These Players Could Still Arrive on Tyneside


It’s probably a good time to assess which players could still be arriving at Newcastle, before the summer transfer window ends.

Moussa Sissoko – Toulouse central midfielder

Newcastle have made a very decent start to the transfer season, and for no capital outlay so far,  they have brought in Yohan Cabaye (£4.5M), Demba Ba (free) and Sylvain Marveaux (free), and let captain Kevin Nolan (£4.5M) leave for West Ham.

It seems that Neil Taylor will soon arrive from Swansea City, once the Welsh club comes to their senses regarding his buy-out or release clause, which is for £1M.

If we are to believe some reports in the Sunday papers today,  Newcastle are closing in on Turkish striker Mevlut Erdinc of PSG, and Newcastle’s most recent offer is around £6.5M, and the Magpies could even be close to a deal with the Paris club.

And it could be that Newcastle will bring in a third striker this summer, and if they do it could mean the end of the road for either Shola Ameobi or Peter Lovenkrands, and one of them will probably have to leave Newcastle before September rolls around.

We’d just love that striker to be Chelsea’s 21 year-old Daniel Sturridge, and you have to think the 21 year-old is still a decent buy at up to £10M.

There are reports over the weekend that Stoke City have made the first formal bid of £6M for the player, but once a bid is accepted by the London club,  look for a number of clubs to match the bid, and then try to convince the young striker to join them – and we hope the winner will be  Newcastle.

The news that we were interested in the new Didier Drogba, – 21 year-old Sierra Leone striker Teteh Bangura, who plays for AIK Solna in Sweden – is apparently not true, according to the local Newcastle papers, so he may not be coming.

Newcastle seem to be preparing for the loss of Joey Barton this summer too, with interest in Manchester United’s Darron Gibson, and Toulouse’s wonderful young French International midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who Newcastle have been tracking for three years now.

Moussa would be expensive at around £13M, and Liverpool are said to be fighting it out with Newcastle for his signature, and the French International is an excellent young player, often compared to a young Patrick Vierra, and we think he would be just a terrific buy for the club.

With Kevin Nolan already having left the club we would look for one of these to be brought in – and it could well be Darron Gibson for a decent £5M, but we’d prefer Moussa.

We also like Craig Gardner, the Birmingham City midfielder, because he plays very much in the same style as Kevin Nolan, and he can score goals too, with 10 goals in 35 appearances last season for The Blues.

And more news today on Charles N’Zogbia, and the new news today are that Liverpool are said to be in the driver’s seat, because he could be becoming too expensive in terms of a fee (£9M) and £60K/week wages for both Newcastle and Sunderland.

That’s probably why there is news this weekend that Newcastle may be after a cheaper alternative in Irish International winger Keith Treacy, who is at Preston North End, and could be brought in for around £1.5M and lower wages too.

And if Jose Enrique leaves this summer, look for Newcastle to bring in another experienced left back – maybe Toulouse left back Cheikh M’Bengue or even Aston Villa’s Stephen Warnock or our choice – Celtic’s  Honduran  left-back Emilio Izaguirre, but he is saying today that Manchester United are after him – and that would be a pity.

There are obviously more players Newcastle will be interested in – let us know the many we have missed out – and some that we just don’t know about right now, but this is what we could half expect to be happening over the coming weeks at Newcastle:

  • Neil Taylor signed for £1M from Swansea
  • Mevlut Erdinc signs for around £7M from PSG
  • Daniel Sturridge or some other young striker coming in – for up to £10M and either Lovenkrands or Ameobi then  leaving Newcastle
  • One of Gibson, Gardner or Sissoko signs as a central midfielder – fee anywhere from £1M – £13M – and Joey Barton leaving Newcastle
  • N’Zogbia, Treacy or some other winger signs on at Newcastle – again for around £9M or just peanuts
  • If Jose Enrique leaves then look for Toulouse’ Cheikh M’Bengue, Stephen Warner or Emilio Izaguirre coming through the door – fee around £5M with Warner the cheap option at £1M

This has been a quick review of what Newcastle have done so far this transfer window – we feel so far so good – and who the club may still be after, and who could  even be arriving (maybe) over the next couple of months.

If Newcastle can get one or two of the top players listed above, and of course they are the more expensive options, then Newcastle’s squad could be improved dramatically come September.

Comments always welcome.



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381 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #1

    thats not Moussa Sissokho in the pic thats Momo Sissokho the former Liverpool player…

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #2

    hello ed. that picture is not moussa sissoko but rather mohamed sissoko who used to play for Liverpool.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Would love erdinc anf zoggy.

    Izaguirre defo if jose leaves

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    And barton and best to stay and id be happy

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  • jackdnufc

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Excellent round up Ed.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    And Barnetta? He was apparently settling a deal…

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  • Davies

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Please stop advocating the signing of Keith Treacey Ed. The man’s a workd class ar5ehole. He makes Barton look like a saint. Swear to God, we sign the little c**t I won’t watch a single match next season.

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  • jackdnufc

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Totally forgot about Barnetta. Poor article Ed. 😉

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #9

    a say:
    Erding – £6.5million
    Sissoko – £10million cos cash is upfront
    Sturridge – £12million
    Taylor – £1million
    Gibbs/Bertrand – £4/5million
    Zogbia – £9million
    Barnetta – £5million
    TOTAL = £48.5million spent

    OUT:
    Xisco – £1million
    Lovenkrands – £1million
    Guthrie – £3million
    Routledge – £1.5million
    Enrique – £8million
    Barton – £1/2million – just cos board dont want him 🙁
    Perch – £1million
    Jonas – £7million – same as barton apparently
    Best – £4million – same as jonas n barton
    Smith – Free
    Total = £28.5million recieved

    leaves Ashley with around a 10million pocket of dosh or we could use tht to buy some squaddies.. plus he was rumoured to have gave us extra 15million
    35 +15 + 28.5 = £78.5 recieved and too spend.!
    and
    48.5million spent on above leaves 30million in the pot

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #10

    *Top Pic is Mohammed Sissoko NOT Moussa*

    CM/DM if love either Moussa Sissoko or Blaise Matuidi, could allow Tiote to push futher foward which could be good for the team.

    If Jose goes id be happy With M’Bengue if Jose leaves.

    Has concerns over Barnetta and Erdinc
    But they good but there is better players out there.

    Not keen at all on
    Gibson, Gardner & Treacy

    Although id take Gardner if he was to replace Guthrie not sure if he good enough to start if we have Tiote/Barton/Matuidi or Sissoko

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  • shearerno9

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    As alot of my friends are united fans and I am form Ireland i watch a decent amount of football from Darron Gibson, and i seriously hope we dont have anything to do with him. He is a truly awful footballer, always attempts the long shot rather than a decent pass and especially for Ireland never seems to want to actually turn up and have a go – a very big no thanks

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t believe we are interested in this player myself,Liverpool,Inter and Lyon are reportedly after him and they are all in Europe so i can’t see us standing much of a chance in negotiations.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Davies – whats Keith Treacy done mate? av never heard or seen him in the papers for smashing his own team mate up or putting a cigar out in a young players eye or kicking people about in streets..

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Moussa Sissoko i mean,sorry.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #15

    MrMojoRisin76 – Liverpool aint in Europe

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  • jackdnufc

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16

    MrMojoRisin76-

    Normally I would agree but I think with our new found relationship with French footballers and teams it may be the best chance we ever have of signing someone with his quality and potential. In saying that, There is quite a bit of ‘stuff’ that we can’t offer him compared to the other clubs interested. Think he may be a bit too much to ask for.

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  • Andy

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #17
  • shabunkin

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #18

    im hearing that liverpool are hoping to land charlie adam and stewart downing ….cant think theyd want sissoko and zoggy too..

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  • Fostino

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #19

    hope we get zoggy back…great player on his day who causes defences real problems

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  • 2 – 0 for Germany and not one of the scorers has removed their shirts 🙁

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Andy i watched your clip of ameobi and the kid is a liar. He called himself a professional footballer. lol

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  • Mags

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    No to Trescy, Warner and Gibson.

    If we have to bring in a new left back I hope we are looking at Sochaux’s Benoit Tremoulinas. If we miss out on Erdinc why are we not considering Tiote’s recommendation Seydou Doumbia?

    Niafron what do you think of Benoit?

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #23

    That’s not Moussa Sissoko!

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  • Has Sturridge ever played for Chelsea’s first team?

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #25

    hope we sign nzobia we can play him in right mid field

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  • roshan MAGPIE, said it yesterday. Ashley isn’t getting rid of the high earners to replace them with another.

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  • Andy

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #27

    @Tony haha, he is the luckiest person alive! Living in a house like that on the money he earns. I wish i was shola!!

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  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Up yours ashley tight twat

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  • greg

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Assume Enrique Barton Colo Jonas Best not leaving
    We need
    1. Striker
    2. Wing /AM / Second Striker
    3. DM
    4. LB Cover
    5. DC

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  • geordiefinn

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Why we are not linked with any centrebacks? I think we need one to replace Campbell, or is Pards planning to give Kádar his spot…?

    Moussa Sissoko would be class, but honestly I don’t think we need to buy more CM’s, I’d rather give Gosling a chance to prove himself, he’s like a new signing.

    Tiote, Cabaye, Barton, Gosling, HBA, Raylor, Guthrie = our midfield is fine.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #31

    A lot of this just sounds like listing off every player we have been linked with by the press and completely unrealistic. It comes down to low ball offers by the owner or looked at another way not being willing to overpay. I don’t think this approach will bring in any big fish like Sturridge or Zog who want the big money in wages. Wouldn’t be surprised if Erdinc eventually comes and possibly Barnetta but what about our back four? We have no depth there and could still lose a couple. We have to be able to defend as well as attack so what is the plan? No replacement for Campbell? No attempt to improve at the back? What if Collo were to get a serious injury (if we manage to keep him that is)?

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #32

    I dont know why people take what the papers say so literally. Its just gossip and mostly not true. If its a real quote from their agent its normally to make a move happen to worry other teams into action. If other teams are linked to a player it drives there price and value up.

    Say if Sissoko goes to Lyon, for example, Mike Ashley gets greef off us for not securing his signature and splashing the cash, makes us think he wont use the 35M, creates a bad atmosphere etc. But we may have never been in for Sissoko at all as @Lee _Ryder is reporting. Wasnt Enrique only meant to be going to Barcelona 2 weeks ago? Or was his agent just creating interest!

    Its like apparently Blaise Matuidi has told Wenger he wants to go to Arsenal in some paper today, cant remember which one. If he had done just that, isnt that called tapping up? Meeting another teams player or phoning him and discussing his future? Just absolutly made to sell papers.

    Lastly i’m dying for N’Zogbia to sign for us i think hes one of the best wingers in the Premier League. 9M is a bargain. Theres no evidence Ashley wont pay 60K per week on a player, and he wants to come!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #33

    well that is true but GG but i hope we sign nzobia cause he is real quality he is french and he wants to come to NUFC

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Wow you read my mind geordiefinn.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #35

    @ andy

    sholas a legend mate.haha

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  • geoff777

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #36

    The Sissoko story is from his agent.

    If any of the contacts were serious he wouldn’t be able to comment.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #37

    geordiefinn – yes our midfield is fine atm but Guthrie and Barton ad imagine wont be here come end of window also gota feeling Raylor will be away aswel.. so thats 3 gone + smith so we’l be left with.. Tiote, Gosling, Cabaye.. cos Ben Arfa cant play a strict central midfield position hes not the right type of player to defend aswel.. so a think we need to sign 1 of Sissoko or Matuidi if wer planning on selling

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Still don’t see any explanation for lack of attention being paid to our back 4. We weren’t exactly watertight last season as I recall and it seems likely Jose will move on as he won’t agree to a new contract. So what is the plan? Are we going to throw Neil Taylor out there straight away? The younger players we have are not ready. None of them except Ferguson even got any serious playing time and Ferguson is too small for LB. Who advises Pardew on the defence? Is it Carver? We will have a very good attacking side next season by the looks of it but we can’t win every game 5-4.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Barnetta, Boudebouz, Sigthorsson

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Please not gibson, warnock and gardner.

    We need to move away from mediocre players and keep bringing in better ones. I’m sure there is no way Carr would have recommended any of those 3 which worries me about pardew’s input again

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