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?