Newcastle Reported After Fulham Striker


There’s a report in Goal.com today, that Newcastle United are after Fulham striker Clint Dempsey.

Clint Dempsey – are Newcastle interested?

We’re not too sure what to make of the story,  which says Aston Villa are also after the player, and that both clubs have money to spend.

But what we’ve realized this summer is that when Newcastle have money to spend, and even say they will spend it, that doesn’t mean they will.

But with Joey Barton likely to sign on for QPR today, Newcastle will seemingly need three new players coming in with just six days of the transfer market remaining.

They still need a left-back, a striker and presumably a replacement for Joey Barton if he leaves, otherwise the side will not only lack quality but will also be too small again.

It’s still possible to get three players through the door by next Wednesday, but it does put pressure on Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias to deliver.

And there will be some backlash from the fans if Joey does leave today, which seems highly likely, unless Newcastle offer him a new contract, which seems a non-starter.

A good question to ask  is why have our best four players all left in a short eight months?

Clint Dempsey is a very good player who’s played 180 times for Fulham with 39 goals, since joining them five years ago from the New England Revolution, and he’s also played 77 times for the USA national side with 22 goals.

Here’s what a Fulham insider has told GOAL:

“There has been lots of interest in Dempsey during the window, but Fulham will fight to keep him.”

“He scores goals, he creates goals, he has a good injury record and he is a bit of a human dynamo.”

“He had only a two or three week rest after the Gold Cup and was back playing for Fulham.”

The player is also 28 years old and is at his best so that goes against the younger players Ashley wants to bring to the club, who will be cheaper and can also develop their game on Tyneside.

But we just cannot see Mike Ashley bidding £10M for him, which is what the report suggests.

Clint is an excellent professional, as most American players seem to be, but we doubt if there’s much truth in the report.

What do you think?

Comments always welcome.



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98 comments so far

  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Dempsey is too old, not a chance this will happen. Also I really hate Goal.com they’re so Anti-Newcastle and they bloody love Arsenal… plus they have like a million errors in their reports.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    FIRST COMMENT OF THE DAY… GET IN THERE SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Agreed – Dempsey is too old and not good enough for the current midfield we have… hes a hero there and loves it – he would never move. I would rather we attacked poor ‘aul Everton and took Cahill…

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    dempsey is not worth 10mill id carlton cole over dempsey anyday

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  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t go that far davybtoon but I see your point.

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  • blissna

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Change your kegs toonboy! I’d like this move. But it won’t happen. We are getting 1 more player on the last day I reckon, and it’ll be a left back.

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Ask yourself one question. Would we bid 10million for any player on this planet?? Unless your a blind faither optimist you know the answer.

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  • toontime

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #8

    I sort of hope we lose the next couple of games as I fear that if we continue to do well, the big fat pr1ck upstairs will believe that we don’t need any new players.
    As for Dempsey, at present, a good professional is not what we need. We need 3 exciting, proven and quality players to improve the squad and come straight in to the starting 11.
    Barton will be a miss, but lets all remember how much he owed NUFC after the first couple of horrendous seasons he had with us. He has probably made up for it in the last 2 seasons but if Marveaux comes good, I like the shape of our midfield anyway without Barton. I may be shot down in flames but just my opinion.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Its true NUFC are not going to break the bank here after having a nice summer budget spend…

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  • Xavi

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #10

    the infamous insider pops up again.

    i missed them…not

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  • Tiote

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope bartons the last out th door this window, unless it’s perch or smith. Can’t c M.A payin £10 mill 4 any1 nw neva mind Dempsey. Would of loved barnetta 2 cum in but once again it won’t happen. A reckon we’ll b lucky 2 get a left back. Thought a was c in things wen readin th sun. They reckon bartons been offerd 100k a week, surely can’t b true. Ano it’s paper talk b4 any shoots me dwn

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  • tomellifred360

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #12

    A decent player, but……..
    At 28 he will have little or no re-sale value and so therefore I doubt very much that we will see him at the Toon.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Tiote – He is on 54K a week here – I would reckon that because he is free that any club could offer him 4 year deal at 75K easy… if you work it out that is the money we should be getting for him…

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14

    I have a feeling nothing will be done until final day of the window(if at all) We have to accept WE ARE a selling club,we all know how much Ashley has pocketed so far and it will not end. Expect Collocini/Guiteirez/Krul/Tiote/HBA/Vucic to go in January.Ashley will pocket as much as he can from the playing side before selling for whatever he can get. He wants premier survival on the cheap-he has no intention of progressing us (he spends more in casinos than he does on the team) Its going to be a painfull few years until we see the back of Ashley/Lambias/Pardew. By the way has anyone noticed that everytime Pardew states he wants a player to stay (Carroll/Nolan/Enrique/Barton) they are out the door a few days later – beware the Pardew if he talks about extending Collo contract or how he hopes Tiote will be here for years to come.PARDEW TALKS SHITE.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Collocini/Guiteirez/Krul/Tiote/HBA/Vucic

    @ Phonex nights – I would eat my proverbial hat if that happens… There would be no point in supporting the club if that happened… plus AP would leave too.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #16

    180 appearances with 39 goals hahaha prolific that….

    If Shola started all the games he has appearances for his record would be twice that and some of you want this guy…

    get real

    Carrolls replacement, i don’t think so. The striker we have been searching for for 7 months i don’t think so.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #17

    hope it’s not true

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  • CynicalasEva

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #18

    2 games – 1 goal – and that a flukey free kick.

    We need proven strikers and quick – but will the fatman open his wallet – a mass boycott of the Fulham game might just shake his arss but there are so many ‘support the team at all cost’ merchants out there Fatash can sit back and watch the money roll in.

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  • Mings

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #19

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc Pieters’ representative Van der Pol:”I don’t know the exact numbers of NUFC offer but I’m pretty sure that the transfer will go ahead”

    I’m hoping 😀 Maybe happy day!

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #20

    phoenix

    European football and a high league place brings vast returns im not sure Cashley is happy with 17th place

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d rather we signed no one than ”Can’t control”
    Better off with Macheda or Diouff on loan.

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  • Tiote

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Ichrisho
    sure I heard he was on 65k a week here. How th hell can we nt even compete with newly promoted teams al neva kno. Sorry we can’t even compete wiv th top championship clubs

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  • thai-mag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #23

    get 3 players in 6 days, no chance, I think theres more chance another 3 players going out

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  • HK Toon Army

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    We should get a natural-born goal scorer with fast pace who can put the ball into the net. Sorry, Dempsey is not this type of player!

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  • bambams

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #25

    “The Journal understands Barton will be replaced”…..Goodness sake Journal tell the truth!
    Look at how this window has gone, we have been linked with about 30/40 players- i appreciate some are daft fans on blogs that throw in names, but what is so annoying is we were told in January when our no.9 left that we had earmarked the players we were after and would be ahead of the rest.
    We brought in Demba Ba and some good promising midfielders.
    Nobody has offered anyone the no.9 shirt so we can take it from that they must not believe Ba is the answer.
    So where are the players we had earmarked ?
    I look at the words printed in the papers/blogs and listen to Pardew on the TV. I have said it earlier this week and will say it again…. They are “doing our legs” and are simply stalling to get to the end of the window when we will hear about agents causing problems, clubs moving goal posts, partners not wanting to move to the north east…..But we tried !
    In January we will be ready, we have had good sounds from players we have targeted etc etc etc…..
    Mike Ashley wants his money back ! He is a business man not a football man hence our actions in this window!
    He will only leave when he has his money back- this will be how we work for the next two maybe three years I SO HOPE AND PREY I AM WRONG ABOUT THIS.
    Barton (no contract) to Q..P..R , says it all about ambition

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #26

    Oh dear, all these chickens coming home to roost, and to think myself and one or two others were abused for telling you what would happen this summer. There are only 4 shopping days left with a bank holiday coming up, and not a signing in sight. Barton gone and Valencia fuelled by the Mata money back in with a bigger bid for Coloccini. The fatman is laughing his head off at the gullible Geordies, who he always said he would teach a lesson for abusing him in front of his children in the aftermath of Keegan. Some of you can now take your heads out of the sand and enjoy the injury prone freebies he’s brought in to replace the players who put the club back in the Premier League.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Bambams – I agree with every word you said mate!

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  • Stuart

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #28

    @jimmymagpie – I thought you were done with the blog? Or was that me just hoping?

    Is it cold up there on your pedestal mate?

    You come on here and slag off the group on mass to make a point. Hell, your point may even be right but you sound like such a c**t when you put it across.

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  • Keith in France

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #29

    Just seen on SSN that Mr Barton is very impressed with the set up at QPR – what happened to ‘would only consider joining a Champions League’ maybe he meant Championship club?
    Nothing to do with money of course and a contract that will take him well into his thirties.
    I will be sorry to see him go but we have some exciting young players to take his place and hopefully they will take their chance.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Again it shows how appallingly managed ( by MA ) , Newcastle is as a club. I though Barton would be getting huge bucks – but it seems to be only the same salary as we pay him. There’s no need for this guy to move and please dont tell me he’s disruptive ….he’s a bloody good player , end of.

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #31

    @25 – chickens to roost ! not me pal I have always stated my distrust of the regime but I follow the team regardless. I have not posted anything for about 3 weeks as I thought I would see what comes about as per incomings. @25 I do not always agree with your posts as you seem to moan and be negative most of the time however I do agree with you about Ashley and his boys – they do take the piss out of us (tell us one thing and the opposite happens. Anyway regardless of the 11 we manage to put out they will get my 100% backing once they are on the field.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #32

    To the happy clappies out there ….if the club doesnt get in the left back and striker we need, after stockpiling all this cash …..will you hit the streets ? Will you have the discipline to boycott games and get MA to wake up?

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #33

    im i the only person actually thinking it will be a bonus if shola gets a knock as best looks soo much better than him in every respect so should be played weirdly our best front two from this pre-season is Best & Vuckic i reckon theyd cause Fulham absolute havoc on sunday heres hopin theyre the front two tonight so they can show it off

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #34

    AP: Can we get two in Mike?
    MA: Emmmmm… Yeah I guess so. Not to expensive mind.. oh and one more thing one in one out – remember what we agreed Alan?
    AP (sighs): Yeah i remember Mike.

    Bye Bye Barton – Welcome Pieters.

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #35

    @15 – Pardew WILL NOT LEAVE. He has a contract for 5 years and will do exactly as Ashley tells him. If we get relegated Pardew will not leave.If we got relegated another division Pardew would not leave. He will never get sacked either as Ashley will never find a manager who can be walked over as easily. Pardew will leave when Ashley and Llambias leave.

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #36

    Why are some questioning Our ambition but not Barton’s, no one is forcing him to go to QPR, he is playing to the mongs again with his comments on Twitter, “I dont want to leave” etc, well Joey you still have a year left, stay and prove your worth another contract.
    But no he has got exactly what he wanted and that is a big contract, he doesn’t care what club it came from, same as Nolan, all about the money.

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #37

    Gosling Cabaye Tiote BenArfa Guthrie Abeid can all playcm i think gosling has the class and cabaye the grit sad news but i reckon well be ok but any money on him getting applauded by the whole crowd not just QPR on 2nd sept

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Oh God, Stuart has got out of bed. I don’t slag off the group, just the deluded pillocks like yourself who were waving your fantasy lists around a few months ago. Some of you still are, but I notice the sights have been somewhst lowered. You should know, or perhaps npt, that a c-nt is useful! You always have been a sore loser when your mate Ashley lets you down, AGAIN!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #39

    One squad addition is imminent, however, with United set to complete the signing of young Lens defender Darnell Situ, who has impressed during a trial.

    They are close to negotiating a deal to bring the promising 20-year-old defender to Tyneside in a move The Journal understands will see them pay more than £250,000 up front with various sell-on clauses and incentives.

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  • Toon_Army

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #40

    There’s your new No. 9, why didn’t we think of this sooner… Sigh…

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