Hughton Says New Players Coming To Newcastle This Summer

Chris Hughton has talked today about the transfer market – and good news for Newcastle fans is that Chris says he sees some new players coming in.

Chris Hughton – new players coming in over the summer

Hughton has been out taking in games and checking on some new players, and he was in the stands at Lyon’s recent clash with Auxerre and apparently has been spotted at other games across the Continent recently.

With all the publicity for Newcastle this last season – 95% of it good publicity we may add, Chris Hughton will be recognized these days, wherever he goes. Not sure if that’s good or bad for Chris, but after all he is the Newcastle manager.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“One thing we need to keep is the spirit and enthusiasm we had last season.” “ That, for me, is one of the most important things.”  “We know what we need to do to the squad.” “I’ve managed to get out to quite a few games in a couple of countries.”

“During the season, I didn’t get out to as many games as I would have liked because of our fixtures.”  “We’re aware of what we have to do to the squad, and the areas we need to strengthen, and also the cover we need.”

“I don’t think there’ll be a lot of players coming in, but we need a squad capable of competing in the Premier League.”  “I can certainly see players coming in, but I don’t see wholesale changes.”

“A lot of names will be thrown at us, and a lot of names will leak out to the Press.”  “For a lot of them, there’ll be absolutely nothing in them at all. We have to accept that.”   “What we’ve managed to do well is bring in some players in the right way.”

So there you have it,  and it seems to us that Chris is expecting to bring some new players into the squad this summer  – no doubt about that.

The thing we don’t know and Chris never addresses is whether he will have any money to spend on new players, but Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn has said today that Newcastle may be playing coy by saying no capital expenditures will be made on new players this summer by the club.

We hope Niall is right.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • jesus was a geordie

    May 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s difficult to gauge what changes will be made in my opinion.

    We know we need more creativity, but with Barton, Guthrie and Nolan all capable of playing a more advanced midfield role, will this be seen as a priority.

    The same can be said for the CDM role, as Smith is popular with Hughton and again Nolan and Barton are able to fill in (Colo played there for Argentina also).

    RB/LB positions are in need of cover/replacements, but as I said in another article, with Raylor, Staylor and Kadar all able to slot in at RB/LB and funds limited, will this be a priority?

    RW/LW is imperative imo. If Gutierrez or Routledge get injured our alternatives are Raylor, Guthrie, Barton or McLoven on the wing. None of these players perform to their best in those positions and other than McLoven, lack the speed neccessary.

    Up front we need another small nippy striker as I think Ameobi and Best will be kept, and Carroll and McLoven are both starters (with Nolan able to fill a gap).

  • wilkyvondooom

    May 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone else think Nadir Belhadj from pompey would be a good signing? get him on the cheap and he has looked quality down the left every time i’ve seen him play.

  • Ericles

    May 17, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Thought Belhadj played a good and nippy game against Chelsea. A useful signing imo.

  • Trent Toon

    May 17, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #4

    I completely disagree,

    We shouldn’t have a transfer budget this year, we have been making huge losses in the last two years and if we can limit those losses to maybe 10 million this year by saving ourselves 5-10 million on transfer fees that should go a long way into cutting our expenditure down and getting our books in balance, things will be much brighter for the future…

    Sign free transfers and loans for this year to make up for all the lost ground financially last year…

    Just because we have money doesn’t mean we have to spend it…

    Lets get the Overdraft freed up and stop paying interest…

    There are some fantastic free agents popping up around the place and we could definitely get some of them…

    We should perhaps have a transfer budget next season but for now we have to stick to the 5 year plan and get our books in order…

  • Ericles

    May 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    I do not believe the ravings of Niall Quinn. I do believe that CH will make some judicious moves for proven quality players on free transfers though. If CH has been seen watching continental games that may indicate something. Anybody know any players going free over there?

  • TinoAsprilla

    May 17, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Robert Koren on a free???,19528,11688_6159159,00.html

    Kris Boyd and Joe Ledley should be the two absolute priority signings on free transfers though!

  • Solaidback

    May 17, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    All these quote’s are coming from Crap-loids but has anyone actually heard from the lips of CH what has been said, as I remember the statement saying that no quote’s would come from the club unless it was on the official website & it’s not, so this could just be another crap-loid winding us up & watching us go regarding what CH has supposedly said….

    Take it all witha bucket of salt guys & sayi nowt until we see them wearing New Strip.. 🙂

    Btw, anyone seen the new strip yet & when is it being released so we can buy it??????

  • 02jiw22

    May 17, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with Tino Robert Koran is a guy i would have a good look at. Can’t believe WBA are letting him go i think he was one of their better players.

  • Davies

    May 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    It also said that the manager would talk to the press when he deemed appropriate.

    Still haven’t seen the new kit. Have reverted to my ’74 kit for the summer.

  • RichK

    May 17, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Interesting that CH was watching Lyon vs Auxerre, I wonder who he has eyes on? Maybe Sidney Govou who is a free agent this summer? Maybe he’s too old for our policy but sometimes a bit of experience is needed i think. I think we will see 4 or 5 arrivals even if they are on loan/free. CH will want a Centre Back and Full Back, Att Midfield player and a Striker. I’d imagine he’ll want business done before the world cup if possible so that he can relax and get everyone back in to train from day one of pre season.

  • TinoAsprilla

    May 17, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Also avaliable for free this summer or at the end of their current contracts:

    William Gallas (Arsenal)
    Mikael Silvestre (Arsenal)
    Philippe Senderos (Arsenal)
    Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham)
    Michael Ballack (Chelsea)
    Deco (Chelsea)
    Joe Cole (Chelsea)
    Juliano Belletti (Chelsea)
    Fabio Aurelio (Liverpool)
    Martin Petrov (Manchester City)
    Shaun Wright Phillips (Manchester City)
    David James (Portsmouth)
    Mario Melchiot (Wigan)
    Paul Scharner (Wigan)
    Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn)
    Simon Davies (Fulham)
    Luis Boa Morte (West Ham)
    Jermain Beckford (Leeds)
    Joe Ledley (Cardiff)

    And abroad:

    Kris Boyd (Rangers)
    Nacho Novo (Rangers)
    Danny Wilson (Rangers)
    Steven Smith (Rangers)
    Lee Naylor (Celtic)
    Michael Stewart (Hearts)

    Fabio Simplicio (Palermo)
    Rodrigo Taddei (Roma)
    Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus)
    Mark Bresciano (Palermo)
    Per Kroldrup (Fiorentina)

    Sidney Govou (Lyon)
    Kim Kallstrom (Lyon)

    Gonzalo Castro (Mallorca)
    Mariano Pernia (Atletico Madrid)
    Pablo Ibáñez (Atletico Madrid)
    Thierry Henry (Barcelona)
    Diego Costa (Valladolid)
    Kalu Uche (Almeria)
    Raul Tamudo (Espanyol)
    Walter Pandiani (Osasuna)
    Ariel Ibagaza (Villarreal)
    Robert Pires (Villarreal)
    Jerzy Dudek (Real Madrid

    Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich)
    Jermaine Jones (Schalke)
    Ricardo Costa (Wolfsburg)
    Jose Paolo Guerrero (Hamburg)
    Timo Hildebrand (Hoffenheim)

    Urby Emanuelson (Ajax)

  • Craigg

    May 17, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #12

    There is some outstanding players on that list, Wasnt Hughton watching Lyon play the other day?

    Maybe Govou or Kallstrom or both

    Just wages being the problem

  • noir9

    May 17, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Birmingham had the option of another year on Seb Larsson’s contract which they have taken-up. Does show that there are some quality players available on a free. It would be interesting to know what Chris see’s as priority area’s. My biggest worry is the lack of pace right throw the middle of the team.

  • jarnytoon

    May 17, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Am a big fan of Johan Vonlanthen at Redbull Salzburg! Been on loan in Austria!
    fast nippy winger who could be good back up, if not pushing for a starting place on the wings??
    wouldnt be too expensive either i don’t think!!
    any thoughts???

  • newcastle29

    May 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #15


    Monday brought further transfer speculation regarding a trio of former Magpies:

    Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has made an £8million bid for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia. Wigan paid £6m to sign N’Zogbia from Newcastle United 15 months ago and now value him at £15m.

    Manchester City will give the first sign in the next 48 hours of their transfer spending power with an offer for midfielder James Milner, thought to be £24million. They expect Chelsea to compete for Milner and want to declare their interest first. Villa are expecting Chelsea to match City’s offer. Sources close to the player believe Villa will demand closer to £30m to even consider selling Milner.

    Scott Parker has been added to the list of players that Arsene Wenger has drawn up as potential summer targets as Wenger looks to bring proven experience to a young squad that faded out of the title chase. A fee of £12m has been speculated upon.

    With media gossip also speculating about summer moves for Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong and Damien Duff, it would be reassuring to know that United inserted sell-on clauses in the deals that saw their players leave SJP – and that any funds raised would go towards squad strengthening.

  • muna

    May 17, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #16

    get martin petrov…
    i noe hez in his early thirties but that guy has loads of pace n a great cross on him..
    particularly useful i think as a super sub wen gutierez tires down cuz of constantly runing all over the place..
    his crosses wil ensure that caroll will have sumthn to head on from both flanks

  • sahil

    May 17, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Just saw chris houghton in a shopping centre down south on Saturday! :O

    I was going to go and say congrats.. but was too scared.

  • big bob

    May 17, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #18

    please dont sign boyd
    when i have watched him for rangers looks very one paced and very lazy ok can score goals but hasnt been coming up against any good defenders

  • JaydanGeordie

    May 17, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    If Hughton is in for a creative midfielder Villareal’s Ariel Ibagaza is the on to get, i know hes in his early 30s but can offer alot more creativity in the midfield, more than barton or guthrie imo

  • jarnytoon

    May 17, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #20

    With pompey going down i think Kevin prince boateng would be a good buy!!
    big lad and have been impressed with his play (penalty miss aside) and he fits in with the 26- policy.

    worth a punt??

  • Edd Case

    May 17, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Henry has a year left actually, but he’s going to be allowed to leave for New York.


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