Can Magpies Get Keane To Complete Great Transfer Window?

With Newcastle having completed the permanent signing of  Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote yesterday, and French International Ben Arfa today on a season-long loan deal, we wonder if there are more players to come through the door at Newcastle before Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 pm, when this summer’s transfer season closes.

Hatem Ben Arfa – gets his first choice as he joins Magpies

Newcastle have signed free agents Dan Gosling and Sol Campbell, and have brought in James Perch ( £1.5M) from Nottingham Forest and Cheick Tiote ( £3.5M) from FC Twente, in addition for Ben Arfa on a season long loan deal from Marseilles.

So even if nobody else is signed this summer, Newcastle have done some very decent transfer business.

Now it seems that  Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton is hoping to pull off another transfer coup,  with the loan capture of Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, whom he knows well from his coaching days at Spurs and Ireland.

It seems that Newcastle officials have already received a positive response to their initial inquiries about taking the Tottenham striker on loan – from both the player himself and the Tottenham club, who are keen to get Robbie’s wages off their books this season.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to bring in Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano, before the transfer window closes, but not for £25M, which is what he was initially quoted for the strong Brazilian striker from the Spanish club.

And Newcastle are only one of around six other clubs interested in signing the Irish captain, and have already held talks with the Spurs club about the possibility.

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy will want a decent loan fee before he will allow Keane to leave, although it is almost certain that Keane will not be at Spurs come Wednesday morning.

And with Hughton apparently preferring not to move for Portsmouth player John Utaka yesterday, his comments on Keane would suggest he is much more keen (sorry about the pun) to bring the Irishman to Tyneside.

We have to hope so,  because the acquisition of Keane would complete a great transfer window for the Tyneside club, who have 4 points from their first 3 Premier League  games – not too bad at all – and with lowly Blackpool next up at St James’ Park in two weeks time.

If we can win that game we’ll be in very good shape indeed, and that’s a pleasant surprise to most of us.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • Oleg G

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Is Keane our best option?

    is he really good for us? or just the choices that we have right now?

  • Ally

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Robbie keane is top drawer to be fair

  • john_cena163

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Dam hav 2 wait 4 2weeks 2 c arfa in action….i cnt wait ….hope dis weeks pass by soon.

  • Tommy Gibb

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #4

    “and with lowly Blackpool next up at St James’ Park in two weeks time.”

    You mean lowly Blackpool who have the same amount of points as us.

    Disgraceful bit of arrogance there, mate.
    I thought relegation had knocked that sort of rubbish out of peoples system but it obviously hasn’t in your case.

  • paultoon78

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #5

    what would be the best option.. shola or keane to bring off the bench to try and win a match… no brainer really

  • carrollsinger

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #6

    keane is a top well proven prem striker and to play off carroll would be brill he will get us at least 13 odd goals a season at the lowest,goals which could take us from 12th down top 10th up im my opinion. this is my first ever post and just to say hoot you have done an amazing job keep it up

  • maltese NUFC

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #7

    what lowly Blackpool? 4 points…same as us and they went to Wigan and Arsenal!!!! lets keep our feet on the ground ED!!!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Crouch is injured. Looks as if Andy will be in the England squad.

  • Oleg G

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #9

    so who we were linked with this summer?

    In the club
    Sol Campbell (English)
    James Perch (English)
    Dan Gosling (English)
    Cheick Tiote (Ivorian)
    Arfa (French, Tunisian)

    Maybe Coming
    Robbie Keane (Irish) (30)

    Would love to see in the Club, Dreaming
    Vladimír Weiss (Slovakian) (21)
    Kevin Prince Boateng (Ghanaian, German) (23)

    Was and is Realistic I think
    Leroy Fer (Dutch) (20)
    Yannick Djalo (Guinea-Bissauan, Portuguese) (24)
    Arévalo Ríos (Uruguayan) (28)
    Per Ciljan Skjelbred (Norwegian) (23)
    Billy Knott (English) (18)
    Dedryk Boyata (Belgian) (20)

    50-50, are they good for us ? (don’t know some of them)
    Rafik Halliche (Algerian) (24)
    Victor Anichebe (Nigerian) (22)
    Jean-Eudes Maurice (Franco-Haitian) (24)
    Mevlut Erding (Turkish) (23)
    Deniz Yilmaz (Turkish-German) (22)
    Kamil Zayatte (Guinean) (25)
    Henri Lansbury (English) (20)
    Alhassane Keita (Guinean) (27)
    Chris Eagles (English) (25)

    No Thank you
    John Utaka (Nigerian) (28)
    Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguayan) (29)
    Jason Roberts (English) (32)

  • Oleg G

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #10

    did I forget anyone?

  • noir9

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    @4 – got to agree with you TG, I hope the players don’t go into the blackpool game expecting them to just roll-over because we’re a “big club” thats exactly the kind of attitude that will get us relegated. I’ve also read a couple of times people suggesting that Keane isn’t good enough & is past his best…..well he’s still (except carrol) better than anything else we have & anyone who doesn’t realise that really is deluding themselves.

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Oleg G, if we get Kean. that would be a great transfer window for us.

  • paultoon78

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #13

    yee haa top ten place???????????? am i dreaming

  • Sinner

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #14

    This have already been a great transfer season for us considering the fact the big mike said that there would be no capital outlay.

    Dan Gosling:Possibly one of the best future in the world of football.

    Perch:Shows promise.

    Cambell:Strong enough to keep us a float this season.

    Tiote:Lion king.Nuff said.

    Ben Arfa:Same as Gosling.Being expected to be among the best.

    Now it would be great to get keane.
    His experience would make caroll get better and would cope well with him.
    Also send Ranger on loan and Best a season loan to Blackpool.
    Keep Macloven,Ameobi(though he looks kinda sloppy),Caroll and Xisco.
    Xisco looks kinda great in the Villa match.
    Contributed enormly to the last goal.
    Shows he has potential.
    The only sad thing i found about this is the Steven Taylor case.He is an international born player to compete among the best.Really really hope he stays.*Fingers crossed*

  • hitman

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #15

    we got kicked off the mark today,but were still
    better than .org

  • toon-mad-in-pompy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #16

    When we was a goal down i , thought i would be happy with the draw a point away away from home . But reflecting on the game i agree with ch should have won and it is these games we should be targeting 3 points , im glad we finally have ben arfra on board i think this will be a morale boost to the whole team not to sure about check toite ? but looking forward to seeing him in action , is it just me or do you think cambell could even get in the starting 11 atm ? i think willamson looks to be a great buy ?

  • bri_2k4

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #17

    to be fair when this was written he never ment it in the way people are thining i no what he means by lowley ! they are actually prity lowley in comparison to us i no were not a massive side no more but we shud beat them at home !! as for keane i still think he is one of the best p;layers in the prem but would find it hard to change the system we are currently running with 4411 maybe sign him then wait till our formation isnt workin as much then bring start games with 2 up top?

  • bri_2k4

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #18

    then start games with 2 up top ? ***

  • toonster88

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #19

    henri lansbury wud be a better choice even on the long run

  • holland

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Two things. Blackpool are not lowly at all. Make that prediction after 15 games or so.
    Second is that there will be no way on gods earth the player will think we can turn blackpool over. Chris will have installed into the players that if they think one game is easier than another then they need their head testing.
    He is doing such a great job that I dont think many fans see how great. The team spirit is second to none and that spirit will keep us up.

  • burnsie

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #21

    ANYBODY, that says KEANE isnt good enough for us wants their head looking at to be honest. Im not going to post the link because im not gunna force people to read it but just incase we get some more muppets on here saying he’s ’30’, ‘lost his pace’, ‘doesnt score regularly enough’ —- take a look at his stats on wikipedia or just google it. HE IS PHENOMINAL. SCORES, CREATES, TRACKS BACK, IS CAPTAIN MATERIAL, GOOD GOAL CELEBRATION, DOESNT GO MISSING IN GAMES, NOT INJURY PRONE. If anybody on here thinks that robbie keane is past it or ‘not for us’ they seriously no nothing about the beautiful game of football. HOWAY MAN, shearer was just peaking when he was 30 and didnt retire till he was 36. We need this lad on a 5 year contract now!!!! Lads please tell me you agree with me?

  • holland

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #22

    @burnsie, 100% agree. Who do we think we are?!! We need a quality striker, Ameobi is no where near, in 100 million years, good enough for the PL. I don’t know about xisco. So that leaves Lovenkrands and Carroll. Carroll wwas struggling with an injury today, and Lovenkrands was injured when we played Man United. What have we got left? Nothing.
    Look at Keane when he went to Celtic, phenomenal. He would be FANTASTIC at Newcastle and I would welcome him wih open arms

  • toonster88

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #23

    burnsie…..its doubtful we can pay his wages,our best striker goes for 25k and fat ashley knows that.with totts losing 2day it realy isnt hopeful…keane is a very good talented OLD striker

  • toonster88

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #24

    id go for leroy fer,billy knott,lansbury and eagles

  • Oleg G

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #25

    burnsie // Aug 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Honestly you convinced me mate.

    I really don’t know nothing about Keane, except his name, never saw him play (well, maybe 2-3 times but never noticed his specifically and sure enough don’t remember nothing from his game).
    So if you are so confident, then I am for him.

    Do you think he is the best striker we have been linked with this summer?

  • Solaidback

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Sorry Brunsie – How can you say that Shearer was just peaking at 30… You’ll probably find he was most injured when he was 30, not peaking!!!

    No doubt Keane is a great striker but he didn’t do as well when not playing for the Spurts, that is what people are saying, they know he’s good, just not as good as he is in the Spurts setup!!!

    Personally I think Loverboy can do exactly the same job for a 3rd of the wages, so why bring Keane into the fold & upset the apple cart with his wage demands!!! 🙁

  • burnsie

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #27

    OLEG G – In answer to your question mate, yes, i truely think he IS the best striker that we have been linked with this summer. if you youtube him you will see that he has the deftest of finishes and scores some really clinical goals. a really top pro, and has been for the last 12 years in a career that has seen him play for inter milan, liverpool and tottenham. aswell as wolves that we drew with today.

  • Thump

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Hang on, Keane has a good goal celebration?


  • burnsie

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #29

    and TOONSTER – ”with totts losing 2day it realy isnt hopeful…keane is a very good talented OLD striker”



    Get a grip man!!! players dont just dissappear when they pass the age of 29 for crying out loud. thats where arsenal have been going wrong over the last few seasons….great football but with a team that has not that many experienced/older heads in it.

    Im certian that some people on this blog know absolutely nothing about football as a game.

    its embarrassing sometimes, it really is.

  • burnsie

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #30

    and very funny thump, u know what i mean tho mate. he is entertaining ; )

  • Colombus

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Is the Assulin- link dead? I think the israelian would be excellent for us as he can provide cover on both wings. He would be a free transfer and truly is a great talent!

  • mattnufc

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Can someone explain the loan with option to buy. What stops say a Man City coming in and offering him huge wages at the end of the season?

  • JSYproject

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #33

    if keane dosnt perform loverman will get his chance anyway, im hopeful he can do a canny job for us and hes a proven scorer so why not have him on board.. Couldnt hurt our chances.

  • StuW

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #34

    I can see us maybe getting RK in on loan, would give us a PROVEN goalscorer, with some pace, who would provide a quality partner for Carroll. Apparently we paid around 2.5m euros for Ben Arfa, which is decent. I think top half looks a good bet if we can keep the momentum going. Carling Cup doesn’t look great though. Would like to see us maybe nick a Europa League place through one of the cups to cap the season.

    I think we will be safe, as there are plenty of clubs worse than the Toon.

  • Thump

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Haha, aye I know what you mean Burnsie lad. He’s a cracking player and could do more than just a job here. Keane in and some decent cover at LB for Enrique and we’ll be flying.

  • leazes upper

    Aug 28, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #36


  • chuck

    Aug 28, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Surprised by the club`s bringing in Ben Arfa, thought his wage demands were over the top ?
    Curious to see how our Ivorian works out, he`s been compared to Essien, if he` even close will be fine as we have been in need of a midfield engine room since Parker moved to W/Ham.
    Even talk of Bringing Keane on loan ?
    In which case what was the point of making an official announcement earlier declaring there`s no money available ?
    Red herring? as it appears there`s been some serious negotiating (hard bargaining) going on and very little forthcoming in the way of info from the club.
    Obviously Arfa and Campbells wages will not be cheap, never mind Keane.
    Does this mean senor Ashley intends to be in it for the long haul or is the club ensuring their stay in the EPL will not be only for a season.
    Whatever the reasons this group appart from Perch will be a welcome addition and will seriously strengthen the side.
    Now we should ensure we dont lose Taylor because of a few pounds difference in evaluation what he`s worth, as he could be a key defensive asset.
    If Ashley and Hughton continue rebuilding in this fashion year by year, wont be long before we will be challenging for a european spot !

  • Matt

    Aug 28, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #38

    I do not want Robbie Keane. Maybe on a season long but definately not permenant. The guy has maximum 2 seasons left in him at this level tops.

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 28, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #39

    has anyone heard anything about Nasim Boukhelifa signing seens thou he was at darsley park along with arfa yday


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