Newcastle Lead The Race To Sign Top Dutch Play-Maker


Newcastle United have been alerted to the availability of Barcelona play-maker Ibrahim Afellay, the 26 year-old Dutch International who is of Moroccan descent.

 Ibrahim Afellay – available for £6M from Barcelona


And it seems as if Barcelona are not asking the earth for this 5’11” tall player, with £6M said to be the asking price.

Afellay played eight seasons for Ajax before joining Barca back in January of 2011, but he sustained a horrific knee injury while at Barcelona, and missed much of last season, only appearing five times for the Spanish club.

In his first partial season at Barca, he played 16 times with one goal for the club that has been European Champions three times in the last seven seasons.

While at Ajax,  Afellay played 217 times with 38 goals and is an excellent player, who has represented his country 36 times with three goals, and he is currently with the Holland squad preparing for the Euro 2012 Championships to start next month.

Ibrahim is a fixture of the Dutch national team, and he made the Dutch squads for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament in Switzerland and Austria, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, when Holland were beaten 1-0 in extra time by Spain.

The play-maker however, has a history of injuries throughout his career, and Barcelona only paid £2.3M for him 18 months ago, so they would be making a profit on the player if they sell him for £6M.

It is also expected that Afellay will see some playing time for Holland in the upcoming European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, and he will be put in the shop window by the former European Champions.

Tottenham and Arsenal are other clubs said to be interested, and Arsenal can offer the player Champions League football  next season, and both Newcastle and Tottenham can offer him the Europa League.

Newcastle are reported to be leading the race for the player, and they can certainly afford the £6M for a player this good.

Metro is reporting that Newcastle have around £20M to spend in the transfer market this summer, although whether they could afford his wages, said to be close to £80K/week, is another good question.

It will say something of Newcastle’s ambitions if the Tyneside club are successful in bringing this very skillful player to Newcastle.

We certainly hope they can.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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291 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #1

    do we need him, may be cracking good player nevertheless, never enuf good players in a team.

    wd be glad to have him.

    bottlecks exixt though

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  • WWYCD

    May 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Fits our bill perfectly constantly crocked and avaliable

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed pretty sure he played for PSV not Ajax

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  • thaitoon

    May 31, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #4

    lots of speculation about many players, yet again, i will watch this space when we actually sign someone.

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  • djm...

    May 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Could play down the left, swapping with a marveaux or amilfatano in the middle?

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  • Magpie_Man

    May 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I would love it if he came, can see it being like this next season

    Krul
    debuchy Colo Mbiwa/saylor santon
    cabaye tiote amalfitano/jonas/?
    Benny Cisse Affelay

    thats if Ba leaves. Next season newcastle to win the premier league. why not. HWTL!!!!!!1

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  • Beattie25

    May 31, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Would be a wonderful signing. Can play LW or AM and would fIt into 4-5-1/4-3-3 perfectly.

    I’d take Eljero Elia aswell

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  • XtraTimeAndPens

    May 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Very decent player, think he’s only played about 5 times for Barca this season though. Hardly surprising given their embarrassment of riches in midfield. Can’t see us matching his wages mind. He strikes me as a bit of a Ben Arfa style character. Stacks of (semi-unrealised) potential, missed games through injury etc, great on the ball but could work harder defensively. Would happily take him at nufc though if he buys into the team ethos.

    http://www.extratimeandpenalties.com

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  • Robinio

    May 31, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #9

    same bloody comment applies as forAdam Johnson – Come on guys get real ! He’s not French , would cost lots of money and want a big salary so hardly fits in the FCB’s transfer blueprint . Forget about big signings and worry about the inevitable departures as we all know he likes to line his pockets every transfer window . I will be staggered if there are not at least 2 high profile departures before 1st September
    Its about time you realised who is running our club – 2 odious guys who would not know the meaning of the words truth and ambition if they leapt up and smacked them in their ample chops

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    May 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Wages are a tad high. Let’s hope he does an Adam Johnson and take a wage cut to play 1st team football

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    May 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Indian you’re rift PSV not Ajax

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  • TorqToon

    May 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Just watching the france / Serbia game. Dreamboat starts and HBA on the bench alongside Debuchy. Hopefully they will see some game time during this match. M’villa just limped off after turning an ankle. Left the pitch in tears and looks serious.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    May 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #13

    why are we always linked with the players who either returning from a serious injury or who are injured

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  • davybtoon

    May 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Yes get this lad signed he’s class n good shout on Eli ad them 2 plus 2 top defenders n my god we’ve a hell of a team

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  • I’m starting to go off this blog with all the speculation with Demba and losing our top players so to speak. Negative central or what? I wanna know where the evidence in these claims are. Next it’ll be Newcastle in for Messi, because he’s mint! Come on Ed give us something with facts or quotations in the transfer speculations.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 31, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Err this guys different class…

    For those saying hes coming back from injury, we would never be able to get a player of this quality nornally.

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  • lukes26

    May 31, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #17

    not a chance @ 80k ..barca’s stuck w/him until 2015

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  • Tiote

    May 31, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Robinio
    Your definatley a die-in breed.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    May 31, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Roshan it’s because injured players are cheaper players. On the topic of which, put a bid on M’Vila, Pardew.

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  • davybtoon

    May 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #20

    What ever happens over the summer if we miss out on debuchy we can move santon n go for a left back, we’re gonna b stronger next year like no doubt young player will step up n bulk the squad out

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  • DraperNUFC10

    May 31, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Would be absouloutly extatic if we got him! Amazing ability….him and ben arfa on the wings would scare any team!

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    May 31, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Davy, we should get Debuchy. I’m tapping him up on twitter 😉

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  • davybtoon

    May 31, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Take this kid over Adam Johnson anyday

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  • Beattie25

    May 31, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Robinio

    Take you doom mongrring back to wearside.

    Ibrahim is class. Another guy who knows that the grass isn’t greener and wouldn’t command much more than 50-60k. A Muslim footballer who would fit our team perfectly.

    I don’t think we will get him but I would love him to come! Maybe a loan to buy would be viable?!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Extremely similar to Adam Johnson of Man City and I don’t mind who we get of the two as they are both excellent players. They are also the exact type of winger we need for more depth and class in our flanks. This player is fast, technically gifted, a good crosser and a good shot on him. For 6M I think he’s worth it, though his injuries are a concern. I would like to know how much Johnson would cost.

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  • check the toastie

    May 31, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Afellay, is he any good now his knee has recovered, nobody knows, big big big gamble, his game was based on pace, if he has lost it, maybe he has lost most of his gift. Prefer Hoilett for free or Adam Johnson for a couple of million more. Not much of a gamble with Johnson the lad is a real goalscroing threat. Think he would get double figures playing in a front 3.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    May 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Beattie religion’s irrelevant except for the fact he may be crap in Ramadan like Ba was.

    Am I the only one who the wages bother?
    If we choose to sign him up, we’ve gotta act before the Euros cos his price will rocket up afterwards.

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  • DraperNUFC10

    May 31, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Krul
    Debuchy-saylor-colo-santon
    Cabaye-tiote-marveaux
    Ben arfa-cisse-affelay

    Now that team would be capable of puhsing us to a top 4 finish, nevertheless 5th spot, lots of flair, vision, yet the power and defensive qualities of tiote, really couldn’t care less if Ba goes, I don’t think he’s as loyal to the toon as we all think

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  • WWYCD

    May 31, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Labyad is touted as the next Afellay and wouldnt be asking for as much in terms of wages

    Currently under contract issues with his move from PSV to Sporting due to a year extension

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    May 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Draper easily top 4 if we didn’t have Europa League to worry about

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #31

    why do people always go on about departures…..

    we never lost anyone in january and last summer we only lost players who wouldn’t sign a new contract.

    The only big player ashley sold is carroll….and who wouldn’t for 35million

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  • Beattie25

    May 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #32

    I know the religion is irrelevant I was being educational.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    May 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #33

    There is no point in speculating, CARR KNOWS BEST.

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  • GeordieDan

    May 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #34

    £6milllion literally doon the drain if we buy Afellay.

    Good player constantly crocked. Not worth the punt this time at all. At least we paid next to nothing for Marveux and he is nowhere near as injury prone as Ibrahim.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 31, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #35

    the things is with these players we need them to take a wage cut to get regular football.

    Affellay is a big name around europe so will probably get the money he wants elsewhere.

    Adam johnson isn’t big outside england so I can see him getting the money if he can’t get it in the premier league.

    Think we have a chance for johnson if he is willing to drop down to around the 40,000 mark.

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 31, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #36

    I completely forgot about this guy. Afellay would be perfect to be our CAM/Goal Scoring CM. He’s worth the money but I reckon we could get him for cheaper for maybe £5M.

    A perfect window would be if we signed: Mathieu Depuchy, Cristian Zapata, Ibrahim Afellay, Junior Hoilett & Hueng Min Son (if Ba goes get Giroud or Dost).

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  • Magpie_Man

    May 31, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #37

    i think we’ll sign adam johnson. not just because of his quality but the fact we ant got as many english players in the first team and that are key players

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  • Robinio

    May 31, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #38

    happy to eat humble pie if I am proved wrong guys ….. but look at his track record and of course LLam chops has already adnmitted we are a selling club , disgraceful really when FCB is 491st wealthiest in the world .

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 31, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Robinio….what is your definition of a selling club???

    The same selling club where man utd sold Ronaldo….

    or the kind like Arsenal selling Fabregas and Nasri.

    or Barcelona selling Eto’o or Ibrahimovich.

    The reality is we dont have a huge income, we aren’t offering players trophies or huge wages so naturally they will want to go for bigger money or to win something.

    In reality if a player wants to move on you get the best deal and sell them.

    And also Robinio….would you rather have carroll or 35million (and all the players we got with it, cabaye, cisse, ba, santon, ben arfa)

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  • geordie157

    May 31, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #40

    and the next player to be linked with will be……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Clint Dempsey

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