Three Good Players Newcastle Could Sign In January

After yesterday’s too sterile performance against Spurs at White Hart Lane, it’s clear that Newcastle will want to sign at least a couple of good players in January, if they are available.

Alan Pardew – here’s three players to take a look at

Here are three very decent players who we feel would strengthen the Newcastle squad.

Steven Pienaar – Everton

The Everton player is out of contract in the summer, and although Everton are still hoping he will stay at Goodison Park, it may be possible to pick him up for a reasonable fee in January, or for nothing in the summer.

The 28 year-old South African International may be a little old for Newcastle, maybe, but there’s no doubt he would be an excellent acquisition if we can sign the player, and he could make an immediate impact at the club.

The former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund player signed on loan at Everton in 2007 from the German side, before signing a permanent three year deal in the summer of 2008. The transfer fee was a low £2M.

But to be honest, we’d have a lot of competition for this player, he’s so good.

Niko Krankjar – Tottenham

The 26 year-old Croatian International is  not getting enough games at Spurs and will likely move on either next month or in the summer from the London club.

The 61 times capped winger has fantastic technique and has that little thing called class which is missing in the Newcastle squad right now. That’s what separated the two sides yesterday – and it’s a pity we didn’t have Ben Arfa playing yesterday, as he could have turned the game for us yesterday.

Niko could add a bit of  real class to the Newcastle side, and of course he is very good from set pieces too, and could put the high balls into the area for big Andy to head home, and we wouldn’t have to rely so much on Joey Barton.

Tottenham signed the player for anywhere from £1M to £2M last year (fee wasn’t disclosed), and that’s roughly the amount he could be available for – and even Newcastle could afford that – for such a talented player.

Newcastle could even look to sign the Croatian on a loan deal for the rest of the season, and see how he does, and if he’s as good as we think – sign him permanently in the summer.

Sebastian Larsson – Birmingham

Our readers will be sick of us keep bringing up this lad – we know – and we’ll probably take some stick again – but what’s new? 😀

The Birmingham City winger has a contract that runs out next summer, and there seems little likelihood that the Swedish International will stay at Birmingham.

Again, he could be picked up for a small fee in January, or else for nothing next summer, and Seb was once a target for Newcastle two or three years ago.

He is a very good technical player who can cross the ball very well, and at least we think he would be a good addition to the squad.

It does seem that we are a little short of wingers, and once you take away Gutierrez and Routledge there’s not much left in our squad, apart from the youngsters like Kazenga LuaLua.

The 25 year-old has played 27 times for Sweden and started his career at Arsenal as a youngster.


Those are three players we think would improve the squad – who are the other players we have missed?

Let us know.

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d be happy with any of them

  • expatgeordie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    We need a play maker, a left back & a striker at least. We could also do with a pacey rightback.

  • dougski

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    no chance pienaar would come he has so many big teams that would be after him an unstable club like us fighting relegation would never appeal, i think best bet would be kranjcar is exactly what we need and if another player i would go for larsson for sure

  • austoon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Robbie Keane for loan maybe? We need another experienced striker to play alongside Carroll. Ranger has little experience and Ameobi has the odd hamstring problem. While our other strikers don’t seem to have the class to play in the epl.

  • craigcoozy

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Gud shout ed! We uny need 1 winger thou, and like dougski said pineer will go to big club , he dont like it at everton cos they cant buy big players!! So way no diff! My money is on swp!! Would rather giv my money to man city than spurs and take santa cruz on loan!

  • archaeomag

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    I suspect Robbie Keane on loan is about as good as it can get.

  • wynsleap

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7

    January will be hard to obtain any decent players as clubs will want to hold onto their best performers.
    The summer transfer window will be crucial and decent (not monumental) money must be spent on a good quality, mobile forward to go alongside Carroll and a visionary midfield player who can thread a pass through defences. We haven’t had that type of player since Beardsley retired.
    A first team back-up left back would also be good but I think young Ferguson should be given an outing or two to prove his worth.
    Summer “outs” should be the likes of Best, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Guthrie (now Gosling is coming back), Routledge, Smith, Nolan and maybe one of our keepers.
    As for January maybe Graham Carr could come up with another reasonably priced Tiote standard addition?

  • Brutooon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Pienaar – wont come to Newcastle
    Kranjar – is he 26 years old? i think he is 29 years old
    Larsson-This is a realistic signing, he will join us and he is definitely better than CCC Routledge!

    Other possible good signing:
    -O Hara
    -Bentley (good crosser and Carroll would love his constant crosser)
    -Michael Johnson

  • Solaidback

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    We’ll get none of the above, they’ll be snapped up by ither clubw willing to pay a better wage than us…
    We’re more likely to bring someone in from outside the country or from the lower leagues from what I’ve read, it would be nice to get a well known striker but I think Cruz & Keane will want to higer a wage for Ashley to sanction there purchase or loan!!1

    If we have any dealing with the Spurts, Manc Citey etc, they’ll try to squeeze a swap deal for Carroll & thats a defo no no no no no…… so I’d rather we get Larsson if any out of the 3 above & then say get a striker….

  • Solaidback

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    The fact is, Ashley will see that Gosling & HBA coming back as new players & may bot give Pardew any money on the strength of these 2 coming back into the game in the next month or 2 bt lets hope Pardew does have Ashleys ear & Ashley is willing to listen to the manager he’s chosen for the next 5 years + and does put his hand into the coughers box a little way & allow Pardew some new faces to brighten up the second half of the season.. 🙂

  • sweendog

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed .. you’re right .. we need a striker, 2 wingers and LB cover ..
    Pienaar is a top player and would be my choice.

    Larsson would be good alongside Carroll .. no other winger seems to be crossing balls in, although I’d still prefer someone with pace.

    Taarabt from QPR would be good.

    Theres rumours about the FC twente striker coming .. Bryan Ruiz .. can’t see it myself..

    LB, Van Aanholt – our ex player from Chelsea would be great back at the club.

  • archaeomag

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    I remember a Bentley, good crosser, joined Spurs – never to be seen again!

  • AussieToon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Good shouts Ed! Although I doubt Pienaar would come, in fact pretty sure he won’t.

    I think Larsson would be the most viable option and I for one would love to have him. He could help with taking set plays with Barton, is a good crosser of the ball and would be cheap.

    I think we need cover for left back, and for that Patrick Van Aanolt would be the guy I would target that may be available for a season loan. We saw how we suffered yesterday without Jose, we need someone capable to cover Jose, and Patrick would do just fine.

    A striker of good quality is a must. We need another avenue to goal. I know a lot of people are against Keane but for me, he makes the most sense. He is a goal scorer, and teams would have to pay attention to him so that may take some pressure off Carroll. He would also be able to play next to a Ranger or Ameobi if need be.

    Larrson, Van Aanolt and Keane, with Ben Arfa and Gosling back would be perfect for mine. In my dreams I see a loan for Adam Johnson but I think that ship has well and truly sailed.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    SWP, half the season and he play less. go for a loan for him!

    He can cross the ball, better than routledge

    For striker i would recommend Carlton Cole or Kevin Doyle.

    Kevin Doyle is a good player that play for average team, he be good playing alongside carroll

  • Sinner

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed.all these players are outstanding but i doubt their respective clubs would let them go so easily.The only one i can see coming would be Kranjcar,but the rest have been key players in their squads.And like we did our best to keep these players they would do the same.
    If not for Manchester City fringe stars,we should be looking for players outside PL.
    We should not be looking for lower league now,as we need quality players.All the signing we did in these league turn out hmm,(Perch,Hall,Routledge).
    We should go for
    Juan Albin
    Adam Johnson(loan)
    Bony Wilfried or Keane.

    It cant get any cheaper.

  • geoff777

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Really not sure about Keane.
    Clubs buy him and he doesn’t live up to expectations. Then he ends up being loaned out and sold on.
    I guess a loan with option to buy might be worth a gamble, as it is possible Carroll and Keane may work well together.

    Just not sure Keane is motivated enough.

  • wynsleap

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Van Aanholt is an excellent player but I don’t think he’s that far behind the excellent Jose and as such don’t think either of them would be happy to play as a back up with time being spent in the reserves.

  • Sinner

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Also,if we got a few bucks,throw it at A.villa for Ireland.

  • alip123

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    We do need a defensive central midfield player, and according to reports, both us and Bolton are going to move for 19 year old Barcelona midfielder Oriol Romeu. Would be a very good signing on loan as it would back up Tiote. We have a first team that can potentially match others, but our subs bench is not the best. Having said that Pardew needs to bring in players who will not upset the rhythm like in the past we have done (Luque, Bowyer). I hope we can get rid of fatty and get some new owners in who can firstly invest in the club’s academy, that is producing LuaLua, Carroll, Vuckic, Ranger, Ferguson and other youth players who could potentially be brilliant. I do not want us to become a Man City or a Chelsea purely by spending lots of money but it would be nicer to see the club get to where they are like Arsenal, who although they have not had much success will see their policy reap heavy dividends when Platini’s rule comes in about clubs not making debt and losses

  • NOVA2967

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Loan – Sturridge

    Buy- Gylfi Sigurdsson Attacking Mid or winger

    Buy – Matt Taylor as LB cover or Left wing

    But I would take Krancjar out of the three mentioned in the article

  • daneevz

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Seeing as we metioning any players (Pienaar =NOCHANCE) 1.Keisuke Honda from cska moscow 2.Andre Ayew from marseille keep hba company and talented player. 3.K Benzema Gr8 Loan deal. 4.L.donovan will do well at the toon.5.Iker Muniain hot prospect from ath bilbao talented winger messi compared.6.D Santon from inter exciting young full back who likes to attack. Deliver some of these Pardew.

  • joppadoni

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #22

    irelands crap, and so is keane…
    though i do like the idea of a nippy striker to compliment carrol. tbh id like to see bellas back 😀
    id take adam johnson every day of the week and as far as a left winger is concerned i havent a clue

  • Sinner

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Ireland crap????
    The reason he is not getting a game for Villa,is because of the relation between him and the manager.
    Imo,worth a shot to get him.

  • joppadoni

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    ireland had a great season a couple of years ago at manc city but has done nothing since. i was an admirer then but hes been really poor since

  • toonie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed, you can name as many possible as you like, but should we not make Ben Arfa our first signing ahead of anyone else?

  • toonie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Possibles 🙁

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Ireland is one of the best technically midfielders (English) even kk said it I’d take him along with keane and starting 11 would be krul Simpson Taylor willo/colo Enrique gosling tiote Barton benny carroll keane subs harps Nolan ireland ranger colo/willo gut

  • lewman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #28

    no iside info coozey, suppose its a bit early.

  • craigcoozy

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Lewman, no mate no inside yet to early , bt in summer sum1 made up me name nd started saying load players way meant to be signing so it not realy worth sharing wen i find out so no1 knw who to believe.

  • bobby jay

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #30

    for a short term fix I would say craig bellamy should be brought in on loan or even bought. Then in the summer have a proper scouting mission for someone to play alongside Carroll long term.
    HBA should be signed on 1st of Jan aswell !!!!!

  • lewman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #31

    yeah i remember something like that, probably a mackem or a 12 year old ruining it all for the rest of us.
    back to the topic though, i think we need a darren bent /jermain defoe type player, someone to stay on the shoulder of the opposition defence although as some people are saying bellamy would be nice but we would have to play 433 with him,carroll and ben arfa.
    shame that wolfswikle kid broke his collar bone but he looked abit lightweight for this league at the moment and benzema would be great but not very likely. someone mentioned kevin doyle, i reckon him and charlie adam would make great signings and you could prob get them both for about 10 million but then we would still need a winger, so maybe swp on loan as others have mentioned .
    i would be realistically happy with those 3, cant be bothered to talk fantasy football as we are not in the champions league.

  • tcbelfast

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #32

    shaun wright philips wud be a great loan signing.a player with a constant smile would light up st.james park on any day.would remind me of a kieth gillespie in his hey day.

  • Jose Enrique

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #33

    We need a striker:


    A Winger/Attacking Midfielder:


    And a Left Back:


  • davcon22

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Didnt Robbie Keane knock us back in the summer,weren’t good enough then, so for me he can f**k off, I only want players here who want to be here, not because there cant get a game

  • dawid182

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #35

    We dont need another winger. I think, but everybody thinks it, according to me, that a Ben Arfa-Jonas winger pair is would be good. :)) so, I think, that there is bigger need for a high scoring forward. and after that, Kranjar may come…

  • dawid182

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Robbie Keane is sucks. Wolkswinkel would be good, or Tim Matavz

  • dawid182

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #37


  • toontrific

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #38

    We should not be going for any big name big wage packet players like Robbie Keane. We’ve been there before with Viduka, Owen et al. i’m happy to rely on our chief scout Carr. If he is responsible for Tiote and Ben Arfa then he’s doing a good job.

  • tjshawsey

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t really see any point loaning in a striker, seeing as we have so many and I would rather play Ranger over any loan striker anyway. We need to buy a under-20 Striker with alot of pace and who has the potential to scores goals. This way we can buy cheaply and hone in his shooting skills so he can scores those goals. In any case again i’d probably still play ranger. As for wingers, I think we need less pace and more precision crossing, so D.Bentley would be perfect on loan. And 3Million for Brunt? Shove him on the left wing?

  • shearer4pm

    Dec 29, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #40

    messi at newcastle airport??? :O


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