Latest On Newcastle Transfer Moves

We’re now half way through the transfer window and no successes yet for Newcastle United in this window.

Jermaine Beckford – could still arrive on Tyneside

It seems like the Tyneside club did everything right initially by getting in their bids for Matthew Kilgallon and Jermaine Beckford as soon as the new year came in.

Chris Hughton wanted the targets in quickly but after agreeing a fee with Sheffield United for center-back Kilgallon, it looks like personal  terms could not be agreed, and Matthew stated he would stay at the Blades until the end of the season.

It looks like Everton have gone in and almost made a deal with Kilgallon, and we would expect them to make the capture in the summer.

Kilgallon would have been an excellent capture, but wih Tamas Kadar looking better and better as time goes by, a more experienced center-back on loan through the end of the season could be the ticket.

Hughton seems to like Leon Cort of Stoke City, but we’d like to see Andy O’Brien come in on loan from Bolton, with a possibility of signing the former Newcastle player in the summer.  Andy is now 30 years old, and has good experience in the Premier League.

Taylor, Coloccini,  Kadar and O’Brien would be a good central defense quartet for next season, should we get promoted.

As far as a striker goes, we think Beckford would be a decent acquisiton, but for no more than the £1.5M offered, and with Peter Lovenkrands’  tremendous display last Monday night, maybe we don’t need another striker.

However, we think Chris wants a striker who can simply put home the easy chances. Peter did that on Monday night, but Andy Carroll missed at least two simple chances, and young Nile Ranger has also missed his fair share of chances this season.

We think Chris believes Jermaine will be able to put home these chances. One thing that does worry us however, about the 26 year-old, is that he seems to have some character issues, and the very last thing we want is for someone to come in and upset the tremendous spirit in the side.

If we cannot get Jermaine before the end of the month, a fall-back would be to bring back Marlon Harewood from Aston Villa on loan, who we are sure can do a decent job.

A negative is that it appears the loan would be a little expensive, but Marlon got better and better the more he played, and he can come in and do a job for us through May.

As far as full back goes, we hope that Danny Simpson can be signed, and that the two sides can settle on compensation, preferably before Monday night’s game.

But if  Danny doesn’t sign, we’re not sure who is next on Chris’ list for full-back.

Maybe he would look to bring back Zurab Khizanishvili, who could also provide cover in central defense. He has ample experience and would be good defensive cover, and he loves it at Newcastle, as does Marlon Harewood.

So not much progress yet in the transfer window, but we live in hope.

31 comments so far

  • toontony

    Jan 16, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #1

    wouldnt want harewood back ,he got better and better.? his touch is terrible for a big lad he hardly wins any headers and his goals have all been easy chances.
    we were paying him £20,000 + wages a week,surely we could get beckford in for nowhere near those wages.
    People are questioning if we go up he may not be able to do it,on the showing of Man u game he looks as though he could.
    Not much money to lay outfor some one who gets goals,if he did do it in prem would be wort a little more than we paid for him.
    come on Ashley get your finger out winging about forking out few million on players, you dont even bat an eyelid losing that on roullete wheel with 1 spin…..

  • komfort

    Jan 16, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #2

    in’s – ziltch….

    out’s – probably….

    promotion – in the balance….

  • Bill F

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Deja Vu

  • Bill F

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    By the way Ed its 8pm in England.

  • donjuan

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Not fussed as long as we sign a full back and sell no one. Komfort, promotion really isn’t in the balance mate. We’re fine.

  • komfort

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #6

    donjuan – fantasy world…..

    komfort – real world…..

  • donjuan

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Komfort – Online world.

    Donjuan – Out of this world. And off to the pub, have faith.

  • komfort

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #8

    batty’s bet – down the swanny…..

    komfort’s bet – won £195…..

  • ganiyu

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #9

    kelvin doyle kelvin doyle sell carrol

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #10

    NUFCBOG is back, Brilliant. I’ve been lost with out it.
    Good to see you back Ed, what happened with the job? Glad your back.

  • komfort

    Jan 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #11

    ganiyu , you having a night in aswell ?……i had a few bev’s today so i’m having indoors drink tonight & a ruby..

  • geoff777

    Jan 16, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Andy O’Brian … wow you must have a short memory. He was a major reason our defence was rubbish .. Titus didn’t help either. Perhaps you want to resign him too?

  • chuck

    Jan 16, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Wassup Ed.
    Could`nt resist doin the blog ?
    Agree with Kila. he would have been a decent buy, so much for our negotiators.
    Beckford ? never really wanted him, we should show some desire and gumption and put in a bid for Moses, a no brainer.
    Could have a star for years to come and a player who`s worth will double or treble in the future.
    Getting those two and Simpson would be good business.
    But looks like Ashley`s outta here if we are promoted (first acceptable bid) and is not about to put too much into the side.

  • Spitfire

    Jan 17, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Bullocks. I was pleased to see Ed’s blog back up and running and was about to end my self-imposed exile from contributing to all of the [frankly second rate] blogs that had supplanted this blog ( My rule is that any blog that the odious Stardust appears on is not worth being part of) when up pops – guess who?- on Ed’s resurrected blog. So off I go again…..Bye

  • komfort

    Jan 17, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #15

    have a safe landing spitfire….

    ….just like you did in 61 .

    dont let anyone piss on your dreams….

    we’re just here for a short visit……

  • komfort

    Jan 17, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #16

    chuck……you can read my mind.

    ….are you a new yorker chuck ?.

    brash but i dont mind…

  • komfort

    Jan 17, 2010 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #17

    good night…..i’m falling asleep.

  • komfort

    Jan 17, 2010 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #18

    nite batty , nite rod & not forgetting my stunning six wifes & my wonderful child.

    …lahko noc.

  • leazescorner

    Jan 17, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Ed, on behalf of the BBC/606 forum, we are glad you are back.

    On the beckford talk, £2m? do it, gamble! But will Mike Ashley do it? NO! We will sign no one worth any money!

  • AnyOBrien

    Jan 17, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #20

    We need depth, we have been veryh fortunate with injuries this season, at least compared to previous seasons. We have a small first team squad, the only areas we have anything like depth is in central midfield and upfront. However, all our strikers are too samey, we have 3 strapping target men and nobody who can play off them, and we have no set partnerships, well, nothing that works. Lovenkrands can be decent but he can also be a ghost, and is in no way consistent enough. Shola should be the automatic choice, Ranger looks to have n outstanding future ahead of him, but doesnt score enough. ED is right, we need a somebody who is going to put the easy chances away, Beckfords deal is looking more and more dead in the water by the day, this rumour in the NOTW (pinch of salt etc.) about Chopra is promising, but if we are worried about Beckfords attitude why do we want to be purchasing a lassie basher?
    The problem that is hindering us the most is the lack of activity from other clubs. What the ideal solution is would be to loan a proven premier league goalscorer, however all the likle y candidates probably wont be coming now. I initially thought Benjanni on loan, but Mancini seems to adore the little Rhodesian. Benni McCarthy was another, but bBlackburn have less depth than even us. One idea might be to do a loan swap with Blackburn, perhaps Andy C for Benni, a deal that would suit both of us. McCarthy would be perfect for us short term.
    As for Danny Simpson, no thank you. He looked capable at first, but recently he has been consistently the worst player on the park. He looks nervous and seems unable to link up going forward (granted he doesnt have a right winger to do this with). He seems to struggle,even with the best back 4 outside the top tier. Id even rather play Ryan Taylor. Right back needs to be our priority atm, i long for the days of Beye, and should be looking to bring our beloved Habib out of his inposed Villa excile (if) we go back up.
    Our main priority in the summer should be a right winger, when Barton finally comes back he should tear up this league, but our flanks look flacid at the minuite. We needs a traditional right winger. Nothing fancy, just a player with some pace with the ability to cross deep. We play 2 target men, both well over 6ft hackney marsh level balls being played into them. Pancrate is terrible, a sad excuse for a footballer, and has been exposed as an early panic buy. We should be looking next year at making this our number one priority, David Bentley springs to mind straight away. If we go up.

  • nzedtoonman

    Jan 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Hi Ed from New Zealand , Nice to have you back , heard from my nephew in toon that you were back ,

    Hi lads good to see there is a messiah ! he is a toon fan , i’m sure !!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 17, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Newcastle Newcastle!!!
    Hope there will be some good news soon!!!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 17, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Welcome back ED

  • Edd Case

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Everyone keeps saying ‘Welcome Back Ed’ etc, and while I’m absolutly thrilled that this sire appears to be back up and running – has Ed actually announced he is back and running it?

    Didn’t he once say his son was doing some blogs for him once?

    It would be nice to have something from whoever is doing the blogs – just so we all know.

    None the less, like everyone else, I’m very happy that this is back – some of those all-nighters on transfer deadline days were the best nights I’ve ever had in the company of people I’ve never even met!

  • Purely Belter

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #25

    what about victor moses? we should be going after the up and coming talent in the lower leagues


    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #26

    Andy O’Brien = NO Way!!!!

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Looking at The business point of view. CH should do this. I agree we cant pay EPL wages so all we can do is. Not to buy any one now I rather stay with this squad than not to have them at all.

    I always knew that Lovenkrands will come good. So all am hopin for is to bring in loan signings.
    1. Simpson.
    2. Zurab.

    1. Geremi

    WE dont need a striker. When Barton is back we will push Nolan to front and we will see what to do then. CH know how to keep a squad fit so I think we will tick. I hope am wrong.

    We wait for summer get the TV money and better sponsorship deals then get in some Good signings.

    1. Wheater
    2. Johnson
    3. Lasson
    4. LB
    5. Skjelbred
    6. Mbia.

    I wld give a try on Xisco you know CH does wonders he might make him the next striker if not we sign Ezequiel Lavezzi.

    1. Butt
    2. Pancrate
    3. Tozer

    TEAM For the rest of promotion:

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    I had forgotten welcome back ED. I was so bored without you. Your blog is the best.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Have u read this you know I dont trust tribal football but still that is alot of money so how much did Simpson, Killa and Beckford want?

  • newcastle29

    Jan 17, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Good to see the site back up and running.

  • G

    Jan 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #31

    I would deffo sign Simmo, as for Beckford, I have been watching a lot of him, and whilst he does put chances away, as a player his game is somewhat lacking, he would be a big gamble, that frankly I believe would not be able to step up to the Prem. I would rather we bring back the ‘very limited’ and lazy Harewood on loan for the rest of the campaign, and save some redies for next season. With regard to Killgalon, he is error prone and clumsy at times, not unlike titus in the sense he is alert for only 85 mins of the game. I would agree with Ed’s shout to bring back Andy OB on loan and look overseas for reinforcements should promotion happen.


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