Newcastle Reported To Have Sealed Kuqi Loan Deal

Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign Shefki Kuqi on a free transfer.

It was only yesterday that it was reported that Shefki was in the frame, and the 6’2″ Finnish striker had only agreed to cancel his contract at Swansea last month, and so was available on a free transfer.

He was reported last night to be undergoing a medical at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle had previously been after free agents Jeremie Aliadiere, the French striker formerly at Arsenal and Middlesbrough, and Brazilian striker Ewerthon,

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew made the move, which is expected to be announced later today by the Newcastle club, to bolster his attacking options and we have to think one reason he chose the Finn is that he has height and power, and that matches in well with the strikers Newcastle are used to leading the line with.

Andy Carroll left his home town club only 9 days ago, and the other big local striker at the club, Shola Ameobi had his broken cheekbone operated on yesterday, but how long the Nigerian-born striker will be out, is not known at this time.,

34 year-old Kuqi has a wealth of experience having played for Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich, Blackburn, Crystal Palace and Swansea during his career, and has agreed a short term deal through the end of the seaosn.

Kuqi will now join Leon Best, 19 tear-old Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands as Newcastle’s recognized fit strikers, and is expected to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s important game at Blackburn.

This is purely a four month deal, and longer term it was reported yesterday that Newcastle may already be in talks with Bolton’s Johan Elmander, who is a free agent in the summer, to bring the powerful 6’4″ 29 year-old striker to Newcastle on a free transfer in the summer.

If Johan comes in, we would also expect the club to bring in a younger striker too, and pay for him with some of the massive £35M they received for local lad Andy Carroll from Liverpool last week.

Maybe 22 year-old Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of FC Utrecht would be a good target, but there seem many good strikers available.

Bringing in Kuqi seems a decent tactical move by Newcastle, simply to shore up their striking options through the end of the season, and the Yugoslavian-born player is likely to be used as an impact sub in most of the games.

We wish Shefki all the best on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Exactly right Ed, it’s a short term measure only.

    The overreaction to this proposed signing yesterday was, even by our standards, ridiculous.

    Good luck lad, don’t take this the wrong way but hope you don’t get a game as that means be others are doing the business, but if you do hope you score to shut up the moaners!

  • daneevz

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope Pards has used his knocker coz this will not be easy to digest!!

  • supervil

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Shefki Kuqi will be like that Senegalese lad that Keegan brought in. Completely useless. I don’t see the point in this move at all. I’d rather have Aliadiere. Even as a 5th choice striker, this is a bad move.

    Why? PR (yet again). What kind of signal does this send out? There’s Ewerton on the market, who’s got a good record and is under-30. Instead, we get this muppet who left… Swansea. The welsh Championship club didn’t think he was worth the time.

    The only reasoning would be that Kuqi was the only one willing to stay til just the end of the season – before we bring in our actual targets. Elmander and Van Wolfie would be good.

  • shear-class

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Just confirmed on

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Who did we loan him from, I thought he was free. Maybe renting him would be a better term. We have a four month rental! Who cares if it turns out to be a lemon

  • russbrat5

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    What an embarrasment!!…The ‘Flying Finn’…don’t make me laugh… thankfully though,its just til the end of the season!!…We hope??

  • cyprus

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Good luck Kuqi. He can be scary to defenders, he plays with so much passion. Thought he was like 6.5.
    On another subject. People these days forget what Dalglish ‘did’ for us. Thanks Tino for the reminder:

  • Markaccus

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Supervil. To be fair, ewerthon turned us down, so its hardly pardews fault. I’m not exactly happy with kuqi either, but he’s on the books so we should give him a chance. There is one site saying we might still be negotiating with ewerthon, so we might end up with 2 strikers

  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    How the mighty have fallen.

    So we wouldn’t offer Ewerthon much money, or any add on clauses if he performed well, so he rejected our advances. As a result we end up with this.

    What a waste of time! Ah how fun NUFC can be

  • Antti

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    i wonder what is Shefkis number in Newcastle.
    Fantastic to see first finnish player to wear the famous black and white shirt.
    I would have never thought it wold be the “Sheriff” LOL

  • Ollie Burtons Grandad

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #12

    That really sums up NUFC under the FCB, we wont pay for a half decent Brazilian who might actually have pace, skill and be an asset to us. Soooo we sign an old fat bloke who has all the speed of a carthorse, the turning circle of an Oil Tanker championship and was so shit in the championship he could not get a game for Swansea.

    The only “Impact” this waster will make is at the Pie counter at Greggs.

  • boing123

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    If we were indeed to sign Elmander on a free, I think we should be buying another young striker that is speedy and skilful to complement him, since we have 35m anyway. Welliton or Gervinho would probably be good options.

  • supervil

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Fair do’s Markaccus.

    I’d definitely give Kuqi the chance. I mean, we saw what happened with Sib’s. He was a beast!

    Why has Ewerton turned us down though? We should be looking at him as a reason to get us back on track, not just plug a hole. I’m definitely not blaming Pards… I think he’s doing a good job.

    I think we all know who is to blame… not just MA…. Derek f%^£ing Llambias.

    ANYWAY… I still think this is a bad move. Sibierski was much better than him in his prime anyway.

  • veto

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15

    not exactly a prolific goalscorer is he , shoulda went for the brazilian ,

  • shear-class

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Ive heard Ewerthon is still in negotiations with us but turned down our 1st offer so the deal is not dead

  • toonruz

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #17

    pardew is a fuc*ing joke signing crap like this ?

  • Markaccus

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #18

    No matter how desperate we are for fowards, bowing to ewerthons demands would be a mistake, the days of just throwing what the player wants at him, without any idea how he would do for us, are gone. A basic wage and contract should be accepted first, then re negotiated in summer if they do well. Don’t care how good his reputation is, he has to do it for us first, not hold us to ransom. I say well done for not bowing to the demands

  • Magforlife

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Cheap option from

    Did you expect anything else? It will be the same in the summer if we survive !

  • Markaccus

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Supervil, yes sibierski is a good example of a player who took his chance to prove himself, and did it well. He was a class above kuqi though.

  • toonruz

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #21

    hope hughton does well at west brom good luck

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Go on everybody let SKy Sports News wind you up…HE IS NOT ANDY CARROLL’S REPLACEMENT! He is cover on the bench!

    FFS I’m just glad the team showed more self belief on Saturday in the second half than some of you!

  • Davies

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Some of the people on here make me sick.

  • will

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Davies, I agree with you 110%!

    I actually have a good feeling about this one. Hope it turns out to be a great deal! Anyway it is on a free!

  • leedodd

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #25

    Well at The end of the Day He does have experience that he could give to the youngsters and if we need him of the bench then he may bang one in he does know were the goal is. if he gets on the bench on the Bolton or Everton Game comes on for the last 10 Mins and scores will we call Him Crap ?? Give Him a Chance ?? Maybe we May get the Brazilian aswell ?? The Fat Controller Needs to Put his steak and Kidney Pie down and sign a few Cheques !!!!!!!!!!


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