Pardew – Newcastle Out There Looking At The Transfer Market


In his last two press conferences Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been asked about what’s happening in the transfer market.

Alan Pardew – we are there looking at the market

In the press conference on Tuesday afternoon, before the Manchester United game, Alan was asked whether Newcastle had made any progress in the transfer market at all.

And especially with their top target – a center-back – and this is how Alan responded to the question:

“I think for us it’s like all clubs and managers we have to be very careful how we negotiate and discuss things”

“On the media side we are not saying anything much at all during this window and I’ll apologize to you for that”

“We’ll keep our cards close to our chest but we are busy out there looking at the market”

It seems that Newcastle have just had a bid turned down for West Ham’s James  Tomkins, after they presumably raised their bid to £4M for the 22 year-old center-back, and whether Newcastle will further increase their bid we don’t know.

But our guess is that they will not, and could turn their attention to other center-backs, like 22 year-old Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa , as we put out in an article earlier today.

He would be available for around  £4M or £5M and for that money he could be a better buy than Tomkins, and of course he will add to the burgeoning French contingent on Tyneside.

And only yesterday we are said to have bid £4.5M for Dijon’s central midfielder Benjamin Corgnet, but the bid had been turned down.

So it seems Newcastle are indeed doing the work behind closed doors, and we’ll just have to hope we get some new sin the press because nothing will come form Alan Pardew.

That’s a big difference from the way former manager Graeme  Souness used to do Newcastle’s transfer business few years ago, when Graeme used to use his press conferences to negotiate for players.

The Scot would talk openly about wanting a specific player from a certain club, and it would be big headlines in the newspapers,  but we like Alan’s way of doing business.

Keep it all under the radar screen and then surprise us on the upside with a couple of good signings this month.

In yesterday’s press conference Alan was asked if he could comment on the rumor that Newcastle were bidding for James Tomkins and this is how he responded:

“No.”

Meaning that he wouldn’t comment on it, and then he was pressed as to whether Newcastle had made any progress at all in the transfer  market so far, and he said:

“I’m not going to answer that”

So we’ll have to rely on papers like the Sun and the Daily Mirror for rumors, but as we have found out in the past,  most of the stories on transfers are simply not true.

And we are seeing various transfer stories such as we are after Chris Samba  as just one example – but they are not true.

We have to hope that Newcastle can bring in a top center-back and one more players in January,  because  we still have an excellent chance of finishing high up in the Premier League and surprising ourselves this season.

Howay The Lads!!

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104 comments so far

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Mbiwa is the one. Being tipped to be a fixture in the French national team very soon. From the little I’ve seen of him, he reminds me of Gallas, in both stature and style.

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/7413966/

    That’s ridiculous. He must know we don’t want him. We’ve tried to get rid of him every window! Ipswich, Leeds etc. No-one wants him because of his extortionate wages. For Leeds weren’t we essentially paying for them to take him. He could leave for free, but we’d carry on paying half his wages for this season! He should know why he doesn’t play- he’s a striker who hasn’t scored for 6 years so has been converted into a makeshift midfielder.

    It’s amazing the downturn his career has had since leaving leeds all those years ago! He could still make it in the championship, purely for his effort and was an important part of our promotion- so i’ll always be thankful. But we’ve moved on now, surely he must realise he has to as well?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Anybody reckon Pardew is going to attempt to convert Obertan into a striker ala Henry when he came to Arsenal (considering the nature of hit appearance against Manure)

    Anyway. Really dont see why we cant try Hatem as a lone striker. Lad can score goals, probably a better finisher than Shola, and Mcloven. I say either we pair with Shola or Best (unsure which, but Best has been very quiet recently reckon he would relish opportunity to get back into squad)

    I reckon this

    Simmo Willo Colo Santon
    Raylor Cabaye Guthrie Jonas
    HBA
    Shola/Best

    OR

    Simmo Willo Colo Santon
    Raylor
    Obertan Cabaye Guthrie Jonas
    HBA

    Raylor has the defensive mind and the experience if we pack out a midfield surely 2 players can replace Tiote defensively if we want to play it safe.

    However, we could relish this opportunity to go all out attack in a 433 formation

    Simmo Willo Colo Santon
    Raylor Cabaye Jonas
    Obertan Shola/Best HBA

    Jonas hasnt been that effective on attack recently and is decent defensively. Raylor also we know can defend. Just worried about. Seeing as this would mean two very advanced wide player, maybe Best (as we know he can get a head on crosses fairly well). This way we can just make sure HBA and Obertan run like hell once they get the ball. If only Saylor was fit. I reckon he could fit in for Tiote pretty well in the centre which would also give him more of an opportunity to get on the end of crosses whoch he also does well

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see it with Obertan- he can’t shoot! I think HBA could possible play as a lone striker, but doubt his hold up play and once it would get up to him i’d suspect he’d be expected to do it all on his own. It doesn’t matter because Pardew will NEVER play him as a lone striker, it would be best/shola.

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5
  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    2_goal_tino

    True about HBAs hold up play. Definitely needs a strong partner in Prem. What was I saying.

    On subject of Obertans finishing, Wenger has done the same with Walcott. He was nothing but a young kid that can run like f. But his game including his end product and finishing has come on hugely in the last few years. Not saying he is a great striker but he is definitely improving

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #7

    What do people reckon abotu Goslings chances of games with Tiote and Demba away?

    And do you rate him?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    QPR bid £5million for Chris Samba we should seriously try for him £5million is a baragain

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    I can see Obertan as a striker, he has a shoot, just need confidence and a lot of work.

    My team for Fa Cup:

    ——————–Krul——————–

    Simps——Willo——-Collo—-Santon

    —————-Perch—-Ahbeid———-

    —Vukcic———Ben Arfa——-Obertan

    ———————–Best——————–

    or

    ——————–Krul——————–

    Simps——Willo——-Collo—-Santon

    ———————Perch—————-

    ——–Gosling—Vukcic–Ahbeid——

    —————Best—-Ben Arfa———–

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    I could see Obertan as a striker actually! At clairefontaine he trained as a striker, really only converted to a winger at bordeaux because of them being well stocked up front and his pace! Despite his finishing, his sheer pace alone would create 3 or 4 1 on 1 situations per game! Find it odd that the games where obertan has looked a good player have been against the better sides! away to man utd looked good etc, think its all mental with him!

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    P.s I rate Gosling (but then Guthrie is fit he takes the nod), he is close to the 1st team, needs game under his belt,but could be a good partner to Cabaye. Gosling was very good in pre-season. I think he could be a git, if in-form.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Would love Samba, But QPR wont get him for £5m. Even if Blackburn will do that excellent cut price deal someone bigger will come in for him like Spurs.

    I know we need cover but Im beginning to think our problem lies with our wingers mainly. Not nearly creative enough. I wish Marveaux hadnt got injured reckon he would be class for us by now

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  • Klatoon

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    5mil for Samba? Bburn would never accept that,more like 8mil i reckon.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    think Gosling really needs to go out on loan! I’ve only seen him a couple times, against scunthorpe and then against Norwich but feel he looks well off the pace and technically average! Good work rate though! For me, Abeid deserves a shout, it’d be good for him playing alongside Cabaye who can guide him through the game! We’ve got decent games whilst Tiote is away, Barton being suspended for the QPR game is a definate plus too!

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  • Klatoon

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #15

    If Obertan played as a striker,Cabaye would have a field day threading passes behind the defence. And you know Ober would get onto them in a flash,what he’d do after that is another story altogether.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #16

    @11 yeah, i think Marvaux has been a big miss! He looked like he actually had an end product! Hopefully see him back in february though as for me Jonas looks tired and contributes litle in assists, goals and key passes! I’d bet good money santon ends the season with more assists than jonas!

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Obertan looks far too lethargic at times, seems like a player who thrives when there’s a thick atmosphere (his rocket heeled debut, the match at rowdy Stoke and his game against his old club), I think he’s an intuitive player and when he engages brain he turns to tatters, which is all too often.

    Run with purpose Ober, decide what to do when you get there!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    That was my thinking on Obertan. We know he can take players on if he had the confidence to and his pace would be lethal on the break. Just out wide he looks lost sometimes. If he was played as a striker then he would know to just run for the goal. Instead of all this “shit im on wing, need to create, do i run, do i stop and wait for others to push up”

    He just seems more of a withdrawn striker to me than HBA. HBA has the confidence on the wings but loses the ball a lot in the centre. Obertan is more controlled with his passing but loses the ball out on the wings because he doesnt seem to know what to do out there.

    I think a switcheroo between the perceived roles of HBA and Obertan. If only we knew what we do know and had a pre season to experiment.

    Anyway. May just be talking out my behind. But this makes sense in my head. And i should know, Ive been playing Fifa for 2 days straight

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Jonas is much the same when attacking.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Yes Jay, but how many of those chances would he convert? I really hope something drastic (in positive terms) happens with this lad, or we’ve been hoodwinked by Fergie a la Butt, Smith. But then again, Simpson has proven worthy, been a while since we had a real LB. Honestly, I’d rather find ways to accommodate HBA than Obertan…

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Believe me Obertan will become a good player for NUFC. A team like this could chalenge top 4.

    ———————-Krul———————–

    Simpson—–S.Taylor—Coloccini—Santon

    —————–Tiote—–Cabaye—————

    Marveaux———Ben Arfa————Obertan

    ———————-Demba———————–

    but i would also be positive to see obertan playing as a striker tomorrow. West brom uses their strikers pace effectively. ——————–Krul——————–

    Simps——Willo——-Collo—-Santon

    ———————Perch——————-

    —-Vukcic———Ben Arfa——–Ahbeid

    —————-Best——–Obertan———-

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22

    >>>LGFUAD21 // Jan 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    i totally agree.

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  • bringbackemre

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    id say jonas could make a decent foward he could defiantly hold the ball up .
    krul
    simpson
    colo
    willo
    santon
    cabaye
    guthrie
    perch/smith
    best
    jonas
    ben arfa
    wouldn mind seeing this team for the cup

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #24

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACljjmYqdqQ

    Good clip of Mbiwa against Lille this season.
    Valued at around 4/5 mil would seem a far better option to Tomkins, can play anywhere along the back four, good reader of the game, strong and gutsy just that we need

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Cyprus – I reckon he’d have a better shots to goal ration than Best! Currently we’ve got no threat of the over the top ball so defenses are playing very high against us! Obertan up front would give us another dimension now and again!

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  • cyprus

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    Don’t know, looks like a very drastic experiment, like playing Krul CF or Shola CB. And remember, Obertan has yet to dribble past a single player.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    On Ben Arfa, – not sure how many of you watched him much before he left France, he was like a magician! Amazing player, i saw him many times for Marseille! Since his injury, he has lost more than a yard of pace – more like 3 yars of pace! I think he really needs to adapt his game now to accomodate this, in past years he could go past players with pace alone, taking or 3 or 4 at a time, now he can’t do this and he loses the ball more than he ever has! He has all the attributes to change his game and be a fantastic play maker, his passing, vision and shooting from range are great! The fact he hasn’t changed his game yet might be the reason hes not getting in the side!

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Lads remember that Best served us well after the Carrol sale until he picked up an injury, we’ll miss Ba no doubt, but we’ll get by

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Wow some people actually seeing half sense in what ive said.

    Didnt we play Jonas as a withdrawn striker against Chelsea at the end of last season? He did score a few in Championship.

    Obertan may also run into traps but occasionally he can pass reasonably well. I do think he can come good for us though. The fact of the matter was he was never getting into Manure squad with the strength of depth they have. Look at Colo, Enrique and Jonas’ first seasons with us (or first few games). He needs time considering hes played maybe 30 games in prem in about 2/3 years.

    Either way though, One of our wingers needs to start producing. Was hoping that with Santon at LB Jonas could limit his babysitting duties. Maybe he has been told to watch over Santon for a bit though. Ease him into the game. I know he struggled to adapt to it at first

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #30

    I know he is yet to do that @Cyprus but i have seen him do it at manure a few times. So i think he is capable.

    Either way Pardew is not the best at Subs but he has proved a great tactician at times and apart from QPR his selections have generally been decent. He must see something in Obertan to put so much effort in him.

    The staff seem to have developed a number of our players vastly in the space of a year. Hopefully they can do the same with Obertan.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #31

    Jayphoto @25, I believe HBA still has it, he just tries to do too much in the limited time he’s on. AP MUST promise him a run of games (my guess? in just 3 we’ll all be delirious about his game!). But he needs that run, for certain, no matter what mistakes he makes. We’ve given plenty such chances to others (e.g. Ober, Shola)

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Also, Not saying we should play him but I definitely think Sammy has more of a Strikers mentality than a wingers

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Think Cabaye can sit in a deeper role to cover the lose of Tiote with Benny coming in as the play maker, for the Blackburn game I’d go with

    —————-Krul

    Simpson- Willo – Colo – Santon

    ————Cabaye

    Raylor – HBA – Jonas

    — Best — Shola

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  • cyprus

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #34

    Maybe you’re right @28. Hope so!

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #35

    Or we could play a Gosling ot Guthrie ar the expense of Shola/Best

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #36

    Trust me, Ben Arfa is now a different player to the 1 we signed! He’s still going to be an asset, a great player for us, but the Ben Arfa of 2 years ago would have gone on to be 1 of the best players in the world! he is a lot slower than he was!

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #37

    QPR bid £5m for Samba? Surely we have to be interested at that price, although I have to say that I thought Willo was terrific on Wednesday, even better than Colo in my opinion, as he held his position much better. Colo tends to get drawn out of position too easily at times, which puts extra pressure on the fullbacks who have to cover the space. Before you all start putting words in my mouth which I haven’t said, I’m only saying that Colo has obvious frailties, like every other player, and wandering on occasions is one of them. Terrific team performance though, and apart from the obvious ones, I was very impressed with Santon. Let’s hope he keeps his fitness, and gets a run of games.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38

    JackButler

    Ive thought that in the past but it is a risk with Benny losing possession so much. Also with 2 strikers that barely have the combined striker rate of a regular striker in the prem it feels like a waste up front. Hence me preferring a 5 midfield. But I reckon that is what is most likely to happen with Best and Shola upfront. Especially with Gosling having seemingly gone quiet and Guthrie not properly fit.

    You know what. I wanna see a Double Ameobi partnership up front. Sammy always seems boosted by having Shola on the pitch with him. Plus, even if it fails it’ll still be amazing to have the Ameobi’s up front together

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #39

    5million for Samba?

    I don’t know what they are smoking over there…

    Samba is worth more then 5mill, and even Kentucky Fried Chicken or whoever is running the B’Burn circus should know that.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #40

    Can’t see Samba going for less than 8mil, Mbiwa would be a far better option for us. Cheaper, younger and more versatile

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