Summer Could Be Great Newcastle Transfer Window

We don’t really expect Newcastle to pay out big money in the transfer market this summer, but the club could surprise us.

Alan Pardew – we put pride in the homework we do on players

Last summer we paid out of a net of about £2M, and that’s when we were flush with the £35M from the Andy Carroll sale,  that Alan Pardew said would be totally re-invested into the club.

Last summer’s business has turned out to be very good, after we picked up Yohan Cabaye (£4.3M) , Demba Ba (free), Sylvain Marveaux (free), Mehdi Abeid (free), Gabby Obertan (£3M) and Davide Santon (£5M).

That’s about £12.3M paid out, but we also got money back for Wayne Routledge (£2M), Kevin Nolan (£4M) and Jose Enrique (£6M), and when you add in the £2M we paid to Ba’s agent,  it all cost us about £2M net – with the figures all estimates.

Some of the players we have been linked with recently could cost a bit, and Newcastle showed in January they are willing to shell out big money for the right player,  when they gave SC Frieburg, £9M for Papiss Cissee.

And he looks a bargain at that price,  with five goals in his first six appearances for Newcastle,  in the famous number 9 shirt.

Liverpool have spent big time since Kenny Dalglish came in,  and 15 months ago they spent around £60M on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez alone, and they have not been big successes on Merseyside, for that kind of money.

It’s not surprising there have been comparisons between the way Newcastle have done their transfer business, and the way Liverpool have, as a build up to  tomorrow’s top game at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle’s transfer team is now like a well oiled machine,  and there’s a lot of thought goes into Newcastle’s transfer dealings, as Alan Pardew explained yesterday:

“We put great pride in the homework we do before we sign players. Chief scout Graham Carr, secretary Lee Charnley, the analysis staff, everyone.

“But you also need a bit of luck, hoping they will settle in a city. We wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had with those new players unless they had adjusted really well to this football club.”

“A lot of work was done last year in making sure we get the balance and conditions right. When you get that right, it makes them easier to settle.”

“We have to think a little left-field on transfers. Money is important in this game –Manchester City wouldn’t be competing with Manchester United without huge investment.”

“Liverpool’s shirt sponsorship dwarfs any sponsorship we have got, probably trebles it.”  “We want to get into a position where sponsors will look at us and the way we have gone this season will help Derek Llambias, to get us better deals so we can compete.”

Last year Liverpool announced a new Warrior Sports kit sponsorship deal,  that is reportedly worth £25M a year, and that’s about twice what Adidas were paying the Reds previously.

So maybe the shirt deal Newcastle signed with Virgin Money is around £8M a year for two years, if it’s about a third of the Liverpool deal, as Alan suggests in his comments.

That’s a bit more than we thought we were getting,  and certainly better than the old Northern Rock deal.

The transfer market will start to heat up in early May, if it’s anything like last year, and if we can qualify for the Europa League,  it should be even more exciting this summer.

We can hardly wait and we’ve already made a list, a long list, of those players Newcastle have been linked with so far for the summer transfer window.

There’s something very good and satisfying about getting top players to Newcastle for peanuts .

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s hard to build something from nothing like we have. It takes a proper skill from the financial world.
    It’s also taken proper skill to judge players potential ability.
    We’re lucky enough to have those two as a real 5 star foundation.
    Even luckier that we have Pardew who’s getting the team to play at their fullest potential.

    It’s very tough to get where we are on basically nothing, look how long the top 6 has stayed stationary. Redknapp is obviously a good manager and knows what he’s doing with Tottenham, Man City has tried to buy themselfes the title.

    We’re extremely lucky to have 3 such great ingridients come together in the same era.
    Looking forward til summer, but first there’s 8 matches and a European spot than needs sorted.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Lee Ryder ? @lee_ryder Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Ryan Taylor has been contacted by Stuart Pearce over a possible Great Britain call up for Olympic football more in @EveningChron #nufc

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Mar 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    – Pieters
    – Douglas
    – Corgnet?
    – Amafilno (is that right?)
    – Couple young talents for the future like Abeid.

    – Possibly Simmo (if he doesn’t sign a new contract)
    – Possibly Gosling (Hasn’t really impressed)
    – Possibly Guthrie (if he doesn’t sign a new contract)
    – Smith Permanently

    Loan out:
    – Dummett
    – Streete?
    – Tav?

  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Mar 31, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4





  • Spuggy

    Mar 31, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Next season we will become a consistent top 6-8 team if:

    – We can keep all our best players or replace with equivalents
    – Sell Lova, Xisco, Smith and Ranger
    – We buy a top quality CB
    – We buy good quality FB, CM and Winger/striker.
    – Bring in a group of young talented footballers
    – Our 2nd string strikers find form when Ba and Cisse go to ACoN
    – We can get Saylor and Marveaux back to full fitness.
    – We are a little luckier next season with long term injuries.
    – We can find a consistent formula that gets the best out of HBA

  • GFH

    Mar 31, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    I am really looking forward to seeing what the summer transfer season brings. I am pleased with this season and content to view it as a”work in Progress” which has probably exceeded the expectations of most of us, AP included. There is a sense of progress in all aspects of the club (PR and Communication a possible exception) and I can see a vision unfolding and I like it , it is better by far than the way we have been steered for years now.

    Next season should answer a few questions in terms of the perspectives of the positive and negative camps on this and other NUFC forums.We will see whether the club intend to invest constructively (not necessarily throwing money a la Freddie ) and to what extent the (so called) neggers suspicions about Ashleys intent to milk our assets holds any truth. It may be that big name players leave , thats how things happen but we will be able to judge whether it was against their wishes and for no other reason than to raise cash which is not then used to benefit the club. A very interesting and informative time indeed.

  • Dyer8

    Mar 31, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    In :
    Marvin Martin (Sochaux), CM
    Aly Cissokho (Lyon), LB
    Douglas (Twente), CB
    Junior Hoilett (B’Burn), WG
    Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield), CF
    Geoffrey Kondogbia (Lens), DM

    Best XI :


    Sub :


    Fergusson, Abeid, Vuckic, Sammy, Obertan

  • irishtoon086

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8


  • tooninspain

    Mar 31, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Irishtoon…..stop shouting you little leprachaun. Dyer 8 has Willo as a reserve. Keep up lad.


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