Newcastle Busy Negotiating Deal For Tom Cleverley

News today that Newcastle are busy negotiating a loan deal with Manchester United to bring 20 year-old Tom Cleverley on loan to the Tyneside club.

Tom Cleverley – on his way to Newcastle
The deal will be finalized when Manchester United, who seem to be packing them in over the pond – return from their North American tour next month.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed yesterday that the club is indeed negotiating a loan deal with a Premier League club – who have been interested in the player for a while.

That club is thought to be Newcastle United.

Chris Hughton made enquiries about Cleverley last season while the lad was at Watford, and Tom will add competition to the Newcastle squad.

But Chris will also need to play Cleverely, because the Red Devils are sending him out on loan to get first team experience.

The  20 year has played well for Manchester United in their pre-season, and must have impressed Alex Ferguson, but it seems he still wants to send the Basingstoke-born player out on loan next season, and it appears Newcastle are in the driver’s seat.

Chris Hughton will not say much about who he is really after, but he did tell the Journal this morning:

We are looking at the loan market, and if someone becomes available who will add to our squad, of course we would be interested,”

“We have made our enquiries and we’re hopeful of bringing some in.”

Sr Alex Ferguson also talked about Cleverley:

“Tom is a very talented boy. He is going to be a very good footballer. We are also considering putting him on loan to a Premier Division team,”

“He improved tremendously in his spell at Watford last year. He got an unfortunate injury towards the end of last season and was out for a long time.”

“He has just come back and can play anywhere in midfield, which is always an advantage.”

If Newcastle can secure the loan deal for Tom, say late next week, it would be a great acquisition to add to the already arrived James Perch and free agent Dan Gosling.

Our squad could look very decent before the start of the season on 16th August – away at Old Trafford, so Tom wouldn’t be able to play in that game.

Comments welcome.

Written on the train from London, King’s Cross to Newcastle Upon Tyne – England.

31 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Who at NUFC loses out if we have Cleverley on loan? Think about it – especially if Ferguson wants HIS player to get first team experience at a NUFC player’s expense. The black and white stripes are not for handing out that easy!!!!

  • JSYproject

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    i would have him for cover for either winger and thats it.. our cm’s have enough competition in eachother, dont want him hindering the progression of vuckic, guthrie etc.

  • JSYproject

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    but we certainly do need someone who can operate either wing as cover for jonas and routledge!!

  • JSYproject

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    ferguson could expect the lad to start every game in the championship but he should be expected to fight for his place at a premier league club.. after all he will have some competition in the manu side when he does come into it, surely he should also be mentally ready for that side of things aswell.

  • Ericles

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    If we need cover on the wings then get our own who wants to be at NUFC with the prospect of a future with NUFC. On this one I think CH is being too cleverley by half!

  • John

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    next target should be steven ireland i think he would come too if CH had a word in hes ear, and id take bellamey bk in a heart beet these signings = pace, creativity and goals exactly what we need.

  • Aza9

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t know why we don’t just buy Weiss who obviously won’t get anywhere near Man City’s 1st team this year with everyone they have signed unless the Cleverly loan is with a view to a permanent deal. Poor signing if it happens…

  • Toon_Factor

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    We really dont need him we have Routledge, Gosling, Barton, Nolan, Guthrie, Smith, Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and also Vuckic & Lualua coming through, he’ll not needed

  • Ericles

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Since when does Ferguson decide the team selction at NUFC? Is he saying we MUST give his players preference if they are on loan at NUFC? Am I reading too much into this – I may be wrong but I would like to know the role Cleverley will have at NUFC. Let’s face it – Ferguson made some acid comments about how many games Rossi played when he was with us.

  • JSYproject

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    agree john i would love to see bellamy and ireland here. seems a little far away at this moment in time tho.

    yes i see what your saying ericles, in a perfect world it would be alot better to get ourselfs a good versatile winger signed up permanently, but as were only looking to hunt out shrewd business deals right now maybe this is a short term fix untill the right player comes along at the right price? and like people have said before.. hes got more chance of signing for us permanently if we loan him first.

  • hitman

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    not needed.

  • Toontastico

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Have to say as much as I think he’s a good player with great potential unless there is a view to a permanent transfer thers no point. Factor & Aza are right we already have our own players in his position and if it is cover for the wings well then go out and target some1 we can obtain permanently, whilst sticking to the young hungry plenty of potential and already proven some ability ethos.

  • slazberger

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    how much do you lot think ireland would cost and how much is the wages he’s picking up at man city. one signing (on a free) and all of a sudden people are wanting £8million pound signings and a striker who can get 15 – 20 goals in the prem, how much will that cost?????

    most seem to think we need a winger and a striker so whats the harm in getting loans? and if their the positions we need how can they be taking a place away from someone else?

  • JSYproject

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    why chris hughton isnt going after de guzman is beyond me… we need wingers. hes on a free ffs, young hungry to get his career back on track. he just ticks all the boxes for me.

  • JSYproject

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    if the choices are 1>loan players in, or 2>struggle without them.. i know what my choice would be.

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    If we loan out a few young lads so there is place for him I’d take him as I can see him scoring goals. That being said I dont want him taking a minute of vukic time. Maybe we should get him for 6 months until Gosling is fit and let him go back if he feels he has not had enough game time. If having him on the bench means other players of ours are not sitting on the bench and are out their playing first team football I am all for it

  • jackdnufc

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree slazberger to a large extent. I think a loan signing in one of the two positions that you’ve mentioned would allow more money to be spent fixing someone up permanently in the other. For me, atm, that would be up front (for a permanent position). We have so many midfield players first team worthy that a loan signing should be good enough, even though it’s on the wings. We also need lb cover too remember and van the man on loan from Chelsea again would not be snubbed at from this end anyway!

  • slazberger

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    i agree jackdnufc i would like to see van Aanholt back maybe on loan with an option to buy.

  • Ericles

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Agree about de Guzman and Van Anholt. The first to sign and the second on loan with an option to buy.

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    KP Boateng/Stephen Ireland for 6mill – only midfield signing needed is one of these. Provide creativity and pace in a 5-man midfield as well as the ability to cover on wings.
    Loan LuaLua, Ranger and Donaldson out to Championship clubs like Leeds, Norwich, PNE or even to Pompey as part of Boateng deal —-That would be too sweet. Best out striker in with Vuckic staying. One more defender

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Thought I would show my ideal team next season-


  • lloydie780

    Jul 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Would like Bellamy back to, proven Premier League player with pace to compliment Carroll, Lovenkrands is a poorer version of Bellamy. Bellamy would also add some experience to a quite youthful side.
    On another note anyone heard anything of these ‘new coaches’ we seem to be needing?

  • jackdnufc

    Jul 23, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #23

    There is no chance that we’d get Ireland for £6mil, bare in mind wages too. I also just don’t think we need any more CM players anyway. We need to focus now on positions that need coverage and filled and Ireland doesn’t do either. We have just got promoted and the idea of getting Ireland, IMO, is a pure fantasy. The same stands for KP, would be less than Ireland (obv) but its still in CM which is now full. Spend the money and wages elsewhere please!

  • JohnNUFC

    Jul 23, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Cleverly doesn’t represent good business in current market unless as charlietoon says he frees up spots for our lads to go out on loan. Would lady ferguson prefer to send him somewhere he’s guaranteed a game too?

    Another point I want to make is that if we sign him we’ve only got one more loan option left. Is he that valuable to us? with the way man city are buying players surely they’d send out an established player on loan that they simply don’t have the need for anymore? theres a couple of similar clubs could say the same for. on that basis would it be better to aim higher in the loan market and then reduce ourselves to the likes of cleverley etc when that avenue has been tried?
    the gunners, chelski and prob few more clubs would have bairns of equal stature to chuck out.

  • JohnNUFC

    Jul 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #25

    p.s anyone think cleverley looks like a young wes brown?!

  • slazberger

    Jul 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #26

    about man city there was a peice on ssn last night saying they had 14 midfielders and thats before they sign milner. so its worth an attempt to loan a player or two. only problem is alot of other teams will be thinkng the same

  • BillyfromConsett

    Jul 23, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #27

    The likes of Bellamy is picking up £70k+ a week. We are not at that price-point yet.

  • Newutd

    Jul 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Stay at manchester.

  • callie9

    Jul 23, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #29

    I think a lot of you are missing the point of loans here. If our youngsters eg Lua Lua and Ranger were good enough to act as cover for the newcastle team in the PL then they would stay and be cover. Unfortunately they aren’t, and the 2 “development” members who are close to first team are Kadar and Vukcic, who I’d strongly guess would stay here. Ranger would benefit hugely from going somewhere like Leeds and bagging 15 goals in the Championship, so much more than he would staying here as 5th choice striker. Same goes for Lua. Bringing in Cleverly who is clearly better than any of our youngsters (otherwise why would CH want him) would benefit us because we have a good versatile player who would give it his all to impress in 1 season here. Our wingers are spot on at the minute I think, so we only need cover, why spend 2-3 mil on somebody who is gonna sit on the bench when you can have somebody for free (or small fee) for a year while our other players develop in championship? Then again I’d offer 2-3 mil for somebody like Weiss ’cause I reckon he’ll be a class act 😀 which renders my whole speil above useless and contradictory 😛

  • KillyMag

    Jul 23, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #30

    People need to get a grip man. Tom Cleverly would be an excellent signing, providing cover for the like of Jonas and Routledge. He can play anywhere across the middle and can unlock defenses with his passing. People are reading too much into Alex Ferguson’s comments, you can’t guarantee anyone game time and he knows that. As for adversely affecting our ‘up and coming’ players, anyone who has watched much reserve team football recently will know kazenga is not good enough and Cleverly is a different player to Vuckic. CH has already shown, if they are good enough they will play! As for signing Stephen Ireland and Craig Bellamy??!! How is that going to be possible with the current wage cap and decent team moral?Mercenaries got us in this mess, how could you forget so quickly. Have a quiet word with yourself mate…

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 23, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #31

    A Premiership team should not have any loan players, PERIOD! It is the crack-cocaine of hard pressed managers, and slowly destroys the Academy pathway to leave us hopelessly addicted & dependent.

    I am getting sick to death of blogs & fans alike clamoring for us to borrow Man Utd’s (or whoever’s) property so we can help said youngster become a better player and doubtless put 3 past us next year because out own youngsters didn’t have the Prem experience he stole from them!



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