Newcastle Went After Elano In January


Derek Llambias has opened the lid on the transfers Newcastle tried to do in January, and it turns out we went after Johnson, Ebondo, Onouha, Richardson and Elano, and we’ll try again for most of these in the  summer.

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Blumer Elano – Newcastle tried to get him last month

We’re getting quite a bit of news today from Derek Llambias on the transfer activity behind the scenes at Newcastle last month.

And most of the reports on the players we were after seem to have been verified today.

Derek has said there were failed bids for Manchester City pair Michael Johnson and Nedum Onuoha, Toulouse right-back Albin Ebondo and Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson, but these will all be revived in the summer.

Derek is also saying that the money made from the sales of Shay Given, James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia will be added to funds supplied directly by owner Ashley, and spent this summer, if the club can get suitable transfers in place.

However the money is available this summer, which is good news.

Derek said today:

“Relegation is a major fear for us too, but we did try to get the players the manager wanted in the transfer window,”

“We aren’t a selling club, we’re a buying club. We are out there in the market. We never said no to any requests.”

“We tried to get Michael Johnson in all sorts of different ways. We tried cash and we tried players. We tried for Nedum Onuoha and we tried for Elano.”

“But none of those combinations came off. It’s a terrible window that upsets everybody, so for us, we couldn’t actually spend the money we had.”

“We tried as hard as possible to get players in a short period of time. Whatever players the manager has asked for, he’s had, or at least we’ve made an offer and tried to get a deal done.”

“Are we disappointed we didn’t get another midfielder? Yes. Are we disappointed we didn’t get another right-back? Yes.”

“But that window is so awkward, although we will be going back in the summer for certain individuals that we went for in the summer.”

“We started working (on possible transfers) on day one, from way before the window opened. We did try for another midfielder – Kieran Richardson – and we tried for Ebondo at Toulouse.

“When we were about to sign the papers (on the Ebondo deal), they (Toulouse) doubled the price to £6M, it was obscene.”

“Absolutely obscene – it was because they thought we were so desperate we’d pay it. Because of what happened in the window we have money to spend on transfers.”

“It’s money we’d have spent anyway, but we have money to spend in the summer.”

The news on Ebondo is consistent with what Joe Kinnear was saying, that the Toulouse club agreed a deal, and then raised their price, at least twice, otherwise we would have had Ebondo at Newcastle right now.

That’s no way for a football club to conduct their business, and it’s a little surprising Newcastle didn’t report Toulouse to UEFA.

But it’s good news that we seem to be going after good players, and we have the money to spend in the summer.

We have also let Kieran Richardson, of Sunderland, know that he can double his wages at Newcastle, so he’ll have a few months to think about that, before Newcastle lodge another bid for him in the summer.

Richardson would be great on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.



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41 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    elano is class

    newcastle wont report on kinnear situtaion??

    why?us as fans are being left out again!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Glad we didn’t get Elano.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    thinking about it i think hes lying because we have 8m to spend in the summer according to him, well all them players would cost ALOT more than 8m!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    good structure, good players, bad luck earlier means we need some good luck now. Patience is everything here, if we survive I see a rosy future.

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Elano looked good against Italy

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6
  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Just get rid of Kinnear and get someone in, we need to beat Bolton and we wont do that with Hughton and Calderwood!

    I’d rather have Wise as manager than those two.

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Ryan – at the earliest and that’s IF the medical team advise him that he’s ok to do so.

    I’m sorry Joe you did what you could with a de motivated team and I have nothing but respect for that but you aren’t what we need right now and we certainly aren’t what you need.

    Retire mate before your health gets you

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    sven or grant for me,

    id rather have wise than hughton and calderwood

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Avram Grant is an excellent shout

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t think we will get any world-class managers or even managers we want to get.

    I feel we should get Wise. I know we all hate him but it is a Win-Win situation for us. If he did really bad he will get sacked therefore no more Dennis Wise at the club.

    However, I believe he might play some of our youngsters and giving them experience to live up to their expectations. He will also get rid of our dead wood players such as Smith. He tried to get rid of Smithy before but it was Kinnear who stopped it. He also has managerial experience such as bringing Millwall to the FA Cup finals against Man Utd a couple of seasons ago.

    However if there are good managers interested in us I will definitely go for them because once again, Wise is a *****.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    the thing is i dont think ashley will go and get a big name manager, he will stick with hughton and calderwood which will be a disaster imo, if ashley wants to do good for the club he will get a top manager for a top club, and ive got nothing against joe staying but his health is MORE important

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Doug – trouble with that is mate he’d have to re locate up here and won’t. Also would you put your cushy 1.2million pound a year contract on line to sit in our dug out with fans that clearly hate you? – Not a prayer. Nice idea though

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Sven or Stevie Bruce for me but its just NOT going to happen with who we have in Charge…

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Poyet is out of a job maybe they will try that one again…Hope not

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    wouldnt mind bruce tbh obamartins but like you say it just aint gonna happen with these idiots in charge

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Cant believe we went after Elano…….. poor signing.

    The youngsters at Citeh would be welcomed additions, but not another highly talented, but inconsistant foriegner………i thought we were moving away from those types?

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  • DanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    f**k Avram Grant, i don’t want that turtle as our manager!

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  • Kash

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    @Tom_Toon – I’m sure you said a little while back that you hoped that the players who were up for exchange in the Given deal, that one of them was Elano.

    How come you’re changing your stance?

    I think he’s a good player to be honest, and he’s an upgrade to Butt in midfield, as Elano can hit passes!

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  • DanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Bruce or Martinez

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Just read the news on JFK!

    Sad but wish him all the best.

    Its time to ring El Tel again for me, hes nothing if not insipiring and we need a figure head at the club.

    Long term, surely its back to the drawing board for a manger in the summer.

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s not very often that someone from a football club will speak so openly on the players they went for and missed out on.

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  • Mark-o

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Entertainers

    Elano Poor signing!!! Did you see the Brazil game last night??

    Made Italy’s defence look ordinary! Played mint last year for Citeh. Quality Signing i think.

    But can you really trust a word that comes out of his mouth?

    Brucie, Dunga or Joachim Low for me (Bruce being more realistic)

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Dunga is one of the worst manager ever!

    Kash – Must be in your head, I can gurentee saying I would NOT want him.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25

    jfk is finished either way. he is an old man who’s heart can not take the stress, the newcastle job is going to kill him ffs.
    lambiarase is talkign crap again, we tried for no-one until barton was out injured and the panic buttons were hit. we only got nolan cos of barton being out otherwise we would not have landed him. as for the other targets it was only one of them that we would have bought, no way were we after all of them collectivly. jfk and the sunderland manager have already said in public that we only went for richardson in the death of the last window cos the johnson deal was a none starter. we only went for the johnson deal when the deals for given and zogs had gone thorugh on the last day at lunch time. all in all, this is nothing more than a load of old tripe being fed to t he daft fans in a hope that we will beleive them. how the hell can you be working on targets long before the window opens and still get none?? it is surley easy, you make an offer, they say yes or they say no. you either make an improved offer or move on. load of crap. now we have 8 million again which means that IF (and its a massive if) we stay in the prem, ashley will yet again pocket all the tv rights money and in real terms invest nothing in players other than the 8 million that was generated in the last window by selling players – how the hell can lambiarse say we are not a selling club ffs. its all we ever do. also, he wants to build a team like aston villa eh….perhaps we should not have sold milner to them then saying as villa are building a team around milner now. what a joker.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 11, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Tom_Toom – agreed!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #27

    We are a selling club,no ambition,shambles management,zero communication,unhappy overpaid has-beens.

    Sort it out owl head or get out of the Toon and take your team of lying cronies with you.

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  • Kash

    Feb 11, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #28

    @Tom_Toon – I would rather have Elano than Butt to be fair. If Elano could reproduce the form he showed under Erriksson, he’d be a class signing, but we said the same about Duff, Smith, Geremi, Cacapa and Viduka, but all have been extremely dissappointing!

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  • Whats that on the grassy knoll

    Feb 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #29

    I know everyone seems to be putting forward Martinez, but what about Alan Irvine, mananger of PNE. He worked for Newcastle, then Everton and turned around PNE, who are in the playoff places above Swansea!

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  • square

    Feb 11, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #30

    so what, what only matters is you got them. the same thing about keegan targetting henry and not being able to.

    shut up, devious fools.

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  • Stardust

    Feb 11, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #31

    craig s chisholm – Llambiase actually said – 8mill PLUS 4mill payment from Milner due this year PLUS what Ashley puts in.

    Doesnt sound too horrendous and at least allows everyone to keep their ambitions in check and realistic!

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Feb 11, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Elano would have been a great addition for me!!!

    It’s strange; last january elano was a name that almost everyone on this blog were mentioning; now not many would take him????

    I’m happy with the business that we completed in January. Three solid signings; one litle c@nt out the door, with a nufc legend leaving for a new challenge.

    My heart goes out to JK & his family; i really doubt whether or not he will return to manage us again; but if he now has to reite at least he can say that he managed a big club and he stood out on the st.james park pitch with 40 odd thousound geordies chanting his name (Villa game before anyone attacks that comment; that night JK was worshipped)!

    He has done a very good job for us! FACTS ARE FACTS…when he took over we were second bottom! We are now 8th bottom or in 13th place! If we finish in 13th at the end of this season i’ll be happy with that (for this year).

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 11, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #33

    stardust………..i never saw that bit, as you sure thats in the interview and if so please give me the link.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 11, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #34

    kevin nichol…you are right, facts are facts, the league position is a false way of looking at jfk. its is a fact that he is the worst manager in over 20 years points wise. forget the league position.

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  • Kash

    Feb 11, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Not only that lads, but we’re only 7 points off the European places. If we can string a run together, we could be motoring up the league!!!

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  • Stardust

    Feb 11, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #36

    It was in this mornings Journal Craig just go on icnewcastle

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  • coxonfamily

    Feb 11, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #37

    i agree with someone who said earlier that lamias said we only have 8m to spend yesterday… how is 8m gonna pay for 1 of those players????? and i still think we look like amateurs with the given deal

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  • Doocey

    Feb 11, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Good to see us after these player though

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  • Doocey

    Feb 11, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Hey! One of the questions I sent into the Chronicle was used!!

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  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 11, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Richardson plays like he is at the end of his career. I won’t want him here.

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