Newcastle Already Have Two Players In The Bag For The Summer


The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that the club already have a couple of players signed up for the summer, once the transfer window opens up for two months on July 1st.

Benjamin Corgnet – is this player in the bag for Newcastle?

The transfer window lasts for only two months officially, but we will here of players signed up in June, but the contracts will start on July 1st, which is the start of the financial year for football clubs in England.

But of course Newcastle will not even mention who they may be after in the transfer market – but one player  is almost certain to be 22 year-old attacking midfielder Romain Amalfitano

The 22-year-old is almost an unknown,  and has been playing in the French second division for Reims, but he’s been scouted by Graham Carr, the Newcastle Chief Scout, and we remember Cheick Tiote was almost unknown too, when he arrived on Tyneside just less than two years ago.

We’re not sure who the other player is, but we think it could be a defender and either Erik Pieters of PSV, the Dutch International, or FC Twente’s Brazilian center-back Douglas, whose contract runs out at the end of June.

It could also be Jacob Butterfield, the 21 year-old Barnsley central midfielder or Benjamin Corgnet, the French attacking midfielder, who is 24, plays for Dijon and could cost around £4.5M.

Of course we are expecting Newcastle to surprise us in the summer, with players that have not even been linked with Newcastle so far, and that’s one of the good things about Newcastle these days – they do very well in the transfer market and get some real bargains, and keep under the radar.

But it may be harder this summer, with lots of clubs noticing that Newcastle are 5th top of the league and have created a very good side, but have spent very little money in the transfer market.

Liverpool for one have told manager Kenny Dalglish that he will have very little money to spend in the summer,  after he spent (wasted?) £116M since he took over at the Reds around 16 months ago – but that’s another article.

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37 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    He he

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Ha ha

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Lol

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Ho ho

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  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Indian.

    I was certain we had already put a deposit on a few players a few months back. Typical, just starting to learn Spanish now I will have to brush up on my French, you won’t be able to go on nufc.co.uk soon unless you hit the translate button.

    Amalfitano has just helped his side to promotion, hasn’t he? He’s a dark horse that one, off many club’s radars, possibly in the same way as cabs was.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Is it Douglas that can’t move until August or something to qualify for the dutch national team? Or have I got the wrong guy?

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  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    ok having to wipe coffee off my tee shirt, cheers you lot ! 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Amalfitano (praying he is a gem), Pieters (whose injured again just saying), Douglas, Butterfield and Corgnet would be decent

    I fancy us moving for Holiett, Clyne and a striker as well

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    CODARM think i remember something about that with douglas was it a way of getting a fee for him as hes out of contract???

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    WWJBD…would be a great summer if those come in and would give us the depth and options that we will need next season. I think Ed’s right though and that we should expect some surprise signings

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza
    Thats true about Douglas but we could have signed him on a dated contract that allows him to stay in order to get into the national team

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  • Toon_Tom

    May 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Ibiza – yeah thats right, something to do with his citizenship!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Think its gonna be a busy summer pards said we need to add a couple of players but with potentially up to 5-6 players leaving there all gonna need replacing

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    TADS…don’t know about the getting a fee for him. Just thought i’d read he needs to stay there to complete the minimum time requirement to be eligible for the national team and then wanted to move?!?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Ahh, sounds about right then

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza
    Yeah haha I would expect a few surprises though I reckon our scouting network is being watched very closely these days (much like Arsenals does) so there should be a few more hits from newspapers than usual

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    CODARM could be cant really remember tbf might be getting his contract muddled up with berbatovs

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    WWJBD…It’s an easier scouting system these days. Just follow Carr around the globe. Which gets me thinking…perhaps we should be making some fake trips to watch players and let Sunderland and Liverpool sign them up thinking they’re our top targeted “gems”.

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  • Nick 69

    May 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    We CAN sign Douglas before August, but the feeling is that he will want to wait until August before he signs for anyone, so that he qualifies for Dutch nationality. I suppose we could have signed him up, and just let him stay in Holland until August

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza
    Who knows maybe we have been 😉
    I do hope that there is more than just Carr starring in our scouting network although he is all we hear about I hope there is more quality in there with the ability to see these gems

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Nick69….I guess some form of pre-contract or something. If we want him, we’ll find a way to accommodate him, such is the Newcastle way these days

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #22

    I imagine he has “mini me” carr clones running around for him.

    I like the idea of that anyway 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    May 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #23

    Carr and his army of clones filling European football matches scary yet amazing thought

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  • dbeeio(The poster formely known as KissMyAss)

    May 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24

    just two?

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  • cyprus

    May 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Ed,
    We also need a marque signing, in the 10 mil. neighbourhood, like Cisse. Such moves not only bring immediate success (see Cisse), but they also catch the attention of other players. e.g. HBA kick-started the new French revolution.

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  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

    hmm I wouldn’t put it past Mike and Del to be devious and sly in their scouting as well as everything else. He’s kept us guessing..

    As for signing crocks, if Marveaux proves to be ‘cured’ of his tendency to crock, maybe we have discovered a new avenue of getting bargains and fixing them that others are wary of trying.

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  • Beattie25

    May 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    2 days until the match and my nipples have become erect. I dread to think what will happen tomorrow.

    Regarding the Euros, have Italy pocked their team?

    It’d be a travesty if Davide isn’t in there. He has been world class recently!

    Even against Wigan.

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  • wynsleap

    May 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Got a feeling Amalfitano could prove a success. Would also be happy with Corgnet but underwhelmed with Pieters as I think we can get a better full back than that.
    Not sure about Douglas – really big and strong doesn’t always mean good (see Titus!) and he sounds like he has one helluva temper. (Bookings and suspensions in the offing?)
    Still we have to place our faith in Carr. He does such a great job other club scouts seem to be stalking him.

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  • mecannylad

    May 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Even Mecannylass knows the name of our Head Scout !
    http://www.mecannylad.com

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  • Owldman

    May 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Codarm you are right Douglas has to wait until August when he qualifies for Dutch citizenship & can then play for Holland, he will have been living there for 5 years by then

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  • Owldman

    May 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Have watched Douglas quite a few times on ESPN dont really rate him bit rash at times,always likely to get a booking,he is strong & does pick out a decent pass.Scored for Twente last night but left the rest of his defence exposed at times when he charged out of defence

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  • incey

    May 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Looking forward to some Marveux -esque signings this season… where there is no rumors no hyper, you just wake up the next morning and somehow we have signed someone 😀

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  • nufcursed

    May 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #33

    NUFC: Newcastle United French Club

    we should buy more English players!

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  • Robson97

    May 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyone else reckon it is Elia of Juventus? We would of got him on loan in January if not for FIFA regulations.. Good player.

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  • Robson97

    May 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #35

    @Beattie Italy have 3 left backs,: Criscito, Balzaretti and Santon… He should make the squad

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    May 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #36

    I really do hope we have not signed Erik Pieters!

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    May 12, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Hope its Douglas!

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