Pardew Pleased With Transfer Business – So Far


Alan Pardew has talked about the transfer window, from Newcastle’s base in Kansas City, and he has said he is pleased with the business Newcastle have done so far in the window.

Alan Pardew – pleased with transfer business


The lads will play Kansas City tonight at 7:30 pm central time,  which is 8:30 pm eastern time and 1:30 am local time in England.

This is what Alan said about the transfer business Newcastle have done so far this summer:

“So far we are pleased with the business we have done.”

“We obviously want to do a bit more before the season starts but we have Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa fit again plus Marveaux, Demba and Cabaye in.”

“With those names I have just mentioned I certainly think we have gone up a level. Now we need to keep the momentum going and hopefully bring one or two more in.”

As we mentioned yesterday, it seems the squad will be no bigger in terms of numbers for next season, so it will again be paper thin.

And we will just have to hope that we don’t get too many injuries, although Danny Guthrie and Shane Ferguson will already miss the start of the season through injuries picked up at Darlington on Friday night.

Alan was then asked if it’s been a difficult transfer market:

“Well I don’t know if it is difficult, but I think a lot of other teams have looked at it and really tried to get better from last year.”

“Certainly Man United have taken that approach, Man City and Chelsea have raised the standard yet again and we have to follow that.”

“We aren’t in their league, of course, but it’s all about the 11 who start and for what we have in the group, our starting 11 is good.”

Newcastle could show some dramatic changes in the way they play next season, because of the new skilled players in the side.

As well as Demba Ba, Marveaux and Cabaye,  Newcastle now have Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa back again after long term injuries, and therefore compared to last season,  it’s like having five new players in, and all are very skillful.

Alan continued:

“I think we have definitely pushed on since the end of last year and we have already been working on a couple of things out here already which have been accepted well by the players.”

“We are looking to control the games and that is something we will continue to work on.”

Newcastle will have to find goal-scorers to replace Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, and it looks like new boy Demba Ba will become the main goal threat for the Magpies.

Ben Arfa and Cabaye have also shown they can get goals from midfield, and as we mentioned yesterday,  we think Leon Best can get goals too – if he is given a chance.

On the positive side of things, we think Newcastle will be a very attractive side to watch this coming season, and hopefully we can push on from last season, and finish in the upper half of the table – a top eight finish would be great.

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64 comments so far

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Ah the old “one or two more in” heard that a few times, the “ben arfa gosling/new singnigs” trotted out.

    But just a quick one Pards, Chelsea haven’t bought anyone, and man city spent 7m, hardly breaking the transfer market open are they.

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I want to see us outplay Arsenal on the first game, and show them a better team playing football on the floor in England.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    New £4.8m Newcastle signing Yohan Cabaye was initially refused entry to the United States after being accused of not paying for some dentistry work completed there while he was playing for Lille.

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed do you actually live in America? You’re not half commited writing articles at like 4 in the morning!

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  • Stuart

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    @JB – how come everyone always gets p1ssed off that the club doesnt communicate with us, then everytime they do they’re classed as liars and idiots.

    I honestly feel sorry for AP as he can’t win. He’s getting bummed from both ends by the owner and the fans.

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  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Ahhh Cashley and Lambicash’s words coming through the vessel that is Pardew again. boooooooooooo

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    @EDD ..what time does the match ko @ for us in the uk?

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    please let there be no injurys on the tour , hope the heat doesnt take it out the players aswell!! 24DAYS TO GO!! does any1 think we will try to buy a striker while we are at america? have they left the fat controller at home?

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  • Stuart

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    1:30am kevy.

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Thought that stuart. . . 1 more thing . .Do you think there will be a stream?

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    kevymartins
    american time 7.30 pm
    english time 01.30 am

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  • Stuart

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Apparently it isnt on american tv like so probably not unless some other country is going to show it.

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    @stuart why do you feel sorry for him? He is getting paid a mint, clearly took the job as he is some sort of hock to Ashley/Llambias, shafted a really nice bloke to get it.

    I don’t feel sorry for him, he is fronting the bullshit that happens, he took the job for money/debt to ashley/profile, when he is gone we will be in a worse position, so frankyl F*** him

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  • thepict

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Still need a left back and a striker.

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  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    its like readin 1984. But instead of Big Brother we’ve got big fast bastard, and Pardew filling in as the outer party, just rehashing the same lie after lie, and line after line. booo

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    lets judge pardue at the end of the season

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  • MacToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    “our starting 11 is good.”

    Well the same as last season tbh so no real improvement and we certainly need more bodies in even before we lose some like Jose.

    Stuart, I’d prefer if Pardew didn’t contradict himself for a start and it is a shame he’s undermined by his employers. However I do believe he’s trying his best and trying to make best of a bad situation really. Sad state of affairs@ NUFC.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #18

    @JB – He didnt shaft CH, that was all MA. If I was AP and had been out of a job for a while I’d jump at the chance to manage newcastle as its the biggest club of his career.

    I don’t see how AP leaving would put us in a worse situation either. So far hes bought some skillful players and he’s instigating a much more attractive style of football. MA has the final word on ingoing and outgoing players so he can’t really be blamed for that.

    The thing is, who would manage us if AP got sacked. The reason we got him in the first place is that no manager would work under our friendly neighbourhood dictator so if he was sacked we’d be back stuck with JFK probably lol. I know who I’d prefer.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #19

    @Mactoon – Our starting 11 now includes Cabaye, HBA, Ba and maybe Marveaux and Gosling. I’d say the starting 11 has definately improved.

    Its the lack of depth that worries me.

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    were playing in there new stadium the livestrong witch has a 120,000 cap . . .There has to be a stream

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  • MacToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Our starting 11 last season included HBA and Carroll so I don’t see that many improvements.

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Just a thought here but… if Enrique does leave, I think we should make Krul no1 with Harper as back up for a couple of seasons until he retires, send Soderberg out on loan for a couple of years so he can compete with Krul when Harper leaves and offer Forster + 5m for Celtic’s left back Iza whatever he’s called, tidy 3m profit for ashley from enrique and we get forster off the books

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #23

    I was playing fifa last night . .i updated the squad befor manger mode . .i had to buy cabaye for 15 mil . . it wouldnt let me sign marveaux and he is valued at 7 mil…and ben arfa went back from his loan an was valued at 15 mil from om

    that game is a fcuk up

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  • MacToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #24

    and realistically we’re going to lose a pretty good left back.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Lets Give Pards his Due –

    Which is absolute ZEROOOOOOOOOO

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #26

    Jb pards is getting buttons compared to other managers hes cheap like the budgie but he deserves more imo for the shite he gets

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  • MacToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Ha ha we all deserve medals for putting up with all the rubbish from Ashley.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28

    @Mactoon – HBA played 4 games last season. I wouldnt class him as a starting 11 player for last season like.

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  • stuckdownsouth

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #29

    HA! Stuart, just ignore them mate!

    Some people are blinded by hate.

    Anybody who doesn’t think Cabaye, Marvauex and BA in with only Nolan out, isn’t an improvement aren’t going to be able to argue coherently!

    Of course I want another striker, a right winger and a left back but we’ve still got a month leftvof the window.

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  • IrishMagpie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #30

    @ Mac Toon,

    How many times did HBA start for us last season? Compared with the starting 11 for most of last season we are already looking stronger this year.

    I’d hope our transfer business isn’t finished yet as i feel we still need strengthening in a few positions but if it is finished we’re already better off than at the end of last season.

    Cabaye, Ba and Marveaux when fit should all start along with HBA. Abeid is meant to be looking good so far so thats a little more backup.

    Nolan will be a miss but Cabaye will hopefully be a better player than him, other than Nolans goals he did very little on the field for us.
    Campbell and Kuqi rarely ever featured so they’re no big miss.

    Therefore, we’re a little better off.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Great news, goal line technology could be introduced as quickly as next season in the premiership and FiFa are seriously looking into it too…………

    Good news imo.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Pards is gona bring us good football this season fast flowing attacking football and i cant wait last season it was hump it up and hope

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  • MacToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Cabaye I believe is a good signing, the other 3 I will want to see how they fit in get along in the prem.

    Ba I think will be the better of those 3 imo.

    “we’re a little better off.”

    Yes maybe, it’s difficult to tell but we have not dramatically improved and still desperately need defense cover and a striker.

    I don’t understand though you saying something like how many games did HBA play, he was still a first team (easy) choice before his injury.

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  • Klatoon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #34

    AP’s emphasis on ”trying to control games” is very encouraging. I think we will try to dominate posession because we now have players who are very comfortable on the ball (Tiote,Cabaye,HBA,Jonas,Marveaux) unlike last season where only Tiote,JB,Jonas demanded and kept the ball. This is great as it allows other players to make runs while also relieving pressure on our defense.

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Yeah but he actively chose to manage Newcastle, and you honestly believe it came out of the blue? Ashley would have called him up and had it planned long before hughton actually went, a decent bloke would’t have been a part of that sort of shit.

    And he is merely a front for Ashleys plan, why would you feel for him? He CHOSE this job, he was out of work, and greedy for the limelight. I do not feel sorry for him in any respect, if he is part of something to the detriment of NUFC then F** him. Do you feel sorry for Souness/Gullit/Daglish?? I dont.

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  • Magforlife

    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #36

    Same old same old from Ashleys puppet.
    paper thin squad and more to go.

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  • toonarmy09

    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #37

    Does anyone know when official squad numbers come out ?? Wanting to get new home shirt ,but waiting on numbers been released !!

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  • IrishMagpie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Yes before his injury HBA was a fist choice and i dont like people calling him and Gosling new signings.
    But the fact that he missed all but the first few games of last season meant that even though on paper he was first choice, thats no good when it comes to games.

    He’s available now along wit Gosling and the 4 new lads. I’d still like to see 2 or 3 out and then at least replace those. If it doesn’t happen though i@m not going to come on here and endlessly whine and moan about it.

    I dont see the point in constantly criticizing the manager, regardless of what he say’s some on here will brand him a puppet and an idiot.

    I thought being a supporter meant getting behind the team and SUPPORTING them. Including the manager who in my opinion (though i didn’t want him in the first place) has done very little wrong since he took over.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #39

    Would you swap Carroll (back in) for Ba?

    I would

    Would you swap Nolan (back in) for cabaye?

    I wouldn’t

    Gosling and Marveaux are coming back from long term injury so will need a little time to settle back in as ofc will HBA.

    So saying “we’re a little better off.” is probably close to the mark imho.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #40

    @Mactoon – you’re right, HBA was definately a first team choice before his injury, but he only ended up playing 4 games so he cant be classed as a first team regular last season.

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