Newcastle Going After Star Midfielder

News today on the transfer front, that Newcastle are thinking of making a bid for QPR’s top midfielder Adel Taarabt.

Adel Taarabt – hard to get this player from QPR

Apparently manager Alan Pardew was said to be keen to bring Taarabt to St James’ Park in January, but there was no way the QPR manager, Neil Warnock, would let the player leave, while the side was top of the Championship.

And QPR are now 9 points clear of Norwich City in the Championship, and it looks like they will get promoted in May, and it may be just as difficult to persuade QPR to part with Adel this summer.

The 21 year-old Moroccan International (8 caps, 3 goals) has been in great form for the London side this season, and the former Tottenham player has the class that Newcastle are on the lookout for this summer.

Adel started his career at French club Lens before moving to Tottenham in 2007, at the tender age of 17, and played 16 times for Spurs before joining QPR on loan in 2009.

Taarabt, who stand just under 6′ tall, signed on permanently for QPR last August for around £1M, and has so far played 88 times with 23 goals for the London club.

If QPR are promoted, which seems very likely, it will be very difficult for Newcastle to get QPR to sell their prize asset, before their first season back in the Premier League for many years.

Neil Warnock is just not that daft.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Mac

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Keep him. Don’t want him.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Well if the other rumours are true there is MANY bigger clubs than us want him, Namely Real Madrid we wont stand a fighting chance.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #3

    I would love to see this player at Newcastle! Get him in now if you can!

  • Stuart

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #4

    ‘Newcastle Going After Star Midfielder…oh wait, its Taarabt’

    I know he’s a good player and linked with alot of big clubs but hes still just a championship player this season.

    That headline makes it seem like we’re after some actual star midfielder.

    Still hope we sign him though, alot of creativity and directness about his game.

  • Sinner

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    What??Where was it said that Real madrid want him!lol/
    Dont rate him either.=/

  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #6
  • DerkaSayWhat

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    He wouldn’t make it with us…

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Mackem lad goes for a job at sea, the captain says have you any experience away at sea? no the lad says but im honest! captain takes him on and off they sail,after 3 weeks at sea the lad is busy swabbin the decks,when a big wave crashes over and sweeps the mackem overboard,the 1st m8e runs 2 the captain,u know the mackem lad we took on,the 1 who said he was honest? well hes just f*&ked off with your mop.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Neil Warnock is just not that daft

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    LOL LOL Toon Army,My tea has gone all over my key board,What a laugh.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11

    DerkaSayWhat – not as funny as the that starts with the manager saying I’m thinking of signing Titus Bramble ……

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #12

    I guess so,Supa.

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Adel taarabat to Real Madrid, really they have Kaka on the bench and pedro leon too.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Brilliant – they’ve named a train after SBR! now why havn’t we got a manager of his calliber?

    I think I’ll my old bike out the shed and name it….? AP? JK? Souness? Dalgleish? Bill Mcgarry? Gordon Lee? Gullet? Allardyce?

  • Davies

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Barracks – Who’s your reliable source?

  • Stuart

    Mar 29, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #16

    The little voice inside his head Davies haha.

  • Davies

    Mar 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #17

    That was my guess, Stuart. Still, he could go to Blackburn, if he’s really lucky.


    Mar 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Taarabt….really? wouldnt mind if he comes in for under 5million. Hes a flash harry fair enough but QPR are set up around him and hes allowed free reign. He wont get that at Newcastle

    @6 I would be stunned if this happened….and not the good kind of stunned. Can see him playing under the wage cap happily….

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 29, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Off topic, but do you think that if we kept Allardyce we would have still gone down? He seems to be the kind of manager that always survives a relegation fight.

  • Partizan

    Mar 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #20

    How about Josip Ilicic from Palermo,,the guy is top class player,much better than Taarabt and Witzel all together.

    6.2 tall,strong in the air,unbelievable technique,hell of a shooter,8 goals in 28 app in one of the most defensive leagues in his first season only for Palermo,plus he’s a Midfielder
    Just have a look at this move,,this can only be done by world class players.

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 29, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Partizan, unfortunately we would not be able to sign Ilicic, because of his stand out year in the Serie A bigger clubds are in for him.

  • Partizan

    Mar 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Bucks mag….Off course we can,if he see that we’re pushing for Europe next season by bringing good players then he’ll sign for us for sure.Same thing with Cavani before he signed for Napoli.

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Catalan press claims Barca will sell any fringe players and pull out all the stops to fund bringing Fabregas back ‘home’ in the summer

    Can do with 1 or 2 of their youngsters, affelay may be

  • Colombus

    Mar 29, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #24

    In stead of Taarabt we can bring in Youssouf El Arabi which I think already is a more complete player. I think he would be cheaper as well. GO!

    Ilicic is a great shout and I actually think we could get him if we splashed the money. cost around 7-10 million? I think he would be eager for a new challenge and playing in front of a great crowd.

    Wijnaldum and Lens (recently linked) are also great names to be linked with.

    Oscar Wendt and Erik Huseklepp are both players that would be absolute bargains if we bid for them.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #25

    if barton goes, Taraabt is a fitter, younger creative player without the baggage who rarely gets booked. I wouldn’t mind a flash harry whos scored 15and made 15 assists.

  • AndyMac

    Mar 29, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Those famous words “Arse” and “Fenwicks Window” spring to mind 🙂

    We’re struggling with the likes of Best, Perch, Lovenkrands, Xisco and even Ireland in a mediocre team. How in the world would a team like us contemplate bringing in star quality players let alone the likes of Taarabt.

    Let’s see now, in our favour, we’ve got a world class manager and………….. oh forget it !

  • Incentino

    Mar 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Come on… “(..) Star midfielder”. He is a decent player – a good one in the Championship, but he is by no means a star.

    We actually already have several good midfielders.

    Barton is good (when he plays) and Jonas and Nolan are class – and I have a feeling Ben Arfa and Tiote have the potential to be special.

    What we really need are fullbacks. If Enrique is as good as gone, we need a left back – this website dramatically overrates Fergson.

    Additionally, we quite simply don’t have as much as a decent right fullback.

    If Steven Taylor can return to his old self, we’ll have a solid duo in him and Coloccini.

    Also, our strikers are good for 10-20 goals per season. Getting 20 goals would be good, but really, I’d say our strikers would probably end up closer to 15, and that just does not allow you to keep slugging with the big boys.

    Personally, I don’t think Gervinho is the anwer, considering his more of a winger than a striker, really.

    Goalkeeper is also a slight concern. We have a lot of potential in Krul and Forster, but we have no idea how that potential will turn into actual skill.

    However, I’m fairly confident that the club has that situation under control.


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