Time To Nail Down Summer Transfer Targets


Chris Hughton will have a little time to reflect on what he’s achieved at Newcastle this season.

Chris and Colin – will soon get down to transfer business

But fairly shortly Chris will be getting busy on who to bring  into the club during the summer transfer window, with help from assistant manager Colin Calderwood and chief scout Graham Carr.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“There is hard work ahead, of course, but we’ll enjoy the moment.”“We have a responsibility to try to win the league. We have to do that for this group of players and the supporters.”

“Looking at the future and sitting down and talking is for the next period.”   “We’re just concentrating on getting promotion and enjoying that first. There are still lots of targets, and that’s a good thing.”

“The worry is we take a dip now in the last five games – we can’t let that happen.”   “Nobody should accept that the season is over as they have five more games.”

“We have a good squad and competition for places. Everybody wants to play on Saturday.”  “He (Ashley) came in and it was hectic, which we were expecting.”   “Mike and Derek were in the dressing room afterwards to congratulate the players.”

Hughton knows he’ll have to keep the players’ feet on the ground, and there are still 5 games to go and 15 points to play for this season.

The target has to be to win all 5 games as a preparation for next season, when things will become a lot tougher.

But it seems he already has the players in the right frame of mind, and they’ll take nothing for granted through the end of the season:

“You usually have to keep stressing to them to keep their feet on the ground.”  “But I don’t think I need to with this group of players. It won’t be a problem.”

“It hasn’t been all season, they now want to win the league. To be at the top of the league so long and not stay there would be a disappointment.”

Chris will no doubt be thinking now on exactly who he wants and needs to bring in during the close season, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he and Mike Ashley talk about exactly that topic, over the next day or two.

We believe Chris may already has his list of targets laid out, and there’s no reason now that the club cannot go ahead and attempt to nail down some of the targets – now we know we are a Premiership club again.

As big Sam Allardyce always said, getting players in early during the transfer window, always turns out a lot cheaper.

We agree with Sam on that one.

Comments welcome.


161 comments so far

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #1

    The most Ashley will make available is around £15 million, which doesn’t buy what we need:

    1) Another winger (in case Jonas or Routledge are out)

    2) A proper PL striker

    3) A central midfielder that can actually run box to box and be creative.

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  • AndyE93

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    We definitley need a good right back as Simpson is just getting by in this division!
    Another centre mid would be good
    1 maybe 2 good proven PL strikers
    and cover for lb!

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Well according to the Spurts Vital football site, we’re taing King & Keane off them for £15m.. lol

    I’d offer them £7m for Keano & wouldn’t even consider King in a heart beat, he’s more injury prone than Owen was!!

    I also see that O’Neill is offloading some of his players this summer, Luke Young, Steve Sidwell, Nicky Shorey & Nigel Reo-Coker, I’d offer him £10m for all 4 of them, he might be tempted & so might they as they’ve not had a sniff at Villa.. 🙂

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Sign Sebastian Larsson from Birmingham, hes out of contract in June = Free!

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  • AndyE93

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Young Sidwell and reo-coker i would take, shorey isnt good enough imo he couldnt get a game because of young ! £10 million though that would be a bit of a bargain !

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  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley will prob wait till the last day as per usual.
    Do we trust Hughton to make the right signings?

    *NEED*
    Centre Back – Quick & Good at Tackling.
    Right Wing – Quick & Good at Crossing.
    Attacking Mid – Creative & Excellent passer.
    Striker – Poacher & A Finisher.

    *WANT*
    Full Back – Backup Squad Player who can play on either flank.
    Left Wing – Back up player.
    Defensive Mid – Strong & Good at tackling.

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Its really no use looking at clubs top players like Brums Larsson, as they wouldn’t let him go & if he wanted to come to us, they’d stick a stupid high price on his head, so its a no win situ if you ask me….

    We should be looking at players like the Villa 4 I mentioned, plus there were a couple other from there too…. Beye & Harewood were also mentioned but they’re out of the age range that Ashley put in place & both would want more than we’re willing to offer, plus Beye jumped ship when it was sinking, so no matter that he was good for us, I wouldn’t have hiim back 🙁

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #8

    The moment Ashley lets anyone know the transfer fund, the agents will up the prices to suit. There’s no footballer worth more than 5m at the moment to us, and not Keane, we aren’t in Europe to be able to recoup the money. I suspect the days of the stupid transfer fee are coming to an end, so let’s not get conned again and land another injury prone diva.

    It’s strategy and teamwork that wins matches, we need effective and talented exponents of the game to carry it out. We don’t need supertarts and has-beens.

    Slowly but surely!!

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  • wsquare

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Mike Ashley

    please don’t squander money on the likes of best and pancrate.

    if you want to change management do it soon not later.

    work as a team don’t back stab your employee.

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  • The_Doctor

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Get Martins back, he dont get in the team at Wolfsburg and they’ve had a poor season.
    Get Bentley on the right and Sidwell.

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  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    @Solaidback

    Spurs wind up as usual. Some one needs to tell them we dont piss money away any more.

    Out of the Villa lot Possibly have Sidwell if he cheap under 3M.

    @Toon Sweden77

    I’ve liked Seb Larsson when ive seen him but he’s too similar to Routledge in that he’s quick but tries to do much. But for a Free ill have him 🙂
    ————————————–

    We can spend weeks/months naming names but no one knows what Hughton will do with some serious money.

    I Could say i want such and such and we’d end up getting Keith Andrews, Mamady Sidibe & Zat Knight 😛

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Rb Adam Matthews of Cardiff has looked excellent this season and would do a great job for us, could get him at a reasonable price as they are skint. Also Adam Lallana of Southampton has scored a bagful of goals this season and could be the creative spark we need in midfield. Both players are young enough to improve with time in the premier league. Finding a regular goalscoring striker is more difficult…good luck on that one Hughton.

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #13

    FREE:
    Joe Ledley CM, LM
    Kris Boyd ST
    Seb Larsson LM, CM, AM, ST
    Juan Albin CAM, LM

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  • costello91

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #14

    lads micheal bradley from Borussia Mönchengladbach he’s a quality CM and just wait till the world cup, as i say he will tear england to pieces lets snap him up quick. BTW he’s only 23 in july

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #15

    p.s. Hleb on loan from Barcelona for the season.

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #16

    EZEQUIEL GARAY

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  • costello91

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #17
  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    asier del horno for cover at lb?

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #19

    freddy adu

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #20

    I think these are some perfect players to fill those positions and they’re very realistic

    Sebastian Larsson- RB/RW (free)

    Tuncay Sanli- CAM/ST (3-5 mil)

    David Nugent- CF (2.5 mil)

    Stephen Hunt- Winger (5mil)

    Nadir Belhadj- RB/LB (2.5 mil)

    Jermaine beckford- ST (but only if he’s Free)

    I think we could get all of those players for 15mil altogether. I think that would definatley keep us up and along with the additions of a few more youngsters we’d be more than ok

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  • costello91

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #21

    nah bradleys better than adu

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  • countrylad14

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #22

    id give Danny Fox a chance as cover at left back. i know this naming players is a waste of time cos only hughton knows who he is gonna bring in but ya never know he might be looking at this page looking for ideas…. lol

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  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Bas Dost – Young Goalscorer
    Otman Bakkal – Goalscoring Winger

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #24

    We have to remember were a newly promoted club in to the PL, so getting big names at low prices ain’t gonna happen, I’d rather go with workhorses that underachievers, not sure about any players in the PL not worth over £5m but understand we shouldn’t be paying more than that for anyone just yet, as I said, get some of these players who are unable to play 1st team footy for their current club & we’ll have players who want to play, not just turn up for a wage packet each week 🙂

    We also have to make sure they’re made welcome & can mix in straight away with the guys we already have, the one’s who’ve gotten us promoted back to the PL 🙂

    HWTL ,,..

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Only player I’ve heard us officially linked to is JIMMY BULLARD and no thanks to that one.

    Personally I’d get rid of Best and knick SIMON COX off West Brom. A natural finisher for £1.5-2 million.

    We won’t get Beckford. His Agent said he has his heart set on a move to Everton….so he can get lost.

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  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #26

    @Turkish Magpie

    Hunt for 5m?
    Nugent? 9 League goals in 3 seasons?

    Id have Tuncay though possibly his turkish team mate Nuri ?ahin too

    Love to see Nikola Žigi? at newcastle, the serbian crouch

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #27

    danny fox left back good cover and a challenger to jose plus he has a wicked left foot as he showed against west ham on his burnley debut

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  • countrylad14

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    i wouldnt of said Danny Fox will cost much either. jose needs some competition to keep him coming on as a player as well as some1 to be there if he gets injured.

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Graham Dorrans

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Michael Johnson
    Stephen Ireland

    and bring up Bradden Inman

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  • countrylad14

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    id prefer to see us take a chance on players that we know can play in the premiership rather than decent championship players. some1 like O’Hara i dont know if dorrans is good enough. i might be wrong like.

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  • gunnarnufc

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #32

    20-25 mills will do the trick. IMO most of that money should go into buying a creative midfielder and a quick skillful striker to partner Carroll upfront. Preferably they should have some EPL experience but then they wont come cheap. But I think that with some proper scouts we could find these players abroad or even in lower leagues in England.

    Some players I find very very interesting and could be realistic options (although I’m just day dreaming here), some could come straight into the team others would be for the future:

    Jonjo Shelvey: 18 year old English attacking midfielder/second striker who has already played 36 first team matches for Charlton. Is the youngest ever goalscorer for Charlton. Has a contract until 2012 but should not be very expensive. Apparently has great creative skills and a very mature “football brain” for his age. Has played for England u-16 and 17.

    Milan Badelj: 21 year old Croatian international. Milan Badelj was born on February 25, 1989 in Zagreb. He is a completely modern midfielder and Dinamo Zagreb ‘s new Luka Modric , even though many football experts compare him in terms of physical attributes and playing style to Croatian legend Zvonimir Boban. Badelj is also called “The jewel from Dinamo” for his elegant style of play, clever passing and fine technical ability. (imsoucting.com). It would be hard for Newcastle to get this player as he has been watched by giants like Bayern and Man Utd, but hey, every other youngster has been watched by these clubs.

    Afroto: 21 year old Egyptian international attacking midfielder. Just one look at Afroto shows that he is far from being the typical potential Egyptian star. The stylish playmaker is a diminutive player, yet extremely speedy and creative. His high caliber technique and unpredictable movement on the pitch have already earned him a standing ovation from the Al Ahly crowd at the end of the Police Union game – a very rare gesture by the fans for such a young player. (Imscouting.com)

    Vassilis Torosidis: 24 year old extremely versatile player who plays for Olympiakos. he 24-year-old is hugely versatile and regularly plays in different positions both for his club and country. Boasting great energy, a willingness to get forward and strong heading ability, the Olympiakos star is a manager’s dream as he can fill in all over the park. Predominantly an attacking minded right back, Torosidis has exclusively played on the left side of defence for the Greek national team. Although predominantly right footed he has a strong left peg and as a result can cover any position along the backline and in midfield. (imscouting.com). I actually think this player should be seriously considered. He has been watched by some large clubs (celtic, Parma, Bologna, Marseille) but does not seem to be attracting attention from the giant clubs (was mentioned as a Liverpool target though). Would improve our squad a lot and could be acquired for around 5-6 mills.

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  • costello91

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #33

    dorrans will be in the prem with WBA nxt season so why would he leave to join us?

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  • gunnarnufc

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #34

    20-25 mills will do the trick. IMO most of that money should go into buying a creative midfielder and a quick skillful striker to partner Carroll upfront. Preferably they should have some EPL experience but then they wont come cheap. But I think that with some proper scouts we could find these players abroad or even in lower leagues in England.

    Some players I find very very interesting and could be realistic options (although I’m just day dreaming here), some could come straight into the team others would be for the future (next post):

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  • gunnarnufc

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Milan Badelj: 21 year old Croatian international. Milan Badelj was born on February 25, 1989 in Zagreb. He is a completely modern midfielder and Dinamo Zagreb ‘s new Luka Modric , even though many football experts compare him in terms of physical attributes and playing style to Croatian legend Zvonimir Boban. Badelj is also called “The jewel from Dinamo” for his elegant style of play, clever passing and fine technical ability. (imsoucting.com). It would be hard for Newcastle to get this player as he has been watched by giants like Bayern and Man Utd, but hey, every other youngster has been watched by these clubs..

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Are peeps forgetting that Carroll is in court this month for ABH, he may not even be with the club next season if he’s sent down, as I think Ashley will ditch him like a sore tooth!!!

    And it seems that everyone is forgetting Loverboy, as he’s probably going to be out best striker next season due to his experience in the SPL & Champs League,.. 🙂

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Also, why would we want to bring in a striker from the lower leagues when they couldn’t even score against our team, never mind against PL quality defenders, go figger…. lol

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #38

    And the madness begins ………………

    Rather than look at players to come in there will be a need first and foremost to see who will stay and what they will offer the squad:

    Harper
    Colocini
    Taylor
    Enrique
    Routledge
    Smith
    Nolan
    Guthrie
    Jonas
    Barton
    Carroll
    Lovenkrands

    when fit can all at some point play 1st team football.

    Cover is available in:
    Simpson
    Williamson
    Kadar
    Butt
    Shola
    Krul

    Need loan moves:
    Foster
    Donaldson
    Ranger

    Time to move on:
    Pancrate
    Best
    Lua Lua

    With that said we are in needed of new blood in most areas of the pitch, not all 1st teamers, but new blood all the same.

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  • countrylad14

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #39

    i would hope if they did make an example of Andy Carroll (if he goes down, fingers crossed he doesnt) he would open the door and stick a rather large boot up Bartons arse and get him out the club aswel.

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  • FootballPsycho

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #40

    how about daniel de ridder? he is a QUALITY player and he would come pretty cheap and also a great signing for left back would/could be ricardo gardner from bolton he is a quality full back and would provide not only competition for enrique but due to his experience could help bring him on even further ive always rated him and de ridder and have never understood why de ridder has never been mentioned as a transfer target as he would provide us with the skills flair and creativity we so desperately need and he fits in with ashleys policy of under 26 and his wages would be cheap

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