Breaking News – Shefki Kuqi Having Medical At Newcastle

Sky Sports is reporting that Finnish striker Shefki Kuqi is undergoing a medical at Newcastle United, ahead of a move to St James’ Park for the rest of the season.

Shefki Kuqi – having medical at St. James’ Park right now

Newcastle had previously been after free agents Jeremie Aliadiere and Brazilian Ewerthon,  but it looks like the experienced Finnish International will join Newcastle on a contract through the end of the season.

The news earlier today is that Ewethon was offered a contract by Newcastle, and Sky Sports had reported earlier today that his British representative Barry McIntosh had told them:

“There has been an offer from Newcastle.” “However, the player is still considering his options – that is all we can say at the moment.”

Newcastle are short of strikers as the club surprisingly lost Carroll to Liverpool on the last day of the January transfer window,  and Shola Ameobi is also out with a broken cheekbone, when Murphy’s law kicked in just after Andy had left the club..

It seems that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has plumped for experience, by bringing in the 34 year-old 6’2″ striker, who was born in Yugoslavia and has already played for 14 different  club sides in his long career, with Newcastle being the biggest club he will ever play for. 😀

We reported this morning there was news that Newcastle may be after the 34 year-old, who left Swansea by mutual agreement only last month.

The Finnish International has played 62 times for Finland with 7 goals, and has played 512 first class club games with 147 goals for 14 different clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace, Blackburn, Ipswich, Fulham and Swansea.

If the player passes his medical,  we assume he will sign a short term contract through the end of the season at Newcastle, and will be included in the squad to play Blackburn on Saturday at Ewood Park.

Shefki will add to Newcastle striking options through the end of the season with Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, 19 year old Nile Ranger, also available and  fit at the moment.

Shola Ameobi had an operation on his broken cheekbone yesterday, and the Newcastle Journal reported this morning that he could well be back before the two months that had first been estimated as the time he would be out of action.

However, later today,  the Evening Chronicle said he could be out until early April, so we don’t know what to think.   It would appear that the Chronicle and Journal reporters do not talk to each other.

We hope the club can give a clarification on how long Shola Ameobi is now expected to be out of action, but it does seem that Shefki is the man to help Newcastle through the end of the season.

And if  he signs later today, we wish him the very best of luck.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

268 comments so far

  • peterktoon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #1
    Alan P wake up

  • ginkoh

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s the cheapest short-term option, that’s fact. Ewerton cannot accept to be our short term replacement, can he ? He’s former Brazil international.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Garbage signing, yet more incompetence on our part.

    He looked really poor in the Championship, I watched him there, pace of an oil tanker, will be useless in this league for sure.

    Total embarrassment again. And why are we looking at Elmander he is rubbish, and why free agents what happened to 35m from the carroll sale all going on transfers.

  • davybtoon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #4

    deal till end of season very experienced player good to bring on for 10 to 20 mins hold the ball up

  • tom tomb

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Rather have a Greggs Cookie.

  • Polish_Toon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #6

    This is a f***ing joke, who are the morons that made that happen, much rather have the yougsters given a chance than this swans reject….once again we are a loughing stack. Give Everthon the money, i just know it he will come back to bite us in the arse when he signs for baggies….

  • davybtoon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    elmander on a free in the summer would be a great signing as wud marveux n pratley on frees then buy two big name signings

  • davybtoon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #8

    there are fitness issues over ewerthon n theres still a possibilty he cud sign


    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Whats wrong with Ewerthon ! this is ridiculous! He’s slow and past it, he was never even good anyway…

  • NufcVasteras

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #10

    this is the biggest joke this season if it is true .. this will send wrong signals to the rest of the squad .. please sign Ewerthon …Pardew you show your class for each day .. your stupid ass

  • fergie

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t see a problem with this. We’re only looking for backup – in effect a 4th choice striker or even 5th if you include Nolan as a forward. Think how underwhelmed we all were when Sibierski signed? It’s only for a few months and he’s at least got a physical presence. New cult hero??

  • tjshawsey

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #12

    decent signing IMO. Of course if this was long term I wouldn’t be happy, but it isn’t. He has bags of experience, is a decent height and can hold off players bringing others into play. 512 career league appearances, I think thats the kind of experience we need to get us through till the end of the season.

  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #13

    elmander is terrible he’s had one good season in about 4 thats this one and he still isnt even in double figures.. why does everyone get carried away when people score a couple of good goals.. hes got about 15 goals in 3 and a half seasons rather keep shola than get him. Marveux is just about to go under the knife and is out for the rest of the season but defo sign him if everythings okay then and also get Barnetta in he’d be cheap then we can bash in a couple of good strikers.. Darren Pratley isnt tht good neither he aint any better than what weve got so no point

  • giimps

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #14

    hope hes on about £100 per week or £1000 per goal, might work for a living then………leaving my judgement till I see him for us (If he gets a game) I wont be happy if he gets gametime ahead of Ranger or Airey when hes back though.

  • Polish_Toon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #15

    to be honest i’d much rather have half fit Everthon than full fit swans reject…Everthon will not sign, fat ash won’t give him the cash….a joke….f***ing joke.

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    April fools! But were in feb? Aghhh

  • lewman

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #17

    i bet hes on about 500 quid and a few pies a week, its not bad news any way as its better than having no-one and if we brought a kid on to try and hold onto a 1 goal lead then he could do something silly and give the ball away in the wrong area. atleast the guy will know where and when to try something risky.

  • wynsleap

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #18

    What an embarrasment!!!

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree totally,he was never any good really even when 10 years younger and now he is as slow as a constipated mule

  • davybtoon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #20

    why is everyone goin over the top with this, its a short term signing will be on the bench as would of ewerthon, pardew already said who ever comes in will be on the bench, hes jus cover for the last 14 games or so

  • davybtoon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #21

    theres a reason why these players are free agents there too old or no good n that includes ewerthon

  • baro

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    I understand that Ameobi is out injured for about a month, and all we have is Lovenkrands, Len Best, and rising star Nile Ranger and some youth starlets that we are short of strikers but come on Shefki Kuqi? You’ve got to be kidding me? I’d rather go back for Mark Viduka who is available rather than this old man….

  • nufcburty

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #23

    just heard a crystal palace fan say on the radio he’s the worst player ever to be at their club and that takes some beating..
    and he went on Fulham on loan.. and didn’t even got one goal! greatttttttt!

  • lewman

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #24

    well said davyb, there doesnt seem to be any news that people dont have a moan about these days and i reckon if we bought kaka then people would moan that he was getting in the way of vuckics development and is too injury prone.

  • sheznufc

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #25

    This bad……real bad. The guy can’t even cut it in a championship side that only has one half decent striker (sinclair) what does that tell ya!! Rather give the young boys a go. A free agent out of the window means no one wants them!! Dear god

  • free giveaways

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Do you understand how misely Ashley is now? He won’t even pay Ewerthon or Aliadiere’s wages! Aliadiere would have probably accepted about 7k a week.

    Crystal palace fans saying he’s the worst player they’ve ever seen and now he signs for us. This just sums Ashley up.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #27

    £35m and we’ll be signing free agents like Elmander and Pratley this summer. People on here wanting Hulk or Lakuku can forget it.

  • BudroBeardo

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #28

    We’re lack of bodies, and Kuqi certainly has one. I hear that he’s a good lad and jovial character and people love him everywhere he goes.

    Give him a chance, he’s going to warm the bench for couple of months making an odd cameo-sub every now and then, and then he’s off.

    Kuqi scores for Blackburn against Hammers:

    and builds up an attack for Finland national team (?):

  • gorskino10

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #29

    a 34 y old whos probs more now adays League One quality for a player of 22 who scored 11 goals and has england cap…. sounds a good move to me 🙂

    Much like when Pardew got the call he jumped at the chance as he knew he wasnt a prem manager more a championship one and Kuqi must be in cloud9 going from the championship and struggling with the pace due to age and pace and getting a premiership move for a team in the top 11 :S

    This season has played 14 and scored 2 in the league this guy is as deadly as Ameobi, also both of them are slow and lazy and dont work for the team, but good at ONLY holding the ball up. TBH if ya give Ranger 14 Games full 90 mins he will get easilly more than 2 measly goals.

    Its sad when he has even less than Shola and on PAR with Coloccini now thats BAD!

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Whats the point????
    Old, slow, cant hit a barn door – even free he is too much.

    As for Elmander – if this is the future god help us. It seems for every peice of good news the slug just puts another boot in – with his yes men well placed to agree.

    Ewerthon on a free seemed good business but Slug wont pay the going rate – step in WBA

  • giimps

    Feb 9, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #31

    nice to see pardew plucking starlets out of the lower leagues …, seiously though, we were 2 down when Carol and Xisco left ,Strolla injured so he brings in a player that would struggle to get a game for a Helen Keller select eleven…..and want him to come into the quickest intense league in the world………….wonder if Kuqi owes Cashleys mate 5 mil as well, and this is how hes gonna pay him back the same as Pardew (Allegedly)

  • gorskino10

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Gotta remember Free Agents are NOTORIOUS for asking massive wages, i mean tbh the club only want a cheap guy for 6 months till the summer, i mean its sad we are linked with Pratley,Elmander,Kuqi,Ewerthon, that £35 Mill will never see the light of day of being paid for players they will buy some players (cheap) put them as undisclosed and state he have “Spent” all that cash. doesnt look like were moving up in the world does it!

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Calm down dears it’s only a commercial!!!!

    Just because we’ve signed him doesn’t mean we won’t sign Erwerton. Also who knows why he is considering the offer his agent said we made, he might be looking for a 3 year year deal on 50k.

    Although I have my reservations obout whether Cashley will actually ever spend 35m, can’t believe some if the above posts moaning he hasn’t spent it already.

    Also, Si what that a Palace fan didn’t rate him, I seem to remember everybody up in arms when we were considering bringing Carr back after we released him, to a man we all slated him……guess what he’s leading Brum out at Wembley in a couple of weeks!

  • GeordieJordy

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #34

    I want Xisco back! and isn’t Haris Vuckic a CF? Surely he would be better than this guy? we were complaining about Keane’s age, but this is just a joke, so is his name, KUQI? that is all i would be willing to pay him a week (cookie, if you don’t get it)

  • gorskino10

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Carr was different he never did much bad but did nothing special he found a new freedom at Brum and repaid Alec’s backing, the thing is like it or loathe it Strikers are judged by workrate and GOALS and this guy does none of the above! i would prefer to push a 17 year old Acadamy player atleast he wud work his socks off and help the team and may score the same if not BETTER ratio than Kuqi’s 14 games 2 goals.

  • gorskino10

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #36

    WTF did Xisco leave dont tell me we were stupid enough not to implace a bring back clause? wait we probably didnt our board and mangement is that stupid!

  • awesome_fumaca

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Hardly inspired by this but I’m not sure about Ewerthon either. He’s rejected the chance to come and play for a top half Prem team and is squabbling over wages. I get the impression he thinks rather a lot of himself and wants top dollar. We’re not getting someone now to lead our line for the long term, but I think Ewerthon will want to be first choice.
    When it comes down to it, there’s nobody who is truly decent available, otherwise they’d be signed up. Kuqi is not great but i doubt we’re paying him much and he might do a job for a couple of months.

  • Antoine Sibierski

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Some people on this site really annoy me! Its not as if we’re signing kuqi as andy carrolls permanent replacement, its a short term deal to ensure we aren’t left with no strikers. In my opinion Kuqi is probably the best option if your choosing from aliadiere, ewerthon and him, he has the most premier league experience and thats what we need! Aliadiere is injury prone, ewerthon is injury prone and unbroven, Kuqi will at least bring some solid experience and if people give him a chance he may become the new Sibierski!

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Didn`t they have a clause on Xisco`s loan deal?
    Maybe the cost of havin him on the books is too much for Fat Boy?
    Wouldn`t have minded seein Xisco and Ranger in a couple of games together.
    Feel sorry for Xisco as he has never got a decent run out for the team and it aint his fault he`s on those wages…..He would score a lot more than COOKIE KUQI

  • Lassi

    Feb 9, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #40


    He not only can put the ball in the net from the weirdest of chances and change the game in the last 10 minutes, he also celebrates in style:

    Guys. This could be the best signing since Ben Arfa and Tiote. A NEW CULT HERO in the making!


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