Hughton Admits To Frustration In Transfer Market


It’s not particularly good news for Newcastle fans this morning,  as Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has admitted to being frustrated right now, with the way things are going in the transfer market.

Chris Hughton – frustrated in transfer market right now

This is what Chris Hughton told the Newcastle Journal this morning regarding transfers:

“We’re still working at it. It’s difficult at the moment and I must admit that it’s frustrating at the moment but that is the nature of the transfer window,”“I’m still hopeful that we’re going to be able to make those additions.”

Newcastle have sent some scouts to Holland to watch Cheick Tiote, the 24 year-old Ivory Coast defensive midfielder, who currently plays at Dutch club FC Twente, and Newcastle scouts are also said to be checking out other top players in the Eredivisie.

There was news yesterday that West Brom have made a £3M for the Ivory Coast International, but where Newcastle are in all of this is not known, or whether he is really a serious target for the Magpies.

And the  Ben Arfa saga is still ongoing and getting a little weary too, and the chances of the lad ending up at Newcastle now seem remote, and that’s due to his huge wage demands more than anything else.

Werder Bremen have made a solid bid, said to be around £ 6.5M, and we would expect some decision from his club Olympique Marseilles,  in a day or two.

But news today that the reported interest from AC Milan in the 23 year-old French International, was said to be untrue by the French club’s president Jean-Claude Dassier.

So still nothing seems to be on the horizon just yet for Newcastle, with still a good 12 days before the transfer window closes.

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43 comments so far

  • Oba

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    “Sky Sources: Rangers close to signing Vladimir Weiss on loan from Man City”

    Another we’re going to miss out on then.

    Joke of a transfer window.

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  • hitman

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    code for no players coming in,fkin disgrace

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Lazy half arsed bids to create the illusion of being busy whilst doing absolutely nothing. Why anyone thought this Transfer Window would be any different to all the others with tweedle fat and tweedle mute at the helm is beyond me.

    Expect David Craig to be stood outside the training ground all day on the 31st ready with news that will break any minute……

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Hoots is frustrated?

    HOW DO YOU THINK WE FEEL!?!?!?!

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  • hitman

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    what hughton is saying is full of shite,we know ben arfa wants to come here,the problem will be ashley being a tight tw@t

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    am getting a bit sick now like id rather they just said there will be no one coming instead of giving us false hope, only 11 days to go at 6 today

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Transfer windows always make CH look like a complete idiot. I honestly cant see how a grown man, a professional, can put up with it.

    I know their stance is to not put things into the media until done but surely, surely, CH could say look toon fans we have two in the pan dont worry. Or say right now we dont have anything, all you read is wrong, sorry. But we’re working on a tight budget.

    The truth is key. Lies and suspense will only bring more protests etc. Not gd times

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Hitman –

    I hpe your preparing your apology btw lol :p

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    am clinging on to the hope that the french reporter on talksport was right n we hav agreed to sign arfa and that would happen today, if not id wish he would jus sign for anyone so we can stop hoping he is coming here

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  • I LOVE THE TOON

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    really is now starting to piss is off !!!!!! may well say we r get relegated again next season 🙂 carnt seem to be someone good or if we r we always get bidded out maybe try and get R.S.C from man city cause he maybe leaving and we can get him on a season long loan !!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    i dont think we will be relegated but am getting well pi**ed off with the lack of activity on the transfer front

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  • Doha Mag

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    If we don’t bring in at least 3 to 5 decent signings we will struggle to survive in the PL as the squad isn’t big enough……

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  • Sinner

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Well we still have a chance at Arfa;

    This is what the director of German club said:
    At Wednesday in the Task Force, the interest of Werder Bremen for Hatem Ben Arfa was very quickly qualified in the evening, by sporting director the German club, Klaus.. “The track leading to Ben Arfa is not hot”, he assured on the chain of pay-tv Sky Germany. What about the offer of 8 million euros which would have been made to the OM? ‘We are not in the search for a replacement for Mesut Özil, has continued., in reference to departure of his leader of the game for Real Madrid.

    Source:
    http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/breves2010/20100818_213950_ben-arfa-le-werder-temporise.html

    Get him noa,i say!!

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  • geordie jock

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Every bloody transfer window under Ashley has been the same, we are linked with every player imaginable, we are bidding for this player, for that player the manager always says he is confident of making signings and on the last day of the window we are all watching the blogs,tv or radio waiting and watching the clock run down and we end up with f**k all. This club is a complete joke.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    What i just cant understand is how WBA have bid 3m for a player today and Newcastle (a club that must bring in i dunno 10x the revenue) are worried about bidding anything lol

    the world has gone mad

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  • hadthetshirt

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Chris Hughton still hopefull,he was confident a couple of days ago.Looks like no plan b yet again.Look out for a panic buy in Best calibre.
    Why do we always wait till the very last minute,is it too save on wages,or is it the players were after hoping for a bigger club to come along.Weiss to raggy arse rangers ffs.Its going to be a long hard winter,yet again.The cockney geeza still hasn’t learnt his lesson.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    hes gone from very very confident, to hopeful in days, im sick of hearing its frustrating, sunderland manage about 6 signings, its frustrating cos your offering like 2m etc for players worth 3 times that, like erdinc they offered something like 6m, when the club hes at paid more than that, and he had a good season last season, and finished top goalscorer, are they really going to sell? its a joke

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  • Tommy Gibb

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    “Every bloody transfer window under Ashley has been the same, we are linked with every player imaginable, we are bidding for this player, for that player with f**k all. etc etc
    This club is a complete joke.”

    This…….

    At least fatty has warned people that Newcastle will not be spending owt.
    Cant understand why people still think that he will splash out on the likes of Ben Arfa though.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    nufc_richyg01 cant say im surprised really, i think from now on we will be getting players from small clubs abroad for around 1-4m and trying to develop them, like bassong, kadar, vuckic etc

    We should have got basham before he went to blackpool, he is a good player, would have been a good squad player

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Ashley is the joke, Hughton is the one we are supposed to feel sorry for. Well, I don’t, not any more. I defended him from numerous barbs all least season, but he has run out of credit.

    I disagree vehemently with Stardust et al who think he is just doing his job ‘within constraints’. His job is to understand and identify ALL parameters that impact on results – training, formations, fitness, tactics etc… but most importantly in identifying personnel.

    His job is NOT do make do with what he has if what he has is not good enough to stay up (and it isn’t), his job is to ensure we not only survive but start building a solid platform so relegation scraps are not our annual fate.

    Cloughie would have done it, Sir Bobby would have done it, even ‘Arry would have done it. And to do this one simple thing he needs to stand up to Ashley, but he’s a wimp as he clearly can’t – and on this key failing this club will also founder and all the good feeling we have for him with it.

    Hoots himself identified the importance of team building in March and April, then failed big time to do a thing about it. Perch would have been a poor buy if we were still in the second tier – what the hell are we doing giving him a first team place against Man U for? Campbell is a desperate stop gap (and for what?) who might trundle out a dozen times, and a fiver says we won’t get even 10 games out of Gosling all season. WTF is that all about Chris? It’s a bit late to start bleating now, isn’t it?

    And so to the appointment of slow-coach Nolan and Smith as his deputy – an old pals act that is sending us nowhere but back down. This is a Fizzy team that will be found out, and when everyone puts their hands up and admits it it will be too damned late. Bottom by Xmas = relegated…..

    DIS-BLOODY-GRACEFUL!!!

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    and he spent his youth career at the toon, and we let him go, what a shock that is!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Basham

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  • moonraker

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    My early optimism is fast turning into frustration and anger that a club of our size can’t even bring in 2 or 3 decent players that would make us worth watching and competetive.

    It’s pathetic that the likes of WBA and Wolves etc are able to sign players and f***ing Hughton moans about it being difficult.

    They do this every transfer window; I can only think there’s no-one at the club working full time on this.

    We need someone with passion and Hughton aint him. 🙁

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    hughton is a “YES” man we all know that, and is the lowest paid manager in the premiership, even less than holloway

    Hughton signed best for around 2m, i think thats shocking, i thought it was for about 1m, and then we got perch for the same, when we could of got someone like luke young for the same price, simpson for 500k isnt too bad, and the same applies to routledge, but keegans business was better (the ones he actually wanted)-not collocini or xisco, guthrie for 1m and bassong for around the same, two good players for 2m, would be worth 12-14m now

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  • moonraker

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #25

    Why would Weiss want to go to Rangers ahead of us?

    What’s going on man??

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #26

    sorry according to wiki guthrie was 2.5m, still good business though

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #27

    moonraker, he hasnt gone to rangers ahead of us, likelyhood is we arent even after him

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #28

    Chris is feeling frustrated. What about the fans… !? At least CH can get up close enough to Ashley (daily) to tell him what he thinks. We have to wait till match days. Roll on Sunday.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    im not looking forward to sunday at all, and the cup game even less so!!

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  • chuck

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    What are y`all pissed about, whats changed ?
    We all know ashley is going to revolutionize the EPL, by bringing some sanity to the transfer and wage structures, right ?
    Yeah he`s gonna bring in those undiscovered gems for nowt and pay them peanuts, then sell them on for enormous profits like Milner, N`Zogbia and the rest.
    Meanwhile clubs like blackpool (up for a cup `o coffee) are outspending us or at least willing to put up the dosh in an attempt to survive in this league.
    Looks like Ashley wants to gamble on the bunch of second tier plodders and bargain basement free agents that make up the present side.
    All i can say is god help us , cause the odds are definately against our surviving and if we go down this time, expect a wholesail bailout and no immediate return to the PL.
    So if you want to sell the club as an EPL side, better make it into one, cause no one is looking to buy second tier clubs.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #31

    geordielad 880

    colo was a keegan signing!! the xisco, milner fiasco was truely a joke! ashley afraid to part with money since

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #32

    Fostino, are you sure? I thought that Colo was a Wise (Dennis, not clever) signing?

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #33

    Fostono-

    geordielad 880

    colo was a keegan signing!! the xisco, milner fiasco was truely a joke! ashley afraid to part with money since

    “but keegans business was better (the ones he actually wanted)-not collocini or xisco, guthrie for 1m and bassong for around the same, two good players for 2m, would be worth 12-14m now”

    did i not say above that collocini and xisco wernt included, as he wanted neither

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  • Sinner

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #34

    In order to generate cash,sell some of their players like best,R.taylor or even smith.
    With these 3,we could get around 6m.
    Enough to spent on much good players than them.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #35

    geordielad880

    yes and keegan wanted colo, when he signed he said he was a great signing etc… why would he say this if he didnt want the player, it was ignacio and xisco he did not want

    if we look at the previous regieme there was similar problems as well, souness wanted anelka (who then went to bolton) and bao morte (in form at the time) but we got owen and luque….far dearer and great example of where this club was headin under shephard

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  • howay man

    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #36

    we obviously wern’t in for weiss. forget him, move on, Ben arfa is on his way.

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  • G-Man

    Aug 19, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Starting to think the bookie’s have got it right ( relegation ) Ashley say’s he’s learnt from his mistakes, seem’s to me he’s learnt nothing, no investment in the squad, then no chance. Once we gain a few heavy defeats the players heads will drop, game over. Don’t understand Ashley, how is this protecting his investment, just crazy…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #38

    captain beefheart @ 21

    Spot on

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  • gorskino10

    Aug 19, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Don’t NUFC managers ALWAYS say this because they can feel the pressure of new signings by the fans and havent done there job so trying to blame it on the “Market”, had enough of excuses look at Blackpool they signed like 5 players in 1 day, we are just a stubbon team unwilling to move from a pittiful valuations we set a player if he is worth 4 Million we offer 1.5 Mill. Pull your finger out Haughton and sign some quality, IF you did your homework before the WC started its not hard finding the type of players we need, we havent used the Free Agent market at all and there was MANY talented players in that list.

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  • Beardo86

    Aug 19, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Couldnt agree more with Milzzy Rascal (3). Its the same ashley trick, make bids for players that are way under the valuation of the player so as to look as though we’re trying,with no real chance or intention of acquiring anyone! I understand the whole capital outlay thing, but surely we still have a couple of mil to spend up front. Plus,surely as a ‘businessman’ Ashley understands you sometimes have to speculate to accumulate. We’re not expecting big budget transfers, but at least a couple of million to add some strength and creativity to the squad that is sorely lacking in either. Why we havent put a cheeky bid in for beye is beyond me,but more crucially we look like we’re going to be so goal shy its scary. If we dont bring anyone in its going to be a looooong season.

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