At Least Two New Players Still Needed Over Next Seven Days

No players will be leaving Newcastle United in this last week of the transfer window, except Fraser Forster potentially going out on loan to Glasgow Celtic.

Alan Smith – good start to the season

Fraser underwent a medical at Celtic yesterday, and may complete a loan move, but only if Shay Given doesn’t arrive at Parkhead over the next week. Chris wants Fraser to get games at Celtic and he will pull the plug on the move if Shay is going to Celtic on loan this season.

Alan Smith has had a very good start to the season, just like he did 12 months ago, and is playing very well in that defensive midfield position.

But he’s one of the few players who can play in that position in the Newcastle squad, which is why manager Chris Hughton has brought in a replacement –  essentially for Nicky Butt – in Ivory Coast International and former FC Twente player, Cheick Tiote.

Cheick will give Alan some competition in that position, and from what we can find out about the player,  he seems very useful, to say the least.   But nobody will be  leaving the squad this week, which is still a little paper-thin, and we would hope at least another two players will be drafted in.

News in Manchester last night was that Newcastle could be getting some City players this week, and even Shawn Wright-Phillips was mentioned as a possibility.

Leon Best has been linked with Blackpool over the weekend, but the news is that he will be going nowhere, although Hughton must still decide which of our youngsters will go out on loan this season.

And it may even turn out that 19 year-old Nile Ranger, who has shown good form in training and has been linked with Blackpool as well as with Leeds United, will be kept at Newcastle,  at least through January.

We look forward to two good players being drafted in over the next 7 days to further strengthen the squad, and add to  James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sol Campbell and Cheick Tiote.

If  the club can do that, it will have been another very good transfer window for the club.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • bessi-kosova

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    why we don’t go for Hleb?? I think he will help us more as a creative midfield…what do u think guys???

  • G

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Full back and a winger hopefully?

  • Marzy

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Im for one happy that Smudge is ataying, always rated him & he always gave 100% which is hard to beat?. I do agree with what people say that he is slow etc, but look at Scholes?!?.
    HBA news anyone & Man City also??.

  • Chris F

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    another left back would be nice, as cover for enrique.

    rumours started about santa cruz, but the talk coming out of man city is that its more likely Caicedo we’re after.

    i still think we need a creative midfielder who can link the midfield and attack, because as good as he played vs Villa, nolan isn’t the answer in the long term imo.

  • G

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    HBA deal seem to have died? Dunno what’s going on with that one.. The mancity rumour’s seem to be linking us with everybody they have, although Ed’s thread is the first link with SWP I have seen. I would take SWP on loan, as frankly Routledge hasn’t set the world on fire in the Prem for us yet.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    SWP would give us much needed pace, but he has already come out and said he is staying at Eastlands to fight for his place.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    HBA is so yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that . . .


  • bessi-kosova

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    we can get Hleb for a loan season…hope Alshey can get him or HBA..Burdisso is another option 😀

  • JSYproject

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    marzy i cant believe you just compared smith to scholes… HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

  • benscott123123

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    It would be ideal if we could get Van Aarnholt on a season long long deal with option the to buy at the end would be good business, perhaps a RM as i’m not convinced Routledge’s will play all season given his injury record. I don’t think we need to add to central midfield havng big tacklers that will dig in is what we need this season not players who will bomb on trying to get goals. I don’t think we have the quality yet to play all out attacking football. Packing the midfield and battling results will keep us up

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Chelski have said Van Aanholt is not going out on loan as he is needed as backup for A(hole)Cole.

  • Marzy

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    I have not!, making the point that a good footballing brain such as Scholes is what makes a good footballer!, Smudge is slow yeah?, good combatative midfielder with 110% effort, much more then the likes of so called better players we have at the moment?. “I know there is No comparision with Smith & Scholes”lol!!!!!!.

  • Markiss17

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    I think we should see if we can get a loan deal for vela from arsenal

  • tynesidetommo

    Aug 24, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    My pal in Glasgow tells me that the Toon are being linked with Kenny Miller at Rangers who is now in the final year of his contract and, therefore, any deal would cost buttons. Apparently, the Toon are “monitoring” the situation. Miller netted 21 goals for the Gers last season.

  • geordiehammer

    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    We need cover at leftback for Enrique, we also need someone creative in midfield or possibly a right winger. I still dont rate routledge, gives the ball away to much in my opinion.

  • Markiss17

    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    i see the daily mail is reporting that ben arfa is going to a top premier league club not newcstle but liverpool or man utd


    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Ben Arfa is coming to the premier league but I’m afraid the team he’s gonna join is not NUFC.

    His agent said that the team is surprise and reports in France is saying that the team could be 1 of the top 4 teams.Man UTD and Liverpoll was mentioned …………

    Another star player that could make a big difference in the NUFC squad looks set for another team …………

    This transfer window was not good at all for NUFC imo

  • jesus was a geordie

    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Tommo, a few others North of the border have mentioned Miller, but until Rangers bring in a capable replacement, I don’t see them letting Boyd AND Miller go in the same season.

    As for reinforcements, anyone we get in will be utility. That does not neccessarily mean poorer quality, but they will have to be capable of covering a number of positions. A midfielder who can cover either wing and add creativity to the middle of the park. A defender who can play across the back 4.

    The Tiote signing has really surprised me, he’s specific to one position, and that seems to go against our previous signings so far (Perch can play any in defence, Gosling on the wing or in the middle).

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Please hurry Manure / Liverpoo……sign this Ben Arfa bloke………It needs to be ended!!!

    I am starting to sign things ben arfa now!!!!!!!!!!

    Can I suggest that we have done our Transfer business now and there will be no more coming in?? 7 days………its all over man.

    As for the Miller rumours??? Any better than lovenkrands??

  • noir9

    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Until afra actually signs for someone this bloody thing will just keep rolling along, can’t honestly see man u signing him & fergie has already said that their business is done, liverpool is possible but you would have thought they’d have been in for him before now so that they could have got him in their europa league squad. I read the agents comments & he doesn’t mention any team, seems more like someone trying to fill in the blanks & maybe those connected with afra getting twitchy.

  • Markiss17

    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    I think we need a LB, winger and striker but i don’t see anyone else coming this week it is a bit worrying

  • Rosco

    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Another winger for me, Routledge’s final ball is awfull! he has pace but really needs to up his crosses! Maybe another centre forward, a skillfull small lad who can run at defenders, somone like bellamy? any idea’s?

  • atom

    Aug 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23

    I would check on Traore from Arsenal as they seem to want rid and he could cover for Enrique and also play up on the wing if needs be. Other than that, assuming the HBA ship has sailed, what about a loans for Obertan and Danny Rose?

  • xfer

    Aug 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Smith has been a more than average defensive midfielder for us all along. With Tiote’s arrival, I cant seem CH paying 3.5mil to sit him on the bench, and personally I believe Tiote has got more to offer than Smith.

  • PureGeordie

    Aug 24, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    all i want to see is Ben Arfa for roughly 5m and Lavezzi for roughly 5m. This will take our spending to 15m however HBA and Lavezzi can only go up in price. Whats everyone elses thoughts?

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Wow, 2 games into the season & people are already slagging off Routledge. He has been no better or worse than Jonas, and I’ve not seen much gripe about the Greyhound’s play. Truth be told, in his few minutes in action, Xisco would rate our best winger. But if Xisco played a whole game, he would have the same plus and minus moments as our two top men have had – it just comes with the territory.

  • Mags

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Pure Geordie (25)

    I too stubbornly refuse to give up on HBA I will not accept this until I see him in someone else’s shirt, regardless of what my fellow posters feel.

    As for Lavezzi, my God that really is dreaming, I would think I had died and gone to heaven if we had him. :D: :D:

  • Mags

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Back to Ed’s post, I have to admit that Smudger has put two good shifts in, he must be fearful now that Tiote is all but our player.

  • saroof

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #29

    lavezzi i would go for but will have to give more than 5 million coz napoli signed him for 6.5….

  • baro

    Aug 24, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #30

    I say Shaun Wright-Phillips and Filepo Caicedo from Manchester City on season long loans would be awesome.


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