Pardew – I’m Pretty Relaxed About Transfers


We haven’t heard too much from Newcastle manager this week, and until now it’s been another week of  little success in the transfer market for bringing senior players through the door, and we’re hoping that will change fairly soon, but Alan still seems to be relaxed and confident of new signings before September rolls around.

Alan Pardew –  I’m pretty relaxed about transfers

Alan Pardew thinks Newcastle will be able to bring in two or three players  before the summer transfer window closes, although if we are to believe the reports coming out every day, almost every Newcastle transfer is deadlocked, mainly because Newcastle have not met the valuation of the other club for their player.

Newcastle have bid £6M for Debuchy, and apparently that fee was agreed between the two clubs last week, but it seems Lille have now backtracked on that, and want more money for their French International, and if that’s true, it’s hardly surprising that Mathieu is a little peeved at Lille.

Pardew still favors Debuchy over other possible right-backs, such as Ajax’s 24 year-old Dutch International Gregory van der Weil, whom  we featured yesterday in an article.

Alan Pardew talked to the Newcastle Journal today, and seems fairly relaxed about things, but he wouldn’t go into any details on the Debuchy deal:

“I’m pretty relaxed about the transfers, it’s out of my hands now to a degree.” “Myself, Graham Carr and the team have put together what we think is a shortlist and it’s about Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley getting a deal that they think is right for the club.”

“If I have to run for the first game or the first week of the season with this squad I’m pretty relaxed about that. Having said that, I’m still pretty hopeful there’ll be a body or two in before then. But lets wait and see.”  “I don’t like to think we have a ‘B’ list.”

“It’s an ‘A’ list and sometimes it’s just whether all the ingredients are there.”   “If that isn’t working, you just go to another name on the ‘A’ list. There’s not many names on it – there’s two or three in each position. All of those players would take us forward.”

The Journal is also reporting that Newcastle are readying an increased offer for Ajax’s Vurnon Anita, which we reported on earlier today, and his club have also offered him a new lucrative contract through 2016,  to try to keep him at the Dutch club.

However, it seems Anita is very keen to join Newcastle, but we’ll have to see if the club can agree a transfer fee with Ajax, which has been the stumbling block for most of our transfer deals so far this summer.

Vurnon Anita would be a tremendous acquisition for Newcastle, although Sunderland are still said to be interested.

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39 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like we’re still on track to bring in 2-3 top quality players! Patience is gonna be required me thinks.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    I wish I was relaxed, Alan. UUggggghhhhh.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    pretty obvious he’s preparing us for the no further additions.

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  • roadfighter

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m pretty relaxed too. And this ties in with toon1707’s theory from the previous thread;)

    All in good time 🙂

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  • Papiss_Myself

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Scharner spotted in Greggs buying a pasty on Northumberland Street quoted saying he has his medical today. Please be true

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  • kilcline

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I think we should put in a bid for Neil Taylor, he was close to coming last season and has proven himself in the premier league now. I also heard Scharner is hanging out the back of Taylor’s sister and would welcome the move up to the toon.

    Douglas – hello no
    Debuchy – if it happens it will be late on deadline day
    Anita – Will happen

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  • bills-son

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Scharner doesn’t eat pasties.

    He’s a doughnit man.

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  • Eyeball81

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    @papiss….hope he doesnt have his medical after a greggs pasty… hahah

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  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Papiss ,think you’ve been misinformed.
    Scharner has been spotted on the beach in Barcelona.
    He’s Been seen playing water polo with Messi,Puyol and Fat Sam Allardyce

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    A month ago Pardew said that we will bring couple new faces in the next two weeks… Alan should stop lying and to say the truth. If he isn’t lying and he actually is relax with the transfers then we have a serious problem.

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  • Papiss_Myself

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    3 New faces coming in

    Duff
    Owen
    Ramage

    I’m ITK

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  • dmac

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Yawn @spitfire. What exactly is this serious problem? We will be forced to play a team that very nearly finished 4th? Jeez that is not good enough. Lets spend millions and push like liverpool…. Oh wait

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  • Papiss_Myself

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    dmac

    don’t forget we also now have a fit Marveaux which is like a new signing for this season.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    You worry too much spitfire

    The current squad got 5th, we have added 3 players to that and the youngsters are further forward.

    Towards the en of the season Guthrie and beat never played so they are no loss.

    Pardew can only say what he knows, if he gets told a deal is close then the other club pull out or ask for more money that’s not his problem.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Spitfire he has bought in a couple of players, but like ge said its now out of his hands fail to see how this makes him a liar, he said he waa hoping to have 2 new faces but clearly says there its up to ash dekka n charney

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    I think Pards is a little worried new players need time to settle in which includes training with the team and reaching a good level of fitness any new signing we make now won’t make it for the start of the season imo

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    @dmac

    Whats the problem? The problem is that we didn’t buy Guthrie replacement. We have only three strikers. Just look our centre backs. Colo, injury prone Saylor, Williamson and one aussie without experience. Plus the fact that all teams around us are going stronger and we have extra games in Europe which means that we will play Thursday / Saturday. Please say “yawn” again.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #18

    @dmac

    Went to the Olympics at st James on Wednesday, brazil vs new Zealand and there were plenty empty seats and getting into the ground was easy.

    I got their the recommended 2 hours early (maybe 1 and half actually) and it wasnt busy.

    Was a good experience, get there early and tickets should be ok.

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  • dmac

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Im so glad there are more sensible toon fans on here these days. Blog used to be littered with moaning misery mongers.

    Agreed about marveaux and i think bigi and amalfitano look like good prospects also.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Spitfire

    Guthrie didn’t really play much towards the end.

    And bigi and Amal could play, both have a decent amount of first team experience and look good. Abeid can play there too.

    Guthrie hardly had much experience, was always injured and never fit in games. He’s only a year older than amal

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  • dmac

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Didnt sign a guthrie replacement? Excuse me what is bigi and amalfitano. Guthrie was bought as a youngster from liverpool whose previous experience was half a season on loan at bolton. He was about as experienced as these we have bought in. Best was injured for large parts of last season and played no part in a team that finished 5th and very nearly 4th.

    We are not and will not revert back to the 90’s and splash 7m on players like marcelinho so either move on and support a team that will like liverfools or get with the plan. We lost guthrie, smith and best they are hardly players good enough for this club anyway.

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  • pbNcl

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Right I’m off up greggs! Scharner wait!!!!

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  • Papiss_Myself

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #23

    In my honest opinion a team is only ever going to be good if they can play as a team.
    Agreed I too want to see some more first team players signed to bolster the squad but you have to respect the fact that Pardew etc arent panic buying.

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #24

    @rich_toonfan

    Bigi is one for the future and his future is bright thats for sure… I can’t remember many 18 years old centre halfs in PL… Amalfitano came from french second league… One year older than Amalfitano but Amalfitano never was played in french first division…

    @dmac

    So u don’t have a problem that Guthrie replacement are one 18 year old with a bags of potential but without expirience and one Amalfitano which is on 23 and never play on top level? Alrighty then. Here here.

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  • dmac

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #25

    How much did guthrie actually play last season? Do i have a problem with the limite games he played being replaced by bigi? No i dont. We also have marveaux who could more than adequately fill in at cm.

    We will bring in players but we will not be held to ransom over players. Thats a good thing.

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  • dmac

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Also guthrie barely played in the season we got relegated in which case his ‘experience’ as you put it came in the championship? He was then used in the prem.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Spitfire

    Think though we seem to have played only 2 in the middle in pre season. So thats tiote and cabs for that.

    Bigi might be young but he seems very comfortable in the side already.

    Amal might not have top level experience but he seems to have good passing, control and vision.

    Yes it would be good if we got a top cb, fullback, dm and striker but that would be a lot of money and more than the club would be able to spend. We have to live within the budget set and realistically I can see a fullback and a forward or cm come in, can’t see more than 2 additions but you never know.

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  • english yeoman

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #28

    we’re in a much better state than last year and if you think not then sober up and log back on later gents!

    I agree we shouldn’t let these slippery foreigners welch on deals and lie and change their minds – wouldn’t trust the swine as far as I could throw them – and I reckon I could hoy them a decent distance like…

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  • st0r3z

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Since when did best have no part in last seasons 5th place finish … You not remember his goal v qpr? I think he scored one or 2 more also in important games early on … Wake up !!

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #30

    So because Guthrie didn’t play too many last season now everything is okay? Marveaux is out of position… the same is for Jonas. We need a proper CM… not wide mans to play in the middle. As u can see I don’t want to pay over the odds but I don’t like the lack of transfers. With extra games through new season and with many experienced players out and inexperienced in I far for feel “relaxed”.

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  • colwell

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Its very obvious to everyone where we need to bolster, with all the extra games to play there is no way Pards is happy with the amount of players at his disposal.

    Arsenal and Chelsea have made great signings and with the 2 Manchester clubs will be in the top 4.

    Spurs are our main rival and have only bought in 2 players so far. We only have 3 strikers they have 2 that are no where near Ba and Cisse’s standard. Its not all bad 2 classy players along with our youth team will give us astrong squad and hopefully a trophy!

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #32

    @ rich_toonfan

    Bigi was impressive so far thats obvious… but this are friendlies… nobody knows what will happend if we should play agaist top clubs in PL… he is only 18 ffs.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Spitfire

    Yes he is only 18 but looks very good for his age.

    A lot of players play well in first teams when 18 so why not bigi.

    Guthrie wasn’t a starter so Not like bigi is coming in to play 40 games a season. He will do guthries squad role.

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #34

    @rich_toonfan

    I don’t argue that he isn’t good. I’m just saying that he is too young. The last season Guthrie didn’t play too much because Cabaye didn’t get injured… Guthrie replaced Tiote in Octomber/November when he was injured and during ACON. What if Tiote and/or Cabaye goes injured this season?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #35

    What of cisse and Ba get injured, we best get two forwards. Anything can happen with injuries but we have perch, Jonas, tiote, cabaye, bigi, Amal and vukic who all play cm. that’s good enough.

    18 isn’t too young or everyone, age is not important if the player is good enough.

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  • bambams

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #36

    I can’t grasp this preseason, we have allegedly planned exactly who we need to help challenge for Europe and yet we are stubbornly refusing to pay a little more to get them in. We are playing into the selling clubs hands ‘ they obviously don’t rate you as much as we do ‘ . Doubts will develop and targets will sign improved contracts! I hope they know what they are doing !

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  • naptoon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #37

    we do need signings people keep saying we fin 5th etc remember norwich spurs fulham. squad is thin and we have a chance to push on and improve with quality signings price not important. fact is tho u r not gonna get many cabayes tiotes for less than 5m and many clubs r copying us and playing hardball when we buy making it harder still

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  • puretoon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #38

    And we’ve got two playing at silly buggas-Ashley and Llambias-who still don’t know a decent footballer if one smacked them in the face! ALL those two know is the value and colour of money! Can’t say owt for Charnley but he’s in with them so……yes, it’ll be yet another window where Ashley makes a big profit and we do without.
    For Gods sake Pardew, grow some balls and stand up for yourself-tell them how it is-you want these players so get them!!

    I’d love it if I’m proved wrong, but somehow I don’t think so…………so w’ve got 2 freebees and one on the cheap-really on the cheap at 400k Grief!! abysmal…

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  • arctoa

    Aug 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #39

    To be fair Pardew’s hardly going to come out with “I am freaking the hell out over our transfers” so I’d take these quotes with a pinch of salt.

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