  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    We are doomed!!! End of.

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    We know that Michael Owen is going now but yes i agree we can leave the strikers till the summer unless a good player becomes available.

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Harper

    Beye Collocini Bassong Onuoha
    Jonas M’Bia Johnson Lovenkrands
    Owen Martins

    Not bad

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Sounds good but unless the incoming players a REAL quality I think we could get relegated.
    What has ahppened to my club I’m 60 & have supported them since I was 7 when I was taken to a game against Man U. This is the worse state we’ve been in in the 53 years I’ve supported them & that was through the Seymour, Westwood, John Hall & Shepherd eras

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  • DanToon

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry to say, not gunna happen!

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon_Sydney

    I get the feeling that Johnson and Onuoha don’t want to join us. Johnson obviously cares to much about his lifestyle and Onuoha has been coming out a lot saying how excited he is to be at Manchester City, plus he has just come back from injury and got straight into the side against Hull at the weekend.

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  • Monster

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    A new DM would be nice as Butt just can’t do it week in week out any more. Barton and Guthrie aren’t bad but can’t be relied on to be available every week due to injuries/suspensions. Geremi just isn’t good enough.

    It’s fairly plain for everyone to see that our priorities lie in the full back positions. We desperately need to bring cover in for both positions this transfer window. On the right we need maybe a young player who can learn from Beye and step up to the plate when required, and on the left we need someone to challenge Jose for a place in the starting XI.

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  • Monster

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #8

    If we need funds for the full backs, sell Duff or Charlie.

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  • TOON LAD

    Jan 23, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #9

    M’Bia is a top class player better than anything we got but we probably wont get him.

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Wigan getting £4 million out of Heskey whose contract runs out in the summer. Anyone want to pay 4 mil for Butt, Cacapa, Viduka?

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  • Monster

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Dan_Scott157 – A new striker would be nice wouldn’t it? you’re right though, should probably wait til summer as we quite obviously don’t have the funds, especially not when there are other priorities.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    We can play Geremi at RB its not ideal but we have no cover at LB at all so get this lad in pronto.+spend the 10m please-desperate need a central midfielder.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Its all fine bringing in good kids but if Kinnear stays there is no one on god’s green that he will play any of them.

    IF we can get in M’Bia good, I dont wont rid of Shay but if he is set on going then Only for Johnson, Onuha and at least £5million cash up front. But try our damnedest to sell the petit merd N’Zogbia as I really did like this kid but would quite happily sit during a training session and have some fun with a black widow and a large bag of marbles.

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Wigan will have sold 2 players in this transfer window and made £18 million. Enough to buy 4 good players by Steve Bruce’s track record.

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Excluding Given, how many players would we have to sell to make £18 million

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    The fact that Offers have come in for Heskey, but none for Owen says it al doesn’t it. Face it Owen, you are S**T!

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Dan

    sorry to say it but most of the squad as no one is willing to offer is much at all. Its rumoured City have only offered £5.5 for Shamus

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Wigan have basically out scouted us in getting Valencia, Palacios and Zakr.

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  • TOON LAD

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #19

    sell that little c**** zog he’s nowt but a ungrateful little s**it. the lads got talent but he dosent want to play for the team. i say ship him back to france

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  • Monster

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Owen isn’t s**t (he’s not exactly in good form, granted) he is however in a s**t team with no confidence…

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #21

    right tell me if im being stupid, arsenal have bid 12m for arshavin, now if weve got 10m to spend then with a player sale, i.e nzogbia for 5m, do you think arshavin would be a better option than mbia, we should bid 15m to nick him, what do you think? also hes an attacking midfielder

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #22

    The only assets that we have that are worth anything are:

    Given, Martins, N’Zogbia and perhaps Coloccini and now Bassong as well. You can maybe add Guiterrez in there as well though we are still in a legal battle over him and mey end up costing us more.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Man Utd might take Owen as a replacement for Tevez but i would prefer Tevez.
    Liverpool-he would always be 2nd choice to Torres.
    Arsenal-not Wengers type of player.
    Chelsea-the most likely if Drogba goes but clearly we cant afford his wages.

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #24

    THE MAGPIE

    And Figueroa

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  • cooldj

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #25

    i think the sposed italian loan midfielder is marco donadel. danny sturridge is out of contract in the summer, so lets try get him 4mil or for given. i would agree that the very least we need now is a dm + jukka (if he’s better than enrique) and otherwise a loan lb 🙂 maybe a RM as well if lovenkrands is to be a striker not a winger!

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  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    How can u say Owen is shite? That is ridiculous. He is injury prone, he is not the player he was at Liverpool as he has lost much of his former pace. But look at his goals per game ratio. He is still a decent player.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Owen is a has-been poacher. He can no longer create anything for himself and when a chance is created for him you cant even rely on him to score it anymore. I genuinely believe him to be a washed up nobody now.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Arshavin at the age of 28 is not going to go to a team in the bottom half of the Premiership unless you offer him a 100000 a week.
    Out of our league im afraid.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Our bid for Samuel Adjei har been turned down by Jönköping Södra. Hope we get back to them with an approved bid cause I wouldnt like to see this guy succesfull in a another club in 5 years knowing that we bidded for him but not high enough. Couldnt cost to much I belive.

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  • stu

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #30

    ryan arshavain’s wages will be ridiculous, exactly what we are trying to get away from

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #31

    dragonera, take owens goals away this season, and i can gurantue we would be in the botton three and way off safety,

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  • Icelandic magpie

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Even though we need first team players, signing all those promising youngsters is nothing but possitive. The worst case scenario is if we go down. Then players like guti, oba, colo, beye etc etc are going to want to leave and the youngsters will get their chances (given that JK will be sacked). Being desperate to show their goods and wanting to do well they could probably help the club gain promotion and if that happens they might start to love the club. Then NUFC would have a young team with plenty of first team experiance and we could build from there and get Newcastle going again. I think Kadar, Krul, Forster, Lua Lua, Tozer, Ranger, Baheng, Spear, Zambalera might all have what it takes to become decent premiership players in the future and from what I’ve heard Vuckic, Gostonyi, Adjei and that finnish lad could be even more promising.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Owen is the only striker to get a decent run in the team this year.

    How many league goals has he scored so far this season?

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #34

    I think Owen has the same opinion as Shay that if our strategy is to buy 17-21 year olds and bring them thru in the next 4-5 years then effectively until that happens we are going to spend 4-5 years surviving and no more and at their ages its not what they are looking for.

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  • big boomer

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #35

    I am not a fan of Ashley but he is running a business and I guess that the has told JFK that as long we are paying wages to players like Viduka, Xisco Cacapa, Geremi, and other fringe players there is no money for transfers. The team needs major surgery probably tallking about eight or nine players out in the summer and twelve in. No way deals can be done in this window. I know survival is imperative but we cannot bring players in now and hope to ship them out in the summer.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #36

    and also, owen, for me saved us last season, i remember when we played birmingham away (in a relegation scrap) we went one nil down and there i was in the away end thinking were down! and who comes up with the equaliser, the has been poacher as YOU call him, MICHAEL OWEN!

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  • super.trooper

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #37

    ryantoon- your stupid! Arshavin is one of the best players in the world. Out of our league!

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #38

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Home/0,,10278,00.html

    is it me or does lovenkrands, have a scottish accent LOL

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Anyone who thinks relegation could be a good thing is in my opinion playing with fire.
    i wouldnt want to rely on a u-21 side to get us out of the Championship.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #40

    So he scores a few goals, like he is SUPPOSED to and that means he “saved” us. Get a grip.

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