Newcastle Transfers All Seem To Have Collapsed

It now looks like Chris Hughton’s Plan A for January was to add three players permanently to the Newcastle squad, but we’ve lost out on two, and could lose out on all three if we don’t sign Danny Simpson soon.

Danny Simpson – the only initial transfer target we could still sign

With today’s announcement that Jermaine Beckford will stay at Leeds United to finish his contract with the Yorkshire club, the only player we can still capture of the original three is Danny Simpson, otherwise his last game will be tomorrow night against 3rd placed WBA at St. James’ Park.

We were not too disappointed in Beckford not coming, since paying more than £1.5M for somebody who is untested even at the Championship level, was just not worth the risk, in our opinion. That’s especially true with Peter Lovenkrands showing he can put a chance away, with a great hat-trick against Plymouth last Monday evening.

Once Peter has recovered from the pain of losing his father last week, we think he’ll start putting those goals in for the Magpies – but we don’t expect him to be available for at least another couple of games, at a minimum.

And Peter has already said he has a good understanding with Marlon Harewood, so should Marlon arrive for a new loan spell through the end of the season, we wouldn’t mind that at all.

It looks like the club did almost everything right in the case of Matthew Kilgallon, agreeing a fee with the Blades, but it seems like we again couldn’t agree terms with the player, and so he decided to wait until the summer.

But unless we can go in there after promotion, and offer him a deal that competes with Everton, we will not be successful in bringing this more than decent player to Tyneside.

The one signing we should have already wrapped up is Danny Simpson, and in our poill, which is still active, 94% of readers think we should do a deal to sign him on permanently.  But the poll has only 310 votes currently, so if you haven’t yet voted please do so on our home page.

It looks like we’ve agreed a fee, probably around £500K with Manchester United for Danny, but cannot agree personal terms with his agent.

So if we lose out on Danny, we suppose we could try to get him on loan until the end of the season, hope we get promoted, and then offer him a better deal in the summer.

If reports are to be believed, we’ve only offered him around 10K/week, which would make him one of the lowest paid players in the squad, but that’s assuming the reports are accurate.

But it would have been much better to have tied up both Kilgallon and Simpson in January, and then we wouldn’t have so much buying to do in the summer, if we can get promoted.

As it stands now we will need at least 5 good players added to our squad in the summer, if we are to avoid a relegation struggle next season. This assumes we’ll be promoted of course, which is by no means a certainty.

Comments always welcome.

33 comments so far

  • chuck

    Jan 17, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Yeah because we have a tightwad for an owner and people like you telling him it`s o`k
    Advocating wage caps etc.
    We are missing out on two decent players through the parsimony of our owner, Simpson and Kilgallon.
    For christ sake, Beckford (who I never wanted) the argument was over the fee, another quarter million would have done it apparently .
    So a little less accounting (aint your money anyway) and a bit more football, Please !

  • Eaststander

    Jan 17, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Every single attempt by Hughton will collapse due to Mike Ashley.
    The man doesn’t want to be at the club as he is hated by all us fans and will always be hated and for bloody good reasons. We will have to hope we can secure promotion without any more cash.
    What is bothering me most is if we get back where we belong and he can’t agree to sell us again, because with another season with Mike Ashley in the premier leauge will be an absolute disaster and will wreck our club forever.

  • MacToon

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Plan F, couple of loan signings in February is my bet.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #4

    This is all about agents telling the players they are supposed to represebnt that they can get them into a Premier league side on £40K a week. Agents get a cut and when they come up against a club that says ‘NO’ this is what they are worth, they ill advise the players. I can’t help but think that Kilgallon, Beckford and it seems Simpson are going to regret listening to their agents advice. These agents are thinking more along the lines of ‘ stop where you are for the rest of your contract and then you will get a signing on fee if the worst case scenario is you have to resign for your current club’ and low and F***ing behold the agent gets a cut of the signing on fee!
    The cap on wages that NUFC have imposed is the best news to come out of NUFC for a long, long time. We should offer players a decent basic wage but with the added bonuses for goals, wins, clean sheets etc. I’m sure the likes of Marcellino, Owen, Barton et al wouldn’t have been injured so much if they thought they where losing money by not playing or not playing well??????????

  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Great 2 have u back Ed, the toon news just hasn’t been the same without u! Mind it might take some getting used 2 having u back!

    Anyway, I’m trying not 2 get bogged down in the transfer marshes that always seems 2 surround st James’ when the window opens. However I do feel we need a right winger and sum1 who can provide back-up 4 both left and right back positions. Central defence and central midfield are positions that I feel we had adequite back-up 4, even if sum of them are on the younger side. Additionally, I hope we can get marlon back, as he has provided a useful back-up 4 shola, peter andy & big Nile.

    As for the west brom game, I hope 2 holly Jebus that we win, otherwise we will b bag in2 the chasing pack. However a win will give us that breathing space we could really do with. Forest have pleasantly supprised me, I hope they come 2nd behind us this year, with Cardiff winning the play-offs. This week may go a long way in defining our season, both in the league and in the FA cup, so, needless 2 say, howay the lads!

  • jimiley

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Beckford is worth the risk at 1.5 mil but not 2 mil. We have lost a player who would surely help us get promoted because our skinflint owner will not part with half a mil. Promotion is worth tens of millions but the fat one cannot see past his naval. Ed, stop giving support to a true waste of space who has been an utter disaster. Easily the worst owner in the club’s history. He is the one who sold Given and Milner. With other sales, 25 mil in the past year. Its in yer pocket fat man. Would we have been relegated if we had kept Given? Take take take. Gives nowt back to the fans except contempt. Ed, stop playing the accountant. When did we last buy a player? The 15th biggest club in Europe!!!!! Big club living off loan players. Joke and humiliating.

  • pdiddy

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Did anyone expect anything different?

  • G

    Jan 17, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #8

    We need Simpson bad, and the fat lad should deffo put his hand in his pocket. Can’t say I’m dissapointed in Killgallon / Beckford deals falling over, as I don’t really rate either. Simpson has played at the top, and seemed to cope quite well, if not spectacular, he’s certainly solid enough. We do need a bit more depth, if that has to be loan deals, then fair enough, assuming we can add some genuine quality should we return to the Prem. Should be some interesting Bosmans this summer if nowt else.

  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Without a doubt Ashley is the worst owner we’ve had in living memory, but it must b remembered that this season is solely a promtion push. If we can get back up with what we’ve got plus loans then Ashley will b more inclined 2 sell in the summer. Do u think he’s gna spend a load of cash n then sell 4 a cheap price? Of course not. Although not spending much in this window won’t aid the promotion push it may well increase the lukelihood of a summer sale of the club as it will b more affortable than with extra players who just cost Ashley loads. I can’t stand him, that’s why some smart loan signs will suffice as far as I’m concerned.

    On a different note, this is my hope 4 the teamsheet tomorrow:


  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Without a doubt Ashley is the worst owner we’ve had in living memory, but it must b remembered that this season is solely a promtion push. If we can get back up with what we’ve got plus loans then Ashley will b more inclined 2 sell in the summer. Do u think he’s gna spend a load of cash n then sell 4 a cheap price? Of course not. Although not spending much in this window won’t aid the promotion push it may well increase the lukelihood of a summer sale of the club as it will b more affortable than with extra players who just cost Ashley loads. I can’t stand him, that’s why some smart loan signs will suffice as far as I’m concerned.

    On a different note, this is my hope 4 the teamsheet tomorrow:


    I obviously would have prefered loven 2 Carroll however. Also I would bring on the likes of guthrie, ranger and lua lua after 60-70 mins.

  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Apologises for the not-quite-finished post at 8, laptops away getting fixed so trying 2 post on the iPhone, easier said than done I’ll tell u now!

  • NewcastleMole

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Expect Nobby Solano to sign a deal till the end of the season.

  • El Geordieo

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #13

    gonna be honest and nt jst bitter if they didnt sign, gutted if we lose simpson, decent player who likes playing for us, slightyly pissed off beckfords not signing think he cud have knocked a few in and secured premier, cudnt give a monkeys about killagon

  • komfort

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #14

    cheapskate united….now living off hand me downs ! we’re a complete basket case.

    ….i woudn’t be suprised if all the talk next season is about getting into the play off’s.

  • El Geordieo

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #15

    p.s buzzing this blog is bck gud crack and love reading the articles and comments whilst skiving at work sitting in front of me computer, long may it stay!!

  • NewcastleMole

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #16


    Agree with the team although i’d swap Pancrate for Guthrie.

    It’s a real shame Hughton hasn’t used the young players more. Id like to see LuaLua, Ranger, Donaldson, Kadar & Ngo Baheng given some decent playing time.

  • AussieToon

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #17

    I am over the moon this site is back!!! 😀

    Ashley is being strict as always, he won’t release funds, expect a couple of loan signings to top up our bid for promotion.

    Marlon Harewood should be brought back, the guy simply scores goals at this level. We only need him for this year so a season long loan will do it.

    What about Mark Beever’s now that Kilgallon looks set for Everton? He is younger and looks to have some quality.

    We have to sign Danny Simpson. We will not get promoted with Ryan Taylor at right back. Simpson has proven to be top quality in this league and most of all is happy to play here. He has fitted in quite well and is committed to the cause. A no brainer to sign him.

  • tdt

    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #18

    I hope the youngesters get more time 2, but only as 25-30 mins subs at the moment as wins are so cruicial. Hopefully, once we pull away from west brom and forest, then start using the youngsters more regularly. Promotion is paramount, or we’ll b stuck in the championship for years. Or worse, like Leeds.

    Pancrate is some player when he’s on song. I was at the Watford game in December and saw pancrate’s screamer. Wow, I don’t know if I’ve celebrated a goal as much as that 1 before, crackin goal! Anyway, I like him, but I also think guthrie is pretty good 2. My suggestion is 2 start with pancrate on the wing because he is a real winger, and when on form bakances the team as jonas is bombing down the other wing. Guthrie and barton will both soon b pushing 4 a central midfield position, 2 places with 4 players 2 fill them… tough choices 2 make soon. 4-5-1 springs 2 mind, however I’ve never really been a fan as I prefer 2 strikers. Unless of course ur like barca and can have messi and henry playing as advanced wingers, but unfortunately last time I checked we didn’t quite have such able players! Hmm. It’s nice 2 have selection issues 4 the right reasons though.

  • tdt

    Jan 18, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d also welcome Nobby back, great delivery from the right, just got no pace. A combo of all the good atributes from pancrate and nobby together would make a legendary right winger… maybe we should play them BOTH on the right wing together! Ha, the balance of the team that I had previously considered would b somewhat undermined with this approach however.

    Nonetheless on a serious note, nobby would would b useful as a sub until the end of the season. Once we’re defo promoted, then buy players for the future and next season, this window is all about promotion, simples.

  • Toonmania

    Jan 18, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #20

    it looks as if you might be right, well at least he’s better than Butt even now 🙂

  • AussieToon

    Jan 18, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #21

    Great to have Nobby back. His crossing ability and passing would be great to have, also his leadership in the dressing room will be invaluable for the run home to promotion.

    I hope he is at a similar level to when he left, if so, he could be an unbelievable asset to have.

    Always loved Nobby!

  • piman

    Jan 18, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Ditto, Great to have you back, is this permanent?

    What worries me with this ongoing inability to sign players is how we are going to cope in the prem next year if we do go up!

    We really need to be looking to add some quality players in our weakest areas. Do we really have a plan beyond the Championship Ashley? Err no, thought not.

    We need a visionary, Amen?

  • ginkoh

    Jan 18, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #23

    This situation sum up how bad Ashley and co. are.

    But I still pleased we don’t let anyone leave in this transfer windows because our current squad is good enough to win the CCC league but we need some luck with injuries.

  • Sav

    Jan 18, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Sylvester the Cat looks at Tweetie-Pie and his eyes see a trussed-up roast bird with all the trimmings.

    That’s exactly how Ashley looked at Milner – he just saw 12million lipsmackin’ green ones …..Mmmhmmm!

    What a fool. Nevertheless, we must be pretty clear of mad debts by now, we’ve shed some dead wood (though not enough yet) and it looks as though the worst Championship for years is going to give us a get-out-of-jail-free card. We will probably even get by without signings in January as long as we can extend Simpson’s loan spell.
    But we also need to get ourselves shot of Ashley a.s.a.p. or we’ll only go backwards in the long term. I don’t get the impression there is any scouting network, any policy or plan for the future. Eventually, despite the best efforts of CH I fear it will sap the morale of the playing squad, which to date, has been our saving grace.

  • CAToon

    Jan 18, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #25

    Ed, thanks for bringing the site back, it was and is a great vehicle for Toon fans to voice their opinions.

    The clubs have agreed to the transfer fees. The players have not come to terms. Either (a) the players want more than 30k/wk, (b) NUFC is offering quite a bit below that figure, or (c) the proposed contracts have performance incentives, which no self respecting footballer would ever agree to. We will never know the truth…..

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 18, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Anothyer Fat Tw*t & Lamear*e transfer window f**k up. Until they are gone we won’t sign anyone of any stature. The sooner they get oot of toon the better.

  • alkinou

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #27

    I just read the team news on and they’re not mentionning the absence of Lovenkrands.
    But football probably isn’t the most important thing on his mind right now so I guess the site just did a mistake.

  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #28

    We need to get Simpson in asap, and if were only offering 10k wages for him were having a laugh.

    Nice to have you back, btw Ed!

  • Ericles

    Jan 18, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Of course we need Simpson! Hughton reckoned he had final say on signings but no so. Fat Ashley still has the final and only word and he does not give a damn about NUFC. Why worry about Beckford when we can get Solano? Bring back Nobby asap.

  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #30

    There was a little piece in the NotW this weekend and it suggested that Danny Simpson had been told that the team were to eat at a certain hotel restaurant while the squad (less Simpson) we are told, were dining at another!

    If it’s true…. this’d be worrying

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 18, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #31

    We can’t judge the club’s actions in the window just yet. The January window always means clubs are going to play the brinkmanship game. I still wouldn’t be surprised if Beckford ends up here in February. As exciting as the window is I wish they would get rid of it and allow clubs to do business whenever they like.

    That said – Ashley and Llambias’ previous form in the window has been woeful at best, so I am worried. I’m just reserving judgement until Feb.

  • MacToon

    Jan 18, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Lesh, I haven’t read the article but S Taylor’s been a bit of a joker recently including sending simpson to the wrong restaurant for a laugh but did let him know where they were….. eventually.

    Good team spirit and a bit of team building 🙂

  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Disagree Mac…. I’d have said there’d be a risk of making Simpson feel as though he’s an outsider – especially as he’s negotiating terms to stay!


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