Newcastle Again Linked With Swiss International Winger


The People today are reporting that Newcastle are still interested in Swiss International winger Tranquillo Barnetta.

Tranquillo Barnetta – again linked with Newcastle

Newcastle were first linked with the Swiss international last January, but he suffered torn medial meniscus in his knee when playing for Bayer Leverkusen, against second division league team VfL Bochum.

Tranquillo needed surgery for that injury but is now fit again, and since he has only one year left on his contract at the Bundesliga club, Newcatsle will be hoping to get a good deal for the player, who turned 26 just last Sunday.

Barnetta can play on either wing or as a withdrawn striker, and he has been linked before with a move to the Premier League.

Juventus were another club in January, said to be interested in the player who has 58 caps for Switzerland and 6 goals.

In January, his agent Barry McIntosh, who represents his interests only in Britain, confirmed there is interest in his client:

“I cannot name clubs, but there is Premier League interest and we are looking at the options,”

“But is also remains to be seen if Bayer Leverkusen are willing to let him go.”

The St. Gallen born Tranquillo has played 180 times with 23 goals for Bayer Leverkusen, whom he joined in January of 2004 from his home town club,  St. Gallen.

The 5’10? player was an ever present in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, as the Swiss secured a finals place by finishing top of their group, and the player was also a regular in the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa last summer.

We don’t know if this is just a regurgitated story by the People,  or whether Newcastle have now made a fresh approach to Beyer Leverkusen about the Swiss international.

We would think the German club would be interested in getting some deal this summer,  rather than losing the player next year as a free agent.

Comments welcome.



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72 comments so far

  • Thump

    May 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Finally, a decent player!

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  • kilcline

    May 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Decent but want confirmation now! Too many rumours.

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  • davybtoon

    May 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    kilcline – what does it matter bout confirmation as long as we hav deals tied up behind the scenes

    n with cabyaye now comin even greater chance of getting gervinho

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  • davybtoon

    May 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    cwarr07 – reckons we will hav answer from gervinho in 24 hours n its more than 50/50 he will sign

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  • The Entertainers

    May 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    People are grasping at straws. Believe Zog will arrive and take the RW spot. Happy days!

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  • Lee Dodd

    May 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    I Think There Is a Lot of Good Work Going On Behind The scenes at The Club at The Moment. I Think We lost Out on To Many Signings In January so They Have decided to really Go for it Early This Summer so The New Signings will Be Signed ready For the U.S Tour !!!!!!

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  • Stuart

    May 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah but we dont even know if cabyaye is definately coming til its confirmed davy!

    I fully expect it to have gone through but I’d like it to be announced as soon as possible so we can gauge what the rest of the window is going to be like.

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  • toonarmy09

    May 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Davytoon-agreed mate ,Gervinho apparently has the choice of 2 clubs ,one of which is us ,but agree the fact cabaye on his way and tiote here ,stands well with getting Gervinho !!off topic but does anyone know what’s going on with routledge and qpr ??

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  • kilcline

    May 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    N zog wont come. My mate on twitter says so lol

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  • Stuart

    May 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I would love it if it all came together like that!

    Caybaye joins because HBA is here, Gervinho joins because Caybaye joins.

    Suddenly we have three awesome attacking french players haha.

    Howay, get it announced already!

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  • davybtoon

    May 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    apperantly only 2 clubs in for gervinho n weve matched wages so it jus down to choice
    cabyaye n tiote could say it

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  • toonarmy09

    May 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    If Gervinho has spoken to us ,a fee must have been agreed with Lille .looks like the fat man finally getting cheque book out ,about time we had something to look forward to .cabaye wS deffo the secret midfield so it seems ,and the player par dew said was 60/40 in our favour was Gervinho ,and Gervinho has said he has made his decision and will reveal presumably after Lille game tonight !!!! Hwtl

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  • Stuart

    May 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    We should have a class midfield next season like if everything comes off.

    Cant wait to see who’s playing infront of them though. Gamiero or Shola haha.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Strange that Ed, You can understand Leverkusen being interested getting a deal for Barnetta before he goes for nowt next year. But you can’t understand Ashley wanting to sell Barton.

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  • Carl92

    May 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Cabaye and tiote would be an unbeleivable pairing of centre midfielder s like.

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  • davybtoon

    May 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    stuart – think it will happen, but its the last day of the french season today so announced till after that
    n jus think if cabyaye n gervinho sign then gamerio mite b like hold on sumthing special seems to b happening there

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  • Stuart

    May 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Haha good point GG

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  • kilcline

    May 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Want Ba if he is on a free.

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Stuart

    You gorgot about N’Zogesbia and Gamiero 😉

    As for Barnetta hes good but i dont think hes better than Gutierrez. Wouldnt want to spend too much money on him, no more than £5,000,000

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  • splodge4nufc

    May 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #20

    this would be a great signing , our midfield would be the best in the league by far, im pretty sure leverkusen would be willing to let him go considering he only has one year left and they would want to sell him off early as possible to bring in a suitable replacement

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  • Stuart

    May 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Bang on there davytoon.

    If we sign one or two quality players as soon as possible. Cabaye and Gervinho for example, its going to show all the other players we’re in for but may be out of our league that we’re on our way up.

    Like Manc El Citeh but with less money and more heart haha.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Tidy, this transfer window is putting a smile on my face. No more Karl Henry’s or Carlton Cole’s though, please…

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  • Markaccus

    May 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    The People are reporting this? The same Sunday Comic thats linking us with Karl Henry? Can’t believe either really can we! 😀

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  • The-Ciaran8

    May 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    ———————Harper————————-

    –Simpson—-Taylor–Collocini—New LB

    –Gervinho—-Cabaye—Toite—–N’Zog

    —————–Hatem Ben Arfa—————

    ———————-Gamerio————-

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    I’ve heard that Pardew has put in a good word for Kuqi at….

    …. Wait for it….

    … Hartlepool.

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    The Lille game is on VipStand at 8 pm tonight. Might watch it and do some scouting on Gervinho and Cabaye 🙂 Heres the link.

    http://www.vipbox.tv/watch/34386/1/lille-osc-vs-stade-rennes.html

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  • toonfan76

    May 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    @Lee Dodd

    I was just saying more or less the same thing on another thread. Imagine we could have all our dealings done before the tour, perfect for a great pre season, might give us a jumpstart at the start of the season. New players settled in and starting to gel. We can only hope this is the plan.

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28

    a cant believe am the only 1 who would rather barnetta in over gervinho, barnetta is quality, n this was in 5 papers today so i believe its true, also read hes in talks after england game next saturday

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  • samag

    May 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #29

    i still want us to get piatti from almeira. relegation club. easy buy for 5m!!!

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  • Stuart

    May 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    I want them both toonbelmonter!

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  • davybtoon

    May 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31

    stuart – agreed why not get them both

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  • Markaccus

    May 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #32

    Apparently we are “Aiming higher” than Larsson, and he’s off to the Mackems! Good news i think

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  • davybtoon

    May 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #33

    question?
    would u have barnetta over nzogbia

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  • Stuart

    May 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #34

    yep davy, theres still a question mark over Zoggys attitude/temperament.

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  • toonruz

    May 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #35

    may be we r going to get all of them ?

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  • Crawfordladd17

    May 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Midfielders
    Barnetta(£2m Extra player)
    Cabaye(£5m Barton’s replacement less wages and good) and Larsson(free Routledge’s replacement but more wages but less than Smith)
    £7m 3 In

    Out
    Barton(£4m) Smith(£1.5m) Routledge(£1.5m) £7m 3 Out Replaced with better younger players

    Midfield from

    Nolan-One of our best players and captain
    Tiote-One of our best players and captain
    Cabaye-New Signing
    Larsson-New Signing
    Gosling-Like a new signing
    Barnetta-New signing
    Jonas-Started last season
    Ben Arfa-Like a new signing

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  • colwell

    May 29, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #37

    Its funny that when teams sniff around our players eg Enrique on the cheap we all slag that team off and yet when we do it its a brilliant bit of business. Thats football.

    Cabaye for 5m is so cheap, him and Tiote will be amazing together.

    See somewhere it says we are stalling with Nolan now. In fairness with Benny, Cabaye and hopefully more Barton and Nolan would struggle to get in the team. If that was the case thats some squad to have.

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 29, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #38

    davybtoon m8 all i can say is F**K YEAH barnetta is class n skillfull, wiked free kick, no previous misbehaving n QUALITY would have him top of the list tbh like

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  • davybtoon

    May 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #39

    barnetta half the price of nzogbia aswell

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  • toonfan76

    May 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #40

    All I can say is, there’s a lot of good noises about good quality signings, I just hope we can pull them off. I have a feeling this could be the most exciting summer we have had in years. If so, I have to say that the Messiah- Mr Keegan will have to eat his words. Loved Keegan but even the great one could be wrong about the 35 mil being spent.

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