Hughton Confident Of More Signings

Chris Hughton was relieved to complete his first signing yesterday, as a target of the club in January finally arrived at Newcastle.

James Perch – delighted to be on Tyneside

And Hughton says he is thrilled to have finally got a player who he believes will be able to play in both full-back positions, as well as offer cover at center-back, so it seems he sees James as a defender, although he can also play anywhere across the mid-field.

Chris said today:

“It is a relief to get the first signing done and there will be more, I’m confident of that,”  “It all happened quite quickly in the end, but he is someone we have been trying to get for a little while now.”

“He can play in a few positions, but he played at right-back against us and had a superb game at St James’ Park.”

“That might be where he plays for us as well, but he can play right across the back four, including left-back. He has played a fair few games on the left for Forest so he gives us cover for Jose Enrique as well.”

“Every signing you make is a gamble, whether it is Fernando Torres or James Perch. You hope they can fit into the work ethic you have and the way the team plays.”  “He is at an age where you like to think that there is still improvement and development in him.”

“We hope that he will become a better player at Newcastle as he learns from playing against Premier League players. He can still progress as a player and we are confident he will do that with us.”

From what Chris says, it would appear he sees him principally as a right back more than anything else, and was obviously impressed with him during our 2-0 win against Forest at St. James’ Park this year.

Newcastle bid for the player in January,  but the bid was turned down as “derisory”, and the  Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that bid was £1.5M.

So Perch may have cost maybe closer to £3M.

Perch admitted yesterday he was desperate to sign for Newcastle United, when he heard the club was interested in January, and it looks like that bid was almost successful.

But James is now very happy to get the deal done – he made that very clear yesterday,

Every signing is a risk, as Chris rightly points out, but most of our readers seem to think it was a good deal to sign Perch.

At the time of writing 56% think it was a good deal, 24% are not sure and 20% think it’s not a good deal for the club, and if you haven’t yet voted you can do so on our home page.

That high percentage of not sure is interesting, but for the good of Newcastle and for the good of the player himself, we have to hope he becomes a terrific signing on Tyneside – you have to be positive about these things.

Certainly the faithful Newcastle fans will give James Perch every help and encouragement to make this move a good one – we’re sure of that.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Mac

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Get a few more in and ship a few out. TAXI for Sholla and Smith bring in a mid fielder with pace and an eye for a pass and a pacey striker.

  • JSYproject

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    not exactly a world beater but good competition for danny simpson.. Might improve both their games. Also shows the ball is now rollin and there is money to spend. Roll on the next signin, wheres craigcoozy?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Best and Smith out, ALBIN and ???? in

  • gunnarnufc

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Next signing will be Cleverley on loan. Reports this morning linking us with a swoop for James McFadden. Wouldn’t mind him joining.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Best, Shola, S.Taylor and R.Taylor out.

    Cleverley is meant to be coming in TODAY.
    James McFadden wouldnt be a bad signing at all.

    Masare is sounding like a better player all of the time.

    Also their is Weiss targetted to.

    All in all CH is looking at some decent players imo.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Jermaine Pennant is being touted back to Premier League clubs by Real Zaragoza.

    What would you guys recon to him coming to toon?

  • geordielad880

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7





    Hughton could play a side like that away from home, would work pretty well

  • Robin_S

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    I think £3m is wide of the mark to be honest, I heard that the reason we were turned down in Jan was that we were at that time competitors to forest and davies didn’t want to help us out plus he was a big player for them. Now that’s all changed and he has only 1 year left on his contract so they have decided to cash in. I’d say less than £1m.

  • geordielad880

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    its 1.25m apparently

  • davybtoon

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    If reports r true n cleverly comes in today n masare signs that is cover n compition for jonas n routledge on the wing, then we would jus need a striker n a left back, fink smith,nolan,barton,guthrie n vukic is more than enough to compete in centre mid, I can’t c anyone leavin maybe the taylors but jus can’t c it, its a bout havin a sqaud big enough n if ya sign 5 players ya only adding 2 players to the sqaud considerin we lost butt, pancake n hall

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I see the Mackems are chasing N’Zogbia – good luck Bruce!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12


    I also heard it was between £1M and £1.25M for Perch.

    The bid in January was £1.5M but Perch had a falling out at Forest and was used as a skapegoat on a number of occasions in the latter part of last season, I think we used all these facts to our advantage.

    Besides, if we were going to go back in with an offer of £3M, wouldnt we have done that in January when we were knocked back?!?

  • davybtoon

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Jus an example sqaud
    Goalkepers:harper, krul, forster(loaned out)
    Rb:perch, simpson, rtaylor
    lb:enrique, ??
    Cd:tayor, colo, kadar, wiliamson
    rw:routedge, cleverly
    Lw:jonas, masare
    Cm:barton, smith, nolan, guthrie, vukic
    st:carroll, lovenkrands, best, shola, erding, ranger(loaned out) we should look at chris cohen from forsest can play lb n lw, good sqaud u can’t go selling players u hav to take into account suspensions n injurys then also u hav inman, adjei, airey, folan, dummitt, traviner if needed I woud only sell rtaylor if we had to

  • Newutd

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    3 mill pounds really have to be WIDE of the marks? Where did you get that number from? NO ONE pays that much money for a backup player who has had a poor season in the Championship.

  • tobes

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #15

    I like the idea of Weiss and Cleverly joining. Both have pace and an eye for goal. Add Naughton and Newcastle would have a very fast squad. Routledge added pace last year and we looked the goods. I like the guys Hughton is chasing and I like the way he does business.

    Perch is a good buy. SO happy that there is some money in the kitty!

  • geordielad880

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    no way could we have paid 3m for perch, you can buy a proven premiership player for that, someone like luke young etc, wont have paid over 1.5m

  • geordielad880

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    And also I wouldnt assume we have money in the kity ust let until the window has shut, we could end up selling s.taylor, collocini, jonas etc yet, i dont think we will, but im not getting carried away until the window is closed, anything is possible with the fat controller, history tells us that

  • geordielad880

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    and also the man utd game has been moved to monday and will be televised, here is a list of the tv fixtures:-

  • John

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Gervinho, sturridge, wiltshere/Ireland on loan weiss/cleaverly and boyatta or davies frm villa maybe a deal for kukuta frm chelsea

  • TheToonKing

    Jul 6, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed don’t know here u got 3M from…if we paid anything near that Hughton should shoot himself…if we paid more then 750 000 – 1M we were robbed.

  • darthkir

    Jul 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #21

    if CH sees him as a right back than i wonder what will happen to ryan taylor…


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