Newcastle After Defoe And Pavlyuchenko – Don’t Be Daft

There is a news story out today that Newcastle will go after Tottenham Hotspur  strikers, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko in January.

Jermain Defoe – Newcastle interested – we don’t think so

Both strikers are having been having difficulty getting into the Tottenham starting  eleven,  so it will not be Newcastle who are dumb enough to pay out big money for these two players, not to mention their huge wages.

On a day when Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr has said the days are gone when Newcastle will pay out big money for any player, Mike Ashley is not quite stupid enough to pay out that kind of money for players past their best,  and both 29 years of age.

Newcastle are after much better deals these days, and they have proved they can make them too.

Newcastle  are after players who have still not reached their potential, like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote as two good examples, who were signed for a measly £8M for the two of them.

The gossip press seems besotted with the fact that Newcastle still have the £35M from the Andy Carroll sale, and therefore  can afford daft fees for players past their best, like in the days of old.

But Newcastle are no longer like they were when Freddy Shepherd was running the club, and they want good value for money these days, very good value for money in fact,  and will not pay over the odds in wages either.

And that strategy seems to be one reason why the team spirit  is so high these days on Tyneside, as players come to Newcastle because they want to play at the club,   and not because they are being paid ridiculously high wages.

If you don’t know what I am talking about think of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Albert Luque – their weekly wages were around  £240 per week – and then compare that with the contribution they made to the club.

There is no truth in this rumor, which is an old one, and stretches back to last summer, and if  we can pick up the seven players we did in the summer for a net cost of almost zero, after selling Nolan, Barton and Enrique, it doesn’t really matter that Newcastle don’t  spend big money in the transfer  market.

As long as the squad keeps improving as it has big time this season, that’s all that really matters,  and trophy signings are now out of the window.

We’ll leave the over-spending, as if money is going out of style, to other Premier League clubs, who shall remain nameless.

Hey, we’re looking forward to that game at Manchester City next Saturday. :D.

Comments welcome.

109 comments so far

  • joppadoni

    Nov 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    id have loved to have got defoe in the summer.. pity we didnt go for him

  • joppadoni

    Nov 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    think we might have been top if we had ^^

  • Graeme

    Nov 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    We got some great players in during the summer window and we are reaping the benefits now, sitting comfortably in 3rd place and playing some great football in the process.

    I would be very happy to see Pieters come in January, another CB as cover for Collo/ Taylor – although Pieters can do that as well and another striker would be nice!!

    By strengthening the squad in January, I think we will cover for missing players at ACN and give us a platform to try and snatch a European place when they all come back. Wouldn’t that be nice!!!

  • davybtoon

    Nov 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Think Guthrie, gosling n cabaye n abeid n vukic is good cover got tiote, yes ba n maiga will b a miss if sign maiga

  • Lew Davies

    Nov 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Defoe scores goals.. I just dont see why he cant get a start at spunks. VdV doesn’t impress me as much as Defoe, yet slobber cheeks always picks him.
    Ha Ha what do I know.
    But I would take Defoe on a short term contract, even tho its not going to happen.



    Nov 13, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Defoe turned down a move to anywhere north of the watford gap (whatever that is lol) coz he’s had a house built in Landan worth millions a pahnds and it’s probably to cold for him up here ha ha! Oh and we wouldn’t sign him anyway he’s to old for the toon!! I’m not bitter Jermaine honest lol! Same with Pav on the age discrimination issue, he’s to old for us to sign him in Jan ”Permenantly”! Wait a minute what about a loan move for a month or 2? You know so we have better cover for Ba than Shola,Hba and young Sammy,the latter i would trust to do the best job atm.

  • PortsladeToon

    Nov 13, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Defoe wouldn’t play too far outside london he is very close to his family and still lives with them he wouldn’t move them all as his mum has always said she doesn’t want to move

  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 13, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    I can’t believe people actually get paid to make this stuff up…

    It’s such a joke. They clearly don’t even do research, as the way we’re run says we will definitely not be remotely interested in either of these players.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    “and if we can pick up the seven players we did in the summer for a net cost of almost zero, after selling Nolan, Barton and Enrique”.

    But to have a net cost of almost zero, we had to sell Nolan and Enrique (Barton was a Freebie). So who’s out in January? Tiote, Cabaye?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10


    From the last post – pretty sure Shola will play for Nigeria – so no Strolla either. Just Best & Loverman!

  • Spuggy

    Nov 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11

    No way.

    We appear to be getting Maiga if the rumours are true, on top of him we need a fullback who can play CB ideally – peiters seems to fit this mould. I also think we could do with a decent 20 sih yr old to mould for the future to replace Collo as Kadar seems to have lost his place.

    That would be a good window for me – FB/CB and a striker.

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Nov 13, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Passed their best? I’d take Defoe in a blink of an eye if his wages weren’t ridiculous. Ba & Defoe would be the ideal little and large combo up front.

  • fergie

    Nov 13, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Video of Llambias slagging off the fans:

  • LewSpi

    Nov 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #14

    “think of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Albert Luque – their weekly wages were around  £240 per week”

    Well worth the money in my opinion Ed.

    Only jesting, we know what you mean. 😉

  • chris_g

    Nov 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    @ToonDownSouth – Nigeria didn’t qualify for the ACoN, so Shola would still be around, but there has been talk about Loven possibly leaving in Jan, so it’s more likely to be just Best & Shola rather than Best & Loven.

  • joppadoni

    Nov 13, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #16

    fergie thats old sh it. get with the times bud.

    id still love defoe, he has shown his ability this year from the bench and i agree entirely with a Ba Defoe partnership being perfect.. id love to see it but i dont think defoe would sign for us without a big contract at this stage of his career and he is ofc.. out of the model our club has. for me… thts a shame. id say make an exception …. 😀

  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #17


    How is it old? It was made a couple of days ago ….. :/

  • joppadoni

    Nov 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    it was done many times since the begining of the year. theres loads matey. all funny (ish) 😀

  • Sav

    Nov 13, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Look, DL may be a crooked, foulmouthed, certified liar, a boor and an idiot but unless he’s planning an insanity defence, he won’t be signing these two any time soon.

  • bullsear

    Nov 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    We need experienced players to base the future of the club around, but these guys are a little too experienced. Better that the club use its purchasing power on more like Cabaye, who will hopefully wear the jersey for years to come.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Sav, My dad had a Cockney mate. He would effin this and effein that. One day He wanted to tell a joke and said to my mother. Sorry there is a couple of swear words in this joke. My point is. Cockneys don’t know when they are swearing. Pretty much like Germans.

  • Doocey

    Nov 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Glad you agree, posted a very similar article yesterday myself – only appeared in Tottenham’s NewsNow though.

    Don’t want either of these. Overrated, old and overpaid.
    No thank you.

    Hope you’re keeping well too Ed, doing great work as usual.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 13, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Waiting for the response from kevin keegan for what derik lameass told

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #24

    I think our strategy seems to be working so far. And it has for over clubs accross Europe. Dont believe this rumour for a second and in any case it would not be wise given their age and wages.

    We don’t want top names. Our squad is performing because they have fire and want to prove themselves.

    I would like to see Pieters, a striker (still not sold on Maiga, but Demba Cisse impresses me and so does Hoilett) Thats should do us i think.

    Pieters can play CB therfore providing cover for Saylor and Colo as well as Raylor. We also have Santon who can play either RB and LB and Simmo of course. And Simmo’s style of play means he is unlikely to get injured. We also have Williamson coming back in the new year.

    As far as wingers we have Jonas who can play either side. Marv, Obertan, we know Ben Arfa can play wings and Sammy looks adept as a winger. Also Raylor has played there in the past and Santon has shown he can do it also.

    As for CM Cabaye, Tiote, Gosling, Guthrie, Abeid

    I think our squad is bigger than people give it credit for (except in defence) and if we make too many additions we will then have a problem with moral and players wanting to get playing time. For that reason we should hold back until we can qualify for European football.

    I know Pards said Benny will only play as a withdrawn striker but if Marv and Obertan are both out then he should be put on right wing.

    Why not? We played Jonas as a withdrawn striker against Chelsea last year

  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Jermaine defoe would be a good ! but he dosnt want to come here so i dont want him

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #26

    And being a southerner myself. Please dont assume that everyone in London is like DL.

    Completely unprofessional of him. Makes the club looks very bad indeed.


    Nov 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #27

    When did we go back in time? This exact story came out during the summer!

  • colwell

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #28


    In regards too you not being sold on Maiga if Carr is, and we have tried this hard too get him do you not think maybe he has too be some player?

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #29

    where is everyone getting NIKE from ? Llambias said in his interview we need to find a sponsor for the shirts before December at the latest because PUMA need to know for they designs..weve apparently agreed a new deal with Puma and it will all be announced together..

    It will be some big american insurance company or something trying to come over just like AIG did with Man Utd..

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Hoillet isnt a striker, he’s not a player who will score us 15+ per season thats what we need would love him to sign though think he would really challenge Benny and our wingers he’d defo be a starter for us

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #31

    ah right a see the express have mentioned NIKE.. well unless wer going to be made by Puma and sponsored by Nike then its not going to happen

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #32

    defoe is quality but i cant see this pulling off really.

    roll on the next crazy signing of a striker story. messi will be popping up soon enough.

  • t00ntime

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #33

    @geordietoon nike wud just take over as makers aswell I guess… 🙁

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #34

    wont be Nike mate its going to be someone like AIG or AON something big in america

    It could even be Allianz the sponsors of Bayern Munich and they stadium the Allianz Arena

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Jeeeez its dead on here tonight

  • t00ntime

    Nov 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Dinky doughnuts wud be a funny sponser for our shirt xD but i hope for the stadium that its nothing stupid because aig /aon stadium wud sound awful :S I am trying to think of the best name and so far I only came up with one name (which wont happen xD)

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #37

    t00ntime – If its american mate it will be Arena…

    AIG Arena
    AON Arena
    Allianz Arena
    Red Bull Arena

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Would rather have Cisse than Defoe. See Bayern are after him too.
    BTW If Tampax are going to sponsor the unwashed then maybe at SJP Always should buy the naming rights – ALWAYS St James Park has a ring to it and Always advertise that they have wings – and we’ve got them too. 🙂
    Wudn’t want them to make the kit though

  • Stuart

    Nov 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Or Bowl GeordieToon.

    AIG Bowl
    AON Bowl
    Allianz Bowl
    Red Bull Bowl
    Budweiser Bowl

    They all sound awful haha!

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Stuart – yeah or Bowl forgot about Bowl haha is Kellogs american?

    Actually ano what cereal is american and would work well

    Nugget Bowl


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