Absurd Transfer Deals A Thing Of The Past At Newcastle


The pending transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80M is staggering, and shows the bad state the world football game is in.

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Luque – £9.5M for this player -one of Newcastle’s many terrible deals

These transfer prices are ridiculous and now Real Madrid have shelled out £140M for just two players, money they don’t have on hand and will have to borrow. But surely some salary cap or other controls on football clubs will need to be put in place to stop this madness going on at the highest levels.

Which brings us to Newcastle United, and if there’s one thing that may be even good about relegation (but that’s a stretch), it’s that we will not be able to do any stupid transfer deals this summer.

Deals such as £5.7M for Xisco, £10M for Coloccini, £17M for Michael Owen, and £9.5M for Luque are ridiculous deals we have done in the past, but as long as we are a Championship side these deals will not happen, because of two major reasons:

  • We don’t have the money any longer
  • We will not be able to persuade high priced stars to come to Newcastle, while we are in the Championship

So perhaps whatever time we are down in the Championship, will allow us to do some real good deals where we will get good players for decent prices, and that’s all we need to do to form a good team, one that will probably be better than the team we had last season.

We need to increase the scouting at Newcastle, which Alan Shearer has already said he will do if handed the reigns of the club, and we need more deals like Seb Bassong’s transfer of last year where we bought the lad for just £500K, and now he will go for something close to £10M.

It will be hard to lose the player but the £10M will come in very handy for money to attract players to the club so we have a more balances squad next season.

This season was probably the most unbalanced side we have had – as we had one left back and eight strikers – and it’s something Shearer mentioned when he took over the club.

But of course before the Newcastle club can start rebuilding and get itself on a firm financial footing, we need a manager to do that job,, and reports that Chris Hughton may be the one in charge when training begins in a short 3 weeks takes some believing.

But we’ve now learned to expect anything from Ashley, who has brought the Newcastle club to its knees in the last 3 weeks.

Will somebody please come in and save the club?

Comments welcome.



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155 comments so far

  • Waddles mullet

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Come on then who wants shepherd back.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Do you know something we don’t Wm?

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  • workyticket

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Waddles mullet // Jun 11, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    “Come on then who wants shepherd back.”

    I would rather have gonorrhea than have that fat crook back at the club.

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  • Stardust

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #4

    And I would rather eat a dead hedgehog from the side of the road, sandwiched between two cow pats than even walk within half a mile of SJP if he comes back.

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  • budmon

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #5

    MA is one of the worst owners imaginable. Things would have been so much differnet if the club were owned by another million/billionaire. I still don’t understand how he cuold want to sell at 100 million when he’s put in over 250!!! He is supposed to be a business man! He treated the club like an experimental puppet gone horribly horribly wrong and we (the fans) will have to deal with the consequences. I could not disrespect anyone more than MIKE ASHLEY. fat ***** ***** mtf!!!

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #6

    workey – now you can have both!

    Clap, clap!

    Eeeee that’s slander that is.

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  • Stardust

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Albert Luque has just had a great season, john Dhal Thomasson went onto be one of Europes best after leaving.

    For some reason Newcastle fans label these players terrible. Collo – an Argentine International. Xisco – a kid who hasnt had a chance.

    Rest assured their careers will burn all the more brightly when they leave. they just never get a chance here.

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  • stk85

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #8

    yea no shepherd please. i’m suprised if shearer actually did have that meeting with him the other day.

    don’t forget boumsong, who wasn’t only outdone by those awesome strikers of yeading on his debut, but cost us £8.5mill and could’ve been free if we’d signed him 5 months earlier.

    we do need to stop spending £50,000 a week on average players but i suppose that should’ve been done years ago really before it got silly.

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  • Stardust

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #9

    STK – maybe that one was on FFS special deals! One of the “investigated ones”

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  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I guess that is one way of looking at it, Ed. No more ridiculous millions being wasted on total crap.

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  • Waddles mullet

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #11

    I would like to know who shepherd is fronting the proposed takeover with.

    I say move on clean slate but we need someone who knows the area etc.

    Bring back chris mort.

    Best chairman we had for em years.

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  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Stardust, over 5 million was spent on Xisco, when we already had Owen, Viduka, Oba, Carroll, AND Ranger on the books of the club. There was no need for him, especially for so much. Worthless, terrible buy who will not burn brightly after he leaves. He was rated lower than Shola for crying out loud!

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  • workyticket

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Stardust, hardly anyone seems to get it yet about how so many good players become mysteriously awful at St James’s.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Stardust – there is some startling evidence to back up the theory that players become jinxed when they come here but frankly nobody will convince me Luque was ever good enough. Tomasson was perhaps played out of position but he was awful in most positions. Colo hasn’t got the desire and is lacking in other areas for me. Xisco….fair enough, but even then it’s a lot of money for someone who hasn’t impressed enough in training or his opportunities to get in the first 16 on a regular basis. And he’s had a few different gaffers who didn’t fancy him.

    Reet I’m off to watch a film with the missus before she disowns me.

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  • bozo

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #15

    How can anyone describe Xisco as a good player he was on trial at Wolves and they rejected him for a fee of just a million.
    Stardust once again shows a complete lack of knowledge of football.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #16

    bowburn luque actually looked good in pre season under fat sam

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #17

    One more thing before I do one….

    Waddles mullet – Chris Mort would be great to head up the financial side and perhaps as a spokesperson and looking after PR but I’d be worried about his football acumen.

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  • AmSickOfThis

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #18

    the two real transfers are where the modern game is going theres talk of Real spending another 200-300 million on Ribery and players from Valencia
    chelsea are talking about 40+million for Augerro and 30 Million for the young Milan Forward cant think of his name
    The clubs playing in CL season in and season out have become a law onto themselfs
    and with the money man city now have (look @ Barry’s wages) is going to get worse before it gets better

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  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Good point bozo. Stardust, do you actually follow football at all, or do you purposefully make these claims against all common reason regarding NUFC on purpose?
    Do you still think the Mike Ashley knows what he’s doing???

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  • AndyT

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #20

    With some of the Milan players that Ancelotti is looking to get to Chelsea, i’m not sure if the guy is ready for English football. Although the Pato signing might be good, it would do nothing but hinder the kid’s development. There’s no way he’ll get past Anelka & Drogba after this season.

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  • workyticket

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #21

    bozo // Jun 11, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    “How can anyone describe Xisco as a good player he was on trial at Wolves and they rejected him for a fee of just a million.”

    bozo, tell us more about Xisco’s trial at Wolves, and how they turned him down for £1 million. You’re obviously a great expert on the subject.

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  • AmSickOfThis

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #22

    will be interesting what happens at Real Madrid if they dont win the spanish league and champions league

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Stardust, over 5 million was spent on Xisco, when we already had Owen, Viduka, Oba, Carroll, AND Ranger on the books of the club. There was no need for him, especially for so much. Worthless, terrible buy who will not burn brightly after he leaves. He was rated lower than Shola for crying out loud!

    …..

    I for one thought we definitely needed a striker last Summer, Ameobi was useless, Carroll had struggled while out on loan in the Championship and Ranger was a kid signed for the academy.

    Xisco hasn’t worked out but he’s hardly had the chance, funny thing is there was an article on vital football about our transfer policy and they were complaining about us letting Rossi slip through our fingers yet he was no better than Xisco while he was here.

    I’ve never seen anything about Xisco having a trial with Wolves anywhere but Nile Ranger wasn’t rated by Swindon yet looks like a great talent here so what another club thinks means very little.

    Too much hindsight used when it comes to transfers I’m afraid and anyone on here who wasn’t happy when we signed Owen is a liar.

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  • Waddles mullet

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #24

    bow your’e right mort knows very little about football himself, but in the year he was here the pr and what he done for community football (linked up with local boys clubs) and listening to fans for singing section increase the family enclosure Etc
    He was also an all round good decent bloke.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Definately be a silver lining if he (FFS) did come back looking at the first few posts here 😆

    As for Ronaldo, the deal was done last summer and Real have ’til the end of the month to honour it (according to BBC radio 5).

    Certainly an “us and them” situation evolving now.

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  • bozo

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Workyticket Mick McCarthy had Xisco on trial at wolves before we signed him and rejected him for a reported transfer fee of 1Million. He also made a statement at some point at being amazed at the signing as the Lad had limited ability and work ethic.
    Ed one more crazy transfer selling one of the best and most loyal goalkeepers in football for a fee of 6million to the richest club in the world absurd.

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Rangerman- I must be a liar then! I wasn’t happy when we signed Owen, i hadn’t reated him for years. For liverpool he used to run at pace diagally into the box then change pace and run straight at goal before shooting, that was his trick. He lost too much pace before he came to us, he has never been a striker with much variation in his finishing and lacks power in his shots. Therefore i can honestly say i wasn’t happy when we signed him, although i admit i was in a tiny minority!

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #28

    *rated
    *diagnally

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  • hitman

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #29

    ed i think you need to open a new thread,title
    HAS STARDUST GOT THE BALLS TO ADMIT HE WAS WRONG ABOUT ASHLEY.
    comments welcome.

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Hitman – Classic!

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #31

    It seems the only thing on the internet saying Xisco had a trial at Wolves is someone phoning up the Legends and claiming it to be true!

    He was playing in Europe for Deportivo before he came to us at the beginning of the season.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Imagine we are bought by some mega rich sheik and we start winning trophies….we goona have millions of chameleon fans turn up out of nowhere stating they’re Newcastle fans all their lives,and till yesterday they were supporting some other club.

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  • workyticket

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #33

    bozo // Jun 11, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    “Workyticket Mick McCarthy had Xisco on trial at wolves before we signed him and rejected him for a reported transfer fee of 1Million. He also made a statement at some point at being amazed at the signing as the Lad had limited ability and work ethic.”

    That was a piece of specious gossip in The Daily Mail, bozo.

    You attempt to berate others for their lack of knowledge about football when your own obviously doesn’t extend beyond the back pages of tabloid newspapers. How sad.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Tino 11 – He hadn’t lost much pace when he first came here and he was excellent for us before he broke the bone in his foot, once his knee went he wasn’t the same but before then he was top class.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #35

    We should try to keep Mikey boy, the bartender and Oba, players whose weekly wage is 3ook a week. They care about the club and would sweat blood for the cause. The three musketeers. One for all and all for one!!! If only we had more like them we would not be in this mess.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #36

    It brings a warm glow to my heart that a BIG club like NUFC, players and ground, is roughly worth the same as that diver Ronaldo. We are really cream crackered!!!! Thanks Mike. I always rated you along with a load of Ashley fans who spent many months on this blog defending you but who have now disappeared. Why did I waste my time debating with such tossers?

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  • ark13y

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #37

    I didn’t rate owen when he came either. How can you pay 17 million for a player who sat on real madrid’s bench for most of the season and only cost them 8 million…and even then he was past it.

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  • Waddles mullet

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #38

    jim mate would you take shepherd back?

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  • batty

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Stardust // Jun 11, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    And I would rather eat a dead hedgehog from the side of the road, sandwiched between two cow pats than even walk within half a mile of SJP if he comes back
    <<<<<see you have been round workys for dinner agen then

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Real only paid £8 million for him because he was in the final year of his contract and he was hardly finished at Liverpool, in his final season there he scored 19 in 38.

    16 goals for madrid isn’t bad for someone on the bench.

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