Chris Hughton Secretive On January Transfer Targets

Chris Hughton has drawn up his January targets, having them all continually scouted , and hopes to bring them in during the January window.

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Chris Hughton – will not discuss transfer targets – good

But try to get who they may be – and he will not tell you – a very wise approach by Chris.

We remember almost the opposite mode of operation in the transfer market was taken by former boss  Graeme Souness, who seemed to do his bidding in the press, and really cheesed off  (that’s the polite way of saying it) the other clubs.

This morning Chris was reluctant to reveal even the areas of the team he wants to improve  in January – but our guess would be center-back, full-back, creative midfield, wingers and maybe striker.

Chris talked about what he wanted to talk aboutto the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this morning, and why not :

“There is nothing more to say this week about what is happening off the field.” “We are delighted with back-to-back wins.”

“The fashion of the performances has been pleasing.”  “It was not our best performance against Doncaster or at Sheffield United, but the manner in which we won gives us a lift.”

“We were down to 10 men against Doncaster and getting a result at Sheffield United will be difficult for most teams in this division, as it has proven to be over the last few years.”

“We are now back at home and we must make sure we put on a performance that wins us the game.”

Hughton is also boosted by the return of center-back Steven Taylor, who is becoming a big leader at the club and early in the season formed an excellent central defensive partnership with Fabricio Coloccini.

Chris talked about Taylor:

“I am delighted Taylor is back and available. He is important to us.” “We have decisions you want to have to make.”

Taylor and Coloccini looked great early in the season, which is one reason we had 6 clean sheets in our first 9 league games, and why we had another clean sheet on Monday night when Fabricio returned.

Fabricio has played well for Newcastle this season so far, and seems 100% committed to the club.

Maybe that’s because he has a 5 year deal with the club worth about £65K/week – but we are being facetious,  and we sincerely hope Fabricio keeps playing well for the Magpies and comes through big time once we get back to the Premiership again.

Comments welcome.


13 comments so far

  • Ashley Hole

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #1

    1st sell after that you can have some players….

    Kind Regards,


  • Ashley Hole

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    …this is all f***** bull*****!!!!!!!!! Liars! Liars! Liars!

    …just faking

  • thud and blunder

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Id go for these players in January, wouldnt cost much either…

    Skjelbred – (Loan with option to buy at end of season for £2.5m)

    Adam Johnson – (Sneaky £3m bid as he is out of contract at Boro at end of season and would solve the left wing, get shot of Jonas for £4m+)

    Jermaine Beckford – (£3m bid as contract up in 6month)

    And another centre back, maybe left sided to cover Enrique if he gets injured.

    Id send Harewood and Zurab back, extending Simpson to end of season with view to £2m deal

  • premier

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Hey Ed–Is that secretive, clueless or hands tied

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Nov 6, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Defo sign Simpson as I doubt we could extend his loan as his contract ends in June. Zurab as cover for Simpson maybe! and CB cover behind Kadar. Harewood has been poor but apart from Monday night I have thought he had been better than Carroll, but Carroll put a bloody good shift in for a change on Monday so yeah let him go with Ameobi coming back soon.

    I just pray to god that aside from loan players returning to there teams there are NO OUTGOINGS. But I highly doubt it.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 6, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #6
  • toonsy

    Nov 6, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Secretive about January transfer dealings?

    Well, its not hard be secretive when nothing is being hidden. January signings my ar5e, we’ll be lucky to get through January with what we have left now. Lamearse is already making the noises about the wagebill being to high still!

  • nightfa11

    Nov 6, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #8

    it is high…we spent almost 200 k/week on butt, geremi & barton…i mean…wtf are they still doing at the club?? =)

  • Alex

    Nov 6, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    i agree nightfa11 its beyond belief that those 3 have not been got rid of . I had hoped Barton would of took this division by storm but not only is he a thug off the pitch , he is never on the pitch because of injuries .

  • chuck

    Nov 6, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Agree, they would be decent buys, however I believe you have underestimated the cost of bringing them in.
    Looks like Boro. are going to be asking around 9 or 10m. fpr Johnson and it`s not as if bigger clubs or clubs with more available dosh are not aware.
    Rather go for Citeh`s Johnson, possibly on loan,he seems desperate to play and it`s unlikely he will find a spot on the Citeh first squad.

  • Ben_BKK

    Nov 6, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, what’s with the “mmmmmmmmmmmm” bit at the end of your article?? Am I the only one that sees that?

  • RyanToon

    Nov 6, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Drawn up a list? lol how many two?

  • flair20

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #13

    “This morning Chris was reluctant to reveal even the areas of the team he wants to improve in January – but our guess would be center-back, full-back, creative midfield, wingers and maybe striker.”

    LOL that covers almost every position!!

    I agree with thud and blunder that players like Skjelbred and A.Johnson would be fantastic signings, but we need to be realistic. A) We can’t afford them and B) they are not interested. We should look at more realistic targets like Andy Driver of Hearts – he can play left or right wing, is quick and skilful and takes people on. There are also decent players available on free transfers – why aren’t we looking at the likes of Jorge Andrade and Michael Ball? I am intrigued to find out what January brings…


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