Newcastle Already Have Players Ear-Marked For New Season


There has been lots of talk about Newcastle losing some of their top players this summer.

Graham Carr – one of the top football scouts around

That’s hardly surprising,  with Newcastle playing so well last season and finishing 5th place in the league, one place and one point above European Champions Chelsea.

And therefore it makes sense for some top clubs to look at the players,  who have made Newcastle so successful over the last season.

Chief Scout Graham Carr has just held face to face meetings with the owner Mike Ashley, and Graham says that Ashley wants to keep all the top players on Tyneside, and keep moving the club forward.

While  every player has their price at Newcastle, the prices for some of our top players will have gone up significantly over the last year, and that could put the pursuing clubs off.

We hope that’s the case, and it seems to have been true with Manchester United’s pursuit of Cheick Tiote, as they were  stopped in their tracks when £20M was mentioned as the transfer fee.

This is what Graham told the local press today:

“He doesn’t want to sell players.” “He wants to try to keep taking the club forward.” “He wants us to stay where we are on a regular basis.”

“I do it the reverse way. We find the player then look for the agent. We already have our players earmarked for the start of this season.”  “It’s a continued process. It is a never-ending job.”

As Graham says above, the way Newcastle go about their scouting business is to first find the players they want, and then to talk with their agents, along with their club, on a possible deal.

Usually it’s the other way around, but it’s been successful doing it that way over the past couple of years for Newcastle.

The hope is that we can keep all our best players at the club over the summer, and maybe bring in four top players, in addition to a fairly high number of development players, to replace the nine or so who have not been offered new contracts to stay at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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57 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully they are as good as the last ones brought in

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    I think one of the key points is ““He doesn’t want to sell players.”

    Everybody that is anybody at the club says the same thing so why do the doom and gloomers not take heed

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  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry, repost as Ed is on fire! Won’t post anything again until dust settles a bit:
    “My point Munster Mag, is that if we say we won’t do well, chances that will happen simply increase. The opposite is also true, if you think you will win, your chances of winning rise. It may not happen, but the likelihood does increase. Preparing us for mediocrity is just not a good strategy. Most people who have made a difference did not listen to others who told them to be realistic. Recent e.g. APOEL Nicosia reached the CL, quarter-finals this year, with a budget of, more or less, Rooney’s annual salary! Everybody kept telling them to be realistic, they refused.”

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  • G

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Well, we do need a little depth. G Carr has an excellent track record at bringing in players. It wasn’t that long ago I thought his only failure was James Perch, and look how the lad made me eat my words this season. Perchy was obviously a rough diamond when we bought him, but the shine is coming through now.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    We don’t want to sell players. Very good. There’s a difference between wanting to sell and being stupid not to take what’s offered.
    Home there are some diamonds in the rough on their way.

    Beardo suspect list:
    Angryman
    catchy
    ruddy
    bob

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #6

    CWarr

    Hainsey, boater

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Plan B

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Cyprus @ # 3

    Do you actually think that AP is negative behind closed doors?

    Do you think he has been able to resurrect HBA and get the quality of players in that we have by talking negative?

    Read what the players have had to day after being signed and they all say they were sold on what AP and the club had to say about what their goals were.

    I think AP and the club are already using the self fulfilling prophesy technique on the squad, they are using the “let’s be sensible about our expectations for next season” technique on the fans and general public.

    Because if the added weight of cup runs and European games leaves us in mid table then there will be a whole load of numpties screaming for the heads of AP and the board.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Big list Indian

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #10

    graham cwarr @ # 4

    Sorry can’t agree with most of those suspects,

    Angry man, they were just playing out the character of the angry poster and were stupid.

    Catchy, a vague possibility but catchy was more blindly negative than Beardo

    Ruddy, a possibility although the posts don’t feel the same.

    Bob, Well bob was just thick and Beardo is able to string more syllables together than bob

    🙂 🙂

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    cupiddstunt

    +1

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #12

    If Benny leaves, it’s actually his own loss.
    Newcastle made him who he is today; if he thinks he deserves better, he’ll have a nice time bench warming…

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  • Swede

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    It feels good that the club has seen players for years, who are the ones worthy of getting. This is not a feeling game like it was a couple of seasons ago when they bought players in panic. Now the scouts are well aware of what players there are out there. The players that are bought will not be well known but will be very, very good either now or in the coming seasons. So I do wish we would get Kalou but his salary is to massive.. We need to get the unknown Kalous, that are younger, cheaper and hopefully with coaches help better. It is time to stop critisising and stand behind the guys. HWTL

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem) @ # 11

    Just why do you think HBA might leave????

    Just because a journo asks a leading question and then takes part of that answer and puts in the public domain folks like you jump on it and start the knee jerk.

    HBA has said previously and I do believe he also mentioned it in this particular interview that he is very happy at NUFC, he feels he has grown up a lot, he feels a very important part of the team, he feels wanted, all of these things go towards a player staying at the club he is at as there is no guarantee he will feel the same way at the next one.

    By all accounts chelski approached NUFC about Tiote and his response was no thank I am happy here and do not want to go to London, that is what happens when you make a player feel like he is an essential part of the team.

    So do yourself a favour and don’t jump so high when the next scare mongerer says boo.

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  • nufc786

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #15

    if benny goes to real or barca i will understand anywhere else then…………………… i cant bring myself to say it……………………….
    j…………..
    ju…………………..
    jud……………..
    …………..juda
    ………………………JUDAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    is it just me that thinks kalou is pretty average???

    everytime iv seen him play 4 chelsea his all round play has been average, no real pace, loses the ball or makes the wrong decision alot, aye he gets a few goals but good enough for a title winning team like chelsea or the wages he demands?? for me no

    wouldnt want to bring him here on big money when i couldnt even fit him in our starting line up

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  • nufc786

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #17

    but all faith he stays

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    BREAKING: According to http://goal.com Poland boss says Lewandowski is going to Manchester United.-K

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    #Poland boss Smuda: “Lewy’ is going to Manchester United, Kuba also somewhere in England, Piszczek to Real (#Madrid)” #MUFC #Dortmund

    May be blazsykowsky is coming to NUFC 🙄

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    at 18 sahil

    made me blood boil readin that like, smug little c**t

    ad love it, just love it if we beat them!!!! next season

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    @cupid bob seemed like somebody playing the part. Early bob actually had stuff to say.
    It doesn’t feel quite ruddy ruddy true.
    Could still be catchy as Beardo alluded to being formerly negative as he claimed he’d been called a mackem on here.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Benny is going nowhere.
    That’s basically what he said.
    @gateshead id say he’s slightly above average. But his form is very on and off

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  • lewytoon

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #24

    galatasaray bidding 7m for demba ba, story will come out soon

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #25

    @lewy that’s a backwards step. Sideways at best

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  • Jonny

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #26

    United raiding that Dortmund team to pieces, first Kagawa, now Lewandowski, Hummels is next apparently.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #27

    @Indian maybe he’s off to a team who actually have ambition. QPR.

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  • lewytoon

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #29

    turkish official Bülent Tulun is already in england and theyre offering huge wages to tempt him

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #30

    a really cant see ba even giving galatasary the time of day me like, IF he leaves think it will be PSG or a big champions league club in the top 4 leagues, ya milans etc,

    tbh tho cant see any1 that big coming in for him

    il go on record as saying demba will be here come september

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  • Nufc-83

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #31

    I don’t think demba is happy at newcastle you could clearly see that in last months of the season. Religion wise turkey would be easy to settle and they offer big wages with CL football. I think he will be gone.

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  • Carlo.man

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #32

    if ba left for psg i wouldnt mind to much because he supports them but i wouldnt think much of him if he went to another premiere league team

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Gateshead-Mag @ # 28

    You may be right but Gala have shown in the past they are prepared to throw money at some players and they can offer CL football.

    Just how much more they are prepared to pay Ba is anybody’s guess but they can match or beat us on two fronts.

    I think it will all be down to how Ba feels he fits into the current squad and how he feels the club is treating him.

    If he gets the promise of being the mail point man in a CL team on better money I think that will be a hard package to turn down.

    The possible silver lining if he does go to Gala is he will not be playing against us next season. 🙂

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  • Dondatta13

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Off topic…

    I see the racist’s have started there assault on everything that’s good about the beautiful game over at Euro 2012….

    Why is it that Sky News only interview white people in their reports from Euro 2012 regarding racist behavior . It doesn’t sit right with me because the question is always put to them “Have you come across any incidents of racial abuse” to which the reply is invariably “No we’ve found it alright”…

    Thoughts?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Will Saylor get into Olympic Squad as an over age player. Bellamy beckham, giggs looks unlikely

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #36

    sorry “main point man”

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #39

    What is wrong with NUFC. No news

    1 Preseason
    2 transfers in or out

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  • pardew no 1

    Jun 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #40

    if we loose demba its not the end of the world he is an easy replacement

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