Newcastle After Former Barcelona Striker?

There’s a report out that Newcastle United are preparing to make a “sensational”  move for striker Bojan Krkic Pérez, known as Bojan Krkic.

Bojan Krkic – played 163 times for Barcelona with 41 goals

Krkic was born in Linyola, Spain to a Serbian father and Spanish mother,  and he started his career at Barcelona with the Barcelona B side.

The 21 year -old, who stands just 5’7″ tall,  played 163 times for the Barcelona first team with 41 goals,  so he must be a decent player.

Last July he joined Roma for a fee of €12M (£10.3), and Barcelona have an option to buy him back after two seasons for €13M (£11.2), or Roma can prevent that by paying Barcelona an additional €28M, which is around £24M .

So it’s big money being talked about,  and is the main reason we don’t think this story has any truth to it.

The report suggests that Newcastle are ready to make an offer of £14M for Krkic when the January transfer window opens, but we don’t see Newcastle paying out that kind of money for any player these days.

The journalists think that Newcastle have £35M to spend, so it’s well within their reach, but Newcastle prefer to buy youngsters or players that come at bargain prices, such as free agents.

One of Newcastle’s best performers this season, Senegal striker Demba Ba,   came on a free transfer in the summer, and Newcastle’s  two top central midfield players, Tiote and Cabaye, cost only £8M for the two of them.

Now how much are those two worth?   So you see what we mean, and to expect Newcastle to pay out big money these days for one player,  isn’t going to happen – not at the moment anyway.

And although the £35M Carroll money is largely unspent,  Newcastle paid out only around £1M net in the summer,  to bring in Mehdi Abeid, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye,  Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon and Rob Elliot.

So we’re sure the club is not going back to the old ways of paying out really big money for players.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1
  • boater

    Nov 12, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #2

    You cannot trust a single thing about our despot owner. He is selling off out heritage to launch Sports Direct in Asia. That’s it. There is no bid for Bojan, there is no £35m, there was no intent to spend on a striker in the summer, there is no £10 incoming from naming rights.

    It’s bollox, but no doubt the blithering apologists who have stepped foot inside the walls of SJP will tell you how wonderful our transformation from footballing institution to corporate billboard is.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    now we are linked with bojan then it will be david villa i guess

  • geordiesteve520

    Nov 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    From what I have heard it appears he is only on loan at Roma, with a view to purchase (but already, Luis Enrique’s job is under threat [this is the Barca B manager who gave him his break]) so he may be available. Would be a hell of a coup…remember how we all dismissed rumours of Santon out of hand…

  • hrocks

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #5


    we all know the money has gone. If we some how manage to get 10m i have no doubt that will be swallowed up on new showers or carparking spaces.
    if those nuggets had a brain between them then we would have a sponsor in the bag who will come out over the next few days and say
    We are proud to sponsor nufc and keeping in tradition with the clubs history we will keep st james park in the name. good press to go out in all the broad sheets for this company

    i know this will never happen and its sd all the way

  • nickybutttt

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    ffs futybunker. which site is rubbish. we shoul ignore them.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    1) Expensive
    2) He won’t join us – there are 4-5 Premierleague “preferable” club for him
    3) Winger or Striker? (with the current formation)

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Let’s all sign a petition. Send it to Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell. Who will…

    … Do what?

  • davybtoon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Boater yes I do pay I sit in the gallowgate end, and history thing is load tosh the history has not been affected by this it is still in the books n on the Internet

    As for sponsor boater there isn’t any fan of an other team who gives a toss who sponsors us, n u think a sponsor cares if a few Geordies boycott there products no because there goin get world wide advertising emrites n ethihad hav already said it’s worth the money ba cause of the exposure it gets world wide

  • davybtoon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Gg – your spot on mps can’t do a dam thing about it it’s business n if wants to sell the rights it can

  • hrocks

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11


    she will use it for self publicity to boost her profile as Miliband has done

  • davybtoon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Mactoon there ain’t nothing mps can do that’s fact

  • MacToon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    FACT! 😆 @ u

  • davybtoon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Mactoon yes fact Nufc is a business if they wish to sell naming rights they can there’s nothing that can b done

  • MacToon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Ignorance is bliss daveyloon!

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Nov 12, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #17

    if we sell the naming rights to the toilets at the ground or start charging fans to use them we mite afford a new player

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Hmm. Youi have to question the timing of these things. First the stadium name change is announced on international break and some three weeks before our next home game. Then, as many fans reel in shock and disappointment, we’re linked with a former Barcelona big-money striker. Probably a measure taken to appease fans. I seriously, seriously doubt this player will join Newcastle.

  • davybtoon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #19

    mactoon in all your wisdom all calling me a loon is not explaing how mps can stop getting sponsors, if thats the case ethihad will have to withdraw there naming from man city it cant b done mate look a sponsor comes and all they hav to say is the ground is called vodafone areana but as mark of respect we will keep the st james park signs on the steps at the sir john hall stand sorted

  • bro56

    Nov 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #20

    cant see this happening unless microsoft are our new sponsors.

    I’d be very careful signing petitions. Ashley can do as he pleases, we’ll only huff him, he’ll sell Cabaye and tiote then blame us for blocking 10mill we probably would never have received.

    lets just see what happens, its not permanent.

  • MacToon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #21

    daveytoon, time after time, post after post you have proved to me to be an absolutely pointless waste of space and to consider what you’ve called me in the past, unprovoked might I add, I have zero time for you. I never respond to your posts (normally) so I’d appretiate it if you’d do the same for me.

  • bro56

    Nov 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #22

    lol MP’s can’t do jack. publicity at its finest. They should get the country in order before jumping on Ashleys back. Wait until we have a new sponsor, Catherine M will dissapear.

  • MacToon

    Nov 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #23

    bro56, I shall reserve judgement on that until after the meeting on Monday.

  • sidekick

    Nov 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #24

    I think you will find that the buy back clause means that Roma have to sell him back to Barca or pay Barca another £24m if they sell him to any other club.
    Unless Nufc agree a new buy back clause with Barca we would not be able to buy Bojan outright for less than £35m.
    Nufc are not daft enough to pay £35m for a 21 year old striker – but Liverpool have been!

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #25

    He looks like a lost soul on that picture… a lost soul with a broken heart.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Decent player but we have been linked with cheaper and better alternatives. Also he was deemed not good enough for Barcelona. We would be much better going for Nolito of Barcelona whom I think moved to Italy where he is scoring for fun and younger than Bojan.

    I really dislike the idea of the stadium name change. I really can’t understand Ashley and he is either really thick or really inconsiderate to even think such a thing especially when we are currently on a perfect run of form. The extra cash could be made by ensuring a top 10 finish or europe and with the shirt sponsor. The name change is pushing it and disrespectful to say the least.

    We all have to keep calm though as demonstrations would really ruin our teams brilliant spirit and focus.

    Whatever it’s called it will always be known as St James’ Park, besides we can always ask for the name back when Ashley leaves.



    Nov 12, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Look, St James’ has never ever been owned by the fans and is unlikely to be in the future, because as much as we think we are the best supporters in the world, actually we are very insular and are not prepared to make our future, we need to be lead by the nose.

    If we were that supportive we would build it on a democratic basis, like Barcelona or the majority of teams in Germany. The truth is we are followers and not leaders, it pains me to say so.
    Ashley is going to make this club winners, but is it ever our club, the answer is always no! The reason it isn’t our club is because we don’t want it enough, Best supporters we certainly are because we support and don’t decide our own future.

  • geordiesteve520

    Nov 12, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #28

    First of all Nolito signed for Benfica, second of all he is 25 next week; I agree he may have been a good signing on a free transfer but I’d rather Demba Ba to be honest.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 12, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #29

    some of you lot really do give up so easily. no mps cant make him keep the name, however if the council can apply a little bit of pressure , and we can sign all the petitions we can sign , then maybe just maybe he might just change his mind.but to take this lying down , saying what good will this do , what good wil that do, how about a little bit of fight, this is your club fight for it. also rubbing the council up the wrong way is not advisable ,. T hey wont forget


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