Newcastle Going After World Cup Stars

Newcastle  manager Chris Hughton has said today that the Newcastle scouting staff will make final checks on players at this summer’s World Cup before finally wrapping up the deals.

Chris Hughton – already done homework on targets

And Chris himself could well take in some games in South Africa, as he checks on the Newcastle targets for the summer.

The good news this morning is that under new Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr, the club have already increased the presence of  Newcastle scouts in Europe.

In addition the Tyneside club have expanded their presence in South America, another hot bed of talent, although the  club have not been too lucky when they’ve brought in South American players in the past.

It’s really good news the club have expanded their scouting coverage, because good scouting and the emergence of our Youth Academy are the two pillars on which Newcastle will build for the future.

Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We’re assessing our options with regards to the World Cup at the moment,”   “There’s every chance that we will be going over there and we will have a presence. I am looking into going over for a couple of games myself.”

“But it will be to look at a player we know already rather to look for potential players that we didn’t know about.”   “We have done plenty of work already and we know the sort of players who will be there and available.”

“Generally we would not be looking to buy a player just on the strength of a good World Cup. You have to do your research on overseas players and that is not always the case with someone who comes to your attention solely on the basis of a good World Cup.”

We don’t know of too many Championship players who will be playing in the World Cup this summer, so Newcastle are obviously after real talent, at least that’s what we are hoping.

We’ve heard of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck as potential loan signings,  so there are other players Newcastle are after, even perhaps for a fee, that will be playing in this summer’s World Cup.

That’s got to be good news.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    May 20, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah course they are…probably looking at some under 17 tournament and soaking up some beers in J’berg.

    How can they even be talking about signing world cup stars…we have a wage cap,age cap and supposedly a massive debt that needs to be paid back??

  • repo

    May 20, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    as if we can afford to pay wages to world cup players this coming season.

    plus imagine the value of the players if there have a good world cup.

    load of bull we will just get loans and freebies this coming season.

    its all a spin for people to buy season tickets.

  • Ericles

    May 20, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    We do not know who CH and the scouts are looking at but a perusal of who is playing in the World Cup may show some possible targets. I am thinking that they are possibly European origin players within the age group specified (it seems). Moreover – they are available (whoever they are).
    Clues are there for us to speculate all summer. My oh my! Messi ain’t one of em’.

  • Davies

    May 20, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Pardon my ignorance, but will Albin be playing at the world cup? I can’t be arsed to Google it.

  • repo

    May 20, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    But why wait if there any good get them in now before they value will go sky high..

    not saying we will get these players cause there would be loads of scouts and teams looking at these so called targets..

    let the bidding war commence..

  • Newutd

    May 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6


    Albin isn’t going to the WC.

    Our former loan “star” though, Ignacio “Nacho” Gonzalez, is.

  • repo

    May 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7
  • Newutd

    May 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8


    “Speaking about Newcastle’s potential interest, Albin insisted he was focused on trying to win a place in Uruguay’s World Cup squad.”

    Guess he tried then, but in the end he didn’t make it.

    Here you can see the squad.

  • lesh

    May 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Ah ha!

    Sceptices, those whose minds are on the dark-side and prefer to be negative will surely not believe ’til things come to fruition.

    After all, this may jsut be positive spin generated by our new PR guru?

    Wouldn’t that be ironic if that were the case.

    La, lala, lalalalalala, Always look on the bright side of li…………. Aaaaaaaaargh! Clump!

  • Toonkistan

    May 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    according to newcastle is leading the race to sign toulouse RB ebondo who’s available on a bosmon transfer 🙂

  • G

    May 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m guessing the likelihood of us signing world cup stars refers to the African players, currently plying their trades in minor leagues such as Greece and Turkey. Italian teams have found bargains there for years, perhaps we should follow suit.

  • Craigg

    May 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #12

    “Newcastle are struggling to find the £5million Aston Villa are demanding for Curtis Davies.

    Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is a big admirer of the stopper, who has been called up by England in the past.

    Newcastle face missing out on the defender as owner Mike Ashley insists on financial prudence following promotion.”

    Correct me if im wrong but is this guy not in the correct mould 25, Talented had injuries but so have ours and there saying £5m but i dare bet Villa would take £4m.

    We have brought in nearly £60m through the promotion, Northern rock have signed a new year sponsorship deal and also owed the club money from previous contracts, Puma have signed a long term kit supplier deal.

    So lets say the club have brought in about £70m-£75m in the last month, We have to cover the losses which are estimated at £32m and we have to clear the overdraft for £2om= £52m

    That leaves about £20m left and as Ashley has said he doesnt want his loan payed yet, Where will that money go ??

    P.S Before people say the wage bill it has been reduced further with the departures since the turn of the year of Geremi and Butt for £50k a week each, Pancrate and Hall as well, We also are shunting Xisco out taking another £50k a week off the bill, With season tickets, the new kits, merchandise and match day income that should cover the far reduced wage bill that has crippled the club fiancialy over recent years.

  • Newutd

    May 20, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Curtis Davies has an injury that will haunt him forever, and I can guarantee you that he will spend long periods of times in the gym. To use so much money, AND on a injury prone player, in one of the best parts of our team, is just plain stupidity.

  • repo

    May 20, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #14

    And he is shite anyhow rather play kadar at centre back least we know what he can do…

  • Craigg

    May 20, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #15

    “To use so much money, AND on a injury prone player, in one of the best parts of our team, is just plain stupidity.”

    Yes the sort of stupidity that saw us sign Viduka, Duff, Owen, Ryan Taylor, Smith, Dyer, Duncan Ferguson, Woodgate, Michael Bridges, Bracewell….

    I expect Davies no 5 to be paraded in early july and dont forget that Steven Taylor will probably be sold in the summer if he doesnt sign a new contract.

  • tombriant

    May 20, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Per Ciljan Skjelbred ?

  • Craigg

    May 20, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17


    Kadar has played in the championship if he is so great why would the club rather play Edgar or Beye at centre back and Duff and N’Zogbia at left back in the premiership last season.

  • Newutd

    May 20, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18


    Those ones, yes. I expect we don’t buy him, and keep Taylor.

    Because he was/is young and inexperienced, that’s why.

  • Newutd

    May 20, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19

    15 and 17*

  • Newutd

    May 20, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #20


    Norway didn’t make it to the World Cup, and to be honest PCS hasn’t developed the way many hoped and thought.

  • lesh

    May 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Craigg // May 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM you just don’t geddit man! The club’s trying to get to break even and be self-sufficient in 5 years to comply with FIFA’s requirements.

    You don’t do that by blowing whatever comes in when it comes in.

    Feet on the ground Craigg?

  • Craigg

    May 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #22


    I would keep Steven Taylor any day over Davies i was just making the point.

    On Kadar i also think he is decent but the only think he had to do in the champ was head the ball, Not every team in the top flight plays route one.

  • Craigg

    May 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #23


    The club will never break even paying Coloccini, Gutierrez, Nolan, Barton, Enrique, S Taylor and Smith £60k a week in the championship

    Spending a bit in this transfer window and ensuring the large income on a yearly basis would help the club financially in the long term.

  • Craigg

    May 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #24


    Well see if you have your feet on the ground if we are competing with Derby for a record low points total and having Sunderland do the double over us.

    And as for breaking even Ashleys been peddling that line since day one remember the folding like a pack of cards crap, how he saved us by clearing our debt yet 3 years on we are still running at a loss.

  • Solaidback

    May 20, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    @ Craigg

    You’ve forgotten the £37.5m loss we made in the Prem too mate, so we owe:

    £37.5m 08/09 season Prem
    £32m 09/10 season Fizzy
    £25m Loan from Ashley
    £20m Overdraft

    So there’s nearly £115m we owe before we start to spend money on new players 🙁

    Ashle said he doesn’t want the £111m paid back, nothing said aboutthe £25m he put in last season tho… 🙁

  • big bob

    May 20, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #26

    fifa rules will never work when will chelsea,man utd,liverpool,man city break even probably never
    like a guy said on the radio the other day would you rather have trophies in the cabinet or be debt free ???????

    trophies all day long for me

  • Craigg

    May 20, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #27


    That doesnt necessarily mean we owe all of that money still, Most clubs reveal figures before player trading.

    Spurs did the other week, Boast about how they made a profit yet left out the fact that face-ache spent over £100m in the transfer market.

    Ashley may be being coy, We did sell Milner for £12m, Given for £6m, N’Zogbia for £6m, Emre for £5m, Faye for £2m, Rozenhal for £2m, Bassong for £9m, Martins for £9m, Beye for £4m, Duff for £4 and Edgar (tribunal) and Geremi for undisclosed fees.

    Not to mention the money saved on the aboves wages along with Owen, Viduka, Cacapa and Butt.

  • yuwing

    May 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #28


    yup thats true, Mike Ashley seems to be complaining for forking money to borrow newcastle but never say how he pocket those money from transfer.

    he also sacked allardyce and hired low wage manager, how could he do that? did he think that Newcastle is a business?? i think he compared newcastle with his sport company


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