Magpies Likely To Ratchet Up Transfer Activity This Week


With only four teams left in Euro 2012 and pre-season starting in 10 days time we expect Newcastle to ratchet up their transfer negotiations this week, and maybe have a couple of news players at the club by July 5th.

Luuk de Jong – will Newcastle increase their £10M bid?

As far as we know Newcastle have bid so far for three players.

They put in a €5M (£4M) bid for Vurnon Anita of Ajax, and they then put in a €5M bid for French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, and they have had bids of £8M and £10M turned down by FC Twente, for 21 year-old Luuk de Jong.

I had lunch with my son Neil yesterday before the England game, and we were kind of hoping it didn’t go to penalties.

Although Neil was born in Bethesda, Maryland,  he is both a Newcastle and England supporter, and always has some good ideas and insights  on Newcastle in the transfer market, so it’s good to get his views.

If Newcastle can sign those three players, it would be a terrific start for Newcastle, and then we’d probably only need a center-back, and maybe an attacking midfielder before September rolls around.

And that would be another great summer for the Magpies, if we can keep hold of our other top players.

But all the four offers Newcastle have so far made for those three players,  have been turned down by their clubs.

And it seems they may be getting wise to Newcastle, and want more money, both because Newcastle have done well in the transfer market over the last two years, and also that the Magpies are now a richer club than they were a short a year ago, and are also in the Europa League next season.

Maybe Newcastle’s first move is to go back with an improved offer for Debuchy, and maybe something like £5.5M could do the deal, and with Anita it seems that Ajax are very anxious for Newcastle to back,  so maybe a £5M bid would be next on the agenda?

As far as Luuk de Jong goes, £10M is already a big fee for him, and we’re not sure Newcastle will go back with much more.

And maybe if they cannot get Luuk to Newcastle they could could go after 19 year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos from Inter-Milan, who seems a younger version of Luuk de Jong, and would be cheaper and maybe he’d be worth £12M in two years time.

And if we still have Demba Ba at the club, the 19 year-old would be given time to adjust to English football,  and be introduced into the first team via some substitute appearances.

As far as center-back goes, we know of Newcastle’s interest in 23 year-old Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the Montpellier captain, but Newcastle could surprise us with who they bring in at center-back this summer.

The club have already withdrawn from the race to sign both Jan Vertonghen of Ajax, and Douglas of FC terneu.

That’s some of our thoughts  – what do you think?

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Well I just hope we get preferred targets “over the line …”

    And that we dont sell many….

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  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Bout time. Been very uneventful the last few weeks. Can’t wait to see who else we sign.

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  • Levi

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    i think the trouble we are having is that pards wants anita, debuchy, and de jong. and mike ashley has gave him 20mil to spend on players. so i think they are taken their time with it to see who else moves on. like leon best could turn that 20 mil into 22mil. and if simpson goes for 4 mil we would probably have enough

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    It wasn’t talked about, publicised or mentioned on the blog (apart from myself) or in the English press but apparently we had a £4 million bid for Alderweirled turned down last week. So that can be added to the list.

    I’ll say it again for the 1000th time, this is the most important window in our clubs history. We have never had the spine of a team so talented as it is now and to miss this opportunity to have our greatest modern team would he a crime.

    If we sign 4 quality players it will be the most incredible team we’ve had in recent memory. A team capable of challenging.

    Age had given me realism and this is realistic.

    I just hope to god I’m not the only perso who senses how close to something magical we are.

    Please let’s sign some additional quality and really push on. This is our time and if we miss the proverbial bus of opportunity we’ll be waiting a long time for the next one to come along.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    torqtoon

    the bigger games tend to sell out before they come on general sale, can see the spuds game doing this

    my advise would be become a member or if you know any members get them to buy them

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    DL will play hard ball and will not go back for the stated players so another list will be drawn up.

    Perhaps some of the players that have been put forward by the bloggers on this site.

    In Carr we trust. totally

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Levi – Totally agree with you mate i personally think were waiting to see who we sell so our budget is increased then we can get the players we want but atm were sticking with around 20/25million and wont go over incase we cant sell anyone.. But end of the day its always better to go in lower than the asking price especially if you’re paying cash upfront.. Its like buying a car they have a price on the window £7,995 i would go in with a straight cash starting offer of say £6,500 probably be rejected but there is room for a deal which would probably be met at the middle around £7,200.. What i mean is dont criticise our board for trying to get the best deal for our club without breaking out little bank! Keep the faith.. Show Belief, Show Unity and most of all Show Passion! End of the day we all love Newcastle United!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Sad news bout miki roque poor lad only 23

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    These bids haven’t been confirmed other than one by the Lille manager who could be making it up to drum up a higher fee.

    Sure when we bid in the past initial bids were rejected for player thn we went back or or dropped out.

    You don’t offer the max you will pay on your first bid, leaves no room to negotiate.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    We may yet get De Jong if Twente realise that is the best offer that any club will come up with.They might simply be waiting till nrearer the transfer deadline to weigh up the options.
    The Debuchy offer tho is a bit on the low side imo,so they might not get him.
    Im more concerned about wether we can hang on to our better players who were outstanding last season.
    Monetbags clubs will be testing Cashley,s hunger for 3oo% profit on players..
    I agree with Beattie25,if we can hang onto our squad,we can look forward to a very good season,fingers crossed eh.

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  • DraperNUFC10

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Follow me on twitter @Daniel_Draper95, I’ll follow back 🙂 HWTL

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    @Beattie25
    Seems like we will bid 4 m £ on a lot of players until we get one for that price. (or it’s just reporters standard amount when it comes to reporting on us.)

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #13

    And it looks like we burned our bridge with Barnetta since he’s seem to be going to Schalke04.

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