Harper And Butt To Pen New Contracts

Good news today that the long negotiations (up to 5 weeks) on new contracts for both Steve Harper and Nicky Butt will soon be over.


Steve Harper – Newcastle’s new number one?

Both players will sign their new deals to go with Shola Ameobi, who are the three players whose contracts are running out in the summer and whom Newcastle wanted to retain.

The contract offers did not include Claudio Cacapa and Mark Viduka, who we expect to be leaving Newcastle in the summer, when their contracts run out, and that will save the club around £100K/week in wages for two players who always seem to be injured. And if Owen leaves in the summer the savings in wages will reach at least £220K/week.

With Manchester City close to a deal for Given, Kinnear has confirmed he has persuaded Steve Harper to sign a new, improved three-year contract at Newcastle, and this will a terrific opportunity for Steve, who has been more than patient in waiting for his chance at Newcastle for the last 15 years.

Butt is also finally ready to sign a one-year extension to his current deal, and Nicky will finish his illustrious career at the club.

Harper had been a target of Tottenham Hotspur who have just  signed Carlo Cudicini from Chelsea on a free, so that’s another goalkeeper who will now be playing regularly and was too good to be a just back up.

Steve was understood to be unhappy with the terms of the new deal initially on offer at St James’ Park, but it appears that Given’s departure has allowed Newcastle to increase their offer to the local lad.

Steve has to be more than happy to accept the challenge of being Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, even though Given’s move is still not 100% certain.

Joe Kinnear said last night.

“The good news is that Nicky Butt and Steve Harper are both close to signing new contracts. I think they’re virtually done,”

“That’s a step in the right direction and I’m delighted they are going to sign because they are two of our most experienced players.”

The Newcastle Journal are reporting that Newcastle’s desire for Johnson to be included in any deal for Given is thought to be the biggest remaining obstacle to the deal being agreed.

Although the youngster has been injured this season, he looks a top player in the making, so it’s not surprising the Tyneside club want him – but will he come is the big question.

No deal is expected to be agreed until after the game at Eastlands tomorrow night, with negotiations with the City hierarchy taking place in the evening.

Things in the transfer market seem to be going into overdrive, and certainly most of the players we are linked with seem more than decent.

Wishing and Hoping.   😀

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Let me know when Harper signs – then I will be a tiny bit happier

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Harper is not just a good goalkeeper, he is a fantastic lad, great in the dressing room

  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Given for peanuts and a young yob alcoholic who is injured loads. Sounds a typical Newcastle deal.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    I want Butt to sign for a year, but then I dont as if Kinnear stay’s he’ll be automatically in the team. 1 day he is class the next he is rubbish.

    Look like Cacapa, Edgar and Viduka are all leaving in the summer.

    Godsmark and Donaldson’s contract are running out in the summer I think, need to get them signed up ASAP, epsecially Donaldson as Godsmark may want to leave for first team football as he is 19 whilst Donaldson is 17 I think.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    TT, ideally what we should do is sign up and loan out Godsmark and Edgar to Championship/League 1 sides for experience. Those 2 lads don’t see enough action above Reserve side level.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Whens JFK’s press conference?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Edgar is too old to be loaned out for experience, he is about 22 now. We should just release him and let him go and get first team football.

  • normag

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    I would be satisfied with a deal of £9m+Johnson.
    If he’s not sure whether to sign permanent for us, loan him till the end of the season. If he don’t want to sign then, get another £6m for Given.

    Maybe NUFC are trying to settle such a deal??

    Signing him in the summer would be no problem after he’s seen how wonderful our club is 😀

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Johnson doesn’t want to come, he’s happy being and alcy in Manchester.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    an* not and

  • azim

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    harper yes but why butt?? Butt is slow and cant even make a single killer pass in a match

  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    i have a feeling we’re about to hear a lot of nufc transfer news today.

  • Toon_Ice

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    I can´t understand why Butt is given one more year at Newcastle ! He´s way past his best and is not nearly godd enough for our club. Let him go on a free transfer….

  • Kash

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Right, so if we’re about to sign Ebondo for RB, then that leaves us with LB, 2 CM and RM at the very least in addition to what we have currently.

    If Enrique, Zogs and Given are to leave then we’d need another LB and RM to replace Enrique and Zogs.

    But I don’t undertand why we would be going for a CB (McManus) and exchange Enrique. Why do Celtic want Enrique if they have Lee Naylor, who IMO is a quality?!

  • Kash

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    I keep saying we need a RM, as we don’t really have a natural RM to play there as Jonas is natural on the left and Duff is LM, even tough he’s proper poo!

    And the young hungarian sounds like he could go into the 1st team squad!

  • Kash

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    And lastly, how and why is Veloso going to sign for Bolton? If we were to ever sign stars for the future, with a high sell on fee, wouldn’t Veloso fit the bill? Thats the type of player we really need!

  • Dragonera

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17


    Veloso signing for Bolton is highly unlikely. I think Megson is just talking up a move to make Bolton fans believe they are trying to sign quality players.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #18

    ‘Why do Celtic want Enrique if they have Lee Naylor, who IMO is a quality?!’

    Get out.

    From now on I will take nothing you say seriously.

    Lee Naylor s probably the worst LB outside of league 2.

  • Mags

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    ONE BIT OF GOOD NEWS AT LAST. Harps has signed a new deal. Thank God for that.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #20


  • Piers

    Jan 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    TT- from one lousy quote in the Sun or i believe the NOTW, is when Johnson said he wouldn’t want to move to the NE, i’m sure his mind can be changed.

  • JonnyNufc

    Jan 27, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Butts one of our top earners aint he & he’s pure shiot.

    So what do we do when we need to cut down on wages..

    probably offer yet another ridiculous contract to this guy. His legs have gone.


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