Newcastle Hoping To Keep Their Top Players This Summer


Newcastle fans will be looking forward to the summer transfer window,  because we should see up to five top players come through the door, to bolster the squad for next season.

Dreamboat Cabaye – after scoring first goal on Saturday

With European football next season now a certainty,  Newcastle will want to increase the size of their squad, but of course we will also hope we can keep our top players too.

Over the last few days, Manchester City have said they are interested in Papiss Cisse, and Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote  and Demba Ba are also wanted by some of the top clubs this summer.

But we don’t think Mike Ashley will be all that keen to sell this summer, unless some club comes along with a ridiculously high bid for one of our players – like Liverpool did sixteen months ago for big Andy  Carroll.

And with a Europa League place already tied up,  and the possibility that Newcastle can even qualify for the Champions League, for the first time since Bobby Robson got us there in 2003, Alan Pardew is hoping he can keep his star players on Tyneside:

“I am hoping that we get to such a point where there are not really many places above where they can go. That is what we really want.”

“I have played in a very good Crystal Palace side which finished third in this division and I had a very good side at West Ham but  I have not had the camaraderie of this group.”

“I hope that means the players we have got all want to stay and we can do it all again next year, because clubs will look at these players now and try and take them off our hands.”

Cheick Tiote has backed up his manager and he himself is looking for ward to playing in Europe for the first time in his career,  and he thinks being in Europe will convince top players at the club to stay on Tyneside:

“European Football will definitely convince players to stay. If the team is playing in Europe, it is better for us to keep our best players,”

Yohan Cabaye was the star man for Newcastle on Saturday,  and what a buy this lad has been – we got him for just €5M from french Champions Lille – by exercising the release clause in his contract with the French club.

Yohan says that the lads will just keep going – one game at a time:

“We have got big confidence on the pitch. We just want to keep going,” “The next thing is to be focused on the Wigan match. That’s the most important thing.”

“After, we can see what happens, but we have to think match by match. We can do something special for the team.”

The 10 times capped French International, who is likely to start for France against England in the European Championships in June, scored two and made the other one for Newcastle against Stoke, and in 35 appearances for the Magpies he has five goals and nine assists and has been another steal in the transfer market.

Yohan and Cheick are just two of the many good players Newcastle have been able to bring in over the last couple of years, and we are hoping for more coming through the door this summer – which promises to be an exciting time for Geordie fans everywhere.

Howay The Lads!!


195 comments so far

  • Garreth

    Apr 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Its great to see so many of our players come out and say we need to keep other players, signalling their intention to stay here!

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Where has City said they are interested in Cisse?

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Why has nobody come out and said we must do what we can to keep Simmo?

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry had to

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  • woolerbill

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Simmo is just another full back, nothing special that I can see, If he wants to stay then why not sign now.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #6

    cruel but true, should be dropped for Perch.

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  • jamesnufc86

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Since when are City wanting Cisse ? I don’t like news like that , it would make sense though , Dzeko will go in the summer and possibly Tevez as well , the lad can’t leave after half a bloody season surely

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Danny Simpson is being carried, and nobody even dare mention Goalline Clearences as it makes me feel sick.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Nobody ever wants us to be happy.

    The same journos that spout the same shite every day about who we may sell. Be the same for years!

    Cisse ain’t going anywhere

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  • jamesnufc86

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Bit harsh on Simpson, works hard but never going to be a world beater – but I wouldn’t say he’s being carried , every member in our squad deserves credit for our position

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Some newspaper garbage regarding Cisse, however how could any team not be interested in him, he is a special player. Almost like some sort of footballing Super Hero in my eyes. The Rubber Legged Avenger.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Been harsh on Simpson for a while now, and true he is part of an outstanding effort by the team, but currently he is the one weak link as Big Mike has come back to form and his height is important as seen at the weekend against Lerchio.

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    i think players will stay.. its better to improve as a team from the “bottom” & challenge for top spots then to just walk into a top side..”look at me im the best”=)

    im sure players see we’re building a top side capable of beating just about anyone..

    krul is a top keeper, colo world class, santon already one of the best LB (at 20)..cabaye-tiote is the best CM pair in the league & hba, ba & cisse perhaps the best attack in the league..maybe only behind tevez, aguero, silva..we’re a top side already..

    just bring a new RB (debuchy), CB (mbiwa or etc) goal scoring midfielder (sigurdsson) & a young non african striker..& if we stay injury free next season..the sky’s the limit.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t worry no one of our star players will leave, they are loving it at Newcastle. Especially Cisse, Ben Arfa, Krul. Players here are like one big happy family, they see that the grass insnt always greener on the other side and the manager keeps saying this in his ways too. I feel more than confident with transfer window coming. Please don’t worry WE WILL SURELY STRENGTHEN THE SQUAD, not otherwise.

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  • liamgowland

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Danny Simpson is a solid Premier League full back. If we want to get to Champions League level, then Simpson will need to be replaced. This is obvious.

    He’s done a great job this season and played every game if I remember rightly, so lets leave the stick towards him, eh?! It’s boring.

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  • Londtoon

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Say we finish 5th would we have to play any qualifying games in the summer prior to the group stages of the europa league or is it those who qualify through domestic cups? or none of the above?

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Hope Man City go and Rape and Pillage Arsenal for RVP and Tottenham for Modric, also wud be nice if Bale moved to Spain, would all of a sudden make our competition a bit weaker for next year.

    Chelski will have the same problems they have had this, John Terry, Lampard and Cole, Drogba all past their best and all too influential in how the team performs. I believe that this year is no flash in the pan and next year there is no reason why we cant be best of the rest behind Man Utd/Man City.

    Personally think Mourinho will be in charge of City next year and although i dislike the guy, it will mean that City will win the league for sure.

    Next years predictions are Chelsea sack another manager, maybe Di Matteo, Liverpool sack Dogleash, Man Utd start to struggle (the end of an era), Arsenal struggle without RVP and Spuds finish Mid table. Newcastle have nice steady year with a 3rd place finish and Papiss Cisse scores 40 PL goals. Plus a hat-trick in the FA cup Final.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    I am stating my intention to give Simmo no more stick until the end of season, hopefully he will move on in the summer, good luck until then Simmo, you average full back.

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  • ToonHeart

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #19

    If we were at the bottom of the table at this time of the season then it’s a possibility players would leave to goto a “better” club.
    With us being so good what’s the point with going anywhere else?
    All our players are new and come into form so quickly. The potential of us next season will be something not to be missed!

    I believe this season is NUFC changing for the good. We just had to prove ourselves we can get far with what we got. Now players are going to want to sign for us without the push.
    I have no worries about any player leaving.
    Personally, I like Simpson but I couldn’t care less if he leaves because I know we will find a better replacement!

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  • Garreth

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Hi Londtoon,

    I know this is wikipedia so not always reliable, but hope this helps:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_clubs_in_European_football

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #21

    check the toastie

    might happen, but i dont think man united will struggle..they bought kids & next year will be better, not to mention fergie will spend another 50 mio in the summer.. man utd will struggle when fergie retires… some say mourinho will replace him which would also mean jose to man city is a no go..we’ll see..

    i do agree its the end of tottenham..& wenger will probably sell RVP & Szczesny for 30 mio.. (he sold henry for 24 & vieira for 20:D) & replaced them with alliadiere & robinson

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #22

    How did the resy team get on – anybody know?

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  • Garreth

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #23

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/TV/OtherHighlightsDetail/0,,10278~2745837,00.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

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  • Garreth

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Link seems to be broken… but u18s beat liverpool 3-2, Magpie6699

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #25

    magpie6699
    Reserves beat Liverpool 2-1

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  • supatoonkid

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Just was on Sky’s Transfer News section & they’ve linked us to a 21 year old Dutch, Second Stiker/Winger called Jerson Cabral, here’s the wikipedia page for him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerson_Cabral could be a prospect if we miss out on Hoilett & if Zaha is still too pricey

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  • keeleytoon

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #27

    They won 2-1 🙂 abied ad moyo scores

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Regarding Simmo how do we know it was nufc fans that abused him on twitter?

    It’s so easy to set up an account and have a go at footballers.

    To say we may have drove him out is ludicrous.

    Anyway back to important matters.

    Will Ba score against Wigan? I’ve remained silent as of late about the big mans lack of goals but I’ve got a funny feeling we are really going to turn it on against the latics!

    Ba to score 4! I’m putting a tenner on.

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Cheers for that result / info.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #30

    If we want Hoilett I reckon he is ours to be fair.

    At nufc he will get game time and a chance to shine at any of the other teams he will get rusty on the bench.

    The kid is a wonder and we have sold nufc to bigger names than his before and I’m sure he’d be excited about Europe and the chance to form the deadliest 4-3-3 in the leauge.

    Tasty

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Beattie
    No one can prove that Simmo was abused by mags but judging by the abuse he gets on public blogs its not a big stretch to assume its true, plus a lot of the accounts that did it are still running

    On Ba I think if we get a comfortable lead he will be moved into the striker position just like he was against Stoke and he should get a goal when there but I wouldnt bet on him getting that many haha also dont think we will run through Wigan like a lot are (again) suggesting the home game there were touts of 6+ nil to us and they took us to the wire with the only thing to break them down was a lovely assist and a wonderful Cabs strike…now they are on a far better run of form full of confidence fighting for their PL satus and its in their own back yard

    We should win but I think it will be close

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Does anyone else get the feeling that nufc is changing the face of world football?!

    The players we sign don’t seemed to be governed by money and they love their football which is refreshing in this climate of modern day football.

    Players have forgotten thier identities and have been swallowed up by the gigantic wages and earnings whilst their talents waste away. Nufc is such an attractive opportunity to play football that I wouldn’t he surprised to see some big names joining soon on unspectacular wages!

    Hwtl

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  • Tiote4PM

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Stats say Simpson is the best RB in the premier league.

    Some people on here don’t value consistency and want spectacular.

    I cannot think of a RB I would have over Simpson apart from the lad a Tottenham – anyone got 15 million?

    Proven, young and consistent – why not just say thank you and be quiet.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #34

    i was on an lfc blog.. this guy posted this
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm wud you either win 2 cups and a maybe top 10 finish or be in the position of the barcodes which is 4th on 62 points 3 points ahead of spurs and 3 behind arsenal? personally 2 cups is quite good but the league campagin is embarrasing
    so id go for 4th plus i actually watch the barcodes against stoke.? how come we didnt get cabaye and cisse? they were magnificent plus downing or arfa? arfa

    wait this is the money they got from carroll uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we cud have got these players if it was wasnt for oh wait thats right.
    need to hack in to graham carr’s account

    funnnily he was called scouser in denile

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  • blew

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #35

    I watched the reserve game today against Liverpool and I can see why there has been a clear out in summer. Standard of football was very poor, cant see any of them remotely ready to step up. Hence reported activity to strenghten the reserve numbers in summer with potential, which was in shortage today.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #36

    and the responses he got

    Ah, hindsight. So magnificent that.

    People keep raving about Newcastle. House of cards. Cisse has a conversion rate of 45% (double exclamation point; top strikers are usually around 20-24 on their best season), which isn’t going to last. And his signing has, luckily, coincided with Ba’s drop in form (35 missed chances in a row). Ben Arfa is a classy player and not exactly a secret to anyone, but injured more often than not (yet to total 40 games in a season, average is 31ish), something which has also plagued Ba throughout his career.Newcastle have gambled heavily on players with shoddy records, as is their tradition, and in the long run, it never pays off. Very happy we’re not copying their recruitment policy, regardless of what the results are this particular season.

    in reply to scouser in denile

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  • nufc786

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #37

    cabaye was a great spot, played for the French champions I believe, so not too unknown, was almost out of contract, a great find.

    Cisse has been on loan here, there and everywhere in Europe failing to really settle.
    Pardew’s got lucky that he’s just settled immediately and the whole midfield has worked really well at Newcastle. That being said, I do think luck is a sign of a good manager.

    Hatem Ben Arfa was at Chelski I believe (?) and he failed to settle / broke his leg if I remember rightly. Think he’s been elsewhere too, again not settling, just clicked into place under Pardew with all these new players and the unsung Guitierrez.

    Ba failed his medical at Stoke where Pulis was told his knee was a ticking time bomb. Presumably Newcastle got insurance for him somehow, at the cost of a low buyout price in his contract.

    Now Pardew has history bringing through excellent players but even then it didn’t always work out for him at other clubs.

    Dimatteo too, did really well with an excellent DoF at West Brom.

    But not everyone has worked at Newcastle, Marveaux who we nearly signed has clearly failed and Santon (?) is not really working out yet either.

    It just happens that Pardew got a couple of extra signings working in key areas, particularly Cisse and Cabaye.

    Kenny got Enrique, Bellamy, Coates and Suarez as immediate benefit. Henderson, Carroll, Downing, Adam not so much.

    Now Henderson looked far better today in his preferred position, though not yet dangerous enough. If two of these four were to come good it would make a huge difference.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #38

    this is serioulsy deluded from them

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  • nufc786

    Apr 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #39

    37 was from a scouser

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  • dave m

    Apr 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #40

    seen this player we’ve been linked with? looks like he’s got massive potential

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9eJi0Nm1H4

    jerson cabral

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