Newcastle Back In For Michael Johnson


Sky Sports is reporting this morning that Newcastle United have firmed up their interest in Manchester City’s Michael Johnson by lodging a bid for the 20 year-old midfielder.

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Michael Johnson – Newcastle after him – and he wants to come

Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley are said to be big fans of the gifted Eastlands youngster, who appears ready to leave Manchester City.

Sky Sports is reporting that Johnson is open to moving to Newcastle and the North East club are hopeful they can conclude a deal before the 5:00 pm deadline today.

Newcastle are believed to be offering around £8M for the player and are confident that will be enough to persuade Manchester City to sell their highly rated player.

Since we were told that Shay Given went the other way for the same amount, this could turn out to be straight swap – Given for Johnson.

If this news is true then we can forget about Miguel Veloso coming to the club, but Johnson would be an excellent signing as far as Newcastle fans are concerned.

Michael has already played for the England Under-21 side twice, and the six footer has played for Manchester City 36 times with 2 goals, not too bad for a lad who will only turn 21 later this month.

While he’s been injured most of this season, he’s looked a great player in the making, and has already shown, at just 20 years of age, that he can play well in the Premier League.

Newcastle may have some competition, but we hope the deal is fart enough long that we can tie the player up before 5:00 pm today, and that would be a great acquisition for Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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146 comments so far

  • Toony

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    does anyone have a link to a site where you can watch skysports online?
    setanta saying that darren bent spotted at newcastle btw

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    some1 said deadline got extended? srs or bs u hear jackshi* in aus bout this

    btw isnt he injured?

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  • Greg B

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Darren Bent – 6MIL – watch this space! 😀

    Setanta report he didnt turn up for training at Spuds today.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    premier league have held talks with fifa and fa to try and extend deadline

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Cant believe Mike Ashley is wasting money on bacon sarnies for David Criag!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #6

    greg b

    everton or villa will get him imo

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Keene is back off to spuds..I would take bent like a flash…just hope the money we have aint going in the casino.

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  • Alanmc09

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Would b a quality signing!
    Him,nolan bent and taylor wud b clas!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    TRE LOL. he gave them for free, im suprised he didnt charge for them though LOL

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    5The Real Entertainers // Feb 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Cant believe Mike Ashley is wasting money on bacon sarnies for David Criag!

    Yeah i seen the email on ssn that he sent DC haha

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  • Toony

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    i love that we are chasing english players

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  • Greg B

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Realistically we could sign:

    Taylor (wigan) – almost done deal.
    Johnson (citeh) – realistic chance.
    Bent (Spuds) – Realistic target.

    Is there any truth in Ashely texting David Craig at Sky Sports news something along lines of a ‘yellow ticker tape’ moment this afternoon?
    If so does this mean Wise is leaving 😉

    Reports Premier league have asked FIFA about extending deadline – possibly untill midnight.

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  • Will

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    @TRE

    Was that on Sky?

    I’ve only got Setanta, but the Darren Bent RUMOUR is gathering pace.

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  • J

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14

    ‘deal is FART enough along’ aye Ed!!

    ha ha

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  • nufc1818

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    i have respect for ashley for going down to the training ground today he could have just went back to london

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  • Greg B

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Ryan – yeah I agree but by all accounts Everton are skint and villa just got Heskey so not sure either will enter race to sign him.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #17

    wheres this darren bent talk coming from??? setanta???

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  • Yellow Belly

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    why would we want Johnson when we have Nolan/Barton/Guthrie in that position.

    why would we want Bent when we have Carroll/Viduka/Ameobi/Xisco in that position.

    in order of priority we need a DM, RB, AMR, LB

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Remember when we signed Woodgate, it was bleaching down with snow that day aswell, could this be a blessing for NUFC lol.

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  • Greg B

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #20

    Ryan, yeah Setanta reports Bent not at training and us and Mackems linked with signing him – lets hope its us.

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  • nufc1818

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #21

    yellow belly

    guthrie is out for the rest of the season
    and barton 10 weeks

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  • Greg B

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Yellow Belly:
    why would we want Bent when we have Carroll/Viduka/Ameobi/Xisco in that position.

    Exactly why we would want him!!

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Taylor
    Fox
    Bent
    Johnson

    wat a deal that ‘ll be 4 englishmen

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  • stumpofthetoon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    hope we sorted something with the shay deal letting us have jonson on the cheep. Would be pissed of i they hanot talked about that all ready

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Will

    yeah i’m watching SSN

    You watch Setanta and we’ll be covered 😉

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #26

    I think snapping up good english players in their early twenties is the right way forward but i would not be to dissapointed if we also signed Veloso lol.

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  • J

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #27

    Bent would be GREAT buy.

    —————Harper——————
    Beye—–Colo—Bassong—–R.Taylor
    Jonas—-Johnson/Barton–Nolan—Duff
    ————Martins–Bent——-

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #28

    ___________harper/krul______________

    beye/taylor/tayls/bass/colo/edgar/kad/led/jos

    love/jonas/butt/guth/bart/nolan/johnson/duff

    _______oba/owen/vid/carr/shola/smith/?/____

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29

    +1 Nolan 5 englishmen

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #30

    oh and geremi lol

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  • Greg B

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Spuds now linked with Quaresma!!! Is this for real or fantasy football, why on earth would Quaresma be interested in leaving Inter for Spurs?

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #32

    All these young English players coming, Mike Ashley is the best thing to ever have happened to this club……..

    Ooooh help am going all delirious 😉

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #33

    and xisco lol

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  • Kirill of Russia

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    very very good

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #35

    Darren Bent will not be a NUFC player

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  • ian

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Only one thing we seem to be overlooking which is goals.

    Where in the midfield with Zog out are our goals going to come from?

    Duff, Jonas, Guthrie, Barton, Gerami hardly big scorers are they? Guthrie shows the most hope amongst them on goal.

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  • rowntree1987

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #37

    im watching setanta and i aint heard out about bent in newcastle

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  • Shot Bru

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Why Johnson the bloke is always injured, and for 8mill. would be a panic signing.

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  • J

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #39

    GK – Harper, Krul, Forster
    RB – Beye, R Taylor, S Taylor
    CB – Bassong, Colo, S Taylor
    LB – Enrique, D Fox, R Taylor
    RW – Jonas, Duff, Barton
    CM/Am – Barton, Johnson, Guthrie, Butt, Nolan
    Strikers – Martins, Bent, Owen, Carroll, Ameobi

    Looks like a great team.

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  • ian

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #40

    Johnson hasnt ever scored has he? Nolan is a low scorer of goals, all decent players all low goal scorers in midfield.

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