Negotiations Still Ongoing And Possible New Arrival Soon


The good news for Newcastle fans is that manager Alan Pardew has said there is still hope the club can sign a left back before Saturday’s noon time kick-off game with old enemy Sunderland.

Alan Pardew – player could come in before Sunderland game

We hope that’s the case, because then Newcastle fans will have a  double celebration at 2:00 pm local time Saturday,  a new left back and all 3 points against Sunderland.

The three left backs Newcastle are reported to be interested in are Erik Pieters of PSV,   Aly Cissokho of Lyon and Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge, so either of those first two would be great.

Wayne Bridge would be okay but he would be  a loan signing for the season, and an expensive one at that, and Erik Pieters or Aly Cissokho would be young classy players signed permanently.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about the left back talks:

“Everybody knows we need a left-back and it’s being made difficult, not by us, but by other clubs and we have to get over that.”

“It could be that something gets done before the game, but I don’t think I would include him even if it did because this game is a game you need to know about and you need to be prepared for.”

The difficulty with other clubs that Alan refers to,  is likely that they are asking too much in transfer fees for Mike Ashley’s liking.

It would be too late to have any new player play against Sunderland,  and it will be very interesting to see if Alan keeps with Ryan Taylor at left back, since he was playing way out of position.

Pardew can also bring in 20 year-old Shane Ferguson, whom Alan watched in the Reserves 5-0 win over Gateshead Reserves yesterday afternoon, and it will largely depend on how Shane played in that game.

And it’s good to see Newcastle and Gateshead working together to get that practice game arranged for yesterday, and we have to wonder which Newcastle youngster will have a loan spell at Gateshead soon?

Newcastle are also after a striker, and are linked with Modibo Maiga of Souchaux, who unfortunately has gone on strike at his French club, to try to get the move he wants to Newcastle United, but that could well backfire on him.

Pardew talked about Maiga today:

“There’s a lot of stuff coming out about him being on strike and we can’t condone that.”

“But in terms of us, we have put a bid in for the player and he is a player that we want to bring to the club.”

“That’s where that is and negotiations are still ongoing.”

If Newcastle sign  Aly Cissokho and Maiga from their French clubs, they should get Chief Scout Graham Carr an apartment in Paris, so it’s convenient for him, as he scouts players in the French League.

Graham still lives in Northampton but has an apartment in Newcastle, as he comes up often to talk about players with Alan Pardew and Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley, and certainly Graham is an important cog in the Newcastle wheel these days.

We may also see a French Cafe open up in the Bigg Market too.

Comments welcome.



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57 comments so far

  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Maiga is shit and it’s everybody elses fault, MA won’t stump up that extra 1-2m to hasten a signing.

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Why not bid for Figuereo of Wigan? he WILL join us if we bid for him

    Strikers – Kevin Doyle and Rodallega

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  • jimmyxavi

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Ahhhhhh well.. Bring on the Mackems.. If our team can get a draw outta Arsenal why can’t we do the mackems with two returning players in Marv and Fergie??

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  • Drona

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    dont believe him. liar

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #5

    MM

    You say Maiga is shit but have you ever seen him play? I doubt that you have. Have faith in Graham Carr the guy that scouted Ben Arfa and Tiote. This guy knows what hes doing so wait and see what Maiga is like before you start saying hes shit.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #6

    @2

    I like Figuero too. I was hoping Wigan would go down at the end of last season so we could get him, Zoggy and Rodellega.

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  • dmac

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Brutoon , dave whelan would never sell us a player as he detestes Ma.

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    He is shit, face it.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #9

    @5

    Scouted Ben Arfa? Everybody with a hole in their arse knew about him in all fairness.

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  • alkinou

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    I might be wrong but I thought Pardew said we’d definately have a new left-back for the game against Sunderland. If that’s the case I’m a bit disappointed in him right now 🙁

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  • ScottishMagpie

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree with Brutoon if we fail in getting maiga go for rodellaga or doyle bid £7-10M for one of them, because they are talented and the ideal partner for Ba. Also why is strolla starting Best is far better.

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  • Thump

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Isn’t Figuero 28 or something?

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Everybody sign this up?

    Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    Please sign this petition, the truth about hillsborough must come out, all football fans should join together ! http://t.co/5z9vtHN
    39 minutes ago Favorite Undo Retweet Reply

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  • Andy

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Maiga is apparently v fast from the article i read about him. Obertan i can see eventually becoming a striker because of his sheer speed and he has a rocket on him as well. Whoever we bring in (bar gks) i will give time to prove himself but i also have faith in the scouting teams

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Maiga has some ethics issue that we need to face. Didn’t he go on strike twice against his former employers? Again, not one, but two former employers. That’s quite unacceptable.

    Indeed, if he comes to play for us, I do have some worry. Like… if Manure comes for him after he joins us, will he refuse to play for us in order to get the deal going?

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  • mattnufc

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Why are we after this unheard Maiga? Is he any good?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #17

    So the clubs put their valuation on a player and fat man wont pay it so pards comes out with its hard work erm no its not just pay 6m for pieters and get it done thats cheap for an international imo

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #18

    @mattnufc, even he’s a good lad, I still think we gotta beware of his ethics issue.

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  • jimmyxavi

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #19

    You’ve gotta remember we don’t need a small, quick and skillfull striker!! When HBA returns he’ll play in the number 10 role behind one striker! We’ve also got Obertan who can fill that void!

    Krul
    Simmo/Gosling Saylor Colo ??
    Barton/Obertan Cabaye Tiote Marv/ Jonas
    HBA/Obertan
    Ba/Best/Shola/New kid on the block!!

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #20

    By the way, he’s not desperate to come because of a love for the club, probably more to do with a doubling of salary.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #21

    The main reason people think maiga is a bad player is because youtube does not have many videos of him unlike a number of other players we have been linked with. I bet 99% of the people have never seen this guy play. I will go with carr on this one and be glad if we get him through the door.

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  • Thump

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    I love how people are saying “Maiga went on strike twice – he’s a trouble maker!”

    1. Hatem Ben Arfa did the exact same stunt twice. Once to force a move to OM and again to force a move to Newcastle – lest we forget that he actually flew out here to begin discussions with us.

    2. Alan Pardew, our manager in arms, threatened Reading with resignation when they blocked his move to West Ham.

    Don’t act we have a squad of mild mannered nuns – we have, and have had, our fair few trouble makers.

    Does anybody care to list the lads from the past who went on strike? N’Zog, Bassong etc.?

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  • mattnufc

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #23

    @18
    Very true, good goal and assist on this vid:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIemcawOYe4

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Why if a newspaper article says PSV want 6 or 7 mill for pieters then everybody seems to think that is the price how do we know that psv do not want 10 mill and nufc are negotiating???

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #25

    i think MM’s correct lol. he is olympics 2012 in the words of al murray

    a bit sh it 😀

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  • Tramp

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Drink beer and love the footy lads! Love the toon. 🙂 come on! Pards wants us to succeed, the boys we have our quality and us, well… we are second to none!!

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  • supervil

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #27

    @Toonboy_84

    Everybody knew about Ben Arfa? Well apparently Shearer didn’t… on MOTD after Hatem scored that screamer at Everton he said “…no one knew much about this lad at all.”.

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  • supervil

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #28

    @Tramp

    “Pards wants us to succeed.”

    Too rights he does! I wish people realised that more often..

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  • STS_Toon

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    I hope we sign Aly Cissokho! This Maiga lad likes to throw his toys out of his pram, Not too keen on him…If we do sign him, I hope he proves me wrong.

    On another note…Is any one interested in buying the new home shirt with BEN ARFA “10” (size medium) on the back? I have it on ebay at the moment. I bought the wrong size!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Newcastle-United-Home-Shirt-2011-2012-Ben-Arfa-BNWT-/200642537229?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_Football_FootballShirts&hash=item2eb73a270d

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    @GeordieTwo, hope you’ll see my post here. I would really like to ask a question to you, just discussion and no offense at all: do you believe that players would be able to switch position from their “natural” position and performance better? From your last post, I have found that you opposed playing R Taylor and Fergie @ the left back position. I don’t question if it works or not, but I also wanna see if that would work out as well (at least for creating a backup left back).

    I also remember someone thought my idea of putting Tiote at the left back as a piece of joke. I let that go, but I still see that as the possibility, and it takes creativity to find out.

    John Beresford was the left back for us. When Ginola’s sold to Tottenham, Beresford was played as a left wing and that worked until Robert came.

    Chris Sutton started as a center back and he ended up being a good forward.

    Steve Taylor started as a forward and he ended up being our first choice center back.

    Arteta started as a defensive midfielder, but become one of the best attacking midfielder.

    Thierry Henry was once employed as a winger and it didn’t work. Once he’s back in the striker position, he played very well.

    Don’t forget. Warren Barton was once employed as a forward for us when injury mounted.

    The bottomline is that if we are not able to get a left back, we gotta find out the best solution.

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  • Thump

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #31

    @STS_Toon: Y’know who else likes to throw his toys out of his pram?

    Kevin Keegan.

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  • Burni

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Pizzicatochan, tiote has played at right back before and if he is as bad at lb than there then theres no way he would be a good back up. Sorry bud.

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  • Thump

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #33

    @Burni: You’re talking about Chelsea in the Carling Cup, aye? If so he was only playing there because Fergie picked up a knock so it’s hard to really judge him on that but I agree it’s not where he should play. My issue would be his tackling – he’ll be in and around the penalty area making his usual tackles.

    I say put Jonas at wingback and let Marveaux play the wing. Yeah it’s his first game back but I put more faith in Jonas than I do Raylor – although he did have a canny game at Arsenal.

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  • KillyMansGiro

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Pardew aka Alistair Darling you are a bore, we are not after any of the 2 named left backs, sound bites.

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  • smithy434

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Krul
    Simo Colo Saylor Raylor
    Barton Tiote
    Obertan Cabaye Gutierrez
    Ameobi

    Subs: Harper, Williamson, Ferguson, Vuckic, Marveaux, Lovenkrands, Ba

    Line-up for Saturday lads?

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  • Mr.TooN

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #36

    ??????????? dont count on it we will not sign any1 till jan and then it will be 2 late no1 will wana come to a club who is in bottem 3

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  • BRABOT

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #37

    HBA s est mis en greve a Marseille,mais seulement parceque Deschamps ne voulait pas le faire jouer .
    Completement different du cas MAIGA .

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #38

    I have a huge amount of faith in Carr, but we need caution as by all accounts these LB and strikers we r now being linked with are far from 1st choice .
    But who ever we get will be better than what we’ve got now!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #39

    pizzicatochan

    since when did this club do ethics, Barton’s been here 4 years !!

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  • jon.c

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #40

    another bag of bulls–t from A.P we are after no one if the truth was known

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