Three More Players To Leave Newcastle This Summer


It looks as though Newcastle will have a bigger clear-out this summer than we realized.

Leon Best injured his knee against Aston Villa

Lee Ryder is reporting in the Evening Chronicle today, that squad reshaping will begin next week, with a rigorous review of the current first-team roster.

And with the standards having been raised significantly this season, we could see a number of the fringe first team players leave in the summer.

The reports are that Newcastle are now ready to sell both Leon Best and Nile Ranger, and Danny Guthrie may not be retained, and apparently he will learn his future in a couple of weeks.

Danny’s current deal runs out at the end of June, and Leon Best has one year left on his contract, and Newcastle will listen to offers for him in the summer.

Leon did not make the Ireland squad of 23, named by Giovanni Trapattoni yesterday for the Euro 2012 Championships, and the strikers were Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, Simon Cox and Jon Walters.

Here is the full Ireland squad for Euro 2012:

Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall);
John O’Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Darren O’Dea (Leeds), Kevin Foley (Wolves);
Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Keith Andrews (West Brom), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Darron Gibson (Everton), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), James McClean (Sunderland);
Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long, Simon Cox (both West Brom), Jon Walters (Stoke).

And it’s hardly surprising that Nile Ranger will be moved out, if Newcastle can get a suitable buyer, as he’s had many many chances to shape up at Newcastle, and he hasn’t.

However a potential barrier to him moving on is he’s still on a good deal at Newcastle, which still has four years to run.

The T-shirt he revealed after Sheffield Wednesday were promoted over the weekend said I’m a Changed Man – which was an obvious communication to Newcastle – but it’s probably too late for him at Newcastle

And news that Newcastle will not be signing 19-year-old Melbourne Heart player Curtis Good, and he has returned to Australia.

So it seems that as well as the five players we mentioned yesterday as leaving the club – Alan Smith, Xisco, Peter Lovenkrands, who was in tears on his lap of honor on Sunday, Fraser Forster and Tamas Kadar, it also appears that Nile Ranger, Leon Best and Danny Guthrie could be on their way.

Of those three, we’d like to see Danny Guthrie stay and of course there’s still a big question mark over Danny Simpson, who will also be moved out if he doesn’t sign a new deal in the early summer.

Guthrie wants first team football, and with Newcastle likely to bring in at least two central midfielders in the summer, he may not get many games next season.

But we do have the extra games with European competition, and we suppose that would be up to Danny to see if he wants to stay and fight for his first team place.

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27 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Massive surgery needed in the summer, out with LOLA

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  • redondo77

    May 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Since we have a habbit of buying damaged goods and fixing them and good at it.
    I think we are most likely to sign Yoann Gourcuff.

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  • redondo77

    May 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    IF we lose our stars this summer:
    Tiote = 20-25m
    Ba = 25-30m
    2 Danny = 8-12m
    That could be around 60-70mil in total at least. Let’s say AP is given 60% to 70% of that to spend that will be around 45mil. I think we could get a lot of good players with that kind of budget.

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  • Beattie25

    May 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Good news.

    I know some of the forementioned players are decent but if we can get able replacements at better value for money then sell the lot.

    I know some of you have some unshakable loyalty to these plaayers but I am not off that cut and think that its good to have back up but we need more quality if we are to keep up the challenge.

    In any sport you cannot rest on your laurels and attempt to repeat past performances. Stagnation is a curse and I for one would love nothing more than to see these players leave and be replaced with better, younger and hungrier.

    This could be the difference between being an Everton (1 amazing season every 5-10 years the rest being ordinary and mid table) and being a top 6 contender every year.

    I think the ‘master plan’ is to challenge top 4 and then when our youngster mature challenge for the title.

    But we NEED investment and an overhaul.

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Sell best plus release lovenkrands and sign Luuk De Jong… Release guthrie and sign Amalfitano and another.. Release kadar sign Douglas and Boilesen/Pieters and then sign Hoillet and then also sign plenty of younsters to fill out the reserves and also making sure they capable of challenging first team

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    May 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Article in the TIMES says Real Madrid are monitoring pappis cisse with a view to making a bid for him in the summer. That sure aint good news

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we should make signing Hoilett a priority- he’d be an amazing signing!

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Gourcuff would be absolutely amazing! Doubt we’d be the only 1’s in for him, he’s got a that touch of class about him, if he had the right manager to bring it out of him he could be a world star! Could see him at Man Utd or Arsenal to be honest!

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  • Haristotle

    May 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    imagine if we actually bought gourcuff….

    tiote cabaye gourcuff

    benny cisse ba/hoilett

    crazy

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Haristotle, I’d switch Cabaye and Tiote around and that’s looking good!

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Also, doubt Madrid are interested in Cisse because theyre selling Higuain because theyve got a reserve strike Alvaro Morata who’s supposed to be the next global superstar and theyve got too many strikers on theyre books with the also impressive Callejon! Add that to Joselu and Plano with Benzema and Ronaldo, theyre not going to spend the 40m + it’d take to sign Papiss to have him sit on the bench!

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Jayphoto, As much as I agree with you that it should take £40m+ for Cisse I think we are deluding ourselves if we think Ashley could turn down anything over £28 million… He is a businessman at the end of the day and he’ll be thinking £20 million profit in 6 months is a good turn around.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Though I’d hate selling Cisse for even £40m as I think he’s a one off!

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    My summer predictions.

    Man U will not over spend, in recent years they have made 1 or 2 big signings. They will continue this. Ferguson has belief in the young players he ahd who will likely be much better next season.

    Man City I’m not sure on. Think it will be similar to Utd. One or 2 big players but nothing compared to past. They have to start balancing books and they cant really improve that squad much more.

    Arsenal will open the checkbook and spend about £50-£60m. But I dont know who will leave other than Chamakh and Arshavin. and Mertesacker.

    Chelsea will spend massive amounts in order to get to the top. Abramovich has no value for money, with his wealth he doens tneed to. and will not be happy having gone from double, to second to this year.

    Liverpool will spend around £40m-£50m. The owners have spent too much to let the club slip into mediocrity. But will they be good buys?

    Spurs will make one or 2 again. I think they had their big spend a few years back and now will only buy 1 or 2 for around £40m to improve.

    Newcastle, you cant predict. Will we manage another goo window?

    Guthrie will leave as he will not be happy with being dropped after some good performances. Simmo is rumoured to leave (sod him, his heart isnt in it, he’s only ever wanted to be a Man U player and will never).

    Best will probably want to move, and Toon will allow as he is half decent but is not near a starting place atm.

    As for the big guns, not sure who would leave. Cabaye I think is committed to the cause here. HBA is our star and indebted to us for our handling of him. Krul appears a geordie through and through (academy product).

    Tiote seems determined to stay, but who knows when the big offers come in. You cant begrudge a player going to Man U for big money and to play for Man U. Even though I hate them, You just cant.

    Cisse will stay, he only arrived 6 months ago, reports are we have helped him settle greatly.

    Ba? who knows, no clarity on the clause and whether it exists. He has always wanted to play for PSG. Can’t see who he would go to in this league that has a need for him like we do. Maybe Liverpool will offer him huge wages and that may be enough but given their season I think we are safe from Liverpool this year.

    OUt of all of them, the only one I can see leaving for money is Tiote. And not because he is greedy at all. Because I know he supports a large family back home. But he already turned down Chelsea.

    These french, or french colony players are a different breed. They carry pride unlike many english players. They do it for the love and art not money.

    As for young Nile. Well, I spoke with a Wednesday fan other night and they said he had recently come decent their after a tough start. They were surprised by his attitude when I told him of his past.

    I reckon we loan him out to Championship for a whole season. Maybe Wed again? You do a lot of growing up in his years and then reassess him.

    Joey may still be a gobssssshhhhh. But he did reform as a character on Tyneside. His only problem was his short temper. Nile doenst have this. he jsut has a lack of motivation. But maybe some time at a club performing will improve that. We tried Loven as a mentor. Why not someone like Perchino who can be an inspiration in terms of breaking through into the team.

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    May 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah i agree with tom4nufc. Mike Ashley wont be able to resist a big offer. But i personally think papiss will stay. He dosent seem like the money grabbing type!

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    I think he’ll stay too… At the end of the day if a player is DEAD against moving, there is nothing the club can do and I really think we are at equilibrium point with Papiss!

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  • LooneyToon41

    May 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    @14 LGFUAD21. Some good predictions there! Couple of things i’d question. I can’t see Liverpool spending £50m, without selling first. I honestly don’t think their owners (having just reported a £50m loss last year… god knows how bad it will be this year!!) will be looking to spend big sums.
    As for Spurs, it’s fairly well documented that if they don’t make Champions League they will have to sell. The January transfers in of Ryan Nelson and Saha, tell a big story imo.
    Many clubs now have to have an eye on the UEFA financial fair play rules. Time will tell!

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  • wynsleap

    May 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Quite frankly I wouldn’t lose any sleep over losing any of that lot although I’d like to see Guthrie stay as he is an excellent squad player in the Raylor, Perch mould. Reliable, loyal backup players like that are vital to any club.
    The only drawback I can envisage is, are we capable of recruiting all that many players just to take their place PLUS further top purchases to increase the quality of the squad – which we’ll need for Europe participation?
    And that’s not even talking into account all the youth recruitment world wide we’re supposed to be doing.
    Methinks Carr is going to be very busy (if he hasn’t already been of course).
    I just hope more and more players doesn’t mean a dilution of quality.

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  • LooneyToon41

    May 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #19

    @18. Very astutely put. We are on a long term plan, and are unlikely to deviate from it. We’ve had a great season, but i only hope the fans don’t let it all increase their expectations too much. Liverpool and Spurs have double the wages budget we have.

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Just come from Benton after enjoying a nice morning latte with my medic pals, and this kid Lowinsky was pointed out to me. Bloody hell, he’s a big, strong looking lad, but whether he’s any good, I suppose we’ll find out soon. Some of you make me laugh with your wish lists, you’re as bad as the press. Did you not see the table of average wages and total wage bills, that was published yesterday? We now don’t even pay, on average, wages as high as the likes of Fulham, Bolton, or Villa, and in the modern game that is what players play for – they almost always go the highest bidder, and that includes the ones that we already have. Vertonghen is as good as signed by Spurs, I was told. Also heard some disappointing talk about Danny Guthrie, which I’m not going to betray a confidence by repeating on here, suffice to say, we won’t be seeing him in a black and white shirt again, and explains why he hasn’t even made the bench in the last 2 games even though fully fit.

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  • nden85

    May 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21

    what’s guthrie done? i was highly curious why he didn’t do the lap of honour, especially if he’s leaving, must be something bad.

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  • mrmcgee

    May 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #22

    “redondo77 // May 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    IF we lose our stars this summer:
    Tiote = 20-25m
    Ba = 25-30m
    2 Danny = 8-12m”

    Redondo are you off your heed son?

    Tiote valuation right, but ba 25-30m? more like 7m release clause, of which we will only get 3.5m!
    And 2 danny’s 8-12m? so if simpson has 1 year left and is work probably no more than 2.5m, does that mean guthrie is worth 7.5-9.5m and is out of contract at the end of june??

    You make no sense!

    Tiote 25-30m
    Ba 7.5m(3.5m )
    D Simpson (2.5m)
    D Guthrie (Free)

    Totalling 31-36m.

    Get it reet kidda.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    May 8, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #23

    is there any truth in the story of the “temple” being built for players to pray? if so that looks like a good sign that tiote ba and cisse intend on sticking around IMO

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    May 8, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Tiote loves the toon. He even has a black stripe and black wheels on his white beemer and has talked about how welcoming the fans are and how well run the club is compared to what he has sen before. I doubt he would leave of his own free will

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    May 9, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Not sure what to make of all this talk of us selling some of our best players in the summer!

    Some of you sound as if you think that their departure is a foregone conclusion! We are on for a superb finnish which has a lot of clubs reportedly interested in trying to buy most of the team.

    However, it would appear that you all believe all the Speculative Bullshit that gets printed in the Media every day! And that is what it is: Speculation”!

    The artikel above states that some fringe players may be sold in the summer! The so called “back-bone “of the team is,nt mentioned!

    Ba,Tiote, Krul, Cabaye, Jose, Santon and Collo are all tied down to long term deals ! And Cisse has only just been signed by us!

    So lets stop all this crap about half the team being sold ! Its Naive, and short sighted! This team has only just been built and Ashley will see how well we have done, which will mean only big money offers will tempt him to Sell !!

    Jimmy Magpie is right @20: some of you are as bad as the press!

    Big one page spread in the Algemene Dagblad yesterday about Eljero Elia who is desperate to leave Juventus after spending most of the season on the terrace there! His move from HSV Hamburg last year was a total disaster for him!
    This has cost him his chance to play in the EK, and his wish to leave is well documented here in Holland! Juventus want 12,5 Mil for him which i think is a good price!

    Also reports that Martin Jol wants Oussama Aissidi from SV Herenveen . This lad is mainly responsible for the fact that Bas Dorst is Top goalscorer in Holland this year! If true then Fulham will have bought a real talent, Sly Old Fox Jol!

    As for the sale of our best players, i,m not going to let all the Speculation get to me!

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  • Paul P

    May 9, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #26

    What needs to happen is we need to keep, Krul, santon, colo, cabeye, tiote, Ben arfa, ba and cisse and then improve our squad as when he need to change a match we have no one who really can change a match if that makes sense. Man city, they can bring Johnson, dzeko, Richards on, man u can bring Hernandez, Berbatov, on, we have shola, best, Pete lovenkrands. Although good servants to the club, not the top class to take us to the next level is it to be fair, but like I say you can take nothing away from them.

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  • Dojo Shaolin

    May 10, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #27

    We don’t need to sell Leon Best…. get rid of Gosling and
    Guthrie,Xisco,Smith

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