Most Of Newcastle’s Transfer Targets Still Available

If the sale of the Newcastle club doesn’t go through this week, it will likely start to hurt our moves in the transfer market, and we could miss out on some of our top summer transfer targets.

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Alan Shearer – has list of transfer targets

Even against the backdrop of uncertainty that exists at the club right now, the Newcastle Journal is reporting that moves are being made on Newcastle’s behalf  in the transfer market.

Alan Shearer has a list of targets that he could sign relatively quickly if he got the green light, and once he does become manager he will move quickly to get in those targets who have been waiting for the Newcastle club to sort themselves out, over the last four weeks or so. Those players could well include Per Ciljen Sjkelbred (Rosenborg), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds), Bradley Orr (Bristol City) and Andy Griffin (Stoke) – amongst others.

The Journal is reporting also that former Reading striker and England U21 International Leroy Lita, who is now a free agent, is also on Shearer’s list.

And Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford remains a viable target for the club too, and reports over the weekend that he was about to sign for Sheffield United are way off the mark.

There’s little doubt that Jermaine is excited by the prospect of working with Shearer, one of the best strikers England has ever produced, and if an offer was tabled for the player it looks like Newcastle would be his first choice.

A source close to the player told The Journal this morning:

“The Sheffield United report is jumping the gun. There have been a couple of bids for Jermaine but it is unlikely that anything is going to happen before the end of this week.”

“Newcastle are a big club and Jermaine is intrigued that they’re interested in him”  ” If something could be sorted out there, he’d certainly talk to them.”

So there is still time for Newcastle to get some of their top targets into the club,  before the  the first game on August 8th, but that is now dependent on the sale of the club going through some time this week.

Any more time spent without an owner and a manager will really start to negatively impact our preparation for what is one of our most important seasons at the club, for some time.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1


  • Brettoon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Couldn’t be more bored or fed up about Newcastle.

    Are we ever gonna be taken over? Are we ever gonna stop putting that useless caretaker manager Houghton in charge? Are we ever gonna get rid of the deadwood? Are we ever gonna buy anyone?

    Ashley you complete and utter fool tool!

  • Eaststander

    Jun 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    No player can come or go until the sale of the club is complete. I can not see the New owner being very bloody happy if lets say Bassong is sold when they thought they were buying the club with him there. Not listening to any of it until a move is made while the sale is pending. Then if that happens surely Ashley is trying to screw the club again and should be killed!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Same as me Brett..but I couldn’t even motivate myself to type.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    i just hope shearer (if made gaffer) has been writing down his targets as were 3 weeks behind already

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think we have any targets other than total implosion and receivership.

    No players would be targeted properly with things as they stand,We don’t have a manager,don’t know which players need replacing and an owner who lives on planet Asshole.

  • dannymatt

    Jun 30, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Zedsville. Does any of this matter anymore. Freddie took my eyes out several times before. Don’t think I can stand to see that ‘genuine’ look staring out from the pages of the utterly unreadable programme next season. No wonder the fat get is smiling


    Jun 30, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m totally confused…didn’t llambarse come out to state that neither of the two consortia which are in the due dilligence process is fronted by shepherd??

    What’s going on??

  • shrews mag

    Jun 30, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    The bidding consortia will all have approached their preferred manager with the instructions to find the players that they want.

    This list of players will be ready to act on as the first job on the list when the club is bought.

    If the players are interested enough in the new manager and the club they will wait …. but not forever … and not for any old manager.

    But of course the consortia, the club and the players cannot tell anyone that … because they are all sworn to secrecy.

    Lets just relax … sit back and wait … this may take some time …

  • Brettoon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Can’t believe we’ve had no news since being relegated. All seems like washed up crap news that keeps coming up.

    Thought FFS had sorted 80 mill a couple of weeks ago and now its 60mill which might be bid.


  • Ericles

    Jun 30, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I am wondering how many transfer requests will be handed to Hughton tomorrow. How many P45’s will be handed out? Just you wait and see the media hounds around at the training ground on Wednesday. Time to teach them a few facts lads?

  • Sav

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    63 days ……and counting to the close of the transfer window.

  • ginkoh

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Nothing we can do. We cannot step forward if we still don’t have new owner. that’s fact !


    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Players are not going to hang about all July waiting for us. We will end up with players recommended by greedy agents which we havent scouted-in a last minute blind panic as usual.

  • newcastle29

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15


    the other thread says ffs is preparing a £60m bid! so therefore his bid is not in. i rekon and hope he is to late.

    don’t you have to have a bid in to go in to due diligence? if so then its going to take even longer for this nightmare to be over.

  • newcastle29

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16


  • Ross

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #17

    The Shepherd fiasco should be relatively simple. IF he is in fact only looking to offer 60 million for the club, regardless of whom he has behind him he should be shown the door before he’s even up the path. If there are two consortiums involved with buying us and the other (maybe yanks?) has shown Fat Mike they have the 100mil, then he sells to them, simple.
    Fat Freddy is a case of one step forward, two steps back. I would be relieved Cashley was gone, but in no way excited about the prospect of the new ownership, should it be him. We need a fresh face, with fresh ideas and money to spend.
    As for transfer targets, i dont think we have to worry too much and any manager that thinks he’s even within a sniff of being offered the job when the takeover finally goes through will be looking at potential players-Shearer especially in my view. The only slight guttor is Simon Cox to West Brom-surely one of our rivals for the following season, judging by his goal record and what i’ve heard, he’s quite the player?

  • chuck

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Thought It strange that Kieth Harris would fly to the US when there were four apparent bidders
    checking the books, did`nt make a lot of sense.
    It reminded me of MA and Llambias`s trip to the gulf hoping to flog the team to any Arab with the readies.
    Now we hear FFS is in with a bid of around£60m.
    So what happened to the others ?
    This is becoming scarey, I dont see a legitimate buyer here and do we want Freddy back with more flim flam, dont think so.
    We just may be in for the long haul with MA as how can he take such a financial hit (around £200m) and just walk away ?
    Just when I think things cant get any worse, the sh*t hits the fan again, it`s just unbelievable.

  • shrews mag

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Relax … it took me 4 months to buy my house so why do you think it will take less than that to buy and sell a football club. Remember there are accountants and solicitors crawling all over the club with a fine tooth comb trying to delve into every little deal which has been done over the last 5 years or so

    We cannot DEMAND anything … I am sure that MA wants to sell… there are people out there who want to buy … but it takes time.

    There is nothing that we can do … and if we do start and DEMAND things then any prospective owner is going to think twice about getting involed in such a set up …

    Relax … this may take some time …

  • belfast toon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Better the devil you know. We could get another Ashley

  • Brettoon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #21

    You calm down Shrewsmag. Sorry to be blunt but remember the timing in which Ashley said the club was up for sale???
    He left us in the lurge again JUST after we got relegated so no chance to restructure or anything.
    Stop with the sympathy. We’re on a Leeds at the moment…

  • belfast toon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #22

    "Taken over by the end of the month" 30 days has September April June and ???? End of witch month

  • Brettoon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah I know Belfast.

    Snore snooze

  • Macas35

    Jun 30, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #24

    The bid from Shepherd had been played down in the Chronicle, no bid has actually been made as yet. And if he had only offered £60 million, why would that be a problem? It could simply mean that the after due diligence any interested party has seen something which gives them reason to come in with a reduced offer. Remember any interested party had to show they had the £100 million funds necessary at the start of the process. I get the feeling it wont be Shepherd who gets the club anyway.

  • UTD111

    Jun 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Lee Ryder – Today’s Evening Comical:

    “Meanwhile, morning reports of a £60m bid by former chairman Freddy Shepherd have been played down by a source close to the Geordie businessman.

    The Chronicle understands that no bid has been made by Shepherd although there could be movement on this front later in the week.

    It is also believed that Shepherd’s interest in the club is personal rather than him spearheading a bid by a consortium.”

  • Chris G

    Jun 30, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #26

    ‘…You calm down Shrewsmag’

    Why should he? His comments are intelligent and articulate. I wish there were more like him on this blog!

  • Stuart79

    Jun 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Since when has anything the Chronicle have reported recently been true?

    Friday, London Meeting are the words that spring to mind!

  • Brettoon

    Jun 30, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh Chris… I wasn’t exactly rude – I just said calm down.

    Don’t you find no news slightly boring – just trying to entertain myself.

    On another note, I saw Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park on Sunday and what a man!!

  • shrews mag

    Jun 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #29

    brettoon – we are no where near doing a leeds … provided the club is sold.

    As I said … there is nothing we can do here … we just need to wait and be patient and hope that the new owner is better than the last clown.

  • shrews mag

    Jun 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #30

    fair play … the boss was on top form … not bad for a 59 year old…!

  • Rangerman

    Jun 30, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #31

    we are no where near doing a leeds … provided the club is sold.


    That depends who it’s sold to because any new owner will have to subsidise the running costs like Ashley has done over the past few years, if they can’t offer that guarantee at the end of the financial year and the club is still making a loss then Ernst & Young won’t sign us off as a going concern.

  • shrews mag

    Jun 30, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #32

    rangerman .. but … if someone is willing to pour millions into buying and funding the club … then they will make absolutely sure that the business survives.

    no-one would buy into the club unless they were 100% sure the figures added up.

    Problem is that if no-one buys in … then we are in deep trouble because MA couldn’t give a monkeys.

  • AndyT

    Jun 30, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Umm, did anybody else notice this sentence in the Chronicle today??
    “Calderwood returns to the scene with owner Mike Ashley making funds available to the former Tottenham Hotspur defender – despite a reluctance to do the same for Shearer, with the majority of United fans seeing the Geordie icon as the only man to take Newcastle forward.”

    How is that not huge news??!! That can’t possibly be a true statement, otherwise it would have been it’s own story. Surely that was just speculation!


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