Alan Pardew Admits To Junior Hoilett Talks

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that the club have discussed a contract with Blackburn Rover’s winger Junior Hoilett, and that talks are ongoing with the Canadian winger/striker.

Junior Hoilett – Magpies in contract talks with 22 year-old

We reported the news yesterday that Newcastle had indeed opened talks with Hoilett on a new contract and the 22 year-old has been a free agent since his contract ran out on July 1st, but the Canadian-born player will still cost Newcastle money in terms of compensation to Blackburn Rovers, because he’s under 24.

Last week there was news in one of the local papers that Junior wanted £50K/week in wages, and that kind of poured cold water on the possibility of a deal, but we hope that’s not true.

We have to hope the winger is sensible with his wage demands, and of course Newcastle have been tracking this lad for over a year now, and maybe they will surprise us and sign him up.

Alan Pardew talked directly about Hoilett this morning in the local press:

“It looks like there is an imminence to him moving, wherever he ends up. So we are keeping a close eye on that because he is a good player.”

Newcastle may have trouble bringing in a new striker this season, and Alan also says he doesn’t expect too many players to be brought in over the summer, as Newcastle have some outstanding youngsters coming through like Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi.

And it seems that some of those are getting close to the time when they will have to either sink or swim at Newcastle.

And there was news yesterday that Barcelona were interested in Newcastle’s midfielder Yohan Cabaye and that they would bid an incredible £8M, but that’s peanuts for a player as good as Yohan has become at Newcastle, and it would take a lot more than that to persuage newcastel to part with omen  of their crown jewels.

This is what Alan said yesterday about Yohan at his press conference:

“We’re saying to clubs you will have to pay inflated fees for all our players because we are one of the few clubs in a strong financial position.”  “We will be strong in that. We’ve had no bids, we’ve had a few inquiries to see if those players are available and we’ve said no.”

That’s the way we’d like to keep it, with none of our top players leaving this summer, and that includes Yohan Cabaye and also Demba Ba, who seems happy enough to stay at Newcastle, as long as he’s deployed as a striker up front, and that’s hardly an outrageous demand from the big man.

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28 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Jul 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Well atleast we’ll have a good winger crossing the balls in cough cough obertan

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Really hope we get him signed up hes a cracking player

  • Why the bashing on Obertan again really? If you can do much better please let us know


    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I guess pardew will play 4 4 2 formation to accommodate baand Ben arfa in right wing

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    where does it actually say that Pardew discussed Hoilett?

  • travdog123

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    does any1 know if there will be a site where we can stream the first friendly game tomorrow the 13 July 2012??

  • Grafton83

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    I was thinking the same thing as Ben3Arfa, I’m not aware of any interviews or quotes where AP has said we’re in talks.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m probably only 1 of a few but i’d really love Andy Carroll back

  • Geordie In Oz

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Get him in! Quality young lad who would be a big plus for us!

  • Grafton83

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #10

    And I doubt Cabaye would want to go to Barcelona and be 4th/5th choice. Wouldn’t hurt to improve his contract here. I heard he’s only on 30k which seems a little low to me.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #11

    I will stick up for Ed 99.99% of the time against all those who bash him for sensationalist headlines.

    Unfortunatley this is the 00.01% where I’ll say that the headline here is not good and very misleading.

    Anyway I love you Ed. All is forgiven!

  • Tooooon

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Thinking the same as the other two, it says nothing about Hoilett being in talks with us…’maybe just an attempt qt sensalising a headline

  • check the toastie

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Would Swap Ba for Carroll, as the big lad would love a return im sure, probably take a pay cut to come back.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    I going to go out on a limb here and through all my better judgement I’m going to start off positively by making a bold statement.

    If we manage to get a first team FB (Debuchy/Cissokho), a first team CB (Douglas/Sakho), a first team DM (Matuidi/Kara) and a first team LW/SS (Hoilett/Gamerio) then I think not only have we got the tools to claim 4th we have the potential to climb much higher. With that starting 11 we could mount a serious threat to the big 2.

    Just saying. Happy nufc day everyone xxx

  • Grafton83

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #15

    I think we need to see if Saylor is the same player he was before his injury, if he comes back as good I don’t think we actually need another CB unless its to add some depth.

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #16

    If Ba wants to stay i would NOT swap him for Carroll (but i want him back in the Black and White). Ba for me is a better player,but Carroll is younger and Non-African… I don’t know really.. But 10M is a bit too much (i’d rather go for Guidetti or Gameiro) and his wage is massive too. And remember, if FCL sells him to other club we get something around 20-25% of the sale..

  • Beattie25

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17

    A first team CB doesn’t necessarily mean a starting one.

    Plus having 3 quality CBS gives us options and perhaps a 5 man defence against big teams will prove to be a good tactical shift if needed.

  • Tommyy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Am I missing something here? Where does it say anything about Pardew admitting to Hoilett talks?
    An extremely poor headline here.

  • Grafton83

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Why is everyone so sure Andy wants to come back. So much so that he’d take a massive pay cut?

    I just can’t see it ever happening with his current contract. I’d take him back in a heart beat but its not happening anytime soon unless as we’ve done in the past, Liverpool pay some of his wages to help get rid of him.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #20

    I just don’t get this carrol thing at all. We pulled off the greatest robbery off all time getting 36M, came 5th, miles ahead of Liverpool with good passing football and people want him back – why!!!!

    It would mean one thing only – Hoofball and getting drunk and in fights and being totally unprofessional off the pitch.
    Why can’t people accept we are way better off with quality like Cisse and Ba who can make goals out of nothing and are athletes who don’t drink.

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #21


    Don’t forget we have some amazing young player, who i am sure will make a big step up this year. Once again look the highlights of Vukcic’s play against Westbrom at home last year 😉 I believe we already have depth in midfield.
    Young CB – Curtis Good, there is he? There were a lot of talk we agreed the fee.. But i think we still need First team CB, long season ahead..
    Hoillet would be ideal for our formation, we could have some competition for places on LW (Fergie, Marveaux, Hoillet, i think Jonas will play CDM or back up for RB next season and Perch also CDM and back up defender)

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    I must be the only one thinking Hoilett ISN’T that amazing. He has potential, but he is infact very ordinary. He only stood out last year because he had a very poor side around him. The Blackburn matches I watched he was very ordinary and lost the ball on several occasions, more so than say Ben Arfa would do when dribbling the ball. He also doesnt like to track back from what I have seen! If this transfer didn’t happen I would not be so disappointed, however I would consider it a major blow if we dont sign Douglas and Debuchy. Both would be priority signings for me as Williamson and Simpson are not PL standard players.

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Also for those that want to play 4-3-3


    Debuchy — STaylor/Douglas — Colo — Santon

    Tiote — Cabaye — Jonas

    Arfa — Cisse — Marveaux

    Marveaux is known for his attacking ability, not his defending. He as Pardew has stated will be like having a new signing this season, providing he stays fit. We have a solid side and personally I would use 4-4-2 as Ba and Cisse would get more goals this way.


    Debuchy — STaylor/Douglas — Colo — Santon

    Arfa — Tiote — Cabaye — Jonas

    Ba –Cisse

  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    What about this for the biggest games of next season:



    Elliot, Saylor, Perchinho, Raylor, Marveaux, Jonas, Shola

    Transfers In:

    Gael Bigirimana – £500K
    Amalfitano – FREE
    Debuchy – £6M
    Hoilett – FREE (£5M in compensation)
    Douglas – £5M
    Curtis Good – £300K

    = £16.8M

    Transfers Out:

    Simpson – £5M
    Willo – £3M
    Best – £3M
    Forster £2M

    = £13M

    Champion”s League Place? F.A Cup? League Cup?
    What do you think about the team though?

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    @ Bloody Marveauxlous (nice name btw)

    I actually think your transfers in would be accurate, as well as those out, although I don’t think Williamson would leave. I would love for it to happen, but I just cant see it. You cannot forget we have also offloaded the likes of Smith, Lovenkrands and Guthrie especially since Guthrie and Smith were picking up 50-60k a week for sitting on the bench.

    Pardew stated yesterday only another 3 signings should be expected (the third being a striker). If Hoilett comes that would be the striker, Debuchy and Douglas would hopefully be those that follow. It would be nice to add Anita but I cant see this happening, unless the recent reported Debuchy decides to stay at Lille.

    Debuchy, Santon, Douglas, Colo, STaylor being our main players

    Perch, Williamson, RTaylor, Tav and Street as backup. This would be a massive improvement given our backup played alot of our matches last season and the players replacing are much better.

    Krul, Harper, Elliot

    Debuchy, Douglas, STaylor, Colo, Santon, RTaylor, Williamson, Street, Tav, Perch

    Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Gosling, Abeid, Obertan, Ferguson

    Arfa, Marveaux, Hoilett, Obertan, Vuckic

    Ba, Cisse, Sammy, Shola

    The team has alot of versatility. It would allow players to rest in certain games allowing us to push for the league aswell as Europa.

  • Ericles

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #26

    I think that with the squad we have the addition of Debuchy, Anita, Douglas, with Hoilett on a sensible salary and career path, we could do well in all competitions and add a lttle silverware along the awy to May? OK we cannot compete finacially with the moneybags clubs. So what. We are a football club so why not compete and win on footballing terms?

  • Lucasd10

    Jul 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #27

    If we sign
    Debuchy it may be enough for next season with more young talent coming through and this could be the team
    Debuchy saylor colo santon
    Ben arfa cabaye hoillet
    Ba cisse
    Subs: elliot raylor williamson birigimana obertan marveaux sammy carroll/guiedtti

  • Solanos biggest fan

    Jul 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Ok ok, Solano’s biggest fan is back to say….

    Holla to all those who have said Obertan is AWFUL… the guy cant cross, his finishing is substandard… Hoilett is simply head and shoulders above him… and could play in one of the offensive positions in the Pardew 4-3-3 dreamboat system. I mean, come on, you folks out there must remember what it was like when we won six on the spin, with Cabaye, Tiote and Gutierrez in the middle as a three. That was brilliant… and personally, i want to see us start that way, and see how far we can get… and bringing players through with this system, I’d like to see Marveaux come in on the left hand side of the attacking three, with HBA on the other side… and rotate Cisse and Ba a little… lets keep pushing the quality of the side forward…

    So, Mr Obertan, if you are reading this, no more nonsensical talk about showing us again what you are capable of… one decent cross against Stoke away, doesnt really mean much, oh and a goal at blackburn away… look at your mate HBA and if you want to show us what you can do, take a leaf out of his book… actions speak louder than words…


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