Newcastle Already Active In The Transfer Market

Newcastle have apparently made a move for at least two of their transfer targets.

Alan Pardew – we are already active in transfer market

The Newcastle  Journal is reporting this morning that moves have been made for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro and France Under-21 Toulouse left-back Cheikh M’Bengue.

But Gameiro is said to prefer a move to Spain, so that doesn’t look too promising, and Newcastle’s initial bid of £5M  for M’Bengue has been turned down by Toulouse,  and it’s not clear if Newcastle have yet gone back with an improved offer for the 22 year-old.

After  the rather poor display last Sunday at Anfield, it’s obvious to all and sundry,  that Newcastle must strengthen in the summer, and it seems the Tyneside club have made a good early start in the transfer window.

The other difficulty Newcastle will have next season is that in January it’s the 2012 African Nations Cup, and Cheick Tiote will be involved in that for the Ivory Coast.

It seems that Newcastle are after two full backs and are said to be pursuing a right back too, presumably to give some serious competition to Danny Simpson.

But Newcastle are hardly strong anywhere except goalkeeper, so the players coming in could be in various positions.

Striker and winger seems to be an area for big improvement.

Alan Pardew said this today:

“Yes we have made approaches. We’ve made contact with a few clubs about the availability of players, I think that’s important.”

Alan would not be drawn on the number of players he would bring in,  because he rightly says he still needs to tie up some players already at the club with new long term contracts, and of course those players include  Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, who gave an interview to the BBC yesterday, and Kevin Nolan.

The Newcastle manager continued:

“I haven’t put a figure on it yet because it depends on the re-negotiations of players we have,”

“Joey, Enríque and Nolan are still outstanding and maybe others I won’t mention are there that we still need to secure.”

“There’s a lot to be done, but the process has started, I can assure you of that.” “We’re looking, Graham Carr and the scouting team are looking.”

“We’re very much on the ball and understand exactly where the European market is and the targets we have.”

Although the Newcastle squad is at the moment weak with so many players missing through injury, it seems Alan will look to bring in a few quality players, but on the other hand  the Newcastle squad is still too small and surely needs top be bigger next season.

There is also word that Stephen Ireland may arrive in the summer, but Newcastle now want a much better deal than the £8M that was quoted to them as part of the January loan agreement.

As we all know Stephen was dogged with injury throughout his time on Tyneside this year, and managed only two substitute appearances for Newcastle.

Newcastle have also talked with some free agents and it would be a great start to this summer’s transfer window,  if Newcastle can announce a couple of loan signings once the season is complete two weeks come Sunday.

But Newcastle do seem to be very busy in their recruitment drive, and that’s good news.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • alex84

    May 4, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Kevin Gameiro please! would be delighted if we got him.

  • listie

    May 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Problem is that every club in the world and every agent in the world know we have money, never a good situation

  • lesh

    May 4, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    “I haven’t put a figure on it yet because it depends on the re-negotiations of players we have,”

    “Joey, Enríque and Nolan are still outstanding and maybe others I won’t mention are there that we still need to secure.”

    Well, that being the case, we need to be aiming to sign quality replacement for the doubters. If they do decide to say, then at least we’ve added some quality depth to a dangerously understrength squad… before the season starts!

  • Toony Montana

    May 4, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Would love Gamiero, he wants to go to Spain though I read.

    On another note the new home strip is revealed TODAY!!!!!

    Wonder if its the one we have already seen????

  • toon18

    May 4, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    New home shirt being revealed today

  • T_6_Ford

    May 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Would love to see Kevin Gameiro, sign Boothroyd on a free, and Long for 4m. Then I would be very pleased with our striking options for next year, Could keep Best as a fourth option, and loan Ranger out. gradel from leeds would be a good addition. I can only think that they are planning to sell Jose if Pardew is already willing to spend 5million on M’bengue. I hope it’s a good summer.

  • Toony Montana

    May 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7


    Its not the one we have seen its AWFUL!!!

  • Toony Montana

    May 4, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    On 2nd glance maybe it is but that pic makes it look terrible!!

  • SydToon

    May 4, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Howay!! Gday!!
    First post, coming to you live from Sydney Australia.
    This is how I would like to see this summers transfers go.
    CF – Johan Elmader – Free
    RW/ST – Gehrvino – £ 10
    ST – Kévin Gameiro – £ 12
    RM/RB – Sebastian Larsson – Free
    LB – Cheikh M’Bengue – £ 5
    CM/CDM – Blaise Matuidi – £ 2
    CF – Kolbeinn Sigþórsson – £ 2
    CB – Douglas – £ 8m
    Total = £ 39
    CF – Shoal Ameobi – £ 2
    ST – Peter Lovenkrans – £ 1.5
    LB – Jose Enrique – £ 12
    CM – Danny Guthrie – £ 2.5
    CB – Sol Campell – free
    CF – Shefki Kuqi – Free
    RW – Wayne routledge – £ 2.5
    ST – Xisco – £ 1.5
    RWB – Ryan Taylor – £ 2
    Total= £ 24m

    Plus £35m from Caroll = £59m
    If we spend £39m we will have £20 million in the Bank for wages and potentially use some in January if needed.
    Starting 11:
    Simpson Douglas Collocini M’Bengue
    Barton Nolan
    Gehrvino Ben Arfa
    Tim Krul
    Fraser Forster (Krul or Forster to be loaned out)
    Ole Soderberg

    Mike Williamson
    Steven Taylor
    James Tavernier
    James Perch
    Tamas Kadar

    Alan Smith
    Jonas Gutierrez
    Sebastian Larsson
    Blaise Matuidi
    Dan Gosling
    Haris Vuckic
    Shane Ferguson
    Bradden Inman
    Michael Richardson

    Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
    Johan Elmander
    Leon Best
    Nile Ranger
    Philip Airey

    I am aware that such wholesale changes are unlikely but I think that squad above would see NUFC finishing around 6/7th.

  • The Entertainers

    May 4, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Horrendous !!!
    On the brightside, I’ll save £40.


    May 4, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    I love the summer break and transfer window-everyday we get up and see who newcastle are linked with. June into July, July into August and low and behold we have signed no one – Ashley is waiting for his last minute bargains (maybe KUQI will stay for another year !) Everyone will get pissed off over the next few months and we will have hundreds linked. For what it is worth I would like to see the following coming in Bentdner,N’zogbia,Long,Samba,Krancjar (35 million would buy this lot) Mind you I long for a lot of things and get nowt !
    Keep the faith

  • breadman

    May 4, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    i am quite sure the players we will be bringing will be none of the players we’ve been linked with.

    one thing that impressed me lately abt nufc is how we’ve been able to get players from under the radar of almost everybody. Williamson, Tiote? I dont recall any of them linked with us at any point before they signed for us.

  • wynsleap

    May 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t like this inference that the number of players coming in is determined by new contracts etc.
    If we are giving new improved contracts to people like Nolan and Enrique (although not too bothered about Barton to be honest) it should be through money saved on the likes of Xisco and Smith.
    New players are what we need! Good ones and plenty of them.

  • lesh

    May 4, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    wynsleap – yup, spot on!

  • connor_nufc

    May 4, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    How do u no the new kit is being released today?

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Who cares about the shirts, I’m more worried whose filling them at this stage. Only good thing I guess is Ashley won’t let Pardwho waste too much money !

    Dream signings: Gameiro, Gervinho, Taraabt

    Good signings : Gradel, Matuidi, Williams

    Actual signings: Bothroyd, Konchesky, C. Cole.

    Good to go: Smith, Campbell, Perch, Shola.

    Over rated: Barton, Nolan (both without Carroll)

  • bobby shinton number 9

    May 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #17

    That strip is horrendous !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Toony Montana

    May 4, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    @Connor theres a pic above mate.

  • connor_nufc

    May 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #19

    R u 100% thats it cause it looks awful in my opinion

  • alex84

    May 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #20

    it looks like he has a waistcoat on!!!

  • T_6_Ford

    May 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #21

    I think the Kit will be a grower. well Thats more a case of hope

  • T_6_Ford

    May 4, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #22

    To attract top players, we should just give them a DVD of the Arsenal game!

  • connor_nufc

    May 4, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #23

    We need more pictures of it because that one makes it look really bad

  • toon18

    May 4, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    It looks hideous

  • BillMarson

    May 4, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    that new shirt is awfullyyyyy awfull!!!!
    I was planning to buy our new one yesterday..
    I guess i’ll just stick with this season’s..

    Pls, can someone get a decent designer to edit that one??

  • toon18

    May 4, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Well if that’s the best they can come up with then I’m hoping its safe to say that’s the last Newcastle kit made by puma. The original picture didn’t look too bad but that looks dreadful on nolan.

  • connor_nufc

    May 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Wens it available to buy anyway?

  • Brutooon

    May 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #29

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is tracking Toulouse’s £5m-rated defensive pair Cheikh M’Bengue and Franck Tabanou. According to the sun

  • SouthLincsToon

    May 4, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #30

    FC Porto are open to offers for Hulk.

    I guess I can only dream about that one though

  • FarAwayGeordie

    May 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Gameiro would be epic

  • Davies

    May 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Hulk would be epic as well, but I doubt we’ll get either. As has been said many times already, the chances of us signing the players we’ve already been associated with are slim. I just hope that the players who do come in are good enough and are here for the right reasons.

  • Charlietoon

    May 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #33

    It’s black and white stripes guys. What are you expecting from the design????

  • toonoholic

    May 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Any chance of a player joining has now diminished with that the jersey design

  • loughy

    May 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #35

    what about shaun wright phillips for the left wing might be a bit large on the wgae demands but still a fantastic player though, young , quick , skillfull and and knows where the net is. i think long will be a good edition for about 3-4 mil and ranger defo loaned out to the championship this gamiero is a quality player too lets hope that real v barca math the other week has put him of the spanish league unless he fancies a career in hollywood after he retires

  • Billy1985

    May 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #36

    swp is not young hes in his late 20’s but i would def take him

  • davis_toons

    May 4, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Romelu Lukaku young and looks goods. Price?

  • davis_toons

    May 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #38

    shaun wright phillips lost it ald. Maybe Big Sam can get him bck. But a good additional to our team if avib.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 4, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #39

    It appears that Ireland is demanding £50g’s a week and as such has priced himself out of the market. Since when has a player that has a recent history of being somewhat physically and mentally fragile been worth £50g’s a week?

    Before you all jump on the bandwagon I know we did that with the parasite, aka MO but now we have a board with more sense that’s not for happening again.

    Both of these players are on around £70g’s weekly and in order to sell them we need someone who is prepared to pay those very same wages as the players are not prepared to take wage cuts, and there is no club out there that will pay that money for players they are not going to get a return from. So some of our big wage players are going nowhere so just deal with it instead of going on and on about get rid of them, they are with us until the contract ends.

    Folks that keep going on about getting shot of these players are just showing they haven’t a clue about how a club runs.

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 4, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Maybe one Bothroyd
    Sigthorsson £3m
    Gervinho £10m
    Bothroyd free
    Ireland £4m
    Puncheon £1m
    M’Bengue £7m
    Bassong £5m
    Demel free


    Perch £1m
    Routledge £3m
    Smith £2m

    GK Krul
    RB Demel
    CB Bassong
    CB Coloccini
    LB Enrique
    CDM Tiote
    RM Barton
    LM Ben Arfa
    CAM Nolan (c) 10+
    ST Sigthorsson 10+
    ST Gervinho 10+

    Bothroyd (same height as Carroll)


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