Newcastle Could Still Make Some Good Deals On Monday

The news from Newcastle in the transfer market today, is that the fans shouldn’t expect anything to be done until the last day of the transfer window,  and maybe late in the day too.

Mike Ashley – business acumen could help Newcastle

That’s next Monday and the window closes at 11:00 pm and there is still a decent chance that Newcastle could get two players in.

And the likelihood is that they could come from some of the bigger clubs, who have massive wage bills, like Manchester City and Aston Villa, as two good examples.

The Financial Fair Play rules will be introduced by UEFA next season, and basically what they say is that European football clubs have to balance their financial books, and can only buy players from the money the club actually generates.

If  any club doesn’t  do this, they will be barred from participating in  European competition.

There will no longer be Billionaires coming into clubs, and spending hundred of millions of pounds, over a couple of years, literally buying a new team, which has been seen at Chelsea and Manchester City over the last eight years.

Where’s the competition in that?

The biggest expense to football clubs by far are the wages they pay out to their players, and currently there are some clubs in the PL, whose wage bills exceed their revenue, which is astonishing, to say the least.

So when it comes to say 6:00pm next Monday night, the Manchester City hierarchy,  as just one example,  will need to reassess if they will still continue to ask clubs taking their players on loan, to pay their full wages.

It’s a good deal is they can get it, but we very much doubt they will continue to insist on that, it if it means the player stays with them.

If the clubs don’t ship the player out,  they will be left with their full wages still on the books, and the players they are trying to sell are fringe players, who rarely ever get a game.

So these clubs will need to sell the player or send them out on loan or sell them this summer, to meet the Financial  Fair Play rules next season.

It will help if the players are shipped out on loan in January, as the clubs taking them could do the full transfer in the summer.

Newcastle are holding off on Stephen Ireland, because it’s obvious Aston Villa boss Gerrard Houllier will not play him again at Villa, and then the Midlands club will have to pay out Stephen’s huge £65K/week wages, and get nothing in return – which is hardly good business.

Newcastle have proved over the last 18 months they can make some good deals in the transfer market, so we’d be surprised if at least one and maybe two players don’t arrive at the club by the end of the window.

But we will likely have to wait until late Monday night for those deals to be executed – because  that’s when push comes to shove.

It could even be a long night on Monday.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • Nufc4Ever

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    I really hope we can get someone in. hopefully a striker because when you look at it, Løvenkrands is not good enough for pl and shola can`t even hit the goal! I think someone like Oba would be great and I would hate to see him end up in Birmingham!

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Even one player would be a boost for everyone

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t hold your breath

  • ogbell

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    We will not sign anyone… Chris Hughton came out very early in August and September and said there would be no activity. Why is the Fat Controller going to change his mind when we are 10 points from safety?! The worst thing that has happened to us in terms of arrivals is Best scoring that bloody hat-trick, and Shola playing well at Wigan. I will genuinely be flabbergasted if we recruit anyone – whether it’s Ireland, SWP, Mutu or Cameronesi. That said, I hope I am wrong!!!!!!

  • Mat Nufc

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    As much as we always wish for signings during transfer window, if price is too much, loan deals would be good enough for me rather than buying players for the sake of pleasing fans.

    Vela of Arsenal..why aren’t we after him? I think he would be a good strike partner for Carroll or Best..

  • Stuart

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6


    Why would Ashley change his mind? For one, he never really wanted Chris Hughton as manager and didnt really trust him.

    He’s now hired his man, and on a very long contract. So hes going to want to show that hes backing Pardew.

    Everyone seems to forget we’ve already spent £6m on HBA this window so far aswell.

    I think newcastle are getting very smart in their transfer dealings and we arent getting taken for a mug anymore.

    I fully expect to have two new faces in by Tuesday.

  • Davies

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Nufc4Ever – Shola’s hit the goal four times in the EPL this season (7 in all competitions). That’s more than a hell of a lot of other players in the league. What’s the problem?

  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    I like the “And the likelihood is that they could come from some of the bigger clubs, who have massive wage bills, like Manchester City and Aston Villa, as two good examples.”

    Villa a bigger club than Newcastle…. Somehow I can’t see that being true – Fanbase, Owners Wealth, History, Stadium, Revenue and league Position all back my statment up!!!

    That was a bad shout by yourself!

  • wynsleap

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    If the Houllier/Ireland scenario is as cut and dried as you seem to think Ed why is it going to the wire on Monday?
    I think it’s about time we had a one day window – now that would be fun!

  • Stuart

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Haha, class idea wynsleap!

    That way I wouldnt have to sit at a computer for 1 month straight waiting for signings!

  • repo

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    We wont sign anybody Fact

    And i heard last night Carrol could be out for the rest of the season as he needs a op..

  • TheHeyman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Avoid disapointment, expect no signings and any business we do will be a bonus. I have had my expectations well and truly managed by the current owners so with this kind of thinking, it helps stop the anger and frustration one can feel during transfer Windows.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Birmingham City have signed Obafemi Martins on loan for the rest of the season. Full story to follow…

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14


    It won’t be a bonus if it’s Puncheon, he’s just another perch / best level of player.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    martins was a bit of a headless chicken but he did have that thing we desperately lack – pace. Should have given routledge a shot at playing as striker, wher ehe could sue his pace and not worry about putting in hit and hope crosses.

  • Spuggy

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16


    Totally agree, we may not sign anyone. Pardew had said loads of times that we need the RIGHT players with the right ATTITUDE, and at the right PRICE.

    If we don’t find any, lets not be duped by some mercenary club looking to palm off semi-decent players for inflated prices.

    One thing is for sure the BEST signing we made this window – whomever we bring in – has been made already – HATEM BEN AFRA.


  • Spuggy

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17


  • Edd Case

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Its all very well saying HBA is the best signing of the window but that’s only on paper.

    On the pitch, at this current time, he’s not able to have any impact.

    What I (and I think a lot of others think too) believe, is that we need another signing who’s not injured and can make an immediate impact.

  • Spuggy

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    @Edd Case

    I never said we don’t need players (as we’re wafer thin). I said we need the right players for this setup who are gonna compliment the spirit – if we can’t find them then you can’t say they haven’t tried in a very unstable window.

    And my main point still remains – HBA will be the best signing we make this window, I didn’t say it should be the only one?!

  • dublin mag steve

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    what about michael johnson bit of a forgoten man would be better option than stephen ireland still i wouldlike a pacey right winger and we need something a bit different up front would love to see podolski here blinding pace and he can finish.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21

    @ repo where have you seen this ‘fact’ as I haven’t spotted it anywhere yet, and I’ve been on a few site the last few days?

    The negativity is creeping back in to some of these comments.
    Wonder if that Mutu link is a short term cover for carrol. I’m sure he can still knock a few goals in

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Brum have signed Martins on loan for the rest of the season!

    Never saw that one coming!,19528,11661_6706293,00.html

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Smoggies want Xisco on loan.

    Now we can’t all drive him down, so who is gonna be the des driver??

  • Spuggy

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Oba and Bentley….hmmmmm

  • gorskino10

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #25

    strange you would of thought ON LOAN we would be interesed? obviouslly not it seems like our board are like College Student raiding the discount aisle, they will only buy something if its a big discount or a bargain. i somewhat agree sometimes you need to look for bargins but then again we have missed out of a few like Hammil at 500k thats like paying Irelands wages for less than a month 9shows how overated or how high Ireland is, would be a waste of space if we got him in)

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #26

    @ gorskino10 // Jan 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Apparently he turned down West Brom to go to Brum, so I can only think that they were the only 2 sides in for him?!

  • Nufc4Ever

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    That is just weird! we could have gotten that deal easily if we just bothered! he would never have chosen Birmingham over us!!

  • Edd Case

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #28

    Martins was a slightly better but much quicker version of Shola.
    I dread the thought of going back for players like him, Given, Duff and so on…

    All players that got us in the poop in the first place and then jumped ship when things went really wrong.

    There must be a player that fits the bill somewhere that we can get on board?!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    Fellas, ( and odd female here n there) do we really need anyone?
    When the injuries start to clear up I think our teams good enough to achieve our main goal this season.

    EPL survival.

    We all know cashleys history, and I know we can all live in hope, but 6 mths ago ld wager my house and car that we’d all have taken where we are now at this stage of the season as a bit of an overachievement, and it’s our current team, injuries included who got us there!!

  • Markaccus

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #30

    A bit inconsistent, but whe Martins got it right, he was deadly. I liked him in a toon shirt. He’s still quite young, if he’s out of favour at his club, then it could be worth seeing if we could grab him back in the summer

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Martins to brum WTF

  • superclivemendonca

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #32

    ogbel @ 4 and the rest of you doom-mongers.

    I find it unbelievable that you a “fan” of NUFC wish that one of our strikers had not scored a hatrick. You have made your mind up that Leon Best is not good enough before he set foot on the pitch, your opinion is probably based on deep research on FIFA 07, Football manager Pro and anyother toy that lets you “play football” from your bedroom between sips of coke and bags of crsps.

    As a season ticket holder I have seen all of LBs performances at SJP and, like anyone who starts a new job at anew place of work (unsure if you have ever had this experience) he started tentatively.
    Just when we needed him to perform he chips in with 3 goals for us against West Ham and follows up with some great touches againsy Spurs. You probably saw him hit the bar on You Tube or something but you missed his movement, great leaps and good heading ability. To my eye he looks like he has POTENTIAL. And already a decent goals to starts ratio.

    Cut this guy, and anyone else who pulls on the shirt + gives 100% some slack. I can deal with individuals not being world or EPL class but as long as they burst their lungs for the duration they are on the pitch I, or anyone else can ask no more.

    Barton, Guthrie, Jonas and Nolan take a bow, against a “technically” better midfield against Spurs you dominated – mostly without the ball – great commitment.

    Grow up people, support OUR TEAM.

  • superclivemendonca

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #33

    I thank you. Have a nice day. I make fewer typos when my piss isn’t boiling.

  • terencelim

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #34

    It seems that Shola is doomed to stick with the toon forever…

  • wynsleap

    Jan 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Good idea for Xisco to go out on loan.
    Boro could pay part or all of his wages so we could use the money saved to pay wages for an incoming purchase (or loan).
    Would also give us the chance to see what the lad can do on a regular basis in this country, as he’s never really had an opportunity here to be fair – or going to get one.
    If he’s great get him back for next season, if he’s crap sling him in the summer window. A no lose situation.

  • Black n whiteSi

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #36

    All comments about transfers waiting till Monday, think this is because we have put our offer on the table, which with cashley in charge is low, then sit it out and wait till transfer deadline. If the clubs gets desperate and have no offers may come back to our low one as last resort. Maybe this is all battering technique’s!!! I’m not totally sure just remembering how I battered for good whilst in india!?!!?! What do people think?

  • Black n whiteSi

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #37

    I can’t spell , supposed to say bartering nor battering lol

  • fungus44

    Jan 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #38

    where did you hear that then repo,as it,s no were else on the internet or on the offical site yet and untill it is no ture fan will belive it,if you do then more fool you.

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #39

    sturidge on loan or vela would be decent additions ,along with a winger.
    i honestly think we have the 2 signings already lined up for the deadline day


    Jan 28, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #40

    We wont sign anyone. Shame the deadline wasn’t on Sunday, Ashley And Llambias could have gone to the Quayside for a few bargains. I agree about not getting ripped off, but we need a happy medium. I still think Carroll will go also!


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