Newcastle Hold Transfer Summit – Targets Lined Up

Newcastle held another transfer summit yesterday with Derek Llambias, Alan Pardew and Chief Scout Graham Carr all in attendance.

Cheick Tiote – in action against Arsenal earlier in the season

With Chelsea surprisingly making the Champions League final last night, when they beat Barcelona in the semi-finals, it could be that Newcastle don’t know what competition they will be playing in until the final takes place on May 19th in Munich.

That will further complicate Newcastle’s summer tour plans, but it’s unlikely to impact the club’s summer transfer moves.

It seems almost certain that when the season is over Newcastle will announce their first signing as 22 year-old Reims midfielder, Romain Amalfitano, as we reported yesterday.

Stade Reims are in League two of the French League and not in the top French league as we reported yesterday – sorry about the error – we were getting mixed up with Stade Rennes.

Romain will be one brought in who can improve in the Premier League,  but there will also be at least three top signings coming through the door over the summer months, and most of those are likely to be defenders.

And with Newcastle in Europe and surging over the last six games with a magnificent six wins in a row, most Newcastle players want to stay on Tyneside – and who can blame them?

Cheick Tiote is one of those and he’s making noises to Newcastle he doesn’t want to leave, just in case a massive bid comes in for him, as he has taken to Newcastle like a duck to water and he is huge favorite with the Newcastle fans.

Tiote has said today that he can achieve his football ambitions at Newcastle, and Cheick has seen Newcastle become one of the best teams in England in his almost two years on Tyneside, and Newcastle are currently 4th top of the Premier League – which is usually a Champions League place.

This is what the 29 times capped Ivorian had to say today:

“Yes, I can achieve what I want to here,” “I don’t know about the speculation. I have four games to play, I think I have to focus on the games because they are important games for the club and for everybody. After the season, we will see.”

Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle players these days only if somebody comes in with a very high offer, but with Newcastle in Europe next season, with the added revenue that will bring and full houses again at St. James’ Park,  Newcastle do not need the money as they did when Andy Carroll was sold 16 months ago.

We don’t expect to see any top players  leaving this summer, but there will be a clear-out with players like Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Fraser Forster and Tamas Kadar all leaving the club this summer, along with up to 12 youngsters.

Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson could also be leaving Newcastle in the summer.

And as usual Newcastle have been linked with a host of players – and take your pick from the following list of players we have already been linked with – in no particular order:

Virgil van Dijk – FC Groningen’s young 19 year-old Dutch defender
Romain Amalfitano – Stade Reims 22 year-old attacking midfielder
Douglas Franco Teixeira – known as Douglas – 24 – FC Twente
James Tomkins 23 – West Ham central defender – defensive midfielder
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – captain of French club Montpelier 22
Jan Vertonghen – 23 – played for Belgium 35 times and he stands 6’3″ tall
Benjamin Corgnet – French attacking midfielder – 24 – Dijon – £4.5M?
Cheikh M’Bengue – 23 – Toulouse and Senegal left back
Erik Pieters – 23 year-old defender PSV – Holland left back
Jacob Butterfield – 21 year-old Barnsley central midfielder
Adam Maher – 18-year-old AZ Alkmaar midfielder
John Guidetti – 19-year-old Man City striker – on loan to Feyenoord
Mathieu Debuchy – Lille 26 year-old right back
Juan Pablo Pino – 25 – Columbian winger/striker – Galatasaray
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Hoffenheim attacking midfielder – loan at Swansea
Anthony Knockaert – Guingamp 20 year-old midfielder
Aidan White – Leeds 20 year old left sided player
Aurelien Chedjou – Lille – 26 year-old Cameroon center-back

It seems almost certain that Newcastle will have a much stronger squad next season,  and it will be interesting to see what the official targets for next season are, with Newcastle over-achieving so much this season.

The Newcastle players have been simply magnificent and Alan Pardew has been simply unbelievable as manager.

Long may that continue.

Howay The Lads!!

38 comments so far

  • shearermania

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    would love maynor figuroa or whatever his name is from wigan…brilliant player in my opinion…..that would be left back sorted..dont know how old he is, but to me hes the one with exceptional ability from that team….anyone remember the goal he scored on exmackem sorensen last season?

  • shearermania

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    ahhh bugger forgot:


  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Figueroa is a good player but he is error prone and is almost 29 so doubt he fits our “criteria” in terms of transfers ..
    M’Bengue in my opinion is the best candidate for left back , too bad Senegal are playing in the ACoN again next season

  • DeadGrizzly

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Id like Gago and Dzeko if Ba goes. beresford left back ha

  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Statistically Simpson is a better Full Back than Figueroa………

  • lewytoon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    dont start the simpson argument again! i cba to say all my points of how poor he is again!

  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Cissokho or Pieters for me… We really need to buy players we wont lose for a month just when they’re coming into some form! We need:

    Then a few youth players for various positions

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Weren’t we linked with a Brazilian full back as well earlier on this year? i remember watching some videos about him and he was an amazing overall player .. Amazing crosser of the ball and a tough tackler .. He was about 20 or 21 years old

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9


    Never going to happen.

    Victor Moses could be a good addition, he wouldn’t be my first choice, but if we are planning on raiding from teams in the bottom half, then I reckon he could prove to be good value for money. He was brilliant against Arsenal.

    However I would like to see forgotten man, Marvelous Marv get a run of games in pre-season once he is fit. He looked like a good signing before his injury.

  • lewytoon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    agreed, id prefer pieters however i rate cissokho and would like him to come if pieters fails.

    id also sign butterfield, replacement for guthrie or gosling as im sure one of them will leave.

    id take affalimatio or whatever, because hes young french and is a squad filler. in carr we trust.

    id sign douglas as we need a big beasty defender and of what ive saw and heard hes a very good player. bit of brazillian flair aswell haha, will be good cover and competition, may become first team

    id like to sign drenthe or hoillett, would be able to play as a forward, both pacy and skillfull. id like drenthe because he has a bit fire and is strong as well as quick and skillful.

    id like to sign that man city striker, sweedish i think who has a unreal record and is currently out on loan.

    id like corgnet, saw him play once only but after reports and comments of niafron gathered hed fit into our 4-3-3 perfectly

    and yanou mbwia the young french defender and captain of his club, skillfull and calm, this fella and pieters are my top targets

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11


    Simpson may not be “World Class”, but there is no denying that statisically he has been one of the better Right backs this season. He has good instincts to get himself on the line, proven by how many times he has cleared the ball off the line this season.

  • redondo77

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Among English RB, not many are better than Simpson right now, probably in top 3 RB english nationality

  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Nice one Perchinho get that Simpson Debate rolling, i love it when a plan comes together………..

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Good morning all…I see where back on stats and Simpson…must be a sign from God to ta

  • Matt

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    a player i think we should snap up is matt jarvis from wolves now that there down could get him on the cheap class player has england cap fits our set up perfect natural left footer scores goals and can cross a ball very well on 25 would be great addition to our squad imo

  • redondo77

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    plus if Baines can be in England squad, is he any better than Simpson?

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    I’ll try that again then…

    …Good morning all…I see where back on stats and Simpson…must be a sign from God to take the day off from here 🙂

    Unfortunate result for us last night, but must say I was impressed by Chelsea (except the wonderful JT of course – prat). I’ve seen some people say they played negative tactics etc, but come on, did we expect them to out pass or outplay them? No. They put in a stellar performance imo and if it had been Newcaslte I would have been proud (I was even a bit proud as an Englishman). By the end of it, I actually wanted them to win.

    Now it’s up to Bayern or Madrid to take care of them or of course us just completing the small task of getting 3rd 🙂


    Ok, enjoy your statistics debate and fyi Simpson is without a doubt the best RB EVER! 🙂 Bye

  • matias

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Not too convinced about the Tiote quote:

    “I think I have to focus on the games because they are important games for the club and for everybody. After the season, we will see”

    Does this mean he wants to look elswhere if there won`t CL here? Or is he talking about renewing his contract (again)?

    Also I´d like Simpson to stay too. He might have to be replaced to get to the next level but he`s very reliable and would be excellent squad player.

  • lewytoon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #19

    baines is much better than simpson!!

    and richards, walker, johnson and clyne are all better than him

    im sure perch is a better rb than him 😉

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    reading between the lines, and Statistically speaking —-

    Chelsea will win the champions league and we will finish 3rd!!!!!!!!


    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #21

    a would kill myself if we signed tomkins like, hes bairly premier league quality nevermind european football quality.

  • Slank

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #22

    It will be a long and arduous season next year for the team with European football but also Euro 2012 and the Olympics beforehand for some of our players and therefore the club will need as many good players available as possible.

    That is why we should keep Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson. They have done nothing wrong and have done a really good job all season.

    Next season should also see Vuckic and Abeid play a more significant role in the first team.

    We need another centre half and a left back. We also need cover for Cisse and Ba. With Lovenkrands likely to leave we only have our super sub Ameobi.

  • redondo77

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23


    Really? Wow Simpson must be really sucks then.
    Pardew must be really stupid playing Simpson instead Perch.

  • redondo77

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #24

    From that list, most likely we will sign only Douglas.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Lewytoon @ 10 – Are you wanting to replace everyone in the team or summit… if so, where are you getting the budget from?? somehow I doubt we’ll get 2 of those you’ve mentioned & if we do, we’ll be lucky 🙂

    The problem with buying british players is, they already know the wage structure other teams are paying & would want silly wages, I mean, look at Simmo, he supposedly turned down a 25k/wk wage because he’ thinks he should be on way more… now we could probably get 2 defenders in for that wage from across the chunnel….. and I don’t give a flying fig what his stats say… if he doesn’t want o sign the offered contract, sell him, then we won’t have a problem getting Pieters & moving Santon over to the right wing as a replacement… 🙂

  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #26

    Johnson is not better than Simpson atall :s hes better going forward but hes a rubbish defender which is a RBs main job!!! Clne has never been tested in the premier league so he cant count neither.. So that leaves.. Richards/Walker/Simpson/Johnson/Clyne… In order

  • jesperfuglsang

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #27

    This Simpson debate is really funny; I crack a smile everytime I read that Simpson is one of the best RB 😉

    I dont mind the lad but he can be replaced – stats or no stats 😉 lol

  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Simpson is a shocking player. Would rather have Boyce at right-back or Stearman. He’s cost us far too many goals (arsenal and brighton game etc). Raylor is a better right-back. We have too many right-footed full-backs at this club and need more left-footed players. That’s where Cissokho comes in.

  • neneuk

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #29


  • LooneyToon41

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #30

    @27. The Simpson debate is indeed amusing. Peeps wanting to sign Roberto Carlos (coz he’s good on FIFA) v those who realise that a fullback is actually a defender, and all good defences need continuity and understanding.
    As for the potential targets for summer transfers, i have to admit that i don’t know enough about anyone of them. In Carr we trust!


    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #31

    we need to up our Homegrown players in our starting 11, we are rarely linked with english players anymore, i remember slating arsenal for years for being a foreign team in the PL, now we are more than likely going the same way!!!!!!! i hate it

  • Sav

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #32

    You given up on Hoylett, Ed? Prob will go to a big wage club.
    As far as any of those ‘I wanna win things in the CL and test myself against the best’ players are concerned, they can be told ‘Go and sign for Celtic’.
    Whatever happens, it has to go down a s a great season and all credit to everyone at the club for that.

  • Eyeball81

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Since everyone keeps going on about STATISTICALLY simpson being the best right-back in the premier league at the minute….who thinks he will get an England call up??

    Personally not me….our english players have been over looked…ryan taylor bang in form at the start of the season…over looked even for friendlies as example

  • LooneyToon41

    Apr 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #34

    @32 Sav. Would love to sign Hoylett, but i agree, it’s likely he would go to a bigger wage club…. if, of course, they wanted him?? If i had to bet on it, it would be Arsenal, but who knows… Wenger’s transfer policy is about as transparent as a blackboard these days.

  • Double Demba

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #35

    We should sign Douglas as a priority.

    Then either Pieters, Mbiwa or Issac Vorsah.

    Simpson is a good right back, not the best but why should we be forking out transfer fee’s for an unproven player, when we know Simpson is good enough.

    Pieters and Mbiwa can both play FB so either of those allows us to play with Santon/Simpson as RB or one of the above or Santon as LB.


    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Hopefully we,ll sign someone!

    But who? Since a different name appears on here on a daily basis! Its difficult to say! Which incidentally i find a good thing because it keeps the rest of the league guessing!

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Reading between the lines.. we aren’t in for any of these players.

    I would love Mbiwa (fastest of the CBs in the list and we need pace at the back)
    Pieters also versatile and solid left back.
    Sigurddson for guthrie (hes proven in EPL and not as crocked as Danny boy.. plus goals and assists helps)
    Then Guidetti as young prospect coming on for ba or cisse he looks class

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Problem with Mbiwa is that he;s on the short side, and so it Colo


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