Newcastle Unwilling To Pay The Money For Top Players


It seems that Newcastle have identified Lyon left back Aly Cissokho, Dutch left-back Erik Pieters and former England International Wayne Bridge, as priority targets  to replace the departed Jose Enrique.

Aly Cissokho – Lyon left-back

However, it would appear that Mike Ashley’s well known thriftiness is preventing any deals from being made.

Apparently Newcastle are not only unwilling to pay £6M for PSV’s Erik Pieters, but are also balking at the £32K/week the Dutchman is requesting in wages.

When you think that Erik would be replacing Jose Enrique, who was sold for £6M last week to Liverpool,  and was on £45K/week for four years at Newcastle, that’s disappointing – and it’s a little hard to figure that one out.

And Lyon’s Aly Cissokho would cost between £7M and £8M, and Newcastle think that’s an inflated fee for the French International.

With the Pieters deal in trouble, they could turn again to 23 year-old left-back Cheikh M’Bengue of Toulouse, but the word is that Newcastle don’t want to pay out £6M for that player either.

Any other cheaper alternatives around?

While former Chairman Freddy Shepherd paid way over the odds in both transfer fees and wages for very ordinary players, Mike Ashley seems almost the polar  opposite.

He will not pay out decent fees and wages for good players.

There now seems no chance to bring in a quality left back before the derby game at Sunderland on Saturday, and it’s a little disappointing when you look at the apparent reasons, if  the news is to be believed.

It doesn’t help matters that Newcastle have brought in almost £48M in transfer fees this year for players who have left Newcastle like Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Wayne Routledge.

It could make some sense to bring in Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge, since the player has ample experience in the Premier League.

But the loan move for one season would be very expensive, and Newcastle would need to pay a loan fee and some portion of his massive £80K/week wages, and we just don’t think that will happen, however much Alan Pardew may want Bridge at Newcastle.

We can understand that one, and it would not be a good deal for the club.

And you’ve got to think that Alan Pardew is getting just a little frustrated with the Newcastle hierarchy’s  unwillingness to pay out the money to get good new players in.

There’s nothing wrong with trying to get good deals, nothing at all, but you can also overdo it, and the result is that no deals get done at all.

Newcastle’s main priority this week was to have a new left back in before the Sunderland game, but that will not happen now.

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102 comments so far

  • Marzy

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    what a joke!!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    M’Bengue should be the one in the door… he is fast and strong like Enrique… Cissokho would be far too expensive.

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Keep the faith lads, Aly Cissokho by the end of today, i can feel it in my waters

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  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    if we were going to sign Pieters, we would have done it by now. Afterall, the price matches what we sold Enrique for near enough, and his wages arent mad. But he’s on the plane cos once again MA and AP are just stringing us along until the 31st….when we get a whole load of shite about how they tried, but not to worry cos they’ll spend that money on players n next window, but then theyll say no no no – we said we would spend the money at xmas, and we did on a big fat xmas turkey, stuffed with truffles, and other exotic treats for Mr. Cashleys & DL’s dinner. And this year Mr. Pardew worked so hard talking crap that he can lick the plate after. Merry X’mas suckers from Newcastle United’s board of twats

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    asslee will ever sign any stricker or left back i dont think so

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    M.A fkng hell plz leav the club if u cnt pay 32k for an internationl experiance player

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew deserves a medal for dealing with them muppets!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    @3

    Hope your wrong mate, he’s not the right player for us.

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  • alex84

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Iv had enough, iv tried all summer to stay positive but this is getting a joke now, pay the money you stingy fat piece of shite!!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    We are a small club now with Fat Tw*t in charge if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. We will be a bottom half team as long as he owns us. I also have a very bad feeling about the derby at the weekend very bad indeed.

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    @8
    I just dont think the Pieters deal is the one we have been working on, yeah there was an interest but im hoping we have moved onto someone else and that we will have them by end of day..
    Who would you go for?

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    We could play Fergie there on Sat – should be fine right? And then let the final weeks of Transfer hell pass by…

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Erik Pieters is unproven at this level, while Cissokho has years of Champions League experience. I’d go with the latter.

    Wayne Bridge has lost his legs and is past his prime. Bring in Aly Cissokho asap! 7m and 30k a week for a player of his calibre is fair

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  • Toonpiper

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14
  • Burni

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    getting beyond a joke now, I know this is just paper talk, if it wasnt true, pieters or cissokho or m’bengue would have been in one or two days after enrique left.

    I HATE mike ashley. All we want is for him to put his hand in his pocket which is stuffed with cash but it doesnt seem like its happening again.

    Prove me wrong you fat greedy b@$turd I dare you!

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    roshan MAGPIE

    It’s STRIKER, what is a stricker??

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    well how about we go on strike and dont go to st james park
    and sports direct and see howw fast the club will be on sale

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    We need

    M’Bengue + Maynard or Doyle

    That would be good business in my eyes, with noone else leaving.

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  • surreytoon

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Aly and Erik both are not premiership proven but that is poor logic for trying to get them in at a low price. Enrique was 6m but only had 1 year left on his contracr, we would be getting these new boys, Internationals, on 4 or 5 year contracts, as well as lower wages, so that is why they are priced where they are.

    If we lose at Sunderland, the board will start getting it in the neck from the supporters, doom will prevail and an unlucky player such as Raylor will be blamed.

    On a previous occasion we lost to Sunderland, Gullit was fired. On this occasion, Pardew will not be to blame, so will the board fire themselves?

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  • dak76

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Didn’t this knobjockey sign cabaye up on a five year deal on £40k plus a week???

    Lack of consistency by cashley, pieters is a dutch internaional, playing for one of the top teams in the dutch league, regulars in european comps… whats the problem??

    News flash – he ain’t gonna get a player like this on the cheap…

    fustration is the word of the week (and every week supporting this club)

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21

    @17 – MA thinks he knows the Toon Army – He is forcing out the normal fan and making the NUFC day experience super profitable for him. He is running us like a casino.

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  • Mags

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    I can’t believe we are even considering Bridge, he is well past his sell by date! Plus the loan fee and percentage of wages are exhorbitant and a waste of cash. It is far wiser to invest in a permanent player.

    However, you know that Ashley is such a cheapskate he will be looking for the cheapest option.

    We have known for 7 months we needed a LB and a striker and 2 weeks away from the transfer window slamming shut, we are not one jot further forward.

    How come when we have only played one game of the new season that I feel so disillusioned?

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  • davo

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Can anyone tell me how i can watch Pardews press conference today ?

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Maynard got two last night in 2-1 win – Erikksson putting bid in for him.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25

    @17

    That wont achieve anything at all.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #26

    @22

    Why not Van Aanholt on loan rather than bridge, surely cheaper and better!?

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Mr ashley refuses to pay top money for anything,i bet when he goes into asda to do some shopping he haggles over the price when he gets to the tills

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #28

    @24

    On SSN Eriksson saying he wont bid again after having 3 bids rejected.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #29

    any of the above except wayne bridge would be fine. Cissokho probably has the edge going forward but Pieters is a full international and an excellent buy.
    How long can Pardew keep a straight face ? -He must be totally pissed off with the muppets above. He is a decent manager who could get us in the top ten with even two sensible signings in the next week or so.

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  • Scottishmag1

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Deby Match at the dark place, fcn hope I am wrong but I fear for the Toon, No proven striker and a gap at LB, We will need to rely on Strolla Ameobi, Didnt see anything from BA that made me think we have goals coming from him.
    Where do we go from here, hope someting happens in the Transfer window TODAY!!

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  • MacToon

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #31

    “We’re confident we’ll have some new players here by next weekend.”
    “I don’t want to talk about specific players, but I’m confident that by the time we play Sunderland I’ll have a left-back in place – and hopefully a striker.”
    Alan Pardew 14/8/11

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  • toonydoonunder

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #32

    Does anyone think that a player brought in today or Friday would be much use against the skip dwellers?? its the biggest game of the season and will be hard enough with the new boys we have already! lets put the utter crap from Ashley aside and get positive and unite behind the boys against the unwashed. there is still a couple of weeks left in the window after all HWTL unwashed 1 Toon 2

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #33

    @31

    That’s AP’s opinion but MA obviously aint playing ball!

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #34

    NUFC_Richyg01 it will achieve that ashely is not making any more money and he has a crysis and he hangs him self

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  • Magforlife

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #35

    What a headline, vast majory on this site having being this all summer and took stick for it.
    Ashley and his puppets are a complete joke, just what is going to happen to our club is anybodys guess with this lot at the helm !

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  • Basogeordie

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #36

    Where is the evidence of this then or am I expected to believe the papers that get 99% of things wrong?? Is this just a article to wind up the gullible???

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  • theleckworthbird

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Ed you say ‘Newcastle are not only unwilling to pay £6M for PSV’s Erik Pieters, but are also balking at the £32K/week the Dutchman is requesting in wages.
    Erik would be replacing Jose Enrique, who was sold for £6M last week to Liverpool, and was on £45K/week for four years at Newcastle, that’s disappointing
    Ed
    THAT’S NOT DISAPPOINTING – it’s infuriating. True fans get onto radio phone ins and let them know what we feel. Messrs John Anderson, Lee Ryder (included) are just pussyfooting around coming out with no condemnation.

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #38

    pardew no 1

    Grow up you mong

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  • No.9

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Good article Ed. There is going to be a massive kick off against Ashley again if we lose on Saturday due to a lack of a striker or left back. They could if they wanted had this sorted by now. Dropping points to teams like Sunderland over lack of funding is a disgrace and will be unforgivable to a large section of fans. Act now for fick sake

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  • cla5hb0y68

    Aug 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #40

    I wrote on this blog at the beginning of June –
    “I maintain that Ashley is only staying until he recoups and/or profits from his investment, then he’ll be away (Hurray). He has made a profit in every transfer window since Kinnear. Just like his shops he wants the club to be in a prominent location, which in this case is obviously the Premiership. However, just like his shops are full of cheap crap, he wants to put the minimum amount into the club but wants the maximum return possible back”.
    At the time I was derided by some as being negative and that I shouldn’t judge him when the transfer window was just beginning. To those eternal optimists I say now, “Still feeling confident that Ashley knows what he’s doing”?

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