Alan Pardew Gives Update On Transfer Status At Newcastle

Alan Pardew was reported to be in France earlier this week, doing some transfer business,  but what that was we have no idea.

Alan Pardew – Newcastle better off than last year

But it looks like Newcastle will do most of their business with French clubs this summer, and it seems Newcastle have a great name right now because of the way in which they delicately handled Hatem Ben Arfa, and his horrific double leg fracture over the last seven months or so.

Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle are ahead of the game in the transfer market, but the question is how far down the list will they need to go with their targets.

It seems that Lille’s Gervinho, Lorient’s Gameiro and even Toulouse’ M’Benque will not be arriving on Tyneside this summer.

Alan Pardew has today given an update on the transfer work going on in full swing at Newcastle:

“I can report there is nothing imminent in terms of contract talks,” “In terms of transfers, it’s gone ok so far.”“We’ve got a good handle on the players who are going to become available. I like to think we’re definitely in a better position than last year.”

“Forget about the finance, just in terms of the preparation work we have put in – we know the players who are going to be available. We’ve got more information, we’re better off than last year.”

“It’s all our scouting team and our coaching team, who feed into Graham Carr and ultimately to me. I then go to Derek Llambias and ask for the financial side of the deal and whether it is going to work.”

“You can target good players, but unless you can pay for them, there is no point. We have to get that part right as well.” “There is better value abroad, our market is over-priced. Are they more talented? In some cases.”

“You have to decide whether you want to enter the market here or abroad, but it depends on the players more than anything.” “You want a round peg for a round hole.”

We’re a little worried about that statement about targeting good players but you have to pay for them.

It seems to us Newcastle may only bring in a player this summer,  if they can get a good deal for them, and that’s not always possible with the very best players.

That’s because  other clubs will also be in for them, and will be willing to pay what they’re worth, and it seems clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool are willing to pay over the odds to land their specific targets.

We just have to hope that Graham Carr, the Newcastle Chief Scout, who got Newcastle Cheick Tiote last summer, can come up with a couple more  outstanding buys this summer.

There’s also quite a few very good free agents out there, and we’re hoping Newcastle will be able to get two of them,  and and even announce the signings shortly after the final game of the season against WBA on 22nd May, which is a week tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • kilcline

    May 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1


  • cynicaltoonfan

    May 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Hi lads its been a while since i posted
    but here is something i managed to findd
    ben arfa vs everton his full debut
    it goes for about 5 mins and shows
    how good he was that day .
    I know people say jonas is a good at taking people on. but watch the way he is leaving the everton defenders in this vid.
    Cant wait till he is back
    ( takes a while to load comments welcome ) 🙂

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    hope we will sign good players if nt great players

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    May 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #4

    looks like any bid for connor whickham has been shelved

  • GeordieToon89

    May 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Could be a ploy so clubs reduce prices 🙂

  • GeordieRob

    May 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, while it’s hard to understand the context of his answer without hearing it, I assume he’s talking about value for money investment. If you target Messi there still is the issue of paying for him… seems all above board.

    Looking at overseas targets, we can buy experienced players with good skills. Here we can get Connor Wickham with no PL experience yet have to pay 12M for the privilege. It’s just not worth it.

  • Marty-Toon

    May 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we should try get Samba even though he has 4 years left on his contract.
    The guy commands his area and attacks the ball.
    We don`t have a defender like that.
    He would make a huge difference for us and i know he is around 29 but hey we need experience and quality too.
    Robbie keane on the cheap,he has looked crap at Hammers but with a pre season he would be a good loan

  • Jezza

    May 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Yet more nonsensical waffle from the casino crony. I just wish he’d come out with the truth which would be something along the lines of

    “there is currently no money available for transfers, I have to sell before I buy but hopefully before the end of the window I’ll get about a third of the Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan and Gutierrez fees to spend on a few duffers.”


    May 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    That Ben Afra vid is pretty good. I just hope he comes back the same player as when he left. That was the game where he had started to find his feet in this league.

    He has the potential to tear teams apart but he has had a very bad injury…could affect him a lot but I hope it doesnt.

    Agree with ya GeordieRob its probably a value for money question he is answering. And its right that we are targeting the French league we have a very good image with them because of Ben Afra our stake may never be higher there so we should take advantage of it

  • Jose Enrique

    May 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    @Geordie Rob

    Agree with you, i mean if were looking at some decent championship players you will have to be paying 3-5 million for Shane Long who has been good in the championship. Where as if you go abroad you can probably get an accomplished CL player for 6-8 million


    May 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Nils petersen, da youngster v wer linkd with is set to sign for bayern munich a contract worth £2.8m for 3 yr. We should hav tryd to get him.

  • arfa chance

    May 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    That video of hatem is immense looks Like he took apart everton on his own. Comeback strong hba

  • benarfastar

    May 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #13

    sign moussa sow and daniel sturridge in front!

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    I am glad to hear Pardew is thinking outside the box and looking abroad. He’s absolutely right in saying players in England are overpriced. I hope we buy quality though. We should also get a couple of good freebies from the UK as foreigners usually take time to settle.


    May 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Dnt tink Sow will b a gud signg for us. So I wouldnt risk in takeng him. StuRridge would b a gr8 signg

  • carrollsinger

    May 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16

    That vid is class what a player!

  • AndyMac

    May 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Yes thanks to CTF for digging up that vid of HBA, the original got taken off You tube by the FA Police 🙁

  • Toon1978

    May 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #18

    I was looking forward to the summer but i now it seems its going to be one big anti climax as Ashleys plays hard ball once again. Look, if Ashley wants his club in the top 8 challenging for Europe then he needs to spend f…ing money…end of story. Nevermind looking for bargain buys all the bloody time. Ashley is minted yet he still makes Scrooge look like Santa Clause.

  • gorskino10

    May 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Jonas wants to end his career in Italy, so after 30/31 so a few years so wants to stay with us untill then.

    Newcastle and Wolves were at the Bordeaux vs Socheux game thats Bordeaux lost 4-0
    We were looking at

    Alou Diarra
    Benoît Trémoulinas (Replacement for Jose)

    (FC Sochaux)
    Marvin Martin
    Brown Ideye (13 goals ST)
    Modibo Maïga (14 goals ST)
    Ryad Boudebouz

  • rknufc

    May 14, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #20

    b’burn 1-0 mufc 🙂
    blakpool 2-2 bolton
    scum 0-1 wolves 🙂
    wba 1-0 everton

  • arfa chance

    May 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Hi heard ryad boudevouz and Marvin are good friends and link up well, maybe both ?

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    rknufc – really we want Man U to win, so Chelsea have nothing to play for tomorrow.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Though all the relegation candidates ate making a good fist of it!

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 14, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #24



    May 14, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #25

    man utd are winning everywhere but the score line though even with their keeper looking like a idiot.

    Sunderland are even now 1-1

  • MacToon

    May 14, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #26

    “You can target good players, but unless you can pay for them, there is no point. We have to get that part right as well.”

    Pardew finding it difficult working with Ashley? lol


    May 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Ive said it before and I’ll say it again Jaime Rednapp is a very good pundit

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Blackpool v Bolton turning into a ding-dong classic!

  • The Entertainers

    May 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Tell u what Pards can talk! Haha suppose he has to with our mute board 🙂

  • joe

    May 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Ben Arfa’s game was more about skill rather than pace, and you never lose that. Although this injury might reduce his agility, hopefully it doesn’t!

  • SouthLincsToon

    May 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Personally I think when he goes on about finances, I think its more related to wages than transfer fee.


    May 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Get ready for another transfer window of disappointment, hopefully followed by an Ashley, Ugly Penfold Casino Kid crook, 3rd rate kiss arse Manager exit.

  • RossGellar

    May 14, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #33

    I understand negativity, but it’s a wonder how some of you get out of bed in the morning.


    May 14, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #34

    RossGellar, can you give me an alarm call in the morning to help me get out of bed…Thanks Mr Positive!!!

  • solano

    May 14, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Aren’t you rose-tinters just a little worried about the summer?…….Ever since they cashed your season ticket money they’ve been talking it down…..maybe it’s to get the best deals in bargain land…wow….can’t wait!

  • cupiddstunt

    May 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Ross just give poor arse-toria his morning call it appears he needs it. It is very simple to see why some people are very negative, and that is it puts them in a win win situation.

    When they cry down the club and the people and players in and around it and those people and players don’t do so well then the doom and gloomers feel vindicated and that makes them feel a little better about themselves for being right.

    When they are wrong and the club is doing well then they can bask in the feeling of the club doing well, so they have a win win situation.

    Just look around at the people you know quite well you will notice that all the folks that are quite positive and upbeat in their outlook on things are generally quite strong in their personalities and characters and more successful, while the glass half empty brigade are somewhat weak personalities and more often than not losers.

    Personally I think it would be rank stupidity to come out with all of the transfer info up front as this lets the competition know your position and targets, far better to keep things a little on the quiet side be a lot more vague even be seen going to games where there is no real interest in any of the players but it keeps the opposition guessing.

    Solano I am not at all worried about this summer, the club existed before I was born and it will probably still exist long after I am gone, I am not in a position to affect the buying or selling so I do not worry myself with it, we will get who we will get and no amount of Whinging and name calling will change that.


    May 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Cupiddstunt…you are living up to your name. I’m still in bed but I’ll happy get out of it if it meant you’d never appear on this blog again, you insulting dimwit. You are always putting people down who don’t agree with you. At least I have an opinion, even if you do deem it negative, I deem it realistic.


    May 16, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #38

    Theo Jansen from FC. Twente? 3 Mil! Free kick specialist. Also a strong attacking midfielder. Played alongside Tiote in Twente,s Championship year.


    van Aanholt?

    Laarsen? ( who wnated to move in Jan but the Brummies pulled out on the deal).

    We don,t actually need to sign that many players really. Just hope we sign good ones and not money grabbing Prima-Donna,s!

    As for Cupidstunt and Astoria! Is it really neccessary to exchange insults on here like children! Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and their is no point in throwing your teddy bears out of your prams.

    Not interested in your pointless name callling and tend to concentrate on people who have something to say, Realistically speaking!

  • casey_jones1

    May 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #39

    daniel sturridge would be the 1 man ad be looking at if a was in Pardews seat. Not needed at Chelsea and would be the man for the no9


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