Newcastle United News – Weekly Review 2

Here is a compilation of the main news that has happened this week in the life of Newcastle United. We sold Leon Best and Fraser Forster for a combined £5M, and brought top youngster Gael Bigirimana to the club for around  £1M from Coventry City, and James Tavernier  signed a new three year deal at Newcastle.

Gael Bigirimana – new arrival at Newcastle

Here is last week’s news on our club.



  • The week started off with it looking like the £10M bid for Luuk de Jong would be the last one we would make and Newcastle would move on to look at other strikers. And that looks to have been true, with Newcastle looking at other potential striker targets.
  • And on the same day it was announced that Leon Best had joined Blackburn Rovers for £3M, and he would be playing in the Championship next season, and the reports suggested he got an excellent four year deal at the Lancashire club.


  • There had been reports that Papiss Cisse would be one of the three players allowed to represent Senegal at the London Olympics this summer, and news that Alan Pardew had moved to block his involvement. And Alan was within his rights because a club can refuse a player’s involvement at the Olympics, when he is one of those three over 23 years old. And it worked out, as we heard yesterday that neither Papiss Cisse nor Demba Ba were part of the Senegal Olympics squad.
  • It was expected news that Newcastle would switch their attaention to other strikers, after seemingly missing out on their top target Luuk de Jong. We mentioned a couple of 19 year-olds who would be good buys for Newcastle. 20 year-old Swede John Guidatti who is at  Manchester City, and 19 year-old Dutchman Luc Castaignos, who joined Inter-Milan last summer from Feyenoord. Both want first team football next season – will they get that at Newcastle?.
  • And news that the  France Football Federation would be investigating four players for misbehavior during Euro 2012, and they included Newcastle’s Ben Arfa. The results will probably be various levels of suspension foe each of the players, which is what the FFF did after the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, after the terrible goings on with their players at that time. Is this now going to be a French ritual after each major tournament?


  • And there was news that PSG would be willing to let their top defender Mamadou Sakho leave the club. The 22 year-old is a top player who can play at center-back or left back, but the 6’2″ French International would probably be too expensive for Newcastle. There has been no more news on this story since then – that’s a pity.
  • Lots of news on Mathieu Debuchy last week, but nothing really new. Mathieu was due back at the end of the week from holiday and was expected to tell his club, Lillie,  that he wanted to leave and join Newcastle. Debuchy news could break any day now, and we hope it’s good news for Newcastle fans, because this lad would be great in black and white stripes – no doubt about that.


  • Newcastle seem to be in a bit of a stalemate with Brazilian center-back Douglas, after having a £5M bid accepted by his club FC Twente. But the 24 year-old is in some demand, and news that a top Russian club had also met the price Twente were asking for him, but no more  news on this since then.
  • Probably not the first time these two players have been linked with the Red Devils but reports that both Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba were targets for Alex Ferguson. And that wouldn’t be too much of a surprise, because  both players had great games when we tore Manchester United apart 3-0 at St. James’ Park in early January. Thinks – I must watch that game again next week.
  • And really good news for Newcastle fans that James Tavernier signed a new three year deal to keep him at Newcastle, and he tweeted the news from his Twitter account. The last contract the right back had at Newcastle ran out last Sunday – so this is good news indeed and the lad is one of the top youngsters on Tyneside.
  • And finally, after a long running saga, Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster joined Celtic for a fee thought to be £2M. We had half expected Fraser to try to stay in England with Rangers now out of the SPL, and TV networks already considering whether they should be broadcasting the Scottish games next season, because there will not be those Rangers vs Celtic derbies. This could be a very difficult time for Scottish league football.
    So the bottom line is that we moved two players out this week for a good £5M.


  • And really great news yesterday that Newcastle had won the race to sign top holding midfielder Gael Bigirimana from Coventry City, for a fee believed to be around £1M. This 18 year-old is highly rated indeed, and while he will begin life at Newcastle in the Development squad, he will quickly move into the first team squad next season – great news for Newcastle fans.
  • And an interesting interview with Italian Davide Santon with the Italian media, and he reveals that Roma asked permission to speak to him this summer, and Newcastle denied permission. Davide will need to keep improving next season, but we still think this Italian International (7 caps), who is captaining the Italian U21 side at the moment, can become a top player for Newcastle.


  • The news we had been waiting for – that FC Twente want £16M for their star striker Luuk de Jong, and the player himself was not very pleased that he may be  priced out of a move by his Dutch club. Even Borussia Monchengladbach are balking at that ridiculous fee. But the bad news is that it seems that Luuk prefers to move to the German club – so be it.
  • And news that Cheick Tiote could be in big demand this summer, but our view is that if Newcastle want to keep building and being more and more successful in the years ahead, it becomes more important to keep our very best players and build a top squad – and we think that’s exactly what Mike Ashley wants to do.
  • Good news for Newcastle fans when Alan Pardew came out yesterday and said he thought that new boy Gael Bigirimana could challenge Newcastle first teamers next season, for a place in the side. We know Gael is very good, and it will be interesting to see how much this lad comes through next season, but he also has plenty of time of course, and should not be rushed.  He seems a smashing lad.


  • And today former Arsenal and French International winger Robert Pires, has come out and urged Mathieu Debuchy to join Newcastle United, which he calls one of the top clubs in England. Well that’s a good start today, but we also must remember whatever news may be in the papers – it is a Sunday.
  • Not too much more news today – so far – but that may change before the day is out – I may even make some stuff up. 😀


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114 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    God I’m exhausted after reading that. The good news is we get to do it all again next week. Hurrah!

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    85Ibizatoon – Back by popular demand

    From last post.

    You reckon he’s like Clark Kent/Superman (although more powerful of course). You try and get a needle in him and it just breaks in half.

    I was thinking along the lines of slip his drink.

    If only he had Demba’s taste for syrup

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #3

    I think he feeds off wildebeest, so maybe you’ll have to tie that in somehow??

    Superman has nothing on Tiote for the record.

  • Incentino

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Vertonghen just signed for Tottenham.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Cabaye s easily going to be our next captain

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Just noticed. You literally cannot watch any video on the Dennis Wise Tube without someone having left a comment saying

    “Welcome to Liverpool”

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Incentino….Poor Ketsbaia’s gonna have a meltdown. How did Pardew not take his advice?

    LFGUAD….I’d say for France too. Great player and leader. I hope he’s at the toon for many years to come.

    Bless the scousers, it’s all the fun they get to have these days.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Ffs dont let ketsbia9 see couple that with giroud signing for arsenal he might not be able to carry on!!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    tads…I’m really worried for his well being. Poor lad

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Also just seen in paper talk

    “Dan Goslings move to Blackburn is on hold”


  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Was there a move to be on hold? Should we arrange a bus to take the whole team to Blackburn? Arrange a mass medical for them…got to save a few quid

  • ToonAndy

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Ok lads heres me supporting a 4-1-2-1-2…





    ——————BEN ARFA—————–


  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    I know ibiza i can almost see him wandering around the metro centre shouting at ppl how he told pards to sign hom he didnt listen and niw the world must pay the price!

  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #14

    For me next season we should be playing a 4-1-3-2






    Tiote sitting deep and Cabaye slightly further forward to pull the strings

  • chris_g

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibizatoon – I think Blackburn were just interested in taking Gosling on loan for the season:

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    @ big pappa

    Think that would work a treat in games where we at the dominant team.

    In other games where we will see less of the ball we could swap a striker out for a defensive mid.

    The squad we have gives us some good versatility.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Deja vu….thought I’d posted on this thread this morning but it seems to have diapppeared…
    Was congratulating Ed on the weekly review and how thin the actual news is.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Tads…let’s hope the locals take care of him…poor soul.

    Chris G….Cheers mate. Hadn’t seen that bit of news. I would of though Gosling should get some games this season, especially with Guthrie gone. We shall see

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Saw this on a SS article….Shall we open the debate again? Ha

    “‘I’d be interested in seeing Santon moved onto Right Back and a new Left back bought as every game i’ve watched Santon he’s more right than left footed.”

  • Nick 69

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20

    I think a loan would be great for Gosling, needs to play week in week out to get his form, and continue his development after being out so long. 15 mins here and there like he has been getting is not going to do him any good.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Nick 69…Agree if he’s not going to get games with us, get him out on loan. I just would have thought he would get a fair amount more playing time than last season?!?

  • Beardo

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #22


  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Beardo….How do you manage to keep so calm? 🙂

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #24

    my God its a drab sunday

  • geordie-mick

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #25

    ashleys helicopter took of from benton about 2 hours

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26

    no 1 is here, i am going back to reading econometrics book

  • DannyA

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #27

    i just like the Local Slags advertisments on this Blog haha

  • DannyA

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #28

    serious note though any 1 rekon any 1 other than Debuchy will be incoming 2 Benton this week?

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29

    This window is slow. Newcastle are shopping in a more exclusive Market than last summer, perhaps that’s the problem. We were virtually unopposed in our targets last year. This year we’re facing more competition for our targets and the vendors are driving hard bargains. Our success last season will not gone unnoticed. We need to be patient.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Everyone is watching the tennis.

  • Nick 69

    Jul 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibizatoon – he may got more game time, however he may not, what with Pardew insisting Bigi will be challenging the 1st team, Vuckic hopefully stayin injury free, possible emergence of Abeid and possible signing of Anita or another CM he may be limited, althought I would think he’d still be ahead of Abeid in the pecking order at present

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Still no first team signing… Haiz..

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Andy murray!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #34

    With Pre-Season starting on Friday i think it could be a busy week for NUFC. I reckon we will sign atleast 1 player next (probably Debuchy) but it could be up to 3 (Debuchy + CB & CF). Pards will then be able to access the squad during these opening pre-season fixtures and get an early idea who will be in the challenging for the 1st XI, who will be in the development side, who will be loaned out, play cup games etc. Then he will maybe look at bringing in further recruits such as another forward & CM.

  • HullMag6

    Jul 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Some of our fellow bloggers have been a bit off,

    Pires is right, until we win something or are in champs league regularly we will be a stepping stone to a bigger club in world view but in our world there is no one bigger than the toon.
    So we need to start winning big, Mike get your wallet out. Get the targets over the line ASAP an extra million here and there might reap a return sooner rather than later.

    Only just come on but read whats been posted. Just hope the plans are right and the right ingredients are there for another fantastic season.

  • hoppernufc

    Jul 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Seriously we need to get our finger out and make some first team signings, all these people saying we only need a striker and midfielder what planet are you on? We need 4/5 quality players added to our squad to compete next season, aswell as the players who have already left ranger,xisco,Simpson will probs leave. We are so short it’s unreal

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Hopper…compete at what level?

    Maybe I’m reading too much in to your comment, but it would “seem” to imply that if we add 4/5 quality players we’ll be competing for silverware? The PL?

    I don’t think it’s Ashley’s plan to have us at that level, quite yet anyway. If you mean compete for top 7 and European football qualification, then I don’t think we need that many “quality” signings tbh….but we do need some depth.

    Also, Midfield and strikers are near the bottom of my list of players needed. We desperately need cover at CB and FB. Any replacements or depth after will be an added bonus. However, I do have faith the club know what they’re doing and are going about things the right way

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #38

    I think we need a cb, fb, cm, winger and striker.

    But realistically we will probably bring in around 2/3 of those.

    The club builds slowly, there is no need to rush. Remember this current squad made it to 5th in the league. Think there is no reason we couldn’t make 6th with this squad, think we are still better than liverpool.

    It took man city a couple years to make hamps league and a further year to win the league and the best part of 250million.

    Realistically if we bring in 2/3 first team players a season, move your what’s surplus then add talented youth we have a good chance of being regulars in Europe and champions league challengers which would be a great achievement for our club.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Rich…Agreed. Slow steady improvement. We’re not going to from mid table to champions league in a season…although we did come pretty close 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 8, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #40

    going to go*


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