Allardyce – Nolan Would Be Excellent Newcastle Signing


The Newcastle Journal are reporting this morning that Newcastle United hope to complete a £4.5m move for Bolton Wanderers midfielder Kevin Nolan today, in addition to a swap deal for Wigan full-back Ryan Taylor (sending babyface N’Zogbia the other way) over the weekend.

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Kevin Nolan – great business by Newcastle United

And these two moves may have even lifted the spirits of Newcastle fans perhaps just a little, after the terrible doom and gloom that rightly greeted our defeat at Manchester City, and the injuries long term during that game of two of our best players in Owen and Barton.

And sources in Portugal are saying Newcastle have also made a £10M bid for Sporting Lisbon’s 22 year-old outstanding midfielder Miguel Veloso, and Wigan are considering the exchange deal involving full-back Taylor and Charles N’Zogbia.

Newcastle seem to be making a last valiant attempt in their pursuit of new players, with just three days of the transfer window remaining.

This is almost a last attempt for Ashley to please the Newcastle fans, who still need to be convinced, big time, that Ashley has the good of the Newcastle United club at heart, and with good reason, given his unwillingness or inability or both, to strengthen an obviously weak Newcastle squad.

The little brat Charles N’Zogbia is keen on a move to the JJB Stadium, although apparently Newcastle have still to talk to Ryan Taylor about his willingness to move to Tyneside, so that deal is not as far along as the Nolan deal.

We think Nolan however could be a great signing for the club, and his fight and character, he is captain of Bolton, would be an ideal replacement for his fellow Liverpudlian, Joey Barton, in the center of Newcastle’s midfield.

Indeed if we can get Barton, Butt, Guthrie and Nolan fighting it out for central midfield, along with potentially Miguel Veloso too – that’s some midfield strength, by anybody’s standards.

Sam Allardyce, who brought Kevin Nolan through at Bolton Wanderers, thinks Newcastle have a great deal, if they can wrap it up, as he said today:

“I know Kevin really well and he is a quality goal-scoring midfielder – and there aren’t too many of those about when you look around the Premier League.”

“He is a box-to-box midfielder and when you think about the injury problems Newcastle have got, he is an excellent signing for them.”

“He has played in the Premier League for seven years now and he’s still only 26, so he’s still got plenty of years left.”

“They’ve also got him on the cheap when you think a player like Wilson Palacios has gone to Tottenham for £14m this month, so it’s a good bit of business by Joe.”

“And I’m sure they are relieved at making the breakthrough in the transfer market.”

Positive and good words from Big Sam.

Let’s hope we’re on our way – finally.

Comments welcome.



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83 comments so far

  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    nolan, veloso and donadel… and i’d get naked in the streets… then again last time that happened was for owen.

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Ebondo deal falls through as we’re about to get Taylor in.

    Get them signed before 12pom so they can play Sunday!!!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Woooah and you spend millions of which useless players FS? Exactlty.

    I trying to stay positive but the clock is really ticking til the end of the day, end of the transfer window and Sunday for the match.

    COME on toon and get the deals done.

    Other teams can get it done in a day – lets get these two in the bag, have raised spirits, pray for the return of Oba and stuff the mackem baskets on Sunday.

    Anyone off to the pub before kick off? I understand that weatherspoons is offerring beer at 10am on Sunday and the Goose at 11am.

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  • sahota

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I think we should sign him immediately and announce it today before end of day. I am very concerned by us in news with all these transfers. I hope we sign 2 players today, that would lift everyone little bit. Newcastle fans around the world, from different religions are praying that we somehow survive in league this year. We need players to sign today. Just news won’t do any good.

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Personally, I hope we don’t sign Veloso. I’m not sure who’s available, but £10m is a big outlay for a player who we don’t know will be good enough!

    I read yesterday that Huddlestone was available for £3m. Better value for monay than Veloso!

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Did anyone read about the link to Kris COmmons of Derby and offloading Duff?

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  • PrinceMonkey

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone else find it funny the state of the club? Correct me if I’m wrong but Nolan was the player Big Sam wanted to sign for us and he was sent packing. Fans were not amused! Now he’s maybe going to sign and people think its a great deal.!!!

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Whoooooah!

    Oh no- Fat Sam thinks it’s a good deal!

    CANCEL CANCEL CANCEL

    lol! 🙂

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Kris Commons is a cracking player! Where’d you read that Kash!?

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Bolton have already had an offer of £12m rejected for Veloso.

    I do not see the sense in our position of such an outlay on a player who needs months to adapt to the league!

    We need Premiership experience and numbers, so a couple of £2-4m signings would make me a lot happier than one £14-18m signing!

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  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    kash, agree abit over veloso… huddlebear wouldn’t be as big a risk as you know what you’re gonna get. i’ve seen bits of veloso though, and he’s been pretty class, highly rated by many.

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  • Mikeflame

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    i miss big sam, shame he wasnt given any time at the helm! would prefer him over JfK anyday!

    10 mil for Veloso is a lot of money considering we could get Delph, Ebondo and Huddlestone for that amount………i know what id prefer!

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    BABYFACE!! Nice one Ed! 🙂

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    The Mirror! Aaaaw!

    Still, it has a ring of truth to it.

    I’d be really excited if we got Commons. Very attack-minded and he can get past his man better than Duff these days

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  • Ericles

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Is Zog really keen on a swap to Wigan? I thought he wanted to get to London at all costs. Or has that been another of his sniffs? At least Taylor and Nolan will add some strength to the squad. But – where is the LB cover?

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Unfortunately I haven’t seen him much, and have always been a fan of Huddlestone. Personally, I think Huddlestone would make an excellent CB as he’s composed and good on the ball! But his qualities in a DM role would be greatly appreciated in our current predicament!

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #18

    None of this is confirmed stuff yet, and I can’t get too excited, given the management’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory every time.

    If we get Nolan I’ll be very pleased. If we do the Taylor/N’sprogbia deal I’ll be even more so. If we get Veloso I’ll be utterly stunned.

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think we’ll sign Ebondo if we sign Taylor. Taylor is a RB naturally. I’m sure Bobby tried to sign him from Tranmere!

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  • Brettoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Get em in

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  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    delph doesn’t want any of us.. veloso probably doesn’t either to be fair. huddlestone has been one i thought we should’ve signed a season or so ago, thought the same about nolan and malbranque.

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  • Darling27

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Yeah forget Ebondo if Taylor comes in.

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  • Darling27

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Still no sign of links for a left back though which is worrying.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Kash

    I agree with you about Veloso. He is overrated imo, but i wouldn’t like to see The Hudd join in January when we are in a relegation battle. I like him, but he is not what i would call a “battler” and the lad tends to move in slow motion. He is the sort of player you put alongside a player with a non-stop engine e.g. Flamini. Unfortunately we don’t have one of those at the minute.

    This Donadel lad is supposed to be quite good and apparently he has quite an engine on him. If reports about him are true, at 4.5million he would probably represent our best buy.

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  • MoorsleyMag

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Does anyone know what’s the latest they can sign so they are eligible for the unwashed??

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  • SpartanChris

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m feeling happy for once regarding the signings – but why did we have to wait until the last 3 days of the transfer window to start signing players?

    Ashley would have generated a whole load of good will if he’d acted sooner.

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Has anyone read Doocey’s site? There is a post from someone named Alan Oliver who said that a source close to MA told him that MA was astonished by the teams performance on Wednesday and immediately sanctioned moves for Lescott, Noble, Elano and Aurelio, on top of Nolan! Also that a spree would follow in the summer too.

    Then Doocey asked on how this Alan Oliver was posting from Bulgaria!!!

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  • Partizan

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28

    Veloso would give us soooo many options

    DM,LB,CB

    I’d take Veloso instead M’Bia

    …………………………….Harper…………………………
    Ebondo………….Colo………Bassong…………..Bull.
    …………………………..Veloso……………………………
    ….Jonas………………..Nolan……………………Duff..
    …………………..Saviola………Martins………………..

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  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #29

    dragon, donadel is also a bit of a gamble. italian midfielder coming to the prem, needing to adjust so quickly.

    i thought donadel was supposed to be a goal scoring mid, his strike rate which ed posted looked worse than jonas’.

    anyway… nolan would be a great signing .

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Italians are battlers at heart anyway!!!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #31

    If we’re signing Nolan (which looks very likely right now), then forget about any other central midfield players. It simply wouldn’t make sense when we’d have Butt, Barton, Guthrie, and Nolan contending for places, plus either Donadel/Veloso/Huddlestone.

    Nolan and Taylor, 2 young, English, premier league experienced players, with some talent and determination about them. Great signings.

    If we also got Kris Commons and Saviola on loan (which I wouldn’t believe would happen with only 3 days left) then we would be in dreamland.

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  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #33

    partizan, you’ve been the one wanting veloso, i’ve only seen bits of him which i was impressed by… tell us more though. do you watch alot of him?

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Kash
    Huddlestone used to play at CB for Derby when he first come on the scene. I agree he would be a great signing. Asfor Nolan 3 seasons ago he was a great goal scoring midfielder hopefully he can re kindle that form if we sign him.

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Does anybody know anyone who works around Jesmond, where the Nuffield is? Is it still in Jesmond?

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Italians battlers at heart Kash?

    They’ve been in two world wars and changed sides both times when they started losing lol!

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  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #37

    also, with owen out who would you pick for cap be? harper or butt?

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  • geordie jock

    Jan 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #38

    For christs sake stop getting too carried away. We havn’t signed anybody yet. Looks like it will be panic buys if we do.

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  • TONY ROBSON

    Jan 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #39

    At last we seem to be making some inroads in the market. I think Nolan and Taylor will be cracking additions, plenty of Premiership experience, and Engkish to boot. A decent striker is now a necessity. If we are looking to spend in excess of £12m on Veloso maybe these funds ought to be re-directed and try to pursuede Portsmouth to sell the lanky piece of string. At least he puts himself about and forces defenders to mark him.
    N’Zogbia has never really fulfilled the promise that Sir Bobby saw in him and isnt really a loss if he goes.
    Commons would be a good addition as he doesn’t turn in circles the way Duff does when trying to beat a man.
    My depression has only slightly lifted with today’s news. Lets not turn into Leeds.

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #40

    Kash, yes the Nuffield is still in Jesmond

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