Could Be Good Week – Two In And Demba Ba To Stay


It seems that Newcastle could well bring in Mathieu Debuchy before next weekend and also 19 year-old Aussie defender Curtis Good, and the week could be even better if Demba Ba is still a Newcastle player in two days time, after that £7M release clause in his contract finally runs out.

Curtis Good – should arrive this week on Tyneside

We’ve said before that we expect Curtis Good to be much better than people think when he finally gets to Newcastle,  and it would be really good if the Australian U20 International can get a game at Den Haag next Saturday, and we’re sure that’s what Newcastle are hoping will be possible.

Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana have looked good for Newcastle in pre-season, and it’s small wonder that one slogan for Newcastle fans right now is “In Carr We Trust” – as the Newcastle Chief Scout has again done an outstanding job of scouting some top talent for the club.

By the way this shirt was designed by one of our readers – Steve Jenkin – better known as TorqToon, we think it looks great and you can buy the shirt here. We are not involved in the production of this shirt and we get nothing for it – we just think it looks great and that we are recognizing Graham Carr. And one thing I didn’t realize,  you have a choice of colors for the T shirt and the photograph.

And the news over the weekend was that one of Newcastle’s other targets – Vurnon Anita – looked very good playing for Ajax in a friendly game against Southampton on Saturday, but he must be good if Graham has picked him out for Newcastle.

The Evening Chronicle is now reporting that a transfer fee and personal terms have been agreed for Debuchy – and if that’s true then the transfer should be wrapped up some time this week – but we stress – if that’s true.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle from the Algarve today:

“I am hoping by the end of the week somebody will be through the door.” “There is a good chance of that.”

We hope he’s not just talking about Curtis Good there, and if  we can get Debuchy and Curtis in that would be good, and keeping Demba Ba would add up to a very good week for Newcastle,  and if  Mathieu does arrive on Tyneside, then Danny Simpson could be saying goodbye to Newcastle, and he’ll likely sign for Reading for at least £2M.

But we think if that happens Danny will look back on this as a mistake in the long term, because he could have stayed and been a part of the continuing Newcastle revolution under Alan Pardew, and apparently his wages at Reading of £30K/week are not much better than Newcastle have offered him.

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21 comments so far

  • quitesimple

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    looking forward to seeing how curtis good performs

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    also debuchy is the best right back ive seen play in recent times, im surprised there isnt loads more interest in the guy

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  • Graeme

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Would be nice if any new signings are in Portugal to train with the team before the next game in Holland.

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    and one more thing!!! 18million for carroll? youre having a laugh, thats 2 papiss cisses or 4 yohan cabayes. keep ya money ashley, go for remy

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Quitesimple @ 2

    I reckon Debuchy has herpes, a third nipple or smells funny. It does seem strange that no one else is reportedly interested. Inter were linked a while back but Man u need a good rb, as do chelsea. Unless it’s common knowledge that he only wants to come here with his dreamy best mate?

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  • pardews plan B

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    @quite simple debuchy looks great on the attack quite good on the defence but id say abate is better

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Great to see Ed plug my t shirt design!!! Thank you sir! Here’s hoping for a more encouraging week ahead! HWTL

    http://www.loopyparrot.co.uk/graham-carr-trust-shirt-p-186.html

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  • walton1984

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully can get Good, Debuchy and keep Ba all by the end of the week!!!!!!
    and hope we sign 2or3 more by 31August……..The whole Transfer window doesnt seem too have much movement

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  • Londtoon

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    I want to see that post from ed saying that debuchy has been confirmed as sighted at Benton

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  • Eyeball81

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Bit of a flashback guys….. I hope this isnt gonna be like one of the last times we were in europe…cant remember what season it was but we only strengthened the squad with Bowyer as a recognised first teamer…hope MA realises we need a few more bodies in

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  • Beardo Ameobi

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    18m for Carroll? Pull the other one – not worth it and MA knows he could get 2-3 better players with that money.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope we sign Carroll just so that we don’t have to talk about him, how much he’s worth, what his strengths are and where he would fit for the next 10 years of his career.

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  • walton1984

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    On the Carroll Transfer……..IF we sign him he is goin too cost 18m but long term is he ever goin too leave? (Probs Not after what has happened) so if he stay at us for rest of his career 10years that works out at 1.8m Per season!!!!! not bad

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14

    5 Toonboy_84

    aye thatll be right, bring the herpes to the toon haha.

    6 pardews plan B

    abate very good forgot about him, still prefer debuchy though, also i liked that balzaretti who was italian lb

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    I know he is getting on a bit but what about Carvalho from madrid ? could be decent signing for a couple of seasons, plus he has European experience.

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  • keeping the faith

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Carrol is barely worth £8 million never mind £18!!!! Ffs he has scored 38 goals in 133 games of which the majority of the goals were scored in lower league/cup competitions. Is this someone we really need? Jesus

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  • Valci

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #17

    hahaha….seems hardly a day goes by and Carroll is in the headlines again. Even though i rate him and have repeatedly defended him in the face of critics…even i am tired of it by now.
    I want him back but in the end whatever the staff decide i’ll be ok with. If they want him and decide hes worth 15-18m then so be it and if not thats ok too. If theres anything i’ve learned over the years its that contrary to popular belief not everyone is good at politics and football…so i’ll trust in what the professionals decide.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #18

    @valci. One thing for sure is that, since the professionals currently running things at the toon got into their groove (about 2-3 seasons ago) we have signed very few, if any, really bad players. Ok, some have been a little bit iffy at times but certainly no boumsongs/brambles/nacho types.

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  • Valci

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    @ Markaccus – indeed.

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    That shirt is class!

    Fingers crossed the above is all true

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  • nufc 11

    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Would love too see Iker Munion in nufc shirt did anyone see him last night at SJP? WOW

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