Newcastle Offer Four Year Deal To Midfielder


News today that could even be true – that Newcastle are ready to sign Darren Pratley from Swansea City.

Darren Pratley – Pardew’s first signing?

The Swansea midfielder scored the third goal from just inside the half way line, in the 90th minute, to seal Swansea’s 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-offs at Liberty Stadium recently.

And he will be a free agent this summer, and it seems like Newcastle have been watching this player for some time too.

The news today is that Bolton manager Owen Coyle had hoped to sign the 26-year-old, who has played 177 times for Swansea since 2006 with 28 goals.

But the news is that Newcastle have offered the former Fulham and Brentford player a four-year deal on much improved terms over what Bolton could offer.

The deal is said to go through, even if Swansea reach the Premier League by beating Reading in Monday’s Play-Off final at Wembley Stadium.

So if this news is to be believed then Pratley, whom Chris Hughton was also reported to be interested in, could become Alan Pardew’s first acquisition of the summer.

Barking-born Pratley started his career at Fulham back in 2003, and played a couple of seasons on loan at Brentford, before he moved to Swansea in 2006 for £100K.

In 206 total club games so far, he has scored 27 goals, but of course is completely unproven at the highest levels of England football.

Newcastle were linked with Pratley last November, but the fee quoted then was then £4M, and since he would be available for free this summer, Newcastle were not interested.

When we’ve watched him this season, he’s looked a decent player, and if Newcastle sign him it will be a sizable risk that he can step up the much higher levels of the Premier League.

One bit of worrying news is that he was dropped at the start of this season by new manager, Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, after some poor performances, but he got back into the side shortly after that.

This lad reminds us a lot of James Perch – and if he turns out to be a similar class of player, that would be disappointing.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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382 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    May 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Good player but can he make the step up?

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 26, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Like you said, another James Perch. Not watched many Swansea games, so can’t really judge the lad. Would prefer someone proven, and do we really need another Central Midfielder. We have 4 – Nolan, Tiote, Guthrie and Barton (no comment on his current transfer status). If he is being bought in as replacement for Joey, I’d rather someone who is a bit more, quality.

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  • connor_nufc

    May 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Bit riskey

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  • Oba

    May 26, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Source?

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  • DJM TOON

    May 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #5

    not exactly an awe inspiring player to showcase the clubs intent this summer eh!

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  • shabunkin

    May 26, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #6

    id have him , better than guthrie, looked classy against us last season , ran the show down there

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 26, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Calm Down people if he does join it is obviously just as a sub/squad player. Not bad for a player on free. He is better than Guthrie.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 26, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #8

    And I missed Alan Smith. No need for him. Let Bolton have him.

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  • dawid182

    May 26, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Routledge is better player than he

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  • dave 1961

    May 26, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #10

    3rd rate like the manager, should work well with each other,

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  • Toonmania

    May 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #11

    well trimmed eye brows

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  • The-Ciaran8

    May 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #12

    If this is Joey Bartons replacement, i seenceraly hope Mike Ashley gets kicked in the Nads.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Looking on Sky Sports, they’ve got his player rating at 5.0, which is Below Average. Nolan’s a 6.5, Joey a 7.1, Guthrie a 5.9, Smith 5.7 and Tiote a 6.7. Of course, you can’t judge it completely on those ratings, but I think it gives a clear indication he’s not premier league class.

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  • NorseToonBrann

    May 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #14

    lol

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  • ToonLegend

    May 26, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #15

    from gervino, gamiero, menez, sturridge to pratley
    sounds like a typical 24 hours in the life of a newcastle fan lol

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #16

    BonVoyageBenny

    Are you joking? Sky Sports player ratings!!! I almost started crying at the thought of you actually thinking this means anything.

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  • Tinman

    May 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Thos player ratings are shite, they never get updated. I agree with most people he will be a decent squad player on a free, however uneccesary, we have great youth players dieing to come through, LuaLua, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic, Inman, Fergy.. Why buy a 26 year old who aint gonna improve as much as these lads?

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 26, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #18

    bonvoyagebenny wats piers morgan sayin like

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Even if we do get Gervinho, Sturridge, Gamiero and N’Zogbia and get rid of Routledge, Smith, Kuqi and Campbell are squad isnt gonna be bigger than last season. We need players like Pratley to increase competition and to be a decent back up when players get injured.

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  • toonfan09

    May 26, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #20

    lads Im stayin in travel lodge near the quayside in newcastle and david wheater is here….anybody think he could be signing… I cant prove it but u will just have to take my word for it was defo him though u cudnt mistake that ugly mug

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  • carlton nufc

    May 26, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #21

    So what happens if we get rid of Enrique Barton Carroll but we sign gamiero gervinho nzog is that going forward or what I don’t no what to make of it but if we sign them 3 plus sturridge menez and that left back then we are moving forward I realy don’t no what to make of it atall can people plz give there honest opinions will be much appreciated ?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 26, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #22

    We have plenty of options in the middle who are much more proven or have more point to prove. We have Gosling, Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid(our new signing), Guthrie..

    Another signing that doesn’t make sense. But we are letting Jose and Barton go. pfft!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #23

    @NottsGeordie // May 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    We have alot of options in the backups for the same role Pratley plays. I have listed them in my post above and i didn’t include Smith too. This signing makes no sense as we need more depth in other areas. Definately not central midfield.

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  • davybtoon

    May 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #24

    latest from cwarr on twitter

    nzogbia defintely coming
    gervinho offered 6year deal worth 60kaweek agent stalling still
    gamerio offer accepted but cant spk to player till after final game
    free transfer contracts drawn n ready to b signed off by ashly

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  • geoff777

    May 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Not an inspiring signing.
    Can’t see where he’d fit in.

    Like Tinman says all he’ll do is do a basic job and keep a youngster from coming through.

    Ashley can’t resist a freebie.
    Bargain bin signing.

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  • warwick

    May 26, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Whats the source?
    I’m keeping my ears to the ground in the summer and trying not to get dragged in to the mass hysteria of speculation that one night has us signing world class the next we’ve lost half the squad. Nobody knows anything except speculation from the media who are a. trying to sell papers and b. not getting any info from the club, so what does that tell us? Not a lot…so don’t go foaming at the mouth prematurely lads.

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  • Pete Martel

    May 26, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #27

    ‘Sorry Joey…no four year deal, but we’re gonna offer Darren Pratley one though.’

    Unbelievable.

    I’m interested to see what Pardew has to say RE Barton’s contract. He looks like a manager with no credibility at the moment. A whipping boy, a lame duck. No influence over anything. But what did come to expect?

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  • davybtoon

    May 26, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #28

    well for starters smith n guthrie will be leaving maybe barton so thats 3 short
    prately will be a good squad player as will seb larrson as ive said many times its not just about buying star names its about building up your squad with good players

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  • BoomBoomCheickCheicktheRoom!

    May 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #29

    piers and barton having a class argument on twitter, barton been made look like the idiot he is

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  • kilcline

    May 26, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Pratley is better than Guthrie and Alan Smith.

    Cwarr is never right, he spouts so much hoping something will stick.

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  • colwell

    May 26, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #31

    After reading this from Gervinho it doesn`t look like he`ll be coming here. Looks like he`ll be playing in Europe next year.

    “After the last match and a match with Ivory Coast, I will go for holidays,” Gervinho told L’Equipe.

    “I have already made my choice. Either I will leave or not, everyone will know it later. It is a personal choice.

    “The coach wants me to stay. The club will play in the Champions League and he wants to play it with me. I want to play it too, if I have such an opportunity.

    “But I can play it at Lille or somewhere else, that is no problem. We have had several talks and we know what we told ourselves. There are still a few days to talk before holidays.”

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  • warwick

    May 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Pete Martel- Why does have no credibility becuase he hasn’t responded to an agents comment regarding the situation?
    All we’ve heard is mackay running his mouth…

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 26, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #33

    stop complaing we knew thered be freebies coming in, for all we know vuckic may be going out on loan, gosling could be used as RB we dont know but am not gunna turn ma nose up at him, get him n larsson in to flesh out the squad then we have 2 munths n a full budget to sign 3 4 quality players

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  • davybtoon

    May 26, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #34

    hes a theory bartons agent is nzogbias agent to, so he knows there willing to pay nzogbia 60k aweek but there offering barton less
    so we wont budge on offer and he say we aint offered

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  • carlton nufc

    May 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #35

    What’s it about

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Ilovetoon

    But who was playing CM against Chelsea? Ryan Taylor. Our squad is too small. I dont know how people can be saying we have no ambition, its obviously not our big signing its just a squad player for no transfer fee and probably on max 10k a week. Whats the problem with that?

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  • davybtoon

    May 26, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #37

    dont mean he aint coming

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  • toonfan09

    May 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #38

    what did anybody think about my comment seen dave wheater in the travel lodge in newcastle were im staying the one next to the little tesco express ….could we be signing him

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 26, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Where’s pedro until he clears this up????? Hahahaha!!!!!!

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  • davybtoon

    May 26, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #40

    doubt he only just went to bolton n there gonna sell cahill

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