Seven Players Who Could Leave Newcastle In January

News today of the first player who will be leaving Newcastle in January.

LuaLua in action for Brighton

Kazenga LuaLua has left Newcastle United permanently and has signed a three-year deal at the Championship club, who are currently in 12th place in the Championship,  and have had a bad run after starting the season with some excellent results.

The south coast club have paid a fee for the youngster,  but the amount was not disclosed, and the 20 year-old had this to say today:

“Since I came to the club in August, it was always my intention to sign a permanent deal,” “So this is a really happy day for me.”

“At Newcastle, I wasn’t really involved in the first-team squad that often, and at my age, I want to start playing regular football.”

Those words are fair enough from the lad,  who will turn 21 in December, and he should get playing time at Brighton, although he hasn’t yet tied down a starting position at the south coast club.

Kazenga has played 11 times this season for Brighton, and 11 times with four goals on loan to them last season, and at Newcastle he made 11 appearances without scoring for Newcastle.

Kazenga joined Newcastle back in 2005, and is the younger brother of former Newcastle forward Lomana LuaLua.

With Newcastle about to bring in  a new striker in January, it will take Peter Lovenkrands further down the pecking order at Newcastle, and he could well leave the club in January.

Peter’s contract runs out next June, and other clubs will be allowed to talk to him in January, and there’s a good chance that Newcastle will sell the player for a minimal fee in January,  rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Allowing Peter to leave is made easier if as expected another top striker joins the club in January, but Alan may want to keep the Danish International though the end of  January,  to help with cover for Demba Ba , who will be at the African Cup of Nations.

Peter has a good record at Newcastle, but he has been unable to make the bench recently, and he has made 79 appearances with 29 goals for the Tyneside club – not bad for a free agent who joined from Schalke 04 in January of 2009.

Another player who could move permanently in January is 6’7″ tall goalkeeper Fraser Forster who is on a  season-long loan at Celtic for the second season running, and could follow LuaLua’s lead and sign on permanently in Glasgow.

Newcastle would want more than £2M for Forster, and Scottish clubs, even Rangers and Celtic, do not have a lot of money these days.

Alan Pardew turned down a £2M offer from the Glasgow giants in the summer, and could always wait to sell  Fraser in the summer if Celtic cannot come up with the money in January.

Another player who could move out in January is James Perch, since it’s clear the former Nottingham Forest utility player has no real future at Newcastle.

But James is the only center-back available right now should  Steven Taylor or Fab Coloccini get injured, heaven forbid, but Mike Williamson should be back from his ankle injury in January.

And there’s every indication that Newcastle will bring in  a new center-back in January.  Alan Pardew may think he needs James as back up through the end of the season, and if that’s true we think James will leave in the summer.

Another player we could see leave either permanently or on loan in January is 21 year-old  Tamas Kadar, who doesn’t seem to have come through much in the last year at Newcastle,  and his four year contract is up next June.

If  Tamas is sent out on loan in January, then Tamas will be a free agent in the summer, and we’re sure some good club will pick him up, but not a Premier League side.

Alan Smith’s contract runs out next June, and if Newcastle can sell him or get him out on loan in January they will do that, but the big barrier to that is Alan’s £60K/week wages.

But it’s clear he will be out of Newcastle at the latest next summer, and that will at least help the Newcastle wage bill.

Alan has played 93 times for Newcastle with no goals, and only one appearance this season.

Nile Ranger is now on a two month loan deal at Barnsley,  and if Newcastle can get £1M for him in January they could sell him, although Alan Pardew still seems to think he can reform the London lad.

However, we’re fairly sure that attitude is not shared  by the Newcastle Board.

We do expect Danny Guthrie to stay at Newcastle,  and we hope he gets offered a new deal before the end of the year, because with his contract running out next June, other clubs can  talk to him on January 1st.

Danny would be in big demand, given his recent excellent performances for Newcastle, so we fully expect him to be offered a contract extension soon, and he’s made it very clear he wants to stay on Tyneside.

We think Peter Lovenkrands,  Fraser Forster,  James Perch,  Tamas Kadar, Alan Smith and Nile Ranger could all join LuaLua in leaving Newcastle United in January, and if not then they will be moved out in the summer.

Who do you think could leave Newcastle in January or next summer?

Comments welcome.

151 comments so far

  • Thump

    Nov 21, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Apparently Besty drove Ranger down to Barnsley for his loan deal (apparently Ranger’s banned for some drink driving offence? Who would have thought, he’s such a clean cut lad too…) despite offers by many fans to carry him themselves.

    Just seen this btw:

    Judging by that picture, Tioté and Pards share something deep. You can decide whether the pun is intentional or not.


    Nov 21, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Whey welcome home Harps!

    Can’t see Perch leaving this January, or Smithy tbh but the rest are probably for sale

    Few of the bigger names may well leave too…are we just not discussing that haha

  • geoff777

    Nov 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Not so sure about James Perch leaving.

    The only run in the first team he had was early last season after first joining us.

    Give the lad a year to settle, a years top coaching and if he does get a few games he may be far better than most fans think.

    We don’t get to see all the training sessions, I don’t see how supporters can be so opinionated.

    Players improve over time … look at Colo.
    He was dire first season with us, now he’s one of the best CB’s in the Prem.


    Nov 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #4

    We all know the policy of being self sufficient, that includes buying cheap and selling for profit. Tiote,Cabaye,Ben Arfa, Demba Ba as well as Krull,Staylor will all be targets who will go if the money is right. That is the owners strategy. Lets enjoy what we have at the moment. Can we look forward to a successfull future building on what we have- I dont think so as money talks for Ashley.

    Keep the faith

  • toonbrother

    Nov 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    You are a bit biased against Perch if you ask me.
    He has done admirably well for us when played in Defensive midfield .
    He is not a natural centre back so very unfair to judge him based on his performances in that role.
    He is a right back even though he can play anywhere in defence and defensive midfield. In my opinion, his versatility is a major bonus to a squad like ours. Give the lad a break.

    Lets not forget we’ve conceded 3 goals against City, Forest and 4 goals against blackburn . the constant in those displays was not Perch but the absence of Tiote.

    Our starting back 4 isnt as great as we make it out to be. Apart from Simpson and Stephen Taylor those guys are not much better than Perch

  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6


    So Colo is no better than perch?

  • derekm

    Nov 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Smith will work his contract all the way – you’d do the same if you knew that whatever the next one was going to be would be less than half of what the current one is, whilst Simpson for me is a strong possibility to move in January. His agent can get him much bigger wages elsewhere than either Pardew or Ashley believe he is worth, especially since Santon can walk into his shoes, and Pieters will probably arrive once he instructs his agent to stop taking the P with his ridiculous rake off demands. That leaves Perch – who I think is rated by Pardew as a defensive midfielder and will stay. Kadar, Ranger et al are fringe players for me and will move on, if they really had anything to offer they would have been closer tot he first team bench by now – look at Sammy’s progress!

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I think we all need to wait as to whether NUFC will be selling on the high-value members of the squad. If a major sponsor comes in for the stadium naming rights and shirt, they might not want to find themselves bankrolling a squad just barely keeping their EPL palce – they might very well demand a 5-8 finish.

  • davybtoon

    Nov 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #9

    ranger n perch wont leave pardew seems to like the look of perch in that defensive midfield role n hes a good squad player i think, also pardew dosent look like he wants ranger to leave, ranger needs to go to barnsley n prove himself then come back fighting, also tavernier looks to b joining sheff wed

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Talking to a lot of fans in the bar near Manchester and was quite surprised that it seems 50/50 towards Mike Ashley and that not many are to bothered about the name change as it will always be St James,one thing for sure is that if we keep selling top players it will showwhatM.Ash intentions arewhats

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #11

    phone went haywire
    Gonna say though cant see whats so great about selling Tiote for big money,if Spurs can knock back all that dough for Modric cant see why we cant do the same,apart from that one season in the Champions league how can they be better off than us.

  • geoff777

    Nov 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #12

    @Jail for Ashley

    If he starts taking money out of the club I won’t be happy.

    If it stays Sports Direct Arena and he doesn’t pay money from Sports Direct to the club I won’t be happy.

    Other than that it’s his club. He’ll appoint, sell and buy who he wants.

    I’d like rule changes that make it impossible for one person to own a club.
    Fans need a shareholding and seat on the board.
    Clubs should also have a non-profit making, sporting club status.

    Until then I’m no longer getting angry about things I can’t control.

  • kevymartins

    Nov 21, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t see perch leaving jokes aside the lad can actually play some decent footy

    For foresst can rember who it was but he had 1 off are wingers in his back pocket and i reckon thats the reason we bought him..give time who knows what he could accomplish.

  • kevymartins

    Nov 21, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Any lads on here have a tablet?

    if so what they like? worth the muni or better saving for ipad?

  • colwell

    Nov 21, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #15


    Yeah he had Jonas in his pocket all game was quick aswell.

    I have an Ipad2 not that impressed with it to be honest my girlfriend uses it mostly to play her shite games on lol. I`d assume they all do pretty much the same thing.

  • sidekick

    Nov 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Forest fans saw Perch playing on a regular basis.

    A lot of them told me how happy they were to sell him to Nufc.

    With regards to new signings in January ….. don’t hold your breath.

  • kevymartins

    Nov 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #17

    utorrent is frying my head

  • solano

    Nov 21, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail for Ashley @ 10….50:50 regarding Ashley and name change? Really? It seems to fly in the face of all the polls and reaction that has been reported + away fans always seem to be a bit more vociferous in their attitude towards the jokers in charge. However, it maybe that our fab start has suspended some people’s thought processes when it comes to assessing our leadership at the top! Our managing director issuing threats to fans should be enough to convince many that the fans of this club are regarded with utter contempt.
    Nobody wants to rock the boat when Pardew has whittled together a team spirit that has brought terrific results but he will need backing by his superiors if it is to be made into tangible success. Don’t think january will be any different to other windows.The fans need to see that the terrific run we have enjoyed has set Ashley up nicely for implementing his plans – and it won’t be just overpaid reserves who will be exiting, it will mean cashing in on our best players when they are “hot”.
    Don’t believe me? See their printed statements of “ambition” (probably the only words they will ever stick to)

  • davis_toons

    Nov 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #19

    our starting back 4 isnt as great as we make it out to be. Apart from Simpson and Stephen Taylor those guys are not much better than Perch

    —some truth in this…the phycial present maybe..

  • davis_toons

    Nov 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Only Stayloe have that and is brave enough to defence. Just take a look at how he block shots. In the Man City match..taking it right infront of his chest.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #21

    @8 ” Not much better than” “no better than”

  • kevymartins

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #22

    @davis_toon You can’t really say that i mean 8 goals in 12 games is pritty good

    As they say on motd ”the mean’st defence” lol

  • kevymartins

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Saylor an simmo you forget about collo

    1 of the best cb in that league this year player in are tem atm

  • kevymartins

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #24

    collo would be up there..the only cb you would put in front of him are obvious vidic ,kompany? vermallen? samba?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #25

    WTF!! Kazenga Lua Lua has left permanently!!!??? I never heard a thing! What a real shame as the kid had a lot of potential and really fancied him challenging our wingers in the not too distant future. He was a very tricky and direct player something we slightly lack.

    Now I hear Travenier might leave to Sheffield Wednesday!! What the hell is going on!?? I always rated Tavernier higher than Simpson and we’re thinking of selling him too? I bloody hell hope not.

    I agree that Ranger should be loaned out and Perch could be sold or could become a very useful DM when Tiote is n the ACN.

    It’s odd that Kadar might leave us without hardly playing when he is a full Hungary International, another sorry end to a promising youngster’s NUFC Career.


  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #26

    colo to me is the perfect partner for saylor, good positionally, calm and amazing ball control/playing skills whereas saylor will throw himself at anything, combative…
    brilliant pairing for me. would like to see how williamson does when he (eventually) comes back.
    @ kevy got an acer tablet, does what it needs to. happy with it, bought it because compared to the ipad it has more connections, usb, mini usb etc.
    bought cos i travel alot and it´s lighter than a laptop but def not a direct replacement.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #27

    We should go for Leighton Baines in January. That kid is class and will only get better. We were after him and Gareth Bale a couple of years ago and both have excelled in their game especially Bale. Baines is still a quality player that will definitely improve our team.

    Any thoughts guys???????????

  • supatoonkid

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Apparently Simpson’s leaving, don’t mind he’s not that good anyway, as he stalled over a contract deal but they’re looking at bring in Nathaniel Clyne from Palace as a replacement. Clyne is a quality young right back who starts for the under 21s so it’d be great if he comes in and if Simpson is sold then Raylor can go on the right and Santon on the left and then have Clyne on the bench or loan him out to somebody like Swansea or a top championship side for further experience. About the others i’d get rid of Smith, Kadar & Forster (good keeper but not going to get ahead of Krul) in January. Keep Lovenkrands and Perch as cover and sell them in the summer. Loan out Ranger, Abeid and Vuckic. Bring in Luuk de Jong, Liam Ridgewell and Alain Traore (and Clyne if Simpson goes) in January. In the summer bring in Papiss Demba Cisse or Moussa Sow.

  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #29

    woulda thought baines is out of wor price range. plus i think he´d go to established big four/six….
    which we´re not even if we manage it this season, we´ll still need a couple more top finishes to be a big draw i´d of thought. 😉

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Santons a better right back than left back and Clyne can also play both with ease.. hes got tremendous pace would love him to sign

  • Offkey

    Nov 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #31

    @ JP 27 – Baines would be far too expensive but I would like him at the club.

    As for Lualua, him going was obvious…..many said it at the time as he was in his last year of his contract being loaned out for 6 months of it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Look North reckons talks about to start with virgin money with naming rights malarky.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 21, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Tavernier signs on loan at Sheffield Wednesday until January

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 21, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Jail – what did they say mate a missed the news =[

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 21, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Oooo read this lads.. the chief executive of Virgin Money talking about our stadium

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 21, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #36

    In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Ms Gadhia says: “To be honest, I think it should be called St James’ Park.”

    Asked whether it might be renamed the Virgin Money Arena, she said: “I don’t think that would be right for Newcastle.

    “St James’ Park is part of the heritage of Newcastle and it’s important to local people, so for me it should be called St James’ Park.”

  • cyprus

    Nov 21, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #37

    I like it that AP still talks the talk. We could get a result against man u, u know. ‘Would luv it’

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 21, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #38

    so we could be getting made by NIKE and Sponsored by Virgin Money and also have the stadium named after St James Park wow if only dreams wer a reality

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Just a short bit on us after the main story about them buying,when asked about sponsorship of NUFC a spokesman said no talks have taken place yet but are about to ,so I wouldn’t start counting chickens yet.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 21, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail – ano mate was just interesting that she says she believes it should be called St James Park


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