Four Spurs Players Who Could Do A Job At Newcastle

The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Alan Pardew will hold transfer talks with the Newcastle hierarchy today, and it looks like Spurs’ winger David Bentley is top of his wanted list.

Niko Kranjcar – maybe this players is Newcastle’s best bet?

The only problems we see with getting Spurs’ players in the January window is two-fold – one is that they want to sell the players outright, and Newcastle will hardly have the ready cash available, and the London club are also asking ridiculously high prices for their players.

David Bentley could well be what Alan Pardew sees as Newcastle’s best option, but there’s no way Newcastle can pay anywhere near the £16M Spurs paid Blackburn for the player four years ago.

This is what Alan said yesterday:

“Occasionally there does come a time, especially in the first year after promotion, when you sometimes need a guiding hand. Somebody that makes sure you just don’t get yourself in trouble, which can happen easily at this level.”

“You can go on a run of six games without a win and suddenly you’re in trouble. My argument against that particular policy of only signing youngsters for this window is that we have to make sure we’re open on all levels here, because we’re only halfway through the season and we’re vulnerable.”

“Andy Carroll’s injury proves how vulnerable all that can be. No, the policy hasn’t changed. The other thing you can argue is that perhaps one of the reasons why I’m sitting here is because I know that young player market, particularly in England, as well as any other Premier League manager and that’s something I’m looking at in this window too.

“The most important thing for me, looking at this group, is that it doesn’t get destabilized as well. I don’t know what the impact of a senior player like a Robbie Keane or a David Beckham might have on this group.”

“I have to be very careful that it’s the right impact and that’s something else I’ll discuss with my staff and the people in power who are here.”

That seems an odd statement from Alan, but Newcastle need established Premier League players that can come into the first team in January and help the side through the end of the season.

We can also sign some youngsters, but they will be more for the future.

Maybe the best buy for Newcastle could be 26 year-old Niko Kranjcar, who cost Spurs no more than £2M from Portsmouth a short 16 months ago, but the last we saw a report on him, they were asking £6M for the Croatian International.

How can a player gain £4M in his value, when he’s hardly had a look-in at Spurs?

But as we said, that’s one of the problems with trying to sign Spurs players this month, although we must say that Keane, Kranjcar and Bentley would all improve the Newcastle squad.

And then of course there’s always midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, who could really do a job for Newcastle, so we’ll look for Jamie to be mentioned shortly as a Newcastle target – whether he is one or not. 😀

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes to Kranjcar.

    No to Keane or Bentley, both poor attitudes and Keane is getting on.

    O’Hara is decent but no improvement on what we have really.

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Please please Newcastle, buy sessegnon and another striker.. Get Danny Sturridge on loan

  • connor_nufc

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes to kranjcar and ohara – quality players which wud improve our side

    No to bentley and keane

  • branunited

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #4

    is ridiculous that the request tottenham an amount money high,for players who whant to sell, because they had no participation.
    if you really want to sell, will have to lower the cost, and i am sure it will make.
    i would like.

    robbie keane (on loan)
    david bentley
    niko kranjcar.

    i would like to signing jo alves of manchester city, is good striker young than bring good things.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Spurs are ridiculous. They always pay over the market value for a player and then often ruin their players careers by demanding stupid transfer fees when they have lost their place or their form.

    Bentley was worth 16 mill to blackburn as he was blackburns player! At best he was probably a 10 mill player. Now that his form has dropped he is worth around 7 mill and because Spurs dont want him or his wages he is worth 5 mill tops. I’d offer 10 mill for Bentley and Kranjcar permanent together with keanes loan fee included in the package.

    They probably wont take it but there are other options for us to look at like the QPR fella, gradel, SWP etc.

    Look at what spurs paid and what they are worth. Is Bassong still worth 10 mill? Dont think so. Bentley 15 mill….dont think so…keane…crouch the list goes on. Lets not fund their rebuilding by taking the discards unless we get them at a great price.

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh and Wolfswinkel or Elia would be nice but not
    gonna happen sadly

  • dublin mag steve

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #7

    robbie keane would be a good addition but i think we need to go for pace we really need some i have to say i think tiote is the best signing weve made in years we still need a right back a left winger (although arfa can play there if we nail him down) and a striker i wouldnt be surprised if pardew went in for benayoun hes a bit different to what we have and they worked together before.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Elia would be brilliant, but he’ll go for big money. He has pace and control to burn and has the confidence to use them.

    Totally agree with the points above regarding Spurs. They pay over the odds, so leave them to drown in debt. When all’s said and done, they’re business people, so if they’re set on selling they’ll play cat-and-mouse with whichever clubs they can until the end of the window and will sell to the best offer they can get, probably on the final day. We should figure out who we want, set a reasonable price, then stick to it.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #9

    As for Pardew’s points about players destabilising the squad, it makes perfect sense. If they bring in a player who is going to come in and make out that he’s the big I-am (Keane has been said to be a bit like this), he could ruin the team spirit, which is the main reason we’ve got our heads above water.

    So any player that comes in has got to offer something extra on the pitch, whilst fitting in off of it.

    Sensible approach I’d say.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 4, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Anger – And they can’t leave it until the last day as they have made it clear they want to use the funds to reinvest.

    So we should figure out the order we want them and go from there. Assuming Bent, keane, Kranc.

    Make an offer for Bentley and if spurs play hardball stupid go for SWP.
    Make an offer for Keane and again go get Gradel or soemone else if they wont play ball.
    If we cant get Kranc go and offer the money we would have spent on him to QPR for Taar. They dont need the cash so we’ll have to pay to get him. I’d rather do that than give Arrys and his stingy spurs the money or the satisfaction

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Jan 4, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Haha control to burn?

  • Sav

    Jan 4, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Offer Best and Xisco in Part-ex.

  • ToonOz

    Jan 4, 2011 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #13

    I really hope we get Niko Kranjcar, he is a class player and will help Newcastle play a more attractive brand of football.

    We were so one dimensional against Spurs, it was sad to see us playing the long ball to Carroll as often as we could. Kanjcar may increase the creativity in midfield, and has a bullet of a shot on him also.

  • MT

    Jan 4, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Niko Kranjcar is not suit for us, his injured is a question, we need some pace,skill winger.he can
    passes to help c9 get goals.Just like André Ayew,
    Balázs Dzsudzsák,get rid of Routledge,Guthrie,
    Best and Xisco please………..

  • balubas1

    Jan 4, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #15


    The only players you mention that has had a chance and proven he is NOT quality is Guthrie. Routledge may lack some skill in crossing, but he sure is an exciting player to have in our squad don’t you think? So basically your whole post is crap….

  • balubas1

    Jan 4, 2011 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #16

    I think Bentley could be a good signing for us. It might seem likely too if the reports saying that he want’s to leave is right.

    Keane on the other hand is a wildcard. Keane is very much a player that needs motivation to succeed. He has totally blown us off in the past and it is clear to me that we would only be a last resort to improve his pention. BUT: If he for some reason was motivated to play for us, and want’s to get his career on track he might be a success for us IF he also has some luck.

    And Ed: As for Krancjar costing 2mill from pompey… I think pompey was a bit desperate for cash in that period. But 6mill is too much.. by far.

  • balubas1

    Jan 4, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #17

    And for you talking about Elia. He is to expensive for us. He’s a dutch international and his club would want at least 8mill for him.. at least that is.
    + that L’pool are having a go at him. We can’t compete with that.

    I’m mostly worried about some bastards getting some of OUR players…. really worried me to see Hodgson with his eyes on Enrique on sunday. Maybe good that Enrique didn’t have his best game for us.

  • Spiderman92

    Jan 4, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Personally i wouldn’t take Keane , he hasn’t played football for a while and would take ages to get back to being consistent , maybe in the summer , but not now. I would love to sign the following ;
    Sergio Ramos

    those three , with Gosling coming back and our time would be immense.

    i have now rollled over and smelt the coffee!
    realistic signings i think should happen ,

    Bentley 4m He may not of played much but he’s got one hell of a cross on him!

    Taarabt 2.5m + Best

    Daniel Sturridge on loan ?????
    We were linked with him in the summer and i was gutted we didn’t make a move for him. Him and Carroll upfront would be immense!

    Ben Arfa signed permanently 5m

    if we get rid of Guthrie 2m
    Lovenkrands 1.5m

    looking to spend about 8m

    Team would be : HOME!
    Simpson Taylor Colo Enrique
    Barton Nolan Tiote Ben Arfa
    Carroll Sturridge

    Subs ; Krul , Williamson , Taarabt , Bentley , Ranger , Jonas , Gosling.

  • Mat

    Jan 4, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Iv got no problem with signing Keane on Loan till end of the season but a Perm deal is not a good thing for Newcastle. he probs only has another 2years (maximum) of playing to a decent level of football. i dont want to see us getting sucked into the OLD freddy shepard days of signing old/ BIG names on high wages for them to retire on.

    Bentley would be a good signing indeed. his deliveries on the right are as good as Barton’s. keeping the quality in that position but freeing Barton up for playing in the middle (not sure the repercussions for Nolan tho)

    Niko is a talented player and would add much needed quality and depth to the midfield that is much needed when we only have Smith and Guthrie on the bench. he shouldnt cost too much either, maybe £4 mil.

    a solid home win against the hammers would make a cracking new year and push us away from the drop zone. come on the toon!

  • cyprus

    Jan 4, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Has anyone watched saints’ Lallana, linked for a move to us? Wayne Bridge also linked, he wouldn’t be a bad one.
    Spiderman92 has a sense of humour. Iniesta etc?
    How about Ronaldinho (seriously)

  • Irish-Toon

    Jan 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d be on the lookout for a couple of wingers to replace Jonas and Routledge. I don’t think either are good enough. I hate players who go to ground at the merest hint of a tackle and I’m afraid that’s Jonas all day long. His crossing ain’t that great either. As for Routledge, he’s had enough chances and hasn’t convinced. He runs around like a headless chicken and perhaps gets one decent cross a game, frankly not good enough

  • Dude

    Jan 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #22

    How thick are people on here ? Bentley has got a terrible attitude. Expect him at Bournemouth or Colchester a couple of years from now. Woeful signing.

  • dublin mag steve

    Jan 4, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #23

    balubas1 at no.16

    bentley a good signing and keane a wildcard bentleys nothin but a flash harry only worried about his image robbie keane has scored bags of goals everywhere he has gone and would definitley be an improvement to best shola lovo and xisco also if bentley comes in where does that leave joey if he moves inside where does nolan go.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Cyprus- good idea Ronaldinho wouldn’t be worth half as much as he would have been 4 or 5 years ago and apparently he wants to leave Milan.

    Yes to- Bentley and Kranjcar
    Maybe to- O’Hara
    No To- Keane

  • carlton nufc

    Jan 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #25

    have people forot about that santa cruz with them bringing in another striker surley we could bring him in i would also like to see bently in and ben arfa perm

  • Stuart

    Jan 4, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Ronaldinho? Are you kidding? Blackburn have apparently offered him a £120k a week contract, can you see fat ash doing that?

    Also, hes supposed to be bordering on useless now anyway. Everyone has been going on about big attitudes ruining the team spirit. Do you honestly think he wouldnt?


You must log in to post a comment.