Hughton Hints At Early Signings By Newcastle Club

The Newcastle fan blog sites, and Newcastle fans in general are into their annual sport – which players are Newcastle going to sign this summer?

Chris Hughton – will he bring players in early?

And of course after the tragedies and travails of relegation a year ago,  it seems so much sweeter looking at which players we may be able to sign,  given that Newcastle are back amongst the big boys.

But there seems also a greater sense of reality with the Newcastle faithful, understanding that the main thing is we’re back in the Premiership, and that Chris Hughton, this season’s hero if ever there was one, needs some time and support  to build the team up to PL strength.

But we all know Chris has such a work ethic that we have to think Newcastle,. now that the club is promoted, are already in action and pursuing their targets, where it makes sense.

And what Chris has said today only supports that feeling:

“The fact that we now know which division we’re going to be in does give us a headstart and any headstart is always welcome,”

“It gives us more time to plan for next season. The agents have started already. The first possible chance they will see to push players on you and make you aware their players are available is when you get promotion.”

“I think as per normal you try to make some plans. You have a scouting network that’s continued to look at players and you’re getting recommendations. They are the normal things that happen during a season.”

“So it’s not as if we get promoted on Monday and by Tuesday you’re having to bring everything together. It doesn’t work that way. It will happen over a period of time, but it does help that we can start to look at things straight away.”

The Newcastle scouts seem to have been in all-out action for the last few weeks, and it would not surprise us much,  if some new players are tied up very quickly.

Chris has said he doesn’t want the uncertainty that surrounded the club last summer (which was worse than awful), and we think owner Mike Ashley and Chairman Derek Llambias will again work hand-in-hand with Chris to get the players in, like they did so well and effectively in January.

After all we have to remember that  Chris has saved Ashley around £100M at least in the value of the Tyneside club, and we hope Mike is thinking what they would be worth if Newcastle could finish in a decent position next season in the Premier League.

So it looks to us like everybody at the club is now pulling in the same direction this transfer season, just like they did in January.

The Newcastle faithful can be quietly confident the club can do well this summer.

We have to hope so anyway, and when we see free agents like Swedish International Seb Larsson and Scottish International Kris Boyd both available for nothing, there are two players that would certainly improve the Magpies squad, and they wouldn’t cost us a penny in transfer fees.

So let’s hope Chris and the scouting network are going all out to bring in new players, because as Chris admits, we are now several weeks ahead of other big clubs, given we have already secured promotion back to the big time.

We have to hope Newcastle will make that distinct advantage count in the transfer market.

And with Chris in control, as we say, we have to remain quietly confident.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #1

    If Birmingham took up the extra year on Larsson’s contract, then he won’t be free as he has a year left. He would be about £2m to £5m if we wanted him and I don’t think he is that much better than Routledge or Ryan Taylor to justify that.

    Kris Boyd on a freebie, however, is one I would be interested in. International experience, Champions League experience, UEFA cup experience, Old Firm experience (mock it all you want, it’s the most intense game in football and it happens at least 4 times a year) with goals for fun – and I am a Celtic fan by birth.

    You don’t get that experience and goals ratio for free too often.

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #2

    What about Martins back for £7m?

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Good thing about being promoted early is that for once we could be well organised in plenty time for the season starting. I think if Hughton is lookin at players who are gonna be participating in the world cup i reckon it’s better to get them signed up beforehand before their prices rocket if they have a good tounament. Buying a goalscorer is gonna prove difficult and expensive so maybe we should concentrate on getting players who can share the gaolscoring throughout the team. I would like to see us look at any of the folowing:
    RB Adam Matthews
    RB Sam Inkoom
    CD/LB Pape Diakhate
    LW/RW Alex Witsel
    AM Adam Lallana
    CM Steve Defour (possibly to expensive)
    AM Aleksander Hleb (loan)
    AM Miroslav Stoch (loan)
    AM/ST Tuncay

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #4

    NewcastleMole, i’m a bit amabivalent about bringing back players who got us relegated and then jumped ship. Think we were lucky to get £9 million for Martins who you couldn’t really rely upon to be fully fit or consistent enough at the end of his time with the club.

  • Edd Case

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #5

    NewcastleMole // Apr 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    What about Martins back for £7m?

    No thanks, he wasn’t that good(consistant).

    I really like the idea of Larsson coming in on a free.

    After that, I’m open to any suggestions, providing they’re not ex-Toon. (or ex-Mackem).

  • nuttyward

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #6


  • DJG

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7


    Old Firm experience (mock it all you want, it’s the most intense game in football

    Na mate you would say NUFC vs. the mackems if you were a true NUFC supporter

  • Doha Mag

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    There will be many players available at the end of the season and CHs record so far tells us he’s quite astute at bringing in players that will improve the squad.

    Agree, Leon Best still has to prove himeslef, but give im time. Next season he will be in the PL but he’s young and can improve; a goal or two will give him the confidence needed…..

    We need to improve the squad and I’m confident CH will bring in his players early if possible. However, MA is a businessman and will be involved with players terms and conditions, so may take a little longer than anticipated.


  • DJG

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    ‘You don’t get that experience and goals ratio for free too often’

    He would be running back to the mickey mouse league with his tail between his legs mate.

    international football, when was the last time scotland got the the latter stages of a competition.

    Champs league, Round 1 I assume.

    Come on mate. The championship is a better league than scotland. Its where people wind up if their not good enough for england, and the rest are unfit drunk scot players like Boyd.

  • Thump

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #10

    @DJG: Guess we should sell Lovenkrands, then!

  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #11

    DJG – if you really believe Newcastle and Sunderland is a comparable derby to Celtic and Rangers, then I can’t convince you.

    But I think you ask anyone outside those two cities and they will tell you the Old Firm is tame nowadays can at the drop of a hat can turn into sectarian chaos. No derby match, especially in the UK, comes close to it.

    That pressure is what Boyd has and no game in England would be intimidating compared to that. That is legitimate and absolutely valid, regardless of your prejudice against Scotland and its football.

  • Hepi Mag

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #12


    “Na mate you would say NUFC vs. the mackems if you were a true NUFC supporter”

    Your talking the biggest load of pish i’ve ever heard.

    I have been to both matches numerous times, as well as various other derby matches in the UK. I have to say the Old Firm game has an atmosphere of SHEER HATRED that has no equal in football. This is because it is as much about religion than football and the grievances go back hundreds of years.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Wickywoowoo, I have already passed my opinion about Boyd elsewhere on this blog and I understand what you are saying about the bigot bros derbies games but he gets himself up for those games as he hates Celtic, but even in those games he is a floater who gives nothing apart from the occasional shot on goal. We need someone that can get themselves up for every game not just four per year.

    As for his international record, yes he can score against very poor defences in the SPL, he even has 7 goals from 16 international games which looks impressive but the 7 defences he scored against were

    Bulgaria x 2

    Faroe Isles x 2

    Georgia x1

    South Africa x 1

    Lithuania x 1

    Not what you would call top opposition, so do we really need or want a prima dona who give nothing but the occasional goal and absolutely nothing except a lazy liability when things are not going for you???

    Don’t know about you but for me it is a big hope not.A


    Apr 9, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Think it would be very prudent, if we were to tie up our targets that chris wants before the world cup, as afterwards prices for players always gos up.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Alot of you guys got good comments on here. The best thing i see from all of you is that we are content to see nufc back in the big time. DJG you hit it right on mate bout the guy talking bout the old firm is the most intense game in football. That is rubbish. Us and scumderland is a much more intense game on the pitch and in the stands and streets….Doha Mag i also agree with your assesment of leon best. I agree he hasn’t shown much since he arrived but he is giving 100 percent out there and he came close to the winner in that comeback draw against Barnsley. I think he deserves a little more time from us. Also how come nobody has mentioned my fellow yank Jozy altidore as a good target for the toon. He is young, strong, and has bags of talent. He doesn’t have the goals to show for it cuz hull are terrible but he made a mess of europa league semifinalists Fulham a few weeks ago. The sky is the limit for this kid. Yall will see in the world cup. And he fits ashley’s bill as young and relatively cheap…

  • Colombus

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Hey Yankie! I totally agree with you on the fact that Altidore is a vert promising player. But I’m not so sure if he’s gonna be cheap. He has already shown good things for his country and for Hull and the big clubs have already noticed this. But by all means, go for it! If we get him for a small amount then bring it! Personally I think we need to splash some real cash for a quality forward wanting to give his heart to this club. All I’m saying is “Loic Remy”. He hasn’t been linked with the big clubs for some time and he fits our bill perfectly! go go go go go!!

  • Ezedoesit

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Steven Fletcher from Burnley would be a GREAT buy. Let’s not forget when he was in Scotland Real Madrid wanted him, and if you’ve watched any of their games you’ll notice he has class.. Chris Eagles would also be a good buy from Burnley too.. From Portsmouth I think we should get Belhadji if his wages aren’t too expensive.. I’d also like a defensive mid in too cause I think we can do better at the position than Smith for alot cheaper wages (I’m already assuming Nicky Butt is gone)


    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Got a list of players here could be had for free, 1 or 2 might have done deals but worth a look for free.Liam Rigdewell 25 (defender birmingham),Sebastian Larson 24 (midfielder birmingham),Kris Boyd 26 (attacker rangers),Morten Gamst Pedersen 28 (winger blackburn),Marrouane Chamakh 26 (attacker bordeaux),Jason Morrison 25 (midfielder ferenvaros),Rafa Wolfe 24 (defender ferenvaros),Andres Sergio Asenjo 20 (goalkeeper ath madrid),Cristian Riveros 27 (midfielder cruz azul),Jose Goncalves 24 (defender hearts),Mouhamadou Dabo 23 (defender saint etienne),Kevin Kuranyi 28 (attacker schalke),Andranik Teymourian 26 (midfielder fulham),Joe Ledley 23 (midfielder cardiff),Gustavo Munua 32 (goalkeeper malaga),Alcantara Thiago 18 (midfielder barcelona),James Mceveley 25 (defender derby),Milos Krasic 25 (midfielder cska moscows),Adriano 28 (attacker flamengo),Borja Fernandez 29 (midfielder real valldolid),Jan Zimmermann 24 (goalkeeper eintracht),Lloyd Sam 25 (midfielder charlton),Christoph Metzelder 29 (defender real mardrid)

  • darryl burleigh

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #19

    seen the list above? mate you need to stop playing Football Manager 2010!!! lol 😉

  • NOVA2967

    Apr 10, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #20

    How about Steven Fletcher and Kevin Doyle partnership or Altidore, C Cole a beastly pair.

    Abviously with Carroll and McLovin around while Ranger fights for a place.

    I would like to see two striker brought in as we dont have even one who is EPL qualified.

  • Seabass

    Apr 10, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Arda Turan looks like a canny player. Might be too expensive for us though

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #22

    Man Utd have started signings players already. The top teams always do.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 10, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #23

    what do you think?

    st: bojan or vela on 1 year loan
    both good strikers – could do the job for us and that would give us a year to find top striker. bojan perhaps sounds a bit unrealistic, but with zlatan & messi he wont get as many chances as guardiola would like so..he might want to send him on loan. as for vela: arsenal already have RVP, bendtner, chamakh, eduardo. cant see him getting many games in their squad.

    amc: dzagoev – 8 mil i guess
    22 i think, already russian international, creative midefielder with bags of potential. or perhaprs ireland.

    aml, amr: z.tosic – 3-5 mil
    for some reason SAF never gave him a chance. he is small, but very fast and skillful – he scored on almost every reserve match & he’s 21 or 22. we should go after him before WC starts and his fee raises. currently on loan at koln. would provide a great competition for both jonas and routlidge.

    rb: gary neville 😀 not really sure..there are not many top rb’s out anyone? especailly if we go after dzagoev.

  • euanpolo

    Apr 10, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #24

    Some players that could be good signings:

    – Albert Bunjaku

    – James Perch

    – Jimmy Kebe

    – Anderson Nene (I think)
    OR Marek Matejovsky

    – Antar Yahia


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