Duff Almost Certainly Next Out Of The Door At Newcastle


News today that Roy Hodgson has indeed confirmed that Fulham are closing in on a deal to sign Damien Duff   from Newcastle United.

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Damien Duff – will leave Newcastle

Fulham are said to have offered Newcastle United £4M for the Ireland winger, who became a regular at Blackburn Rovers when Hodgson took over at Ewood Park in 1997.

Roy Hodgson thinks a lot of Duff and it also seems that the Irishman is now keen to move back to London, so we have to think this deal is nearly 90% sure to go through now.

We don’t expect Duff to play tomorrow against Reading and that may see young Kazenga LuLua play at St. James’ Park.

Hodgson, who is one of the gentlemen of football, said today:

“The clubs are talking and I hope the deal will go through. He’s a player that interests us,” . “Damien and I go back a long way from when we worked together at Blackburn. He wants to come back to west London.”

“Damien had injury problems at Chelsea and has done well at Newcastle given the turmoil there. Every time he’s played for Ireland he’s consistently been one of their best performers.”

“We know what we’d be getting with Damien – he’s an experienced and quality player.”

Duff’s leaving will knock around £65K/week off the Newcastle wage bill, but we still think we have around £190K/week still to go to get the overall wage bill below £40M for the year.

We estimate if Damien moves to Fulham, Newcastle will have knocked around £25M off the yearly wage bill of £74M. They will also have taken in around £23M in transfer fees for Martins, Beye, Bassong and Duff.

Duff could be signed today at the earliest, but we think he’s almost certainly out of the door at Newcastle now.

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262 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Can the last one out turn out the light!

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  • magforlife

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Another player who has earned fantastic cash at NUFC but never gave a respectable return

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  • DevonMag

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Absolute pi$$take! Duff and Beye both commited themselves verbally to the cause, both out the door. Duff’s quality is exactly what we need in the championship, and he proved that against West Brom he can be extremely handy. Mike Ashley is a cancer on this club. I’ve never felt so angry looking at his fat, smug face. The only consolation in all of this is the fortune he’s lost on the club, but at a price far higher than the money he has lost 🙁

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Devon,

    He’s not lost anything mate!

    He’ll only lose if he sells and we know he’s not going to do that.

    He is going to give it this season and hope and prey that we some how manage to get promoted on the cheap.

    That sums up Ashley’s understanding of football!

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Absolute pi$$take! Duff and Beye both commited themselves verbally to the cause, both out the door.

    ….

    Beye wanted to go and if Hodgson is correct saying Duff wants to move back to London then neither are committed.

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  • M.Stockley

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #6

    1st people have got to STOP calling mike ashley the cancer of the club. hes a dick and i hate him, but my dad is currently battling cancer and isnt doing well so i personally dont appriciate people saying stuff like that- i may be being sensative!
    anyway im mixed feelings about duff. i personally rate him, but 4 mill for a 30 year old is good business esp when hes earning 65,000 a week. it is funny though how duffer said im as loyal as they come and all that bollocks and at the 1st chance he gets he tells hodgson he wants the move! duff is certainly replaceable with a younger model on less money….commons comes to mind but lets be honest, the fat cnut wont spend anything on this club

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #7

    bye duff, will miss your 20 goals a season! not

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  • stavtoon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Players and people in general are only commited when wanted that happens in the real working world too.To me all these moving back to the premier are being rewarded for failing last year.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Rangerman // Aug 14, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Absolute pi$$take! Duff and Beye both commited themselves verbally to the cause, both out the door.

    ….

    Beye wanted to go and if Hodgson is correct saying Duff wants to move back to London then neither are committed.

    They both did commit to th club were Shearer to get the job.

    But let’s be honest, would you wanna stay at this car crash!

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  • gorskino10

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Oba im the same as you i can deal with players leaving but i’ve had enough of everything thats happening at newcastle at the moment we are not NUFC were just a club owned and being ruined by some fat twat, if Kinnear is appointed that will be the last straw i would then have to withdraw myself for following NUFC untill Ashley has sold up.
    And its been so annoying this whole period with no news on new players there has only been like 5 articles on players were are interested in, if you look back at last season when we were linked with Aimar and millions of other players and got off to a well deserved draw at Man United 🙁

    IF KINNEAR IS OUR MANAGER EVERYONE BYCOT NUFC HOME GAMES

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  • doofa the loofa

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #11

    great news. f*** rite off duffy, yor shite like.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Danny Simpson has joinet us..loan deal official

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #13

    http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1780_5490929,00.html

    (I know it’s Teamtalk, but it has quotes)

    “Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong would have stayed at Newcastle if Alan Shearer was given the manager’s job, Harry Redknapp has revealed.”

    I’d imagine this is why Ashley never appointed Alan Shearer.

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Hang on a minute…

    The day we got rellied, we wanted to sack the entire squad, save a very select few.

    Now we’re at Ashley’s throat for doing just that.

    We HAVE to get rid of the Duffs, Geremis and so on. There is no way we can stay afloat otherwise because Duff costs more than the entire 1st 11 of some CCC teams.

    I like the bloke, I think once he was fit he did ok, but he’s just not worth that amount of money when you could get half a dozen other players (like Lua Lua) for that much outlay each week.

    People need to wake up to the reality of CCC life and finances. Also, they need to realise that every time a top earner goes, it makes it more likely that Ashley can sell up and bog off.

    Sorry, but this kind of sale is exactly what we need to see… provided more come in…

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Hope Danny Simpson will start ahead of Ryan Taylor.

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  • Dondatta13

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #16

    M.Stockley // Aug 14, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    1st people have got to STOP calling mike ashley the cancer of the club. hes a dick and i hate him, but my dad is currently battling cancer and isnt doing well so i personally dont appriciate people saying stuff like that- i may be being sensative!

    Agreed mate, my dads also going through a bad time with this desease …..

    Be strong kidda …

    Ashleys just a gimp

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #17

    M.Stockley, you’re not being over-sensitive mate – I agree. The ‘C’ word is always a sensitive issue, and generally should be one to avoid in day-to-day conversation.

    …I don’t mean c*nt, of course – that’s great!

    Chin up lads (Dondatta13 too)

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Lads its allright saying that Duff can fux off as he is a high earner but we do need experience aswell as our young uns and there is other high earners i would like to see shot off 1st ie colo the clown, geremi, strolla, cacapa and xisco etc etc. atleast duff can do more for us than that shower of sh1te

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  • Doocey

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Does Derek Llambias run the official website by any chance?

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  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #20

    betting suspended on D Jones now..
    Looks like we are going to have fun again with the betting markets………..

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry to see him go, if he goes, as I think he has heart, skill & worked hard for the team & has a good football brain.

    Before we go on about his “loyalty” let’s also remember these are reports CLAIMING that Hodgson CLAIMED that Duff said that he wanted to go to London.

    Not to mention the club is a slow-motion train wreck and are obviously keen to push high-earners out.

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  • Wigaz

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Well said Big Dave mate. We should keep hold of duff as saturday showed we need him. Nobody else on that pitch could of done what duff did. Unless we strengthen in the striker department a la lovenkrans or beckford then we will have to keep hold of duff.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #23

    “Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong would have stayed at Newcastle if Alan Shearer was given the manager’s job, Harry Redknapp has revealed.”

    …….

    Because Shearer wouldn’t want to sell him, not because he’d want to stay.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #24

    D Jones is a good manager who would have had better jobs if it wasn’t for the court case he was involved in, he was innocent but mud sticks.

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Whumpie i see where your coming from but we are getting rid off the wrong high earners imo and if we do get promoted which i seriously doubt now we would need epl players so the players we are selling for 4 and 6 mill we will need to spend double that to replace them if we do get up. I honestly hope and pray that we dont get stuck with Ma and jokin joe. I would love to just walk away from supporting the toon but I know i cant.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Now Dave Jones I would have.

    But lets look at this realistically. He’s in an good secure job at Cardiff.

    Why would anyone want to come here?

    One man has said he wants the job but he hasn’t been offered it.

    Why?

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Rangerman // Aug 14, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Absolute pi$$take! Duff and Beye both commited themselves verbally to the cause, both out the door.

    ….

    Beye wanted to go and if Hodgson is correct saying Duff wants to move back to London then neither are committed.

    Rangerman if thats the case we wont have a team when we drop from premiership to championship. ill eat my own words, but if AL was still playing, he would leave newcastle for a premiership team for breaking into the international team

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #28

    All fair points Whumpie’s making about finances, I think, but if we want to bounce back straight away, keeping a few of the decent high-earners should be seen as an investment in getting our sorry a$$es back up into the 1st division.

    Then again, that pre-supposes that the tub of hog$hit running our club has half a brain in his fughing head.

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  • Cooper

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #29

    So duff defo not playing tommorrow??

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  • mylestoon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #30

    i think we should get andrew driver as a replacement, hes a quality player with bags of potential.

    i think the team on sat will be….
    Harper
    Simpson colo taylor enrique
    Taylor smith knolan jonas
    Carroll Ameobi/ranger

    Krul, kadar, tozer, barton, lua lua, xisco, geremi

    Although i would prefer kadar for colo, lua lua for R.taylor and ranger for ameobi.

    Take ameobi out in general, give xisco a chance.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #31

    The problem we’ve got is the sh1te we want to sell nobody wants because they know they are sh1te too.

    Duff is too good for the championship but didn’t impress very often for us in the Premiership, he’s in the final year of his contract and is apparently the highest earner left at the club.

    Selling him makes sense as long as we bring in a replacement, if we get back into the Premiership we will have to either offer him a new contract or stump up the money to sign someone else anyway so we might as well take the money now.

    I don’t think he would offer us much more than Lovenkrands who we could pick up for free and would accept under half the wage.

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  • Bill F

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Stuar79, I think you meant pray in comment 2 but prey is probably more apt.
    Are Geremi and Cacapa still with us and did they figure pre-season, I can’t remember them in any teams. I reckon either at RB would do better than R.Taylor.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Rangerman // Aug 14, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    “Because Shearer wouldn’t want to sell him, not because he’d want to stay.”

    Rangerman, I never indicated it was because he’d have wanted to stay.

    And I still stand by my …”this is why Ashley never appointed Alan Shearer.” comment.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Cooper

    If Hughton comes out tomorrow and says Duff has some sort of injury then he’ll be off for sure.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Waddles mullet – Where does it say the betting is suspended on Jones btw?

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  • Bill F

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry I meant comment 4.

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  • mylestoon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #37

    I wouldnt mind seeing butt, geremi and barton out the door for their wages to be honest.

    Smith will be wicked for us this season, i think guthrie wil do well in rght midfield.

    On a side note, got swine flu today boys, *hit times.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Bill F

    Geremi came on at half time against L.Orient and played at right back and was awful

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #39

    But then I suppose when we sell S taylor, Harper, Smith, Barton, Butt, Enrique we will be left with a nice compact and cheap to run team. and I suppose we might get some offers for promising young ones Krul, lua lua. Ranger, donaldson and Kadar so we should get a few quid for them and sure we could get a few loanees in. That fat Bastard Ma will do more damage to the North east than the swine flu

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Rodzilla – It was more about the misleading headline the article went with rather than anything you said.

    The reason I think Ashley didn’t appoint Shearer is a mix of him not being able to afford his demands in terms of rebuilding while we are in the championship and Ashley knowing that while Shearer is in charge he will have him by the balls knowing the backlash he got over Keegan.

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