Chris Hughton Talks On Ebondo, Given and Harper


Newcastle United coach Chris Hughton has confirmed that the club are interested in signing French defender Albin Ebondo, and that the signing of Steve Harper to a new 3.5 year contract has nothing to do with Shay Given leaving the club.

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Chris and Joe – interest in Ebondo

The 24-year-old Toulouse right-back Ebondo has been on Tyneside since Monday trying to thrash out some kind of de at the club, and speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Man City, Hughton told reporters:

“That’s one we are hopeful on.”

“We hope that by the time the window shuts we will have a couple of players.”

“We see Ebondo as a player who will boost the squad.”

And speaking on Steve Harper signing his new contract, Chris said it has nothing to do with Shay Given possibly leaving the club:

“The only thing to read into it is that what we would like to do is keep the quality individuals here,”

“We have never seen Steve Harper as a No.2, we have seen him as a goalkeeper who is pushing for a No.1 spot.”

“What he has had in front of him, unfortunately for him, is a top goalkeeper in Shay Given, who has served this club very, very well.”

Chris was then asked about Manchester City’s approach for Shay Given and he said:

“I am not aware of any decisions Man City may or may not have made.”

“But what I do know is we have a very good goalkeeper in Shay Given who is training very well every day.”

“If you look at his performances he is performing as well as ever and he is a goalkeeper we would like to keep here.”

“As regards team selection, that is something the players will always know first.”

The news on Given is that he will not play tonight as Newcastle officials try to work out a deal for Given to join the Eastlands club, but it seems Ashley has made it clear that Given will stay on Tyneside if an offer in the region of around £10M is not made by City.

In other words Newcastle want a deal favorable to them, and potentially with Manchester City youngsters Michael Johnson and Nedum Onuoha included in the deal, either as permanent players at Newcastle or on loan through the end of the season.

If Man City don’t do that then expect Shay Given to still to be at the club next Tuesday, although he will lose his ever present status tonight, although he has presumably already been included in the squad.

If he is included in the team tonight, then the deal could already be submarined and he’ll stay at Newcastle, although Shay playing tonight is only a remote possibility at this point.

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58 comments so far

  • Toonmania

    Jan 28, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #1

    come on i want some news now, i’m getting board with who maybe going, i want to know who’s joining.
    some papers this morning are reporting that shay IS included in the team tonight?

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  • WesToon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #2

    So sick of this sh!te Lads

    I mean chris on Ebondo…. “one we are HOPEFUL ?????? on”

    WTF is going on man???

    I fear the worst regarding this transfer window & the rest of the season,make no mistakes we are going to get stuffed by Man city tonight 🙁

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  • Erlun

    Jan 28, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #3

    as a toon’s fans, i am sick of just knowing who POSSIBLY come in and out, I want a confirmed deal ASAP!! I love Given so as most of fans do, but it better to accept a deal worth more than 10M including part exchange with Man City players

    And i really worry about the match tonight!

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 28, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyway, we are worry about tonigth’s game very much. By Hong Kong Fans

    All rumours and news are worse and grey, how to face and attack Man. City tonight? So worry and depress

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  • matthewjai

    Jan 28, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #5

    hong kong fan here too!
    hope that we can win tonite!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 28, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Morning all!

    Johnson and/or Onuoha, why arent Mica Richard mentioned? Good defender!

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  • Erlun

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #7

    i am from HK too, howay the lads!

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Another day passes and another day starts.

    The only thing that’s the same is we haven’t signed anyone!

    I’m getting concerned.

    Were also set for a gubbing tonight!

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  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #9

    I see the sun is running with the robinho rape story which i told you about last week!

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  • nufc_houlty

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #10

    anyone else going to the city game tonight?

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  • Prince Bassong

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Great news about Robinho. He won’t be charged though, none of these kind of allegations turn into anything and there has been plenty of them.

    It also appears Sunny is on his way to England to discuss a move with an unknown side. Here’s hoping it’s us!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #12

    super.trooper // Jan 28, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    I see the sun is running with the robinho rape story which i told you about last week!

    So what lonely gayboy.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Morning.

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Are the kids off school this week?

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  • square

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Mario Ballotelli available on loan.

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  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #16

    stuart79- Big game tonight for you lot. 2 points above the drop zone. A loss tonight and against super Kenwyne’s Sunderland and you are in big trouble.

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  • Chris G

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #17

    “We hope that by the time the window shuts we will have a couple of players.”

    Hmm, I think WE were all hoping for a little bit more than that, mate.

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  • Kuwait-NUFC

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #18

    we should sell given to man citeh and get onouha, elano, sturridge, and johnson….

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  • Chris G

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #19

    What’s with the Robinho rape story? Who cares?

    What about the Mike Ashley rape story? He forced himself on this club and fcuked us up big time. We should be talking about him and not Robinho.

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  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Re Chris Houghton…..“We hope that by the time the window shuts we will have a couple of players.”

    A couple? I thought there was a need for five!!

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  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #21

    chris g- haha.

    Its just that people were calling me a liar last week when i broke the story but the sun have confirmed it today a week later.

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  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #22

    Prince Basssong @ 9, Sunny who? Could it be Sunny Sideathestreet or is it Sunny Sideup?

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Looks like the Ebondo deal is stalling.

    What a shock!

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  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #24

    sirjasontoon- are you going to the game tonight? Have you been this season? Didnt think so. Armchair fan!

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  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #25

    stuart79- No its not. I told you yesterday you wouldnt make a permanent signing.

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  • repo

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #26

    http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/01/28/toulouse-reluctant-to-let-ebondo-move-to-nufc-61634-22797093/

    this is a story that ebondo not going to come..

    and people said on here that we have signed him,

    ohh you have a laugh at these people thinking there know info from newcastle united..

    we wont sign anybody this window..

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Repo – beat me to it.

    Why doesnt this come as any surprise.

    I thought he was having a medical the other day? Or was that wrong. Obviously.

    Joy

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  • Chris G

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #28

    super.trooper // Jan 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    chris g- haha.

    Its just that people were calling me a liar last week when i broke the story but the sun have confirmed it today a week later.
    _______________________

    Like I said before, who cares? Nobody on this blog gives a toss, so why don’t you just jog off.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #29

    oi oi charva’s, di any of ye’s kna if the match is on tv t’neet on the foreign channels in the bars? A selt me computer last week for some tack so divvent suggesting watchin on line. . . Talkin aboot lines a some last neet like! Off me box man! Anyone kna aboot the footy bein on tele?

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  • MikeAshleyOutNow

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #30

    Anyone heard anything on M’bia, donadel and McManus.

    I don’t think we be getting anyone the way things are going.

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #31

    We could always play Beye CB when he returns and push Colo into a DM position, this would make room for Albondo at RB. However i don’t think Kinnear can think that far ahead. Good news that Harper has signed up again and i would play him from the start everytime now starting with tonights game, hopefully this will hurry along the Given transfer. If City want him that much i would do a straight swap Given for Sturridge.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #32

    oi oi super trooper, why does everyone lose their temper wi ye like? Its vergeing on bullying noo like. People used to tek the mick oot o me like til used a few benwell martial arts moves. A had to buy a new pair of doc marts like afterwards. Here charva.’s stop picking on wor kid !

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  • hitman

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #33

    this will be another day of disappointment,its a f**ken joke that we have not signed anyone,we should of had players in weeks ago,but the cockney tw@ts drag there feet yet again.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #34

    Like the rest of the people on here I am thoroughly sick of the sh*t that’s coming out of the Toon. I can see that we’ll sign nobody all I can say is WTF is going on. A fed up Geordiedoonsooth

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  • Chris G

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #35

    super.trooper // Jan 28, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    sirjasontoon- are you going to the game tonight? Have you been this season? Didnt think so. Armchair fan!
    ______________________________

    In case you hadn’t noticed, there are a lot of armchair fans on this site. Some of us live in Australia, and there are lots of others who live in Canada, USA, Far East (and various other parts of the world as well).

    I don’t think any of us will be going to the game tonight either, much as we’d like to.

    Like I said before, why don’t you just jog off?

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #36

    I fear what will happen if we haven’t signed anyone when it comes to Sunday.

    I think we’ll get a good thrashing tonight and god knows what will happen on Sunday.

    How long can JFK keep saying were looking at this plyer and bid for this player?

    Their taking the piss!

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #37

    doubt robinho will play tonight then, good news but what a sick **** he his

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  • Erlun

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #38

    MA planned to sell our key players earning the money to finance his business?!

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  • KuWaiTi MagPie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #39

    Kuwait Nufc zain fee a7ed garee e shaji3 newcastle:p

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #40

    i see the dirty *** is on today, did your massive club beat stokey last night? arghhhhhh, you must be so pleased son, harry must have stopped twitching then?

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