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Two More Top Players And Newcastle Not Too Far Away

1:25 pm, Thursday, July 28th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 202 Comments

Pardew praised the performance of Demba Ba against the Columbus Crew, and was pleased the way the lads came back after a poor performance in Orlando on Saturday night.

>Demba Ba – played well on Tuesday night

In fact both Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba looked powerful players for Newcastle on Tuesday,  and they were a more than a  handful for the Crew.

Pardew was really pleased with the excellent performance put in by the lads in Columbus, and he had this to say today:

“The performance against Columbus was there for all to see – Demba Ba did well.” “If we get a couple of new players this team won’t be far away.”

“As I have explained it will take time.” “But in August things will start coming thick and fast,  everybody has been away on tour.”

“I think we could have something resolved in time for the Arsenal game. I hope we will.” “I certainly feel that the motivation from Mike Ashley, Derek and myself is to get the deal done before that game.”

“You can never say never with transfers.” “I think this has been a great period for me.” “When you have a tour like we have had, which gained good, bad and ugly, the character of the group shines through.”

“We were under pressure at times, especially after losing to Orlando.”

Hopefully things will now move to the transfer market and Newcastle can bring in a striker and then a left back to replace Jose Enrique.

It turns out that Pardew has been in regular communication with both owner Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias while he has been stateside, and Lee Charnley, the Newcastle Secretary, has also been in close communication with Alan over the last 10 days or so.

We are hoping Newcastle can get Mevlut Erdinc in within the next few days,  but if that doesn’t happen then Newcastle will have to turn to some other strikers, but who they may be we have absolutely no idea.

Any ideas?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Demba Ba · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


202 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spike // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    TOON ARMY and all that!

  • 2 Spike // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    I hope we don’t have all of our eggs in one basket with Erdinc. It doesn’t sound like he/his agent wants him to come

  • 3 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Whats going on here,theres about ten articles on the go. :)

  • 4 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    If 2 players and we’re not far away why not get 3 and actually be there?

  • 5 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Dont comment Ed will only get annoyed and put another article up!

  • 6 Dannyo // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Tbh there’s no strikers out there for us off the top of my head.
    With that said, i do belive the brothers in the the swedish league has been mentioned, and a few others by peeps here on the website and in newcastle rumours.
    I myself know little about any availability with the same type of player as Erdinc is, but im sure Carr has a few on the list… :P

  • 7 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    This erdinc thing is boring me now…..

  • 8 2 AMEOBI'S // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    1 Striker
    1 Right winger

    both of good quality (price irrelivant). This without more going out would be minimum for a decent window.

    Left back cover would also go down well. Would only sell perch and xisco, smudge, along with barton, may well be vital for team spirt. Alan Smith… Worlds most expensive cheerleader

  • 9 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Busy day Ed? I only left for half an hour to get my dinner and theres like 5 new articles!

  • 10 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    More neg bate Ed!

  • 11 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM


    Will be a striker + Fullback

  • 12 BelfastMagpie87 // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    It is hard to keep up like….

  • 13 John // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Upson or scott dann, bassong.

  • 14 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Upson? No it would be like getting big fat Sol back

    Dann or Bassong I would be happy with though

  • 15 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Would love Dann. He’s a top cb. If it wasn’t for his injury brum would’ve stayed up

  • 16 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    I would have had Bassong.

    £4m was the price being touted for him.
    Whats the price on Dann’s head?

  • 17 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Dann was said to be 10+mill but if Birmingham are as shagged as they seem to be its whatever the bank consider a decent bid for him

  • 18 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Who was the player we turned down 2 bids for btw?

  • 19 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    @18 Ranger

  • 20 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Ta Eastander was there any info on what the bids were?

  • 21 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Apparently they were both loan bids within the last 24hours, one of them was Birmingham, dont know who the other one was apart from it was a championship team, were supposed to be holding out for a permanent move though

  • 22 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Jason Puncheon’s name has surfaced again I see

  • 23 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    We should make an offer to exchange Ranger, Routledge and Perch plus a few million, for Dann. Then all we need shot of, is Smith and bloody Xisco!

  • 24 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Maybe we could use Ranger to get Dann….would very much work for me

  • 25 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    I dont know what happens if you offer cash for a birmingham player now… cant they accept it because they’re owner has had all his assets frozen?

  • 26 JohnnyBrookes // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Can someone put this “negger” tag to bed. It really is stupid as hell.It’s not negative to want to show ambition and move forward, and no-one wants to waste money, clearly.

    I just want my club to do well, 2 strikers, and some cover for our full backs, and I’m happy. Is that unrealistic, no? cue the “WHY WOULD YOU SPEND MONEY ON MICHAEL OWEN’s FFS< NEGGERS< WHAT YOU WANNA WASTE MONEY< WE HAVE YOUTH etcccccc"

    I just want decent players!! That's it.

  • 27 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM


    Straight swap?!?

  • 28 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM


    Birmingham havnt had their assets frozen, its the owner that has, so the money would go into Brums bank

  • 29 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Eastander I dont know tbh…..surely it would be down to the bank but they are all about cold hard cash rather than players but who knows. Ranger plus 5 mill for Dann

  • 30 Aye Aye How // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Dann would be a good choice but Bassong, no no, dont forget he turned his back on us when we went down!! No way he’ll be liked again , although he is a good young defender sstill!!

  • 31 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    @johnnybrookes 26: I don’t think it;s aimed at you JB. There are others on here are negative about every last thing about the club and are abusive with it. I think we’d all like to see at least a new striker and some cover at LB, I certainly would.

  • 32 Scottiedog // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Bored of this now!!! Think I will only start reading articles when we have actually signed someone

  • 33 dmac // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Dann would be a good player, however im not sure why people are so against Bassong. He was not one of the ones trying to jump ship he was sold as Tottenham made a good offer.

    He was a decent player id take him back.

  • 34 ~Cheik Mate~ // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Two more top players and We arnt too far away.

    I agree, But with some of the Doom Monger comments on this blog, you would think we were lightyears away from any sort of improvement.

  • 35 Aye Aye How // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Scottydog, i totally agree!!

  • 36 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    This is boring when theres no-one to argue with! :)

  • 37 boater // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Johnnybrookes – Seconded.

    Felipe – with respect, you remain along with davybtoon – an increasingly rare, puzzling Ostrich type. We all know the importance of positive support come August. In the meantime asking to see a portion of a whopping transfer war-chest spent on much needed recruits – is a fair nay perfectly normal stance,

  • 38 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Dann, Izagguire and Erding in. ‘Losing’ Smith, Xisco (does he exist or has he being bunked off?), Perch, Routledge and Ranger. I’d be ecstatic if that were to be the remainder of our window!

    I’d hope to keep Enrique at the club for his final year, so hopefully Izagguire could rival and humble him, when the oppurtunity arises.

  • 39 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    …..but that’s in fluffy world.

  • 40 Tyneside // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Been away for 2weeks now and come back to the same old shit. Stop talking about transfers, bloody make them .

  • 41 Henriks // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    If we dont get Erding what do you guys think about Juan manuel martinez?

  • 42 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    I actually think Xisco is in the matchday pies.

  • 43 scdoty // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    @95% of people on here

    Lads this blog is f**k boring now, really lads you think your going to change a persons side of the pro/neg Ashley regime?

    Love this blog normally, but now I dot even read all of the comments, as soon as I see name calling and bitching I just move onto next contructive comment (if there is any).

    We support the same team, let’s talk football not shite.


  • 44 Tyneside // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Talk talk bloody talk, shut up and sign players ya muppet

  • 45 boater // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Felipe – you ignore the crucial psychological importance of the club’s mood and atmosphere going into a new season.. nowhere is that more important than at the toon..

    When we went down it what largely due to the toxic atmosphere between owner and fans, with management and players caught in the middle somewhere… a bold transfer gesture is important,, it doesn’t have to be Michael friggin Owen but someone to appease the fans who pay hard earned cash to support the team week after week, season after season. They should be spending upwards of 20mil this window.. but suddenly we’ve all lowered our expectations and are desperately hoping to spend £6.5 mil on a striker !! it’s funking unbelievable when you take a step back.

    They stuck by the club in their thousands during relegation, have seen Hughton, Carroll, Nolan leave – do they not deserve a splash signing with the Carroll money?? Not just freebies and knock down goods??

    Maybe Enrique and Routledge’s attitude is endemic of the other players – maybe it isn’t… don’t know how you can fail to recognise how important being seen to be ambitious and progressive is though I really don’t.

  • 46 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    think the erding deal get sorted this weekend since hes in the country anyway for the emiretes cup with psg, psg dont want him havin accepted 6.5m from us, his agent said he wud love to come here, but the bonus payment is whats holding this up if it dont come off jermaine lens would b my next target, but pardew n carr seem to have a real hardon for erding so can see it happening

  • 47 toonashwin // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    ……. yohan……………………….dan/…………………

    best formation according to me……let me justifybarton as rtbck (he can deliver ball…..nice defensive instinct…) jonas can run and can cover whole wing..tiote dm..
    yohan and dan can cover box to box….
    where as hba and vukic and ba great attack

    on bench…

  • 48 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Smith is my biggest gripe with the club. He’s a 60k a week doley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 49 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    boater – how can u not see the signings of gosling, hba, tiote, cabaye, marveux, ba, abeid n prob erding in the last season is progress, houghton not a great manager as will b proved with brummies, nolan being replaced with cabaye is jus quality n best thing bout it we will hav got all them for around 22mill

  • 50 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Boater i agree with most of what you say but i hate it when people are implying the players we have brought in are not up to it. How do you know? I dislike the fact we aren’t going all out for a good striker but to complain about getting freebies and getting players is a bit daft tbh. I think the club has done well on the players coming in but am frustraded we’re not getting a top striker (well within our means) to come here

  • 51 wynsleap // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Must admit this Erding transfer is becoming so boring now.
    If the guy doesn’t want to come let him be and move onto another target.
    Apart from Sturridge – all the UK based forwards are overpriced so surely there must be some fit, strong running, bustling centre forwards in the African or South American areas or small, more technical, nippy types in the lower reaches of the Spanish, Italian and Dutch leagues.
    Surely £10 million could bag us a couple (one of each)and would greatly improve our strikeforce.
    For example who’d previously heard much of Demba Ba, Odemwingie, Rodallega etc before they came to prominence here?
    Erding? Stop putting all our eggs in one basket and starting searching the rest of the farm.
    The thought of Lovenkrands, Stroller and Best starting games again upfront leaves me with a shiver!

  • 52 OttersPocket // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM


    Generally when someone is getting interviewed they have to talk and answer questions, should he just sit their in silence?????

  • 53 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    erding is a top striker jus bcoz you aint seen him play dont write him off

  • 54 Tyneside // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM


    He’s been fcking talking about the same subject for weeks now man, it’s getting boring. He says the same shit everytime.

  • 55 OttersPocket // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM


    Well blame the journalists who are asking him the same questions.

  • 56 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    weve done the big transfer fees n big wages in the past n it didnt really get us anywere did it at least now we kno the players r coming bcoz they want be here

  • 57 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    us toon fans have a habbit of thinkin we know whats best for he club, all am gonna say is remeber when everyone kicke off with messiah on the stairs of sjp for selling andy cole only to b proved wrong, we dont kno best we jus think we do

  • 58 Tyneside // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM


    You must be enjoying him talk shit then, is that it?
    By the time the window shuts we wouldn’t have spent a penny on transfers. Nolans fee covered Cabaye, and Enriques fee will cover Erdings plus what other player he is supposed to be after.

    He’s sucking ashleys cock as we speak

  • 59 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    theres no guarentee with anyonewhen they join a new club same league or not that they are going to perform no matter how much you spend, look at torres, 50m and he was terrible for chelsea!
    I’d love to see the look some of your faces if we spend 25m on a striker and he scored 10goals this season, sharp change ya tune! or if it was us who paid 20m for henderson! or is that good business because you’ve spent lots?

  • 60 toonashwin // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    love to see some transfer
    jose…10m +50k pw
    alan smith…release+45k
    danny guthrei…+40k
    total 21m salary unloaded 310k pw
    el burrito…6.5m+35k
    considering erdinic and one more aggresive mf(rayad /bernatta/puncheon)
    bought from andy’s money+45k+30
    total 20.5+0.5 m agent fees…..and salary load 180k
    thats what we need.
    and a profit of 130k pw and 15m from andy’s money
    that what ashley wants
    everybody wins

  • 61 Tyneside // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM


    Carrolls money wont be used on transfers, the sale of other players will

  • 62 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    toonashwin – just stay where you are, they’ll be around soon, to escort you to your padded cell.

  • 63 Tyneside // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Out – Enrique 10mil plus
    In – Erding 6.5mil i think.
    In – ?????? 4mil

    Thats before anyone else is sold

  • 64 Desange // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM


    Such an awful formation
    2-7-1 ?

  • 65 ONLINE GUY // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Here’s an idea Ed ,

    Ashley should leave , sell up… For Various reasons …

    The Sports Direct Logo’s are making the ground look Cheap And I have heard He is ripping down the Newcastle United Name above the East stand ! and replacing it with His Cheapo Looking Logo ! yuk.

  • 66 OttersPocket // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    I wonder what Blackburn fans make of Venkys putting their name on club shirts and players taking part in advert for them.
    Imagine the reaction on here if Colo was in sports direct advert and they replaced Northern Rock on shirts.

  • 67 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Not sure if this has been posten on here but look at that! haha

    I’d rather ashley be in charge than those chicken farmers

  • 68 Tyneside // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM


    Is he taking Newcastle United down really?

  • 69 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    OttersPocket and Andy
    I saw that earlier……I was stunned into silence then into large amounts of laughter! Haha :D

  • 70 JP...from The Rock // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    scdoty – We’re on the same page. If we finally manage a quality striker like Erdinç or Sturridge get ready to watch everyone posting positive comments only for it to be short lived and people start bitcin the fact we still need defensive reinforcements and the Ashley out crap. I am no fan of Ashley but we should support the club and eachother and stop taking sides, it makes me sick.

  • 71 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    That ad is genuinely tacky and embarrassing, gobsmacked, is what Ashley would get if he asked Cheik to do that :lol:

  • 72 JP...from The Rock // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Otterspocket – Don’t put any more worrying ideas in Fat Ashley ‘s head lol it could happen you know

  • 73 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    I thought that was some kinda spoof advert and then realised it actually is the Blackburn players! Thank god we dont have them as owners, i think we’ve getn off lightly with ashley!

  • 74 OttersPocket // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    JP…from The Rock

    Can just see Colo and Tiote in some nice Donnay tracksuits holding one of them giant tennis balls.

  • 75 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    can anyone hazard a guess at the list of strikers we are looking at?

  • 76 JP...from The Rock // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Otterspocket – Hahaha yeahh lol

  • 77 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Ba owns his own shrimping vessel. True story.

  • 78 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM


    He have a friend called Forest?

  • 79 JP...from The Rock // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    @ Otterspocket – Or worse we see the whole team with long faces singing that annoyingly catchy slogan, “Sports UK’s #1!” in one of those cheap track-suits lol

  • 80 JP...from The Rock // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    NUFC_Richyg01- It’s Bubba in diguise lol

  • 81 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM


  • 82 Angryman the Angry fan // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Negger and proud!!
    Cashley, f11ck off an ruin someone else’s club you fat gimp!

  • 83 dave 1961 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Felipe you seem to be putting yourself forward as some form of guardian angel of this site, i just thought we already have that position filled by Ed Harrison, and that’s the way it should stay, so you will always get your opinion on every topic you want to post on, and no one will be able to silence you, see the logic in that.

  • 84 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    He likes it when you talk to him like that, Angry…

  • 85 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Angryman the Angry fan – Can’t everyone meet somewhere in the middle haha?

    I hate Ashley, but he isn’t the WORST owner in the world. I am quiet contempt with him TBH

  • 86 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    @boater 44: You say I ‘ignore the crucial psychological importance of the club’s mood’ which is quite bizarre really when I and a few others have been trying our damndest to stop people like yourselves destroying that mood with all the negative talk. When we came up last year the club had a 5 year plan the first year of which was survival and ending with our competing again for europe. We achived step 1 with plenty to spare and I think with the squad we now have we are about 3 years ahead of step 2. Yes, I think we could be challenging for a europa place this year. We have Cabaye and Gosling to replace Nolan and Ba to replace Carroll. If we can get another striker to add to Ba, Ameobi, Best & Lover and a left back to cover and/or replace Jose then we’re sorted for now and can take another look at what we need in January. I think we are being ambitious, while most of the teams in the league are aiming purely at survival we are pushing to get back into the top 6/7. That is my opinion.

  • 87 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    I wish people would stop writing comments bigger than the article! :p

  • 88 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    @dave1961 82: Guardian angel of the site??? I’m just giving my opinion, that’s what a forum is for, no?

  • 89 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM


    We have to be!

    But we will see if mood changes come closure of the transfer window!

  • 90 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM


    I wish people just hit return now and again in their posts, so bloody hard to read some of the comments that just go on and on in one big paragraph!

  • 91 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Felipe – YOU think, MY opinion.

    Those where key words from your post. Let other people have there opinions, be it twisting or moaning

    Just because you think your right, doesn’t mean everyone else should not opinionate, on something you do not agree on..

  • 92 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Which teams will struggle next season then? (Bored of the standard conversation)

    I am betting Blackburn, Villa, Swansea, QPR, Norwich, Wolves and Wigan

    If any of them fiinish above us I will be gutted by our season

  • 93 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    I know, someone could be making a valid point but I just see a massive lump of text and go straight past it

  • 94 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    @gazza going fishing 90: I agree with you entirely. If you find/found me doing otherwise then please feel free to tell me politely.

  • 95 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    NUFC_Richyg01 – Exactly mate, and sure it will haha, everyone on here is football bonkers! we all are.

    I am happy now, but if we don’t sign at LEAST a striker and left back, then i will be the first to complain ;)

    Moods change all the time, makes it more interesting to read haha

  • 96 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Blackburn Villa, Bolton, Wigan, Norwich, Wolves, Wigan, , QPR, Swansea,WBA we SHOULD finish above them i think. We should be battling with mackems everton for higher up. Whether it happens is another thing

  • 97 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    WWJBD – I would be tempted to throw fulham in there, I dont know why but i just cant see them having a very good season

  • 98 dave 1961 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    davybtoon the fans were correct on Andy Cole as he went on to beat us to the title, when his replacements failed.

  • 99 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Felipe – Your not that bad mate, you have very good points, as does everyone.

    WWJBD – Wigan, Villa, Swansea and Wolves for me ;)

  • 100 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Andy Bolton may struggle with lack of strikers but I can see them getting some loan players in. WBA I reckon will be pretty good next season

    Eastanders Fulham, really? I think they will have a good season if they can keep Zamora fit

  • 101 G // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    @Post 91. As things stand now, Blackburn dead cert to finish bottom, then it’s between Norwich, Swansea, Wigan, Wolves and WBA. I suspect the suprise of the season will be how well QPR do, once they sack Colin Warnock after about 4 games then appoint an expensive Italian manager, whom they will release January funds for.

  • 102 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Ah yes Fulham. Paper thin squad and not many players in. Also quite old

  • 103 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    gazza no QPR? I cant see them getting more than 25 points

  • 104 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    I see our main rivals next season should be Sunderland Everton Fulham and Bolton maybe WBA

  • 105 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    I really hope Stoke have a terrible season and are relegated.

    But I’ll predict Wigan, QPR and Swansea. Norwich will survive I reckon, good support and we need more food based puns back in the Premiership. Mike to nail Delias’ crusty cob 20/1 – any takers?

  • 106 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    WWJBD – Orderpends if they decide to invest, they might just be being patient haha

  • 107 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    WWJBD – I would put stoke in the pot of teams we will be challenging as well

  • 108 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    I hate to say it but I think Stoke are up there as well…but I think after Man U, Man C, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs we should be in the mix…

  • 109 barryvenison // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Blackburn have Benjani, Roberts, Kalinic up front. Even we have a better strike force than them. Though I did like the look of their new signing Formica who played up front yesterday. Good skill but not too sure if he’ll cut it in the prem.

  • 110 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Haha I cant see QPR investing like from what I have heard (very limited knowledge on QPR I admit) there is huge issues within the board room 2 very different camps

    Plus I dont think they have as much money as they say they do

  • 111 ochytoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    QPR, Blackburn, Aston Villa, Wigan, Wolves, Norwich and Swansea although I don’t think the latter will struggle to badly and I don’t expect them to be relegated

  • 112 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Oh aye fing Stoke will probably be a rival…..hate them haha

  • 113 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Hope Stoke go down as well! Then Messi might come over i mean it is that ‘cold tuesday night in Stoke’ he’s afraid of isn’t it?

  • 114 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Haha this conversation really makes me think the PL is full of some sh*t teams

  • 115 ochytoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Hahaha, thats whats keeping him from joining Blackburn

  • 116 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    MY Predictions:

    Man City
    West Brom

  • 117 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM


    Thought that was his chicken allergy?

  • 118 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Richy Villa that high up are you mad!? haha

  • 119 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    WWJBD – Realllllllyyyyy? haha i remember everyone going on about how they where going to be spending like City. There top players are; Taraabt and Prisking i think lol, i have limited knowledge on them too

    Our striker force next season could be.. Long, Erding, Amerobi, Best and Ba. Not bad at all if we can pull that off :D

  • 120 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Blackburn are gonna be in the champions league in 4 years? They must hate their board! And I may put a little bet on city winning the league. I can’t wait to watch them! Should be interesting

  • 121 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    NUFC_Richyg01 – Villa 7th :O

  • 122 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    I’ll go with this

    Man City
    Man U
    West Brom

  • 123 BelfastMagpie87 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    I think the 3 promoted teams will do well next season.
    They were all good to watch,in the championship.
    Played good football etc,especially swansea.

  • 124 JP...from The Rock // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Felipe #85 – I agree with you.

  • 125 barryvenison // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    You think there’s a Blackburn supporter out there with “Salmonella” on the back of his top?

  • 126 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    I think with Given & Zog they have done some good deals.

    I think Bent’s goals will do them good.

    They have only really lost Downing & Young which I think Zog cancells one of them out

  • 127 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    haha yeah they are meant to be minted but judging by what the manager is saying….freebies and loan deals all the way yet they stuck the ticket prices up over 50% compared to last season

    I dont like QPR going from what I have heard about them

  • 128 Kris // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    @ toonashwin

    4 million for Harper? haha, you must be kidding with us!

  • 129 simonsez // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    You think sunderland have a better team than everton?

  • 130 G // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    I honestly believe QPR will probs finish mid table, as will Stoke. Last 3 years I been dead wrong about these things like. Still putting wedge in the bookies on Blackburn finishing rock bottom like.

  • 131 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM



    Just like there is a Toon fan with JJB Sports 1 on his back!

  • 132 Hebburn Mag // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Just seen on Sky Sports earlier that Man Citys strike force is worth a wopping £130 million, thats more than some of the Premier Leagues whole teams are worth. I just find it rediculas that they are spending soo much money on a team and paying their players £250 000 a week, wheres the common sense.

  • 133 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    I’ll go with this
    Man U

  • 134 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    how they going to get to 7th though, fair enough if n’zogbia they have probably only lost one winger, but thats still lost a player and last year they were 14th or something… so how do they get to 7th?

  • 135 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM


    Everton always have injury troubles, especially upfront. Also, they aint really strengthened in this window.

  • 136 simonsez // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Everyone thinking chelsea going to win the league, must think torres is going to find some form. Dont know if it will happen, but would love to see chelsea to miss out on a champions league spot.

  • 137 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Andy I pretty much agree with what you have put up there. Us that high up IF all goes well

  • 138 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    SSN: “Correio da Manha claims Sporting Lisbon are ready to agree terms with Arsenal for Nicklas Bendtner.”

  • 139 BelfastMagpie87 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    mcleish will do alright at villa.
    The football wont be great,but they will win games.

  • 140 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    WWJBD – Ah well haha, bet there fans are gutted. Imagine having a promising owner coming in, and not do what they expect them to do? lol

    What i don’t get is why didn’t they go all out for Routledge, he was one of there star players

  • 141 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    I reckon it will be a Manchester team that wins the league not sure which one though….leaning to the blue side I think

  • 142 Munster Mag // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Some interesting comments there. Much will depend o the fitness of Bden Arfa and Demba Ba in my opinion. Enrique is a gifted player ( dont u just laugh when scaousers say he;s not good enough for them ? Er Konchesky must have gone down well with them….) and his loss on the left could be huge as an attacking force. I agree with a good bit of Ashleys tactics in building the club, even if its to sell it. Its great that we no longer get mugged in the transfer market, but we are all supposing that guys like marveaux abd cabaye are as good as we are told…..they may not be….afdter all , we were told Luque was excellent! Still, i’m optimistic. If we sign a very good left back ( assuming Enrique goes) and pacy striker, i’ll be very happy. Incidentally, what is Erdinc like?? Opinions vary hugely ….is it true his scoring record is poor ???

  • 143 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    here simonsez… go tell ashley he has to buy sturridge! then he has to do it :)

  • 144 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Aye haha feel bad for their fans but begger them there are enough PL teams in London

    I think they couldnt afford Routledge tbh….dont see why else they wouldnt just sign him up

  • 145 BelfastMagpie87 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I hope torres bangs them in next year.
    Just to shut the scousers up. :)

  • 146 gorskino10 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:43 PM


    You say that buy Merveuax wanted to join Liverpool, and put up with a move here.

    Ba went were the best offer was which was us.

    And Erdinc if it happens has said he wants to stay and doesnt want to come here, not sounding like all these guy wanna play for us TBH.

  • 147 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM


    Especially when Carroll spends most of the time on the treatment table!

  • 148 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    WWJBD – Too many mate! Man U and City are the start of the northern era haha, soon it will be Man U,Liverpool,City and us fighting it out :D.. maybe not lol

    And that must be genuine proof they are indeed skint haha

  • 149 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Someone mentioned Van Der Weil on here for RB ages ago? who is and is he good?

  • 150 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    If anyone thinks it makes one iota difference if we were first choice or not it’s daft. You are questioning the proffesionalism of these players. Do you think just because we maybe weren’t marveaux’s first choice he isn’t going to try hard. Footballers are ambitious and players like marveaux and cabaye have the chance to prove themselves in “the worlds best league”

  • 151 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:47 PM


  • 152 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Munster Mag – Yeah he scoring record is poor. But i’m sure Niafron said there where a few reasons with being injured and neglected by the manager. I can’t really remember haha

  • 153 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    gazza, not a hope in hell of getting gregory van der weil, he’s one of the best right backs in the world and would probably cost about 20m

  • 154 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    gazza- haha top none London dogs would be between us Man Utd, City and Liverpool ;)

    haha poor Routledge seems no one really wants him

  • 155 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Andy – Exacly mate, i think he wanted to do a job in the PREMIER LEAGUE. Not specificly Liverpool

  • 156 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Pardew Issues Ultimatum

  • 157 dave 1961 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    off topic but I hear there’s now a way around bt cleanfeed so the streaming might not be dead in the water, I will wait until the season starts then if it is used extensively I will email the work around, to those that want it. its too early yet to see who will be effected by this, but obviously should not effect those outside the UK.

  • 158 BelfastMagpie87 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM



    Torres is having a tough time like.
    But when i hear scousers like john aldridge etc.
    saying hes finished,i laugh… :)

  • 159 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM


    Same as Perch, Smith, Ranger, Ameobi, Xisco

  • 160 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Let’s have a quickfire poll. Tavernier or Simpson for the RB slot? GO! I plump for Tav.

  • 161 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    WWJBD – We can only dream mate ;) and routledge is a decent little player i think, certianly a good enough squad player, Perch on the other hand just spoils my day thinking about his rash challenges haha

  • 162 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    @160 Simpson

  • 163 simonsez // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    munster mag I like the fact that we dont know much about the players we sign, could turn out to be better than we could ever have expected. If we sign what we class as a proven premiership player they very rarely do better than expected but there is still plenty who do worse than expected.

  • 164 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Agreed mate I would keep Routledge and ship out Perch


  • 165 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Eastander – Ohh haha, cheers mate, just nagged my mind, i don’t have a great knowledge of earopean players.

    I just listen to Gorskinho, he seem’s to know the all the Euro talent ;)

  • 166 BelfastMagpie87 // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Simpson talks to much shite to the press in my opinion.

  • 167 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Simpson (but wouldn’t be worried if tav was started)

  • 168 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Smooth moves Shola – Simpson and slowly let tavernier gain experience

    WWJBD – If these injury’s keep coming we might need Perch, and even.. may the lord have mercy… Smith :( haha

  • 169 branunited // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    marko arnautovic and loic remy.

  • 170 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    BelfastMagpie87 – I saw him on SoccerAM and for some reason he annoyed the hell out of me, seemed a bit stuck up

  • 171 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Oh god if we have to play Perch and Smith then I will literally cry haha

  • 172 K4Toon // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    ST x1, RW x1, LB x1, CB x1 are the least we need, and that’s given we keep Barton and get rid of the two Spaniards. in addition, Smith, Perch, Loven, Routledge can go, and maybe MA shld play half of the wage for Xisco n Smith to help get them out the door. some may think we hv enough midfielders, but in fact apart from Spiderman and maybe Marveaux we hv zero pace in the middle, esp when HBA is out we need someone to provide the spark n creativity out wide (and even so we hv to assume that Cabaye can function as he did in Lille) . with Campbell gone and no apparent successor in the reserve, why didn’t we hijack Woodgate as backup?

  • 173 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    For me, I just think the backing off will never be rectified for Simo, it’s an instinct to him, an in-built reflex that can’t be coached out, in my opinion. From what little I’ve seen of Tav, he has a better attacking mind and oodles of pace. In the tackle they’re probs even (ooer), but Simo does cover his CBs well, I’ll give him that.

    Seems Simo gets the nod though.

  • 174 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    WWJBD – Let’s just pretend we never mentioned the possibillity of that happening lol

  • 175 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:03 PM
    Not a bad goal! MA get the bidding started!! Offer them Smith

  • 176 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    haha the only memory I have of Perch is watching him hammer in a bullet header….into our goal

  • 177 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    That’s up there with Bergkamps bamboozler, the CB was left stunned with his jaw on the floor.

  • 178 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    WWJBD – Typical ;) at least we know he can header a ball haha

  • 179 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Andy – I heard Madrid rejected him because of his hair :O haha

    Has anyone seen Lucac for Santos? he looks absoloutly unreal

  • 180 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Was a brilliant header like…..just shame where it ended up haha

  • 181 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    WWJBD – Haha we need a comic midfielder so we have the complete package lol

    We have Ameobi being a donkey upfront, and Perch tackling players who havn’t got the ball in defense haha, any idea’s for midfield? suppose tiote can be comical(in a good way)

  • 182 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Random question: Does anyone know the exact capacity of each of our stands? Just wondering how humongous it would be if it were symmetrical, would it overhaul OT?

  • 183 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    gazza haha midfielder…..Guthrie at times and Smith is terrible am sure he fouls players as he walks on to the pitch haha

  • 184 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    It is a bit ridiculous his hair like and i’ve not seen much of lucas. He was on the bench in the copas for brazil but haven’t really seen him play.

  • 185 Toonpiper // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    I wonder if BRFC will put Formica on the bench lol

  • 186 gazza going fishing // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Hahaha i think Smith wins that one WWJBD, he is a terrible football player lol

    Andy, he is small and so quick, and can leave a defense benhind with his pacey runs. I heard he has a buy-out clause of 70 odd million, he would be perfect for the premiership too haha

  • 187 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Neymar…good player but seems to love to dive rather than play imo

  • 188 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Aye Smithy is rubbish but seems a decent lad so I dont pick on him too much haha

  • 189 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    K4Toon 172: We have Colo, Taylor, Wilko, Kadar and Tavernier who can all play centre half with young Jeff Henderson coming along nicely. Don’t think we need a perma crock like Woodgate.

  • 190 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    @wwjbd 188: He’s not rubbish, he might be past his best but you don’t get to play in champions league semi finals if you’re rubbish. I’m sure he will still be a good influence around some of the young uns and he can still do a job at holding midfield in the cups or if we had injuries.

  • 191 max // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    hopefully erdin can come. but if not i hope we can get crancjar to support ba

  • 192 scdoty // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Wow a whole 120 comments of football. Nice and easy lads, nice and easy. Don’t want anyone thinking were all mates.

    Good reading, ill go for top 4, im order.

    Man u
    Man city

    Then the toon of course.l

  • 193 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM


    Sorry like but he cant live of what he used to be able to do….he is rubbish as a footballer now

    As I said he seems a decent bloke but he hasent done much in a black and white shirt and that wont be changing

  • 194 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    @wwjbd: Happy to disagree. Can still do a job in CM for me but there you go…

  • 195 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    scdoty – I’ll take the credit for that, I am good for camaraderie… now, all donations to 26 Car…

    Well if Smith can pull that scam off?

  • 196 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Felipe honestly? Not for me like he is behind Cabaye Tiote Barton Gosling Vuckic Raylor and Guthrie for me

  • 197 safferman // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    everyone has probably seen this by now, but incase you havent – makes having Cashley as an owner seem not as bad….

  • 198 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    There’s only really tiote and guthrie there as a holding cm but fair enough…

  • 199 WWJBD // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Raylor and Gosling are both capable of playing holding mid as is Cabaye

  • 200 Felipe // Jul 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    As I say, happy to disagree…

  • 201 HatemBenArfa10 // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Liam Ridgewell 6m
    Tranquillo Barnetta 5m
    Hugo Rodellaga 8-9m
    Shane Long 7m
    Scott Dann 6-7m

    Smith 1m plus his huge wages
    Enrique 10-12m plus his wages
    Guthrie 1m plus his wages
    Ranger 2m plus his wages
    Routledge 2.5m plus his wages
    (players rumored out of newcastle)

  • 202 toontoonblacknwhitearmy // Jul 29, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    man city
    man utd

    Bets on Moyesy’s last season at Everton? Could be off to MUFC or City if SAF retires or City/Chelsea don’t win the league…

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