Anita Hold-Up On Newcastle Deal – Still To Arrive on Tyneside


It was thought that Vurnon Anita had traveled to Newcastle yesterday (Monday) for talks with Newcastle, pending his potential move to Tyneside, after Ajax and Newcastle had finally agreed a fee of €8.5M for the player.

Vurnon Anita – still in Holland

But Vurnon is still apparently in Amsterdam, and his father says that they have not even been invited over for discussions with Newcastle as of last night.

This is what Vurnon’s father has told Voetbal International:

“We have an offer from Newcastle United but we are not in Newcastle yet.”  “Newcastle and Ajax have agreed a fee but Vurnon wants to know what plans the Newcastle head coach (Pardew) has for him.

“Will Vurnon play at right-back? or left back? or in the midfield?” “These are important questions for Vurnon in making his final decision. He doesn’t know the answer yet.”

“Vurnon is free on Tuesday, but we have not received an invitation from Newcastle United to come to England.”  “For now, we will just stay in the Netherlands.”

“If the conversation between the head coach of Newcastle United and Vurnon goes in a positive manner, then the move can go through.”  “It may be done within a week.”

That seems a little surprising that Anita is not in Newcastle yet, and that he hasn’t even been invited by Newcastle to visit Tyneside, as it was widely assumed he would hold discussions with Alan Pardew, and then discuss terms with Newcastle via his new agent, Mino Raiola .

But from what he says he’s not only interested in what wages Newcastle are willing to pay him,  but also what position he will play in at Newcastle.

Vurnon can play at left-back or as a holding midfielder, so we don’t know which position he prefers, having played defensive midfield for Ajax last season.

The season before last he played mostly at left back, and we would have thought the answer to the question was that he could play in either position at Newcastle, but he’ll have to fight for his place in the first team, just like any other player on Tyneside.

If Vurnon wants a guarantee of a starting position at Newcastle, he may not get that from Alan Pardew.

Once a fee is agreed between two clubs for a player, the next step is to agree terms with the player and his agent, so we’re not sure what the hold up is.

Anita has a new Italian agent  in Mino Raiola, who is renowned for doing quick deals for his clients, and certainly the potential transfer has come a long way over the last couple of days or so, but Anita still has to hold discussions with Alan Pardew, which look now to be  crucial.

Newcastle are still hoping to complete the deal this week, but the sooner Anita signs,  the more chance he will have of making his debut for Newcastle against Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.

We still have high hopes this deal will be completed  soon.

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81 comments so far

  • Black and White Blood

    Aug 14, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #1

    First?

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  • Black and White Blood

    Aug 14, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Ah yeah.

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  • Black and White Blood

    Aug 14, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Still, for this kind of money, why not Debuchy? Just as versatile…

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  • Kyo

    Aug 14, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed you have to stop taking daily mail seriously.

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  • joeytoon

    Aug 14, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #5

    how much longer are we going to piss about like a second rate club,how come man utd,city,chelsea and most other clubs are strengthening and we are still acting like a club that has no money,i dont accept the bullshit about clubs holding us to ransom over the fees,man city and chelsea have more cash than us but they offer the going rate for players and get their man,because of our penny pinching this could end up costing us a fortune as players get pissed off at the clubs lack of ambition in not signing top players

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  • Kyo

    Aug 14, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Also Ed you’ve got your facts wrong. Anita was talking about Ajax’s wages not ours. I should just make my own blog at this point.

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  • Toon73

    Aug 14, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s the Ajax wage ceiling that was the issue !

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 14, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #8

    I sense a long wait before this one is complete. Ah well.

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  • arroeben

    Aug 14, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Just hope pardew gives him the answers and explanations that anita wants to hear!

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  • arroeben

    Aug 14, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Just hope pardew gives anita the answers and explanations that he wants to hear!

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  • paddythemagpie

    Aug 14, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #11

    ah for f sake!!
    why is he not on tynside already?
    we used a helicopter to get andy carroll to liverfool!!
    was anita told to swim over…..its not that far if he’s fit enough he should make it 🙂

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 14, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Fair enough , the kid wants to know if he is gonna be a first teame player ..

    I think his preference is to play centre mid , we’ve really done poorly this transfer window

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  • paddythemagpie

    Aug 14, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #13

    ah for f**k sake why is he not on tynside already!!
    we got a helicopter to get carroll to liverfool 🙂
    is he tryin to swim over 🙂

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 14, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #14

    he’ll probably sign at the end of august.

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  • Scouse_geordie

    Aug 14, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah joeytoon, cause city didn’t overpay for rodwell and chelsea didn’t overpay for hazard or oscar….are you serious! Just cause city and chelsea have more money than sense does not mean we have to start paying out any price a club demands.

    too many people seem happy to pay over the odds simply to have a new face come in.and its no good saying if we had have paid a few million more we would have debuchy, fact is their board have been changing the value and playing games from the off.they don’t want him to go, and certainly not after w robbed them of cabaye.

    the end of last season most people would have said a good window would be keeping hold of who we have but w always want more don’t we.yes we could usea few new faces but also at what point does the youngsters make the step up.surely abied, ferguson, adam, sammy and the new guys have to start being involved otherwise whsts the point inn buying for the future and then just buying squad players!?

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  • Toon73

    Aug 14, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #16

    How did we rob anyone??? Both clubs agreed on the fee for Cabaye, just as Liverpoof agreed on the Carroll transfer.

    It’s not like we put a gun to their head ffs !!

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 14, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #17

    The deal for cabaye was not a result of negotiation.. He had a clause in his contract.

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  • Toon73

    Aug 14, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Which Club negotiated that contract to include a clause?

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  • redondo77

    Aug 14, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Is this Anita deal also a mind game against Lille?
    We will spend money and we have the money if the price is right, high price for high quality. That means Debucy is not worth that much and this is the way NUFC telling Lille’s president that you are crazy for asking that much for regular quality RB.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 14, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon73

    We had same situation with Ba’s contract. The difference is Ba does not want to leave and Cabaye did.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m pretty sure that Anita deal has something to do with Lille. It happens so quick after Lille’s rejection and with the same amount of money. Ajax did the same thing as Lille, Ajax rejected our first and second bids.

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Maybe, it’s strange that Anita has not arrived in Newcastle yet. No invitation, they say…what’s up with that?

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Joey – Hearing you say that man utd, man Citeh and Chelski aren’t spending above their means and simply ‘paying the going rate’ is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard!!! Overpriced transfer fees and overpriced wages!!!

    Because we are tough negotiators and make smart transfer decisions rather than rash ones…means we will be just fine this season and once (if ever!!) the FFP rule comes into effect, we won’t be affected whatsoever!

    Get behind your team, lad!

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  • traceline

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Have a feeling this one won’t happen. Very much feels like the gervinho situation from last year.

    The lad sounds like he’s attitude is imbalanced compared to our recent transfer successes – compared his stance to cabaye or hba. I can see it going badly during the sit down chat and nufc will walk away (if it doesn’t then great! Means concerns are unfounded)

    For me, the squad needs a different player, more specialized lb/rb than a utility cmf.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Guys

    Is Debuchy’s contract ends next season? If yes, we will probably stick with Simpson. Comes next summer, we will lose Simpson for free but we get Debuchy for free too. This way the club doesn’t have to spend crazy money and still have good cover for RB.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #26

    @redondo
    Debuchy has 3 years left i belive.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Dannyo

    Thanks.

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  • Toon73

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #28

    That’s exactly what I’m saying. Cabaye and his agent, along with Lille, negotiated the clause and everyone’s happy – then when he triggers it Lille crack the shits haha

    Can’t see this Anita NOT happening. Maybe as soon as today for a medical?

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  • Toon73

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #29

    *deal

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  • beastie182

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #30

    Is it just me or is this just getting rediculous , its all very well being carefull in the transfer market but at this rate we will end up with nowt!

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  • redondo77

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Toon73

    Maybe yes maybe no hahah. Tbh I’m not overly excited about Anita, I’m only excited if we signed Italian players like Ogbonna, De Ceglie, or PAsquato 😀

    Or we sign DM like Fernando Carlos Redondo and LW like David Ginola, those two are my favourite players, I haven’t seen players like them lately. Especially Redondo, the best ever DM.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #32

    The main reason why people om this blog don’t care if we pay over the odds for a player is because it is not their money B-)

    A second reason is that they get their valuation from either Fifa 12 or FM 2012; some people seem to talk a lot about the going rate. But surely the going is what a club wants to play isn’t 😉

    This blog it filled with monopoly people!

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  • redondo77

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #33

    For those who doesn’t know who Redondo is 😛

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PNFpayoUD8

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Jesper – completely agree mate! It frustrates me when people STILL moan about MA, the board and our transfer policy!! It works!!! Plain and simple! We will sign players but only if the price is right and the player is a good fit for the team! We are tough negotiators and I love that about this club! We would’ve never paid £15m for rodwell / Allen – we pay a valuation put on by our scouting team…not dictated by a rival club!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #35

    * I talk no responsibility for spelling mistakes; my keyboard on my phone plays tricks on me 😉

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  • putra_hayzad

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Hurm please get new mf -,-

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Torq…Amen 😉 and well said I might add!

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  • redondo77

    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #38

    Jesper

    Like I always said : I trust Carr’s evaluation and info. 😛

    IF Carr said he’s worth 8mil then he is, if he is not then he is not.

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 14, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #39

    Redondo – Clubs at the moment are trying to take us for a bunch of idiots who will pay whatever valuation they perceive to be good enough for their player ! But now they are learning that we WILL walk away if their valuation doesn’t meet ours…or (like Maiga) the player seems to have a poor attitude that wouldn’t fit with our team ethos! Yes Anita said he wants to meet with Pards etc…but I suspect Pards wants to meet with HIM to assess his character before any deal is done!

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  • Valci

    Aug 14, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #40

    I personally don’t understand why some people would be surprised that Anita would be valued at the same price as Debuchy. IMHO Debuchy has peaked at this point and is 27 years of age…on the other hand Anita is 23 and has yet to reach footballing maturity so i think there is more potential there. Not that i wouldn’t like us signing Debuchy too but the point stands.
    Also…for some reason i keep thinking that Anita would play LB for us with Santon moving to RB. Dunno why exactly…just a gut feeling…i’ve been known to make mistakes though so who knows. I do think this transfer will happen though.

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