Newcastle At Head Of The Queue For Robbie Keane

As we reported last night and the Sunday Sun is reporting today, Newcastle are ready to pull off a major coup before Tuesday’s transfer deadline with a loan swoop for Robbie Keane.

Robbie Keane – coming to Newcastle on loan?

The deal for Keane is being worked on at the moment by both the Newcastle and Tottenham clubs, who have a good relationship through Mike Ashley, and the deal will be a £1M loan fee, with an option to buy the striker for £6M next summer, and with Newcastle paying some of the players’ wages this season.

Chris Hughton has used his close friendship with Keane – the Sunday Sun reports he was a guest at the Irishman’s wedding last year – to get the Tyneside club in the driver’s seat for his signature, as Newcastle battle at least 5 other clubs for Robbie’s signature.

Keane was all set to join Aston Villa earlier in the summer, until Martin O’Neill threw his toys out of the pram,  and walked out on the midlands club at the very worst possible time, when it turned out that owner Randy Lerner was wary of funding the transfer.

Newcastle are willing to put the money up for the striker, and are closing in on an agreement that would see them cover a proportion of Keane’s substantial wages, thought to be as much as £75K/week.

If the Spurs striker indeed signs it would appear Newcastle’s ambitions are more than we had thought, and completes an impressive summer in the transfer market for the Newcastle United club.

Hughton thinks it could turn Newcastle into a real attacking force as he said today:

“They are offensive players – they would gives us plenty of options,” “It isn’t just today, it’s about going through the whole season and adapting to different circumstances.”

“I’m delighted with signing Hatem.”  “He is someone who will excite the fans, who of course have always identified with skilful, attacking players.”

Newcastle looked a good side yesterday at Wolves, and these reinforcements will make then into an even better squad,  that should be able to maintain their good form throughout the season – we hope so in any case.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Robbie is just what we need-Ben Arfa looks quality.

  • Matt

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Awful, awful idea.

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    but this is th Sunday Sun – sun are bullshiters and on a sunday, they go overboard could do with keane’s exp and goalscoring though

  • short trousers

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    sir jason ashleys chopper has landed at the toon

    do you stil go on .org

  • Toon1978

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5


    Not an awful idea at all. W e do not have the money atm to go out and buy a top quality striker so the next best thing is a loan with an option to buy at a later date when finance is a little better. However i do think a year long loan deal is the best option WITHOUT buying him after this season as 6 million as reported is to much for a player his age. We should bring in a younger fitter player after Keane’s loan deal if we do get him.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6



    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    When ever CH talks on a player that means that a deal is almost done.CH is a person that don’t like to speaks a lot to the media about transfers targets and when he speaks that means that something is gonna happen.He’s done it with Gosling first and then with Campbell then with Tiote and HBA.Now with Keane …………..

    Hope Robbie Keane signs for NUFC.His experience is very much needed.It’s not fair to put al the pressure on young Andy Carroll to score goals.

  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    We could play 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-3-2 with three men support for Andy or a partnership of Andy-Robbie.

    Isn’t Mike Ashley a secret Tottenham fan?

  • balubas1

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Robbie Keane is a good idea. And it is a good sign for us.
    But lets take this slowly. We all know what happens when Newcastle United tries to grow too fast.

    But first Hatem Ben Arfa, then Robbie Keane. Just the thought that it is realistic is good news for our newly promoted club. Remember our goal this season; STAY UP.

  • Penguin PJ

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Chris Hughton has worked under Ray Clemence, Doug Livermore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Gerry Francis, Christian Gross, George Graham, Glenn Hoddle, David Pleat, Jacques Santini ,Martin Jol, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear & Alan Shearer, from 1993 to 2009. He has also served under Brian Kerr as assistant manager of Rep. of Ireland between 2003 -2005. Talk about pedigree. This in my humble opinion, was probably Dennis Wise’s shrewdest signing.

    What I can’t accept is that some have accuse him of being a yes man to Ashley. Why is that? Is it because he did his job with minimal fuss, despite the calamity & tsunami in a fish bowl that is Newcastle United FC? Or is it because he conducts in a quiet & unassuming manner that is the opposite of Keegan, Kinnear & Shearer?

    Maybe that’s exactly what we need. Someone to lead Saint James by example. Have anyone seen the new Joey B? Even Derek Llambias & Mike Ashley seems…refreshing of late don’t you think?

    Whatever happens here on till the end of the season, Chris should always be supported with backing of the fans with unconditional faith & love. He was down in trenches with us all last season. I do not believe he stayed on monetary reasons. Plain & simple, he is a genuine football man who has honest work ethics.

    Dare I whisper, we might just have unearth the Irish Arsene Wenger in our backyard? Why else would Sol Campbell turn his back on Champion Leagues adventure & ride out his last hurrah with the man he knew and trust?

    Just watch out for the Irish invasion in the future then 🙂

  • Toon1978

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Penguin PJ

    Very good post mate!!!

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Penguin PJ

    Great post mate!!! i am feel very touching after seeing our new joey boy, damn, he very class player and being target by too many wolves, would like to give credit to him for hard work.

    Under CH, our team have achieve some great team spirit and improve from a game to another game. Now we all can dream for UEFA cup, or maybe some magic touch by Ch, we can surprise big four and other NUFC hater…

    Sweet Greatness HWL

  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Tottenham attempting to lure Giuseppe Rossi with a move back to England. I guess Robby is ours then!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Penguin- love that post mate, toon just about to go on goals on Sunday If anyone intrested!!

    And anyone into betting?? Put 20 pound on a 2-2 drew between villa and everton today.

  • Matt

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon1978 – It is a terrible idea. It sends out the wrong message. We already have Lovenkrands to provide some experience and a pacey poacher. That’s all Keane is and he’s pretty much losing his pace. We could get better for cheaper at a younger age.

    Get shot of Ameobi, use Ranger as back up for Carroll. Lovenkrands gives you another option with pace.

    Keane will want guaranteed first team. Carroll is starting to show what he can do in this system and if it changes now it could be terribly detrimental for him. I want to look after our own first. We have some talented young players who shouldn’t be pushed aside by supposedly ‘needed’ transfers. We need more cover at CB not CF.

  • Mat

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I am a firm believer in buying young… however Robbie would give us much needed premier league quality now! he would pretty much guarantee between 5-10 goals this year which would be priceless in our bid to stay up…. this is the main, if not the only priority this year.
    With Andy Carrol as the only Premier league striker in our squad which is a lot of pressure on his young (although wide) shoulders.

    this year much be the first time iv not worried about going behind in a game. a credit to the team spirit that is clear for all to see. a real buzz about the clue at the moment.

    A well deserved mention for Joey Barton after yesterday’s game. He did very well not to retaliate to some extremely over aggressive challenges. if the show were on the other foot, Joey would have definitely been sent off before half time!

  • stestickle

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    proper chuffed with this transfer window had my doubts about hoots but really starting to like his mangement style.keep up the good work .proud to be a magpie again.

  • bkeena00

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Where are all the cry babies who were shouting just a week ago that we hadn’t and wouldn’t sign anyone this window? Even if the Keane deals doesn’t happen, this has been a successful transfer window. I’m feeling confident for the season ahead.

  • Matt

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Mat – What quality has Keane proved in the last 2 seasons? Not much.

    Over 50 appearances in the last 2 years and he’s only got 16 goals to show for it.

    If it was last year and we’d got him for the championship I’d be saying brilliant. At this level now, I doubt his capabilities.

    bkeena00 – I agree, we’ve done pretty damn well this window compared to previous ones.

  • TheMags

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Loking forward to see tiote and ben arfa like now keane to rownd it all off and what is this tlk of cunningham??

  • carol gilmore

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Penguin PJ

    I am 99% sure that it was Kevin Keegan who brought Chris to the Toon. I for one am grateful he stayed with us after all the crap he put up with, Joe Kinnear brought in over his head for heaven’s sake. Then Big Al, by that time it was too late to avoid relegation, but Chris stayed and the rest is history as they say.

  • Mat

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Matt- you have pretty much answered the question for me mate. i have not checked this but that is probably more goals than Ameobi, Loven and Ranger put together over the last 2/3 years in the premier league lol

    he may not get loads of goals but he should give defences a different type of problem. combine the power of carrol and the cleaver movement gives teams problems.

    i do understand your point that is why i think a loan deal would be the best for the newcastle.

    i am stunned at the great business we have done in this transfer window. got to give CH and MA credit. the club is looking like a well run club for once

  • toonster88

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #23

    burnsie burnsie where r u?u sure want keane for 6mil or 75k a week?do u realy?

  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    NUFC Strikers records in the EPL:
    Peter Løvenkrands: 3 goals in 12 apps. (2008/9)
    Shola Ameobi: 4 goals in 22 apps. (2008/9)
    0 goals in 4 apps. in 2007/8
    3 goals in 12 apps. in 2006/7
    Andy Carroll: 3 goals in 14 apps. in 2008/9
    Xisco: 1 goal in 5 apps. in 2008/9
    Also Leon Best, Nile Ranger and Ryan Donaldson have played zero games in the Premier League…..

    Who needs a Premiership striker after all….
    Don’t buy Keane, we just sit really tight and wait for Andy to deliver 50 goals this season.

  • ToonLegend

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Has been a great transfer window so far
    Keane on loan would be a great addition not to sure about 6 million next season though
    The only way this window could of gone better is if we had got Leroy Fer
    Also delighted with Carroll’s start to the new season cant believe he didnt make the england squad england desperatley need a big target man who can score

  • Wigaz

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Just had a look at keanos stats. 422 apps 157 goals for his clubs, that works out a goal every 2.6 games. His international apps 100 with 43 goals that works out as goal every 2.3 games. How can anyone be anything other than over the moon with this lad wearing the black & white! Goals win games keane scores goals! That simple really, all you idgets who name random youngsters nobody heard of need to stop playin champ manager & watch some real football. Keane & carroll with Ben Arfa supplying the bullets exciting times ahead like.

  • chuck

    Aug 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Hmmm! mixed feelings about Robby, saw him against Argentina @ the new Avica stadium in Dublin (great stadium)
    He was ok playing in what was a not very strong ROI team, but as i mentioned mixed feelings.
    Sure he`s now an accomplished veteran and he will get his goals and could be an ideal accompaniment to Carroll and @ £6m. a hell of a lot less than the fees of the past couple of years.
    Though out of favor with “Arry”he has`nt complained , a true professional and not someone who is out injured a lot.
    I would say he could bring a certain professionalism and by example, give the younger players an taste of what it takes to be successful in the game and to-gether with the other vets. improve an already united dressing room.
    Guess thats an endorsement !

  • stuart no9

    Aug 29, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #28

    wigaz, spot on fella,
    i said before the season started, if carroll performs, (which he is doing, to great effect)all we will be missing is a typical goal moocher) cant bank on carroll all the time for the goals, although he will get his share, and who better than keane to latch on to those flick ons , loose balls around the box , give him 10 he ll score 8 why have young kids mooching? you cant , for the simple reason, experiance, ok , if we just get 2 years out of him, so what , ben arfa carroll, keane = goals cant wait

  • xfer

    Aug 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Doubt we would pay 6mil for him next season, would be fantastic for this season on loan tho. Cant see us paying 11mil for both HBA and Keane… But of cos, if we do, i’ll be delighted. Abit pricey if you look at the price alone, but for the quality of the players, well worth it.

  • baro

    Aug 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d take Robbie Keane any day to be honest. He is awesome player. Can deliver goals here and there next to Andy Carroll and set up by Jonas and Ben Arfa. 🙂

  • ende

    Aug 29, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #31






  • Nella

    Aug 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #32

    I think it’s an excellent deal if it comes off, if he’s no good the first season we don’t buy him outright if he is we get a proven Premier league striker for a decent fee, alot depends on our final league position me thinks.


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