Hughton Hints At More Signings Before Transfer Window Closes


There was new news yesterday, that Newcastle may be willing to bid £8M for 21 year-old Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

Robbie Keane – on way to Newcastle?

We’re not sure how solid that story is but we cannot believe Newcastle would bring in both 30 year Ireland captain Robbie Keane and Ricky before Tuesday afternoon.

After all, we have a few good strikers like Carroll, Lovenkrands and Ameobi already at the club, not to mention young Nile Ranger.

One of the two would seem to be in order,  and the betting seems to be on Robbie Keane coming for a season long loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer next summer for £6M, if he does well.

And this morning the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said the club will continue trying to strengthen their squad,  right up to tomorrow afternoon’s transfer deadline at 5:00 pm.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s season-long loan deal from Marseilles was finally completed on Saturday and announced to the public, and the Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote finally got his work permit on Friday, and both players waxed lyrical about joining  such a great and famous club as Newcastle.

And even last night the Newcastle hierarchy were working on another deal to bring Tottenham Hotspur striker and Ireland captain Robbie Keane to Tyneside.

Hughton is still said to be looking for cover at left-back, and we were linked with Manchester City’s 19 year-old Irishman  Greg Cunningham yesterday.

But even if nobody comes through the door in the next 30 hours or so, Chris thinks the squad of players the club has got right now on Tyneside, will be good enough to see the club through to the next transfer window in January.

Chris said today:

“We’re always pushing to add to the squad,” “There are still a couple of days to go, but if I was left with the squad I’ve got now, I would be happy. We’re most definitely still looking at left-back, but James Perch can play at left-back as well.”

“It’s perhaps not naturally left-footed cover, but we certainly have cover there.” “At this moment, the only player I can see going out is Kazenga LuaLua. He’ll join Brighton on loan until Christmas.”

After Kazenga played so well on Wednesday night most Newcastle fans were a little disappointed the Nigerian midfielder was not on the bench for Saturday’s game, but that’s now been explained by the fact he will now get more first team games at Brighton,  like he did late last season.

We wish the youngster all the best.

Comments welcome.


41 comments so far

  • rkw

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m baffled by the proposition of bringing them both in. If I had to choose I think I’d take the youngster from an investment standpoint. But even with that said, I’m already on record saying how much I like bringing in a couple of veterans that know how to win. I’m really torn here and can’t see a reason to bring in both unless one is so down on Shola that you’d like to see him gone, which I for one am not.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    The deals should have been done and dusted before this weekend. 90% should have been sorted before the first day of the season. Only fools & Sky Sports News believes in shelling out multiple millions with seconds to go.

    Spend at haste, repent at leisure.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Must admit it has been an outstanding transferwindow – wich many of us didnt belive after that rather weird statement the club made a couple of days after promotion. Good work Chris, Collin, Derek, Mike and You Ed for this masterpiece-blogg!

    By the way, Kazenga is from Congo not Nigeria.. 🙂

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    That wolf-guy seems like an great talant and would be welcome to the squad, but £8 mil is a lot of money – Can we afford him?

    Keane on loan is a deal I would like but not with an option to buy for £6 mil, thats to much for a then 31 year old. But a year loan with no strings attached = Good deal!

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  • slazberger

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    captain beefheart – agree about last gasp transfers, but if someone signs tomorrow it doesnt mean we havent been trailing them all summer. the way the window works stops people letting players go until they have a replacement lined up or signed. just look at how long the ben-arfa deal took to sought out.

    i can see a lot of loan deals happening on tuesday by clubs rather than transfers. all of which will be triggered by the likes of man city imo.

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  • peterktoon

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I cant not understand why Kazenga is not loaned uot to a championship club… certenly that would be the best option for the lad

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    You really do love, Keane, Ed. For me, his attitude and arrogance(?) would ruin team moral. If he doesn’t will play, which he often would not, he will definitely start whining. He is old, not getting, faster and a bit over the top (meaning he has definitely had his best years).

    I’m glad to read the latest statements which suggests he is not coming.

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    If he doesn’t play* lol

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  • slazberger

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    maybe they have been no offers from the championship or maybe championship teams wanted him as a squad player and brighton wanted him to start games, who knows?

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been quick to play down any suggestion that Keane could be moved on over recent weeks, maintaining that the Irishman remains an integral part of his plans.

    “I wouldn’t accept an offer for Robbie Keane before the window shuts, not at the moment,” he said.

    “We haven’t got anybody else. I couldn’t afford to let him go.”

    I guess he says “not at the moment”, but still seems negative towards a Keane offloading.

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    What time does the window shut?
    Is it midnight or 5pm?

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  • slazberger

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    i reckon keane would already be gone if spurs got bellamy, and i think that’s what redknapp means, i heard he wanted an ac milan foward on loan so if that happened he would let keane go on loan imo.

    i agree keane will soon take a stop if he keeps getting subbed or starts from the bench. how many clubs has he had?

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  • slazberger

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    6pm i think. dont know why it isnt midnight though?

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    I’d be very surprised if we splash any substantial cash on a player.
    Keane would be a great loan signing and can see him being a cult hero.

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  • Matt

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    I believe it’s midnight no?

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  • ArtyH

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Don’t know much about the youngster Woolfy but it would be great to have Keane in the side on loan with the option to buy next year, knowing the option would not be taken up. The Woolfy would then get a year to be integrated into the side and be blooded for the EPL, not too bad a way to do business in my book and no strings attached. I am happy with what we have at this time so anything else would be a bonus.
    Well done to the NUFC management, never thought I would say that!
    Credit where its due though.

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Found it

    The international transfer window for signings opened on Wednesday, 9 June and will stay open until 1800 BST on Tuesday, 31 August.

    The transfer window does not apply to clubs below Blue Square Bet Premier level

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  • rubaz66

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    The keane deals dead, the player doesn’t want to move to Newcastle and spurs don’t want him to go without getting fabiano, We need another striker in and left back because we wouldn’t cope without Carroll or Enrique for a significant length of time

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  • noir9

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Keane’s attitube?! Can’t say I’ve read anything about him having a problem attitude, rather strange when we’re talking about him being a problem player when everyone seems very pleased (me included) that we have just signed a player that has gone on strike twice to force a move. Keane has never had a great deal of pace but does have the ability to score & create, think he would be a great signing but unfortunetly don’t think it will happen. Wasn’t beardo 32 when we signed him?

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  • nufclewizc

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20

    i hope wolfwinkle comes. anyways we supposedly bid 8m for him, but i seem to remember reading somewhere that ashley wants to make a big signing, could this be it?

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    This is the first time we’ve approached the last day of the window where I’m happy with what we’ve got and anything else would be a bonus.

    I don’t see us spending big on a striker as I see Ben Arfa slotting in behind Carroll now, maybe a left back cover coming in on loan but if we can’t then I can see Billy Knott being given a contract as well as that young lad who left Lens.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think there is any truth in the Wolfswinkel story at all btw.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #23

    Lua Lua is not Nigerian – he is from Congo

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24
  • Solaidback

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #25

    I think the only deals pendind for us are those of S.Tayls going to the Toffee’s or Villa & Pompeys Wilson coming in as a replacement…

    I can’t see us bring in another striker unless we ship out Shola, Ranger & Possible Best on loan, as we don’t need 7 strikers playin for the team.. we need a squad of 25, not including any under 21… so you do the math… Ashley will not spend €8m on a player, not this season anyways….

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  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Can anybody see Ameobi going out? maybe to a stoke, blackpool he is starting to say he wants first team action and then that would leave just carroll as the only big man up top with maybe ranger if he feels he is ready and/or is capable of doing that job

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #27

    “Keane’s attitube?! Can’t say I’ve read anything about him having a problem attitude, rather strange when we’re talking about him being a problem player when everyone seems very pleased (me included) that we have just signed a player that has gone on strike twice to force a move. Keane has never had a great deal of pace but does have the ability to score & create, think he would be a great signing but unfortunetly don’t think it will happen. Wasn’t beardo 32 when we signed him?”

    Then you haven’t heard alot/seen alot from him. He is a troublesome guy really. Yes, we got Ben Arfa, yes Ben Arfa is 100 times better and more exciting, and therefore obviously easier to “forgive” than a bloody oldguy. Keane is not a creative player btw, if that’s what you’re implying.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #28

    how is keane not creative :s he always come deep to get the ball and always links up with others going forward which in my eyes is being creative, also send me some links to justify him havin an attitude problem ive never heard a thing about it tbh and ive watched him for years i even watched him when he played for inter milan

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #29

    and also how can ben arfa be easier to forgive, atleast robbie keane would guarentee us goals ben arfa might not even fit into the prem its alot tougher than the french league, if we had the chance to get keane on loan im sure 90% of our fans would snap him right up knowing his abilitys, so dont be sayin other people obv aint seen him play much when its clear you havnt seen much of him cos u dont know what he brings to the game, his goalscoring record speaks for itself and ive neveer read about any of his managers/ex striker partners complaining about his style

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Hoddle once said of Keane’s personality:

    “He’s such a bubbly lad that anyone who meets him loves him.”

    Glenn Hoddles comments of keane, the only negative thing i can find is he had a training ground fight at inter with edgar davids

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  • dublin mag steve

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #31

    im sick to death of the people who keep coming on saying we have seven “strikers” in my opinion weve 2 weve got carrol and the potential of ranger sholas 27 now enough chances have been given to him lovenkrands is ok but not going to score enough goals for a premier league striker as for the rest? the 1 ludicrous thing houghtons done since he took over was sign best he should be called leon worste robbie keane on a permanent deal is what i want to see goals goals goals come on robbie

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  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #32

    I think best was just for cover at the time and I also think that shola will be shipped out if possible leaving like dublin mag just 2 real prem strikers so i can see them trying to bring 2 strikers in lets be honest keane and carroll would be a potent prem strikeforce with woolfy and lovenkrands as cover for them.

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #33

    “how is keane not creative :s he always come deep to get the ball and always links up with others going forward which in my eyes is being creative, also send me some links to justify him havin an attitude problem ive never heard a thing about it tbh and ive watched him for years i even watched him when he played for inter milan”

    He isn’t a creative player. It’s as simple as that. He has some good runs, but that has nothing to do with creativity. As well as he is a “big” personality he has for example been in a training ground bust-up with Edgar Davids. He WILL begin to whine if put on the bench. I have no doubt.

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #34

    and also how can ben arfa be easier to forgive, atleast robbie keane would guarentee us goals ben arfa might not even fit into the prem its alot tougher than the french league, if we had the chance to get keane on loan im sure 90% of our fans would snap him right up knowing his abilitys, so dont be sayin other people obv aint seen him play much when its clear you havnt seen much of him cos u dont know what he brings to the game, his goalscoring record speaks for itself and ive neveer read about any of his managers/ex striker partners complaining about his style.
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    Haha. First of all: Arfa is a different class than Keane. I seriously hope you don’t deny that. He is also young, has the future ahead of him, and is 10 times faster. Keane would not guarantee us goals btw. I think Rafa agrees with that. I have seen enough to make up my own mind about him, so shut it.

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #35

    “Keane upset Tottenham fans last summer by insisting he had to get away, and Levy accused him of being a “negative influence in the dressing room”.”

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #36

    how isnt he creative, he brings people into play, he links up with other people, he runs into space/creates his own space by drawing defenders away from they positions which enables other players around him to advance in..and also how can u say he has a big problem if its only been reported tht he’s had one bust up which you probz just got off me :s edgar davids is no angel he thinks he’s bigger and better than what he is, and ive never heard him moaning about not playin just what every player of his quality does he said at liverpool he wanted to fight for his place in team bt also didnt think it was benitez decision to sign him, you cant justify any of ur comments he is quite clearly creative and is most certainly not a disruptive influence.. end of arguement

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #37

    he obv wasnt rafa’s signing and yes he would guarentee us goals he’s scored every wher he’s been and yes it didnt go very well at liverpool cos he wasnt playin very much, and dont tell me to shut it u knob head i can say wtf i like on here within reason everyones entitled to opinions and obv people disagree which im disagreeing with you and im sure loads of others on here will disagree with you and some will disagree with me anall

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Nope, it really comes down to you misinterpreting the word “creativity”. You could use a lot of nice words about Keane, but HE IS NOT creative. He wants to play, and wants to go when he isn’t a firm regular, which he wont be at first in Newcastle. This could obviously make him unsettled and whiny. There is no doubting that really.

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  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Who cares if he wasn’t rafas signing. He was the one who had to handle him, and therefore you could ask him. He was absolute rubbish in Pool.

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  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Domino effect: Ibrahimovic goes to AC Milan, so Huntelaar is made available. Tottenham wants Huntelaar and if he signs for them Keane is made available to go to NUFC on loan!

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