Kinnear Could Be Right On Track In Transfer Market


There has been a lot of gloom and doom on Tyneside in this transfer window, but news today may be showing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, and just a glimmer of hope for Newcastle’s long suffering fans.

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Joe Kinnear – still praying for players in January 😀

While we should hardly get carried away, from what we’ve heard today, it would not be inconceivable that we could get the following players through the door before next Monday at 5:00 pm local time, when the transfer window closes.

  • Free agent winger and/or striker Peter Lovenkrands
  • Toulouse right-back Albin Ebondo £3.5M
  • Celtic captain and center-back Stephen McManus £3.0M
  • Finland Under-21 left-back Jukka Raitala  £400K
  • Rennes central midfieder Stephene Mbia £7M (guess)

We think we could also get two loan deals completed also, and those players could possibly include former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia, now at Atletico Madrid, and Manchester City youngsters Michael Johnson and/or Nedum Onouha.

Whatever happened to the Italian and Argentine we were supposed to be bringing in on loan?

That would be about £14M spent, but if Shay Given goes, we’d get some cash back and possibly two loan signings out of that deal, so it could all amount to around 10M or less, which is what Mike Ashley seems to have allocated Kinnear.

So that could be as many as 7 players in and we think we could lose Shay Given to Man City, although that’s no longer a certainty.

Joe Kinnear talked to the Newcastle Journal today to say the club is pushing ahead with their transfer plans, despite the obvious doom and gloom surrounding the Newcastle club over the last several weeks.

Joe said today:

“We were second from bottom when I came here and I said it was going to be tough then.”

“I didn’t realize we were going to have to cope with so many injuries and that has really hurt us.”

“But we are in a better position than we were in September and I’m not a doom and gloom merchant.”

“Other people can throw stones at us and criticize me, but it won’t get me down.”

“There is a lot of pressure in this part of the world, but we will get on with the job we have to do, and that’s keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League.”

Joe’s right that his number one job this season is to keep Newcastle United in the Premier league, and if he can do that we would expect more wheeling and dealing in the summer transfer market.

At that time some of our initial targets will more likely be available – with players such as Cardiff’s 22 year-old midfielder Joe Ledley, who looked very impressive in yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

With that number of players seemingly coming into Newcastle be next Monday (fingers crossed) and with the quality being seemingly quite good, we could even be in good shape come next Monday.

But of course we will have played two more league games by then, and the mood of the Newcastle faithful will be dependent on how we have done in those games, including the Sunderland game next Sunday at St. James’ with a 1:30 pm kick off, which is being televised live around the world.

Let’s hope we can report most of these as done deals next Monday. 😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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93 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    wall virginity 😉

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  • cooldj

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    lads i wish i could get excited by all the news that we should be getting elbondo but there really is no reaction inside. i can’t help but feel this should have been done weeks ago, and tbh i given up believing in all this speculation. We’ll see how i feel if there’s news that he’s actually signed!!

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Live in hope Ed, live in hope!

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ll admit to feeling a little more positive of late regarding what looks like a fantastic youth set up and apparent progression in the transfer market.

    But I’m still very, very nervous about our league position.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    until they come thruogh the door.

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  • Brettoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Hmmm not so positive yet.
    Believe it when I see it.
    These players aren’t particularly golden. Remember how excited we were when we saw Gutierrez play that first time. Now we can see why he cost nothing.

    I’m being a right negative moody b4stard today

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Why is Kinnear getting some freedom to wheel and deal when Keegan wasnt given any.

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  • Ville-E

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Raitala is back in Finland…

    NUFC didn’t make any offer to sign him

    However, they chose to follow his development…

    What a big surprise!

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    What has held us up is the fact that no one wants the players we want to offload i.e. Geremi (wages too high), Cacapa, Zoggy (price too high).
    Shay Given would probably not be sold if those lot had gone. Not that i really care anyway.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    can i say, its easyer bringing in all these kids .. they’ll be getting a hell of a pay rise even if it only a grand a week( at 17 chopra was on 2.5k a week). so yes they will sign for us…
    we need prooven players ..

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Ville-E

    Apparently he didn’t impress in the trial.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #12

    THE MAGPIE

    JK was a scout prior to joining us so his judgement on players is probably a little more reliable than KK’s tbh. KK was out of football for years so i can’t see any owner entrusting him with their funds.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    i would rather we didnt make transfer judgements based on 1 game.
    There is a very decent DM De Guzmam at Deportivo his contract finishes at end of season and Depor are broke-we should be showing interest now.

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  • toptoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #14

    fingers crossed Ed!!

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  • Ville-E

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Dragonera,’

    Obviously not! He is not a physical player on the contrary that has been reported before. La Liga suits him better 🙂

    Still sure he’ll be a decent player in another team.

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  • N.R.

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #16

    come on,this is torture,we should of had a few in by now.

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  • dougnufc

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #17

    I really doubt KK had spotted Jonas, Bassong, Guthrie.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Keegan was out of football for 10 years? before becoming Manager 1st time and his judgement in buying players was pretty good.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Copy/Paste from previous blogg:

    About the N´Zogbia situration, reading the newcastle-united-mad article. Cant actually blame him for wanting out but should keep that for himself instead of via the media. If Lyon is interested, swap him for Kim Källström, attackminded central midfielder who also can operate at any flank if needed. Could be the playmaker we need!

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  • ObaMartins

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Dragonera >>>JK was a scout prior to joining us so his judgement on players is probably a little more reliable than KK’s tbh <<<i see you have use of the Family “Braincell” today

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    We have to be realistic, and accept that in January, with a struggling and chaotic club and very limited funds, we can only expect to attract kids, foreigners desperate for Premiership places, or senior players who are available through being rubbish. Good, experienced players for reasonable prices? Not in January.

    So I think Ed’s right – if we can get anything like the players being discussed, it’s a job well done. But I still can’t shift this feeling that it’ll all go utterly gash and we’ll end up with a net gain of zero players.

    I WANNA LEFT BACK. WAAAAAAAAAA!

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Guthrie was a Keegan signing, the other 2 he approved. Dont see the point of appointing a Manager and then saying to him-you are responsible for results but someone else will buy your players because we dont think you can judge a player as well as er Wise LLambias Ashley.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23

    THE MAGPIE

    I agree about making judgements on one game and about De Guzman, i like him. The thing is though, i am sure JK would normally prefer to scout players properly, but its all a bit muddled and rushed in January isn’t it mate. This transfer window is poorly organised and the teams low in the league struggle because of it. Just look at Sunderland, they are being harrassed by Spurs to sell one of their best players because the north London strugglers know the window is soon to close and they haven’t got enough time to look for a similar striker elsewhere.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Left back-how bloody long have we needed another LB-not just this season but probably the last 2 as well.
    Felipe of Depor looks a very good prospect for maybe next season. What about Traore.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25

    ebondo,mbia and mcmanus, id be happy with them three, also happy with lovenkrands, i know alot of you like jose but i hope he goes to celtic, hes p** poor

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #26

    MAGPIE

    regardless of how good you feel KK was at finding talent all those years ago, the fact of the matter is football has changed. There is more money in it now and the risk is bigger if you sign a dud player. Again, look at Spurs, they have wasted millions on poor players and now they have to spend further millions to get themselves out of it.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #27

    colin calderwood has joined our coaching staff

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  • Brettoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28

    We need a LB… and a attacking midfielder who WILL SCORE GOALS.. We have no goals in midfield.

    And a good defensive midfielder.

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  • GetStuffedASHLEY

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    N’ZOGBIA CAN GO LEAVE WITH ASHLEY!!!!

    Joe is a fool to believev ashley, and we will NOT get anyone else in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #30

    i think everything is shit until something changes. news now that barton is going to pompy, thats not good if true.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Oba

    This comment aside, i’m not even going to respond to you today as engaging in conversation with you just becomes very embarrassing very quickly. You personify the word stupidity and i have serious reservations about your mental health.

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  • GetStuffedASHLEY

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #32

    HA HA GOOD BLOODY LUCK!!! I AGREE BUT OUR STRIKER AREN’T GREAT EITHER!!!!

    NEED WHOLE NEW TEAM FROM, BOARD ROOM THROUGH TO STRIKER!!!!

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #33

    craig

    I like Barton, but he is earning very high wages and has hardly delivered in an NUFC shirt so far.

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  • Ericles

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Transfer news is giving some feeling of optimism. How much is due to Kinnear and how much to Dennis (if he’s got more brain cells than testicles he’s doing well) Wise? If Raitala has returned we still need a left back, either for permanent or as back-up.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #36

    batty

    we wish, but i joked about him coming last night, weird eh? lol

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  • N.R.

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #37

    i dont think we will get keane,his wages would be to high.

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  • super.trooper

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Gomes
    Corluka
    Woodgate
    King
    Bale
    Bentley
    Palacios
    Modric
    Lennon
    Defoe
    Pavyluchenko

    Cuddicini
    Chimbonda
    Dawson
    Zokora
    Ekotto
    Jenas
    Huddlestone
    Appiah
    Dos santos
    Bent
    Campbell

    Its great having strength in depth.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ll wait to celebrate until we’ve actually signed someone. I’m not sure I believe anything that comes out of NUFC now especially after the debacle in August

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